Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboAlessia Cara's latest video, for "Rooting for You," allows us all to nod our heads and say, "Yep, I've been there."
The clip features Alessia singing and three cheerleaders doing a routine, cut with footage of people experiencing various "relatable disappointments."
Among them: "when your hair has other plans," "when the kiss does not have sparks," "when everything is broken," "when he shows up an hour late," "when you realize you made a huge mistake" -- depicted as waking up next to a less-than-desirable guy -- and "when you 'don't need' the recipe," which results in burned cookies.
"Rooting for You" is from Alessia's new EP, This Summer. As Billboard notes, John Mayer was such a fan of the track when it was released that he posted it on his Instagram Story and wrote, "Meanwhile, I only wish I had written this. Now that's what I call a hook."
Emily HopeImagine if you found out about Coachella when you were a teenager, and then 15 years later, you actually got to perform at Coachella? That's what James Bay is experiencing this weekend...except it's not Coachella, it's a festival staged by his one of his idols.
This weekend, James will be one of the many famous guitar players who'll be taking part in the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX. The festival is the brainchild of legendary guitar god Eric Clapton, who started it in 1999 to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, a rehab facility in Antigua that he helped to found.
"The first [Crossroads Guitar Festival] that they recorded and released was 2004, and I was 13 and I bought that DVD and obsessed over it, and then I bought the one that I think came out in 2007," James tells ABC Radio. "I followed it ever since I was 13 and found out about it 'cause it is this kind of wild, like, Mecca of guitar players."
"It's a big, like, pinch-myself moment to be invited, to be recognized by one of my absolute heroes," gushes James. "Eric Clapton playing 'Layla' -- that inspired me to pick up a guitar, which I've talked about million times. But there's a slight full circle, a little bit, to all of this that gives me kind of chills. So I'm very very excited to go and do that...what an honor!"
The two-night festival will feature famous guitar players like John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, blues icon Buddy Guy and more. James and John Mayer are performing on Saturday, and both nights will be available to watch via pay-per-view for $40 per night.
Back in 1992, when the actor was a rapper known as Marky Mark, he dropped trou for a now-legendary Calvin Klein underwear campaign. Every campaign that's come afterwards -- including Justin Bieber's memorable Calvin ads -- has been compared to Wahlberg's.
Liam tells the New York Post that not only did he ask Wahlberg for advice while preparing for the "quite raunchy" shoot, he "even went in and trained with him.”
"The training part was a proper drag -- can’t eat this, can’t eat that," he adds. "But it was nice putting myself through that challenge, going into the gym with a motive.”
While we wait for that campaign to officially launch, Liam's clothing collection is available, including t-shirts, pants, sweatshirts and sneakers, all decorated with chevrons, because Liam has them tattooed on his arm. But he told the Post that he only discovered he'd gotten the tattoo when he woke up in bed one day with it after a drunken night out.
"I was literally still in bed Googling ‘tattoo removal.’ I really regretted it for a while -- but I don’t know, with tattoos over time, I find that they just become part of you," he explains.
ABC/Rick RowellBack in March, Lady Gaga responded to rumors that she was pregnant by tweeting, "Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6" -- referring to what will be her sixth studio album. Fans thought that meant music was imminent, but so far, nothing has surfaced. But Gaga wants you to know she's working on it.
The star shared a photo on her Instagram Story of herself standing in a recording studio, wearing a cheetah-print coat and dark glasses. The caption reads, "#LG6."
When Gaga finally does release her new album, it'll be the follow-up to 2016's Joanne, which featured the hit song "Million Reasons." Since then, she's been busy branching out into acting and launching her new makeup line, Haus Laboratories.
In the new issue of People magazine, Gaga says, "We don't care if you wear our makeup or not. What's important to us is that you love yourself and spread that kind message around the world."
ABC/Image Group LA; ABC/Patrick EcclesineBack in July, Selena Gomez announced that as a special gift, her friends had arranged for her to visit the set of ABC's Shark Tank, a show she claims to be "obsessed" with. Well, the big day finally arrived: Selena dove into the tank.
Pictures of Selena on the set have been posted on her friend Connar Franklin's Instagram, showing Selena and her pals posing with the reality show's investors MarkCuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec. She even joined them to do a slo-mo walk into the "tank" area, where entrepreneurs come to pitch their ideas.
"Deep in the tank," wrote Franklin in the captions. "BEST DAY EVER!"
Investor Robert Herjavec also posted a photo of himself posing with Selena, captioned, "Guess who made it into the tank!"
No word on if, and when, we'll see Selena's visit to the set show up on an actual episode of Shark Tank. The new season starts September 29.
RCA RecordsPink has released a video for the title track of her latest album, Hurts 2B Human, a duet with Grammy-nominated R&B star Khalid.
In the clip, Pink and Khalid are in a different apartments in the same building, and as they sing, we get a glimpse into the other apartments, where people are celebrating, comforting each other and being cheered up by a visit from a friend or a text message.
There are also shots of news coverage of the aftermath of what appears to be a mass shooting, and a protest, with someone holding up a sign that says, "Fighting for what is right is worth it."
"If you could spend a day in my shoes/Your mind would change/If you'd known what I've gone through/ We want the same/Yeah, we do," Pink and Khalid sing, as they pass each other in the hallway of their apartment building, but don't connect.
Khalid tweeted the video, and wrote, "Thank you so much for everything @Pink!", to which she replied, "I love you so! And your whole family."
Khalid is also featured on Ed Sheeran's current album No. 6 Collaborations Project, singing with Ed on the song "Beautiful People."
ABC/Craig SjodinWe already knew that American Idol's new season on ABC would feature returning judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, but host Ryan Seacrest was still a question mark. Now, that question has been answered...in the affirmative.
Seacrest will return as host when the new season of the show starts on ABC next year. He's been hosting the show since it first started in 2002. In a statement, he says, "American Idol has been my home for 17 seasons and I can’t wait to return to the stage."
He adds, "It’s the greatest gift to be able to play a part in discovering new talent with a franchise that has been such a relevant part of American culture for so many years.”
Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, says of Seacrest, "The energy and enthusiasm he brings to the show after 17 seasons are remarkable."
American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane adds, "His passion for the show is evident, and we couldn’t imagine searching for the next generation of superstars without him.”
The American Idol nationwide audition tour wraps up this Saturday in Chicago, IL. You can also submit audition videos online or via social media using the hashtag #TheNextIdol. Visit americanidol.com/auditions for more details.
PostMalone, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 now all have something in common: Each act has a song that's spent a record 33 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Posty and Swae Lee's smash "Sunflower," from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack, has just notched its 33rd week in the top 10. That matches the previous record set by Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" earlier this year, and by Ed's "Shape of You" in 2017.
Right behind those three songs, with 32 weeks each in the top 10, are Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," "Closer" by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey, and LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" -- that last one racked up its 32 weeks way back in 1997-1998.
Meanwhile, Post's latest album Hollywood's Bleeding is number one on the Billboard 200. Along with "Sunflower," he also has three other songs in the top 10: "Goodbyes," "Circles" and "Take What You Want."
ABC/Lou RoccoHalsey isn't nominated for an Emmy this year, but she'll be appearing on Sunday's telecast.
According to Variety, Halsey will perform "a rendition of a classic song" for the traditional "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those people in the TV community who we lost in the past year.
While the Emmys have no host this year, the presenters on Sunday night will include Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford from The Handmaid's Tale, Luke Kirby and Jane Lynch from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, 10 members of the Game of Thrones cast, the casts of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Veep,RuPaul Charles, Anthony Anderson, Bill Hader, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Viola Davis, Stephen Colbert, Michael Douglas, Jimmy Kimmel and many more.
The Emmys will air live from the Microsoft Theater in L.A. this Sunday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox.
A&M/UMeThursday marked the 30th anniversary of Janet Jackson's iconic album Rhythm Nation 1814. If you want to celebrate that milestone by taking a deep dive into the album's songs, here's some good news.
Today, Rhythm Nation 1814: The Remixes hit digital platforms for the first time. The digital-only reissues are made up of nine mini-albums that were originally released during 1989-1990 on 12-inch and 7-inch vinyl, CD singles and CD maxi-singles.
There are 90 tracks in all, including three non-album tracks that were previously only available on rare single releases: "The Skin Game," "You Need Me," and "The 1814 Megamix."
The album songs that received the remixes include "Escapade," "Black Cat," "Miss You Much," "Come Back To Me," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "Alright," "State of the World" and the title track.
Among the remixers and producers on the tracks: Shep Pettibone, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jellybean Johnson, Junior Vasquez, CJ Mackintosh and David Dorrell.
Janet will celebrate Rhythm Nation's 30th birthday tomorrow, Saturday, at her concert in San Francisco; at a bunch of shows in Australia and New Zealand November 8-17, and at two shows in Hawaii on November 20 and 21.
Warner RecordsBebe Rexha was "Meant to Be" part of a Disney movie.
The singer/songwriter has released an anthemic new track from the upcoming film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the 2014 movie starring Angelina Jolie as the magical, menacing title character.
The song is called "You Can't Stop the Girl," and it'll get a video from famed director Sophie Muller in the next few weeks.
Bebe co-wrote "You Can't Stop the Girl," and she tweeted, "I hope this song gives a little extra courage to any girl that needs it."
"They tryna take our voices/They tryna make our choices/So we scream loud, loud, loud," Bebe sings, in lyrics that appear to be a comment on women speaking out about current hot-button issues.
But, the chorus adds, "You can't stop the girl from going/You can't stop the world from knowing/The truth will set you free."
Bebe's currently opening for the Jonas Brothers on their Happiness Begins tour, which wraps up in December in L.A. On September 27, she'll perform at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, from ABC News' parent company Disney, hits theaters October 18.
222 Records/Interscope RecordsMaroon5 raises its glass to the "Memories" in their sentimental, stripped-down new single of the same name, which dropped at midnight.
"Here's to the ones that we got/Cheers to the wish you were here, but you're not/'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories/Of everything we've been through," Adam Levine sings, backed only by a keyboard, guitar and bass.
"Memories" is the first Maroon 5 single since 2017's smash hit, "Girls Like You." It's not clear whether it's a standalone single or the first release from a new project.
Meanwhile, the band has a show scheduled for October 25 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Maroon 5 will also perform their annual New Year's Eve blowout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on December 30 and 31.
Image credit: Randall SlavinRobThomas told ABC Radio in April that he and his band, Matchbox Twenty, wanted to get together and do something special next year because, after all, it is going to be 2020. "I just think the aesthetic is good to pass up," he said.
Well, now it looks as though that's actually going to happen.
Rob told Billboard that he and Matchbox Twenty will do a three-month summer tour next year. It'll be the band's first time on the road since 2017, when they traveled with Counting Crows on the A Brief History of Everything tour.
It's not clear if Matchbox Twenty has any plans to make any new music, however. Their last album of original material was 2012's North.
Earlier this year, Rob released his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile, and he's currently on the road doing a solo tour to support it. That trek is set to wrap up in Perth, Australia in November.
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaEnrique Iglesias will be your musical hero this fall by giving you all his hits in one album.
Billboard reports that Enrique's Greatest Hits is coming October 4. He tells Billboard, "Music has always been my passion and I am beyond grateful to be able to celebrate this collection with my fans."
The 16-track album will feature Enrique's biggest pop hits, including "Hero," "Escape," "Be With You," "Bailamos" and "I Like It," as well as more recent songs such as "Bailando" and "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)." Also included is his duet with Whitney Houston, "Could I Have This Kiss Forever."
Enrique is now the father of twins, Nicholas and Lucy, with his longtime partner Anna Kournikova.
Here's the track listing, according to Billboard:
"Bailando" [Spanish Version] (with Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona) "Tonight" (I’m Lovin’ You) (with Ludacris and DJ Frank E) "Hero" "I Like It" (with Pitbull) "Cuando Me Enamoro" (with Juan Luis Guerra) "El Perdedor" (with Marco Antonio Solís) "Bailamos [from Wild Wild West] "Escape" "Be With You" "Loco" (with Romeo Santos) "Lloro Por Ti" [Remix] (with Wisin & Yandel) "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (with Whitney Houston) "No Me Digas Que No" (with Wisin & Yandel) "Mentiroso" "Dónde Están Corazón" "Bailando" [English Version] (with Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona)
LUXE BrandsAriana Grande's single "thank u, next" and its instantly iconic video were so successful that the singer named her new perfume thank u, next. Now, she's revisited the video and its stars for a hilarious promo for the fragrance.
Just like the "thank u, next" video, the promo features a Mean Girls-style montage of students -- and a Bring It On cheerleader -- spreading rumors about Ari's new fragrance.
"I heard Ariana has a new perfume," gushes Colleen Ballinger, who played a pregnant teen in the original video. Now holding a baby, she says, "Supposedly she uses juicy raspberries in it, so I've only been eating juicy raspberries for months, so my breast milk will taste like her perfume smells."
"Well I heard she swam with actual mermaids in the Bermuda Triangle, to convince them to give her the velvety musk of their new sea god!" another student exclaims.
"We heard how she went to space to find the best pears for her lil' fragrance," says the cheerleader. "She shoulda just come to Compton!"
Ari, also dressed as a cheerleader, interjects, "Are you sure it was pear? 'Cause I heard it was coconut."
Next, we see Ariana, still dressed as a cheerleader, saying, "Honestly, I'm not the biggest Ariana Grande fan, but I do hear the new fragrance is...somewhat promising."
"I heard she put part of her ponytail in it!" says a student. We then see Ari do just that, cutting off a chunk of her iconic pony and putting it into a perfume distiller.
We then see blonde Ari in her bedroom with her Burn Book, in which she writes, "THAT fragrance got the other girls shaking."
After more than 25 years together, The Backstreet Boys are still managing to do things they've never done before.
The group has just scored its first-ever entry on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, thanks to their new collaboration with superstar DJ Steve Aoki, "Let It Be Me." The song enters that chart at #12 -- and over on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart, it debuts at number one.
The Boys recently wrapped up the North American mainland dates of their DNA World Tour. Next month, they'll head to Asia for shows in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines and Singapore. In November, they'll close out the year with four shows in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Meanwhile, speaking of dance music, Katy Perry's "Never Really Over" has topped Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. It's her 19th number one on that chart. Only Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Janet Jackson have had more.
And in one final bit of dance -- or dance-like -- music news, Lindsey Stirling's new album Artemis has debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top/Dance Electronic Albums chart. It's her fourth #1 on that chart.
ABC/Lou RoccoLewis Capaldi is a major star in the U.K. and has hung out with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Elton John, and now he even has a top-10 hit in the U.S. with "Someone You Loved." But that doesn't mean he doesn't get starstruck. Case in point: Pink's just made his head explode.
Pink tweeted to the Scottish singer/songwriter, "Thank you @LewisCapaldi for your song. I was able to teach my daughter [Willow] harmonies for the first time. It was pure magic." She then added the hashtag #SomeoneYouLoved.
Lewis retweeted Pink's comment and replied, "PINK KNOWS WHO I AM HOLY S***."
Fans were delighted with the interaction, with most clamoring for a Pink/Lewis collab, and others asking Pink to feature Willow on her next single. Willow actually made her recording debut last year, singing "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" on The Greatest Showman: Reimagined album.
Lewis' headlining U.S. tour continues tonight in Houston.
Christian Tierney It's been a minute since we've had a new single from Hailee Steinfeld, since she's busy with her day job as an actress, starring in the Transformers prequel Bumblebee and voicing a character in Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. But now she's back...with a song from her latest acting project.
Hailee is starring in and executive producing Dickinson, an Apple TV series about legendary 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. She also co-wrote and sings the song "Afterlife (Dickinson)," which was inspired by themes of Emily Dickinson's poems, including death and mortality.
Hailee sings, "Will death be our last kiss, my love?/Will you promise me you'll search for us?/Will you find me afterlife?"
“This record has become one of my favorite songs I’ve worked on and sonically, it’s indicative of the direction I’m exploring with my new music," Hailee says of the track, which mixes ethereal vocals with a synth-heavy, percussive beat.
"There’s a line in the song that says ‘immortality is bliss’ and it's reminiscent of a lot of Emily’s poems,” she explains. "She lived during a time where women were forbidden from voicing their opinions and restricted in many ways, including how they dressed."
That's why the single artwork shows Hailee wearing a corset that's cinched to create an impossibly small waist -- she says she wanted to show "how Emily in particular felt constricted and stifled.”
A&M/VirginIt's hard to believe we've been a part of the Rhythm Nation for three decades.
Janet Jackson's landmark release Rhythm Nation 1814 was released on September 19, 1989, and it's still the only album in history to have spun off seven top-five singles -- including four number-one hits: "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)."
It was the best-selling album of 1990, and has gone on to sell an estimated 12 million copies worldwide.
Janet and the album received nine Grammy nominations, including one for Producer of the Year, making her the first woman nominated in that category. The tour in support of the album was the most successful debut tour in history.
The album's success is even more impressive, considering that it was a concept album, a rarity in the world of pop and R&B. Speaking about the album's inspiration, co-producer Jimmy Jamtells Billboard, "It was a crazy time. The Reagan years were ending. There were school shootings. There were all these unbelievable things starting to happen."
Janet, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis took what they saw on CNN every day and created an album about social justice -- a theme specifically spelled out in songs including the title track, "State of the World" and "The Knowledge." The "1814" referred to the year the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was written.
According to Billboard, an ABC News special called Black in White America inspired the use of black and white in the album's artwork and videos.
At the time, Janet said, "I'm not naive -- I know an album or a song can't change the world. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention" [and motivate people to] "make some sort of difference."