Justin BettmanJason Mraz reveals in a new interview with Billboard that his wife, Christina Carano, helped him come to terms with his sexuality.
“[I’ve] had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife,” the singer says.
He admits he was initially confused by it, but Carano was understanding.
“It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me,” he says. “She calls it ‘Two Spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman.”
He adds, “I really like that.”
In fact, according to Indian Country Today, Two Spirit is used in some Native communities to describe a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit.
Jason previously opened up about his sexuality back in 2005. In an interview with Genre magazine, he said he was “bisexually open-minded,” and that while he had never been in a sexual relationship with a man, he wouldn’t rule it out.
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is treating fans to “Treat Myself,” the title track off her upcoming album.
The celebratory track has Meghan singing about taking some me-time and rewarding herself for working hard.
“I’ve been working real hard on myself, on my health, on my happiness/Hit pause on my life, took time on my mind, been working less/’Cause I lost myself, I forgot myself and I don’t deserve it/Let me give myself a hand,” she sings.
The song will also be part of Target’s Back to School campaign. TV ads using the song will debut July 22.
Meghan’s album, Treat Myself, comes out August 31.
ABC/Lou RoccoPink is joining Reese Witherspoon for the third episode of the actress’ new talk show, Shine On with Reese.
She opens up to Reese about the challenges and the rewards of bringing her kids, 7-year-old Willow and 1-year-old Jameson on her world tour.
“Going on tour with children is really tricky. It’s exhausting,” Pink says in a preview clip of the episode. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I’m very, very fortunate that I get to bring my kids with me and that I kind of get to integrate them into my life.”
If anything, her kids are becoming worldly at a young age. She tells Reese they've gotten to sight-see in multiple European cities and visit important historical sites, including the Holocaust Museum. Pink shares a sweet story about the impression one city in particular made on Willow.
“I asked her, ‘What was your favorite city?'” Pink says. “And she said, ‘I think it was Berlin.’ I said, ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘Because there was a wall, and people were separated, and there was a war. And now everybody’s together and there’s no more wall and there’s no more war. And that means everything that’s bad can be good again.’”
Pink continues, “I'm just listening to her and I'm like, 'You're amazing and you're totally right - everything that's bad can be good again.’”
The episode, which also features Reese visiting one of Pink’s rehearsals, is available on the Hello Sunshine channel of DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW.
Republic RecordsAt a concert at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl last month, Rod Stewartannounced that he would be releasing a new studio album called Blood Red Roses in September, and now full details about the project have been unveiled. Blood Red Roseswill hit stores on September 28, and will be available on CD and digitally in both a 13-track standard collection and 16-track deluxe version.
The album features mostly original tunes co-written by Rod, and finds the legendary singer exploring a variety of genres, including acoustic folk, soul-flavored pop, rock 'n' roll and pop balladry. The first single, "Didn't I," is a mid-tempo R&B-influenced rock tune sung from the perspective of a concerned parent whose child is battling drug issues. Fans who pre-orderBlood Red Roses will receive an instant download of the track, which also can be purchased as a digital single now.
"I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy," says Stewart. "Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing."
Rod co-produced Blood Red Roses with his frequent collaborator Kevin Savigar, who also worked on Stewart's previous three records -- 2012's Merry Christmas, Baby, 2013's Time, and 2015's Another Country.
Stewart continues his joint North American tour with Cyndi Lauper this Tuesday, July 25, in Hollywood.com. Visit RodStewart.com to check out all his dates.
Here's the full track list of Blood Red Roses:
"Look in Her eyes" "Hole in My Heart" "Farewell" "Didn't I" "Blood Red Roses" "Grace" "Give Me Love" "Rest of My Life" "Rollin' & Tumblin'" "Julia" "Honey Gold" "Vegas Shuffle" "Cold Old London"
Deluxe Bonus Tracks: "Who Designed the Snowflake" "It Was a Very Good Year" "I Don't Want to Get Married"
Kevin MazurBilly Joel performed his 100th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City last night and he was joined by a very special guest to help commemorate the milestone.
Bruce Springsteensurprised the crowd by coming out on stage to perform two songs with Billy.
“Congratulations Billy on your 100th show,” Springsteen said, to loud cheers from the audience.
As Billy played the piano, Bruce sat on top and the two performed “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.” Then Bruce got his guitar for a performance of his song, “Born to Run.”
The two hugged after the two-song set was over.
Elsewhere in the show, Billy told the crowd he wanted to perform a special song to celebrate the 100th show milestone, and launched into “This Is the Time.”
Before the concert on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed July 18 to be Billy Joel Day. MSG honored the milestone by placing one of Billy’s Steinway pianos – along with a special plaque – on display in a plexiglass case at the arena’s main entrance.
ABC/Paula LoboSince hitting it big, Bebe Rexha has had a lot of “pinch me” moments. But one she’ll always remember is the night she found out Mariah Carey was a fan.
“With ‘Me, Myself & I,’ the one thing that I can never forget is I did a gala and Mariah Carey was there and I was singing ‘Me, Myself & I’ and everybody else was really kind of drunk and she was the only one kind of like singing along with me,” she tells ABC Radio.
Bebe continues, “And at the end she told me that she loved the record and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s Mariah Carey.’”
The singer had another memorable career milestone just this week when she was nominated for her first MTV Video Music Award. She received a nod for Best Collaboration for “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line.
In honor of her nomination, Bebe tweeted that she’ll be debuting her “I’m a Mess” music video today.
Voting for the MTV VMAs is open now. The ceremony airs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesNew York is in a Billy Joel state of mind today, as the Piano Man prepares to play his 100th concert at the famed New York City venue Madison Square Garden. In recognition of the career milestone, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomohas proclaimed July 18 to be Billy Joel Day in the state.
According to Newsday.com, a press conference was held today at Madison Square Garden that was attended by Joel and Cuomo. In celebration of Billy's 100th show, which also is the 54th performance of his ongoing residency at the venue, a Steinway piano belonging to Joel -- accompanied by a special plaque -- has been put on display in a plexiglass case at the arena's main entrance.
The Billy Joel Day proclamation describes Joel as "one of the most iconic and influential figures in American music history," adding that he "has had an immeasurable impact on the entertainment industry as a singer-songwriter and performer during an extraordinary, accomplished career spanning nearly half a century."
The proclamation also states that "Billy's achievements and influence have continued throughout a long, successful touring career highlighted by decades of sold-out shows across the globe and countless milestones along the way." Joel's 100 concerts and 54 consecutive performances at Madison Square Garden, of course, are both records for the venue.
At the press conference, Joel thanked the more than 2 million people who have attended his concerts at MSG since he played his first show there in December 1978.
"My cup runneth over," he declared at the event. "I couldn't think of a better way of peaking in my life other than this."
Joel's Garden residency currently extends through a December 19 concert, which will be his 105th show overall at the venue.
RhinoBesides his work with Genesis and as a hugely successful solo artist, Phil Collins collaborated with an impressive list of other musicians during his long career...as a drummer, singer, producer and more. Now, a compilation titled Plays Well with Others, featuring highlights of his many collaborative endeavors, will be released on September 28 as a four-CD box set and digital download.
The collection's first three discs feature studio recordings to which Collins contributed covering the respective periods of 1969 to 1982, 1982 to 1991, and 1991 to 2011. The fourth disc collects various live performances spanning from 1981 to 2002.
Among the many stars whose studio collaborations with Collins appear on the compilation are Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, David Crosby, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Gary Brooker, ABBA singer Frida, Adam Ant, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, The Four Tops, Tears for Fears, George Martin, and Lil' Kim. The box set also features tracks by the jazz-fusion group Brand X and the all-star 1985 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed the World)," to which Phil contributed vocals and drums.
The live disc features performances by George Harrison, The Bee Gees, and The Phil Collins Big Band, as well as separate onstage collaborations between Phil and Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and The Buddy Rich Big Band. Closing things out are four performances from the 2002 Party at the Palace concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, featuring Collins backing Clapton, Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker, and Bryan Adams.
"During [my life] I've played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends," says Collins in a statement. "Over these 4 CDs you'll find a mere smattering of those moments."
Here's the full track list of Plays Well with Others:
Disc One: 1969-1982
"Guide Me Orion" -- Flaming Youth "Knights (Reprise)" -- Peter Banks "Don't You Feel It" -- Eugene Wallace "I Can't Remember, but Yes" -- Argent "Over Fire Island" -- Brian Eno "Savannah Woman" -- Tommy Bolin "Pablo Picasso" -- John Cale "Nuclear Burn" -- Brand X "No-One Receiving" -- Brian Eno "Home" -- Rod Argent "M386" -- Brian Eno "And So to F" -- Brand X "North Star" -- Robert Fripp "Sweet Little Mystery" -- John Martyn "Intruder" -- Peter Gabriel "I Know There's Something Going On" -- Frida "Pledge Pin" -- Robert Plant "Lead Me to the Water" -- Gary Brooker
Disc Two: 1982-1991
"In The Mood"' -- Robert Plant "Island Dreamer" -- Al Di Meola "Puss 'n' Boots" -- Adam Ant "Walking on the Chinese Wall" -- Philip Bailey "Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed the World)" -- Band Aid "Just Like a Prisoner" -- Eric Clapton "Because of You" -- Philip Bailey "Watching the World" -- Chaka Khan "No One Is to Blame" (Phil Collins version) -- Howard Jones "If Leaving Me Is Easy" -- The Isley Brothers "Angry" -- Paul McCartney "Loco in Acapulco" -- Four Tops "Walking on Air" -- Stephen Bishop "Hall Light" -- Stephen Bishop "Woman in Chains" -- Tears for Fears "Burn Down the Mission" -- Phil Collins
Disc Three: 1991-2011
"No Son of Mine" -- Genesis "Could've Been Me" -- John Martyn "Hero" -- David Crosby "Ways to Cry" -- John Martyn "I've Been Trying" -- Phil Collins "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" -- Quincy Jones "Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning" -- Fourplay "Suzanne" -- John Martyn "Looking for an Angel" -- Laura Pausini "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" -- George Martin "In the Air Tonite" -- Lil' Kim featuring Phil Collins "Welcome" -- Phil Collins "Can't Turn Back the Years" -- John Martyn
Disc Four: Live 1981-2002
"In the Air Tonight" (Live at The Secret Policeman's Other Ball) -- Phil Collins "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- George Harrison "You Win Again" -- The Bee Gees "There'll Be Some Changes Made" -- Phil Collins and Tony Bennett "Stormy Weather" -- Phil Collins and Quincy Jones "Chips and Salsa" -- The Phil Collins Big Band "Birdland" -- Phil Collins with The Buddy Rich Big Band "Pick Up the Pieces" (Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1998) -- The Phil Collins Big Band "Layla" (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) -- Eric Clapton "Why" (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) -- Annie Lennox "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) -- Bryan Adams "With a Little Help from My Friends" (Live at Party at the Palace, 6/3/2002) -- Joe Cocker
Apple Music/AbramoramaEd Sheeran’s Songwriter documentary has an official release date.
The film, directed by Ed’s cousin Murray Cummings, will be available worldwide exclusively on Apple Music on August 28. It will also be released theatrically in New York on August 17 at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood on August 24.
"Songwriter gives viewers a unique glimpse into the songwriting process,” Ed says in a statement. "Murray’s film brilliantly documents the hard work and DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish."
The documentary follows Ed has he creates his album Divide, while also showing never before-seen-footage from his family’s archives. The trailer shows him working with collaborators including Julia Michaels and Johnny McDaid, creating the song "Galway Girl," and visiting his old high school.
"I decided to make something different,” Cummings says in a statement. “I wasn’t going to show fame. I didn’t want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn’t want to have sit down interviews because I didn’t want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting.”
ABC/Image Group LAShawn Mendes will be headlining Rolling Stone’s Relaunch event later this month, according to the magazine.
The event, presented by YouTube Music, will feature a live performance by Shawn followed by a Q&A moderated by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos. The concert will also be filmed for the series Live from the Artists Den.
The Rolling Stone Relaunch event will celebrate the recent redesign of the magazine and website, as well as a brand new, year-long partnership between Rolling Stone and YouTube Music.
The event will take place in Brooklyn, New York on July 26.
Matthew MurphyDavid Cook returned to the Broadway stage Tuesday night to reprise his role as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. The season seven American Idol winner takes over the role through September 9, before hitting the road for a fall acoustic tour.
This time around, David tells Billboard he’s learned not to “overthink” his performance. He says during his own shows, he uses a teleprompter as a safety net – but there’s no teleprompter on Broadway.
“The first night on Kinky Boots, there’s no teleprompter and I’m standing by the stage before my character’s first big number and I’m thinking ahead -- which is the exact wrong thing to do,” he says. “The rest of the show was this two-and-a-half-hour-long panic attack. I remember that because it taught me to stay in the moment, stay present.”
David adds that when his first run on Kinky Boots ended in May, he felt like he was finally getting into the groove of the character. “So I feel very fortunate that I get to return and continue to explore this character,” he says.
He anticipates his upcoming acoustic tour to be a change of pace from the collaborative nature of Broadway.
“It’s a completely different beast,” he says of the tour. “At the same time, with both, you’re operating on a tightrope without a net a little bit. I guess the difference is with live theater there’s other people on the rope with you.”
David’s new tour dates kick off October 25 in St. Louis.
Rockabye Baby MusicTeach ‘em about female empowerment while they’re young. Rockabye Baby! is releasing a new 13-song compilation of lullabies honoring female pop stars.
The Who Runs the World album will feature baby-friendly instrumental renditions of hits by Madonna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and, of course, Beyonce. It's described as being "ideal for families looking to introduce these artists to their little girl (or boy)."
The album will be released on July 27.
Here’s the track list:
"Run the World (Girls)" - Lullaby Rendition of Beyonce "Roar" - Lullaby Rendition of Katy Perry "What Have You Done For Me Lately" - Lullaby Rendition of Janet Jackson "Starships" - Lullaby Rendition of Nicki Minaj "Hips Don’t Lie" - Lullaby Rendition of Shakira "Work" - Lullaby Rendition of Rihanna "Toxic" - Lullaby Rendition of Britney Spears "Hollaback Girl" - Lullaby Rendition of Gwen Stefani "Work It" - Lullaby Rendition of Missy Elliott "Express Yourself" – Lullaby Rendition of Madonna "Look What You Made Me Do" - Lullaby Rendition of Taylor Swift "Chandelier" - Lullaby Rendition of Sia "Wrecking Ball" - Lullaby Rendition of Miley Cyrus
ABC/Craig SjodinIn a new interview with Vogue Australia, Katy Perry opens up about heartbreak -- but not of the romantic kind.
She tells the mag she was left heartbroken last year when people didn’t respond to her album Witness the way she expected them to.
“I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart,” she explains.
She says she believes the lackluster success of Witness, as compared to her previous releases, was the universe’s way of testing her.
“Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating ‘blankie,’” she says. “’Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’”
Katy has since undergone a mental reboot of sorts, even attending a week-long personal growth retreat in California. One thing she learned? You don’t have to be in pain to be creative.
“I was with someone recently who asked: ‘Well, don’t you think that if you do too much therapy it will take away your artistic process?’” she says. “And I told them: ‘The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.’”
Katy is currently on her Witness world tour, which wraps in Australia in August.
Earlier in July, Cher posted a series of tweets that suggested she was recording a whole album of ABBA songs, and now the legendary entertainer has confirmed her plans for the covers project. The singer, who co-stars in the new film sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, appeared on the Today show Tuesday and shared some details about the record.
"After I did [a cover of] 'Fernando' [for the movie,] I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did!" she told Kathie Lee Gifford. "It's not what you think of when you think ABBA, 'cause I did it in a different way."
While no confirmed release date for the album has been announced, in one of the aforementioned tweets, Cher wrote, "Think album will be out in sept." Her most recent studio effort, Closer to the Truth, came out in 2013.
Cher's rendition of "Fernando," a duet with her Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again co-star Andy Garcia, already has been released as a single, and peaked at #22 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart earlier this month. The track also appears on the film's soundtrack, which hit stores this past Friday.
Cher plays Ruby, the mother of Meryl Streep's character in the movie, which opens in theaters this Friday, July 20.
Lora KaramAttention Daryl Hall fans: The Hall & Oates singer's Live from Daryl's House performance series will be back for more episodes.
Following a new partnership with music publishing company BMG, production will resume on the show this fall.
"I'm really excited to announce that LFDH is coming back!” Hall says in a statement. “We have a new production partner with BMG, who are enthusiastic about taking this show to the next level with me. Fans have been asking me when we are returning, so I am pleased to say that we are headed into production in the fall."
Live from Daryl's House started as an online concert series in 2007 before airing on MTV Live until 2016. Each episode features the Hall & Oates frontman jamming at his home -- or, in later episodes, his New York venue Daryl's House -- with a special guest, as well as candid interviews and cooking segments.
Past episodes featured performers including Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, Elle King, Aloe Blacc and Kenny Loggins.
Hall’s partnership with BMG also includes worldwide rights to all 82 episodes of the series filmed from 2007 to 2016. It’s not yet clear where new episodes of the show will air. BMG is currently seeking distribution partners for the new season.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has returned to Malawi with her whole family to celebrate the first anniversary of the medical facility she helped open there.
On Monday, she visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The center is named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James, and was funded by her charity Raising Malawi.
Madonna posted photos of the visit on Instagram, including one group shot with all of her six children: her biological kids Lourdes and Rocco, and Malawian adopted children David Banda, Mercy James and twins Estere and Stella.
According to USA Today, Madonna is considering a new project in Malawi. She's reportedly thinking of establishing a soccer academy, inspired by her son David's love of the sport.