Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has released another behind-the-scenes clip from her “Bad Blood” video. This one features model Karlie Kloss and reveals the moment they came up with Karlie’s character name.
“We just came up with my name: Knockout,” Karlie says. “We’re these bada** spies, we’re training together. She’s got to be tough and we’re not messing around.”
The clip also shows Taylor and Karlie going head-to-head in a boxing ring, surrounded by a bunch of cheering female extras.
Taylor began posting the behind-the-scenes videos to her Instagram account this week, as a way to celebrate the success of "Bad Blood" on the pop charts and to encourage fans to vote for the video at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. She previously posted clips featuring model Lily Aldridge and Empire actress Serayah.
ABC/Randy Holmes John Legend is taking his talents to television. It was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday that the singer has signed on to be the music supervisor for a new WGN America drama series called Underground. His production company, Get Lifted, also will executive produce.
The show is about a group of slaves planning a dangerous escape from a Georgia plantation. They’re helped by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad. It stars Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
"We are excited to join forces with WGN America and Sony and the talented team of writers and producers on this powerful project that we believe will inspire us all," Legend says. "This series has a unique opportunity to speak to the passion and courage of those who risked it all as they raced to freedom. We are honored to bring our creative vision to this thrilling project."
John, fresh off his Oscar win for his contribution to the Selma soundtrack, will oversee the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series.
Stephanie PistelThere have been more than twenty James Bond films since the 1960s, all with their own theme songs, but only one of those songs has ever topped the Billboard Hot 100: Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill," from the 1985 movie of the same name. That, of course, makes Duran Duran extremely well qualified to speculate on the rumors about who's going to sing the theme for the newest Bond flick, Spectre, due out this November.
So far, speculation has focused on Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, with Adele, who sang the theme to the last film, Skyfall, thrown into the mix for good measure. But now there are rumors that alt-rock band Radiohead may have gotten the gig. Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor like that idea, though the idea of a female singer also is appealing to them.
"I like a good diva for a Bond song," Nick tells ABC Radio. "Shirley Bassey to me is still the winner." Bassey sang the themes for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
"Radiohead is not a bad idea. I mean, [they've got a] great sense of drama. I mean...I’d like to see that," adds John. "Yeah, I’d be happy with that," Nick agrees. "I think it’d be a more interesting choice than some of them over the last decade or so, for sure."
"I thought the Adele song was good," points out John. "I think they got that right."
While many believe that it's important for a James Bond theme song performer to be British, Nick doesn't necessarily agree.
"No, I don’t think that’s essential. Of course it’s a very British brand, but I don’t think it’s essential the act was British," he tells ABC Radio. "Madonna did one; she wasn’t British. Not my favorite of the songs, but you know, she did one."
Madonna sang the theme for Die Another Day. Other non-British acts who've done Bond themes include Carly Simon, A-Ha, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner.
But Nick thinks that ultimately, the best choice would be an act that's very near and dear to Duran Duran's heart: themselves.
"They should ask Duran Duran, really," laughs Nick. "I mean, they know what happened last time they asked us!"
Duran Duran's new album Paper Gods, featuring production by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, arrives in stores in September.
ABC/Randy HolmesEver break up with someone, but can't really put your finger on the reason WHY you broke up? If so, Tori Kelly's new single "Should Have Been Us" is your jam. "I think everyone can relate to that song," she tells ABC Radio.
Tori's songs are sometimes based on scenarios she's imagined, but in the case of "Should Have Been Us," she tells ABC Radio, "I definitely can relate." She explains, "That song is really about a relationship where it ended with maybe no closure and it’s just kind of like it didn’t work out, but you don’t know why."
"With that," she adds, "comes those feelings of reminiscing and like, 'Oh, maybe if we did this it would’ve worked out and this.' So, not the healthiest way, probably, to go about ending a relationship!"
"But that’s why I want to sing about those things because, I mean, those are real feelings too," she tells ABC Radio, laughing. "I don’t want to hide the crappy feelings!"
Jeff Daly/NBCZayn Malik is ready to make some “real music.” The former One Direction boy bander has signed a new record deal with RCA. He took to Twitter to express his excitement over the deal -- and to fully explain why he decided to go solo.
“I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!” he wrote.
He also posted a photo of himself signing the contract, and tweeted #REALME.
According to TMZ, Simon Cowell was instrumental in getting Zayn signed to RCA. Simon -- whose reality competition show The X Factor lead to the formation of 1D -- had apparently been negotiating the deal for a couple of weeks. He reportedly felt RCA was the best place for Zayn to succeed as a solo artist.
Now Zayn and his ex-band mates are on a competing record labels. One Direction is signed to Columbia and Simon’s label, Syco.
ABC/John FleenorSometimes a song is so good you think the singer wrote it just for you. In a preview clip from Thursday’s episode of the IFC mock talk show Comedy Bang! Bang!, Carly Rae Jepsen has an awkward encounter with host Scott Aukerman.
Scott thinks Carly’s “I Really Really Like You” is actually about him. He confronts Carly about it, saying her doesn’t want to date her, despite the fact that she’s left “messages” for him on his phone, on the radio, in a video and “atop the pop charts.”
“I get it, I’m irresistible,” he tells her, “but at a certain point the harassment needs to stop.”
First Carly is confused, then she’s just grossed out. She sings him a modified message in which she calls him a “weirdo” and effectively makes her true feelings clear.
Carly’s episode airs Thursday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m. EST on IFC.
ABC/Lou Rocco Taylor Swift is a role model to a lot of girls -- including her own best friends. In a new interview with Hamptons magazine, Taylor's Victoria’s Secret model pal Martha Hunt gushes about how she looks up to Taylor.
"Taylor Swift -- I can't say enough good things about her," she says, when asked to name some of her female role models and heroes. "I admire her so much as a person and as a role model for young women."
Martha has been by Taylor’s side through much of this year as an integral member of the Swift Squad. She co-starred in the “Bad Blood” video as HomeSlice, joined Taylor on stage during her 1989 tour and spent an epic 4th of July with the star.
"I think we need more people like [Swift]; people who want to bring women together and not oversexualize themselves," she says. "Plus, she's talented, and she's just the best."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJessie J has babies on the brain. The singer tells People that becoming a mom is just one of the many things she’d like to accomplish in the near future.
When asked by the mag to list some of her future goals, the first thing she said, laughing, was, “Have a baby -- not today!" adding,"But that's something that I hope that I'm blessed with in my life.”
She continues, “I would love to build a school in Africa. I would love to write a book. My first-ever film that I've done is gonna be announced soon. I'm not allowed to talk about it yet, but I've done a film. There's loads of things I wanna do. A cookbook … I want to be able to run for longer than 10 seconds. Yeah. And just keep writing great music. That's it.”
And now that she’s on the mend from recent surgery, she can start checking things off. Last month, Jessie underwent surgery for an undisclosed illness. It forced her to cancel some live shows, but she returned to the stage last week to perform a pop-up concert in San Francisco as part of Pop-Tarts' Crazy Good Summer program.
Rixton and R&B singer Jhene Aiko joined Jessie to perform their new single for the Pop-Tarts campaign, “Sorry to Interrupt.”
Sebastian EdgeAll the speculation about who's recorded the theme for the new James Bond movie Spectre has taken a surprising new twist. While the speculation has mostly focused on Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding or even Adele -- again -- as being the lucky singer who scored the plum assignment, a much-loved British alt-rock band may actually be the frontrunner.
Britain's The Guardian paper reports the British bookmaking firm William Hill has stopped taking bets on who'll sing the Spectre theme after a guy tried to place a 15,000-pound bet -- about $23,000 dollars -- on the band Radiohead.
A spokesperson for William Hill said initially, people were placing bets on Ellie Goulding like she was a definite, so they were going to suspend betting on her, but then a bunch of bets came in for Radiohead. Then, after that one guy asked to bet 15,000 pounds at 10 to 1 odds, William Hill assumed someone had some inside information, so it pulled the plug.
"Surely nobody risks 15 thousand pounds on a hunch," said the spokesperson.
The director of Spectre, Sam Mendes, has said the song has already been recorded and the name of the singer will be announced soon. Speculation shifted from Sam Smith to Ellie after Sam said he thought she'd gotten the gig, and then Ellie tweeted the words "Live and Let Die." Sam, meanwhile, continues to deny he's recorded the song.
Monty Brinton/CBSIt seems Lady Gaga spent a night courting Lady Luck. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer was spotted gambling in Atlantic City until 2:00 a.m. Friday.
After playing a gig at the Borgata with Tony Bennett, Gaga hit the craps table with her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. They reportedly joined Real Housewives of New York City's Dorinda Medley and her boyfriend, John Mahdessian. A source saw Gaga blowing on the dice for the good luck and playing with $100 chips.
The next day, Taylor and John reportedly met up again over blackjack, but Gaga opted out, perhaps choosing to get some rest instead.
No word on if any of them won big -- but Taylor did recently drop nearly $300,000 on three pairs of Alexander McQueen shoes for Gaga, so maybe he was hoping to make some of that money back.
Peter Yang Mark your calendars! Justin Bieber’s new single drops in 30 days. The singer announced that the song is called “What Do You Mean?”
“The countdown has begun... #WhatDoYouMean #30DAYS I'm back :),” he writes on Twitter. His website even has a countdown clock to next month’s release date.
The Biebs has been hard at work on a follow-up to his 2012 album, Believe. In a recent Interview magazine chat with Martha Stewart, he said he’s been working a lot with EDM producers Skrillex and Diplo, his collaborators on the hit song “Where Are U Now.”
ABC/Randy HolmesAsk and you shall receive. Shawn Mendes petitioned the creators of The CW drama The 100 for a part on the show -- and he got it. The teen singer will officially make his acting debut on the series’ third season premiere.
"I'm so excited to take a step into acting,” Shawn says. “It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, and can't wait for everyone to see my first role in The 100."
The post-apocalyptic series is based on the best-selling YA novel by Kass Morgan. Back in February, Shawn -- who's a huge fan of the show -- tweeted the writers asking for a role. Executive producer Jason Rothenberg saw his post and responded, “Hell, yes. Give me a call at the office. Follow me and I'll DM you the number.”
He then created a part especially for Shawn. E! News reports Shawn will play a resourceful young Ark survivor who gets into a tricky situation and uses his specific set of skills to get out of it.
Shawn, who’s currently touring with Taylor Swift, also just released a new video for an acoustic version of his song, “Stitches,” featuring Pitch Perfect’s Hailee Steinfeld.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift never rests. People magazine reports that the singer used her week off from her current world tour to fly to L.A. to meet her godson for the first time.
Model and actress Jaime King is one of Taylor's pals, and she named the singer godson to her new baby boy, Leo Thames Newman, who was born July 16. Taylor posted a photo on Instagram of herself holding the baby, with the caption, "Meeting my boy."
She also posted another photo on Instagram of the baby's hand grasping her finger, and quoted a lyric from her song "Never Grow Up": "Your little hand's wrapped around my finger and it's so quiet in the world tonight."
Jaime shared the photo of Taylor holding Leo and captioned it, "My loves meet. Baby boy Leo Thames and his God Mother = Bliss."
Back in May, Jaime told People why she chose Taylor to be Leo's godmother. "It was really because of her morals and her values, the way that she treats people and how hard-working she is…her family and how close she is to them,” Jaime told the magazine. ”I see what she gives out there to her fans and to her family. That’s the kind of person I want to be the guide and the spiritual protector of my child.”
Scott SchatekOMI's breakout hit "Cheerleader" is topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third week, and the singer, born Omar Samuel Pasley, says he's proud to be representing for his "very small island" home of Jamaica.
"I mean, everything is surreal right now, you know what I mean? Because I’m from a very humble background, a very humble beginning -- a very small island, you know?" OMI tells ABC Radio. "So to be doing something that hadn’t been done in like 10, 12 years -- to be listed among great artists that came out of Jamaica -- it’s an honor and a privilege and I’m very humbled by it."
OMI is referring to topping the U.S. charts, which a Jamaican-born artist hasn't done since 2006, when Sean Paul hit #1 with "Temperature."
In addition to having the distinction of knocking "See You Again" out of the #1 spot after 12 weeks, "Cheerleader" also has gone platinum, reaching a million in sales and streams. OMI says he's happy that the song, which has already been a worldwide hit, has finally taken off in America.
"It’s thrilling," OMI tells ABC Radio. "And I think it’s one of the markets that a lot of people try to become number one or go platinum in. So for me to be in this position, I’m just very honored, you know?"
So, is there a special lady who inspired "Cheerleader?" Sadly, OMI says no. "I mean, it’s a concept," he tells ABC Radio. "The song is pretty straightforward. For me it was a concept, [but] a lot of people are able to relate to it and it connects with a lot of people, you know?"
"Cheerleader" has had a lot of time to connect with a lot of people, because the original version -- not the #1 hit remix version -- first came out in 2012. Not only that, but OMI says he wrote it "like seven years ago, eight years ago." Does that mean that he's already sick of singing the song?
He laughs, "I would say by now if I’m not tired of it already…There’s no getting tired of this song, mon!"
Earlier this month, OMI played his first-ever U.S. tour dates.
Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith had to cancel a slew of tour dates and festival appearances back in May when he had to undergo surgery due to a vocal cord hemorrhage, and then had to remain silent for weeks while he healed. Sounds like a hellish experience, but the Grammy winner now says the experience was "the best thing that happened to me, ever."
Speaking to U.K.'s Magic Radio, Sam says the fact that he was forced to put the brakes on his red-hot career was a great thing. "I feel like I've been gifted with time. I got to stop for a month and rest and become normal again, and realize how insanely my life has changed," he told the station. "In some areas, it's changed for the worse."
While Sam realizes that he really shouldn't complain about his life as a global pop superstar, he can't help but point out that there are some things about his fame that are less than desirable.
"It's really hard sometimes, some things are taken away from you, so it was beautiful for me to be able to kind of regain my normality a little bit," he explains. "Because it got to the point where my mum and dad were being put on guest lists to see me after shows. They didn't get to spend any time with their son, and that's not normal."
During the interview, Sam also talked about his impressive weight loss -- a result of completely changing his diet -- but bemoaned the fact that he could very easily put all the weight back on again.
"I just love food," he sighs. "I still love it, it's gonna be a battle for the rest of my life. It's not, like, this horrible diet that kills me -- when I want to eat something bad, I do it. But I've just got to stay on top of it, which is tough. I love fried chicken and cheese!"
In addition, Sam gave an update about his next album, the follow-up to the Grammy-winning smash In the Lonely Hour.
"I mean, I'm already writing [new songs]," he told Magic. "I feel like I've already got the title to the album, I've got the concept to the album. I work in terms of concepts, when I find the thing I want to write about, I actually go out and physically do it."
He laughs, "When I knew that the album was going to be called In the Lonely Hour, I think I subconsciously started being lonelier!"
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson's fan request-a-palooza continues! Each night, the singer performs a cover version of a different artist's song, as requested by a fan. Her most recent performance, in Michigan, was Tove Lo's smash "Habits (Stay High)."
"Tonight, this song is for Josh. He didn't put his last name," Kelly told the crowd. "Josh wanted me to sing like three Tove Lo songs but here's the thing about Tove Lo. It's not real family so I had to pick the most family one out of them, so here you go." She added, "I'm gonna try and keep it family." That she did, changing the lyric "at night I go to sex clubs" to "at night I go to sexy clubs."
Tove Lo's other hit, "Talking Body," contains numerous repetitions of the "F" word. Another Tove Lo song that Kelly is a fan of, "Moments," also features the "F" word.
So far on Kelly's current tour, she's covered songs ranging from Nick Jonas' "Jealous" to Rihanna's "B**h Better Have My Money" to 'N SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye."
ABC/Lou RoccoIn a new cover story with Complex magazine, Macklemore reveals he relapsed with drugs last year. The rapper -- birth name Ben Haggerty -- blames the trappings of fame for his slip-up and says he “just wanted to escape.”
"I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings," he tells the mag. "I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren't sleeping -- doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.”
He adds, “In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame--everything. All the clichés, man -- like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings -- all of that put into one pie was just...I just wanted to escape."
Macklemore says he first started taking sleeping pills, then moved on to marijuana. He struggled with the addiction all through last summer. He finally decided to sober up when his fiancée, Tricia Davis, became pregnant with their first child.
"I have to keep myself on point and be the best version of myself for this child to be the best version of itself,” he says.
He’s also back in the studio with musical partner Ryan Lewis. He says they are about "three-fourths" of the way finished recording the follow-up to 2012's The Heist. The new album is due out later this year.
Monty Brinton/CBSIn one corner, we have Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And in the other corner, we have two elderly nuns. Both sides have very different ideas regarding the sale of a California convent, and the battle over the sale continues in court this week.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant will preside over a court hearing on the sale set for Thursday.
To recap: Katy is trying to purchase a former Los Feliz convent. The archdiocese wants Katy to have the property, but the nuns don't. In fact, Sister Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose have already signed over the convent to restauranteur Dana Hollister. The archdiocese has contested the sale in court, claiming only the archbishop has the right to sell the property.
In court papers filed Friday, attorneys for the archdiocese allege Hollister swindled the nuns into selling her the convent. They argue that Hollister paid "just $44,000" of the $15.5 million purchase price, and doesn’t have to pay the rest until a later date. They say that Hollister knew the elderly nuns were in a “fragile financial condition,” and insist that “the transaction should be declared void as a product of elder abuse.”
This week’s court hearing will decide whether or not the sale to Hollister is valid.
Katy is reportedly willing to pay $14.5 million in cash for the convent. The singer, who was raised in a devout Christian family, apparently became interested in the convent three years ago and wants to make it her home.