Waffle House Tunie AwardsSales and chart positions are one way to measure a song's popularity, but if you want to know just how deeply a song has penetrated the country's consciousness, look no further than Waffle House.
Last night at the first Waffle House Tunie Awards, the list of the most popular songs played over the past 12 months on Waffle House TouchTunes Jukeboxes was revealed. The number one song was "Location" by Khalid, followed by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road." Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" came in at #3, followed by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" at #4.
Other songs that made the top 10 include "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes."
Also at the Tunie Awards, Michael Jackson was named most-played artist of 2018 on the Waffle House jukeboxes, while Imagine Dragons won the award for most-played rock song for "Thunder."
"That means the world to us," Imagine Dragons drummer Dan Platzman said of the win. "This is like you basically took our hearts, and you scattered, smothered, double-covered and peppered them."
Meredith TruaxMike Posner is a proud Detroit native, and he'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year in his hometown, rocking the crowd at Ford Field during the Detroit Lion's Thanksgiving game.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Mike will perform during halftime at the game, as the Lions take on the Chicago Bears.
The Lions often feature local talent at their annual Thanksgiving game: In 2015, Big Sean, who's also from Detroit, performed at halftime, and in 2016, the late Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem.
Mike recently released a new track called "Song About You." His new album is due early 2019.
NBCThe guest list for John Legend's holiday special A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy continues to grow.
E! Online reports that Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all appear on the special, because they'll be working with John on season 16 of The Voice in the spring of 2019. In addition, Kim Kardashian West and her mom Kris Jenner will drop by, as well comedian/actress Awkwafina from Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8.
As previously reported, Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, the Queer Eye Fab Five, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch and Zach Galifianakis will also be joining John and his wife Chrissy Teigen on the special.
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy airs Wednesday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, with a repeat scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Credit: Jon HoegLovelytheband is giving "Broken" the acoustic treatment. An unplugged version of the hit track is available now for digital download.
The original version of "Broken" -- which appears on lovelytheband's debut album, finding it hard to smile -- previously reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, and currently sits in the top 30 on the Hot 100.
Lovelytheband recently wrapped a headlining tour, and opened for Vance Joy and AWOLNATION this year. They're currently in Europe supporting 5 Seconds of Summer.
ABC/Heidi GutmanAlly Brooke has a Christmas gift for her fans today -- as promised, she's released a cover of Wham!'s yuletide classic, "Last Christmas."
Ally's released the song ahead of her performance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week: She'll be riding aboard the Nickelodeon Shimmer and Shine float.
Meanwhile, Ally has another treat for fans: She'll release a brand-new single called "Vámonos,” a Spanish-language collabo with Kris Kross Amsterdam & Messiah that she debuted at the ALMA Awards earlier this month.
As previously reported, Ally will release her inspirational memoir Finding Your Harmony in April. You can pre-order it on the Harper Collins website now.
Ally's official debut solo single will arrive early next year.
Carter SmithKelly Clarkson loves musical theater and musicals, and she's thrilled to be included on the new album The Greatest Showman Reimagined, which features pop stars singing new versions of songs from the hit Hugh Jackman movie. While she's never been in a musical herself -- no, From Justin to Kelly doesn't count -- she may be involved in one behind the scenes.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kelly says, "I would really love to do something on Broadway one day. And honestly, I’m [exploring] the idea of doing a kids thing right now that might involve me a tiny bit."
She explains, "I’m a mom and I always go to Broadway, and yeah, there’s Frozen, which is amazing, and there are a few things that are for kids, but there aren’t really new originals, like Annie...original things that make kids totally inspired and make you want to be a part of it."
"So a couple of my friends and I are talking and I’m kind of working on something — but more behind the scenes — that might have a small part for me," she finishes.
As for her doing Broadway, Kelly complains, "I don’t have the time! Like, we’re shooting a couple seasons of The Voice, and then I’m doing a talk show, and then we’re going on tour, so there’s just never time to do it."
That's why Kelly may have to settle for doing something onscreen.
"I love the idea of doing a movie musical because I also grew up on all the Barbra [Streisand] ones and the Bette [Midler] ones and all those," she tells EW.
As for The Greatest Showman, Kelly's a huge fan. She tells EW, "It’s very rare to have a movie musical that’s not cheesy but is, like, so moving and inspiring and just cool."
Travis SchneiderWhile most people assume that Maroon 5 is performing at the Super Bowl next year, it hasn't been officially confirmed. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Ellen tried to get her pal Adam Levine to admit that he and the band have the gig -- and by refusing to confirm it, Adam pretty much did confirm it.
"It's a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It's definitely a rumor and the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing," Adam told Ellen after she asked him about it.
"It's a great event and there's gonna be a band performing, or an artist of some kind of performing at half-time," Adam said, as the audience laughed. "Regardless of who it is."
When asked how he thinks whoever is playing the Super Bowl must feel about the gig, Adam got a huge laugh when he said, "Whoever is lucky enough to get that gig probably is gonna crush it."
"Whoever does it is probably equal parts nervous and excited," he added, but noted, "This is all speculative because I don't know who I'm talking about!"
"If it were me, I'd be nervous, it's like a billion gajillion people," he continued. "So if I were doing it -- which I can't confirm or deny I am -- I would be excited...I just can't wait to watch."
Despite the unconfirmed nature of the rumor, there's currently a petition calling for Maroon 5 to withdraw from the Super Bowl in solidarity with those athletes who've taken a knee rather than standing for the national anthem. More than 43,000 people have signed it.
ABC/Image Group LABebe Rexha's spent all year hanging out with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line as they performed their smash hit "Meant to Be" at concerts and on various TV shows. But on Wednesday night's Country Music Association Awards, Bebe was starstruck when she met a completely different country artist -- who also happens to be her culinary idol.
The star in question: Trisha Yearwood, the award-winning country singer who's also created her own cooking empire, featuring her own products, cookbooks and a TV show. Speaking to People TV on the CMA red carpet, Bebe said she was "freaking out" because she'd met Trisha.
"She's a strong woman, and I really look up to her," gushed Bebe. "And I've always wanted a cooking show. I'm not the best cook, but I feel like the way she transitioned from music to cooking...she's amazing! And I wanna try her food so bad!"
Then, when Trisha happened to walk by again, Bebe called her over and begged her to teach her how to make "really good fried chicken."
"You're such an inspiration to me as a woman," she fangirled.
"O.K., you just need to come over to my house. We'll make chicken together, it'll be really easy," Trisha replied. "And I'm not just kidding -- we totally will do it."
"You don't understand! I'm freaking out!" Bebe squealed. "This is the highlight!"
Presumably, an invite to Trisha's house makes up for the fact that "Meant to Be" failed to take home the CMA Award for Single of the Year. And when Bebe and Trisha do get together to cook, maybe Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks, will be around to sample their work.
ABC/Adam RoseJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are selling their New York City penthouse for a lot less than they bargained for.
According to New York Post’s Page Six, the apartment, in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, is in contract to be sold for $6.35 million, down from the original just-under-$8-million asking price earlier this year.
The penthouse features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a massive living room and a wraparound terrace.
Justin and Jessica currently live in a Tribeca apartment in a star-studded building that also counts Meg Ryan and recent renters The Weeknd and Bella Hadid as residents.
Meanwhile, Justin’s bruised vocal cords have forced him to cancel even more shows on his Man of the Woods tour. His concert in Portland, Oregon tonight, as well as his November 18 and 20 shows in Sacramento and Anaheim, have been pushed back to February.
Dennis LeupoldThe upcoming release from a member of Fifth Harmony isn't a song: It's a book.
Ally Brooke has written a memoir called Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith and Achieve More than You Can Imagine. According to the publisher, it'll hit store shelves April 2, 2019.
On Instagram, Ally wrote, "MAMA WROTE A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my first one! Guys, I’ve always wanted to write my story and ultimately help others through it. I have been through so much, and at times I thought it would never get better, but through faith, family, you, amazing friends, music, and love, I am at a place in life where I finally am truly happy, and living out some of my biggest dreams."
She added, "This book is another dream of mine come to life, and I can finally share with u. I’ve been working on this in private for a very long time. I have so much to tell."
According to the publisher, the book will detail how Ally navigated her quick but not always harmonious rise to fame by "staying true to herself and her faith." It will also offer "practical advice" that readers who are going through difficult times can apply to their own lives.
Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony's Normani has dropped another new track. This one's called "Waves," and it features 6LACK. She debuted it live last month when she performed at the Tidal X concert.
As previously reported, Normani will open for Ariana Grande on the U.S. leg of her Sweetener world tour, kicking off March 18 in Albany, NY.
Big Hit Entertainment/Trafalgar ReleasingBTS is on the big screen.
The K-pop boy band phenomenon has released a concert film, Burn the Stage: The Movie, which is now available for viewing in over 70 countries across the globe.
The movie features an intimate look at the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour, which drew more than 550,000 fans across 40 concerts in 19 cities. It not only includes concert footage, but also a glimpse into the everyday lives of the seven band members: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook.
For the uninitiated, BTS is an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" in Korean. In 2017, the band also announced the acronym could stand for “Beyond the Scene."
In related news, the group's management company, Big Hit Entertainment, has apologized for a recent string of controversies involving clothing worn by its members. One member was photographed wearing a shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, while another member was seen wearing a hat with a Nazi symbol.
Big Hit Entertainment posted a statement on Facebook saying it doesn't condone the use of atomic weapons, totalitarian beliefs or Nazism. It also asks fans to blame them, and not BTS, for not "providing the necessary and careful support to our artist that may have prevented these issues."
The statement added, "We would like to again offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has suffered pain, distress and discomfort due to our shortcomings."
Conor McDonnellEllie Goulding has lined up some big names for her annual charity concert.
The December 20th event, taking place at Wembley SSE Arena in the U.K., will raise money for Streets of London, a charity that funds projects that help homeless people turn their lives around.
Dua Lipa and Bastille will join Ellie at the event, as will Grace Carter, Sigrid, Jax Jones and others to be announced. Tickets are now available for pre-order -- they go on sale Friday.
Ellie's been holding the annual concert since 2014. During that time, she's helped raise more than $380,000 for the cause. In a statement, she says, "Every year the event we’ve done for Streets of London has been absolutely magical and moving, I know this year will be the greatest yet.”
Ellie recently released her first new music since a 2017 collaborative single with Kygo. The new track, "Close to Me," is a collaboration with Swae Lee and Diplo.
Courtesy Amazon MusicIt's not even Thanksgiving yet but Katy Perry is already celebrating the holiday season with a new yuletide tune, "Cozy Little Christmas."
The song is available to stream or download exclusively through Amazon Music -- you can also say, "Alexa, play Katy Perry’s new holiday song.” According to Amazon, "Cozy Little Christmas," co-written by Katy, was inspired by a holiday season spent with family in Copenhagen, Denmark, though the lyrics are more romantic than family-friendly.
"Our love is something priceless/I don't need diamonds, no sparkly things/'Cause you can't buy this feeling," Katy sings. "Nothing lights my fire or wraps me up, baby, like you do/Just want a cozy, a cozy little Christmas here with you."
At one point, Katy also sings, "I don't need anything/Take back all the Cartier, and the Tiffanys and the Chanel" -- and then adds, "Well, can I keep that Chanel? Please?"
Image Group LA/ABCJustin Bieber has no plans to return to music just yet.
Sources tell People the singer has scaled back on work in order to spend more time with his new wife, Hailey Baldwin, and figure out what he wants to do next.
“He’s happy and content,” the source says. “He is in love with Hailey. She encourages him to do whatever he wants to do, and is encouraging him in this season of self-discovery.”
The insider adds that Justin isn’t too keen on people bugging him to get back into the studio or go on tour. Despite his last album being called Purpose, Justin is still searching for his.
“He’s thinking, ‘Hey, maybe it’s not music. Maybe there are other things I should be doing,” the source says. “So while he’s figuring it out, the last thing he needs is people asking him when he’s going back into the studio.”
Justin is apparently looking to make a positive contribution to the world.
“He truly wants to make the world a better place, and he’s self-aware enough to know that some of his previous choices may not have accomplished that,” the source says. “So he’s working through it, which really should be applauded. It’s a very mature thing to do.”
RCA RecordsZayn’s long-awaited collaboration with Nicki Minajhas arrived.
The duet, “No Candle No Light,” tells the story of a relationship that’s burning out. Instead of rapping, Nicki opts to show off her singing voice on the track.
Nicki had originally teased the collaboration way back in October of last year, calling it her “favorite song of all time.”
Zayn has been releasing a steady stream of singles as fans patiently await his sophomore solo album. Earlier this month, he assured fans that an album will be coming soon.
“I hear you guys.. I know you want a date for the album and I do too,” he tweeted. “The label is holding me back but I promise I am doing everything I can to get my music to you. Thank you.. You will hear from me soon.”
Meanwhile, in a new interview with British Vogue, Zayn chats about another former duet partner, Taylor Swift. He seemingly confirmed a popular Taylor conspiracy about how she avoids the paparazzi.
“She was traveling around in a suitcase,” he told the mag.
Of course, it's entirely possible Zayn's joking. Back in 2017, two men were photographed carrying a large black suitcase out of Taylor's New York City apartment. Somehow rumors got started that she had stuffed herself into some luggage in order to leave her home undetected.
ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga was forced to evacuate her house in Malibu due to the deadly fires in California, but that hasn't stopped her from trying to raise the spirits of other people who've been similarly affected.
On Wednesday, Gaga dropped by a shelter at Pacific Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles to cheer up those who'd been affected by fires.
The L.A. School Police Department tweeted a photo of a dressed-down Gaga posing with an officer, and wrote, "Thank you @ladygaga for visiting the shelter at Pacific Palisades Charter High School and showing support to all those who have been affected by the #WoolseyFire. The LA School Police Department truly appreciates your generosity and #kindness.
On Tuesday, which also was World Kindness Day, Gaga posted photos to her Instagram story of herself wearing a "Malibu" baseball cap and delivering pizza, gift cards and coffee to a Red Cross shelter in the L.A. area.
In other Lady Gaga news, she was referenced several times at last night's Country Music Association Awards. The hosts, country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, sang a song called "A Star Is Bored," inspired by her movie, while country group Lady Antebellum gave a shout-out to Gaga as well.
Courtesy of BillboardSince Shawn Mendes often performs to massive crowds at huge venues around the world, you'd think his biggest fear might be stage fright, or losing his voice, but according to Shawn, what he's most afraid of is being onstage and having to go to the bathroom.
At a panel during Billboard's Live Music Summit, Shawn was asked, "What's the last thing you do before you go onstage?" Shawn replied, "Pee...like, 10 times!"
As the crowd laughed, Shawn explained, "I'm so worried I'm gonna have to pee so bad onstage, so I'm running back and forth before the show...It's actually a really big fear of mine!" He revealed that it actually happened to him once, and he found it so distracting that he swore he'd never let it happen again.
Also during the panel, Shawn revealed that his favorite song to perform is his latest hit, "In My Blood."
"I wrote it...after seeing [the band Kings of Leon] live and being like, 'This is what music is. This is live, drums, people are clapping, it's this big chant, this big anthem,'" he told the audience.
"We do this thing at the end where we get the whole crowd singing the big anthem chant, and...I've decided I'm not gonna [be able to] beat that feeling."
That's just one way that Shawn says he connects with his audiences. As he told the crowd, "Onstage, there's this massive wall, and if you can't break down the wall, nobody's gonna feel that connection."
He added, "So the second you get onstage, you have to smash this wall and it becomes this breathing thing -- it's a live thing that happens. It's special."
Billboard has named Shawn its 2018 Live Music Artist of the Year.
Credit: Edward CookeHozier has released a new song called "Movement." The soulful track is available now for digital download.
"Movement" is accompanied by an emotional video starring Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, who can also be seen in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. You can watch the video now on YouTube.
"I was incredibly proud to work with @sergeipolunin_ on the video for #Movement," Hozier tweeted about the clip. "He's a once in a generation talent and a man of incredible skill and artistry."
"Movement" follows Hozier's recent four-song EP Nina Cried Power, which was released in September. He hasn't released a full-length album since his 2014 self-titled debut, which spawned the huge hit "Take Me to Church."
ABC/Paula LoboAs the Backstreet Boys prepare to hit the road next year on their recently-announce DNA World Tour, they’re also preparing to bring their families along for the ride.
“We have a family room backstage for the family and the wives and the kids to hang out in,” Kevin Richardson tells People. “It used to be the VIP room, stocked with alcohol for our friends and different people that come to see the show, but now it’s the family room.”
Nick Carter jokingly adds, “It’s the VIB room, Very Important Baby. It’ll be daddy daycare.”
Nick has a two-year-old son named Odin, Kevin is dad to 11-year-old Mason and five-year-old Maxwell, Howie Dorough has a nine-year-old son named James and a five-year-old son named Holden, AJ McLean has a six-year-old daughter, Ava, and 20-month-old daughter Lyric, and Brian Littrell has a 16-year-old son, Baylee.
“It’s amazing to be able to have that balance now intertwining them in with us to be able to go do our work but then at the same time take some downtime and enjoy family time,” Howie says.
BSB’s 10th studio album, DNA, comes out January 25 and their tour kicks off May 11 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for HFAImagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and his estranged wife Aja Volkman are trying to reconcile their relationship, US Weeklyreports.
A source close to the couple tells the celebrity mag, "Dan and Aja are trying to works things out."
In an interview with Apple Music last week, Reynolds revealed that he and Volkman, who announced their separation this past April, were "kind of back together."
"This last year, I went through a divorce, but we never signed the papers," Reynolds said. "I've been home and we kind of decided, well, let's just hold off for a minute. Now, we're kind of dating, and it's weird because we're separated, but we're dating."
On November 4, Reynolds and Volkman attended the Hollywood Film Awards together in Los Angeles, where Dan's documentary Believer was honored with the Hollywood Documentary Award.
And if you need even more evidence that things are good between the two couple, Reynolds tweeted "I love Aja Volkman" on Tuesday.
In announcing their separation earlier this year, Reynolds wrote, "After 7 beautiful years together, Aja and I's marriage has come to an end. Our children continue to be the most important thing in our lives, & we will continue to co-parent them with all our love."
Reynolds and Volkman have three children: six-year-old Arrow and one-year-old twins Coco and Gia.