With TV appearances including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a headlining U.S. tour, a gold single and now the release of his debut album, A Place We Knew, Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis has discovered that making it big in America hasn't been nearly as hard as he thought. It's been a pleasant surprise for a guy who thought U.S. success was just a pipe dream.
"We have this thing in Australia...everyone knows it: to break in America, it's impossible," Dean tells ABC Radio. "I guess now maybe it's becoming a smaller world....but in the past, it's been impossible."
"You also hear about how slow things move in America, on radio and stuff like that, but for me it's been quite fast," he marvels. "So everything that I've heard about here -- and the impossibility of it -- all seems very possible right now."
Friday's release of A Place We Knew follows the global success of Dean's hit, "Be Alright." But he says don't expect a whole album full of those sad breakup ballads.
"Actually, 'Be Alright's' probably the saddest song on there, in the sense of like, the tempo," he tells ABC Radio. "There's definitely a lot of other stuff, and there's horns on there as well -- y'know, just trying to make some of the choruses pop."
Dean says A Place We Knew reflects who he is an artist, something he claims he didn't have a clue about when he released his 2017 EP, Same Kind of Different.
"An EP is like, you throw everything at the wall, you don't really know what your sound is," he explains. "I didn't know what my style was. Now...I know straightaway how to make a song sound like me."
Gotham/GC ImagesJustin Bieber is putting down roots in Los Angeles.
According to E! News, last week the singer bought an $8.5 million Beverly Hills home for himself and his wife Hailey Baldwin.
The more than 6,100-square foot house has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a sunken family room, a wine cellar, an infinity pool with a cabana, and a screening room inspired by the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel – among other amenities.
Bieber hasn’t owned a house in L.A. in around five years. He used to own a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in Calabasas, but sold it to Khloe Kardashian in 2014 for $7.2 million. That was the house he was living in when he was charged with misdemeanor vandalism for egging his neighbor’s house.
Since then, he’s been renting properties around L.A., New York and London. According to Architectural Digest, in 2016, he rented a 15-bedroom mansion in London for a whopping $133,000 a month.
Andrew MacPhersonPink is dancing with shadows in the new video for “Walk Me Home.”
The cinematic clip begins with Pink walking down a busy city street in a red dress. Suddenly, everything stops and we see Pink alone on the street. She begins walking and dancing by herself. As the chorus kicks in, she floats off the ground.
Pretty soon, she isn’t completely alone: She’s joined by dancing shadows. There’s even a stunning sequence where she performs a routine along with the shadows projected onto the side of a building.
It ends with Pink coming back to reality and finding herself on a crowded street once again.
The video was directed by The Greatest Showman’s Michael Gracey and co-directed by Stuart Bowen. Pink previously recorded the song "A Million Dreams" for The Greatest Showman: Reimagined soundtrack.
"Walk Me Home" is the first single from Pink's upcoming album Hurts 2B Human, out April 26.
Courtesy PepsiCoAfter Pepsi built an entire Super Bowl ad around Cardi B saying her signature phrase "Okurrr," it's no wonder the rapper is now moving to trademark it.
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's website, Cardi's filed paperwork to trademark the catchphrase for use on a long list of items, among them “paper goods, namely paper cups and posters.”
She also wants to trademark the word for use on "clothing, namely t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, shirts, sweaters and undergarments.”
Additionally, Cardi's filed paperwork for the catchphrase spelled two different ways -- "O-k-u-r-r-r," and "O-k-u-r-r" -- just in case someone tries to get cute.
Cardi once described the phrase to Jimmy Fallon as the sound made by "a cold pigeon in New York City."
ABC/Rick RowellMore than a year before A Star Is Born came out, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were seen hanging out. So what are we to make of the news that Gaga's now been seen hanging out with Jeremy Renner?
A source tells Us Weeklythat Gaga and the Oscar-nominated actor have been "spending a lot of time together," but they "don't believe it's romantic at this point."
And it's not just Renner: The source dishes that Gaga has been hanging with the Avengers star and his six-year-old daughter Ava, whom he shares with his ex, Sonni Pacheco.
If Gaga's pre-production behavior with Cooper is anything to go by, this could mean that Gaga's lined up another acting job, and Renner's part of the project.
Gaga called off her engagement to Christian Carino a month ago and has been seen out having fun with reality stars Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd, and popping into an L.A. jazz club to perform a set.
ABC/ Paula LoboOneRepublic, Sheryl Crow and Black Eyed Peas are among the top acts performing at the 2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar.
Also on the bill are Maren Morris, Colbie Caillat, Cheat Codes, Plain White T's and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, as well as some blasts from the past: Blind Melon, REO Speedwagon, Squeeze and Duran Duran.
Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon are among the other headliners.
NickelodeonIt’s slime time! The lineup for Nickelodeon’s second annual U.S. SlimeFest has been announced.
Pitbull and Bebe Rexha will be taking the stage at the two-day event, taking place June 8 and 9 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois.
The fest will also feature performances from teen star JoJo Siwa and rapper T-Pain, as well as appearances from some Nickelodeon stars, and different interactive activities incorporating the network’s signature green slime.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m. CT at NickSlimeFest.com.
The event first launched in 2012 in Australia and since then, it's been held in countries such as South Africa, Italy, the U.K. and Spain. Last year was the first time it was held in the U.S.
Wes And AlexMaroon 5's "Girls Like You" is one of the band's biggest hits, if not the biggest, and its innovative, star-studded video is one reason why. Now the video has reached an impressive milestone.
The video, with its message of female empowerment, released May 30, 2018, has now racked up two billion views across Vevo and YouTube. It reached that milestone in just 10 months.
"Girls Like You" featured Adam Levine singing while surrounded by notable and accomplished women, among them Jennifer Lopez, Tiffany Haddish, Gal Gadot, Mary J. Blige, Chloe Kim, Aly Raisman, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Danica Patrick, Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Graham and more.
While the song itself was #1 for seven weeks and spent 33 weeks in the top 10, it's the video for "Girls Like You" that landed the song on the New York Times' recent list of "The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now."
"At a time when women and nonwhite men have been facing down the White House and law enforcement’s relentless disrespect with civic, public and artistic resolve, the most crucial multitude were the 26 female entertainers, athletes, politicians, activists and survivors who seized control of the song’s video," writes the New York Times.
The Times describe Adam Levine in the video as "the ultimate embodiment of a stubbly, privileged white bro who belatedly realizes that he needs his partner."
ABC/Image Group LAFor the next few months, Julia Michaels will be pulling double duty on the road: She’s weaving headlining tour dates in between her supporting gigs for Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour. And in a new interview with Inkedmagazine, Julia says she's been a longtime fan of Pink, who balances her own daunting tour schedule with raising two young kids.
“I got to write with her for her last album [Beautiful Trauma] and got to meet her and talk to her, sit down with her...,” Julia says. “It was amazing. She really is who you think she is. She's just a bada**, unapologetic, beautiful, awesome person, and I've gotten to watch her perform a few times.”
She adds, “I've just never seen anything like it. How she can control her voice while doing acrobatics the entire time. It’s pretty exciting and pretty nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting.”
Julia has worked with some of the best in the biz, most recently collaborating with Selena Gomez and Niall Horan on songs for her EP Inner Monologue Part I. She also joined James Bay on his new track, “Peer Pressure.” So who’s left to collab with?
“I've written with Ed Sheeran, but I've never done a song with him,” she says. “I think that would be really awesome because we write very similarly. We both write from the heart.”
She also cites The Weeknd and newcomers Alec Benjamin and Dominic Fike as others she’d like to work with someday.
Julia hits the stage tonight for Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour stop in San Antonio, Texas.
Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesNow that Orlando Bloom is engaged to Katy Perry, he doesn’t need his bachelor pad anymore.
According to Variety, the actor has put his Beverly Hills, California home up for sale for an asking price of nearly $9 million.
The modern, minimalist property features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a sunken sitting room, a zero-edge swimming pool and spa, and a fire pit. The master suite opens to a lounging and dining deck with skyline views.
It’s unclear if Katy and Orlando will buy a new home together, but they may not need to, since Katy already has plenty of properties to choose from.
Last month she sold two side-by-side homes at the top of Runyon Canyon for $12.7 million, but she still owns two multi-million-dollar homes in Beverly Hills and is involved in an ongoing bid to acquire a convent in Los Feliz that she plans to convert into a family compound.
Atlantic RecordsWhy Don’t We has teamed up with Macklemore for their new song, an ode to staying in called “I Don't Belong in This Club.”
The boy band and the rapper released the surprise collab Wednesday, along with a music video. In the clip, they poke fun at everything annoying about a night out: waiting on line, paying the cover charge and getting stuck with DJ playing the same songs on repeat.
When Macklemore rolls up, he transforms the dull club into a colorful ‘70s disco.
“Shoulda stayed on the sofa/Forgot I hate being social/And I miss my ex-girl/This Drake song makin’ me ‘motional/I’m feelin’ awkward as hell," Macklemore raps. "I only came here to dance/The DJ ain’t playin’ the cuts/And what do I do with my hands"
Why Don’t We kicks off the 8 Letters Tour tonight in Phoenix, AZ.
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt’s no secret Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are quite the happy couple these days -- so why haven’t they tied the knot? Us Weekly claims to know the answer.
Citing an unnamed, exclusive source, the publication says Gwen is waiting on the Catholic Church. She’s allegedly begun “the formal process” to have her marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale annulled, “so she can marry Blake and have it be recognized by the church.”
Gwen and Gavin have three sons together: Kingston, who’s 12; Zuma, who’s 10; and 4-year-old Apollo.
“Gwen’s religion has always been extremely important to her,” the anonymous insider says, “and Blake is completely supportive of this.”
Us Weekly also alleges living arrangements may be a hang-up, since Gwen is based solely in Los Angeles, while Blake splits his time between L.A. and his native Oklahoma.
Blake and Gwen revealed their relationship in November of 2015, after his surprise divorce from Miranda Lambert the previous July.
The week of Valentine’s Day 2019, Miranda had some unexpected news of her own, revealing her January marriage to New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin.
On her track “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande sings about using her hard-earned money to buy some of her favorite things. But as it turns out, she’s not earning much money from the song itself.
The New York Times reports that Ariana signed away 90 percent of her songwriting royalties to legendary songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. That’s because the majority of the song’s melody is from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “My Favorite Things,” sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
Ariana’s favorite things are far from raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, though. They include “breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles” and “lashes and diamonds, ATM machines.”
According to the Times, Republic Records made the licensing deal just weeks before the song’s January release and, without further negotiation, agreed to hand over the hefty percentage to Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog. Rodgers and Hammerstein died in 1979 and 1960, respectively.
“[‘7 Rings’] wouldn’t exist in its current form were it not for ‘My Favorite Things,’” Concord chief publishing executive Jake Wisely told the Times.
In 2006, Gwen Stefani agreed to give up 50 percent of her songwriting royalties for sampling the yodeling heard in The Sound of Music’s “Lonely Goatherd” on her song “Wind It Up.”
Getty Images For DCP via ABC/Kevin Mazur/AMA2018Post Malone has released the music video for his song “Wow.” and he brought a viral video star along for the ride.
The clip for the boastful, bumping track gives a behind-the-scenes look at the rapper’s crazy life on the road. We see him backstage at the Grammys and shots of him traveling the world while on tour.
The video also features a man named Mike Alancourt, who gained internet fame – and appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- for dancing to “Wow.” in a viral Instagram video. Post gives over almost the entire second half of the video to the bald, bearded fan, who shows off even more dance moves.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana GrandeCoachella isn’t the only festival Ariana Grande will be playing this year. The singer has been announced as one of the headliners for Lollapalooza 2019.
Other headliners for the four-day music event include The Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and J Balvin.
The rest of the extensive 170 band lineup features Hozier, Janelle Monae, Normani, Loud Luxury, Dean Lewis, Lauren Daigle, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves and more.
Lollapalooza will take place August 1-4 at Grant Park in Chicago. Four-day tickets for the all-ages festival are on sale now at Lollapalooza.com/Tickets. One-day tickets will be available at a later date.
Grace PickeringFletcher’s breakup song, “Undrunk,” has been connecting with fans thanks to its brutally honest lyrics. They’re relating so hard, in fact, that they've been sliding into the singer’s DMs to share their own stories of heartbreak.
“I think because the lyric is so just vulnerable and honest, that I feel like people wanna be honest and vulnerable in return,” Fletcher tells ABC Radio.
“And so I’ve just been getting, like, the craziest DMs about...stories about somebody’s ex or what they’ve been through or how this song is helping them through a breakup right now,” she adds.
Fletcher says being able to connect with fans in that way is “the most rewarding thing," because she says, "I wrote that song from, like, the most broken spot in my entire life.”
She says the song was born from being incredibly heartbroken over someone she had loved for a long time.
“It was a situation that I never got any closure from and, you know, this EP that I have coming and ‘Undrunk’ being like sort of the tip of the iceberg of it, is kind of just my version of closure, and getting to say all of the things that I haven't ever been able to say to that person,” she says.
Last night, Fletcher made her TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She'll perform on NBC's Today show on Thursday.
Miley Cyrus; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicMiley Cyrus, Halsey and Janelle Monáe are among the performers at the Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair in August.
Chance the Rapper, India.Arie, Jay-Z, Common and many others are also on the official lineup of more than 80 artists scheduled to appear at the 50th anniversary commemorative festival of the legendary, original 1969 rock and roll festival. Many of the surviving rock and folk artists who performed at Woodstock '69 also will perform at Woodstock 50.
The event takes place August 16 to 18 at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, New York, about an hour and a half away from the original site of Woodstock '69.
“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” says Michael Lang, who co-founded the 1969 festival and produced the 2019 Woodstock festivals. “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”