Columbia RecordsPharrell Williams will be performing at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards. He’s the first performer to be announced for the show’s lineup, with more announcements likely in the coming days.
Pharrell previously performed at the EMAs in 2004 with rapper Nelly, and again in 2006 with rapper Snoop Dogg. He’s also appeared as a presenter three times over the years.
Not only is he performing this year, but he’s up for the awards for Best Male and Best Video for “Freedom.”
The EMAs will take place on October 25 in Milan, Italy. The show will be hosted by Ed Sheeran and Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose.
ABC/Lou RoccoBy posting a healthy mix of cat photos, tour updates and witty observations, Taylor Swift just landed herself at the top of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women on Twitter list.
The singer, who boasts nearly 65 million followers, was crowned number one by the magazine this year because she “tweets constantly, uses a conversational tone and shares goofy behind-the-scenes videos.” According to Fortune, all of this has helped make her an endearing social media presence.
Taylor is followed on the list by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
It isn’t the first time the singer has ranked on one of Fortune’s power lists this year. In March, she made the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list and just last month, she secured a spot on the 40 Under 40 list.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears meets Jane the Virgin. Thanks to some behind-the-scenes Instagram snaps, we just got our first look at Britney on the set of The CW hit series.
The show’s star, Gina Rodriguez, posted a photo of herself making goofy faces with the pop icon. “Yup. It's Britney, B****,” she captions it.
In another post, Jaime Camil, who plays Rogelio de la Vega on the show, praises Britney’s acting chops. “It's an absolute joy to have you on our set @britneyspears, you're beautiful inside and out and your comedic timing is superb!” he writes.
In the photo, a smiling Britney clad in a pink dress poses in between Jaime and Gina.
Britney will be guest starring on an episode of season two as Rogelio’s “nemesis.” Jane the Virgin’s second season premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW.
Image Group LA/ABCAriana Grande is focused on new music, and she’s almost ready to share it. The singer released a teaser clip of her new song, “Focus,” on Instagram today.
The quick snippet of the upbeat tune features Ariana belting the lyrics “focus on me,” and then speaking the line “1-2-3, c’mon girls.”
In another Instagram post on Monday, Ariana seemingly revealed some of the song’s lyrics. “Ain’t no need to hold it back, go ahead and talk ya sh***/ I know you’re hoping that I’ll react/ I know you’re hoping I’m looking back/ But if my real ain’t real enough/ Then I don’t know what is,” the post reads. She captions it, “25 days #focus.”
The song is set to be released in full on October 30. It’ll be the first single from her upcoming album, Moonlight.
Sven JacobsenAttention American One Direction fans: If you’ve ever wanted to see the British boys on their home turf, now’s your chance. A new contest is giving you the opportunity to win a trip to an exclusive One Direction event in London.
“The London Session” will take place on November 14, a day after 1D’s fifth album, Made in the A.M. is released. The band will perform a stripped down set and discuss the making of the album.
One lucky winner and a pal will not only get tickets to the event, they’ll receive roundtrip airfare to London, two nights in a hotel and -- perhaps best of all -- a meet-and-greet with One Direction.
In order to enter, you’ll have to answer the question, “What makes your A.M.?” Submit a photo or video that shows who or what inspires you to get up in the morning, and be sure to use One Direction’s songs and lyrics in your submission.
Enter by October 23 in order to be considered. A winner will be chosen on or around October 28.
Atlantic RecordsJoJo’s comeback continues. After releasing a three-song EP last month, the singer is ready to take her new material on the road. She just announced plans for a North American headlining tour, set to kick off next month.
JoJo's first stop will be Minneapolis November 2, with the tour ending December 20 in New Orleans. Along the way, she’ll hit major cities like New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston.
Pre-sale and VIP tickets go on sale Wednesday, and general tickets will be available starting Thursday and Friday on IAmJoJoOfficial.com.
JoJo will likely play songs from her so-called “tringle,” titled III, as well as tease new tracks from her upcoming album, set for a 2016 release. The album release will mark JoJo’s debut on Atlantic Records, following a lengthy battle with her old record label, Blackground Records. Her last album, The High Road, was released in 2006.
Here are JoJo's upcoming tour dates:
11/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Triple Rock Social Club 11/3 -- New York, NY, Marlin Room at Webster Hall 11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Coda 11/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, 20th Century Theater 11/10 -- Kansas City, MO, recordBar 11/11 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall 11/17 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House 11/19 -- Indianapolis, IN, Emerson Theater 11/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 11/24 -- San Francisco, CA, Social Hall 11/28 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom 11/29 -- Seattle, WA, Neumos 12/4 -- Atlanta, GA, The Loft 12/6 -- Dallas, TX, Club Dada 12/7 -- Houston, TX, Studio at Warehouse Live 12/9 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room 12/10 -- St. Petersburg, FL, State Theater 12/12 -- Washington, DC, U-Street Music Hall 12/14 -- Boston, MA, The Sinclair 12/15 -- Toronto, ON, Mod Club 12/16 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag 12/20 -- New Orleans, LA, HI Ho Lounge
Peter YangIt won’t be long before Justin Bieber and One Direction battle it out on the album charts. As you know, their albums are both coming out on November 13. But Justin wants to make it clear that he staked out that release date first.
Speaking recently to a New Zealand radio station about his “friendly competition” with 1D, Justin said, “I don’t know if they’re really going on the road much, but we’re talking about them right now, so it gives them some promo, right? So that’s probably why they did it … I think it was strategy on their part, because my release date was first.”
Not that it’s stressing him out too much. “It’s whatever,” Justin says. “It’s gonna be fun. I’m excited to see what happens.”
Last month, the Biebs was accused of throwing shade at the boys of 1D when he posted a Snapchat video referencing the identical release dates. “That face you make when you come out with an album the same day as Justin Bieber,” he said, and then made an exaggerated scared face.
Justin’s album is called Purpose, while 1D’s is titled Made in the A.M.
Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vanity FairA red-haired Rihanna appears on the cover of the new Vanity Fair, which includes a very candid interview during which she discusses her relationship with former boyfriend Chris Brown.
Following his infamous 2009 attack on Rihanna, the singer reveals where she stands with Brown, whom she says was her last real relationship. "I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now," she tells the mag.
The singer also explained why she decided to rekindle her romance with Brown in 2012, and in 2013 even asked the judge to lift a restraining order against him.
"I was that girl," she says, "that girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is. Maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle s*** like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing."
While she thought she could "a hundred percent" change Brown, Rihanna eventually realized, "if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this."
As for being considered the poster child for domestic abuse, Rihanna says the victim always seems to get punished. "It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say 'Get over it,' because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant," she says. "But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me.”
Though Rihanna has recently been linked with Travi$ Scott, she revealed she's not actually dating anyone right now -- or even having sex, for that matter.
"That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody," she said. "Because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean, I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do -- just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow?"
In addition to addressing her love life, Rihanna has also raised eyebrows with one particular quote from the article concerning N.A.A.C.P. executive Rachel Dolezal who was "outed" as being white after years of pretending to be black.
"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," says the singer. "Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”
ABC/Fred Lee Do you think Taylor Swift imagined this in her wildest dreams? The video for her latest single, “Wildest Dreams,” has officially racked up more than 100 million views on Vevo.
That means Taylor now has 15 music videos on Vevo that have crossed the 100 million mark. “Blank Space” still reigns as her most-viewed video, with nearly 1.2 billion views.
The video for “Wildest Dreams” features Taylor and Scott Eastwood as they film an Out of Africa-style romance in a savanna filled with wild animals. Shortly after its release, it courted controversy for allegedly glorifying white colonialism in Africa.
Director Joseph Kahn defended the video, saying it did not have a “political agenda” and its “only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography.”
ABC/Bob D'AmicoKesha hasn’t performed much these days, but soon she’ll be taking the stage for a charitable cause. The singer has joined the lineup of performers for the Rhonda’s Kiss benefit concert, which will raise money for cancer patients who can't afford treatment.
The event -- which also includes a silent auction -- will take place Tuesday, November 3 at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Other performers will include The Hellcat Saints, a supergroup featuring musicians like Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, rocker Dave Navarro and Juliette Lewis. Comedian Bill Burr will emcee the evening.
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter scoring a #1 debut with his album Handmade earlier this year, Shawn Mendes has just landed his first-ever top 10 hit with "Stitches." But Shawn says performing the tune, about a painful breakup, takes a lot out of him because he tries to imagine those emotions every time he sings it.
The video for the clip features Shawn being beaten to a pulp by an invisible attacker, but he says it's a metaphor for what the song is actually about. "It's kind of like me getting beaten up by the emotion of the breakup," Shawn tells ABC Radio. And when he sings it, he gets emotionally beat up as well.
"The best way to sing a song is to really have the emotion in your voice and really think of the emotion -- how it will be -- and that’s kind of what I do every time," he explains. "I mean, just as you can imagine, actors when they’re acting, having to be sad, it takes a bunch out of them. It’s the same thing [for me]."
Shawn's top-10 achievement means that five of the top-10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are by Canadians, namely Drake, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber.
In addition to having success on the charts, Shawn is also doing well in concert: he's been opening stadium shows for Taylor Swift in between smaller gigs. Today, for example, he'll be in Philadelphia performing at the Forbes 30 Under 30 charity concert, along with Fetty Wap, Lindsey Stirling and Hanson, and then he has a few solo state fair dates. That's quite a difference from performing in the country's largest stadiums with Taylor, says Shawn.
"Stadiums, they’re like 50,000 people a night and it’s just the most ridiculous thing ever. Amazing," he tells ABC Radio. "It’s like every emotion; it’s like a sea of people."
Shawn's next stadium date with Taylor is October 17 in Arlington, TX.
Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the season-nine blind auditions on The Voice Monday night. The four coaches -- Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams -- each had two vacant spots to fill on his or her team.
Here are the highlights from the two-hour episode:
Dustin Christensen, who performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, got the night started off right. He convinced all four coaches to turn around with his version of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train." Gwen told him he's perfect for the show. Adam thought he was fantastic, too, but noted that there's room for improvement. Adam said he can give Dustin that kind of honesty if given the opportunity to coach him. Blake compared Dustin to Neil Diamond and suggested they belong together. Dustin chose Blake as his coach.
Adam and Blake battled over Dustin Monk, 27, a former member of the rock band We Still Dream who sang Gary Clark Jr.'s "Bright Lights." Dustin selected Adam because the Maroon 5 frontman pressed his button first.
All four coaches turned around for 16-year-old Shelby Brown as she sang "Stars" by Grace Potter. Adam said he couldn't be more certain that Shelby was right for the final spot on his team. Gwen said she could help Shelby find herself as an artist. Pharrell tried to prevent Blake from making a pitch to Shelby. Shelby settled on Adam.
The other three coaches made a bid for Amy Vachal, who played "Dream a Little Dream of Me." She teamed up with Pharrell, who sold himself as a guy who can help her explore her sound.
Blaine Mitchell landed on Team Blake after covering Train's "Drops of Jupiter."
Gwen and Pharrell both sought out the talent of Summer Schappell. Gwen said Summer had a pretty and soothing voice. Summer's now a member of Team Gwen.
The blind auditions came to end with teen Sydney Rhame taking the final slot on Team Pharrell.
Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time, NBC will air a recap special that will take a look back at the blind auditions. The battle rounds begin next week. Brad Paisley, John Fogerty, Missy Elliott and Selena Gomez will serve as advisers.
ABC/Craig SjodinAndyGrammer and Nick Carter are still standing after week four of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Nick wound up in a three-way tie for second place with a score of 27 out of 30 for his Jazz performance. Andy improved from last week, but still found himself in the middle of the pack with a score of 23.
Monday's theme was "Most Memorable Year." Grammer and his partner Allison Holker, who earlier announced she was four months pregnant, performed a cha cha to his new single, "Good to Be Alive." Andy revealed in the video package before his dance that 2009 was a pivotal year in his life because it was when he lost his mother suddenly to breast cancer. However, out of that tragedy came the song.
Nick chose 1992, the year he joined the Backstreet Boys. In his video package, Carter recalled that he came from a dysfunctional family, and his bandmates "loved and treated me like a real brother." He and his partner, Sharna Burgess, danced to the band's “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”
Actor Gary Busey was sent home Monday.
The Dancing with the Stars competition continues Monday night on ABC.
Hollywood/Island/SafehouseDemi Lovato confidently posed naked and sans makeup for Vanity Fair in a series of unretouched photos released last week. Clearly, she’s practicing what she preaches in her latest empowering single “Confident,” the title track off her upcoming new album. But in case you still haven’t gotten the message, Demi’s here to explain.
“The pre-chorus says it best, where it says, ‘You’ve had me underrated,’” she says in a YouTube video describing the song. “I’ve wanted to shout that from the top of my lungs for years now.”
She admits that she has “never been confident enough in my own skin to feel sexy,” but now she feels proud in her own skin. The song “Confident” reflects that.
“I’m wanting to share that with the world and showing everyone how you can go from being very insecure with body image issues to feeling so proud of your body that you want to show it to the world,” says Demi.
The video for “Confident,” which was directed by Robert Rodriguez, will premiere October 9. Demi’s Confident album is set for an October 16 release.
Meanwhile, Demi was in Washington, D.C. Monday to speak at the National Alliance of Mental Health convention and to promote her “Be Vocal” campaign for mental health awareness. On Tuesday, she’ll head to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and urge them to make mental health a top priority.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran hasn’t popped up as a special guest on his pal Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour yet. But over the weekend, he did make a surprise appearance at James Bay’s concert in Cambridge, England.
Ed, who’s currently taking a break from his X [Multiply] tour, joined James for a performance of “Let It Go” on Sunday. They both played guitar and took turns singing.
In a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly, James praises Ed’s generosity. “Ed doesn’t have to turn up and guest on mates’ records or gigs,” James says. “But he’s a real musician who just really loves to play. What’s awesome for the rest of us is that he’s so generous with that.”
James has been receiving a lot of public support lately. Last week, a video of a dance choreographed to “Let It Go” went viral, and a week before that, Hailee Steinfeldreleased an acoustic cover of the song.
ABC/Randy Holmes Tori Kelly is trying to stay calm after learning that Britney Spears danced to one of her songs.
Over the weekend, Britney taught a dance class to some young girls and tweeted a clip of the session where she and the girls perform a routine to Tori’s “Nobody Love.” Tori spotted the post and promptly geeked out.
“Just britney spears dancing to my song its not a big deal guys im fine im fine,” Tori tweeted, along with the siren and SOS emojis.
For the past couple of weeks, Britney’s been teaching classes at Rockit Dance Studio in Westlake Village, California. Maybe Tori can join in on the fun.
Alex LakeDespite reports, "Take Me to Church" singer Hozier is not going to take anyone to court.
A Canadian musician who goes by the name of Chilly Gonzalez hosts a YouTube series about pop music, and on it, he recently intimated that Hozier had ripped off his friend, Canadian singer Feist -- apparently, he believes "Take Me to Church" bears a distinct resemblance to her song "How Come You Never Go There." This led to reports that Hozier was planning to sue Gonzalez for defamation, but the Grammy-nominee took to Facebook to deny that.
"There has been some talk in the press of legal action and I'd like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does," writes Hozier. "What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral. This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue."
He adds, "Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part."
Beck wrote on his Facebook page, "I would like to fully retract any and all implication of copyright infringement in last week’s Pop Music Masterclass 'Take Me To Church' and sincerely apologize to Hozier whose work I respect."
Sherwin LainezWhile this year has been quite memorable for Andy Grammer, it turns out that the dance he's doing tonight on Dancing with the Stars to his new single "Good to Be Alive" is paying tribute to a different year: 2009.
For tonight's Most Memorable Year theme, Andy has chosen 2009, which is the year he lost his mom to breast cancer. In an advance clip of tonight's show posted on Billboard.com , Andy reveals that he was working hard trying to make it as a musician when he got a phone call saying his mom had been diagnosed. Sadly, they caught the disease too late, and Andy says they "only had two or three days to say goodbye."
After she passed away, Andy says he tried to cheer himself up by writing song called "Keep Your Head Up," and that became his breakout hit.
"I was able to take this huge blowup in my life and the song that I wrote from it was what started my whole career," says Andy.
Courtesy ID PRMiley Cyrus’ new album has gotten the stamp of approval from an unlikely fan: John Mayer. The Grammy winner took to Twitter over the weekend to express his love of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, the free album she released directly following her MTV VMA hosting gig.
He calls it “a masterwork of whack genius” and cites a couple of lyrics from the album’s track list. “I’m totally transfixed by this Miley Cyrus album,” he writes, adding, “This is why I love music. You can be one artist one year and the next discover some crazy light inside yourself and shine it everywhere.”
John continues to sing the album’s praises, writing, “This Miley album is amazing. You can’t try to make something like this. You just tap the vein and don’t question a single instinct.”
He quotes another one of her song’s lyrics before ending the series of tweets. “Okay. I’ll stop tweeting about it now. Comes down to this: This is a masterwork of whack genius,” he concludes.
Miley, who hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, responded to one of his tweets, writing, "@JohnMayer dude f*** yeah!!!!"
Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCJust because they didn’t work out as life partners doesn’t mean they can’t still be writing partners. Avril Lavigne and her estranged husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, continue to work on music together, despite their recent separation.
“YeeHaw! Writing with Chad today,” Avril wrote on Instagram Sunday, along with a photo of herself strumming a guitar while wearing a cowboy hat.
She then posted a photo of a smiling Chad, guitar in hand. “Back where it all started ...” she captioned it.
Avril announced the couple’s separation on Instagram last month, following two years of marriage. "Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments,” she wrote. “We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other.”