Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesWhile ArethaFranklin was known to the world as the Queen of Soul, her family knew her as a loving, family-oriented matriarch. After her passing Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer, Franklin's nephew, VaughnFranklin, spoke to ABC's Nightline about the singer's family life.
"When our parents passed away, my auntie became the matriarch of the family. She took the nieces and nephews -- especially myself -- under her wing," Franklin said. "She took care of us."
He went on to explain that his Aunt Aretha was so much more than just an incredible singer.
"When she walked off stage, she was an auntie, she was a mother, she was a grandmother, she was a cousin." Franklin said. "She was everything to the family, and the family meant a lot to her."
In her final days, Franklin even had the opportunity to say goodbye to his aunt and surrogate mother.
"We had the chance to just sit together," he said. "I had a chance to really open up and tell her how I felt and thanked her for being so important to me and taking me under her wing as an aunite and loving me the way she did."
Franklin said he would never forget Aretha's Christmas parties, to which she invited all the family members so everyone could be together. He also reminiscenced about the time she hosted a party and had truckloads of sand delivered to her backyard so they could have a beach-party theme.
Aretha Franklin was a singing legend around the world but to her family and friends, she also known for her cooking. Vaughn Franklin said her peach cobbler especially was memorable and she was always happy to teach him how to make it.
As for claims Aretha Franklin was occasionally a diva, her nephew said that term never bothered him or the family.
"She didn't want anyone thinking of her as the Queen of Soul when we were together," he said. "It was auntie."
Songwriter, a documentary about Ed Sheeran directed by his cousin Murray Cummings, is coming to Apple Music on August 28, but it hits theaters in New York City Friday. The movie follows Ed as he writes songs for his smash album, Divide, but there's one song you don't get to see him write -- his biggest hit, "Shape of You." Why? Because Ed just couldn't leave well enough alone.
"He had finished the album, the album was done and it was handed in, the record label had it, and so I flew home," Murray tells ABC Radio. "And then I get a message [from Ed], 'Hey, I've written a new song!' and I'm like, "Noooo! I wasn't there!"
So Murray ended up recruiting his brother Billy to fly from Ireland to England, just to get some footage of the next best thing: Ed mixing "Shape of You" in the studio.
But you do see Ed writing many other songs from Divide, and also penning the Justin Bieber smash "Love Yourself." But since Murray's been filming Ed for the past 10 years and has so much footage, why did he choose to make a movie focusing on his cousin's songwriting process?
"I think he had done a lot of other TV projects...a lot of his story was out there," Murray explains. "I just felt like a lot was covered. And then I thought, 'What could I do that these camera crews couldn't do?' And then I was like, 'Well, they weren't there when the songs were written...I was the only guy in the room.'"
Now that the documentary is out, though, will Murray's next project be serving as the videographer at Ed's upcoming wedding to his fiancée, Cherry Seaborn?
"No," laughs Murray. "I'm gonna be drinking at the wedding!"
Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC ImagesMadonna is celebrating her 60th birthday today by releasing a never-before-seen video of her 2018 MET Gala performance.
The performance, witnessed exclusively by guests of the star-studded soiree back in May, is now on YouTube for all to experience.
Following the MET Gala’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” the performance begins with religious imagery and chanting monks. Madonna appears in a hooded monk’s robe at the top of the museum’s stairs and launches into “Like a Prayer.”
She then removes to the robe to reveal a white, Joan of Arc-inspired outfit and begins singing a new track, “Beautiful Game,” while surrounded by female dancers also dressed in white. For her final song, she sings a haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah.”
And as previously announced, Madonna is also raising money for the children Malawi in honor of her birthday. Madonna teamed up with Facebook and Ripple -- a global payment company -- to encourage fans to donate to Raising Malawi, her charity foundation that helps orphans and vulnerable children in that African nation. The fundraiser runs until August 31.
Jack Vartoogian/Getty ImagesIt seems as though every pop star in the world, no matter how young or old, has been touched by Aretha Franklin. Following the Queen of Soul's passing at her home in Detroit at the age of 76, there's been an outpouring of tributes on social media in her honor. Here are a few more stars who are remembering Aretha today:
Billy Joel: "We have lost the greatest singer of our time. As a songwriter, I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be. No one can replace her."
Mariah Carey: "Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend."
Justin Timberlake, who posted a photo of himself singing with Aretha: "This is the face of a young man who couldn't believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Thank you, Ms. Franklin for blessing us with your incomparable gift. Honored to have shared the stage with you even for a moment. Always bowing down to you. #QueenofSoul"
Sam Smith: "Aretha. Where do I start? Your voice and your spirit and soul has leaked into my heart and mind and spirit since I was a child. One of the very first songs I remember hearing as a human was ‘I say a little prayer...Every year I listen to your voice more than I did the year before and like an old friend the bond I have with your talent and music gets deeper and deeper...Farewell Mrs Franklin. You may have left this world but your music walks through our lives with us, getting us through, healing our broken hearts, teaching us how to love ourselves. Like a bridge over troubled water."
Ricky Martin: "No one like her. So important to music, culture, civil rights. THE QUEEN OF SOUL."
Carole King: "What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude. R.I.P."
Quincy Jones: "I treasured every moment that we spent together from working in the recording studio, to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or simply hangin’ in the kitchen, & I will miss her dearly. RIP Ree-Ree...You will reign as the Queen forever."
Gloria Estefan: "For as long as I can remember, Aretha Franklin has been the absolute zenith, the guiding light, the master for any girl that aspired to sing or even just appreciated someone at the top of their game. I was blessed to have sung with her on more than one occasion and each time I felt that I was in the presence of musical royalty that would forever raise the bar and set the standard. Long live the Queen of Soul through her extraordinary & singular voice and her indelible music. "
Leona Lewis: "My heart is so heavy from the sad news of Aretha Franklin’s passing today. I’m so thankful for the gifts she gave us. The absolute queen of soul influenced most female singers of our generation. She will live on in all of us forever."
Bonnie Raitt wrote an extremely lengthy essay, which said, in part, "I am so saddened by the loss of our beloved Queen of Soul, Aretha. She has always been my favorite and the greatest singer I’ve ever heard. Along with Ray Charles, she has been the most influential artist in my life. She brought the raw passion and beauty of gospel and the deepest blues, irrepressible rhythm to every note she sang."
Bonnie added, "I learned [from her]...most of what I still know about men, love, strength and vulnerability in the face of loss and betrayal; about the deep well of spirit and surrender to a higher purpose, including standing up for oneself and demanding respect....She gave us the raw power and dimension of what a real, ’natural’ woman could be."
RankinForget about selling albums and t-shirts: Rod Stewart is now auctioning off his furniture.
The British paper The Guardianreports that on September 11, a collection of Rod's furnishings are going on the auction block. Among the more than 60 lots: gilt and bronze side tables, a teak armchair with a faux leopard print cushion, figurines, 19th century mirrors and bronze wall sconces.
The items are reportedly from Rod's mansion in Essex, U.K., which he's put on the market. The auction director said in a statement, "We all have a good sort-out once in a while and that is the case with Sir Rod Stewart in this instance. He has accumulated many things over his lifetime and has decided now is the time to have a bit of a clear-out."
The director added, "He lives locally to us and we are selling items of his including settees, lighting and furniture. The items are all very glitzy and glamorous and there is lots of gold – all very rock’n’roll.”
You can check out photos of some of the items over at the BBC's website.
Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesCelebrities from all genres of music --and presidents -- are reacting to the death of Aretha Franklin, the music icon and undisputed Queen of Soul, who died on Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Here's a sampling:
Clive Davis, who signed Aretha to Arista Records in 1980: "I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world."
Paul McCartney: "Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul"
Elton John, friend and duet partner: "The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists."
The Rolling Stones: "Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church."
Bette Midler: "The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul."
Gene Simmons of KISS: "So sad. Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul has passed away. Our prayers and condolences to family, friends and fans."
Cyndi Lauper: "Thank you for all the music and all those beautiful notes that inspired me growing up and all through my life. Rip my love to her family. Thank you for sharing her with us."
Barbra Streisand: "Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world"
Diana Ross: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin."
Smokey Robinson: "This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace. #QueenOfSoul"
Lenny Kravitz: "The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!"
Kelly Clarkson: "Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. #QueenOfSoul."
John Legend: "Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known."
Sam Moore of Sam & Dave: "Aretha Franklin and I have been friends and label mates for more than sixty years. I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual. While I’m heartbroken that she’s gone I know she’s in the Lord's arms and she’s not in pain or suffering anymore from the damn cancer that took her away from us. I’m going to hope, pray and count on the fact that I will see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord's arms in love, Re."
Lionel Richie: "Her voice; her presence; her style No one did it better Truly the Queen of Soul I will miss you!"
Tony Bennett: "It was a double thrill for me to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on my 85th birthday and have the Queen of Soul (and heart) Aretha Franklin singing with me....she will be missed by the world."
Nile Rodgers: "I just finished interviews in Berlin, and was informed the mighty @ArethaFranklin has passed. RIPArethaFranklin #QueenofSoul"
Annie Lennox, duet partner: "As the One and Only ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privileged to witness. Superlatives are often used to describe astonishing artists, but in my view even superlatives seem insufficient. Everyone who loved Aretha will be saying little prayers of gratitude, appreciation and respect for the musical life force that has enriched our lives. Her voice will soar on forever."
The Band's Robbie Robertson: "When the legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler told me that he had recorded, The Weight with Aretha Franklin, I thought, how does it get better than that? When I heard their version, I was thrilled that she sang the hell out of it and had Duane Allman on slide guitar. A dream come true. Aretha doesn’t scream, squall, or yell, she SINGS— from the heavens with grace and style. Sending blessings and appreciations to the Queen."
Hugh Jackman: "One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all"
Fergie: "RESPECT. Her legendary voice came straight from God. Now her soul is with Him. Thank you Aretha"
Maxwell: "this morning we lost an icon a legend a voice a musician an activist: her soul lives on may you sleep in heavenly peace ms. franklin.”
The Obamas: "...Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance....May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song.
Donald Trump: "The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!"
Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed.
"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep.
"Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI."
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continued.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
Franklin's health had been a concern for the past few years, causing a spate of concert cancellations. In 2017, she appeared alarmingly thin but claimed it was a side effect of an unspecified medication. After announcing she was retiring from the road in 2017, Franklin still scheduled shows for 2018 but in March, she was ordered by her doctors to cancel all shows and rest for two months. Despite rumors of serious health problems, she's never publicly spoken about her ailments.
Merely saying that Franklin was one of the greatest vocalists of all time hardly seems adequate to describe her influence and impact -- her voice was officially declared a natural resource by her home state of Michigan. In 2015, President Barack Obama said of Franklin: "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll -- the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."
Franklin started her music career early, singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C.L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she signed to Columbia Records and experienced some success, especially on the R&B charts. But it wasn't until 1967, when she signed to Atlantic Records, that her career really took off.
For Atlantic, Franklin recorded-now classics "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," which helped her cross over to the pop charts. She won her first Grammy in 1968, the same year she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. She'd eventually go on to win a total of 20 Grammys, including special Grammys awarded outside of competition, and chart more than 73 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Franklin was also part of the civil rights movement of the sixties and has been called "the voice of Black America." Having met Martin Luther King Jr. through her father, himself a noted civil rights leader, she sang at events with Dr. King and her signature hit, "Respect," became a civil rights anthem. When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.
Aretha's hits continued through the '70s but she left Atlantic records in 1979, signing to Clive Davis' label, Arista, in 1980. That same year, she made her unforgettable appearance as a waitress in The Blues Brothers. Her 1982 album, Jump to It, returned her to the pop charts for the first time in six years. She remained with Arista for more than 20 years, racking up hits like "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Freeway of Love" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1987, she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
During this time, Aretha also started recording duets with younger artists, including Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and George Michael, the latter with whom she scored the 1987 #1 smash duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."
In 1994, Franklin received the Kennedy Center Honors, at the time the youngest person to be so honored. That same year, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards.
While Franklin's musical output covered rock, soul, pop, R&B and gospel, in 1998 she proved she really could sing anything by belting out the operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.
Over the past 15 years, Franklin performed at a number of high-profile events. In 2006, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XL in Detroit with Aaron Neville and Dr. John. She performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, where her fanciful hat received nearly as much attention as her vocal performance.
Franklin continued to release albums throughout the 2000s, including a 2014 album that featured her singing songs by other female artists including Adele, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys. Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" gave her her 100th charted song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Recently, Franklin had spoken of an album she'd been working on with Stevie Wonder, and early in 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would portray her in a biopic.
Holiday! Celebrate! Madonna is marking her 60th birthday today!
According to her Instagram, she appears to be celebrating her milestone in Marrakesh, Morocco. But in the past year, she's made a major life change by moving herself and her four youngest children to Lisbon, Portugal. As she told Vogue, "I like to put myself in uncomfortable situations and take risks." That's pretty much what she's been doing her entire career.
"One of the things that always impressed me, personally, about Madonna is how courageous she is," says Dr. Jason Hanley, VP of Education for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "She could have just laid back on a comfortable thing with the dance music she had started in, but she found new ways of thinking about her music."
"She innovated music videos...she innovated world tours and live stage shows in ways that people had not done before, these massive arena shows in the '80s," Hanley adds. "I think so many people try to be like Madonna now. If you think of how many artists that are out there -- whether it's a Demi Lovato or even a Taylor Swift --a lot of artists are trying to achieve that...and I think Madonna has served as an icon for so many artists for years."
Explaining her presence in the Rock Hall, Hanley notes, "Madonna is somebody who continued to be so productive and innovative over the years....she really is somebody who pushed music forward."
Madonna, the top-selling female recording artist of all time, will continue her journey later this year when she releases a brand-new album, inspired, she says, by the musicians she met in Portugal. She's also been working with Mirwais [meer-WEH], the producer behind some of her biggest records of this millennium. A world tour may follow, no doubt stuffed with spectacle and Madonna's trademark controversy.
Beyond her status as a singer, songwriter and producer, Madonna is also an actress, director, businesswoman and humanitarian. For her 60th birthday, she's asked fans to donate to Raising Malawi, her charity foundation that helps orphans and vulnerable children in that African nation. The fundraiser, hosted on her Facebook page, runs through August 31.
Here's a handy list of just a few of some of Madonna's honors:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee
20 MTV Video Music Awards, plus the MTV Artist of the Decade Award
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCConsidering she helped make music videos the art form they are today, it's no surprise that Madonna continues to be a popular artist on YouTube. In honor of her milestone 60th birthday on Thursday, YouTube has compiled a list of the Material Girl's most popular clips.
Globally, Madonna is still averaging over 1.6 million views per day of the videos on her official YouTube channel, which has more than two million subscribers. Last month, her daily views were as high as five million.
Her most-viewed video of all time on the channel is "Vogue," which has some 84 million views. Surprisingly, her second most-viewed video is for the relatively recent track "Give Me All Your Luvin'," which has racked up nearly 71 million views since it was released in 2012.
The rest of Madonna's most-viewed videos are:
3. "Papa Don’t Preach" 4. "Like a Virgin" 5. "Live to Tell" 6. "Celebration" 7. "La Isla Bonita" 8. "Girl Gone Wild" 9. "4 Minutes" 10. "Open Your Heart"
In the past year, though, Madonna's most-viewed clips globally are "La Isla Bonita," "Hung Up," "Like a Prayer," "Papa Don't Preach" and "B***h I'm Madonna."
Credit: Patrick BallsAs he prepares to launch the North American leg of his Not Dead Yet! solo trek, Phil Collins tells Rolling Stone that he'd also be open to a reunion of his old band Genesis, which he last toured with in 2007.
"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," says Collins. "Me, Mike [Rutherford] and Tony [Banks] are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."
As has been widely reported, severe nerve damage issues has made it difficult for Collins to play drums, but he offers a good solution: having his current touring drummer, who happens to be his 17-year-old son Nicholas, fill in for him.
Phil points out that Rutherford and Banks both raved about his son's drumming after seeing one of Collins' solo shows in London last summer.
"Mike made the appropriate comment of…'He just gets what is needed and what is required and why you're doing this for that song,'" Phil tells Rolling Stone. "I thought that was a wonderful thing to say…I think that, yeah, if we did anything I think it would have to be with Nic on drums because I don't think I'm capable of it."
He adds, "I think their opinion of Nic is high enough for them to take him onboard as part of the band."
For Nic's part, he told Rolling Stone in January 2017 that he'd "be ecstatic" if he were asked to play with Genesis, although he didn't think another reunion was likely.
Meanwhile, Phil admits that he hasn't "really said" anything to Banks and Rutherford about his potential idea for a Genesis reunion.
Dave M. Benett/VF17/WireImageIt seems even Orlando Bloom’s former in-laws love Katy Perry.
Therese and John Kerr -- the parents of Orlando’s ex-wife, Australian model Miranda Kerr -- spent some time with Katy backstage at her Sydney concert Tuesday, in celebration of John’s 57th birthday.
Therese posted a photo to her Instagram page and thanked both Katy and Orlando for making the night so special.
“We were totally spoilt, had our own private sectioned off area with lovely organic wine Katy organized for us, got to spend some time with Katy and Katy even said ‘happy birthday Johnny Kerr’ from the stage,” Orlando's ex-motherin-law wrote. “A gorgeous, beautiful and incredibly talented young woman.”
Orlando and Miranda split in 2013; they share a seven-year-old son, Flynn. Miranda has since remarried and had a son with Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel.
Katy and Orlando have been on-again, off-again since 2016. They’re currently on.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for NetflixConsider our wigs snatched. Sia stepped out for a rare appearance Tuesday night without her signature face-disguising bob.
She showed up to an event honoring Netflix’s Ozark in Los Angeles with her face and real blonde hair fully visible. She even posed for photos with Ozark star Jason Bateman, as seen on Entertainment Tonight. The singer wore a one-shoulder black dress with a Chanel belt.
The "Cheap Thrills" hitmaker has previously explained her unique disguises many times before, saying she does it to preserve her anonymity.
“It’s just for fun and for privacy,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America. “I’ve been walking around New York this whole time. I don’t need security detail, I don’t need anything special. I just walk around and I can do that and that’s a real luxury when you’re in my industry.”
Mert & MarcusAt her concert in Florida Tuesday night, Taylor Swiftreflected on the one-year anniversary of the groping trial she won against former DJ David Mueller.
"This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado," she told the crowd.
She referenced her sexual assault case, noting that the jury "sided in my favor and said they believed me."
"I guess I just think about all the people who weren't believed," she said, getting emotional. "And the people who are afraid to speak up, because they think they won't be believed."
Swift said she was "sorry" to anyone who wasn't taken seriously after they accused someone of assault.
"I don't know what turn my life would have taken if they didn't believe me," she continued. "I just wanted to say we have so, so much further to go and I'm so grateful to you guys for being there during what was a really, really horrible part of my life."
She closed by thanking her fans for supporting her through the ups and downs of her very public life and added, "I'm sorry, I just haven't really talked about it, so I'm not composed at all."
In that trial one year ago, a Denver jury sided with Swift against Mueller's claim that the allegations of groping -- made by Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio manager Frank Bell -- had intentionally interfered with his employment contract and business opportunities, resulting in his firing and lost wages.
The jury voted to award Swift the $1 she asked for in the civil court case.
The former Journey singer has announced that his very long-awaited new solo album, Traces, will be out October 5. The first single, "No Erasin'" is now available.
In a message on Twitter, he writes, "Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons but mainly...my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping was what I had to do."
"If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not..so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams," he continues.
"Many years passed. One day, I began sketching some musical ideas with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. One song led to many," Perry writes. "My love for music had returned. Then another beautiful thing happened. I found love."
"My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had," Perry writes about his relationship with Kellie Nash, a woman who was batting breast cancer. "I lost her December of 2012. I now deeply understand the meaning of 'It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."
On his website, Perry further explains that it was Nash who encouraged him "not to keep isolating myself anymore." He began recording in May of 2015.
"I’m not trying to top what I’ve done in the past, or better anyone or anything. That stuff doesn’t matter to me now. In a way, it’s this simple: when I had something to say again, I said it," he notes. "All I’m trying to do now is make music that really matters to me and I hope maybe will really matter to other people too.”
You can pre-order Traces now. Here's the track list:
1. "No Erasin’" 2. "We’re Still Here" 3. "Most Of All" 4. "No More Cryin’" 5. "In The Rain" 6. "Sun Shines Gray" 7. "You Belong To Me" 8. "Easy To Love" 9. "I Need You" 10. "We Fly"
Image credit: Bryan Steffy Lionel Richie, who's been playing a residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, was presented with a key to the legendary Las Vegas strip on Tuesday.
Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson also honored the legendary artist by officially declaring Wednesday as "Lionel Richie Day" in Vegas.
Richie recently announced the final dates of his critically acclaimed Vegas residency, Lionel Richie -- All the Hits, which celebrates a career spanning four decades, during which he's sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide and picked up four Grammy Awards.
Richie's final residency dates at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will kick off on Wednesday and run through October 20. And of course, you can see him when he returns as a judge on the upcoming new season of American Idol on ABC.
Image credit: Nick Walker"The Middle," the dance/pop tune by Maren Morris, Zedd and electronic duo Grey, currently sits on top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, but it's just broken the all-time record on a completely different chart.
"The Middle" has been on top of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a whopping 28 weeks. That's the longest any song has ever spent at #1 on that chart, which has been around since 2013. The previous record-holder was The Chainsmokers' "Closer," which spent 27 weeks on top from 2016 to 2017.
"Wake Me Up" by Avicii, featuring vocals by Aloe Blacc, spent 26 weeks at #1 from 2013 through 2014. And just below that, it's the Chainsmokers again, with their Coldplay collaboration "Something Just Like This." That topped the chart for 25 weeks in 2017.
Country star Maren Morris, who sings lead vocals on "The Middle," is currently on tour with Niall Horan of One Direction fame -- they'll be on the road together through the end of September.
Maren plans to release the first single from her sophomore album in a couple of months, but if you want to hear her singing a pop hit other than "The Middle," check out her version of "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" on Restoration, the Elton John tribute album that came out earlier this year. Elton reached out to her for the project because he's a huge fan of her debut album, Hero.
Warner Bros.Josh Groban's new album Bridges features his version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Sharing a snippet of the tune on his socials, he marvels at the fact that he's never actually recorded it before.
"Been singing this song solo, been singing it with duet partners, even got to sing it with Paul [Simon] once," he writes. "First time properly recording it after all these years. It’s a song and message that has gotten me through a lot. A behemoth to sing and we call it the 'kitchen sink' on the album because we went there."
As previously reported, Josh's new album Bridges also includes duets with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah McLachlan, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The deluxe version includes a cover version of Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman." Josh co-wrote nine songs on the project.
"Music has that way of uniting people unlike anything else in the world," he says. "This time, I felt more comfortable writing. I'm really conveying my message and story."
The album is due September 21, the same day his new Netflix comedy The Good Cop debuts on the streaming service.
Shahar Azran/Christian Tachiera Wanna feel old? Next month marks the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block's breakthrough album, Hangin' Tough, which was released September 6, 1988. To commemorate the occasion, the group will do a special New York City concert at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.
The October 7 show will be the group's first time back at the Apollo since they debuted "Please Don't Go Girl" at the theater's famous amateur night, where they earned cheers from the notoriously tough-to-please audience. A Fan Club pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Hangin' Tough was New Kids on the Block's second album, but it was the one that launched them to stardom, spinning off hits including "Please Don't Go Girl" -- their first top 10 single -- plus "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," the title track and "Cover Girl." The album has gone on to sell 14 million copies worldwide.
Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin in 2012 (Paul Morigi/WireImage)With Aretha Franklin understood to be near death, Us Weekly reports that her friend and collaborator Stevie Wonder visited the Queen of Soul at her Detroit home today. The magazine received the exclusive news from Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
In addition, Aretha's ex-husband Glynn Turman, who was married to the legendary singer from 1978 to 1984, also came to see her today, as did Rev. Jesse Jackson.
An "insider" told Us Weekly on Monday, August 13, that the 76-year-old soul singer was "not doing well," and that although she was "hanging in there…recovery is not looking likely."
In 2017, Franklin revealed that she was working on a new album that will feature contributions from Wonder, Elton John, Lionel Richie and her longtime mentor, music mogul Clive Davis. The status of that project isn't known.
Alasdair McLellanAdele took to social media Monday to raise awareness for a postpartum issue not many people talk about.
She posted the story of her best friend, Laura Dockrill, who went through a harrowing battle with postpartum psychosis after the birth of her son – Adele’s godson – six months ago.
"This is my best friend. We have been best friends for more of our lives than we haven’t," Adele wrote on Instagram and Twitter. "She had my beautiful godson 6 months ago and it was the biggest challenge of her life in more ways than one.”
Adele continued, "She has written the most intimate, witty, heartbreaking and articulate piece about her experience of becoming a new mum and being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Mamas, talk about how you’re feeling, because in some cases it could save yours or someone else’s life x.”
In her story, Dockrill writes that her doctor believes the traumatic birth could be what triggered the illness, which left her with an “overwhelming sense of fear and dread” and at times made her feel suicidal.
With the help of her family, a psychiatrist and medication, Dockrill is now recovering.
“You don’t have to brave it alone,” she reminds moms who may be going through the same thing. “You don’t have to act like a hero, you already are one.”