Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our LivesJennifer Hudson,Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato were just some of the celebrities who raised their voices in song to join the voices of protest at Saturday's March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally.
According to Billboard, Ariana, who knows all to well how the power of music can bring people together after violent incidents that take the lives of young people, sang her song "Be Alright" at the rally in Washington, D.C. She wore a grey sweatshirt with the rally's logo, and her signature ponytail was platinum blonde.
Miley Cyrus was also at the Washington, D.C. event, according to People, and she sang her anthemic tune "The Climb," telling the crowd, "This song has never meant more to me.” This past October, she sang the song for the first time in six years on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as a way to pay tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas concert massacre.
Demi Lovatoperformed at the event as well. "I'm so excited to be here with you, sharing our voices so we can be heard together," she told the crowd. She then sang her empowerment anthem "Skyscraper."
According toPeople,Jennifer Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and nephew to gun violence in 2008, closed out the March for Our Lives performances by singing Bob Dylan's 1964 song "The Times They Are A-Changin'," accompanied by a student choir.
She told the crowd, "We all came here for change today, right? We’ve all lost somebody. I’m sure a long time ago, you never thought you’d be standing here today. But we’re all here today for a reason. We all got a story, we all got a purpose, and we all want change.”
And speaking of the Bob Dylan song that Jennifer sang, Jim Carreycreated a painting in honor of the March for Our Lives, which featured these lyrics from that same song:
"Come senators, congressmen/Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway/Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt/Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside And it is ragin' It'll soon shake your windows/and rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin.'"
Big Machine/Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift's latest single has allowed her to cement her place on the list of the all-time most successful artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Delicate" has entered the Hot 100 at #84, making it Taylor's 76th entry on that chart. That breaks her out of a tie she'd been in with the late, legendary Ray Charles: Before "Delicate," they'd both had 75. Now that Taylor has 76, she's officially tenth on the list of artists with the most charting songs in the Hot 100's 59-year history.
In other words, there are only nine other artists who've had more entries on the Billboard Hot 100 than Taylor Swift. Here's a list:
207, The cast of Glee 161, Drake 137, Lil Wayne 108, Elvis Presley (whose career predates the Hot 100's inception) 97, JAY-Z 91, James Brown 89, Chris Brown 84, Nicki Minaj 81, Kanye West 76, Taylor Swift
It's ironic that the person directly above Taylor on the list is her arch-enemy, Kanye West. Depending on how many more singles she releases from her album Reputation, she could possible tie him next year.
It's also worthwhile to note that Taylor has had more chart entries on the Hot 100 than The Beatles, who had 71, and Aretha Franklin, who has 73.
PRNewsfoto/Stillhouse Spirits Co.Here's the good news: G-Eazy has released an exclusive new track that's free to download. The bad news is that you have to be 18 years old to access it.
The rapper has teamed up with Stillhouse Spirits Co. to release "My Next Fix," a song that was left off his most recent album The Beautiful & Damned. The song's about drinking liquor, and in a statement, Eazy says, "Man, it just made sense. Whiskey and music have a long-standing relationship. They go together well."
"'My Next Fix' was a favorite of mine," the rapper says of the song. "It has this vibe and energy -- similar to the feeling I get when sipping on our Black Bourbon. It's smooth, dark, different and unexpected."
You can download "My Next Fix" if you enter a 10-digit serial number from the side of a can of Stillhouse Black Bourbon, but you can't enter the website if you're under 18.
Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift generally stays out of political discussions, but the issue of gun violence is evidently something she feels strongly about.
Posting the March for Our Lives logo on Instagram, Taylor wrote, "No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship."
She continues, "I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again."
Meanwhile, a number of top stars will perform at Saturday's March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., and the event will stream live at noon E.T. on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Among the musicians taking the stage: Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway star Ben Platt and surprise guests.
March For Our Lives is a student-led movement dedicated to ending gun violence in the United States. Numerous other stars, from George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, to Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, have either donated money to, or expressed their support for, the movement and the march.
Big Beat Records/AtlanticWhile you're waiting for MAX to follow up his breakout smash "Lights Down Low," you can check out his vocals on a new track by Norwegian producer/deejay Matoma.
The track, "Lonely," is the second single from Matoma's upcoming debut album One In a Million. In a statement, MAX says, "Working with Matoma is such a dream. His energy and passion are infectious and he just knows exactly what he wants when we create together, which makes it so much more exciting. Such a joy to be able to dive deep into the meaning of this song."
So what is the meaning of the song, which features the chorus "Where were you when I was lonely"? Max explains, "The people that are there for you in the trenches are the ones you want with you when you are basking in the glory. And that’s what this song is all about: avoiding those fake people who just want to jump in your life with things are good.”
Matoma says of the collaboration, "I'm so pumped to have a song together [with MAX] and can't wait to perform it with him at festivals this summer.”
Meanwhile, there's no timetable for MAX's official follow-up to "Lights Down Low" but he is working hard on new music.
Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImageAt the height of their popularity, the Spice Girls were all about girl power. Now they're going to be all about girl powers.
Variety reports that the best-selling girl group is working on an animated film project that will cast each member as a superhero with a different power that reflects their personality. Considering that the group members already have "alter-egos" -- Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Posh Spice, Scary Spice and Sporty Spice -- the idea of them becoming cartoon superheroes seems inevitable. All five members would voice their respective characters.
While many fans are still hoping for a reunion tour, a source tells Variety that the "Wannabe" heroes are "fired up" about the idea of the movie.
The source adds, “The Spice Girls are thinking big in terms of a franchise on a global scale. They’re the most successful girl group on the planet. It’s just what Marvel or Disney needs.”
Charles Sykes/BravoWhile Justin Bieber's career and personal life has been on the upswing for the past few years, that bad patch he went through awhile back has earned him the dubious distinction of being the "worst-behaved" guest star on Saturday Night Live.
At least, that's according to SNL veterans Jay Pharaoh and Bill Hader, who were on the show from 2010-2016 and 2005-2013, respectively. Both men appeared on Bravo'sWatch What Happens Live!Thursday night, and when a caller asked, "Who was the worst-behaved musical guest or host [during] your time at SNL?," they were in agreement immediately.
"I mean, we both know, dog," said Pharoah to Hader. "Yeah, it was Bieber," Hader responded.
"He just was in a bad place...Maybe he's in a better place, but back then he was in a very…it was rough," added Hader of Justin. "Everybody's usually on great behavior...Bieber is the only one in my experience...he just seemed like exhausted or just at the end of a rope. I mean, he was just so huge."
Justin was the host and musical guest on a 2013 SNL episode, in the middle of his Believe world tour. In the episode, Justin appeared in nearly every sketch and performed two songs acoustically: "As Long as You Love Me" and "Nothing Like Us." He used the show as an opportunity to poke fun at himself for everything from his singing and dancing, to his physical appearance, to his weed habit.
This weekend, Maren Morris will be meeting someone in "The Middle" -- of the aisle, that is. She's tying the knot with fellow artist Ryan Hurd in a ceremony that’s likely to be as casual and laid-back as the couple themselves.
While we don’t know many wedding details, Maren has been keeping fans updated on her socials, revealing she was “writing vows and feeling sentimental AF” on Wednesday.
Even though she’s been busy working on her sophomore album and promoting “The Middle,” her top-ten collabo with Zedd and Grey, the Texas native says the planning for the nuptials has gone surprisingly smoothly.
“Honestly, it's been such an easy planning of all of it,” she tells ABC Radio, “and I can't believe we were able to plan a wedding in the midst of all the touring that we do and the Grammys. It was just insane.”
Maren and Ryan got engaged in July of last year, and they both filmed roles for Maren’s upcoming video for the song "Rich," from her debut album Hero.
Even with all the career accomplishments she’s enjoyed in recent years, including #1 country hits, her pop crossover and some major awards, Maren expects nothing will compare to her wedding day.
“It's gonna be the biggest day of my life, and our lives,” she declares. “And I just am so excited that I get to do all of this with my best friend. And so, I'm very excited about the wedding. And, yeah, it's gonna be the coolest party ever I think that we ever throw.”
Island RecordsAfter showing fans his rock side, Shawn Mendes is now going for R&B-flavored pop.
Following Thursday's release of the anthemic, guitar-driven song "In My Bood," the Canadian star has released another new track from his forthcoming third album. Called "Lost In Japan," the slinky, sexy tune clearly displays the influence of Justin Timberlake, as Shawn sings about going to great lengths to meet up with the object of his affection.
"Do you got plans tonight?/I'm a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I/I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight/'Cause I can't get you off my mind," sings Shawn.
Meanwhile, some of Shawn's celebrity friends are blown away by "In My Blood." His friend and duet partner Camila Cabello tweeted, "i am obsessed with this. my favorite song you've ever done !!!!! love you @ShawnMendes."
Halsey, meanwhile, tweeted, "Shawn meets Kings of Leon dreamy dream. All the feels. Nailed it @ShawnMendes."
Both songs are featured on Shawn's next album, which will arrive in the next few months.
Ryan AylsworthFans in Montreal, Canada, who were hoping to catch Pink's show on Friday night will have to wait a bit longer to see the pop superstar in concert.
In a Thursday night tweet, Pink revealed that she and her entire family have been under the weather for the past two weeks, and that she has been fighting through her illness to perform at her recent gigs. However, it looks like the illness got the best of her, as she won't be able to perform Friday night in Montreal.
Pink writes, "I am absolutely GUTTED to announce that tomorrow’s show, March 23rd (Friday) will be postponed. I will absolutely be back to perform for you all and I’m grateful for you wanting to come and be with us at all."
She adds, "Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks. I’m really sorry and know that I have done everything I could to avoid this. [My husband] Carey’s been home with flu while me and the kids battle this virus. I wish anyone out there going through this healing vibes and big hugs."
Pink kicked off her Beautiful Trauma tour on March 1. As of now, the trek is scheduled to resume Sunday in Detroit.
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran is arguably the biggest pop star in the world right now...but he may also be one of the most hated. While Ed realizes that a lot of people don't like his music, he doesn't really care, because he's figured out that, as he puts it, "there's nothing negative about being not liked."
In a video interview with the New Zealand Herald, Ed points out that it wasn't until he became famous that people started to actively hate him -- online, that is -- but he's still not quite sure why they do.
"I'm quite a polarizing figure," he tells the Herald. "Even though it's quite odd, 'cause a lot of music journalists call my music very bland. But it's so polarizing! If it was bland, then everyone would like it!"
He continues, "So, I feel like I make music that people either, like, really, really, really love or really, really, really hate, and thankfully there's more on the love than there is in the hate, which is why I've kind of come not to care."
As he points out, "I get to tour 'round the world...I get to make the music I want to make and play it to people that like it. And then I also get the opportunity to convert people. 'Cause I have people who come to my gigs...boyfriends or husbands or dads, that might not be fans, [but] that might leave [as fans] afterwards."
"It's a pretty win/win situation," Ed points out. "The people that don't like my music, when I meet them, they're always polite. I never get people starting fights with me, like 'You're s**t!' It's always, 'Oh, I'm not a big fan but it's nice to meet you.'"
So, Ed reasons, "So there's nothing negative about being not liked."
Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON will headline a benefit concert for Band Together NC, a North Carolina-based organization that uses "live music as a platform for social change." The show takes place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on June 23.
Proceeds from the concert will support Triangle Family Services and its mission to help local North Carolina families with mental healthcare. For ticket info, visit BandTogetherNC.org.
WALK THE MOON recently wrapped a North American headlining tour in support of their new album, What if Nothing, which features the lead single "One Foot." This summer, they'll play a run of home-state shows in Ohio, and they'll also open for Thirty Seconds to Mars on Jared Leto and company's massive Monolith tour.
ABC/Paula LoboTogether, Sia and David Guetta have teamed up for a number of singles over the years, including their smash "Titanium." Now, they've returned with a new collabo, which will appear on David's upcoming album.
The song, "Flames," is available on all digital service providers. Like "Titanium," it's an anthem of empowerment, with Sia offering the encouraging message, "Look within for the strength today/Listen out for the voice to say/Just keep moving."
"Figure it out, figure it out, you can do this," she sings. "Oh, my love, don't stop running/Gonna send them up in flames."
In a statement, David says, “‘Titanium’ is still one of the tracks I am proudest of and Sia is one of my favorite artists to work with. She’s a great songwriter and has an amazing voice. I’m just super excited that we get to release another track together.”
David heads to Miami this weekend for the Ultra Music Festival. Thursday in Miami, the day before the start of the festival, a documentary about the rise of EDM called What We Started will have its premiere. David is featured in it, as are Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Usher, Ed Sheeran and Tiesto.
BryantBazzi, whose platinum-certified single "Mine" is climbing the charts, has announced a release date for his still-untitled debut album.
The disc arrives April 12, and will feature "Mine," the previously-released tracks "Why" and "Gone," and a new song, "Honest," which was just released Thursday.
As previously reported, Bazzi will be the special guest on Camila Cabello's Never Be the Same tour, which kicks off April 9 in Vancouver, BC. This summer, the Detroit-based singer will perform at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and will announce more live dates soon.
John was the perfect choice for the role, given the Grammy, Tony and Oscar-winner's remarkable talent, and his church upbringing.
Growing up in Ohio, John's mother was a choir director, his grandmother was a church organist and his grandfather was a pastor.
Legend tells People, "The message I took from growing up in church was the idea of loving your neighbor, giving to others and treating people as you would want to be treated. You can learn those things in any religion or without religion, but that's where I did."
"I was in choir rehearsals every week as a kid, and I took over the choir when I was older," the "Ordinary People" star adds.
"That was the foundation of my career; I wouldn't be where I am without playing gospel music in church."
As for his thoughts on Jesus, John believes that in real life, the biblical figure was "a bit of a revolutionary."
Says John, "He was somebody who was disrupting the status quo and provided an example for how we could all love each other, how we think about people who have been looked down upon and what it means to sacrifice oneself for something that you believe in."
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert airs Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Image Group LAG-Eazy, Fall Out Boy and Bebe Rexha are taking the stage March 23 to perform at “Stay Amped,” a benefit concert in Washington, D.C. supporting gun safety.
The concert will raise money for the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Giffords organization, founded by former Congresswoman and gun violence victim Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly.
It’s set to take place at The Anthem in D.C., the day before March for Our Lives, a student-led demonstration organized in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this and getting energized by these kids and other survivors who have been incredibly inspiring to me,” G-Eazy tells VIBE.
Tickets for the concert are available on Ticketfly.
BMLG/Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift has a Reputation for mega-sales.
Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Taylor’s Reputation album hit two million in album sales in the U.S. -- becoming the first album since Adele’s 25 to reach that milestone.
The album reached that tally after selling 5,000 copies for the week ending March 15.
The difference, though, is that it took 18 weeks for Reputation to cross two million, while Adele’s 25 reached the number in just two days back in 2015. Taylor’s previous album, 1989, sold two million copies in three weeks.
All six of Taylor’s albums have now sold at least two million units. Reputation was one of only two albums to sell more than a million copies in 2017, along with Ed Sheeran’s Divide.
Courtesy Virgin ProducedThe KAABOO Del Mar festival, featuring music, comedy, art and food, has announced an eclectic lineup.
Acts who'll be performing at the event, scheduled for September 14-16 at the Del Mar Racetrack north of San Diego, include current hit artists Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Bebe Rexha, Wiz Khalifa and Post Malone. But the lineup also features '90s hitmakers Jewel, Melissa Etheridge and TLC, new-wave icons Billy Idol, Blondie and The English Beat, rock legend Robert Plant, and old-school R&B superstars Earth, Wind & Fire.
Tickets go on sale at noon ET today, March 22. In addition to dozens of music acts, the event also features a pool party, spa treatments, art exhibits, lounges, and gourmet food and drink.