CBS Films/LionsgateAndy Grammer is contributing a brandnew song to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Five Feet Apart.
The song, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” can be heard in the movie’s new trailer. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson star as two teenagers with cystic fibrosis who fall in love, despite being advised to keep a safe distance from each other for the sake of their health.
The film is directed by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, who is an old pal of Andy's.
"To [Justin Baldoni], from being my 1st roommate in LA, crashing on each other’s couches, to now producing & directing your 1st film, @FiveFeetApart," Andy tweeted. "I couldn’t be more proud brotha! Having you use my song for such a special project means the world."
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCWanna see what Madonna was up to before she became a global superstar? A new docudrama about her pre-fame days, Madonna and the Breakfast Club, is set to be released in March.
The film follows the Queen of Pop when she was unknown musician in the ‘80s in New York City, performing with a pop group called the Breakfast Club. Madonna formed the group in 1979 with Dan Gilroy, who she was dating at the time, and she was alternately the band’s drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer.
Madonna left the band before their first single was even released in 1984. The group later had a hit with “Right on Track,” which reached number seven on the Billboard chart in 1987.
The docudrama will feature reenacted scenes with actress Jamie Auld playing Madonna, as well as interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and bandmate Gary Burke.
Madonna and the Breakfast Club will be available across digital and video on-demand platforms on March 12.
Courtesy of PepsiCoMichael Bublé isn't American, but he's participating in one of America's favorite annual rituals: The Super Bowl.
The Canadian crooner will be starring in a commercial for Pepsi's sparkling water brand, bubly, which will air during the big game. Called "Can I have a bublé?," the spot finds Michael insisting that "bubly" is in fact, bublé – and that it's named after him.
In a teaser clip, a worker at a store finds Michael sitting on the floor in front of a big display of bubly, and scrawling an "E" with an accent over it -- just like the "E" in his name -- over the "y" in "bubly" on all the cans.
"Michael, don't do that," warns the worker, as the singer tries to look innocent while adding yet another "E" to a can.
In a statement, Michael says, “I might be Canadian, but I’m a big fan of American football. I had a blast doing my very first Super Bowl commercial with bublé...I mean bubly. Because of our similar names, the brand and I share a special bond."
"I love how the cans are bold, bright, and full of personality," he adds of the beverage's colorful packaging. "They’re perfect for any Super Bowl viewing partés you might be having.”
The 30-second spot will introduce four new flavors of bubly: blackberry, cranberry, raspberry and peach.
Polydor Records/Universal Music CanadaBryan Adams’ new single had a little help from Ed Sheeran.
The iconic Canadian singer reveals that “Shine a Light,” the title track off his upcoming album, was co-written by Ed after a chance meeting in Ireland.
"I met Ed in Dublin [last] year at one of his shows and we kept in touch," Bryan says. "One day I sent him a chorus I had for a song idea I had called 'Shine a Light' and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on it.”
Bryan adds, "I got a couple of verses back a few days later, and man, you should hear him sing it!"
The new 12-track album, set to be released March 1, also features a duet with Jennifer Lopez called “That’s How Strong Our Love Is.”
"Working with Jennifer was a dream, our voices sound amazing together," Bryan says.
The album also includes Bryan's take on the traditional Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar," famously recorded by, among others, Thin Lizzy and Metallica.
To coincide with the album release, Bryan has announced a Shine a Light world tour, set to kick off in Belfast, U.K. on February 25. Before that, he’s playing a string of dates in his home country of Canada, starting January 22.
Here is the Shine a Light track list:
"Shine a Light" "That’s How Strong Our Love Is" ft. Jennifer Lopez "Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning" "Driving Under the Influence of Love" "All or Nothing" "No Time for Love" "I Could Get Used to This" "Talk to Me" "The Last Night on Earth" "Nobody’s Girl" "Don’t Look Back" "Whiskey in the Jar"
Ever since Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been dating, Taylor hasn't said a word about him publicly to anyone. Joe has given brief responses that indicate he'd really rather not talk about it. But now, he seems mildly annoyed that people think he and Taylor are being "too private" about their relationship.
While speaking to fashion magazine Mr. Porter, Joe was asked if he feels he's had to "fight for his privacy." He answers, "I don’t think more than anyone else. I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I?"
"And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is," he adds. "I think it’s normal.”
In fact, Taylor's always been pretty private about her relationships. While she's written about her romances in her songs, she hasn't been photographed at public events or red carpets with her various boyfriends, hasn't talked about them in interviews, and only rarely includes them in her social media posts.
If you want to see more of Joe, however, he's featured in a whole slew of recent movies, including The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and Boy Erased.
She'll sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" as part of the Super Bowl LIII pregame show at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3.
"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," the Empress of Soul said in a statement. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."
The Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee joins the ranks of top stars who've sung the anthem in the past, including Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Cher, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Luther Vandross, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.
As previously reported, Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.
The Inspire Change initiative will promote positive change in communities across the U.S. through the collaborative efforts of NFL players, owners and the league office.
Sam Fisher"I Like Me Better," by singer/songwriter Lauv, has gone platinum and racked up over a billion streams worldwide. Lauv previously had success on the pop charts by co-writing a song called "No Promises," sung by Demi Lovato, but he did that under his birth name, Ari Leff. That's a pretty unique name in and of itself, but Ari does have a reason why he performs under the name "Lauv."
"I just kinda liked the idea of it still being connected to who I am, but not necessarily being my actual name," he tells ABC Radio of his stage name. "I always wanted it to be something that has meaning to me."
He explains, "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."
Getty Images North America via ABC/John Shearer/AMA2018You could say that Camila Cabello's debut album Camila did pretty well: It hit #1, spun off a string of hit singles, earned her armfuls of awards, and is up for several Grammys next month. So it's no wonder she's so optimistic about starting her next album.
On Wednesday, Camila tweeted, "1st day back to writing the new album - I feel so lucky that I get to do this every day. This was my dream when I was younger, getting to make songs everyday and now I’m here. I’m reminding myself of that every single day this year."
Over the weekend, Camila celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of Camila, which arrived January 12, 2018. She wrote several heartfelt messages to her fans, including one that said, "Thank you for loving [these songs], taking care of them and giving them entirely new, special meanings."
"I'm so lucky I get to open my heart to you beautiful people," she added. "Happy anniversary, fam. What a ride it has been."
Camila also revealed that the song on the album she's most proud of is "Never Be the Same." She tweeted, "I just feel like that song sounds like what my soul sounds like."
Back in August, Camila said she had an idea of the direction she wanted to take with her second album, and said it'd be full of "passion and emotion." No word on when we can expect it.
Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesIn the U.S., Corey Hart is usually thought of as the one-hit wonder who sang the smash 1983 hit "Sunglasses at Night." Or maybe you think of him as a two-hit wonder, if you add "Never Surrender." But in his native Canada, Corey Hart is kind of a big deal.
The singer will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2019 Juno Awards, airing March 17 from London, Ontario. The telecast will see him performing on live television for the first time in more than 20 years.
In a statement, Corey said, "It’s an incredible honor to be acknowledged alongside so many other talented and venerable Canadian artists. My career goal since the beginning has always been to remain one hundred percent authentic to my artistic vision while embodying the highest respect and dedication towards the craft I love so much...these are indeed very exciting times for me."
Hart has sold over 16 million records worldwide and had nine straight top-40 singles in the U.S., plus 11 top-10s in Canada. "Sunglasses at Night" won the first-ever Juno Award for Best Video in 1984.
Most unbelievably, he was invited to screen test for the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but said no, preferring to focus on music.
In 1999, Hart took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on his family, but continued to work behind the scenes, producing songs for Celine Dion and starting a record label, among other activities. He's currently planning to release his first new studio recordings and embark on his first Canadian tour in more than 20 years.
Ruven AfanadorSam Smith is 26 years old but he says he's already planning what his life will be like when he hits the big 3-0.
Speaking to the U.K. station Hits Radio, Sam explained, "When I get to 30, I would love to have kids, so I definitely would like to step off from touring and stuff for a few years and venture into that."
"My plan is to just work super, super hard for the next four years of my life," he added.
Asked how many kids he'd like to have, Sam said two, but added, "I think I need to find a husband, first, though! But I could do it alone."
In other Sam Smith news, he's now removed his eye patch, which he donned earlier this week after having surgery to remove a painful stye. He took to his Instagram Story to give a shout-out to the doctors in New Zealand -- where he's been on vacation -- for helping him out.
Sam also posted a photo on his IG Story of himself without the eye patch; he looks like someone beat him up. He captioned the picture, "Kind of giving me Fight Club vibes, which I'm not mad at."
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Recently, Mariah Carey settled a lawsuit her former manager filed against her. Now, she's filed a lawsuit herself -- against a former personal assistant who she's accusing of blackmail.
A statement provided to ABC News reads, "This new year welcomes Mariah's continued efforts to clean the trash from her life. According to a complaint filed today in California, an executive assistant employed [by Mariah] in 2015 to help with business and personal matters turned out to be a grifter and extortionist."
"Because her threats and bad acts are too great to be ignored, Mariah has been compelled to file a lawsuit against her," the statement continues.
TMZ reports that the lawsuit claims the assistant, Lianna Azarian, took advantage of Mariah by using the singer's credit card to purchase stuff for herself, and secured huge discounts by telling retailers that items were for Mariah.
In addition, the lawsuit claims Azarian secretly filmed Mariah's "personal activities," videos of which the suit claims would be "embarrassing" and "extremely damaging" if they were released. According to the suit, when Mariah fired Azarian in 2017, she demanded eight million bucks and said she'd release the videos if she didn't get it.
Mariah's now suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.
"Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution," the statement notes.
Mariah resumes her Las Vegas residency next month; her Caution tour kicks off February 27 in Irving, TX.
David M. Russell/Disney ABC Home Entertainment and Television DistributionUsually when artists perform in New York's Times Square, it's on New Year's Eve. But this June, Melissa Etheridge will rock the "Crossroads of the World" during the Closing Ceremony of WorldPride 2019.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which started the gay civil rights movement in the U.S. In honor of the occasion, WorldPride is being held in America for the first time, and New York City has been chosen as the location for the month-long LGBTQIA celebration.
“That night, Times Square will serve as a home to a multitude of LGBTQIA individuals and allies on a truly momentous evening of love, pride, and community -- capping what I’m sure will be an extraordinary month of celebrations," says Melissa in a statement.
Melissa is one of many artists who'll be performing at the free Closing Ceremony event, which starts at 7 p.m. ET on June 30. Visit WorldPride's website for more information.
Anthony Ghnassia/Getty ImagesParisJackson is taking some serious "me" time.
The 20-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson has entered an undisclosed facility to "reboot, realign and prioritize her physical and emotional health," a source close to Jackson tells ABC News.
"After a busy year of work engagements that took her all over the globe, Paris decided that she needed to take some time off to reboot, realign and prioritize her physical and emotional health," says the source. "She checked herself into a treatment facility to aid in her wellness plan and is looking forward to coming out of this revitalized and ready to tackle the exciting new projects that await her."
Just last August, Jackson tweeted a strong denial to rumors she'd entered rehab. "i haven’t gone back to rehab, or to any clinic," she wrote in part. "idk who decided to make this bull**** up for clickbait but it’s annoying!"
The next day, Jackson tweeted: "it’s like the harder i work and the more successful i get, the more they want to steamroll me and make me out to be a bad person or that i have horrible issues."
The last time Paris tweeted was December 14. She spent much of 2018 launching her music career and dealing with the death of her grandfather, Joe Jackson, who died in June at age 89.
The year before, Paris told Rolling Stone that she tried to kill herself "multiple times" during her teenage years due to "self-hatred."
"Low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore," she said. "I was crazy. I was actually crazy. I was going through a lot of, like, teen angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help."
"The Middle," by Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey, has received three Grammy nominations, including Record and Song of the Year. Maren sounds like she was born to sing the track, but it turns out she was just one of a number of top female pop stars who tried their hand at recording it. So why did Maren get the job? According to Grey, the reason is simple: "She sounded perfect."
Kyle Trewatha, one of the two brothers who make up the duo Grey, tells ABC Radio. "First of all, everyone who sang it sounded amazing, it's not that people didn't sound good. It's that they just weren't the exact perfect fit for the song. And, us and Zedd, we're really picky about vocals and having the right person on the song."
Specifically, Kyle says, he, his brother Michael, and Zedd wanted someone who sounded just like the woman who originally sang on the demo version of the track.
"We were just trying to find the exact match for the longest time," Michael Trewatha explains. "And then there were just some other things, where people had other things going on, so they couldn't do it. And then we landed on Maren, 'cause she sounded, like, perfect."
Everyone else seems to agree, including the Recording Academy, which nominated "The Middle" for those three Grammys.
"We had read on some website somewhere that it was possible that we might get nominated for one, but we woke up to three and that was just crazy!" Kyle laughs.
"I was freaking out," adds Michael.
Kyle and Michael's parents must also be pretty stoked that both their sons are up for music's biggest honor, right?
"They're pretty proud," confirms Kyle.
Michael adds, "Yeah, that's the validation that parents like, I think."
Cher, Bob Mackie (Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)In her decades-long career, Cher has worn some pretty outrageous, over-the-top stuff -- from the barely-there number in the video for "If I Could Turn Back Time" to the huge feathered headdress and midriff-baring gown she wore to the 1986 Oscars. But her longtime costume designer Bob Mackie reveals there's one outfit he's wanted to put her in for years...to no avail.
Mackie's been working with Cher for 52 years, ever since he first met her on the set of the first season of The Carol Burnett Show. Speaking to Out magazine, Mackie says, "She liked what I was doing. Before I knew it, I was designing things for her club acts, and then her television show with Sonny.”
"She likes her rhinestones. She likes her glitter,” Mackie adds, noting that Cher would often push him to make her outfits even more outrageous and scandalous.
"There is a style she has and a way she loves to look, and it’s never average. It’s always kind of iconic, I suppose," says Mackie, who designed all the costumes for the Broadway musical The Cher Show.
Which is why Mackie admits that he's always wanted to dress her in something she'd never wear: a simple, red crepe gown.
Cher kicks off the U.S. leg of her Here We Go Again Tour this Thursday in Estero, FL -- but it's highly unlikely she'll be wearing anything like that.
ABC/Craig SjodinWe don't know if Katy Perry will be releasing new music in 2019, but now we know that she'll be playing at least one concert. She's one of the headliners for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place April 25-28 and May 2-5 in the Big Easy.
Katy tweeted, "The funny thing is, I already had @jazzfest in my calendar for a music and food tour of one of my favorite cities, but now I'll get to work off those calories on stage!"
Katy will perform at the festival on April 27. The other acts on the bill include Alanis Morissette, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Santana, Van Morrison, Los Lobos, Pitbull, Tom Jones and many, many more.
Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesRob Thomas' last solo project, The Great Unknown, came out in 2015, and he supported it with a solo tour. In 2017, he and Matchbox Twenty toured with Counting Crows. Now, Rob's ready for another solo outing.
On Twitter, Rob wrote, "Btw, word on the street is my new single ONE LESS DAY (DYING YOUNG) comes out Feb 22."
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Rob will be performing solo shows at Atlantic City, NJ, which he does each year as a benefit for his charity, The Sidewalk Angels Foundation. No word on whether or not Rob will debut the new single at those shows.
There's also no word on when Rob's new solo album will come out, but rest assured, he's still a member of his band. When the Press of Atlantic City wrote about the solo shows and erroneously described him as "former matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas," he retweeted it and wrote, "Ummmmm.... I’m still in @MatchboxTwenty unless I don’t know something."
In other Rob Thomas news, he's one of the artists who participated in the taping of the star-studded Aretha Franklin Grammy tribute concert, which will air later this spring on CBS.
Based on Instagram posts and one of Rob's hashtags in the caption, it appears that the special will feature him duetting with Fantasia Barrino on "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me," which was a #1 hit for Aretha and the late George Michael.
Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesA year ago, Adele caused a sensation by dressing up like Dolly Parton on Instagram. Now, she's dressed up as yet another pioneering female of country music: the late June Carter Cash.
June Carter Cash, who was married to the late country icon Johnny Cash, was a musician and songwriter in her own right, and a member of country's famed Carter Family group. A dancer, actress, author and philanthropist, she won five Grammys and co-wrote Cash's classic hit "Ring of Fire." She died in 2003.
Adele dressed up as Carter Cash in an old-fashioned high-necked lavender dress and a brunette wig, and as a prop, she held an autoharp, one of the instruments the late singer played. She captioned the photo, "June Carter Cash," with a heart emoji.
It's not known why Adele dressed up in the costume, but she took the picture in what looks to be the same location as she took the Dolly Parton photo. Maybe Adele has a friend who throws a costume party around the same time every year, in the same place?