Big Machine/Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift's latest single has allowed her to cement her place on the list of the all-time most successful artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Delicate" has entered the Hot 100 at #84, making it Taylor's 76th entry on that chart. That breaks her out of a tie she'd been in with the late, legendary Ray Charles: Before "Delicate," they'd both had 75. Now that Taylor has 76, she's officially tenth on the list of artists with the most charting songs in the Hot 100's 59-year history.
In other words, there are only nine other artists who've had more entries on the Billboard Hot 100 than Taylor Swift. Here's a list:
207, The cast of Glee 161, Drake 137, Lil Wayne 108, Elvis Presley (whose career predates the Hot 100's inception) 97, JAY-Z 91, James Brown 89, Chris Brown 84, Nicki Minaj 81, Kanye West 76, Taylor Swift
It's ironic that the person directly above Taylor on the list is her arch-enemy, Kanye West. Depending on how many more singles she releases from her album Reputation, she could possible tie him next year.
It's also worthwhile to note that Taylor has had more chart entries on the Hot 100 than The Beatles, who had 71, and Aretha Franklin, who has 73.
Mark SeligerSheryl Crow is one of several artists who'll be taking part in Saturday's March for Our Lives, which calls for an end to gun violence. And she tells Billboard that she won't be alone, either.
"I’m taking my 10-year-old with me," says Sheryl. Sadly, the singer's already had to discuss the topic of school shootings with her son, because in December, she released the song "The Dreaming Kind" to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise, a charity formed after the Newton, Connecticut shootings five years ago.
"I had to explain to him what happened at Sandy Hook, and he looked at me with disbelief," Sheryl tells Billboard. "So when the Parkland shooting happened...I said, 'I know you’re going to hear about this and I want to be the one to explain to you what has happened.'"
"He had all kinds of questions like, 'Well, what if that were to happen at my school?'" she continues. "You can’t look at your child and say, 'It’s never going to happen at your school.' And that is a heartbreaking reality. So I feel like we’re at a precipice: We either do the right thing or we fail our society."
Regarding Saturday's event, Sheryl says, "It’s a march brought about by kids who are school-age...it’s the most heart-rending thing I’ve witnessed in my lifetime to see these kids actually beg to have something change, to beg leaders to defend them and their right to go to school safely."
Sheryl notes, "Anybody that reads this will say that I am anti-Second Amendment, but I don’t believe our forefathers would stand for this. I don’t believe that, when they wrote the Constitution, they were envisioning unstable people being able to get a gun and [do these things]."
Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift generally stays out of political discussions, but the issue of gun violence is evidently something she feels strongly about.
Posting the March for Our Lives logo on Instagram, Taylor wrote, "No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship."
She continues, "I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again."
Meanwhile, a number of top stars will perform at Saturday's March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., and the event will stream live at noon E.T. on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Among the musicians taking the stage: Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway star Ben Platt and surprise guests.
March For Our Lives is a student-led movement dedicated to ending gun violence in the United States. Numerous other stars, from George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, to Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, have either donated money to, or expressed their support for, the movement and the march.
Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImageAt the height of their popularity, the Spice Girls were all about girl power. Now they're going to be all about girl powers.
Variety reports that the best-selling girl group is working on an animated film project that will cast each member as a superhero with a different power that reflects their personality. Considering that the group members already have "alter-egos" -- Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Posh Spice, Scary Spice and Sporty Spice -- the idea of them becoming cartoon superheroes seems inevitable. All five members would voice their respective characters.
While many fans are still hoping for a reunion tour, a source tells Variety that the "Wannabe" heroes are "fired up" about the idea of the movie.
The source adds, “The Spice Girls are thinking big in terms of a franchise on a global scale. They’re the most successful girl group on the planet. It’s just what Marvel or Disney needs.”
Charles Sykes/BravoWhile Justin Bieber's career and personal life has been on the upswing for the past few years, that bad patch he went through awhile back has earned him the dubious distinction of being the "worst-behaved" guest star on Saturday Night Live.
At least, that's according to SNL veterans Jay Pharaoh and Bill Hader, who were on the show from 2010-2016 and 2005-2013, respectively. Both men appeared on Bravo'sWatch What Happens Live!Thursday night, and when a caller asked, "Who was the worst-behaved musical guest or host [during] your time at SNL?," they were in agreement immediately.
"I mean, we both know, dog," said Pharoah to Hader. "Yeah, it was Bieber," Hader responded.
"He just was in a bad place...Maybe he's in a better place, but back then he was in a very…it was rough," added Hader of Justin. "Everybody's usually on great behavior...Bieber is the only one in my experience...he just seemed like exhausted or just at the end of a rope. I mean, he was just so huge."
Justin was the host and musical guest on a 2013 SNL episode, in the middle of his Believe world tour. In the episode, Justin appeared in nearly every sketch and performed two songs acoustically: "As Long as You Love Me" and "Nothing Like Us." He used the show as an opportunity to poke fun at himself for everything from his singing and dancing, to his physical appearance, to his weed habit.
Brian Bowen SmithHe first debuted it via Amazon's Today in Music feature on Valentine's Day, but now Josh Groban's new song, "Symphony," is officially out, along with a lyric video.
In a tweet, Josh describes the song as being about love and heartbreak, but last month, he explained that it's specifically about the difficulties of keeping up a relationship when you're a working musician.
"I'm often traveling, I'm on the road, and sometimes I've been lucky to be in a wonderful relationship when I'm doing those things, and it's very hard to stay connected with people when you're working as hard as sometimes I have to work," he said.
"And sometimes...you're in a hotel room and you write about it and you want to give that message to the person that you love, in song form, when the rest won't do."
In "Symphony," the narrator sits in a hotel room, lamenting the fact that his work keeps him away from the object of his affection, telling the person that they doesn't simply deserve to have a song written about them -- they deserve a whole symphony.
Josh co-wrote the song with Toby Gad, who's penned hits for Beyoncé, John Legend, Madonna, Colbie Caillat and Selena Gomez, among others.
"Symphony" is the first release from Josh's forthcoming album, which still doesn't have a title or release date, though we know it'll be out this fall. He'll support the new music with a tour kicking off in Duluth, Georgia on October 18.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now; Idina Menzel will be his special guest. Every ticket purchased comes with a voucher for a copy of Josh's album.
Island RecordsAfter showing fans his rock side, Shawn Mendes is now going for R&B-flavored pop.
Following Thursday's release of the anthemic, guitar-driven song "In My Bood," the Canadian star has released another new track from his forthcoming third album. Called "Lost In Japan," the slinky, sexy tune clearly displays the influence of Justin Timberlake, as Shawn sings about going to great lengths to meet up with the object of his affection.
"Do you got plans tonight?/I'm a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I/I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight/'Cause I can't get you off my mind," sings Shawn.
Both songs are featured on Shawn's next album, which will arrive in the next few months.
This weekend, Shawn is competing at the Juno Awards, the Canadian version of the Grammys, in the categories of Single of the Year and Fan Choice. The awards, hosted by Michael Buble, take place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 25.
Ryan AylsworthFans in Montreal, Canada, who were hoping to catch Pink's show on Friday night will have to wait a bit longer to see the pop superstar in concert.
In a Thursday night tweet, Pink revealed that she and her entire family have been under the weather for the past two weeks, and that she has been fighting through her illness to perform at her recent gigs. However, it looks like the illness got the best of her, as she won't be able to perform Friday night in Montreal.
Pink writes, "I am absolutely GUTTED to announce that tomorrow’s show, March 23rd (Friday) will be postponed. I will absolutely be back to perform for you all and I’m grateful for you wanting to come and be with us at all."
She adds, "Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks. I’m really sorry and know that I have done everything I could to avoid this. [My husband] Carey’s been home with flu while me and the kids battle this virus. I wish anyone out there going through this healing vibes and big hugs."
Pink kicked off her Beautiful Trauma tour on March 1. As of now, the trek is scheduled to resume Sunday in Detroit.
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran is arguably the biggest pop star in the world right now...but he may also be one of the most hated. While Ed realizes that a lot of people don't like his music, he doesn't really care, because he's figured out that, as he puts it, "there's nothing negative about being not liked."
In a video interview with the New Zealand Herald, Ed points out that it wasn't until he became famous that people started to actively hate him -- online, that is -- but he's still not quite sure why they do.
"I'm quite a polarizing figure," he tells the Herald. "Even though it's quite odd, 'cause a lot of music journalists call my music very bland. But it's so polarizing! If it was bland, then everyone would like it!"
He continues, "So, I feel like I make music that people either, like, really, really, really love or really, really, really hate, and thankfully there's more on the love than there is in the hate, which is why I've kind of come not to care."
As he points out, "I get to tour 'round the world...I get to make the music I want to make and play it to people that like it. And then I also get the opportunity to convert people. 'Cause I have people who come to my gigs...boyfriends or husbands or dads, that might not be fans, [but] that might leave [as fans] afterwards."
"It's a pretty win/win situation," Ed points out. "The people that don't like my music, when I meet them, they're always polite. I never get people starting fights with me, like 'You're s**t!' It's always, 'Oh, I'm not a big fan but it's nice to meet you.'"
So, Ed reasons, "So there's nothing negative about being not liked."
Jon Furniss/WireImageElton John is the executive producer of the new animated movie Sherlock Gnomes, which also features his songs. It's a sequel to 2011's Gnomeo and Juliet, and Elton feels that the new movie is better than the first...mainly because it takes place in his home city of London.
"The first film was a love story about how two gnomes from two battling gardens fell in love, and it was very funny," Elton says. "This film is about Gnomeo and Juliet, who are together and they've moved down to London...it's more of an adventure film."
He adds, "It's all around London so it's quite panoramic...it's far more adventurous and far more, I think, enjoyable." Elton thinks it was a "great idea" to use the city as a backdrop, noting, "London offers so many great scenarios and so many different locations...It's a love letter to London, really."
Plot-wise, all the gnomes in London are being kidnapped, so Sherlock Gnomes, voiced by Johnny Depp, shows up to help find them. While looking for clues, Sherlock goes to a doll museum, where he runs into his ex, a doll named Irene who's voiced by Mary J. Blige.
"Sherlock...treated her very badly, because he's so self-obsessed," Elton explains. "So...she's not exactly pleased to see Sherlock. And she does this huge number, and dance routine...it's kind of like...'You hurt me, but I'm stronger now than I've ever been' and 'take that,' basically."
The song Mary sings, "Stronger Than I Ever Was" was written specifically for the movie by Elton. "She does it brilliantly," he says.
Elton's own songs in the movie include "Philadelphia Freedom," "I'm Still Standing" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)." Sherlock Gnomes, starring Emily Blunt and James McAvoy, is in theaters Friday.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesTina Turner's notorious relationship with her late ex-husband and musical partner Ike Turner involved years of abuse. But Tina tells The Sunday Times in a new interview that now, "as an old person, I have forgiven him, but I would not [have] work[ed] with him [again]."
She continues, "He asked for one more tour with me, and I said, 'No, absolutely not.' Ike wasn't someone you could forgive and allow him back in. It's all gone, all forgotten." Ike Turner died in 2007 of a cocaine overdose.
Tina also has thoughts about the crop of sexual assault scandals in the entertainment industry that continue to make headlines, such as previous ones regarding film and TV producer Harvey Weinstein. "That's always been going on," she says.
"I knew about that, back in my time," she adds. "They were doing it back then, but somehow they were allowed because of their position. It's not new, it's just been brought to attention. And what I feel about it is, you never get by, it catches you sooner or later."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer continues, "When you do something wrong, if you do it long enough, it eventually catches you. I said to myself, 'Well, finally, you get what you deserve.'"
As previously noted, Tina is releasing a memoir in October titled Tina Turner: My Love Story. The autobiography will take an in-depth look at the rock and soul legend's life and 60-year career while covering topics that, according to a statement from Turner, range from "finding love," to surviving "a previously undisclosed life-threatening illness," to "today's happy endings."
Turner's book is the sequel to her bestselling 1986 autobiography, I, Tina.
Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsMr. Rogers and his neighborhood may no longer be with us, but Jason Mraz is happy to take his place. He says he sees his future in the music industry as fulfilling a role similar to the one played by the beloved children's TV host.
Speaking to the Shreveport Times, Jason says, "As I get older -- I’m 40 now -- I can’t imagine myself being in the competitive music market much longer. I just feel like it’s a young man’s life. But I’m grateful that I have a great audience that’s been very loyal to me so I’ll always be touring and always putting music out, but doing it in a more scaled down way that affords me more time with my family."
According to Jason, he'd also like to get more involved with the arts programs for kids that he's funded through his charitable foundation. His goal, he says, is create more programs "that can cause peace in the world through arts education and the advancement of equality."
Summing up his ambitions, Jason says, "I guess what I’m saying is what I want to be in the future is a 'Mr. Rogers.' I want to help people tap into their feelings and use my music for good."
The first step, he says, is a new single he's got planned called "Have It All" -- the video will involve some of the kids who've participated in those arts education programs.
No release date for the single has been announced.
Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON will headline a benefit concert for Band Together NC, a North Carolina-based organization that uses "live music as a platform for social change." The show takes place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on June 23.
Proceeds from the concert will support Triangle Family Services and its mission to help local North Carolina families with mental healthcare. For ticket info, visit BandTogetherNC.org.
WALK THE MOON recently wrapped a North American headlining tour in support of their new album, What if Nothing, which features the lead single "One Foot." This summer, they'll play a run of home-state shows in Ohio, and they'll also open for Thirty Seconds to Mars on Jared Leto and company's massive Monolith tour.
John was the perfect choice for the role, given the Grammy, Tony and Oscar-winner's remarkable talent, and his church upbringing.
Growing up in Ohio, John's mother was a choir director, his grandmother was a church organist and his grandfather was a pastor.
Legend tells People, "The message I took from growing up in church was the idea of loving your neighbor, giving to others and treating people as you would want to be treated. You can learn those things in any religion or without religion, but that's where I did."
"I was in choir rehearsals every week as a kid, and I took over the choir when I was older," the "Ordinary People" star adds.
"That was the foundation of my career; I wouldn't be where I am without playing gospel music in church."
As for his thoughts on Jesus, John believes that in real life, the biblical figure was "a bit of a revolutionary."
Says John, "He was somebody who was disrupting the status quo and provided an example for how we could all love each other, how we think about people who have been looked down upon and what it means to sacrifice oneself for something that you believe in."
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert airs Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Charles Sykes/BravoIn a recent interview, Rod Stewart said he teased his friend Elton John for announcing that his upcoming tour will be his last and that he's retiring from the road. Now, Rod is taking it a step further, branding retirement announcements as "dishonest."
Appearing Wednesday night onWatch What Happens Live! with his summer tour mate, Cyndi Lauper, Rod was asked by a caller what he thought of Elton's farewell tour announcement. After reiterating that he'd teased Elton about it, Rod then got serious.
"I've never spoken about retirement, and if I do retire, I won't make an announcement, I'll just fade away," he told host Andy Cohen, adding disgustedly, "[Making] this big deal -- 'I'm going to retire' -- it so stinks of selling tickets."
Then, when Cyndi jokingly suggested that she and Rod pretend they're retiring in order to boost ticket sales, Rod really slammed the concept.
"It's dishonest," he said. "It's not rock and roll." Wonder how that'll go over with Elton?
Rod's currently touring Canada. His summer tour with Cyndi kicks off June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Courtesy Virgin ProducedKAABOO Del Mar, billed as an "adult, anti-dirt" festival featuring music, comedy, art and food, has announced an eclectic lineup for 2018
Acts who'll be performing at the event, scheduled for September 14-16 at the Del Mar Racetrack north of San Diego, include current hit artists Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and Halsey, but also '90s icons Jewel, Melissa Etheridge and TLC.
New-wave icons Billy Idol, Blondie and The English Beat are also on the bill, as are rock legend Robert Plant, and old-school R&B superstars Earth, Wind & Fire.
If '90s rock and grunge is your thing, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Better Than Ezra, Jimmy Eat World, Candlebox and Incubus will be there. Like reggae? The Wailers are on the bill as well.
Tickets go on sale at noon ET today, March 22. In addition to dozens of music acts, the event also features a pool party, spa treatments, art exhibits, lounges, and gourmet food and drink.
BMLG/Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift has a Reputation for mega-sales.
Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Taylor’s Reputation album hit two million in album sales in the U.S. -- becoming the first album since Adele’s 25 to reach that milestone.
The album reached that tally after selling 5,000 copies for the week ending March 15.
The difference, though, is that it took 18 weeks for Reputation to cross two million, while Adele’s 25 reached the number in just two days back in 2015. Taylor’s previous album, 1989, sold two million copies in three weeks.
All six of Taylor’s albums have now sold at least two million units. Reputation was one of only two albums to sell more than a million copies in 2017, along with Ed Sheeran’s Divide.
Island RecordsAs he teased earlier this week, Shawn Mendes is indeed back with a new single.
It's called "In My Blood," and it's the first single from Shawn's forthcoming third album. Shawn will give the song its primetime TV debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden next Wednesday, March 28.
The song, described as an "empowering rock anthem," was co-produced by Shawn with longtime collaborator Teddy Geiger. The song is about overcoming anxiety, and features the singer at his most vulnerable.
"Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing/I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something," he sings. "Help me, it's like the walls are caving in/Sometimes I feel like giving up/But I just can't/It isn't in my blood."
In a message to fans, Shawn tweeted, "This song is the closest song to my heart that I've ever written and I hope you guys love it and all the new music coming your way."
According to Shawn's teases, he'll release another new song tomorrow; fans have already predicted will be called "Lost In Japan."
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesSir Elton John loves a good gnome-themed literary pun.
The musician produced the 2011 animated film Gnomeo & Juliet and returns as producer for its upcoming sequel, Sherlock Gnomes. He also contributed original music for the film’s soundtrack, including one song titled “Stronger,” performed by Mary J. Blige as the character Irene.
Actor James McAvoy, who voices Gnomeo in the film, says Elton’s music really helped bring the movie to life.
“It gives a very particular character to the movie,” McAvoy tells ABC Radio. “His music is so full of energy, which you need in these types of films, I think.”
He adds, “But the fact that it comes from one singer and one mind, one heart, gives the movie a real character of its own, just musically.”
McAvoy got to meet Sir Elton during production of Gnomeo & Juliet. He says they hung out a little bit and discussed Rocketman, the in-development film about Elton’s life.
Sherlock Gnomes -- which also features the voices of Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Chiwetel Ejiofor -- hits theaters Friday.
Denise TruscelloCeline Dion has been forced to cancel all the upcoming performances of Celine, her Las Vegas show, from March 27 through April 18.
According to a message on her Facebook page, Celine is suffering from a middle ear condition called Patulous Eustachian tube, which causes hearing problems and, in turn, makes it difficult to sing. "She has been experiencing this condition for the past 12-18 months but it has been successfully treated with various ear drop medications," reads the message.
"During the past couple of weeks these medications have no longer been working to treat the condition, so she will undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct the problem."
In a statement, Celine says, "My luck hasn’t been very good lately. I’ve been so looking forward to doing my shows again and this happens…. I just can’t believe it! I apologize to everyone who planned to travel to Las Vegas to see my show. I know how disappointing this is, and I’m so sorry.”
The star will resume her performances at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 22. Fans who purchased tickets with a credit card will receive refunds. Those who used cash can return the tickets to the point of purchase for a refund.
In January, Celine was forced to cancel a string of shows due to colds and congestion. She was set to resume performances on March 27, which is now the first canceled show in this latest batch of scrapped dates.