Heather Wines/CBSA small Minnesota crowd gathered to watch Prince play a set in the wee hours of Friday morning, but there was one very big star among them: Madonna. The pop icon and her dance entourage showed up to see Prince’s special hometown gig at Paisley Park, TheCurrent.org reports.
Madonna apparently perched herself on the edge of the stage right at Prince’s feet, and gazed up at him as he jammed to songs like “Guitar” and “Ain’t About to Stop” from his latest album, HITNRUN Phase One.
After the sixth song of the set, Prince leaned down to have a private conversation with Madonna. Shortly after, Madonna left and Prince played a few more songs before calling it a night.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCAre you getting sick of hearing about Taylor Swift’s special on-stage tour guests? Too bad, says Taylor. She does it for the fans -- not the haters.
“There’s really nothing I can do about it, because I’m living my life the way I want to live it,” she tells NME of dealing with negativity. “If you want to be snarky about me sharing my stage with other artists and giving these fans -- who’ve paid their own money to see a show -- more than they expected to see that night, if you’d like to be snarky about that, then go ahead.”
She is indeed living life her way, and she has no regrets. “There’s nothing I would change about my life!” Taylor says, adding that she prefers fame to anonymity.
“Playing stadiums... walking down the street... I’d choose playing stadiums,” she says. “It’s a trade-off. There’s no way to travel two roads at once. You pick one. And if you don’t like the road you’re on, you change direction.”
Stadium shows don’t tend to make Taylor nervous, but she says there are situations that give her a bit of anxiety. “I [only] get nervous for TV or any situation in which I feel there are people in the audience who hate me,” she says. “If there are a considerable amount of people in the first couple of rows who I know are wishing I would trip and fall onstage, that stresses me out. So not at my shows. Maybe an awards show or something...”
Awards shows can be stressful for other reasons, too. The possibility of losing, for example. In an interview with Grammy Pro, Taylor admits after she lost the Album of the Year Grammy in 2014, she cried a little bit. Her album Red lost out to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.
“I remember not going to after-parties, I went home and I cried a little bit, and I got In-N-Out Burger and ate a lot,” she says.
Chin up, Taylor. There's still time to rack up more Grammys.
ABC/Randy HolmesWiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth continue to win big with their smash hit, "See You Again." Just a day after the song’s music video hit one billion views on YouTube, the tune has reached another milestone.
“See You Again,” off the Furious 7 soundtrack, has earned a third platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over three million copies worldwide. To date, it's sold over 3.5 million units. The song also serves as one of the decade’s biggest singles, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 for a whopping 12 weeks.
According to Forbes, the “See You Again” video is only the 10th YouTube video to reach one billion views, a milestone it reached faster than any track except for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video.
Kurt VolkIn her new video for “Confident,” Demi Lovato proves she could totally star in her own action movie.
Robert Rodriguez directed the clip, in which Demi plays a prisoner-turned-assassin who gets betrayed by her boss. She gets to engage in some epic fight scenes -- including one with The Fast and the Furious star Michelle Rodriguez. But eventually, she and Michelle realize they should be on the same side and team up to take down the baddie.
“What’s wrong with being confident?” Demi boldly asks in the song. The video definitely fits the empowerment theme.
“Confident” is the latest heart-thumping jam from Demi’s upcoming album of the same name. It comes out Friday, October 16.
Em believes Pac's greatest gift was his poetic rap style. "The way he chose which words to say with which beat was genius; it’s like he knew what part of the beat and what chord change was the right place to hit these certain words… to make them jump off the track and make you feel what he was saying," Em said, adding, "His ability to touch people’s lives like that was incredible."
Of all Eminem's musical influences -- ranging from N.W.A to Public Enemy -- he says Tupac was "the first one to really help me learn how to make songs that felt like something." Em adds he "picked up so much" of Pac's "genius" ability to "evoking emotions through songs."
The rapper adds he still can't believe Tupac’s mother, Afeni, agreed to let him produce on 2004’s posthumous album, Loyal to the Game. "You wouldn’t be able to tell the 18/19-year-old Marshall that he would ever be able to get his hands on some Tupac vocals and have that opportunity," Eminem said. "It was such a significant piece of history for me and so much fun. I’m like a kid in a candy store; going nuts with the fact that I’m putting beats under his rhymes."
Roy Nachum/Roc NationRihanna sang high praise for artist Roy Nachum during a private unveiling of her album cover at MAMA gallery in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night. Now, Nachum is revealing the importance of Rihanna's Anti artwork, which sees a young Rih Rih holding a black balloon with a gold crown covering her eyes.
In an interview with Billboard, Nachum reveals when it came to using a childhood photo, "[Rihanna] knew, she immediately knew that’s what she wanted to do."
He also explains the significance of Rih's decision to include poem written in Braille. "For a blind person, a museum or a gallery is just a blank space. You can’t touch the work," Nachum says. "It was important for me to include, to do something for them. And to open people’s eyes. A metaphor. When you see Braille, it’s kind of like to appreciate life and simple things and all that."
Nachum is excited about doing more interactive art: "I’m bringing a message. My goal is to leave a mark as long as I live. So it’s kind of like, you’re just bringing it to a whole different crowd and making it so that a lot of people can see it and connect with my art, so I really appreciate it."
So how did he meet Rihanna? "I think it was a year ago... She watched me. She saw my work at Jay Z's -- he collects my work -- so she saw my work in his private collection," he says.
Wiz Khalifa continues to win big with his smash hit "See You Again." Just a day after becoming the first rapper to reach one billion views on YouTube with the song's accompanying music video, he's racked up another certification. Wiz's label has announced his Charlie Puth-assisted song has earned a third platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over three million copies worldwide. To date, he's sold over 3.5 million units.
"See You Again," lifted from the Furious 7 soundtrack and film, also serves as the decade’s biggest singles, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 for a 12 weeks and tying the record set by Eminem’s "Lose Yourself" for a rap single’s longest run atop the chart.
In related news, Wiz has been busy in the studio working on his upcoming album, Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album. It's the official sequel to his major label debut, 2011's Rolling Papers, which spawned his chart-topping single, "Black & Yellow."
Dana Edelson/NBCThe Weeknd is ready for the weekend -- specifically, this Saturday night. Ahead of his serving as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, the Canadian singer has filmed some promos with host Amy Schumer.
In the first two clips, he pretty much just looks on silently as Amy and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon joke around. In the third clip, both The Weeknd and Amy try to dodge Kate’s hangout invite.
Saturday will mark The Weeknd’s first time as the featured musical guest on SNL. He did perform on the show once before though, joining Ariana Grande to sing “Love Me Harder” during her 2014 appearance. That, of course, was before he hit #1 with "Can't Feel My Face" and his latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness.
Peter YangJustin Bieber wants you to forget about those naked vacation pictures and focus on a different image. The singer unveiled his official album cover on Instagram Friday.
The cover, which confirms Justin's album title as Purpose, features him shirtless and gazing downward, with his fingers steepled in an almost prayer-like pose. A painting by the graffiti artist Retna is superimposed on his image.
Justin posted three versions of the cover: one blue, one white and one black.
Louie Banks/InterscopeSome more performers have been added to the MTV Europe Music Awards lineup. Ellie Goulding and Jason Derulo will be joining Pharrell Williams as part of the night’s onstage entertainment, according to MTV.
Ed Sheeran, who’ll be hosting the show with Orange Is the New Black’s Ruby Rose, also will be performing. He’ll join electronic group Rudimental during the show. Ed’s collaboration with the group, “Lay It All on Me,” was released last week.
The EMAs will take place on October 25 in Milan, Italy. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Brian Bowen Smith/NBC; Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Sabra SalsaIf you've been wondering what Joe Pesci has been up to, the answer is simple: He's been recording music with Adam Levine.
That's what Us Weeklysources claim. Apparently, Pesci and the Maroon 5 frontman have been friends for years, after meeting at a charity golf event, and the 72-year-old Goodfellas actor is "really focused on music right now," one insider says.
"They kicked around some songs and recorded some stuff together," another source adds.
Whether these recordings will see the light of day remains to be seen. "It was just a thing they did while having fun!" the second source says.
Levine, 36, and Pesci reportedly have quite the bromance. They play golf together, and Pesci has attended Maroon 5 shows and visited the set of Levine's reality show, The Voice, according to Us Weekly. Pesci's also a singer -- really -- and has recorded and released albums and songs in the past.
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesJustinBieber's not happy about nude photos of him that have been turning up on various media outlets, and he's decided to take action.
Lawyers for the 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer have fired off a cease-and-desist letter to New York's Daily News, which published the nude photos Wednesday showing the pop star on vacation in Bora Bora. Bieber's legal representatives are calling on the paper to remove the pics from its site or else face a lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The letter, obtained by the entertainment industry trade publication, was sent shortly after the photos were published, demanding compliance within 12 hours of receipt.
"We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorized photographs of our Client including images showing him without clothing," reads the letter.
Bieber's legal team states the publication of the photos represents a violation of the singer's publicity and privacy rights and, according to the letter, infringe on the singer's trademarks.
Zoey Grossman for Billboard MagazineSelena Gomez's long-awaited new album Revival arrives today, and she says the album makes a strong statement about taking control of her life. "I feel like I'm in charge of everything," she says.
In a video interview posted on Billboard.com, Selena explains that what Revival represents for her is "almost like a metamorphosis." She adds, "I feel like I'm coming into my own and I've been through stuff, and I think that it's been able to test me as a person, and I feel like I'm in charge of everything."
Among the "stuff" Selena's gone through: being diagnosed with lupus and undergoing chemo treatments, splitting with her record label, replacing her mom as her manager, having her love life played out in every tabloid magazine around the world, and being body shamed. She says the experience of living through that informed the concept of the record.
"By all means, I don't have anything figured out, but Revival and the idea of 'revival' is figuring out, through all the hurdles that life is going to ...give you, or basically, if the world comes at you with its worst, you just have to come back at it with your best," she explains. "I think that's what this album represents. This is my perspective on where I am."
While she feels more confident and in charge than ever, Selena says she still found it helpful to get feedback from friends and family about her new music, which definitely shows her sexier side. One particular friend's opinion, she says, is key.
"My friends hear everything, for sure. But it's also good for me to have, you know, have Taylor [Swift] listen to my stuff," she tells Billboard. "And then I'll have my girlfriends back home and my cousin listen to stuff. And that's kind of equally as important to me."
Why? Selena explains, "I have such respect for people who totally understand it" -- like Taylor -- "but then I also know that there are things that my cousin's gonna hear that I didn't hear. And I like that."
Selena will kick off her Revival tour next spring.
Randy Holmes/ABCMen: Wanna date Katy Perry? Take it easy with the hair removal. In an interview with Glamour magazine, the singer says she prefers a particular level of manscaping.
"If your teeth and nails are good, you’re a candidate,” she tells the magazine about the way she likes her men to be groomed. "If you can’t clean under your nails and you want to touch me, forget it. And personally, the less hair, the better. I like a trimmed man, but not completely waxed.”
When it comes to her own looks, Katy tells Glamour that she loves to have fun with crazy hair colors and makeup looks, but she admits she’s not always the glamorous person you see on stage.
"I’m Katy Perry onstage. At home I’m Katheryn Hudson,” she says, referring to her birth name. “I’ve created this cartoon look when performing, but offstage I don’t always have three hours to put it together. That’s when I’m just about lashes, shaping my brows and more natural skin.”
When it comes to her hair, though, she prefers to forgo her natural look. "I’m naturally the most boring dishwater squirrel brown,” she says. “So I’ve been playing with colors since I was 15. I loved the grunge green, and shocking blue was fun. Colored hair is such a huge accessory that you don’t even need to add extra stuff."
So now that we know how Katy likes to look, but how does she like to smell? She says her new fragrance, Mad Potion, is based on her favorite scents.
“With Mad Potion, the two main ingredients are exotic vanillas and androgynous musks,” she says. “It’s definitely a sweeter perfume. I like to be edible. I want somebody to…eat me."
Image Courtesy of AstralwerksHalsey channels her inner Katniss Everdeen in her "New Americana" video, which is fitting, since the song has become a rallying cry for adolescent rebellion. In a behind-the-scenes video for "New Americana," which you can watch now at Noisey.com, Halsey explains the message she's trying to convey in the song.
"The whole idea of 'New Americana' is a new generation that's not afraid of anything," she says in the clip. "It's this idea of everyone's your ally."
On the chorus to "New Americana," Halsey sings, "We are the New Americana/High on legal marijuana/Raised on Biggie and Nirvana," but that line doesn't define the song's entire meaning.
"It's not about smoking weed and listening to rap music or grunge music," laughs Halsey. "It's about this idea of a new culture that has the opportunity to take counter-culture and turn it into something bigger."
"New Americana" is a single from Halsey's debut album, Badlands, which is out now.
RCA Records Before their album comes out tomorrow, R. City is treating us to a brand new track. The duo premiered “Save My Soul” on Billboard on Thursday.
Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas get brutally honest on the track, over the sound of a twanging guitar. It opens with the lyrics, “I’m feeling like I could kill a man/I’m feeling like I don’t give a damn/But I mean could you blame me?/Oh, maybe I’m just going crazy.”
The chorus is a plea for salvation. “Save my soul/Save my soul/When I lose my mind and I lose control/Save my soul,” they sing.
“'Save My Soul' is our ghetto gospel, our conversation with God,” the brothers tell Billboard.
The song, along with R. City's current hit “Locked Away,” will be featured on their debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot When Pope Francis was visiting America last month, Madonna gave him a shoutout at one of her shows. Will she be giving him a formal invite to one of her concerts next? Although her Rebel Heart tour contains some potentially controversial religious references -- pole dancing nuns, to be exact -- Madonna tells Rolling Stone she thinks the pope would enjoy her show.
“I do, actually, because at the end of the day, the message of my show is about love, and that's his message,” she says.
Of course, Madonna’s had a long and contentious history with the Catholic Church. She was raised Catholic, but claims to have been excommunicated three times for various indiscretions. During her Blond Ambition Tour, the pope at the time tried to ban her show in Rome. But Madonna says Pope Francis seems different.
“I'll state the obvious and say that he seems like he's a much more open-minded individual, who seems to be moving outside of the dogma of the Catholic Church that has been set in stone since the days of Constantine,” she says. “So I think it's good.”
She adds, “And I also believe that he's the kind of Pope you could sit down and have a cup of tea with, and/or that you could make a joke about something and he would laugh about it.”
Suzanne Tenner/FX NetworksIt seems a lot of people wanted to check into Lady Gaga’s hotel. The singer’s TV acting debut on American Horror Story: Hotel Wednesday night premiered to big ratings for FX, according to Variety.
The show ranked as the night’s number two program among 18-49-year-olds, behind Fox’s Empire. According to same-night numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, the premiere averaged about 3.8 million viewers in that age group and 5.81 million viewers overall.
Those numbers are down a bit from last year’s American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, but video-on-demand and DVR playback numbers haven’t even been included yet.
John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars is trying his hand at TV producing. According to Deadline, the singer is teaming up with Empire producer Brian Glazer to develop a music family comedy series for NBC.
The show will reportedly follow a loud, dysfunctional Bronx family and how they must adjust when they take in their innocent, optimistic 10-year-old nephew. While the series is not based on Bruno’s life, it will include elements of his background. It’s not yet clear how the musical aspect will be worked into the show.
NBC has given the show a put pilot commitment so far, which means the network has agreed to air the pilot either as a special or as part of a series.