Xavier Dolan/XL Recordings/ColumbiaIt turns out that the casting of former Wire actor and R&B singer Tristan Wild as the love interest in Adele's "Hello" video, was more than just a testament to his skills as a thespian.
The visual's director Xavier Dolan tells New York magazine's Vulture that while he recommended Wild for the role, it was Adele's idea to cast a person of color for the part, in reaction to the recent rash of police killings of young black men.
"It was not opportunistic, she didn't want to be hip or anything. She was just like, 'I'm concerned with the reality of the tensions between authorities and the black community, and I want to send a message out there,'" he says. "I thought it was beautiful. I wish that it was my idea, but it wasn't."
Dolan also takes little credit for the video's globe-conquering success -- it's been streamed on Vevo more than 1.2 billion times, and more than 1.8 billion times on YouTube, making it YouTube's 7th most viewed video of all time. Although he says he's proud of the success he says it's "a measure of how appreciated an artist Adele is."
So will the director be working with Adele in the future? Maybe, but not in his upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Although there were rumors that Adele would be appearing in the film, Dolan shot those down to Vulture.
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Billboard MagazineAlessia Cara, Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Halsey, Madonna and more were honored at Billboard's annual Women in Music Gala Friday in New York City.
Alessia, who received the Rule Breaker award, said it was "so, so crazy" to be honored with so many other women she admires. She also appreciates that there's an event that celebrates women specifically.
"I think it's really nice to just shed light on...women being in power for once," she told ABC Radio. "And showing...that we can do things that anybody else can. It's important to find our strength through our creativity and what we do best."
Kesha was given the Trailblazer award, and her collaborator, "11 Blocks" singer Wrabel [RAY-bell] told ABC Radio how important the honor is, coming at the end of a year in which Kesha made headlines by suing her producer, who she claims abused her.
Calling the award "such a statement," Wrabel said Kesha's "vulnerability and her honesty" is "so powerful."
Madonna was named Woman of the Year and her friend of 30 years, actress Debi Mazur, explained why the Queen of Pop deserves the honor.
"We need to come together as women and protect our rights, [and] she's been advocating since the beginning of her career for women," Mazur said, adding, "She's smart, she's sophisticated, she's really a force of nature."
Shania Twain was given the Icon Award, and said the "highlight of her career" has been hearing from "all these young artists who were children when I was really climbing...who looked up to me."
Due to illness, Meghan Trainor couldn't be there to accept her Chart Topper award, but her friends in Fifth Harmonypaid tribute to her with a performance of her hit "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."
James Dimmock/E! EntertainmentIf you've ever wondered why Mariah Carey prefers to be photographed only from her right side, you're about to find out.
A first-look visual at this Sunday's Mariah's World from E! shows the singer explaining to her makeup artist, Kristofer, that the request is all due to one woman's fateful advice on the set of a photo shoot.
"When I was 19, and I was at the record company doing my first photo shoot, the lady goes, she's looking at the pictures after we did them and she goes, 'This is your good side. Only let people photograph you from your good side ever," Mimi recalled.
"So I was like, 'Oh,' and then I would look at the pictures and I kinda didn't like them from this side either," she added.
After her confession, Mariah comes to the conclusion that she may have had a "crappy photographer," as Kristofer notes, and makeup artist at the time, but that she continued to obey the woman's direction "because that was her job."
UniversalIt's here. The full duet between Taylor Swift and One Direction's Zayn Malik from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack was released Friday, a few hours after Taylor teased it on Twitter and Instagram.
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" was written by Taylor, hip-hop singer-songwriter Sam Dew and Jack Antonoff -- fun. guitarist and boyfriend of Taylor's bestie, Lena Dunham -- who also produced the track.
Taylor sings, “I gave you something, but you gave me nothing. What is happening to me?” Then Zayn takes over: “I don’t wanna live forever, ‘cause I know I’ll be living in pain.”
The single is available now via iTunes. The full soundtrack arrives the same day the movie hits theaters -- February 10.
ABC/Image Group LATonight, DNCE will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden: yet another major gig in a year that's been filled with non-stop touring as the band worked to establish itself. The "Cake by the Ocean" hitmakers say they've been pleasantly surprised by how successful they've been at converting fans of their former projects to fans of what they're doing now.
DNCE frontman Joe Jonas used to be part of The Jonas Brothers, of course, but bass player Cole Whittle used to be in a band called Semi Precious Weapons, which also had a dedicated following. Cole says it's been fun to see how they've won over their former fans with their new music.
"I think the incredible part is, maybe in the first few months, you could really differentiate, but [now] I think the fans that knew Jonas Brothers or Semi Precious Weapons or any of our things, they actually became DNCE fans," Cole tells ABC Radio. "And so now they're former 'the other thing' fans!"
As for new fans who came to DNCE with no prior knowledge of the band's past, Cole says, "The people who had no idea who we were at all, they're all mixing together and that's something we pride ourselves on."
"The DNCE audience is every single kind of person, young, old, everything you can imagine," the bass player adds. "And everyone feels safe and they can be [them]selves."
After DNCE finishes up their holiday shows and rings in 2017 live in New York's Times Square on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, they'll kick off their first major headlining tour.
Dave J Hogan/Getty Images; Louis Tomlinson and his mother in 2015The mother of One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has died, reports People.
Johannah Deakin died Wednesday from leukemia. She was 43.
“It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 7,” the family said in a statement. “Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.”
Louis is planning to appear as scheduled on Saturday's episode of the British X Factor, the show where One Direction was launched, as per his mother's wishes, People reports.
Louis' band mates shared their condolences on Twitter. "@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x," wroteZayn Malik.
"Louis, I’m so sorry for you my brother. My heart aches for you. Just know I love you the same from a million miles away as I do right next to you," wroteLiam Payne.
Joshua BrandaoIf you weren’t lucky enough to be in the audience of Madonna’s latest tour, you now have the chance to watch it from your couch. The singer’s concert documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, airs tonight on Showtime.
A trailer for the film features clips of Madonna performing some of her greatest hits amidst costume changes, stage acrobatics and colorful video screens. She runs through “Vogue,” “Material Girl,” “Like a Virgin” and more, while showing off her signature dance moves.
Showtime also released a sneak peek of Madonna’s samurai-themed performance of her 2015 song “B*** I’m Madonna.” Nicki Minaj makes a brief video cameo.
The concert doc airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, as well as on demand and online.
Parkwood/ColumbiaThis Friday, Entertainment Weekly'sannual round up of the Best and Worst in Entertainment will hit newsstands, and as always, it includes a list of the best and worst music of 2016. You won't be surprised to find out that Beyonce's "Formation" has been named the Best Song of 2016, but some other songs on the list may surprise you.
EW says of "Formation," "No one piece of music could ever claim to be all things to all people but [it] lands pretty damn close.'" Also on EW's list of the Best Songs of 2016: Fifth Harmony's "Work from Home," which the mag calls "the year's most deliriously fun ride," and Sia's "Reaper," co-written by Kanye West, which EW calls "joyful and defiant."
Speaking of Kanye, his song "Ultralight Beam" is #4 on EW's list. Other entries include "Cranes in the Sky," by Beyonce's sister Solange, and "Boyfriend" by Tegan & Sara. Number 10 is a tie between two songs that were written or co-written by Taylor Swift: her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" and "Better Man" by country group Little Big Town.
"Taylor Swift released no solo material in 2016 but she still dominated as a songwriter," EW writes. "And while both these songs are wildly different...both cement her as one of her generation's finest songsmiths."
As for EW's Worst Songs of the Year, they include Lil Yachty's "One Night," "Two Birds, One Stone" by Drake, "Private Show" by Britney Spears, the remake of the Ghostbusters theme by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott and, surprisingly, the top-10 hit "i hate u i love you" by Gnash and Olivia O'Brien.
"The uninspired melody and blase rhymes only inspire one emotion in us," EW writes. "And it's not good."
Catie LaffoonPeoplemagazine reports that a group of artists who'll all be performing Friday night in New York City are also planning to team up for a charity single.
DNCE, Fifth Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, Charlie Puth, Daya, Rita Ora, Tinashe and more will record a version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" to raise funds for the Robin Hood Foundation, the New York City charity that fights poverty and homelessness. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the song will go to Robin Hood.
According to People, all the performers will sing the song Friday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, during the venue's annual Jingle Ball concert. The Robin Hood Board will match all proceeds earned by up to $100,000. You can also donate by texting 27722 to give ten bucks, or visit RH.org/give.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCHere’s something Justin Bieber isn’t sorry about: His “Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)” video is the most-viewed video on Vevo worldwide this year.
The clip -- which doesn't even feature Justin -- has racked up 1.8 billion views so far. The Biebs also makes the top 10 two more times, with his video for “What Do You Mean?” coming in at number five and the “Love Yourself (PURPOSE: The Movement)” visual at number six.
Adele’s video for “Hello” takes the number-two spot with more than 1.2 billion views. Number three is Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home” video, which was also just named the top trending YouTube video of the year. Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” is number four.
Gregg DeGuire/Getty ImagesIt seems the thrill is gone for Sia and her husband of two years. The singer and filmmaker Erik Anders Lang have separated.
"After much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple," the two say in a statement provided to ABC News by the singer's rep. "We are, however, dedicated to remaining friends. There will be no further comment."
The couple were married in Palm Springs, California in August 2014, two months after revealing their engagement.
They were notoriously private about their relationship, but they did attend some public events side by side. They were last photographed together at a pre-Grammys party back in February.
The reason? The success of her smash album 25, which sold a record 3.4 million copies in its first week. It spent 10 weeks at #1, and has subsequently gone on to sell over 9 million copies. 25 is also Billboard's top album of 2016. Its lead single, "Hello," stayed at #1 for 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and inspired memes, a Saturday Night Live skit, and a record-setting Carpool Karaoke segment.
Adele is alsoBillboard's Top Female Artist of the Year, Top Album Artist of the Year, Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year, Top Digital Albums Artist and Top Adult Pop Songs Artist. Her sold-out tour also ranked as the #4 tour of the year.
One of the year-end charts that Adele didn't top is Hot 100 Songs -- and that honor belongs to Justin Bieber.Go ahead and call it a comeback, because it very much is: the Bieb has the #1 song and the #2 song of the year on the chart: "Love Yourself" and "Sorry," respectively.
The last time an artist had both top songs of the year was back in 2004, when Justin's mentor Usher scored with "Yeah!" and "Burn."
Justin is alsoBillboard's Top Male Artist of the Year, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social 50 Artist and Top Pop Songs Artist.
Billboard's Top Duo or Group of the Year is pop/rock duo Twenty One Pilots, beating out Coldplay for the #1 spot, while R&B singer Bryson Tiller is the Top New Artist of the Year, beating out former One Direction member Zayn Malik for the honor.
Dick Clark ProductionsThe Billboard Hollywood Party segment of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest will be packed with stars.
The segment, hosted by Fergie from Los Angeles, will feature performances from Niall Horan, Lukas Graham, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande and Fifth Harmony with Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign. In addition, Fergie will be performing two songs on the broadcast, which starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC December 31. More performers will be announced shortly.
As previously reported, the show will also feature Mariah Carey, DNCE, Gloria Estefan and country star Thomas Rhett performing live from New York's Times Square, with Jenny McCarthy doing live reporting and, of course, Ryan Seacrest presiding over the festivities.
Image Group LA/ABCHailee Steinfeld is stepping into a new gig. The singer has been named the new face of the REEF Escape sandal collection.
The sandals, which launch in January 2017, come in hot pink, mint and peach blended with tones of blush, coral and lime. Hailee will appear in a new ad campaign for the brand.
"I grew up in California and Reefs were a part of our daily uniform,” Hailee says in a statement. “The comfort and classic style that Reef brings to sandals is inimitable and I'm excited to represent a brand that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember."
Sarah Barlow Stehpen SchofieldMeghan Trainor was set to perform at a string of holiday concerts, but she's now had to scrap all those appearances due to vocal issues.
On Instagram, Meghan writes, "I posted last week that I wasn't feeling great, but was powering through the best that I could. Unfortunately, I am not feeling any better and after leaving the doctor today, I have been put on a strict vocal rest for the next two weeks."
The Grammy-winner goes on to say that the cancellation "absolutely kills me," noting that she was "so excited to see all of you on the road." She notes that she's going to "go home and rest" so she can see her fans "as soon as I can."
"I love you so much and am so appreciative of your love and support that you constantly show me," she adds. "You mean everything to me. Can't wait to see you in 2017!"
In 2015, Meghan suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage which forced her to cancel her North American tour. She eventually underwent surgery and was able to get through her Untouchable tour earlier this year without incident.
Image courtesy CBSJust ahead of the premiere of her new Showtime documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, the Material Girl herself took the passenger seat in the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Madonna might have sat down but she didn't sit still while riding around New York City in an SUV with endearingly star-struck James Corden.
The 58-year-old singer was ageless as ever in her black leather jacket, black jeans and fingerless gloves, rocking attitude from the moment Corden pulled into traffic. The two of them struck a pose for “Vogue” and Madonna ended with her leg stretched to the roof of the car. James tried to do the same, playing it for laughs.
As seen on the teaser released Monday, Madonna straight-up twerked in her seat to “B****, I’m Madonna.” She later shocked her host as she talked about the difference between her life on stage and off, saying she doesn’t drink or smoke and that at home, she’s like Julie Andrews.
The pair also sang “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” from the Evita soundtrack, before moving on to the topic of Michael Jackson. Not only did she kiss, Madonna did tell, admitted that she encouraged Jackson a little with some chardonnay before she made her move on him. “It worked wonders,” she said.
James was clearly having the time of his life and Madonna seemed to enjoy herself, especially while performing “Ray of Light” and “Music.”
“That was the only time I haven't minded being stuck in traffic,” Madonna said at the end.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour premieres on Showtime, Friday, December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT, and on Showtime on demand December 10.
L-R: Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs in “Hairspray Live!”; Paul Drinkwater/NBCHairsprayLive! the three-hour musical adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray, about a girl who finds overnight success in 1962 Baltimore, aired Wednesday night on NBC. And the production managed to delight, despite a few flubs, and a stumble from Ariana Grande.
Overall, the show went off without a hitch, save for some microphone and lighting glitches, and Ariana's trip during the number, “I Can Hear the Bells” -- although if you blinked, you might have missed it.
Ariana, who played Penny Pingleton, didn't have any problems belting out other songs in the show, like "Without Love" and the finale, "You Can't Stop the Beat." She also joined Jennifer Hudson for an encore duet, "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)," as the cast took their bows.
The production also starred Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough, Broadway vets, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin and Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Sean Hayes, Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner, and newcomer Maddie Baillio, as Tracy Turnblad. It also utilized the live audience as the audience for the play’s fictional Corny Collins Show, as well as the finale.
There were also surprise cameos from former Tracy Turnblads Rikki Lake and Marissa Winokur, as Mr. Pinky’s assistants, as well as the original “Dynamites.”
As with previous live TV adaptations, fans expecting a live version of either the 1988 John Waters film or the 2007 reboot were probably a little lost, since this one stayed truer to the Broadway play. The show also didn’t shy away from drawing parallels between the 60s civil rights movement and current tensions.