ABC/Paula LoboNew York City's Broadway theaters has been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in recent days, they've been partially reopening to show support for the protests that have been sweeping the nation since the death of George Floyd.
Sara Bareilles, a Tony nominee for her hit musical Waitress, tweeted her support for the "Open Your Lobby" initiative, which encourages Broadway theaters to make their lobbies available to protestors in New York City as a safe space where they can rest and/or have access to bathrooms, snacks, water and electrical outlets.
The initiative also encourages theater employees to provide hand sanitizer and encourage social distancing measures for anyone who take advantage of the lobby services. A list of theaters throughout New York City, not just on Broadway, is being posted on the Twitter account @OpenYourLobby.
Theaters in other cities are also participating, including some in Texas and Washington, D.C.
Sara has been amplifying the calls for social justice on her social media accounts, taking part in #BlackoutTuesday and posting information for those who want to donate, or who need free legal help in case they're arrested at a protest.
ABC News/Frame GrabAs protests over the death of George Floyd carried on for another night across America, Katy Perry says there is another way to demand change -- and that's by confronting your local representatives.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, the American Idol judge encouraged her fans to support a series of new policies proposed by Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to stopping police brutality.
"There are a lot of ways to help the movement towards justice and equality and I believe this is where we could make the most change RIGHT NOW!," rallied Perry. "Yesterday, @campaignzero launched #8CantWait, a list of policies regarding use-of-force that have the power to reduce police violence and deaths."
Saying that local leaders have the power to put such policies in place, the "Roar" singer furthered, "These are the stepping stones to the bigger changes that we are all working for."
Katy then laid out three of the strategies she wants LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to enact immediately. "Require warning before shooting • exhaust all alternatives before shooting • require all force be reported," the 35-year-old penned, concluding with a resolute "I will be calling my mayor TODAY."
In addition, Perry included a letter fans can copy and paste should they prefer emailing Mayor Garcetti, instead.
Campaign Zero estimates that if local municipalities implement their eight proposed policy changes, police violence will fall by 72 percent.
The proposals were inspired by strategies that have already been enacted by some police departments, such as exhausting all alternatives before discharging a firearm and not firing at moving vehicles.
Vera Anderson/WireImageFollowing the arrests made in relation to the death of George Floyd, Justin Timberlake is reminding fans that the fight for justice is far from over.
In an Instagram post from Thursday night, the "Sexy Back" singer urged his 58 million followers to not forget about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was gunned down by police conducting a "no-knock warrant" in her own home on March 13.
Alongside a post containing the websites of helpful organizations like the NAACP, Color Of Change, and Center For Policing Academy, Timberlake wrote, "Yesterday I was happy to hear the other three officers were charged in the death of #GeorgeFloyd but today we mourn with the family who has laid him to rest. I send my sincere condolences and prayers to them."
"We also know no one has yet to be charged in the death of #BreonnaTaylor so there is more work to do to bring her justice," the caption continued. "There are crucial organizations on the ground who are doing the work to get her justice and do the work to end systematic racism."
"Please follow, donate and support their hard work," the 39-year-old concluded before tagging the five organizations he wishes his followers support: BYP 100, NAACP, Black Futures Lab, Movement for Black Lives and Center for Policing Equality.
Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicPink is hoping to kickstart your weekend with some positive energy.
The singer is teaming up with her personal fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins for an Instagram Live workout today, at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET.
“Let’s all come together and get some joy in our bodies,” Pink posted on her Instagram. “Thank you @msjeanettejenkins for doing these for us, you are a light in this world.... see you Friday!!!!
Jenkins described the virtual class as a “Positive Energy Bodyweight CardioSculpt #InstagramLive Workout.”
“Exercise (sport, dance, movement) is a great way to give your body a boost of endorphins, strengthen your immune system and help you start the day with a positive attitude,” she wrote.
“We want to help lift your hearts & your spirits and give you 30-45min of positive energy! Everyone is welcome to join us on Instagram Live!”
It's no wonder Pink is looking to spread some positivity. This week, she was bombarded with negative comments online for speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. She made it clear to fans that she will not tolerate hate or bigotry of any kind.
"It’s insane to me how many people think I will be upset about racists unfollowing me," she wrote. "You don't really even need to announce your exit. You have my blessing."
Aysia MarottaLewis Capaldi's star-making debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent chronicled the breakup of a relationship, but reportedly, the follow-up will reflect the fact that the Scottish singer is happy with a new love.
Speaking about Lewis' second album, a source tells the British tabloid The Sun that the "tracks are mostly about love again but this time finding it, not losing it...the songs are catchy and upbeat. It’s the same brilliant vocals and emotional lyrics but this time it’s got a lighter feel to it."
Among those tracks, the source dishes, is a song inspired by Lewis' new girlfriend, Catherine Halliday.
"He’s smitten with Catherine and although it’s early days, she has a nod on one of the tracks he has written," claims the source. "Lewis mentions her [red] hair and it’s really quite special. She’s made him realize how to be happy again."
"She has something very special with Lewis.”
Divinely Uninspired has gone triple platinum in Lewis' native U.K. and won him several Brit Awards -- the British equivalent of the Grammys -- as well as a Grammy nomination. His big hit "Someone You Loved" was one of the few songs on the record that isn't about a breakup: it's actually about dealing with the death of a loved one.
Streamline/InterscopeLady Gaga's new album is ready to "Rain" atop the Billboard 200 chart, industry forecasters tell the publication.
Chromatica is on track to debut at number-one on the album chart with sales of over 250,000 units, according to Billboard. If it succeeds, it'll become Gaga's sixth chart-topper, following the soundtrack for A Star Is Born, Joanne, her Tony Bennett duets album Cheek to Cheek, Artpop, and Born This Way.
If it sells that many units, Chromatica would rank as one of the top five biggest sales weeks of the year. Only the latest albums by The Weeknd, K-Pop stars BTS, and rappers Lil Uzi Vert and Eminem have sold more in a single week.
Chromatica has so far produced two singles: the lead track "Stupid Love," which debuted at #5, and the Ariana Grande collab "Rain On Me," which debuted at number one. It's also racked up generally positive reviews from critics, and raves from fans.
The new Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on Sunday.
Far Left: Lance Bass; Albert L. Ortega/Getty ImagesWith everything going on in the world, it's hard to remember that June is Pride Month. The Hollywood Reporter has recognized that with a special Pride issue, featuring an oral history of "How I Came Out in Hollywood," as told by multiple gay celebrities, including *NSYNC's Lance Bass.
Lance describes how he was "scared s***less" about people learning his secret the height of *NSYNC's popularity.
"I knew, especially in the year 2000, that if anyone found out that I was gay, *NSYNC's career would be completely over, and these guys would hate me for the rest of my life," he says.
But when he finally did come out to his band mates, that isn't what happened.
"The guys are still so pi**ed that I wasn't able to tell them when we were still a group...they absolutely don't care about me being gay," Lance admits. "The thing that pi**ed them off the most is they thought that we could've had so much more fun together at the height of *NSYNC. I could've been my real self with them, and they wish they could've had that."
As for what prompted his coming out in 2006, Lance says he was vacationing in Provincetown, RI and a random guy recognized him and asked him if he was gay. He said yes, but unfortunately, the guy was a reporter from The Washington Post. When his phone started ringing off the hook, Lance knew he had to say something, so he arranged to tell his story to People.
"It all happened within 48 hours of coming back from that vacation," he recalls. "Talk about a Band-Aid being ripped off very publicly."
Other stars who tell their stories to THR include Clay Aiken, Jim Parsons, Rosie O'Donnell and Neil Patrick Harris.
ABC/CRAIG SJODINWhile many musicians will take a hit due to the cancellation of their tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at this moment in 2020, your favorite singers are doing fine financially, according to Forbes.
The publication's annual list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities has rock legend Elton John as the highest-ranked musician at #14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year.
The Jonas Brothers come in a #20 with earnings of $68.5 million, while Ed Sheeran is #23 with $64 million. His pal Taylor Swift is #25 with $63.5 million.
Kylie Jenner is number-one overall on the list, despite Forbes recently revoking her billionaire status. The publication writes, "Jenner’s payday came from selling a 51% stake in her cosmetics firm to Coty...while she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real."
Here's a look at who made the rest of the list:
28. Post Malone, $60 million 39. Shawn Mendes, $54.5 42. JAY-Z, $53.5 million 56. Jennifer Lopez, $47.5 million 57. Pink, $47 million 64. (tie) Backstreet Boys, Phil Collins, $45 million 73. Celine Dion, $42 million 75. The Eagles, $41 million 86. Katy Perry, $38.5 million 87. (tie) Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, U2, $38 million 91. Paul McCartney, $37 million
Forbes notes that many of these stars won't rank as high on next year's list due to those tour cancellations.
Jason Koerner/Getty Images for OprahA few days ago, Lady Gagadeclared "Everyday people in America are racist, that's a fact...it's time for a change." Now she's reacting to what she sees as, perhaps, the beginnings of that change: the arrest of all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd.
"Because of the voices of the people, a principle this country was founded upon, now all four officers have been arrested for the racist and brutal murder of George Floyd," Gaga wrote on her socials. "I hope that all cops who have engaged in or are engaging in any racist activity are met with the highest form of law & order, although we know the law & order in this country is predicated upon racism and is itself corrupt."
"I applaud the brave citizens of this nation that are speaking up, and I support the unsupported voices of the Black community. I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies," she added. "I know you know how much I believe in kindness. The spirit of this movement is intrinsically rooted in a universal dream of kindness and it’s precisely that same kindness that I am wishing for those that are suffering tonight."
Gaga concluded: "I have endless compassion in my heart as we struggle as one nation to find bold and effective solutions to an insidious and systemic problem that’s plagued our country since its birth."
Gaga also provided information about advocacy organizations that she's donating to "in support of this continuous fight for racial and social justice."
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has now been charged with second-degree murder in Floyd's death, while felony charges have also been brought against the three other former officers who were at the scene.
ABC/Image Group LATo further support the Black Lives Matter movement, Christina Aguilera has been sharing her platform with the black community in the wake of George Floyd's death. On Wednesday, the "Beautiful" singer shared a thought-provoking letter from a black activist to further educate her followers about racism.
"Imagine. I urge you to use this time to take action, educate yourself, listen, amplify black voices, protest in the street and protest at home by having hard conversations with those you love," Aguilera expressed, vowing to continue using her platform to help fans stay informed.
The 39-year-old shared the bold words from aspiring director JD Dillard, who described the building fury within the black community.
"Imagine there was a virus spreading and you were the most likely to be infected and killed by it. That's because the job you have, if you hadn't lost it by now, puts you most at risk of contracting it," The unapologetic letter begins, painting the anxiety and stress countless African Americans had been experiencing months before Floyd.
Dillard depicts how black Americans felt upon watching the cellphone footage of a white Minnesota police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck. "This rage - this helplessness - this sadness is so overwhelming, but still -- you take to the streets, hoping to be heard," the message persists. "In spite of the danger from both the police and the epidemic, you step outside to remind the world that right now, you are still alive."
Dillard touches upon the discourse of critics calling for peaceful protesting by evoking Martin Luther King Jr. in which he bluntly explained, "Strange thing is -- they killed that man, too."
The message ends with an eye-opening, "To be Black in America is to be oscillating between sadness, and this pride. Imagine that."
Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesSinger Amy Grant is resting comfortably at home after undergoing major surgery. The "Baby, Baby" singer underwent open heart surgery on Wednesday to correct a rare defect she unknowingly had since birth.
"Thank you for so many prayers today. Amy is out of surgery and the doctor said it could not have gone better," Grant's representative shared in a statement on Facebook. " We would ask for continued prayers over the days, weeks and months to come as she makes a full recovery."
Earlier on Wednesday, the singer's team rallied fans for prayers and well wishes, announcing that Grant would be undergoing "heart surgery to correct her PAPVR condition."
Fans have known of Grant's heart condition for several months.
The 59-year-old first announced in February, in honor of Heart Health Awareness Month, that she had been diagnosed with the rare heart condition.
"I want to send a shout out to my doctor, John Bright Cage," the Christian singer told fans. "He suggested I have a check up because of my Dad’s heart history."
Grant was happy she followed his advice and underwent a "battery of tests" that revealed she's unknowingly had PAPVR "since birth."
The six-time Grammy winner happily assured fans that she was "asymptomatic" and that the heart condition was "fixable." She hoped that, by sharing her personal medical history, she would inspire fans to take their heart health more seriously.
PAPVR, otherwise known as partial anomalous pulmonary venous return, is a congenital heart defect. Mayo Clinic explains that the condition causes a mixing of oxygen-rich blood and oxygen-poor blood as it flows into the heart's right atrium instead of the left, because the pulmonary veins have incorrectly attached to the heart's upper right chamber.
Hugo Comte/Warner MusicIf "Don't Start Now" is the first song you've heard from Dua Lipa, it's time to discover more about the Grammy-winning star.
Dua was born in London to Albanian parents who'd emigrated from Kosovo -- her name means "love" in Albanian. Her family moved back to Kosovo in 2006, but when Dua was just 15, she moved back to London on her own to get her music career off the ground.
Her 2017 self-titled debut album, featuring her hit "New Rules," made her a global pop star and won her a slew of awards both in her native U.K. and abroad, including the 2019 Best New Artist Grammy.
"Don't Start Now" is the first single released from Dua's new album Future Nostalgia, which she released and promoted while in quarantine. She says the song, which she describes as "very disco-orientated," gives you a pretty good idea of what you can expect when you listen to the entire album.
"I felt like it was the perfect introduction," Dua says. "The album...has quite, like, nostalgic elements to it, '80s-inspired disco influences and it's just really, basically, a Dancercise class all the way through. So I just want people to have fun when they're listening to it. And I felt like 'Don't Start Now' was the song to lead the way."
As for what the song's about, Dua says like many of her compositions, it's an self-empowerment anthem.
"It's about moving on and not really caring what anybody thinks and being happy in the position that you're in and just finding confidence there," she notes.
Dua plans to support Future Nostalgia with a world tour were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so she's currently self-isolating in London with her boyfriend, model Anwar Hadid.
NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKelly Clarkson has been recording a lot more than “Quaraokes” while in lockdown. The singer teases that she’s just recorded a new duet -- but she won’t reveal the mystery duet partner.
In an interview withET Canada from her Montana ranch, Kelly says, “I already have many songs recorded for the new album and I actually just recorded a duet that I wish I could talk about but I can’t!”
She gushes that the song is “so good” and would only give some vague hints as to who the other artist might be.
“I happened to sing with this person within the last six months and we loved singing together so much,” she says. “It was so cool how our voices just sounded together.”
Kelly says her label found the “perfect song” for them to record together. She says it’s definitely going on her next album, and it might even be the next thing she releases.
So, who has Kelly sung with in the past six months? Well, her colleagues on The Voice, for starters. Maybe she and coach Nick Jonas have teamed for a track, since she's already recorded a couple of duets with John Legend.
Kelly released the single “I Dare You” back in April.
Evaan KherajIn the wake of George Floyd's death, Michael Bublé is encouraging his fans to donate to a good cause, and he's sweetening the pot by opening his own wallet.
On his socials, Michael posted that he "watched in horror as a policeman literally took the breath out of George Floyd," adding, "This is not the kind of world I want my children to grow up in. I stand in solidarity with the Black community and all people who seek justice and equal rights. I pray for the safety of the millions of peaceful demonstrators around the world...as they express their outrage and the need for real change."
Then, Michael adds that we "must do more than pray. We need to be part of the solution in fighting systemic racism...for now, I am making a donation to the ACLU" -- the American Civil Liberties Union -- "who continue their work seeking justice for the civil and human rights of all citizens."
The Canadian crooner then announces that he'll match anyone's donation to the ACLU up to $100,000. All you need to do is give through the link ACLUSoCal.org/buble.
"If each of us do what we can, change can happen," he notes. "Thank you and Gold bless you."
ABC/Image Group LALately, Pink's socials have been filled with her reaction to the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests, leaving her husband Carey Hart to celebrate their daughter Willow's ninth birthday online in his own way.
Willow's birthday was Tuesday, and Carey posted to Instagram a photo of her as a toddler, and a photo of her today.
"My sweet daughter willow. Where do I start. You have shown me what love of a child is all about. You changed my life from the moment your mama was pregnant...You impress me everyday you walk this planet," Carey wrote.
"You are smart, thoughtful, compassionate, full of p**s and vinegar...One of the biggest joys I have with you is watching you grow into your own independent person each day that passes," he continued. "You are gonna change the world one day, munchkin. I could not be more proud and in love with you. Have a great 9th birthday. Thank you mama @pink for cooking a good one."
In addition to Willow, Pink and Carey also have a son, Jackson Moon, born in 2016.
Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesAs protests grip the nation over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody, celebrities have been using their platform to denounce any and all instances of police brutality while voicing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kelly Clarkson tweeted her dismay and anger over the display exhibited by Kansas City police, who were filmed pepper spraying peaceful protestors while arresting a black man who was calling them out for using excessive force on peaceful protestors.
The man was unarmed.
The video shows several officers breaking the line and approaching the shouting man before wrestling him away from the crowd. When the man resisted, officers sprayed him directly in the face -- as well as those trying to protect him.
Clarkson's call out post also enraged "The Middle" singer Maren Morris, who immediately demanded an answer from Kansas City police. "Wow, @kcpolice . Own up to this NOW," Morris fumed in response to the post.
There has been debate among fans about whether or not the man was breaking the law, as some Kansas City locals pointed out that demonstrators are prohibited from walking onto the street except in the instance of a parade. In the video, the man is clearly seen stepping off the sidewalk and onto the street, which defied current rules.
However, the consensus among Clarkson's followers agree that the force used against the protestor was excessive and have since called for Kansas City to discipline the officers involved.
Norbert SchoernerIn her new Chromatica era, Lady Gaga has spoken many times about the importance of being kind and spreading kindness -- she's also called herself a "kindness punk." But she says the concept is something that she's been aware of since she was a teenager being bullied at school.
Speaking on the Australian TV show The Project, Gaga said that being bullied "stays with you your whole life," adding, "I remember things that my bullies said to me in front of other people. And no one said anything. Nobody said to me, 'Are you OK? Are you fine?' In fact, if I were to speak up about a bully being mean to me, it would just make it harder for me at school."
She continued, "Being bullied has taught me the importance of spreading kindness in the world because it's something that we can fix."
And in the new issue of Vanity Fair Italia, Gaga notes, "I believe that kindness goes in two directions: it's not just about being kind to others, but to yourself."
As previously reported, Spotify has launched a dedicated #KindnessMovement website to promote Gaga's new album Chromatica, featuring downloadable posters with messages like "Kindness Is Magic," "Stay Kind" and "You Are Worthy."
ABC/ARTURO HOLMESWith an estimated worth of some $452 million, it seems unlikely that Elton John would ever be suffering financially, but the British tabloid The Mail on Sunday claims that the legendary singer has been forced to lay off employees due to the postponement of his Farewell tour.
The Mail on Sunday claims that Elton and his husband David Furnish have been left "bereft" because they'd planned on earning $75 million this year for concerts that have now been moved to 2021. The paper also claims that Elton is "unlikely" to get any insurance payments for the tour dates.
"That revenue has literally disappeared overnight," a source dishes to the paper. "Nobody expected this."
Elton does have 48 dates scheduled for this fall but according to the paper, until it's clear whether those concerts will go forward based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, he's laid off his longtime band members, including guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson.
What's more, the Mail on Sunday claims that Elton's also laid off some of the domestic staff at his home in Atlanta, and is now paying the salaries of the staff of his company, Rocket Entertainment, out of his own pocket.
"Sir Elton is now thought to be assessing if he will need to make further savings and, if so, where," says the paper.
Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesPinkis letting her fans know that she has zero tolerance for hate. When reposting Billie Eilish's passionate essay that disagreed with the All Lives Matter movement -- which has started cycling in response to the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests -- the "What About Us" was met with a barrage of negative comments on Sunday.
Pink proved how little she cared about those who felt offended or provoked by Eilish's message.
"Totally get where you’re coming from," One fan replied before venting their frustration with Eilish' essay. "HOWEVER, as a person with a lawyer brain, I have to say... when you single out one race and say 'that' race matters. You ARE implicitly saying other races don’t matter as much. It is automatically inferred. I believe it does this situation a disjustice by putting it in the #blacklivesmatter category. This could happen to ANY ONE OF US! THAT is the atrocity! THAT is the REAL issue. It is not about race."
"You are the epitome of white privilege," Pink fired back. "And the saddest part is that you don't even hear yourself and probably never will."
When another user accused her of being a lady "siting in her mansion," she blithely corrected, "it's *sitting and I don't sit much."
Later on Monday, Pink took to Twitter to marvel about how her support of Black Lives Matter angered some fans, "It’s insane to me how many people think I will be upset about racists unfolllowing me. You don't really even need to announce your exit. You have my blessing."
She encouraged those who don't share her opinions on racial equality to "Go. Go now. One quick push of a button and you don’t have to look in the mirror or confront who you really are."
It’s insane to me how many people think I will be upset about racists unfolllowing me. You don’t really even need to announce your exit. You have my blessing. Go. Go now. One quick push of a button and you don’t have to look in the mirror or confront who you really are.
Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran, Katy Perry and Michael Buble -- three artists who aren't Australian, but who are wildly popular Down Under -- will take part in an upcoming online concert thanking Aussie front-line workers.
The livestream event, called the Thank You Concert, is being organized by two major Australian radio stations and will ultimately feature more than 20 different artists, who will either perform, send exclusive messages or share their experiences.
Keith Urban, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, will also take part in the concert; the full lineup will be announced June 5.
The Thank You Concert will "acknowledge the incredible work, and share the stories, of those working in essential services who are keeping our community safe and running during the COVID-19 pandemic," according to organizers.
The event will take place Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Australian time, but if you're in the U.S., you'll have to get up pretty early to watch it: It'll start at 6 a.m. ET. Visit NovaEntertainment.com.au for more information.