ABC/Paula LoboHalsey's long been a staple at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Monday night's ceremony came and went without an appearance by the "Bad at Love" star. Turns out she made a conscious decision not to attend.
Asked by a fan on Twitter why she wasn't at the VMAs, Halsey replied, "bc I directed all my own music videos this album just to have @MTV '#wcw' me to death and not nominate me for anything so it didn’t feel right to go. I’m happy you guys liked the videos. That’s all that matters to me."
The elaborate videos that Halsey created for the songs from her album hopeless fountain kingdom include "Bad at Love," "Now or Never," "Strangers" and "Alone." They tell a gender-reversed Romeo Juliet story, with visuals inspired by director Baz Luhrmann.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Halsey and her boyfriend and duet partner G-Eazy may be back together. The gossip site has a photo of the two holding hands while leaving a VMA after-party at around 4:30 a.m.
In July, Halsey announced the couple's split after a year of dating by posting a note on her Instagram story reading, "I normally keep this kind of thing private but provided our public nature I feel the need to inform my fans. G-Eazy and I are taking some time apart... I wish him the best."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AEGKatyCats who are also Citi cardmembers might want to get themselves to Los Angeles next month: Katy Perry is playing an intimate show just for them.
The September 10 show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in L.A. is part of Citi's Sound Vault series, and it's exclusively for Citi ThankYou cardmembers.
Starting today at 7am PT until August 31 at 10pm PT, cardmembers can register to unlock exclusive access using their card. Cardmembers who receive a verification code will have the opportunity to use their Citi ThankYou card to complete their ticket purchase starting September 5.
Meanwhile, Katy just officially wrapped up her Witness world tour, and tweeted about the fact that she didn't have to cancel a single show, due to illness or other reasons.
"IT’S THE LAST NIGHT OF #WITNESSTHETOUR Y’ALL!," she wrote. "113 shows with perfect attendance! Grateful for everyone’s love & support all year... #resilient."
Katy marked the end of the tour by getting a tattoo of a planet on her wrist, which she showed off on Instagram.
"The planet in the middle is Saturn as this journey has taught me many lessons with a few tears along the way BUT I am happy to report a sense of real resilience as we wrap," she wrote. "I share this insignia with 45 other tour mates and moreover an incredible year of memories with over 100 beautiful & kind humans and a numerous amount of gracious attendees."
Katy also got tattoos to mark the end of all her previous tours. The Saturn tattoo joins her strawberry, a peppermint and a prism.
Jennifer Lopez performs at the MTV VMAs; Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe 2018 MTV Video Music Awards were one heck of a wild and fun ride, with Cardi B's first public appearance since welcoming her baby, a political statement by rapper Logic and, of course, some of the biggest names in music taking home Moonman trophies, including Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and more.
But it was Jennifer Lopez's night, as she earned the Video Vanguard Award for dominating the music industry for more than two decades. Her speech and her performance had the crowd jumping out of their seats and rocking out to her classic jams.
Here are the show's top moments:
Cardi B returns with a joke, makes a statement about motherhood She entered the night as the night's leading nominee but before the show started handing out trophies, Cardi B opened with a little bit of fun and an alleged "surprise" for the hyped crowd. The rapper came out for her first public appearance since welcoming her daughter, rocking a red dress and holding what looked like a bundle of joy.
After teasing, "I got a little surprise for you," she pulled out a VMA trophy wrapped in a blanket.
Cardi then introduced baby-faced star Shawn Mendes. The camera panned to the crowd, who was fooled at first, then laughed at the gag. Later in the night, Cardi stopped joking and made a statement about being both a mother and an artist and not having to choose between the two.
She said people were telling her she was "risking my career" by having her daughter and now, "I'm still winning awards!"
Hart and Haddish don't hold back Night School co-stars Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart came out and definitely did not pull any punches.
"Why are so many celebs getting engaged, is there a sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond I don't know about?" Haddish said, as the camera panned to lovebirds Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson.
Hart joked at all the singers in the crowd with tattoos on their face, warning them they wouldn't be able to get a job. "Stop getting tattoos on your face!" he yelled.
Haddish then had trouble pronouncing Camila Cabello's name, as everyone gasped.
And then Hart got political, joking that with this show you never know what to expect: You could get people running to the bathroom and sending out bad tweets.
"It's basically like your typical day at the White House," he joked.
"We are all human beings," says Logic It was a simple statement but rapper Logic wowed the crowd when he performed "One Day" with Ryan Tedder, bringing out hundreds of immigrant children of all ages and races affected by the recent border policies in this country.
In fact, MTV tweeted, "All of the people on the stage with @Logic301 were impacted by immigration issues."
The moment echoed the video itself for "One Day," which follows the story of a young immigrant teenager forcibly separated at the border from his parents and sibling.
Jennifer Lopez takes home the Video Vanguard Award Jennifer Lopez was honored with the Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement award but also performed for a whopping 15 minutes.
She began with her hit "Waiting for Tonight," then quickly switched to another club thumper, "On the Floor." Then it was time for a minor outfit change as she ditched a flowing cape and got back to breaking out some classic J-Lo moves.
The crowd got amped as Jennifer later busted out "Love Don't Cost a Thing." And of course, Ja Rule came out later to duet on "I'm Real" with J-Lo. It was the stand-up-and-shout moment of the entire night.
Aretha Franklin honored Late in the night, the show paid tribute to the late "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, who died last week at age 76. Madonna presented the tribute, which began with her declaring, "Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life."
"I left Detroit when I was 18, $35 dollars in my pocket, dream of being a professional dancer," Madonna said. After struggling, she went to an audition and they asked her if she had sheet music and a song prepared. She didn't.
But Madonna thought fast and one of Franklin's albums came to mind, I blurted out, "'You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)' ... I don't know what I said, I don't know what came over me," Madonna said, but she sang.
Weeks later, the people for whom she auditioned called and said Madonna had great potential, and "We want to bring you to Paris and make you a star."
Madonna returned to the U.S. weeks later to write her own music -- and the rest is history.
"She led me to where I am today," Madonna declared. "I want to thank you Aretha for empowering all of us. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Long live the Queen."
Camila Cabello walks the MTV VMA pink carpetDia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTVAhead of Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards, stars crammed onto the pink carpet outside New York's famed Radio City Music Hall -- the location of the very first VMAs, back in 1984 -- to chat about their excitement at being part of one of the year's big pop culture moments.
The night's big winner was Camila Cabello, who was named Artist of the Year, and whose mini-movie clip for "Havana" was named Video of the Year. On the carpet, she told ABC Radio, "It's amazing how two days of shooting a video can change your life. I've always thought there's a visual aspect of my music and the music part of my music, and I think that both of those are equally important. And I think it's really cool that this award show celebrates great music videos."
"I'm honestly just honored to be a nominee, because there are so many people that I'm such a huge fan of and I can't even believe I'm in this group," the always-humble Camila added. "It's really amazing!"
Ariana Grande won Best Pop Video for "No More Tears Left to Cry" and performed "God Is a Woman," from her new album Sweetener. On the carpet, her brother, reality star Frankie Grande, told ABC Radio that the release of the album has been extremely cathartic for Ariana, coming as it does just over a year since the terrorist attack that happened after her concert in Manchester, England.
"It was very much like giving birth," Frankie said. Once it was out and the world finally got to hear it, she felt this unbelievable sense of weight lifted, and now the whole world can all share in what she's been going through and what she's put out there -- it's beautiful."
OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder teamed up with rapper Logic to perform their song "One Day," and they were joined onstage by immigrant leaders and their children. The performance echoed the video itself, which follows the story of a young immigrant teenager forcibly separated at the border from his parents and sibling. On the pink carpet, Ryan told ABC Radio, "The video made me cry. I got so perfectly uncomfortable watching it that I watched it about seven times in a row...I texted [Logic], just saying...'I don't remember the last video that made me cry, but I'm physically crying in my hotel room, watching this video."
Bebe Rexha was nominated for Best Collaboration for "Meant to Be." She didn't win but she told ABC Radio that just attending the show was enough. "I think that to be in New York City, to be nominated in the same category as The Carters, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, as well as Cardi B and Bruno Mars is just incredible!" she gushed. "I was here the last two years just walking the carpet, and I'm finally here as a presenter and I'm a nominee...that's amazing. Like c'mon, like, I can't believe it! It's, like, pinch me!"
Jennifer Lopez received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the ceremony. On the pink carpet, Ashanti, who co-wrote J-Lo's smash "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)," told ABC Radio, "[She] is so creative and I love her videos...just fashion and...her being real...I'm just really excited and I'm happy as a woman that she's killin' it and getting what she deserves."
Iggy Azalea, who duetted with J-Lo on the song "Booty" and co-starred with her in its racy video, couldn't say enough about how deserving Jennifer was of the award.
"She reinvents herself over and over again, she's one of the best female performers, I think," Iggy told ABC Radio. "She just has never faltered or fumbled, she's had pretty much the dream career...and she's still going, she's not done yet! So I think she's the perfect candidate and I'm really happy that I can be here to see her receive the award."
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato is spending her 26th birthday today in rehab, following her hospitalization for a drug overdose last month. But her younger sister, Madison De La Garza, is just grateful that her sister is around to see another year.
The 16-year-old shared an emotional post on Instagram, writing, “today could have been one of the worst days of my life, but instead i get to spend it thanking God, the incredible doctors, demi's team, and everyone across the world who offered their support - without all of these people i wouldn't have my big sister anymore.”
She posted a photo of a young Demi smiling and cradling Madison as a baby. She went on to share some of the little things she loves about her big sis, which the public doesn’t necessarily get to see.
“i've been thinking about how i wish that everyone could see the silly little things that she does, like how her nostrils move when she says certain words and when she brushes my hair behind my ear when i'm trying to sleep, because those are the things i'm thankful for today,” she says.
Madison continues, “they seem so small, but those little things make up my sister - not a singer, not a celebrity, and definitely not what she's been described as in the media - she's a daughter, a friend, and my big sister... and i am so, so thankful that i can tell her happy birthday.”
Madison is an actress who's perhaps best-known for playing Juanita Solis, one of the daughters of Eva Longoria's character Gabrielle Solis, on Desperate Housewives.
Courtesy KAABOO Del MarKaty Perry is one of the headliners at next month's KAABOO Del Mar festival, just north of San Diego, CA, and she's turning her appearance into an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.
Katy is now offering fans the chance to purchase a Katy Perry Cares Pass for her performance at the festival on Sunday night, September 16. Fans who shell out for the pass, which costs $89, will be able to enter the grounds at 6 p.m., so they can get a good spot for her 7:30 p.m. performance. It's the best choice for KatyCats who don't want to pay for a one-day or three-day pass to the entire festival.
A portion of the proceeds from the pass will benefit MusiCares, the Recording Academy's charitable arm. You can get them at Kaaboodelmar.com/KatyCares.
Other performers at this year's KAABOO Del Mar Festival include Imagine Dragons, Halsey, rock legend Robert Plant, Bebe Rexha, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, Vanessa Carlton, Blondie, Billy Idol and many more. The festival runs from September 14-16 in Del Mar, CA.
Gotham/GC ImagesThis weekend was nothing but love for Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra. After celebrating their engagement in Mumbai, India on Saturday and making their romance Instagram official, the happy couple decided to share their joy with others.
The two visited St. Catherine’s Home for Orphans in the Indian city on Sunday, where they met and performed with dozens of young girls gathered there.
In a video posted to Nick’s Instagram Story, Priyanka is seen dancing to “Tune Maari Entriyan,” a song from her 2014 Bollywood film Gunday, with one of the children.
“St. Catherine Orphanage today,” Nick captioned the clip. “My heart is full.”
Priyanka, who has volunteered at the orphanage before, also posted an Instagram video from the day, showing Nick singing an a cappella version of the Jonas Brothers’ song, “Lovebug.”
“12 years of knowing these girls and in minutes they get all love struck by the #lovebug... thank you @nickjonas and our families,” Priyanka wrote.
“Thank you to the sisters and all the girls at St. Catherine’s orphanage for opening your hearts to us again. I’ll see you next time.”
Stewart GerardOneRepublic is supporting one of their own with a huge cash donation.
On Twitter, the group wrote, "The wife of one of our family within the 1R team just got shot through the back while walking her dogs. Please help us help this family recover & bring attention to the EPIDEMIC of gun violence in this country. Thank you."
In an accompanying video, the group explains that the victim is the wife of a guy who's worked closely with the band for years, and was on stage with them in Los Angeles when the incident occurred in Nashville.
"This video isn't about the epidemic of gun violence that exists in this country, which is unspeakable. This is about helping people who mean everything to us," lead singer Ryan Tedder explains. He adds, "We never thought it would affect us and now it's personal."
They included a link to a Go Fund Me page for the victim, who is "currently recovering in the hospital" after her "life changing injuries" that required "multiple surgeries."
The band has also donated $100,000 -- in two separate donations of $50,000 each -- to the cause. The Go Fund Me page has so far raised over $174,000 of its $200,000 goal.
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande's performance at the MTV VMAs tonight will be simply divine.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporterthat the singer's performance at the telecast, taking place at New York's Radio City Music Hall, will feature her singing "God Is a Woman," along with a "diverse" group of over 50 female dancers. According to the sources, the performance will be "nothing short of God-like," and "exactly what the VMAs are made of." Ariana is promoting her new album Sweetener, which came out on Friday.
Meanwhile, despite MTV's announcement that Cardi B will "open" tonight's VMAs, word is she's not actually going to perform. According to TMZ, Cardi will do a monologue or a skit; she won't be delivering one of her hits. And you can forget about seeing her baby girl, Kulture -- TMZ reports the infant won't be making the trek to New York with her mom.
The MTV Video Music Awards air tonight at 9 p.m. ET live from New York City.
The Chainsmokers are up for the Best Dance Video trophy at Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards for their clip for "Everybody Hates Me." It's the duo's fifth nomination for this prize but in the past couple of years, they've won some 30 awards, including a Grammy. Even so, the duo's Drew Taggart says he and musical partner Alex Pall still aren't used to music biz accolades.
"I mean, it's all pretty surreal that we're nominated and winning any awards at all," Drew tells ABC Radio. "So, yeah, every time we get up there, we're like, 'Are we imposters? Are we really supposed to be up here?'"
Regardless, Drew says "It'd be amazing" to win the Moonman. The competition is stiff though: The Chainsmokers are up against videos by the late deejay Avicii, plus Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Zedd and Marshmello. But what's the best dance music video ever? Alex and Drew agree.
"Definitely a Michael Jackson video," Alex says. "I mean, if you consider that...dance music...I don't know if you mean just 'dance music' or just dancing in general..."
"Michael Jackson then, for sure," Drew agrees.
However, if he was limiting himself to videos by acts that specifically make dance music, Alex says he'd choose "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz.That 2012 video, which was wildly popular, has been called the "Sexiest Music Video of All Time" by Vice Media.
The clip is a spoof of a scene in the 1985 movie Perfect and features women in an exercise class, wearing extremely revealing 1980s aerobics outfits and performing sexually suggestive workout moves -- much to the delight of the lone man in the class.
The MTV Video Music Awards air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall at 9 p.m ET/PT Monday night.
Dennis LeupoldCamila Cabello is nominated for multiple awards at tonight's MTV VMAS, including Video of the Year for "Havana," in which she plays three roles: a socially awkward girl named Karla, the glamorous star of a telenovela, and the star of a movie called Camila in Havana. Since she did so much acting in the video, would she like to try her hand at movies or TV one day? She says maybe, but not just now.
"You know, I feel like I would like to [act], one day," she tells ABC Radio. "Not now, 'cause I love music and that's always gonna be my first number one thing -- and I think it's gonna be my only thing for a long time -- but I do love every part of the arts."
And like Karla in her video, Camila says she's happiest just staying in and gluing herself to a screen.
"I love movies, I'm obsessed," she tells ABC Radio. "Anybody who knows me will tell you that's all I do, basically on my days off....I just watch movies or Sex & the City...so, yeah, I would like to do that someday, actually!"
In addition to Video of the Year, Camila is also nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Video. Camila is planning to attend, and to throw an exclusive after party with 15 hand-picked fans following the ceremony.
The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City tonight, August 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Here are the nominees in the major categories:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” The Carters – “APES**T” Childish Gambino – “This Is America” Drake – “God’s Plan”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande Bruno Mars Camila Cabello Cardi B Drake Post Malone
SONG OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” Drake – “God’s Plan” Dua Lipa – “New Rules” Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”
BEST NEW ARTIST Bazzi Cardi B Chloe x Halle Hayley Kiyoko Lil Pump Lil Uzi Vert
BEST COLLABORATION Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” The Carters – “APES**T” Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”
PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle JUNE 2018 – Sigrid MAY 2018 – Lil Xan APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill JULY 2017 – Khalid JUNE 2017 – Kyle MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus
BEST POP Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” P!nk – “What About Us” Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
BEST DANCE Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”
BEST ROCK Fall Out Boy – “Champion” Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” Linkin Park – “One More Light” Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”
BEST HIP HOP Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” The Carters – “APES**T” Drake – “God’s Plan” J. Cole – “ATM” Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”
BEST LATIN Daddy Yankee – “Dura” J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” Maluma – “Felices los 4” Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”
Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesNick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are finally Instagram official: The couple confirmed their engagement with a posting on the Quantico star's social media.
"The only way to do this... with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings," Chopra wrote, captioning a photo of herself and Nick. She's wearing a traditional Indian outfit, but is sporting a large diamond ring on her finger. The couple is shown standing in front of a hedge decorated with the intertwined initials "N" and "P."
She also posted a photo of herself looking adoringly into Nick's eyes, with her ring prominently displayed. "Taken.. With all my heart and soul," reads the caption. Nick posted the same photo with the caption, "Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love."
Peoplemagazine reports that the couple celebrated their engagement with a party in Mumbai, India, attended by both their families. Chopra shared a gallery of photos from the party, known as a roka ceremony, including a photo of Nick's parents posing with Priyanka's mom and brother.
In one photo, which People says was taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony known as a "pruja," both Nick and Priyanka are shown wearing traditional Indian garb.
A friend of Priyanka's, Anusha Dandekar, posted a photo of herself posing with couple. She wrote, "I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love. Then her Prince came along for real... not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it  & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve."
She added, "I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra@nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special... Congratulations."
Mert & MarcusDuring last year's MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift premiered her instantly-iconic video for "Look What You Made Me Do." But when the nominations for this year's VMAs came out, "Look What You Made Me Do" was nowhere to be found in any of the top categories -- its only nominations are in the technical categories, like best editing.
Now, the guys behind the show admit they're just as surprised as the fans are that Taylor didn't have a better showing this year.
The show's executive producers, Jesse Ignjatovic and Bruce Gillmer, tell Entertainment Tonight that "it is somewhat surprising" that Taylor didn't get a nod for Video of the Year or Best Pop Video. Gillmer adds, "We love Taylor...we have strong relationships with her and her camp."
Ignjatovic says, "It was an amazing video, so I wish she had nominations and I wish she was [at the show] because I'm a huge fan. She's such an integral part of the VMAs and MTV, so I wish."
Gillmer said the awards are "voted on by a wide range of people," so the nominations can be unpredictable.
It's not know if Taylor will attend Monday night's ceremony. Her friend and Reputation tour opening act, Camila Cabello, is up for a slew of awards, so perhaps they'll attend together. Meanwhile, you'll see performances from Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ryan Tedder and Jennifer Lopez, among others.
The MTV VMAs air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Streamline/Kon Live/Cherrytree/InterscopeAugust 19, 2008 was the day the world got its first full-length look at Lady Gaga, as her debut album, The Fame, arrived. Gaga is marking that milestone with special merch for her fans, as well as a "digital time capsule" and a 10th anniversary limited version of the album.
The Fame spun off the hit singles "Just Dance," "Paparazzi," "Poker Face" and "LoveGame," won Gaga a Grammy and has sold close to five million copies. The reissue, The Fame Monster, which came out in November of that year, featured eight new songs, including "Bad Romance," "Telephone," and "Alejandro."
The $50 limited edition version of the album comes on a USB that's shaped like a cartoon image of Gaga, packaged in a collectible display box. It features the original album The Fame and three bonus tracks, as well as The Fame Monster, both digital booklets, eight music videos and an early electronic press kit shot just as Gaga was beginning her rise to stardom. It's now available for pre-order on Gaga's website.
In addition, you can get The Fame and The Fame Monster on vinyl, as well as a number of t-shirts with The Fame artwork, Gaga's former "electric bolt" logo, and images of her iconic sunglasses from the album cover.
As for the "digital time capsule," it's a collection of videos, images and quotes from Gaga around the time that The Fame and The Fame Monster were released. One sample quote: "I would not be able to breathe if I couldn't make art."
Gaga is expected to release the soundtrack of her movie A Star Is Born in the coming months; the film itself arrives in theaters in October.
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsIt seems Ariana Grande has included a subtle tribute to the Manchester bombing victims on her new album Sweetener.
Fans noticed that at the end of the album’s final track, “Get Well Soon,” Ariana included 40 seconds of silence, which brings the song’s run time to 5 minutes and 22 seconds. The significance? May 22 -- 5/22 -- is the date the terror attack took place last year.
“the fact ariana honored the Manchester victims in get well soon allowing a moment of silence until it was 5 minutes 22 seconds long, I just don't have the words right now. she has my entire heart,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another tweeted, “Ariana’s new album is amazing. The silence at the end of the album to make the last song be 5 minutes and 22 seconds has me tearing up.”
Ariana previously said “Get Well Soon” was a track about her anxiety following the attack – which took place after her concert in Manchester, England. 22 people were killed.
"It’s just f****d, so I just wanted to do something to make people feel good and less alone,” she said. “It’s not just about [Manchester]. It’s also about personal demons and anxiety and more intimate tragedies as well.”
Def Jam RecordingsLogic has released a poignant and timely new video for his song with Ryan Tedder, “One Day.”
The video tackles issues of immigration, family separation and white supremacy. It begins with a Mexican family being detained the border, and the children separated from the parents.
One of the children goes on to live with an American foster family. We see him through the years, as he works hard to excel in school and eventually becomes a doctor.
As the immigrant child's journey plays out, we also see the child of a white supremacist family whose life takes a darker path. In the end, when the white supremacist’s violent ways result in him being injured, he finds himself an the operating table, his life in the hands of the Mexican doctor.
The clip features appearances by Michael Peña, Judy Reyes and Luis Guzman.
On Monday, Logic and Ryan Tedder will perform “One Day” on the MTV Video Music Awards.
Epic RecordsIf you're looking for a new house in a vacation destination, Meghan Trainor's childhood home could be right for you.
Page Six reports that Meghan's parents are selling their house on Nantucket, Mass., an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod. According to the website, Meghan's parents are selling the place so they can move to Los Angeles to be closer to their Grammy-winning daughter and two sons.
The four-bedroom, five and a half bathroom home has a price tag of $1.68 million. It features a vaulted ceiling, a dining room with French doors, a deck, a master bathroom with a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi tub in the attached bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, an outdoor shower and a finished basement with a billiards room and a separate playroom.
Meghan's new album Treat Myself will be out later this year.
Daniel MessemerOMI, the Jamaican artist who had the Song of the Summer back in 2015 with “Cheerleader,” is back with new music.
The singer has released another collaboration with Felix Jaehn, the same German producer who remixed “Cheerleader” into a number one hit. It's a new, upbeat track called “Masterpiece,” about encouraging women to love themselves for who they are.
“’Cause every time I look at you I’m looking at a masterpiece/ If you’re trying to be perfect, you don’t have to be,” OMI sings.
Despite the success of “Cheerleader,” OMI and DJ Felix only met for the first time while recording “Masterpiece.”
"There were just really good vibes. There was no ego,” OMI tells Billboard of their studio session. “We were bouncing ideas off of each other. Making this [record]. everybody was giving their best to make it all that it could be. That is just an awesome feeling.”
OMI’s follow-up album to his album Me 4 U is on the way, though he has yet to reveal its release date or title. But he says that fans will really see his “growth and development” on the project.
Solaiman FazelAfter dropping a teaser Thursday, Janet Jackson has released the full version of her Caribbean-flavored new single and video, “Made for Now,” featuring reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.
"Celebrate the feeling #MadeForNow x @daddyyankee OUT NOW!,” Miss Jackson commented on Instagram
Shot recently in New York City, the street festival video features dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada and Trinidad, as well from as the United States. This is Janet’s first new music since she released her Unbreakable album in 2015.
In "Made for Now," she sings, "If you're livin' for the moment, don't stop, and celebrate the feelin'/ Go up, if you're livin' for the moment, Don't stop, 'cause I break those ceilings/ Go up, we're made for now, not tomorrow/Made for now, look around, we're made for now”
The track is produced by Harmony Samuels, who's also worked with Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, and Ariana Grande. "Made for Now" was directed by Dave Meyers, who previously worked with Janet on several videos, including “All For You,” “Just a Little While," and “I Want You.”
Janet will perform the song for the first time Friday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.