Image courtesy Republic RecordsThe Weeknd is scheduled to perform at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards later this month.
Just a few days after he releases his upcoming album, Beauty Behind the Madness on August 28, fans can expect the singer to showcase his single "Can't Feel My Face,"which will mark his first televised performance of the song.
The news was announced on Twitter by Tom Cruise, who recently lip-synced to the tune during aTonight Show appearance last week.
Hosted by Miley Cyrus, the MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET.
Island RecordsNick Jonas, Kiesza, American Authors and Shawn Mendes are teaming up for a one-night-only Island Life concert event in New York City next month.
Island Life was launched by Island Records last summer to showcase young artists on the label. This year, the event will take place at the Best Buy Theater on September 8. Timeflies, a pop duo with a large YouTube following and new album due out September 15, also will be taking the stage.
The event is presented by Marriott Rewards and 100 lucky members of the loyalty program will receive tickets to the concert. Ten of those members will also get the chance to meet the artists in person.
Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, August 5 at noon at axs.com.
RCA RecordsMany people were saddened by news that country singer Reba McEntire and her manager and husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, decided to split. But if it hadn’t been for Kelly Clarkson, they might have called it quits much sooner, according to Us Weekly.
Kelly, who’s married to Narvel’s son Brandon Blackstock, reportedly tried to convince her in-laws to stay together.
"They've been living apart for two years," a source tells Us. "Kelly urged them not to split and she's the reason they didn't split earlier."
The source adds that Kelly, whose own parents are divorced, "was really fighting for them to make it work and stay together."
Reba and Narvel announced their separation on Monday. Narvel runs the management company that reps both Reba and Kelly. "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other," a joint statement read. "They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time."
ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift just made a bunch of 70-year-olds very happy. She granted them permission to use her song “Shake It Off” in an Australian theater production of Seventeen, a play in which Aussie stage veterans portray teenagers.
The epic scene in the Belvoir Playhouse production was in danger of being nixed completely because at the last minute, the play's producers were told by Taylor’s label that they could not have the rights to the song. But knowing how generous Taylor can be, theater director Anne-Louise Sarks reached out to Taylor on Twitter and explained the situation.
“Please @taylorswift13 help these seventy-year-olds Shake It Off! #greygrey4taytay,” she wrote.
Anne-Louise also reached out to other Aussie celebs to help spread the word, and Orange Is the New Black star Yael Stone tweeted Taylor, too. “Hey @taylorswift13,” she wrote. “This wonderful Australian theater company is desperate to #shakeitoff It'll be magic! Can they?”
Taylor eventually caught wind, and solved their dilemma in one tweet: “Permission granted, @BelvoirSt. Good luck with your opening night :)”
Needless to say, the cast was super excited and posted a video where they yelled, “We love you Taylor!”
Nick Walker/CherryTree/InterscopeIn support of their upcoming album -- which features Sam Smith, Lorde and The Weeknd -- British electronic duo Disclosure is embarking on a fall North American tour.
The tour dates will be bookended by the previously announced shows at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on September 29 and New York City’s Madison Square Garden on October 24. Along the way, they’ll hit major cities including Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Nashville.
"Can't wait to bring our brand new live show to America," said the duo, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. "Been working on it and the album for a while now -- beyond excited to play it for you all!"
If you’re an American Express card member, you can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public staring today through Thursday, August 6 at 10 p.m. General ticket sales begin Friday, August 7 at 10 a.m. local time. You can purchase tickets via DisclosureOfficial.com/live.
Disclosure’s sophomore album Caracal, featuring the new single “Omen” with Sam Smith, comes out September 25.
Here is the complete list of tour dates:
9/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, L.A. Memorial Sports Arena 10/2 -- Austin, TX, ACL Music Festival 10/4 -- Nashville, TN, Woods Amphitheater 10/5 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle 10/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Mardi Gras World Ballroom 10/9 -- Austin, TX, ACL Music Festival 10/13 -- St. Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium 10/14 -- Madison, WS, Alliant Energy Center 10/15 -- Chicago, IL, Navy Pier 10/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The DeltaPlex Arena 10/17 -- Toronto, ON, Direct Energy Centre 10/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 10/21 -- Washington, D.C., Echostage 10/24 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons will be searching for the rainbow connection this fall when they guest on ABC's The Muppets TV series, which premieres on September 22.
"We just filmed a segment with Imagine Dragons," announced writer and executive producer Bob Kushell at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. "So, yes, there will be very top notch singer-songwriters, performers, bands on the show and musical acts. But the show is not a variety show, it's not about that."
As for how musical acts like Imagine Dragons will fit into The Muppets, Kushell explains that they will be guests on Miss Piggy's talk show, Up Late with Miss Piggy. The series follows The Muppets as they work on the production of Up Late.
"It's about what happens behind-the-scenes at Up Late with Miss Piggy, and that's what you're gonna see," Kushell says. "So you'll see parts of the show with those bands on the show, but there won't be a full act, per se."
The Muppets premieres September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Weeknd has finally revealed the track list for his highly anticipated album, Beauty Behind the Madness.
The 14-track project sees the singer collaborating with Labrinth on "Losers, Lana Del Rey on "Prisoner," and Ed Sheeran on "Dark Times." The set also features the singles “Often,” “The Hills,” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” which was his first digital #1.
Fan can anticipate a personal project this time around. “It’s about me being who I am and stepping out of my comfort zone to try to feel something else besides what I’ve been feeling the past four years,” he told The New York Times. “Ups and downs. … In my past albums, there were never ups.”
Beauty Behind the Madness arrives August 28.
Here's the official track list:
"Real Life" "Losers" (featuring Labrinth) "Tell Your Friends" "Often" "The Hills" "Acquainted" "Can't Feel My Face" "Shameless" "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" "In the Night" "As You Are" "Dark Times" (featuring Ed Sheeran) "Prisoner" (featuring Lana Del Rey) "Angel"
Mario Testino exclusively for Vanity FairYou know you have a good group of gal pals when you can still be friends even when you’ve dated the same people. In a new cover story for the September issue of Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift opens up about her tight-knight girl squad and admits they sometimes have the same taste in men.
“We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people,” she says. “It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”
For example, Taylor’s model BFF Gigi Hadid is now dating Joe Jonas, with whom Taylor once had a relationship. But she says that her pals -- who also include Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss and Ellie Goulding -- don’t judge each other; the media does enough of that.
“When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media…now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other -- and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other,” Taylor, who's now happily dating Calvin Harris, says.
Not all her friends are girls, though. Taylor credits her friendship with rapper Jay Z for allowing her to reconcile with Kanye West after he interrupted her MTV VMA speech back in 2009.
“I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along,” she says. “And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
When she’s not giving people #FriendshipGoals, Taylor is focusing on shaping a career that will give her the ability to help others. She's already not afraid to speak out about causes she believes in -- like Apple Music's compensation policy, which she effectively changed with a letter she wrote "around 4 a.m." and posted to Tumblr.
“If you look at Oprah, she’s made so many people happy over the years,” she says. “She’s made so much money, but she’s given so much of it away… Same thing with Angelina Jolie. She’s been so productive, but she’s used that position to better other people’s lives, and I think that’s where I’d want to be.”
Max Abadian/SeventeenIggy Azalea wasn’t shy about admitting she got breast implants, and now she’s confirming to Seventeen magazine that she got a nose job, as well.
"I'm not denying it. Denying it is lame,” she tells the mag in a September cover story.
Most people noticed the Aussie rapper’s face looked a bit different at the Billboard Music Awards in May, but she hasn’t spoken publicly about the change until now. She doesn’t think there’s any reason to hide it, though.
"I don't think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I've spoken about the changes I've made, like with my breasts," she says.
But she’s not encouraging fans to rush into any kind of plastic surgery, either. "Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time," she says, "so I think it's important to wait and make sure it's the right choice."
Iggy says she did a lot of online research before decided to get a nose job, and she admits it wasn’t an easy process.
"Plastic surgery is an emotional journey," she explains. "It's no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself -- and it's no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it's a tough journey. There are things that I didn't like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I've learned to accept."
She adds, "It's important to remember you can't change everything. You can never be perfect."
Jeff Daly/NBCWhile the careers of ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik and current Little Mix member Perrie Edwards seem to be OK, their romance is not. The couple has called off their engagement, a rep for Zayn tells ABC News.
A source tells People that Perrie is "devastated," and that it was Zayn who broke it off two weeks ago. Perrie has now stopped wearing her engagement ring.
The couple got engaged in August of 2013, but never set a wedding date. Wanting to spend more time with Perrie was one of the reasons Zayn gave for leaving One Direction in March, according to his former band mate, Liam Payne.
Zayn just signed a solo deal with RCA Records; Little Mix's hit "Black Magic" is currently moving up the chart.
ABC/Fred LeeOne Direction performed for close to five thousand fans Tuesday during ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in New York City's Central Park, but in addition to playing their hits and their new single, the band also addressed the departure of former member Zayn Malik.
"Obviously, it’s different but, you know, when you lose a member of your team, obviously everyone gets a little bit close together," Liam Payne said on GMA. "It’s still going great and that’s what this album is about. We’re still going strong and we’re all still here."
Liam and his bandmates -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson -- surprised fans last week Friday with the unexpected release of the first single, "Drag Me Down," from their forthcoming fifth album, due in November. 1D explained why they decided to release the track in the middle of the night.
"I think we just wanted to kind of drop it out of nowhere," Harry said of the surprise release. "Usually we kind of do a big run-up to it and we thought it’d be fun this time to just kind of drop it, and it was fun."
"Also, it's the middle of the day somewhere in the world," Niall added with a laugh.
While the band prepares their new album and travels the globe for their On The Road Again tour, one member, Louis, is preparing for a change in his personal life: becoming a dad with ex-girlfriend, Briana Jungwirth.
"Obviously it’s a very exciting time...so I'm buzzin'! Thank you," Louis said about his impending fatherhood.
Image Group LA/ABC Jordin Sparks’ upcoming album may have been heavily influenced by ‘90s R&B, but that doesn’t mean she’s opposed to giving other musical styles a try. The American Idol winner is featured on chart-topping country star Thomas Rhett’s new genre-bending album, Tangled Up.
She sings with Thomas on the track “Playing with Fire.” Thomas tweeted a short preview clip of the two of them recording the song, to which Jordin responded, "I can't wait for people to hear our collaboration!"
And she isn’t the only surprising guest star on the album. Hip-hop artist LunchMoney Lewis is also featured on a song called “I Feel Good,” which was co-written by Charlie Puth.
Tangled Up, which includes Thomas’ R&B-tinged single “Crash and Burn,” is due out September 25.
Alex LakeHozier just wrapped up the most recent U.S. leg of his tour a few days ago, and he'll spend the rest of the month playing in the U.K. before returning to North America in September for additional dates. Though at this point he's now performed for thousands and thousands of American fans, the Irish singer says he'd actually like to spend more time checking out America itself.
"I have a few spots that I’d love to explore and soak up, I have to say," Hozier tells ABC Radio. Of course, that's difficult, due to his grueling schedule. "I would love to spend a lot more time in New York if I could. I would love to see a bit more of California also. It’s just a beautiful -- just the land itself...has so much to offer," he adds. "I love San Francisco...I’d love to spend a bit of time in New Orleans, as well, I’d say."
The "Take Me to Church" singer says one thing he's noticed as he tours the U.S. and Europe is differences in his audiences, depending on where in the world he happens to be.
"It’s interesting. Like, even nation to nation, it changes. And state to state, it changes here in America, you know, and city to city it changes," he tells ABC Radio. "But...that’s always kind of part of the fun...it keeps it interesting."
But no matter where he performs, though, the Grammy-nominated singer, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says he's continually surprised to find the fans singing along with his songs, and not just "Take Me to Church," either.
"That’s incredibly exciting and especially with some of the other songs on the album, you know, I didn’t think a lot of people would connect with them," he says. "Having lyrics sang back to you is a unique experience. It’s a really, really good feeling."
Hozier's video for "Take Me to Church" has scored him a couple of nominations for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, and he hopes to attend the ceremony in L.A. at the end of this month.
Trae Patton/NBCGwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are ending their 13-year marriage, a rep for the couple told ABC News.
"While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment. To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time," the statement from the musicians read.
Stefani, 45, and Rossdale, 49, wed in 2002. They have three sons together: Kingston, 9, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 1.
Earlier this year, the No Doubt frontwoman opened up about her marriage to the Bush singer to Cosmopolitan magazine.
"We go through so much together — it's a miracle that we could stay together this long," she said. "It's good to have those days when we both do our own things. I think that's what keeps relationships going, when both people can be themselves and have their own individuality. That's especially important for women. It's hard to find time for yourself."
ABC/Fred Lee5 Seconds of Summer play suburban misfits in the music video for their rebellious anthem, “She’s Kinda Hot.”
As band mates Ashton, Luke, Michael and Calum jam outside a quaint suburban house, various scenes of teenage angst play out -- from a guy dealing with an annoying girlfriend to a college dropout trying to figure out what to do with his life.
Once the chorus kicks in, the guys rock out in the middle of the neighborhood atop a homemade light-up vehicle. A crowd gathers as the band sings, “We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene/Yeah, we’re all right though.”
"She's Kinda Hot" is the first single from their upcoming, second album, due out later this year.
5 Seconds of Summer will be performing live on the Teen Choice Awards Sunday, August 16, where they're nominated for six awards, including Choice International Artist and Choice Summer Music Star: Group.
Monty Brinton/CBSLady Gaga just finished up her world tour with Tony Bennett, but she isn’t wasting any time. The singer hints in an Instagram post that she’ll soon be starting work on her fifth studio album.
She posted a sunglasses-wearing selfie Monday, captioning it: “LG5 time.”
Her next album will be a follow-up to 2013’s ARTPOP and last year’s Grammy-winning jazz duet album with Tony, Cheek to Cheek.
Gaga’s final concert with Tony took place Saturday night in Washington, D.C. She helped him celebrate his 89th birthday at the show by singing “Happy Birthday” to him on stage.
She also wrote on Instagram Saturday, “I'm so sad that this tour is ending. I will never forget it as long as I live. And maybe longer.”
Aftermath RecordsEminem has never shied away from his past struggles with prescription pills, but now he's revealing how his sobriety led to a healthier lifestyle.
In an interview with Men’s Journal, the rapper reveals how he was able to lose more than 80 pounds. “In 2009, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” he tells the magazine. “I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating -- and eating badly.”
Slim Shady says to get in shape he became obsessive about burning 2,000 calories every day thanks to an extreme cardio regimen. “Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill,” he added. “I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds.”
You can read the full article in the magazine's September issue online now.
Business WireSam Smith is officially getting his likeness immortalized in wax. Madame Tussauds San Francisco has announced that a wax figure of the singer will debut at the museum on August 10.
The statue will join the wax doppelgangers of Elton John and Adele in the attraction’s Music Zone. Madame Tussauds also released a video of Sam’s fitting session for the figure, in which the museum’s team of designers took detailed measurements of his features and matched his eye and hair colors perfectly.
A day before the unveiling, on August 9, Sam will be performing at San Francisco’s summer music festival, Outside Lands.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears’ conservatorship isn’t ending any time soon, according to Us Weekly. Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, has been overseeing her personal and financial affairs for the past seven years, and sources tell the mag he’ll remain in control indefinitely.
"There is no reason to break the conservatorship with everything working so well," an insider tells Us. "Everything is working perfectly under this arrangement and it will stay that way."
The conservatorship was initially put in place in 2008, when Jamie filed an emergency petition to care for his daughter, who was under a psychiatric medical hold at the time. Under the agreement, Britney is looked after by a team of lawyers and doctors, as well her family members. But she still has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions, according to TMZ.
The conservatorship has proved quite successful, TMZ says. It took in $14 million last year, and that’s only a portion of Britney’s fortune.
TESH/CosmopolitanDon’t mess with Demi Lovato. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the singer says she’s tougher than your average pop star.
“There are a lot of girls in pop,” she tells the mag. “They have bada** lyrics, but I feel like I’m the only person other than Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who isn’t afraid to say, ‘Try something on me and I’ll f****** beat you’re a**.’ There are people who can dress up and play the part, but their music doesn’t say it.”
Demi’s never shied away from talking about her rough past, and she’s made no secret of that fact that boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama helped her through it.
“The only times we ever broke up were when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him,” she says. “People say that relapses happen before you use. Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit."
She adds, “I didn’t realize it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself.”
But Wilmer stuck by her. “We started dating when I turned 18,” she says. “Right after that, I went to rehab. People told him, ‘You should probably leave. She’s on a spiral, and you’re going to be sucked down with it.’ But he was like, ‘I’m not leaving. This is somebody I really care about.’ We relate on a lot of levels. I’ve seen a lot of sh**. Sh** people don’t know about. He’s seen a lot of stuff too.”
Plus, he’s not the jealous type. Demi is still close pals with Nick Jonas -- they started a record label together -- and his brother Joe, whom she used to date. “Nick and Wilmer get along great -- Joe and Wilmer too,” she says. “It’s weird. In the beginning, I was like, ‘Why the f*** are you friends with Joe?’ He was like, ‘He’s a cool guy.’ Yeah, I know. I dated him.”
The September issue of Cosmopolitan will be released August 11.