ABC/Image Group LAIf you ever wanted to own something from Kesha's one-of-a-kind wardrobe, now's your chance.
The "Praying" artist scavenged through her closet and is putting a variety of her signature outfits on the auction block to raise money for Black Lives Matter and MusiCares.
"animallsssss !!!!! Fun news," the 33-year-old announced Thursday. "I’m Cleaning out my closet (and storage units and basement ) for charity! Tik Tok on the clock yaaa the party won’t start til you walk in in one of my pre-partied in, pre-loved, shows-played-in, kissed-boys-in, one of a kind items!"
Dubbed "Kesha's Rainbow Collection," fans of the Grammy nominee can bid on eBay to win a piece of Kesha's famous wardrobe, like the stunning black dress she wore at the 2010 American Music Awards.
Bidding on the first round of Kesha collectibles ends Tuesday. However, if you miss out on something this week, the "Since I Was Young" singer intends to launch another auction filled with even more statement pieces.
"new items every week," she playfully promised.
It also should be noted that some critics teased Kesha's over how she advertised her charity auction -- mainly the three fliers she posted to her social media accounts. The posters are simple glamor shots of her and her cats with "Kesha's Rainbow Collection" scrawled over them in crass rainbow lettering.
"This is so generous of you but was there no one on your team who could help with the graphic design?," one fan asked the pop star, to which Kesha humorously quipped, "ummmm my cats made it."
Island RecordsEarlier this year, Jon Bon Jovi wrote a song called "Do What You Can," inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, he's written a new song, "American Reckoning," inspired by the social justice movement sweeping the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd's murder.
The song, written by Jon and available now on all digital platforms, starts with the words "America's on fire," and refers directly to Floyd's murder, with the lyrics "God damn those eight long minutes/laying face down in cuffs on the ground."
Jon also sings, "When did a judge and a jury become a badge and a knee," and "Another mother's crying as history repeats/I can't breathe."
Elsewhere in the song, Bon Jovi muses on the white privilege that keeps him from truly understanding the struggle of Black Americans: "I'll never know what it's like to walk a mile in his shoes/and I'll never have to have the talk so it don't happen to you."
In the chorus, Jon sings, "Stay alive/Shine a light/Stay alive/Use your voice and you remember me/American Reckoning."
"I was moved to write 'American Reckoning' as a witness to history,” says Jon in a statement. "I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”
100% of the band's net proceeds and its record label's net proceeds from "American Reckoning" downloads through the end of the year will support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative.
"American Reckoning" will be included on Bon Jovi's forthcoming album Bon Jovi 2020, due out this fall. According to the band's rep, it "takes a critical view of this staggering and historic year."
Mike Marsland/WireImageEllie Goulding believes if there’s an upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that people have become more environmentally aware.
The singer and environmental activist, whose first new release in five years, Bright Blue, drops July 17, will be doing her part by selling the album in biodegradable packaging, using recycled materials. She’s also looking at ways of reducing her carbon footprint when she heads out for her 2021 concerts
While quarantining in England, Goulding tells Time magazine, “People have been really getting to know themselves in quarantine. They’re really learning about issues they may not have known anything about."
“People are more connected to nature than ever,” she says. “And now people want answers.”
However, it’s not a message some of her fans are ready to hear right now.
“When I post things to do with my activism, I do lose followers,” she says. “It’s something that’s scary to confront, and scary to think about. With people just generally having to survive through this period… it’s tough in itself. So for us to say, actually, we need you to do more, we need you to be more of an activist, people have understandably shied away from that.”
Still, Goulding remains hopeful the pandemic will inspire people to become acquainted with how political activism works.
“We’ve seen the power of protest, we’ve seen the power of activism, not just from groups but also individuals,” she explains. “I just want people to keep that spirit, and know what their activism is worth.”
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor has had enough of sitting at home and watching the same shows over and over again while waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic, so, she made a song about it.
The 26-year-old released her new song "Make You Dance" on Friday, which is all about... you guessed it ... making you dance.
The ultra-relatable and spirited tune serves as a resounding anthem for those feeling worn down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trainor not only admits during the song that she hasn't exactly been acting like a role model while in lockdown but frames the new tune as a gift to those who are bored out of their minds thanks to quarantine.
"Dance/ I dropped this [stuff] to make you, make you dance/ Don't act like you ain't makin' any plans/ Imagine, baby, it's your only chance," Trainor sings in the disco-inspired tune that is rife with funky bass licks and her signature soaring vocals.
The Grammy-nominee confesses to all the bad habits she's fallen to since the pandemic started, such as drinking rosé "since 1" and staying up all night to watch dumb videos on her phone.
"And lately I've been lazy/ I've been drownin' in my head/ With these thoughts makin' me crazy/ I'd rather dance instead/ I can't be the only one/ So if you get lonely, just/ Dance," Trainor boldly invites.
"Make You Dance" is one of three new songs the "No" singer has created especially for a deluxe edition of her third studio album Treat Myself.
Treat Myself Deluxe drops July 17 and will feature the new tracks "Make You Dance," "You Don't Know Me" and "Underwater" featuring Dillon Francis.
The album will also feature stripped-down acoustic versions of her fan-favorite singles "Workin' On It" and "Ashes."
Here are all the tracks that will be available in her expanded album:
"Wave [feat. Mike Sabath]" "Nice To Meet Ya [feat. Nicki Minaj]" "Funk" "Babygirl" "Workin’ On It [feat. Lennon Stella & Sasha Sloan]" "Ashes" "Lie To Me" "Here To Stay" "Blink" "Genetics [feat. Pussycat Dolls]" "Evil Twin" "After You [feat. AJ Mitchell]" "Another Opinion" "No Excuses" "Have You Now" "Make You Dance" "Underwater Feat. Dillon Francis" "You Don’t Know Me" "Ashes (Acoustic)" "Workin’ On It (Acoustic)"
Capitol RecordsKaty Perry dropped her new single "Smile" on Friday and it'll have listeners doing just that -- smiling.
The 35-year-old pop star released the upbeat, poppy tempo track that is sure to put any listener in a good mood. The lyrics also send positive vibes as she sings about not only being thankful, but being grateful as well.
Surprisingly, despite the happy energy of the record, Perry shared that it was actually born during a tough time in her life.
"I wrote the title track from the album when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life and had lost my smile," she revealed in an Instagram post on Thursday. "This whole album is my journey towards the light - with stories of resilience, hope, and love."
"Smile" marks the fourth single, off of Perry's upcoming sixth studio album of the same name after "Never Worn White," "Harleys in Hawaii," and "Daisies."
If Katy's new music is any indication of how she's feeling these days, she's definitely in a positive place.
Katy Perry's album Smile is scheduled for release on August 14, 2020.
Apple TV (Brittany O'Grady as Bess King)Sara Bareilles is ready to take on the small screen with the new Apple TV series inspired by her musical journey and named after her debut album, Little Voice.
She’s executive producing the show with J.J. Abrams and she’s also soundtracking the episodes with new original songs. The series follows aspiring singer-songwriter Bess King, played by Brittany O’Grady, as she tries to make it in New York City.
Sara tells ABC Audio that the show contains many “Easter eggs” from her own life, including the storage unit Bess uses to rehearse. Even some of the songs you’ll hear in the show are previously unreleased tracks from Sara’s own private catalog.
“There [were] a handful of songs that were pre-existing that lived in kind of my trunk, that were songs that I had either written for a record or they hadn't found a home yet,” she says. “[Showrunner] Jessie [Nelson] and I sat down and had a big listening session and we went through all these songs and kind of chose the ones that felt the most resonant for the character.”
Other songs, she says, were informed by the script. Sara says there are definite plans to release an album -- or two -- featuring all the songs from the show.
“I mean, this show is just packed with music,” Sara says. “So we, of course, wanted to make a really beautiful companion piece and so there will be a cast album. And then hopefully we'll be able to get a concept record not so dissimilar to what we did with Waitress, where I'll be singing the songs at some point, too.”
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTVIt may be a while before we get to hear new Bebe Rexha music.
The singer posted a message to her fans on social media, letting them know that while she is hard at work on new material, she feels now is not the right time to release any of it.
"I know my fans are super fustrated [sic] because they want new music,” she wrote. “I promise you my team and I have been working harder than ever. Every day, every single week. We havent stopped."
"This is the best project I have ever worked on and the album is my absolute favorite," she continued. "I can not wait for you to hear it. It's just that we don't feel like it's right to release an album during these times. As soon as The world is in a better place we will release it all.”
She concluded, “We are just waiting for when the time feels right. I promise you it is worth the wait."
Singer Trevor Daniel backed her up, tweeting, “she’s not lying. i’ve seen her putting her everything into this album. and i honestly think this is one of the best albums i’ve ever listened to. she’s not going to let y’all down.”
iamcosmic/Atlantic RecordsBazzi’s new song comes from a very personal place.
The singer released “I Don’t Think I’m Okay” Thursday, along with its music video. It’s a track he wrote last year when he was at one of his lowest points in life.
Bazzi opened up about what he was feeling in a message to fans on Instagram, saying he hopes this song can serve as a source of comfort and hope.
“I made this song 8 months ago in a cabin in big bear, california,” he explains. “At that time, I was going through the lowest yet most introspective time of my life.”
He adds that he’s still feeling the pain he felt back then and still battling with the same addictions and demons, but learning to direct his energy to different places. “Doesn’t it get so exhausting keeping a barrier in front of your true feelings?” he asks.
“I share all this now as I see a world that is in pain,” Bazzi continues. “I see a world that is changing seasons. I see a young generation 100x more socially & self aware than any generation before us. I see us coming together against injustice & making a conscious effort to be better and do better.”
He says even though we are so connected, at times we forget that “being human is about feeling.”
“I made this song to identify a pain I think exists in a lot of us & I hope when you listen to it, it gives you a place for your feelings to live,” he concludes.
Atlantic/Rumson RecordsCharlie Puth has released the playful music video for his new song, “Girlfriend.”
In the clip, Charlie prepares for a dinner date but can’t seem to get anything right. He makes a mess of a home cooked meal and has to order takeout. But after the table is all set, we see the hours ticking by as Charlie waits for his date to arrive.
In the meantime, he drinks champagne, rollerskates around his apartment and plays a game of Twister by himself. He gets so distracted that he doesn’t actually hear his date knocking on his door. She peeks inside his window and sees him singing into a wooden spoon and dancing around his kitchen.
At the end of the video, he turns around and realizes she’s been watching him the whole time. Oops.
“I’ve never released a music video that wholeheartedly showed my personality,” Charlie says in a statement. “The video for ‘Girlfriend’ is the first time I’ve truly been myself in every aspect. I can’t cook and I’m an absolute nerd. It’s also meant to visually represent what I want people to do when they hear my music and that’s to have fun in their very own way.”
Charlie released “Girlfriend,” his first solo song of 2020, last month.
The upbeat track, released Thursday, was inspired by James' relationship with his girlfriend and marks a new era of music for him as he gives fans a glimpse into his personal life for the first time.
“‘Chew on My Heart’ is a great example of releasing something positive about myself publicly for the first time,” James says in a statement. “It’s an outpouring of love, and that’s a huge theme across this new music.”
“When I come home from tour, I burst through the door and throw my arms around my girl, and she’ll just say, ‘Okay, relax, cool,’” he laughs. “It’s cheesy, but I wrote it from that perspective. It’s the opposite of being guarded.”
James adds that his upcoming music is “a bit of a tribute to the 13-year journey my girlfriend and I have been on.” He explains they were friends before getting into a relationship and calls her “the coolest person in the world.”
James' last collection of music was the 2019 EP, Oh My Messy Mind.
Throughout lockdown, James kept busy by giving fans guitar lessons on Instagram Live. He's taught songs including "Let It Go," "Hold Back the River," "Us" and more.
Andy Cohen BooksAfter Mariah Carey announced Wednesday that she'd completed her memoir, we now have more details on the book.
Titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey, it's now available for pre-order ahead of a September 29, 2020 release.
The singer documents her journey to success while tackling issues such as race, identity, class, childhood and family trauma. According to a press release, the book will detail Mariah’s “battles with gender and power dynamics, emotional abuse, public embarrassments, personal failures and phenomenal victories” -- all told in her own words.
"This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs," Mariah shared in a letter on social media Wednesday. "Unfiltered. I went deep inside my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side."
Audible will also release an exclusive audiobook performed by Mariah, which will be interwoven with special musical components.
“I wrote the title track from the album when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life and had lost my smile,” Katy writes on social media. “This whole album is my journey towards the light -- with stories of resilience, hope, and love.”
The album cover art, which Katy let fans reveal with a balloon popping carnival game, features a photo of Katy dressed as a sad clown, red nose and all.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIs Niall Horan off the market?
The former One Direction member has reportedly found a new girlfriend in 23-year-old Amelia Woolley.
"Niall is very serious about Amelia, lockdown has definitely intensified his feelings for her," a source dished to The Daily Mail. "He thinks Amelia’s gorgeous but they also really get on — and she’s told close friends this could be the real deal."
The insider also revealed that the duo have been seeing each other for the last two months after meeting in London, where Amelia had recently relocated for her job as a shoe buyer for designer Nicholas Kirkwood. Since meeting they have been spending "a lot of time" getting to know each other at Niall's apartment in London.
There have also been recent photographic traces of the two together. Daily Mail also notes that Niall and Amelia looked cozy during a Fourth of July celebration over the weekend and, on July 5, Amelia shared a snap of the two enjoying a glass of wine in the "Nice To Meet Ya" singer's pad.
If things are as serious as they seem, this will be Niall's first relationship since his breakup with actress and singer Hailee Steinfield in 2018.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Universal Music & Soho HouseLooks like Meghan Trainor didn't take a pause after all during the COVID-19 lockdown. In fact, she spent her time working on brand new music that aims to get people onto their feet.
On Wednesday, the "No" singer unveiled the title of her upcoming single, which is due out this Friday. Trainor not only revealed the title of the song, "Make You Dance," but also the track's official artwork.
Shortly after making the announcement, the 26-year-old hyped up her new single on her Instagram Stories, such as instating an official countdown and leaking bits and pieces of her new song.
Beyond making people want to dance while in lockdown, Trainor hopes the track will imbue listeners with some much-needed positivity -- as evidenced by the sparkly pink aesthetic seen in all the teasers.
The Grammy winner's husband, Daryl Sabara, also turned up the excitement by raving about the upcoming single. "This song is my quarantune," he announced.
Brian ZiffAva Max's latest track "Kings and Queens" is the first official single from her soon-to-be-released debut album, and she thinks it's the perfect appetizer for the long-awaited project.
"This song is an anthem and from the moment you hear the song, it's very strong," she tells ABC Audio. "It's straightforward, to the point and really just about...wanting to see queens in, like, positions of power. And I think this is the best time to put out a song like this...because I feel like we need it the most."
It seems Ava's right about that: She says fans tell her the track is helping them during these tough times.
"I'm getting a lot of messages...saying that this song uplifts them and helps them get out of a dark place...especially during quarantine," notes Ava. "And [it] just helps them dance and have fun and be confident in themselves. That's all I can ever wish for."
As for her own quarantine, Ava says it's been tough to slow down after going non-stop for two years.
"Being home is definitely something I had to learn," she laughs. "I had to learn some patience, because especially when you're home, you want to see a lot of people and hang out, but you can't do that."
"At the end of the day, I just want this virus to go away, and I know everybody does," she adds. "So, I'm just trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
To fight boredom while in lockdown, Ava's kept herself distracted by dying her hair orange and binge-watching stuff she admits she would have never even considered previously.
"I would have never watched Tiger King. And I watched Tiger King. And that was insane!" she laughs.
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for LaureusHis former bandmate Harry Styles has had to cancel his world tour, but Liam Payne has come up with a way to bring live performance to his fans.
As Billboard reports, on July 17, Liam will launch The LP Show on Veeps, an "online experiential platform" developed by Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden. The platform lets artists sell tickets for live-stream performances directly to fans.
The first installment of The LP Show, dubbed "Act 1," will feature a real-time concert with full production and a live band, streamed to fans worldwide at a socially-distanced venue.
Billboard quotes a press release which states that, via special effects, "Liam will be uniquely equipped to interact with his audience during the show."
Fans will be able to pay what they wish for tickets, starting at a price of $10, and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Trussell Trust, a charity that works with 1200 food banks across the U.K. to help people get access to food amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liam's top Spotify listeners will get first crack at tickets via the streaming service's Fans First program. The general public can buy them starting Friday at 3 p.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LALate last year, Mariah Carey announced that she was writing her memoir, and that it would be released in 2020. It's not clear if those are still the plans, but the diva has officially turned in her manuscript.
"It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir," it reads. "I want to tell the story of the moments -- the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today."
She then notes that it's been "impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience" in any interview she's ever done in her career, especially because "my words were filtered through someone else's lens."
"This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs," she continues. "Unfiltered. I went deep inside my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side."
Mariah concludes her heartfelt message by revealing, "Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit."
Mariah's memoir will be released on Andy Cohen Books, a new imprint that the Bravo TV host launched last year under publishers Henry Holt. No release date as of yet.
Liza VoloshinKaty Perry's new album is due next month, but we still don't have a title for it, or any album art. But that changes now.
Katy has posted an invitation for her fans to "tweet to pop": She's created an interactive website that looks like an old-fashioned carnival game, and if you tweet about the album cover art, you'll be able to virtually "pop" one of the balloons obscuring the artwork to reveal it.
"Try your luck to reveal Katy Perry's Magnificent New Album Cover," reads the carnival booth.
"Help me find my smile," she writes. "Play and Win...what you’ve been asking for."
It seems like Katy is hinting that the album title may have the word "smile" in it, or perhaps just an image of her smiling. All will likely be revealed very soon.
The album, Katy's fifth, is due August 14, right around the time she's expecting to welcome her baby daughter.
Amy Sussman/Getty Images“Love Me Less” singer MAX will soon have a lot more to love.
The singer reveals to People that he and his wife, Emily, are expecting their first child together -- a baby girl, due in December.
"I'm so excited," the 28-year-old tells People. "I think about it every day. I look at all of the other musician girl dads that I love, like Chance the Rapper and my friend, Andy Grammer ... Lenny Kravitz! I'm like, 'Lenny Kravitz created Zoë Kravitz. That's so cool.' They are the best father/daughter situation. I've been excited to be a girl dad my whole life, I feel. I'm excited to support her and empower her."
MAX says they found out the sex of the baby on his birthday, June 21, which also happened to be Father’s Day. He and Emily had both predicted it would be a girl.
"I felt really guilty because I think the whole time we knew it was a girl," he says. "We could only think of girl names. Right before we did the gender reveal, we felt guilty. We were like, 'We've got to be open to it being a boy.'”
He adds, “For some reason, I don't know why, it felt like a chore to figure out boy stuff, but the girl stuff was coming so naturally. In Emily's gut she knew. In my gut, I knew too."
MAX says he’s already getting ahead of himself thinking about the future.
"I'm definitely freaking out about potential boyfriends," he says. "I didn't think I'd feel that way. But I just can't wait to give her so much love and be there for her. I'm just the most ecstatic to be a girl dad."