School Boy/Interscope Records Taylor Swift is one of the stars of the upcoming movie The Giver, based on the popular young adult novel, but she's not on the soundtrack. The artists who are on the soundtrack are still pretty good, though.
As previously reported, OneRepublic has contributed a brand new track to the project. The song, called "Ordinary Human," which was written specifically for the movie. The soundtrack also includes the OneRepublic song "I Lived," which appears on their current album Native.
In a statement, singer Ryan Tedder says, "The Giver is a favorite book of ours and we’re all incredibly thrilled to see it brought to the big screen. It’s a huge honor to contribute our music to a movie that’s not only an amazing story, but also has a cast of actors that we admire so much, like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. We hope our fans are just as excited about it as we are.”
In addition to OneRepublic, the collection includes "Here Today" by Aloe Blacc, from his current album Lift Your Spirit; a song called "Whole," by British band Rixton; and "One Minute More," the current single by "Safe and Sound" duo Capital Cities.
The soundtrack arrives August 5; the movie itself is in theaters August 15.
Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has hinted that she will soon hit a city near you with a brand-new tour.
The singer announced the news in a newly-recorded voice message welcoming her Lambs to her redesigned website, MariahCarey.com,
"Hi Lambs, welcome to the brand new MariahCarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!" she says in the recording.
She then adds, "Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah… It's only the beginning! The elusive chanteuse, dahhlings! I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!"
The upcoming outing will further support her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, which peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart. Mariah's last extensive tour was the Angels Advocate tour, which wrapped up in February of 2010.
Mariah has been leaving voice messages for her fans for years; in this new one, she refers back to those old messages by signing off in her traditional way: saying "Love ya much!" and adding, "Buh-Bye!" in a high, squeaky voice.
Ryan McGinley/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is doing her part to help homeless veterans. She's teaming up with the charity Veterans Matter to auction off VIP tickets to some of her upcoming concert performances in the Midwest, as well as a chance to meet her backstage.
You can access the auction, dubbed Shine a Light with Katy Perry, on the eBay Giving Works charity site. Proceeds will go help veterans secure housing assistance: many aren't able to, due to a lack of a rental deposit. Veterans Matter provides that deposit directly to the landlord. So far, the organization has housed 350 veterans in six states.
The Katy concerts from which fans can choose include August dates in Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI; Auburn Hills, MI; and Columbus and Cleveland, OH.
In other compassionate Katy Perry news, she's posted a video in tribute to those who lost their lives on the Malaysia Airlines plane that's believed to have been shot down in the Ukraine last week. Prior to that incident, Katy had worked with UNICEF to produce a video, using her song "Unconditionally, in support of the 35 million people living with HIV. A number of those who lost their lives on the plane were traveling to an International AIDS conference, where the video was to have been launched.
"Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17," Katy wrote on Facebook.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer will be opening for One Direction on the band's Where We Are tour. which starts its U.S. leg August 4. After they finish those dates, however, they'll be playing their first-ever area headlining concert.
The show will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on November 15. Ticket pre-sales start this Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. local time in old-school fashion: you'll have to line up at the Forum box office.
The parking lot at the Forum will open at 3 a.m., and fans will be issued wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7 a.m. There'll even be a place where parents can wait while you stand in line. There's a four-ticket per person limit, and any tickets not sold Saturday will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Sunday at Ticketmaster.com.
5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled debut is in stores now. They'll perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, and are also booked for the MTV VMAs August 24.
Monty Brinton/CBS It's been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she's topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on nearly every TV show you can name, graced the cover of most major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby. So it's no wonder that she's surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she's been up to since 2002.
Kelly tweeted, "Lady says to me 'Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?' Hahahaha!!" She added the hashtag "#wherearetheynow."
Kelly's pal John Legend was amused by the story as well, and tweeted to Kelly, "You should've kept up with the singing. It might've worked out for you!" "I know, right? So funny!" Kelly replied.
In case you've forgotten how Kelly and John know each other, they both served as mentor/coaches on ABC's failed reality singing competition show Duets, which aired a few years back. Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles were also on that show.
In other Kelly news, she's one of the artists featured on "Pray for Peace," a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire. "So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!" Kelly tweeted.
ABC/Randy HolmesNo matter what you might hear about Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez not being friends anymore, it simply isn't true. Want proof? Just check out Taylor's Instagram.
Tuesday is Selena's 22nd birthday, and Taylor has marked the occasion by posting a photo of herself holding up a gold chain with a big "S" pendant. She writes, "Usually this S represents 'Swift' but today I'm wearing it because SELENA IS 22!!!!"
As for Selena herself, she's spending her birthday in the ritzy town of St. Tropez, in the South of France. E! Online reports that she was spotted going parasailing with 21-year-old model Cara Delevigne, with whom she's been hanging out in the Mediterranean for the past week. And Justin Bieber? Nowhere in sight.
In other Selena news, she's apparently tapped Siedah Garrett, the woman who co-wrote the Michael Jackson classic "Man in the Mirror" and who duetted with the late King of Pop on his hit "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," to help her write material for her next record.
Garrett posted a photo of herself and Selena, with the caption, "Listening closely to Selena Gomez as she invites me to write new pop songs for her next album." She then added a second photo of the two of them, with the caption, "Loved meeting Selena Gomez, as sweet as she can be, anxious to write a classic song for her album."
Trae Patton/NBCWhy pay musicians to perform at your wedding if you're a member of one of the world's most popular groups? People magazine reports that at his wedding over the weekend to model Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine himself took the stage.
According to People, Adam and guest wedding singer Stevie Nicks performed a duet with other members of Maroon 5 backing them up. Behati also sang, dedicating the song "First Day of My Life" by indie rock band Bright Eyes to her new husband. The reception, held at Flora Farms in Mexico on July 19, also included a performance by the '90s ska band Sublime, best known for their hits "What I Got," "Santeria," and "Wrong Way."
"This was a dancing crowd," a guest tells People. "Everyone was dancing late into the night." A source adds, ""Most people finished eating in under an hour and were ready to party." Another guest tells the magazine, "Everyone was having so much fun. Adam and Behati didn't stop smiling the entire night."
The menu included organic pork chops, fresh fish, and beet salads. For dessert, it Mexican popsicles and organic ice cream.
Columbia RecordsWhen actor Malcolm Kelley was starring in the groundbreaking ABC series Lost, a lot of the action took place in Australia. Maybe that's why the song "Classic," by his group MKTO, was a huge hit there before it ever got big in the U.S. Now, however, the home country of both Malcolm and his musical partner in crime, Tony Oller, has finally caught up, and "Classic's" an American smash too -- fitting for a group whose current outing is called the American Dream tour.
"You know, Australia kind of had the jump on things...we're kind of four singles deep over there," Malcolm tells ABC News Radio. "So it's just amazing how you can make music and watch it grow on the other side of the world...and now we finally went platinum over here in our homeland."
"That's all we can ever ask for man, it's amazing now just watching a song grow," adds Malcolm, who played Walt on Lost. "When we perform it on our tour now, everybody is just singing along. It's a good feeling."
Malcolm and Tony first met when they were starring on the Teen Nick series Gigantic. They became best friends and decided to start a group. Soon, they landed a record deal, and their self-titled debut album hit #1 in Australia in February; it was released here in April.
"Classic" has caught on in the U.S. thanks to its retro feel, and because it cleverly name-checks musical superstars like Michael Jackson, Prince,Beyonce and the late soul legends Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, while tossing in references to iconic movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.
"Our producers we worked with, you know, they're heavy-hitters in the game and have been around for a long time, so [they] definitely help us get those old-school references in there, just to make the song pop and make it just stand out a little bit more," explains Malcolm.
But does he think that "Classic" may actually be educating young people about legendary stars they may not have heard of?
"Yeah, I think so," he tells ABC News Radio. "You know, definitely using some of the references that their parents might understand, I think it's just cool how their parents can just enlighten them...And some things their parents don't know about, the kids can share with them. So I just think it's a cool bonding thing."
Earlier this year, MKTO toured with Emblem 3. Their American Dream headlining tour wraps in August, and in September, they'll be hitting the road opening for Demi Lovato; Christina Perri's also on the bill.
Credit: Andrew WhittonLorde's non-stop tour schedule has meant that she really hasn't had a lot of time to work on the follow-up to her best-selling, award-winning debut, Pure Heroine. But while she says the new disc's "hardly even started," she knows what its theme will be.
Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Lorde describes her next album as "skeletal," in the sense that right now, there isn't much too it because she hasn't had the time to devote to it. But lyrically, she says she's being inspired by the fact that she's spent most of the last year traveling around the globe.
"The first album was about a really small world that the listener isn’t in, and it felt like a very insular world,” she explains. "Now I’m kind of a child of the world, I’m everywhere all the time...I don't know. It’s hard for me to explain. It’s about feeling displaced.”
Lorde also says she doesn't really care about what critics and journalists write and say about her, because unlike her, they're not 17 years old.
"The criticism I listen to most is what comes from people the same age as me; they’re the only people I care about liking my music," she tells the U.K. paper The Guardian.
And unlike most teens, Lorde says peer pressure doesn't sway her at all. "One consistent thing is that if I like something and nobody likes it, I still like it," she claims. "If I don’t like something and everyone loves it, I still hate it.”
Credit: Lindsey ByrnesJoining a lineup that already includes MKTO and Jason Derulo, MAGIC! and Rixton have now been booked to perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing Sunday, August 10 live on Fox.
Meanwhile, Rixton, who'll kick off a U.S. headline tour July 30 in Boston, are celebrating their first-ever #1 hit in their home country of Great Britain. "Me and My Broken Heart," which has been a hit for months in the U.S., has now debuted at the top of the British chart.
Rixton frontman Jack Roche told Britain's Official Charts Company, "Being Number 1 is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives! And it means a lot because it's in our home country, and that's something that's been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It's a dream."
The accomplishment is doubly meaningful for Jake, because both his parents are British pop singers, yet the highest his mother, Coleen Nolan, ever placed on the chart was #3, while the highest his dad, Shane Richie, ever got was #2. Jake tells the Official Charts Company that his #1 hit award will be going on his mom's mantlepiece.
The members of Rixton tell the Official Charts Company that they all plan to get "broken heart" tattoos to commemorate their accomplishment.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmenIf you can't get tickets to One Direction's Where We Are tour, which hits North America next month, don't worry: you can see it in your local theater if you're willing to wait a few months.
The group has announced that a movie version of the tour, filmed in Milan, Italy called Where We Are: The Concert Film, will hit theaters worldwide for one weekend: October 11 and 12. It'll include the full concert, plus a 15-minute interview with the band featuring exclusive backstage tour footage.
If you don't mind waiting even longer, the film will arrive on DVD in December. Visit 1DConcertFilm.com for full details; tickets go on sale July 28.
One Direction's 2013 concert movie This Is Us earned more than $67 million worldwide.
Mariah Carey has a surprise in store for one lucky fan.
To celebrate the launch of her Butterfly beverage, the singer has announced a special sweepstakes that will allow one of her Lambs to attend a posh summer party that Mariah's holding with all of her celebrity friends in New York City.
To enter, purchase a bottle of Butterfly at any Walgreens store nationwide and then register by downloading the free Go N'Syde mobile app. Once the app is installed fans can point it at the Butterfly bottle to open exclusive content and allow fans to enter registration information. The contest will run from July 21 to August 20.
Fans who scan their bottles will so get the first curated video message from Mariah on her Butterfly network.
"My next dream is taking shape and I'm excited to share it through content on my Butterfly beverage, and an amazing party where I can celebrate the summer with fans and friends," Carey says. "Butterfly inspires me to connect with fans in new ways and create experiences that seemed impossible a few years ago. I can't wait to show you my imagination."
Columbia RecordsThe Script, currently out on the road with OneRepublic, have debuted a brand-new single.
The tune is called "Superheroes," and it's from the Irish trio's upcoming album, No Sound Without Silence, which will be out September 30. In a note on their official website, the band says, "We can't wait for you guys to hear the new album in full...We hope this album delivers everything you're hoping for from us and more."
The Script largely recorded the album on the road. Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue tells the U.K. paper The Daily Star, "We’d come off stage and start recording straight away in a studio bus. Everything’s massive, everything’s larger than life on stage so when we hit the studio we wanted it to have that same impact."
In a statement, Danny further stated, "This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage, as well as that contemplative space between notes.”
The new disc will be the follow-up to the band's last album, #3, which produced the hit "Hall of Fame." "Superheroes," which is reminiscent of Coldplay, is more straightforward and pop-oriented than "Hall of Fame," which featured a rap by Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am. At the time, Danny and Will were both coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, which is how that musical hookup came to be.
Credit: RankinAnd the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is...Demi Lovato.
Demi will appear in the company's upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She'll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that's launching this year.
In a statement, the singer says, "My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!"
Some of the stars who've previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.
Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries. While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.
The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym -- which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss -- Taylor "spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her."
According to the paper, Taylor's trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria's Secret models use to get that long, lean look.
In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an "entire wing in my house" dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends "months" doing. She then insisted, "I decide what I'm gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop."
Ira James/NBCIf we can't have an 'N SYNC reunion concert or album, at least we can have an 'N SYNC reunion at a bowling alley. That's what happened over the weekend, when Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick turned up to roll a few frames at Kings, an alley in Boston.
The Boston Herald reports that Justin was in town to play a concert Saturday when he decided to spend some downtime bowling. According to the paper, his high score was 173, and while bowling, he chowed down on a blackened chicken sandwich, buffalo wontons, a peanut butter cup sundae and some beers. No word on what Chris ate, or what his score was.
222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has revealed the album artwork and the track listing for their fifth album, V, which is the Roman numeral for five. The album is due September 2.
The album cover features a shot of a desert landscape with a mountain in the background, and a big, pink neon "V" in the foreground. The band members themselves don't appear on the cover, but then again, they've only ever appeared on one of their album covers: 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The track list includes "My Heart Is Open," a collaboration with Gwen Stefani, as well as songs called "Sugar," "Unkiss Me" and "New Love." A list of three "B-sides" includes "Lost Stars," from the soundtrack of the movie Begin Again, in which Adam Levine made his acting debut.
Here's the full track listing:
"Maps" "Animals" "It Was Always You" "Unkiss Me" "Sugar" "Leaving California" "In Your Pocket" "New Love" "Coming Back For You" "Feelings" "My Heart Is Open" ft. Gwen Stefani
Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn't like his debut single "Home," which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum. Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album. He took the deal, and watched those two songs -- neither of which he wrote -- become the album's only big hits.
When it came time for him to make his new album Behind the Light, though, Phillip says his label backed off. "They let me do the record how I felt was right," he tells the paper, noting that while he got feedback from the head of the record company, he was in control, and wrote or co-wrote every song. "That's why I'm a lot more proud of [this album], because it represents me so much more," he explains.
Phillip is out on a major summer tour in support of the disk, and he says that even if you see his show more than once, you won't be bored.
"We play a different set every night and in a different order," he tells the paper. "We might change something up in a song, because I like to keep it fun for us and [keep us] on our toes, and also for our fans."
Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce may have dropped a hint that she's somehow involved with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
A teaser for the film's trailer, due Thursday, has been posted on the singer’s Instagram page. The brief clip shows a silhouette against a window, a finger tapping, a skirt slowly being pulled up and what sounds like a slowed-down version of Bey's hit single, “Crazy in Love,” playing in the background.
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. The adaptation of EL James' erotic novel will open in theaters next Valentine’s Day.
Vincent PeriniMaroon 5 and Pharrell Williams are just two of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England.
Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, David Guetta and Calvin Harris have also been named headliners for the eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com.
As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.
Earlier this year, Apple held its first-ever U.S. iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the South by Southwest festival. It featured Imagine Dragons, Coldplay and Pitbull, among others.