Amanda Edwards/FilmMagicThey didn't get any Grammy nominations, but on Twitter, K-pop superstars BTS ruled 2019.
Twitter has released its year-end stats, which show that BTS was the most tweeted-about musical act of 2019, followed by -- in descending order -- Ariana Grande, Drake, Rihanna, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Kanye West, Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga.
In addition, the most-retweeted tweet worldwide in the past year was a video of BTS member Jungkook dancing and lip-syncing to Billie Eilish's hit "bad guy."
Initially, that tweet was the second most-retweeted tweet, after that viral image of an egg that also became the most-liked photo on Instagram. But after Twitter announced that fact, the group's fans started retweeting like crazy, and made the Jungkook tweet number one by six thousand tweets.
Over the weekend, BTS was named Group of the Year at Variety's annual Hitmakers Brunch. At the event, BTS member RMrevealed that the group is working on a new album.
ABC/Image Group LABillie Eilish can't stop winning awards.
The 17-year-old phenom has picked up the Best Voice for Animals prize at PETA's 2019 Libby Awards -- "Libby" is short for "liberation," as in "animal liberation." The organization lauds Eilish for using her social media to raise awareness for animal rights.
In a statement, PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg applauds Eilish and the other Libby winners -- who include Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace -- for "showing the world how easy it is to help animals by making kind choices in what we eat, what we wear, and how we entertain ourselves."
The organization is recognizing the celebs for "using their star power to make the world a better place for all species," the statement continues.
Previous Libby winners include Blink-182, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Miley Cyrus, Kesha and AFI's Davey Havok.
In addition to her new Libby Award, Eilish's humongous 2019 has included wins at the American Music Awards, the Apple Music Awards, the MTV VMAs and Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, among many others. She's also up for six awards at the 2020 Grammys.
Universal Pictures/Polydor RecordsTaylor Swift has reacted to her Golden Globes nomination in typical cat-lady fashion.
As previously reported, Taylor has received her third Globes nod for "Beautiful Ghosts," the song she co-wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the upcoming movie musical, CATS, in which she also stars.
On Instagram, Taylor writes, "I woke up today to the news that Beautiful Ghosts is nominated for a Golden Globe - it’s so cool that one of the most fun, fulfilling creative experiences I’ve ever had is being honored in this way by the HFPA."
She adds, "I ended up spending many days on set watching the other performers do their scenes. Watching the character Victoria, played by [Francesca Hayward] inspired me so much and Beautiful Ghosts was the result. "
And Taylor finishes her statement by noting, "Congrats to my co-writer and buddy 4 life Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is just purrfect."
I woke up today to the news that Beautiful Ghosts is nominated for a Golden Globe - it’s so cool that one of the most fun, fulfilling creative experiences I’ve ever had is being honored in this way by the HFPA. pic.twitter.com/f8Ypo3b9VW
Parsa AraAfter opening for Ariana Grande on her Sweetener World Tour and receiving a Grammy nod for their collaboration with her, "Boyfriend," Social House is ready to step out solo.
The singer/songwriter/producer duo has announced its very first U.S. headlining show, which will take place March 18 at New York's Gramercy Theatre. Tickets go on sale December 13 at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.
The duo's EP, Everything Changed..., is available now.
Columbia RecordsIf you weren't fully convinced that winter is here and Christmas is just weeks away, just take a look at the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Topping the chart is the soundtrack of the smash Disney sequel Frozen II, which rises from number three to number one. It's the third soundtrack to hit number one in 2019, following A Star Is Born and Kanye West's Jesus Is King, which is technically the soundtrack to the rapper's short film of the same name.
Meanwhile, holiday albums by Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé return to the top 10, while the official group of Christmas, Pentatonix, has scored its 10th top-10 album with The Best of Pentatonix Christmas.
Mariah's 1994 album Merry Christmas jumps from #21 to number nine. It initially hit the top 10 when it was first released, and then returned to the top 10 again in January 2019. With U.S. sales of 5.7 million copies, it's the third-biggest-selling holiday album since sales started being tracked electronically in 1991. The album's perennial hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is currently #18 on the Hot 100.
Michael's 2011 album Christmas rises from #17 to number six. The album has returned to the top 10 every year since its initial release. With U.S. sales of 4.3 million copies, it's Michael's biggest album, and the fifth-biggest-selling album since 1991.
As for Pentatonix, fully half of the group's ten top-10 albums are Christmas albums. Their new release, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, has moved from #18 to number eight. It features four new songs, including a "virtual duet" with the late Whitney Houston on "Do You Hear What I Hear."
Taylor Swift has been nominated for a Best Original Song Golden Globe for "Beautiful Ghosts," a song she co-wrote with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for the upcoming movie CATS, based on Lloyd Webber's hit musical.
This is Taylor's third Golden Globe nomination in this category: She also received nods for "Safe & Sound," from The Hunger Games, and "Sweeter Than Fiction," from One Chance.
Beyoncé is also nominated for co-writing "Spirit," one of the songs from Disney's CGI-animated version of The Lion King that came out this year. She's been nominated in this category twice before, for co-writing the song "Listen," from Dreamgirls, and co-writing the song "Once In a Lifetime," from the movie Cadillac Records. Beyoncé's also been nominated for a Golden Globe for acting in Dreamgirls.
The other nominees in the Best Original Song Golden Globe category include Elton John and Bernie Taupin for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," from Rocketman, Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez for "Into the Unknown" from the Frozen II soundtrack, and "Stand Up," from the movie Harriet, written by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Harriet star Cynthia Erivo. Erivo also received a Best Actress nod for her role as Harriet Tubman in Harriet.
erol savci/iStockAs most cat owners know, when your kitty wants attention... you have no choice but to give it to them. Hailey Bieber learned just that when her little Savannah kittens took up residence on her laptop.
"Um, excuse me. Can I get my computer back... please?" Hailey pleads in a video posted to her Instagram Stories, which she uploaded Sunday. It shows one of her Savannahs, Tuna, lounging about on the MacBook's screen.
Unfortunately for the model, the kitten remains unmoved. Instead, it flicks its tail and begins dismissively grooming one of its legs as she tries to gently pull the laptop out from underneath to no avail.
In a subsequent story, Hailey shows that she remained unsuccessful in retrieving her MacBook as her other kitten, Sushi, is seen idly perching on top of the keyboard. Bieber remains speechless in the video and, instead, turns to her puppy, Oscar, for some assistance.
Oscar hilariously ignores his owner's struggle as he lazes against a pillow and slowly closes his eyes. The next Story shows the Yorkie fast asleep in the same spot on the bed.
As for what was so important for Hailey to finish, it appears she was viewing a realtor's website and scrolling through available homes.
Justin Bieber purchased the two Savannah kittens last October for a whppping $35,000. Here's hoping the Biebers break their kittens of their computer-sitting habits because the Savannah is the largest domestic cat breed and those two kittens will only get bigger.
Savannah cats have the potential to weigh up to 20 pounds, as they are a cross-breed with the medium-sized wild African cat, the serval.
You can watch Sushi and Tuna grow up on their verified Instagram account.
Steven Diaz/Walt Disney World ResortIt isn’t truly the Christmas season without Pentatonix.
The A cappella group recently kicked off their annual Christmas tour, which brought holiday cheer to Uncasville, CT on Sunday night before heading to Boston on Tuesday.
“This tour is definitely an upgrade,” group member Scott Hoying tells ABC Audio. “The production is way better, we have a longer set list.”
He continues, “We do some songs we've never done before and it's kind of a journey throughout our history of doing Christmas music. So it's a lot of the old ones that first got us into the Christmas world and then all of our new stuff, too. It's so fun.”
But there’s one special song that, while Pentatonix won’t be performing it on tour, you can play on repeat during your holiday celebrations. In October, the group released a holiday compilation album called The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, featuring a standout collaboration with the late Whitney Houston on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The song includes Whitney’s original 1987 recording mixed with Pentatonix’s harmonies.
“I don't remember whose idea it was, but we had the song arranged, our background parts, and we always had this amazing idea of having Whitney's track with us,” Mitch Grassi says. “So we asked her estate and they were generous enough to give the stems [audio files] to us. So we recorded it.”
The Pentatonix tour is scheduled to wrap up December 23.
Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcpWhile Julia Michaels has written songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani and Hailee Steinfeld, she's best known for her work with Selena Gomez, which has produced hits like "Hands to Myself," "Good For You," "Bad Liar" and her two new tracks, "Lose You to Love Me" and "Look at Her Now." So why does she and Selena mesh so well musically? Julia tells Variety it's all about bonding over shared experiences.
“When [Selena and I] first started working together [in 2013], it started as me writing the songs,” Julia tells Variety. "I walked into the session one day because she wanted to change some words to the song, and [Selena] was like, ‘We must be going through the exact same thing because you’re writing everything that I feel.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, cool, you had a s****y ex-boyfriend too? Let’s go!'”
“She walks into the room and we instantly start pouring out our feelings," Julia adds."There’s a blending of perspectives, and then we write.”
“The thing that inspires me the most is conversations, conversations I have with other people and ones I have with myself. That helps me figure out what I want to say lyrically,” the Grammy-nominated singer continues.
“I write everything as if you’re talking to the person you’ve wanted to confront; if you could say it to somebody, why couldn’t you say it exactly how you would in a song?”
Over the weekend, Julia was honored with the Voice of Impact Award at Variety's Hitmakers ceremony. As for her next musical move -- another EP? an album? -- Julia says, "I have no idea. I change my mind about it all the time.”
Valheria RochaReady for even more end-of-the-year stats from a music streaming service? Now it's Amazon Music's turn.
The platform says its most streamed artist of the year was Taylor Swift, and the biggest albums were Taylor's Lover,Girl by country/pop star Maren Morris, and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish.
When it comes to individual songs, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus was tops, along with "Girl" by Maren Morris, "Sucker" by The Jonas Brothers, "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, and country superstar Garth Brooks' "Stronger Than Me."
But it turns out an awful lot of people who listen to Amazon Music spent the year pondering "Old Town Road." It was the most requested song on Alexa, and even fans who didn't know its name were asking for it -- according to Amazon, "Alexa, play the song that goes ‘I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road'” was the most requested lyric of 2019.
In addition, of the top 50 Alexa requests for country song lyrics, 44 of them were some variation on "Old Town Road." When it came to hip-hop, "Old Town Road" was also the most-requested song by lyrics, followed by Lil Tecca's "Ransom." For that song, fans asked, "Alexa, play the song that goes, 'I got black, I got white.'”
Finally, Amazon's music experts have put together a list of the best songs of the past decade. Among them: "Uptown Funk," "Call Me Maybe," "Hello," "Closer," "We Found Love," "Shape of You," "Happy," "Royals," "Blank Space," "Despacito," "Thrift Shop," "Party Rock Anthem," "California Gurls," "Fancy," "All About That Bass," "Born This Way," "Get Lucky" and "Shallow."
Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty ImagesLast year, when Cher received the Kennedy Center Honors, Adam Lambert floored the audience -- and the diva herself -- by performing a cover of "Believe" as a tribute to her. Now, he's finally released his version of the number one hit.
"It’s been a year since I performed this cover live for @cher. A lot of you have mentioned wanting a studio recording-- so here’s a little holiday [gift] from me to you," Adam tweeted. "Thank you for being the most loyal & dedicated fans this queen could ask for."
"Believe" is a song that's been a part of Adam's life for years: When he was on American Idol, he sang "Believe" during the Hollywood Rounds.
When Cher heard Adam's performance a year ago, she tweeted, "Tried 2 write Feelings About Adam Lambert Singing Believe In Words, but Cant seem 2. When Your senses are Overwhelmed All Can you feel [is] with your [heart]."
Ultra RecordsIn what feels like a real-life version of musical Mad Libs, SHAED and Sting guest on a new track from Steve Aoki.
The track, called "2 in a Million," features the "Trampoline" trio's lead vocalist Chelsea Lee duetting with the Police frontman over a beat from the superstar DJ. You can download the collaborative tune now via digital outlets.
"We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police," SHAED says. "He was a huge influence on all of us so when Steve approached us with the collab it was a no-brainer. We had the best time working with Steve and Sting and really love this track."
All three acts are featured in the "2 in a Million" video, which is streaming now via YouTube. You'll also be able to hear the track on Aoki's forthcoming album, Neon Future IV.
SHAED will close out their breakout year with a performance on the West Coast portion of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020, airing December 31 on ABC.
Courtesy PEOPLEAs Taylor Swift prepares to turn 30 on December 13, she says the past 12 months have really made an impact on her.
Taylor covers People's annual People of the Year issue, one of four honorees for 2019, including Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez.
"This year feels more special to me than any year before it," Taylor tells the mag. "Fifteen years into doing this, being able to look around and acknowledge that it’s special, I’m really stoked this moment can happen when I’m 29. That’s one of the benefits of starting when you’re 12!”
One reason 2019's been great for her, Taylor explains, is because "this is the first time I’ve been able to put out music that I feel is connecting with people, yet look back on everything I’ve made and feel a quiet sense of pride. I’m proud of the things I’ve withstood, and I’ve been able to carve out a life for myself.”
Speaking of her current music, Taylor explains, "Lover ended up being the album [where I was no longer] answering to something. In the past, I’ve definitely used my criticism as a jumping-off point for creativity. With reputation, I’d said everything I needed to say."
"I’d been tried in every possible way people could throw things at me, and I felt like now I just get to create.”
Taylor also tells Peoplethat one of her favorite books of 2019 was Demi Moore's memoir, Inside Out.
“I was thinking about how when she was the highest-paid actress, she was just punished ruthlessly for it. That’s so wrong, and she was treated so badly in that moment," says Taylor. "I feel like finally she’s getting the last laugh."
Republic RecordsIt’s a big day for One Direction fans. No, the group isn’t reuniting, but three of its former members have new music out today.
After much anticipation, Liam Payne’s debut solo album, LP1, has been released. The album features 17 tracks, including Liam's current single, “Stack It Up” and his previous hit, “Strip That Down.” It’s also got a new collaboration with Cheat Codes, called "Live Forever."
Meanwhile, Niall Horan and Harry Styles both dropped new tracks today. Niall released “Put a Little Love on Me,” which he called “one of my favorite songs I’ve written and a song very special to me.”
“Just wanted to release this song because I feel like it deserves to be released and I want you to have it now,” he tweeted to fans.
Harry, whose album Fine Line is due out December 13, debuted the song “Adore You,” along with its music video. The clip features the mysterious fishing town of Eroda, where everybody wears a frown. Harry plays a young man who grows up with a blindingly bright smile. He’s shunned by the townspeople, but one day he befriends a lonely fish and it changes his life.
No new releases from Louis Tomlinson today, but he did tweet support for Liam Thursday, writing, "MASSIVE shout out to Liam for his debut album out tomorrow. Congrats mate. Cant wait to hear!"
Louis' debut solo album, Walls, comes out January 31.
Walt DisneyFrozen II could be headed "Into the Unknown": the number-one spot on the Billboard album chart.
The soundtrack to the box office smash Disney sequel has a good shot at topping the tally, according to Billboard. Industry forecasters tell the publication that it might sell between 65,000 and 80,000 units, and overtake the current number one album: Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding.
Frozen II is currently number three on the list, thanks to the success of the movie, which premiered November 22. Back in 2014, the soundtrack to the original Frozen movie spent 13 weeks at number one: the most for a soundtrack this century. It ended up as the number one album of the year on the Billboard chart.
The Frozen II soundtrack features the stars of the film -- Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Evan Rachel Wood -- as well as "High Hopes" band Panic! at the Disco, alt-rockers Weezer and country star Kacey Musgraves.
"Romance is finally out. this is all yours now. please tell me everything you think, I’m dying to know," Camila Cabellotweeted at midnight.
Her highly anticipated sophomore album, featuring 14 tracks, has finally dropped, though she'd already released six of the tracks: "Shameless," "Cry for Me," "Living Proof," "Liar," "Easy" and, of course, "Señorita."
In a unique promotion for Romance, an experience called "Album Art Living Museums" is being staged in 50 locations worldwide. At the exhibit, fans can unlock the artwork from the album's packaging, as well as the meaning behind each track. Visit RomanceUnlocked.com to see all the locations.
Camila appears on today's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, singing "Living Proof" with a full gospel choir. She also tells Ellen that when she and Shawn Mendes appeared together on her show in 2016, she definitely had a crush on him.
"We were stupid. I think we both had a crush, but we were being babies about it. But we're grown now!" Camila laughed. She also explained she didn't kiss Shawn onstage during their American Music Awards performance because "it feels weird, because I know that people are expecting it.”
As for the album, Camila tells Ellen, "I was basically completely single for 20 years and it was like, the intensity and adrenaline of my life was in the studio, writing about an emotion that I wanted. Whereas this time...I've fallen in love, and out of love, and in love. And that's basically what this album is about...falling in love and what that feels like."
Tickets have just gone on sale for the North American leg of Camila's Romance Tour 2020, which kicks off July 29 in Vancouver. Each ticket purchased comes with a copy of Romance. Visit camilacabello.com for full details.
Capitol RecordsAs promised, Halsey has released two new songs from her upcoming album, Manic.
She dropped “SUGA Interlude,” which features SUGA from K-pop sensations BTS, and the vulnerable love song “Finally // beautiful stranger.”
The accompanying music video for the latter song begins with Halsey singing in an empty club while strumming an acoustic guitar. It then switches from that raw and stripped-down scene to her performing all glammed-up for an audience. The video continues to switch between the two scenes: one real, one artificial.
Earlier this week, Halsey revealed the track list for Manic, which is due out January 17. It features her latest single “Graveyard,” as well as her hit “Without Me” and the previously released “clementine.” It also features interludes with Alanis Morissette and singer and rapper Dominic Fike.
The West Coast will be rocking December 31 as artists from multiple genres perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.
Hosted by Ciara, the West Coast portion of the annual show will feature performances from Ava Max, Dua Lipa, Dan Shay, Paula Abdul, SHAED, Salt-N-Pepa, Megan Thee Stallion, Blanco Brown and Kelsea Ballerini. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone.
Ciara said in a statement, "Hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest has become something I look forward to every year, and now my friend Lucy Hale and Billy Porter have joined the family, so the party just leveled up!”
Special YouTube content will run throughout the five-and-a-half hour broadcast, and singer Jessie James Decker will reveal the first POWERBALL Millionaire of the year. Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay will provide the entertainment at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor match up between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars that'll take place outdoors on New Year's Day at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
The duo will perform during the game's first intermission, and it'll be televised on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 2 p.m. ET. Additional performers will be announced soon.
Considering that Dan Shay's latest hit "10,000 Hours" features Justin Bieber, who, being Canadian, is a massive hockey fan, perhaps it's not out of the realm of possibility that he might show up for the performance. We'll just have to wait and see.
The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is the first regular NHL regular-season outdoor game for both teams, and is part of a tradition the league established in 2008.
And speaking of Bridgestone, Dan Shay's 2020 headlining tour kicks off March 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Alberto Rodriguez/E! EntertainmentPink's already short hair is even shorter now after the "So What" artist got a buzz cut on Thursday.
Pink quietly uploaded a photo of her new look to Instagram with the simple caption "Letting Go." In the picture, she isn't looking up at the camera and, instead, is staring down at the shaved hair cupped in her hands.
Pink's new hair was the creation of celebrity stylist Pamela Neal, who is behind many of the artist's iconic looks. Neal frequently styles her for award shows, music videos, and tour stops.
The stylist also slipped a behind the scenes look to her Instagram Stories that showed the messy aftermath of Pink's new cut. The picture features the singer's short blonde locks peppering the studio floor, which is surrounded by scissor emojis. The three-time Grammy Award winner reposted the same image to her respective Stories.
Reaction has been overwhelmingly positive for Pink's hair, including an enthusiastic "Love it!!!!!!!!!" from husband Carey Hart.
One of Pink's closest friends, Selma Blair, welcomed the look with open arms. "Twins!!!!" commented the actress, who is in the process of growing back her hair after undergoing chemotherapy.
Pink recently wrapped her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which, according to Billboard, earned over $397 million and became the second highest grossing tour by a woman.