Kurt IswarienkoMother’s Day is just a week away, but Adam Lambert and Colbie Caillat are already expressing their appreciation for their supportive moms. In this week's issue of People magazine, the two explain why their moms are the real stars.
Adam credits his mom, Leila, with exposing to him to great music at a young age. “My parents had such a big music collection,” he tells the mag. “My mom liked Al Green and Bob Marley. I was exposed to a lot of the stuff they were listening to.”
Now, Leila, an interior designer, says Adam introduces her to new pop songs. And while Adam’s on tour, the two stay in touch through FaceTime and texting. “He’s really amazing,” Leila says. “I’ll text him and he gets back to me right away.” That’s a good son.
Colbie credits her mom with influencing her musical tastes, too. “My parents raised me on Tom Petty, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac -- and that’s still the music I listen to daily,” she says. But her mom, Diane, is biased these days when it comes to music. The model turned entrepreneur says she only listens to her daughter’s tunes. “She still wears my tour shirts, which I get embarrassed about,” Colbie says.
The two live about 10 minutes away from each other in L.A. and frequently get together for family dinners or “weekend pool hangs.”
“She’s just the most helpful, caring mother ever,” Colbie says. “She’s so loving.”
Image Courtesy of ABCImagine Dragons will unite with rock band REO Speedwagon for the "Mash Up Mondays" series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two bands will give a one time only performance as REO Imagine Speedragons on the show's May 4 episode.
"REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth," says Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement.
"I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" adds REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it’s never been played before. Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"
Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's Weezer and ZZ Top -- and Morris Day and the HAIM, made up of funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.
REO Imagine Speedragons will take the stage on Kimmel on May 4 at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk” had to give it to ‘em. Billboard reports that Mark Ronson’s mega-hit featuring Bruno Mars now features an additional five writing credits.
According to documents obtained by Billboard from RCA Records, writing credits were awarded to five members of the 1970’s R&B/funk group, The Gap Band: brothers Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons.
Publisher Minder Music reportedly filed a claim with YouTube on the band’s behalf back in February, due to the song’s similarities to The Gap Band’s 1979 R&B hit, “Oops Up Side Your Head.”
Mark and Bruno were listed as the original writers for “Uptown Funk,” along with producers Jeffrey Bhasker and Phillip Lawrence. Nicholas Williams, also known as rapper Trinidad James, and producer Devon Gallaspy also got a credit for the use of a sample of the rapper’s track “All Gold Everything.”
Trindad’s lawyer, Danny Zook, tells Billboard he thinks the “Blurred Lines” case influenced the “Uptown Funk” writers’ decision to share credit. “Everyone is being a little more cautious,” he says. “Nobody wants to be involved in a lawsuit.”
Joe BonillaEnrique Iglesias cleaned up at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last night. The singer nabbed nine awards, bringing his career total to a whopping 36.
"It has been an incredible night, and I can't help but continue to thank those who have inspired me, supported me, and believed in my crazy vision,” Enrique said. “To the fans that have grown up with me, I want you all to know that it's a great honor to walk with you; there is still a lot music left to share and we still have a long way to go."
This year, he took home trophies for the following categories:
"Latin Pop Songs" Artist of the Year "Latin Pop Album" of the Year, SexAndLove "Latin Pop Albums" Artist of the Year, SexAndLove "Hot Latin Song" Song of the Year, “Bailando” "Canción del Año", Digital, “Bailando” "Canción del Año", Streaming, “Bailando” "Hot Latin Song" Song of the Year, “Bailando” "Hot Latin Song" Vocal Colaboration, “Bailando” "Canción del Año", Airplay, “Bailando”
Also this week, Enrique awarded one lucky student a music scholarship to Berklee University. Silviana Itzel Salinas-Reyna, a 23-year-old tenor saxophone student from Mexico City, will begin her studies at Berklee this fall.
This month, Enrique continues his SexAndLove Tour throughout Latin America.
ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry plays dress up for the latest issue of Wonderland magazine. The fashion-forward pop culture mag revealed three separate cover photos of the singer, in which she sports three very different looks.
On one version of the cover, Katy’s barely recognizable with bleached eyebrows and a bleach blonde short haircut. On another version, she poses coyly while donning a red wig with a big, white hair bow and a puffy white dress. And on the third cover, Katy wears a fiery red wig with red lips to match, and a black-and-white jacket with a splattered-paint style design.
The pop star teased the photo spread on Instagram Thursday. "TOMORROW one of my favorite shoots I've EVER done is coming out on @wonderlandmag There's a couple rotating covers... But here's a sneak [peek] for now!" she wrote, along with another picture from the shoot.
ABC/Randy HolmesCarly Rae Jepsen is set to perform on Tuesday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. She’ll be singing her catchy new single “I Really Like You.”
Sia’s favorite pint-size dancer, 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler, will also be featured in a special contemporary dance number along with DWTS dancers Allison Holker and Jenna Johnson.
Contestants, meanwhile, will be facing a double elimination based on combining the judges’ scores with the public vote from their April 27 performance and their May 5 performance. The hour-long episode airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Darren AnkenmanThe International Songwriting Competition has awarded Vance Joy's "Riptide" its 2014 Grand Prize. The hit single appears on the Australian singer-songwriter's debut studio album, Dream Your Life Away.
"Riptide" is the first song to receive perfect scores from every judge since the International Songwriting Competition began in 2002. This year's judging panel included Bastille, American Authors and Keane, as well as a number of industry heavy-hitters.
Vance Joy will bring his prize-winning "Riptide" to an even bigger audience when he joins Taylor Swift on her massive stadium tour, which kicks off May 20 in Bossier City, Louisiana. In-between, he'll play a few headlining shows of his own, as well as a number of summer festivals, including New York City's Governors Ball, and Boston Calling.
ABC/ Lou RoccoTaylor Swift is constantly trying to one-up herself. The singer, who’s about to embark on her 1989 World Tour, admits to Extra that she wants this tour to be even better than her last.
“It would be so ridiculous if I didn’t look it at that way, because that’s how everyone else is looking at it,” she says. “So yeah, I need my tour to be better than my last tour. I need my album to be better than my last album.”
Taylor says she wants this tour to be a fresh experience for her fans. “My hope is that my fans don’t feel similar watching this tour in any way then they felt watching the last tour,” she says.
That includes enlisting some of her pals, including the girl band HAIM, to join her on the road. “It’s gonna be insane,” she says of having HAIM on tour with her. “They’re just so incredible and there’s just such good vibes. Like, when they walk into a room it just changes the entire dynamic. They’re just like loud in the best way and so energetic. And that energy is gonna be so cool to have on the road.”
She’s even started making phone calls to some of her famous friends to get them to take the stage with her as surprise guests. “I end up assuming the role of booking agent essentially when I’m on tour,” Taylor says.
The 1989 World Tour kicks off Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Jeff Daly/NBCZayn Malik has been out of One Direction for over a month, but now he’s made it Twitter official. Zayn has changed his Twitter handle from @zaynmalik1D to just plain @zaynmalik, a move that seems to have broken fans’ hearts all over again.
Shortly after he made the change, the hashtag #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D started trending and fans began posting their devastated reactions.
Zayn has been relatively quiet on social media since leaving the band in late March. He resurfaced April 20 to tweet, “Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are.”
Yesterday, Zayn cryptically posted, “Is speech an extension to our thoughts or an image that we like to create.”
Mosley Music Group/Interscope RecordsOneRepublic is still pulling hits from their 2013 album Native -- "I Lived" is the latest -- but work on their next album is well underway, and the band is extremely pleased with how it's going.
OneRepublic guitarist Drew Brown tells Canada's CBC News, "We're really excited about it, we think it's the best thing that we've ever done." Frontman Ryan Tedder, meanwhile, says the album will be eclectic in its sound.
"In this band, we are yet to recycle the same sound once on any song that we've ever put out. This album is no exception," he says. It's not clear when the new album will be released. OneRepublic has tour dates booked through July, mostly overseas.
VolvoAvicii and Volvo Cars now share more than just a Swedish heritage. The artist/producer has teamed up with the car brand for a new ad campaign entitled “A New Beginning.”
As part of the campaign, Avicii has recorded his own rendition of the Nina Simone classic “Feeling Good,” and filmed a video for the tune, featuring Volvo.
“I've loved the song for a long time,” Avicii said in a statement. “It's one of the best songs ever written. It's just timeless to me. I've been a big fan of Nina Simone, Etta James and that kind of sound for a very long time. So when I found out that was the song that Volvo Cars wanted in the music video I was really excited and happy to do something with it. I wanted to create something new, and at the same time stay true to the original.”
The video was filmed in Stockholm, Sweden and in locations that had special meaning to Avicii, such as Osterlen, where he and his family spent their summer vacations. The song and the video are set for a May 8 global release.
Danny ClinchYou've heard Sara Bareilles sing about her life in her songs. Now, you can read about her life in a new book of essays due this fall.
The book, called Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, will be out October 6. Described as a "candid and down-to-earth collection," the book reveals the inside stories behind Sara's most popular songs, as well as her thoughts about making her music artistic enough to please herself, yet commercial enough for her fans.
Written in a "confessional and stripped-down" style, the book is described as "entertaining and inspirational...a moving tribute to the universal search for growth, healing and self-acceptance."
In addition to the book, Sara has been taking on a new writing challenge lately: creating the songs for a musical version of the movie Waitress.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Darren AnkenmanWhen Bruno Mars sang "This hit/That ice cold/Michelle Pfeiffer/That white gold" in "Uptown Funk," it earned him and Mark Ronson a ticket to #1 on the Billboard chart for 14 weeks. But one guy who heard that line -- Vance Joy -- thought it sounded a bit familiar, because he'd given Pfeiffer a shout-out in his hit song more than a year before.
Vance Joy's hit "Riptide" took a while to rise up the charts in the U.S., but it's been a hit around the world since 2013. In "Riptide," Vance sings about the object of his affection, "I swear she's destined for the screen/Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen."
Asked about the coincidence of both he and the "Uptown Funk" duo name-checking the same actress, who really hasn't had a big hit movie since 2007's Hairspray, Vance tells ABC Radio, "I think Michelle Pfeiffer's...getting a good few references. When I heard it I was just like, 'This is cool,' and...I was like, 'Hey I did it first,' but it’s still a really great song, so kudos to those guys."
As for why he chose Michelle Pfeiffer in the first place, Vance says it just sort of popped out. "It really was a totally natural, stream of consciousness kind of thing," he tells ABC Radio. "It just totally came out naturally and effortlessly."
Vance will be singing "Riptide" later this month when he starts a long stint opening up for Taylor Swift on her 1989 world tour. What can fans expect from his set? "We’ve got a few things in store," he teases. " It’s nothing super huge, but they’re such a great team of people that we get to work with through her and so they’re very accommodating. So we’ll try to make it as stimulating as possible, you know?"
Vance's tour with Taylor starts May 20 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Pharrell Williams has been tapped for another Chanel campaign.
The hitmaker dons a green sweater, tan pants and matching green boots for the French fashion house's ad campaign for its pre-fall “Paris-Salzburg” collection, in which he appears alongside model Cara Delevingne.
The pair previously appeared in short film for Chanel, entitled Reincarnation, which was directed by Karl Lagerfeld and debuted in November.
The new ads show Williams and Delevingne sitting side by side. The collection will hit stores and Chanel.com this June.
ABC/Lou RoccoLorde has officially started churning out new songs with her producer and collaborator, Joel Little. Joel tells Billboard he and the New Zealand singer have begun work on her second album, a follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine.
“We’ve written a couple of songs,” he says. “We haven’t done a whole lot of production on it yet, we just want to make sure the songs are really good and try and experiment with some new things -- just different beats and whatever occurs in the studio.”
A release date for the new album hasn’t been set and Joel says they’re not rushing things. He says they're both "just trying new things” and “not pigeonholing” themselves.
He adds, “We can take the time to make sure we’ve explored every option.”
Joel produced every track on Pure Heroine, including the hit “Royals,” which he also co-wrote.
Inez and VinoodhIt seems Lady Gaga might have a new partner in crime. American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphytweeted that actress Angela Bassett will be back for the show’s fifth season, and she’ll be getting into mischief with Gaga.
“In October, Angela Bassett will be making lots of trouble with Lady Gaga in the ballroom and elsewhere. #ahshotel,” Ryan wrote.
Angela appeared on the last two seasons of the FX show, Coven and Freak Show.American Horror Story: Hotel will begin shooting this summer and premiere this fall.
Ryan told Entertainment Tonight last month that Lady Gaga’s role on the show will “shock people.” Further details about her character have not yet been revealed.
In October, Angela Bassett will be making lots of trouble with Lady Gaga in the ballroom and elsewhere. #ahshotel
Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran may have said he approved of Taylor Swift’s rumored new boyfriend Calvin Harris, but he insists he never “outed” them as a couple.
“I don’t think I outed them as a couple, they’ve been seen in public together quite a few times, so people have made that assumption,” he tells Australian news site, News.com.au. “They’ve been pictured at lots of different concerts and have been holding hands so I don’t think I’m telling the world anything they don’t already know.”
Last month, Ed told a New Zealand radio station that DJ-producer Calvin is a “really, really good guy.” He said he’d give the relationship “the seal of approval,” but stopped short of confirming that the two are an item.
Taylor and Calvin have yet to comment publicly on their relationship status, but Calvin did meet Taylor’s cats this week. He posted a picture of the felines, Olivia Benson and Meredith, on his Instagram page.
Denise TruscelloAfter injuring her ankle on stage, Britney Spears has been forced to reschedule the Friday and Saturday performances of her Las Vegas residency show.
Britney’s doctor has advised her to postpone the Britney: Piece of Me shows to ensure that her ankle heals properly. She hurt it while performing a dance routine to her song “(You Drive Me) Crazy” Wednesday night. The singer downplayed the injury on Twitter after the show, writing, "Thank you for all of the sweet wishes! Had a little scare on stage tonight with my ankle but I’m ok!"
Ticketmaster and The AXIS at Planet Hollywood box office will contact ticket holders and issue exchanges or refunds.
ABC/Lou RoccoA 12-year-old Chicago girl with cancer received a dream phone call from Taylor Swift this week. Emily Beazley’s family told the Chicago Tribune that the pop star took time out of her busy schedule to chat with the girl on Wednesday.
"She knew all about me," said Emily, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "My favorite color, the street naming. She told me about her tour starting in Tokyo, and she asked what my favorite song was and I told her 'Shake It Off.' Then she said, 'Oh, that's really cool.'"
Last week, Emily’s supporters got a section of Chicago’s Homan Avenue named her honor. They also ramped up their efforts to get Taylor to call Emily. Last weekend, the supporters, known as “Emily’s Entourage,” made a video with nearly 200 children singing and dancing to Taylor songs and sent it to the singer.
Taylor, whose mother is currently battling cancer, reportedly took notice and arranged a call with the youngster. They spent about 10 minutes talking. "It feels really good right now. I'm really happy right now,” Emily said afterwards.
"To see her little face all lit up, so genuine, the biggest smile,” Emily’s mom, Nadia, said. “She got out of the car and jumped up and down.”
About a half hour after the call, Nadia said Taylor's manager called back and offered the family tickets and the opportunity to meet the singer at her Detroit concert May 30. Emily has tickets to Taylor's Chicago concert in July, but the family doesn't know if she'll be well enough to attend.
Reps for Taylor haven’t yet confirmed the phone call.
Mark Cant/FoxFour years ago on April 30, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed their fraternal twins, Morrocan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon. To celebrate, the proud father expressed his love for his kids on social media and even acknowledged his estranged wife.
Cannon thanked the mother of his children via Instagram, posting a happy family photo that was taken prior to their split. "Grateful and forever in debt to @MariahCarey for blessing me and the rest of the world with these 2 Angels, Morrocan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon on this day 4 years ago. Happy Birthday!!! I Love yall!"
In another shot of his children, Cannon wrote: "Today is the day that God Blessed me with the greatest gifts."
The former couple have been co-parenting since they announced their split in January.