Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGAriana Grande isn't one of the many celebrities who make cameos in Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” video, but Taylor included the next best thing: a drag queen Ariana impersonator.
After seeing the video, Ariana took to her Instagram Story to praise both Taylor and Tatianna, the drag queen who played her.
"[Thank you] for having me in your video I was amazing @taylorswift,” Ariana jokes. “Jk @tatiannagram you f****** killed it, love u & am honored.”
Ariana adds, “Taylor, congrats on YNTCD. I f****** love it and the message sooooo much."
The video, which promotes acceptance and celebrates gay pride, also features drag queen versions of Adele, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Beyonce and more. Ariana is a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Andrew MacPhersonPink released a surprise gift for fans Tuesday: a video for her emotional duet with Wrabel, “90 Days.”
The clip, Pink explains, was shot “just for fun” with husband Carey Hart and directed by one of her dancers.
“I ran around the streets of Portland and Detroit while we were on tour and we shot a video for one of my favorite songs from Hurts 2B Human, ‘90 Days,’” the singer says on Instagram.
The video begins with Carey watching a YouTube clip of Pink on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, while she stares at him from across the table. We then see happy shots of her and Carey dancing in the kitchen and driving around together, intercut with scenes of Pink wrestling with her feelings while sitting in a bathtub fully clothed.
In the song, she sings about an underlying fear that the person she loves will leave her.
“If I'm just somebody that you're gonna leave/And you don't feel something when you look at me/You're holdin' my heart, mmm, whatcha say?/Just let me down slowly, I'll be okay,” she sings.
Tonight, Pink plays the RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland on her Beautiful Trauma tour.
Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran went through his contacts list and recruited all the people for his new album, No. 6 Collaborations Project.
On Instagram, Ed has shared the track listing for the upcoming project, due July 12, and it features stars from the worlds of pop, country, R&B and rap. Among the bigger names Ed worked with: Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, country superstar Chris Stapleton, Cardi B, 50 Cent and Eminem.
Khalid, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Meek Mill,Travis Scott, Young Thug and Skrillex are also part of the lineup.
"Thanks to all the amazing artists I’ve worked with on this record for sharing your talent with me. No. 6 Collaborations Project comes out on July 12, hope you like it as much as I do," he captioned the track list.
Two songs from the album -- "I Don't Care" with Justin Bieber and "Cross Me" with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock -- have already been released.
As previously reported, Ed decided to make No. 6 Collaborations Project a kind of sequel to his 2011 EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project.
Here's the track listing:
"Beautiful People" feat. Khalid "South of the Border" feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B "Cross Me" feat. Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock "Take Me Back to London" feat. Stormzy "Best Part of Me" feat. Yebba "I Don't Care" feat. Justin Bieber "Antisocial" feat. Travis Scott "Remember the Name" feat. Eminem and 50 Cent "Feels" feat. Young Thug and J Hus "Put It All on Me" feat. Ella Mai "Nothing on You" feat. Paulo Londra & Dave "I Don't Want Your Money" feat. H.E.R. "1000 Nights" feat. Meek Mill & A Boogie with Da Hoodie "Way to Break My Heart" feat. Skrillex "Blow" feat. Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton
TAS Rights ManagementWe know Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have been on good terms for a while now, but they went public in Taylor’s new video for “You Need to Calm Down,” embracing lovingly while dressed as a burger and fries.
In a new interview with BBC Radio 1 Taylor explains that she initially pitched the video idea to Katy via text and wasn’t sure if she’d be down to do it -- but Katy was on board.
"I sent it to her and she was like, ‘I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness,’" Taylor says.
She adds that the idea for the burger and fries costumes wasn’t part of her initial treatment, but she was inspired by Katy’s burger outfit at the MET Gala after-party this year.
“I was like, ‘Can we do a burger and fries as, like, a metaphor for two people who belong together?’ Like people who are a perfect pair,” Taylor says. “And she thought it was really funny, so we did it.”
As Taylor previously stated, the two former rivals buried the hatchet after Katy sent a note and an actual olive branch to Taylor before her Reputation tour. When they ran into each other again, Taylor says, they realized they had “grown past allowing ourselves to be pitted against each other."
In other Taylor news, she's thrilled that Cher has retweeted the scene from the video that shows a framed slogan reading, "I am a rich man." That's what Cher claims she told her mom, after her mom suggested she "marry a rich man."
Taylor wrote, "When you have a song about being calm and the video has a Cher quote in it and she posts it so henceforth you are not able to be calm anymore."
Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesVictoria “Posh Spice” Beckham decided not to join the Spice Girls on stage for their U.K. reunion shows -- but she didn’t come out to see the group perform, either.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Mel B, aka Scary Spice, says she was disappointed Victoria didn’t attend any of the shows in support of her group mates.
"I expected her to come and just say hi at least. Not even on stage, just as an audience member supporting," she says. "I'm sure she has her reasons for not. I've already said, 'Yeah, I was upset,' I still am a little bit. It is what it is and us girls, we all support each other no matter what."
She clarified that there is no rift between them. "We're all adults, we all have to respectfully get on with whatever,” she says. “But it is a bit disappointing, let's put it that way."
When asked if superfan Adele could join the group as the next Posh, Mel B said, "Adele is Adele and there's only one Posh, come on!"
According to Victoria’s Instagram, she and husband David were away at a wedding in Spain on Saturday – the day of the Spice Girls’ final show in London. Ahead of the first show in Dublin, Ireland last month, Victoria had written on Instagram, “Good luck to the girls today as they start their tour!”
Columbia Records"Old Town Road" just keeps on going: The song by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for an 11th week.
The last time a song spent that long on top was last February, when Drake's "God's Plan" started an 11-week run that lasted through April. "Old Town Road" is only the 25th song in the history of the Hot 100 to spend 11 weeks or more at #1.
"Old Town Road" is also on its third week at #1 on Billboard's Songs of the Summer.
Lil Nas' X's debut EP, 7, is due out on Friday.
Speaking of Drake, his new collaboration with Chris Brown, "No Guidance," debuts at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. That gives Drake's 24th top 10 hit, which ties him with TheBeatles. The only artist who's had more is Madonna, with 38.
You Tuber-turned-pop star AJ Mitchell is on the rise, thanks to his first radio hit, "All My Friends." The 18-year-old singer left school a few years ago to pursue music full time but continued his education online, and graduated from high school this year. But unlike other young stars who complete their studies on the road, AJ says he didn't have to sacrifice attending his prom.
"I actually did go to prom. I went to two proms!" the Belleville, IL native laughs. "I went home and I did prom there. It was super fun, actually: I got to see all my friends that I haven't seen in like two or three years...it was actually kind of weird seeing them 'cause they're all like grown up, and I had no idea like who they were! I was like, "Wait, is that Ryan?"
And that's not all -- AJ also squeezed another prom into his busy schedule.
"I also went to prom in Denver," he tells ABC Radio. "It was my manager's little sister's prom and she asked me to go, and I was like, 'Yeah, for sure.' So I got to crash two proms this year! Which is a goal. Which is success!"
Speaking of success, AJ just released another single and video, "Talk Too Much." He's also got more new music on the way, according to his record label.
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift and Katy Perry were once rivals, but now they go together like burgers and fries.
Taylor’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down” features Katy in a hamburger costume and Taylor dressed like an order of French fries embracing lovingly. Now Taylor reveals that the two former frenemies buried the hatchet quite some time ago.
“She sent me a really nice note and an olive branch — like an actual olive branch — to my tour when it started, the Reputation Stadium Tour, a while ago,” Taylor tells U.K.’s Capital Breakfast radio show. “From that point on, we’ve been on good terms.”
Taylor says the two eventually ran into each other at a party and hugged it out in person, and then hung out at another party after that.
“It was just, like, something felt so much lighter about my life when things became really good between us,” she says.
But before they went public with their reconciliation, Taylor says they wanted to make sure things were “solid” between them - and now it seems things are.
On Monday, Katy shared photos from the music video set, captioning it, “This meal is BEEF-free.” Taylor also posted a pic of the two in their burger and fries costumes, writing, “A happy meal.”
Courtesy Kraft Heinz First, Ed Sheeran reached out to Heinz online to tell them he had a great idea for a Heinz Ketchup commercial. Then, he and Heinz teamed up to release his very own "Edchup," which quickly sold out. Now, Ed's idea, which started the whole thing, has finally become a reality.
The ad starts with the words, "Based on a real DM from Ed Sheeran." Ed narrates the commercial, which shows him going to a "super-posh" restaurant, where he sits down and the waiter offers him lots of fancy-schmancy food.
When the food arrives, Ed describes how the waiter starts extolling the restaurant's "farm-to-table blah blah blah, posh and fancy blah blah blah, with a side of blah blah blah."
"Y'know, the food looked good," Ed continues. "I just thought there was something missing. So I reach into my bag and I take out the only thing that can complete me. And at that point, the whole world came to a stop."
We see Ed pulling out a bottle of Heinz, as everyone in the restaurant, including the waiter, freezes and looks on with horror as he proceeds to douse the fancy-schmancy food with ketchup.
"The waiter was screaming through his eyes, 'Nooooo!'" Ed concludes. "So that's my idea. Wanna do it?"
In the comments section, it says, "Heinz Tomato Ketchup superfan Ed Sheeran, came to us with a great idea for a Heinz Advert based on his own experience. We were thrilled to make it happen. From one super fan to another. It has to be Ed Sheeran and Heinz."
Republic RecordsHappiness continues for the Jonas Brothers: Their reunion album, Happiness Begins, debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album – the band’s first new release since 2009 – becomes the biggest debut of 2019 with a total of 414,000 units sold. It surpasses Ariana Grande’s thank u, next, which debuted at number one with 360,000 units in February.
Happiness Begins also has the largest week in traditional album sales since Taylor Swift’s Reputation, which sold 1.22 million albums in 2017. Of the total units sold, the JoBros generated 357,000 in traditional album sales. Those sales were boosted by a deal which offered a ticket to the group's upcoming arena tour to anyone who purchased the album.
The album is also the biggest streaming album of the week, with about 68 million audio streams for its songs, including the hits “Sucker” and “Cool.”
"Honestly blown away by the official first week numbers of #HappinesBegins thank you to every single one of you for making this chapter of our journey so incredible. It’s all because of you. We love you," Nick Jonastweeted Monday.
The Jonas Brothers kick off their Happiness Begins Tour in Miami on August 7.
Valheria RochaTaylor Swift's new album isn't out until August, but it's already setting records.
According to Apple Music, Lover is the most pre-added album by a female artist on its first day ever on the streaming platform. It scored nearly 179,000 pre-adds worldwide, breaking a previous record set by Ariana Grande's most recent album, thank u, next.
Lover has also set the record for the most pre-added pop album on its first day worldwide.
Lover officially opened for pre-adds on June 13. Since then, it's scored a total of just over 222,000 pre-adds worldwide. It's due out August 23.
Meanwhile, E! Online has pointed out that, among the many blink-and-you'll miss it moments in Taylor's new video for "You Need to Calm Down" is a shot that comes about a minute and 26 seconds into the clip. You can see protesters marching in a circle next to a trailer that has the word "Hillcrest" written on it.
E! notes that the San Diego Pride Parade will be taking place July 13 and it will start at a place called "Hillcrest Pride Flag." Since "13" is Taylor's favorite number, could she be teasing an appearance at the event?
Another item of note in the video: The framed picture you see in the clip that says "Mom, I am a rich man" is a reference to a Cher interview from 1996, where she remembered that her mom once told her, "One day you should settle down and marry a rich man." To which Cher replied, "Mom, I am a rich man."
Does this mean Cher is a guest on the album? Hey, when it comes to Taylor, nothing's out of the question.
Getty Images North America via ABC/John Shearer/AMA2018Ever since Camila Cabello tweeted a brief clip last week of herself singing what appeared to be a new song, fans have been clamoring for more information. Camila hopped on Twitter on Monday to give them some answers to their questions...but unfortunately nothing as definite as a title and release date.
"If you could describe the new album as food, what would it be and why?" one fan asked. "probably like HOT SAUCE with Nutella," Camila replied.
"And what if it was something to drink?" another fan asked.
"I’d say like a MARGARITA with some hot sauce and Nutella in it," Camila replied.
All this talk of food led one fan to comment, "Mom we are HUNGRY," to which she replied, "dinner coming SOONER THAN YOU THINK GOODBYE."
But on a more serious note, when a fan asked, "is there a theme for this album or any concepts we should look out for that are important??" Camila said, "Ugh. Yes. Can't tell you tho."
Finally, when a fan asked if she considers this album to be more important than her debut, she said, "Different stages of my life, but yeah- I feel like this one feels like I’ve captured my essence more."
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCLorde has confirmed that she's working on her next album.
In a since-expired Instagram Story, captured by the @LordeDaily fan account, the New Zealand singer-songwriter reveals that her third record, the follow-up to 2017's Melodrama, is "in the oven."
Lorde made the announcement on the two-year anniversary of the Grammy-nominated album Melodrama, which spawned the lead single "Green Light." In the post, she thanked fans for their support of the album.
"Want to say thank you for how you took that record and made it your own," she wrote. "Swells my damn heart thinking about your love for it and your willingness to go there with me and to dance the way we did together."
Last November, Lorde said she hadn't yet "started properly" on the new album, but had "little bits" of ideas forming. She added that she'd be "keeping it simple" with the the material, which would likely be more piano-based.
Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesMost Adele fans know how much the superstar loves the Spice Girls, so it was a dream come true for her to attend the closing night of the British girl group's reunion tour in London a few days ago. But she didn't just attend the show -- she got to hang out with Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger, too.
"Oiii last time I saw the Spice Girls at Wembley was 21 years ago!" Adele captioned a series of photos and videos of herself and her friends on the way to the show, dancing and singing to "Spice Up Your Life" and more.
"Tonight with my nearest and dearest i cried, laughed, screamed, danced, reminisced and fell back in love with my 10 year old self," she continued. "It’s no secret how much I love them, how much they inspired me to run for my life and never look back."
"I finally got to meet Ginger, I got drunk with the girls and quite frankly I can’t believe how far I’ve come. Thank you for the madness I get to live, I couldn’t have got here without you 5 BRITISH legends! I love you!" she concluded.
The Spice Girls posted a photo of themselves posing with Adele, writing, "Thank you for coming to celebrate with us last night @adele we love you!!!"
There's still no word on whether or not the Spice Girls' tour will hit the U.S. The group posted a photo of the final show with the caption, "We are so grateful to everyone who made this tour possible and of course every single one of you who came out and sang with us."
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift debuted the highly-anticipated music video for her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down" on Good Morning America Monday.
And yes, the video shows the long-hoped for reconciliation between Taylor and Katy Perry.
The pop music superstar's latest video for the pro-LGBTQ track also features cameos from an all-star lineup of guests, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Dexter Mayfield, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Ciara, RuPaul, Jonathan Van Ness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Adam Rippon and Hannah Hart.
In the video, as in the song, Taylor takes down those who protest the LGBTQ community: Those who "need to calm down" are shown as gap-toothed yokels, shaking anti-gay signs.
The video, set in a technicolor trailer park, shows that who's who of stars from the LGBTQ community strutting their stuff and living their life regardless -- including drag performer versions of Taylor, Adele, and others -- and even a same-sex wedding.
At one point, Taylor, dressed as a pack of French fries, locks eyes with Perry, wearing a hamburger costume, like she famously did during the Met Gala. The one-time enemies then come together as naturally as, well, a burger and fries.
The pair hold hands and slow-dance, as Taylor rests her head lovingly on Katy's bun.
"You Need to Calm Down," was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, Lover, which will be out on Aug. 23.
"You Need to Calm Down," was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, Lover, which will be out on Aug. 23.
The tune also dropped in the middle of Pride Month, and in the lyric video, Swift gives a nod to the organization GLAAD, singing: "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" GLAAD is an organization that calls attention to LGBTQ representation in media.
Lover will have 18 tracks, the most Swift has ever put on a single album. There will also be four deluxe editions available at Target, each with unique content.
After taking a brief hiatus from music, Ellie Goulding returned with "Close to Me," a collaboration with Diplo featuring Swae Lee. It's since become a huge hit, topping Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart and reaching number two on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Ellie says she had a feeling there was something special about the song.
"'Close to Me' came quite easy," she told ABC Radio after performing in New York's Central Park on Friday as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert series.
"It started off as kind of joke, which a lot of songs do, y'know, you just mess around and just experiment. And then it turned into a song, and actually just had something about it."
Ellie explains, "I think with songs, you just get this feeling...you know something might be technically sounding really good or it might sound current, but that if it hasn't got that magic....I feel like 'Close to Me' just had that kind of magic something."
"Close to Me" took months and months to climb to the top of the chart, but Ellie says she was fine with that.
"I love that idea because it means that it changed something, and it was different...it was a different thing to be on the radio," she tells ABC Radio.
In addition to "Close to Me's" success, Ellie has something else to celebrate: She got engaged last August to her boyfriend, Caspar Jopling, and wedding plans are underway.
"Yeah it's coming! It's this year, so I'm gonna be a married woman soon, which is quite scary," she laughs. "But you know it's all very natural....I feel like it's all in the right place, and it's great! Feeling good!"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Swift; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AEGTaylor Swift is taking her newfound role as an LGBTQ ally seriously.
On Friday, the same day she released her new single "You Need to Calm Down" -- which speaks out against homophobia and online hate -- she made a surprise appearance at a Pride celebration at New York City's Stonewall Inn. You can watch fan-shot video of her singing "Shake It Off" on YouTube.
The event, sponsored by sports and live entertainment company AEG, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U.S. AEG has also pledged its support to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which is working on developing an LGBTQ anti-bias training standard.
Taylor performed with a pink acoustic guitar, wearing sparkly shorts and a pink blouse. She was joined by the evening's host, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who tweeted out video of them singing "Shake It Off."
Other performers included Sara Bareilles, Broadway star Gavin Creel and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria.
Taylor's appearance at the Stonewall Inn comes in the wake of her starting a petition in support of the Equality Act, and the letter she wrote to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, urging him to vote for the Act when it goes before the Senate.
Peggy SirotaThe Jonas Brothers may hail from New Jersey, but they’re getting a street named after them in Albany, NY.
According to The Daily Gazette, the honorary street sign for “Jonas Brothers Way” was unveiled in New York's capital Friday ahead of the group’s upcoming concert there on August 19.
The tour stop at the Times Union Center will mark the trio’s first time playing Albany since their 2005 Palace Theatre show, when they opened for the Cheetah Girls.
If you’re in Albany, you can catch the street sign on S. Pearl Street – but it’s only temporary. It’ll be up through the JoBros’ show date.
It wasn’t actually the city – or the even the fans – who lobbied for the street name, though. Tour promoter LiveNation asked for the street’s temporary renaming, the Times Union Center's general manager Bob Belber tells The Daily Gazette.
“This is just a great promotional method of informing the public that the Jonas Bros tour is coming to Albany on August 19th,” Belber said. “Very creative.”
ABC/Rick RowellIn a new YouTube video, Jennifer Lopez opens up about her first two marriages and why she feels they "don't count."
The actress/singer, who’s currently engaged to Alex Rodriguez, says her marriages to Ojani Noa, from 1997 to 1998, and dancer Cris Judd, from 2001 to 2003, were too short and she was too young.
“I’ve been married three times: once was nine months and once was 11 months. So I don’t really count those,” she says.
She adds, “I was married to Marc [Anthony] for 10 years with the kids. I was very young the first two times I tried to get married -- I’m saying tried to get married.”
J.Lo admits in the past, she got married for the wrong reasons.
“It seems like in this life you’re always surrounded by people so you’re never lonely but it’s very lonely,” she says. “…So I felt like if I got married, then I would always have somebody, but that’s not how life works. That’s not how it goes. It's bad reason to get married.”
She’s in the midst of her It’s My Party tour right now, but Jennifer says she’s planning to tie the knot with Rodriguez next year in a big church wedding, which she's never had.
Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa are set to take home prizes at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, taking place in London next month.
The awards are presented annually by Nordoff Robbins, a British charity that provides music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people in the U.K. They recognize musicians who support the charity's work.
Ed will be honored with the overall O2 Silver Clef Award
"I want to thank Nordoff Robbins and O2 for the award...this means a lot and I want to applaud Nordoff Robbins for all the wonderful work they do through music therapy,” he says in a statement obtained by U.K.'s The List.
Sam Smith will take home the AEG Best Male Award, while Dua Lipa will be honored with the Smule Best Female Award.
"Music is my life, so I can't think of a better charity to be supporting than one which uses music to enrich the lives of others,” Dua says in a statement. “I can't wait to be there on the day to receive this award!"
Other winners include up-and-coming singer Mabel, who'll get the Ticketmaster Best Newcomer Award, The Black Eyed Peas, who'll get The Raymond Weil Best International Group Award, and electro-pop band Years & Years, who'll receive the Hard Rock Café Best Group prize.
The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards will be held July 5 at the Grosvenor [GROVE-ner] House Hotel in London.