ABC/ Paula LoboOneRepublic's Ryan Tedder got his start in the business by winning a MTV-sponsored music competition, so it's no surprise he likes to be involved in music competition shows. It's just been announced that he'll return as a mentor and producer for season two of the Canadian series The Launch.
Ryan was involved with the show's first season, each episode of which features five emerging artists who all vie to be the one to learn, record, and perform an original song by a famous songwriter and producer. The song that Ryan created for season one, "Ain't Easy," went platinum. He's coming back for season two, and Sarah McLachlan has also joined as a mentor/producer for the new season.
Record executive Scott Borchetta, whose main claim to fame is signing Taylor Swift, is the show's executive producer and is also the main on-camera music industry figure on The Launch. The show begins production on its second season September 26 in Toronto.
In a statement, Borchetta said, "Ryan is coming back and is so fired up about producing another Launch winner. Sarah McLachlan will be amazing to work with...LET'S. ROCK. THE. LAUNCH. S2!"
Getty Images via ABCDemi Lovato’s ex Wilmer Valderrama has reportedly been supporting her throughout rehab, paying frequent visits to the facility where she’s been staying.
"Demi has been fortunate to have her family and friends for support during this time," a source tells Entertainment Tonight. "Demi’s mother and her ex, Wilmer, have visited her in rehab when they can.”
The source echoes what Demi’s mom, Dianna De La Garza, told Newsmax TV this week: that the singer has been “doing well” following her overdose in July.
“She’s working very hard on bettering herself and staying on the right path," the insider says. "Sobriety is the most important thing in Demi’s life right now."
TMZ is also reporting that Wilmer has visited Demi several times. The two were reportedly spotted at a local Starbucks, though the location of Demi’s rehab facility has not be disclosed.
Demi and Wilmer were together for six years before they split in 2016. They’ve remained close since the breakup.
RCA RecordsChristmas is clearly Pentatonix’s favorite holiday.
The a cappella group has announced they'll release their fourth holiday album, Christmas Is Here!, on October 26. It will feature new arrangements of modern and classic holiday favorites.
The first single off the album will be their cover of Danny Elfman’s “Making Christmas,” from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The song will be released on September 28.
In conjunction with the album, Pentatonix will head out on a 17-date The Christmas Is Here! Tour, kicking off November 25 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The trek will wrap with four shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Tickets for the tour go on sale September 28 beginning at 10 a.m. local time. Here are the dates:
11/25 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 11/26 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 12/1 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino 12/2 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem 12/3 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem 12/5 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena 12/6 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena 12/8 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 12/9 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 12/11 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre 12/12 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre 12/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia 12/16 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia 12/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 12/19 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 12/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 12/22 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
Verve Label Group/Universal Music ClassicsLast year, Ed Sheeran teamed up with opera legend AndreaBocelli for a remix of his song, "Perfect," called "Perfect Symphony." Now Ed's returned the favor by co-writing a song for Bocelli's new album and singing on it with him.
Bocelli's new album, Si, is due October 26 and is his first album of new material in 14 years. Ed wrote the music for and sings on one of the songs, "Amo Soltanto Te," [AH-moh sohl-TAHN-toh tay] which means "I Only Love You" in Italian.
In addition, Dua Lipa sings with Bocelli on the song "If Only," which was co-written by the same team who created Bocelli's signature hit, "Time To Say Goodbye."
Josh Groban joins Bocelli on the song "We Will Meet Once Again." The same track appears on Josh's new album, Bridges, due out Friday.
Si also features Bocelli singing with his 20-year-old son Matteo on "Fall On Me," from the upcoming Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The single is coming out Friday in seven different languages. Andrea's other son, Amos, plays piano on two album tracks as well.
Bocelli celebrates his 60th birthday this Saturday.
ABC/Paula LoboThe Chainsmokers’ latest collab with country singer Kelsea Ballerini, “This Feeling,” is already on its way to becoming a hit, but for Drew Taggart, the meaning behind the song goes much deeper.
In a lengthy message on Instagram, Drew details his battle with depression at the height of The Chainsmokers’ fame, and reveals the new track was the first song he wrote when his wave of depression lifted.
“Songwriting is my therapy,” he begins. “i dealt with depression for what most would call the height of the chainsmokers career thus far. you’d think that an artist getting their first massive break and seeing success in a career they love would have no problems, but that’s the funny thing about depression. it’s doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished, because it attacks how you feel about it.”
He says that he didn’t start to feel better until he began channeling his feelings into his songs, which explains why The Chainsmokers’ music took a “sudden dark introspective turn” with songs like “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me.”
Drew continues, “’This Feeling’ is the first song i wrote when i came out of my depressed state for the first time. it’s a song about following your heart even when people don’t believe in you.”
He concludes, “mentally i’m in a good place right now. i’m in love with my friends and family and thank god everyday that i get to write songs for a living. i hope y’all enjoy this one.”
Mert & MarcusUnlike some of Taylor Swift's previous relationships with celebrities, she's managed to keep her current one with British actor Joe Alwyn on the down low -- the very down low. She's never spoken publicly about him at all, in fact. But Joe has now given his first comment on the relationship, though it's not much.
Speaking in the October issue of British Vogue, Joe -- who's starring in the new movie The Favourite -- says of his and Taylor's romance, "I’m aware people want to know about that side of things. I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people.”
He adds, “But I really prefer to talk about work.”
News of Joe and Taylor's relationship broke in May of 2017 but they were reportedly dating a few months prior to that. Since then, he's attended a number of her concerts, and they've been photographed together on vacation in Turks and Caicos, and holding hands in London.
Joe reportedly inspired a number of the songs on Taylor's album, Reputation, but since she hasn't done any interviews to promote the disc, we don't know for sure.
Brendan ForbesAfter her duet with Khalid, “Love Lies,” reached number one on Billboard's Pop Songs chart this week, Normani chatted with Rolling Stone about the “pivotal” moment in her career and taking a risk with her first big solo endeavor.
She tells the mag that she had “some uncertainty” about releasing “Love Lies,” because the sound was so different from what her Fifth Harmony fans were used to.
“It’s a big deal putting out music that’s different from what everybody’s used to hearing from you, or seeing you as,” she says. “[‘Love Lies’] is a slower, mellower song among all the big, up-tempo hip-hop records right now that are really dominating, like Migos. But I think it is a real moment for R&B…and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Normani says she also related to the song’s lyrics, about someone trying to figure out their relationship status with another person.
“For me, I know that there’s been plenty of times I’ll either be interested in someone, and it’s like, ‘OK is this going to be reciprocated?’ Just dealing with that uncertainty…” she says.
As she focuses on putting the finishing touches on her solo album, her own love life is taking a backseat for the moment. She says she believes in monogamy, but is not a fan of blind dates.
“Honestly? You’d be surprised; I haven’t been on many dates,” she says. “I don’t hang out much. I’m in Pinkberry and the studio. That’s pretty much it.”
BMGAvril Lavigne has released her new single, an emotionally raw piano ballad called “Head Above Water.”
The singer revealed she wrote the song during her scary battle with Lyme disease. The lyrics are basically a prayer to God asking for help weathering a difficult time in her life.
"God, keep my head above water/Don't let me drown, it gets harder/I'll meet you there at the altar/As I fall down to my knee, don't let me drown,” Avril sings on the chorus.
Avril explains the story behind the lyrics in a statement: “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the songwriting of this album began.”
This is Avril’s first new music since she released a song called "Fly" in 2015. There's no release date yet for Avril's new album.
Along with the song’s release, Avril is also working to bring awareness to Lyme Disease through her Avril Lavigne Foundation. The foundation has launched a #HeadAboveWater t-shirt to raise money to help people affected by the disease who aren’t able to afford treatment.
Ricky Vigil/GC ImagesWhile it’s still not clear if they’re actually married or not, Justin Bieber made a grand romantic gesture to Hailey Baldwin in London Tuesday.
The singer sat down with his guitar in front of Buckingham Palace and serenaded Hailey -- as well as a crowd of onlookers -- with acoustic versions of his 2016 song “Cold Water” and Tracy Chapman’s 1988 classic, “Fast Car.”
In fan-captured video of the impromptu concert, Justin is heard proclaiming his love for Hailey. “That girl right there is the love of my life,” he says. Hailey is seen blushing and covering her face.
The couple was in town for London Fashion Week, where Hailey walked the runway in the Falcon Catwalk Show with Adidas Originals.
Justin and Hailey have been engaged since July but People reported last week that the two tied the knot at a New York City clerk’s office. Hailey denied that they were already hitched, but her uncle Alec Baldwin told People on Monday that the two “just went off and got married.”
Brandon Williams/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato’s mom, Dianna De La Garza, is speaking publicly for the first time about Demi’s overdose back in July.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Dianna recalls the moment she found out what happened and how she rushed the hospital with Demi’s sisters, Dallas and Madison.
"We got there as quickly as we could," she says. "Dallas and Madison and I jumped out of the car at the emergency room and ran into the emergency room to be by her side. She just didn't look good at all. She was in bad shape. But I said to her, 'Demi, I'm here. I love you.' And at that point she said back to me, 'I love you, too.'"
Dianna credits her faith, as well as the millions of prayers from Demi’s fans, with helping her family get through the difficult time.
“I think that was one of things that got me through the next couple of days when she was in critical condition,” she says. “We just didn't know for two days if she was going to make it or not."
But now, Dianna says, Demi is doing "really well" and is “happy” and “healthy.”
"She's working on her sobriety, and she's getting the help she needs," she adds. "That in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family."
Dianna, who said she appeared on the show with Demi's blessing, concludes by talking about the country’s opioid crisis and vowing to do whatever she can to bring awareness to the epidemic.
ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons has premiered a new song called "Zero." The bouncy track is available now for digital download.
Dan Reynolds and company recorded "Zero" for the soundtrack to the upcoming film Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the 2012 Disney animated hit Wreck-It Ralph. The new movie will hit theaters November 21.
"Zero" follows ID's standalone single "Natural," which the band will perform on ABC's American Music Awards, held October 9 in Los Angeles.
ABC/Randy HolmesMaroon 5 may be headed for the Super Bowl halftime show stage.
According to Us Weekly, the band has been tapped for the coveted gig and a source says they’ve “pretty much accepted” the offer.
Nothing is confirmed as of yet but the band does have a break in their schedule just in time for the February 3 game. They’ll have time between their Las Vegas New Year’s Eve show and the February 19 start of the Australian leg of their tour.
Super Bowl LIII (53) will take place in Atlanta. Justin Timberlake performed the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl.
Shepard FaireyKesha has released a new song of activism and hope called “Here Comes the Change,” written for the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsberg biographical film On the Basis of Sex.
“Here comes a change/We’re comin’ of age/This is not a phase/Here comes, here comes a change,” Kesha sings on the impassioned chorus.
The lyric video partners with the non-profit HeadCount to promote voter turnout at the midterm elections on November 6.
In an essay for Refinery29 explaining the meaning behind the song, Kesha writes, “I hope the song and the video reminds you that we don’t all have to loom as large as these heroes to make a difference. We can all vote and speak up for what we believe in. We can all have a positive impact on our shared future.”
On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as Ginsberg, hits theaters December 25.
"I greatly admire Kesha's artistry and commitment to activism," says the film's director, Mimi Leder. "I wanted her to write this song because her passionate voice and immense talent magnify the social justice imperatives Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to fight for every day.”
Leder adds, “It was important to both of us that this song be not only an anthem to all that Ruth Bader Ginsburg achieved, but also a rallying cry for how much more change is yet to come."
Dan MacMedan/WireImageAdele doesn’t tweet often, but when she does it’s for good reason.
The singer posted a tribute to one of her inspirations, Lauryn Hill, after seeing her in concert Tuesday night. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the multiple-Grammy-winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
“I saw Lauryn Hill in 1999 at Brixton Academy when I was 10 years old,” Adele writes. “Tonight I saw her play at the Hollywood Bowl. I’ve just turned 30!”
She continues, “What a woman what a record, by Miseducation is my favorite record of all time. Such an honest representation of love and life, I feel I can relate too but also I know theres elements and levels I never will be able to.”
Adele concludes with a message directly to Lauryn, writing, “Thank you for the record of a life time, thank you for your wisdom! Thank you for existing. Happy 20th x.”
The show, which will come on before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will debut in fall 2019 and will air on select NBC-owned stations across the country.
It’s described as “a weekday brunch party with a fascinating guest list of people who would otherwise never meet.” Each episode will include human interest stories, celebrity guests, good music and fun surprises.
“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Kelly says in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”
Before launching the new talk show, Kelly will defend her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.
Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour -- her first trek in three years -- January 24 in Oakland, CA.
Dick Clark ProductionsImagine Dragons and Post Malone are among the first round of performers announced for the 2018 American Music Awards.
Imagine Dragons will take the stage to perform their single “Natural,” while Post will be making his AMA stage debut to perform “Psycho” with Ty Dolla $ign as well as a solo track off his album beerbongs & bentleys.
Country superstar Carrie Underwood will also perform.
The 2018 American Music Awards air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on October 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC/Andrew LipovskyRumors of Kelly Clarkson landing her own daytime chat show have been circulating since August, but on Tuesday's Tonight Show, she made it official.
As any fan of Kelly knows the pop star and Voice coach loves to talk. In fact, she told host Jimmy Fallon that the hardest part of the job will be letting her guests get a word in edge-wise.
"Well I love talking, it's my favorite pastime...but it's hard to shut up though," she admits. "Like you know you have to listen to people who go on your show, and I just keep talking."
In spite of that, Clarkson promises her show will be more than just talk. She says it'll also feature plenty of music with her touring band, which also serves as the show's house band.
"We sing everyday on the show and we do like this fan request thing, it's fun," she told Fallon. "On the pilot I got people to sing with me and do little skits. It's very musical, as well."
Clarkson said the show is slated to air before Ellen DeGeneres' show.
Earlier in the program, Kelly teamed up with Jimmy and Tuesday's other Tonight Show guest Queen Latifah for a segment in which they looped their voices together on an iPad app to sing The Penguins doo-wop classic "Earth Angel."
Kelly has a busy year ahead of her. Besides the new talk show, she'll be defending her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.
Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour -- her first trek in three years -- on January 24 in Oakland with opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Brynn Cartelli, the #TeamKelly member and last season's winner of The Voice.
The Chainsmokers just released their latest collaboration, "This Feeling," yesterday, but the feedback they're getting from fans about the song -- which features country star Kelsea Ballerini -- is blowing them away.
"Damn, this is exciting!" they tweeted. "Feel like we haven’t seen a reaction to a song of ours like this since the Coldplay collab!"
Of course, the "Coldplay collab" was the duo's massive hit "Something Just Like This," and "This Feeling" could follow in its footsteps. After all, country/pop collabs, like "The Middle" and "Meant to Be," are all the rage these days. And as Kelsea told Zane Loweon his Beats 1 show yesterday, songs like these help break down barriers and change perceptions about country music.
She explained, "Having these kinda collaborations, people that have that stigma in their heads of like, 'Well, it's all about a truck' -- they're like, 'Oh, wait, I like this song! That's a country singer? Wait, let me go check out more!' It kinda opens the doors more, which is really sick!"
Kelsea, who's covered the duo's hits "Closer" and "Paris" in the past, told Lowe that working with The Chainsmokers is her "dream collab," adding, "I love that they write their stuff. They’re songwriters, which I relate to so much and respect a whole lot."
And The Chainsmokers love Kelsea just as much as she loves them.
As the duo's Alex Pall told Zane, "I feel like, you look at her and you smile...like, she's such a happy person!"
He added, "When we sent her this song...she wrote us back right away and was like, ‘I f****ing love it. I’m in.’ Everything’s been super fun.”
Warner Music GroupRita Ora's released a stream of singles in the last few years, so it's hard to remember that she's only actually released one album, Ora, back in 2012. But she's finally ready for her sophomore outing: Phoenix arrives November 23.
The first release from the album a song called "Let You Love Me," set to be released this Friday.
Of course, Rita's been doing pretty well without releasing an album: her latest five singles have racked more than a billion streams worldwide. She just won an MTV VMA for Best Dance Video for her collaboration with Avicii, "Lonely Together," and earlier this year, she scored a hit duet with Liam Payne with "For You," from the movie Fifty Shades Freed. All three of those songs will be included on Phoenix.
In a statement, Rita says, "This album is a true labor of love, and it was important for me to do it my way. I’m so appreciative of the love and support from those who worked with me on the record and allowed me to create something I’m really proud of."
She adds, "I am really proud of and grateful for the journey that the making of Phoenix has taken me on. To my fans, thank you for your patience and thank you always for listening."