Shortly after Kanye Westchallenged everyone to guess what the acronym for his upcoming album, T.L.O.P, stands for, Twitter users have flooded Ye's comment section with various ideas.
There were serious guesses, ranging from "The Love of Power" to "the Lord of Pop," and some even speculated that it was a hint the album is Kanye's last. "I have a feeling it's The Last Original Project or The Last Official Project," one fan guessed.
One commenter hoped the title was "The Laptop of Prominence -- an album against Kanye's cousin," referring to the rapper's family remember who stole his computer and demanded $250,000 in return.
Another doubted that Kanye himself even knows what it means: "I won't be surprised if the letters have zero meaning at all."
As previously reported, Kanye is offering free Yeezy sneakers and tickets to his Yeezy Season 3 event at New York City's Madison Square Garden to the person who guesses the meaning behind the initials.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageLady Gaga did her country proud with her soaring rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. She tells Extra how she prepared for such a high-pressure gig.
“I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean,” she says. “They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now. I just sang from my heart.”
She adds, "It was really amazing, the athletes were just kind of majestic standing up there. Singing for the fans in the stands and all over the world, it was so cool.”
Gaga made sure not to get too caught up in the moment, though. As she hit her final notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner," she was able to witness the fighter jets flying overhead. “I promised myself I was going to look up to see them, because it knew that it was only gonna happen one time,” she says.
Next up is a performance at the Grammys on Monday, where she’ll be paying tribute to David Bowie.
Beyonce has the Midas touch. After giving a shout out to Red Lobster on her surprise single "Formation," the seafood restaurant chain enjoyed a 33 percent boost in sales.
Spokesperson Erica Ettori tells ABC Radio that the weekend sales reflect a “Beyonce Bounce” from her song, in which she explicitly sings: "When he f*** me good I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."
The song caused the franchise to be mentioned 42,000 times on Twitter and resulted in the chain becoming a trending topic for the first time in history. Additionally, the restaurant's entrepreneurial teams have been "having fun with the moment by offering drinks like the 'Bey Breeze' which has been getting a big laugh from our guests."
"We are absolutely delighted with what we saw over the weekend, particularly the consumer sentiment that we saw expressed," said Kim Lopdrup, CEO of Red Lobster. "It's clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that."
Red Lobster initially caught some flack for their delayed response to Beyonce's record, but later tweeted: "You try to bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits and tweet at the same time! #harderthanitlooks #Formation." The company added: "You definitely slay, @Beyonce. Thanks for one heck of a weekend."
Denise TruscelloSin City just can’t get enough of Jennifer Lopez. Her Las Vegas residency show, All I Have, has added 19 additional performances.
J. Lo has now scheduled an extra date in both May and June, as well as new performances for July, August and December.
Tickets for the shows at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. PT. A pre-sale for American Express card members starts today and runs through Thursday, February 11 at 10 p.m. PT. There’s also a pre-sale for members of Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, which begins Wednesday, February 10 at 10 a.m. PT and ends Thursday, February 11 at 10 p.m. PT.
RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has finally revealed what her #NewProject is. She's been teasing it on Twitter for the last few days and now she's revealed that it's her first children's book.
The book, called River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, is due this October 4 through HarperCollins, with illustrations by Laura Hughes. River Rose is, of course, Kelly's daughter. You can pre-order the book now on Kelly's website.
The book is about the night before River's first trip to the zoo. She's so excited that she can't fall asleep, until her mom sings her a magical lullably and she's off to dreamland, where she has exciting adventures with all the zoo animals. The book comes with an original lullaby as a bonus.
In a video posted to Twitter, Kelly says the idea for the book came during the long plane journeys she and River took while she was promoting her album. "We were going on trips...to all these amazing places that she was too little to remember. I started writing down these little fun stories like when...we went to Australia, and she got to hang out with some kangaroos. So I thought I'd write little cute stories for her and put pictures with it. That was the initial idea. The little stories ended up turning into a book, for each place we kind of went.”
She continued: “I guess my hope is for little kids to read River Rose and be inspired by it and know they can achieve anything and they can still dream big and make big things happen.”
Kanye West wasn't kidding about having a surprise album title. The rapper announced via Twitter that he's renamed his project -- for the fourth time -- to T.L.O.P, which is an acronym whose meaning he has yet to disclose.
"That's the new album anybody who can figure out the title gets tickets to Season 3 and free Yeezys," 'Ye tweeted of his seventh studio album, which was previously named Swish, Waves and, originally So Help Me God. West also added that he's working on the "final verses" for the newly titled album.
Although hundreds of fans have responded to the tweet, West hasn't declared any winners yet.
T.L.O.P. is due out Thursday, February 11. Kanye's 10-song album will include four songs we've already heard, including “No More Parties in LA,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, and “Real Friends” with Ty Dolla $ign. There's also “Fade,” featuring Ty$ and Post Malone, and “Wolves” with Sia and Vic Mensa.
Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesFresh off Coldplay’s rocking Super Bowl halftime performance -- with scene-stealing appearances by Beyonce and Bruno Mars -- people are already speculating about who should take the stage next year.
Billboard has 17 suggestions, and they want you to vote for your favorite. Taylor Swift, who completely geeked out over this year’s halftime performance, is among the choices.
“Oh my god, it was so good I feel like I dreamed it,” she tweeted following the show Sunday night.
If her 1989 world tour is any indication, she’d no doubt bring some stellar guests on stage with her. But Lady Gaga might also be a worthy choice. The singer kicked off Super Bowl 50 with a pitch-perfect rendition of the national anthem and she’s currently leading the Billboard poll.
Other suggestions include Adele, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, WALK THE MOON and Rihanna. Maroon 5 is also on the list. Funny enough, Empire actress Taraji P. Henson actually thought they were this year’s halftime performers. She mistook Coldplay for Maroon 5, but quickly corrected herself on Twitter.
Courtesy The Recording AcademyLionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by an all-genre assortment of artists: Meghan Trainor,John Legend, Demi Lovato and country superstar Luke Bryan.
Lionel is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute. The segement on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that. The songs Luke, Demi, Meghan and John will sing will span Lionel's career, from his time with the Commodores to his huge solo hits. Lionel himself will also take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.
Luke's presence in the tribute isn't unusual, considering that Lionel's best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars.
This will mark the first time Luke, Demi and Meghan will perform on the Grammy stage. John already has nine Grammys under his belt and is up for four additional ones this year.
The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Shane McCauley/Courtesy RCA RecordsElleKing just got engaged to her boyfriend, but her song that documents her complicated love life -- "Ex's and Oh's" -- has earned her two Grammy nods, including Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. That song, which is also a platinum top 10 hit, only took about an hour to complete because, as Elle's co-writer explains, "She was just telling her story."
Elle co-wrote "Ex's and Oh's" with Dave Bassett, who's written songs for Daughtry, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Shinedown and Rachel Platten. He tells ABC Radio that they came up with the song the very first day they met. In fact, he already had the title ready to go.
"I started playing a grinding riff, and we started getting some melodies and then we'd stop and start and she'd be telling me about her trip to L.A. and this guy and that guy," Bassett tells ABC Radio. "And I had this title sitting around called 'Ex’s & Oh's' and I never really knew what it would mean, or what it meant. But it really hit us like, that’s really what this is: 'This is about all your exes, and how they keep coming back, and this crazy love life that you have.'"
"Ex's & Oh's" was released September 2014, but it didn't become a top ten hit until late last year. While Elle and Bassett believed in the song, they had no expectation that it would become a hit, let alone a Grammy nominee.
"She was just telling her story," Bassett explains. "She was just relaying all these different anecdotes of this guy here and that guy there and we just made it rhyme, and it worked, and an hour later we had that song, and it was really fun." He adds, "We knew we had something great but it wasn't until a year, year and a half afterwards that it's all validated."
When they did hear that "Ex's & Oh's" earned two nominations, Bassett remembers exchanging a few emails with Elle that contained "all kinds of expletives."
"We're like, 'Can you believe that?'" Bassett tells ABC Radio. "You know, we got together for a few hours that day and just had a great time and left and the song we're proud of...but had no idea that we would ever, ever be talking about a Grammy."
In the Best Rock Song category, Elle and Bassett are competing against acts like James Bay and Florence the Machine. But Bassett thinks they've got a shot at bringing a trophy home.
"I think our chances are good," Bassett says. "There's amazing competition in all the categories and I'm such a fan of all the other records nominated that I don’t mean to be cliché, but it is -- it's an honor to be in such great company. And, hey, if we win, we win and otherwise, I think we've already won. I mean, just to be nominated and recognized for something that we just have fun doing is such a reward."
Bassett's only regret is that the other massive hit he co-wrote this year -- "Fight Song," by Rachel Platten -- didn't also get nominated for a Grammy.
"The way that song has reached people is something that I’ve never witnessed before in anything I’ve worked on," he tells ABC Radio. "Forget the awards, forget the money, forget the charts. To see all these people responding and taking the message to heart and then finding strength in it was something that was so powerful for me, and I know for Rachel.
"I haven’t cried that much since I was a baby just watching all these videos come in of people [using the song as an anthem]," he adds. "And what a reward that is!"
Tune in to the Grammys on February 15 on CBS to see if Elle's a winner.
Chris Weeks/Getty Images for LACOSTEIt looks like Joe Jonas is still very single.
The DNCE singer, 26, and America's Top Model season 14 contestant Jessica Serfaty, 24, are apparently no longer an item, according to a source quoted by People magazine. "They're not even talking anymore," the spy explained. "That was made into a bigger deal than it was."
The two were spotted making out last month in Mammoth Lakes, California, although an insider told the magazine at the time that the pair was "dating" though reportedly explained the relationship was "nothing serious yet."
Jessica had also spent the holidays with Nick in Las Vegas after meeting through a mutual friend, added the source.
Jonas previously dated model Gigi Hadid for six months, before breaking up in November. He's also been linked to Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
Serfaty, who shares a son with ex-husband Ididia Serfaty, was recently spotted leaving a Hollywood hot spot with Justin Bieber.
Image Group LA/ABCWhat do Sam Smith, Ricky Martin and Adam Lambert have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they're gay singers, they're all currently unattached, which is why they've landed on Out magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Eligible Bachelors.
After the heartbreaking relationship that inspired his Grammy-winning album In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith has dated some guys, but nobody special. Ricky Martin broke up with his longtime boyfriend in January of 2014; Adam split with his boyfriend in April of 2013 -- both men haven't had any major relationships -- that we know about -- since then.
Others on Out's list of "the hottest, most likable, talented, and just downright dateable gay men" include Clay Aiken, Apple CEO Tim Cook, skater Johnny Weir, designer Marc Jacobs, football player Michael Sam, Project Runway'sTim Gunn, actor Wilson Cruz and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn.
Readers are invited to vote for their favorite bachelors, and the magazine will reveal the winners later this month.
ABC/Craig SjodinAfter Empire actress Taraji P. Henson mistook Coldplay for Maroon 5 during the Super Bowl halftime performance last night, Adam Levine and Co. took to Twitter to respond to the gaffe.
“Thanks for loving our performance from our seats at #SB50,” the band jokingly tweeted at Taraji. “We think we sounded pretty good!”
Taraji wrote back with a series of laughing emojis.
During the halftime show, Taraji initially tweeted, “YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! #maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50 #HappyCamper I am.”
When she realized it was Coldplay on stage -- not Maroon 5 -- she deleted the tweet and posted, “Oooooooopppps. Lmao!”
Taraji later blamed her confusion on the drinks in her luxury suite. “I don’t know if you know how it goes down in the suites,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “They put a lot of drinks in there -- Kool-Aid, lemonade, iced tea. I mixed it all and I sat there and I'm sitting with people who drank the Kool-Aid as well."
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyFrom dinner dates to kids’ birthday parties, it seems Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have been spending a lot of time together lately. According to E! News, the two attended a birthday party with Orlando’s five-year-old son, Flynn, Saturday.
"[Katy] looked very comfortable with Flynn and they were both smiling and happy," the insider tells E! News.
The party was reportedly for Robert Downey’s Jr.’s son, Exton, who turned four. Others guests included Robert’s Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow and Iron Man director Jon Favreau. The outdoor bash included an obstacle course for the kids.
"Katy didn't know as many people as Orlando so she was a little more quiet and shy,” the source says. “Flynn was having a great time and didn't want to leave the party. They stayed for several hours before they all headed back to Orlando's."
Last week, Katy and Orlando were spotted enjoying a group dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. They were first seen getting flirty at a Golden Globes after-party last month.
Image Group LA/ABC Meghan Trainor’s Skechers ads are coming soon, but first we get a sneak peek of her retro-style photoshoot for the sneaker campaign.
“I’m so excited, ‘cause I look bomb,” Meghan says in the behind-the-scenes video. “I don’t have to wear heels all day. I got really comfy Skechers and they actually look really dope.”
In one photo series, the singer poses next to a blue Cadillac in a leopard print outfit and gold Skechers. And in another, she holds a disco ball while modeling maroon-colored Skechers in a bowling alley setting.
Meghan was announced as the brand’s new spokesperson last summer. She’ll be representing the brand’s new collection, called Skechers Originals.
ABC/Randy Holmes Miley Cyrus is the proud owner of some new Malibu digs, according to the Los Angeles Times. The singer reportedly dropped just over $2.5 million for the two-story contemporary property.
The home has four bedrooms -- including a master suite with a private balcony overlooking the sprawling grounds -- and three bathrooms. The property also includes a bridged driveway, a trellis-topped patio and a gazebo with a spa.
This is Miley’s second home in the area. She picked up a ranch with a vineyard in Hidden Hills last year for more than $4 million.
Niko Guardia Blossom BerkofskyIt seems Shawn Mendes is in high demand. Tickets for all 38 dates of the singer’s world tour reportedly sold out in minutes this weekend. European dates went on sale Friday, while tickets to North American shows were made available on Saturday.
Following the ticket-buying frenzy, additional dates and tickets were added in select markets. Tickets for the tour’s final show on August 21 -- in Shawn’s hometown of Toronto, Canada -- will go on sale on February 13. Fan Club and American Express pre-sales begin today.
The European leg of the tour kicks off April 16 in Cologne, Germany and wraps up May 8 in Lisbon, Portugal. The trek then heads to North American beginning July 15 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Shawn is also scheduled to make a return visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 16. Not long after that, he’ll be playing a sold-out show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on March 5.
RCA RecordsLooks like Zayn Malik's headed in the right direction with his solo career. The former One Direction member has snagged a #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his first solo single, "Pillowtalk."
No artist has entered the chart at #1 with a debut single since 2013, when Bauuer did it with "Harlem Shake" -- remember that one? Zayn also is the first U.K. artist ever to debut at #1 with a first charted single, and he's only the 25th person in history overall to enter the chart at #1.
But perhaps most satisfying, Zayn has managed to do something 1D never did: top the U.S. charts. While his former band reached the top 10 a number of times, they never hit #1 on the Hot 100.
Billboard also points out that if you count The Beatles as a boy band, Zayn is the first former member of a charting boy band to hit #1 with his debut solo single since the late Beatle George Harrison did it in 1970.
Elsewhere on the chart, Drake debuts at #6 with a new single, "Summer Sixteen," which was an Apple Music exclusive. Meanwhile, he's up to #7 with "Work," his collabo with Rihanna. G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" has just hit #10, while DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean" and Charlie Puth's "One Call Away" both reach new heights: #14 and #17, respectively.
Drake won't take stage for Music's Biggest Night after all. Following a Grammy commercial during the Super Bowl that mentioned Drizzy, the rapper confirms that he's not performing at this year’s Grammys.
“I am not performing at the Grammy Awards...but hey it's the thought that counts,” tweeted the rapper, who many assumed would appear alongside Rihanna for their duet "Work."
The ad also mentions other artists who have not been announced as performers including Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Lionel Richie, Ariana Grande and more. However, all of the aforementioned acts are said to be making make appearances, just not necessarily give performances.
Meanwhile, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Robin Thicke, Andra Day, Gary Clark Jr., Pitbull, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, are confirmed to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15.
ABC/Phil McCarten Seems like Nick Jonas’ “unbelievable connection” with Kate Hudson is still going strong. According to New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted getting cozy at DirecTV’s Super Bowl event on Saturday.
They were reportedly hanging together in the party’s VIP section at San Francisco’s Pier 70. A source says they were “whispering in one another’s ear[s] the whole time” and eventually left the event together.
Last Thursday, the two were spied hitting a New York City club together. Nick and Kate have been linked since September, but neither has confirmed that they’ve hooked up. Nick did tell Complex magazine in a recent cover story: “We had an unbelievable connection as two humans who just admire things about each other, and see something in each other that’s beautiful.”
There were also rumors last week that Nick was dating Phil Collins’ daughter, actress Lily Collins.
Spike TVWhile Christina Aguilera prides herself on always singing live, she made an exception in this case. The singer is set to make a cameo appearance on Lip Sync Battle this week.
On Thursday’s episode of the Spike show, actress Hayden Panettiere mouths along to “Lady Marmalade” in Xtina’s full Moulin Rouge-inspired getup from the 2001 music video. A new preview clip shows Christina joining her on stage just in time to lip sync her own part of the song.
Last month, Beyonce made a similar surprise appearance during Channing Tatum’s lip sync rendition of "Run the World (Girls).”