Photo by Rob Verhorst/RedfernsThe Marvin Gaye estate's long drawn-out legal battle with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" has finally come to a pricey end.
The artists behind the buzzy single have been ordered by Judge John A. Kronstadt to pay the family of the late, legendary "What's Going On" singer $5 million, Billboard reports. The hefty sum includes Thicke, Williams and Williams' publishing company owing a combined $2.9 million, plus an additional $1.7 million required to be paid by Thicke and some $357,631 from Williams and his More Water from Nazareth company.
As previously reported, the Gaye family sued Thicke and Williams in 2013 for copyright infringement of the soul singer's 1977 hit song "Got to Give It Up." Initially, a judge ruled that both Thicke and Williams owed Gaye's estate $7 million, but following an appeal the judgment was decreased.
Moving forward, the Gaye family is entitled to a running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" songwriter and publishing revenue.
ABC/Randy HolmesMaroon 5's had a busy year, with a #1 hit, a tour and a Grammy nomination. But as Christmas approaches and the guys get ready to take some time off, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he, Adam Levine and the other five guys in the group won't be exchanging any gifts.
"Yeah, we don't really 'do' Christmas gifts," James tells ABC Radio. "I recently turned 40 and I got some gifts from the guys -- but only because it was my 40th!"
"Y'know, we spend so much time together, and we give each other gifts all the time," he explains. "Like if we see something, we'll just get it, y'know? It doesn't really have to be tied to a birthday or a holiday or anything."
But that doesn't mean that James doesn't have to do any Christmas shopping. There's still his family to think of, and his family is, well...really big.
"I usually spend [Christmas]...with my parents in Highland, Utah, and it's great because I've got 13 nieces and nephews," he says. "So we all get together and do a little snowboarding, which isn't bad."
But with 13 nieces and nephews, James can't show up for Christmas empty-handed, which means a lot of shopping.
"Oh yeah, I have to start pretty early," he laughs. "And I have to make lists, because there's just so many of them!"
Meanwhile, Christmas for Adam Levine will likely be pretty special this year: It'll be his youngest daughter Gio Grace's first one ever.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua98 Degrees is currently on a Christmas tour, singing music from their two holiday albums, This Christmas and Let It Snow. But the boy band draws the line at what many believe to be the highlight of Christmas festivities: presents. Well...at least for each other.
"We're a bunch of guys that like to drink beer and watch sports, so it's hard to buy for us," 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons tells ABC Radio. "And we all have everything material-wise that we need. Y'know, we don't need anything."
In fact, Jeff says for him, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre, simply being in each other's presence on their current tour is all the gift they need.
"We spent so many years in the grind during the holiday seasons working, with the business side of music kinda getting in the way of us having fun, that we're really just enjoying each other's company," Jeff explains. "So it sounds like I'm cheaping out on these guys, but we don't really need to buy anything for each other!"
When it comes to buying holiday gifts for his three kids and two stepchildren, however, Jeff says he has to be restrained from going all out.
"I don't stop myself from spoiling my kids; my wife, however, kinda puts the kibosh on all that stuff," he laughs.
"I mean, my whole thing growing up was wanting to have a big family with lots of kids, and [I] was fortunate to do that, so it's hard for me not to spoil 'em, I love 'em so much," he continues.
"I'm looking forward to getting home with them at the end of this tour. I'll be home on the 22nd, so I get home just in time for Christmas."
Rosalind O'Connor/NBCAfter Pete Davidson posted a disturbing note on Instagram Saturday saying he didn't "want to be on this earth anymore," his friend, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, tweeted that he was getting on a plane headed to New York City to support Davidson. Well, he made good on his word.
"im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that," Kelly tweeted. The two men became friends this past summer after they filmed a movie together called Big Time Adolescence.
E! Online reports that after Saturday Night Live last night, Davidson and Kelly were seen together driving in an SUV. When Davidson dropped Kelly off, they exchanged a hug before Davidson continued on.
Police performed a "wellness check" on Davidson on Saturday before the show aired, and he was said to be "fine." His former fiancee Ariana Grandetweeted and then deleted a message to Davidson, saying she was downstairs at the SNL studios if he needed her.
On Saturday night, a smiling Davidson was seen briefly on SNL, introducingMiley Cyrus and Mark Ronson's second musical performance. He didn't appear in any other sketches, though he had a part in a pre-taped segment.
ABC/Eric McCandlessEarlier this year, Weezer scored a huge hit with their version of Toto's 1982 soft-rock classic "Africa." Now Pitbull is trying his hand at the same song.
Pitbull's version is actually called "Ocean to Ocean," and it appears on the soundtrack of the upcoming superhero flick Aquaman. However, the pre-chorus and chorus, performed by a singer named Rhea, are identical to those of Toto's original hit.
In the movie, the song plays during a scene where Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, crosses the Sahara Desert. Which is -- y'know -- in Africa.
"They tried to get rid of me/But from ocean to ocean/They are gonna have to deal with me," Pitbull raps. "From ocean to ocean, sea to sea/I'm something that you gotta see."
In a statement to People magazine, Pitbull explains why his version of the tune is called "Ocean to Ocean."
"The ocean, the sea and any body of water, to me, is true freedom," says Mr. Worldwide. "The ocean has always been the border from where my parents came from Cuba and the United States, which gives us freedom. That’s why I respect water. Bottom line: water gives us freedom.”
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has designed a limited-edition t-shirt to raise funds for a campaign to help a program in Nairobi, Kenya, that encourages young men to test themselves for HIV.
Kenya's population has the fourth largest percentage of HIV/AIDS-infected people in the world. Many aren't aware that they're HIV-positive. The program, sponsored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is called "Chukua Selfie," and it encourages young people to seek treatment and help stop the spread of the virus.
In a statement to the U.K. paper The Independent, Ed says, "I’m completely behind the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s goal to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all."
"To do this, I firmly believe we need to make young men part of our efforts, not only to bring them into consciousness about their own risk and vulnerability to HIV, but also to empower them to protect the women around them,” he adds.
The t-shirt features an image of Ed onstage, raising his guitar above his head. It says "Ed Sheeran #ChukuaSelfie." Available at Represent.com, they cost $26 bucks but are only available through December 21.
Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas just married Priyanka Chopra but he’s already thinking about becoming a dad.
“I definitely want to be a father someday,” he tells Spotify’s The Rewind with Guy Raz. “I think that’s a real dream.”
He says that finding fame at a young age with the Jonas Brothers has helped prepare him for parenthood in certain ways.
“I think I’ve had to grow up pretty quick. With that, you could look at it two ways,” he explains. “You could say that was unfair or you could say it’s given me some real perspective at an early age and I’ve seen a lot of life at an early age, and I hope to be able to share that with a kid of my own someday.”
Nick and Priyanka married the first weekend in December with two extravagant ceremonies in India.
Prior to their wedding, a source told Us Weekly, “[They] keep talking about starting a family together. They have amazing chemistry and can’t wait to have kids.”
Peter LindberghThe nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced earlier this week, but Lady Gaga is just getting around to acknowledging them on Twitter.
Gaga and her A Star Is Born colleagues Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott were all nominated for individual SAG acting honors, while all the actors were collectively nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. A Star Is Born was the leading nominee in the movie category, in fact.
Now, Gaga writes on Twitter, "I'm so honored to be recognized by SAG as an actress alongside Bradley and Sam Elliot, and above all completely emotional to be recognized as an ensemble. A real family was built with this cast and I am so grateful. Thank you so very much for these nominations what a gift."
In other Gaga news, her Las Vegas residency show at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas gets underway December 28, and she's just added additional shows.
As previously reported, the residency is made up of two parts: Lady Gaga Enigma, featuring her pop hits, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, featuring stripped-down versions of her hits and her renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook.
Initially, Gaga had announced just four Jazz & Piano shows, but five more have just been added: June 15 October 20 and 26, and November 3 and 9. Those are on sale now.
Myrna M. Suarez/Getty ImagesChristina Perri’s transition into motherhood has inspired her music.
The singer has announced a new album of lullabies, dedicated to her 10-month-old baby girl, Carmella. The album, Songs for Carmella: Lullabies & Sing-a-Longs, will be released on Carmella’s first birthday, January 17.
“Putting out new songs that I sang to her all year feels so authentic and genuine as to where I’m at in my real life,” Christina tells People. “I am a huge fan of when people are authentic of where people are at.”
She adds, “I just didn’t want to jump into a new project that wasn’t related to how amazing my life is right now due to my daughter. That’s the biggest and best thing that’s ever happened to me, so I didn’t want to pretend that didn’t happen.”
RCA RecordsMore than three years and countless singles after the release of his #1 debut album, Mind of Mine, Zayn has finally dropped his sophomore release, Icarus Falls.
The album features a whopping 27 tracks, because it's designed as a double album that's "a dichotomy between the light and the dark."
The album was also inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, a boy whose father, Daedalus, crafted wings for him out of feathers and wax. But Icarus ignored his father's advice and flew too close to the sun; the wax melted, his wings fell apart and he plunged to his death. Good times.
The first disc, Icarus, features "joyous, anthemic" tracks, such as the previously released songs "There You Are" and "Let Me."
The second disc, Falls, includes darker about "the vices of humankind" and "its struggles." That's where you can find previously released tracks "Entertainer, "Sour Diesel," "Too Much," "Rainberry," "Fingers" and "No Candle No Light," featuring Nicki Minaj.
There's no word on whether Zayn will tour to promote the album. Previously, he didn't due to anxiety issues.
Here's the track list for Icarus Falls:
Disc One: ICARUS "Let Me" "Natural" "Back to Life" "Common" "Imprint" "Stand Still" "Tonight" "Flight of the Stars" "If I Got You" "Talk to Me" "There You Are" "I Don’t Mind" "Icarus Interlude"
Disc Two: FALLS "Good Guy" "You Wish You Knew" "Sour Diesel" "Satisfaction" "Scripted" "Entertainer" "All That" "Good Years" "Fresh Air" "Rainberry" "Insomnia" "No Candle No Light" feat. Nicki Minaj "Fingers" "Too Much" feat. Timbaland
Republic RecordsFollowing the smash success of "thank u, next," Ariana Grande has released the second taste of her upcoming album: a song called "Imagine," and its accompanying lyric video.
Last month, Ariana tweeted that the song is about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable," and said earlier this week that it's about "denial." In the song, Ariana describes what appears to be a perfect relationship, and then admits it's all a fantasy.
"Knew you were perfect after the first kiss/Took a deep breath like, "Ooh"/Feels like forever, baby, I never thought that it would be you," Ariana sings.
Then she adds, "Imagine a world like that/Imagine a world like that/We go like up 'til I'm 'sleep on your chest/Love how my face fits so good in your neck/Why can't you imagine a world like that?"
So far, we don't have a release date for Ari's new album, though she's said it will arrive before the end of the year. Since there aren't many weeks left in the year, it may wind up coming out in early 2019.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMiley Cyrus used her appearance on Thursday's Tonight Show to announce the release of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a remake of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 single, featuring Mark Ronson and John and Yoko's son, Sean Ono Lennon.
Miley told host Jimmy Fallon the nearly 50-year-old song is just as timely today.
"We wanted to do a Christmas song," she explained, "and I don't think anything [speak louder to] what's going on right now than about you know, 'War Is Over.'"
Adds Cyrus, "I've always loved John and Yoko. I'm such a big Yoko fan, and so, it's been amazing to work with [Sean]."
In addition to his famous pedigree, Miley said Sean's voice "is just so special," adding, "I think, more than just inheriting the voice or you know, the way he looks...it's about the magic that you know, he has and I think that is what he's inherited more than anything."
Miley also announced the three of them will perform the song on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, when she and Ronson will be the music guests.
Miley, who lost her Malibu home in last month's California wildfires, told Fallon that she came out of the experience with something even more valuable.
"When you remember things that you loved and lost, whether it's photos or old Elvis [Presley] records or something my dad's given me, it doesn't make it easier, she said, but being able to go back and rebuild this together, you know, be stronger together...it's given a really beautiful light at the end of something pretty dark."
Cyrus also joined Fallon for a “Name That Song Challenge,” where they competed to try to guess random songs Tonight Show house band The Roots were playing, one instrument at a time.
A brief preview clip released on Thursday reveals the usual set-up: Corden needs company for a ride...Though it seems he gives the Bronx, New York-born superstar a driving lesson at one point that doesn't go so well.
Cardi also tells a group of kids to stay in school and listen to their parents, lest they lose their Christmas presents.
See the whole trip on Monday's installment of the show.
The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.
BRYANTAfter a huge breakout year that saw him score two hit singles, release his gold-selling debut album and open for Camila Cabello and Justin Timberlake, Bazzi's ready for some downtime: He's heading to Australia this Christmas to visit his girlfriend. The "Mine" singer says he can't wait to shake off the "winter vibe" and head to a place where it's summer.
"Apparently there's this big day where everyone goes out on boats in the water...in Sydney," he tells ABC Radio. "I don't know, but yeah, I'm really excited to experience some new culture, [it] should be cool."
As for what's on tap for Bazzi in 2019, apparently, lots of music. Late last month, he tweeted "this new music gonna shake the f***ing world," and as he explained to ABC Radio, he's not just talking about the follow-up to his debut album Cosmic.
"Beyond the next album, I'm working on so much music," he says. "It's like so much stuff that I know I'm gonna give to people, it's tough to call it just an album. It feels like I'm working on, like, four right now!"
Meanwhile, Bazzi's duet with Camila, "Beautiful," is still moving up the chart. He says it's been fun for him and Camila to share in the song's success.
He says, "Yeah, I mean, like, every weird little accomplishment that comes along with it, we're always just like, 'What the hell!?'"
ABC/Image Group LANote to haters: Pink and her husband Carey Hart do not need your unsolicited parenting advice.
After Hart was criticized for posting a photo of himself on a motorbike with the couple's one-year-old son Jameson sitting in front him, Pink hit back with a sarcastic Instagram post.
Sharing a photo of Jameson with chocolate on his face and hands, she wrote, “Chocolate is good for babies right? Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.”
One Instagram follower commented on the post, continuing to question Hart’s judgment as a parent. The commenter wrote, “Sarcasm I love as I am [sarcastic] too but with your husband being in the spotlight so often with his complete lack of regard for proper care or concern at times with your kids, this comment isn't funny.”
The follower continued, "I love your music, your kids are beautiful but your husband, I'm sory [sic], lacks the responsibility your kids need in his care."
Pink fired back, asking the commenter what made them such an expert on the topic.
"Do you know my children? Are you aware of their development? Even better: what are your credentials in parenting expertise? Are you a perfect parent? S**t, are you even a parent?" Pink wrote.
“God bless your perfect path,” Pink concluded. “I have no interest in that myself. However, do check in from time to time to let us all know what other teachings you may have for us, oh perfect f****** stranger."
The singer also posted a blanket statement on Twitter, writing, "In the interest of saving internet space... this here is a Hart Family PSA. There is gonna be a s*** load of motorcycle riding, chocolate eating, fun having, and naked dance parties going on. Now we know."
In March, Katy Perry will return to ABC as a judge on American Idol. She's just posted a clip from the upcoming season, showing a crowd of contestants on stage during Hollywood Week, serenading her, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. However, all their faces are blurred out, so you can't see who made it through in advance.
The most interesting part of the clip, though, is that the song the contestants are singing is Katy's brand-new holiday tune, "Cozy Little Christmas."
"One of the BEST gifts of being an artist is when people joyfully sing back the lyrics that you wrote," she captioned the clip. "So excited to reveal the faces of these beautiful @AmericanIdol voices starting March 3rd on @abcnetwork."
As previously reported, American Idol will return to ABC Sunday night, March 3 with a two-hour episode starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018.jpgAttention, Taylor Swift stalkers: You'd better think twice about trying to get near her at one of her concerts. Rolling Stone reports that on Taylor's recently concluded Reputation stadium tour, she used facial-recognition software to I.D. possible stalkers in the audience.
According to Rolling Stone, this took place at least once, at her May 18th show at the Rose Bowl. Fans who stopped to watch rehearsal footage at a kiosk were unknowingly having their pictures taken. According to concert security expert Mike Downing, those pictures were then transferred to a "command post" in Nashville, where they were cross-referenced with a database of Taylor's known stalkers, which number in the hundreds.
Dowing tells Rolling Stone, "Everybody who went by would stop and stare at [the kiosk], and the software would start working."
If you think this is overreaction, think again. Taylor has so many stalkers that in October, a professor of psychology wrote an article about them for Psychology Today.
But even if there isn't a stalking problem, Rolling Stone reports the technology, in which Ticketmaster has invested, might be helpful by allowing certain fans to move through turnstiles quickly at events, without them having to stop and go through security.
ABC/Paula LoboIf you want to watch people perform live from New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve but you've sworn off network TV forever, well, we've got some good news for you.
Bebe Rexha and lovelytheband will headline the 10th annual Times Square New Year's Eve webcast, which will include the raising of the famous Times Square New Year's Eve ball, countdowns, interviews and additional musical performances, as well as the famous Ball Drop at midnight. The entire webcast is commercial free.
During the festivities, Bebe will perform John Lennon's classic "Imagine," as well as her hits "Me, Myself & I," "Meant to Be" and "I'm a Mess." Lovelytheband will perform their hit song "broken," as well as additional tracks "these are my friends" and "maybe, i'm afraid."
Chris Polk/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcpNiall Horan and Hailee Steinfeld have called it quits, multiple sources tell E! News.
Rumors had been swirling that the notoriously private young couple was no longer together -- fueled by the fact that Hailee unfollowed Niall on Instagram and was then spotted with her ex Cameron Smoller in November.
"Hailee and Niall were going strong over the summer but split a few months ago and have been trying to keep it low-key," a source close to Steinfeld tells E!.
The source adds that Hailee’s “insanely busy” work schedule contributed to the split. She’s currently on a press tour for her upcoming film, Bumblebee.
"They really tried to make it work," the source says. "It definitely was 'young love.'"
Neither Niall nor Hailee had ever publicly acknowledged their relationship, but they had been romantically linked since February. The two, of course, have yet to comment on the break-up.
ABC/Image Group LAOne lip-syncing Maryland mom may have embarrassed her son, but she impressed Kelly Clarkson.
Mandy Remmell and her 10-year-old son, Blake, were at a college basketball game Tuesday night when Remmell got caught on the “Fan Cam” jamming out to Kelly’s “Since U Been Gone.” She passionately lip synced the song into her cell phone as her son grew more and more mortified. He eventually pulled his hood over his face and slouched down in her seat but as long as the camera was on her, Remmell kept on singing.
After the Maryland Terrapins posted the video to their Twitter page, it went viral, eventually making its way to Kelly herself. She retweeted the video Wednesday and wrote, “This is my kind of mama.”
In an interview with the Washington Post following her newfound internet fame, Remmell says she’s all about making laughs and memories with her son, even if he gets a little embarrassed sometimes.
“I think he’s recovered a little bit,” she says. “He’s also very excited, and he’s wondering now how viral it’s gone. He’s like, ‘How many likes do we have?’”