This weekend, Maren Morris will be meeting someone in "The Middle" -- of the aisle, that is. She's tying the knot with fellow artist Ryan Hurd in a ceremony that’s likely to be as casual and laid-back as the couple themselves.
While we don’t know many wedding details, Maren has been keeping fans updated on her socials, revealing she was “writing vows and feeling sentimental AF” on Wednesday.
Even though she’s been busy working on her sophomore album and promoting “The Middle,” her top-ten collabo with Zedd and Grey, the Texas native says the planning for the nuptials has gone surprisingly smoothly.
“Honestly, it's been such an easy planning of all of it,” she tells ABC Radio, “and I can't believe we were able to plan a wedding in the midst of all the touring that we do and the Grammys. It was just insane.”
Maren and Ryan got engaged in July of last year, and they both filmed roles for Maren’s upcoming video for the song "Rich," from her debut album Hero.
Even with all the career accomplishments she’s enjoyed in recent years, including #1 country hits, her pop crossover and some major awards, Maren expects nothing will compare to her wedding day.
“It's gonna be the biggest day of my life, and our lives,” she declares. “And I just am so excited that I get to do all of this with my best friend. And so, I'm very excited about the wedding. And, yeah, it's gonna be the coolest party ever I think that we ever throw.”
Island RecordsAfter showing fans his rock side, Shawn Mendes is now going for R&B-flavored pop.
Following Thursday's release of the anthemic, guitar-driven song "In My Bood," the Canadian star has released another new track from his forthcoming third album. Called "Lost In Japan," the slinky, sexy tune clearly displays the influence of Justin Timberlake, as Shawn sings about going to great lengths to meet up with the object of his affection.
"Do you got plans tonight?/I'm a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I/I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight/'Cause I can't get you off my mind," sings Shawn.
Meanwhile, some of Shawn's celebrity friends are blown away by "In My Blood." His friend and duet partner Camila Cabello tweeted, "i am obsessed with this. my favorite song you've ever done !!!!! love you @ShawnMendes."
Halsey, meanwhile, tweeted, "Shawn meets Kings of Leon dreamy dream. All the feels. Nailed it @ShawnMendes."
Both songs are featured on Shawn's next album, which will arrive in the next few months.
Ryan AylsworthFans in Montreal, Canada, who were hoping to catch Pink's show on Friday night will have to wait a bit longer to see the pop superstar in concert.
In a Thursday night tweet, Pink revealed that she and her entire family have been under the weather for the past two weeks, and that she has been fighting through her illness to perform at her recent gigs. However, it looks like the illness got the best of her, as she won't be able to perform Friday night in Montreal.
Pink writes, "I am absolutely GUTTED to announce that tomorrow’s show, March 23rd (Friday) will be postponed. I will absolutely be back to perform for you all and I’m grateful for you wanting to come and be with us at all."
She adds, "Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks. I’m really sorry and know that I have done everything I could to avoid this. [My husband] Carey’s been home with flu while me and the kids battle this virus. I wish anyone out there going through this healing vibes and big hugs."
Pink kicked off her Beautiful Trauma tour on March 1. As of now, the trek is scheduled to resume Sunday in Detroit.
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran is arguably the biggest pop star in the world right now...but he may also be one of the most hated. While Ed realizes that a lot of people don't like his music, he doesn't really care, because he's figured out that, as he puts it, "there's nothing negative about being not liked."
In a video interview with the New Zealand Herald, Ed points out that it wasn't until he became famous that people started to actively hate him -- online, that is -- but he's still not quite sure why they do.
"I'm quite a polarizing figure," he tells the Herald. "Even though it's quite odd, 'cause a lot of music journalists call my music very bland. But it's so polarizing! If it was bland, then everyone would like it!"
He continues, "So, I feel like I make music that people either, like, really, really, really love or really, really, really hate, and thankfully there's more on the love than there is in the hate, which is why I've kind of come not to care."
As he points out, "I get to tour 'round the world...I get to make the music I want to make and play it to people that like it. And then I also get the opportunity to convert people. 'Cause I have people who come to my gigs...boyfriends or husbands or dads, that might not be fans, [but] that might leave [as fans] afterwards."
"It's a pretty win/win situation," Ed points out. "The people that don't like my music, when I meet them, they're always polite. I never get people starting fights with me, like 'You're s**t!' It's always, 'Oh, I'm not a big fan but it's nice to meet you.'"
So, Ed reasons, "So there's nothing negative about being not liked."
Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON will headline a benefit concert for Band Together NC, a North Carolina-based organization that uses "live music as a platform for social change." The show takes place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on June 23.
Proceeds from the concert will support Triangle Family Services and its mission to help local North Carolina families with mental healthcare. For ticket info, visit BandTogetherNC.org.
WALK THE MOON recently wrapped a North American headlining tour in support of their new album, What if Nothing, which features the lead single "One Foot." This summer, they'll play a run of home-state shows in Ohio, and they'll also open for Thirty Seconds to Mars on Jared Leto and company's massive Monolith tour.
ABC/Paula LoboTogether, Sia and David Guetta have teamed up for a number of singles over the years, including their smash "Titanium." Now, they've returned with a new collabo, which will appear on David's upcoming album.
The song, "Flames," is available on all digital service providers. Like "Titanium," it's an anthem of empowerment, with Sia offering the encouraging message, "Look within for the strength today/Listen out for the voice to say/Just keep moving."
"Figure it out, figure it out, you can do this," she sings. "Oh, my love, don't stop running/Gonna send them up in flames."
In a statement, David says, “‘Titanium’ is still one of the tracks I am proudest of and Sia is one of my favorite artists to work with. She’s a great songwriter and has an amazing voice. I’m just super excited that we get to release another track together.”
David heads to Miami this weekend for the Ultra Music Festival. Thursday in Miami, the day before the start of the festival, a documentary about the rise of EDM called What We Started will have its premiere. David is featured in it, as are Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Usher, Ed Sheeran and Tiesto.
BryantBazzi, whose platinum-certified single "Mine" is climbing the charts, has announced a release date for his still-untitled debut album.
The disc arrives April 12, and will feature "Mine," the previously-released tracks "Why" and "Gone," and a new song, "Honest," which was just released Thursday.
As previously reported, Bazzi will be the special guest on Camila Cabello's Never Be the Same tour, which kicks off April 9 in Vancouver, BC. This summer, the Detroit-based singer will perform at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and will announce more live dates soon.
John was the perfect choice for the role, given the Grammy, Tony and Oscar-winner's remarkable talent, and his church upbringing.
Growing up in Ohio, John's mother was a choir director, his grandmother was a church organist and his grandfather was a pastor.
Legend tells People, "The message I took from growing up in church was the idea of loving your neighbor, giving to others and treating people as you would want to be treated. You can learn those things in any religion or without religion, but that's where I did."
"I was in choir rehearsals every week as a kid, and I took over the choir when I was older," the "Ordinary People" star adds.
"That was the foundation of my career; I wouldn't be where I am without playing gospel music in church."
As for his thoughts on Jesus, John believes that in real life, the biblical figure was "a bit of a revolutionary."
Says John, "He was somebody who was disrupting the status quo and provided an example for how we could all love each other, how we think about people who have been looked down upon and what it means to sacrifice oneself for something that you believe in."
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert airs Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Image Group LAG-Eazy, Fall Out Boy and Bebe Rexha are taking the stage March 23 to perform at “Stay Amped,” a benefit concert in Washington, D.C. supporting gun safety.
The concert will raise money for the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Giffords organization, founded by former Congresswoman and gun violence victim Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly.
It’s set to take place at The Anthem in D.C., the day before March for Our Lives, a student-led demonstration organized in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this and getting energized by these kids and other survivors who have been incredibly inspiring to me,” G-Eazy tells VIBE.
Tickets for the concert are available on Ticketfly.
BMLG/Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift has a Reputation for mega-sales.
Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Taylor’s Reputation album hit two million in album sales in the U.S. -- becoming the first album since Adele’s 25 to reach that milestone.
The album reached that tally after selling 5,000 copies for the week ending March 15.
The difference, though, is that it took 18 weeks for Reputation to cross two million, while Adele’s 25 reached the number in just two days back in 2015. Taylor’s previous album, 1989, sold two million copies in three weeks.
All six of Taylor’s albums have now sold at least two million units. Reputation was one of only two albums to sell more than a million copies in 2017, along with Ed Sheeran’s Divide.
Courtesy Virgin ProducedThe KAABOO Del Mar festival, featuring music, comedy, art and food, has announced an eclectic lineup.
Acts who'll be performing at the event, scheduled for September 14-16 at the Del Mar Racetrack north of San Diego, include current hit artists Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Bebe Rexha, Wiz Khalifa and Post Malone. But the lineup also features '90s hitmakers Jewel, Melissa Etheridge and TLC, new-wave icons Billy Idol, Blondie and The English Beat, rock legend Robert Plant, and old-school R&B superstars Earth, Wind & Fire.
Tickets go on sale at noon ET today, March 22. In addition to dozens of music acts, the event also features a pool party, spa treatments, art exhibits, lounges, and gourmet food and drink.
Island RecordsAs he teased earlier this week, Shawn Mendes is indeed back with a new single.
It's called "In My Blood," and it's the first single from Shawn's forthcoming third album. Shawn will give the song its primetime TV debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden next Wednesday, March 28.
The song, described as an "empowering rock anthem," was co-produced by Shawn with longtime collaborator Teddy Geiger. The song is about overcoming anxiety, and features the singer at his most vulnerable.
"Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing/I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something," he sings. "Help me, it's like the walls are caving in/Sometimes I feel like giving up/But I just can't/It isn't in my blood."
In a message to fans, Shawn tweeted, "This song is the closest song to my heart that I've ever written and I hope you guys love it and all the new music coming your way."
According to Shawn's teases, he'll release another new song tomorrow; fans have already predicted will be called "Lost In Japan."
Star Trek/InterscopeA federal appeals court Wednesday sided with the late Marvin Gaye's family, saying Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" did infringe on Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a divided decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2015 ruling that granted $5.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, citing the 1909 Copyright Act. The court ruled Gaye's song is "entitled to broad copyright protection because musical compositions are not confined to a narrow range of expression." The decision rejects the request to overturn a 2015 jury verdict or schedule a new trial.
The Gaye estate is also entitled to 50-percent royalties from "Blurred Lines" forever. Meanwhile, Wednesday's decision marked a victory of sorts for T.I., who contributed to one verse in "Blurred Lines." The rapper was found not personally liable and not responsible for damages.
Judge Jacqueline Nguyen wrote in her dissent that the decision may be may be harmful to future artists and creativity.
"The majority allows the Gayes to accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style," Nguyen wrote. "'Blurred Lines' and 'Got to Give It Up'are not objectively similar. They differ in melody, harmony, and rhythm. Yet by refusing to compare the two works, the majority establishes a dangerous precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere."
ABC/Paula LoboIn the past two years, Sean Paul has been featured on two huge hits: the chart-topping Sia song "Cheap Thrills" and the global smash "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit. It's hard for even Sean Paul himself to believe that 2018 marks 15 years since he first broke through with the #1 singles "Get Busy" and "Baby Boy."
"I think I've loved the ride, y'know what I mean?" Sean tells ABC Radio. "For us, as artists sometimes, we're doing a lot of the same thing...however, we do love what we do, so it doesn't feel monotonous. And then the time passes and you're like, 'Damn! It's been years!'"
It's quite an accomplishment for a pop musician to be scoring hits 15 years into their career, and the reggae star knows he's very lucky. "It's amazing," he notes. "In the beginning, I really believed in my music and where it could go, but obviously it keeps going!"
"So yeah, big up to everybody who loves what I do and dancehall music, reggae vibes," he says, thanking the fans. "And me bringing it to a more pop audience has been very cool."
And that audience has grown recently, thanks to kids who just discovered him and are now going back and finding "Get Busy," "Baby Boy," "Temperature" and the rest.
"Yeah, I still hear those songs on the radio and people still jam 'em," he tells ABC Radio. "I still have young kids who, they might know me for 'Rockabye' last year or the Sia song, and then they start checking me out more...so it's pretty cool."
Sean Paul's latest collabo is "Mad Love," featuring Becky G and David Guetta. He performed the track, which will appear on his upcoming album, Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America.
James Dimmock/NBCIn the latest promo for NBC’s Easter broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, we get a sneak peek of Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene.
The clip shows Sara singing her version of “Everything’s Alright” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. We see her embracing John Legend’s Jesus and also catch a glimpse of rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod.
Of course, this is just rehearsal footage, since the musical will air live, Sunday, April 1, at 8 p.m. ET.
Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift emerged triumphant in a recent case against two songwriters who claimed unsuccessfully that she ripped off one of their songs. Now, she wants them to play her legal bill.
As previously reported, the songwriters, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, tried to claim that Taylor's #1 hit "Shake It Off" was stolen from their 2001 song, "Playas Gon' Play," recorded by 3LW. Hall and Butler claimed "Shake It Off" ripped off their lyrics “players, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate." But a judge ruled in Taylor's favor, declaring, "In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here.”
Now, in legal documents filed March 16 and obtained by The Blast, Taylor's attorney is asking that the two compensate her for more than $72,000 in legal fees she spent to defend herself in the suit, which she won. The motion has not yet been ruled on.
The attorney also says before Hall and Butler sued, they demanded $30 million. According to the documents, Taylor's team felt the claim was frivolous and warned the two not to sue, saying they had no case.
ABC/Image Group LAIt'll be a royal celebration when some of music's top names gather in London to help celebrate the 92nd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Shawn Mendes, "Rockabye" and "Friends" singer Anne Marie, Sting and Shaggy, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, and legendary crooner Tom Jones will all perform live from London's Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, April 21, with festivities broadcast on the BBC. The Queen and members of the Royal Family will attend the event, as will various heads of government from around the world.
Highlights of the concert will be broadcast on the BBC World Service.
This event is part of just one of the Queen's two official birthday celebrations. Her actual birthday is April 21, but her official birthday is the second Saturday in June. The British monarch's "official birthday" is usually celebrated during the summer, to ensure good weather for the annual Birthday Parade, also known as the Trooping of the Colour.
Karwai Tang/WireImageLiam Payne's relationship with his partner, British entertainer Cheryl, have been the subject of rumors lately, with various reports claiming they're splitting up. But Liam tells the U.K.'s Evening Standardmagazine that the press should make up their minds.
"The funniest thing was, a week before, we were getting married. The next week we’re splitting up," says Liam, referring to media reports about him and Cheryl. "And the thing for me is, I just like to think we’re somewhere in the middle."
"You know, we have our struggles," he adds. "Of course I’m not gonna sit here and say that everything’s absolutely fine and dandy, because of course you go through different things, and that’s what a relationship is. But we go through them together as a family and that’s the most important thing for me."
The singer admits, "This part of our relationship was never not going to happen -- there was always going to be a little bit of tenseness in the way we sort ourselves out, but tell me a relationship in the world that doesn’t go through a spot like that?"
"It’s about whether you make it through or not, together...it's about making it work for us, not making it work how people think it should work,” he added.
Liam and Cheryl's son, Bear, celebrates his first birthday Thursday, March 22, and the couple are purposely guarding his privacy.
"Rather than being pictured and being put in places, I wanna give him the chance [to be out of the spotlight]," says Liam. "If I take it away from him now, he never has the chance to go back.”
According to the Evening Standard, Liam will release a new single, "Familiar" next month, with his debut solo album due later this year.