La Toya also took to Instagram, posting a similar message, but with a different photo.
Michael's daughter Paris paid tribute to her dad on Instagram with a creating a photo collage featuring images of them together, including what appears to be a Photoshopped picture of what the pair might look like if they posed together today.
"7 years, rest in peace, my best friend in the entire universe," Paris wrote. "i love you more than anything,” she wrote in the touching note. “things may be a little s***** in the press right now but everyone knows it's all bull and i swear on the family name i will protect you for as long as i live. there's no one like you, and there never will be. thank you for touching millions of hearts, but especially my own.”
Sony MusicAfter two solid years of touring, Hozier was just settling into his downtime when he got the call to contribute a song to the new movie The Legend of Tarzan. Suprisingly, he agreed because, he admits, he's "a sucker for a challenge."
"I was literally mid-way through a week in L.A. [after my tour wrapped up]. I decided to stay for a week and just enjoy the sun and go for a swim and stuff like that and just chill out," Hozier tells ABC Radio. "And that’s when the call came through!"
"They reached out and showed me an early edit of the film...they were looking for a contemporary song to kind of finish off the score, I guess. And, it was like a four week deadline!" OK, so why did Hozier even agree to do it, then? Well, he did have second thoughts.
"At certain points I thought look, 'This is a nearly impossible task, it’s a nearly impossible deadline. But I think I’m a sucker for a challenge," he tells ABC Radio, "I’m always eager to make new music...and this was...just a real challenge to write in different circumstances and at the end of the day, I’m a songwriter, you know?"
The song, "Better Love," is out now, and the movie arrives July 1. The movie picks up Tarzan's story years after he's left the jungle and has been living in England as Lord Greystoke with his wife Jane. When they're forced to return to the Congo on a trade mission, they get caught up in a murderous plot of greed and revenge. In other words, it's not your average Tarzan film, and neither, Hozier says, is the song.
"The song doesn’t exactly draw from loin cloths and vine-swinging so much," Hozier says. "It’s a love song, but…I suppose it’s a love song that takes place in a fairly hostile environment, let’s say. And that’s, I suppose, what I drew from the film."
Meanwhile, the "Take Me to Church" singer says he's "eager" to get started on his next album, which he plans to approach the same way as his critically-acclaimed debut album.
"The way I did the first album...the way I wrote 'Church'...was just to trust my instincts with the music and let it kind of do what it does," he tells ABC Radio. " And so that’s why I wanna take the next few months, the next year, whatever -- I’m gonna take some quiet time and do exactly as I did the first time around."
Noah BilityWith two of her own hits -- "Hide Away" and "Sit Still Look Pretty" -- and a smash collaboration with Chainsmokers -- "Don't Let Me Down" -- Daya is living a life few 17-year-olds could dream of. But she's managed to stay grounded, and one reason for that is because she's performing under an assumed name.
"I changed my name to Daya; that’s my stage name," the singer tells ABC Radio. "It’s because I wanted a little more privacy in my home life, and I think that Daya really gives me that. And I really love the name. I think it’s really great for my image...it’s a loose translation of my real name, Grace, in Hindi, and my grandfather emigrated from India."
Because "Daya" is her public persona, the singer says when she goes home and sees her friends, she can leave that part of her behind and be "normal."
"They call me Daya jokingly," she laughs. "I mean, they love it and they’re so supportive of me and, but I’m still kinda Grace to them, you know?" She adds, ""They're always like, 'What are you up to?'” she adds. "And I’m like, 'I’m not home right now.'... But I miss them sometimes."
Daya says another thing that keeps her grounded is all the traveling she did before she became famous. Not only has she been to India to visit her relatives, but she and her family have traveled to various foreign countries to help others.
"We've volunteered in places -- the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua -- and so I've definitely had my fair share of immersing myself in different cultures," she tells ABC Radio. "And it definitely brings me back [down to earth] and humbles me."
This summer, Grace -- uh, we mean Daya -- will be performing at a series of festivals and doing a couple of shows with Ben Rector. As previously reported, she'll make her acting debut this fall in an episode of the Nickelodeon show School of Rock, based on the hit film of the same name.
Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagicAs promised, Kanye West dropped the video for his Life of Pablo track "Famous" at an event at the Forum in Inglewood, California Friday night, and it's a doozy.
The visual features nude likenesses of his nemesis Taylor Swift, as well as Rihanna, Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, ex Amber Rose, Bill Cosby, and of course himself as well as wife Kim Kardashian, among others, all asleep in bed together. The image itself is a variation on a 2008 painting entitled "Sleep" by artist Vincent Desiderio, reports The Fader.
Kayne told Vanity Fair before the premiere that he had shown the video to some celebrity friends. "Guess what the response is when I show it to them?" he said. "They want to be in the bed."
Kanye, who already stirred controversy with the "Famous" track over the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that b**** famous," seemed anxious to stir more of a response with the video. Entertainment Weekly published a screen capture of a since-deleted tweet in which the rapper declares, "Can someone please sue me already #I'llwait."
The video itself is exclusively streaming on Tidal for a week, though a 30-second teaser is publicly available for sharing on social media.
Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesA second hearing in the matter of Prince's estate will be held today in Carver Country District Court in Minneapolis.
At issue is who stands to inherit the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's estate, including the enormous trove of unreleased material the prolific songwriter left behind.
The primary focus of the hearing will be how to determine who is an heir. Under Minnesota law, in the absence of a will, children are first in line. In Prince's case, with both parents deceased, siblings are next. Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and five known half-siblings then would likely stand to inherit the estate.
But several folks have come forward to claim either to be children or siblings of the late singer. Among the matters to be addressed at Monday's hearing will be how DNA testing will proceed in the case of such claims.
Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
The awards show will be presented by Watch What Happens Live talk show host Andy Cohen and will premiere for the first time on the Bravo cable network on July 20. Other awards to be presented throughout the night include "Biggest Hustle Moment," "Jumpsuit Achievement," "The Sorry Not Sorry Award" and "The Queen of Shade."
Superfans of Watch What Happens Liveand Mariah Carey can tune in to witness all of the possible hilarious and jaw-dropping award speeches on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Simon EmmettAdele is set to take the stage at England’s legendary Glastonbury festival tonight. While the festival is known for being muddy, the singer will be keeping things glam thanks to thorough preparations from her beauty squad.
Her makeup artist, Michael Ashton, posted a photo on Instagram Friday of four huge suitcases in the back of a van. “Just a few essentials packed for Glastonbury,” he captioned it.
We doubt the bags are all filled with Adele’s makeup, but anything’s possible.
Adele is headlining the festival for the first time in her career. She’ll be performing on the famed Pyramid Stage tonight.
According to U.K.’s The Mirror, her partner Simon Konecki was already walking the Glastonbury grounds Thursday. "It was amusing to see fans walking past him singing Adele's ‘Hello’,” one witness says. “He was beaming.”
Don Le StudioMike Posner heads back to his hometown of Detroit in the video for the remix of his inspiring new song, “Be As You Are.”
In the clip, shot like a mini-film, Mike plays the mentor of a young boy training to be a boxer. But he finds out what the boy really wants is to be a dancer. In the end, the kid -- played by Will Simmons -- shows off some of his dance moves inside the ring.
Mike tells Billboard the song is “among the most honest songs I have written,” adding, “I was just trying to tell the truth.”
The single follows his hit song, "I Took a Pill in Ibiza."
Getty Images via ABCShawn Mendes wants you to know that he’s not gay -- not that there’s anything wrong with that. After commenters on YouTube began speculating about his sexuality, the 17-year-old singer took to Snapchat to set the record straight.
"So I don't usually do this and bring up problems, but I was on YouTube just watching some of my interviews, and I was going down the comments and noticed a lot of people were saying that I gave them a 'gay vibe,'” he says. “First of all, I'm not gay,"
He adds, "Second of all, it shouldn't make a difference if I was or if I wasn't. The focus should be on the music and not my sexuality."
Shawn goes on to clarify that he’s not frustrated that people think he’s gay, he’s frustrated because some people are saying it like it’s a bad thing. "I just want you guys -- before you judge someone on the way they speak or act -- I want you guys to think, 'Hey, maybe I shouldn't be judging someone' or 'Wait, it actually doesn't even matter. They can do or be or feel however they want to feel,'" he says.
Sasha SamsonovaAside from their world tour, Fifth Harmony has another headlining gig lined up for this summer. The girl group will be performing at VH1's third annual Save the Music benefit concert, Billboard reports.
The event aims to raise funds for VH1 Save the Music, which brings music education to many schools across America. It’ll take place at a private residence in the Hamptons, Long Island, on Saturday, August 27.
Fifth Harmony kicks off the North American leg of their tour on July 27.
Chán AndreDaya is set to make her acting debut. According to Billboard, the singer will appear on the Nickelodeon series School of Rock -- a reboot of the 2003 Jack Black film of the same name.
"It was so much fun to work with the cast on School of Rock," she says in a statement provided to Billboard. “I was a little nervous because it was my first acting gig, but it was such a great experience. We had so much fun on set and I can't wait for people to see the final episode!"
She’ll be playing herself in the episode, entitled “I Put a Spell on You.” She’ll be one of the judges on an American Idol-type singing competition that two of the main characters try out for. The episode will premiere this fall.
Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesEver since singer Christina Grimmie was shot by an obsessed fan while signing autographs, Meghan Trainor admits that she's been afraid of the same thing happening to her.
Speaking to the New York Post, Meghan revealed, "The two days following [Grimmie’s murder] I was like, ‘I’m not going out to see fans, I’m too afraid now.'" She also says she's planning to step up her security -- unlike some singers, she doesn't travel with a bodyguard constantly by her side.
"I’m not that artist yet, I don’t have security with me all the time, I don’t have ‘my guy,’" she told the Post. "I asked my team, ‘Should I be getting a guy? Should I have someone?’ I go out all the time without security, and you just never know. You have no idea who’s out there obsessed with you to the point that they would do something like that.”
Thankfully, Meghan says her fears have subsided somewhat. "I did go out recently and sign [autographs] for some fans . . . and I do feel better about this,” she explained. "I do need to be careful, but I can still do this. I don’t have to be afraid of the world. That’s my biggest fear on top of that, to be afraid to go outside.”
That's a good thing, since Meghan will be outside a lot this summer: her Untouchable tour starts July 14.
ABC/Fred LeeTry as she might, it seems Sia can’t always keep her face hidden. An unexpected gust of wind exposed the singer’s elusive features during a performance in Colorado this week.
The breeze blew aside Sia’s signature face-covering wig at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, allowing just enough time for cameras to snap some photos.
She’s previously explained why she chooses to hide her appearance. "I don't want to be famous or recognizable," she told ABC News' Chris Connelly in 2014. "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the Internet. I've been writing pop songs for pop stars for a couple years and see what their lives are like, and that's just not something I want."
Of course, if you're really curious about what Sia looks like, there are plenty of photos of her online where her smiling face isn't covered.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe moment we’ve all been waiting for is here: Kelly Clarkson big announcement! After a week of build-up on Facebook Live, the singer revealed the news she’s been teasing.
If you haven't guessed it already, she’s officially joined Atlantic Records. All of the artists she covered this week -- including Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding -- were Atlantic artists. Kelly’s American Idol record contract with RCA ended after the release of 2015’s Piece by Piece, and this marks the first time in her career that she was able to choose her own record label.
In addition, Kelly announced that her first release with Atlantic will be a soulful album coming in 2017.
She then performed another soul-tinged cover, of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” before coming back with even more news. Kelly has also launched a brand-new website for her fans, KellyClarksonLive.com. Four free downloads of some of her fan-requested covers are available on the site now, and she’ll post new goodies for fans the last Friday of every month.
So really, her big announcement was actually a few big announcements. Cheers, Kelly!
Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesTaylorSwift's ex Calvin Harris, has broken his silence about their breakup, claiming Taylor "controlled the media" and now he's "free."
Harris was responding to comments on his Instagram page. They've since been deleted, but not before fans were able to capture them on screengrabs, according to E! Online.
After one fan wrote that people wouldn't have hated Calvin if he'd his side of the story, Harris replied, "[Taylor] controlled the media and this situation, I had no idea what was going on. So that kind of makes it a lot worse from my perspective."
Another fan argued Harris was "jealous of Taylor now because she's moved on and found a new boyfriend," to which Harris allegedly answered, "not jealous sir, FREE."
When users questioned why Harris took to the comments section to discuss such a hot topic, he replied, "because I want to understand how these people's minds work."
When another poster asked if the producer's account was hacked, he declared, "No it's me."
Despite dissing Swift, Harris still maintained he doesn't hate the music superstar. In response to why the DJ decided to follow Taylor after unfollowing her immediately following the split, he responded, "I cared too much and then I didn't care at all. I am a real person remember."
One user who was arguing with another fan wrote, "For all we know Taylor broke up with him to be with another man and that is quite upsetting. I would be hurt by that too. He's not being mean. He deserves to feel free while he's single and not feel jealous."
Calvin acknowledged that person in a comment, noting, "You're the only smart one at this point."
Taylor split from Harris less than a month ago. She's since been spotted getting cozy with Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston.
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentIt's been in the works for months, but Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato's Future Now tour, sponsored by Honda Civic, finally kicks off tonight in Sunrise, Florida. Demi says that the joint trek is a way to "show everyone the true sides of our artistry."
The fact that Nick and Demi are touring together shouldn't surprise anyone, considering the fact that they're longtime friends, have the same management and are in business together, too.
"If I had a twin brother, it would be Nick, because we're so in tune with one another artistically, and...we work really well together," Demi tells ABC Radio.
"I think we speak the same language artistically because of our songwriting past and history," Nick tells ABC Radio. "[I've been] grateful to have a solid friendship throughout what's been a pretty crazy ride for both of us."
During the tour, Nick will play material from both his recent solo albums, and maybe even some Jonas Brothers tunes. Demi says she admires Nick for building a successful solo career apart from his brothers.
"The fact that he gets on the stage now by himself, it must have been difficult," she says. "You've had the Jonas Brothers next to you and now you carry the show by yourself...as a solo artist, I know what that's like. [And] I'm really proud of him for being able to make that transition."
Nick says he's equally proud of Demi. "One of the things that I admire about her...is that she's one of the most talented songwriters I know," he says.
In addition to celebrating what Nick calls their "great and genuine friendship," Demi says the tour is a chance for the ex-Disney stars to focus attention on their current careers.
"A lot of people know that we've worked together for almost ten years now," Demi tells ABC Radio. "But what's important is the moment that we're living in now and what we have to look forward to in the future. So with this tour, we're excited to show everyone the true sides of our artistry."
Adds Nick, "I'm excited to get out there and just have a great, great time together."
Vivian Zink/NBCOne Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Ne-Yo will be serving as guest judges on the next season of America’s Got Talent.
The NBC competition show will premiere its eleventh season on Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It’ll air twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for the remainder of the season. Other guest judges will include comedian George Lopez and country singer Reba McEntire.
Louis, of course, is no stranger to competition shows. One Direction was formed on U.K.’s The X Factor back in 2010 by Simon Cowell, who's now a judge on AGT. The boy band is currently on hiatus.
ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesThings seems to be moving swiftly for Hiddleswift. After hitting up a Selena Gomez concert on Tuesday, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston were spotted enjoying a romantic meal in Nashville Wednesday night.
According to E! News, the new couple dined at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in a small, private area of the restaurant. One witness said the two “seemed very comfortable with each other.”
Taylor and Tom left the restaurant holding hands and they were driven away by security.
Last month, the two were spotted dancing at the Met Gala together. Then last week, shortly after Taylor’s breakup with Calvin Harris, they were photographed kissing.