NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenLos Angeles will be partying like it's 1999 on Friday, May 6, as the city is set to honor Prince on the steps of city hall.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the late musician's legacy in music and philanthropy. The celebration will be hosted by the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson and council member Jose Huizar.
The announcement came via the event's Facebook page, which reads in part, "Our very own City Hall was the prime location for the 'Diamonds and Pearls' video. The City of Los Angeles is proud to have been the home away from home for a tremendous talent that touched our city. We look forward to celebrating his contributions to music, Los Angeles, and the world."
Mayor Garcetti expressed his admiration for the singer via a statement issued last week.
"Prince was a once-in-a-generation talent. His genius on stage, and in the studio, was matched only by his determination to protect the integrity of his art and defend the rights of artists to control what they create," he said. "Memories of his work take me back to my childhood -- and years later, I had the good fortune to witness his brilliance during an incredible performance at the Roosevelt Hotel. That night, I spoke to him briefly about my admiration for his music. Today, I join people in Los Angeles and throughout the world in mourning the loss of a true icon."
Meanwhile, news has emerged that before he died, Prince changed his diet.
That's according to his chef, who confirmed to ABC News that the singer, who died April 21 at the age of 57, had been eating less in recent days, and had asked for foods that were more "easily digestible," because he suffered from frequent sore throats and an upset stomach.
The chef also said that when he heard that Prince's plane had made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois the week before he died because the singer was ill, he was not concerned, because he knew there had been was flu going around.
Meanwhile, sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that Prince was using multiple doctors to get prescriptions for painkillers, which he'd reportedly been taking for his chronic hip pain. A search warrant has been executed on a local Walgreens in connection with the investigation.
Finally, a company called Heir Hunters International, which specializes in locating people who stand to inherit estates, has identified two additional heirs in addition to Prince's sister Tyka and his half siblings. They are a niece and a grandniece of one of Prince’s half brothers, Duane.
A local attorney tells ABC News that according to Minnesota law, they would split Duane's share of the estate, which means that they'd each get 1/14.
ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry made a terminally ill fan’s dream come true. The singer sent a video message to 13-year-old Sophie Birtles, who’s suffering from a degenerative condition called Juvenile Sandhoff disease.
Sophie’s friends and family started a social media campaign to get Katy’s attention using the hashtag #YoureAFireworkSophie, and it quickly went viral. Family friend Jo Pack shared Katy’s video on Twitter today.
"Hi Sophie, it's Katy Perry here,” the singer says in the clip. “I heard your story and I just wanted to tell you that you are a firework, and you are trending, and I do love you and everybody loves you and we're thinking about you all over the world right now and sending you so much love. I hope you can feel it through this message. Love you Sophie."
Jo also shared a video of Sophie watching the video from her hospital bed on the Isle of Man in the U.K. Sophie is seen blowing a kiss at the computer screen.
Photo by George Pimentel/WireImageJustin Bieberposed with a tiger at his dad’s engagement party over the weekend, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is not happy about it. The animal rights organization released a statement about the incident, advising the Biebs about the dangers of such photo ops.
"Justin Bieber is lucky not to have had his throat torn out by this stressed captive tiger," PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange says in a statement. "Tigers used for photo ops are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and the Bowmanville Zoo, in particular, was caught whipping one tiger more than 17 times, even after the cat was lying on his back in a position of submission and fear.”
The statement continues, “This is why PETA urges everyone to stay far away from cruel and dangerous big-cat photo ops and also why we're asking Justin to vow that this will be his last time promoting these types of abusive outfits."
ABC/Phil McCartenNick Jonas and Kate Hudson are still enjoying each other’s company. According to People, the two were spotted having dinner together Sunday at the Italian restaurant Carbone in New York City.
Kate was wearing a sheer purple top, purple velvet blazer and flared jeans. Nick sported black pants, a black jacket and a green button-down shirt. It was the first time they’ve been seen out in public together since they addressed rumors of a relationship back in February.
"Kate's incredible,” Nick told Complex magazine for its February/March issue. “We had an unbelievable connection as two humans who just admire things about each other, and see something in each other that's beautiful."
They’ve both continued to insist they’re single, though.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt's Britney at the BBMA's, b***.
After a couple weeks of rumors, Britney Spears has confirmed that she'll appear at this year's Billboard Music Awards. She'll receive the Millennium Award, which is given to artists to recognize "their outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry." The previous recipient of this award was Whitney Houston in 2012.
The most exciting news, though, is that Britney will perform a medley of her greatest hits during the show. It won't be too difficult for her to pull that off, since she sings all those classics regularly during her Las Vegas show, Piece of Me. Since the Billboard Music Awards are being held in Vegas, she won't even have much of a commute.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC May 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, from the T-Mobile Arena. Ludacris and Ciara will host the show, which will also feature performances from DNCE, The Go-Go's, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo and Demi Lovato. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Trae Patton/CBSFor stars of Hollywood and the fashion world, the Met Gala is THE party of the year, and Met Gala fixture Taylor Swift -- who's co-chairing the event -- is bringing a special date with her: Selena Gomez.
Selena told Access Hollywood, "We're going together. It’s so fun. It’s going to be the best. It’s like kind of prom for fashion. I love going because everybody just shows up and feels great and has fun."
The bash, which takes place at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has a theme each year. This year, it's "Fashion in an Age of Technology," so what will Selena's look be? Man-made or machine-made? She wouldn't say.
"I don't wanna get in trouble,” she said, but added that her outfit will be "beautiful” and “so cool.”
Meanwhile, Selena's Revival Tour kicks off Wednesday in Las Vegas. So, will Taylor show up to perform with her, just like Selena did during Taylor's 1989 tour? “She would in a heartbeat,” Gomez told Access Hollywood, “but she knows how important this tour is for me and I do want to make it about me for a while.”
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image AwardsA vault purportedly containing unreleased Prince songs was drilled open, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV.
The singer, who released 39 studio albums and dozens of other musical projects, died April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.
Bremer Trust, the St. Cloud, Minnesota, company given temporary authority over Prince's estate, opened the vault to which only Prince had the code, KSTP-TV added.
Previously, Prince spoke openly about his treasure trove of music on The View.
"One day, someone will release them. I don't know that I'll get to release them," he said back in 2012. "There's just so many."
The seven-time Grammy Award winner reportedly left behind a vault containing so much music his estate could put out an album a year for the next century.
"We could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more," Susan Rogers, Prince's former recording engineer, told ABC's Good Morning America.
Rogers added that the vault in Prince's Paisley Park home was a giant room with shelves that filled up quickly. The door to the vault was sealed with a large spinning wheel.
The news of Prince's vault being opened comes as his sister, Tyka Nelson, claimed earlier last week that the singer had no will or trust, according to paperwork she filed in Minneapolis.
Several of Prince's siblings are expected in court Monday as they begin the process of sorting out what will happen with the singer's estate. It's expected that Prince's estate will be divided between Nelson and his five half-siblings, if state law is adhered to.
Parkwood/ColumbiaAll the attention Beyoncé has received for her surprise album, Lemonade, has paid off on the sales chart.
Lemonade, which has sparked plenty of discussion over whether the singer's husband, Jay Z, cheated on her, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It earned 653 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday, including 485 thousand in pure album sales.
Lemonade is Beyoncé's sixth solo album -- all have gone to #1 on the Billboard 200.
Prince continues to have a strong presence on the Billboard 200 following his death last month. He occupies five of the top seven slots, led by The Very Best of Prince, which is #2. The 2001 compilation earned 391 thousand units earned, including 216 thousand copies sold.
The Purple Rain soundtrack rounds out the top three, with 150 thousand units earned, including 133 thousand copies sold.
Billboard notes that Drake's latest album, Views, will likely debut at #1 on next week's chart, with forecasters predicting it could sell more than 800 thousand copies in its first week of release. The album dropped this past Friday.
Image Group LA/ABCAfter some intense rehearsals, Selena Gomez is finally ready to kick off her Revival tour this week. She tells InStyle this time around she’s making all the decisions -- including the curation of her killer on-stage wardrobe.
“It’s crazy because now I get to collaborate with designers that I’ve aspired to work with and all of the looks are so distinct and beautiful,” she says. “I can’t wait for people to see them because they’re very different. Every single look has a feel to it and it takes you to a different place… I think people are really going to like the wardrobe.”
There’s one outfit in particular that stands out from all the rest: a costume designed by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld. “That was one where I put on the actual costume when it was done and I was just completely blown away,” she says. “It makes me feel so bada**. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
Selena tells InStyle she watched a playback of her tour rehearsals last week and was “overwhelmed with emotion.” “I have never cared about a tour as much as I cared about this one,” she says.
The tour, which kicks off May 6 in Las Vegas, follows the mega-success of Selena’s 2015 album, Revival. “I spent a year and a half working on this album,” she says. “I did not at all anticipate the success that it would have because it's the first time I've actually really put myself out there. Now I'm putting it all together; it’s insane and it's all in my control.”
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth in February 2012; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImageMileyCyrus and her reported partner Liam Hemsworth's sister-in-law, Furious 7 actress Elsa Pataky, now have something else in common -- they're both sporting matching tattoos.
The 23-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer and Pataky, 39, along with two other girlfriends, each got a small wave tattoo in black ink.
It's the work of Australian tattoo artist Lauren Winzer, who posted a photo on Instagram of the body art on various places of the ladies' bodies, including their wrists, a finger and a foot.
Cyrus has been vacationing with Liam, 26, in his native Australia, where his family – including brother Chris Hemsworth and Chris' wife, Pataky – currently live, according to People magazine.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageBeyoncé has postponed a date on her just-launched Formation World Tour.
She had been scheduled to perform at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, this Thursday, but the concert has been pushed back. A new date for the show has yet to be announced.
The reason for the postponement is unclear. TMZ speculated that it may have been due to stadium renovation, but the official Twitter account for the venue responded, "Nissan Stadium was ready and able to host the May 5 Beyoncé show, and we look forward to the rescheduled event."
Bey's tour kicked off in Miami last Wednesday. She's visited Tampa, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, in recent days, and will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday night.
Republic RecordsOne of The Voice’s youngest winners ever, Sawyer Fredericks, has a release date for his full-length debut album. A Good Storm comes out May 13.
The album includes his new song, “4 Pockets,” which is available as an instant grat track for those who pre-order.
To celebrate the upcoming album release, the 17-year-old season eight champ will be returning to The Voice to perform “4 Pockets” on May 3. On the same night, DNCE will also perform a medley of their singles “Cake By the Ocean” and “Toothbrush.”
After his Voice appearance, Sawyer will be hitting the road with his new music for a headlining tour beginning May 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here is the full track list for A Good Storm:
"Take It All" "This Fire" "Lovers Still Alone" "Stranger Ft. Mia Z" "Shots Fired" "Still Here" "A Good Storm" "Not Coming Home" "What I’ve Done" "4 Pockets" (Original Mix) "4 Pockets" (Pharrell Williams Mix)
And here are the tour dates:
5/8 -- Albuquerque, NM, Low Spirits 5/10 -- Denver, CO, Soiled Dove 5/11 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up 5/12 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Post Theater 5/14 -- Portland, OR, Lola’s Room 5/15 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door 5/17 -- Petaluma, CA, Mystic Theater 5/18 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst Atrium 5/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour 5/20 -- Santa Barbra, CA, Velvet Jones 5/22 -- Grass Valley, CA, Center for the Arts 5/23 -- San Francisco, CA, Social Hall 5/25 -- San Diego, CA, Voodoo Room at House of Blues
Meredith TruaxNeon Trees’ Tyler Glenn takes aim at the Mormon church in the video for his solo debut, “Trash.” The visuals, which premiered on Rolling Stone Friday, reflect the openly gay singer’s conflicted relationship with the religion and its stance on the LGBT community.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure," Tyler sings, while surrounded by references to his former faith. He even spits at a modified portrait of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith.
"I needed to make this statement to artfully show the pain of a faith crisis and the darkness of doubt,” Tyler says in a statement. “But also that there are ways to reclaim what is yours -- I'm beginning to reclaim what is mine now with this song, with this video and with this record."
Tyler came out to Rolling Stone back in 2014, and at the time he was also a practicing Mormon. But he says his views changed after the church confirmed last year that they would ban gay members.
His first solo album is set to be released this fall.
Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.
According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.
"I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"
Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."
Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."
Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers run into car trouble in the official music video for “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya.
In the clip, the electronic duo encounters Daya and a group of female dancers while driving through the woods. During their face-off, The Chainsmokers’ vintage lowrider starts to bounce out of control.
The duo, joined by Daya, recently performed the song at Coachella. The Chainsmokers previously released a lyric video for the tune, which follows a couple dealing with the ups and downs of their relationship.
ABC/Randy HolmesSeems like Mariah Carey already said yes to the dress. The singer reveals to Entertainment Tonight that she has her wedding dress all picked out for her impending nuptials to Australian billionaire James Packer.
"I tried my dress last night," she tells ET. "It looks good. They came and brought it...I can't say the people. I can't say their names. The fabulous designer house that's amazing."
Based on Mariah’s massive 35-carat engagement ring, one might assume the couple is going all out with their wedding planning. But Mariah says they’re being “normal” about it. After all, it marks the third marriage for both of them.
"I'm just going with whatever I like," Mariah says.
Mariah’s been on her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour in Europe, which is being filmed as part of her E! docu-series, Mariah’s World.
Image Group LA/ABCTurns out, Justin Bieber isn’t that conceited. The self-professed Christian took to Instagram yesterday to refute reports that he had compared himself to God. It all started with another Instagram post earlier in the week, which featured Justin lying in bed with the biblical caption, “And on the 7th day…”
Justin called out some media outlets for suggesting that he was putting himself on the same level as a supreme being.
“Would love to talk about this because it's another moment to point to God,” he writes. “When I said on the 7th day it was a reference to say that on the 7th day he rested giving us a template and example letting us know how important rest is.”
He adds, “People love to twist what was meant for good and maybe it was my fault by not explaining my thought correctly. You can think the worst about me but never ever want people to think I compare myself to The MOST HIGH.”
Credit: David Cannon/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake is set to show off his golf skills at the 27th annual American Century Championship in Nevada this summer.
He’ll be participating in the celebrity tournament along with a host of other entertainment personalities and athletes, including former NBA player Charles Barkley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and comedian Larry the Cable Guy. Justin, as we know, is an avid golfer and took part in the championship last year as well.
The 54-hole tournament will take place at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course between July 19 and 24. It will be televised live on NBC Sports and NBCSN. The event will help raise money for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit, biomedical research organization.
Meanwhile, according to Hits Daily Double, Justin's new song from the movie Trolls will be coming out in early May, with the soundtrack set for an October release. A new full-length album release from Justin is rumored to be in the works for the latter part of this year.