Roy Nachum/Roc NationRihanna found a cool way to unveil the title of her the eighth album, Anti. During a private showing at MAMA gallery in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night, she was captured revealing the name and show-stopping artwork for her long-awaited project.
For the red-and-white cover, the singer selected a childhood photo from her first day of daycare, which was modified by artist Roy Nachum. A young Rih poses with a gold crown covering her eyes, which she says conveys "exactly the message" she wanted.
"I fell in love with it because I felt like there was another spirit, another layer to the art," Rihanna told the crowd. "We talked about what I wanted visually and what would make me the happiest girl in the world and this is my favorite album cover I’ve ever done."
After dropping the curtain, Rihanna also revealed her artwork includes a poem written in Braille by Chloe Mitchell. "The whole idea behind the Braille is people who have sight are sometimes the people who are blindest and it's really good to go a little deeper," said Ri as her fans cheered.
Also on Instagram, Rihanna broke down the meaning of the word "anti", along with a message that reads: "In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects."
While she's already completed the album, Rihanna remains mum on the official release date. Her upcoming effort, executive produced by Kanye West, will include her singles "FourFiveSeconds," "American Oxygen," and "B**** Better Have My Money."
ABC/Fred LeeWhile many people assume that One Direction is over and done with, the group is still out there every night thrilling fans on their On the Road Again tour, which is currently visiting arenas in Europe for multiple nights -- after touring stadiums in the U.S. and other parts of the world. "We are just shocked...[at] how great the crowds are," says Louis Tomlinson.
The fact that 1D, currently readying their fifth album for release next month, can continue to draw such huge crowds on the road is something that even the band themselves finds hard to comprehend. "We still can’t believe...and I say it on stage every night, but not a lot of artists get to play stadiums. So we’re still shocked that a year and a half later we’re still playing stadiums," Niall Horan tells ABC Radio.
"We are just shocked that every show that we go to, the standard is so high of how great the crowds are and that’s been the same on this tour," adds Louis. "It’s been great."
Of course, playing in the world's largest arenas and stadiums offers an interesting challenge for any music act: namely, how do you reach the people in the nosebleed seats and make them feel part of the show?
"I mean it’s hard usually, but you do find a lot of the time you have a moment with a specific person in the audience," Liam Payne tells ABC Radio. "I always find that you kind of pick a person out as you move along the stage and they’re kind of the people you play to, but, you know, we always try and reference the back."
The "Drag Me Down" hitmakers will release their new disc, Made in the A.M., on November 13. Their last official tour date is Halloween in Sheffield, England, but then they'll come back to America for some holiday shows.
David Becker/Getty Images for Animal Rescue FoundationIf you’ve been wondering what season five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been up to, we’ve got news for you. The grey-haired singer is currently finishing up his new album, which is set for a 2016 release.
To gear up for his return to the spotlight, Taylor will be performing the national anthem at next Thursday's game five of the Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros. This Thursday, he’ll be performing at a Nashville Predators hockey game.
Following his American Idol win in 2006, he’s had several stints on Broadway -- including a role as Teen Angel in Grease -- and became the first Idol winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas in 2012. His last album, The Distance, came out in 2009.
Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this year, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA. Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior.
Speaking to Britain's NME, Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015."
Taylor also talks with NME about finally becoming friends with Kanye West and putting their MTV VMA infamous 2009 incident behind them, when Kayne took the stage and interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech.
"Me and Kanye are on such good terms now, six years later," says Swift. "It took a while." Taylor says Kanye's actually gotten to the point where he admits his mistakes. Case in point: his railing against the Grammys this past year when alt-rocker Beck, and not Beyonce, won Album of the Year.
"I was at dinner with Kanye a week after the Grammys," Taylor reveals. "He stops what he's saying and he goes, ‘What is this song? I need to listen to this every day.’ I said, ‘It's Beck, it's on an album called Morning Phase, I think you've heard of it…’ We just burst out laughing. And he says, ‘Hey, sometimes I'm wrong.’"
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Peter YangJustinBieber might want to watch his back. Champion MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has a bone to pick with the singer, and you don’t want to be on this woman’s bad side. She tells Cosmopolitan she’s no longer a Belieber because Justin was rude to her little sister.
Ronda says she and her 16-year-old sister, Julia, were at the Cannes Film Festival this year when they spotted Justin taking some photos.
“My little sister is really hard to impress and we really didn’t care about anybody that was at the Cannes Film Festival, but I wanted to spend some time with her,” she recounts. “Justin Bieber was over there taking pictures with some ladies and she suddenly got really excited. She was like, ‘Do you think he would wanna take a picture with me?’”
Ronda says she assured her sister that Justin would be willing. But when she approached the pop star and asked if he would take a photo with Julia, instead of nicely obliging, Justin allegedly told her, “I’ve already taken a billion pictures today, OK? A billion.”
Before she could plead with him any further, he walked away and left her sister on the verge of tears.
“Yeah, I don’t think I’d wanna hang out with him,” Ronda says. “I’m not a Belieber. I was, but not anymore.”
Ronda is currently UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion. Wonder who'd win that fight?
Fashion Rocks 2014; Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions EntertainmentJustinBieber bared it all in Bora Bora Tuesday.
The 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer was spotted going for a swim in the buff while vacationing with his rumored girlfriend, British model Jayde Pierce, 20. She was photographed on the same deck, but was more modest, wearing a terrycloth robe, according to the New York Daily News.
This isn't the first time the Bieb has let it all hang out. Back in July he posted a nude photo of himself to Instagram, also in Bora Bora, but quickly removed it.
Justin and Jayde have been sharing pictures of the island on Instagram over the past few days to show off the island's scenery. However, they haven't shared pictures featuring each other on their public social media sites.
The couple, whose relationship status has not been confirmed, were last seen together hiking at Los Angeles' Runyon Park back in May.
Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesSelenaGomez has overcome a lot in recent years, but she says her time is now -- and she's earned it.
She addresses her personal life, and criticism she's received from the public, in an interview with Billboard. As an example of one challenge she's faced, she discusses her 2014 battle with lupus.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," the 23-year-old pop star says. Regarding false rumors about her "break," she adds, “I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a*******.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
More recently, Selena says she was affected by negative comments from body shamers. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she notes. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands ...”
She tells Billboard the "hate" motivates her: "I'm so f***ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story."
Selena can still count on her good friends, like Taylor Swift, whom she says makes her feel empowered and helps her trust others. "All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing -- super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell," she says of Taylor and her squad.
When asked if she's inspired by her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber turning over a new leaf, she replied, "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."
Billboard's cover story regarding Selena will be released Thursday. Her new album, Revival, drops the next day.
Jeremy DeputatThis 10-year-old boy from England has a leg up on every other Eminem fan. Teejay Stainer, an amputee, had his prosthetic legs customized with photos of the rapper and his one wish was for Eminem to see them. According to the U.K.’s Daily Echo, his wish was granted.
Teejay’s parents had posted a Facebook photo of their son holding a sign that read, “These are my Eminem legs I’ve had made. My wish is for Eminem to see them.”
The image was shared across social media and eventually made its way to Eminem himself. The rapper reportedly sent the boy a package that included a signed copy of his Recovery album and a message that read, “To Teejay, I saw your pic and read your message! Thanks for the support!”
"I just wanted to thank him for getting me through the difficult times and show him how dedicated I am,” the boy tells the Daily Echo. “I think he sent me that album in particular because of the recovery that I've made."
Teejay was born with a bone condition that required him to have his lower right leg amputated.
ABC/Randy Holmes Pepsi has found its latest spokeswoman: Tori Kelly. The singer stars in a new ad for the cola brand, becoming the first artist to sing the iconic “Joy of Pepsi” jingle since Britney Spears did it 15 years ago.
"It's pretty surreal," Tori tells Billboard. "I remember the Britney Spears [spot], who I didn't realize was the last artist to sing this particular jingle for Pepsi -- that was 15 years ago. Just trying to be the follow-up for that is a pretty big deal and a huge honor. Remembering all the artists who have been a part of Pepsi -- it's really cool to be kind of like the next one."
Artists who have represented Pepsi include everyone from Michael Jackson to Nicki Minaj.
In Tori's particular commercial, which premiered on Billboard today, she sings the Pepsi jingle on the subway and gets all of her fellow passengers to join in. She says she was given creative freedom to revamp the tune her own way.
"I didn't know what to expect, really, when it came down to what they would want as far as the music side of it," she says, "so the fact that they gave me creative freedom to put my spin on the song was really cool. It felt good to just completely make it my own."
The new ad debuts on television during tonight’s episode of Empire on Fox.
Danny ClinchSara Bareilles’ new book came out this week, and in one chapter, she revisits a particularly unpleasant time in her career when she served as a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011. Simply put: The job was bad for her self-esteem.
Sara spoke about the chapter in Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, entitled “Beautiful Girl,” during a Q&A with musician Ben Folds at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night. She said that during her time on the show, she was forced to look a certain way.
"It was super traumatic for me because, growing up, I was incredibly insecure about what I looked like," she explained, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I was hired on the show because I am a musician and I sang in an a cappella group, and it felt like it became more about filling this need to have some version of femininity represented -- which is not to say that’s a bad version, it’s just not my version.”
She said that now, if a similar situation came up, she’d have the strength to turn it down. "I would like to think that at this point, I feel secure enough in what I have to offer that this doesn’t feel right to me, so more power to you and find someone who this is gonna be right for, and be able to just be willing to put it on the line and walk away,” she said.
In the chapter, Sara writes a letter to her then-self. She warns herself that a role as judge on the singing competition series "will be the reason you decide to find a therapist again" and that "you will be slapped with your own self-image issues again."
"[Executives will] say you aren’t wearing enough flashy jewelry, and that you don’t have enough makeup on. You need more hair extensions, and your lipstick should be brighter. Your dresses aren’t glamorous enough and you need to be sexier," she writes. "It brings up a lot of the body issues that you have worked really hard to undo, and you feel manipulated and paralyzed at your own lack of control.”
ABC/Richard Harbaugh; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCWhile a lot of people might have thought the Miley Cyrus/Nicki Minaj confrontation at the VMAs was staged, it turns out Nicki’s beef with Miley is actually very real. In a new interview with The New York Times Magazine, Nicki addresses her issue with the twerking pop star.
"The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Nicki says of Miley. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?"
Nicki claims Miley only wants to enjoy the benefits of hip-hop culture, without any of the problems.
“Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad,” she says. “If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’
The beef all started when Miley criticized Nicki in a New York Times interview, after she was asked to comment on the pre-VMA Nicki/Taylor Swift Twitter feud. That feud started after Nicki claimed she was snubbed for a Video of the Year VMA nomination because she wasn't a skinny blonde girl.
"I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it," Miley told the Times. "And it's not anger like, 'Guys, I'm frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.' You made it about you. Not to sound like a b****, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'"
At the VMAs in August, Nicki called Miley out on stage for her comments. After accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video, she ended her speech by saying, "Now back to the b**** who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley Cyrus, what's good?"
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggy Azalea just revealed a ton of info about her new album. In a recent Twitter Q&A session with fans, the Aussie rapper revealed that her sophomore release will be titledDigital Distortion and that its lead single will be released later this month.
While she didn’t confirm what the lead single would be, she did say she’ll be releasing a new buzz track called “Zillion,” too. She says so far the album doesn’t have any collaborations, but she’s planning to ask people soon. She also adds that it will differ from her first album in the sense that there won’t be much of an overall theme this time around.
Iggy hints she has a major performance coming up and confirms she’ll definitely be touring with the new album, which will be released next year. If you’ll remember, she was supposed to tour this year, but ultimately scrapped the whole thing in favor of waiting until her new material comes out.
Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy will make an unexpected appearance at this year's Country Music Association Awards.
The band will take the stage with country star Thomas Rhett for a one-off collaboration on the show, which honors the best in country music. The show has featured various pop and rock stars over the years -- last year, Ariana Grande performed with the country group Little Big Town, for example. More special collabos will be announced each Wednesday in the weeks leading up to the show.
Carrie Underwood and country star Brad Paisley will host the 49th Annual CMA Awards, which air Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Peter YangIf this is definitely Justin Bieber’s new album title, he found a pretty permanent way of confirming it. The singer posted a mirror image Instagram photo yesterday showing off a new tattoo of the word “Purpose” on his stomach.
The tat is scrawled just above his belly button and joins another ab tattoo that says “Forgive.”
On Friday, the Biebs hinted at the album title by tweeting the word “Purpose” and hashtagging #6weeks #nov13. November 13 is the album’s release date.
Mary Ellen Matthews Sia, Five Seconds of Summer and Vance Joy have all scored multiple nominations for this year’s ARIA Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the Grammys.
Vance landed seven nominations, including Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Georgia.” Sia will be competing with Vance in the Best Pop Release and Song of the Year categories, where she's being recognized for her song "Elastic Heart." She’s also up for Best Female Artist.
Five Seconds of Summer nabbed two nominations, for Best Group and Best Australian Live Act. Iggy Azalea also received a nod in the Song of the Year category for “Trouble,” featuring Jennifer Hudson.
In the Best International Artist category, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Hozier, Meghan Trainor, James Bay, One Direction, Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, and rock band Foo Fighters are all competing for the win.
The ARIA winners will be announced November 26 at the Star Event Centre in Sydney, Australia.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCHow cool would it be if Taylor Swift made a playlist just for you? Well, she has -- kind of. The singer's revealed her own personal song recommendations on Twitter.
She titled the handwritten, handpicked list “New Songs That Will Make Your Life More Awesome (I Promise).” It features 11 tunes from some up-and-coming acts, including Alessia Cara’s “I’m Yours” and “How I Want Ya” by Hudson Thames, featuring Taylor’s bestie Hailee Steinfeld.
Other songs that received Taylor’s stamp of approval include Erik Hassle’s “No Words,” Phoebe Ryan’s “Mine,” El Vy’s “Return to the Moon,” and M.I.A.’s “Swords.”
If you don’t know these artists yet, you'll probably want to start listening. With Taylor’s endorsement, they likely won't stay unknown for long.
Taylor also indicates she’ll be sharing more of her picks soon. “The End. (for now),” she writes at the end of her list.
Greg Gayne/NBCThe rotating musical big red chairs continue on The Voice.Christina Aguilera will re-join the show for season 10, NBC announced Wednesday.
The lineup for the next season, which starts February, will feature original coach Christina joining her old pals Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the chairs, while Pharrell Williams will be sticking around for a third season.
The current season features Adam, Blake, Pharrell and Gwen Stefani.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCHailee Steinfeld may be taking the pop music world by storm, but she’s not giving up acting entirely just quite yet. The starlet has landed a new movie role in an untitled coming-of-age drama, according to Deadline.
Hailee will play Nadine Byrd, an emotionally-isolated teen whose father died tragically when she was a child. When her best friend begins dating her brother, she has a breakdown.
Glee’s Blake Jenner has been cast as the brother, and the film also will star Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.
Hailee, who starred in Pitch Perfect 2 earlier this year, was nominated for an Oscar at age 14 for her role in 2010’s True Grit.
Dick Clark ProductionsThis year's American Music Awards will be hosted by an all-around entertainer: Jennifer Lopez.
The singer, dancer, actress, American Idol judge and businesswoman will be behind the podium for this year's show, which will air November 22 on ABC. She'll also perform in support of her upcoming Las Vegas residency, All I Have, which will premiere January 2016 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
As previously announced, Charlie Puth and Joe Jonas will reveal nominees in six categories October 13 on ABC's Good Morning America. Five additional categories will be released on Snapchat (TheAMAs) after the broadcast.
Suzanne Tenner/FXIf you've ever wondered what it would be like to watch Lady Gaga have sex, you'll find out Wednesday night, when American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX. Gaga's character on the show, The Countess, is bisexual and bloodthirsty -- literally -- and according to her co-star, she doesn't hold back at all.
"[Gaga] doesn't flinch. She goesthere. Like right off the bat," Hotel star Cheyenne Jacksontells E!. "She said, 'It has to be real or I can't do it.'" And Gaga herself tells E!, "In a strange way, I actually almost prefer to watch myself in a love scene. I know it has to look convincing and real."
That being said, Gaga reveals to E! that she was "very nervous" when she first came on set, and explains that it was very important to her that people weren't intimidated by her and her over-the-top image.
"I really wanted to bond with the cast, and I wanted to get to know them, and I wanted them to feel comfortable with me as a human being and a person, and know that I was going to be available and open to them," she says. "And that I wasn't going to come on set and be like, 'Where's my makeup?! Where's my trailer?!' and be a huge b**** and make this The Gaga Show. The most important thing to me was that that did not happen."
One of the things that Gaga did to accomplish that was to throw the cast a huge party at her house -- she even dyed her swimming pool blood red for the occasion.
"You know before I met her, I had such a vision of her that turned out to be completely untrue," American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy tells E! "She's the sweetest, the kindest. She shows up every day and hugs and kisses each crew member. She's brought the cast together in an amazing way. She's really a maternal figure. She's so young, and I had not expected that. She's the queen of [our] universe...She really is."
Murphy says he's already asked Gaga to appear in season six of the show.