ABC - Hot AC News
Subscribe To This Feed

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for NetflixConsider our wigs snatched. Sia stepped out for a rare appearance Tuesday night without her signature face-disguising bob.

She showed up to an event honoring Netflix’s Ozark in Los Angeles with her face and real blonde hair fully visible. She even posed for photos with Ozark star Jason Bateman, as seen on Entertainment Tonight. The singer wore a one-shoulder black dress with a Chanel belt.

The "Cheap Thrills" hitmaker has previously explained her unique disguises many times before, saying she does it to preserve her anonymity.

“It’s just for fun and for privacy,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America. “I’ve been walking around New York this whole time. I don’t need security detail, I don’t need anything special. I just walk around and I can do that and that’s a real luxury when you’re in my industry.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Gotham/GC ImagesJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are apparently putting the brakes on their wedding planning...for now.

A source tells People the two are slowing things down in order to enjoy their engagement a little bit longer.

“The wedding planning has slowed down a bit,” the source says. “They still don’t want a long engagement, but they are also not rushing the wedding.”

The insider adds, “It was getting quite intense and they realized they want to enjoy being engaged for a while.”

But the source is quick to add that the slow-down isn’t because they’re getting cold feet. They’re just young – Justin is 24 and Hailey is 21 -- and don’t see why they need to rush.

“They aren’t slowing things down...because they are unsure if they want to marry; they definitely want to get married,” the source says.

Justin proposed to Hailey in the Bahamas on July 7, after rekindling their romance this summer. They were previously rumored to be together off-and-on as early as 2014.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Mert & MarcusAt her concert in Florida Tuesday night, Taylor Swift reflected on the one-year anniversary of the groping trial she won against former DJ David Mueller.

"This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado," she told the crowd.

She referenced her sexual assault case, noting that the jury "sided in my favor and said they believed me."

"I guess I just think about all the people who weren't believed," she said, getting emotional. "And the people who are afraid to speak up, because they think they won't be believed."

Swift said she was "sorry" to anyone who wasn't taken seriously after they accused someone of assault.

"I don't know what turn my life would have taken if they didn't believe me," she continued. "I just wanted to say we have so, so much further to go and I'm so grateful to you guys for being there during what was a really, really horrible part of my life."

She closed by thanking her fans for supporting her through the ups and downs of her very public life and added, "I'm sorry, I just haven't really talked about it, so I'm not composed at all."

In that trial one year ago, a Denver jury sided with Swift against Mueller's claim that the allegations of groping -- made by Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio manager Frank Bell -- had intentionally interfered with his employment contract and business opportunities, resulting in his firing and lost wages.

The jury voted to award Swift the $1 she asked for in the civil court case.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Paula LoboIf you were alive in the late '90s, you probably know the song "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks; released in 1997, it hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.  Now fast forward 21 years: Brooks is back on the chart, sort of, thanks to Bebe Rexha.

Bebe's latest hit "I'm a Mess" gives partial songwriting credit to Brooks and her co-writer on "Bitch," Shelly Peiken, even though neither woman had anything to do with Bebe's song.

"Of course, I've known that song, it's an incredible record," Bebe says of "Bitch," which came out when she was eight years old. "That wasn't our inspiration for ['I'm a Mess'], but after playing it for a couple people, some people said that it reminded them of [it]."

It seems the part of the song where Bebe sings "I'm a mess/I'm a loser/I'm a hater/I'm a user," was a bit too close for comfort to the chorus of "Bitch," which goes "I'm a bitch/I'm a lover/I'm a child/I'm a mother."

"So, I said, you know what?  As a songwriter, I wanna respect other artists, and I don't wanna come across something like that," Bebe tells ABC Radio. "I just took the safer precaution and gave them publishing, as...an interpolation...so, it was really cool." 

Bebe's experience isn't unusual these days.  On his hit "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran credited the writers of TLC's '90s hit "No Scrubs" after people noticed similarities between them.  And Sam Smith famously credited Tom Petty on his hit "Stay with Me," after people noticed it sounded like Petty's hit "I Won't Back Down" -- despite the fact that Sam said he'd never heard it.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Rick RowellJoe Jonas is turning 29 and getting married...which means he's ready for a new home.

People reports the singer, whose birthday is on Wednesday, has listed his Sherman Oaks abode for $4.2 million. He’s lived in the four-bedroom, six-bathroom estate for about two years.

The modern farmhouse-style property features a detached guest house, an extra-long pool with a hot tub and a movie screening room.

Joe’s realtor Carl Gambino tells People Joe often buys and sells homes as an investment.  “This is the ideal time to sell,” he says of the listing.

He adds, “It’s no secret Joe is a design buff and this home stands out because of the attention to detail that was placed in the selection of every single fixture, piece of furniture and art.”

Joe enjoyed an early birthday party over the weekend in Miami, People magazine reports.  He celebrated with his fiancee Sophie Turner, his brother Nick Jonas and one heck of a bar bill.  A source tells People that on Saturday night, when Joe and his party arrived at a club, they ordered more than $10,000 worth of Don Julio 1942 tequila, champagne and vodka.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Courtesy MTVApparently, the one requirement for performing at this year's MTV VMA red carpet pre-show is that your name begins with a "B."

Backstreet Boys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine will all be performing live during the lead-in to the Video Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. ET on August 20.  The event -- held outside New York's Radio City Music Hall -- will be hosted by, among others, Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The event will also include a PUSH Artists Stage, where rising stars like Hayley Kiyoko, Jessie Reyez, Juice WRLD and PRETTY MUCH will perform.

The 2018 MTV VMAs air live from New York City on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET.  Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Post Malone will all perform.  Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and perform on the telecast for the first time since 2001.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Shahar Azran/Christian Tachiera Wanna feel old?  Next month marks the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block's breakthrough album, Hangin' Tough, which was released September 6, 1988.  To commemorate the occasion, the group will do a special New York City concert at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The October 7 show will be the group's first time back at the Apollo since they debuted "Please Don't Go Girl" at the theater's famous amateur night, where they earned cheers from the notoriously tough-to-please audience.   A Fan Club pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Hangin' Tough was New Kids on the Block's second album, but it was the one that launched them to stardom, spinning off hits including "Please Don't Go Girl" -- their first top 10 single -- plus "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," the title track and "Cover Girl."   The album has gone on to sell 14 million copies worldwide.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Lou RoccoIt seems like forever since we've heard any pop music from Tori Kelly -- her most recent hit is the country duet "Take Back Home Girl" with singer Chris Lane.  But now, Tori has revealed that she's coming back with "a LOT" of new music.

In a lengthy post on her social media, Tori writes, "I know I've been laying low for a while and some very exciting things have happened in my life. The crazy thing about songwriting is you gotta live a little in order to have experiences to write about, and you guys have been so patient with me...which I appreciate."

She then goes on to say that she misses her fans and performing, adding that she's excited to "reveal what's in my heart."

"I couldn't be more hyped to be writing this right now," Tori continues. "I've been working on a lot of new music....(a LOT)...and the first project I'm eager to share is something I'm super passionate about and have always wanted to do. I cannot wait for you to hear it."

Unfortunately, Tori didn't give us any details about what this project is, or when we can hear it -- but stay tuned.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Gotham/GC ImagesNick Jonas’ family is reportedly heading to India to meet his fiancée Priyanka Chopra’s family.

A source tells People that Nick and his relatives will be traveling to the actress’ native country for a gathering with her family, including mother Madhu and brother Siddharth.

Nick previously traveled to India with Priyanka back in June. They attended a lavish pre-engagement bash for Akash Ambani, the eldest son of India’s richest family, in Mumbai. They also hit the beach together in Goa.

The two reportedly got in engaged in July, on Priyanka’s 36th birthday in London. They have yet to publicly confirm the engagement.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Island/Hollywood/SafehouseThree weeks after the overdose which put her in the hospital, Demi Lovato is on the road to recovery, but it's a long road, reports E! News.

A source tells E! that Demi "will be in rehab for several months and is doing an extensive program to ensure she gets the help she needs."  The 25-year-old singer is reportedly in Chicago working with a therapist who specializes in sobriety and mental health.

The source adds that Demi "hasn't been in communication with anyone and is really focusing on herself." While her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama is in contact with Demi's family and "has been checking on [her] status," the insider says that he hasn't been able to speak with her because her family "is trying to make sure they eliminate all distractions."

The good news, dishes the source, is that Demi is "doing much better." Since she's begun to understand that she "almost died," she's "become more open and is happy she is getting the help she needs."

"Demi hopes to make a full recovery and be able to do the one thing she loves: Music," adds the source.

At the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Demi's friend Lauren Jauregui told ET, "I have spoken with her and honestly, I just send so much love."

The Fifth Harmony member added, "We all go through our own struggles in life, and I feel like it's incredibly brave of her to be so open about it...I just send her love and healing from whatever place I can. She knows I love her.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Alasdair McLellanAdele took to social media Monday to raise awareness for a postpartum issue not many people talk about.

She posted the story of her best friend, Laura Dockrill, who went through a harrowing battle with postpartum psychosis after the birth of her son – Adele’s godson – six months ago.

"This is my best friend. We have been best friends for more of our lives than we haven’t," Adele wrote on Instagram and Twitter. "She had my beautiful godson 6 months ago and it was the biggest challenge of her life in more ways than one.”

Adele continued, "She has written the most intimate, witty, heartbreaking and articulate piece about her experience of becoming a new mum and being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Mamas, talk about how you’re feeling, because in some cases it could save yours or someone else’s life x.”

In her story, Dockrill writes that her doctor believes the traumatic birth could be what triggered the illness, which left her with an “overwhelming sense of fear and dread” and at times made her feel suicidal.

With the help of her family, a psychiatrist and medication, Dockrill is now recovering.

“You don’t have to brave it alone,” she reminds moms who may be going through the same thing. “You don’t have to act like a hero, you already are one.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Paula Lobo

There aren't that many pop acts still scoring hits 25 years after they first formed, but The Backstreet Boys are one -- and their single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is their biggest in years.  The group says they're lucky to have a tune that's gotten such a great response, given the fact that music fans don't seem to have as much patience as they did back in the group's heyday.

"Music consumption has a quicker turnover because there's so much content," Backstreet's Kevin Richardson tells ABC Radio. "Everybody's just consuming...'OK, I'm done with that'...it's just a little bit of a shorter attention span so you gotta be aware of that."

"You gotta make sure you're making great music, you gotta grab their attention quick," he adds. "It's been awesome for us to have a song out there that's resonating with the fans."

Another big change the group has noticed since they started 25 years ago?  Who those fans are.  Back in the day, the group would regularly perform for thousands of screaming young girls.  But now, says Kevin, those girls have grown up.

"They have their kids at the shows now," he says. "Sometimes we have three generations at the shows. So we got mom, who was originally a teenager when we came out, with her mom, and then the granddaughter or the grandson. So it's pretty cool." 

Backstreet Boys will return to the site of some of their biggest triumphs -- the MTV Video Music Awards -- on August 20.  According to Entertainment Weekly, the group will serve as presenters at the ceremony, along with the likes of Bebe Rexha, Blake Lively, Lenny Kravitz, Keegan-Michael Key and more.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Terence Patrick/CBSAriana Grande crashed Monday's The Late Late Show to join host James Corden for a soundtrack to the movie Titanic.

The "No Tears Left to Cry" singer -- a surprise guest on the show -- joined Corden for what he described as "13 songs, nine sets, one take and zero pressure." The segment featured the two racing through each set as they performed a medley of popular songs whose lyrics corresponded to iconic scenes from the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

The song list included Styx's "Come Sail Away," Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl," Timbaland's "The Way I Are," Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly," Lady Gaga's "Just Dance," One Direction's "Steal My Girl," Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," Nelly's "Ride Wit Me," Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby," Pitbull and Kesha's "Timber," Rick Astley's "never Gonna Give You Up," NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye," and finally, Celine Dion's Oscar-winning theme from Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On."

Past Late Late Show soundtracks have featured Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner.

Grande, who's promoting her album Sweetener, which comes out on Friday, will also join Corden for one of his "Carpool Karaoke" segments, airing Wednesday.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Jive RecordsBritney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" will mark its 20th anniversary in October. While everyone remembers the iconic video of Britney in a schoolgirl outfit, and the controversy over the song's lyrics, Britney says the song itself has simple, universal message.

“The whole song is about that stress that we all go through as teens,” Britney tells the U.K. paper The Guardian.  The paper agrees, citing lyrics like "My loneliness is killing me" as examples of "gloriously [over-the-top] teen girl longing."

"I knew it was a great song. It was different and I loved it," Britney tells the paper. "[But] I don’t think you can anticipate how a song is going to be received.”

Nobody could have anticipated the reaction to "...Baby One More Time."  According to the Guardian, the Max Martin-penned track sold 500,000 copies its first day of release in the U.S., reached #1, and went on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time.

"I think Max is a genius. It all just came together and felt right," Britney tells the paper. "In my opinion, Max is the greatest songwriter of all time.”

After his success with "...Baby One More Time," Martin went on to write or co-write more than 20 Billboard #1 hits, by the likes of Pink, 'N SYNC, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Britney's ex, Justin Timberlake.

Britney, of course, went on to become the undisputed Princess of Pop.  Asked how she feels about the song nearly 20 years later, she tells the paper, "Wow, that went quick. It was such a fun and crazy time, it was a bit of a blur.”

Britney is currently on the European leg of her Piece of Me tour, which wraps up September 1 in Blackpool, England.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LAIf you didn't have the cash to get tickets for Katy Perry's Witness tour, you can see her for free next month -- if you can get yourself to Los Angeles.

Katy will be joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra September 30 for a special free show at the Hollywood Bowl.  She'll be one of several performers who'll be sharing the stage with the orchestra at the legendary venue.  The concert is the finale of Celebrate LA!, a one-day, eight-mile-long street festival in Los Angeles, with food, family activities and performances by 1800 musicians, artists and dancers.

On Twitter, Katy wrote that tickets to the show will be available via online sweepstakes starting August 20.

Katy's Witness tour wraps up August 21 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Ruven AfanadorA Scottish superstar and an English superstar are coming together for a new collaboration.

Calvin Harris has announced that on Friday, he'll release a new single called "Promises," featuring Sam Smith.

In a tweet, the Scottish deejay and producer shared the single's artwork, and wrote, "CALVIN HARRIS // SAM SMITH // very excited about this one !!! @samsmithworld coming Friday."

While Calvin is currently enjoying the success of his latest hit, "One Kiss," featuring Dua Lipa, Sam's been taking a break between legs of his Thrill of It All tour.  He wrote on Instagram, "Had the most beautiful few weeks with family and friends in California. Basically been listening to music non stop & laughing and eating."

"Second leg of tour starts on Tuesday in Saint Paul," he added. "Can’t wait to see you all xxx."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAs Ariana Grande's fans count down the days to the release of their queen's new album Sweetener, both Ari and her fiance Pete Davidson are weighing in on their personal favorite tracks on the album.

On Twitter, Ariana named her top five, writing, 'r.e.m.,' 'borderline,' 'pete davidson,' 'better off,' 'goodnight n go'....but it changes a lot..'borderline' & 'everytime,' i go back n forth between in this top five."

The signer also tweeted a brief video of Pete choosing his top five tracks. Of course, he also chose "Pete Davidson," but then went for "God Is a Woman," "R.E.M," "Sweetener" and "Better Off."

"They're all sick," he added.

Sweetener arrives on Friday.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer reportedly had a break-in at his Beverly Hills-area home on Friday.

TMZ reports the house “ransacked” by burglars who stole music equipment and other person property, including some watches from John’s prized watch collection. Sources tell TMZ the thieves made off with between $100,000 and $200,000 worth of stuff.

Apparently, no one was home at the time of the break-in. A security guard noticed a smashed window around noon on Friday and called police.

John had purchased the $13.5 million home from pal Adam Levine back in March, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Lou RoccoFollowing a nasty illness that forced her to postpone several shows, Pink resumed her Australian tour this weekend – and had some special guests in the audience to cheer her on.

Katy Perry and Hugh Jackman both stopped by to welcome Pink back to the stage in Sydney on Saturday. They also spent some time with the singer backstage.

Pink posted a photo to Instagram of Katy goofing around with Pink’s daughter, Willow.

“Thank you @katyperry for coming to the show and for pretending to be a lizard with my girl:) we love you darlin’!” Pink wrote.

She also posted a photo of Australian native Hugh, with the caption, “Some people, if you can believe it, are even better in real life. This guy is one of those rare unicorns. and my daughter was damn happy too.”

On Hugh’s own Instagram page, he called the concert one of the best he’s ever seen. “And, she’s been sick all week. Inspiring,” he added.

Pink had to postpone four Sydney shows total after being diagnosed with a gastric virus and briefly hospitalized.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Radhika Chalasani

Her excitement level was at Eleven. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown attended Taylor Swift’s Atlanta concert Saturday night, and got to meet the singer backstage.

Throughout the night, Millie posted Instagram videos of her and her two sisters, Paige and Ava, dancing and singing along as Taylor performed her hits. The 14-year-old then posted a selfie snapped with Taylor backstage, captioning it, “Look what u made me do.”

Millie is currently in Atlanta filming the third season of Netflix's Stranger Things.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments