Lauren German, Tom Ellis; John P. Fleenor/NetflixIf you're a Kelly Clarkson fan, you know that she's not above being a total fan girl herself when it comes to her favorite singers, actors...and TV shows. One of her favorites is the series Lucifer, which is why it was a dream come true for her to actually visit the set and meet the cast.
On Friday, Kelly retweeted a tweet by Laura German, who stars on Lucifer as Detective Chloe Decker. German wrote, "Just met and chatted with @kellyclarkson what a genuinely beautiful, lovely and funny lady. Thank you for coming by the set Kelly, was a pleasure having you."
Kelly then replied, "Y’all have no idea how happy y’all just made me, my sis, and mama we just had THE BEST morning!! Thank you so much for being kind and down to earth! It was very exciting for us!"
She added the hashtag #LuciferCastForTheWin."
Kelly's such a fan of Lucifer, in fact, that she posted a long rambling Instagram video last month in which she begged Netflix to continue the show instead of ending it next year with its upcoming fifth season.
In case you're not familiar, Lucifer, which originally aired on Fox and is now on Netflix, stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer -- yes, the actual Devil from the Bible -- who abandons Hell for a life in Los Angeles. There, he helps the LAPD solve crimes and gets caught up in the lives of the humans he befriends.
ABC/Adam TaylorFollowing the news that Camila Cabello will star in a new movie musical version of Cinderella, Deadline reports that Queen Elsa herself may play her stepmom.
Idina Menzel is in talks to star as Evelyn, Cinderella's evil stepmother, in the film, which is set to open February 5, 2021. The retelling of the classic fairytale is based on an original idea from James Corden, who's producing the film. It's being directed and written by Kay Cannon, who wrote the Pitch Perfect movies.
Now we just have to wait and see if Shawn Mendes gets cast as Prince Charming.
Meanwhile, you can hear Idina in the long-awaited Frozen sequel, Frozen 2, which is due out November 22.
CBS Sunday MorningElton John's autobiography ME is coming out on Tuesday, and this weekend, you can watch him discuss it in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning. One topic he discusses his difficult relationship with his late mother, Sheila.
In his book, Elton refers to his mom as "the Cecil B. DeMille of bad moods,” and he tells CBS Sunday Morning that she was a woman he could never seem to please, no matter how successful he became.
Speaking about his husband and their two sons, Zachary and Elijah, Elton admits, “She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children."
“But I’m glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticized them, like she criticized me,” Elton adds. “She couldn’t help herself. She’s a sociopath.”
While Elton and Sheila reconciled prior to her death in December 2017, he says their relationship never really improved. What did improve, he says, was his reaction to her criticism.
“I didn’t lose my temper,” Elton says. “I knew what was coming and I let her get on with it. And I just said, ‘I love you, Mum,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too. I don’t like you, but I love you. But I don’t like you.’”
Elton also explains that he wrote the book -- which doesn't skimp on the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- for Zachary and Elijah.
"I wanted my boys to know what I was like and what happened, so that when I’m not here, they can read the book and read the truth,” the 72-year-old legend says. "I just want them to understand what I was like...before I had them...how they made my life complete."
ABC/Craig SjodinA concert taking place in December has the blessing of the Pope himself.
Lionel Richie, Bonnie "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Tyler and Susan Boyle are among the stars performing in the Vatican on December 14 as part of a Christmas concert organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. Italian singers will also take part in the event, as will a U.S. gospel choir, a children's choir, the Italian Cinema Orchestra and more.
A Vatican press release declares the concert will reflect "Pope Francis’ commitment to the Amazon," and will help safeguard it and its indigenous peoples.
People will be urged to donate to two different charities, one of which is working to raise awareness of the crisis in the Amazon among students worldwide, and the other which works to preserve the tradition and culture of the indigenous population on the Brazilian/Colombian border.
Capitol RecordsFollowing a court case that resulted in Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record company being ordered to pay nearly $3 million to a rapper in a copyright dispute over her hit "Dark Horse," Katy and her team have now asked to appeal the verdict.
As you may recall, Christian rapper Marcus Gray won a $2.78 million judgement in July after a judge found similarities between the beat used in "Dark Horse" and the one used in Gray's 2008 song, "Joyful Noise." Katy's share of that judgment was $550,000.
According to court documents obtained by Billboard, lawyers for Katy reiterated that Gray didn't have a copyright for the beat in question, that he didn't prove that Katy and her collaborators could have had access to "Joyful Noise" before they wrote "Dark Horse," and that any commonalities between the songs were "indisputably commonplace."
According to Billboard, the lawyers are also arguing that there's no way to prove how much, if any, of the money "Dark Horse" song earned was directly a result of the song using the beat in question.
In addition, the lawyers accused one of the plaintiff's witnesses, a musicologist, of giving "improper and highly prejudicial testimony."
They want the judge to either throw out the verdict, order a new trial and/or reduce the amount of damages awarded to Gray, according to Billboard.
"Dark Horse," from Katy's album Prism, was released in September of 2013 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since Taylor Swift usually maintains strict control over her image, many fans didn't believe it when she claimed she didn't know that Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was going to show that now-infamous video of her all doped up after LASIK surgery. But Fallon has now confirmed that Taylor was, in fact, in the dark about the prank.
Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Thursday night, Fallon was asked by a fan if he was afraid Taylor was going to get angry at him for showing the video, and if it was true that she had no idea about it.
"She really had no idea," said Fallon. " And...I've known her for a long time so I don't think she'll ever get mad at me...but it's a really funny video. So no, I wasn't scared at all, but she was a good sport."
As you'll recall, Fallon surprised Taylor last week by showing the hilarious video, which he'd gotten from her mother, on The Tonight Show. Taylor, wearing a post-surgery eye mask, struggles to detach a banana from a bunch and then starts crying because it wasn't the one she wanted. Then, she eats the banana in bed while declaring, "I'm not asleep! My mind is alive!"
After the video was shown, Taylor laughed, "[My mom] was kind enough to drive me [to the surgery] but cruel enough to film it and give it to you???"
"I can't even be mad," she added. "I'm just impressed that you infiltrated my family...nobody has my mom's number!"
Warner Bros. RecordsPresident Trump's rally in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday night has drawn the ire of Prince's estate, not to mention fans of Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen.
Minneapolis native Prince's iconic song "Purple Rain" was played at the rally. First thing Friday morning, The Prince Estate released a 2018 letter from legal representatives for Trump's reelection campaign, in which they promised to never again use "Purple Rain" or any other Prince music at a campaign event.
The official Prince Twitter account posted the letter and wrote, "President Trump played Prince’s 'Purple Rain' tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music. The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs."
In addition to angering Prince's Estate, Trump also ticked off fans of Beyoncé, her husband JAY-Z, and Bruce Springsteen. Trump criticized Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for having big stars such as those three artists support their campaigns.
"I didn't need Beyoncé and Jay-Z," he told the rally crowd. "And I didn't need little Bruce Springsteen and all of these people. They'd come in 'cause she couldn't get a crowd....They said 'We've got Bruce Springsteen.' What happened is, he'd do about two songs, then leave…and everyone leaves with him. And she's [Clinton] still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen!”
As you might expect, fans were not having this.
One wrote, "Poor @realDonaldTrump, you’re President of the United States but you’ll NEVER be The Boss. Don’t mess with Jersey!"
Another, referring to Beyoncé's devoted fans, wrote, "#BeyHive activate. It’s time to get in impeachment formation."
And for the record, "little" Bruce Springsteen is 5'10''.
ABC/Paula LoboSara Bareilles recently kicked off her Amidst the Chaos tour, which includes stops at two iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden this Sunday, and the Hollywood Bowl on November 2.
The Emmy and Tony-nominated star says she can't believe she's actually performing in these huge, legendary places.
"It's crazy. It's outside of the realm of what I had imagined for myself," Sara tells ABC Audio. "So it's, y'know, it's glorious! And I'm so grateful because it means that there's people who want to come hear the show."
Sara's tour comes in support of her latest album, also called Amidst the Chaos, which she released back in April. It was her first pop music album since 2013, because she's spent the last five or six years co-writing and then starring in the Broadway musical Waitress, among other projects. Sara says spending all that time on the Broadway stage affected the way she performs in concert.
"It's always nice to do things that are sort of outside your comfort zone because I think there's so much growth that happens there," Sara tells ABC Radio. "And so I think there's a part of me that feels, maybe, slightly more adventurous in certain ways. And I feel a little more playful, overall."
"Getting to work on a musical and spending such a long time being creative in that capacity was really informative for what we do on stage for my regular concerts," she adds.
Sara's tour wraps up November 26 in Atlanta, GA. She's also working on a series for Apple TV called Little Voice. Waitress, meanwhile, currently stars Jordin Sparks, who'll appear in the show through November 24.
HBOA host of other musicians, artists and celebrities, including Cyndi Lauper, are reciting the Emma Lazarus poem "The New Colossus" -- written in 1883 and famously engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty -- for the upcoming HBO documentary Liberty: Mother of Exiles.
Lauper reads the line, "her mild eyes command/the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame." Other participants include Courtney Love, R&B star Lizzo, Andy Cohen, Jessica Chastain, RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina Spektor, Charo, Monica Lewinsky and Wayne Brady.
You can listen to the star-studded reading in a promo video for the documentary that's now streaming on YouTube. The clip also features archival film footage and photos of the Statue of Liberty, including a famous pic of John Lennon flashing a peace sign while standing in front of the landmark.
Liberty: Mother of Exiles, which explores the history and impact of the Statue of Liberty, premieres October 17 on HBO.
"Let Her Go," the 2012 hit by Passenger that gained a new life after being used in a Budweiser Super Bowl commercial in 2014, has just set a major milestone.
The mournful ballad has become only the seventh song by a British artist to hit one billion Spotify streams. It's also now one of only 42 songs overall that have notched that many streams -- a list that includes hits by Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Sia, Camila Cabello and Drake.
In addition, the song, which hit number one in 19 countries upon its initial release, is close to achieving diamond certification for sales of 10 million units in the U.S.
“How flipping silly and ridiculous! This song just keeps on going and going," says Passenger, born Mike Rosenberg, in a statement. "A massive thanks to everyone who is still listening/streaming/ watching it."
The video for "Let Her Go," by the way, has racked up over 2.5 billion views on YouTube.
Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboTaylor Swift has once again proven that not only is she pop's leading cat lady, she's also a die-hard Game of Thrones nerd to boot.
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness posted a few photos of Taylor with one of his new cats, Genivieve, and captioned them, "Aunt Taylor came to meet Genivieve & the other babies last night."
Taylor responded to the comment by writing, "Genivieve of the House Van Ness, First of Her Name, the Unscratched, Queen of Meows and nose boops, Catleesi of the East River, Breaker of Wine Glasses, and Mother of hairballs."
Taylor's comment -- a reference to the character DaenerysTargaryen in Game of Thrones -- received more than 8,000 likes in a single hour.
Jonathan, who appeared in Taylor's "You Need to Calm Down" video, adopted kitties Genivieve, Larry, Liza and Matilda after his beloved cat Bugpassed away in August after falling out of a window.
Taylor has shared her love of Game of Thrones in several recent interviews, admitting that many of the songs on her album Reputation were directly inspired by the storylines on the hit HBO drama.
"My entire outlook on storytelling has been shaped by Game of Thrones," she gushed to Entertainment Weekly.
And of course, Taylor is also starring in the movie Cats, opening this December.
Courtesy Henry HoltEven after Elton John got sober, he was stil prone to bad behavior, as he demonstrates in another excerpt from his juicy memoir ME, published in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Elton recalls that in 1997, he and Tina Turner were planning a joint tour, but things started badly. Elton claims Tina called him to tell him all the things he needed to change before they could work together.
"She didn't like my hair, she didn't like the color of my piano, and she didn't like my clothes," Elton writes. "'You wear too much Versace, and it makes you look fat -- you have to wear Armani,' she announced."
Elton says after that phone call, he "got off the phone and burst into tears," telling his partner David, "'She sounded like my f****** mother.'"
When rehearsals started, Elton recalls, things went from bad to worse. Tina accused each member of his band, one-by-one, of not playing her hit "Proud Mary" properly, until she finally turned to Elton and said, "It's you! You're not playing it right!"
Elton writes, "The subsequent debate about whether I knew how to play 'Proud Mary' became quite heated, before I brought it to a conclusion by telling Tina Turner to stick her f****** song up her a** and stormed off."
"There's an unspoken rule that musicians don't treat their fellow musicians like s***," Elton explains.
When he apologized to Tina later that day, she told him the issue was that she didn't like the fact that he'd been improvising on the song. He writes, "That made it obvious the tour wasn't going to work."
"We made up later," he concludes. "She came for dinner and left a big lipstick kiss in the visitors' book."
Courtesy: MJ The MusicalA Broadway musical inspired by Michael Jackson's life and music has a new name, and an opening date.
Previously known as Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, the show will now be called, simply, MJ The Musical. Preview performances start at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on July 6, 2020, with the official opening scheduled for August 13.
Tickets go on sale January 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. Visit MJTheMusical.com for priority ticket access.
The musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, and features Michael's iconic songs. Tony Award-winner and famed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will direct. The show is currently in the development stages.
According to Deadline, a show spokesman said the new name is a "better and stronger choice than relying on the title of any one individual song.” Deadline also points out that a pre-Broadway engagement was canceled earlier this year weeks before HBO aired the controversial MJ documentary, Leaving Neverland. The producers blamed the cancellation on scheduling difficulties caused by an Actors' Equity strike, though Equity disputed that.
Following the documentary's airing, Wheeldon and Nottage spoke to the New York Times about the now-problematic project, with Wheeldon insisting that neither of them considered withdrawing from the show.
Wheeldon said, "You can’t watch the documentary without being profoundly disturbed by it, but...we’re not judge and jury. In our process, we’re facing it pretty much head on, but we’re also studying the many facets of Michael Jackson."
Nottage said, "I see the artwork that we’re making as a way to more deeply understand Michael Jackson and process feelings, and ultimately that’s what theater can do.”
Coors Brewing CompanyThe Jonas Brothers like their booze. First, Nick Jonas launched his own brand of tequila. Now, Nick, Joe and Kevin are unveiling a special batch of beer that they helped brew.
The limited edition Coors Light will feature a custom label inspired by the Jonas Brothers’ album art and will be available for 21 and over fans to purchase in mid-November.
During their Colorado tour stop for their Happiness Begins tour, the siblings paid a visit to the Coors Brewery in Golden to be part of creating their own batch.
"We are long-time fans of Coors Light and were really excited to be invited out to the Coors brewery," the JoBros say in a statement. "We can't wait for our fans to try the limited edition six-packs of Coors Light that we helped to brew. And it's pretty amazing that our faces are on the iconic mountains on the bottle."
They’re not kidding when they say they’ve been long-time fans of the beer. Joe had Coors Light bottles with custom labels at his wedding to Sophie Turner, and Coors Light also made a cameo in the band's "Only Human" video.
Coors Light Brewed with the Jonas Brothers will be available while supplies last in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville and Tampa.
ABC/Eliza MorseKaty Perry is certainly having a good time during the American Idol audition rounds.
On her Instagram, the singer posted video of herself and fellow judge Luke Bryan zooming around the location where they're holding auditions on roller skates. In one video, Katy, decked out in silver sequins from head to toe, skates into the audition space, but when she gets to the American Idol logo on the floor, her skate catches the edge of it, and she wipes out, falling to her knees.
As Lionel Richie runs over to help her, Katy starts belting out Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," but she sings, "Oh, I wanna skate with somebody/I wanna feel the heat."
In the other videos, she's more successful, and even manages to crouch down and skate with one foot stretched out in front of her...until she crashes into a bystander. Luke, meanwhile, is seen skating around with a foam piece of cheese on his head, which would seem to indicate that they're in Wisconsin.
"Welp, guess you’ll just have to tune back into @AmericanIdol next year to see if any of us kept our jobs," Katy captioned the videos.
The third season of ABC's American Idol will premiere at some point in 2020.
ABC/Image Group LADiana Ross has been confirmed to perform at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival 2020, and the former lead singer of The Supremes is ecstatic about appearing at the prestigious British music festival next summer.
"This is a dream come true," Diana commented on Instagram, along with a video of her singing her 1985 hit, "Chain Reaction."
"To all the fans across the world, this is my tribute to you," she continued. "I'm coming to Glastonbury, with love."
Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis confirmed the news, writing, "We are so thrilled to be able to announce that the wonderful Diana Ross will be playing the Sunday legends slot at Glastonbury next year."
The so-called Sunday afternoon "Legends" slot at the festival is generally filled by an iconic artist, often from a different musical genre than the usual Glastonbury performers, who tend to be alternative rock, dance or current pop artists. Legends who've played the slot in the past include Tony Bennett, Barry Gibb, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Shirley Bassey and Lionel Richie.
Ross has been enjoying a year-long "Diamond Diana" celebration marking her 75th birthday, which was May 26. Diana toured throughout the summer, including a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival will be held June 24-28 in Somerset, England.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesIn 2016, when Sam Smith won the Oscar for the James Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall," they incorrectly declared that no openly gay man had ever before won an Oscar. Dustin Lance Black, an openly gay man who'd won an Oscar in 2008, very publicly called out Sam on his mistake. But Wednesday night at an awards ceremony, both men buried the hatchet.
"Sam, I am so sorry," said Black. "Sometimes I get carried away, and you are a motherf******* blessing of a human being, so thank you."
Sam, who was named Person of the Year, thanked Black for his kind words when they got onstage.
"Dustin, I just wanted to say you didn't have to say sorry, but thank you so much," said Sam. "And the truth is I did f*** up my speech royally at the Oscars in front of....90 million people. So I have written down my speech tonight so that I don't f*** it up!"
Attitudereports that later that night, the two were seen hugging each other and laughing.
During their acceptance speech, Sam explained that the reason they'd been "able to show all of the sides of myself" in the past year is that he felt "incredibly safe," and was able to consult the "leaders and the trailblazers" of the LGBTQ community.
"They've supported me every single breath of mine of the last few years," they explained. They also thanked their family, noting, "Thank you for believing in me when I don't believe in myself."
Mark SurridgeAs they teased Wednesday, Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry have teamed up to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day.
In a video posted to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram page, Ed pops by Harry’s house, where he mistakenly thinks they’re teaming up to raise awareness about the plight of people with red hair, or 'gingers,' as they're known in the U.K.
“I’ve been trying to write a song about this to get it out to more people,” he tells Harry. “People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us, with the jokes and the snide comments. I just feel like it’s time we stood up and said, ‘We're not gonna take it anymore. We are ginger, and we are going to fight.’”
Harry quickly sets him straight, saying, “Um, okay. This is slightly awkward. There may have been a miscommunication -- this is about World Mental Health Day?”
We then see a shot of Ed’s computer, where he quickly deletes the title “Gingers Unite.” We also see a glimpse of his notes for the meeting: “HRH Prince Harry and the king of ging Ed Sheeran get together to change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”
The two then address the camera for the video’s real message: mental health awareness. “Reach out, make sure your friends, strangers, look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence. We’re all in this together,” Harry says.
ABC/Eric McCandlessLauren Daigle's Grammy-winning song "You Say" has just broken the record for most weeks at number one on Billboard's Christian chart, but it's also a big pop hit. While countless fans have told Lauren how they've found comfort in the song and its message, Lauren says it's helped her, too.
"After this writing process, we laughed, because I [said], 'What's going to happen is, the song actually writes me,'" she tells ABC Radio.
"People think that you go and write a song -- yeah, there's something to that," she continues. "But I really think once a song is written, somehow, it's like the foretelling of what you're going to be walking through. And so a lot of this song...is now actually something that I'm clinging to as well."
This week, Lauren's made a flurry of TV appearances promoting her album Look Up Child and her upcoming headlining arena tour. After doing Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday and NBC's Today show on Tuesday, she'll perform this weekend at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas.
Next week, Lauren will appear on the 50th annual Dove Awards, airing on TBN on October 15. She's the leading nominee with six nods in all.
Meanwhile, her Lauren Daigle World Tour kicks off January 18 in Melbourne, Australia, and comes to the U.S. starting February 20 in Pensacola, FL.
ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Demi Lovatois heartbroken. Her friendThomas passed away on Tuesday from a suspected overdose.
Lovato, who struggled with substance abuse in the past, posted a heartfelt tribute on her InstagramStories on Wednesday.
"Please hold your loved ones tight. Tell them they are special and that you love them," she begs in her Instagram Story, where she shared the black and white photo of her late friend.
She then cautions fans "Addiction is NO joke" and called it a "terrible disease."
The 27-year-old also encouraged fans to watch out for their friends and family, "If you or someone you know is struggling please know it's okay to ask for help."
Lovato suffered a near-fatal overdose on July 24, 2018 -- almost a month after revealing she relapsed after six years of sobriety. She addressed fans a month later by writing, "What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."