ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAs if we had any doubt that Taylor Swift is raking in some serious dough, Billboard has named her the Top Money-Maker of 2015.
The singer earned $73.5 million in total revenue last year, mostly thanks to her massively successful 1989 world tour. She took in $61.7 million from touring, $7.2 million in sales, $4.1 million in publishing and $560,000 in streaming revenue. Her publishing revenue received a significant boost from the royalties she received from Ryan Adams’ 1989 cover album.
Also making the top 10 on Billboard’s list are Billy Joel at number four, One Direction at number five, Adele at number nine and Maroon 5 at number 10. Adele is the top-selling act of 2015 with $16.3 million in sales. She’s also the only artist on the list who didn’t tour last year.
BillboardThe ladies of Fifth Harmony recently became the first girl group in eight years to score a top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. But for all of their success, the group gets candid in a new Billboardcover story about the low points of fame.
"They sell you this present of rainbows and butterflies, and as a 16-year-old that's what I bought,” says Lauren Jauregui. “It's why I did X Factor and why I ended up in a group. But then you're working so hard, so young.”
That hard work can take its toll. Camila Cabello admits she suffered from terrible anxiety and Ally Brooke Hernandez says she went through "awful mental health situations," while others members have dealt with loss while on the road.
"I love touring, but the schedule traumatized me," says Dinah Jane Hansen. "I was like, 'What kind of job are we doing?' I watched my great-grandmother be buried on FaceTime. We're all so family-oriented, and we've all lost people on the road."
Normani Kordei has mourned three people in the past four months, including a friend of hers who was murdered. Not only have the girls lost people close to them, they say it’s also easy to lose their identities. Lauren gets emotional when talking about recently rekindling an old friendship and being reminded "of all the parts of me that had left” -- like the fact that she loves to paint, write and be outside.
Things aren’t all depressing, though. With their upcoming sophomore album, 7/27, Dinah says they “finally have a damn voice.” "We feel like actual artists,” she adds. “We were little babies in the beginning. Now we're becoming big girls."
Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalJustin Timberlake is teasing fans with a snippet of a new song, "Can't Stop the Feeling."
He tweeted a brief video clip of the upbeat dance tune with the caption "9 PM PT," which is when he'll release it. The video clip is crammed with guest stars, among them Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Gwen Stefani. Justin's Twitter feed is full of retweets from radio stations who promise they'll be playing the song tomorrow.
The song apparently comes from the soundtrack to the animated movie Trolls, in which Justin plays Branch, a grumpy-looking grey-blue troll, who goes on an adventure with Princess Poppy, a bright pink troll voiced by Anna Kendrick.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj may have helped Demi Lovato's decision to avoid future Met Galas. It seems like Queens rapper shaded the pop star by neglecting to tag her in an Instagram post.
The "Anaconda" star shared an image from Monday's Met Gala red carpet featuring Demi and their escort for the night, Jeremy Scott, but interestingly only tagged the Moschino designer, apparently snubbing the "Stone Cold" singer.
The obvious shade did not go unnoticed by Lovato, who went on Snapchat to post an altered frowny face photo with the caption: "When you aren't mentioned in a post but didn't do s*** to the person..."
Soon after her post, Lovato proceeded to add a photo on Instagram in which it appears that Minaj is giving Lovato the side eye.
The singer captions the photo saying, "This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met #cool #sof*******awkward #notforme #sweatpants #forensicfiles #whatsgood." The #whatsgood hastag referencing the time Nicki Minaj infamously called out Miley Cyrus live at the MTV Video Music Awards.
She adds, "p.s. some of y'all need to learn how to take a joke.. I'm obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life."
Photo by Francois Nel/Getty ImagesA day after reports proclaimed Janet Jackson is pregnant with her first child, the singer has released the video for her appropriately titled new single, “Dammn Baby.”
In classic Janet fashion, the black-and-white clip is heavy on the dance moves. Janet and her backup dancers are the focal point as they perform a choreographed routine against a plain backdrop. Janet also gets the chance to bust some moves on her own during the bridge of the sultry tune.
“Dammn Baby” is featured on Janet’s 2015 album Unbreakable. Last month she postponed the rest of her Unbreakable world tour, saying that she was “planning her family” with husband Wissam Al Mana. She has yet to confirm the pregnancy.
Tom SchirmacherMeghan Trainor has another new tune to share with us. She released “Me Too” as an instant grat track when you pre-order her upcoming second album, Thank You.
The song -- yet another self-confident anthem -- will serve as Meghan’s follow-up single to “No.”
“I thank God every day/That I woke up feeling this way/And I can’t help loving myself/And I don’t need nobody else,” she sings over an infectious beat. She then brazenly proclaims, “If I was you, I would wanna be me too.”
Meghan also has released the songs "Better," "Mom," "I Love Me" and "Watch Me Do" from Thank You, which comes out May 13.
ABC/Rick RowellInstagram apparently loves a good Jelena throwback. Justin Bieber’s nostalgic pic of his younger self kissing ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez is now officially the most-liked photo on Instagram.
The photo, which Justin posted six weeks ago, has racked up more than 3.58 million likes. It surpassed a picture from the previous record holder -- Kendall Jenner -- whose heart-shaped hair photo currently has 3.57 million likes.
Courtesy of Republic RecordsJordan Smith is embarking on his first headlining North American tour this summer. The Voice season nine champ announced dates for the Something Beautiful tour, set to launch May 31 in San Francisco.
He’ll hit cities including New York, Los Angeles and Boston, before finishing up at Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 19. Tickets go on sale May 6 -- the same day Jordan is scheduled to perform the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby.
The singer has also released a video of his live performance of Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” filmed at the YouTube Performance Space in Los Angeles.
Here are his summer tour dates:
5/31 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel 6/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Lyric Theatre 6/4 -- Houston, TX, Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center 6/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 6/7 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom 6/8 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Live 6/11 -- Boston, MA, Red Room @ Café 939 6/12 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 6/14 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 6/16 -- Lexington, KY, The Lyric Theatre 6/18 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 6/19 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
Crush MusicA while back, Train announced they'd recorded one of their favorite albums -- the rock classic Led Zeppelin II -- in its entirety, and they'd be performing it in June at the Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter Mountain, NY. Now a lot more people will be able to hear it, and see them play it live.
The band will release their recording of Led Zeppelin II June 3, with all of the proceeds going to their favorite charity, San Francisco's Family House. You can pre-order it now on iTunes and Amazon and get a download of "What Is and What Should Never Be" instantly. Vinyl copies -- the first 100 of which will be signed -- will be available in the band's Web store. You can also stream the songs on a variety of platforms now, just in case you need convincing that Train can actually pull this off.
In addition, Train has announced a brief club tour during which they'll perform the album live, starting in New York City June 1. They'll also perform in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. Tickets go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m. local time. On June 10, the band will play a Zeppelin tune on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
In a statement, frontman Pat Monahan said, "I’ve been singing Zeppelin songs in every band I’ve been in since I was a young kid, Train included. It only made sense to record a Zeppelin album for all of you...When we perform Zeppelin songs it brings people a different perspective of our band and brings us closer to people because their work is a common love for so many."
He adds, "We’re just fans of the greatest rock band ever. We work really hard to be the best band we can be and playing Zeppelin's music gives us a great feeling of accomplishment."
Here are the tour dates:
6/1 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 6/2 -- Hunter Mountain, NY, Mountain Jam Festival (tickets already on sale) 6/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour 6/8 -- Seattle, WA, Neumos 6/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American
Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers via Getty ImagesIn the lead-up to Mother's Day, Britney Spears has written a stirring tribute to her two sons, Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9.
"You are my masterpieces," the pop star writes to her boys in a letter posted on TIME magazine's website. "From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core."
Britney says she prays her sons find their dreams and understand the true meaning behind following their inner voices.
"Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible," she continues. "I pray dreaming awakens your soul to limitless possibilities. I hope the most precious mysteries of life stay with you always and you are never ashamed of how bright your light truly is."
Telling her sons that God is always with them, she concludes, "I pray you laugh, love and soar through your journey of life."
Sean Preston and Jayden James are Britney's two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.comMadonna's butt- and breast-baring Givenchy dress she wore at Monday's Met Gala in New York City didn't go over well with critics, and the Material Girl fired back on Wednesday, explaining that the outfit wasn't just a fashion statement, but also a political statement in support of gender equality.
"We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages," Madonna began a lengthy Instagram post. "My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement."
The 57-year-old singer, known for her risqué fashion statements, continues, "The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road leas traveled by. Thats how we change history."
"If you have a problem with the way I dress," concludes Madonna, "it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me?? As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality!"
Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci also defended Madge's red carpet outfit on Wednesday, in an Instagram post that declared, "BEST RED CARPET EVER NOT ONLY WITH M THE ICON, BUT ALSO M THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HUMAN AND FRIEND."
When another follower wanted to know if we could get a preview of the new song a little early, he didn't make any promises, but didn't rule out the possibility either, replying with a thinking emoji.
In March, Timberlake, 35, teased fans with an Instagram photo with members of the country group Little Big Town. "NBD…Just writing with @LittleBigTown," he captioned the photo. "This band is the truth!! So good!!!!"
That same month, J.T. posted a snapshot of himself in the studio with singer, rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams.
In the meantime, Justin will voice a character and write and perform original songs for the upcoming animated comedy Trolls, set to hit theaters in November.
Neil Lupin/RedfernFederal authorities are now investigating Prince's death.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office told ABC News in a statement Wednesday that the organization, along with the DEA, will work in conjunction with the local sheriff's office to investigate the singer's death.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion," the statement read. "While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”
Local authorities told ABC News that the feds' involvement is largely due to the fact that they need to be able to investigate what happened involving Prince in other states. Of particular interest: the emergency landing his plane made in Illinois the week before his death.
Late last month, the music legend was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. That morning, Prince was scheduled to meet with Andrew Kornfeld, the son of opioid addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld, according to the Kornfelds' lawyer, Bill Mauzy. Mauzy added that Dr. Kornfeld had been contacted by Prince's reps to discuss how to help the singer, who may have struggled with prescription drug addiction.
ABC News has confirmed that authorities are looking into the possibility that the singer died of an overdose. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. ABC affiliate KSTP-TV reports the painkiller Percocet was found in Prince's system.
According to his longtime friend, bassist Larry Graham, Prince, who did not discuss his health openly, seemed "pretty normal" before his death.
Darren Michaels/CBSGwen Stefani was James Corden's latest passenger on Wednesday night's edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on The Late Late Show, and they got a little help from surprise guests George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
The segment began with Stefani and Corden singing "Don't Speak" -- the 1995 hit she recorded with the band No Doubt. That was followed by her solo hits "The Sweet Escape," "Rich Girl," and her more recent single "Used to Love You," from her latest album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Corden and Stefani then took a break from the music to discuss how she maintains her youthful appearance, which she attributes to falling in love with country singer Blake Shelton. "That's what the facelift is, I think," she guesses.
The 46-year-old singer also talked about her fondness for emojis, and Corden had her play a game with him where he named several emojis and she had to act them out.
Midway through the segment, they supposedly found themselves in a carpool lane in need of a couple of extra passengers. That's when Ocean's trilogy co-stars Clooney and Roberts -- who reunite in the upcoming film Money Monster -- showed up.
After the foursome sang Stefani's 2006 hit "Hollaback Girl," Clooney offered his explanation of what the song was about. Gwen said he was "pretty close," but didn't elaborate, explaining that she didn't want to "project" what she thought on him. "It would help to know what you thought," replied Clooney.
"The real inspiration for the song I would never say," continued Stefani. "All I'll say is I won."
The group also traded notes as to what their favorite movie lines were -- with Corden choosing Roberts' "I'm just a girl" speech to Hugh Grant in Notting Hill.
"Now I'm not sure I want you to drive," Clooney quipped in mock disgust.
The karaoke session ended with the group singing a cover of the Queen classic, "We Are the Champions."
Alasdair McLellanHer current album is called 25, but Adele turns 28 today. The singer has a day off from her in-progress world tour to celebrate, so she'll have plenty of time to reflect on all that she's accomplished since her album 21 made her a global superstar.
It's hard to believe that just five years ago, we barely knew Adele, born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in London in 1988. The release of "Rolling in the Deep" and its parent album 21 changed all that. Now, the down-to-earth singer has an incredible 10 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award on her trophy shelf at home, not to mention worldwide sales of more than 100 million records.
Though she's had her career lows -- like when she had to call off her first major U.S. tour because she had to have throat surgery -- it's mostly been highs for Adele. Unlike many massive stars, she's managed to keep her private life mostly private, and is rarely seen in public with her partner Simon and their son Angelo. Not only that, but Adele has single-handedly disproved the notion that you've got to look like a Barbie doll to be a female pop star in this day and age.
Adele also was recently named Britain's richest female singer -- she's said to be worth $123 million.
When the singer returned late last year with her third album, 25, expectations were impossibly high, but she smashed them all, coming out of the gate with "Hello," a #1 single and record-breaking video that turned into a cultural phenomenon. 25 was the best-selling album in the entire world for 2015: impressive, considering it was only out for the last six weeks of the year.
So what's the secret of Adele's success? Several years back, she told ABC Radio that it's the fact that everyone can relate to her music.
"I don't think there's one person on earth that hasn't had their heart broken," she explained, noting that fans often tell her things like, "It made me feel like I wasn't alone when I listened to your record."
"I think that's why they kinda connect with me, 'cause I am so honest about it, and I write my own songs," she added. "I haven't got someone else writing about their problems and then me singing their songs. I've made a lot of mistakes in my relationships and I think a lot of time, people that are in the public eye don't admit to that."
Adele's 25 tour began in Europe on February 29, and has so far received rave reviews, not just for her incredible voice, but for her hilarious and sometimes profane onstage persona. The North American portion of the tour starts July 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Chan AndreEver since she broke through with her own single, "Hide Away," and her Chainsmokers collabo "Don't Let Me Down," Daya has gotten to do some pretty impressive stuff, but she says what happened to her last month left her "speechless" and crying happy tears "for hours."
"I think the best thing that’s happened in the past year, and there have been so many cool moments, but the best was probably performing on the White House lawn a couple of weekends ago for Easter," the 17-year-old singer tells ABC Radio.
Calling the experience "so surreal," Daya says, "I got to meet the president [and] the first lady and they were just so casual but so gracious -- just the best people ever. And they were asking me questions and I was like, 'Uh, uh…' ...like, speechless!"
Daya says she was speechless because, "it's like, what do you even say to the president? Like, 'You're awesome, thank you for your work?'"
"And then Michelle [Obama] was wearing this really cool outfit," she gushes. "So I was like, 'Michelle'...." She laughs. "I didn’t say 'Michelle' -- I was like, 'You look amazing.' And so then she was like, 'You do too!' And then, of course I, like, cried about that for hours!"
Daya has even more cool things coming up this summer: she's appearing at a number of music festivals around the country, and her new single "Sit Still Look Pretty" has just started its rise on the chart.
Jamie NelsonWe’ll get our first to chance to hear Gwen Stefani duet with her man, Blake Shelton, next week on The Voice. The two will be performing the song they wrote together, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
It’s only fitting they should debut their collaboration on the hit NBC show, since that’s where they met. Gwen first announced their song collab on Twitter last month, when she posted a photo of the track list for Blake’s upcoming new album, If I’m Honest.
“This is one of my favorite songs I've ever written or recorded,” Blake says in a statement. “It came from a time and place when Gwen and I were beginning our journey together and both experiencing a hard time letting our guards down with each other. The song couldn’t possibly be more honest. I'm honored to have written and performed this song with the great Gwen Stefani. Respect.”
You can check out Gwen and Blake’s performance on The Voice Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Tonight, Gwen appears on “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
ABC/Randy HolmesYes, Woody Allen has seen Hannah Montana. The famed film director tells The Hollywood Reporter that before he cast Miley Cyrus in his new Amazon TV series, he first noticed her talent while watching the Disney channel show with his kids.
“I noticed years ago that my kids would be watching Hannah Montana,” he says. “And I would say: ‘Who is that girl? She's got such a good delivery. You know, she snaps those lines off so well. The show is a silly little show, but she's very good at what she does.’”
Then, years later, someone showed him a clip of her appearance on Saturday Night Live and it confirmed what he thought about her. So he met with her for the role in the as-yet-untitled domestic comedy, which takes place in 1960s.
“She wanted to take some time off, but she [agreed to do the series] because the role interested her,” Woody says.
He confirms the show is six half-hour episodes and it will end after one season.
Photo by Johnny Nunez/BET/Getty Images for BETJanet Jackson may have reason to celebrate this Mother's Day. According to numerousreports, the 49-year-old singer is pregnant with her first child.
The news comes after Janet postponed her tour last month, explaining that she was planning to start a family with husband Wissam Al Mana.
“We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,” Janet said in a video posted to Twitter April 6. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”
She added, “Please, if you could try and understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can."
Janet -- who turns 50 on May 16 -- and Wissam have been married since 2012. It’s the singer’s third marriage. She has yet to confirm the pregnancy.
Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagicCalvin Harris didn’t attend the Met Gala with Taylor Swift Monday night, but she managed to find herself another dance partner for the evening. The singer was caught on video busting a move with British actor Tom Hiddleston.
The two shook their hips to rapper T.I.’s 2004 hit “Bring Em Out,” then Tom twirled Taylor to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” Don’t worry, Calvin -- the dance moves were innocent, though if you've seen any of the many videos of him on YouTube, you know Hiddleston's a hell of a dancer.
Taylor was the co-chair of the glamorous fashion event, and wore a silver Louis Vuitton mini-dress to fit the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme.
But after the party, it was all about comfy onesies. Taylor Instagrammed a pic of her and the Haim sisters enjoying pizza in their PJs following the event.