Jeremy CowartIf you want to have an impressive Christmas caroling session, it helps to have a ringer, right? That's why Entertainment Weekly surveyed fans concerning which famous music artist they'd want along with them when they go door to door this holiday season.
Not surprisingly, Kelly Clarkson came out on top as the answer to that question in this month's EW's Pop Culture Index survey. Not only is she a Grammy-winning powerhouse vocalist, but her song "Underneath the Tree" is a modern Christmas favorite: It's currently ranked #20 on Billboard's Holiday Songs chart.
Coming in at #2 on EW's Celebrity Sing-a-long survey is Lady Gaga, a star who's also a powerful vocalist, knows the standards backward and forward, and would probably wear an awesome caroling ensemble to boot.
The Beatles came in at #3 on the list, followed by the late rock icon David Bowie, whose duet with Bing Crosby, "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" is a holiday staple.
Mr. "Blue Christmas" himself, Elvis Presley, rounded out the top five.
The survey was conducted earlier this month among just under 550 of EW's "Front Row Panelists," a group of self-selected EW readers over the age of 18. That's probably why BTS didn't make the list.
ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry is a huge Dolly Parton fan, so it's no surprise that the star has been added to the line up of artists who'll be saluting the country music legend this February.
As previously reported, Dolly is being honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year for her artistic contributions and her philanthropy. Katy will be one of the artists who'll pay tribute to her by performing some of her best-known songs at a February 8 gala in L.A.
As her fans know, Katy has spent many happy hours at Dolly's Tennessee theme park, Dollywood. In 2016, when they sang together on the Academy of Country Music Awards, Katy called Dolly her "personal hero and a powerful woman."
Another addition to the bill is Miley Cyrus -- again, no surprise, since Dolly is her godmother. Superstar country couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have also joined the bill.
Other artists taking part in the tribute include Pink, Shawn Mendes, Norah Jones, Lauren Daigle, Eagles singer and drummer Don Henley, R&B star Leon Bridges, Mark Ronson, and country stars Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson. Dolly herself is also expected to perform.
Proceeds from the event, which takes place two days before the Grammys, will go to support MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. It provides support to those in the music industry in times of financial, medical and personal need.
RANKINIt's not quite as impactful as when KISS first appeared without their makeup, but it's just as significant. Culture Club's Boy George reveals a makeup-free face for the first time the group's new video for the song "Life."
As George sings the gospel-inflected song, we see him wearing his usual variety of makeup looks, big hats and colorful clothing. But then, a little more than halfway through the song, we suddenly see George without any makeup at all, and no hat, either, with tears running down his face.
So what does he look like? A typical 57-year old white guy with interesting facial hair and some tattoos, including a peace symbol, visible along the right side of his hairline. After about 30 seconds, the makeup and hats come back.
George has described the video as a tribute to the fans who've stood by him during the highs and lows of his career.
In a statement, George says of the song, "John Lennon said 'Life’ is what happens while you are busy doing other things, but sometimes you have to stop and look with sadness and pride at what you have done and created in your own life and value the rich complexity of it!"
"As the lyricist of ‘Life’ I wanted to express something truthful, honest and bare while carrying an uplifting message of hope," adds Boy. "It's my story but it's a story so many people will resonate with."
He continues: "A story of recovery, transformation and the start of a brand-new journey which has already brought Culture Club well-deserved accolades. It's a song about second chances and new beginnings, enlightenment, spiritual growth and personal redemption.”
"Life" is the title track of Culture Club's 2018 album, their first studio release since 1999.
143/RepriseLast month, Michael Buble released a new album, Love, but this month, all people want to hear is his Christmas music.
Michael's 2011 album, Christmas, has climbed all the way up to #3 on the Billboard album chart. It's the disc's highest ranking in six years.
When it was first released, Christmas spent five weeks at #1. It's returned to the top 10 of the chart every December since 2011, but the last time it was as high as #3 was back in 2012.
Michael will kick off a world tour February 13 in Tampa, FL. It's currently mapped out through an early August date in Quebec City.
Elsewhere on the chart, John Mellencamp has scored his highest-charting album in 10 years. His new disc, Other People's Stuff, a collection of mostly previously released renditions cover songs, debuts at #7. This is the rocker's best showing since 2008, when his album Life Death Love and Freedom also reached #7.
Kennedy Holmes performs on "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBCThe top four on The Voice took the stage Monday night for part one of the season 15 finals, with a record contract on the line.
Team Blake Shelton's Chris Kroeze and Kirk Jay, Team Jennifer Hudson’s Kennedy Holmes and Team Kelly Clarkson’s Chevel Shepherd all performed three times. Adam Levine has no artists left on his team. Each artist performed a cover song, a duet with his or her coach, and an original song.
Kroeze led off with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” with his coach Blake Shelton explaining the selection as the kind of iconic song people have come to love from the artist. Following the performance, Adam and Kelly noted that Chris doesn’t get enough credit for being a “legit amazing guitar player.” Blake praised him for knowing what he wants to do and how to connect with the audience.
Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd showed off her bluesy side on Tanya Tucker’s “It’s a Little Too Late.” Addressing the camera during rehearsals, Kelly declared Shepherd “might be 4'10, but she’s coming for you country music.” Following Chevel’s live performance, Clarkson, called her “the best kind of artist to work with,” because she has fun “learning and challenging” herself.
Kirk Jay debuted an emotional new single, “Defenseless.” Blake was pleased with the song choice, noting it was a straight-forward, simple song with a great message. Jennifer said Kirk made her a country fan. Blake followed with “Welcome to the country music family, you’re the real deal.”
Kennedy Holmes, the youngest contestant in the competition at 14, followed with her original song, “Love Is Free.” Her coach, Jennifer Hudson, described it as an inspiring tune that Kennedy had to make sure she was “owning” it and “believed in” what she was saying. JHud hailed Kennedy as a performer who’s coming in to her own artistry and enjoying herself in the process.
Next, Kirk Jay joined his coach Blake Shelton for a cover of George Strait’s classic, “You Look So Good in Love.”
The next artist-coach duet featured Kennedy Holmes and Jennifer Hudson singing “Home,” by Stephanie Mills.
Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze followed with his original tune, “Human,” which Blake described as a song with a timely message -- we’re all human. He also felt it was a song that could show Chris’ diversity as an artist. Shelton hailed the live performance as “a moment” for Kroeze.
Chevel and Kelly, or “Chavelly,” as they referred to themselves, followed with a duet on The Judds’ “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain.”
Chris and Blake returned next with their duet, Delbert McClinton’s “Two More Bottles of Wine.”
Team Blake’s Kirk Jay came “full circle,” according to Shelton, tackling Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go” for his final performance of the night. Addressing the camera during rehearsals, Shelton declared Kirk “has a real shot at a big career,” adding that he's, “somebody we can hear on country radio tomorrow.” Adam gave kudos to Kirk for tacking a tough song, and having a voice that “stands out.” Blake called the performance “Brilliant.”
Team Kelly’s 16-year-old country singer, Chevel Shepherd, returned for her last shot at earning America’s vote, performing an original tune called “Broken Hearts.” Kelly loved the choice -- a traditional country story song, with a contemporary feel. Adam praised Chevel’s understated approach to songs. Clarkson became emotional as she hailed Shepherd as a “magical being,” adding she loved what Chevel represented not just for girls, but all women.
Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes closed out the show with her cover tune, bringing down the house with Demi Lovato’s “Confident,” Jennifer said it “represents everything it takes to get this far.” Hudson called the 14-year-old “a true professional” -- for her dance moves, as well as her voice -- declaring, “I thought Beyoncé was up there.
The winner will be crowned on Tuesday night's two-hour season finale, which begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Rascal Flatts, Panic! at the Disco, Dan Shay, Dierks Bentley, Halsey, John Legend, Esperanza Spalding, Kelly Rowland, The Doobie Brothers, Marshmello and Bastille, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, and last season's winner of The Voice, Brynn Cartelli, will be the musical guests.
MEGAManDavid Archuleta is currently on a holiday tour in support of his new Christmas album Winter in the Air. The first single, "Christmas Every Day," is a fun upbeat tune, and David says when he wrote it, he had an unusual goal in mind.
"I wanted to write a song that people would get sick of," he laughs. "That was my goal. I'm like, 'I want it to be the kind of song that people hear and it gets stuck in their head, that they get sick of it...in a good way!'"
For Winter in the Air, David co-wrote three originals: the title track, a spiritual tune called "He Is Born," and "Christmas Every Day." He says with that song, he just wanted to "make people happy," and "feel, like, 'Wow, Christmas is just around the corner!'"
On tour, David's performing songs from Winter in the Air, as well as his 2009 album, Christmas from the Heart. He says the people who are coming out to see him aren't his usual crowd, and that's a good thing.
"You get people who aren't just David Archuleta fans, they just wanna buy holiday show tickets." he tells ABC Radio. "So you get, like, couples going out on a date and older couples...then you get the young kids who have the David Archuleta shirts. I'm like, 'Oh, this is pretty cool!'"
In 2019, David will hit the road on a spring tour that starts March 27; tickets are on sale today. But first, after this current tour wraps, he'll head home to Utah, where he'll join his family for Christmas carols and, he hopes, a Utah specialty called "funeral potatoes."
"I'm hoping they make funeral potatoes," David raves. "It's just cheesy and creamy, [with] cornflakes on top....they're sooo good."
Myriam SantosSteve Perry has had a big year and he's thanking his fans with a little holiday gift.
This year, the former Journey frontman released Traces, his first new album of original material in 24 years. He writes on Twitter and Instagram, "This has been a big year of firsts for me. In keeping with that spirit, I thought I'd record a little Christmas card song and send it out to you to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I hope you enjoy it."
Along with that message, he's posted a version of the holiday classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" that runs just under two minutes. You also can check out the track on his official YouTube channel.
So far, there's no word on whether or not Perry will follow up the album with a tour.
The British boy band – Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Ste McNally – has announced that their as-yet-untitled new album will be released on April 26, 2019.
The "Back Here" trio has also launched a Pledge Music campaign, selling merchandise that includes a handwritten and signed lyric sheet for one BBMAK song of your choosing, a signed Polaroid photo of the band and a signed copy of the new album.
“We are so happy to be working with Pledge this year in support of our new record!” the band writes in a statement. “This is the first album of new material that we’ve released in fifteen years and we are incredibly excited to be back.”
They add, "The support that you have shown us throughout the years is so very appreciated, and we can’t wait to get back out on the road and to play this new music for all of you.”
The first single from the album is set to be released in February, followed by a late spring and summer North American tour.
In the meantime, the band has released a new music video for their cover of the Nat King Cole classic, “The Christmas Song.” In the clip, the three sit by a crackling fireplace with Christmas decorations behind them as they sing an acoustic version of the song.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Look what she made him do: An Ohio man has been arrested following a destructive rampage that he hoped would draw Taylor Swift's attention.
According to the Beacon Journal, 29-year-old Cody Hann was accused of driving his car onto a local airport runway, and then into the playground equipment at a park on Saturday night. After his car got stuck in the mud, he started hitting it with a metal pipe -- which is how police found him. They also found an inert hand grenade in his car.
Hann was arrested and charged with reckless operation, criminal damage and inducing panic. He told police that he's in love with Taylor, and wanted her to notice him. A day earlier, police had responded to a report that Hann had been pacing back and forth and screaming on the street. Hann told police he was yelling "I love you," and that he was in love with Taylor.
According to family members, Hann had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and was trying to get sober.
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018When Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was first released by in 1994, it wasn't eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Well, it's really making up for lost time now.
Mariah's holiday hit has just become the highest-charting Christmas song on the Hot 100 in 60 years, as it rises from number seven to number six. The last time a Christmas song ranked higher on the Hot 100 was in 1958, when "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville hit #1.
As previously reported, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" wasn't eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994 because it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited any such song from charting on the Hot 100. Those rules eventually changed and now, every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has returned to the chart. Last year, it finally broke into the top 10.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now also Mariah's highest-charting hit since 2008, when "Touch My Body" hit #1.
Finally, by reaching #6, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has surpassed the ranking of two other modern-era holiday songs, which both reached number seven: 2000's "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G and 1990's "This One's for the Children," by New Kids on the Block.
Live Nation EntertainmentShawn Mendes is going to have quite the homecoming next September.
The Grammy nominee's first stadium show in his hometown of Toronto sold out in minutes when it went on sale. The September 6 show at the Rogers Centre will wrap up the North American leg of his 2019 world tour, and it'll be a special show that features both a regular set, and an extended acoustic set.
“This really was a dream come true to play the Rogers Centre in my home town,” Shawn says in a statement. “And now to have sold it out is just incredible and something I could have only ever imagined.”
Shawn also tweeted, "Seems like I wake up everyday living something I was dreaming about just a few years ago. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for everything. This insane. Rogers Centre. Sold out. Thank you."
The North American leg of Shawn's tour in support of his self-titled album gets underway June 12 in Portland, OR. The tour itself will feature the singer playing more than 60 shows in Europe, the U.K., Australia and North America.
Shawn also bid his fans goodbye for a while, tweeting, "Taking a bit of a break from social media the next few weeks to be with friends and family. I adore you guys with all my heart! Happy holidays x."
ABC NewsIf it wasn't for Aretha Franklin, Kelly Clarkson would probably never have auditioned for American Idol, let alone become a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning pop star.
On tonight's ABC special 2018: In Memoriam, Kelly is among several stars who pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul, who died in August of pancreatic cancer. In an advance clip, Kelly explains the huge impact Aretha had on her.
"It's hard to believe, but I was actually shy when I was little -- very hard to believe, I realize!" Kelly laughs. "I had such a hard time communicating, which is actually why I started to write [songs] before I even could sing. And it was just to get my emotions out, 'cause I was afraid to let down walls because so many crappy things had happened."
But then Kelly discovered Aretha's music.
"Aretha was the one singer that kinda just reached right down in me, and then it was like, 'It's O.K. to cry, it's O.K. to be mad at something,'" Kelly explains. "I feel like she's the reason why I'm not so shy. Music really did give me that confidence and she really did stir something inside me that really broke down those barriers that I had built up as a child."
Kelly says her favorite Aretha song changes, but she reveals, "I will say the one I love to sing the most is 'I Never Loved a Man.' It's really just a killer classic, and every vocalist loves songs you can, like, wail on!"
In addition to Kelly, tonight's show will feature Aretha tributes from Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. Burt Reynolds, Barbara Bush, Senator John McCain and Stephen Hawking will also be remembered on 2018: In Memoriam, airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Paula LoboFor 30 years, Pollstar has been tracking tours and ticket sales -- but the publication's never seen anything like Ed Sheeran.
The singer's Divide tour grossed just over $432.4 million dollars in a calendar year, with sales of just over 4,860,000 tickets. That's the highest tour gross and most tickets sold in any year in Pollstar history.
Ed's tour isn't the highest grossing tour in history, mind you -- that would be U2's 360 tour, which took in $736 million and 7.36 million tickets. But U2's tour took over two years to reach that amount, 2009 through its 2011 end.
Not only is Ed's tour impressive for the money it earned, but it's even more impressive that his top ticket price was about $89. The average ticket price for 2018 for a top 10 tour was over $126. Not only that, but Ed also didn't sell any VIP tickets for the tour, which other artists make big bucks on.
Stuart Camp, Ed's manager, tells Pollstar, "Our adage has always been to be as democratic and fair as possible. We do meet and greets, but they’re for disadvantaged kids or contest winners; we don’t sell them, and similarly with VIP ticketing... Some kid who’s there and hasn’t got a job should have the same chances and the same access as anyone else.”
The Divide tour resumes in February and wraps up in August. By the end of 2019, Ed may have broken U2's record.
Explaining Ed's success, his booking agent tells Pollstar, "He has a work ethic like I’ve never seen. And he’s crossed the divide of great songs that are infectious and resonate. I cannot tell you how many emails I get about, ‘Can Ed play "Perfect" at my wedding?” I get 10 of those a day.”
Photo by Rob Verhorst/RedfernsThe Marvin Gaye estate's long drawn-out legal battle with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" has finally come to a pricey end.
The artists behind the buzzy single have been ordered by Judge John A. Kronstadt to pay the family of the late, legendary "What's Going On" singer $5 million, Billboard reports. The hefty sum includes Thicke, Williams and Williams' publishing company owing a combined $2.9 million, plus an additional $1.7 million required to be paid by Thicke and some $357,631 from Williams and his More Water from Nazareth company.
As previously reported, the Gaye family sued Thicke and Williams in 2013 for copyright infringement of the soul singer's 1977 hit song "Got to Give It Up." Initially, a judge ruled that both Thicke and Williams owed Gaye's estate $7 million, but following an appeal the judgment was decreased.
Moving forward, the Gaye family is entitled to a running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" songwriter and publishing revenue.
ABC/Randy HolmesMaroon 5's had a busy year, with a #1 hit, a tour and a Grammy nomination. But as Christmas approaches and the guys get ready to take some time off, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he, Adam Levine and the other five guys in the group won't be exchanging any gifts.
"Yeah, we don't really 'do' Christmas gifts," James tells ABC Radio. "I recently turned 40 and I got some gifts from the guys -- but only because it was my 40th!"
"Y'know, we spend so much time together, and we give each other gifts all the time," he explains. "Like if we see something, we'll just get it, y'know? It doesn't really have to be tied to a birthday or a holiday or anything."
But that doesn't mean that James doesn't have to do any Christmas shopping. There's still his family to think of, and his family is, well...really big.
"I usually spend [Christmas]...with my parents in Highland, Utah, and it's great because I've got 13 nieces and nephews," he says. "So we all get together and do a little snowboarding, which isn't bad."
But with 13 nieces and nephews, James can't show up for Christmas empty-handed, which means a lot of shopping.
"Oh yeah, I have to start pretty early," he laughs. "And I have to make lists, because there's just so many of them!"
Meanwhile, Christmas for Adam Levine will likely be pretty special this year: It'll be his youngest daughter Gio Grace's first one ever.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua98 Degrees is currently on a Christmas tour, singing music from their two holiday albums, This Christmas and Let It Snow. But the boy band draws the line at what many believe to be the highlight of Christmas festivities: presents. Well...at least for each other.
"We're a bunch of guys that like to drink beer and watch sports, so it's hard to buy for us," 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons tells ABC Radio. "And we all have everything material-wise that we need. Y'know, we don't need anything."
In fact, Jeff says for him, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre, simply being in each other's presence on their current tour is all the gift they need.
"We spent so many years in the grind during the holiday seasons working, with the business side of music kinda getting in the way of us having fun, that we're really just enjoying each other's company," Jeff explains. "So it sounds like I'm cheaping out on these guys, but we don't really need to buy anything for each other!"
When it comes to buying holiday gifts for his three kids and two stepchildren, however, Jeff says he has to be restrained from going all out.
"I don't stop myself from spoiling my kids; my wife, however, kinda puts the kibosh on all that stuff," he laughs.
"I mean, my whole thing growing up was wanting to have a big family with lots of kids, and [I] was fortunate to do that, so it's hard for me not to spoil 'em, I love 'em so much," he continues.
"I'm looking forward to getting home with them at the end of this tour. I'll be home on the 22nd, so I get home just in time for Christmas."
It's hard to believe, but in her long and successful recording career, Linda Ronstadt has never released a live record -- until now. February 1 brings the release of Live in Hollywood, an album featuring 12 performances from a 1980 Ronstadt concert that was recorded for an HBO special.
The show took place on April 24, 1980, at Television Center Studios in Hollywood, and featured Linda singing many of her biggest hits, while also performing selections from her then-new studio album, Mad Love.
Among the classics she performs on Live in Hollywood are her renditions of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." and The Eagles' "Desperado."
The album, which will be available on CD and vinyl, also features performances of three tunes from Mad Love that became hits for Ronstadt -- the new-wave single "How Do I Make You" and covers of Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" and The Hollies' "I Can't Let Go."
Nine of Live in Hollywood's 12 songs are previously unreleased, including the version of "You're No Good," which extends into a six-minute jam.
In advance of Live in Hollywood's release, Linda's performance of Doris Troy's "Just One Look" has been made available via streaming services. In addition, a video of Ronstadt singing the tune from the HBO special has been posted on Rhino Records' YouTube channel.
Here's the full track list of Live in Hollywood:
"I Can't Let Go"* "It's So Easy" "Willin'"* "Just One Look"* "Blue Bayou" "Faithless Love"* "Hurt So Bad"* "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" "You're No Good"* "How Do I Make You"* "Back in the U.S.A."* "Desperado"*
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has designed a limited-edition t-shirt to raise funds for a campaign to help a program in Nairobi, Kenya, that encourages young men to test themselves for HIV.
Kenya's population has the fourth largest percentage of HIV/AIDS-infected people in the world. Many aren't aware that they're HIV-positive. The program, sponsored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is called "Chukua Selfie," and it encourages young people to seek treatment and help stop the spread of the virus.
In a statement to the U.K. paper The Independent, Ed says, "I’m completely behind the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s goal to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all."
"To do this, I firmly believe we need to make young men part of our efforts, not only to bring them into consciousness about their own risk and vulnerability to HIV, but also to empower them to protect the women around them,” he adds.
The t-shirt features an image of Ed onstage, raising his guitar above his head. It says "Ed Sheeran #ChukuaSelfie." Available at Represent.com, they cost $26 bucks but are only available through December 21.
Peter LindberghThe nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced earlier this week, but Lady Gaga is just getting around to acknowledging them on Twitter.
Gaga and her A Star Is Born colleagues Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott were all nominated for individual SAG acting honors, while all the actors were collectively nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. A Star Is Born was the leading nominee in the movie category, in fact.
Now, Gaga writes on Twitter, "I'm so honored to be recognized by SAG as an actress alongside Bradley and Sam Elliot, and above all completely emotional to be recognized as an ensemble. A real family was built with this cast and I am so grateful. Thank you so very much for these nominations what a gift."
In other Gaga news, her Las Vegas residency show at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas gets underway December 28, and she's just added additional shows.
As previously reported, the residency is made up of two parts: Lady Gaga Enigma, featuring her pop hits, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, featuring stripped-down versions of her hits and her renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook.
Initially, Gaga had announced just four Jazz & Piano shows, but five more have just been added: June 15 October 20 and 26, and November 3 and 9. Those are on sale now.
George Pimentel/Getty ImagesThose Canadian celebrities really stick together. First, Ryan Reynolds got Celine Dion to record a song for his movie Deadpool. Now he's gotten Sarah McLachlan to let him poke fun at her in an ad for Aviation, the gin company in which he owns a major stake.
In the ad, Ryan gives a tongue-in-cheek description of how lovingly handcrafted the gin is, claiming that the people who make it engage in "four hours of silent meditation" before they start work, and that "all our botanicals" -- which are plants -- "are humanely caught, cage-free and humanely fed."
Finally, Reynolds says, "To ensure that heavenly taste, every bottle of Aviation is ordained by the Unitarian Church of Fresno, California and then -- before it departs home -- serenaded with the healing music of Sarah McLachlan."
On Twitter, Ryan writes, "Big thanks to @SarahMcLachlan for letting us use her name for the @AviationGin spot. True story: when I was 19, I bagged her groceries when I worked at Safeway. She was super nice."
Sarah has tour dates scheduled for 2019 starting February 16 in Wilmington, N.C. She's also doing three dates in April at the Wynn Las Vegas. No word on whether she has bottles of Aviation Gin listed on her backstage list of demands.