In a statement, Justin said, "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."
JT's buddy and creative director, Trace Ayala, notes that the festival will be "a great stage to showcase" the musicians he and Justin have signed to their development company, Villa 40.
Unfortunately, Justin won't be performing at the festival, but he and Ayala will be working on the creative direction of this year's festival, and future festivals.
Kevin Griffin of the '90s alt-rock band Better Than Ezra is one of the festival's original producers. He says, "It really is a perfect fit to have Justin on board as a partner not only for his knowledge and accomplishments in the music industry but also his love for the Tennessee area."
This year's Pilgrimage lineup includes The Strumbellas, Kaleo Beck, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Lunchmoney Lewis, The Struts, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves and many more. Visit PilgrimageFestival.com for tickets.
Getty Images via ABCHalle Berry and Jodie Foster should both get another Oscar for this. The actresses delivered dramatic readings of some of Britney Spears’ most well-known songs for W Magazine.
Halle tackled “Oops!…I Did It Again,” infusing the lyrics with some poetic gravitas. Meanwhile, Jodie took on Britney’s “Toxic,” along with Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra. Jodie couldn’t quite get a handle on the lyrics, and Priyanka opted to sing them dramatically instead.
Britney’s new album, Glory, comes out this Friday.
Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/HBOAs if you couldn't get enough of Beyoncé's Lemonade album, now you can buy pieces of the entertainer's Lemonade-branded apparel.
Bey has an all-new collection of clothing and fashion accessories on her official website that feature pictures of the icon herself, lemons, and lyrics from songs on her latest hit album.
Sweatshirts, hoodies, tees, hats and more can be purchased on her official website. Retail prices range from $25 to $60.
In other news, today Bey posted new pictures of herself and hubby Jay Z on the same website. The images include Queen B posing in a fierce grey blazer and skirt set, and of her in the same outfit, sharing an intimate moment with Jay's arm wrapped around her.
Getty Images via ABCIs Ariana Grande on the rebound? Just weeks after breaking up with her backup dancer boyfriend, the singer was spotted kissing rapper Mac Miller.
In photos obtained by TMZ, the two are seen dining at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles and giving each other a smooch on the lips. Witnesses told TMZ that the two spent the entire meal kissing and giggling. Apparently at one point, Ariana was even spotted lying in Mac's lap.
Source close to the two tell TMZ they're dating, but of course nothing has been confirmed. The two have collaborated before, musically -- Mac was featured on Ariana’s 2013 single, “The Way.”
Ariana and dancer Ricky Alvarez -- her partner in doughnut-licking crime -- reportedly broke up last month after about a year together.
Eric CharbonneauIf you're tired of "Can't Stop the Feeling!," don't worry -- Justin Timberlake has more new Trolls music coming your way.
Justin posted on Instagram a photo of the track list for the soundtrack of the upcoming animated film, and it reveals a duet featuring JT and Gwen Stefani called "Hair Up," as well as a new song written by Justin and recorded by Ariana Grande called "They Don't Know."
In addition, there are remakes of classics like Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," and a medley of Diana Ross' "I'm Comin' Out" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems," which is based on the Ross hit. These are all sung by members of the cast -- in the case of "September," though, Earth, Wind & Fire actually join in the fun.
The soundtrack also includes a "film version" of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" featuring everyone in the cast. The disc is due at some point next month. A pre-sale will begin shortly.
ABC/Randy HolmesEven if this Mariah Carey story isn't true at all, it's actually somewhat believable -- and hilarious.
The Fix, an Australian gossip site, reports that Mariah's billionaire Aussie fiance James Packer really messed up when he attempted to set a romantic mood with her recently. An "insider" tells the site, "To get her in the mood last month, he turned on [Beyonce's] 'Crazy in Love', and oh boy, was that a disaster. Mariah threw the computer that was playing it via speakers out the window! Seriously, just trashed it."
Not only that, but the insider claims, "She ran out of the room screaming. So the night was obviously finished for James, and they retreated to separate parts of the house."
Another source tells the website that another time, Packer put on Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," which caused Mariah to throw a fit. He soothed her by switching to her own greatest hits album.
"He has learned never, ever to play another female artist in the house," dishes the source. "It's either Mariah, jazz or classical!"
It was recently reported that Mariah insisted on having her own music playing not long ago when she and Packer dined in Capri, Italy. And by now, you've heard her ex Nick Cannon's claims that they used to get it on exclusively to her music.
Business WireAllow Gavin DeGraw to be your tour guide across the U.S.A. The singer has teamed up with hotel collection brand “Curio -- A Collection by Hilton” to give travelers the inside scoop on five cities along his upcoming tour.
Gavin will create local guides for Grand Rapids, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each guide will include tips and ideas to help travelers experience the cities like locals.
“Anyone who loves to travel will appreciate Curio’s Local Guides,” Gavin says in a statement. “When I’m on tour, I always look for off-the-beaten-path spots so I can experience the community I’m visiting like a local -- whether it’s hitting a dive bar on the outskirts of town or finding a bike-share to get some exercise between gigs.”
#CitiesbyCurio with Gavin DeGraw will be available on CitiesByCurio.com starting August 28 to coincide with the first date of Gavin’s tour with Andy Grammer.
Image Group LA/ABCColdplay teamed up with Late Late Show host James Corden to deliver a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" during the band's show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday night. You can watch official video of the duet now via Coldplay's YouTube.
"So this is an idea that Chris said to me, he said 'I think you should come sing this at the Rose Bowl,'" Corden told the massive Rose Bowl crowd before the performance. "I'll be honest: I didn't know how big it was when I said yes."
Following the song, Chris Martin brought out a cake in celebration of Corden's 38th birthday and led the crowd in a "Happy Birthday" singalong.
ABC/Paula LoboSleighBells are ringing for Demi Lovato. The singer is being sued by the indie rock duo for copyright infringement, according to court papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Sleigh Bells members Derek E. Miller and Sydney Alexis Krauss filed court papers in California on Monday claiming that Lovato's track "Stars," which was released last year, illegally samples their song "Infinity Guitars" from the pair's 2010 album, Treats. "Stars" appears as a bonus track on Lovato's fifth album, Confident.
Miller and Krauss say in the court papers that "Demi Lovato, and the label and team she worked with to create 'Stars,' did not obtain authorization from Sleigh Bells to use any part or portion of 'Infinity Guitars.'"
The suit alleges that "Stars" contains "compositional elements" from "Infinity Guitars" that were sampled without permission.
According to the lawsuit, "A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works."
Miller and Krauss also claim the "sonic qualities of portions of 'Infinity Guitars' and 'Stars' are at least substantially similar."
In addition to Lovato, producers Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and UMG Recordings are named as defendants in the complaint.
Sleigh Bells initially tweeted about the alleged similarity in November. Falk and Yacoub subsequently denied that samples were used in "Stars."
Image Group LA/ABCCharliePuth has recorded collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Meghan Trainor and, now, Selena Gomez. Charlie says he was "overjoyed" that Selena wanted to join him on "We Don't Talk Anymore."
While Charlie says the song didn't start out as a duet, "It was not really a fluke." He tells ABC Radio, "I just showed the record to her and, uh, she was like, 'Wow, I can really relate to this record.'"
Charlie says he started working on the song while touring Japan -- he came up with a guitar lick and told his guitar player to start playing it. Then, he decided to share his new tune with Selena.
"I dunno, I finished it and I was just playing it for her," he tells ABC Radio. "And she was just like, 'I’d love to sing it.' And that literally made me so happy; I was overjoyed. Not just because it was her, but, like, her voice sounded so good on it."
"Don't Talk Anymore" is the latest single from Charlie's debut, Nine Track Mind. You've got to wonder exactly why Selena said she related to the song -- the lyrics are about regretting a breakup, and hoping that your ex has found someone "who knows how to love you like me." Hmm.
Charlie will kick off a major fall tour next month, but he tweeted that he has an "announcement this week." Perhaps he's performing on Sunday's MTV VMAs? Stay tuned.
Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers are certainly having a moment. After scoring two top 10 hits earlier this year with "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down," the EDM duo has finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Closer," their collaboration with Halsey. This is also Halsey's first #1 hit.
According to Billboard, Chainsmokers are the first duo to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2013, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it with "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us." They're also the first group to score a #1 in more than two years. It's been nothing but solo artists on top since MAGIC! was #1 with "Rude" back in 2014.
"Closer" managed to hit #1 in its third week on the chart -- the fastest climb to the top since Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," which rang the bell in three weeks in 2014.
The single is also #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, making it only the second track in history to hit #1 on both that chart and the Billboard Hot 100. The only other song to do it was Baauer's "Harlem Shake" in 2013.
As for Halsey, the highest she previously got on the chart was #60 with her breakthrough song, "New Americana." She also reached #31 as a featured performer on Justin Bieber's song "The Feeling."
Ben WattsRob Thomas has released a moody new video for his song “Pieces.”
The black-and-white visual features shots of Rob sitting at a grand piano in an empty loft, as well as shadowy scenes of him singing in front of a white background and distorted reflections of his image.
“We build it up, we tear it down/We leave our pieces on the ground/We see no end, we don't know how/We are lost and we're falling/Hold onto me/You're all I have, all I have,” he sings on the ballad.
“Pieces” is the third single off Rob’s album, The Great Unknown. He’s currently touring with Counting Crows -- they’re set to play Detroit, Michigan Tuesday night.
Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears has teamed up with the American Red Cross and is appealing to her fans to donate money to help the flood victims in her home state of Louisiana. If you do so, you can win some pretty cool prizes.
For every $10 donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip for two to New York City to attend the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night, and you'll get to meet Britney before her performance. The winner will be drawn on August 25, so get your donations in now.
You can also win the outfit she'll wear on the MTV VMAs and an autographed album. That winner will be chosen September 1.
At least 13 people have died in the flooding in Louisiana, and at least 40,000 homes have been damaged.
Alasdair McLellanOne lucky pup got a kiss from Adele Monday night during her Los Angeles concert. The singer invited the dog -- who was wearing an Adele t-shirt -- up on stage, along with his owner.
The pooch, named Casper, not only received a smooch from the superstar, he also got a photo. But Adele may have regretted getting so up-close and personal with the animal.
“I don’t even know where that dog’s tongue has been!” she said after the kiss, in a fan-captured video. “I can’t believe I just kissed a stranger’s dog!”
She then wondered aloud how the owner managed to get the dog inside the Staples Center. “Oh it’s not easy to get the dog into the show, you probably have to shove him down your pants or something like that,” she joked.
Adele's tour picks up again in Auburn Hills, Michigan on September 6.
ABC/FredLeeIt’s been a year since Carly Rae Jepsen released her gem of a pop album, Emotion. To commemorate that milestone, the singer announced on Twitter that she’ll be releasing Emotion: Side B this week.
“Happy 1 year EMOTION! Your anniversary present is coming this Friday 8/26,” she tweeted.
The album will include tracks that didn't make the cut on the original album. Carly tweeted a snippet of one of those songs, called “First Time.” The ‘80s-inspired tune previously only appeared on Emotion Remixed, which was released exclusively in Japan.
Last week, Carly also dropped a new song with British producer Danny L Harle, called “Super Natural.” The video for the song premiered Friday, featuring a blonde Carly making her way through what might be the weirdest open house ever.
Big Machine RecordsIt looks like American Idol's decision to wrap things up after 15 seasons may have been the right one.
In a perfect illustration of the law of diminishing returns, season 14 champ Nick Fradiani has the dubious honor of having his debut album, Hurricane, score the lowest debut sales week and chart position of any Idol winner. Billboard reports that Hurricane arrived at #121 on the Billboard chart, with first-week sales of just 5,000 units.
Nick was unable to break an Idol-winner sales free-fall that started with season eight winner Kris Allen, briefly paused for season 10 and season 11 winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips, and then resumed with season 12's Candice Glover. Season 15 winner Trent Harmon is still working on his debut album.
The highest first-week sales record for an Idol winner's debut is held by Ruben Studdard, who entered the chart at #12 with sales of 417,000 copies in 2003. All Idol winners after that managed at least to break six figures in first-week sales and reach the top 10 until 2009, when Kris Allen's self-titled debut arrived at #11 with just 80,000 copies sold.
Here's Billboard's list of stats for every American Idol winner's debut album:
Kelly Clarkson - Thankful - No. 1 - 297,000 - 2003 Ruben Studdard - Soulful - No. 1 - 417,000 - 2003 Fantasia - Free Yourself - No. 8 - 240,000 - 2004 Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts - No. 2 - 315,000 - 2005 Taylor Hicks - Taylor Hicks - No. 2 - 298,000 - 2006 Jordin Sparks - Jordin Sparks - No. 10 - 119,000 - 2007 David Cook - David Cook - No. 3 - 280,000 - 2008 Kris Allen - Kris Allen - No. 11 - 80,000 - 2009 Lee DeWyze - Live It Up - No. 19 - 39,000 - 2010 Scotty McCreery - Clear as Day - No. 1 - 197,000 - 2011 Phillip Phillips - The World from the Side of the Moon - No. 4 - 169,000 - 2012 Candice Glover - Music Speaks - No. 14 - 19,000 – 2014 Caleb Johnson – Testify – No. 24 – 11,000 – 2014 Nick Fradiani – Hurricane – No. 121 – 5,000 - 2016
Neil Lupin/RedfernsPills that investigators seized from Prince's Paisley Park compound that were labeled as hydrocodone contained the powerful opioid fentanyl, a source familiar with the investigation told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
It was fentanyl that killed Prince, according to autopsy results. He did not have a prescription for the drug, the source said.
Investigators do not know at this point how Prince ingested the fentanyl. However, they believe he may have taken the pills marked as hydrocodone not knowing they contained fentanyl, according to the Star Tribune.
Prince weighed only 112 pounds when he died, but he had so much fentanyl in his system that no one would have survived, the source revealed.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation have told the newspaper that autopsy results also revealed the presence of the anesthetic lidocaine, alprazolam – more commonly known as the sedative Xanax -- and the painkiller Percocet.
Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound April 21. He was 57.
Trae Patton/NBCFollowing the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics on Sunday, NBC aired a special half-hour The Voice blind auditions Olympic preview. Joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the coaches’ chairs for the show's 11th season are pop star Miley Cyrus and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.
Sunday’s show featured two blind auditions, with Cyrus and Keys each picking up an artist.
After the closing credits, a picture of The Voice season-six finalist Christina Grimmie -- who was shot to death by a crazed fan in June – was shown with the message, “In loving memory of our friend Christina Grimmie.”
Sunday’s highlights included:
We McDonald, 17, got all four judges to turn their chairs around with her version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” A battle for McDonald ensued, with the new judges wasted no time showing they were in it to win it. Miley noted We’s voice was “so strong,” declaring the teen is a “total star.” Alicia began her pitch by insisting McDonald “came to this show to meet me,” explaining that she too started her career as a teen and therefore was the best coach to guide her through the show. McDonald agreed and chose Keys as her coach.
Next, another 17-year-old, Darby Walker, tackled Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” Once again, it was Keys and Cyrus leading the fight for the singer, along with Shelton. Miley noted their voices had a similar vibe and joined Darby onstage for an impromptu version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” But Miley's bubble was temporarily burst when Darby recalled that when she was 10 years old, Keys’ “No One” was “my song.” Alicia then showed up Miley by dueting with Darby on that song. However, Miley prevailed this time, convincing Walker to join her team.
The evening also included the coaches teaming up for a version of Aerosmith’s "Dream On.”
The Voice returns for its 11th season on September 19 on NBC.
Simon Emmett; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicWhat are the chances that two girls in the same year at the same school would both go on to become multi-million-selling global pop stars? If it actually happened, those two girls should definitely record a duet, right? And that's why Jessie J's hoping to sing with Adele.
Before Jessie and Adele -- then known as Jessica Cornish and Adele Adkins -- were multi-million-selling global pop stars, they were students together at London's BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Now, Jessie says she plans to reach out to Adele and see if they can collaborate on her next album -- but not just because Adele's a megastar.
"Women don't work together enough anymore, like [with] the power ballads and the power voices," Jessie tells ABC Radio. "We have to celebrate each other, y'know? There's not many 'singer singer singers' left in the world of music, it's not driven so much by that anymore."
She adds, "What I want to do on my next album...I need to make sure that doesn't ever go away."
Unfortunately, Jessie and Adele are both so busy with their respective careers, it's going to be tough for them to get together. Since they became famous, Jessie says, "We've seen each other in passing maybe twice."
She laughs, "I think at the Brit [Awards] we had a conversation that just consisted of the word 'babe.' It was like, 'Babe! Babe! Babes!'"
If it seems strange the women haven't kept in touch, it's because back in their school days, they moved in different circles, so they weren't that close.
"Adele was the same year as me, we were just in different strands," Jessie explains. "So Adele was in music, I was in musical theater. Very different. She was cool, I wasn't."