Getty Images via ABCDNCE is riding high on the success of their hit "Cake by the Ocean": their performance of the song at the Billboard Music Awards was one of the top 5 most Shazamed moments of the whole show. They're also winning over new fans every night as the opening act for Selena Gomez's Revival Tour, and frontman Joe Jonas says it's great to be on tour with "a familiar face."
Joe, of course, is a former Disney star, as is Selena. In fact, Selena used to date Joe's brother Nick, but there isn't any residual awkwardness.
"It’s going amazing," Joe says of the tour. He tells ABC Radio, "I think Selena is a great performer and for us to be a part of that tour, it feels kinda like a family on the road. And we get to play about 40 minutes so it’s a pretty good, long show and we’re just excited to get up there and do our thing."
"It’s good to see familiar faces in this music industry," Joe tells ABC Radio. "It can be a tough place to have friends." He says there's an unspoken connection between all the former Disney stars who've gone on to pop success.
"You nod your head when you see each other ‘cause you’re, like, either you’re the ones who made it or the ones who are still doing it," he explains. "And it just feels good to make it this far, and continue to be creative and come up with stuff that you’re really, really proud of."
Speaking of stuff that you can be proud of, Joe says that Nick's new album, Last Year Was Complicated, is "awesome."
"I’m really proud of him and I think it’s his best body of work that he’s made," Joe says.
DNCE's new single and video, "Toothbrush," is out now. No word yet on when their full-length debut album will arrive.
Getty Images via ABCRihanna continues to expand her fashion empire with her latest creation, Christian Dior sunglasses.
As her third version of Puma creepers arrive in stores Thursday, the Dior brand ambassador unveiled her new venture, futuristic shades, on Instagram.
“I’ve always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw all the materials I could play with, it all just came together,” Rihanna said in a statement to Women’s Wear Daily.
“I spent a day at Dior with their eyewear design team,” she adds. “I started by looking through all the archives to see what they’ve done in the past, then got acquainted with all the new materials. I literally sat there and drew and drew until I was happy with the design, and the team illustrated it for me right then and there."
Rihanna says after that, it was only "a matter of weeks" before the first prototype was a reality.
The “Rihanna” sunglasses feature a metallic frame inspired by the vision-enhancing appliance worn by Levar Burton’s Geordi La Forge character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. La Forge was blind, and required the special eyepiece to see. The singular style will be available in several colors, including silver, pink, blue, green and red.
The sunglasses will go on sale at Dior stores in early June. Prices start at $840, going up to $1,950 for the 24-karat gold-plated frames.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEarlier this week, Jennifer Lopezreleased a limited edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Lucky to have these curves.” And indeed she knows how lucky she is. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, J. Lo discusses her famous figure and how it wasn’t always so famous.
"In traditional movies, that wasn't the figure unless you were playing, like, the femme fatale or the bombshell or something like that,” she says. “You couldn't be the serious lead. We kind of broke that mold."
Still, there were times when being the lead role in a movie didn’t exactly work out. Gigli, for instance, was an infamous failure -- but Jennifer says she never took it that hard.
"I never thought of it as, 'Oh, this is terrible! My career's over!' I just never thought that,” she says. “I just knew that that movie didn't work and that's all it was, or that relationship didn't work and that's all it was. It wasn't going to end me, personally or professionally."
She adds that even when she got married and had kids and her career slowed down a bit, she always knew she'd bounce back. “I realized, 'Yeah, you're gonna be even better than you were before. Watch,'” she says. “Those are the kind of talks that I had with myself."
Now, though, she acknowledges that fame bothers her more as she gets older. "When you're young it's like a shock at first, and you kind of have anxiety about it, but then you get used to that life and it just becomes your normal life,” she says. “And now? I think when I had kids and stuff, I was like -- I wanted a little more freedom to go outside and not have them have to deal with that part of it."
ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift’s fan-curated book now has a fan-made cover. The book jacket for Taylor Swift: This Is Our Song features a winning design from Shanna Canarini, a 23-year-old graduate of the American Academy of Art.
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the red cover, which has Taylor’s name spelled out using different words and imagery from different stages in her life and career.
The book is being put together by Swifties in collaboration with Simon & Schuster. It will be released on October 25, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Taylor’s first album. Her self-titled debut was released October 24, 2006.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesIt seems Hillary Clinton is courting the Beyhive vote. During a Facebook Live Q&A session on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowWednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate answered a crucial Beyonce question posed by Taylor Swift.
“This is from Taylor Swift,” Ellen prefaced the question. “’Have you seen Lemonade and do you like it?’”
"I have seen parts of it, and I do like it," Hillary responded.
Later on, during a game of “Who’d You Rather?,” Hillary chose Beyonce over Leonardo DiCaprio. "I really believe in making lemonade out of lemons," she said. Beyonce won a number of rounds of the game, but ultimately lost out to first lady Michelle Obama.
ABC/Randy HolmesPink is back in a big way with her first single in three years, "Just Like Fire," from the new movie Alice Through the Looking Glass. What was she doing in her time off? Appearing on Good Morning America on Wednesday, the singer said she was spending lots of time with her daughter, Willow.
"I love being a mama," she told ABC's Abby Boudreau. "I made a choice a long time ago that I was going to have a successful family and that is my absolute number one goal in life."
Of course, just because Pink has a tight-knit family -- her, her husband Carey Hart and Willow -- doesn't mean that she can't tease them a bit. Asked if she'd be interested in having another baby, Pink told Good Morning America she feels like she already has one.
"I wanna say that Carey Hart is an awesome husband and a really good dad. But he’s also like a second child," she laughed. As for Willow, she called her out for not being her mom's biggest fan.
"She finds my singing distracting," Pink revealed. "When she was two she was [like], 'Shh, mama. Terrible voice.'" She laughs, "First of all, who taught you the word terrible? I had a number one when you were in my belly!"
Another thing Pink did during her time off was to take a break from her rigorous training schedule, which meant she put on a few pounds. Internet trolls tried to shame her online, but she didn't stand for it, and as she explained on Good Morning America, she isn't having it.
"There’s so many different kinds of bodies. How can you shame one over the other?" she pointed out. "My thing is, if you have all four limbs and all five senses, you’re doing A-OK. And anybody that has an issue with that needs to find some gratitude."
Pink also talked about why she wanted to do a song for Alice Through the Looking Glass.
"The movie sort of celebrates uniqueness and that’s a huge theme in our house, so I’m a fan all around," she explained. No wonder one of the lines in the song is, "No one can be just like me anyway."
Image Group LA/ABCColdplay will headline a benefit concert in London in support of Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Prince Harry. The event will raise funds for adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
The concert will be held June 28 in London's Kensington Palace. Also on the bill are Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula and spoken-word artist George the Poet. Visit Coldplay.com for ticket info.
Coldplay will be touring the U.S. this summer in support of their new album A Head Full of Dreams starting July 16 in New York City.
ABC/Phil McCartenOne Direction’s Niall Horan is hitting back at abusive so-called fans. In a series tweets, the singer reveals that in recent days, he’s been the victim of a barrage of nasty messages.
“For the last two weeks I've been receiving messages [from] a group of fans, they have drowned my phone in messages, keeping me awake at night,” he writes.
Niall continues, “But the worst part is. They have been nothing but abusive. Saying things you wouldn't even believe about me and my family. And saying the worst things ever about my little nephew. Thank god I'm not the kind of person who thinks into stuff like this.”
He adds that he thinks “it’s crazy” how we let people get away with this kind of bullying. “And the sad thing is as I tweet this they are in the group chat laughing at me,” he says. But he doesn’t want people’s sympathy -- he simply wants to highlight the issue. “Don’t worry about me,” he writes. “Im the most carefree, laid back person around. But I'm just signalling it, because this s*** is happening to others.”
Photo by Don Arnold/WireImageBefore Maroon 5 kicks off a new set of North American tour dates this fall, they’re looking back on some shows from earlier this year.
The band premiered a seven-minute mini tour documentary on Billboard.com, which includes behind-the-scenes footage from their February 29 and March 1 shows in Mexico City. The band is seen performing for sold-out crowds, as well as meeting fans and hanging out backstage.
Maroon 5’s fall North American dates begin September 3 in San Antonio, Texas. The tour will feature special guests Tove Lo and R. City, and will run through a New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas.
Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesAfter Beyonce released her tour-de-force "visual album" Lemonade, which documented the emotional journey of a woman -- presumably she -- cheated on by her husband, the husband's now made his first public commentary on the matter.
Many have wondered how Bey's hubby Jay Z felt about Lemonade. He even appears in the film, even though it seemingly outs him as a cheater. E! Online reports Jay's now released a new rap that addresses the subject. Titled "All the Way," it's a collaboration with Fat Joe, RemyMa, French Montana and Infared.
At the beginning of Jay's verse, he raps, "You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions/Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is/Survival of the littlest."
E! notes that the "Lemonade" part of the lyric is a reference to a line in the 1992 Gang Starr track "DWYCK," in which the late MC Guru raps, "Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is/I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis."
E! adds that Jay uses his verse to refer to Prince, rapping, "Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/We never gonna let the elevator take him down." That's a reference to a line in Prince's hit "Let's Go Crazy:" "Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down?/Oh, no, let's go!"
The song is now streaming exclusively, of course, on Jay Z's platform, Tidal.
Meredith TruaxA year ago, hardly anyone knew who Alessia Cara was. Fast forward to last night in France, where Alessia, now an award-winning artist with a double-platinum song under her belt, kicked off her latest gig: being the opening act for Coldplay's Head Full of Dreams tour.
Alessia says she was thrilled to land the opening slot on Chris Martin and company's tour, "They're one of my favorite bands of all time," she tells ABC Radio. "Which is why it’s even more exciting, ‘cause I love them."
Although Alessia joked before the Coldplay tour kickoff that she was so nervous she might have to be carried out on stage every night, she does have a newfound confidence when it comes to rocking the crowd, and she developed it during her recently completed debut headlining tour.
"I learned how to be more of a performer rather than just a singer," she tells ABC Radio of the trek. "You know, there’s a difference between the two, so I think I’m about to learn how to be a true performer, or getting there anyway!"
Another thing that has helped Alessia polish her stagecraft -- some words of wisdom from one of the best in the business when it comes to connecting with a live audience.
"I spoke to Taylor Swift a little bit," she tells ABC Radio. "She gave me a lot of good advice on how to not to be nervous when you perform and stuff. And she’s really cool, so hopefully I’ll get to talk to her some more."
Coldplay's tour, with Alessia along for the ride, comes to North America July 16 at New Jersey's Metlife Stadium.
Trae Patton/NBCChristina Aguilera made Voice history on the 10th-season finale of the NBC singing competition Tuesday night.
Her artist, Alisan Porter, was named the new champion of The Voice. It marks the first time in series history that a female coach has led a contestant to victory.
Alisan, a 34-year-old mother of two and former star of the movie Curly Sue, finished ahead of runner-up Adam Wakefield of Team Blake Shelton in the voting. She receives a recording contract as her grand prize.
Alisan reprised her original song "Down That Road" to close the season.
Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell Williams and rocker Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam Levine finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.
During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Alisan joined Jennifer Nettles on Nettles' song “Unlove You”; Adam Wakefield welcomed Alison Krauss for a cover of “Willin’” by Little Feat; Hannah teamed up with former Voice coach Cee Lo Green for a rendition of his hit song, "Crazy"; and Laith and Joe Walsh collaborated on Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way."
Each artist also brought back previously eliminated contestants for special group performances.
A couple of the coaches took the stage during the night, including Christina, who assisted Ariana Grande on a medley. After Ariana sang her song "Into You," Christina lent her powerful vocals to Ariana's single, "Dangerous Woman."
Earlier in the broadcast, Blake delivered a live version of his new tune, "She's Got a Way With Words."
Little Big Town kicked off the broadcast with a performance of "One of Those Days." Pharrell, who produced the country band's upcoming album, joined them on stage and sang along.
The musical lineup also included Sia, who sang "Cheap Thrills," and Zayn, who entertained viewers with "Like I Would."
The Voice returns next fall on NBC, with Alicia Keys and MileyCyrus both joining the show as new coaches.
CMTIf you’re dying to see Nick Jonas and Rob Thomas go country, their CMT Crossroads episodes will be airing on back-to-back Fridays this summer.
First up, Nick pairs with country star Thomas Rhett for their hour-long episode airing June 24 at 10 p.m. ET. They’ll sing Nick’s hits “Chains” and “Jealous,” as well as his two newest songs “Close” and “Chainsaw.” Nick will also sing on four of Thomas’ songs.
The next week, on July 1, Rob teams up with Charles Kelley. They’ll trade vocals on some of their solo material as well as their hits with their respective bands, Matchbox 20 and Lady Antebellum. Their set list will include Rob’s “Lonely No More,” “This is How a Heart Breaks,” “Pieces,” his Santana collaboration “Smooth” and the Matchbox 20 hit “3 AM.”
Image Group LA/ABCFergie is making her comeback. In addition to teasing new music, the singer has just been announced as the headliner for this year’s NYC Pride Dance on the Pier event.
NewNowNext reports she’ll perform some of her biggest hits as well as debut some brand new tracks at the 30th anniversary of the event, which closes out the city’s LGBT pride festivities on June 26.
“I’m so honored to be performing at the 30th Dance on the Pier at NYC Pride, the largest LGBT Pride celebration in the world,” she says in a statement. “We’re going to create something extra special to celebrate this milestone.”
In addition to it being the 30th anniversary of Dance on the Pier, it also marks the last time the event will be held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. The Pier is being transformed into a recreation space and marine center.
FoxThe first wave of the 2016 Teen Choice Awards has been announced and this year’s music nominees include Justin Bieber, Zayn, One Direction and Demi Lovato.
Other acts on the ballot include Charlie Puth, Selena Gomez, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Adele’s “Hello,” Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home” and Meghan Trainor’s “NO” are among the song nominees.
Voting is now open via TeenChoice.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The polls close Friday, June 26 at 12:00 p.m. PT. The Teen Choice Awards airs live Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Here's the list of the music nominees so far:
Choice Male Artist Charlie Puth Drake Justin Bieber Nick Jonas Shawn Mendes Zayn Malik
Choice Female Artist Ariana Grande Beyoncé Demi Lovato Rihanna Selena Gomez Taylor Swift
Choice Music Group 5 Seconds of Summer DNCE Fall Out Boy Fifth Harmony One Direction The Chainsmokers
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Beyoncé Drake Iggy Azalea Jason Derulo Nicki Minaj The Weeknd
Choice Song: Female Artist Adele -- “Hello” Ariana Grande -- “Dangerous Woman” Demi Lovato -- “Confident” Meghan Trainor -- “NO” Selena Gomez -- “Hands to Myself” Taylor Swift -- “New Romantics”
Choice Song: Male Artist Charlie Puth -- “One Call Away” Flo Rida -- “My House” Justin Bieber -- “Sorry” Nick Jonas -- “Close” (feat. Tove Lo) Troye Sivan -- “YOUTH” Zayn Malik -- “PILLOWTALK”
Choice Song: Group 5 Seconds of Summer -- “She’s Kinda Hot” DNCE -- “Cake by the Ocean” Fifth Harmony -- “Work from Home” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) One Direction -- “Home” The Vamps -- “Wake Up” twenty one pilots -- “Stressed Out”
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCThe Weeknd was a big winner at the Billboard Awards on Sunday, but after tweeting out his excitement over his big win, the singer ended up apologizing to Usher for not fact-checking his claim.
The Canadian singer, who was nominated 19 times and took home 8 awards, tweeted, “XO we took home 8 ! more than any male artist in history Thank you @billboard.”
Unfortunately for The Weeknd, his information wasn't exactly accurate. Usher’s fans reminded the "Earned It" singer that back in 2004 Usher took home 14 awards.
After the faux pas, The Weeknd begged Usher's forgiveness, tweeting, "Apologize to the OG @Usher, got excited and spoke to soon."
Kevin Tachman/amfAR16/WireImageKaty Perry fans, rejoice! Your girl is going to hit the road next year.
Speaking to the Showbiz411.com website, Katy said, "I’m touring in 2017." Asked about a new album -- which that tour would presumably support -- she said she's "working on it." No planned release date yet, of course, but the website speculates that a new single could come by September 30, which would be the deadline for Grammy Award consideration.
Some of the songs on Katy's last album, Prism, were inspired by her relationship with John Mayer, which is now seemingly over for good. Perhaps her current relationship with Orlando Bloom is inspiring some new tunes.
Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas is assembling an exclusive new fan group. The singer teased the idea on Twitter and Instagram Monday, saying he’s on the hunt for fan ambassadors.
“I want to have an even deeper connection with my fans,” he writes. “So I am going to create a board of 10-15 fan ambassadors. These people will be my team leaders that I will meet with a few times a year so we can build this thing together.”
He adds, “I can't wait to rally with my fans on everything I do. This is a movement.”
While he doesn’t yet reveal how to become an ambassador, Nick does say he’ll be holding the first meeting with his new team in New York City the week of his album release. Last Year Was Complicated comes out June 10.
“More details to come on how to make your pitch to be an ambassador,” he writes. “But I am so excited! This is what it's all about!”