Credit: Jesse JenkinsBastille is back in action. The British band who brought you "Pompeii" will perform September 18 on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on NBC's Today show October 6.
As previously reported, the band's fall headlining tour, dubbed Bad Blood: The Last Stand tour, opens October 7 in Philadelphia, wrapping November 20 in Los Angeles. Bastille has basically been touring non-stop since the release of their debut album Bad Blood.
"Pompeii" has now been certified four four million downloads. The band's latest single, "Flaws," is currently climbing the charts.
Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran's hit "Sing" is pretty danceable, but now it seems Ed's diving into the word of dance music full force. First, he told Billboard that he had recorded a song with top deejay David Guetta. Now, he's revealed that he's just recorded what he calls his "very first EDM song" with Martin Garrix, the producer who brought you the hit "Animals."
Ed posted a photo of himself in the studio with Martin, and wrote, "Finished up my very first EDM song with Martin Garrix, brilliant experience, looking forward to you all hearing it." It's not clear when that will happen, however. Martin also posted a photo of them together, and added the hashtag "#RewindRepeatIt," which may or may not be the title of the collaboration.
In other Ed Sheeran news, is he considering proposing to his girlfriend? She works with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and according to the BBC, he's promised to cater Ed's wedding if the singer will perform at his annual food and music festival, which is called the Big Feastival.
"I promise I will do your wedding food if you come and play at Feastival next year. That's my one wish," the BBC quotes Oliver as saying, addressing Ed. He reportedly added, "I'm going to start begging now, officially, so Ed Sheeran, please come next year bro, I promise I'll cook for you. His girlfriend works for me and I haven't dared ask her yet because I don't want to push my luck."
Oliver also said that he "really respects and admires" Ed, and noted that "around 150" guests would be a good number for this future wedding meal.
PRNewsFoto/Guitar CenterHey, aspiring musicians! How'd you like to win 25 grand, get the chance to work with one of the most famous record producers ever, perform on TV and be mentored by Colbie Caillat? All this could be yours, if you enter "Singer Songwriter 4," an annual contest sponsored by Guitar Center.
Here's how it works: starting now through November 2, you can submit an original live music performance video at GuitarCenter.com/Songwriter. Submissions will be ranked according to social media engagement, and the top 150 ranked artists will be reviewed by famed producer Don Was, who's worked with The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Elton John and others. He'll handpick five finalists to perform live at the Troubadour club in L.A., and then one lucky winner will hit the jackpot.
The winner will get to record a four-song EP with Was in the studio, and Colbie will mentor them during the process. They'll perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, get thousands of bucks' worth of music gear free, be featured in American Songwriter magazine and receive a check for $25,000.
In a statement, Colbie says, "Taking a song and bringing it to life in a professional recording studio can be an intimidating process at first; I know it certainly was for me. So to be able to offer support and guidance to an emerging singer-songwriter is a huge honor. I look forward to playing a role in such an exciting time of someone's songwriting career."
Image Courtesy Mattias Clamer/Atlantic RecordsCee Lo Green's unscripted TBS series, The Good Life, has been cancelled after one season.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network decided to axe the show for failing to attract big ratings -- the series reportedly averaged 677,000 viewers during its six-episode run.
The cancellation comes amid controversy surrounding the singer. As previously reported, last Friday the former The Voice coach pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to a felony count of dosing a woman with ecstasy at a dinner in 2012. Then over the weekend the singer tweeted but later deleted comments about rape leading women's rights group UltraViolet to petition for the show's cancellation.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABCWhat's money to multi-millionaire pop stars like Britney Spears and Rihanna? The two reportedly splashed out thousands of dollars -- separately, of course -- to keep their pets and their fingernails looking their best.
TMZ reports that according to new legal documents filed as part of her conservatorship, Britney spent over $13,000 in 2013 for two puppies: one of them cost $5568, while another set the singer back $8,212. Then, the papers say, she spent over $1,585 on clothes for the two pups, as well as more than five grand on dog-sitting services. Throw in regular pet expenses, like food, and Britney's pups cost her more than $31,000 in total over the past year.
As for Rihanna, she's been vacationing on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but a girl's gotta get her nails done. The British tabloid The Mirror reports that she spent over $9,900 to fly in her favorite British nail technician, Jenny Longworth, from the U.K.. The paper claims that Rihanna shelled out for first-class flights and accommodations so that Longworth could do her long acrylic nails.
A source tells the paper, "Rihanna is quite fussy and wants to be able to trust her glamour team. She’s known Jenny for a while and loves her technique, so would prefer to pay for her to fly out to Italy than risk going with a stranger." The source adds, "Ri Ri’s staff loves working for her, as they get to party like rock stars aboard an extravagant yacht, too."
Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCMadonna may be the Queen of Pop, but she's also the proud mom of a newly-minted college freshman. The singer's eldest daughter, Lourdes, is now a student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, her mom's alma mater. The two were spotted at an Ann Arbor restaurant over the weekend as Lourdes prepared to start classes.
According to MLive.com, Madonna and Lourdes, whom she calls Lola, were seen eating dinner on Sunday at Ann Arbor's Cafe Felix. Madonna, Lourdes and a few others sat in a back booth and stayed for an hour. "She was delightful. She was really low-key about it," the bar manager tells MLive.com. "The coolest part was at the end she said 'I really enjoyed myself.'" He added that the staff "flipped" when they realized who it was...and they weren't the only ones.
MLive.com reports that a few students tweeted that they'd seen Madonna and Lourdes in the dorms on on campus. One wrote, "My roommate just screamed and ran after Madonna and Lola. So it's safe to say that Lola and I aren't gonna be friends anytime soon."
Classes at the University of Michigan began on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Madonna has Instagrammed a shot of her eldest son Rocco accompanying her two youngest children, David and Mercy, to their school.
After teasing several cities last week, Usher has finally released the complete itinerary for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour.
Alongside August Alsina and DJ Cassidy, the singer is scheduled to kick off his 27-city outing on November 1 in Montreal. He'll travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa.
"With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests," says Usher in a statement. "I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before."
To get fans pumped up, the singer posted a black-and-white trailer via YouTube, in which he trains hard for his upcoming outing.
Tickets for select markets go on sale Monday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. For the latest tour information, visit Usherworld.com.
Here's the dates for The UR Experience Tour:
11/1 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 11/2 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre 11/4 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 11/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/13 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 11/14 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun 11/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall 11/17 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 11/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center 11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 11/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose 11/26 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 11/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 11/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 12/2 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center 12/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 12/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 12/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 12/8 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum 12/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 12/12 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 12/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 12/14 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum
Credit: Ben WattsJustin Bieber's Crime Spree (Alleged) 2014 continues. On Friday, the singer was arrested after being involved in a vehicular accident in Ontario, Canada.
According to Perth County, Ontario police, when officers arrived at the scene of a crash between a minivan and an all terrain vehicle, they found an occupant of the minivan and the driver of the ATV "engaged in a physical altercation." It's not clear which one of those two was Justin, but he was arrested at the scene and changed with dangerous driving and assault. He now has a court date in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario on September 29.
TMZ reported that the minivan was being driven by paparazzi. The website also noted that on Friday, Justin and Selena Gomez were seen riding an ATV together near his dad's home in Ontario.
Justin's lawyer told ABC News in a statement, "Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
So far this year, Justin's escaped serious consequences for allegedly egging his neighbor's house in Calabasas, CA, and for a DUI in Miami, Florida. He's also been named in a variety of lawsuits involving his bodyguards roughing up photographers and fans who attempt to take a picture of him.
ABC/Richard HarbaughA spokesperson for Ariana Grande has already denounced as "completely fake" the alleged nude photos of the singer that have popped up online, but now Ariana herself has taken to Twitter to explain why they couldn't possibly be her.
"to every1 going on about my "nudes" and my [meet and greet] prices neither are real!" she tweeted. "My lil a** is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon."
She adds, "but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u."
The alleged nude shots were part of a massive leak of revealing celebrity photos that an unknown hacker perv was able to access through an alleged iCloud security leak. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Becca Tobin and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have already confirmed that the photos purporting to show them in the nude are real, while others, like Victoria Justice and gymnast McKayla Maroney, have denounced theirs as fake.
Credt: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips fans know that the guy loves music. But it turns out when he's not thinking about writing songs or performing live, the former American Idol champ has one thing on his mind: food.
“Honestly, I love food,” Phillip tells ELLE magazine, explaining why he's excited to play the very first Food Network in Concert festival. The September 20 show outside of Chicago, Illinois will feature top musicians as well as cooking demonstrations by some of the Food Network's biggest stars. "I love cooking too and baking and whatnot with my girlfriend. It’s just fun," he adds. "Cooking to me, it’s kind of therapeutic. It’s completely different from music as well."
So, is Phillip any good in the kitchen? "I’m not amazing at it, but I can cook myself a good meal," he says. "And I’m not just saying this, but anytime I’m on the bus or at home, I’m watching Food Network or cooking on TV just cause it’s interesting to me. It’s pretty amazing how some cooks can just put together stuff off the top of the hat. But yeah, I love cooking; I love eating; I love everything about food."
Phillip says his culinary specialties include burgers, chicken tacos and chicken wraps, but he'd rather eat his mom's cubed steak and gravy, homemade mashed potatoes and butter beans. "She’s a master at [comfort food]," he gushes.
Joining Phillip on the bill for the festival will be his pal John Mayer, with whom he toured last winter. "He’s a great guy. He’s an incredible musician," says Phillip of John. "It’s always an honor to share the stage with somebody like that. And he’s a great songwriter. Watching his show, he just goes out there and just plays the hell out of the music. And lets the music speak for itself."
After spending the summer on the road with the band O.A.R., Phillip will kick off a brand-new headlining tour this fall. While he's now a seasoned road warrior, the singer says, "I definitely don’t get used to it. I’m always scared to death before I go up onstage."
"It’s unbelievable to hear the crowd singing out loud and feel the vibe that I’m feeling... you never get used to it," he adds. "And I think it’s good because it always feels like the first kiss every time."
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChrisBrown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Tuesday morning Washington, D.C. superior court, and was sentenced to time served.
The time served is the four months Chris spent in a California jail earlier this year when it was ruled his involvement in the D.C. incident violated the terms of his probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Brown would have faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine had he been convicted at trial.
The plea concludes the nearly 11-month-old case that began last October, when Brown, 25, and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were accused of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel when he tried to take Brown’s picture. Hollosy was found guilty of assault last April, and will be sentenced in November. Brown's trial was delayed in part because Hollosy refused to testify in Brown's trial out of concern doing so would adversely effect his chances to appeal his own conviction.
Prosecutors offered a plea deal to Brown in January and June, both of which Brown rejected. Brown and Hollosy are also looking at a $1.5 million dollar civil suit filed by their victim, the Washington Post reports.
Photo Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears took time out from her Las Vegas show Sunday night to publicly address her recent split from her boyfriend of 17 months, David Lucado, according to MTV News.
“Well, by now everyone knows my boyfriend cheated on me,” the 32-year-old pop diva declared, drawing spirited boos of support from the 5,000 fans at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater.
Britney then continued, “But the best part of breaking up is going on first dates. OMG, OMG, I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?”
To the delight of the crowd, Britney pulled one lucky audience member up on stage, who turned out to be none other than celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Then, according to MTV, she produced an outfit of leather and chains and immediately slapped it on him.
Spears then launched into her song “Freakshow,” while leading Hilton around the stage on all fours like a dog.
As soon as he returned to his seat, Hilton tweeted, “.@britneyspears just made me her b**ch - literally! Hope @Rihanna doesn’t get jealous! It was like the Circus tour opening 2.0. #PieceOfMe”
Last Thursday, Brit tweeted, "Ahhhh the single life!" She posted that comment around the same time TMZ published a story claiming Lucado was videotaped making out with another woman last month. Reportedly, Brit dumped Lucado after learning about the footage, which TMZ reported was being shopped around.
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChrisBrown’s got another date in a D.C. courtroom today. The singer is scheduled to appear there to reportedly enter a plea deal in his misdemeanor assault case.
The Washington Post reports Brown, 25, and his attorneys will respond in Superior Court to a plea deal today in the nearly 11-month-old case that began last October, when Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, were accused of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel when he tried to take Brown’s picture. Hollosy was found guilty of assault last April, and will be sentenced in November.
Prosecutors offered a plea deal in January and June, both of which Brown rejected. He still faces trial if he rejects today’s reported plea deal. Brown and Hollosy are also looking at a $1.5 million dollar civil suit filed by their victim, the Washington Post reports.
Interscope RecordsIt’s a big day for Maroon 5. Not only is their new album, V, out today, they’ve also just announced the dates for their upcoming world tour.
The outing kicks off February 16 in Dallas and will hit 27 North American cities in and ten European stops before wrapping up in Lisbon, Portugal June 17. MAGIC! will join Maroon 5 on the road as a special guest.
Tickets go on sale to the general public September 13 via Live Nation, though fan club members can buy them as early as Saturday, September 6. American Express card members and Live Nation mobile app users can also purchase tickets before the general public on-sale date. When you buy your ticket via Live Nation, you’ll score an instant digital download of V.
For more information, check out Maroon5.com. Here’s the tour itinerary:
2/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 2/17 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 2/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 2/24 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center 2/25 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum 2/27 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 2/28 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 3/2 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 3/3 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 3/5 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 3/8 -- East Rutherford, NJ, IZOD Center 3/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 3/11 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 3/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center 3/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 3/16 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre 3/18 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 3/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 3/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 3/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 3/25 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre 3/26 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 3/28 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 3/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 3/31 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 4/1 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 4/3 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 5/26 -- London, UK, Wembley Arena 5/31 -- Birmingham, U.K., LG Arena 6/1 -- Manchester, U.K., Manchester Arena 6/3 -- Amsterdam, NTH, Ziggo Dome 6/9 -- Oberhausen, GR, Koenig-Pilsener Arena 6/10 -- Munich, GR, Olympiahalle 6/12 -- Milan, Italy, Mediolanum Forum 6/14 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi 6/15 -- Madrid, Spain, Palacio Deportes 6/17 -- Lisbon, Portugal, Meo Arena
Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsSome rare footage of Katy Perry when she was performing as an aspiring young Christian rock singer has been posted online.
Videographer Jim Standridge stumbled upon 90 minutes of footage he shot of Perry in 2001 when she was about 16 years old and on her first tour. At that time, she went by the name Katy Hudson.
Standridge edited the footage down to 13 minutes and uploaded it to Vimeo. The footage features Perry performing in Portland, Oregon, putting her hair in pigtails, referring to herself as "pizza face" and fretting about having writer's block.
Primary Wave MusicFollowing the Los Angeles County District Attorney's announcement Friday that Cee Lo Green had pleaded no contest to a felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman at a dinner in 2012, the singer over the weekend made some controversial comments about rape via Twitter -- then deleted his account.
According to the images of the former Voice judge's Twitter -- comments that were screen-capped by other users, including Buzzfeed -- Cee Lo posted, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" and "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."
Green was accused of slipping a woman ecstasy before a post-dinner hook-up. The woman said she later woke up in bed next to Green but had no memory of what happened the previous night. No sex charges were filed against Green due to lack of evidence.
After Green's comments were criticized by some users for apparently suggesting it's only rape if the victim is conscious and remembers, Cee Lo deleted his comments, after tweeting an apology: "I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context. I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru this to begin with. I’d never condone the harm of any women. Thank you.”
Green's plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer's attorney. Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation, and also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. In addition, Green must register as a controlled-substance offender.
222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5's fifth album album, V, is in stores today, but if you're not sure whether the title is pronounced "Vee" or "Five," well, you're not alone. According to the band's guitarist, even the band's members weren't sure how to pronounce it when they came up with it.
"I pronounce it 'Five' but different people have been calling it 'Vee,'" James Valentine tells ABC News Radio, "because we named the album in an email chain. We were, like, throwing back ideas and nobody was really speaking them out loud, so I think for a while, none of us really knew who was pronouncing it 'Vee' and who was saying 'Five.' I say 'Five.'"
No matter what you call it, V arrives just over two years after the band's previous album, 2012's Overexposed, which is pretty speedy by Maroon 5 standards. As James notes, "The album came together so quickly and so effortlessly. We sort of blinked and the album was done."
As for why the band was able to turn around a new record so quickly, James says it's simple: they merely never took a break.
"We really never stopped recording after the last record," he explains. "We were constantly in the studio, constantly going back and forth with producers, sending ideas back and forth while we were still touring, which allowed us to do this sort of quick turnaround with the record. Because this record is out quicker than I think any record that we've done."
That's not entirely true, since Overexposed itself came out less than two years after the one before that, 2010's Hands All Over. Still, as James explains, the band didn't want to take a lot of time between projects, since they were on such a roll thanks to the success of Overexposed and hits like "Payphone," "One More Night," "Daylight" and "Love Somebody."
"Usually we'll take some time off, sort of chill out back in Los Angeles, [and] use the time that we're making the record as sort of a vacation from touring because we're touring so constantly," he tells ABC News Radio. "But this one, we were kind of like, 'OK, let's go. Let's do this. Strike while the iron is hot.' We had such a great string of success with those last singles we wanted to keep it going."
Maroon 5 and Adam Levine, together and separately, have plenty of TV appearances booked to promote the new album, including The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday, plus The Daily Show on Thursday, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 8. However, the band likely won't launch a full tour until early in 2015 -- and James says he's psyched to bring the new music to the fans.
"I'm antsy to get out on the road and play these songs, and it seems like a long time in between releasing the record and doing that," he tells ABC News Radio. "But it'll be nice because the fans will be able to spend some time with the album before they come out, so they'll be ready with the new songs."
Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsGet ready to see a lot of Taylor Swift on your TV this season. The singer has joined The Voice as a mentor for all four teams, US Weekly reports.
Taylor will be working with the show in the same way that Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season: she'll advise the contestants on the teams of veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
As previously reported, each team will also have its own advisor: Stevie Nicks will work with Adam, while Alicia Keys joins Pharrell. Gwen's husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, will advise her team, and Little Big Town will work with Blake.
A source tells US Weekly, "Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor."
The new season of The Voice begins September 22. Taylor's new album, 1989, is out October 27.
Credit: Denise TruscelloBritney Spears' residency in Las Vegas has been more successful than anyone could've imagined: it's already grossed $20 million and is scheduled well into 2015. It's no wonder that the singer is in no hurry to go back to the old way of touring, when she was playing a different city every night.
Asked by Variety if she's eager to get back out on the road, Britney tells the publication, "Actually, no. I’m really happy with the way I’m set up right now, going to Vegas and coming back and having my foundation here [in Los Angeles]. I’m a home girl."
"I really don’t see how I went all over the place and traveled the world and did everything," she adds. "I feel like I was out of my frickin’ mind, and I did that for 15 years. But I was just so hungry and young and eager to pursue my dreams that it made sense then. It’s really easy to lose track of where you are and what you’re doing.”
Luckily, Britney is still interested in making music, despite the disappointing performance of her most recent album, Britney Jean.
"In my off-time I do record,” she tells Variety. "Once in a while I’ll just go into the studio if there’s a really good song that I have in my head and want to do. I think as artists you’re constantly in creative motion. If I stopped writing songs then that’s a part of me that would stop in my life."
"I’m definitely more in a creative space now," she adds, and one reason is because her Vegas schedule lets her spend a lot more time at home in L.A. with her sons. Says Britney, "You have more time to go there spiritually in your home with a piano than you would being in a hotel room.”