XL Recordings/Columbia RecordingsSunday marked the 10-year anniversary of Adele's breakthrough album, 21, which debuted in the U.K. and Europe on January 24, 2011. The album set numerous records, earned multiple awards and was the best-selling album in both 2011 and 2012.
Adele marked her second studio album's milestone anniversary with an emotional tribute over the weekend, writing, "Well I never! Happy 10 years old friend!"
Continued the 15-time Grammy winner, "It’s crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago. But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it."
She sealed her dedication with a fond "x," which is commonly used in the U.K. to represent kisses.
21 is widely credited for catapulting Adele, 32, into the spotlight. The album, her followup to her 2008 debut 19, spawned hits "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone like You," "Rumor Has It" and "Set Fire to the Rain."
It won Best Pop Vocal and Album of the Year at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
The album also earned Adele several Guinness World Records, including biggest-selling digital album in the U.S. and the U.K., album with the most consecutive and cumulative weeks at number 1 in the U.K. by a solo female artist, and the first album in U.K. chart history to sell over three million copies in a calendar year.
In the U.S., 21 was released February 22, 2011 and went on to earn RIAA-certified Diamond status for selling over 10 million copies in the country.
The album went onto become the best-selling album in the U.S., U.K., Canada and on iTunes for two years straight, the first album to achieve such an honor since Michael Jackson's Thriller, which ruled the charts in 1983 and 1984.
ABC/CMAJustin Bieber has come a long way over the years and he's opening up about it.
Over the weekend, the 26-year-old pop star shared an Instagram throwback picture of himself in handcuffs while being escorted by authorities and reflected on how his life has changed since being arrested for a DUI in 2014.
"7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour," Bieber began.
"Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god.. I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami," he joked. "All this to say God has brought me a long way."
"From then til now I do realize something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now. My encouragement to you is to ‘let your past be a reminder of how far god has brought you," the "Yummy" singer continued. "Don’t allow shame to ruin your 'today' let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be. LOVE YOU GUYS WITH MY WHOLE HEART."
In January 2014 ABC News confirmed that Justin had been arrested in Miami, FL for driving while intoxicated. The singer, who was 19 at the time, was allegedly drag racing when police stopped him. He subsequently failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. Justin also admitted to having beer, marijuana and prescription drugs in his system, according to the Miami PD.
In August, he plead guilty to lesser charges and agreed to complete an anger management course and make a charitable donation of $50,000.
ABC/Gilles MingassonLewis Capaldi is taking a break from social media so he can finish up his eagerly-awaited second album, which he's been diligently working on during the pandemic. But since his debut release was so successful, Lewis admits he's feeling the pressure to follow it up.
Lewis' first album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was the best-selling album in the U.K. in 2019 and 2020, and spawned the huge hits "Someone You Loved" and "Before You Go." It's no wonder that Lewis feels he's got to make something that's going to do as well -- but at the same time, he knows how lucky he is.
"I just want people to like it as much," Lewis tells ABC News about his next release. "Like, the people who come to the gigs, I want them to enjoy it as much as the first one."
"But that being said, not many people get a very successful first album, so I'll just be quite happy with that for the rest of my life," he adds. "I'll happily be the guy that comes and sings 'Someone You Loved' at parties and stuff for the rest of my life."
Noting that he's "grateful" for all his success, Lewis explains, "I'm just going to try and make this next one and see how we get on. And if it goes well, it goes well. If it doesn't, oh, well, we've tried our best, onto the next thing."
"The songs just have to be better," he insists. "And if it doesn't do as well, the songs just weren't as good. And that's that. No dramas, you know what I mean?"
Mark NguyenThe songs performed during the Biden/Harris inauguration festivities this week got a nice little sales boost as a bonus.
Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons’ song “Better Days,” which they performed during the Celebrating America special Wednesday, had the biggest bump, according to Billboard. It sold 13,000 downloads that day, a gain of 15,351% compared to the negligible amount it sold the day prior.
Other noticeable boosts went to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” which was performed by Demi Lovato on Celebrating America, and Katy Perry’s “Firework,” which she sang to close out the Celebrating America broadcast. “Lovely Day” saw 2,500 downloads, up 1,897% from the day before; while “Firework” sold 1,000, up 2,292%.
In total, according to initial reports from MRC Data, the songs performed during the daytime show Parade Across America and the primetime special Celebrating America sold 39,000 downloads in the U.S. on January 20. That's a jump of 2,000% compared to the previous day's 2,000 downloads sold.
Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesMariah Carey is keeping the #MC30 celebration going.
As part of the series she started last year for the 30th anniversary of her debut album, Mariah has released a special batch of remix EPs for her 2002 album Charmbracelet.
“#MC30 is back with Charmbracelet digital EPs and HD videos!” Mariah tweeted Friday. “Yayyyy Charmie..!!! I've been told this album is sort of a fan favorite..! Subtle Invitation, My Saving Grace, Yours, The One and many others make this album a fave of mine!”
Mariah plans to roll out more remix EPs and bonus content from various albums including The Emancipation of Mimi, E=MC2, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.
She released her first #MC30 goody for fans last July. She dropped The Live Debut -- 1990, a four-song digital EP of her first-ever live performance, which took place at New York City's Tatou Club on October 22, 1990.
Her self-titled debut album was released June 12, 1990.
Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty ImagesIt’ll be awhile before we see Camila Cabello in all her princess glory.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, her Cinderella movie has delayed its release date. Variety reports that instead of its planned February 5 release, it’s been bumped to July 16.
The move was expected, given that the studio hasn’t yet released any promo or marketing materials for the film. Plus, shooting on the film had been delayed last year due to the coronavirus shutdown and only wrapped filming in October.
Cinderella, marking Camila’s movie debut, was produced by James Corden and co-stars Corden, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver and Missy Elliott.
John Shearer/WireImageAdele is one step closer to officially ending her marriage with estranged husband Simon Konecki, reports People.
The 14-time Grammy winner, joined by Konecki, filed a judgement packet last Friday, January 15, in Los Angeles court that requires a judge to sign off on it to finalize the divorce.
Requests for comment have been sent out to the former couple, but they have yet to respond.
Adele and Konecki elected to keep the details of their divorce private by signing a confidentiality agreement in May 2020, which shields their financial and other business settlements from public view. People confirms the two requested mediation on certain decisions, such as separating assets and spousal support.
The 32-year-old "Hello" singer and Konecki, who started dating in 2011 and wed in 2016, have also agreed to share custody of their eight-year-old son Angelo James. It was previously reported that the two were living across the street from one another as a way to co-parent their child amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adele first confirmed her separation in April 2019, with her agent saying, "Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."
Adele officially filed for divorce a few months later, citing irreconcilable differences, in September 2019.
Olivia & Chloe: Michelle Day; Barry & Olivia: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesOlivia Newton-John hasn't let the pandemic slow her down: She's recorded two different duets with two very special people -- her daughter Chloe and her lifelong friend Barry Gibb.
Olivia and Chloe just released "The Window in the Wall," which Olivia was offered by a woman she met a few years ago. The woman emailed Olivia and said she had a great song for her...written by her cousin.
Olivia laughs, "I'm thinking, 'Oh gosh. It's her cousin and it's going to be terrible, and how am I going to tell her?'"
But when she heard the song, which is about trying to find unity and common ground, Olivia tells ABC Audio, "I was really moved by it...some little voice told me, you need to record this song. It's a very special song."
"I think this world is in need of healing music right now," she adds. "It wasn't intended as a duet...but...for me, that that's how it needed to be."
"The fact that out of all the people my mom could have asked...she asked me," Chloe says. "I was honored, and I thought the message of the song was perfect for the world right now."
"I'm so thrilled for Barry, he so deserves this," Olivia gushes. "His songs are so beautiful...I love listening to this album. I sing along with every song."
"Barry and I met when we were teenagers," she note. "And to have known him through all the different stages of his life and career is quite amazing. He's just so clever...and to work with him again now...was a big honor."
Kevin Mazur/AMA2018/Getty Images For dcpTaylor Swift was the soundtrack of many fans' lives in 2020, releasing not one but two surprise albums: folklore and evermore. But when it came to her own listening habits last year, she went all the way back to a song she first heard two decades ago.
For the January issue of the U.K. magazine MOJO, a wide range of artists were asked to look back at 2020 and reveal "The Best Thing I've Heard All Year." While some of Taylor's pals -- including Selena Gomez, Paul McCartney and HAIM -- all released new music last year, she gave an unusual response: "Again," a top 10 hit in 2000 for rocker Lenny Kravitz.
"I remember first hearing [it] on the radio when I was about 10, at a low volume in the car as my mom drove around to the various errands we ran," says Taylor. "She owned the CD and it became a backdrop for school runs, grocery shopping, life in a small town."
"Maybe that's why, when I discovered 'Again' again this year, it signified both lifelong comfort and shiny new brilliance all at once," she explains. "I put this song on and it feels like I'm on a plane taking off, or like I'm floating above everyone falling in love all over the world, watching it happen."
"This song is transportive and achingly wistful. It can be BLASTED at maximum volume or the soundtrack to my quietest moments," Taylor notes.
"I live in awe of this song and I'm so grateful it exists," she concludes.
"Again" was the only new song included on Lenny's Greatest Hits album. It earned him his third Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, and to date, it's the last time he hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesFor years, artists have expressed their displeasure at the fact that then-President Donald Trump used their music at his rallies and campaign appearances without permission. While Trump is no longer president, two acts are upset about the fact that during Trump's final farewell, their music was once again played without permission.
Billboard reports that The Village People are angry that Trump played their classic "Y.M.C.A." at his farewell event at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday. In a statement to Billboard, the iconic disco group said, "We have no ill will towards the president, but we asked him to cease and desist long ago. However, since he's a bully, our request was ignored."
"Thankfully he's now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended," they add, noting that they want to work to change copyright law so more control exists over who can and can't use their music "in the public space."
Meanwhile, Kathy Golik, the legacy manager for the late singer Laura Branigan, tells TMZ that she's ticked off that Trump blasted Branigan's song "Gloria" at the same event.
"'Gloria' is a great, energetic anthem that for decades has evoked many good feelings, memories of times and places, etc. for so many across the globe, and that's the association that Laura would want, and that I do as her legacy manager," says Golik.
She adds, "It's about not giving the power to those who do not deserve it, to change all the good that people have always felt about 'Gloria' -- to take the song back and restore it, and in turn, Laura's legacy, once again."
"Gloria" was also played at the January 6th event where Trump gave the speech that is accused of inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol.
Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty ImagesThe Celebrating America inauguration special on Wednesday night featured a star-studded lineup that included Katy Perry, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi. But now it appears that Bon Jovi's performance may not have been entirely as advertised.
While Jon's performance of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" was introduced as coming to you from Miami, ABC-TV affiliate WPLG reports that permits were obtained at multiple locations across South Florida to film it, including the iconic pier in the town of Dania Beach.
In fact, many viewers took to social media to note that the dramatic pier location did not resemble Miami at all, and several guessed that it had been filmed on the Dania Beach Pier.
While it's possible that the video included images shot elsewhere, WPLG has confirmed that Jon's performance was actually filmed at sunrise on January 15 in that town.
Dania Beach posted a statement acknowledging the performance, writing, "We are extremely proud that the beautiful City of Dania Beach Pier was chosen as one of the locations for Jon Bon Jovi...to sing...to celebrate the Inauguration 2021."
The statement adds, "The Dania Beach Pier is the gem of our city and we are very grateful to see it shine on such a momentous day."
The EP, which takes its name from the chorus of evermore’s "champagne problems," features that track as well as evermore's "happiness," "it's time to go," "tolerate it," "coney island (feat. The National)," and the folklore album-ending "hoax."
Taylor previously released four thematic chapter EPs for folklore: the escapism chapter, the sleepless nights chapter, the saltbox house chapter and the 'yeah, I showed up at your party' chapter.
Mike Marsland/WireImageMeghan Trainor is officially nine months' pregnant and is just about ready to deliver her baby boy, but there's been a slight complication.
On Instagram, the singer wrote, "Preggo update: Baby is breech again at 36 weeks so I’ve been laying upside down on my couch everyday lol ...other than that we are doing amazing and we’re ready to meet this baby!!!!"
A breech birth means that the baby is arranged in the womb so that it would arrive feet first or bottom first. While it's not uncommon, it's considered more dangerous to deliver a breech baby, so most are delivered via C-section. Meghan is lying upside down in an attempt to get the baby back into the headfirst position.
Meghan's pregnancy hasn't been easy: In addition to the challenges of being pregnant during quarantine -- like having to go to doctor's appointments alone -- last month, she revealed that she'd been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Along with the update, Meghan posted a glam pregnancy photo where she looks angelic in a gauzy green top and flowers in her hair. "Nowadays I don’t look anything like this but damn we looked good this day," she jokes. "Big thanks to the team!!"
Preggo update: Baby is breech again at 36 weeks so I’ve been laying upside down on my couch everyday lol...other than that we are doing amazing & we’re ready to meet this baby! Nowadays I don’t look anything like this but damn we looked good this day🤣 big thanks to the team! 💚 pic.twitter.com/aQiwB0eSVL
Amy Sussman/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcpLauren Daigle's gone from "You Say" to "You Can Dance."
While the singer's empowering and uplifting hit "You Say" is topping Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for an unprecedented 115th week, she's now debuted at number-one on the publication's Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.
The song that did it for her is "Come Back Home," a dance-floor banger that's a collaboration with producer Petey Martin. It's the first number-one on that chart for both Lauren and Petey.
While "Come Back Home" is an electronic dance track, it can be interpreted as having an inspirational message: Lauren sings, "I need to let these burdens down/I've been wanderin' for too long now/Tired of livin' this life on my own/I'd trade it all just to come back home."
On Instagram, Lauren said of the song, "I just think about all the people that in this hour, in this moment in time, they need to be reminded to go back home, to go back to the things that matter to keep their feet grounded...remember where they came from."
“The things of the world, they're not going to satisfy the way that we think that they should, or hope that they should," she added. "But what will satisfy is remembering who you are, remembering whose you are, and remembering where you came from."
As for how the song relates to her own life, Lauren explained that in 2020, she was disappointed that her "dream tour" had been canceled due to the pandemic, but added, "One thing that I could hold on to during the process was at least 2020 allowed me to come back home [to Louisiana]."
Future History/APG/Atlantic RecordsJason Derulo and Adam Levine's unexpected duet is here.
"Lifestyle" is available on streaming services, and there's also an official dance video you can watch on YouTube. Adam's not in the video: It just features Jason and crew of dancers, as well as some gold-painted topless women -- with their naughty bits barely covered -- writhing around.
The song itself has a Latin feel, and features Jason and Adam singing about a desirable woman who needs those "dollar, dollar bills" to keep her in the style to which she's become accustomed -- but, they sing, "Baby, would you stay if I'm broke?"
"Lifestyle" is Jason's first release of 2021, after a 2020 that saw him rule TikTok --and top the charts for the first time in 11 years -- with his song "Savage Love."
Meanwhile, Adam and Maroon 5 are supposed to be working on a new album, and Blake Shelton has said he wants them to perform at his wedding to Gwen Stefani, whenever that will be.
Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesJosh Grobanperformed during Thursday morning's National Prayer Service, which was attended virtually by President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, who gathered with their spouses and relatives to watch it from the White House’s State Dining Room.
The singer belted out "America the Beautiful" while standing in a whitewashed space that looked like the top floor of an empty warehouse. He was joined on video by award-winning gospel act Donald Lawrence & Company. Also performing were R&B legend Patti LaBelle and gospel icons The Clark Sisters.
Prior the performance, Josh wrote on social media of the interfaith service, "Whether you follow a specific religion or, like me, have a more personal journey to a definition of spirituality, I love this event because it invites all faiths, without the politics, to join hands."
As with many artists who perform at these kinds of events, Josh's involvement in the service drew comments both positive and negative from fans: Some praised him for participating, while others slammed him for agreeing to sing for Biden.
Over the weekend, Josh also performed at the virtual "Indoguration" for Biden's rescue dog, Major. That virtual event raised $200,000 for the Delaware Humane Society.
(Josh's performance starts at 1:14:53 into the video below.)
Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty ImagesThe U.K.'s most prestigious music festival, Glastonbury, was supposed to have celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a star-studded lineup that included Taylor Swift, her pal Paul McCartney, Camilla Cabello, Dua Lipa, TLC, Diana Ross and dozens more. Of course, it was canceled due to the pandemic. Now, sadly, an attempt at a 2021 do-over has been canceled as well.
The festival's official social media accounts posted a message from Glastonbury organizers Michael and EmilyEavis, saying that "with great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place...tickets for this year will roll over to next year."
The Eavis' full statement notes, "In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down....we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!"
In an FAQ, the organizers explain why they're not simply moving the festival -- which normally takes place in June -- to later in the year.
"The global response to the coronavirus pandemic is still changing daily, and it is too early to tell when restrictions on mass gatherings, and the demands on our emergency services will be loosened," they explain.
Of course, when Glastonbury does return in June 2022, there's also no guarantee that any of the artists who were set to play the 2020 festival will be available for the rescheduled date.
Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty ImagesKaty Perry lit up the night -- literally -- with her performance of “Firework” on the Celebrating America special Wednesday, capping off the Inauguration Day festivities for President Joe Biden and Vice PresidentKamala Harris.
Katy performed her uplifting hit in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a beautiful display of colorful fireworks erupted in the background.
Her fiancé, Orlando Bloom -- with whom she shares daughter Daisy Dove -- was there watching the whole thing in person and took to Instagram to express how moved he was by the performance.
"One day our little girl will grow up and see her mother play her part in a moment in history that we hope will heal, we hope will unite, we hope, we love," Orlando wrote. "One proud partner here with a tear of joy."
Orlando shared a video he captured from the tail end of the performance, where he tells Katy, "That was awesome, baby. Great job, baby."
The two kiss and Katy tells him, “I love you.”
Katy also made a fashion statement with her performance, wearing a Thom Browne white cashmere coat and train over a silk satin corset and skirt. The patriotic outfit featured red and navy button detailing. She helped design her custom heart-shaped 18K white gold and diamond earrings for the event, featuring Rahaminov Diamonds.
Mark NguyenJustin Timberlake chose the Stax Museum of American Soul Music his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee as the backdrop for his and singer-songwriter Ant Clemons' inspiring rendition of “Better Days,” on Wednesday's Celebrating America special honoring the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
The pair also invited students and alumni of Stax Music Academy's music education and youth development program to perform alongside them with a band led by Emmy-nominated musical director Adam Blackstone who provided the live production and arrangement for the performance version of the song. They were also joined by 16-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, which is close to Justin's heart, is the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the Stax Records legacy and the Memphis Sound, which boasts artists such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, Al Green and Aretha Franklin.
Timberlake has often cited the music of Memphis and Tennessee, including The Memphis Sound, and how the artists of Stax Records, heavily influenced him as a kid and as an artist.
Timberlake's relationship with Stax Music Academy began in 2019, when he and Timbaland were among a group of artists to surprise students with a two-day songwriting workshop as part of the Levi’s Music Project.
During a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show a few months later, Timberlake surprised one of the students with tickets to the Grammys, a full scholarship to the Grammys camp and $50,000 on behalf of the Green Dot bank, which also made a $250,000 donation to the Academy.