Rihanna has become the first artist to have than 100 million in sales of gold and platinum-certificated digital singles under her belt.
The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that the singer has the most Digital Single Awards and is the only artists to reach having 100 million cumulative certified singles. The RIAA awards gold certification for 500,000 in sales and platinum certification for 1 million in sales.
"Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace," said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman in a statement. "We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached. Congratulations to Rihanna! She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career."
The hit songs that helped her achieve this career milestone include her nine-times-platinum "We Found Love", her six-times-platinum "Stay" and even her two recent platinum singles, "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye West and "B***h Better Have My Money."
We're sure there's even more hits on the way as Rihanna continues to work on her long-awaited album, tentatively titled R8, which is due out this year.
Alex KirzhnerIt seems Flo Rida and Natalie La Rose have both decided to drop out of the Miss USA Pageant. The rapper and the singer were supposed to perform their hit single “Somebody” at the July 12 ceremony, but reportedly cancelled their appearances amid controversy over Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.
A rep for Natalie confirms her departure to Billboard, and TMZ reports that Flo Rida has followed suit. Both artists have yet to comment on the Donald Trump controversy.
Donald owns the Miss Universe Organization in a joint venture with NBCUniversal, but yesterday NBC announced that it’s ending its business relationship with him. Donald made the inflammatory remarks during a speech announcing his presidential candidacy on June 16.
The pageant is still set to go forward, but it won't air in Spanish on Univision or in English on NBC. Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts were scheduled to co-host, but they’ve also withdrawn from the event.
Image Group LA/ABCTaylor Swift works hard and, apparently, plays hard. According to The Irish Sun, the singer and her Scottish DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris partied into the wee hours of the morning after her Dublin gig Monday night.
Following the first of two shows at 3Arena, the couple reportedly attended a secret after-party with Taylor’s dancers and touring crew at the Guinness Storehouse. Staff at the venue apparently didn’t even know the stars were in attendance and weren’t informed about the party until hours after it ended.
Taylor and Calvin then went back to the InterContinental Hotel, where they were staying, and continued the festivities until around 5 a.m.
Calvin’s been spending time with Taylor throughout her recent tour dates in the U.K. Over the weekend, they went for a sail on the River Thames in London with pals Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas.
Cliff Lipson/CBSAdele may be keeping a low profile these days, but she apparently has some very high-profile friends. The singer was spotted having dinner with soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, at the Beaumont Hotel in London Monday night, according to the U.K.’s The Mirror.
The group reportedly was also joined by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana.
It’s not known if the meet-up was for business or pleasure, but Adele and the Beckhams are technically neighbors. In 2013, Adele reportedly purchased an $8 million home near the Beckhams' $49 million estate. The trio also counts Elton John as a mutual friend.
We’re still patiently waiting for Adele’s new album, which, if reports are to be believed, is being readied for a September release date.
RCA RecordsIf you want to perform on stage with Kelly Clarkson during her upcoming Piece by Piece tour, now’s your chance. As Kelly first announced last month, she’s giving a select number of lucky fans the opportunity to sing a song with her at one of her concert dates starting next month.
To enter the "Open Mic Night" contest, you must submit a video of yourself singing your favorite cover song, and it doesn’t have to be a Kelly song. Post the video to one of your social media channels and use the hashtag #KCOpenMic.
Kelly will review the submissions and then select one winner per concert date based on originality, vocal ability, interpretation of the song and creativity. If chosen, the winner will get to perform a cover song with Kelly, accompanied by her backing band.
The Piece by Piece North American tour starts July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Bonnie McKee MusicBonnie McKee has been Katy Perry’s songwriting partner on hits including “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream” and “Roar.” Now, she’s released an EP of her own material.
Bombastic has four songs: the title track, “I Want It All,” “Wasted Youth” and “Easy.” It's her first collection of solo music since her 2004 album, Trouble.
“This is what my art looks like when you remove the filter of a corporate overlord record label,” Bonnie says in a statement. “It's about freedom to be yourself without caring what other people think, it's about the thrill of the fight, being fearless and empowered, and not apologizing for it!”
She says she wrote the song “Bombastic” when she was feeling down, to remind herself that she’s powerful.
In addition to her Grammy-nominated work with Katy, Bonnie has penned tunes for Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Lambert.
Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsAs promised, and just in time for the July 4 weekend, Demi Lovato's released her new song, "Cool for the Summer." It's being billed as the debut single from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album.
The sexy dance track has Demi singing in the chorus, "Take me down into your paradise/Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type/Just something that we wanna try/'Cause you and I/We're cool for the summer."
Demi debuted the artwork for the single in a tweet last week. It features her lounging on a beach chair in a sexy cutout bathing suit, blue furry jacket and strappy stiletto heels. That's when she also revealed the single would be out today.
"Cool for the Summer," and the album that features it, will be Demi's first release on Safehouse Records, the label she recently formed with her former Camp Rock co-star Nick Jonas and music exec Phil McIntyre, in partnership with Island Records. Demi's signed to Hollywood Records but will be able to release music on Safehouse thanks to a further creative partnership between the labels.
“This time around, I’m free to explore. I can try anything, I can push my boundaries,” Demi says in a statement. “It’s been so exciting to get back in the studio and hone in on my sound. This album is going to surprise some people and I can’t wait for my fans to take this journey with me.”
Demi's hitting the road today to do the promotional rounds to push "Cool for the Summer," including surprising fans at pool parties around the country, where she may even perform the song.
Still no word on when Demi's new album's coming out, or what it'll be titled.
Interscope RecordsRumors that Zedd and Selena Gomez -- who collaborated on the hit "I Want You To Know" -- were an item were confirmed this week by Selena herself, who told a New Zealand radio station that she "definitely had a thing" with the DJ/producer. But Zedd isn't too happy about the fact that he's been forced into the spotlight by who he chose to date.
In the past, Zedd has said that he wants people all over the world to know his music, but not him, but now it's his personal life that's getting all the attention. "I guess I failed on doing that," he tells ABC Radio about his goal of remaining anonymous. "But I still think there's enough to talk about in the music world."
What Zedd, born Anton Zaslavski, means by that is that he's got plenty to say about his new album True Colors -- which features "I Want You to Know" and his new single, "Beautiful Now" -- but people keep focusing on his connection to Selena.
"I think I still want everyone to know my music before knowing me, which is part of the reason why I’m trying to speak about the music because there’s so much to talk about, rather than speaking about my personal life," he tells ABC Radio. "Because when you spend two years in a studio working on something, then people ask you about something that happened in a couple of minutes, you feel like it’s not fair."
Since she and Zedd parted -- for unknown reasons -- Selena has been linked to a variety of other men, but there's no word on Zedd's romantic life, and he probably likes it that way. He'll kick off a major headlining tour in September in support of True Colors.
Emblem/AtlanticRob Thomas has collaborated with legendary musicians like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, but when it comes to his solo projects, he hasn't really gone outside his immediate circle -- until now. He says working with outside people for his upcoming album The Great Unknown kept him from writing "a whole bunch of depressing songs."
"I’ve done that with other people for their records but I’ve never really had a chance to do that on my record," he says of working with new people for The Great Unknown. "So it was one of the first things I did. I worked with just a handful of people that I really respect and I like what they were doing and I felt comfortable in a room with."
Among those people were Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic -- who co-wrote the first single,"Trust You" -- plus two of the producers and songwriters who work with American Authors, and an artist and producer named Ricky Reed, aka Wallpaper, who's worked with Jessie J and Jason Derulo.
Rob says that because his band Matchbox Twenty has become more collaborative in recent years, he was more open to the idea of working with others when it came time to make his first solo album in six years. "You realize how much fun it is to walk into a room and not be responsible for everything and have people to play off of and have people to give you inspiration and take you in a direction you might not have gone," he tells ABC Radio.
With all those different people in the mix, Rob says The Great Unknown is more eclectic than it might have been, but also more upbeat.
"I think it gave me a difference on this record, just to the idea of from [track] one to 12, there’s just a lot of different feels on the record so it doesn’t all feel like it kind of just came from one spot, like me alone in a room," he tells ABC Radio. "‘Cause when I do that, I wind up making more of a downer record, ‘cause I’ll write when I’m depressed. And then I write a whole bunch of depressing songs and that’s what winds up on a record."
The Great Unknown is out August 21; Rob will perform on NBC's Today show on the 24th.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggyAzalea insists that her supposed feud with Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.
Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two pop artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the media is "trying to create a 'beef'" between her and Britney.
She tweeted, "We remain friends and i haven't said anything negative at all about her. Does wishing we had promoted a single more make me the bad guy?"
"i feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud wrestle each other," the Australian rapper continued. "As a woman i take great offense. Women in the media should be able to have a grown up and subjective opinion without it being anything more than that. its disappointing. No one is throwing 'shade' or 'shots' on either side of the table. The girl is my friend and i support her 100%."
Iggy concluded, "i feel like the press just wants to see girls be overtly sexual to one another, and have no real opinion other than 'i love it!' Im over it. Women in music are not the same as a teen drama. Stop making us all out to be, we are business women & artists. Not mean girls."
Last weekend, Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”
The comment was perceived by some as a dis directed at Britney. For her part, Brit tweeted, "Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe," in what may or may not have been a reference to Iggy cancelling her tour.
RCA RecordsIt seems Justin Timberlake is getting back to his roots. The Tennessee native just bought four million dollars worth of property in the Nashville area, according to The Tennessean.
The singer’s Los Angeles-based certified public accountant reportedly shelled out the dough for around 126 acres in Williamson County's Leiper's Fork community. The land sits along Old Highway 96 and previously belonged to Aubrey Preston, a philanthropist and preservationist. Justin’s plans for the property are not yet known.
Back in 2013, Justin told The Tennessean that he has friends in Williamson County and that he spends more time in Nashville than people realize. His mother and stepfather live in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood.
Atlantic RecordsFor Charlie Puth, rappers and soundtracks seem to be a winning combination. “See You Again,” his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa from the Furious 7 soundtrack, was a hit. Now, he’s teaming up with another rapper for the soundtrack to a new documentary.
Charlie and Lil Wayne have released their song “Nothing but Trouble,” which is the first single from the companion album for the documentary 808. The song talks about falling for a girl who was only interested in social media fame.
“These Instagram models, they’re nothing but trouble,” Charlie sings in the chorus.
The film, out later this year, chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and how it influenced the music world. It includes commentary and contributions from musicians like Pharrell Williams, Diplo and David Guetta.
ABC/Randy HolmesSorry Diplo, but Selena Gomez “definitely had a thing” with Zedd.
Earlier this month, the DJ-producer accused Selena and Zedd -- birth name Anton Zaslavski -- of faking a relationship in order to drum up publicity for their single, “I Want You to Know.” But in a new interview with a New Zealand radio show, Selena confirms the relationship was real.
“He said that was a joke, because I talked to him, he said it was a joke,” Selena says of Diplo's comments. “Because genuinely, first off it’s very interesting that Diplo would think he knew about my personal life, but he doesn’t.”
She goes on to say, “I adore Anton [Zedd] a lot and I definitely had a thing with him, which was nice.”
Since she used past tense to refer to their relationship, we can only assume their romance -- however real it was -- was short-lived.
Big Sean may have endured the demise of two highly publicized relationships, but he says each split taught him important lessons.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper spoke briefly on how he views his failed relationships, referring to his engagement to actress Naya Rivera as well as his whirlwind romance with pop singer Ariana Grande.
"It's no mistakes in life, though -- only lessons," he says.
The rapper also revealed that he doesn't necessarily begin the dating process with a relationship goal in mind. "They just happen," Sean said. "That's all it is. I'm just... I'm just living it. It's no, it's no God, it's no script. You know, we just out here doing what we doin'. Feelin' it out."
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCOnce again, Taylor Swift is using the power of Tumblr to connect with her fans. The singer wrote some encouraging words to a Swiftie named Emily, who is suffering from a congenital heart defect.
The girl initially posted a message to Taylor on the blogging site, where she thanked the singer for helping inspire her during tough times. "Taylor, you’ve made each and every long hospital visit, echo, EKG, IV, etc. easier, and I am so so incredibly grateful for that," she wrote. "You allowed me to be accepting towards the condition that I have, and I’m so unbelievably thankful for that."
Taylor responded with some kind words of her own, writing, "I think it’s amazing that you’re so honest about how it’s affected you. It’s impossible to be positive all the time about something that completely terrifies and confuses you, and I’m glad you’re not putting that kind of weird pressure on yourself. Thanks for listening to my music to escape from your fears and to confront them -- I really appreciate you writing this."
She concluded, "Sending you the biggest hug from my hotel room, where I've just raided the snack bar and eaten everything in the style of a raccoon rummaging through a trash can."
After receiving Taylor’s message, Emily requested a real hug from the pop star. "You told me that you were ‘sending me a hug' so let's make this picture and that hug real!” she wrote. “I can't wait to see you on July 24th and 25th."
Ben WattsRob Thomas has finally set a release date for his new solo album: The Great Unknown will be in stores August 21. Rob will promote the release with a performance on NBC's Today show on August 24.
The set is now available for pre-order at iTunes, and those who do so will receive an instant download of the first single, "Trust You," co-written by Ryan Tedder. The video for the track has just premiered; it was directed by Phil Harder, who did Rob's previous clips for "Ever the Same" and "Lonely No More," as well as the Matchbox Twenty videos for "Mad Season" and "Disease."
In the retro sixties-flavored video, a sunglasses-wearing Rob sings the song while a dancing woman is reflected in his shades. He also sings while surrounded by '60s-styled go-go dancers, retro graphics and images of hands with crossed fingers. That's what you do behind your back when you tell someone to trust you, but you don't mean it. There's also a trippy psychedelic visual of Rob's head surrounded by more dancing girls.
Rob's currently on the road promoting The Great Unknown through August. Plain White T's are opening for him.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCDid Britney Spears just throw shade at Iggy Azalea? The singer seemingly hit back at the Aussie rapper on Twitter, after Iggy tweeted her opinion on why their song “Pretty Girls” flopped.
"Can't wait to get back to Vegas," Britney tweeted. "So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe."
It would seem that tweet is subtly referencing Iggy’s tour cancellation. And Piece of Me is the name of Britney’s Las Vegas residency show, but the hashtag #YouWantAPieceOfMe also seems like a “don’t mess with me” warning.
The drama started when Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”
Many took this as a dig at Britney, but Iggy insisted her words were being misconstrued by the media. She said she wasn't blaming Britney for anything and said the two are close friends. “Genuine friends have genuine opinions,” she tweeted. “Its possible & healthy to have a differing thought without it being b**chy or shade.”
ABC/Heidi GutmanAs a new judge on this season of So You Think You Can Dance, Jason Derulo has been putting his dance expertise to good use. But while he may have thought he’d be gentle with the contestants, he’s discovering he’s actually tough to please.
“People would ask me all the time, like, ‘What kind of judge are you gonna be? Are you gonna be tough? Are you gonna be nice?’” he said on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “I was like, ‘I’m a nice guy, you know what I’m saying?’ Then I started watching the show and I’m like, 'd*** I’m kinda mean.'”
Jason, along with fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe, is judging two very different styles of dance this season. The Fox competition series is split between street dancing and stage dancing.
“In the back of people’s minds it was always kind of street versus stage, but now it’s at the forefront and it is really street versus stage,” Jason said. “So next week we’ll be deciding the top 20 and it’ll be ten street and ten stage, and then it’s head-to-head. You know, you got Twitch that is the team captain for the street side and Travis Wall, who is the captain for the stage side.”
Between critiquing the contestants, Jason said he’ll also be performing on the show in the two weeks. “It will actually be the first time that I perform my new single, ‘Cheyenne,’ and I’ll be doing it with the all-stars,” he said.
Speaking of that new single, Jason just released the music video for "Cheyenne." He previously teased the visual on Good Morning America, saying he wanted it to have a huge concept and a dance break. The cinematic clip features Jason stuck in a haunted mansion where he’s tormented by the ghost of a past lover. And true to form, he busts out some Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, along with group of back-up dancers dressed as creepy ballerinas.
Sherwin LainezAndy Grammer's hit "Honey, I'm Good" is about a guy who refuses to cheat on his girlfriend when another woman comes on to him in a bar. But another song on Andy's album Magazines or Novels is about a guy who refused to have sex before marriage --- himself.
Speaking to Glamour about how he wrote the songs for Magazines or Novels, Andy said he wrote 50 songs but wasn't happy with any of them, so he threw them all out and started over. He decided to, as he puts it, be "as brutally honest as possible." As an example, he points to the song "Holding Out."
"There’s a song on there about how I was a virgin until I was married," he tells Glamour. "Oh my God, writing that one out was super scary, but it’s just my story. Being that brutally honest was the door that got me out and back into my space. So the next 50 songs I wrote were all closer. It’s like a bullseye."
OK, so why did Andy decide to remain a virgin until he married his wife Aijia? Because he thought if he started to have sex, he wouldn't be able to stop.
"I think we all know inherently what our faults are...So I inherently know that I’m capable of going way too far in that direction, [so] I’m not going to do that," he explains. " I think there was something for me about breaking that seal that was like, 'I really want to be a good guy, and I’m pretty sure that’s one of my biggest vices, and I don’t want to start that train. I don’t want to be the dude that sleeps with you and then doesn’t call.'"
Explaining why he decided to reveal this, Andy says, "The problem is, as an artist, if you’re not connected with who you are or honest with yourself, then your art sucks. That was a hard one for me...I was very honest!"
222 Records/InterscopeMaroon 5’s explicit new summer jam just got remixed. The band enlisted DJ-producer Alesso to turn their single, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf**ker,” into a booming dance track.
"We are big fans of Alesso's and were thrilled to hear that he would do a remix of the song," Adam Levine said in a statement. "It was cool to be able to collaborate on something together like this."
Alesso was equally as excited about the collaboration. "I heard this record and I had to do a version," he explained. "It's just one of those records you have to turn up so loud it hurts. It's the record of the summer for me!"
Now Maroon 5 fans have one version of the song for the car, and another for the club.