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.
Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran's gone from "Lego House" to Lego Head: He donated a Lego sculpture of his own head to a local charity shop in his U.K. hometown.
As The London Economicreports, Ed often donates his personal possessions to the St. Elizabeth Hospice shop in Framlingham, Suffolk, and they sell the items to raise money. This time around, Ed has given the shop two Lego likenesses: a huge one of his head and a smaller, full-body one.
He's also given the shop his first record player, a skateboard, clothing, shoes, some of his school music books and music stands he kept in his childhood bedroom.
Speaking to the BBC, the hospice spokeswoman, Helen Owen, said, "He's been really generous...as Framlingham is his local shop, he thinks of us. Normally it is a few [sweaters] and Hoax t-shirts he wears on tour, which are great, but this time we got the head."
She added that it was "really lovely" that the Lego sculpture is "of him, [and] made by him".
Some of the items were immediately put on sale in the store -- a hoodie and a t-shirt have already been sold for more than $200 each -- but some of them will be put on eBay in an attempt to raise as much money as possible.
In 2016, Ed donated 13 bags of clothes to the store, and between in-person sales and online sales, more than 46 thousand dollars was raised. The hospice helps improve life for those living with progressive and terminal illnesses.
ABC/Kelsey McNeal"Meant to Be," the collaboration between Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, has been one of the biggest hits of the year. FGL is now dreaming of collaborating with other pop stars -- and they're setting their sights pretty high.
"Bruno Mars...that'd be somebody to spend a couple days with in the studio and try to create something from nothing," says Florida Georgia Line's Brian "BK" Kelly. "Y'know, get in the studio and make it really come to life. But I think Rihanna would be cool [too]......I think it'd be cool to hear our voices together."
According to FGL's Tyler Hubbard, they're pretty much down to work with any number of stars outside of the country genre.
"I think every time we go to an awards show, BK and I are always [saying], 'That'd be cool to do a song with them!' or 'That'd be awesome to do a song with them!'" he laughs. "There's so many talented artists out there, it's pretty unreal."
Meanwhile, Tyler says that the message of "Meant to Be" has not only resonated with music fans, but with him and BK as well.
"It's been over a year since we wrote that song and we've been living with it way before the world had it, so I think we were learning the day we wrote it," Tyler explains. "And learning how to kinda look at the world that way, and look at life that way, and just kinda let go of some control and just let things happen."
Tyler adds, "I just think that's something that we've continued to be reminded of, with...every bit of success that this song has had...and then it's cool to kinda see the world be reminded of that as well and really connect with that."
Republic RecordsAriana Grande and Nicki Minaj's latest collabo, "Bed," is out now, but the video hasn't arrived yet. However, we now have a one-minute teaser for the sexy track, which features a lot of water, and a whole lot of Nicki and Ari.
In the clip, the two sport bikinis -- Nicki's is particularly revealing -- and lounge around in a foam-filled pool, play with bubbles and frolic on the beach.
No word on when we can expect the full video. Meanwhile, the duo's other collaboration, "The Light Is Coming," is dropping tonight. Tomorrow, the pre-order for Ari's new album Sweetener goes live.
Courtesy NetflixLady Gaga has talked about making new music on social media recently, but she now confirms that she is, in fact, working on her sixth album.
Gaga won the Best Music Documentary Award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards for her Netflix doc Gaga: Five Foot Two, and afterwards, she told Variety, "I’m just always making music, I’ve always been that way and I think you see in Five Foot Two that I’m a studio rat."
The new album, when it arrives, will be the follow up to 2016's Joanne. This year will also see Gaga make her movie debut in A Star Is Born and kick off a Las Vegas residency. It'll mark a return to the spotlight for the singer, who's been laying low since she wrapped up her world tour early this year.
Gaga, who told Variety that contrary to the title of her documentary, she's actually "five-foot-three and three quarters," also spoke about her battle with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes her chronic pain and forced her to cancel a number of concerts in February.
Addressing the fact that many people doubt the condition is real, she told Variety, “To anyone that doesn’t believe in fibromyalgia: I dare you to spend five minutes in my body on a day when I’m in pain, and then try and say it again."
But despite her pain, the singer said what keeps her going is "being inside the vortex of my art and creating and making things that are not only meaningful to me but hopefully to other people."
She added, "When I’m with Tony Bennett, and we hang out, we always joke that we never work a day. Because we love what we do.”
Joseph LlanesAndy Grammer and Pentatonix are two of the musical acts who'll be performing on the 38th annual edition of A Capitol Fourth, which will air live on PBS Wednesday, July 4th.
Andy will perform his hit "Back Home" on the show, though what Pentatonix will perform hasn't been announced yet. Joining them on the bill are The Beach Boys, Motown legends The Temptations, country star Luke Combs, American Idol runner-up and country star Lauren Alaina, and gospel legend CeCe Winans.
In addition, Jimmy Buffett and the cast of Escape to Margaritaville, the Broadway musical based on Buffett's songs, will take the stage, while opera star Renee Fleming will perform a number from the musical Carousel.
The show will air live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 4 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET. It'll also be live-streamed on PBS.org, YouTube and Facebook, and will be available as Video on Demand through July 18.
James Devaney/GC ImagesRemember when we all assumed Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin were dating? Now we -- including Shawn -- are all trying to figure out if she's dating Justin Bieber.
Speaking to Canada's etalk, Shawn said, "I don’t know if they’re dating or not." However, he adds, "I love them both. They’re both really awesome people."
Over the past week, Justin and Hailey were photographed together a number of times. TMZ reported that they were spotted kissing in a Brooklyn, NY park on Saturday. That same night, they were seen smooching in Manhattan's Rockefeller Park, as Hailey sat on Justin's lap.
According to TMZ, the previous week, the two were seen together in Miami, where they held hands, went to a church conference, had dinner and hit up a nightclub.
A source told People magazine last week that Justin is "single and not dating anyone seriously," adding, "He has known Hailey for years...he likes hanging out with her...but they are not in a relationship."
Solaiman FazelFresh from winning the ICON Award at last month's Billboard Music Awards, Janet Jackson will receive yet another big honor.
Ms. Jackson will be presented with the inaugural "Impact" Award at this year's Radio Disney Music Awards, which air Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel and associated platforms.
She'll be the third top female star to receive a special honor at this year's ceremony: Kelly Clarkson is getting the "Icon" Award, while Carrie Underwood will take home the "Hero" Award.
According to Radio Disney, the "Impact" Award comes in recognition of Janet's "influence on society and the world of entertainment -- particularly women -- across generations of fans."
Janet's State of the World tour continues in the U.S. this summer starting July 11 in Austin, TX. She's also playing the Essence Festival, the Panorama Festival and the Outside Lands festival.
Performers at this year's RDMAs include Carrie Underwood with Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Marshmello, Echosmith and American Idol winner Maddie Poppe. Presenters include Noah Cyrus, Mason Ramsey, Sabrina Carpenter, Lauv and boy band In Real Life.
The show will be recorded this Friday at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor's got a real treat for her fans: a new album announcement.
On Instagram, the singer posted that her third album, Treat Myself, will be out August 31, and will be available for pre-order Wednesday. The post included a clip of a brand-new song titled "All the Ways."
So far, Meghan has released the tracks "No Excuses" and "Let You Be Right" from Treat Yourself. She told Entertainment Tonight that the album is "really special," adding, "My entire family sings on every song and [my fiancé] Daryl [Sabara] sings on every song."
“It’s obviously me being in love and happy, and reminding myself to choose happiness and love myself," Meghan told ET about the inspiration for the new music.
Treat Myself follows Meghan's #1 debut, Title, and her sophomore album, Thank You, which reached #3.
Matthew MurphyDavid Cook feels like getting Kinky again.
The American Idol champ is returning to the starring role in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, starting July 17. He'll continue in the role through September 9. He's taking over for Neon Trees front man Tyler Glenn, who'll deliver his final performance July 15.
David will star as Charlie Price, a British guy who inherits a failing shoe factory from his dad and is able to save it by producing customized boots for a very niche market: drag queens. He initially played the role from April 3 to May 5.
“I am so honored and excited to get to come back to the factory!” David said in a statement. “Kinky Boots is such a great show, made all the better by having an incredible cast, crew, and staff, and I can’t wait to help tell the story again!”
Kinky Boots features songs written by '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper. It won six Tony Awards in 2013.
Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesThe King of Pop will make his Broadway debut -- posthumously, of course -- in 2020.
The Michael Jackson Estate has announced that it's teaming with Columbia Live Stage to develop a stage musical inspired by MJ's life. The as-yet-untitled musical is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, and will feature Michael's own hits. Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show.
Other recent hit Broadway shows that tell the story of chart-topping pop stars through the use of their hits include Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; On Your Feet, about Gloria Estefan; and Beautiful, about Carole King.
David Wolff-Patrick/RedfernsTheLate Late Show with James Corden is taking over London this week, and special guest NiallHoran came on the show to promote the second leg of his Flicker world tour.
During his chat with Corden, CateBlanchett, and Orlando Bloom, Horan revealed that One Direction once kicked themselves out of Trump Tower in New York. He explained that they were staying there for their Madison Square Garden show when DonaldTrump asked them to take a picture with his lawyer's daughter. The group decided not to do meet and greets because it was such a big show, so they told Trump no. Then, Trump told them they couldn't use the back garage to enter the building, forcing them to face their fans out front.
"He basically wanted us to promote the hotel," Horan said, "so we just left."
"I'm starting to think he's a bad guy," Corden quipped.
Horan also revealed that if he could perform in any musical it would be LesMis.
"I would be fantastic in that, wouldn't I?" he asked the group.
Later, Corden pointed out that Horan's second leg of his tour is in the U.S., where people love to tailgate. Horan said he is nervous to tailgate with his opener MarenMorris because she is from Texas.
"Tailgating like that and drinking like that and then trying to sing for an hour and a half, really don't work together," the singer said. "So i'm going to be hiding from her, basically, for the next three months."
Jennica MaeLauv's breakthrough hit "I Like Me Better" has just completed a very long road to the top. After 35 weeks on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, it's finally reached the top 10 -- the longest climb to that region in the history of that chart.
"I Like Me Better," which has also gone platinum and racked up over a billion streams worldwide, is actually Lauv's second top 10 on that chart. His first was the Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato hit "No Promises," which he co-wrote under his birth name, Ari Leff. You might think that "Ari Leff" is enough of a distinctive name that he wouldn't have to have a stage name, but he's got a good reason for going by the name "Lauv."
"I mean the stage name -- I always wanted it to be something that has meaning to me," he tells ABC Radio. "So 'Lauv' means 'lion' in Latvian. My mom's side of the family's from Latvia and I would go there every summer growing up. And 'Ari' means lion [in Hebrew] [and] I'm a Leo."
"I didn't want the name to be random, but yeah...I kinda just wanted something that was like short and sweet that still felt connected to my identity," he adds.
While Lauv thinks it's "awesome" that he has family all over Latvia, and he chose a Latvian word for his stage name, he admits that he still can't speak the language.
"At some point in my life, I gotta learn," he tells ABC Radio. "My two older sisters, they learned, so I definitely feel kinda like the dumb little brother that doesn't even know but, at some point, [I will], yeah."
This fall, Lauv will alternate alternate headlining dates with stints opening for Ed Sheeran on his North American stadium tour.
Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesRihanna has been focusing on her acting career lately, but fans who are worried that Ri-Ri had forgotten about her day job can rest easy: She says she's in the process of recording.
“I actually am in the studio and working on new music,” she said while appearing on BBC America's The Graham Norton Show.
On the show, Norton said his Twitter feed has been blowing up with people inquiring about Rihanna's msuic career, and when he asked her about new music, she responded, “I know one of my fans got to you, Graham.”
Norton followed up, asking if she had a deadline to release hew new music. Rihanna obviously did not want to provide details, and responded, “They paid you well,” as the audience laughed. Norton persisted, asking “Will it be out for Christmas?"
The “Diamonds” singer responded, “You just have to wait and see.”
Rihanna’s most recent solo album was 2016's Anti. Last year, she was featured on DJ Khaled’s triple platinum single “Wild Thoughts” with Bryson Tiller, as well as “Loyalty,” on Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. and “Lemon," on N.E.R.D.’s No One Ever Really Dies album.
As we wait for A Star Is Born to be released, Lady Gaga is apparently hard at work honing a new musical skill.
Producer and songwriter Mark Nilan Jr. posted a video over the weekend of Gaga – baton in hand – conducting an orchestra in the studio. The clip has no sound, but Nilan assures us she was a natural.
“You can go ahead and add conducting to the long list of her skills,” he writes on Instagram. “We had the orchestra coming in. Music prepared. Then decided to add orchestra to 1 more song, with 1 hour before the start time. We wrote this orchestra arrangement in an hour. With pencil and paper. I literally wore thru 4 pencils.”
He adds, “Have yet to come across anyone that can pull that off these days... And it sounds EPIC. Wait til u hear it.”
Fans began speculating whether or not the recording session was for a new Gaga album or the soundtrack for A Star Is Born. So far, no word on when or where we’ll hear the orchestral recording.
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift's weekend show at Dublin's Croke Park was one for the record books.
As Taylor told the crowd, she's one of only four female performers ever to perform at the Irish venue, which holds 82,000 people. But most importantly, she's the only female performer ever to play there for two nights.
The other three women who've headlined the massive venue are Celine Dion, Beyoncé and Tina Turner.
Also notable about Taylor's Saturday show: It was the 13th date of the Reputation tour, so she performed a ritual that, according to her, she hadn't done since 2009 -- she had a #13 drawn on her hand before the show.
Taylor posted an Instagram video showing her mom Andrea drawing the 13 -- which is, of course, Taylor's lucky number -- on her hand, with the caption, "13th show so I had to bring it back."
In the video, as Andrea carefully colors in the numbers, as Taylor says, "My mom is the only person who's ever been entrusted to draw on my 13. She hasn't done it since, I think, mid-2009?"
Then addressing her mom, Taylor jokes, "So, considering the time you've taken away from the craft, you've really just jumped back in and [are] excelling!"
Sebastian Mader exclusively for GQDespite the fact that Zayn and his girlfriend Gigi Hadid announced back in March that they were splitting after two years, it seems breaking up is hard to do. Since then, the two have been spotted kissing and cuddling. Now, in a new GQ cover story, Zayn can't stop gushing about her.
According to GQ, Zayn speaks about Gigi in the present tense, saying things like "we go to the farm" -- the farm he recently bought in Pennsylvania on the advice of Gigi's mom, Yolanda.
"I'm really thankful that I met her," Zayn tells the magazine. "We're still really good friends, and we're still in contact. We're adults. We don't need to put a label on it, make it something for people's expectations."
Zayn also tells GQ that Gigi helped him rethink his priorities when he started partying too much after he released his debut album.
"I had a very negative outlook on things. That might have been adolescence or testosterone or whatever the f*** was running through my body at the time," he says. "She's helped me to look at things from a positive angle."
And when GQ mishears a comment Zayn makes about Gigi being "good with debts," he says, "No, no. Dates. She doesn't handle my finances yet. We'll get to that eventually."
Other revelations in the article:
--Zayn doesn't mind the paparazzi, saying, "That's my promo. I come outside, they take photos. They stay outside and do all the work!"
--On the Pennsylvania farm, Zayn is growing cherries, tomatoes and cucumbers, and he and Gigi have a horse named Cool.
--He says he'd vote for Oprah if she ran for office, because he likes her "ideologies about the world" and thinks she's a "bada** businesswoman."