Tonight, Jordin Sparks takes over lead role of Jenna in Sara Bareilles' hit Broadway musical, Waitress. This marks Jordin's first time back on Broadway since 2010, when she starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical, In the Heights.
Why return now? Jordin says basically, the stars aligned.
"I was always asked after I did In the Heights, 'Would you do Broadway again?'" Jordin tells ABC Radio. "And I always said, 'Well, I would love to, 'cause I miss it every day. But it has to be the right timing and the right thing, 'cause it's such a big commitment.' And this happened to be it."
While Jordin's now a happily married wife and mother, she says she still relates to the character of Jenna, a pregnant waitress and expert pie baker who's trapped in a loveless marriage and begins an ill-fated affair with her OB-GYN.
"I relate to her on a whole bunch of different levels....emotionally, and in certain situations that she's had to deal with, especially when she finally has the baby, and there's that moment of realization like, 'Wow, everything has completely changed,'" Jordin explains.
"But also in terms of what she's been dealing with -- the turmoil that she goes through -- I've definitely had my fair share," Jordin adds.
Though she was a Sara Bareilles fan before, Jordin says learning Sara's score for Waitress has left her in awe of the "Brave" singer's talent.
She gushes, "If you listen to the songs, they're really fun and...really catchy, but when you have to learn them from the inside out, and you hear the intricacies, and the key changes and the lyrical aspects of everything...Sara Bareilles is a genius!"
Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke is one of the contestants on the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, which premieres Monday night. While the prospect of winning the coveted Mirror Ball trophy is the main objective, Ally says she's really stoked about another aspect of the show: the fashions.
"I am so excited for the costumes because they are so elaborate, so detailed, so intricate, and they're so gorgeous, like, man! Every single costume that I've seen on that show is amazing!" Ally gushed.
Ally's also psyched about wearing so many different costumes throughout the season.
"There's more of the sexy outfits and more those kinda, I guess, performance, showy outfits," she explains. "But there's also those outfits that are inspired by the theme -- and you have Disney night and you get to dress as your favorite princess...there's so many!"
"But my favorite thing is gonna be the sparkles, of course," Ally laughs. "That is my literal dream and I can't wait to literally shine on the stage!"
Ally is the second member of Fifth Harmony to compete on Dancing with the Stars. Normani competed on the show in 2017 -- she and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy reached the finals, finishing in third place.
In addition to Ally Brooke, this season of Dancing with the Stars will also see Christie Brinkley, Lamar Odom, James Van Der Beek, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Kate Flannery of The Office hit the ballroom. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Republic RecordsIt's two in a row for Post Malone. Hollywood's Bleeding, his follow-up to his 2018 #1, beerbongs & bentleys, just debuted atop the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart.
Hollywood's Bleeding, which dropped September 6, moved 489,000 equivalent albums units in the sales week ending September 12, according to Nielsen Music figures reported by Billboard. Of those, 200,000 were actual album sales.
That overall number is the second-biggest sales week of the year for any album, after Taylor Swift's inaugural week for Lover, earlier this month. It also beats the numbers for Malone's beerbongs & bentleys, which debuted last year with 461,000 equivalent album units, 153,000 of them album sales.
Hollywood's Bleeding also scored the biggest streaming week of the year, beating the previous champ, Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next.
Dialing in at 17 tracks, Hollywood's Bleeding features a star-studded roster of guest spots from the likes of Da Baby, HalseyFuture, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA and more.
Post's Runaway Tour kicked off this weekend. He's also preparing for his annual Posty Fest.
NBCIt's official: Kelly Clarkson is staging an American Idol season one reunion on her talk show next week -- complete with the runner-up.
According to EW, on Wednesday, September 18, The Kelly Clarkson Show will welcome original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, along with season one runner-up Justin Guarini. Kelly and Justin were the final two contestants on the first season of American Idol back in 2002. She and Justin later teamed up for the universally reviled movie From Justin to Kelly.
Ryan Seacrest, who continues to host American Idol on ABC, will also join via satellite, according to Simon Cowell, who mock-complained to Extra, "I told him I flew in from London to be there, he stayed in New York.”
Simon told Extra about the experience, saying, "It was almost like we were still doing the show...[it was] surreal. You have to remember, it doesn’t feel like all those years ago that we did the finale, so suddenly I’m sitting on her talk show being interviewed by her. She was brilliant, I have to say, really good. She was an absolute natural. She’s incredible.”
Simon's currently a judge on America’s Got Talent. Paula has a Las Vegas residency. Randy hosted America’s Best Dance Crew and has appeared on The X Factor as an advisor. As for Justin, we'll find out on Wednesday.
Brian ZiffLast Friday, Shawn Mendes wrapped up the North American leg of his tour with a hometown show at Toronto’s Rogers Center – his first ever headlining stadium concert. It was a huge milestone for Shawn and not surprisingly, Billboard now reports that it was also his highest-grossing and best-selling engagement ever.
According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the show grossed $3.4 million and sold 50,772 tickets.
“It’s taken me 24 hours be able to wrap my head around how breathtaking playing in Toronto was... I’ve never experienced something so moving in my entire life,” Shawn wrote on Instagram Sunday.
Shawn Mendes: The Tour is already the biggest trek of the singer’s career, earning $69.5 million so far. It tops his 2017 Illuminate World Tour, which earned $35 million.
Shawn heads to Asia later this month to kick off the next leg of the tour.
Syco/Arista RecordsLouis Tomlinson has released the music video for his new song, “Kill My Mind.”
In the clip, Louis rocks out at a club in front of a hyped audience as we see a man riding through the countryside on a motorcycle. The man eventually arrives at the club, surprising a woman in the front row.
The two kiss and then leave together. They end up frolicking on a cliffside and the man seemingly jumps -- the video ends with the woman looking over the edge. We then see a tease of what appears to be Louis’ next video, where the couple’s story will be continued.
“Kill My Mind” is the second single from Louis’ upcoming debut solo album, following “Two of Us.”
EpicCamila Cabello fans are loving her outrageous video for the new single, "Liar," which features a woman reliving the same scenario over and over again, Groundhog Day-style. Now, she's taken to Twitter to explain the meaning of the clip.
"The video is pretty crazy and ridiculous...but the messages are what make me most proud of it," she writes. "I wanted one of the themes to be true love over materialism...the other message I love in it is about living your truth."
"The first time I try to lie, life immediately punishes me by making me choke to death," she explains, referring to the first scene, where she dies while attempting to tell her rich jerk of a fiance that she hates him.
"Then I try to avoid [the conflict] by telling little truths, but not the actual BIG truth, which is that I'm unhappy with this...seemingly perfect fiance," she continues. "So every time I try to ignore it, the messages become louder and louder, so I relive the same day and die every time I don't say the real truth."
"When I finally admit [the truth] to my fiance...the...loop is broke!" she adds. "Moral of the story: Live your truth and choose LOVE over all the other BS that doesn't really matter."
In other Camila news, Thursday in New York City, the international humanitarian organization Save the Children presented her with its Voice Award, for her "extraordinary dedication to speaking up on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children."
On Instagram, she wrote, "I really hope to work with @savethechildren for the rest of my life, I felt so humbled and so inspired to be in a room full of people that dedicate their lives to making kids’ lives better all over the world."
ABC/Tyler GoldenJustin Timberlake is coming to the aid of the Bahamas, after the islands were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
"The Bahamas is a really special place to me. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, both with my family and in the studio, so I want to do all I can to help and I hope you will too," JT wrote on Instagram.
The way that he's helping is teaming up with Tiger Woods and some corporate partners to establish the One Bahamas Fund, which will help "raise money and support for the restoration and rebuilding" efforts.
Justin, Tiger and their corporate partners have already pledged $6 million toward relief and rebuilding. Now, Tiger says in a statement, "Our hope is that others will join us in the effort so we can actually raise $12 million or more."
Justin wrote, "The damage and devastation the residents are facing after #HurricaneDorian is unfathomable so we’re matching dollar for dollar the the next $6 million raised. If you give $1 we’ll match it so we can hopefully turn that $6 million into $12 million, together."
That means that if you donate, say, $50, Justin, Tiger and the partners will match it with another $50, making a total donation of $100. You can find out more at OneBahamasFund.org.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickMadonna is the latest music star to get into the cosmetics game.
The singer has announced a new limited-edition collaboration with the makeup brand Too Faced, featuring two makeup kits inspired by the looks she’ll be wearing on tour. But if you want to get your hands on the products, there are only a couple of ways to snag them.
The Madonna X Too Faced makeup kits will be sold at each of Madonna’s Madame X tour dates. They're also be temporarily available at a New York City pop-up shop from today, September 13, through September 19. The pop-up is located at 430 West 15th Street in NYC.
There’s the "I Rise" kit, featuring a palette with exclusive eyeshadow and blush shades named after Madonna’s hit songs, a brow pencil, the brand’s popular Better Than Sex mascara and its Melted Matte lipstick in the shade Sell Out.
The "Medellin" collection has a palette with exclusive eyeshadow shades and a highlighter, along with the brand’s Damn Girl! mascara, a Better Than Sex liquid eyeliner and a Melted Matte lipstick in the shade Lady B***s.
The pop-up store also features other Madonna merch, including shirts, hats, scarves, necklaces and more.
Madonna’s Madame X tour begins September 17 in Brooklyn, New York.
ABC/Randy HolmesBillie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Ariana Grande are among the nominees for the 2019 Q Awards, handed out by the British music magazine Q.
Billie leads the pack with four nominations, including Best Track for "bad guy," Best Solo Artist, Best Album and the impressively titled Best Act in the World Today. Lewis scored nods in three categories: Best Track for "Somebody You Loved," Best Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Act.
Ariana’s show at the O2 in London was nominated for Best Live Performance, while Lizzo’s “Juice” was nominated in the Best Track category.
The 2019 Q Awards take place October 16 in London. To view the full list of nominees, visit QtheMusic.com.
Clare GillenJulia Michaels has released a new track inspired by season two of the Facebook Watch series, Sorry for Your Loss.
The singer penned the song, called “If You Need Me,” after meeting and hearing from people who have connected on the Sorry for Your Loss official Facebook Group over their shared experiences of grief.
“Even when someone is not with you, you can still feel them with you,” Julia says in a statement. “I wanted the chorus to be ‘If you need me, I’m there’… even if I can’t physically be there, I’m still there. That can be about the person that isn’t visibly here anymore, and it can be about the community they have built within Sorry for Your Loss.”
The series follows Elizabeth Olsen’s Leigh Shaw as she deals with the sudden death of her husband. Three episodes from season two premiere Tuesday, October 1 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch.
Additional content featuring Julia’s meeting with the Sorry for Your Loss Facebook group members, as well as a special performance video, will be released in the coming weeks.
“If You Need Me” follows the release of Julia’s latest EP, Inner Monologue Part 2.
Charles Sykes/BravoOn Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen a few days ago, Sheryl Crow was asked her thoughts about the controversy over Taylor Swift's master recordings, because Sheryl is signed to Taylor's former record company, Big Machine. Now, she's clarifying her response to that question after an outcry by Taylor's fans.
As you'll recall, Big Machine -- and Taylor's masters -- are now owned by Scooter Braun, a development that Taylor has called her "worst case scenario." Sheryl told Cohen that she didn't know what the "big stink" was about, noting that her own masters had changed hands several times.
Now, Sheryl says in a video, "It's been brought to my attention that some people think I was negative about Taylor Swift on the Andy Cohen show and that was totally taken out of context."
"To be honest I don't generally weigh in about other celebrities because I don't keep up with celebrity news," she explains. "So when I said I didn't know what the 'stink' was about, I meant I didn't know what the situation was about."
"I totally support Taylor. I think she does great humanitarian work. She's outspoken politically and she's an awesome songwriter," Sheryl continued.
"So all the stuff about the masters. I don't know what her situation was. I know my masters have changed hands quite a few times but I wouldn't weigh in on her situation, because I really didn't know."
"So for all you guys out there that think that 'stink' was a negative word...it was totally wrong word choice," she concluded.
On Twitter, she added, "If you listen to the whole clip, I explain that I live with my head in a big hole, and don’t know the details...Don’t go for the clickbait. And stop pitting women against each other."
To those who thought I was downplaying @taylorswift13’s masters changing hands, I chose the wrong word. I should have said I don’t know what the situation is instead of the word stink which sounds extremely negative. I have total respect for Taylor & always wish the best for her. pic.twitter.com/2uJ6ow7qDC
Ruven AfanadorAfter previously coming out as gender non-binary, Sam Smith has officially changed pronouns to "they/them."
The singer announced the change with a post on Instagram.
"Today is a good day so here goes. I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM," Sam writes. "After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out."
Sam continues, "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*** it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you."
While Sam adds that while they are not ready to, "eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary," they just "want to be VISIBLE and open."
In an interview with The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil for her "I Weigh" movement back in March, Sam explained, "I'm not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between."
Capitol RecordsHalsey revealed Friday that fans will have to wait until January 17, 2020 for her new album Manic. But they don't have to wait for its lead single, “Graveyard,” out now.
In the song, Halsey looks back on a destructive relationship and how she would have done anything for the person, even though it wasn't in her best interest.
“'Cause I keep digging myself down deeper/Won't stop till I get where you are/Oh when you go down all your darkest roads/I would have followed all the way to the graveyard,” she sings.
Yesterday, fans were able to watch a stream of Halsey painting the Manic cover art, which is a portrait of Halsey with blue glittery eyeshadow around one eye and the top of her hair dyed rainbow colors. The visualizer for “Graveyard” is a time lapse of Halsey creating the artwork.
Manic, Halsey's third album, follows her 2017 release hopeless fountain kingdom.
ABC Image Group LASelena Gomez gave fans a lot to talk about in her most recent #ThrowbackThursday Instagram post. The singer revealed that when she was a pre-teen, she was caught in a love triangle with Cole Sprouse and a boy named Juan.
"Apparently my heart was very conflicted between Juan and Cole Sprouse when I was 11," Gomez cheekily captions in the video, which shows off writing on a wall from her childhood home.
One handwritten message on the wall reads, "Selena Cole Sprouse forever."
This hilarious find is all the more delicious because Cole's brother, Dylan Sprouse, was actually Gomez's first kiss. Gomez appeared on an episode of Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2006, where he and Selena performed a scene from the Shakespeare comedy A Midsummer's Night Dream. Gomez confirmed the on-screen kiss the two shared was her first.
As for who Juan is? The world may never know -- it's possible even Gomez doesn't remember who her 11-year-old heart pined after.
Selena, now 27, is rumored to be happily enjoying the single life.
Republic RecordsAt the stroke of midnight Friday, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey dropped their new single and music video for “Don’t Call Me Angel,” from the upcoming Charlie's Angels reboot.
The sexy clip opens with the trio strutting down a lavish corridor, dressed all in black and sporting black angel wings.
Ariana and Miley dominate most of the song. Grande spends most of her time in a mansion and clad in a white angel outfit, while Cyrus shows off her boxing skills on some poor guy bound to a chair in a boxing ring.
“I make my money, and I write the checks/So say my name with a little respect,” the ladies sing before Lana, in her breathy voice, takes over for the song's bridge.
The video comes to an end with the girls back in black and looking anything like angels.
The Charlie's Angels reboot, written and directed by Elizabeth Banks -- who also makes a cameo appearance at the end of the video -- introduces us to a new spy trio, played by Kristen Stewart, Aladdin’s Naomi Scott and newcomer Ella Balinska. It hits theaters on November 15.
Columbia RecordsIt's officially over between Adele and husband Simon Konecki.
E! News confirms that the 31-year-old singer filed for divorce from Konecki on Thursday. The couple previously announced their split in April.
The two have been together for eight years total but married in 2016 and share a six-year-old son named Angelo. No word on custody arrangements as of yet but a representative for the pair did release a statement in April that read, "They are committed to raising their son together lovingly."
It's unknown why the two have called it off but when the split was first announced, E! cited sources claiming Adele's ballooning career, which caused a radical shift in their lifestyle, was to blame.
Adele, who's notoriously private about her personal life, has yet to comment on the split.
However, fans might hear parts of the story on Adele's next album. People reported last week that she's ready to channel all her heartbreak into some new songs on the follow-up to 2015’s Grammy-winning album, 25.
The Goo Goo Dolls' twelfth studio album, Miracle Pill, is out today. While many artists these days have abandoned the idea of making full albums in favor of singles or EPs, the veteran group believes an album's the only way their fans can have that "deeper connection" with them.
"I think we've got millions of people who've grown up listening to our albums and they like to take that journey with us," bass player Robby Takac tells ABC Radio. "To me, it's a special part of what we do...people make a deeper connection to a band when they say something. And I think the people who have been with us a long time...they're that kind of people."
The band began writing songs for Miracle Pill last year, as soon as they were done with their tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their biggest album, Dizzy Up the Girl. Frontman Johnny Rzeznik says playing the songs on that album gave him closure.
"By the end of the tour, I just felt like, 'O.K., we can kinda put that record, and that time on the shelf,'" he tells ABC Radio. "I was, like, 'O.K., I'm ready to come up with something new.'"
To do that, Johnny says he experimented with different sounds, different co-writers, and even different studios in different cities.
"What I wanted to do on this album was...learn from people," he explains. "So I worked with guys that I felt like I could learn something from."
Despite the experimentation, Miracle Pill still includes those upbeat, anthemic tracks that Goo Goo Dolls are known for.
"Things [in the world] are nuts right now," says Robby. "So...we've been trying to look for some optimistic things to share with people who listen to our music."
Kenneth Cappello/Eric LaggTwo rising stars -- who've smashed chart records without even being old enough to drink -- top Billboard's annual "21 Under 21" list: Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X.
Seventeen-year-old Billie and 20-year old Nas rank at #1 and #2, respectively, on Billboard's list, which ranks musicians under 21 by their album and track sales, streams, social media impressions, radio and TV audience size, reputation and industry impact in the past 12 months.
Billie tops the chart thanks in part to her acclaimed #1 album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, which Billboard says "helped define popular music this year." Billie also hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash "bad guy," and she'll appear on Saturday Night Live on September 28. But as she tells the publication, "It's so not a competition."
As for Lil Nas X, he set the all-time record for the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in history, thanks to his unlikely team-up with Billy Ray Cyrus on "Old Town Road." The 19-week chart topper has also earned the duo a Country Music Association nod for Musical Event of the Year. He also won two MTV VMAs, and has teased that he plans to release 25 remixes of his current single, "Panini."
The rest of Billboard's list includes young stars of pop, country, R&B, alt-pop, K-pop and Latin music. Among them: Juice WRLD, Lil Pump, Daya, Grace VanderWaal, Willow Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Noah Cyrus, Lil Tecca and boy bands Why Don't We and PRETTY MUCH.
Here's the full list:
1. Billie Eilish, 17 2. Lil Nas X, 20 3. Juice WRLD, 20 4. Lil Pump, 19 5. Chloe X Halle, 21, 19 6. Lil Tecca, 17 7. Mason Ramsey, 12 8. Bhad Bhabie, 16 9. Christian Nodal, 20 10. Daya, 20 11. Why Don't We, 18-21 12. Noah Cyrus, 19 13. NCT Dream, 17-19 14. Sabrina Carpenter, 20 15. King Princess, 20 16. PRETTYMUCH, 19-22 17. Grace VanderWaal, 15 18. Willow Smith, 18 19. Manuel Turizo, 19 20. Snail Mail, 20 21. Paloma Mami, 19