Carlos SerraoJohn Mayer may be a hugely famous pop star who's dated some of the world's most desirable women, but he's also a total guitar geek. In a new video for IGTV, Instagram's app for watching long-form vertical videos, he explains in excruciating detail how he recorded his latest single, "New Light." Along the way, he also reveals that he used a late, great superstar's guitar to do it.
During the video, John plays a part of the bridge of "New Light," and explains, "This guitar part right here is played on Prince's guitar. and I'm not making that up. It was an incredible day, because we were working on this part of the song -- which was definitely Prince-tastic -- and the guitar magically came across the table in the studio from a friend....it just appeared. For an hour."
"We didn’t know it was coming and we were working on this part of the song that needed this part. It was one of the strangest, most beautiful, serendipitous moments," John continues. "Prince’s guitar showed up. So we sort of got into the spirit of the way Prince would’ve done it."
"New Light" is a stand-alone single from John which was released back in May.
Kai Z. FengWith a little “work” and a little “magic,” Bruno Mars and Rihanna have both reached a major YouTube milestone this week.
Bruno’s video for “24K Magic” and Rihanna’s video for “Work” featuring Drake have both crossed one billion views. The "24K Magic" video debuted on October 6, 2016, while "Work" hit YouTube on February 22, 2016.
Bruno is now tied with Colombian singer Maluma for the second most videos in the Billion Views Clubs. Among his other billion-view clips: "Just the Way You Are" and "That's What I Like." Justin Bieber still holds the record for the most videos with a billion views, though.
With “Work,” Rihanna is now tied with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj for women with the most videos with a billion views. They each have four.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you thought Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” video was freaky, wait until you see her new short film.
The creepy film directed by Selena’s pal, Petra Collins, who also helmed the “Fetish video, is set to be released on Instagram’s new long-form video feature, IGTV.
You can watch excerpts of the project, titled A Love Story, on Collins’ Instagram Story now. The clips feature bizarre visuals like Selena with an eyeball in her mouth and Selena playing with a prosthetic face while reclining naked in a bathtub. There’s also a scene of her eating cake frosting off of her leg with a large knife.
It’s unclear when A Love Story will be streamed in full.
The singer has just released a song called "Sober," and introduced it on Twitter by writing, "My truth." The emotional ballad, sung in the present tense from the first-person perspective, finds Demi apologizing to everyone in her life for falling off the wagon.
However, it's not clear if she's actually describing something she's going through, or describing something that happened in the past.
She sings, "Mama, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore/And Daddy please forgive me for the drink spilled on the floor/to the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before/I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore."
Demi also sings that "it's only when I'm lonely" that this happens to her, and pointedly adds, "I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again/ I wanna be a role model but I'm only human."
The song ends with her singing, "I'm sorry that I'm here again/I promise I'll get help/It wasn't my intention/I'm sorry to myself."
ABC Radio has reached out to Demi's camp to find out more about what inspired this song.
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor got big plans for the rollout of her new album, Treat Myself, due August 31.
The pre-order for the disc, Meghan's third, goes live today, and she's just released another new track, "All the Ways." If you pre-order, you'll get an instant free download of that song, as well as previously released songs "Can't Dance," "No Excuses," and "Let You Be Right."
"All the Ways" will soundtrack a new marketing campaign for Target that's launching June 24, highlighting the chain's new fulfillment services -- as in, here are "all the ways" you can shop there. The pre-order for a Target Exclusive version of the album is also live via Target.com. That version features exclusive remixes of "All the Ways."
In a statement, Meghan says, "This album is my best work yet and I’m so proud of what we made. I say 'we' because I made this entire album with my family, my friends, and my fiancé. It’s everything I stand for and I’m excited to put an upbeat happy album out for the world.”
Meanwhile, Meghan is taking over your TV. Tonight, she appears on her reality singing competition The Four, while on Saturday, she'll be seen on the Radio Disney Music Awards. Then Monday, she'll co-host NBC's Today show and appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images; inset image of Dedrick Devonshay Williams courtesy Broward Sheriff's OfficePolice have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion, ABC News has confirmed.
The suspect, Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Deerfield Beach, FL and charged with first-degree murder and grand theft auto.
XXX Tentacion, born Jasheh Onfroy, was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach Monday when he was shot and killed. The gunman and an accomplice fled in a black Dodge Journey.
Since X's death, streams of his music have gone through the roof. Variety reports he broke the single-day global streaming record on Spotify with 10.4 million streams of his song "Sad!" That record was previously held by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do," which racked up 10.1 million streams in August of 2017.
Ironically, XXX Tentacion's music was earlier removed from Spotify playlists due to his legal issues, including abuse allegations against his then-pregnant girlfriend, Geneva Ayala. Spotify dropped the ban a few days later after public a outcry.
Meanwhile, Billboardreports Ayala has raised $10,000 since Monday via a GoFundMe page to pay for her medical expenses, which were necessary following the injuries she allegedly sustained when X attacked her in 2016. (GoFundMe page features graphic imagery.)
According to Billboard, Ayala initially set up the page 2016 but was blocked from receiving the funds after fans accused her of fraud. Her rights to the page were eventually restored and the total she's raised now tops $35,000. In addition, according to Billboard, Ayala can still legally pursue a civil case against Onfroy's estate should she choose to do so.
Michael Stewart/WireImage"I came to this country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old."
That's how Nicki Minaj begins a post in which she weighs in on the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families.
Nicki, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but moved when she was five to The Bronx, New York to live with her mother, writes on her Instagram: "I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me."
Nicki goes on: "Please stop this. Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they’ll ever see them again..." She ends her post with an American flag emoji.
In the face of widespread, escalating backlash, President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon signed an executive order he said would end his administration's policy of separating immigrant families from their children at the U.S. border.
Kailey Fellows/NBCPete Davidson was Jimmy Fallon's guest on Wednesday's The Tonight Show, where he confirmed his engagement to Ariana Grande publicly for the first time.
"You know you didn't have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show," Fallon began, to which Davidson replied, "But I did!"
"I feel like I won a contest," the Saturday Night Live star, told Fallon. "It's so sick. It's f****** lit, Jimmy."
Davidson, seated next to Fallon's other guest, Robert Pattinson, went on to say that random people are stopping him on the street to offer their congratulations.
"Some dude came up to me and was like, ‘Yo man, you gave me hope,'" he added.
Davidson didn't reveal a wedding date, but when it does happen, the couple has an invitation to hold it on The Tonight Show stage.
As for Grande, a source tells E! Online that the 24-year-old "No Tears Left to Cry" singer was watching from the side of the stage and "had a huge smile on her face the entire time and was constantly clapping."
In her new video for "Strangers," Halsey and her duet partner Lauren Jauregui play boxers who beat each other bloody. While filming the clip, which Halsey says was partly inspired by Christina Aguilera's "sweaty and filthy and really sexy" video for "Dirrty," she and Lauren didn't pull any punches...literally.
"We trained with real boxers and stunt coaches and got in the ring and fought each other. It was so fun!" Halsey tells ABC Radio. "'Strangers' is about this relationship where these two people are kinda beating the life out of each other emotionally, it's this like give and take, y'know? And it does feel very much like a boxing match."
"Sometimes one person's winning, sometimes another person's winning, but they're both tired and they don't want to be hurting each other, but they feel like they have to," she explains.
And since the song is about a same-sex relationship, Halsey also wanted to make sure the video didn't fall back on cliches.
"There's a lot of videos where people kind of portray female/female relationships in a way that's really overtly sensual, it's eye candy," Halsey tells ABC Radio. "It's to make you go, 'Oh my gosh!' y'know? And so I didn't wanna do that with this video. I wanted to really show the pain of the real relationship."
Halsey recently wrapped up a Latin American tour with Lauren as her opening act -- it was the Fifth Harmony singer's first solo trek. The North American leg of Halsey's tour -- her final round of dates in support of her platinum album hopeless fountain kingdom -- kicks off July 8 in Montreal.
Mert & MarcusDuring the 2016 election, when many celebrities were supporting one candidate or another, some people were upset that Taylor Swift didn't do the same, and merely encouraged people to vote. Since then, though, she's donated to the March For Our Lives campaign for gun reform. It was also reported she gave $100,000 to the legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment. But that evidently isn't enough for one particular rock star.
Speaking to the New York Times, Trent Reznor, Oscar and Grammy-winning frontman for alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails, says that in the '90s, he was told that because he has influence, it's his job to "call out whatever needs to be called out," and he's tried to do so.
"And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then," he continues. "You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot."
Meanwhile, Taylor's out on her Reputation World Tour, and is likely unconcerned about what Reznor thinks of her.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicPink’s daughter Willow is down a tooth, but up a hundred bucks.
Carey Hart, Pink’s husband and Willow’s dad, posted about the seven-year-old’s fierce Tooth Fairy negotiating tactics.
“Willz is gonna be the next major investment banker,” he wrote. “We settled on 100 buck[s] for 1 shot at pulling her tooth out. Was the best money I ever spent, and she got 20 weeks' worth of tour per diem in 5 seconds.”
He included a picture of Willow holding her tooth in one hand and the hundred-dollar bill in the other.
Willow celebrated her seventh birthday on June 2 and Carey posted a special message for her on Instagram.
“I love this little girl more than life itself,” he wrote. “She is becoming such a strong, smart, sensitive, little girl. I’m so proud of everything you are and I enjoy every moment we are together. Even when you are giving me a hard time!”
He added, “Happy 7th big girl, your mamma, little brother, and papa love you around the moon 10 million times and back.”
Republic RecordsAriana Grande's new song "The Light Is Coming" features a repeated sample of a man's voice saying over and over, "You wouldn't let anybody speak!" While some fans find the sample annoying, others are simply wondering who the heck the guy is. Well, now we know.
MTV's Madeline Rothtweeted, "soo, the sample in @ArianaGrande’s #TheLightIsComing ('you wouldn’t let anybody speak!') appears to be from a CNN archive clip of a man shouting at the late Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter at a town hall meeting in 2009."
She included the clip in the tweet, and you can hear the man saying, "Instead, you wouldn't let anybody speak! You handed on what, 30 guards? Well, I got news for you."
According to PopBuzz, Pharrell Williams produced the song, and sampled the same event in the song "Lemon," by his group N.E.R.D., only he incorporated Specter's voice saying "Now, wait a minute!" into that track.
Meanwhile, the video for "The Light Is Coming" is now streaming on Reebok.com. It features Ariana running through the woods, at times holding a lighted ball. If you watch it on Reebok's site, you can sign up to win a pair of Classic Rapide kicks like the ones Ariana wears in the clip, autographed by the singer herself.
Def Jam RecordingsAlessia Cara makes adulthood seem like a nightmare she can’t escape in the new video for “Growing Pains.”
The video starts with Alessa laying on a circular platform wearing a hospital gown and clutching a bouquet of flowers. She gets up, her face streaked with tears, and begins wandering through a group of masked, gray-suited figures.
These masked people jostle Alessia and put her on an operating table as they prepare to fit her for her own “adult” grey suit -- the one she’s sporting in the cover art for the single. If you look closely in the background of the scene, you'll see the red flannel shirt she wore on the cover of her first album, Know-It-All, being wheeled away by the scary grown-ups.
Lights begin to flash as a huge curtain spins around her. We then see Alessia ditch the hospital gown, and the final scene is of her floating underwater as she wriggles into the grey suit.
ABC/Paula LoboAfter a year-long wait, the video for Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s duet “Strangers” is finally here.
The video is a prequel to Halsey’s previous self-directed hopeless fountain kingdom videos, all of which follow the same narrative about star-crossed lovers Luna and Solis. The “Strangers” video finds Halsey’s Luna in the boxing ring with Lauren’s character, Rosa.
Luna, dressed in red, and Rosa, dressed in white, throw punches until they’re bloodied. Luna ends up knocking Rosa out and winning the match.
After the match, Luna meets Solis, thus kicking off the journey that plays out in her videos for “Now or Never,” “Bad at Love,” “Sorry” and “Alone.”
Halsey previously explained the “Strangers” video premise to fans on Twitter, writing, “The album, and every video, is one continuous gender flipped Romeo and Juliet story! Luna is Romeo and Solis is Juliet. Rosaline (Rosa) is the woman Romeo is in love with before Juliet but he cannot have her!”
Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday night, James Bay opened for The Rolling Stones at London's Twickenham Stadium, and then he stuck around to join the rock legends on stage.
James joined Stones frontman Mick Jagger for a duet on the band's classic tune "Beast of Burden." Afterwards, he wrote on Instagram, "This band have probably shaped the way I make music and perform more than anyone else. Their relentless passion and energy on stage is so inspiring. I can’t believe last night was real. THANK YOU X."
Prior to the gig, The Stones' iconic guitarist Keith Richards posted footage of himself hanging out with James backstage and showing him what appears to be a shrine to Richards' early rock and roll heroes.
This isn’t the first time James has opened for The Stones: Back in 2013, before anyone really knew who he was, he warmed up the crowd when they played London's Hyde Park.
It isn't even the first time he's performed onstage with a member of the Stones: In 2015, he asked guitarist Ronnie Wood to join him at a London show to perform a song by Ronnie's former band, The Faces.
ABC/Randy HolmesRemember that Instagram story of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson shopping for rugs? It appears they now have a place to put them.
TMZ reports the couple just moved into a $16 million apartment in a new luxury complex Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The 4,000-square-foot unit has five beds, four-and-a-half baths and great views. The complex itself boasts a fitness center, a 75-foot skylit pool and a private IMAX theater.
It's not clear if the engaged couple purchased their new digs or if they're simply renting, but it appears they'll have a pretty extensive wedding registry. Over the weekend, Ariana posted a SpongeBob meme with the caption, "Us in our new apartment with no furniture 1 speaker and red vines."
ABC/Paula LoboHalsey's been announced as the headliner for this year's Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, taking place at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York on August 18 and 19.
This is the singer's second appearance at the festival; she also played there in 2015. In a statement, Halsey said, "It’s an incredible honor to headline the Hot 100 Music Festival this year and join such a talented group of artists on the line-up."
The New Jersey native added, "I’m ready to bring the heat to Jones Beach for a second time. You can’t beat performing for fans in New York. They’re the best in the world.”
The festivals other headliners include DJ Snake, Future and Rae Sremmurd. Other performers include Sabrina Carpenter, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Daya, Sheppard, Cheat Codes, Kehlani, Matoma, gnash, Olivia O'Brien, Rozes and Machine Gun Kelly.
Single-day tickets go on sale June 29 at Livenation.com. Two-day passes, which start at $80, are also still available for purchase. Visit Hot100fest.com or Livenation.com for all the details.
Warwick Saint for EssenceThese days, Janet Jackson is happy, but in a letter written for Essence magazine, the 52-year-old icon writes that it's taken decades for her to find a sense of inner peace, and acknowledges there've been many struggles along the way.
In the revealing note, Jackson admits that her 30s were especially challenging as she battled depression. The struggle, she writes, "was intense."
"I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority," she explaina. "It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And, of course, there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it."
Now mother to one-year-old son Eissa, Janet writes that her greatest happiness comes from being a parent.
“Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep," she writes. "During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God."
The singer, who will headline the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans next month, writes that "hard work -- focused work, positive work -- makes me happy," and adds that she's also inspired by "the commitment of young people on justice causes," as well as the #MeToo movement.
"We are living at a time in history when women all over the world are refusing to be controlled, manipulated, exploited or abused. Heart and soul, I stand with these women," Janet writes. "We have found our strength, and we will not relent."
The 72-year-old singer/actress joined Corden for a game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" -- his spin on Truth or Dare, in which they challenged each other to give honest answers to personal questions or eat disgusting things.
At one point, Cher, known for being outspoken about her disapproval of the president, was asked to say something complimentary about him. "There's nothing nice about him," she admitted, following a long pause. "I can't say one nice thing about him."
Instead, Cher opted to fill her guts -- with a cow's tongue.
Cher also preferred eating dried caterpillar to spilling dirt on her top five lovers, besides Tom Cruise, whom she once allegedly ranked as her favorite.
Later, Cher recalled the time she, along with Mama Mia co-star and longtime friend Meryl Streep, saved a woman being assaulted on a New York City street and were almost attacked themselves.
"We come around the corner, and this gigantic man is ripping the clothes off of this girl," she began. "And Meryl starts screaming and I start screaming, and we run towards this gigantic man, and he turned and starts running towards us."
"And just out of, I don't know, we split, and he ran through us," she continued.
Afterward, the grateful woman responded with, "Oh my God, I was saved by Meryl Streep and Cher. I'm an actress and I work in a cafe where we sing and oh, my brother would be so jealous."
Mama Mia! Here We Go Again opens nationwide July 20.