Nedim VrabacMany felt that Jennifer Lopez should have been nominated for an Oscar for her role in the movie Hustlers. Well, now she's getting an award that will reflect that achievement, as well as her talents as a show-stopping singer and dancer.
Jennifer will receive The People's Icon award at the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards, which will air November 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live from Santa Monica, CA. J-Lo is being honored for both her performance in Hustlers, as well as her Emmy-winning Super Bowl halftime performance with Shakira back in February.
“Jennifer Lopez has an unmatched global appeal and for more than two decades, has given us some of the most iconic, unforgettable performances of all time,” said E! News exec Jen Neal in a statement. “For paving the way for artists around the world and single-handedly increasing Latinx representation in music, film, television, and fashion, we’re honoring Jennifer Lopez with ‘The People’s Icon of 2020.’”
Jennifer recently released two songs, "Pa'Ti" and "Lonely," with Colombian singer Maluma. They're from the soundtrack of the upcoming movie Marry Me, in which they both star.
And J-Lo's 12-year-old daughter, Emme Muñiz, who sang with her mom at the Super Bowl, has just released her first book. It's called Lord Help Me: Inspiring Prayers for Every Day.
Courtesy PolydorWhile you're waiting to hear Michael Buble sing with Dolly Parton on the country legend's upcoming Christmas album, you can hear him right now, singing with U.K. superstar Gary Barlow, who's best known in the U.S. as the lead singer of the group Take That.
Michael joins Gary on "Elita," the first taste of Gary's new album, Music Played by Humans. Also contributing to the upbeat salsa/pop track is Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra.
"I don't think I've ever had a pop song which had three individuals, all coming together," says Michael of the song, adding that he thought it was "cool" that it featured "different cultures and aspects of music and who we've all been inspired by."
"I thought it was a really perfect mix. The song is exciting, it's sexy -- empowering," he notes.
"'Elita' is a song about witnessing the power of women -- that's really at the core of this track," Gary says of the tune.
Originally, just he and Michael were going to sing on the song, but, Gary says, "Then Michael said he knew this amazing talent that would be perfect...within an hour we were all on the phone and when Sebastián sent the track back, we were just thrilled."
Additional guests on Music Played by Humans include Barry Manilow, on a song called "You Make the Sun Shine;" James Corden, who joins Gary on "The Kind of Friend I Need"; and a number of other artists from all over the globe.
"My ambition...was to create something really bright, a celebration of music and the wonderful musicians we have in the UK and around the world," says Gary, adding, "It really is music played by people, hence the title of the album, Music By Humans."
On Monday, Seventeen reported that clues pointing to new music by Shawn Mendes had been uncovered online. Now it's actually happening.
The Seventeen report initially mentioned a broken link to a page on the lyrics site Genius for a song called "Wonder," by Shawn. Now the site has the first verse of the song: "You have a million different faces/But they'll never understand/Unless you let them in/You've been a million different places/So it gives them a chance to/Get lost in wonderland."
Then, Shawn wiped his profile pics off his social media, and tweeted, "WHAT IS #WONDER." Next, he released the first 90 seconds of the song, along with a clip of a video, on his socials. A new website called WhatIsWonder.com features a 360-degree video of the room from the video.
If Shawn has learned anything from his pal Taylor Swift, there are probably clues in that video about what he's got planned next.
Additionally, the website Album of the Year has a placeholder for a Shawn Mendes album called Wonder, with a release date of November 1. Interestingly, there's also been a claim that Shawn is sporting a new tattoo of the word "Wonder," written in Camila Cabello's handwriting.
Shawn's last album was his self-titled 2018 release, which featured the hits "In My Blood" and "Lost In Japan."
Courtesy Gabby Barrett/AmazonGabby Barrett's life and career is at the center of an upcoming documentary.
Later this week, Amazon Music will present Breakthrough: Gabby Barrett,a mini-documentary about the singer's journey to the top of the charts.
The doc finds Gabby reflecting on milestone moments -- from singing in gospel choir when she was nine, to her experience on American Idol, to scoring crossover success with "I Hope," to preparing for the release of her debut album, Goldmine.
"It can be very difficult when you have a dream that's very large and you're starting out feeling like itty bitty," Gabby says in the trailer.
The special was filmed earlier this year during quarantine while Gabby was visiting husband Cade Foehner's family in East Texas. Cade also joins his wife for interviews featured in the doc. The two are expecting their first child later this year.
Breakthrough: Gabby Barrett premieres on Amazon Music on October 5.
Craft RecordingsJewel's got something that was meant for me...and you: a deluxe 25th anniversary reissue of her 12X-Platinum debut album Pieces of You.
The package, available November 20, comes with four CDs packaged in a hardback portfolio book featuring new liner notes, lyrics, poetry, rare photographs and other never-before-seen content.
In addition to the newly remastered original album, you also get a disc of demos, a disc of rarities, B-sides and outtakes, and live coffeehouse recordings from 1994. The album will also be available as two CDs, four LPs and as a digital album.
A demo version of Jewel's #1 hit "You Were Meant for Me," featuring guitar and vocals by co-writer Steve Poltz, is now available as a digital single.
On November 20 at 8 p.m. ET, Jewel will also stage a virtual livestream show, and for the first time ever, she'll play Pieces of You in its entirety. Tickets to the livestream are now available at her online store, and there are a variety of packages to choose from.
Pieces of You is one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. "Listening back to these songs, I hear a lot of courage, though I didn't feel that at the time," Jewel says in a statement. "I was really raw, but I wanted people to feel what I was feeling as intensely as I was."
Here's the track listing for the box set:
Disc 1 "Who Will Save Your Soul" "Pieces Of You" "Little Sister" "Foolish Games" "Near You Always" "Painters" "Morning Song" "Adrian" "I'm Sensitive" "You Were Meant For Me" "Don't" "Daddy" "Angel Standing By" "Amen" "You Were Meant For Me" (Album Edit) "Foolish Games" (Radio Edit) "Morning Song" (Radio Mix) "Angel Needs A Ride" "Everything Breaks"
Disc 2 "Who Will Save Your Soul" (Demo)* "Pieces Of You" (Demo)* "Little Sister" (Demo)* "Foolish Games" (Demo)* "Adrian" (Demo)* "You Were Meant For Me" (Demo)* "Near You Always" (Demo)* "Painters" (Demo) "Don't" (Demo)* "Daddy" (Demo)* "Angel Standing By" (Demo)* "Amen" (Demo)* "See Sassy Wake Up" (Demo)* "His Pleasure Is My Pain" (Demo)* "Down So Long" (Demo)* "Sometimes It Be That Way "(Demo)* "Nicotine Love" (Demo)* "Tiny Love Spaces" (Demo)*
Disc 3 "1000 Miles Away" (Live) "She Cries" (Live) "My Own Private God's Gift To Women" "Race Car Driver" "Flower" (Live) "I'm Sensitive" (Live) "You Were Meant For Me" (Juan Patiño Version) "Cold Song" "Rocker Girl" "Emily" "Dance Between Two Women" "Quiet Warrior" "Walk Away" (Outtake)* "See Sassy Wake Up" (Outtake)* "Foolish Games" (No String Overdubs)* "Angel Needs A Ride" (Outtake)* "Flower" (Outtake)* "Race Car Driver" (Outtake)* "Who Will Save Your Soul" (Unedited Master Take)* "Sov Gott" (Live)*
Disc 4 "Who Will Save Your Soul" (Live)* "Pieces Of You" (Live)* "Little Sister" (Live)* "Near You Always" (Live)* "Painters" (Live)* "Morning Song" (Live)* "Adrian" (Live)* "I'm Sensitive" (Live)* "Don't" (Live)* "Daddy" (Live)* "Angel Standing By" (Live)* "Amen" (Live)* "Foolish Games" (Piano Demo)* "Quiet Warrior" (Live)* "Chime Bells (aka The Yodeling Song)" (Live)*
Capitol RecordsSam Smith will celebrate the October 30th release of their new album Love Goes with a live performance in a truly legendary U.K. location: Abbey Road Studios.
In a message to fans, Sam writes, "Hello everyone!! I am so so excited to announce a one-off show at the iconic @abbeyroadstudios on October 30th to celebrate my new album Love Goes in partnership with @AmericanExpress."
Abbey Road was, of course, where The Beatles made most of their albums, but it's also been host to recording sessions for artists ranging from Lady Gaga and Pink Floyd, to Duran Duran, U2 and Kanye West.
"I'll be joined by my incredible band for a full show with both new and old songs, and it's the only time you'll be able to see me perform live this year," Sam continues. "We are working so hard to make sure this show is truly special, and I cannot wait to sing for you all."
To get early bird tickets to the live stream, pre-order Love Goes by Monday, October 5.
Gary Null / Walt Disney Television via Getty ImagesHelen Reddy, the Grammy-winning Australian singer who became a feminist icon thanks to her hit "I Am Woman," has died, according to a message posted on her official Facebook fan page, and provided to ABC Audio. She was 78.
"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles," read the message from Reddy's daughter Traci and son Jordan. "She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever."
In the '60s, Reddy, divorced with a young child, moved to New York City after winning a competition in her native Australia. After landing a record deal in 1971, she first reached the U.S. top 20 with her take on "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar.
Her debut album, also called I Don't Know How to Love Him, featured a song she'd co-written, "I Am Woman," which reflected Reddy's interest in the feminist movement and female empowerment in general. Re-released in 1972, it became a number one hit and an anthem for the movement.
Reddy was the first Australian-born artist to have a U.S. number-one hit and the first to win a Grammy. In 1973, while accepting her trophy for Best Female Pop, Rock or Folk Vocal Performance for "I Am Woman," Reddy famously thanked her record company, her husband and God -- because, as Reddy said pointedly, "She makes everything possible."
A string of hits followed "I Am Woman," including "Angie Baby," "You and Me Against the World," "Delta Dawn," "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" and "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)."
Reddy also had a TV and movie career, hosting her own variety show, serving as the semi-regular host of NBC's The Midnight Special, and starring in the Disney film Pete's Dragon. She also appeared in Airport 75, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band and Disorderlies, and guest starred on numerous TV shows, including The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Diagnosis: Murder and even Family Guy.
Reddy's last major public appearance came at the Women's March in January of 2017 in Los Angeles. At that event, she was introduced by Jamie Lee Curtis and sang an a cappella version of "I Am Woman."
I Am Woman, a biopic telling the story of the Australian singer's rise to fame, was released in theaters and on demand on September 11. It stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy, Evan Peters as her second husband and manager, Jeff Wald; and Danielle MacDonald as her friend, Australian rock journalist Lillian Roxon.
In a statement to ABC Audio, I Am Woman director Unjoo Moon said, "I will forever be grateful to Helen for teaching me so much about being an artist, a woman and a mother. She paved the way for so many and the lyrics that she wrote for I am Woman changed my life forever like they have done for so many other people and will continue to do for generations to come. She will always be a part of me and I will miss her enormously."
ABC/Stewart CookNext month, the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, will present Lionel Richie with one of its annual Distinguished Leadership Award -- an honor known as "the Oscars of Washington."
Lionel will receive the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for his philanthropy and his legendary career, which includes an Oscar, a Golden Globe, multiple Grammys, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and more.
During the virtual ceremony, taking place October 14, at 6 p.m. ET, Bob Johnson, the founder of BET, will introduce Lionel.
In addition to Lionel being honored along with two other global leaders, the "Unsung Heroes of 2020" will also be celebrated, via a tribute narrated by Vanessa Williams, who'll also sing. These heroes are those who've "contributed impressively to their communities during this year of global pandemic, economic recession and the continuing fight for justice and equality."
Lionel will return to American Idol next year, along with Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.
Republic RecordsTo watch, or not to watch? That's not even a question, when it's James Bay doing a special livestream from the theater that William Shakespeare made famous.
On October 21, James will take the stage live at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the modern reconstruction of the historic venue where plays like Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear and Julius Caesar were first performed. James will be playing with a full band, and will be shot by multiple cameras for a fully-produced experience.
The show will be live streamed by Driift around the world based on time zone. It won't be available on demand, so you'll have to watch when it's available in your specific time zone. If you live on the East Coast of North America or in Central or South America, it'll stream at 8 p.m. ET. If you live on the West Coast, it's 8 p.m. PT.
Tickets will be available this Friday, October 2 starting at 4 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.
In a statement, James says, "Having spent the Covid months of 2020 very much as a solo performer, singing into my iPhone from the spare room in my house, I’m so excited to reunite with a band and play music from a stage as legendary and iconic as that of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre."
He adds, "I’m sad that I can’t have an actual audience in the Globe with me, but so excited that we get to create this show for people all around the world to see. It might be a long road back to concerts as we’d like them, but we’re getting closer and in the meantime it’s such an honor to play this show for everyone!”
I’m excited to announce I’ll be live streaming a brand new show on 21st October from Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London! I can’t wait to reunite with my band and play music from this iconic venue. Sign up to my mailing list for pre-sale tickets 🤘 https://t.co/hWTxklLuHmpic.twitter.com/QKvm2OIf6i
Lauren DukoffMelissa Etheridge established The Etheridge Foundation in June. Now, she's scheduled her first-ever benefit concert for the charity.
The Foundation was established to raise funds for research into the causes and effects of opioid addiction, which led to her son Beckett's death earlier this year. The two-hour benefit show will take place October 11 at 6 pm ET on Melissa's live streaming channel, Etheridge TV. Tickets cost $20.
"I wanted to walk the walk of what's next which, for me, is helping," says Melissa in a statement, noting that she wants to raise money to see "we can do with this disease that takes so many young people."
"This is something I want to bring a light to, to move forward and to bring more understanding and more healing," she adds. "I hope you'll join me on October 11."
Specifically, Melissa wants to fund research into new ways of treating addiction, new solutions for those suffering from its effects, and new ways of understanding and treating any underlying mental health issues. You can buy tickets to the show via Etheridge TV now.
And if you want more Melissa, she goes live five days a week on Etheridge TV starting at 6pm ET.
NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesIf you're a celebrity, mixing your personal life and your business arrangements can sometimes get pretty sticky. Just ask Kelly Clarkson.
Variety reports that Kelly is being sued for unpaid commissions by her longtime management company, Starstruck Management Group. The company is run by Narvel Blackstock, who's also the father of Kelly's soon-to-be-ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock -- who is employed by the company. Awkward!
As Variety notes, the company claims Kelly owes them more than a million bucks in back commissions from her work on The Voice and The Kelly Clarkson Show. According to the suit, the company, which has managed Kelly for 13 years, is supposed to get 15% of her gross earnings. While she's already paid them just under $2 million this year, they say she's $1.4 million in arrears.
Variety also reports that the suit claims Kelly will owe them at least $5.4 million by year's end.
Complicating things may be that Kelly and the company don't have a written agreement: The suit claims their deal was negotiated verbally in 2007, and then verbally confirmed by Kelly.
Claiming that Starstruck "developed Clarkson into a mega superstar,” the complaint alleges that, "Despite Starstruck’s hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed.” It's suing for breach of oral contract.
Alexander Tamargo/TAS18/Getty Images for TASTaylor Swift has never come right out and said who her song "All Too Well" -- a fan favorite that many consider to be among the best songs she's ever written -- is about.
However, it's a generally accepted fact among Swifties that the track documents Taylor's relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal, which lasted for a few months in the fall of 2010. And, as the actor's just learned, Swifties never forget.
However, the comments section was soon flooded with Swifties quoting the lyrics to "All Too Well" -- in particular, the line that goes, "You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin-sized bed."
Another fan wrote, "Give taylor swift her scarf back" -- a reference to the "All Too Well" lyrics "Left my scarf there at your sister's house/And you've still got it/In your drawer, even now" and "But you keep my old scarf/From that very first week/'Cause it reminds you of innocence/And it smells like me."
Another wrote, "PS: Where's the scarf?"
But if Jake is distressed over the takeover of his Instagram by people dredging up a brief relationship that ended nine years ago -- and according to Taylor, didn't end on the best of terms -- well...he should've known better.
"u posted this pic and thought that the swifties would do nothing???? mistake," wrote a fan.
Andy Cohen BooksToday marks the arrival of Mariah Carey's memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, and to say that the diva is excited for people to read her story is an understatement.
"Butterflies in my stomach but pride in my heart," Mariah tweeted with a photo of herself holding the book. "Tears of joy for little Mariah whose story gets to be heard for the first time. I've been waiting for today my entire life."
Mariah has also posted tweets -- plus screenshots and video on her Instagram Story -- of some of her famous friends showing off their VIP boxed copies of the book, which comes packed in shiny gold metallic crinkle paper and arrives complete with an "MC"-monogrammed box of tissues. Among them: Tracee Ellis Ross,Missy Elliott,Billy Eichner, Gabourey Sidibe and Millie Bobby Brown.
Mariah also promisedBette Midler that a copy is on its way to her.
Meanwhile, Billboardis reporting a couple of juicy details you'll find in the book, including why she married Tommy Mottola, the terrible things her sister allegedly did to her, which celebrity was only the second person she ever slept with, why she has a problem with Jennifer Lopez, which celebrity was the first to learn Mariah was having twins, and her thoughts about retiring.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesThe production was shut down in March due to COVID-19, but several weeks ago, Camila Cabello returned to filming her movie debut Cinderella. She's now shared a photo from the set indicating that the movie might be close to wrapping.
The movie's director, Kay Cannon, posted a photo showing herself standing in a forest with Camila and co-star Idina Menzel.
"Revelling [sic] [in] the time I have left shooting w/ Cinders, @camila_cabello & her NOT evil stepmother, @idinamenzel (there are no villains in this movie)," Cannon captioned the snap.
According to Billboard, Camila shared the photo to her Instagram story and wrote, "I love this film so much."
About a month ago, Camila herself posted of pic of her sitting on a log in a forest and captioned it, "i love this movie, so proud to be a part of it already, can’t wait for u to see."
Cinderella, written by James Corden, co-stars Corden, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver and Missy Elliott. It was was originally scheduled to be released this coming February; no word on an updated release date.
Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesIs Justin Timberlake getting ready to bring sexy back, again? It sure seems that way.
On Monday, the 39-year-old superstar shared a short clip of himself vibing to a beat with his friend and renowned record producer Timbaland. As the music plays, the two bob their head in unison and at one point Timbaland excitedly proclaims, "Got that beat!"
"Back together again," the singer captioned the post.
Timberlake's last album was 2018's Man of the Woods and this is the first time he's hinted at a potential sixth album. Nonetheless, fans were excited about the news.
One user commented, "The Dream team. My favorite Artist / producer team of ALL TIME," while others like Tank and Justine Skye showed their support with the raising hands and rocket emojis.
UMeA new album collecting the theme from every James Bond movie is due out on November 20.
The compilation, titled The Best of Bond…James Bond, begins with the iconic Bond theme by The John Barry Orchestra, and closes with Billie Eilish's "No Time to Die," the title track from Daniel Craig's forthcoming swan song as 007.
In between you'll also find the themes from other Bond films, including "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Sheryl Crow, "Die Another Day" by Madonna, "Another Way to Die" by Jack White and Alicia Keys, "Skyfall" by Adele, and "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith.
The Best of Bond will be available as two-CD and three-LP collections.
Here's the track list:
"James Bond Theme" -- The John Barry Orchestra "From Russia with Love" -- Matt Monro "Goldfinger" -- Shirley Bassey "Thunderball" -- Tom Jones "You Only Live Twice" -- Nancy Sinatra "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" -- The John Barry Orchestra "We Have All the Time in the World" -- Louis Armstrong "Diamonds Are Forever" -- Shirley Bassey "Live and Let Die" -- Paul McCartney & Wings "The Man with the Golden Gun" -- Lulu "Nobody Does It Better" -- Carly Simon "Moonraker" -- Shirley Bassey "For Your Eyes Only" -- Sheena Easton "All Time High" -- Rita Coolidge "A View to a Kill" -- Duran Duran "The Living Daylights" -- A-Ha "License to Kill" -- Gladys Knight "GoldenEye" -- Tina Turner "Tomorrow Never Dies" -- Sheryl Crow "The World Is Not Enough" -- Garbage "Die Another Day" -- Madonna "You Know My Name" -- Chris Cornell "Another Way to Die" -- Jack White & Alicia Keys "Skyfall" -- Adele "Writing's on the Wall" -- Sam Smith "No Time to Die" -- Billie Eilish
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLouisiana native Lauren Daigle has announced a concert to benefit those affected by Hurricane Laura in her home state.
The online streaming concert, in partnership with Lauren’s foundation The Price Fund, will be recorded live at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans on October 11.
“When I was kid, growing up in Louisiana, we were plagued by hurricanes,” Lauren shares in a statement. “I know first-hand the devastation they bring. With everything going on in the world right now, I want to invite you to join me in loving on those [a]ffected by the hurricanes who have lost their homes and so much more.”
The concert will feature stripped-down versions of some of Lauren’s most popular songs including “You Say” and “Rescue,” as well as a brand-new song.
The stream will premiere on Veeps at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 11 and will be available to watch for 48 hours. All proceeds will go directly to The Salvation Army and American Red Cross to aid in their efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Laura, which made landfall on August 27 and caused an estimated $10 billion in damages.
Tickets and VIP opportunities start at $25 and are available at LaurenDaigle.com.
Andy Cohen BooksCan you picture Mariah Carey with an alternative rock album? It almost happened in the mid ‘90s.
On Sunday, Mariah tweeted a “fun fact” from her upcoming memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, revealing there was a time when she experimented with another musical genre.
“Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream,” she wrote. “Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.”
Mariah then posted an excerpt from the book, where she talks about working on the album with the band Chick.
"I would fully commit to my character," she writes of the alt rock recording sessions. "I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time.”
She adds, “I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery -- but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night."
Along with the excerpt, Mariah includes a snippet of one of the ‘90s alt rock tunes featuring her background vocals.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey comes out September 29.