Brian ZiffShawn Mendes stays grounded in the video for his new single, “In My Blood.”
The singer quite literally spends the entire video laying on the ground.
"Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing/I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something," Shawn sings. "Help me, it's like the walls are caving in/Sometimes I feel like giving up/But I just can't/It isn't in my blood."
Before the first chorus kicks in, chunks of concrete begin crumbling down on Shawn, after which rain begins pouring down. By the song's conclusion, the sun has come out and flowers start to bloom all around him.
“In My Blood” is the first single off Shawn’s upcoming third album. He previously tweeted about the track, "This song is the closest song to my heart that I've ever written and I hope you guys love it and all the new music coming your way."
ABC/Image Group LAIs Katy Perry officially back with Orlando Bloom?
The singer and American Idol judge tells Entertainment Tonight that she’s “spoken for,” sparking speculation that she’s reunited with her ex.
ET asked Katy, who’s had no shame flirting with some American Idol hopefuls, whether she’d ever date a contestant. While Luke Bryan seem to think it could happen, Katy shut it down.
"No, I'm sorry I have been spoken for and speak for myself," she replied, adding, "And I'm very happy!"
When asked to clarify that she is indeed spoken for, Katy said, "Yeah, girl, of course I am!"
Monday, Katy posted an Instagram Story of herself holding a drawing of Orlando Bloom holding a broom that was captioned, “Orlando Broom.” When ET jokingly asked, "Are you a Mrs. Broom?," she replied, “No, I’m not a Mrs. Broom,” then winked at the camera.
Katy and Orlando have been dropping hints for a few months now that they might be back together. Back in February, a source told ET that the former couple was giving their romance a "second chance."
Mark SurridgeAnother day, another award nomination for Ed Sheeran. Actually, two nominations.
Ed's hits "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" have been nominated in the category of Most Performed Work at this year's Ivor Novello Awards. That category's for the hits that were literally played the most on TV, radio and online over the past year. There's only one other nominee in that category: singer Rag 'N Bone Man, for his hit song "Human."
Strangely, neither of Ed's songs are nominated in the categories of Best Song Musically and Lyrically, or Best Contemporary Song. Ed's 2012 hit "The A Team" won in the former category six years ago.
In 2015, Ed was named Songwriter of the Year at the Ivors. That same award will be presented this year as well but the artists in the running aren't announced in advance.
The Ivor Novello Awards, named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century, honor excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, and are judged by songwriters. The awards describe themselves as the "pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition."
"Ryan Gosling," mused Corden. "Even then, at that age, could you find yourself getting lost in Ryan Gosling's eyes?" Christina laughed and replied, "I think there were crushes but I wasn't on the train!"
When Corden asked if she was "on the Timberlake train," Christina stuttered and stammered as she attempted to explain that she and Britney both wanted Justin.
"There was a thing back then!" she laughed. "Oh my God, you're going in!"
When James feigned ignorance of the situation, Christina simply said, "It was a good time."
"Are we saying Timberlake was the main dude in the MMC?" Corden pressed. "He had swag, I have to say," Christina admitted. "But I know Ryan, actually, pretty much, he did have a crush on Britney."
"She must be regretting that," cracked Corden. "No, she got Justin!" Christina argued. "It was like, they were a big ol' couple! "Oh, you're right," Corden said sarcastically. "That worked out wonderfully!"
Christina and James also sang "Fighter," "Beautiful," "Genie in a Bottle" and "Dirrty," featuring a rap from surprise guest Melissa McCarthy.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLRPrince's family is suing the hospital that treated the legendary singer the week before he died, The Star Tribune reports.
In the wrongful death suit, the family claims the Trinity Medical Center in Illinois improperly treated Prince's first overdose, ultimately leading to his second and fatal overdose a week later.
The family is also suing Walgreens for dispensing opioids to Paisley Park manager Kirk Johnson that were intended for Prince.
"What happened to Prince is happening to families across America," attorney John Goetz said on behalf of the family. "Prince's family wishes, through its investigation, to shed additional light on what happened to Prince."
The state and federal criminal investigation found the singer was taking Vicodin with fentanyl. The source of the deadly substance could not be found, so authorities closed the case with no arrests or criminal charges.
The investigation also found that the singer refused medical testing and treatment.
Prince died on April 21, 2016, with his family filing suit exactly two years later.
In other Prince news, his estate has announced a new album of unreleased music from the star, which will be released on September 28, according to Variety.
"Last week, the release of "Nothing Compares 2 U" was the first piece of music to come from our collaboration with the estate, and now we’re working on a release for the fall -- a full-length album," Troy Carter, the entertainment adviser for Prince's estate, tells Variety. "Michael Howe, who’s been working with us on the archive, has done a tremendous job of finding some special pieces of work, and one of the pieces that he found, all of us fell in love with it and decided this was special enough for fans to hear. So we’re putting the final touches on it -- it’ll come in the fall."
Tyler Golden/NBC / 2018 NBCUniversal MediaThe Voice was live on Monday, with the top 12 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson. One artist will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a song that had a special meaning for them.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Adam’s Rayshun LeMarr kicked things off with his version of “When Love Takes Over,” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland, explaining that like love, something takes over when he’s on stage that he can’t control. Adam told Rayshun afterwards, “In that moment, you became the frontrunner, because you’re the best performer in this group.”
Kaleb Lee, representing Team Kelly, chose Lonestar’s “Amazed,” for his performance, -- admitting that he originally chose it because he incorrectly thought it was his wedding song. However, the song still reminds him of his wife because it reminds him how “awesome” his wife is. Kelly acknowledged that Kaleb’s performance was a little “pitchy” at times, but blamed it on his emotional connection to the song getting the better of him. But that, she added, only made the performance more endearing.
Team Alicia’s Jackie Foster chose Brittney Spears’ “Toxic” because she has a thing for “bad boys.” Alicia, who during rehearsals described Jackie’s style as “somewhere between P!nk and No Doubt,” declared after the performance that Foster showed America who she really is, adding that her artist “nailed it.”
Spensha Baker, Team Blake’s country/soul artist, picked an emotional song from one of her favorite artists, Trisha Yearwood, “Down on My Knees.” The performance drew a standing ovation from all four coaches, including Blake, who noted that Spensha has finally learned how to control her nerves, allowing the full depth of her voice to come through.
Christiana Danielle, from Alicia’s team, also credited a toxic relationship for her song choice, “Say Something,” by A Great Big World. Keys said afterwards, “There’s not another person -- not just on this stage, but in this world” who sounds like Christiana.
Team Kelly’s soul singer D.R. King put his spin on Dido’s “White Flag,” Clarkson praised D.R. for making everything he sings sound effortless, urging America to send him on to the next round.
Sharane Calister, representing Team Adam, chose Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” explaining that, like the character in the song, she’s a survivor. Afterwards, Adam praised Sharane for her ability to take listeners on a journey with her.
Next up, country rocker Pryor Baird, representing Team Blake, tackled “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” by Keith Anderson, recalling that growing up in his tiny hometown of Orcutt, California, he’s picked a few wildflowers in his day. Blake joked afterwards, “Pryor is to a song like bulldozer is to trees,” explaining that he turns every song his sings into something completely different.
Brynn Cartelli, Team Kelly’s powerhouse 15-year-old powerhouse, delivered Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” explaining that her mother taught it to her when she was little. During rehearsals, Clarkson advised the teen to “tell the story, rather than making sure all the riffs are there.” Kelly said she was amazed that Brynn has “the craziest, eclectic taste in music” and manages to “nail all of it.”
When Adam Levine saved country singer Jackie Verna last week, he said he heard a song and pictured her singing it. On Monday, he revealed it was Avril Lavigne’s pop hit, “I’m with You.” Following the performance, Adam told Verna he was impressed by the way she was challenged with tackling a tough song and rose to the occasion.
Sanford, Carolina, native Britton Buchanan picked John Mellencamp’s “Small Town,” telling his coach Alicia during rehearsals that he’s lived every line of the song. Afterwards, Keys told the 18-year-old that his “destiny” was to perform on The Voice stage.
Team Blake’s Kyla Jade has a long history with her pick, Jennifer Hudson’s “One Night Only,” performing it night after night as a backup singer for the season-13 Voice coach. This time, however, she was front and center. After the performance, Blake, on behalf of himself and JHud, welcomed Kyla to the front of the stage.
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Dominique Charriau/WireImageDespite the chart-topping, multi-million-selling worldwide success of Ed Sheeran's current album Divide, at least one person close to the star thinks that he "can get better."
Songwriter, a documentary by Ed's cousinMurray Cummings that chronicles the Grammy-winning star's creative process, premiered last night at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. In the movie, Ed declares that Divide is his career-defining album, but speaking to Billboard, Cummings begs to differ.
"He’s always really into whatever he’s doing. So I kind of believe him whenever he says, 'This is the best I can be,'" acknowledges Cummings. But, he adds, "I personally think that he can get better -- I can’t wait to hear what he’s doing two or three albums from now."
While he's been creating video content for Ed for a long time, Cummings decided to make Songwriter less about Ed the superstar, and more about Ed the artist. To accomplish this, he filmed Ed as he wrote the songs that would appear on Divide, and turned it into the 84-minute documentary.
You might think that traveling around with Ed as he tours and writes his songs is the coolest thing ever, but as Cummings tells TIME magazine, "To be honest, me and Ed, when he finishes a gig, we get a bottle of wine and a box of cheese, and we just go to the back of the tour bus and watch The Simpsons. Not very rock 'n roll at all."
In an Instagram video, Ed says his favorite part of the film is "the parts that I don't remember [Murray] filming, if that makes sense." He explains, "Murray's very good at blending in while I'm working. So [watching it is] kinda like a blast from the past."
ABC/Eric McCandlessMonday's episode of American Idol was the season's most dramatic yet, as we learned which six of the 14 finalists had been voted through to the top 10 by America, and which of the remaining contestants had to sing for their lives in hopes of being chosen by the judges. In the end, we had our top 10:
There were two sets of chairs onstage: the Victory Zone and the Danger Zone. Over two hours, Ryan Seacrest revealed whether or not each contestant had been voted into the top 10 by America. Those who were voted through got to sing a song without being judged, and then take a seat in the Victory Zone. Those who weren't had to "sing for their lives," and their fates were revealed at the end of the show.
Michelle Sussett, the first contestants in the "Danger Zone," sang an original song called "I'm a Dreamer," with lyrics in both English and Spanish, which made a powerful statement about the immigrant experience. "This is my home and I love this country and I'm grateful to be here," said the Venezuelan singer. Judge Katy Perry was thrilled that Michelle sang in Spanish, and she was the one who announced that she'd been chosen for the top 10.
Marcio Donaldson sang "Jealous" by Nick Jonas and it wasn't his best performance. You could tell from the judges' comments that there was no way they were putting him through.
Garrett Jacobs sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and though Katy said it was the best he'd ever sounded, he wasn't chosen.
Dennis Lorenzo sang Maxwell's version of the Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work." Katy called the performance "brilliant" and "dynamic" and said she'd fight for him; Lionel Richie said he didn't know what America was thinking by not putting him through. Luke Bryan was the one who announced he'd been chosen for the top 10.
Jonny Brenns sang a compelling version of "Demons" by Imagine Dragons that got him a standing "O" from the judges; Katy praised him for looking like a rock star, but criticized him for not having enough stage presence. In the end, he failed to be put through.
Mara Justine sang "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna, which made Luke say that he was "in shock" that she wasn't voted through by America. But Katy told the young teen that sometimes, it's just about timing, which was a big giveaway that she wasn't going to be chosen. And she wasn't.
Jurnee sang "Never Enough," from The Greatest Showman, which made Katy utter a quote that she probably also said on November 9, 2016: "Never have I ever seen a woman more qualified for the job and still not get the job." Lionel simply said, "I love you." It was Lionel who announced that they'd picked her for the top 10.
Ada Vox was the last contestant to sing for their lives, and she sang -- what else? -- "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," so memorably delivered by American Idol alumna Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls.
To say she brought the house down is an understatement; after the performance, Katy took off her earrings and announced that she, Lionel and Luke were making an executive decision: They ordered her to go to the Victory Zone immediately.
After Ada was chosen, the remaining seven contestants had to wait to hear which three would be staying. After Jurnee, Dennis and Michelle were declared the lucky ones, the rest of the pack were told by Katy, "Over 10 million people are watching this. So what are you gonna do with that information? You're going to launch off on your own."
On Sunday, the top 10 will perform Disney's greatest hits, and there will be the first-ever, coast-to-coast, live vote, with the results coming at the end of the show.
Sarah PiantadosiBack in 2013, before anyone really knew who he was, James Bay got to open for the Rolling Stones when they played London's Hyde Park. Now that James is kind of a big deal himself, he's once again opening for the legendary rock band.
Mick Jagger and the boys have tapped James to warm up the crowd at their show in London this June. He wrote on Twitter, "IS THIS FOR REAL? It’s an absolute honour to announce I’m supporting @RollingStones at London’s Twickenham Stadium on 19th June."
James is just one of a handful of well-known acts who'll be opening for the Stones on their upcoming U.K. tour. Others who'll be doing the honors include Florence the Machine, ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, and British ska legends The Specials.
James kicks off a U.K. and European tour on May 29. He'll bring the tour to the U.S. in September, in support of his sophomore album, Electric Light.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has lost her bid to block some of her personal items – including a break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur -- from being sold at auction.
According to the New York Daily News, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that Madonna’s former friend Darlene Lutz was free to sell the possessions.
The singer had sued Lutz last July to prevent her from profiting off the items, which also include a pair of used panties and a used hairbrush. But Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that because Madonna signed a release in 2004 allowing Lutz to keep some of her things, she did not have grounds to sue.
“[Madonna] knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of [Madonna’s] personal property,” the judge wrote in his decision, according to the Daily News. “Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions.”
Madonna had claimed that she didn’t know Lutz had possession of the Tupac letter, which was personal in nature. Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994. The rapper wrote her the letter from jail in 1995 and included details of their breakup.
The items will go up for bid in July on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.
ABC/Eric McCandlessAs Ada Vox works towards her dream of becoming the next American Idol, the drag queen had another dream come true today.
Ada got an endorsement from her idol RuPaul on Twitter. Ada, whose birth name is Adam Sanders, performs in drag on the show and caught the attention of rag icon Ru following her performance on last night’s Idol of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”
“SHANTAY, you slay,” Ru tweeted under a photo of Ada, using the famous RuPaul’s Drag Race catchphrase. “XORU,” Ru signed the tweet.
Ada previously caught the attention of RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. After Ada’s duet on “Defying Gravity” with Lea Michele last week, Visage tweeted, "My glam team and I want to give you the makeover of life for American Idol finals. YOU INSPIRE US ALL."
Ada responded, “Ummmm #Duh please and thank you... I just died a little inside...”
Ada has yet to respond to Ru’s tweet, but previously told TMZ that it would be amazing if she got a shoutout from RuPaul.
ABC NewsTen years ago, David Archuleta was the runner-up on American Idol season seven. Monday, he talked to ABC's Good Morning America about Sunday night's episode, where contestants sang for America's vote for the first time. Afterward, David told ABC Radio that when the viewers start voting, there's even more pressure.
"Just watching last night...you could feel the tension...it really affects them," David noted. He then laughed, "But I don't think you should hold that against them. ...[T]he first time I was live, I completely forgot the words to my song!"
David was most impressed by contestants Catie Turner and Gabby Barrett.
"[T]hey both really stand out," he said. "Catie... she's just so personable 'cause she has a unique personality and she can't help but be herself...it's just fun, it's refreshing."
As for Gabby, David said "she just has a full package, I think she connects, and you can see that she's just about to [blow up]."
David also praised judge Katy Perry, who told Catie to stop reading social media comments. David's own struggle with that, and the pressure he felt to please everybody, is one reason why he took two years off and went to Chile to serve as a missionary.
"I just needed...some one-on-one time," says David. "I need[ed] to remind myself what I think of myself and what God thinks of [me]." The experience helped inspire his current album, Postcards In the Sky.
"[It] that was beyond anything I can even describe, how much that was of value to my life, and to my career moving forward," he says of this two years away. "I realized I could say what I wanted to say and not just be told to just shut up and sing."
Live Nation EntertainmentJanet Jackson is taking fans on an escapade that will last through the summer. The superstar has announced a series of new tour dates which start July 11 in Austin, TX.
The new tour dates wrap up August 7 in Tampa, FL. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 via LiveNation.com. Citi Cardmembers can grab them starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time.
In addition to these tour dates, Janet will also be doing headlining performances at the Essence Festival, Outside Lands, Panorama and FYF Festivals.
Here are Janet's new tour dates:
7/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amp 7/13 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater 7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/18 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 7/20 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium 7/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/29 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 8/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 8/3 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/5 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 8/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Neal PrestonLady Gaga is making her movie debut in A Star Is Born, as an aspiring singer taken under the wing of a veteran star, played by Bradley Cooper. While Lady Gaga already had the singing part down, Cooper didn't -- and he was shocked when Gaga insisted that if he didn't learn, it would be a dealbreaker.
According to Billboard, Cooper -- who's also directed the film -- told an audience at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, "She said right from the beginning that this was going to be a bargain: [She told me] 'I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me...and I’m gonna make sure you turn into a musician, because we’re going to sing everything live.'"
Cooper continued, "I thought, wait, what? She said, 'I can’t stand when I watch movies when they have music and you can tell when it’s pre-recorded and people are lip-syncing.' And she’s right. So that was terrifying, but I really relied on her."
So Cooper took music lessons for 18 months so he could play guitar and sing like an actual rock star. He even filmed himself performing onstage at real-life music festivals like Glastonbury and Stagecoach.
"You can’t hide when you sing," he said. "To me, the best way to express love is through singing and music. I knew that if I could marry that in a way, that’d be special. Lady Gaga is just kind of a revelation."
Doug SondersEighteen years ago, Rod Stewart underwent surgery for thyroid cancer. He's now had another operation, but it's apparently not as serious.
The British paper The Mirrorreports that, while appearing at the British Film Institute on Sunday for a Q&A session, Rod had a number of adhesive bandages on his right hand. He explained, "I have just had a little operation on my hand. I had a couple of sun things there and they burnt them off.”
During the session, the 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was asked, in this era of #MeToo, to discuss how he treated female fans back in the late '60s and early '70s. According to Rod, he was always a perfect gentleman.
"Women literally used to throw themselves at us...[but] I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to," he said. "Things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the good.”
Rod also added that he wouldn't necessarily give the 19-year-old version of himself any advice. "I think he did everything right," he said of young Rod. "I think I was very respectful of the audience. There were never any tantrums."
"What would I teach myself? F*** all," he added. "I admire myself. I had a bit of spunk about me. I love that.”
ABC/Eric McCandlessOn Sunday's episode of American idol, the top 14 contestants performed solo, and for the first time this season, America has a hand in placing at least a portion of the contenders through to the next round.
Voting opened during Sunday’s show and closes Monday at 9 a.m. ET. Viewers were instructed to vote online, in the American Idol app or via text, where they could vote 10 times per contestant, per method. The top six will move on based on America’s vote. The remaining eight artists will perform once more on Monday, with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan deciding which four will be added to the top 10.
Here are Sunday’s highlights:
Caleb Lee Hutchinson kicked things off, singing and picking banjo on “Midnight Train to Memphis," by The Steeldrivers. Katy was “blown away” by the performance, praising his growth, while also noting that she sensed some nerves. However, Luke but wasn’t crazy about the song choice and Lionel wanted to see more of Caleb’s personality.
Michelle Sussett followed, performing a high energy version of the current hit “FRIENDS,” by Marshmello and Anne-Marie. Luke declared that Michelle “became a pop star tonight,” and Lionel agreed, noting the Venezuela native “owned” the song and gave us “attitude.” However, Katy wasn’t impressed with the song choice, recommending that Michelle needs to play to TV viewers, not just studio audience.
Marcio Donaldson took his turn on the stage, singing Barry Manilow’s “It’s a Miracle.” Lionel praised the “old school” choice, but thought Donaldson’s confidence was getting “a little out of control.” Katy agreed, telling the artist to stop thinking about the results and just sing. Luke commended the singer for showing America “a whole ‘nother element” of his talent.
Mara Justine, 16, performed “This Is Me,” from the film The Greatest Showman, but failed to sell it to the judges. Katy acknowledged Mara came a long way as far as owning the stage, but didn’t rise vocally until the middle of the song. Luke agreed, suggesting she completely “emotionally invested” in the performance, while adding that he knew she had it in her.
Garrett Jacobs covered a former Idol winner, Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire.” Luke judged the performance dynamic, but pitchy, though Garrett was the first artist of the night in his opinion to look comfortable on stage. Lionel advised Jacobs to ignore the voice in his head and “stay in character.”
Drag queen Ada Vox blew the judges away with a take on Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” "You came here tonight to stop the show,” exclaimed Lionel, to which Perry added, “not only did you stop the show, you finally started it, Queen.“ Luke said Ada had the biggest voice he ever heard.
Catie Turner, who revealed in her pre-performance package that she has plenty of fans -- and a fair amount of haters as well -- tackled Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Afterwards, Katy and Luke urged Catie to ignore her critics, insisting she could win the competition.
Cade Foehner showed the judges and America he had the moves -- as well as the vocal and guitar chops -- with his performance of Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” Luke said Cade delivered the big vocal experience they’ve come to expect, while proving that he didn’t need it to wow the audience. Lionel called Foehner "the package.”
Dennis Lorenzo followed with “In My Blood,” by Shawn Mendes. Katy found it “a little shaky” at the start, but he eventually made her a believer. Luke praised Dennis for showing so many sides of himself with each of his performances.
Maddie Poppe switched the mood with her dreamy version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.” Katy said Maddie had “Incredible musical taste.” Lionel stressed that music isn’t “a business of singers,” but rather “a business of stylists,” adding that Poppe presented herself on every song. He went on to say that Maddie could “possibly be a winner on American Idol.”
Jurnee brought the judges to their feet, singing and rapping her way through “Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Luke and Lionel praised Jurnee for “bringing it,” and Katy was impressed with her growth as a performer, as well as a singer.
Next, Jonny Brenns covered Panic! At the Disco’s “This Is Gospel.” The judges agreed his vocals needed more work, but applauded him for always “having fun.”
The always unpredictable Michael J. Woodard delivered his spin on “Titanium,” by David Guetta, featuring Sia. He drew a standing ovation from the judges, including Katy, who told the 20-year-old, “After the show is finished, I’m going to Coachella with Sia…and…I will tell her, ‘I met a star today that sang your song incredibly.’”
Country singer Gabby Barrett closed out the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” Luke dubbed it his favorite performance of the night. Katy joked that Gabby “went through the ‘starwash,’" adding Gabby looked and sounded “like a gosh darn star.” Lionel called it a “magical moment," declaring, "we’re watching the beginning to that phrase, ‘A star is born.’”
A&M/Interscope44/876, the new album by Sting and Shaggy, is out now and the unlikely duo is taking over your TV all this week, with appearances on The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View and more. Not bad for a project that wasn't even supposed to exist.
Originally, the rock legend and the pop/reggae star were going to collaborate on just one song, "Don't Make Me Wait." But as Sting tells ABC Radio, they decided they didn't want to stop there.
"I think almost immediately, we had a rapport and we recognized a kindred spirit in each other," he says. "And we just had so much fun...we decided that we would just carry on and mess around in the studio."
"It was an easy record to make, a very quick record to make and a delight," he adds. "And I think the sunshine and the joy comes through the tracks."
Shaggy, a fan of Sting and his old band The Police "from day one," was impressed with the "genius" level of musicianship that Sting contributed. Sting admires Shaggy's spontaneity and ability to "create a song on the spot, in public."
"[It's] a completely alien thing to me, but he forced me into doing it that way," Sting adds. "Every time he sings, his energy is so high that you have to raise your game to stay up there."
In fact, Sting says that's why the album was so much fun to make.
"There's always competition between musicians," he says. "You're upping your game, they're upping their game. It's no good playing tennis against somebody who doesn't wanna play!"
Sting and Shaggy will be on The Tonight Show Monday, Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday, The View on Wednesday and Watch What Happens Live on Sunday.
It doesn't matter how much money, fame or success you have -- no one's immune from depression, Just ask Lionel Richie.
The five-time Grammy winning singer and songwriter speaks candidly on the U.K.'s Lorraine TV show about how he struggled in the years following the death of his father, Lionel Richie Sr., in 1990.
“My father was ill and I went through a very -- I won’t say a depression, a massive depression, because, you know, my dad was my hero,” Richie said.
Never mind that at the time, the most recent album that Richie had released was his massively successful Billboard #1, Dancing on the Ceiling. He was so depressed, he stopped making music altogether, for ten years.
So what got him to start making music again? The birth of his second child, son Miles, in 1994.
"I realized I had a group of people that were kind of looking up to me to be the head of the house," said Richie, also referring to his daughter, Nicole. "And I realized something else, something very terrifying: They didn't know what the hell I did for a living!"
Shortly after, Richie released his 1996 album, Louder Than Words.
Today, of course, Richie, who's 68, is enjoying a fresh resurgence of popularity and respect, with a new generation of fans discovering him in his role as a judge on American Idol, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC.
Jason Mraz has gotten the chance to sing for some prominent people over the years, but next month, he'll be serenading an icon from all our childhoods: Sesame Street's Big Bird.
Jason will perform at the Center for Puppetry Arts' Puppets for Puppetry gala May 5 on the Hollywood lot of the Jim Henson Company. The event's honoree is Emmy and Grammy-winner Caroll Spinney, who portrayed both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for years.
Jason tweeted that it's "a big deal" for him to be honoring Spinney. Chris Hardwick will host the event, and 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer and former SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan are among the special guests.
The event benefits the Center for Puppetry Arts, a non-profit that works to inspire imagination, education and community through puppetry. The Center houses more than 500 puppets and props donated by the family of Muppets creator Jim Henson and The Jim Henson Company.
Denise TruscelloCan they still call themselves boys? The Backstreet Boys celebrate their 25th anniversary today.
“On April 20th, 1993 we became the Backstreet Boys,” the band tweeted. “If you would have told us that 25 years later we would still be making music together, we would have never believed you.”
They added, “Thank you #BSBArmy Who’s ready for another 25 years?”
Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Kevin Richardson are currently playing shows in Dubai before heading back to Las Vegas for more of their Larger Than Life residency shows in the summer. They're also working on a new album.
The Backstreet Boys are the top-selling boy band in history, with 130 million records sold worldwide.
Meanwhile, rival boy band *NSYNC celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album last month.