TS/RepublicTaylorSwift just told nearly 200 super fans that they need to chow down.
In order to be first to her Good Morning America concert on Thursday, hundreds of Swifties Wednesday night prepared to camp out on the New York City streets. They weren't, however, prepared for a special delivery from Swift herself.
The "Lover" singer ordered 30 pizzas, and water, for her fans after seeing a photo of their makeshift campground on the 5th Avenue sidewalk. She dispatched her dad, Scott Swift, and her team to hand out the goodies, which also included exclusive guitar picks to promote her upcoming Lover album, which drops Friday. Her dad also posed for selfies with the hundreds of smiling fans.
New York's Finest were also there to ensure no one hassled Taylor's fans. "Rest assured Swifties, the NYPD never sleeps & our officers will be around all night long keeping you safe!" the NYPD tweeted Wednesday night, along with a photo of uniformed officers on the scene and the hashtag #TaylorSwiftOnGMA.
Taylor's scheduled to perform Thursday morning at 8:30 in New York’s Central Park for ABC’s Good Morning America. Fans were advised to arrive by 5:30 a.m. because admission to the concert is first come, first served.
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift's new album, Lover, is coming out on Friday, but its lead single, "ME!", has been out since April. However, it seems as though Taylor had second thoughts about one particular line in the song, which has now been removed from the track.
According to Rolling Stone, the Apple Music version of "ME!" no longer contains the line "Hey, kids! Spelling is fun!" Those words are shouted out by Taylor and duet partner Brendon Urie, prior to the part where they sing, "Girl, there ain't no I in 'team'/But you know there is a 'me'...And you can't spell 'awesome' without 'me.'"
When last we checked, the Spotify version still contained the line, but Rolling Stone speculates that it, too, will be replaced soon. It's not clear which version will ultimately appear on the complete Lover album.
As for why it was removed, "ME!" was criticized for having lightweight lyrics, but most critics saved their harshest condemnation for that line, which one critic called the "low point" of the entire song.
Explaining the thinking behind that line, Taylor said in an interview with an Australian radio network, "With this song, we really just wanted to have this song not really be fully taking itself seriously."
"So the lyrics, that’s a tone decision that we made in the studio," she continued. "We literally were like, 'O.K,, let’s say ‘Hey, kids! Spelling is fun’ because we want everyone to know that this song is not really serious because it’s not, like, a serious love song.”
NBCNow that Kelly Clarkson has her own talk show, she might as well invite the three people responsible for her entire career to drop by for a chat, right?
People has confirmed that former American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will reunite to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show, which debuts September 9. On the very first season of American Idol, Simon, Paula and Randy recognized Kelly's talent and sent her to Hollywood. Of course, she became the show's first winner and arguably its biggest success story.
Simon, Paula and Randy last reunited on TV in 2016, for the final episode of American Idol season 15 -- the last season that aired on Fox. Cowell's appearance was particularly emotional, as he'd left the show in 2010.
People reports that on Tuesday, Simon told reporters that Kelly "is the most loyal, nice person," adding, "She’s a great person. She’s real, sweet, funny, a great girl. We’re lucky we found Kelly on the first season of Idol. I don’t think I would be standing here today.”
American Idol was revived by ABC in 2018. It'll return next year for a third season on the network with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryant as judges.
CBS Sunday MorningNot long after Taylor Swift wrote her explosive Tumblr post expressing her horror at the fact that her record company -- and therefore the masters of her previous recordings -- were being sold to Scooter Braun, no less a celebrity than Kelly Clarkson suggested a new course of action. Turns out Taylor's taking her advice.
Kelly tweeted to Taylor, "just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on, exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions."
She added, "I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point."
Now, Taylor tells CBS Sunday Morning that she's planning to do just that. In an interview set to air this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, CBS' Tracy Smith asks Taylor, "Might you [re-record your songs]?"
“Oh yeah,” Taylor responds. “That’s a plan?” Smith asks. “Yeah, absolutely,” says Taylor.
In the interview, Taylor also tells Smith that she didn't find out that Braun was buying her record label until the story was "online," and says nobody in her inner circle knew about it. The label's original owner, Scott Borchetta, who signed Taylor as a teenager, has written a lengthy posting disputing Taylor's version of the story.
Also in the CBS Sunday Morning sit-down, Taylor talks about her songwriting process, what it's been like growing up in the music industry and gives a peek into her life today.
Atlantic RecordsCharlie Puth is playing with fire on his brand new track, “I Warned Myself.”
The singer-songwriter debuted the haunting song with a music video Wednesday that features flames, fast cars and a femme fatale he can’t seem to escape.
On the track, co-written with Benny Blanco, Charlie sings about being with a woman who already has a boyfriend but lies to him about it. Even though he should have noticed the red flags, he continues to see her.
“I warned myself that I shouldn’t play with fire/But I can tell that I’ll do it one more time/Don’t trust in myself/No good for my health/You messed with my heart now you’re the reason why,” he sings on the chorus.
“I Warned Myself” is the first new music from Charlie since his 2018 album Voicenotes. He also co-wrote Katy Perry’s latest song, “Small Talk,” and the 5 Seconds of Summer hit, “Easier.”
Valheria RochaTaylor Swift's apparently still thinking about her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian -- if the latest lyrics reveal on her Spotify playlist is anything to go by.
As previously reported, Taylor is posting audio files of herself reading some of her new song lyrics on her Lover Enhanced Album playlist. The latest file, which she calls "Clearing the Air," features her reciting, "Luck of the draw only draws the unlucky/And so I became the butt of the joke/I wounded the good and I trusted the wicked/Clearing the air, I breathed in the smoke."
It's not known which new Lover song these lyrics belong to, but they appear to be inspired by the July 2016 incident in which Kim K called her a "snake" on Twitter -- the incident which Taylor recently described as a "mass public shaming."
In happier news, some of the artists she's included on the playlist are beside themselves at having been selected.
The band Jimmy Eat World, best known for their song "The Middle," had their song "For Me This Is Heaven" chosen by Taylor for the list, and they tweeted, "holy s**t this is a rad playlist and we are honored to be hidden among the giants here. congrats on the new album TS."
When a fan asked singer/songwriter Liz Phair, whose song "Why Can't I," is included, whether she'd seen it, she tweeted, "I was dead. :) I’m a big fan of ms. Swift- I hope she really picked it."
And rising star Clairotweeted, "taylor swift put [my song] 'alewife' in her playlist i'm [crying]. speak now was a life changing album for me wow, i particularly remember listening to back to december and pretending i was in the music video lol."
Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesKaty Perry and Orlando Bloom have both said they're making sure to build a strong foundation for their relationship before they tie the knot. In a new interview with Australia’s News.com.au, Bloom opens up about how sex, intimacy and little acts of kindness are all a big part of that foundation
“In every important relationship, it’s always the little things you do for each other that add up,” he says.
“…Things like writing a note, showing appreciation for that person and making sure they feel that you care, that you see what they’re doing, that you appreciate what they’re doing and that you try to make them feel safe and connected and grounded,” he adds. “That’s something that I think we both try to do for one another.”
“We’re doing great,” he adds. “Being engaged is a lot of work, but we’re building a castle that we can inhabit, a metaphorical castle.”
Without getting too specific, Orlando also talks about how his sex life with Katy figures into the equation, saying he "feels pretty good" about that part of their relationship.
“I would say that sex is a really important part of life because it’s a way to connect, it’s a way to show intimacy,” he says. “Intimacy is an incredibly important part of life because if you can be intimate with somebody, then you’re blessed, right?”
Katy and Orlando got engaged on Valentine’s Day this year. They’ve both been married before: Katy to comedian Russell Brand and Orlando to model Miranda Kerr, with whom he has an eight-year-old son, Finn. They have yet to announce a wedding date.
Orlando’s new show, Carnival Row, debuts on Amazon Prime August 30.
Courtesy Henry HoltNot long ago, Rocketman star Taron Egerton told ABC Radio that he'd gotten an advance look at Elton John's upcoming autobiography, ME. Now, he's become an integral part of the whole project.
Egerton has been chosen to narrate the audiobook version of ME, which is coming out October 15, the same day as the print version. Listeners will also hear from Elton himself on the recording, but it's not clear at what point or how much.
“Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable; I have never met anyone like him” the actor says in a statement.
“I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman, and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience," he adds. "I am honored to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”
Egerton, who first met Elton when they both appeared in the 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, have become fast friends since Rocketman, and have often performed together onstage.
ME is described as a "no holds barred" account of Elton's incredible life, in which he discusses his highs and lows in a very frank manner.
In an essay by Elton that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rocketman, he explains, "The book is all true: the ridiculous reality of my life in all its funny, mad, horrible, dark and brilliant glory. I'm just incredibly grateful that I lived to tell the tale."
ABC NewsTuesday in Seattle, Katy Perry shared a stage with the world's richest man.
Katy was one of the performers at Amazon's post-Prime Day celebration concert, which the company threw for its employees at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. Business Insider reports that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, introduced Katy, and later posed for photos backstage with her and the event's other performer, "Old Town Road" star Lil Nas X.
During the concert, attended by some 45,000 employees, Katy performed her latest hit "Never Really Over" live for the first time, telling the audience, "I've never sang this next song in public before." She made it through the song's complicated lyrics and rhythm flawlessly.
Katy captioned her pic with Bezos and Lil Nas X -- who was holding Katy's adorable dog Nugget -- "I’m having the PRIME of my life."
Lil Nas captioned an almost identical photo, "I am the now the new owner of amazon and i stole katy perry’s dog."
Bezos also posted a pic of himself with Katy and Lil Nas, in which he's wearing the rapper's graffiti-covered coat. Katy wrote in the comments section of Lil Nas' photo, "Never forget when our buddy Jeff borrowed your coat." To which a fan responded, "That jacket is now worth $400,000,000."
Many fans, however, expressed their disapproval of the event to both Katy and Lil Nas, citing reports that Amazon warehouse workers are treated badly -- something Business Insidermentioned in its report on the concert.
Others told the stars to demand that Bezos "end world hunger" and "end poverty" with his money.
Reunited British boy band BBMAK performed Tuesday on ABC'sGood Morning America for the first time in 17 years. It was the latest stop on an unexpected journey that started last year and has so far included a U.S. tour and a new album, Powerstation, due out in October. Ste McNally, Mark Barry and Christian Burns say they're having a lot more fun this time around than they did in 2000, when their hit "Back Here" was ruling the airwaves
"You know, we're older now and we appreciate the fact that we've got this chance again," Mark tells ABC Radio."And for a long time we've wanted to do this, so to be able to do this again, we appreciate every minute onstage and yeah, we're lovin' it!"
As Christian explains, back in the day, they worked so much that everything was a blur and there was no time to enjoy their success.
"We didn't stop for about three years, I don't think, we were non-stop," he notes. "I mean, when things are moving that fast, you kinda don't have time to think about it...so this time, We're taking it all in. We're enjoying it. And it's great to be back."
In fact, BBMAK are having so much fun that recommend that other boy bands reunite as well -- like, for example, their old tour mates, 'N SYNC.
"I think they should! Just embrace it, get out there, get on the road!" Christian says.
"You forget how good it is until you do it again," Ste points out. "You're doing some gigs...seeing some of the old faces in the audience, singing some of the great songs that people love, seeing them sing it back to you....you forget how good it feels!"
The Kelly Clarkson Show premieres in less than a month. While Kelly can no doubt call on any number of her celebrity friends to appear on the show, she does have one ultimate dream guest -- albeit one who she hopes will stay far, far away.
"My ultimate dream guest is definitely Meryl Streep. I'm a huge fan of hers," Kelly tells TV Insider. She laughs, "But I don't want it to happen, because I'll freak out!"
"I don't really hang out with famous people. My life is very normal," she explains. "I don't go to parties because I have four kids. So I'm probably going to freak out every day!"
Her propensity to freak out aside, Kelly says, "I'm not nervous at all. I'm excited because I have a dream I didn't know I had. People were like, 'What if it's hard to have a successful talk show?' and I said, 'Well, I'm going to do me and people are either going to like it or not, so I guess we'll find out.'"
So what does "doing me" entail? Kelly says first of all, she won't be sitting behind a desk -- as she explains, her set is "comfy and conversational with a cool bar vibe." And second of all, she'll start every show by singing a cover song.
"A person in the audience picks the song, and I come down and talk to that person," she teases. "Then we talk to the audience about maybe something that happened that day, [before we] start having guests [come] out."
The Kelly Clarkson Show premieres September 9. And by the way, Kelly actually got to meet Meryl Streep earlier this year at the Golden Globe Awards. Their encounter was captured on video, and Kelly does look kinda freaked out.
Valheria RochaTaylor Swift doesn't just have new music for her fans: She's got a whole new line of clothing, too -- and you can check it all out now online.
Taylor's posted all the looks from her new collaboration with Stella McCartney -- called Stella X Taylor Swift -- on her official website. The collection ranges from hoodies and tees, to jackets, purses, bags and caps. All the items incorporate Taylor's current pastel palette, as well as images of a winged heart, cats and even a unicorn.
Most of the items are adorned with the Stella X Taylor Swift logo, but some incorporate lyrics from the songs on Taylor's new album Lover, including the lyric from the title track, "There's a dazzling haze/a mysterious way about you dear." Other shirts have the full track listing of Lover on the back or front.
Other tees and hoodies read, "To My Lover," while another appears to read "Like a Tennessee Stella McCartney." Is that a song lyric? And if so, did she write it before or after she decided to team up with McCartney?
Yet another shirt is printed with the line "Summer's a knife" -- which we can only assume is either from the song "Cruel Summer" or "Death by a Thousand Cuts."
Taylor will give fans the scoop on the whole collection on Thursday when she does a YouTube live session at 5 p.m. On Instagram, she writes, "It’s been SO much fun to work/dream up cute stuff with my friend @stellamccartney to create a line inspired by my new album Lover. Can’t wait to show you what we've been working on."
Taylor also promises details on "The Lover Experience" pop-up shop, which will be open Friday through Sunday in New York City. You'll be able to check out the complete merch line in person at the shop.
Troy JensenJordin Sparks made her Broadway debut way back in 2010 with a role in In the Heights -- otherwise known as "the Tony-winning musical Lin-Manuel Miranda created before Hamilton." Now, she's returning to the Great White Way this fall.
Starting September 16, Jordin will tie on an apron to star in Broadway's Waitress; her run in the show will wrap up October 27.
"I’ve missed the Broadway stage ever since I took my final bow in In the Heights in 2010," said Jordin in a statement. "I am so excited to be able to return to it and serve up some musical pie!”
In Waitress, based on the 2007 movie of the same name, Jordin will play Jenna, a pregnant waitress and expert pie-maker who's stuck in a bad marriage, and starts an ill-considered affair with her OB-GYN.
Waitress, which opened in 2016, is the first Broadway musical in history to have an all-female creative team, including Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics. Despite its success, the show will close on Broadway in January of 2020.
Coincidentally, Jordin, who won season six of American Idol, isn't the first alumna of the show to star as Jenna in Waitress. Katharine McPhee, who came in second on season five of the show, played Jenna on Broadway in 2018, and then in London's West End from March through June of this year.
Valheria RochaTaylor Swift's new album Lover won't be out until Friday, but it's reportedly already gone platinum worldwide.
The head of Taylor's record company tells Variety that "pre-sales [are] quickly approaching one million copies globally.” Keep in mind, though, that that's an international figure. Whether or not the album can sell a million copies domestically in its first week -- as her 2017 album Reputation did -- remains to be seen.
As Variety notes, album sales are trending downward, but this is Taylor Swift we're talking about. In addition, she's doing a lot more promotion on this album than she did for Reputation, including a Thursday morning concert for ABC's Good Morning America, a YouTube live stream and a performance on the 2019 MTV VMAs on August 26.
Reputation, which came out 15 months ago, has sold more than 2.2 million copies in the U.S. Taylor's 2014 album 1989 has sold just over six million copies.
Andrew MacPhersonPink's Beautiful Trauma World Tour wrapped up on Monday in Toronto, and in every way, it was the biggest tour of her career.
The tour, which has been going since March of 2018, has grossed just over $397 million and sold just over three million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore. That makes it the highest-grossing tour by a female artist in a decade -- specifically, since Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour, which took in $408 million before wrapping in 2009.
The tour is also the 10th highest grossing one in Billboard Boxscore's history, and the second-highest grossing world tour ever by a female artist.
On Instagram, Pink wrote, "Thank you to everyone around the world for a beautiful, magical, challenging, fun, emotional, soulful tour. This was 2 1/2 years of blood, sweat, and many tears. A lot of happy ones, too. It has been an honor and a pleasure to play with you."
Pink's tour, in support of her 2017 number one album Beautiful Trauma, started in North America and then played 42 shows in Australia. It then moved to European stadiums -- marking Pink's first time performing in those venues -- before returning to North America for a final leg.
According to Billboard, in her two-decade career, Pink has now earned a total of $716 million on the road, making her one of the 20 highest-grossing artists of all time.
Meanwhile, Pink's joined the chorus of celebs speaking out on behalf of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, who've been repeatedly attacked by the press.
"The way people treat [Meghan] is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while," she tweeted. " It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind."
ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry will do a rare acoustic performance this fall to raise money for something that means a lot to her: transcendental meditation.
Katy wrote on Instagram, "On October 11th, I’ll be in DC for a special acoustic set for the #SilencetheViolence Benefit Concert." She added that soul legend Mavis Staples and jazz/pop singer Norah Jones are also on the bill for the show, which will raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation.
She explains that the money raised will help the foundation -- started by Twin Peaks director David Lynch -- "bring one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset -- Transcendental Meditation -- to at-risk youth."
Specifically, some 10,000 D.C.-area young people will be helped by the funds raised at the concert.
Last year, Katy attended a conference called "Unite to Cure" at Italy's Vatican. She took part in the portion of the conference called "Impacting Children’s Health Through Meditation Globally, and wrote on Instagram at the time, "I’m inspired and encouraged...and grateful to share how meaningful Transcendental Meditation has been for me."
Transcendental Meditation involves sitting with your eyes closed twice a day, for 20 minutes at a time, while repeating a mantra. It has been widely used in schools, universities, corporations, and prison programs.
Pre-sale tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. The general on-sale is on Friday, August 23 at 10 a.m. ET.
Valentin Herfray for CR Fashion BookThanks to her style transformation over the past few years, Céline Dion has been hailed as the new queen of fashion. But if you ask the Canadian diva, "queen" isn't exactly the title she's looking for.
“I don’t want to be the queen. I’m the boss. That’s different," she tells CR Fashion Book for a new cover story. "I’m the mother, I’m the boss, I’m in charge of my decisions with my team. I try to make the best of myself, to accomplish something, to always put the bar as high as I can."
"But the queen thing, for me personally, I don’t live that way," she adds.
Céline's shoot for CR Fashion Book is themed Private/Public, and is focused on "pivotal figures...who strive to live truly...as well as the fearless few whose private and public personas are one." For the shoot, Parisian photographer Valentin Herfray created distorted, surreal pictures of Céline, playing with scale, proportion and perception.
“I just like that we didn’t care," Céline says of the pics, some of which make her head seem bigger than her body, and some of which make her feet look huge and her body look tiny. "If you don’t take chances, you will never accomplish anything different, special, edgy, beautiful.”
“I seek clothes that make me feel sexy, approachable, fierce, edgy, glamorous, fun,” she says of the wild looks she sports in the shoot.
"I’m crazy about clothes. They help me to express myself, as if borrowing characters to help me perform…They’re like songs. I don’t do ballads all the time; I have up-tempo songs as well," she adds.
The September issue of CR Fashion Book is out September 5.
TValheria Rochaaylor Swift gave fans a lot to think about last week when she released the track list for her new album Lover, but now she's giving fans even more stuff to obsess over. She's releasing excerpts of the songs' lyrics every day this week via a new Spotify playlist.
It's calledLove, Taylor: The Lover Enhanced Album, and in a welcome video, Taylor explains, "Every day until the release of my new album Lover, I'll be sharing unreleased lyrics that nobody's seen before, so keep checking back."
In the first excerpt, Taylor recites the following lyrics: "I can't talk to you when you're like this: staring out the window like I'm not you're favorite town. I'm New York City!" While those lyrics play, you can see a handwritten note with the lyrics on it.
Taylor doesn't indicate which Lover song those lyrics are from, but they could be from the song "Cornelia Street," which is a street in Manhattan where she reportedly owns, or used to own, property.
In addition to the previously released songs from Lover, the playlist also includes songs by everyone from the Dixie Chicks -- who are featured on the album -- to Phil Collins, Nicki Minaj, Blondie, Annie Lennox, Kesha and Lana Del Rey.
Billboardreports that Spotify plans to bring Taylor's lyrics to life via "love letters" that will show up in surprise locations all around the world.
Looks like Ed Sheeran don't need no education: He's one of the most successful musicians in the world, despite receiving failing grades in all his courses at music college. Ed's terrible marks are revealed in a new exhibit that recently opened in his hometown.
Called Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, the exhibit was curated by Ed's dad in celebration of the singer's upcoming hometown shows in Ipswich, England, located in the county of Suffolk. As the Daily Mail reports, one of exhibits is Ed's report card from his time at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, which he attended from 2009 until 2010.
The report card shows that Ed failed all his courses, receiving grades of F in "songcraft," "professional musicianship," "music industry prep" and "style development" -- which may be why Ed quit school after a year. But just year later, his single "The A Team" reached number three on the U.K. chart, and he was off and running.
The 28-year-old star recently broke the record for the highest-grossing tour of all time, and he'll end the two-year trek with four shows in Ipswich, starting on Friday. Ed's also worth an estimated $194 million and has won four Grammys, among goodness knows how many other awards.
The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibit also includes Ed's childhood drawings, photos of Ed as a child, the Ed puppet that appears in his video for his 2014 hit "Sing," one of his guitars, and more.
While Sheryl Crow hasn't seen the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, she admits that when she was touring with MJ in the late '80s as a backup singer, there were some "things" going on that made her uncomfortable.
Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, Sheryl says she "doesn't want to see" the documentary, in which two men accuse the late King of Pop of abusing them as children. However, she reveals, "I was around for some things that I thought were really strange and I had a lot of questions about."
Sheryl won't say anything more on that topic, preferring instead to discuss her star-studded new album, Threads, which she says will be her final one, though she claims she won't stop making music.
Threads, out August 30, features Sheryl collaborating with everyone from Stevie Nicks, The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton, to Sting, Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt, the woman who first inspired Sheryl to pick up a guitar.
Sheryl's also been touring this summer, and her sons, 12-year-old Wyatt and nine-year-old Levi, are part of her entourage -- but she's put them to work, too.
"The boys are really starting to enjoy being on the road now," she tells the Telegraph. "I opened for Phil Collins in [Germany] and I had them helping out, bringing guitars on stage. But my youngest is such a negotiator."
She laughs, "I offered to pay him $5 a gig and he tried to bargain for a flat fee of $100 for the summer. I had to get my calculator to see if that squared up. He's going to be my accountant one day!"