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.
Image Group LA/ABCAriana Grande’s thank u, next album will be here before you know it.
The singer teased on Twitter Monday that she’ll be releasing the album’s cover art and track list this Friday. Not only that, but the album will also become available for pre-order that day.
As for a specific release date, we don't have that, though she hinted the album would drop before Valentine’s Day. When one fan joked, “Dropping the album before Valentine’s Day, you gon get everybody PREGNANT,” she replied, “oh quite the opposite.”
“UR GONNA MAKE EVERYONE SINGLE,” another fan tweeted, and to that she responded, “happy valentine’s day.”
While chatting with fans, Ariana also revealed that her latest single “7 Rings” will be the last single released before the album comes out, but that she already knows what her third single will be.
Her previous album, Sweetener, was only released last August, but a lot has happened to Ariana since then – including the death of her ex Mac Miller and her very public broken engagement with Pete Davidson.
“Two albums in six months huh. that’s deep. love u. talk sooon,” Ariana tweeted.
ABC/Image Group LAThis should be the happiest time of Bebe Rexha's career: She's up for not one for two Grammys next month. But unfortunately, the "Meant to Be" singer is struggling to find something to wear to the ceremony....because designers are telling her she's too "big."
"So I finally get nominated at the Grammys and it's, like,the coolest thing ever," she starts. "And a lot of times, artists will go and talk to designers and they'll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet, right?"
"So I had my team hit [up] a lot of designers," she continues. "And a lot of them do not want to dress me because I'm too big. Literally, like, I'm too big."
The furious singer continues, "If a size 6/8 is too big then...I dunno what to tell you. Then I don't wanna wear your f***ing dresses! 'Cause that's crazy! 'Cause you're saying that all the women in the world that are a size eight and up are not beautiful, and they cannot wear your dresses!"
"So all the people that said I'm thick and I can't wear dresses? F**** you!" she says pointedly. "I don't wanna wear your f***in' dresses."
In the caption, Bebe writes, "I'm sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size."
"We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 a** is still going to the Grammys," she adds, with the hashtag #LOVEYOURBODY.
Atlantic Records/Live NationKelly Clarkson will be kicking off her Meaning of Life tour -- her first in more than three years -- on Thursday, and she's packing a lot into the show.
Speaking to E! Online, Kelly confirms that she'll be bringing back one of the most popular segments of her show -- cover songs -- for this tour. In the past, Kelly's covered songs by artists ranging from Eminem and Annie Lennox, to Carrie Underwood and AC/DC.
She also shares that the concert will include "four or five costume changes," which she says is "a lot" for her, and that she plans on bringing out a lot of surprise guests.
"I'll have a guest out [onstage with me] 'cause I'm preppin' for The Kelly Clarkson Show," the singer says of her upcoming NBC talk show.
Meanwhile, fans 21 and over who pay for the VIP Minute and a Glass of Wine Experience -- named after Kelly's online video series -- will be able to enjoy the show sitting right up against the stage at an extremely long bar, where they'll be able to enjoy a variety of alcoholic beverages.
Kelly's two younger children River and Remy will also be joining her now and then on the tour, which features opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and The Voice winner Brynn Cartelli.
While some may have been surprised at how quickly Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin got engaged and then married, Hailey's cousin says the two are a perfect match.
Ireland Baldwin, the daughter of Alec Baldwin, is Hailey's first cousin. She told People magazine, "They’re perfect for each other because they’re like the same person. They’re both really sweet. They complement each other. They’re both every loving of each other.”
“They’re going through the same struggles, I feel like, and they are just helping each other out. As life goes, we all go,” added Ireland, whose dad and Hailey's dad Stephen are brothers.
But as for when Justin and Hailey will be hosting their long-awaited marriage celebration -- after quietly tying the knot in September in a civil ceremony -- Ireland had no inside info.
“We’re happy. We’re going to the wedding,” she said. “We don’t know when it is or where, but we’re happy for them.”
Earlier this month, an insider told People, "They’ve been figuring out the perfect time to do it, and they both feel like the sooner, the better.”
When Ariana Grande's song "7 Rings" arrived last week, fans were thrilled -- but some rappers weren't.
Specifically, rapper Princess Nokia accused Ari of stealing the lyrics from her song "Mine," in which she says, "Flip the weave, I am a stunner/It’s mine, I bought it/It’s mine, I bought it.” In "7 Rings," Ariana sings, "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, in a now-deleted comment on her Instagram Story, Ariana wrote, "‘You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it’… White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”
This comment upset fans who thought Ariana's flip comment was missing the point. When The Shade Room pointed this out, Ari commented on the post with an apology.
“Hi hi… I think [my] intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stereotype that is paired with the word 'weave,'" she wrote.
"However I’m so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like…to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”
Meanwhile, rapper Soulja Boy has outright accused Ariana of stealing his flow on his song "Pretty Boy Swag" on the rap portion of "7 Rings." He tweeted, "You're a thief @ArianaGrande."
And rapper 2 Chainzfeels that "7 Rings" is very similar to the part in his song "Spend It," in which he says, "It's mine/I spend it." He also feels that the "7 Rings" video appropriates imagery from rap videos.
Meanwhile, Ariana's manager Scooter Brauntweeted that "7 Rings" broke the Spotify all-time record for most-streamed song within 24 hours of release, scoring just under 15 million streams.
Capitol RecordsTori Kelly made a successful foray into gospel with her 2018 album Hiding Place, but now it seems she’s heading back into pop territory.
The singer announced her next single will be called “Change Your Mind" and released its cover art, which features what appears to be a photo from her recent wedding to André Murillo -- it's a partial image of a bride clutching her bouquet. The song drops January 25.
Tori will also be hitting the road next month for a brand new tour dubbed The Acoustic Sessions, kicking off February 25 in Tucson, Arizona. "I have a lot of new music to share w/ you on tour...," she teased on Twitter.
The headlining North American trek, which follows her fall 2018 Hiding Place tour, will feature Tori performing stripped-down versions of songs both old and new. It will include a show at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and one at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, before wrapping with an April 13 show in New Orleans.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. local.
Tori's last pop project was her 2015 debut album Unbreakable Smile.
Here is the list of dates:
2/25 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Theatre 2/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Marquee 2/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum 3/2 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues 3/5 -- San Diego, CA, Copley Symphony Hall 3/8 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre 3/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl 3/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater 3/14 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 3/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth 3/17 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom 3/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount 3/21 -- St. Paul, MN, The Palace 3/22 -- Omaha, NE, Holland 3/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre 3/26 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 3/28 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 3/29 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live 3/31 -- Toronto, ON, Roy Thomas Hall 4/2 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 4/3 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre 4/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 4/6 -- Lynchburg, VA, Liberty University 4/9 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffrey Theater 4/10 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 4/13 -- New Orleans, LA, The Fillmore
PRNewsfoto/MGM ResortsLady Gaga has never been shy about expressing her political opinions, and she did just that this past Saturday night in Las Vegas during her Enigma residency show at the Park Theater at Park MGM.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and seen on video posted online by attendees, Gaga stopped in the middle of performing her hit song "Million Reasons" to call for President Donald Trump to end the government shutdown, noting, "There are people that live paycheck to paycheck that need their money.”
Then, Gaga took Vice President Mike Pence and his wife to task, following the news that Karen Pence is now teaching art at Immanuel Christian School, a private K-8 school in Springfield, Virginia, that bans LGBTQ students and teachers.
The vice president's reaction to the criticism has been to say, "To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”
Well, Gaga wasn't having that.
“And to Mike Pence, who thinks that it’s O.K. that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ: You’re wrong," Gaga said. "You say we should not discriminate against Christianity? You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.”
As the crowd cheered, she added, "I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and you look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
She then continued with the song.
You can watch fan-shot video of the tirade on YouTube.
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteFurloughed government workers who've been "livin' on a prayer" since the government shutdown will get a helping hand on Monday, thanks to Jon Bon Jovi.
The rocker's JBJ Soul Kitchen, a Red Bank, New Jersey, community restaurant that allows people to either make a donation or volunteer there in exchange for food, is offering free meals for furloughed Federal workers and their families on MLK Day, Monday.
In partnership with the Murphy Family Foundation, run by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, the restaurant will be serving the workers from noon to 2 p.m. All you need to do is bring proof of federal employment.
The eatery said in a Facebook posting, "In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community."
Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea established the JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011. Since then, it's served more than 94,000 meals.