Meredith TruaxNeon Trees’ Tyler Glenn takes aim at the Mormon church in the video for his solo debut, “Trash.” The visuals, which premiered on Rolling Stone Friday, reflect the openly gay singer’s conflicted relationship with the religion and its stance on the LGBT community.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure," Tyler sings, while surrounded by references to his former faith. He even spits at a modified portrait of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith.
"I needed to make this statement to artfully show the pain of a faith crisis and the darkness of doubt,” Tyler says in a statement. “But also that there are ways to reclaim what is yours -- I'm beginning to reclaim what is mine now with this song, with this video and with this record."
Tyler came out to Rolling Stone back in 2014, and at the time he was also a practicing Mormon. But he says his views changed after the church confirmed last year that they would ban gay members.
His first solo album is set to be released this fall.
Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.
According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.
"I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"
Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."
Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."
Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers run into car trouble in the official music video for “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya.
In the clip, the electronic duo encounters Daya and a group of female dancers while driving through the woods. During their face-off, The Chainsmokers’ vintage lowrider starts to bounce out of control.
The duo, joined by Daya, recently performed the song at Coachella. The Chainsmokers previously released a lyric video for the tune, which follows a couple dealing with the ups and downs of their relationship.
ABC/Randy HolmesSeems like Mariah Carey already said yes to the dress. The singer reveals to Entertainment Tonight that she has her wedding dress all picked out for her impending nuptials to Australian billionaire James Packer.
"I tried my dress last night," she tells ET. "It looks good. They came and brought it...I can't say the people. I can't say their names. The fabulous designer house that's amazing."
Based on Mariah’s massive 35-carat engagement ring, one might assume the couple is going all out with their wedding planning. But Mariah says they’re being “normal” about it. After all, it marks the third marriage for both of them.
"I'm just going with whatever I like," Mariah says.
Mariah’s been on her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour in Europe, which is being filmed as part of her E! docu-series, Mariah’s World.
Image Group LA/ABCTurns out, Justin Bieber isn’t that conceited. The self-professed Christian took to Instagram yesterday to refute reports that he had compared himself to God. It all started with another Instagram post earlier in the week, which featured Justin lying in bed with the biblical caption, “And on the 7th day…”
Justin called out some media outlets for suggesting that he was putting himself on the same level as a supreme being.
“Would love to talk about this because it's another moment to point to God,” he writes. “When I said on the 7th day it was a reference to say that on the 7th day he rested giving us a template and example letting us know how important rest is.”
He adds, “People love to twist what was meant for good and maybe it was my fault by not explaining my thought correctly. You can think the worst about me but never ever want people to think I compare myself to The MOST HIGH.”
Credit: David Cannon/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake is set to show off his golf skills at the 27th annual American Century Championship in Nevada this summer.
He’ll be participating in the celebrity tournament along with a host of other entertainment personalities and athletes, including former NBA player Charles Barkley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and comedian Larry the Cable Guy. Justin, as we know, is an avid golfer and took part in the championship last year as well.
The 54-hole tournament will take place at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course between July 19 and 24. It will be televised live on NBC Sports and NBCSN. The event will help raise money for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit, biomedical research organization.
Meanwhile, according to Hits Daily Double, Justin's new song from the movie Trolls will be coming out in early May, with the soundtrack set for an October release. A new full-length album release from Justin is rumored to be in the works for the latter part of this year.
RCA RecordsBritish gardeners are really digging “Uptown Funk.” According to U.K.’s The Mirror, research by the discount chain Poundland found that the Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson tune is the number one song Brits listen to while gardening.
Green thumbs are also pressing play for Adele’s “Hello,” which comes in at number four on the list. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” ranks number six and Ellie’s Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” rounds out the top 10.
The ranking was compiled to mark the launch of a new line of gardening supplies from Charlie Dimmock, a gardening expert and English TV personality.
Randall SlavinIf you’ve seen the revealing video for his new single “Close,” you know Nick Jonas has been keeping his body in great shape. This summer, he’ll have a new workout buddy: his Future Now tour mate, Demi Lovato.
"Demi is killing it right now with her fitness game. She looks amazing," he tells E! News. "I think we're going to get a trainer and have someone out on the road with us. But also, every night on stage is a workout.”
When he’s not on the road, he says he tries to work out at least three times a week and typically trains at Heart & Hustle in West Hollywood. On cardio day, he says he dons a “sauna suit under layers of sweat suits to get cut up a bit” and does “weight training.” Nick adds, “I do a circuit of high heart rate exercises and building muscle."
It’s enough to make you work up a sweat just thinking about it.
Nick and Demi’s Honda Civic Tour: Future Now will kick off June 24 in Sunrise, Florida.
Interscope/Kemosabe/RCAKesha joined Zedd on stage at Coachella earlier this month for a surprise performance of his song "True Colors." Now the song is finally available to download. Listening to the lyrics, it's easy to see why Kesha likes the song.
"I've escaped my capture/And I have no master," she sings. "And somehow, it's like I've waited all my life/One page at a time/I'll show you my true colors/And no, I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes/Let you show you my true colors/It's ain't your rainbow."
As previously reported, Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle in which she's asking to be released from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records, owned by Sony. She's accused him of "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally" abusing her for years. Dr. Luke has emphatically denied the allegations. A judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kesha to terminate her contract with Sony, but Luke's Kemosabe gave them permission to release the song.
In a statement, Kesha says, "It's such a blessing that Zedd has given me this opportunity to record his song 'True Colors.' This song’s message spoke to me so deeply that I knew I had to find my own interpretation and record it, to spread the beautiful message of personal empowerment."
She adds, "It gives me hope that I will someday soon be able to release my own album. Until then, let's all celebrate our own truth."
As for Zedd, he says, "'True Colors' is an extremely meaningful song to me and when I learned the song also spoke to Kesha it became even more special and took on new meaning...I'm unbelievably excited to share this emotional collaboration with the world. This is more than just a song."
Columbia RecordsSuch is the scruinty of Taylor Swift's personal life that her boyfriend's new single will no doubt be picked apart by fans wondering if it's about her.
Taylor's sweetie, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna have teamed up for their first collaboration in five years: "This Is What You Came For." It's now available to download and stream. The two previously worked together on the 2011 worldwide smash "We Found Love."
“Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody’s watching her/But she’s looking at you,” Rihanna sings on the pop/EDM track.
Calvin and Rihanna performed "We Found Love" together onstage at Coachella earlier this month, where he was the first DJ ever to be billed as a premier headliner at the festival. As previously reported, Taylor dropped hints a week ago at Coachella about the new collab when she posted a photo of herself on Instagram sporting a jacket emblazoned with the single’s lightning bolt artwork.
It's not clear if this single is a one-off, or the lead track for a future album. Calvin's last disc, Motion, came out in 2014. Last summer, he released the hit single "How Deep Is Your Love."
Calvin currently has a residency at Las Vegas' OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace; he plays Friday nights on select dates through the rest of the year.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCIggyAzalea dropped by Late Night on Thursday to plug her upcoming second studio album, Digital Distortion, and also helped host Seth Meyers out with one of his recurring sketches in which he explains the newest teen slang.
The sketch features Meyers explaining the "hot new slang the kids are using." For Thursday's bit, he gave the definitions for supposedly new slang words and phrases and brought the 25-year-old Australian rapper to give examples of how they're used in conversation.
The new slang terms included: "Whilefi" -- the socially sensible amount of time you need to be at someone's party before asking for the wi-fi password.
Azaleas example: "This party sucks because I have to talk to people, but soon, I'll be all up in Safari. Hashtag Whilefi."
Another of Meyers' teen slang words: "Broachella," which he defines as "a concert mostly attended by middle-aged ladies."
Iggy's example: "My mom and Auntie Cathy are dragging me to a Celine Dion concert this weekend. Hashtag "Broachella."
Other slang terms included, "Kasich" -- "A guy who has no chance, but keeps trying anyway," and "WhoDatWhoDat" -- "What your mom says when you're watching a movie with her."
Later, Azalea sat down for an interview with Meyers and discussed about several things, including a tattoo on her foot that she hid from her mother when they were on the beach by wearing socks.
She also talked about her new album, which, unlike the first, won't include any guest appearances by other artists. "I did have kind of like a crazy year. Last year was a big year for me in my life," the "Fancy" rapper explains. "And so, I wanted to think about it in some way, still a way that was fine and people could enjoy. But I felt like it was really important for me to be the one delivering that message."
Azalea also performed "Team," the first single from Digital Distortion, set to come out in June.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMaroon5 frontman Adam Levine, who also serves as a coach on The Voice, dropped by The Tonight Show on Thursday and discussed a number of things with host Jimmy Fallon, including his pregnant wife's strange cravings.
Levine tells Fallon that model Behati Prinsloo, 26, who is pregnant with the couple's first child -- a daughter -- has one food in particular that she just can't live without lately.
"She's eating a lot of watermelon -- a lot of watermelon," says the 37-year-old singer. "You know, 'cause you get random cravings for stuff and there's just like so much watermelon."
"That's not bad," notes Fallon, explaining, "You'd think it would be like ice cream or all that stuff."
"She eats that too," replies Levine.
Some of the other subjects Adam and Jimmy discussed include his earliest musical influence: the 1980s metal band Motley Crüe.
"I was 10, Dr. Feelgood came out...and it was kind of an inappropriate record to like when you're 10," he recalls. "I had a karaoke machine...so I'd play the first side of Dr. Feelgood...and I had this really crappy drum set...and every day I came home from school...and play all of side one of Dr. Feelgood and just beat the crap out of the drums all day."
Levine also talked about his fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton, who, like Adam has, "been on the show forever."
When Fallon asked if the two might team up for a duet, Adam replied, "No," before joking, "I don't like him at all."
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Demi Lovato performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards; Cliff Lipson/CBSDemiLovato and Nick Jonas are gearing up for their Future Now Tour kicking off in June, and they tuned up for the trek by joining Late Late Show host James Corden for an upcoming installment of "Carpool Karaoke."
"What are you up to? We were just filming a new #CarpoolKaraokewith a couple friends," Corden announced on The Late Late Show's Instagram page on Thursday, along with a photo of the trio following their trip around Los Angeles.
An airdate for the segment has yet to be announced, but Corden also filmed a "Carpool Karaoke" with Selena Gomez a few weeks ago that's set to air in June, so look for Demi and Nick's piece to air sometime during the summer.
The Future Now Tour will kick off in Sunrise, Florida, June 24 and make over 40 stops in the United States and Canada, before wrapping up in Los Angeles September 17.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAuthorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.
Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.
The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.
The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.
The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.
The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.
Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.
ABC/Randy HolmesTori Kelly is currently out on a headlining tour of the U.S. -- tonight she plays the second of two evenings at New York City's Beacon Theatre. While visiting great cities like New York is definitely one exciting thing about being on tour, Tori says her favorite part of being on the road is the part where she's unconscious.
"I actually really like sleeping on the bus!" she laughs. "I’ve talked to different artists. Some people just hate it, they can’t fall asleep. But I absolutely love it. I think some of the best sleep I’ve ever gotten was in those bunks, even though they’re really tiny."
In fact, criss-crossing the country on a tour bus with her band is Tori's idea of a fantastic time.
"The bus life is so fun to me." she tells ABC Radio. "It’s like, you’re with a bunch of really close friends and it feels like family at the end of the tour. And we just get so close, literally, ‘cause you’re living so close. And it’s just fun. It feels like a big giant road trip."
While some artists go nuts when it comes to their tour riders -- the list of backstage demands for food, drinks and all kinds of nutty stuff -- Tori says her needs are pretty simple.
"I’m, like, a water snob," she laughs. "So when I get water it has to have, like, the little sport cap on it. So it’s like, the Smart Water with the sport cap...I guess that’s like the weirdest thing I can think of on [my rider]."
While Tori is on tour, a new single with her name on it is being released today. Twenty-five years ago this month, Amy Grant became the first ever Christian pop artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with her song "Baby Baby." Amy's now marking the milestone by releasing a remix of the song featuring vocals from Tori, who wasn't even born when the song first came out.
"I definitely wanted to stay true to the melody and, you know, how the original was made," Tori explains. "But it wasn’t hard to stick to it ‘cause it made me realize just what a great song it always was, and it just felt so classic and timeless."
Amy and Tori are on the same record label, and Amy says that Tori has what it takes to be a big star. She should know: she has six Grammys.
Tori's tour will wrap up May 21 at the Greek Theatre in L.A.
Whitney HoustonOscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald is set to direct a theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston.
The feature, which is the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, is said to be a complete story of Whitney's life from the point of view of those who knew her best.
The film, which will be produced by Oscar winner Simon Chinn, will include an interview with Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited for bringing Houston to super stardom.
In an interview with Variety, Macdonald explains how the documentary will highlight the singer like never before:
“The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years. She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.”
Macdonald adds, "I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget."
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris is hoping lightning strikes twice with Rihanna. The DJ-producer released a snippet of his new tune with the singer, “This Is What You Came For,” today on Twitter.
“Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody’s watching her/But she’s looking at you,” Rihanna sings on the track, which officially drops tomorrow.
It’s not the first time the two artists have teamed up. They scored a hit in 2011 with “We Found Love.”
Calvin announced their new collab on Wednesday, but his girlfriend Taylor Swift was dropping hints about it at Coachella a week ago. She posted a photo of herself on Instagram sporting a jacket emblazoned with the single’s lightning bolt artwork.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for amfARKaty Perry will be the headlining performer at the 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS amfAR event next month, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
The May 19 event will take place during the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 11 through the 22. Also attending the gala are amfAR global campaign chairs Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Heidi Klum, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Cinema Against AIDS raises money for AIDS research and has collected more than $170 million over the years.
Rockabye Baby MusicReady to soothe your baby with the sounds of Adele? Lullaby Renditions of Adele, the latest entry in the Rockabye Baby! children's music series, is now available to stream on Entertainment Weekly ahead of its release tomorrow.
As previously announced, the album features baby-friendly instrumental versions of Adele’s biggest hits including "Rolling in the Deep," "Hello" and "Someone Like You."
“When we started Rockabye Baby ten years ago, we produced only lullaby renditions of our favorite rock bands,” Lisa Roth, the founder of the album series, tells EW. “…But every genre has its rock stars, and I think it’s fair to say that Adele is a rock star of the highest order. I dare say there are a bazillion fans who would agree. This was a particularly fun one to produce and we’re excited to share it.”
Here is the track list:
"Hello" "Someone Like You" "Rolling in the Deep" "Set Fire to the Rain" "Rumour Has It" "Hometown Glory" "Skyfall" "Million Years Ago" "Turning Tables" "Chasing Pavements" "Make You Feel My Love" "When We Were Young"
ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons has premiered their new song "Not Today," which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Me Before You. You can listen to the acoustic-based, string-laden track now on Vevo.
With lyrics like "It's gotta get easier and easier somehow, but not today," the song seems to reflect the plot of Me Before You, which stars as Games of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.
The soundtrack for Me Before You, which also includes songs by Ed Sheeran and X Ambassadors, will be released June 3, the same day the film hits theaters.