Image Group LA/ABCLorde's debut album Pure Heroine came out in 2013, and fans have been waiting for the follow-up for quite some time. But when one fan got a little obnoxious about the lengthy wait, Lorde schooled her in how a real artist operates.
Responding to a fan on Instagram who asked her, "Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?" Lorde wrote, "Give up on me if you want to! I'm an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell. It's all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork."
She adds, "The record is written, we're in the production stages now. I've worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys." Lorde signed her statement with a smiling sun, to indicate there were no hard feelings.
Since Pure Heroine came out, Lorde has curated and contributed to the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, but other than that album's single, "Yellow Flicker Beat," she hasn't released any new music.
Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesMaroon 5's most recent album, V, came out in 2014, and guitarist James Valentine is now hinting that we can soon expect something fresh from the band.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, James says that Maroon 5 is working on a new video with Dave Dobkin, who directed their Wedding Crashers-themed clip for "Sugar." He describes the video as "really, really special."
James also reveals that Maroon 5 is looking to put out a song to plug the gap between V and their next record. He says they've "just put the finishing touches" on that track, adding, "We have some more songs in various states of progress that we’ll be working on at the end of this year and beginning of next year.”
While V was a very pop-sounding record, James says the band has discussed taking a more "organic" approach to their next album, to create a sound similar to their breakthrough disc, Songs About Jane. However, he cautions, "We don’t ever really know until we get into the studio and we kind of just have to follow what everybody’s interested in.”
James was promoting his new custom-designed signature guitar, a collaboration with the Ernie Ball company.
Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears may be riding a wave of renewed popularity, but she wasn't able to ride an actual wave: she says a huge one nearly killed her during a recent trip to Hawaii.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Britney said when she visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, she went into the ocean without realizing the danger six-foot waves could pose. "I completely embarrassed myself. I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, you know? And I'm like, 'This is so nice and refreshing and beautiful.'"
"But the thing I didn’t think about was that when you come back [to shore], the waves really come in hard, and I got sucked under for like five minutes, literally almost drowned," she continued. "And I’m like, 'Where is my security?! They’re just gonna let me die here!'"
Britney says she was then washed to shore one more time and she got nailed by yet another wave, "so I kinda made a fool of myself," she laughed. "But it was fun, to say the least. You know, I got to experience what it was like to get taken down by a six-foot wave!"
During the same interview, Britney said she'd like to do the next Super Bowl halftime show, but not solo: she wants some other artists on the bill with her. Of course, she's already done that once before: in 2001, she was joined by Aerosmith, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and 'N SYNC.
At one point, Britney was asked what advice she'd give her younger self. "Never get married, number one!" she laughed.
Britney's been married twice: her first, to old friend Jason Alexander, was annulled; her second, to Kevin Federline, ended in divorce. She and Federline share two sons.
Lou Pearlman with ‘NSYNC in 1996; Mark Weiss/WireImageLouPearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died from bacterial endocarditis, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department.
The condition is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which in Pearlman's case was caused by complications stemming from his aortic valve being replaced. Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor in his death.
The boy band promoter was 62 years old when he died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-year sentence. He was convicted of fraud in 2008 in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme.
The office of the Medical Examiner did not perform a full autopsy on Pearlman, which is not a requirement under Florida law. Instead, they reached their conclusions via an external examination of his body.
Sonja Flemming/CBSBritneySpears will be James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" passenger on Thursday's edition of The Late Late Show, a day before she releases her new album, Glory, but we got a preview of the segment Tuesday.
The clip starts off with the two singing a little of Britney's 2003 hit, "Toxic." After the mother of two reveals that her kids have seen her Las Vegas show, Corden jokes, "I saw my mum in her underwear once when I was like 11" -- a reference to Spears' skimpy outfits.
"You're so dirty," Britney responds, giving Corden a playful smack.
"I'm not dirty," the host answers, "I can't shake the image from my brain."
Britney is the latest famous passenger to ride shotgun with Corden on "Carpool Karaoke." First lady Michelle Obama was the most recent, with others including Adele, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey and more.
Rachel KaplanBen Rector kicks off his latest tour, aptly called "The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far" tour, tonight in Columbus, OH. But Ben admits that when the idea of this tour was first brought up, he thought it was a "terrible idea."
Ben, who describes himself as a "super pessimist," says when his booking agent told him there was demand for more shows, he thought, "This is a terrible idea. Nobody's gonna come. I'm not gonna be able to come up with another show. We shouldn't do this."
And when he finally agreed to do the tour, Ben says he stressed out about trying to come up with a good name for it.
"I feel like I sweat all the details all the time," he tells ABC Radio. "And so I was sitting in front of my computer the day before we needed to figure it out, and I was like...'This is the biggest tour that I've done so far, what am I gonna call it?' And I was like, 'I'm gonna call it that: the Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far tour.'"
The tour is in support of Ben's top 10 album Brand New and its title track, which has become his biggest hit ever. He's just about managed to convince himself that "The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far" might be successful, even though Brand New came out a year ago.
"I do feel like it's kinda late in the cycle, but the shows we're playing on this tour, we haven't played those markets in a little over a year," Ben tells ABC Radio. "And I think the last tour was a good show. And my hope is that people would wanna see a different version. So I don't know, we'll see."
The tour is scheduled to wrap October 23 in Minneapolis, MN.
ABC/Paul LoboWhile the main list of nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards came out in July, the nominees in one final category have been revealed: Song of the Summer. The songs nominated include number-one smashes you're probably sick of by now, as well as tunes that are fairly recent.
The category, presented by Verizon, has been around for three years. This year, the nominees are:
Justin Timberlake: "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Calvin Harris f/Rihanna: "This Is What You Came For" Drake f/Kyla & Wizkid: "One Dance" Chainsmokers f/Halsey: "Closer" Selena Gomez: "Kill 'Em with Kindness" Sia: "Cheap Thrills" Kent Jones: "Don't Mind" Fifth Harmony f/Fetty Wap: "All In My Head (Flex)" Nick Jonas f/Ty Dolla $ign: "Bacon" Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MO: "Cold Water"
Some of these songs, such as "Cheap Thrills," "One Dance," "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "Closer," were #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Fans can vote for their favorite by creating their own custom videos for this year's nominees on the video social networking app musical.ly. The winner will be chosen based on the amount of content created around each eligible song, and announced during the MTV VMA pre-show, which airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.
In other VMA news, Nathan Sykes and Flo Rida, along with electronic trio Cash Cash, will all perform at a pre-VMA benefit show to benefit GLAAD, the LBGTQ media advocacy organization. The show takes place in New York City on Friday. While the VMAs nearly always feature a pre-telecast benefit show, this is the first time that the network has teamed with GLAAD.
Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsThe NHL's Minnesota Wild will go wild for Prince this coming season.
The hockey team announced Tuesday that beginning with the 2016-2017 season, it will use his song "Let's Go Crazy" when it scores a goal during home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Wild, which had been using Joe Satriani's "Crowd Chant" as its goal song, said the change was made in response to feedback from a survey taken by season ticket holders this summer.
“Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it's great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Wild, is quoted as saying in a story posted on its website. “At the same time, it's our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”
Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis-area home on April 21. It was determined that the singer, who was 57, died from an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
In a statement, Justin said, "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."
JT's buddy and creative director, Trace Ayala, notes that the festival will be "a great stage to showcase" the musicians he and Justin have signed to their development company, Villa 40.
Unfortunately, Justin won't be performing at the festival, but he and Ayala will be working on the creative direction of this year's festival, and future festivals.
Kevin Griffin of the '90s alt-rock band Better Than Ezra is one of the festival's original producers. He says, "It really is a perfect fit to have Justin on board as a partner not only for his knowledge and accomplishments in the music industry but also his love for the Tennessee area."
This year's Pilgrimage lineup includes The Strumbellas, Kaleo Beck, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Lunchmoney Lewis, The Struts, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves and many more. Visit PilgrimageFestival.com for tickets.
Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/HBOAs if you couldn't get enough of Beyoncé's Lemonade album, now you can buy pieces of the entertainer's Lemonade-branded apparel.
Bey has an all-new collection of clothing and fashion accessories on her official website that feature pictures of the icon herself, lemons, and lyrics from songs on her latest hit album.
Sweatshirts, hoodies, tees, hats and more can be purchased on her official website. Retail prices range from $25 to $60.
In other news, today Bey posted new pictures of herself and hubby Jay Z on the same website. The images include Queen B posing in a fierce grey blazer and skirt set, and of her in the same outfit, sharing an intimate moment with Jay's arm wrapped around her.
Getty Images via ABCHalle Berry and Jodie Foster should both get another Oscar for this. The actresses delivered dramatic readings of some of Britney Spears’ most well-known songs for W Magazine.
Halle tackled “Oops!…I Did It Again,” infusing the lyrics with some poetic gravitas. Meanwhile, Jodie took on Britney’s “Toxic,” along with Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra. Jodie couldn’t quite get a handle on the lyrics, and Priyanka opted to sing them dramatically instead.
Britney’s new album, Glory, comes out this Friday.
Eric CharbonneauIf you're tired of "Can't Stop the Feeling!," don't worry -- Justin Timberlake has more new Trolls music coming your way.
Justin posted on Instagram a photo of the track list for the soundtrack of the upcoming animated film, and it reveals a duet featuring JT and Gwen Stefani called "Hair Up," as well as a new song written by Justin and recorded by Ariana Grande called "They Don't Know."
In addition, there are remakes of classics like Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," and a medley of Diana Ross' "I'm Comin' Out" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems," which is based on the Ross hit. These are all sung by members of the cast -- in the case of "September," though, Earth, Wind & Fire actually join in the fun.
The soundtrack also includes a "film version" of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" featuring everyone in the cast. The disc is due at some point next month. A pre-sale will begin shortly.
Getty Images via ABCIs Ariana Grande on the rebound? Just weeks after breaking up with her backup dancer boyfriend, the singer was spotted kissing rapper Mac Miller.
In photos obtained by TMZ, the two are seen dining at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles and giving each other a smooch on the lips. Witnesses told TMZ that the two spent the entire meal kissing and giggling. Apparently at one point, Ariana was even spotted lying in Mac's lap.
Source close to the two tell TMZ they're dating, but of course nothing has been confirmed. The two have collaborated before, musically -- Mac was featured on Ariana’s 2013 single, “The Way.”
Ariana and dancer Ricky Alvarez -- her partner in doughnut-licking crime -- reportedly broke up last month after about a year together.
ABC/Randy HolmesEven if this Mariah Carey story isn't true at all, it's actually somewhat believable -- and hilarious.
The Fix, an Australian gossip site, reports that Mariah's billionaire Aussie fiance James Packer really messed up when he attempted to set a romantic mood with her recently. An "insider" tells the site, "To get her in the mood last month, he turned on [Beyonce's] 'Crazy in Love', and oh boy, was that a disaster. Mariah threw the computer that was playing it via speakers out the window! Seriously, just trashed it."
Not only that, but the insider claims, "She ran out of the room screaming. So the night was obviously finished for James, and they retreated to separate parts of the house."
Another source tells the website that another time, Packer put on Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," which caused Mariah to throw a fit. He soothed her by switching to her own greatest hits album.
"He has learned never, ever to play another female artist in the house," dishes the source. "It's either Mariah, jazz or classical!"
It was recently reported that Mariah insisted on having her own music playing not long ago when she and Packer dined in Capri, Italy. And by now, you've heard her ex Nick Cannon's claims that they used to get it on exclusively to her music.
Business WireAllow Gavin DeGraw to be your tour guide across the U.S.A. The singer has teamed up with hotel collection brand “Curio -- A Collection by Hilton” to give travelers the inside scoop on five cities along his upcoming tour.
Gavin will create local guides for Grand Rapids, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each guide will include tips and ideas to help travelers experience the cities like locals.
“Anyone who loves to travel will appreciate Curio’s Local Guides,” Gavin says in a statement. “When I’m on tour, I always look for off-the-beaten-path spots so I can experience the community I’m visiting like a local -- whether it’s hitting a dive bar on the outskirts of town or finding a bike-share to get some exercise between gigs.”
#CitiesbyCurio with Gavin DeGraw will be available on CitiesByCurio.com starting August 28 to coincide with the first date of Gavin’s tour with Andy Grammer.
Image Group LA/ABCColdplay teamed up with Late Late Show host James Corden to deliver a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" during the band's show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday night. You can watch official video of the duet now via Coldplay's YouTube.
"So this is an idea that Chris said to me, he said 'I think you should come sing this at the Rose Bowl,'" Corden told the massive Rose Bowl crowd before the performance. "I'll be honest: I didn't know how big it was when I said yes."
Following the song, Chris Martin brought out a cake in celebration of Corden's 38th birthday and led the crowd in a "Happy Birthday" singalong.
Image Group LA/ABCCharliePuth has recorded collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Meghan Trainor and, now, Selena Gomez. Charlie says he was "overjoyed" that Selena wanted to join him on "We Don't Talk Anymore."
While Charlie says the song didn't start out as a duet, "It was not really a fluke." He tells ABC Radio, "I just showed the record to her and, uh, she was like, 'Wow, I can really relate to this record.'"
Charlie says he started working on the song while touring Japan -- he came up with a guitar lick and told his guitar player to start playing it. Then, he decided to share his new tune with Selena.
"I dunno, I finished it and I was just playing it for her," he tells ABC Radio. "And she was just like, 'I’d love to sing it.' And that literally made me so happy; I was overjoyed. Not just because it was her, but, like, her voice sounded so good on it."
"Don't Talk Anymore" is the latest single from Charlie's debut, Nine Track Mind. You've got to wonder exactly why Selena said she related to the song -- the lyrics are about regretting a breakup, and hoping that your ex has found someone "who knows how to love you like me." Hmm.
Charlie will kick off a major fall tour next month, but he tweeted that he has an "announcement this week." Perhaps he's performing on Sunday's MTV VMAs? Stay tuned.