FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018If the fact that Taylor Swift told you to go out and vote isn't enough to make you fill out that absentee ballot or drag yourself down to your local polling place, maybe this is: You could be featured in her Instagram Story.
Taylor posted a photo of herself with an "I voted" sticker on her cheek, and captioned it, "If you just voted, take a pic and tag me with #justvoted. It may end up on my story."
As previously reported, Taylor urged people to take advantage of early voting, writing, "It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6."
Taylor presumably had to vote early herself because she's currently in Australia, performing on her Reputation tour. She'll be there, as well as in New Zealand and Japan, through November 21. That's also the reason she couldn't attend her bestie Karlie Kloss' wedding.
Olaf HeineJames Arthur is having a tough time letting go of an old love in his new song, “Empty Space.”
The emotionally raw song starts off with James in denial over the pain he’s in, before the confessional chorus kicks in. “I’m alone in my head/Looking for love in a stranger’s bed/But I don’t think I’ll find it/’Cause only you could fill this empty space,” he sings.
“This song is for anyone who has ever deeply loved and lost someone dear to them, and is then faced with the struggle of trying to fill that void," James says in a statement to Billboard. "It is about coming to terms with the fact that only that special person can truly fill the empty space.”
James is currently working on his upcoming album with Ryan Tedder and hitmaking songwriters Justin Tranter and Max Martin. A release date has yet to be announced.
Jive/Legacy RecordingsThis news might "drive you crazy" : October 23 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears' debut single "...Baby One More Time." To celebrate that milestone, there's a bunch of new stuff to buy.
Britney's debut album, also called ...Baby One More Time, is being released on picture vinyl for the first time. One side of the disc features the album cover, while the other has an image of Britney from an early photo shoot. You can pre-order that now; it'll be released on November 23.
While you're waiting for that, a limited-edition "...Baby One More Time" line of merchandise is now available online now. Among the goodies up for grabs: mugs, weekender bags, keychains, lithographs, t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Peter LindberghThe music video for Lady Gaga’s emotional A Star Is Born ballad, “I’ll Never Love Again,” has arrived.
The clip, available on Apple Music, features scenes from Gaga’s climactic performance of the song in the film, as well as scenes from the love story between her character, Ally, and Bradley Cooper’s Jackson.
Gaga previously told Entertainment Weeklythat she filmed the “I’ll Never Love Again” scene at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles the same day her best friend, Sonja Durham, died of cancer.
“When I came back [to set], Bradley was so gentle with me and we got through it,” she said. “I performed the song. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it again. It’s okay.’ All I wanted to do was sing. I’ll never forget that day. It was really a special scene, and I’ll always remember that moment.”
Gaga co-wrote the song with her "Million Reasons" collaborator Hillary Lindsey.
Brendan ForbesNormani has been teasing that she has something new coming soon, and she wasn't lying: Monday will see the release of a collaboration with Calvin Harris.
She announced the news by tweeting a video of herself putting a piece of red tape on a shiny surface, and then writing "Oct. 22" with a Sharpie. You can then hear someone telling her, "Drop the pen," which she promptly does. In the caption, she tagged @CalvinHarris, but didn't reveal the song's title.
Calvin Harris has recently released collaborations with Sam Smith and Dua Lipa. Meanwhile, Normani's duet with Khalid, "Love Lies," has become a massive smash, and she's currently working on her debut album.
Rich Fury/Getty Images for amfARKaty Perry was honored for her charity work Thursday night in Beverly Hills at a gala thrown by amfAR, the organization that supports research to find a cure for HIV and AIDS. But Katy also helped raise thousands for the cause by offering herself up for auction.
According to USA Today, Katy and her boyfriend Orlando Bloom each personally donated $5,000 to amfAR, and then she told the crowd, "I would like to offer an experience for anyone who is really, really rich, to go to Disneyland with me because it’s my favorite place in the whole entire world."
Katy offered "six tickets, and lunch at the very exclusive [Disney] Club 33, because of course I’m a member.” The winning bid was $160,000.
During the gala, Katy told the crowd, "Today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living."
She was also serenaded by former Glee star Darren Criss, who played a medley of her own hits for her.
Among the songs Darren performed were "I Kissed a Girl, "Last Friday Night," "Hot 'N Cold," "Roar" and, of course, "Teenage Dream" -- fitting because the first look most of us ever got of the actor was on the 2010 episode of Glee where, as Blaine, he sang "Teenage Dream" with the Dalton Academy Warblers.
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NARASOn Thursday, US Weekly reported that Rihanna had nixed an offer to perform at the Super Bowl this coming February because she disagrees with the NFL's stance on players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Now, Entertainment Tonight reports that another pop superstar said no to the offer too: Pink.
As US Weekly also reported, a source tells ET that Rihanna was asked first, but said no because "she stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick."
"The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes," the source adds.
But a second source tells ET that the NFL approached both Rihanna and Pink -- who, as you may recall, sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LII earlier this year.
According to that source, both women ended up passing, but it was because negotiations were taking too long; the source said Kaepernick's name didn't come up in those discussions.
Rumor now has it that Maroon 5 will be playing the show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, but that hasn't been confirmed.
Mert & MarcusActor Joe Alwyn is British, so he can't vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, but that doesn't mean he isn't happy that his girlfriend Taylor Swift is encouraging people to do so.
Billboard reports that on Thursday at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, Joe was walking the red carpet to promote his upcoming historical drama The Favourite, when a reporter buttonholed him and asked about Taylor's recent political posts.
"What did you make of Taylor Swift, all of her tweets and everything that have been going out, in terms of her political stance, we haven't really seen that before?" asked the reporter.
"I think it’s great. I think it’s important and....yeah," Alwyn replied before his publicist dragged him away.
Taylor's former nemesis, Katy Perry, also spoke out in support of Taylor's newfound political outspokenness. At the amfAR gala in Beverly Hills Thursday night, Katy was asked by Variety why she "liked" Taylor's recent Instagram post about voting.
"Because she’s setting such a great example," Katy said.
Via Instagram, Taylor has encouraged her fans to vote early for the elections, and has also endorsed two Democratic candidates in her adopted home state of Tennessee.
Brooke NiparThe first performers for the MTV European Music Awards have been announced.
Nicki Minaj and Halsey will both perform at the event, which will air live on MTV from Bilbao, Spain on November 4 at 9 p.m. Central European Time, which is 4 p.m. ET. A two-hour version of the event will then air at 7 p.m. ET/PT that same day.
Nicki previously hosted the 2014 MTV EMAs from Glasgow, Scotland. This will be the first time Halsey has performed at the event; it's likely she'll do her new single, "Without Me."
The first presenters announced for the show are actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna from the upcoming Netflix crime drama Narcos: Mexico.
More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Virginia Sherwood/NBCAriana Grande has announced that her BBC concert special will air November 1 in the U.K.
"UK babes, I’m excited to announce that my BBC special we shot in London will be airing on Nov 1 at 8pm on @bbcone thank you to my band, my MD, our background singers, incredible conductor steve sidwell, and this stunning orchestra (all girls, werk) i had the honor of performing wit," she wrote on Instagram.
"i loved these arrangements so much. thank u to my babes in the audience who made this such a fun, comfortable experience. miss u," she added.
Ari also included a photo of herself in a fluffy, glamorous dress, seating in front of the all-female orchestra.
As previously reported, the hour-long special will feature an in-depth interview with Ariana, as well as concert performances of material from Sweetener. The special was recorded September 7 in London in front of a live audience. No word on a U.S. airdate yet.
Meanwhile, you can see Ariana sing "The Wizard and I" on NBC's A Very Wicked Halloween, airing Monday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET. The show celebrates the 15th anniversary of Ari's favorite musical, Wicked.
ABC NewsRachel Platten is in the third trimester of her pregnancy, but that didn't stop her from flying to New York City to appear on ABC's Good Morning America Friday morning to debut a new song she wrote for her baby -- and do her gender reveal at the same time.
The singer, who's been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram and sharing real talk with fans about everything she's been experiencing, announced on GMA that she's having a girl. She then performed the song, called "You Belong," which she was thrilled to finally be able to say she wrote for her "daughter."
The touching song is a waltz in which Rachel sings, among other things, "I don't know your name/but I can't wait to say it/And I don't know your face/But I know it will blow me away."
While most of the song's lyrics express the universal feelings most women experience while awaiting the birth of their first child, it does have one specific lyric that refers to what Rachel does for a living: "I hope you like music as much as your mom/that you'll understand that I'm there, when I'm gone."
"You Belong" is available now for streaming and download.
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesIt’s true: Britney Spears is heading back to Las Vegas for a brand new residency next year.
The singer made the big announcement with a 30-minute live video on Ellen DeGeneres' YouTube channel Thursday night. The video included a parade and a light show before Britney appeared to sign autographs for fans and the reason for the celebration was revealed.
The new residency, Britney: Domination, will be staged at the Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February.
"I am so happy to be returning to my second home — Las Vegas!" Britney says in a statement to theLas Vegas Review-Journal. "I’m working on a brand-new show and I’m so excited for my fans to see it! It’s going to be so much fun being back on stage and I can’t wait to perform at Park Theater."
The production kicks off Valentine's Day weekend, on February 13 and 14, and will run for 32 performances in 2019. Tickets go on sale October 26 at 10 a.m. PT.
Britney made her Vegas debut in 2013 with her Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood. She wrapped that show in December of this year and this year, she went on the road, playing shows on the East Coast and in Europe.
Kai Z FengA little over a year ago, in the wake of Flint, Michigan's water emergency, Bruno Mars announced at a concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, "Tonight, I want to donate $1 million to our brothers and sisters in Flint." Now, the results of his generous donation -- and how it's helping the children of Flint -- have been revealed.
According to ABC affiliate WJRT-TV in Flint, about $580,000 of Bruno's money has been spent so far. It's gone towards building two playgrounds, refinishing basketball courts, rebuilding the tennis courts at a local park, and supporting Michigan State University's pediatric public health initiative.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has created a video to show the singer the impact he's made over the past year; in it, a group of kids are seem smiling and saying, "Thank you, Bruno Mars!"
The head of the foundation, Isaiah Oliver, says Bruno wanted to decide where his money was spent, so they worked with him and his team to fund the projects, which are all designed to help kids who've been poisoned by the lead in Flint's water.
And how do playgrounds and basketball courts help that cause? Oliver explains it's because lead poisoning affects kids' cognitive development.
"What we know is unstructured play is probably the best cognitive development for 0 to 6 year olds. So why not build out spaces to have that happen?" Oliver says.
Oliver says the Foundation is extremely grateful that Bruno, who's from Hawaii, felt strongly enough about what has happening in the city that he wanted to help.
"He's probably never stepped foot in Flint...but he cared enough about what was happening to our community at that time...to support us and give us hugs by way of a large gift."
Getty Images via ABCRihanna was reportedly asked to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, but she declined the offer in order to show support for Colin Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source tells Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
This year, the NFL adopted a new policy requiring players to stand, not kneel in protest, during the national anthem.
Following Rihanna’s refusal, Maroon 5 has reportedly accepted the NFL’s invitation to headline the Super Bowl 53 halftime show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta. Their participation has not yet been officially confirmed, however.
Kaepernick is currently suing the NFL, accusing the 32 team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league after he ignited the National Anthem protest in 2016.
Kaepernick previously played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons, from 2011-2016. He played with the 49ers in Super Bowl 47 in 2013, but the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
The 30-year-old athlete and activist currently stars in the Nike “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign which features LeBron James and Serena Williams.
PRNewsfoto/Epic RightsEarlier this year, *NSYNC released a capsule collection of throwback-inspired fashions inspired by the group's heyday. Now, they're back with a second collection, and you can buy it now...No Strings Attached.
The items range from a $175 "Once in a Lifetime" satin bomber jacket, to a $15 mug decorated with No Strings Attached artwork. There are also t-shirts, baby onesies, baseball caps, keychains, drinking glasses, pins and hoodies, as well as a doormat that says "Bye Bye Bye" on it.
You can shop the limited-edition collection now on *NSYNC's website, but hurry -- because in eight days, everything will be "Gone."
Hollywood RecordsReigning American Idol champ Maddie Poppe is gearing up to release her first new music since her winning single, "Going Going Gone."
The new song, "Keep on Movin' On," was written by songwriters who've penned material for Britney Spears, Elle King, Carrie Underwood and Weezer. It'll be out October 26, the same day she'll perform it for the first time on Live with Kelly & Ryan.
Maddie spent the summer on the American Idol Live tour with her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and the rest of the season's top seven. She's currently working on her debut album.
The singer from Iowa is nominated in the People's Choice Award category of Competition Contestant of 2018; winners will be announced November 11. She'll also headline her first L.A. show November 13 at the legendary Hotel Café.
Epic RecordsMariah Carey has released yet another new track from her upcoming album, Caution.
The slow jam track, "The Distance," features rapper Ty Dolla $ign, and features Mariah singing about a love that endures despite people's disapproval.
"People saying what we have is over/But the hate only made us get closer/And closer," sings Mariah. "Said we couldn't go the distance/Look at us, we're going the distance/They just wanna be us/They don't wanna see us going the distance/for life, for life."
Thematically, the song is similar to Mariah's previous single, "With You," in which she sings about two people who've weathered multiple hardships but are still in love.
Caution is due November 16. If you pre-order it now, you'll instantly score "With You," "The Distance," and the first track Mariah released from the project, "GTFO."
Image Group LA/ABCColdplay's upcoming A Head Full of Dreams documentary will receive a home release on December 7, and it'll be accompanied by a new live album and concert film.
The album, Live in Buenos Aires, was recorded in the Argentine capital on November 15, 2017 -- the final date on Coldplay's extensive world tour behind their most recent studio effort, 2015's A Head Full of Dreams. Meanwhile, the film, Live in Sao Paulo, was shot a week earlier.
The Live in Buenos Aires recording of "Viva La Vida" is available now for digital download, while you can watch the Live in Sao Paulo performance of the 2008 hit now on YouTube.
The career-spanning A Head Full of Dreams documentary chronicles Coldplay's now 20-year story, from their first rehearsal to becoming the stadium-conquering global stars they are today. It'll screen in theaters worldwide for one night only on November 14 before premiering on Amazon Prime Video November 16.
NABILToday's a good day to catch a couple of "Z's": ZAYN and Zara Larsson both have new songs out.
ZAYN's new song, "Fingers," written and recorded this past summer, is one of the many tracks the former One Direction member has released ahead of his long-awaited sophomore album. The track finds ZAYN singing about how he can't text his significant other "'Cause my fingers ain't broken, but my heart is."
ZAYN has already released the songs "Let Me," "Entertainer," "Sour Diesel" and "Too Much" from his upcoming album, more about which we'll be hearing "soon," according to a press release. His #1 solo debut album, Mind of Mine, came out in 2016.
Meanwhile, "Never Forget You" hitmaker Zara Larsson has released a new song called "Ruin My Life" from her upcoming sophomore album, due out in 2019. The upbeat track finds the Swedish singer wanting to reunite with her ex, singing, "Baby, come back to me/I want you to ruin my life/I want you to f**k up my nights."
ABC/Paula LoboAfter scoring a #1 debut on the gospel chart with her new album Hiding Place,Tori Kelly launches a tour in support of the project tonight in Atlanta, Georgia. But if you're a fan of Tori's pop songs, don't worry -- you'll be hearing those songs and more, too.
"I'll definitely be playing some other stuff too," she tells ABC Radio. "I might even tease some new songs, we'll see, but [I'm] definitely gonna play the gospel stuff, and some of the older stuff."
"I want people to still feel like they're at a Tori Kelly concert so it's just gonna be me," she explains. "I don't wanna overthink it too much with the different styles. I think it's gonna be fun to try to weave everything together and really experiment -- that's what I do on tour."
Tori says the audience will be a big part of her shows as well.
"I feed off of them too, so whatever they're giving me I'll kinda give back to them," she says.
One interesting aspect of the tour is that some of the shows will take place in landmark churches, or landmark buildings that used to be churches. For example, her show tonight is at The Tabernacle, a concert venue more than 100 years old that used to be a church.
"It's not a full tour of churches but it's all like historical buildings and just beautiful venues," she says. "It'll be cool to have these amazing backdrops and just all the history that's in the building. That'll be something I'm looking forward to for sure."
Tori has said that she has a pop project coming "soon," but there's no release date on that yet.