Republic RecordsAriana Grande's beloved grandfather recently died of cancer, which may be why the singer is happy to perform on the upcoming charity telecast Stand Up to Cancer, airing Friday, September 5 across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.
Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, rock legends The Who, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.
The one-hour special will feature stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Harmon in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric. They'll be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.
In other Ariana news, her new album, My Everything, arrives Monday, but if you can't wait, Ariana has teamed with MTV to stream four songs from the disc for your listening pleasure, right now.
The songs are the sexy "Love Me Harder," which features R&B star The Weeknd; the piano ballad "A Little Bit of Your Heart," co-written by One Direction's Harry Styles; the R&B-flavored "Be My Baby"; and "Why Try," which was co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.
Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards.
Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy. She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year. Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal.
It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to Robin Williams.
Image Credit: Ben WattsOnce again, Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards have been sued by an angry photographer.
Billboard reports that a photographer named Aja Oxman has filed suit against the singer and his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, claiming Patterson beat him and destroyed his camera after he shot Justin jumping off a cliff in Hawaii in November of 2013. Oxman claims that Justin ordered the beat-down, telling Patterson, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."
Oxman's suit further claims that Patterson grabbed him a choke hold, and repeatedly slammed him into the hood of a car as Justin watched. Patterson allegedly stopped when another photographer started filming the alleged assault on his cell phone. Oxman claims Patterson and Justin then destroyed his camera, and took his memory card and his keys.
According to Billboard, Patterson has already been charged and convicted for his actions, but Oxman's suit claims assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.
Earlier this year, another photographer, Michael Munoz,sued Justin and Patterson, claiming the bodyguard chased him into a restaurant in Miami after he shot Justin coming out of a club, then allegedly kicked and punched him and tried to take his memory card. At the time, Justin's lawyer told TMZ that Munoz wasn't beaten by Patterson, and that Justin wasn't present.
Republic RecordsThe MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday, and a whole slew of stars have just been added to the lineup.
First of all, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minajwill deliver the first performance of their hit "Bang Bang" live on the show. That's not just the first TV performance: it'll literally be the first time all three women have ever sung the song together in public. The video for the clip will premiere after their performance at BangBang.MTV.com.
Next, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut at the VMAs. He's nominated for Artist to Watch and Best Male Video. Sam says in a statement, "I have watched the VMAs every year since I was a kid. I am so insanely nervous but also so honored to be performing. This truly is a 'pinch yourself' moment for me."
Newly-announced presenters at the ceremony include Lorde, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Kim Kardashian, Trey Songz, and Orange Is the New Black stars Taylor "Piper" Schilling, Laverne "Sophia" Cox, and Uzo "Crazy Eyes/Suzanne" Aduba. In addition, DJ Mustard will serve as house deejay for the evening.
The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Pamela Littky /Columbia RecordsTrain, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9.
The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs. Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times.
In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival] this year for many reasons. The fact is we’re excited to do anything that includes great wine, especially in Napa."
The only way to get tickets for the festival is to win them, through a variety of methods, including signing up at the website. Visit Live in the Vineyard for complete details on how to get yourself there.
In other Train news, the band has just added Ingrid Michaelson to its upcoming fan cruise, which takes place in February. Other artists who'll be joining Train on the trip include Andy Grammer and A Great Big World.
Courtesy Julien's AuctionsOver the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills.
Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online. The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between $800 to $1,200.
In addition, the famous Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry from the "Material Girl" video; more than thirty pieces of period clothing from her movie Evita; the outfits she wore in the videos for the songs "Music" and "American Pie"; and her costumes from the movies A League of Their Own and The Next Best Thing are all up for grabs, as are handwritten lyrics, an MTV VMA trophy, an American Music Award, signed checks and contracts and her personal make-up compact. Even a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn is on offer.
One of the most interesting items is Madonna's day planner from 1988, in which she's entered notes about appearances on Letterman, outings with then-husband Penn, birthday reminders and holiday plans. That's estimated to fetch $2,000 to $4,000.
The most recent items up for sale probably are the latex mask, gloves, bra and panties Madonna sported for her S&M-inspired photo shoot with Katy Perry for the cover of V magazine earlier this year. Those are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $4,000.
From November 3 through the 7th, many of the items will be on public display at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location. Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to bid.
ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly. But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking.
In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop. She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there's like a science to it – they're, like, digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butt's moving. It's mind-blowing to me."
"They were explaining it all to me, and it's so above my comprehension of how to understand your body," she adds. In the video, Swift is also seen being equally clumsy at ballet, modern dance, cheerleading and other types of movement.
"I'm putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I'm having fun with it, but not fitting in," she says, describing the video's concept. "They're doing the most beautiful things, and I'm being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually, you will."
Expect Taylor to perform "Shake It Off" -- the first single from her new album 1989 -- on this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Hopefully, Kanye West won't be in the building.
Steven Klein for V MagazineKaty Perry picked a convenient place to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge: at a water park.
While visiting the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City on a break from her Prismatic tour, a bikini-clad Katy posted a video in which she perched on a mock pirate ship and announced that she'd accepted the challenge of dumping ice water over her head to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Among those who'd nominated her: actress Zooey Deschanel, who many feel is Katy's lookalike, and Girls star Allison Williams.
After being doused by two buckets of water, Katy then nominated Madonna to be the next one for the challenge. She and Madonna are buddies; they posed for V magazine together earlier this year, and Madonna had Katy guest-curate her Art for Freedom project not long ago. So far, no response from the Queen of Pop.
Sarah Barlow for Marie ClaireCan a pop star change the world? According to Marie Claire magazine, the answer's yes. The magazine's current issue highlights "20 Women Changing the World," and some top female singers are included on that list.
Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Jennifer Hudson are all featured on the list, alongside people like Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria. Alicia is included because of her work with her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps families in Africa and India fight HIV/AIDS. J-Hud is there for establishing her charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after her murdered nephew. The charity distributes school supplies on Julian's birthday, as well as gifts at Christmastime.
Taylor makes the list for her philanthropy in general, as well as for writing a song about a young cancer patient and then donating the proceeds to cancer charities. She also makes unannounced visits to children's hospitals and visits with the patients for hours. Shakira is included because of her Barefoot Foundation, which builds schools and early childhood centers in poor countries around the world, including her own, Colombia.
Visit MarieClaire.com, or buy the magazine's September issue, to read about all the other women who are changing the world.
Cliff Lipson/CBSOver the past year, Pharrell Williams' hat -- that huge brown one that he wore to the Grammy Awards -- has become almost as famous as he is. Now, you'll be able to see it up close and personal, when it goes on display in a Washington, D.C. museum.
As you might remember, the fast food chain Arby's, whose logo is a large hat that's very similar to Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood-designed topper, joked about the resemblance during the Grammy Awards via Twitter, and that tweet was retweeted more than 80,000 times. Arby's later purchased the headgear from the singer for more than $44,000, and all the money went to charity. Now, Arby's is loaning the hat to D.C.'s Newseum, where it'll go on display starting August 22, according to the Washington Post.
An Arby's executive tells the Post that the reason the short-term exhibit is being set up at the Newseum is because "it goes to show the power of social media in its ability to create news."
Streamline/Interscope/ColumbiaLady Gaga and Tony Bennett are pulling out all the stops to promote their upcoming album of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek. Not only will the two be starring in PBS concert special in October, but they've just announced they'll appear on HSN next month.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek is a one-hour HSN Live music special airing September 13 that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their new album, including unreleased footage of Gaga and Tony in the recording studio. During the special, you'll be able to pre-order an HSN exclusive deluxe version of the album that features two bonus tracks: "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Lady's In Love with You."
In addition to the HSN version, there will be multiple configurations of Cheek to Cheek: a standard version, a deluxe version with four bonus tracks, and a Target version with two different tracks. There's also a bonus track on the iTunes version: Gaga's take on "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," originally by Sonny & Cher. For you old-school lovers, a 180-gram vinyl edition of the album will also be available at Amazon and select retail outlets.
Standard Version "Anything Goes" "Cheek to Cheek" "Nature Boy" "I Can’t Give You Anything but Love" "I Won’t Dance" "Firefly" "Lush Life" (Lady Gaga solo) "Sophisticated Lady" (Tony Bennett solo) "Let’s Face the Music and Dance" "But Beautiful" "It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)"
Deluxe Version "Anything Goes" "Cheek to Cheek" "Don’t Wait Too Long" (Tony Bennett solo) "I Cant’ Give You Anything but Love" "Nature Boy" "Goody Goody" "Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Lady Gaga Solo) "Firefly" "I Won’t Dance" "They All Laughed" "Lush Life" (Lady Gaga solo) "Sophisticated Lady" (Tony Bennett solo) "Let’s Face the Music and Dance" "But Beautiful" "It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)"
Global iTunes Bonus Track “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Lady Gaga solo)
U.S. Target Deluxe Bonus Tracks "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Tony Bennett solo) "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Lady Gaga solo)
U.S. HSN Deluxe Bonus Tracks "The Lady’s in Love with You" (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Tony Bennett solo) "The Lady Is a Tramp" (from Tony Bennett’s Duets II)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhile she's performed all over the world in the last year, Lorde has never done a headlining tour of her own country -- but that's about to change.
The singer has announced she'll do her first-ever headlining tour in New Zealand in late October and early November. So far, four all-ages shows have been announced in New Zealand's four major cities.
In a statement, Lorde says, "I've been itching to do a New Zealand tour...Kiwi audiences are the best, and I'm so happy to be playing the final shows for Pure Heroine here. It's only right I come full circle, back to where it all started."
She later tweeted, "It's been a really long time coming and i am so beyond happy to be finally doing this. These are the last shows i'll play to support [Pure Heroine], which feels like a pretty big milestone. It's going to be SO COOL doing this with you nz."
Meanwhile, Lorde will kick off a new U.S. round of dates September 5. She wrote on Twitter that fans can expect some odd things happening behind her on the video screens she has onstage.
"Shooting visuals for the US tour today," she tweeted. "holy s**t i am pumped for these shows. (featuring bathtubs, bull terriers & other dream situations)."
Image credit: Anton CorbjinWhen artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions. But this time around, the Wall Street Journalreports that the National Football League are asking stars to pay to play.
According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay. But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" or make some other type of "financial contribution" in exchange for landing the gig.
As you might imagine, th is suggestion didn't go over well with the artists' reps, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.
When contacted for comment, an NFL spokeswoman told the paper that contacts with performers are confidential, and that all they want to do is "put on the best possible show." The paper also says that no decision has been made yet on who will perform, and another act entirely may be selected.
The Super Bowl will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1. The most recent Super Bowl halftime performer, Bruno Mars, drew a record 115.3 million viewers for his Super Bowl 48 performance last February.
Back in April, John Legend announced that he was teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Now, the singer is seeking talented dancers for the film.
Legend has partnered with DanceOn, the multi-channel YouTube network co-founded by Madonna, to create a platform for aspiring dancers to submit their audition videos.
Applicants are encouraged to make a video that showcases their best dance moves for the chance to attend a live event held in Los Angeles on August 29, which will be included in the movie.
"We partnered with DanceOn because this movie is all about dancing and YouTube and we want you to be a part of it," Legend says in a statement. "DanceOn and Breaking Through are bringing together the most talented dancers, creators and choreographers and we want you to be there too...Everyone who submits gets an opportunity to be in the film. So get out there, grab your camera and get to work!" he adds.
Credit: Ben WattsThree years ago, savvy Ed Sheeran established a 10-year plan for his career trajectory, laying out all the goals he hoped to accomplish in the next decade. But things have been going so well for him that he now claims he's six years ahead of schedule.
Speaking to USA Today, Ed explains, "If I'm honest, I'm on the ninth or 10th year of what I thought I'd achieve. So I am having to make different goals." Among those goals? "I'd like to move into stadiums. I don't think America's there yet. I think some places in Europe, that's the next logical step," he reveals.
Ed has already played stadiums, but as Taylor Swift's opening act. He kicks off a new North American headlining tour this week that'll feature him playing arenas, not stadiums. "I haven't become a household name in America yet, so I'm very much on a song-by-song basis with what people know on radio," he says, explaining why he still has a ways to go in the U.S. "They might hear 'Sing' and not know that I sing it, if that makes sense."
As for what we can expect from the tour, Ed tells USA Today, "It's going to be entertaining if you're a fan, and it's going to be surprising if you're not." Among the surprises for those who've never seen Ed before: he plays solo, without a band. Explaining how he manages to keep the audience's attention with such a small setup, Ed explains, "Use the crowd to your advantage and do a lot of call and response. Have your intimate moments, but have them sandwiched in-between the big, grandiose moments."
While he feels he doesn't have name recognition in the U.S., Ed definitely has it back home in the U.K. His latest album, X, has been number one there for eight straight weeks. The last album by a male solo artist to top the charts for that long in the U.K. was James Blunt'sBack to Bedlam, in 2005.
In other Ed news, he's recently collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Usher and Skrillex to Rixton and Hilary Duff, but one act with whom he may collaborate in the future is somewhat surprising: he says country duo Florida Georgia Line, of "Cruise" fame, want to make a record with him. "We haven't discussed it further than a conversation," he tells USA Today, "but it's something we both want to happen."
ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaNot only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, "Shake It Off," she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989, to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity in their lives.
"The message in the song is a problem I think we all deal with, and an issue we deal with on a daily basis. We don't live just in a celebrity take-down culture, we live in a take-down culture," Taylor said on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "People will find anything about you and twist it to where it's weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you, you have to have more fun than they do."
Taylor added that when she first envisioned "Shake It Off," she saw it being played during wedding receptions. "I just said, 'We need drums that make even the person who's having a terrible night at a wedding, and she's like "I am not in the mood to dance" and then like its comes on and she's like "This is my song! This is my song!"' That's the dream!" Taylor said, laughing.
Taylor also showed off her music video, which features her and a series of different dance crews showing off various dance styles, with Taylor executing most of them clumsily. The singer joked that they shot the video in three days, which is how long it took "to get that exquisite dance performance from me."
You can pre-order 1989 now at Taylorswift.com. You can also pre-order the Target deluxe edition of the album, which features three additional songs, plus three voice memos from Taylor's phone which, according to Target, "offer a unique insight into Taylor's songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on 1989.”
The artwork on the deluxe edition is slightly different: it's the same Polaroid of Taylor with the top of her face cut off, but it has 1989 scrawled across it, and the letters D.L.X. written along the bottom.
RCA RecordsBritneySpears has joined the countless other celebs who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
In an Instagram video posted Monday, the pop star accepted the challenge from her little sister Jamie Lynn and had a bucket of ice water tossed over her head. In turn, she nominated Adam Sandler, boyfriend David Lucado and friend Robin Greenhill.
The Ice Bucket movement has steadily picked up speed since it began last month. According to the ALS Association, more than $15 million has been raised to help fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Credit: Drew WheelerWhen most singers first start out, they usually have modest goals: they want their first album to go gold, or they want their first single to hit the top ten -- maybe they'd like to do a headlining tour. But Sam Smith's goals are a bit more far-reaching than that: he wants nothing less than world domination.
Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Sam says, "I want to be the biggest-selling male pop star in the entire world." He adds, "I really want that, but at the same time I want to keep this," pointing to his heart. "I don't want to lose this." Asked if it's even possible to have both, he insists, "I'm going to make it possible."
Sam's debut album In the Lonely Hour and his single "Stay with Me" are already huge hits, but the ambitious Brit says he's already looking far down the road with an eye towards his goal. "Even right now I have the title in my head to my second album; I know what it's going to sound like," he claims. "I have the idea in my head for the artwork and I also have the idea for the artwork for my third album."
The only thing that might turn Sam from his goal? Food. "I think I prefer food to singing. It's really bad, isn't it? Food is my favorite thing in the world," he tells The Guardian. "I always say if I ate what I actually wanted to eat, I'd be in one of those electronic scooters because I'd be too big."
A self-admitted former "fat kid," Sam says he did worry that his less-than-perfect physique might keep him from being a pop star. But, he points out, "People like real life. Why do people like all this crap television out there? Because you're looking at what you can relate to. And music should be speaking about things you can relate to."
"That's the key," he adds. "I can't relate to skinny, perfectly-sculptured, tanned men singing about gold chains and Ferraris, because I'm not that way."