Def JamJustin Bieber enlisted dozens of stars to help him count down to his new song "What Do You Mean," from Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly and Miley Cyrus, to Britney Spears, Will Ferrell and Martha Stewart. Now, the song has finally arrived.
Justin will perform the song this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time. It's slightly similar to "Where Are U Now," his collaboration with Jack U, but not as electronic sounding. It's somewhat mellow and hypnotic, with Justin singing, "What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?"
E! reports that the black and white lyric video features Justin skateboarding with professional skaters Ryan Sheckler and Chelsea Castro, who pull off some impressive tricks.
In a statement, Justin says, ""It's been an amazing journey to write, record and deliver this record to my fans. I'm so glad people have participated in it, and I hope they are receptive to it and love it as much as I do. This is only the first step in the journey for me. This album is so personal to me, there's so much of my heart and soul in it, and I can't wait to bring my fans along for the ride."
Justin will perform "What Do You Mean" this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time publicly. He'll be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, and take over NBC's Today show for a week starting September 7.
Justin's next album, due November 13, will be his first since 2013's Journals and 2012's Believe.
Dine Alone RecordsAfter giving us a taste of her new music with an EP released last month, Vanessa Carlton has now revealed the release date for her full-length album. Liberman comes out October 23.
The singer also teased another song off the album, the piano-driven “Willows.” She's released the song’s lyric video as well, telling USA Todaythe tune was inspired by her childhood home on a Pennsylvania hillside, surrounded by willow trees. “When you’re a little kid, they’re just magic, those trees,” she says.
Vanessa combined that childlike wonder with the adult realization that the trees were part of the life her parents had created for their family -- something she thought about often as she started a life with husband John McCauley.
"Willows," she says, "was me going through the steps of what type of thing we wanted to start with each other, what we wanted to set up.”
Here is the complete track list for Liberman:
"Take It Easy" "Willows" "House of Seven Words" "Operator" "Blue Pool" "Nothing Where Something Used to Be" "Matter of Time" "Unlock the Lock" "River" "Ascension"
ABC/Heidi GutmanJason Derulo is set to take the stage at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row. The fashion, dance and music event will close out New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, September 17.
Jason joins previously announced performer Nate Ruess. In addition to their performances, the event will feature special runway presentations of designs from Heidi by Heidi Klum Intimates, Jessica Simpson, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
Tickets for the event are priced at $55 and $80, and currently are on sale. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation.
If you can’t be there in person, the show will air Wednesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET on E!
Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsCould it be true? Will we get a new Adele album before the year is over? According to Billboard, the singer’s record label is planning for a November release. That means in just a matter of months, we could be hearing Adele’s first collection of new music since 2011’s Grammy-winning blockbuster 21.
Adele and her team largely have stayed silent on any details regarding the album, but information about possible collaborators has been leaking out slowly. Among those she’s reportedly worked with are former Gnarls Barkley member Danger Mouse; OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Rumour Has It” on her last album; Swedish pop master Max Martin; 21 producer Paul Epworth; and producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin, who's worked with Pink and Kelly Clarkson, among others.
Billboard also reports that Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. wrote a track on the album, and it’s described as a potential standout.
Adele’s 21 has sold more than 11 million copies in the U.S. along and was the top-selling album of the year in both 2011 and 2012.
MTVTwo years after the twerk heard 'round the world, and a year after she won the top prize, Miley Cyrus returns to the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night as the host. Complaining that last year's show had "no energy," she tells The New York Times this year's installment will be "psychedelic and raw."
Miley says that the decision to have her host came from Van Toffler, one of the show's executive producers, who is leaving the company. As she tells the Times, "He's leaving, so he can’t get fired. He was like, 'I want to do something crazy -- I want you to host the VMAs, because I want that to be my last shebang.' It’s like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."
The singer insists that for her hosting gig, she wouldn't let the producers make jokes about her 2013 performance with Robin Thicke, which shocked the world at the time. Miley says she still can't see what the big deal was, either. "When you look at it now, it looks like I’m playing hopscotch," she tells the Times. " Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can’t believe that was a big deal. It wasn’t shocking at all."
So what is she planning to do? No jokes, and no actual monologue, she tells the paper, just "fun skits." "What I’m trying to do is create my Instagram -- which people love to think is so freaky -- in real life. It’s letting people into my world," says Miley.
Speaking about choosing Miley as host, Van Toffler tells ABC Radio, "She has a nice, fun history with the show, but she’s grown up since then."
MTV VMA Executive Producer Jesse Ignjatovic adds, "You know, [Miley] was the only person we talked about as possibly hosting. And then there was a meeting and we sort of went in and said, ' This is what the show is and how it’s looking and what we’d love you to do.' And she said, 'No, no, no. This is what I wanna do.' And we said, 'Yes!'”
Meanwhile, the show's three excecutive producers -- Toffler, Ignajotovic and Garrett English -- say they're excited about The Weeknd's performance of "Can't Feel My Face," Justin Bieber's return to the stage with his new single "What Do You Mean," Kanye West receiving the Video Vanguard Award and the show's opening and closing moments, which are, according to them, must-sees. But what we're all really tuning in for are, of course, those unpredictable moments, like the Madonna/Britney/Christina kiss.
"There’s always mayhem...we particularly like to put the combustible elements in one room together and then stand back, ‘cause that’s what makes a show really special," says Toffler. "People feel the stage is special when they go up there to perform...they’re mindful of the heritage of the prior performances in the show and...they feel like, 'I wanna create a moment.'"
"It's gonna be a wild and crazy night," agrees English. "There are gonna be moments that will be resonating for days to come, I'm sure."
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCHere's proof Nicki Minaj no longer holds a grudge against the MTV Video Music Awards: she's opening the 2015 edition of the show this Sunday night.
Nicki let the cat out of the bag on Thursday, when she posted on her Instagram a photo of a sonogram of a Moonman statue. The picture no longer appears on her page, but MTV later confirmed the news.
You may recall, after this year's nominees were announced, Nicki complained her hit "Anaconda" was excluded from the Video of the Year category, and that her collaboration with Beyoncé, "Feeling Myself," was snubbed entirely. She tweeted, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."
Taylor Swift took the comments personally, chimed in on Twitter, and it led to a tense yet brief exchange that ended when Taylor apologized.
It'll be interesting to see if Nicki crosses paths at Sunday's VMAs with host Miley Cyrus, who touched upon the spat in an interview with The New York Times. She said of Nicki, "If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.
"And it’s not anger like, 'Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue,'" Miley continued. "You made it about you. Not to sound like a b****, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'"
Miley further argued, "You don’t have to start this pop-star-against-pop-star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about."
ABC/Fred LeeFollowing reports last weekend that One Direction will be taking an extended break next year, their mentor, Simon Cowell, insists he's leaving the group's future up to them.
Speaking at the launch of the 12th season of Britain's X Factor on Wednesday, the show's creator and judge vowed he won't put pressure on 1D to reunite after their hiatus, explaining the group, which formed on the show five years ago, deserves a year off, according to the Daily Mail.
Cowell admitted that he'd "known for a while that they were going to take this year off," explaining, "They had to because of their workload."
After learning of the band's decision, Simon noted, "I did what I've always done with the guys and said, 'You make your own decisions and I hope you stay together, but you've got to want to do it yourself.'"
"They're smart guys, they'll work it out," added Cowell.
Of course, Simon would love for the band to come back after the break, but only if it's really what they want. Cowell says he told the guys, "This is an opportunity, you won it," adding, "I've always had that attitude with them. They're nice guys and they're loyal so it'll be fine."
On Sunday it was revealed One Direction -- comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- had decided to take at least a year off to focus on solo projects and will not tour behind their upcoming fifth album. The following day, Horan took to Twitter to assure fans they were "not splitting up."
ABC/Lou RoccoBen Affleck scored major dad points this week. The actor reportedly took his two daughters -- Violet, age 9, and Seraphina, age 6 -- to Taylor Swift’s fifth and final concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night. They even got to meet the singer backstage.
"They all had a great time," a source tells E! News. "This was something they really wanted to do."
The insider adds that "the girls had been begging to go," and Ben “was so excited for them." They were all apparently “ecstatic” to meet Taylor, too.
That night, Ben and his daughters got to witness Taylor bring Lisa Kudrow to the stage to sing a duet of her Friends classic “Smelly Cat.” Taylor also sang with Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. The source says the father-daughter night was "made even better by JT's appearance.” If you’ll remember, Ben and Justin co-starred in 2013’s Runner Runner.
In addition to Ben and his girls, other famous faces were spotted in the crowd Wednesday including Reese Witherspoon, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose and Taylor’s beau Calvin Harris.
Back in June, Ben and wife Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They also have a three-year-old son, Samuel.
Louie Banks/InterscopeThings have been going pretty well for Ellie Goulding. She scored a number-one hit this year with “Love Me Like You Do,” she’s in a solid relationship with bassist Dougie Poysner and she a bona-fide member of Taylor Swift’s squad. But if you think her new album is going to be filled only with happy songs, you’d be mistaken.
"I'm still the emotional wreck I've always been," Ellie tells Billboard. "I get obsessed with the idea that people sabotage things that are already perfect."
She says initially she intended to write songs “about the world,” but her old sensibilities crept back in. "I resigned myself to the fact that I can't help writing love songs," she says. "It's the one thing everyone wants. What else would I write about?"
While the album will retain elements of the Ellie we’ve come to know and love, it’ll also have a brand new sound. She teamed up with producers Max Martin and Greg Kurstin to explore that new direction.
"I call it 'sub-Ibiza,' where it's a kind of rave but it's a euphoric, ethereal kind of thing," Ellie says. "I laugh at myself when I say stuff like that because it's like, 'Really?' But when you hear the album, it makes sense."
The album, Ellie’s third, will be released later this year.
Monty Brinton/CBSLady Gaga’s music might be taking a creepier turn. The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that her experience playing a bloodthirsty hotel owner on American Horror Story: Hotel will influence her new music.
“Yes it will,” she says. “It will inform me from this day forward, everyday more and more.”
But she’s not trying to combine her music and acting careers just yet. Right now her acting gig is getting all of her attention.
“This is my focus right now,” Gaga says. “I don’t view this as a side thing that I’m doing in between other things. Cramming things in just to be everywhere all the time is really not what I like. It’s not what makes me happy. So it was planned out for me to do one project at a time and give my full attention to each so I can enjoy myself.”
She adds, “If I were to saunter in here and not show true value to the work that’s already been done, that would be a massive mistake because these actors have been working for years. They’re extremely talented. I walked in on my first day and I was like, ‘I am going to give all of myself.’”
Gaga says she’s grateful show creator Ryan Murphy took a chance on her.
“Pop culture puts us in our own lanes doesn’t it?” she says. “They say, ‘Oh these are the music people and these are the television people and these are the movie people.’ I believe that Ryan also has an ability to affect pop culture as a whole. But then he’s going to affect the music world now because he’s believing in me as an actress.”
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX on October 7.
PRNewsFoto/Hilarity for CharityMiley Cyrus is teaming up with Seth Rogen for a charitable cause. The singer will headline Hilarity for Charity’s Fourth Annual Variety Show, an event founded by Seth and his wife Lauren Miller to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation.
The event -- this year's theme is James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah -- will be held Saturday, October 17 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Miley's scheduled to perform several songs throughout the evening.
This won’t be the first time Miley and Seth have worked together. Seth and his writing partner Evan Goldberg collaborated with Miley for her hosting gig at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, set to air this Sunday. Miley will also appear in Seth’s film, The Night Before, out November 25.
Seth and Lauren, whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, established the Hilarity for Charity Fund in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association. The fund raises money to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide and fund cutting-edge research.
Syco/Epic RecordsFifth Harmony is already getting us into the Halloween spirit. The ladies explore a haunted hotel in the video for “I’m in Love with a Monster,” their song from the Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack.
In between clips from the animated film, the girls dress up in vintage garb and slink through the halls of the creepy, old-fashioned building. As they sing about an unconventional romance, they flirt with some frightening characters along the way.
Fifth Harmony premiered the video on a Sony billboard in New York City’s Times Square Thursday, and it simultaneously debuted on Vevo.
ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore & Ryan Lewis have released the video for their new, moped-loving single, “Downtown.” The visual for the fun-loving tune has a lot going on -- from West Side Story-inspired dancing to 1970s fashions to a celebratory street parade.
The song features rap pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel. Eric Nally, of the rock band Foxy Shazam, sings the hook.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and the song's featured artists will perform "Downtown" for the first time at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday.
Hollywood / Island / SafehouseWe’ve got even more details about Demi Lovato’s new album, Confident. The singer revealed the album title, track list and cover art Wednesday -- but now we know its exact release date: October 16.
The album, which features Demi's current single, “Cool for the Summer” and an Iggy Azalea collab called “Kingdom Come,” marks Demi’s first album release through a creative partnership between Hollywood Records, Island Records and Safehouse Records. The latter is a label she created with Nick Jonas and their manager, Phil McIntyre.
Confident also features production from pop powerhouse Max Martin and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.
To celebrate the album’s upcoming release, Demi will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage Monday, August 31. As we already know, the night before, she’ll have debuted the first televised performance of “Cool for the Summer” at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Starting at midnight, you’ll be able to pre-order Confident and receive an instant download of “Cool for the Summer.” Additional instant grat tracks will be available before the album's released.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIs Ed Sheeran’s lion tattoo real or fake? We can barely keep track. Wednesday, the singer posted an Instagram photo seemingly suggesting that his controversial chest ink was just an elaborate prank. But hours later, he posted anotherphoto revealing his previous post was a lie.
So, yes, Ed really did get a massive lion tattooed on his chest.
The confusion began when Ed posted a photo displaying his tattoo-less bare chest along with the caption, “Was only joking about the lion.”
But that just didn’t seem plausible, being that Ed had passionately defended the tat against critics on Twitter and had even shouted out his tattoo artist.
Sure enough, he was just messing with us. In another photo, he showed that the ink was being covered by makeup. “Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn't I,” he writes.
Ed’s currently filming his role in the new FX drama, The Bastard Executioner.
Johannes HeljeTove Lo's hit "Talking Body" finds her singing about someone who has "a perfect one." But what does she think of the bodies of her fellow female pop stars? She refuses to judge them.
While speaking to the Windy City Times, Tove was asked who has a better body: Taylor Swift or Katy Perry? Of course, the two women are -- allegedly -- mortal enemies, so Tove wisely replied, "Oh, I'm not going to go there."
Then when asked to compare Nicki Minaj's body to Kim Kardashian's, Tove was very diplomatic.
"These are the royalties of bodies. Any woman that is comfortable in her body is rocking her body. That is what I am all about," she says. "I think Taylor Swift is beautiful, tall, and skinny. Katy Perry is beautiful too, with her amazing curves. I love Nikki's excellent [butt] and Kim's curves. They all have different bodies, and are beautiful in their own way."
PRNewsFoto/Global CitizenNot only are Ed Sheeran and Coldplay both performing at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival this year, they’re creating the merch too. Ed and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have designed T-shirts for the annual festival, which will be available September 3 in H&M retailers nationwide.
"I'm really excited to be a part of this exclusive line with H&M and Global Citizen to unite global citizens and get us a step closer to ending extreme poverty!" Ed says in a statement.
Ed’s T-shirt design is black with geometric shapes and red lettering, while Chris’ shirt is black with white designs. The shirts will run for $9.95 and 25-percent of sales will be donated to Global Citizen.
H&M is also inviting you to donate gently used clothes to earn points towards winning tickets to the festival. Donations at H&M locations will be open through September 17.
Admission to the Global Citizen Festival is free, although to score a ticket, you have to accumulate points by taking action to benefit the world's poor. You can then use those points to enter to win tickets. For ways to take action, visit GlobalCitizen.org.
The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will be held September 26 in New York City's Central Park. Chris Martin helped curate the festival’s lineup, which also includes Beyonce and Pearl Jam.
Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TASEven if you’re not a Friends fan, you’ve probably heard the song “Smelly Cat,” which actress Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe Buffay, wrote and performed on the show. Taylor Swiftis a Friends fan, and also a well-known cat lover -- which made it perfect for Kudrow to join Taylor onstage Wednesday night to perform a duet of “Smelly Cat” during Taylor’s final show at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles.
Taylor milked the moment during the introduction, saying “This singer, she’s only performed in coffeehouses before,” a reference to the Friends hangout, Central Perk, where Phoebe performed.
As you can imagine, the crowd loved it when Kudrow came out and duetted with Taylor, especially when Lisa/Phoebe stopped Taylor in mid-song to offer “pointers” on her performance.
“So @ taylorswift13 is THE best person I've ever met,” Kudrow tweeted after the show. “That was fun. Thanks Taylor.”
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteDemiLovato fans can feel confident that a new album is coming in two months.
The singer enlisted the help of celebrity pals on Wednesday to tweet the titles of songs from her new album, which is titled Confident and is due in October. Her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, plus Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and others took part.
Iggy is featured on one of the tracks, “Kingdom Come."
RCA RecordsMileyCyrus dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday to plug her upcoming gig as host of MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday. She also participated in a sketch called "I Witness News," in which she was disguised as an Australian television reporter named Janet who wanted to find out what people thought of the performer.
All but one of the people "Janet" spoke to failed recognize the controversial pop star, who donned a skirt and blazer, along with a wig and eyeglasses. The gentlemen who did spot her was treated to a quick peek under her costume.
Here's a sample of some of the comments:
- When told about the upcoming VMAs telecast and that Miley was hosting, a man named Carl replied, "That's cool, I guess, if you like her." When Cyrus asked if he liked her, Carl answered, "No, she's not one of my favorites," specifically, "Her style and her dad...I just don't like her whole family."
- "I like Taylor Swift better," declared another passerby.
- "I think she lost her mind in the Hollywood madness," noted a woman.
During her interview with Kimmel, the 22-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer said she was psyched about hosting the VMAs, noting, "I think I have little butterflies 'cause I'm excited and every day leading up to it has kind of been the best day ever."
"Usually getting ready for those kind of shows isn't as much fun," Miley continued, "but MTV has just been so awesome and they've pretty much let me do whatever I want, which is pretty crazy."
Cyrus, dressed in a skirt and matching cape covered with colored glass pieces -- and only heart-shaped pasties underneath -- also hinted at what she may, or may not. wear on the show. "I'm gonna say they make pasties for other parts also, so I can always just do that."
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday night at 9 pm Eastern time on MTV.