Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this week, rumors surfaced that Ariana Grande’s diva-like behavior on the set of the upcoming Fox show Scream Queens was causing serious problems with co-star Emma Roberts. But on Friday, representatives from Fox Studios told VH1 those rumors are completely untrue. In fact, Ariana hasn’t even been to the set because she’s been on tour.
“Ariana Grande is currently on tour and has yet to hit the stages of Scream Queens,” the reps said. “These rumors are false and we look forward to working with her.”
The rumors, reported on by VH1's The Gossip Table, claimed Ariana had banned cell phones from the set to prevent any pictures of her near the catering table from surfacing. The Gossip Table said Emma supposedly went screaming to show creator Ryan Murphy about how upset she was over Ariana’s behavior.
Once she finishes up her Honeymoon Tour, Ariana is slated to have a recurring guest role on the series.
Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsGeorge Ezra has expanded his headlining tour into the summer. The English singer-songwriter's new batch of dates begin July 27 in Washington, D.C. and conclude August 11 in Seattle. Visit GeorgeEzra.com for all the ticket info.
Ezra is currently touring North America in support of his debut album, Wanted on Voyage, through April 22 in New York City. The trek also includes a stop at Coachella.
For a preview of Ezra's live show, the "Budapest" singer will make his Saturday Night Live debut on the March 28 episode, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.
Here are all of George Ezra's new tour dates:
7/27 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club 7/28 -- New York City, NY, Terminal 5 7/29 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 8/4 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre 8/7 -- San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands 8/8 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom 8/9 -- BC, Canada, Squamish Valley Music Festival 8/11 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
Gregg DeGuire/WireImageKaty Perry has dyed her hair just about every color in the rainbow, but now she’s back to black and will be staying that way for a while. She tells E! News she’s keeping it dark for a reason.
"It's black [because] I'm in mourning because this tour is almost finished," she says at the premiere of her EPIX concert special, Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour.
Katy may be sad to see the tour end, but she’s definitely ready for some down time. "I think it's time for me to have a nap, a little sleeping beauty for a second," she says.
The expansive world tour began in May of last year and she's still got the Asian leg to complete before she can take a break. Katy tells ETOnline she’s taking precautions to stay in good health for the remainder of the tour dates.
“I am looking after my health, which is most important, because if I get sick, then I can’t play a show,” she says. “Thankfully, I have not gotten sick -- where is the wood I can knock on?”
She credits her health to a diet that includes lots of kale, dried fruits and probiotics.
Katy also shoots down rumors that she's a diva while on the road. “I’m sorry, if you lived on the road every single day and you were in and out of a different hotel, like don’t you want a comfort?” Perry says. “Don’t you want sliced turkey and some baby wipes?”
Katy’s concert special premieres on EPIX Saturday as part of the network’s Free Preview Weekend. While her hair may be black now, she still gets her color fix by donning quite a few crazy wigs during the two-hour production.
Eric Ryan Anderson for BillboardStarting next month, Hozier will be a familiar face at music festivals around the world -- from Australia's Byron Bay to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to California's Coachella, Tennessee's Bonnaroo and England's V Festival. But it's unlikely that those shows will be more memorable than Hozier's very first festival experience, during which he passed out.
Speaking to Billboard for its new cover story, Hozier says he was 16 when he attended his first music festival as a fan. "I waited in the pit for hours to see James Brown," he recalls, referring to the late Godfather of Soul. "My back was breaking, and I was fainting throughout the day. I got to be in the front row, and it was incredible."
Hozier, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says that he never expected that he would end up playing to thousands and thousands of fans at festivals around the world, including Coachella, which he calls "one of the big mother" festivals.
"I'd made a conscious decision to write music for a much smaller audience. I did not think it would resonate with mainstream culture," he tells Billboard.
Ben Watts; Jeff Daly/NBCEd Sheeran has written a number of tracks for One Direction. So how does he feel about Zayn Malik’s sudden departure from the group? The singer told Australian radio show Hughesy and Kate he supports Zayn’s decision.
"I think whatever makes him happy. The most important thing in life is to be happy, and if he was unhappy in that situation then, yeah, don't stay in it," he said. "You don't want to make yourself unhappy just to earn money, that's not what life's about. You're meant to enjoy life, and if he wasn't enjoying his life then fair play to him."
Ed does note that Zayn’s situation is very different from his own. "I think the difference between me taking a break and him taking a break is he has four other people to worry about," Ed said. "I'll definitely take a break, but it won't be a noticeable break because no one will be like, 'He's left the band.'"
Zayn’s departure was announced Wednesday, and the 22-year-old spoke out about his decision for the first time Friday, in an interview published in the U.K. newspaper The Sun. Sayn said he felt bad about letting the fans down, but at the same time he feels like he’s “doing what’s right.”
According to Billboard, Zayn’s label management team is already positioning him for a future solo career. He’s signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records as a group member, and also individually. There’s reportedly a “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal that allows the act to continue as a foursome, and offers the label the option to pick up Zayn’s contract as a solo artist.
However, Zayn leaving could mean less money for the remaining members of the group -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album contract signed in 2013. The contract reportedly outlined that if one or more of the guys leave during that time period, each member could be paid less because they're likely to be less viable.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAfter they were photographed together in Nashville earlier this week, rumors began that Taylor Swift was dating Scottish deejay/producer Calvin Harris. Of course, it often seems as if Taylor's automatically linked with any eligible young man she stand anywhere near, so the fact she was spotted with Harris doesn't necessarily prove anything. But now, TMZ claims to have photographic evidence that the two are more than friends.
TMZ has footage and photos of Taylor Calvin holding hands and walking into country superstar Kenny Chesney's concert Thursday night in Nashville, and of the two of them standing together in the audience, with Calvin's arm around Taylor's waist. Eyewitnesses also tell TMZ that Taylor was sitting on Calvin's lap, and that the two kissed.
Calvin recently worked with Taylor's friends, the sister group HAIM, and she and the HAIM girls reportedly went to Las Vegas earlier this month to see one of Calvin's shows.
Calvin, who previously dated British singer Rita Ora, wrote and produced Rihanna's #1 smash "We Found Love," and has also collaborated on hit singles with Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch of Florence the Machine, and British singer John Newman -- "I Need Your Love," "Sweet Nothing" and "Blame" are those songs, respectively. Calvin also scored his own hit as an artist with the song "Feel So Close."
Paul Drinkwater/NBCTwo years ago, Chris Daughtry tweeted that he was taking acting lessons, and they seemed to have paid off: this week, he announced he's landed a recurring role as a drug-addicted rock star in Studio City, a new Fox drama pilot. But if you think that Chris plans to put career with his band Daughtry on hold in favor of Hollywood, you'd be wrong.
"It’s not something where I feel that I’m gonna, you know, kick music to the side for a few years and do acting," he told ABC Radio around the time he revealed he was taking the acting lessons. "I don’t see that in my future, because obviously I love what we do so much as a band and with the music. So, it’s gonna be difficult to find a perfect balance."
Still, acting is a passion, and not an afterthought, for Chris. He didn't just decide to do it because people started offering him roles because he's a chart-topping singer.
"Looking back over the last six or seven years, it just seems like one dream after another is just coming to fruition, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t pursue ‘em all. You know what I mean?" he told ABC Radio. "And acting was something that I wanted to do way before I ever found music."
As for whether or not Chris is actually any good at acting, well, his coach seems to think so. He took classes with Marjorie Ballentine, who's worked with Gary Oldman, Krysten Ritter and other stars. "She just gave me some really encouraging words and made me feel like it’s something that I’m good at and something that I should really consider," he told ABC Radio.
In addition to acting in the show, Chris plans to write original music for Studio City. As for his day job, he and Daughtry have concerts lined up in late April and early May, and then a few dates here and through the summer.
John Russo/DreamWorks AnimationRihanna made her acting debut in the poorly received 2012 big-budget sci-fi flick Battleship, and made cameo appearance in 2013's This Is the End and last year's Annie remake. Now, it's her voice -- her speaking voice, not her singing voice -- that's front and center in the new animated movie Home, in theaters Friday.
In Home, Rihanna voices a resourceful and brave little girl named Tip who becomes separated from her mom, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, when aliens invade Earth. She evades capture, goes on the run and teams up with one of the aliens, voiced by Jim Parsons. Together, the two learn about acceptance, friendship and perseverance.
What's notable about Home, besides its all star cast, is its diversity -- it's rare to see an animated movie whose lead character is a regular African-American girl, not some impossibly beautiful Caucasian princess. "I think it was both important to me and [the movie studio] for this character to be as realistic as possible," says Rihanna. "We wanted little girls to feel empowered. Little girls of any size, shape, color, race -- it didn’t matter."
"We wanted girls to just feel strong and brave and empowered and beautiful and like they can do anything and they can take charge of their life or their situation, no matter what," the singer adds.
Also important, says Rihanna, is the fact is that Tip looks like a lot of the kids who'll be going to see Home this weekend.
"I think we were really, really careful, especially with the animation and making sure that she wore the right thing, that her body was not unrealistic, you know?" she says. "And I think for kids, that’s gonna be very special. For young girls, especially."
Rihanna also contributed three songs to the Home soundtrack; songs by Charli XCX, Jennifer Lopez, Kiesza and other artists round out the package.
RJ ShaughnessyZaynMalik says he doesn’t regret his decision to leave One Direction.
In an interview published Friday in the U.K. newspaper The Sun, the 22-year-old admits being surprised by the reaction to his announcement this week but he feels good about the decision he made.
“It is crazy and wild and a bit mad, but at the same time I've never felt more in control in my life,” says Zayn. “And I feel like I'm doing what's right -- right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”
In the interview, Zayn rejects reports that he left the boy band because of bad blood between him and the other members: Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan.
“My band has been really supportive. They've been cool about it,” Zayn tells The Sun. “And they understand that, you know, it's not real to me anymore.” He said the reports of tension “couldn't be more wrong.”
Zayn also tells the newspaper that he's still with his fiancée, Perrie Edwards, and she's "very supportive" of his decision.
Zayn acknowledges that many fans are upset by his departure, but he hopes they understand. “I feel like I've let the fans down but I can't do this anymore,” he confesses, adding, "It's not that I've turned my back on them or anything, it's just that I just can't do that anymore because it's not the real me.”
As for his future, Zayn tells The Sun he's been working on his own music for some time.
The four remaining members of One Direction have vowed to continue. They have concert dates booked through October and are recording a fifth album that is due out later this year.
ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift is certainly a leader in the music industry, but is she one of the greatest leaders in the entire world? Fortune magazine thinks so. The singer ranks #6 on the magazine's list of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," alongside the likes of Pope Francis, Apple CEO Tim Cook and the president of China.
How did Taylor end up on the list? Fortuneexplains, "To make this roster, it was not enough to be brilliant, admirable, or even supremely powerful. We set out to find singular leaders with vision who moved others to act as well, and who brought their followers with them on a shared quest. We looked for effectiveness and commitment and for the courage to pioneer."
The magazine says it solicited nominees from "two dozen of the world's best minds," as well as its own staff. "People everywhere still want leaders who will speak to them honestly about the challenges they face together," says the magazine. "[These] are the best examples we’ve found of how to succeed in this challenging new environment, where leaders must earn their leadership every day."
Others on the list include Bill and Melinda Gates, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Jimmy Fallon, Lebron James and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Meghan Trainor, and Lady Gaga all made it onto AskMen.com’s Top 99 Outstanding Women of 2015 list. This year, instead of compiling a list of the most “desirable” women based on their sex appeal, the men’s lifestyle website decided to highlight women who have demonstrated success and influence in their industries.
Taylor ranked the highest of her pop star peers, coming in at number 4. “After a strong first few albums that made her a fan favorite within her own genre, she's broken through to the mainstream to become a genuine megastar, and there's no looking back,” AskMen says.
Her BFF Lorde came in at number 65, with AskMen praising her success at such a young age. “Basically, ‘wunderkind’ is an understatement,” the website writes.
Meghan made the list at number 80 despite her “cringey” video for “Dear Future Husband,” and Gaga came in at number 58 for her unexpected jazz partnership with Tony Bennett and awe-inspiring Oscars performance.
Katy just made it at number 97, thanks to her unforgettable Super Bowl performance this year.
Other pop stars AskMen considers “outstanding” are Rihanna, at number 23; Ariana Grande, at number 26; Sia, at number 52; and Lana Del Ray, at number 72. Actress and outspoken feminist Emma Watson claimed the number one spot.
To determine the final ranking, panelists representing five media outlets -- Business Insider, Huffington Post Lifestyle, PC Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo! Celebrity -- helped AskMen’s editorial team compile a list of 200 women. Then, readers voted to narrow down the list to the Top 99 most outstanding female singers, actors, models, athletes, and businesswomen.
Jeff Daly/NBCAny One Direction fans who were concerned that the band would be breaking up following the departure of Zayn Malik can rest easy: according to Liam Payne, 1D has no plans to split.
"In light of recent events I think this is important to say," Liam tweeted. "For the past five years now I've been part of something so special I don't think any of us really understand, something that can mean the world to people and put a smile on the face of our fans even in the darkest times. To a lot of people, it's just a bunch of silly kids in a band, but to the people involved it means so much more."
He adds, "This last week has been some of the worst times, possibly the worst it's something we are all deeply saddened by. It's sad to think for the time being we won't grace the stage as five bros, or have the same fun on a tour bus or laughs in a hotel together that we have over the years, but I'm super sure us and zayn will always remain the closest friends."
"I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's far from over," Liam concludes. "When we very 1st became successful we all agreed that one direction had become much bigger than each individual member. That's why I feel like right now, it's ok to be sad and upset, but I do ask everyone who is a fan of us to please keep ur faith in us: I'm sure there's a lot more to come."
The band has already announced its intentions to continue its tour and record a new album without Zayn.
Courtesy PEOPLEFirst Britney Spears opened up about her family life to People magazine, now she’s dishing about her love life. In her People cover story, out Friday, the pop star talks about her “adorably hot” boyfriend of six months, Charlie Ebersol.
She reveals that the two were introduced by her assistant. "I thought he was really adorable and she said he was good to people, so I went for it," Britney says.
For their first date, Charlie asked Britney for suggestions and she wasn’t shy about telling him exactly what she wanted. "I said, 'Cook for me!'" she says. "So he made fish, mushrooms, avocado with a dressing, and tomatoes and mozzarella. It was amazing."
She says she was attracted to a lot more than just his skills in the kitchen. "There was something about him that made me feel really peaceful and at ease," she says, adding, "And he was really hot, too. Adorably hot."
Charlie, a television producer and the son of former NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, has continued to sweep Britney off her feet with romantic gestures. For her 33rd birthday in December, Britney says they made waffles, lit some candles and ate on the floor. Charlie bought her a beautiful cake and a personal gift that she now has hanging on the wall. "One of my favorite songs is 'Thank U,' by Alanis Morissette, and he put all the words to the song in a long frame,” she says. “It was really thoughtful."
It seems Charlie truly adores her. He tells People Britney has an "enormous heart."
Christie GoodwinEd Sheeran is single again. The 24-year-old singer revealed on Australian radio that he's split from girlfriend Athina Andrelos.
Things got awkward pretty quickly when the hosts of Sydney’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show asked how Ed, who’s currently touring in Australia, was doing with the ladies. “Well, I wasn’t single. I was in a relationship for a long time,” Ed said. They inquired if he was single now, and he confirmed that the relationship had ended. He didn’t seem too happy about it.
When they asked if he wants to be single, Ed paused uncomfortably and, according to the hosts, appeared to be on the verge of tears. “That’s interesting. That’s the first time I’ve spoken about that,” he said.
Athina, who works for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, reportedly dated Ed for 14 months.
Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJessie J and her boyfriend are not breaking up. In fact, it seems like things are getting more serious between Jessie and Luke James. The singer tells the Daily Mail that she’s already thinking about kids.
“Do I want children? Of course I do,” she says. “I don't know how many I want to have but whatever God decides to bless me with, I will give my all to.”
And when she does have children, she'll look to her own mom for guidance. “I've been spending a lot of time with my mother because no one is a better example of a mum than her,” she tells the Mail.
Jessie admits there will come a time when she takes “a step back from music to concentrate on other things,” but she says she doesn’t plan to give her career up entirely once she starts a family.
“Whenever I see J. Lo or David and Victoria Beckham out with their kids, it's really reassuring for me,” she says. “I have so much respect for them because of how they manage to balance everything.”
She adds, “They make [the showbiz scene] as normal as they can for their children and that is so important -- for the parents as well as the kids. It just goes to show that it is possible.”
Jessie and Luke, an R&B singer, went public with their relationship in November and she told the Mail that she hopes he’s “the one.” Last week, Jessie went on a Twitter rant after rumors surfaced that the two had broken up. She scolded her fans for attacking Luke on social media, telling them it "doesn't make you a fan it makes you mean."
Matthew WelchCarly Rae Jepsen will make her Saturday Night Live musical guest debut on April 4. The 29-year-old Canadian singer will likely perform her catchy new single, “I Really Like You,” on the program.
The episode will be hosted by Birdman actor Michael Keaton, marking his third time as host.
Carly has been busy putting the finishing touches on her third studio album. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but she hinted it would be heavily inspired by ‘80s pop music.
Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy has added another sporting event to their schedule. On April 5, the Chicago band will perform at Wrigley Field for MLB's opening night game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, according to E!.
"When our band all lived in an apartment together in Roscoe Village, we used to pass out fliers for shows at the Metro after games," says Pete Wentz. "It has been a lifetime dream to get the chance to play at Wrigley Field. We are grateful to MLB for the opportunity and so excited to perform for our hometown crowd."
Fall Out Boy will perform their hit "Uma Thurman," their Save Rock and Roll track "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'em Up)" and, of course, the jock-jam of 2015, "Centuries."
Earlier this year, Fall Out Boy played a pre-Super Bowl party, as well as the NHL All-Star Game. Perhaps the band will try to hit for the American sports cycle by performing during the NBA Finals, too.
Roc NationRihanna surprised fans Thursday by teasing snippets of her new single "B***h Better Have My Money" in an unusual way: through the Dubsmash video-messaging app, where users can upload videos of themselves lip-syncing. Fans were required to download the app before they could check out the song, but not long afterward, Rihanna's record label released the song in full.
The profanity-laced track has a trap vibe, and features Rihanna adopting a tough-girl stance, and almost shouting the lyrics, "B***ch better have my money/Y'all should know me well enough/B***ch better have my money/Please don't call me on my bluff/Pay me what you owe me /B*lls dey bigger than LeBron/B***h give me my money/who y'all think you frontin' on?"
The track is the latest taste of Rihanna's upcoming album R8, which still doesn't have a release date.
Frank Micelotta / FOX He guest-starred on an episode of CSI: New York in 2008, but now Chris Daughtry's about to branch out into acting for real: the former American Idol star has landed a part in a TV pilot for Fox, the network that airs American Idol.
TVLine.com reports that Chris was been cast in a recurring role in Studio City, a drama about a young singer's rise to stardom. The singer's father, played by Eric McCormack, is a songwriter and drug dealer to the stars, and Chris will portray Keith Rhodes, a drug-addicted musician. Chris will also write original music for the series.
In 2013, Chris revealed that he'd been taking acting classes. In 2012, he auditioned for a tiny role in The Dark Knight Rises, but it didn't work out.