Republic RecordsAriana Grande has become the only other female artist besides Madonna to simultaneously hold the number one and two spots on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart.
According to Official Charts, Ariana nabbed the number one spot this week with “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” knocking her other single, “7 Rings,” to number two. Madonna was the last female artist to achieve the feat back in 1985 with “Into The Groove” and “Holiday.”
“honored n grateful. thank u UK babes. i love u n cant wait to see u,” Ariana tweeted after seeing the news.
Ariana’s album, thank u, next, also debuted at number one on the U.K. Albums Chart, setting a record for most album streams ever by a female artist in a week with 59 million streams across its 12 tracks. She broke her own record set by Sweetener last August.
John Legend has delivered on his promise and officially premiered the stirring video for his newest single, "Preach."
In the Dominique DeLeon-directed clip, Legend is seen sleeping alongside wife Chrissy Teigen until he suddenly awakes. Opening the door of his bedroom, the newly anointed EGOT winner enters a high school gymnasium as students flee from an apparent shooting.
The video also tackles police brutality as well as immigration, and is inspiring fans to take action by utilizing YouTube’s new fundraising feature which allows viewers to donate to Legend's FREE AMERICA social justice campaign.
“The idea behind the song is that sometimes we can get so frustrated by the news and what’s going on and there’s this scatter going on in ourselves," the singer said in a press release.
He continued, "Do we become apathetic? Do we become engaged? Do we just talk about it, or do we do something?”
Steve SchofieldCan’t get enough of Sam Smith and Normani’s duet “Dancing with a Stranger”? Now there’s more to love.
The two have released an acoustic version of the song, swapping the R&B beat for subtle piano and string instrumentals.
“So excited to share this acoustic version of Dancing With A Stranger that @Normani and I recorded in LA last year!” Sam tweeted. “Thank you to Normani for recording this with me, and to everyone supporting our song.”
The song, released last month, features Sam and Normani trading verses about seeking comfort in the arms of someone else in an effort to get over a former lover.
ABC/Lou RoccoMost people probably know this by now, but don't mess with Pink.
In a game of "Burning Questions" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the singer told a story of how she slashed her husband Carey Hart's tires one Thanksgiving.
The admission was prompted by the question, "What's the dumbest way you've hurt yourself?" To which she replied, "Slashing tires."
Ellen asked her how old she was and she admitted it actually happened not that long ago.
"It was Thanksgiving. The holidays are stressful," she said.
Pink revealed she only managed to slice through one of Carey's tires before accidentally gashing her hand. She needed 13 stitches, but she said she didn't need anesthesia -- presumably because of all the adrenaline.
The singer later clarified on Twitter that the incident actually happened in 2003.
"The story going around about my slashing tires is from 2003. I have not harmed a car in 15 years. #reformed #twenties #passion #tires," she wrote.
Pink and Carey have been married for 13 years and posted a sweet photo of them on Instagram Thursday in honor of Valentine’s Day.
"Happy f****** Valentine's Day," she wrote. "And also, if there isn't some stubborn person in your life making you want to rip your hair out ON the daily THATS OK TAKE YOUR OWN DAMN SELF OUT and buy your own damn chocolates and not the gross kind."
Warner Bros. RecordsBebe Rexha is giving up her vices -- or trying to, anyway -- in her new single, “Last Hurrah.”
The singer released the track Friday, kicking off a new era of music leading up to her second album.
“‘Last Hurrah’ is about vices. We all have them,” Bebe says in a statement. “It’s not just about smoking or drinking, it’s about love, food or any of our bad habits. It’s our final anthem to all our vices as we seek a new tomorrow and a better us. And then do it all again tomorrow.”
Bebe will be performing the song for the first time on ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan on February 25, the morning after the Oscars. She’ll sing it live from the Oscars stage.
Epic RecordsBurning for more Sara Bareilles music? She's got you covered.
The singer has released a new single called "Fire," as well as the track list and release date for her forthcoming fifth album, Amidst the Chaos.
In "Fire," she sings about a relationship that never quite sparked. "We were never gonna catch fire/We'd have burned up in the flames/Oh before they ever rose up high/Someday I/I won't have to feel the cold/That I do now/So I'll know what it feels like when I feel fire."
The song is the first track on Amidst Chaos, which also features the lead single "Armor" and a duet with her Jesus Christ Superstar co-star John Legend called "A Safe Place to Land."
Amidst the Chaos is available for pre-order now and comes out April 5.
Here is the track list:
"Fire" "No Such Thing" "Armor” "If I Can’t Have You" "Eyes on You" "Miss Simone" "Wicked Love" "Orpheus" "Poetry by Dead Men" "Someone Who Loves Me" "Saint Honesty" "A Safe Place to Land" feat. John Legend
Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesKaty Perry and Orlando Bloom had an extra romantic Valentine’s Day: The two lovebirds reportedly got engaged!
They seemingly confirmed the news on social media, with Katy posting a photo showing off her new sparkler. The ring features diamonds surrounding a ruby center to form the shape of a flower.
“In full bloom,” Katy captioned it.
Orlando posted the same photo to his Instagram page and captioned it, “Lifetimes.”
Cosmopolitan UK also has screenshots from a Facebook page belonging to Katy’s mom, Mary Hudson, that shows the couple celebrating their engagement. One of the since-deleted pics was captioned, “Look who got engaged on Valentines Day!!”
In one photo, the two embrace while looking into each other’s eyes in front of a large floral arch made out of flowers. Another pic features Katy's hand showing off her new bling.
Not only did Katy apparently get engaged Thursday, she also released her new song with Zedd, called “365.”
This will be the second marriage for both stars. Katy was previously married to comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2012, and Orlando was previously married to model Miranda Kerr from 2010 to 2013, with whom he shares one son.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe FBI is looking into reports Ryan Adams broke the law by allegedly engaging in past sexually explicit communications with a then-underage girl, according to The New York Times.
The newspaper says an unidentified official in the FBI's New York office has confirmed that the bureau's Crimes Against Children Squad has taken the first steps to open an investigation into the claims, and will attempt to interview the woman and obtain any of the texts and other evidence of the relationship with Adams that the New York Times story describes.
As also reported by the newspaper on Wednesday, the 44-year-old singer, songwriter and producer is accused of engaging in sexting and other sexually explicit communications some years ago with a girl that he allegedly knew was underage, communications that took place when she was aged 14 to 16.
Adams is said to have exposed himself during video phone sex calls with the girl, exchanging over 3,000 text messages with her in which he joked about her age, at one point writing, "If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” referring to the R&B singer who's been accused of having sex with underage women.
Adams has denied the claims, as well as others made in the Times piece that allege emotionally abusive and controlling behavior based on accounts by seven women and "more than a dozen associates" who spoke with the newspaper for the story, all of whom described similar experiences that were reportedly corroborated by family and friends and, in some cases, correspondence from Adams.
Also Thursday came news that the scheduled April 19 release of Adams' album, Big Colors, has been indefinitely put on hold in the wake of the new allegations, according to Billboard. Big Colors is the follow-up to Adams' 2017 #1 album, Prisoner. Big Colors has also been removed for pre-order from Adams' label's website.
Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKesha is setting sail on the high seas this weekend and she’s bringing Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness along for the ride. Can you believe?!
The Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride Fan Cruise kicks off Sunday, February 17 from Tampa, Florida and sails to Nassau, Bahamas. Along the way, there will be various forms of entertainment, including multiple appearances by JVN.
The self-care guru explains how he got involved: “I got an email from Kesha's team and they were like, ‘Do you wanna come, like, do your podcast live on this cruise?’ And I was like, ‘Yes.' And they're like, ‘We're also gonna have some gorgeous, like, drag competitions, do you wanna be a guest judge?’ And I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’”
Then they asked if he would do some stand-up comedy on the cruise.
“At the time I had done stand-up like five times and I was like, ‘Um, I dunno, lemme get back to you, like, lemme see how these next few months go,’” he says. “And it was great, so I'm gonna do some stand-up, so yeah it'll be really fun.”
Other than that, Jonathan says he’s never been on a cruise ship before so he doesn’t really know what to expect.
“Is it just like gorgeous food moments and like, uh, I wonder if there's an ice-skating rink on this one?” he ponders.
Not sure about the ice-skating rink, but the four-day cruise will feature activities such as "Lip Sync for Your Lifeboat," hosted by Kesha, and a variety of costumed theme nights.
Peter LindberghLady Gaga has added a couple of new tattoos to her collection.
One commemorates A Star Is Born with a huge rose running down the length of her spine and the words “La Vie En Rose” written in script along the stem. “La Vie En Rose” is the first song her character Ally sings in the film, catching the attention of Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine. It’s also the song Cooper heard Gaga sing in real life, which convinced him she needed to play the part.
“Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to ‘la vie en rose,’” Gaga wrote on Instagram along with a photo of the new ink. “…my spinal cord is now a rose.”
She also got a second tattoo of musical notes spelling out “GAGA” on her forearm. In something only a musician would notice, the first version of the tattoo was missing the fifth staff line. Gaga quickly got it fixed.
“Musical crisis averted,” she wrote. “Too many tequilas forgot the fifth staff line poor thing. Here’s the real deal.”
Courtesy of DKC O&MThe Michael Jackson stage musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, has scrapped its pre-Broadway run in Chicago due to “scheduling difficulties” caused by the recent Actors’ Equity strike, Deadline reports.
The show was initially supposed to make its debut at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29, going through December 1. Now, it will be making its world premiere on Broadway in summer 2020. A developmental work session for the show will take place this fall in New York.
According to Deadline, the 33-day Equity strike, which ended on February 8, restricted union members from participating in the developmental labs for Broadway musicals.
The decision to cancel the pre-Broadway dates was announced by The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, the producers of the musical.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough will be set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.
Capitol RecordsIf you’re experiencing Valentine’s Day blues this year, rising pop star Fletcher just might be the antidote.
Today she’s released the video for her brutally honest breakup song, “Undrunk,” where she sings about wishing she could turn back time and erase her heartbreak. The clip, while not a literal interpretation of the song, is personal just the same.
“I wanted it to just feel like super personal and really me and we shot some of it in Asbury Park, where I'm from in New Jersey,” she tells ABC Radio. “And it's sort of this contrast between me being alone and sort of this like grey, grungy Jersey vibe contrasted with shots in the desert with warm blues and yellows, reminiscing on being with a lover.”
Fletcher says she also wanted to “blur the lines of gender and sexuality and religion” with the visuals.
“The inspiration behind the video is just me hoping what I want the world to look like and what I want love to look like,” she says.
As for her feelings on today's romantic holiday, she thinks it's "so overrated."
"It sucks," she says, adding with a laugh, "I'm not feeling Valentine's Day today so I am gonna be blasting my own song."
“Undrunk” debuted as the number one most-added song at Top 40 radio and has amassed more than 3 million streams worldwide. Fletcher’s new EP is due out later this year.
Travis SchneiderAs a Valentine’s Day gift to fans, Maroon 5 has released a new animated lyric video for their mega-hit “Girls Like You.”
The video essentially tells the story of Adam Levine’s life, in cartoon form. It starts when he’s a baby, shows when he joined Maroon 5 and continues through meeting his wife Behati Prinsloo and having their two daughters together.
It ends with animated Adam cradling his wife and two baby girls.
“Girls Like You” is currently tied for the longest running top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 history, at 33 weeks. It ties with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor has released the video for her song “Marry Me” and – not surprisingly – it also doubles as her wedding video.
It features snippets from her December nuptials to Daryl Sabara, including the getting ready, walking down the aisle, vows and reception. It even includes shots of the surprise dance routine Daryl performed for Meghan.
Meghan wrote “Marry Me” just a month after meeting her now-husband. They ended up walking down the aisle to the song.
“Marry Me” is featured on her new EP The Love Train.
Zhamak FulladJust in time for Valentine's Day, Lauv and Troye Sivan have released the video for their anti-Valentine's Day song, "i'm so tired…"
In the video, the two singers are sick of seeing happy couples all around them.
"In 'i'm so tired...', Troye and I are bitter heartbroken ghosts amidst super-in-love couples who are being...all in love," Lauv says in a statement about the video. "It was freezing. Troye was harnessed on top of a car and I almost fell off a diner. It was fun."
The clip starts with Lauv in a diner, watching a young couple in love. He tries to interrupt their date by sitting on the table in between them, eating off their plates and drinking from the milkshake they're sharing.
When Troye's verse kicks in, we see him sitting on top of a car as it drives down the street. He stays on top of the car as the couple inside parks and starts to make out.
The video ends with Lauv setting off the alarm of another car, interrupting the couple's make out session.
Lauv has said this duet is the last song he'll be putting out until his debut album is ready.
Locomotion / Geffen RecordsHalsey is teaming up with her rumored boyfriend, British rocker Yungblud, for a new song called “11 Minutes.”
On the track, the two sing about failing to realize what you have until it’s taken away. "I'm 11 minutes away/And I have missed you all day," they sing.
The song also features Blink-182’s Travis Barker on the drums. You can download it now via digital outlets.
Meanwhile, Blink-182 recently revealed that they're working on a new song with The Chainsmokers, who collaborated with Halsey on the 2016 hit "Closer." On that song, Halsey sings, "Stay and play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."
Republic RecordsAriana Grande is showing fans how much she loves them this Valentine’s Day by releasing brand new merch.
She has stocked her website with thank u, next items including “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” candy hearts, plush heart-shaped pillows and sweatshirts. Plus, she’s selling the new single on vinyl and cassette.
Ariana also released “thank u, next” candy hearts, a “thank u, next” burn book, shot glasses and socks.
Meanwhile, Ariana's fans are showing her how much they love her right back. They've launched a #Boycott7Rings campaign, but not for the reasons you think. Fans are hoping if they boycott the song, it will help launch “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” to the top of the Billboard chart, giving Ariana her third number one in a row.
Ariana caught wind of the Twitter campaign and tweeted, “y’all are so insane and funny and i love u. nothings funnier than ‘boycott seven rings’..... i can’t lmao. whatever’s meant to be will be, babies i ain’t goin nowhere.”
ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry and Zeddlaunched a new song, as promised, at 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday morning -- precision that syncs perfectly with the brand new video for the track, "365."
In the video, Zedd is shown as a human test subject being profiled for pairing with a robotic mate, played by Perry.
While Zedd is psychologically profiled with questions like, "Define obsession. Define normal. Define love," the robo-Katy is being skinned, dressed, and paired with a test subject of her own: a teddy bear with the body of a man.
Having passed tests -- though the robotic version of Katy apparently hugs too hard -- she is dressed in a black-and-red vinyl dress with matching hat and meets her human companion.
However, as the song hints, the robot soon becomes obsessed with her human: "I think about you all the time," Katy sings, "...24/7, 365..."
Zedd's character can't take it, and tries to sleep by himself on the couch, but she's not having it. He finds out the hard way that the Katy bot still hasn't dropped her hugging glitch: she scoops him up and refuses to let go of him.
Katy bot sets off a series of electrical glitches in the apartment, until cops rush in and pry Zedd loose from her arms.
Robo-Katy is taken back and examined by techs, but is shut down after Zedd is asked if he felt anything for her. "No," he replies.
Katy is unplugged...and another in a series of waiting Katy bots is powered up for testing.
Zedd teased a Katy Perry collaboration as far back as November, when the DJ and producer posted a video of Katy's dog, Nugget, sitting on the mixing board in a recording studio.