ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLast week, Kelly Clarkson teased a secret new project she's working on, but didn't give any details. She's now posted a couple of additional clues about the project, which apparently involves her daughter, River Rose.
Saturday, Kelly posted #Clue2, in which she wrote "Someone special is helping me with my #NewProject." That was illustrated with a photo of a director's chair with the name "River Rose" embroidered on the back.
Then Sunday, Kelly "We couldn’t afford a @SuperBowl commercial, but here’s #Clue3." That tweet came with a 15-second video that announced, "She's coming....the DIVA has arrived." The video showed River sitting on a dressing room table wearing a bathrobe, giggling."
Kelly's initial clue was a video that asked, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?"
It's still anybody's guess what Kelly's project is. Stay tuned.
It's hard to believe that Kanye West still hasn't decided on an official title for his forthcoming album, but it seems he's narrowing it down.
After declaring last week that his album was titled Waves -- after earlier announcing it'd be titled Swish -- Kanye now hints there might be a completely different name for the project, which he intends to keep under wraps. "There may be a new secret album title," he tweeted Sunday night.
Kanye has been struggling with a title for a while now. Even his wife, Kim Kardashian, recently posted a Twitter poll to see if the set should be named Swish, Waves or its initial title, So Help Me God.
West has until Wednesday, February 10 to decide on a title for his seventh studio set, which is due out February 11.
Earlier this month, Kanye described the project as "one of the greatest albums" that was being made "out of respect" for the greats. "So many musicians touch my life and made me who I am," he wrote. "I want to make something great to honor my idols…"
ABC/Randy HolmesElle King picked up her own ring over Super Bowl weekend -- the "Ex's and Oh's" singer announced Saturday that she's engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Fergie.
"Fergie asked me to marry him on a sailboat under the Golden Gate Bridge. I said yes," wrote King on her Instagram alongside a photo of the newly betrothed couple in front of the San Fransisco landmark.
King also posted a photo of herself and her new fiance on the red carpet of a Rolling Stone pre-Super Bowl party, where she later performed.
Photo by Royce DeGrie/Getty ImagesTurns out, smelling like Taylor Swift may not be all that appealing. According to Fortune, sales for Taylor’s fragrance line kinda stink.
The singer currently has four perfumes on the market: Incredible Things, Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and Taylor by Taylor Swift. But it’s not just her sales that have dipped. Beauty company Elizabeth Arden, the manufacturer of Taylor’s line, says all of their celebrity perfume lines aren’t doing so well. The drop in celebrity fragrance sales last quarter contributed to a 3.6 percent decline in the company’s revenue. The company also reported a 17 percent drop in sales last year.
Aside from Taylor, Elizabeth Arden manufactures scents for Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Times sure have changed: back in 2013, Taylor won the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the perfume industry. But don't worry about T-Swift: she'll have the income from her new clothing line and upcoming mobile game to make up for it.
Kevin Winter/WireImageShe’s up for seven Grammys this year, so it’s no surprise Taylor Swift will also perform at this year’s show.
“It's true! @taylorswift13 will return to the GRAMMY stage for a performance at the 58th #GRAMMYs,” the official Grammy Twitter announced Sunday night. USA Today further reports Taylor will be the opening act, and will sing an as-yet unknown song from her Album of the Year-nominated 1989, marking the first time she’s performed the song live on TV.
Taylor’s addition means the Grammys will feature live performances from arguably the two biggest pop stars on the planet right now: her, and Adele. The latter, who’s won ten Grammys, was announced as a performer a few weeks ago, and will sing a track from her monster hit album, 25.
The 58th annual Grammy Awards will take place Monday, February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will air live on CBS. LL Cool J will host.
Matt Cowan/Getty ImagesColdplay offered a flashback performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show Sunday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, dipping deep into their catalog while also paying homage to past performers who've graced the big stage at the big game -- with the help of Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
Chris Martin and company teased their first hit, "Yellow," before launching into "Viva La Vida." Martin commanded a psychedelic stage while the fans in the seats held up yellow, blue and orange signs.
Martin said, "Wherever you are, we are in this together," before seguing into the sing-along "Oooooh" part of the song.
His band -- which was joined by the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles -- followed up with "Paradise," as the audience surrounding the stage waved their arms.
Chris shed his jacket with blue patches for a more recent tune, "Adventure Of A Lifetime," jumping up and down and singing "Woohoo" repeatedly.
Coldplay gave way to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, who delivered their smash hit "Uptown Funk." Bruno wore a shiny black outfit with sunglasses, plus large chains dangling from his neck.
A marching band led into Beyoncé, who performed her just-released song "Formation." She and Bruno then had a bit of a dance-off before she and Martin joined in on "Uptown Funk," with a sample of Bey's "Crazy In Love" mixed in.
Coldplay returned with "Clocks" and "Fix You," as viewers saw a montage of highlights of past Super Bowl halftime performances from the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others. Martin even worked in lyrics of songs by these artists, including Prince's "Purple Rain" and Bruno's "Just The Way You Are."
Martin, Beyoncé and Bruno all sang Coldplay's "Up&Up" to close things out. In the stands, fans held up placards that spelled out, "Believe In Love."
A new Beyoncé tour was announced immediately after her appearance in the halftime show.
Chapman BaehlerThey've been huge stars in Scandinavia and Europe since 2012, but now Lukas Graham -- the Danish band fronted by the singer of the same name -- is breaking out big in the U.S. with their hit "7 Years." Lukas says it's odd starting over from scratch in the U.S. as a new artist when he and the band are already established in other parts of the world.
"I feel like, the Americans, they’re stepping into the middle of a book," Lukas tells ABC Radio. "I can hear it by the questions being asked by interviewers. It’s as if I need to explain the first two books." He laughs, "It’s like, you step halfway into Lord of the Rings, you don’t know what’s going on!"
"But at the same time it’s also a new start," he notes. "['7 Years'] is the first song on our upcoming album so everybody gets to follow us from now on, I guess."
The band will release their worldwide debut album, also called Lukas Graham, on March 25. As for why Lukas decided to name the band after himself, instead of some random name or phrase, he tells ABC Radio, "Well, the songs were there before the band was there and it’s my songs. And it’s like, we’re not in the 1950’s. We can’t call ourselves, like, 'The Revolvers' -- it just doesn’t work that way. And 'The Lukas Graham Band' just sounded wrong."
He adds, "My name is Lukas Forchhammer [forkammer]. Graham was my father’s second name, so I took Graham because Lukas Graham sounded cool. And when you [type] 'Lukas Graham' on Google, nobody else was called it."
In addition to clarifying that Lukas Graham is actually a band and not just one guy, Lukas wants to point out that he doesn't agree with people who compare "7 Years" to Ed Sheeran's music.
"I don’t mind Ed Sheeran but I wouldn’t want to be compared to a guy that builds his song around a guitar, since we do not have a guitar in our band," he points out. "Great songs, but no thank you. We’re somethin' different!"
Lukas Graham's worldwide debut album will include several songs that have already been #1 hits in Denmark.
Al Pereira/WireImageThe Super Bowl halftime show normally features the biggest names in music, who are often veteran performers. This year's headliners, Coldplay, aren't on the level of past headliners like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, but they're a bit more seasoned than the headliners from the last two years: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Coldplay, who just released a new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They will take the stage with some help from past headliner Beyonce and, rumor has it, Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2014. Special guests have also been teased for the 12 minute performance.
It's more than been ten years since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" scandal of 2004 led the NFL to turn to "safe" classic rock acts. In addition to the Stones and Springsteen, we saw Paul McCartney, The Who and Tom Petty take the stage over the past decade. Contemporary pop returned to the scene in 2011, when the Black Eyed Peas took the stage; no wardrobe malfunctions ensued.
The NFL took a risk in 2012 with one of pop music's most controversial stars, Madonna, but the only controversy that emerged from that was courtesy of one of her invited guests, M.I.A., who flipped the bird during the performance. In 2013, Beyonce delivered a widely-acclaimed performance, though some felt her outfit and her gyrations were a bit racy.
Early in her career, Katy Perry had been a bit controversial due to her #1 hit "I Kissed a Girl," and for her cleavage-baring outfits, but last year, her spectacular headlining show went off without controversy, to great critical acclaim and record viewership.
But believe it or not, the trend of having major pop, rock and country music stars appear at the Super Bowl halftime show only dates back to 1991, when New Kids on the Block performed. Before that, the halftime show usually consisted of marching bands, older stars like Chubby Checker and Ella Fitzgerald, or the G-rated vocal troupe Up with People. That's because initially, the halftime show was designed to entertain the audience in the stands, not those viewing at home. As the New York Times puts it, "It was decades before the N.F.L. realized that the halftime show plays not to the stadium but to the camera."
But after '91, it was all stars, all the time, especially in 1993, when Michael Jackson, the reigning King of Pop, sang "Heal the World" with thousands of children. Writes the Times, "It was one template for the Super Bowl shows that eventually followed: a superstar, big hits, a cast of thousands and graphics for blimps to photograph from above."
Here's a reminder of who's played Super Bowl halftime shows in the modern era:
1991 -- New Kids on the Block 1992 -- Gloria Estefan 1993 -- Michael Jackson, performing with 3,500 children 1994 -- Country stars Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, and Naomi Judd 1995 -- Patti Labelle, Miami Sound Machine & Tony Bennett 1996 -- Diana Ross 1997 -- ZZ Top, James Brown, the Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi 1998 -- Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, the Temptations, Queen Latifah 1999 -- Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 2000 -- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton 2001 -- Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige 2002 -- U2 2003 -- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting 2004 -- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kid Rock, P. Diddy 2005 -- Paul McCartney 2006 -- The Rolling Stones 2007 -- Prince 2008 -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 2009 -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 2010 -- The Who 2011 -- Black Eyed Peas 2012 -- Madonna 2013 -- Beyonce (and Destiny's Child, briefly) 2014 -- Bruno Mars feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers 2015 -- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz & Missy Elliott 2016 -- Coldplay, Beyonce and guests
Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesA day before she's scheduled to join Coldplay during halftime of the Super Bowl, Beyonce has dropped a surprise single and video, "Formation."
The song itself takes its title from one lyric where Beyonce commands her girls to dance -- "OK, ladies, now, let's get in formation" -- but it's also about the "formation" of Beyonce as a person. The lyrics refer to her current superstardom, as well as her cultural upbringing and her family, and her daughter Blue Ivy appears in the video.
"Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess/Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh/I'm so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)/ I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces," Beyonce sings. That last part, of course, is a reference to her husband Jay Z. She also makes reference to her success, saying, "I may just be a black Bill Gates in the making," and "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper."
Elsewhere, she sings about her parents: "My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana/You mix that negro with that Creole, make a Texas 'Bama/I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils/Earned all this money but they never take the country out me/I got hot sauce in my bag, swag."
The video, on the other hand, is quite politically-charged. It was partially filmed in New Orleans, with oblique references to Hurricane Katrina and slavery, and straightforward references to Martin Luther King Jr., and police violence: one shot features a wall with graffiti that says, "Stop shooting us."
If you love the song and its message, Beyonce has released a "Formation" collection of apparently on her website, featuring lyrics from the song like "Hot Sauce," "I twirl on them haters," "Slay" and "You know you that b***h when you cause all of this conversation."
We're not sure there'll be a special tie-in with this, but Bey also namechecks a certain restaurant chain hilariously in the song when she says, "When he f**k me good, I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."
George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it.
The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.
The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors. By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice. In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989. The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.
The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's AngelCheryl Ladd. The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.
Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War. Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:
1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967) 2 -- Grambling University Band (1968) 3 -- Anita Bryant (1969) 4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970) 5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971) 6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972) 7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973) 8 -- Charley Pride (1974) 9 -- Grambling University Band (1975) 10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976) 11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977) 12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978) 13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979) 14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980) 15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981) 16 -- Diana Ross (1982) 17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983) 18 -- Barry Manilow (1984) 19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985) 20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986) 21 -- Neil Diamond (1987) 22 -- Herb Alpert (1988) 23 -- Billy Joel (1989) 24 -- Aaron Neville (1990) 25 -- Whitney Houston (1991) 26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992) 27 -- Garth Brooks (1993) 28 -- Natalie Cole (1994) 29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995) 30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996) 31 -- Luther Vandross (1997) 32 -- Jewel (1998) 33 -- Cher (1999) 34 -- Faith Hill (2000) 35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001) 36 -- Mariah Carey (2002) 37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003) 38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004) 39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005) 40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006) 41 -- Billy Joel (2007) 42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008) 43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009) 44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010) 45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011) 46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012) 47 -- Alicia Keys (2013) 48 -- Renee Fleming (2014) 49 -- Idina Menzel (2015) 50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Barneys New YorkLady Gaga is among some famous New Yorkers starring in a new spring campaign for the high-end department store, Barneys New York.
According to Fashionista, the campaign -- titled “Our Town” -- will celebrate the opening of Barneys’ new flagship in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood later this month. The flagship will be located on the same block where the store first debuted back in 1923.
In a black-and-white image from the campaign, Gaga sports a shaggy blonde bob, a bare face and a denim jacket. Others featured in the photo series include Cyndi Lauper, Yoko Ono and punk rock icon Patti Smith. The photos were snapped by famed photographer Bruce Weber, who captured his subjects at different locations throughout the city.
ABC NewsIf you're the type who watches the Super Bowl just for the commercials and halftime show, then you probably aren't betting on stuff like which team will win, and by how many points. However, you can bet on stuff you DO care about, like what halftime performer Beyonce will wear, and halftime headliners Coldplay will perform.
These are what are known as "prop bets" -- bets that are connected to specific, individual events in the game, like whether the coin toss will come up heads or tails. Some offshore betting sites offer some pretty ridiculous bets every year, and this year is no exception. Here are some of the things you can bet on at Bovada.lv, for example:
Which song will Coldplay open their set with? "Adventure of a Lifetime" 2/1 "Fix You" 7/2 "A Sky Full of Stars" 9/2 "Viva la Vida" 5/1 "Clocks" 15/2 "Speed of Sound" 9/1 "Head Full of Dreams" 10/1 "Paradise" 10/1
What color will Beyonce's footwear be when she comes on stage for the halftime show? Black 3/2 Gold/Brown 5/2 White 11/4 Silver/Grey 19/4 Any Other Color 7/1 (Note: Predominant color will be graded winner.)
Will "Left Shark" make an appearance on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show? Yes 15/1
How long will it take Lady Gaga to sing the US National Anthem? Over 2 minutes 20 seconds 1.5/1 Under 2 minutes 20 seconds 1/2
How many artists will appear on stage in total? Over 3.5 3-2 Under 3.5 10-21
Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers have released a smokin’ new track featuring vocals by Daya. The synth-heavy single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” follows the duo’s chart-climbing hit, “Roses.”
“So we know we have released a couple tracks since ‘Roses’, of which we all love, but we would consider this as our follow up to ‘Roses,’” duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart say in a statement on their SoundCloud page. “We consider this to be our most complete track and just like ‘Roses’ came together in one session for the most part.”
They continue, “On top of this all we were lucky enough to have Daya get involved who [is] so talented and did an amazing job on the vocal! Just make sure you stick around till the 3rd [beat] drop!”
Thursday night, The Chainsmokers performed “Roses,” featuring ROZES, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The track has reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
ABC/Eric McCandlessPentatonix, Fall Out Boy and Ne-Yo have been added to the lineup of performers for the ABC special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.
All three acts will be singing classic Disney tunes. Fall Out Boy will perform “I Wanna Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book, while Ne-Yo will take on “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin.
Pentatonix will bring their a cappella stylings to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, during the park’s “Paint the Night” parade.
Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the night, and perform a song and dance number to “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins -- featuring special guest Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert in the 1964 film.
Previously announced performers include Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Elton John. The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 airs February 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesIt's been rumored for weeks, but now Bruno Mars has officially confirmed that he'll be joining Coldplay and Beyonce during this year's Super Bowl halftime show.
On Instagram, Bruno posted a picture of himself standing next to what looks like a stage set up on the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and captioned it, "It ain't a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn't show up." He added the hashtags #Confirmed, #SB50, #Halftime, #Coldplay and #Beyonce.
Bruno headlined the Super Bowl in 2013, setting a viewing record in the process, but that was broken last year by Katy Perry. Coldplay told reporters on Thursday that they'd be paying tribute to the past by inviting those artists whose halftime performances they felt were very memorable.
Super Bowl 50 gets underway at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday on CBS.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyAfter their flirty encounter at a Golden Globes after-party last month, it seems Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are continuing to spend quality time together. Could a real romance be brewing? According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted having dinner together at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles Wednesday.
They were apparently seen canoodling during a group dinner in the hotel’s Tower Bar. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman also were in attendance.
One witness tells Page Six, “Orlando and Katy had that new-relationship glow about them. They were cuddling and flirting with each other all night.” Another source offers a curious -- yet hilarious -- assessment of Orlando’s boyish charm, commenting, “He looks like an old baby.”
Coincidentally, Katy’s on-and-off ex John Mayer also arrived at the Sunset Tower Hotel that night, but just narrowly missed Katy and his other ex, Jennifer.
“Perhaps John knew there was a table full of his ex-girlfriends in the restaurant, because he didn’t go into the Tower Bar and instead went directly into the hotel elevator,” a source says.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLooks like a new baby isn't the only thing Kelly Clarkson's got waiting in the wings.
The original American Idol winner started teasing a "New Project" on Friday via Twitter. She posted a brief video featuring a photo of some balloons, along with the words, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?"
Unless Kelly plans to stage her own circus, it's anybody's guess what she's referring to. That post, though, was simply "Clue #1." Sounds like more will be revealed later on.
Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.
"I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller and that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson," Lee says.
Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.
"The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," Spike says. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."
Lee explains that, ironically, Michael's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece. Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.
"It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."
Lee says that Michael never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.
"Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."
The documentary features interviews with Michael's friends, family and famous fans, including The Weeknd, who rarely does interviews. Lee explains why the "Can't Feel My Face" singer agreed to talk for this documentary.
"I mean, I didn't know, people telling me now that he never does interviews, but I didn't know that. People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The film includes archival footage of Michael, plus interviews with Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of the Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, Michael's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, his brothers Marlon and Jackie and L.A. Reid, among others.
In addition, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album. To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.