JB Lacroix/WireImage"Purple rain, purple rain!" A special screening and discussion titled "Purple Rain: Celebration," took place in Beverly Hills, California Monday night -- and none other than the movie's leading lady, Apollonia Kotero, made a surprise appearance, says Billboard.
The event honored the cult classic 1984 romance drama Purple Rain, which famously starred the late music icon Prince and made Apollonia famous, albeit briefly.
Co-stars Jerome Benton and Jill Jones, the film's producer, Robert Cavallo, and writer-directorAlbert Magnoli were also there, as well as the costume designer responsible for Purple Rain's iconic fashion looks, Marie France.
"I was the last person they saw for the audition [to find the Vanity replacement]," Apollonia told the crowd. "[Actress] Nia Peeples had just walked out of the room. I walked in and they asked me to take my shoes off. I thought, 'wow, they're into feet," she said.
"Later I learned they were flying me to Minneapolis to meet Prince, who takes me out for a ride in a purple limo," Apollonia added. "He was very reserved and shy."
ABC/Image Group LAGet ready to hear a pre-fame Sam Smith. The singer’s very first album, Diva Boy, is getting re-released next month by London-based independent label Flipbook Music.
The album was recorded in 2008, when Sam was just 16 years old. It features a song called “Momentarily Mine,” which has an accompanying low-budget music video on YouTube. At the beginning of the clip, Sam reveals his ambition: “To be a star.”
Sam released his official debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in 2014, and is currently working on his follow-up.
C Brandon/Redferns via Getty ImagesA Spice Girls reunion to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their hit "Wannabe" is apparently in the works, but both Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm, aka Mel C, are sitting it out. In an essay for the British publication The Love Magazine, Mel C explains why.
"Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie," she writes. "Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family. The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilization?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut."
Mel explains that it's been "particularly exhausting" having to deal with all the speculation about the "Wannabe" reunion, noting that, while she'll "be a Spice Girl 'til I die," she asks, "Is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties?"
She explains, "I’d love to play huge arenas across the world, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory. It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band. Didn’t we reach a peak with the Olympics? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note."
She goes on: "For me the absolute pinnacle of my Spice existence was being watched by a billion people around the globe belting out ‘Spice up Your Life’ on top of a black cab at the 2012 London Olympics. Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans."
Last year, Selena Gomez revealed that she suffers from lupus, an autoimmune disease. Now, the singer has decided to take time off from her busy schedule to deal with some side effects she's experiencing as a result of the disease.
In a statement to ABC News, Selena explains that lupus "can affect different people in different ways," adding, "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."
Noting that she wants to be "proactive," she continues that she has "decided that the best way forward is to take some time off," and adds, "Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best."
"I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues," she concluded.
A source tells People that Selena has "decided to clear her calendar for the year, in order to have this be her priority for future happiness." And before you start speculating, the source says the decision is "absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse." Apparently, Selena decided to take a break because she "hadn't felt like herself" for awhile now.
"She feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future," adds the source.
When Selena revealed that she had lupus, she also revealed to Billboard that she had undergone chemotherapy to treat it.
Image Group LA/ABCThe world lost Gene Wilder on Monday, and Coldplay honored the late comic legend by covering the song "Pure Imagination" during their show in Denver last night. You can listen to clip of the performance now via the band's Instagram.
Wilder, of course, famously sang "Pure Imagination" in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The actor and writer also starred in the movies The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, among others. He died at age 83 Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Throughout their tour this summer, Coldplay has also honored Prince with covers of "Sometimes it Snows in April" and "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImageIf you've always dreamed of displaying a MTV VMA Moonman on your shelf, get ready to open your wallet.
Jessie Helt, the homeless kid who accepted Miley Cyrus' Video of the Year VMA for "Wrecking Ball" back in 2014, is selling the Moonman on eBay. It's described as "In mint condition. Very rare one of a kind. No fingerprints." It's engraved with both Jesse and Miley's names.
There's evidently a market for the awards: there are currently three bids for the trophy, with the highest at $10,300. The New York Post notes that the Moonman for the all-star '80s charity video "We Are the World" sold for $72,000, while Coolio's trophy for "Gangsta's Paradise" brought $60,000.
TMZ reports Helt is now living in L.A. and is expecting a baby with his partner, and the proceeds from the sale will go to support the child.
When Helt accepted the trophy, he said, "I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people."
It later emerged that Helt's appearance on the VMAs was a probation violation, stemming from charges of criminal mischief and trespassing in 2010. He was eventually sentenced to six months in jail.
In other Miley news, the Woody Allen-created Amazon TV series in which she's starring will premiere September 30th on Amazon Prime. Called Crisis in Six Scenes, it's a six-episode comedy that takes place in the '60s.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFirst, we heard about Bruno Mars being the wedding singer at a lavish Lake Como wedding over the weekend. Now comes word that Ed Sheeran also performed at a recent wedding.
The singer took the stage at the nuptials of Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid’s sister in Northern Ireland on Friday. For the bride and groom’s first dance, Ed joined his pal Johnny's band to play the Snow Patrol hit “Chasing Cars” and Ed’s “Tenerife Sea.” They also performed a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”
The wedding took place at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Johnny’s on-again fiancée, Courteney Cox, and her daughter Coco were also in attendance, according to Beech Hill’s website. Ed, who's also good friends with Courteney, introduced the two a few years ago.
Guinness World Records (GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 Edition, out September 8)Justin Bieber and The Weeknd are bonafide record-breakers. The two artists made it into the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records book.
The Biebs managed to break six different records, including the most-viewed music channel on YouTube for an individual, the most followers on Twitter for a male, and the most simultaneous tracks on the U.S. singles chart, with 17.
Justin also set the record for most simultaneous new entries in the Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist with 13, and became the first act to occupy all top three positions on the U.K. singles chart simultaneously, with “Love Yourself,” “Sorry,” and “What Do You Mean?”
Purpose was the most-streamed album on Spotify in one week, while “What Do You Mean?” was the most-streamed track on Spotify in one week.
As for The Weeknd, he scored the record for the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 by a solo male artist. His singles “Earned It,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “The Hills” spent 45 consecutive weeks inside the top 10 between March 7, 2015 and January 9, 2016.
Also, The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness was the most-streamed album on Spotify in one year.
The Guinness World Records 2017 Edition arrives September 8.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCLife on a tour bus can be a pretty grungy affair for some groups, but not for the ladies of Fifth Harmony.
Fresh off their Best Collaboration win at Sunday's MTV VMA for their "Work from Home" video, the ladies say life on their tour bus is more like a slumber party than anything else.
“Whatever you would have for a sleepover, we have that,” Dinah Jane Hansen tells InStyle of the group's tour bus provisions. “I actually had a really fun sleepover on my bus, and we had a lot of candy and popcorn — and blankets.”
So what else do the ladies stock up on? “There is so much cereal!” Lauren Jauregui tells the magazine. “We have Reese’s Puffs, Rice Krispies, Cap’n Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Special K -- literally every type of cereal you can ask for, we have on the bus.” Clearly these ladies have no fear of carb loading.
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentNickJonas and Demi Lovato have been having a great time on their joint #FutureNow tour, which wraps up September 17. So what's been greatest moment so far of the tour? Nick says basically, all of them.
"[It's] tough to say," Nick tells ABC Radio. "I mean, getting to tour with one of my best friends is an amazing feeling, but also, [there've been] so many memorable stops and moments that I think really will go down for me as truly unforgettable. And the fans have just been amazing, so I dunno -- all of it's been great!"
During his downtime on the road, Nick has said that he likes to work on new music. So, has he had a chance to do any of that over the past few months?
"Some, mostly for Demi, helping her kinda get into her next sound," Nick tells ABC Radio. "For me, I've got some film projects on the horizon next, [so I'm] kinda diving into that."
Nick's current album, Last Year Was Complicated, came out in June. Demi recently released a new single, "Body Talk." Meanwhile, Goat, a movie starring Nick as a frat boy coping with hazing, will arrive in theaters September 23.
Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift has been excused from jury duty, and not because of her celebrity status.
E! News reports Taylor – who reported for jury duty in Nashville Monday morning – was excused from serving because she’s got legal woes of her own that are similar to the case on which she was being asked to serve. Specifically, it’s the lawsuit filed against her by a Colorado DJ, whom Taylor claims groped her buttocks three years ago at a backstage meet-and-greet, while he posed with her for a photo. The DJ denies the accusation and claims it got him fired.
The jury on which Taylor was being asked to serve will hear a case involving “aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and aggravated domestic assault,” according to E!
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteSummer is just winding down but Kelly Clarkson is already thinking ahead to Christmas. The singer has been announced as the Grand Marshal for this year’s Nashville Christmas Parade.
“I love our city of Nashville and couldn’t be more proud to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s Christmas Parade,” Kelly says in a statement. “See y’all there!”
The 63rd annual parade will kick off the holiday season in downtown Nashville on Saturday, December 3, starting at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is “The Musical Mile” in honor of the approximate length of the parade route.
Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt along with the Share the Warmth program, which helps people in need pay their energy bills.
Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears is still being criticizing for her sexy costumes. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Parents Television Council is not happy with the MTV VMAs for its depiction of women – specifically when it comes to their outfits.
“Viacom and MTV need to make a pivotal choice about the sexualization of women: either they must decide that it is good, or they must decide that it is bad,” PTC President Tim Winter tells EW in a statement. “Sadly, last night’s program contained concerning levels of sexualization throughout the night.”
While he commended the awards show for featuring the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team as a “positive image of what’s healthy and right,” he also cited Britney’s bright yellow sparkly costume as being too revealing.
Winter compared Britney’s outfit to G-Eazy’s, noting that the rapper was “totally covered up.” He mentioned that “many of the female costumes revealed part of or most of their buttocks.”
Britney took the VMA stage last night to perform “Make Me" with G-Eazy.
ABC/Craig SjodinHere’s something you don’t see every day: Adam Levine walking down the streets of Los Angeles wearing a blue turtle costume.
Witnesses -- and paparazzi -- were treated to that sight over the weekend as Maroon 5 filmed what appeared to be a bizarre new video. As seen in photos posted to JustJared, Adam’s costume resembles a knock-off version of the Pokemon character, Squirtle.
Adam's band mates were dressed as other Pokemon-inspired characters. Actor Vince Vaughn was also spotted walking around on set in a red-and-black monster suit.
Adam’s very pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo, was there as an observer.
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesWhen you have a song called “Marry You,” you can’t really be surprised if someone asks you to sing at their wedding. Bruno Mars was called upon to perform at the wedding reception of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek over the weekend.
According to an Instagram post from attendee Brooke Hammerling, the singer rocked the house at the Lake Como, Italy nuptials. Brooke shared the photo of a guitar-strumming Bruno on stage, along with the caption, “When the wedding singer is Bruno Mars.”
Bruno wasn’t the only big name on the guest list. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was there, too.
Image Group LA/ABCJustin Bieber has returned to Instagram two weeks after deactivating his account -- and he's brought a friend.
If you were wondering what you missed in Justin’s life during those dark days, he apparently got a new puppy named Todd. His account came back online with three posts about the adorable pet.
One post is a photo of the singer holding the pup. “My new little fluff ball Todd,” he captions it. Another post is a video of the dog, where Justin is heard saying, “Are you even real? What are you?” And the third post is a video of Justin calling Todd to come outside.
Twitter, of course, celebrated his return to the 'gram by throwing a #JustinReactivatedParty. But maybe all that celebrating was too soon? Justin later tweeted, "Still no Instagram it was an accident." However, as of 1:30 p.m. ET, it was still online.
Justin initially took his account offline after fans barraged his rumored girlfriend, Sofia Richie, with mean comments.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteNow we have a possible reason why Taylor Swift skipped the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night: She was preparing to do her civic duty. According to ABC-TV affiliate WKRN, the singer showed up for jury duty Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Taylor’s presence in the courthouse was also documented by fellow jurors on social media. One woman tweeted about the experience, writing, “So I just got picked immediately after Taylor Swift. Same jury panel.”
Taylor, who reportedly showed up with two bodyguards, signed autographs and took selfies with the other jurors while they waited. Several photos of the singer wearing her juror tag were circulating around Twitter.
The singer was later excused from performing her civic duty. A courthouse witness said, "Taylor Swift was part of the panel of prospective jurors on a case with charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and aggravated domestic assault....the judge excused Ms. Swift because of her pending sexual assault case."
That assault case involves a deejay who allegedly groped Taylor backstage at a concert.
By the way, though she didn't attend the VMAs, it may be a small comfort for her to know that Kanye West's video for "Famous," the lyrics of which caused a feud between Taylor, Kanye and his wife Kim, didn't win anything at last night's MTV VMAs. And the video for a song Taylor co-wrote with her former boyfriend Calvin Harris, "This Is What You Came For," won the Moonman Best Male Video.
Taylor was never scheduled to attend the VMAs; she wasn't nominated, and only one of her videos was even eligible.
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga hung up her meat dress a long time ago, but it seems PETA is still looking for more support from the singer.
The animal rights group wrote an open letter to Gaga, after news broke that she helped her father write an Italian cookbook. They’re hoping the book will include vegan options.
"A delicious and cruelty-free dish such as a vegan pollo alla cacciatora would lend itself perfectly to your empowering 'Born This Way' anti-bullying movement -- ensuring that no animal is bullied just to satisfy someone's appetito," PETA writes.
The cookbook is titled Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian American Restaurant and comes out in November. The collection of recipes was compiled by Gaga’s father, Joe Germonotta, who owns Joanne Trattoria on the Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Gaga wrote the foreword.