Atlantic RecordsRita Ora's released a stream of singles in the last few years, so it's hard to remember that she's only actually released one album, Ora, back in 2012. But she's finally ready for her sophomore outing: Phoenix arrives November 23.
The first release from the album a song called "Let You Love Me," set to be released this Friday.
Of course, Rita's been doing pretty well without releasing an album: her latest five singles have racked more than a billion streams worldwide. She just won an MTV VMA for Best Dance Video for her collaboration with Avicii, "Lonely Together," and earlier this year, she scored a hit duet with Liam Payne with "For You," from the movie Fifty Shades Freed. All three of those songs will be included on Phoenix.
In a statement, Rita says, "This album is a true labor of love, and it was important for me to do it my way. I’m so appreciative of the love and support from those who worked with me on the record and allowed me to create something I’m really proud of."
She adds, "I am really proud of and grateful for the journey that the making of Phoenix has taken me on. To my fans, thank you for your patience and thank you always for listening."
Disruptor Records/ColumbiaKelsea Ballerini and electronic duo The Chainsmokers just have “This Feeling” about their new collaboration.
With Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha having a huge hit with “Meant to Be” and Maren Morris following suit with Zedd on “The Middle,” it’s no secret pop/country collaborations are hot these days. And on Tuesday, Kelsea and The Chainsmokers released theirs.
“THIS SONG IS SO SPECIAL TO US!” the duo tweeted. “THIS FEELING WITH OUR GIRL KELS IS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE.” They followed up later with “Loving all these super positive tweets about…our new song…”
In “This Feeling,” Kelsea and The Chainsmokers sing about disagreeing with friends and family about a love interest: “They tell me think with my head, not that thing in my chest/They got their hands at my neck this time/But you’re the one that I want, if that’s really so wrong/Then they don’t know what this feeling is like.”
“This Feeling” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out the lyric video on YouTube, which matches the black and white skeletons and red hearts featured on the song’s artwork.
ABC/Randy HolmesLast Friday, Imagine Dragons held their annual gala to benefit the band's Tyler Robinson Foundation, which supports children battling pediatric cancer and their families. Through the event, they raised a total of $2.1 million for the charity.
Imagine Dragons also played an exclusive acoustic set at the gala.
In other Imagine Dragons happenings, the band is holding a special fan event in Las Vegas on November 7. Getting access to tickets for the event required solving a series of clues that seemingly required a forensic science degree from whatever university Twenty One Pilots fans attend. Luckily, the event will be streaming live online.
More info about the fan event will be forthcoming.
Harley WeirThe last time Harry Styles posed for a Gucci campaign, he was pictured carrying a chicken into a fish 'n chip shop. In his new campaign for the luxury brand, the farm animal theme continues, but his surroundings have been upgraded considerably.
The new campaign for the Gucci Cruise 2019 collection was shot in the gardens of 16th century Villa Lante outside of Rome. The photos show Harry lounging among the villa's sculptures and grottoes while cuddling adorable baby goats, lambs and piglets. He's wearing clothing in wildly mixed patterns, as well as a golden laurel wreath on his head.
In other news, Happy Together, the CBS sitcom Harry's executive producing, debuts October 1. As previously reported, it's about a young Australian pop star who hides out in the home of his "boring" accountant and his wife. It's loosely based on the fact that, at the height of his One Direction fame, Harry secretly lived in his friend Ben Winston's attic for 18 months.
Harry wrapped up his first solo tour behind his 2017 self-titled debut solo album this past July.
Getty Images via ABCOne week after raising nearly $6 million for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which assists young people around the world, Rihanna is expressing her commitment to global education.
“We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy,” she writes in an op-ed piece for The Guardian.
“Education can be stolen from you in a second,” the singer from Barbados continues. “As we’ve seen recently on an unprecedented scale, the Caribbean gets hit by natural disasters that wipe out schools, leaving thousands of children stranded.”
But the singer and actress is determined to make sure youth aren't denied opportunities to go to school.
“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” she says. “Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.”
Rihanna explained the mission of her Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, and how she was inspired by her trip last year to the African nation of Malawi.
“We fund programs that remove barriers to education by offering financial support to children and their communities," she says. "And following our time in Malawi, I am proud to say we are supporting thousands of girls there to move through secondary school.”
Rihanna concluded her op-ed, “If we can overcome the education deficit in the developing world, everybody wins.”
PRNewsfoto/LUXE BrandsAriana Grande has announced that her new perfume, Cloud, is now available online, and will arrive in stores September 23.
The $50 fragrance, packaged in a bottle that looks like a blue-and-white cloud is described as an "uplifting scent" that has notes of lavender, pear, bergamot, coconut, praline, vanilla orchid, and cashmere. It's the singer's fifth scent, following Sweet Like Candy, Ari, Frankie and Moonlight.
And Ari may have a sixth scent in the works as well. TMZ reports that her company has filed paperwork to trademark the phrase "Be Grande" for use on fragrance products including perfume, cologne, lotion, bath and shower gel, body scrub, body mists, and more. Supposedly, the fragrance will be gender-neutral.
Carlos SerraoThey're friends, mutual fans and musical collaborators, and now John Mayer and Shawn Mendes will be award recipients together.
John will receive the prestigious Legend of Live Award at this year's Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards, which will take place November 13 and 14 in Beverly Hills, CA. The award comes in honor of John's touring career, which includes his solo tours, his work with Dead & Company and his Controlled Danger comedy tour with Dave Chappelle.
Shawn, meanwhile, will receive the first-ever Artist of the Year Award, in honor of the success of his Illuminate World Tour and his upcoming arena tour in support of his current self-titled album -- which John appears on, incidentally. As part of the honor, Shawn will be interviewed during the event about building connections to fans both online and in the real world.
Other artists participating include American Idol winner Maddie Poppe and Andrew McMahon.
Mark R. Milan/GC ImagesAfter reports surfaced that Justin Bieber and his fiancee Hailey Baldwin had secretly gotten married, Hailey tweeted "I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet." She then deleted that tweet -- and now her uncle is seemingly confirming the under-the-radar nuptials.
Speaking to the TV show Extra on the Emmys red carpet Monday night, Hailey's uncle, nominee Alec Baldwin, said, "Well, they went off and got married, and I don't know what the deal is, because I mean, we text Hailey every now and then...we met him one time."
Asked if he'd give Bieber a talking-to about treating his niece right, Baldwin said, "That's not my job. She has a dad and I'm sure he has a few paragraphs about that, so I'm not worried."
Hailey's dad is Alec's brother Stephen Baldwin, who's appeared in movies like Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
Paras Griffin/WireImageMonths ago, Camila Cabello said she was a fan of Bazzi's hit "Mine." Then, Camila tapped Bazzi to open for her on her first solo tour. Now, the two are finally singing together, on a new version of Bazzi's song "Beautiful." Bazzi explains why it took so long for them to record something.
"We just been waiting to get something in the books and waiting for a moment where we could both shine together," he tells ABC Radio. "And 'Beautiful' felt like the perfect time."
Bazzi says it's notable that he asked Camila to join him on this particular song, the original version of which appears on his dbut album Cosmic.
"That's one of the first records I made in the direction of Bazzi and Cosmic and the whole sound," he explains. "So, I mean, it's such an important record to me, and putting her on it was big for me. But she crushed it!"
As for what Bazzi has learned from spending so much time around a chart-topping superstar like Camila, he acknowledges, "I learned a lot from her attitude, just seeing how sweet of a girl she was and how kind she was to everybody. That's definitely something I picked up from her."
Bazzi will play the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas this Friday, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival October 6 and 13.
Republic Records2018 officially belongs to Drake: He’s just set the record for spending the most weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in one year.
“In My Feelings” remains number one for a tenth week, giving Drizzy a record 29 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 this year. That breaks the record of 28 weeks set by Usher in 2004.
Drake also becomes the second artist -- following Boyz II Men -- to have three songs that were #1 for at least ten weeks. In addition to “In My Feelings,” the songs are “God’s Plan” from Drake’s latest album, Scorpion, and 2016's “One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla.
“Nice for What” also from Scorpion, held the number one position for eight weeks this year.
Overall, Drake has now spent 49 weeks at number one in his career. The only artists with more weeks at number one are Mariah Carey with 79 weeks, Rihanna with 60 weeks, The Beatles with 59 weeks, and Boyz II Men with 50 weeks.
ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran paid a visit to the patients at Boston Children's Hospital this past weekend while in town for his Divide tour, which hit Gillette Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
On Facebook, the hospital posted a series of photos of a smiling Ed embracing the children, hanging out with them, and posting for pictures.
"Over the weekend, Boston Children's welcomed special guest Ed Sheeran! The award-winning singer/songwriter answered questions from patients, posed for selfies, and sang his hit song 'Perfect,'" the hospital wrote.
"Thank you Ed for helping to bring smiles to faces of our patients, families and staff! We hope to see you again soon!"
According to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, at Friday's concert, Ed also met a 10-year-old girl paralyzed by a brain tumor.
Ed brings his stadium tour to East Rutherford, New Jersey this Friday and Saturday with opening act Snow Patrol.
ABC/Image Group LAThey've been teasing it on social media for quite a while, but now we know when we'll get to hear the collaboration between DJ Snake, Cardi B, Selena Gomez and Puerto Rican reggeton star Ozuna.
The song, "Taki Taki," will be out September 28, according to an Instagram post by Snake.
On a red carpet recently, Cardi sang a bit of what we assume is the song's chorus: "Taki Taki/Taki Taki Rumba!"
No word on whether the collabo will be a stand-alone single, or whether it was created for an album. There's also speculation that Selena will sing in Spanish on the track. Stselena gomezay tuned.
Neal Preston/Warner Bros.Lady Gaga's appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival set Twitter on fire.
ET Canada reports that Twitter Canada tracked the mentions of stars and movies during the festival earlier this month, and Gaga came out on top all around. She was the most tweeted-about star at the festival, and her new movie A Star Is Born was the most-mentioned film on Twitter.
In addition, Gaga was the main attraction at the festival's most-tweeted moment: The red carpet for A Star Is Born. The press conference promoting the film, which also featured Gaga, was the festival's second most-tweeted moment.
Gaga's Star Is Born co-star and director Bradley Cooper was the third most-mentioned star of the festival, behind Timothée Chalamet, star of the new film Beautiful Boy.
Other stars who made the list include Robert Pattinson, Steve Carell, Chris Pine, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, all of whom were there to promote their new projects.
A Star Is Born arrives in theaters October 5; the soundtrack, featuring Gaga and Cooper, is released the same day. The Oscar buzz for the project is already reaching deafening levels.
Dennis Leupold"Love Lies," Normani and Khalid's duet from the soundtrack of the film Love, Simon, has now reached #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart. In doing so, it's set a number of notable chart milestones.
First, the double platinum "Love Lies" is the first song from a soundtrack to top the Pop Songs chart since 2016, when Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!," from Trolls, was #1 for three weeks.
Next, Fifth Harmony becomes the third group to have at least two members reach #1 on the Pop Songs chart.
One Direction has three members who've done it: ZAYN, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne. Destiny's Child has two members who've done it: Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Normani is the second member of Fifth Harmony to top the Pop Songs chart, following Camila Cabello.
The song also sets the record for the longest trip to #1 for a duet. It took Normani and Khalid 24 weeks to reach the summit of the Pop Songs chart. The previous record of 17 weeks was set by Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On," featuring MO, in 2015.
Normani, who's working on her debut solo album, can also be heard -- along with Kehlani -- on a remix of the Jessie Reyez song "Body Count."
Jimmy FontaineJason Mraz and Meghan Trainor are out with the official video for their duet "More Than Friends," from Jason's latest album Know.
In the clip, Jason and Meghan prepare to shoot the video, but the clip's female director and the male stylist keep eyeing each other longingly. At the end, when the shoot wraps, the two lock eyes and then start dancing together around the deserted set. At the end, they both move in for a kiss.
Jason and Meghan will perform the song together Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Meanwhile, Jason will launch an intimate acoustic fall tour called Live in Stereo, starting November 23 in Newport News, VA. The tour, featuring opening act Gregory Page, runs through December 21, wrapping up in Mesa, AZ. Ticket information is available at JasonMraz.com.
Here are the tour dates:
11/23 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Arts 11/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts 11/25 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia 11/27 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts – SOLD OUT 11/28 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts 11/30 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre 12/1 -- Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre 12/2 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre – SOLD OUT 12/4 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 12/6 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 12/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 12/8 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater – SOLD OUT 12/9 -- St Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House 12/11 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater 12/12 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater 12/14 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land 12/15 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 12/16 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 12/18 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre 12/20 -- Albuquerque, NM, Popejoy Hall 12/21 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center – SOLD OUT
Courtesy Premium PRTaylor Swift continued her record-breaking ways over the weekend by performing to a massive crowd Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
"A huge thank you to everyone who came to the show last night in Indianapolis. You guys broke the concert attendance record at Lucas Oil Stadium, and I loved dancing with you," Taylor wrote on Instagram. " It’s pretty surreal that we only have 5 shows left in America cause it feels like this tour just started. See you in St Louis."
Taylor now holds the record for the biggest crowd ever at the 67,000 seat stadium. Fittingly, it was Taylor's 13th overall performance in the city of Indianapolis -- 13 is Taylor's lucky number.
At the show, Taylor's friend and fan, country star Kelsea Ballerini, was backstage cheering her on. Kelsea will release a new song with The Chainsmokers on Tuesday. She's also opening up for Kelly Clarkson next year during Kelly's Meaning of Life tour.
Courtesy Live Nation/Republic RecordsEmergency plane landings and attempted robberies aside, Post Malone's had a great 2018, and he's going to close it out with a special concert in Brooklyn, NY.
The Dallas rapper will perform a special one-off show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December 29. Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
American Express Card members can grab tickets tomorrow, September 18, starting at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday, September 20.
Post's albums beerbongs & bentleys and Stoney are both among 2018's best-selling hip-hop albums.
On October 28, the rapper will host his Posty Fest in Dallas. He's headlining and curating the show, which will feature Travis Scott and other special guests.
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande is a well-known dog lover, but it appears as though she may have added to her menagerie with a new pet.
Judging from screen caps grabbed from Ari's Instagram Story on Saturday, she and fiance Pete Davidson may have adopted a pet micro pig. The photos show the tiny pig perched on the singer's shoulder, sleeping on a towel and generally being adorable.
Ariana and Pete moved into an apartment in New York City together a few months ago, but as he told GQ magazine, the place isn't exactly a cozy love nest...yet.
"It's like, we have six beanbags, but we have no forks—you know what I mean?" he told the mag. "We're learning how to be adults. We're having a really fun time."
The new piggy may be the couple's attempt at making their new digs more homey.
Plain White T's made headlines recently when they announced they'd be developing their #1 hit song "Hey There Delilah" into a TV property. Frontman Tom Higgenson tells ABC Radio he's surprised and pleased that so many people are interested what he calls "this crazy idea."
As Tom explains, "I've been kicking around ideas for a while of, 'Oh, should I do it [as] a musical?'...like, 'Man, "Delilah" would be cool to tell in a different version of the story.'"
But it wasn't until Tom wrote a song for the hit Broadway musical Spongebob Squarepants that he was able to get the idea off the ground. One of the show's producers contacted Tom about another project and brought in a writer. Tom says, "Between the three of us, we put this story together that we're just starting to pitch to some networks and some production companies."
"It's very, very early in development but it's getting a really interestingly positive [response]," he adds. "We put the press release out a few weeks ago and we got, like, millions of hits on it...it was like, 'Woah! That's awesome to see that this crazy idea could actually be something that people wanna see.'"
But aren't Plain White T's kinda tired of "Delilah" by now, having played it approximately a billion times? Suprisingly, no.
"I dunno, luckily it's a song that I haven't gotten sick of playing," Tom tells ABC Radio. "And I think people still love to hear it and they all sing along...you can just see the crowd loving it and appreciating it. So whenever that moment happens...you can't really hate on that."
You can hear the T's play "Delilah" and songs from their new album Parallel Universe when they kick off a new tour October 16th in Cincinnati, OH.
Virginia Sherwood/NBCJohn Legend's role as a producer on NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! has already won him an Emmy -- and made him an EGOT -- but at tonight's 70th Primetime Emmys ceremony, he could win his first-ever Emmy for acting. For that matter, so could two other pop stars: Sara Bareilles and Ricky Martin.
John is nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Movie for his role as JesusChrist in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! His co-star, Sara Bareilles, who played Mary Magdalene in the TV musical production, could win in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Ricky Martin, meanwhile, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Antonio D'Amico, slain fashion designer Gianni Versace's lover, in The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Another guy who's scored many hits on the Billboard Hot 100 --- as part of the cast of Glee -- could win his first acting Emmy tonight as well. Darren Criss is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Gianni Versace's killer, Andrew Cunanan, in The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Coincidentally, co-stars Darren and Ricky both appeared in Glee: Ricky guest-starred in one 2012 episode of the show.
We'll see if any of these singers add an acting Emmy to their trophy cases when the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Michael Che and Colin Jost, airs live at 8 p.m. ET Monday night on NBC.