Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCControversy seems to follow Iggy Azalea whenever she takes to social media. The Aussie rapper got some flak after tweeting her explanation for why "Pretty Girls" wasn't more of a success.
When one fan tweeted that the song “flopped a little bit,” Iggy seemingly hinted Britney Spears was to blame for its less-than-stellar chart performance. “Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc. unfortunately im just featured...” she wrote.
While many took her tweet as a diss, Iggy said her comments were misconstrued. In response to a Billboard headline that read “Iggy Azalea Blames Britney Spears for 'Pretty Girls' Not Being a Hit,” Iggy tweeted, “Please stop. its honestly so desperate at this point its cringe worthy. guys, really? is THAT what i said.”
She further clarified her remarks to another Twitter user: “Im not attacking anyone. all i said was: i wish we had promoted more but thats out of my control. [Britney's] a good friend.”
“Pretty Girls” peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Peter YangJustin Bieber’s song with EDM producers Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now,” has been heating up the airwaves for months, but now it finally has a video. Justin debuted the artistic clip on ABC's Good Morning America today.
In the visual -- Justin’s first music video release since early 2014 -- the singer’s body becomes a canvas for fan-made art. Justin told GMA that contributors came together in a Los Angeles gallery to create the artwork used in the final production.
In one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, a drawing that says “Jelena 5ever” flashes across the screen with a big purple “X” over it. “Jelena” is the couple name given to Justin and his ex Selena Gomez. The drawing led many to speculate Justin was subtly dissing his ex, but since that the video's artwork is said to be fan-made, it’s unclear whether or not Justin had anything to do with it.
Epic RecordsAvril Lavigne said she’s seeing progress in her treatment for Lyme disease, which she contracted last year.
"I'm about halfway through my treatment," the singer said on Monday's Good Morning America of her regimen, which includes multiple antibiotics and ample rest.
"I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of progress. ...I'm just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery," Avril added.
That road to recovery has been a long one, said Avril, explaining that that trying to get a diagnosis was the worst time of her life.
"I literally became bedridden last October," she said, adding that she saw multiple specialists who failed to get to the root of the problem. “They would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome.’ Or, ‘Why don't you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ It's like, ‘Are you depressed?’”
Avril said it wasn’t until two months into the symptoms that she said she herself suspected she had Lyme disease.
"I started going to other doctors and specifically telling them and asking, ‘I have Lyme disease. I know I do. Can you check me?’” she said. "Then I finally figured out: 'Find a Lyme specialist.' And the thing is, when you're a specialist, you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose their symptoms."
After getting the diagnosis of Lyme disease, which Lavigne believes she contracted from a tick bite last spring, the singer was bedridden for five months in her Ontario home.
Avril, who is married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, said her family and fans have helped her through her ordeal. Many fans, she said, made her videos and sent her letters and posters and other items to show their support.
"I sat there in my bed and I watched the videos and...cried through the whole thing," she said. "Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process."
She calls this period her "second shot at life," and added: "I really just want to go out there and truly do what I love. So I'm so excited for life after this."
Avril is set to perform her song, "Fly,"on July 25 at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games next month in Los Angeles.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJust because Ed Sheeran is British doesn’t mean he can’t help celebrate America’s birthday. The singer has been added to the lineup of performers at the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
He’ll join Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor for the festivities, airing Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The two-hour special will be hosted by Today show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, and will include a dazzling 25-minute fireworks presentation.
Rapper Flo Rida and country stars Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are also set to perform during the special.
Forbes/Jamel ToppinTaylor Swift and Calvin Harris may be the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple, but Taylor’s alleged rival Katy Perry has them beat in terms of individual wealth. Katy is the highest-earning musician on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list this year.
The singer graces the magazine’s cover and comes in at number three on the overall list, having earned an estimated $135 million over the past year. Her staggering wealth has a lot to do with earnings from her long-running Prismatic World Tour, and her take-charge attitude when it comes to managing her own brand.
“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company,” Katy tells Forbes. "I'm an entrepreneur...I don't want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its b***s."
Coming in just below Katy at number four on the list is One Direction. The British boy band made a collective total of $130 million.
Taylor ranks number eight, with $80 million in earnings. Her Scottish DJ beau, Calvin, is number 17 with $66 million. As announced last week, their combined earnings of $146 million make them the highest-paid celebrity couple on the list, topping Beyonce and Jay Z and country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
Other musicians who make the Celebrity 100 this year include Justin Timberlake at number 19, Lady Gaga at number 25 and Ed Sheeran at number 27.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather takes the number one spot, raking in a whopping $300 million, while his boxing rival Manny Pacquiao takes the number two spot with $160 million.
Dave Hogan/TASTaylor Swift is making the most out of her time in the U.K.
At her show in London's Hyde Park on Saturday night, Taylor welcomed what seemed like half her squad onstage for special appearances, including model pals Cara Delevigne, Martha Hunt, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. Kendall Jenner also joined the party, as did tennis superstar Serena Williams, who was in town ahead of Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Emma Watson checked out the show from backstage.
Then, Taylor took in the sights of London with her pals. She posted a photo showing herself on a boat on the River Thames, along with her boyfriend Calvin Harris, Karlie, Gigi and Gigi's boyfriend Joe Jonas. She captioned the photo, "Little known fact: Karlie is secretly an unofficial historian/London tour guide. Kind of." In the photo, Taylor is full-on hugging Calvin -- she's definitely not being coy anymore about their relationship.
Tonight, Taylor is set to perform in Dublin, Ireland and but unfortunately, a rumor that her pal Hozier may join her onstage is just that: a rumor. According to the Independent, he told an Irish radio show, "I won't sadly be in the country for that. That should be a good show. I don't think I've ever seen her play live."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson's current album Piece by Piece is her last record in her current contract. So will she re-sign with the same company? Change labels? Switch genres? She says she has no idea what she's doing next.
"I have no idea what my next record is going to sound like. I've gone through three different genres and I keep saying that, 'No this is going to be my sound, no this is going to be my sound,'" she tells Digital Spy.
"You know coming off a talent show – and even [my record label], we didn't choose each other, we just got put together...it's nice to have the option of being able to be a brand new artist basically," she explains. "I never had the chance to like just pick exactly what I wanted to do, when I want to do it. It's kind of been chosen for me, from the show, which has been fine, but it's kind of cool, I'm excited about whatever is next."
Kelly adds, "I honestly don't have a frickin' clue, I don't, like I've gone from 'Let's make a huge dance record' to 'No I want to make an R&B/pop record' to 'No I really love country, I want to do a country thing.'"
"It's been all over the map and my manager just laughs at me when I tell him 'No I've got it, I know what I want to do,' because he's like 'OK, it's going to change next month,'" she laughs. "I hate that we have to pick. I hate that I had to pick something – I just love it all. I don't know, I have no clue."
Looks like Kelly will have to figure out her next move on the road: her tour in support of Piece by Piece kicks off July 11.
Jason Squires/WireImageAfter opening for The Rolling Stones at the band's concert in Kansas City on Saturday night, Ed Sheeran joined Mick Jagger and company on stage for a duet.
Ed performed "Beast of Burden" with Mick. You can watch a clip on the Stones' YouTube page, which has also posted video of the two backstage. They joked that they were going to cover Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," with Mick saying, "We think it's going to work in Kansas City."
Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty ImagesKanyeWest was joined by a surprise guest during his performance at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Sunday. It was a surprise even to him.
British comedian Simon Brodkin interrupted Kanye while the rapper was performing his song "Black Skinhead," NMEreports. He was wearing a "Lee-zus" shirt and carrying a microphone at the time.
Brodkin was quickly caught by a security guard, but Kanye had to restart the song.
Brodkin later tweeted from an account bearing the name of his fictional character "Lee Nelson," "Some people were saying Kanye shouldn't headline Glastonbury so I thought I'd give him a hand."
Indeed, there was an online petition for Kanye to be replaced as a headliner by a rock band. More than 134 thousand people signed the petition, though Kanye's show still went on. Aside from the Brodkin interruption, highlights included 'Ye's cover of the Queen classic "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Sherwin LainezAndy Grammer's been releasing singles since 2011, but his latest one, "Honey, I'm Good," has unexpectedly become the biggest hit of his career. Andy says that when he wrote the upbeat ode to fidelity, he and his team thought the song was so unusual that it would either be embraced by everyone -- or really tick people off.
"Sometimes you do have a sense that, like, 'Wow, this is weird. It's a weird one,'" Andy tells ABC Radio about whether or not he thought "Honey, I'm Good" was special from the get-go. "We could tell that it was like, 'That's really quirky, and that's either gonna be something that, like, annoys people or is gonna be the biggest thing ever.'"
"And so, it's so great that it's kind of like leaning towards the latter," he laughs.
Since the song has become so big, Andy is trying to handle suddenly being in demand. "I'm just hanging on for dear life. It's so fun. The bigger and bigger it gets, it's like, it's amazing, 'cause it's all firsts. Right?" he tells ABC Radio. "I've been doing this for a while, but this song specifically, 'Honey, I'm Good,' is giving me all these firsts. Every day is a new call from my manager going, like 'Yaaaaaa!'"
The latest first for "Honey, I'm Good"? It's just reached #1 on theBillboard Hot Adult Pop Songs chart. That's the highest that one of his songs has ever gotten on that chart.
"HOLY FREAKING WHAT!!! This week has been a dream. So many incredible people at radio, fans requesting the song, word of mouth, my incredible team, I'm at a loss for words," Andy wrote on Instagram. "5 years ago on a Friday like today I would be getting all my little self made CDs ready to go street perform. The fact that Honey I'm Good is NUMBER ONE in the country makes me explode with gratitude."
"You just kind of, try to soak it in as much as you can," Andy says of handling his success. "And to have, like, a true hit, you know, it's amazing, it's really amazing."
BETJanet Jackson will receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award Sunday night at the 15th Annual BET Awards.
The singer, who just put out a new single, "No Sleeep," has announced the upcoming release of her first studio album in seven years, and her first tour since 2008.
At the event, Jason Derulo, among others, will perform a special dance tribute to Janet.
Also performing at this year's star-studded BET Awards: Tori Kelly, The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke, Jidenna and Silento.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The leading nominees are Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj with six nominations apiece. Beyonce and Lil Wayne follow with four nominations each. Other multiple nominees include Usher and Sam Smith. Other artists receiving nods include Rihanna, John Legend, The Weeknd, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Drake and Fetty Wap.
The BET Awards are hosted by black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross and will air this Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET.
Pamela LitkyFittingly, the lead singer of Train has made a donation to a campaign to help establish a high-speed train route in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.
As YourErie.com reports, Train frontman Pat Monahan has donated tickets to see the band in either San Diego or L.A. this September to All Aboard Erie, a group that wants to establish high-speed rail service between Pittsburgh, PA and Erie.
The group plans to use Monahan's donation as the top prize in the Kickstarter campaign it's launching in August -- the prize will also include travel from anywhere in the U.S., plus hotel accommodations. The goal is to raise $3,000 to help fund a study of potential routes between the two cities.
The executive director of All Aboard Erie said the group was grateful to the band for its generosity, adding, “Pat has never forgotten his Erie roots and has given back to his hometown again and again. We reached out to him because it just seemed like a natural fit.”
Ray Mickshaw/FOXSince it was announced that American Idol's final season will be next year, many of the show's alumni have weighed in on their feelings about the end of the show that put them on the map. But what about the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson? She tells the U.K. website Digital Spy, "It feels like someone's burning down my high school."
Asked if she feels that it's time for the show to come to an end, Kelly says, "I mean, I guess… I don't know. It's just supply and demand, people watch the show still." She adds, "My guess is...Simon Fuller" -- the creator of American Idol -- "must have something else up his sleeve."
"There's got to be something else coming," she says. "He's just too much of a creative person to not have another show or something."
As for the show's impact, she says, "It's such a big, huge part of American television history for us, and it was a cool thing to be a part of and especially coming from the original show, like, nobody really knew what was going to happen. But I guess there is like 20 of us [winners] so maybe it is time."
Actually, Kelly, there are 14 of you, but who's counting?
The singer says she's "waiting for the call" from the show's producers in regards to the final season. "I know they're going to be like 'We're bringing everyone back!'" she says. "Which I would love and it would be good. There's so much talent out of that show, like Oscar winners, Grammy winners -- people have done really well off that show..so I'm thankful."
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVSelena Gomez and Taylor Swift may have duked it out in Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, but there’s no actual bad blood between the two. In fact, Selena’s new single, “Good for You,” already has Taylor’s stamp of approval.
Selena tells MTV News that she played the song for Taylor, and immediately got a positive reaction from her pal. “She’s so happy,” Selena says. “I played her the one with A$AP [Rocky] and she’s just very animated, which I love because then I know.”
She adds of Taylor, “She’s very honest, too; she’ll be like, ’I don’t know, I don’t know’ and then I’ll be like, ’OK she doesn’t like it.’ But when she hears something [she likes] she’s super ’Oh my gosh.’ It’s the best, it’s so great, because then I’m like, ’OK, it’s approved.'”
The two are so supportive of each other that Selena says it was a struggle for them to play vicious enemies in the “Bad Blood” video. The original ending was a more tame showdown between the two.
“It was actually funny because the video was originally going to end with us just looking at each other, and then [the director] came in and was like, ‘I think it would be really cool if you guys just went for it,'” she says. “And I was like, ‘I love you,’ and she was like, ‘I love you, too,’ and then we just slap each other. It was fun.”
So who does Selena think won the fight? She hints that only a sequel could tell us for sure. “I have no idea,” she says. “Maybe there is more that’s going to come -- because you don’t know.”
Selena released her own video for "Good for You" today, a steamy clip that matches her sultry vocals on the song.
Image courtesy Republic RecordsFresh off his mega-successful musical contribution to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, The Weeknd has landed a spot on another soundtrack. The singer, along with Gwen Stefani, will be featured on the Eminem-produced Southpaw soundtrack.
The Weeknd's song “Wicked Games,” from his 2012 album Trilogy, made the track list. Gwen is featured on a new Eminem track, “Kings Never Die.” It marks her first time collaborating with the rapper.
The album also includes two arrangements by the late composer James Horner, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this week.
The soundtrack comes out July 24, the same day the film hits theaters. Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal as boxing champ Billy “The Great” Hope, who tries to work his way back to the top after hitting rock bottom.
MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty ImagesSoon after Friday's historic Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage constitutional in all 50 states, pop stars began sharing their reactions on social media.
Sam Smith posted an ecstatic message on Instagram following the news. “ALL 50 STATES!!!! So happy,” he writes. “Times are changing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so much more fighting to do so I hope nobody stops and thinks everything's ok because it isn't, BUT it's days like today, and moments like this that we've all gotta have a drink and celebrate how far we have come. I couldn't be prouder to be gay.”
Ariana Grande, whose older brother Frankie is gay, was overjoyed to the point of tears. She tweeted, “YAAAAAAS AMERICA. LOVE WON. LOVE WINS. AND IT AL.WAYS. WILL. (i'm crying)”
Matchbox Twenty's Twitter account posted a photo of the band clad in "Gay O.K." t-shirts, with the hashtag "#LoveWins."
And Kelly Clarksonadded, "Love for the win! Yes! Supreme Court and Justice Kennedy laying it down. #dropsthemic#tieitup."
Here are some other reactions via social media:
Madonna: "Finally And at Last! The Revolution Of Love has Begun! #livingforlove #rebelheartsunite"
Interscope RecordsShe teased it when she released the single earlier this week. Not the video for "Good for You," Selena Gomez's new single, has arrived.
The clip opens with Selena writhing on a green couch, wearing a printed robe -- and apparently nothing underneath -- and rolling on a wood floor wearing a white t-shirt and shredded jeans. She's also seen wearing a wet white t-shirt and sitting on a stool. We next see her in the shower with water pouring over her head, and in a loft-like space, wearing a black and gold robe. Next, Selena's writhing on a leather couch wearing a white satin tank and slouchy pants. The last shot is her back on the wood floor again, turning to the camera and laughing.
Selena says of the Sophie Muller-directed clip, "I wanted [it] to reflect the initial stripped-down version of 'Good For You.' Sophie...created a beautiful and intimate visual representation of the song.” The video version of the song doesn't include A$SAP Rocky's part, which is featured on the single.
"Good for You" is the first single from Selena's upcoming album, which doesn't yet have a title or release date.
Big Machine RecordsAll anybody in the music industry has talked about for the last few days has been Taylor Swift getting Apple to agree to pay artists royalties during the three-month free trial period on its new streaming service, and her subsequent decision to allow Apple to include her album 1989 on that service. But ironically, 1989's also been a hit on a music format that's as far from streaming as you can get: vinyl.
According to Nielsen Music, 1989 is the best-selling vinyl LP of 2015. Yes, vinyl is still a thing; in fact, sales of vinyl are up 39 percent compared to the same period in 2014.
In addition to 1989, other discs that are among the top 20 best-sellers on vinyl include current albums by Taylor's buddies Sam Smith, Hozier and Ed Sheeran. Also on the list are classics by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
Island RecordsGet ready to set your DVRs. Scream Queens now has an official fall premiere date, and guest star Nick Jonas says you've literally never seen anything like the Fox comedy-horror series.
“It’s pretty wild,” Nick tells ABC Radio. “This show, this cast is amazing and I feel like it’s gonna surprise a lot of people." He adds, "The show is unlike anything I’ve seen on TV, so I’m anxious for it to come out and excited to see how people respond.”
The show, from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, will debut with a two-hour episode on September 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
Scream Queens is about a college sorority that gets shaken up by a series of murders. Nick plays a member of a preppy golf fraternity, while fellow pop star Ariana Grande guest stars as one of the sorority girls.
Scream Queens stars Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Between his acting gigs and his music career, it seems like Nick wouldn't have time for much else. That busy schedule may have contributed to his recent split with girlfriend Olivia Culpo. He told E! News last night, “We had a great two years but my work is my priority at this moment in my life."
Fueled by Ramenfun. frontman Nate Ruess is having a good month. Last week, he received the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and this week, he saw his first solo album, Grand Romantic, debut at #5 on the Billboard chart...which, he says, "kind of blew my mind."
"I just went in, honestly, to just make the best album that I could possibly make and be proud of it," Nate tells ABC Radio. "And when I finished about a month and a half ago, that was enough for me. Now, anything else is icing on the cake. And to find out that the album is top 5, it just kind of blew my mind."
Also mind-blowing for Nate was that night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, because he happened to be getting his award on the same night that his all-time musical idol, legendary singer/songwriter Van Morrison, was also being honored. "It felt very special to me because he is my favorite artist of all time, ever," the singer recalls. "And I’m friendly with Michael Buble and he was sitting right next to Van, and he knows what a massive fan I am and so he made me go say 'hi,' which is something that I swore I wouldn’t do.. But it was cool to get to at least tell him that...he means everything to me."
Nate will launch a tour in support of Grand Romantic this fall, but Friday in Miami, he'll be playing a special one-off gig. As part of his involvement in Starwood Hotels & Resorts "Hear the Music, See the World" campaign, he'll be performing an intimate exclusive gig for Starwood Preferred Guests at Miami's Aloft/Element Hotel.
"It’s a great excuse for me to escape to Miami," Nate says of why he's looking forward to the show. "And since we’re playing it in Aloft hotel, the rewards members, I’m assuming they’re escaping to Miami as well. So it’s almost like a little celebratory."
He adds, "It’ll be nice to play a show that isn’t necessarily mine but is intimate, and still get to put on this big show in this small setting."
Now that Nate's solo career seems to be off to a strong start, and his bandmate Jack Antonoff is busy with his side project Bleachers -- and cashing royalty checks from those songs he co-wrote on Taylor Swift's album 1989 -- where does that leave the future of fun.? Nate won't say, exactly.
"I’m just looking forward to the next two years," he tells ABC Radio. "I’ll see where that takes me and I’m like, definitely not leaving fun. getting back together off of the table. But I’m also not leaving just, like, up and walking away from music, too. So, you never know."
Before his tour starts, Nate will appear at a variety of festivals over the summer, including Outside Lands in San Francisco, Boston Calling and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.