Columbia RecordsIt'll be a collision of talent on stage at this year's BRIT Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys.
Calvin Harriswill be performing with not one, not two, but three of the artists he's recently released collaborations with: Sam Smith, Dua Lipa and Rag 'n Bone Man. It'll be Calvin's debut performance on the awards show.
Dua will perform "One Kiss" with Calvin, while Sam will sing "Promises." Rag 'n Bone Man, who had a big hit in 2016 with "Human," will perform his new Calvin collab "Giant." Calvin, Dua and Sam are all nominated for BRITS this year.
The 2019 BRITS will take place February 20 at the O2 in London.
Dua is also nominated for several Grammy Awards, which take place February 10 in Los Angeles.
Todd StefaniGwen Stefani wants to improve your view.
The singer has come out with a new line of sunglasses and glasses for her "L.A.M.B. and gx by Gwen Stefani" line of eyewear. Gwen tells Entertainment Tonight what inspired her latest collection.
"I have been a huge fan of sunglasses forever and been so blessed through my lifetime [by] people sending me sunglasses," she says. "It shows exactly what kind of personality and style [you have] when you’re wearing sunglasses.”
She adds, “But then when I started doing eyewear finally, it was right when I started needing glasses, so I was like, 'What would I wear if I had to wear glasses?'"
Gwen also credits her 10-year-old son Zuma, who wears glasses, with giving his own input, and says spending time with boyfriend Blake Shelton in his home state also influenced her designs.
"I’ve always done stuff that reflected my mood or where I was at in my life,” she says.
“And I think that even though the last five or three years my style has changed so much just being [reflective] of my own personal journey, and where I’m at," she adds. "Spending time in Oklahoma or being on The Voice or being in Vegas now. All those things reflect whatever I’m wearing.”
As for whether she has any music in the works, Gwen says she wants to create new songs, but she isn’t quite sure what she wants to say just yet.
Her Las Vegas residency Just a Girl returns to Planet Hollywood next month.
Dennis LeupoldEven people who aren't Backstreet Boys fans agree that some of the group's hits -- like "I Want It That Way" and "As Long As You Love Me" -- are pop perfection. But the Boys themselves collectively agree that they've cut some bad songs along the way...and one in particular stands out for its sheer awfulness.
In a video called #DNAuary: Backstreet Confessions, the five members of the Backstreet Boys share their initial impressions of each other, pranks they've pulled on each other and other fun tidbits. But when it comes to naming the song of theirs they like the least, they're surprisingly united on the answer -- except for Nick Carter.
When Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, AJ McClean and Kevin Richardson were asked the question separately, they all named the same song: "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)," which appears on their self-titled 1997 U.S. debut album.
"That was horrible," Kevin says of the song. AJ adds, "That song should never have been recorded. It is the biggest piece of crap!"
"You know why the fans love that song? Because Nick is singing the whole doggone thing!" Brian reveals.
Which is why Nick, asked the same question, responded, "I don't really have a song that I don't like."
By the way, "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)" was written by Mutt Lange, a hit songwriter and producer who's crafted songs for Celine Dion, Def Leppard, Britney Spears, Heart and his ex-wife, Shania Twain.
The Backstreet Boys track is just one of many songs Lange has written with parentheses in the titles. Others include Shania's hits "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here" and "The Woman In Me (Needs the Man In You)."
ABC/Lou RoccoRita Ora is getting in on the Super Bowl action.
Her song “Soul Survivor” will be featured in the first-ever Super Bowl ad for Bumble, the women-centric dating app. Tennis champ Serena Williams, Bumble’s Global Advisor, will star in the commercial.
“Writing this song was an emotional, but also freeing experience, and I’m so happy its message of empowerment is resonating with others,” Rita says in a statement.
“I always hope that my music will inspire, but I am particularly proud of this song and how it has encouraged women to speak their own truth and to carve their own path.”
She adds, “I am honored that Bumble selected ‘Soul Survivor’ as the anthem for such a powerful Super Bowl commercial.”
The song, which appears on Rita’s 2018 Phoenix album, can also be heard in a behind-the-scenes video released by Bumble on Wednesday for its campaign “The Ball Is in Her Court.” The campaign is all about women making the first move in life -- just like they do on Bumble to connect with potential partners.
You can catch the full commercial during the big game on Sunday, February 3.
Jorda FrantzisCardi B and Lil Jon will both appear in Pepsi's Super Bowl ad, along with Steve Carell. The beverage company has released teasers for the ad starring all three celebrities.
In the teaser featuring Cardi, she's sitting at a table in a diner with a can of Pepsi in front of her, and tapping her nails -- painted Pepsi blue and red -- on the can. Cut to a graphic reading "02.03.OK," as we hear Cardi's signature "Okurrrrrrr!"
In Lil Jon's teaser, he's standing behind the counter at a diner wearing a Pepsi varsity jacket, filling up a cup of Pepsi, which appears to be bottomless. Then he says his "OK!" catchphrase, as we again see the graphic "02.03.OK."
In the teaser with Carell, he's sitting at the diner counter, reading the script for the commercial. He starts laughing, looks at the camera, shrugs and says, "We'll see!" Then the graphic "02.03.OK" appears.
From the teasers, we can assume that the spot is based around the expression "O.K." -- which explains why Cardi and Lil Jon are included.
You can see the entire spot during the big game on February 3, as the Patriots take on the Rams in Atlanta.
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga received not one but two Oscar nominations on Tuesday: Best Actress for A Star Is Born, and Best Original Song for "Shallow," also from A Star Is Born. She's the first person to be nominated in those two categories in the same year. It's no wonder that she's emotional about her honors.
"I think sometimes people forget that even though this is a big movie, we're all really artists that are like kids playing in a sandbox," she tells The Los Angeles Times. "To be recognized at this level just makes the heart explode, because truly and deeply, I still very much feel like a child with big dreams."
Gaga also commented on the fact that her co-star Bradley Cooper wasn't nominated for Best Director, seen by many as a major snub by the Academy.
"At the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast," she explains. "I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition."
The star also revealed how she found out about her nods. When she woke up, she assumed her fiance Christian Carino was going to leave her a note, but she didn't see one.
"I thought I must not have gotten nominated — or we must not have gotten nominated," she says. "So I called my manager, Bobby — cause Bobby's good with bad news — to see what was going on. And then he told me all the nominations, and I just started crying."
So why no note? Following up with Gaga's publicist, The Los Angeles Times reports that Carino did leave a note -- Gaga just didn't see it.
BryantThanks to his hits "Mine" and "Beautiful," Bazzi was one of the breakout stars of 2018. But the singer is now telling his fans to prepare themselves for "a new era" in 2019.
On Instagram, the singer, who hadn't posted or tweeted since early January, writes, "Hello all - as some of u may have noticed, i took a break from my phone... i realized constantly comparing myself to others was dimming me as a human and not allowing me to utilize the true beauty and creativity that exists inside me."
He goes on to say, "In that time, i’ve made the most special music yet in my career... know - a new era and experience is soon upon us. i’ve missed u - i love u - i cant wait for u to hear me...X."
It's not surprising that Bazzi would express his love for his fans: Last month, he told ABC Radio that developing a relationship with them has been one of the best parts of his success.
"I mean it's incredible, you create this community of people you love 'cause they share a common interest, which is spreading your music, spreading your word," he told ABC Radio.
"It's amazing, it's like being in a family. I feel like my fans are more my family than my family is actually my family! So I love them to death."
Bazzi's debut album, Cosmic, came out in April and has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies. So far, he's got several festival dates booked for 2019, including Governors Ball and Coachella.
Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty ImagesKelly Clarkson's already said that she's going to use her tour, which kicks off Thursday night, to prepare for her upcoming NBC talk show -- but it seems the way she's going to do that is by using her audience as her guinea pigs.
Variety reports that Kelly plans to get her interviewing skills up to snuff by choosing random fans from the crowd during her concerts and bringing them onstage for a Q&A session. The interactions will also be live-streamed, so the whole world will be able to watch Kelly grill you.
Alex Duda, the executive producer of The Kelly Clarkson Show, tells Variety, "It’s going to be great advance promotion for the show and it’s going to make her stronger at interviewing all different types of people."
Duda adds that the show, which will air at 2 p.m. on NBC-owned stations in major markets, will be "the essence of Kelly — fun, funny, upbeat, disarming. Equal parts humor and heart." The show will include musical performances and celebrity interviews, of course, but also segments with everyday people.
Duda maintains that Kelly stands out as a talk show host because of her current life situation.
"She’s a 36-year-old mom living in a blended family. She’s living a big life right now at the top of her career trajectory," explains Duda. "I think this...gives our show a really big advantage.”
The Kelly Clarkson Show will make its debut this September.
BMGDido is giving us another taste of her upcoming album. The singer has released a new single, called "Give You Up."
On the mellow track, Dido sings about getting over an ex.
"It's just so perfect," she says of the track. "It's a good break up song, where you've been hurt but feel strong. It's that point in a relationship where you are pulling yourself out of the gutter and deciding that it's their loss. Which I can totally relate to."
"Give Me Up" will be featured on Dido's first new album in five years, Still on My Mind, which will be released on March 8. In support of the album, Dido will also be embarking on her first tour in 15 years. She kicks off her North American dates on June 13.
ABC/Paula LoboCamila Cabello is teaming up with Mastercard to deliver "priceless" experiences and surprises to fans.
The first experience in the multi-year collaboration is a pre-Grammys show at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre on February 6. Tickets will be available for Mastercard holders starting Wednesday, January 23 at 12 p.m. PT.
“I am thrilled to be a part of a collaboration that offers me the opportunity to engage with my fans in a way that brings them closer to the music,” Camila says in a statement. “I can’t wait for fans to see what surprises we have in store.”
Other exclusives will include access to Camila's yet-to-be-announced 2019 tour and a chance for fans to join her at the tour stop of their choice and meet her in person. Cardholders get the opportunity to unlock surprises every time they use their Mastercard.
Camila will also be performing at the Grammy Awards, airing February 10 on CBS. She’s nominated in the Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performance categories.
ABC/Image Group LAThe Cats movie musical is officially off to a purr-fect start for feline fan Taylor Swift.
The singer posted a smiling selfie from the film’s London set in front of a sign with her character’s name, Bombalina. “Meow,” she captioned it.
Adding to her excitement, it was snowing in London Tuesday. She posted a video to her Instagram Story where she basks in the wintry weather, saying, “So I am on set for Cats and it is fully snowing.”
Another video shows her frolicking in the freshly fallen snow with the caption, “Always too excited.”
In the Cats musical, the character of Bombalina is interested in Rum Tum Tugger, a cat who will be played by Jason Derulo. She also sings the song "Macavity," which is about another cat, played by Idris Elba.
The movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical also includes Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen and James Corden and will be directed by Tom Hooper. It'll be released later this year.
Alexandra Gavillet5Seconds of Summer is taking their latest track to the racetrack.
The video for "Lie to Me" was filmed at the Irwindale Speedway in Los Angeles and features the band hanging out at the abandoned track at night.
It starts out mellow enough, with Luke Hemmings singing from the back of one of the cars. But later on, destruction ensues, as two cars slam into his car from either side. After that, we see the band playing in the middle of the track as motocross riders whizz by.
The video ends with a car blowing up and bursting into flames.
“Lie to Me” is featured on the band’s 2018 album Youngblood. A different version of the track, featuring Julia Michaels, is also included on their live album, Meet You There Tour Live.
Brooke NiparThe number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 was lonely without Halsey.
The singer's hit "Without Me," which dropped to #2 last week on the chart, has now returned to #1, due to very strong streaming numbers. Those may have been boosted thanks to a new vertical video for the track she released, and a new remix featuring Juice WRLD.
"Sunflower" by Post Malone and Swae Lee, last week's #1, drops to #2. The track is from the soundtrack of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and as Billboard reports, it's only the fourth #1 from an animated movie in the history of the Hot 100. The others: "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls, "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 and "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
But Post shouldn't be too upset about losing the #1 spot: He also racks up a sixth top 10 hit as his new solo single, "Wow," jumps from #11 to #9.
Elsewhere on the chart, Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" has notched its 30th week in the top 10. Only five other songs in history have spent that long in the top 10: Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," The Chainsmokers and Halsey's "Closer," LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live," Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" and "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas.
Jono SymondsAfter reuniting last year following a 15-year break, BBMAK is ready to head out on the road together.
The British boy band – consisting of Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Ste McNally – will be kicking of a 12-city North American tour this spring.
The Back Here tour -- named after their 1999 hit song -- will kick off May 7 in Boston and hit cities including New York, Chicago and Nashville before wrapping May 22 in Houston, Texas. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 25 on BBMAK.com.
The trek will follow the release of BBMAK’s new album, which comes out April 26. The band played three intimate shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles this past November.
“We’re excited to get back on stage and play, as we have a special set of shows planned, which will include brand new BBMAK music,” the trio says in a statement. “Our fans have really stood with us and we can’t wait for them to hear it!”
Here is the list of tour dates:
5/7 -- Boston, MA, City Winery 5/8 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 5/9 -- Wilmington, DE (Philly market), The Queen 5/11 -- Vienna, VA, Jammin’ Java 5/12 -- Cleveland, OH, Cambridge Room @ HOB 5/14 -- Detroit, MI, Shelter 5/15 -- Chicago, IL, Back Porch w. VIP 5/17 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 5/18 -- Atlanta, GA, The Loft 5/20 -- Dallas, TX, Cambridge Room 5/21 -- Austin, TX, Stubb’s Indoor 5/22 -- Houston, TX, Bronze Peacock
ABC/Lou RoccoAhead of the Grammy Awards, Pink is set to headline Citi Sound Vault, a live music experience exclusively for Citi card members.
The pre-Grammys event will take place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from February 7 to 10. Pink, who’s nominated for the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy this year, will perform the first night.
"This will be my first time performing at the Hollywood Palladium - I'm so excited to connect with fans in such an iconic, intimate setting," Pink says in a statement.
Rock band Muse will perform on February 9 and country star Chris Stapleton will take the stage on February 10.
Starting January 22 and running through January 27 at 10 p.m. PT, Citi card members can register to unlock access to tickets via Verified Fan.
On January 29 at 10 a.m. PT, fans who've have received a unique code will have the chance to use their Citi card to purchase tickets for performances.
The 2019 Grammys take place Sunday, February 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. PicturesA star is truly born: Lady Gaga has been nominated for two Oscars.
The entertainer has earned a nomination for Best Actress, for her role as Ally in A Star Is Born, and a nod for Best Original Song, for co-writing "Shallow." These are her first Oscar nominations.
Her competition for the Best Actress statuette includes Glenn Close for The Wife, Olivia Colman for The Favourite,Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Yalitz Aparicio for Roma.
For Best Original Song, the competition includes "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG; "All the Stars," from Black Panther, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns and "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
One of Gaga's co-writers on "Shallow," Mark Ronson, said in a statement, "Such an honor to be nominated for an Oscar. And it makes it even more special to be nominated as part of this incredible film where the music is so powerful and emotional."
He added, "Bradley Cooper got right what is nearly impossible in film, to show inside the creative process and make it feel honest and believable. And Lady Gaga’s empowers that vision in the most beautiful and compelling way."
The 91st Academy Awards air live on ABC February 24.
Matt Jelonek/WireImage"Be Alright," by Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis, has become his breakthrough hit in the U.S. The song is partially based on what Dean's brother told him after he and his girlfriend broke up -- but it's also about a number of people who are complete strangers to him.
"Some of the people that it was about were people that I never even knew," Dean tells ABC Radio. "Like...there's one part of the song where I talk about cigarettes, and it was this story that my friend told me. And I just always thought, 'That was crazy, I'm gonna use that in a song one day!'"
"So some of the things are...about girls I've never even met and people that I've never met, so I kind of combined all these stories together," he adds.
The fact that the song combines so many different people's experiences may be the reason why fans can relate to it. Dean says they tell him that it makes them feel better after their own breakups, which is something he never considered while he was writing it.
"You don't set out to go like, 'I'm gonna write a song and I'm gonna say something for people,'" he explains. "I just wanna write something that's good, and for me, that's sort of real. But I'm getting lots of messages from people saying, 'Yeah, it's helping me.'"
But Dean admits that he knew people would embrace "Be Alright."
"I always knew the song was sort of special because I was playing it for a year before I put it out, and people would come up to me afterwards and say, 'That song about the phone? You should release that,'" he recalls.
"So it connected straightaway, even before it was released."
ABC/Randy HolmesNow that the talent lineup for the Super Bowl is complete, the prop bets -- the ones where you can bet on silly things that have nothing to do with the actual game -- have been updated.
The online sports betting site Bovada is now offering odds on, for example, which song Maroon 5 will perform first during the halftime show, or what color shirt Adam Levine will be wearing when the performance starts.
You can also bet on whether or not Adam will team with one of the announced guest performers -- Outkast rapper Big Boi -- to perform "Mic Jack," a song the two recorded together in 2017.
You can also bet money on legendary soul singer Gladys Knight's performance of the National Anthem. For example, you can bet on whether her rendition will be longer or shorter than one minute and 45 seconds, whether or not she'll forget or omit a word, and whether or not she'll be wearing pants or some kind of skirt, dress or gown.
Previous prop bets are also still up for grabs, such as whether or not Christina Aguilera will appear to perform "Moves Like Jagger," or whether the band will play more than seven songs.
Just so you know, right now, the money's on "One More Night" to be the first song, that Adam will likely wear a black shirt, that he will perform "Mic Jack" with Big Boi and that Christina won't appear. It's 50/50 as to whether or not the band will play more than seven songs.
As for Gladys' performance, the money's on her rendition of the anthem to be longer than a minute 45, that she'll be wearing a skirt, dress or gown, and that she will NOT forget or omit a word.
And finally, the odds that anyone will "take a knee" during the national anthem are extremely low.