ABC/Image Group LABebe Rexha's spent all year hanging out with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line as they performed their smash hit "Meant to Be" at concerts and on various TV shows. But on Wednesday night's Country Music Association Awards, Bebe was starstruck when she met a completely different country artist -- who also happens to be her culinary idol.
The star in question: Trisha Yearwood, the award-winning country singer who's also created her own cooking empire, featuring her own products, cookbooks and a TV show. Speaking to People TV on the CMA red carpet, Bebe said she was "freaking out" because she'd met Trisha.
"She's a strong woman, and I really look up to her," gushed Bebe. "And I've always wanted a cooking show. I'm not the best cook, but I feel like the way she transitioned from music to cooking...she's amazing! And I wanna try her food so bad!"
Then, when Trisha happened to walk by again, Bebe called her over and begged her to teach her how to make "really good fried chicken."
"You're such an inspiration to me as a woman," she fangirled.
"O.K., you just need to come over to my house. We'll make chicken together, it'll be really easy," Trisha replied. "And I'm not just kidding -- we totally will do it."
"You don't understand! I'm freaking out!" Bebe squealed. "This is the highlight!"
Presumably, an invite to Trisha's house makes up for the fact that "Meant to Be" failed to take home the CMA Award for Single of the Year. And when Bebe and Trisha do get together to cook, maybe Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks, will be around to sample their work.
ABC/Adam RoseJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are selling their New York City penthouse for a lot less than they bargained for.
According to New York Post’s Page Six, the apartment, in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, is in contract to be sold for $6.35 million, down from the original just-under-$8-million asking price earlier this year.
The penthouse features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a massive living room and a wraparound terrace.
Justin and Jessica currently live in a Tribeca apartment in a star-studded building that also counts Meg Ryan and recent renters The Weeknd and Bella Hadid as residents.
Meanwhile, Justin’s bruised vocal cords have forced him to cancel even more shows on his Man of the Woods tour. His concert in Portland, Oregon tonight, as well as his November 18 and 20 shows in Sacramento and Anaheim, have been pushed back to February.
Dennis LeupoldThe upcoming release from a member of Fifth Harmony isn't a song: It's a book.
Ally Brooke has written a memoir called Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith and Achieve More than You Can Imagine. According to the publisher, it'll hit store shelves April 2, 2019.
On Instagram, Ally wrote, "MAMA WROTE A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my first one! Guys, I’ve always wanted to write my story and ultimately help others through it. I have been through so much, and at times I thought it would never get better, but through faith, family, you, amazing friends, music, and love, I am at a place in life where I finally am truly happy, and living out some of my biggest dreams."
She added, "This book is another dream of mine come to life, and I can finally share with u. I’ve been working on this in private for a very long time. I have so much to tell."
According to the publisher, the book will detail how Ally navigated her quick but not always harmonious rise to fame by "staying true to herself and her faith." It will also offer "practical advice" that readers who are going through difficult times can apply to their own lives.
Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony's Normani has dropped another new track. This one's called "Waves," and it features 6LACK. She debuted it live last month when she performed at the Tidal X concert.
As previously reported, Normani will open for Ariana Grande on the U.S. leg of her Sweetener world tour, kicking off March 18 in Albany, NY.
Big Hit Entertainment/Trafalgar ReleasingBTS is on the big screen.
The K-pop boy band phenomenon has released a concert film, Burn the Stage: The Movie, which is now available for viewing in over 70 countries across the globe.
The movie features an intimate look at the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour, which drew more than 550,000 fans across 40 concerts in 19 cities. It not only includes concert footage, but also a glimpse into the everyday lives of the seven band members: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook.
For the uninitiated, BTS is an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" in Korean. In 2017, the band also announced the acronym could stand for “Beyond the Scene."
In related news, the group's management company, Big Hit Entertainment, has apologized for a recent string of controversies involving clothing worn by its members. One member was photographed wearing a shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, while another member was seen wearing a hat with a Nazi symbol.
Big Hit Entertainment posted a statement on Facebook saying it doesn't condone the use of atomic weapons, totalitarian beliefs or Nazism. It also asks fans to blame them, and not BTS, for not "providing the necessary and careful support to our artist that may have prevented these issues."
The statement added, "We would like to again offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has suffered pain, distress and discomfort due to our shortcomings."
Conor McDonnellEllie Goulding has lined up some big names for her annual charity concert.
The December 20th event, taking place at Wembley SSE Arena in the U.K., will raise money for Streets of London, a charity that funds projects that help homeless people turn their lives around.
Dua Lipa and Bastille will join Ellie at the event, as will Grace Carter, Sigrid, Jax Jones and others to be announced. Tickets are now available for pre-order -- they go on sale Friday.
Ellie's been holding the annual concert since 2014. During that time, she's helped raise more than $380,000 for the cause. In a statement, she says, "Every year the event we’ve done for Streets of London has been absolutely magical and moving, I know this year will be the greatest yet.”
Ellie recently released her first new music since a 2017 collaborative single with Kygo. The new track, "Close to Me," is a collaboration with Swae Lee and Diplo.
Courtesy Amazon MusicIt's not even Thanksgiving yet but Katy Perry is already celebrating the holiday season with a new yuletide tune, "Cozy Little Christmas."
The song is available to stream or download exclusively through Amazon Music -- you can also say, "Alexa, play Katy Perry’s new holiday song.” According to Amazon, "Cozy Little Christmas," co-written by Katy, was inspired by a holiday season spent with family in Copenhagen, Denmark, though the lyrics are more romantic than family-friendly.
"Our love is something priceless/I don't need diamonds, no sparkly things/'Cause you can't buy this feeling," Katy sings. "Nothing lights my fire or wraps me up, baby, like you do/Just want a cozy, a cozy little Christmas here with you."
At one point, Katy also sings, "I don't need anything/Take back all the Cartier, and the Tiffanys and the Chanel" -- and then adds, "Well, can I keep that Chanel? Please?"
Image Group LA/ABCJustin Bieber has no plans to return to music just yet.
Sources tell People the singer has scaled back on work in order to spend more time with his new wife, Hailey Baldwin, and figure out what he wants to do next.
“He’s happy and content,” the source says. “He is in love with Hailey. She encourages him to do whatever he wants to do, and is encouraging him in this season of self-discovery.”
The insider adds that Justin isn’t too keen on people bugging him to get back into the studio or go on tour. Despite his last album being called Purpose, Justin is still searching for his.
“He’s thinking, ‘Hey, maybe it’s not music. Maybe there are other things I should be doing,” the source says. “So while he’s figuring it out, the last thing he needs is people asking him when he’s going back into the studio.”
Justin is apparently looking to make a positive contribution to the world.
“He truly wants to make the world a better place, and he’s self-aware enough to know that some of his previous choices may not have accomplished that,” the source says. “So he’s working through it, which really should be applauded. It’s a very mature thing to do.”
RCA RecordsZayn’s long-awaited collaboration with Nicki Minajhas arrived.
The duet, “No Candle No Light,” tells the story of a relationship that’s burning out. Instead of rapping, Nicki opts to show off her singing voice on the track.
Nicki had originally teased the collaboration way back in October of last year, calling it her “favorite song of all time.”
Zayn has been releasing a steady stream of singles as fans patiently await his sophomore solo album. Earlier this month, he assured fans that an album will be coming soon.
“I hear you guys.. I know you want a date for the album and I do too,” he tweeted. “The label is holding me back but I promise I am doing everything I can to get my music to you. Thank you.. You will hear from me soon.”
Meanwhile, in a new interview with British Vogue, Zayn chats about another former duet partner, Taylor Swift. He seemingly confirmed a popular Taylor conspiracy about how she avoids the paparazzi.
“She was traveling around in a suitcase,” he told the mag.
Of course, it's entirely possible Zayn's joking. Back in 2017, two men were photographed carrying a large black suitcase out of Taylor's New York City apartment. Somehow rumors got started that she had stuffed herself into some luggage in order to leave her home undetected.
ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga was forced to evacuate her house in Malibu due to the deadly fires in California, but that hasn't stopped her from trying to raise the spirits of other people who've been similarly affected.
On Wednesday, Gaga dropped by a shelter at Pacific Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles to cheer up those who'd been affected by fires.
The L.A. School Police Department tweeted a photo of a dressed-down Gaga posing with an officer, and wrote, "Thank you @ladygaga for visiting the shelter at Pacific Palisades Charter High School and showing support to all those who have been affected by the #WoolseyFire. The LA School Police Department truly appreciates your generosity and #kindness.
On Tuesday, which also was World Kindness Day, Gaga posted photos to her Instagram story of herself wearing a "Malibu" baseball cap and delivering pizza, gift cards and coffee to a Red Cross shelter in the L.A. area.
In other Lady Gaga news, she was referenced several times at last night's Country Music Association Awards. The hosts, country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, sang a song called "A Star Is Bored," inspired by her movie, while country group Lady Antebellum gave a shout-out to Gaga as well.
Courtesy of BillboardSince Shawn Mendes often performs to massive crowds at huge venues around the world, you'd think his biggest fear might be stage fright, or losing his voice, but according to Shawn, what he's most afraid of is being onstage and having to go to the bathroom.
At a panel during Billboard's Live Music Summit, Shawn was asked, "What's the last thing you do before you go onstage?" Shawn replied, "Pee...like, 10 times!"
As the crowd laughed, Shawn explained, "I'm so worried I'm gonna have to pee so bad onstage, so I'm running back and forth before the show...It's actually a really big fear of mine!" He revealed that it actually happened to him once, and he found it so distracting that he swore he'd never let it happen again.
Also during the panel, Shawn revealed that his favorite song to perform is his latest hit, "In My Blood."
"I wrote it...after seeing [the band Kings of Leon] live and being like, 'This is what music is. This is live, drums, people are clapping, it's this big chant, this big anthem,'" he told the audience.
"We do this thing at the end where we get the whole crowd singing the big anthem chant, and...I've decided I'm not gonna [be able to] beat that feeling."
That's just one way that Shawn says he connects with his audiences. As he told the crowd, "Onstage, there's this massive wall, and if you can't break down the wall, nobody's gonna feel that connection."
He added, "So the second you get onstage, you have to smash this wall and it becomes this breathing thing -- it's a live thing that happens. It's special."
Billboard has named Shawn its 2018 Live Music Artist of the Year.
Credit: Edward CookeHozier has released a new song called "Movement." The soulful track is available now for digital download.
"Movement" is accompanied by an emotional video starring Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, who can also be seen in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. You can watch the video now on YouTube.
"I was incredibly proud to work with @sergeipolunin_ on the video for #Movement," Hozier tweeted about the clip. "He's a once in a generation talent and a man of incredible skill and artistry."
"Movement" follows Hozier's recent four-song EP Nina Cried Power, which was released in September. He hasn't released a full-length album since his 2014 self-titled debut, which spawned the huge hit "Take Me to Church."
ABC/Paula LoboAs the Backstreet Boys prepare to hit the road next year on their recently-announce DNA World Tour, they’re also preparing to bring their families along for the ride.
“We have a family room backstage for the family and the wives and the kids to hang out in,” Kevin Richardson tells People. “It used to be the VIP room, stocked with alcohol for our friends and different people that come to see the show, but now it’s the family room.”
Nick Carter jokingly adds, “It’s the VIB room, Very Important Baby. It’ll be daddy daycare.”
Nick has a two-year-old son named Odin, Kevin is dad to 11-year-old Mason and five-year-old Maxwell, Howie Dorough has a nine-year-old son named James and a five-year-old son named Holden, AJ McLean has a six-year-old daughter, Ava, and 20-month-old daughter Lyric, and Brian Littrell has a 16-year-old son, Baylee.
“It’s amazing to be able to have that balance now intertwining them in with us to be able to go do our work but then at the same time take some downtime and enjoy family time,” Howie says.
BSB’s 10th studio album, DNA, comes out January 25 and their tour kicks off May 11 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for HFAImagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and his estranged wife Aja Volkman are trying to reconcile their relationship, US Weeklyreports.
A source close to the couple tells the celebrity mag, "Dan and Aja are trying to works things out."
In an interview with Apple Music last week, Reynolds revealed that he and Volkman, who announced their separation this past April, were "kind of back together."
"This last year, I went through a divorce, but we never signed the papers," Reynolds said. "I've been home and we kind of decided, well, let's just hold off for a minute. Now, we're kind of dating, and it's weird because we're separated, but we're dating."
On November 4, Reynolds and Volkman attended the Hollywood Film Awards together in Los Angeles, where Dan's documentary Believer was honored with the Hollywood Documentary Award.
And if you need even more evidence that things are good between the two couple, Reynolds tweeted "I love Aja Volkman" on Tuesday.
In announcing their separation earlier this year, Reynolds wrote, "After 7 beautiful years together, Aja and I's marriage has come to an end. Our children continue to be the most important thing in our lives, & we will continue to co-parent them with all our love."
Reynolds and Volkman have three children: six-year-old Arrow and one-year-old twins Coco and Gia.
Gus Stewart/RedfernsJessie J and Channing Tatum have yet to confirm that they're dating, but it appears they're teetering on the brink of becoming Instagram official.
Tatum posted a photo of Jessie performing in concert in London and wrote, "This woman just poured her heart out on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Whoever was there got to witness something special. Wow."
That followed photos of Jessie attending the London opening of Magic Mike Live, a show created and directed by Tatum based on his Magic Mike movies.
The pair have been romantically linked since mid-October, and the actor has been spotted at a number of Jessie's U.S. concerts. He filed for divorce from wife Jenna Dewan on October 26. Dewan is now dating actor and singer Steve Kazee, according to People.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Pals Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran had two of the biggest tours of the year, so it's no surprise that both artists won Billboard Live Music Awards at a ceremony held Tuesday night.
Ed's Divide tour was named Top World Tour, beating out both Taylor's Reputation tour and Beyoncé and JAY-Z's On The Run II trek. But Taylor won Top U.S. Tour, beating out Ed and, again, Beyoncé and JAY-Z.
But it was Ed who ultimately triumphed: He also beat out Taylor and Bey and Jay to win Top Tour, as well as Top Draw. The Top Tour is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the best-attended tour of the year -- meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets.
The Top Boxscore Award, for the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist, was won by U2 for their four shows at a stadium in Sao Paolo, Brazil last October. The Irish superstars beat both Ed and Taylor in that category.
At the award ceremony, Taylor's ex-boyfriend, John Mayer, received the prestigious Legend of Live Award for his extensive touring career. He said one of the secrets to his success is by working with friends who eventually become his "family" on the road.
Art Streiber/NBCKelly Clarkson likes to spend her downtime participating in her favorite hobby, which sounds like a recipe for disaster: It involves her handling sharp objects while downing alcoholic beverages.
In a video series called Voice Coaches on Blast, posted on People.com, Kelly rattles off a list of firsts and favorites in response to rapid-fire questions. Asked about her favorite hobby, she says, "I love quilting. I love putting on vinyl and having wine and quilting. It’s fun! I’m not great at it, but I like it.”
As People notes, Kelly loves quilting so much that she made blankets for all her fellow The Voice coaches.
Kelly also reveals that her favorite boy band is Boyz II Men, her favorite guilty pleasure is the TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, her favorite book is Jane Eyre, and her favorite current superhero is Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.
Asked if she's an early bird or night owl, Kelly's quick to answer.
"Even with four children, I am not a morning person. I love the night," she laughs. "I am a vampire!"
ABC/Heidi GutmanAlly Brooke has made her own Christmas dreams come true.
The currently-solo Fifth Harmony member will release a Christmas song Friday -- a cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas.”
“It’s been one of the biggest dreams of mine to release a Christmas song and now I finally get to one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time,” Ally tweeted. “Aaaand I’ll be performing this on the @macys day parade!!! I cannot wait, I’m so happy.”
She also hinted that a full Christmas album is on her 2019 “goals/wish list.”
The 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade -- which will also feature performances by Pentatonix, Bazzi and Rita Ora -- will air Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC, and will also be streamed online.
ABC/Paula LoboBackstreet Boys’ AJ McLean continues to be open about his struggles with alcohol addition. He admits to People magazine that he's relapsed over the past year.
“You know, it’s interesting about sobriety with family and with kids -- you still have to put yourself first, and that’s been a real big struggle for me,” he says. “Look, I have no shame in saying, I’ve relapsed over the past year. It’s no secret that this is a disease, and that it’s a daily struggle.”
AJ previously entered rehab in 2001 for alcohol addiction. He credits his family -- particularly his two young daughters, Ava and Lyric -- for helping to keep stay on the right track.
“Are my kids and my wife a huge support, and a huge inspiration? Yes, a hundred percent,” he says. “But, at the same time the biggest problem I deal with, with them, is putting myself first, and not my family first.”
AJ says it’s in his nature to be “Mr. People Pleaser,” but “if you do that too often, then you forget about taking care of yourself, and you do tend to get lost in the sauce. And that’s happened to me numerous times.”
“For me, you don’t beat it,” he says of his addiction. “It’s not like, okay, I’m sober, it’s done. I’ll never drink again. No. You have to work at it daily.”
Conor McDonnell Ellie Goulding, Diplo and Swae Lee have debuted the regal music video for their collaboration, “Close to Me.”
The visual mainly features Ellie dressed in couture and sporting different makeup looks as she sings at various stunning locations across Budapest, Hungary. Swae pops up to sing his verse in a field surrounded by trees.
"I don't wanna be somebody without your body/Close to me/And if it wasn't you, I wouldn't want anybody/Close to me/'Cause I'm an animal/like you/And I don't wanna be somebody without your body/Close to me," Ellie sings on the track.
The song was released last month and marks Ellie’s first new release since 2017’s "First Time" with Kygo. Her last album, Delirium, came out in 2015.
ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer and his buddy Dave Chappelle are taking their act to Sin City.
For the past two years, John and Dave have been performing their music/comedy hybrid Controlled Danger at select venues in the U.S. The show is now heading to Las Vegas for a December 30 show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com; prices range from $45 to just under $270 apiece.
The first half of Controlled Danger is a solo music set by John and a solo comedy set by Dave. The second half of the show features both stars together onstage -- telling stores, performing songs, dancing and more.
As with previous Controlled Danger shows, don't even think of whipping out your phone and taking photos or video. No cellphones, cameras or smart watches are allowed during the show -- everyone's device will be locked in a special pouch for the duration of the show. If you're caught using your phone, you'll be thrown out.