Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicFans are counting down the days until Adele officially ends her extended absence from television and suits up to host Saturday Night Live this weekend.
However, fans believe the "Hello" singer might have something up her sleeve and are predicting that she will use the platform to officially announce her fourth studio album.
Of course, Adele only cranked up the mystery when teasing her upcoming SNL appearance on Wednesday, posting a candid snap of her hard at work memorizing lines.
"3 days to go," the British powerhouse singer noted in the caption. Fans are already hard at work picking apart any clues she may have left in the seemingly innocuous photo.
The candid snap shows Adele, 32, wearing a black face mask as she sits at a table with a push-to-talk microphone on it as she pores through her script. It appears she's also making notes due to the number two pencil she has balanced in her right hand.
While Adele previously admitted she was "absolutely terrified" to go on SNL, fans latched onto her saying that it "feels full circle" to return to the show as proof that she has something major planned.
The 15-time Grammy Award winner hasn't released a studio album since 2015's record-smashing 25. A release date for her still-unnamed upcoming fourth studio effort had been set for this year, but was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It is still unknown when Adele will release her new album and she has repeatedly told fans to be patient. But perhaps fans will finally have their long-awaited answer come this Saturday.
The musical guest for this weekend's Saturday Night Live is R&B star H.E.R.
Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesJustin Bieber is serving up major ally vibes.
On Wednesday, the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share a message with his 149 million followers about Black Lives Matter and racism -- not once, but twice.
"Some may say what good does it do to post 'black lives matter...' I’ll tell you why," he wrote in his first post, alongside a picture of BLM protestors. "I want everyone to know what matters to me. I want people to know what is heavy on my heart. I want people to know I haven’t forgotten. I want to use the platform I have to remind people that racism is evil and it is ingrained in our culture."
Justin added, "I want my black brothers and sisters to feel supported, seen and valued. If this bothers you I just want you to know I’m not going to stop talking about it. Ever."
The "Yummy" singer continued the conversation in a second post a few hours later. This one simply featured a screenshot of text and was captioned, "Don't change the subject."
"Saying black lives matter doesn't mean that other lives don't matter," he began.
"You can't deny that racism is ingrained in our culture," the Grammy-award winner continued. "It is straight up mean[t] to change the subject to something you believe matters equally or more. Why can't black lives simply just matter. Don't change the subject."
The posts apparently left commenters polarized: Some praised Justin's efforts to support the Black Lives Matter movement, while others disagreed with him and wrote, 'All Lives Matter' -- a slogan that's become associated with criticism of BLM.
The 32-year-old artist made an appearance on Season 3 of David Letterman's Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, and the two discussed a number of topics including her activism.
The "Truth Hurts" singer is an outspoken social and political activist who is an advocate for body-positivivity and self-care and, in a short clip from her interview with the legendary talk show host, she explained why she champions for these issues -- and it has nothing to do with her looks.
"I'm sick of being an activist just because I'm fat and Black," she declared. "I want to be an activist because I'm intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world."
Lizzo also addressed fat-shamers and by the looks of it she is genuinely unbothered by them.
"When I was wearing a leotard on stage and saying 'I love myself' people were saying, 'How dare she love herself? How could she?'" she said in the in the trailer for series.
"I know that I'm beautiful and I'm successful, so ha! Make fun of me now," the Grammy-award winner laughed.
Lizzo and Letterman also discussed her Detroit roots, her father's death, her experience working with Prince, and more during her episode.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with DavidLetterman is streaming now on Netflix.
Courtesy of NetflixA few days ago, Shawn Mendes released the trailer for his upcoming Netflix documentary Shawn Mendes: In Wonder. Now, Netflix has posted a video of Shawn actually watching the trailer and commenting on what it shows...including that opening shot of himself half-naked in the shower.
"It's definitely a weird thing to see yourself in the shower," laughs the singer. "I knew it was happening, it's not like I was taking a shower and I didn't know there was a camera there! But it's still weird."
He also explains the scene that shows him with a notebook in which he's written "My voice is strong and healthy" over and over again.
"My vocal coach actually started telling me to write manifestations in my journal and it just changed my life. It changed my whole world," he explains. "Because not only are you seeing it written down in paper but you're feeling it internally every time you write the sentence."
As for his reaction when he sees himself in the trailer with his girlfriend Camila Cabello, Shawn stops at one particular frame that shows them almost kissing on stage.
"I looooove that shot," he gushes.
Unfortunately, Shawn doesn't react to the final moment in the trailer, when we see him admit that he told Camila that every song he's written is about her. He does confirm, however, that the trailer gives fans a glimpse of what they'll get from the film.
"The trailer is just like a touch of how vulnerable the entire documentary is, but you also still get that feeling that this is not just all about how amazing it is to be a pop star," Shawn says. "There's this real kinda depth of heart in it."
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder airs on Netflix November 23.
Capitol RecordsSam Smith's known for sad songs like "Too Good at Goodbyes," but the singer says their new album Love Goes is their first official breakup album -- because they'd never had anyone to break up with before.
"I think the first few records that I made, [there] was this unrequitedness and this longing that I was going through," Sam says in a video interview with British Vogue. "This album...marks my first proper relationship I had, which was a wonderful experience. And I feel so much more grown-up after it."
But while Sam's heart was broken, they didn't record Love Goes while reaching for the Kleenex.
"Normally I go in the studio, sit with the piano and just cry out and, like, write really sad stuff," Sam explains. "But [this time], I went in the studio and [it] became this safe space where I could just, like, express myself and dance and write."
"A lot of the songs...they're sweet small pop songs...what I was feeling at the time was so heavy that it was so nice to have, like, a relief in the studio."
Love Goes is due out October 30, after being delayed by the pandemic. But Sam tells Vogue the quarantine experience has been a positive one overall.
"Before lockdown, I hadn't really been home for about eight years properly," they say. "And it...started to catch up with my mental health...I was getting really down."
"When COVID happened...I had to be home...and I had to clean [up]after myself. I had to clean the house. I had to do everything myself!" they laugh.
"And I'd been relying on a lot of people for a long time. I basically got to root myself in the ground again and it's been wonderful for that."
PRNewsfoto/Atelier CologneTime to add some new virtual concerts to your calendar.
LiveXLive, in partnership with Hyundai, is producing a four-part livestream concert series featuring Bryce Vine, MAX and more, performing live from the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
Bryce will take the stage on October 29, while MAX will perform November 12. The shows will stream on LiveXLive.com.
Meanwhile, Atelier Cologne is hosting a virtual concert experience on October 29, featuring Doja Cat and Charli XCX. It’s called the World 24Hr Tour and is described as a “unique musical road trip” that will take viewers inside the private homes of each performer located in different time zones across the globe.
Doja will perform live from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET, while Charli will perform live from London at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.
Miranda McdonaldJulia Michaels goes from "awkward" to "wow" in the new video for her single "Lie Like This."
The fun clip features the singer rocking a variety of retro-60s style outfits with bold graphics, along with matching hair and makeup, as she dances around or lies seductively on floors and platforms.
"A lot of my fans know me as the awkward uncoordinated girl that has too many feelings. Well, I’m still that," Julia says in a statement. "But I got to shoot a music video where it was just me, in clothes that we’re so fun and way too tight and I loved every second of it!"
"I’m still a long way from being a confident creature but I felt much closer to it when we shot this day," she adds. "I hope everyone likes it and if anything, you find yourself dancing around too!”
"Lie Like This" is Julia's first solo release of 2020, following the smash success of "If the World Was Ending," her duet with her real-life partner, JP Saxe. She co-wrote tracks on the latest projects from Selena Gomez, Zara Larsson, Dua Lipa and The Chicks -- including Selena's number-one smash "Lose You to Love Me."
John Rainford/GC ImagesEven though Katy Perry owns an $18-million mansion in a star-studded Beverly Hills neighborhood, it appears that she and her fiance Orlando Bloom are planning to leave Los Angeles and relocate to another mansion in another California location.
Dirt.com reports that the couple has paid just over $14 million for a nine-acre oceanview estate in Montecito, California, which is about 10 minutes away from Katy's hometown of Santa Barbara. It was formerly owned by the former CEO of both Chrysler and Duracell.
The gated compound features a three-story Mediterranean villa, a detached four-car garage with its own bathroom, a guesthouse, a covered patio and a pool house with two bedrooms and two full baths.
Other highlights of the property include a private patio off the huge master bedroom suite -- which also has a fireplace, dressing room, dual bathrooms and a separate walk-in closet -- plus a full-size sports court, expansive lawn, formal gardens and multiple fountains.
While Katy, Orlando and baby Daisy Dove are probably pleased with their purchase, they're still trying to get rid of some of their other properties, including Katy's Beverly Hills $8-million-dollar guesthouse and Orlando's former bachelor pad, which has been on and off the market since he and Katy got engaged.
Courtesy YouTubeJustin Bieber, Jason Derulo and Post Malone are among the chart-topping artists who've been nominated for the 2020 YouTube Streamy Awards, which recognizes the best online content and creators.
Justin is nominated in the Documentary category for his docuseries Seasons, and in the Collaboration category for a video he did with David Dobrik called SURPRISING PEOPLE WITH JUSTIN BIEBER!!
Miley Cyrus is nominated in the Live Series category for her show Bright Minded: Live with Miley Cyrus Instagram talk show, while Jason Derulo is nominated in the Crossover category for his massive success on TikTok.
Post Malone is nominated in the Nonprofit category for the Nirvanatribute he did to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Meanwhile, Rihanna's beauty brand Fenty Beauty has received three nods: Brand of the Year, Brand Engagement and Branded Content.
Many of the star-studded online graduation or graduation-themed specials which aired earlier this year have also been nominated, including Some Good News Promwith Billie Eilish, Chance the Rapper and the Jonas Brothers; #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020, which starred OprahWinfrey, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus and Simone Biles; and YouTube Dear Class of 2020, which featured Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and BTS.
Republic RecordsAfter teasing a countdown and a title over the weekend, Ariana Grandeannounced she’s officially dropping her new single, “Positions,” on Friday.
Ari posted a pre-save link for the tune on her social media Wednesday, along with the single’s cover art. The artwork features a cropped image of Ariana showing off her toned abs in a sexy two-piece outfit.
She previously shared a countdown clock showing something coming at midnight ET on October 23, followed by another event to take place on October 30. The latter would seem to indicate the release date for her sixth album, apparently also titled Positions.
Positions is the follow-up to 2019’s thank u, next.
Records/Columbia"I'm not even 20 years old and we're on top of the world!" said 24kGoldn on IGTV. That was his reaction to the fact that his song, "Mood," featuring iann dior, has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition, "Mood" is now the first song to ever be number one on Billboard's Hot 100, Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, Hot Alternative Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts at the same time. The super-catchy song first gained popularity on TikTok.
The rapper and singer, born Golden Landis Von Jones, also wrote on Twitter, "Ain’t no higher than this thank you to everyone who ever listened, this is just the start."
24kGoldn also wrote on Instagram, "when i woke up this morning i ain’t expect to have my first #1 but god works in mysterious ways."
He added, "i appreciate the F**K out of y’all, we a family n this s**t just keeps growing and growing. thank u everyone who made this possible n everyone who believed. life hit different at the top!!"
iann dior, meanwhile, tweeted a photo of the chart with the song at number one and added, "Dreams only work if you do."
Brighter Day RecordsJordin Sparks has teamed up with some other amazing female vocalists for a song called “PINK,” proceeds from which will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the world’s leading breast cancer non-profit.
In addition to Jordin, the single also features actress and singer Rita Wilson, who's a breast cancer survivor, as well as music legend Dolly Parton, R&B star Monica and chart-topping country singer Sara Evans.
“PINK”’s lyrics offer support for those battling the disease, and look forward toward a better day when nobody has to face breast cancer, and “Pink is just another color” -- instead of the color of the cause.
"How amazing are all of these women!?" Jordin tweeted.
"It was so meaningful to record with these superstars during #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth," she added. "Especially since a portion of the proceeds from the song will be donated to @SusanGKomen in support of their mission to save lives from this disease."
It’s a powerful message for nearly any listener: One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease during her lifetime, meaning that nearly everyone will be touched by cancer at some point, either personally or through someone they love.
Each year, breast cancer kills over 42,000 women and men in the U.S. To learn more or make a donation, visit the Susan G. Komen website.
Milan ZrnicJust days before the 2020 presidential election, CBS will air a star-studded special called Every Vote Counts: a Celebration of Democracy, reports Billboard.
The non-partisan special will be hosted by Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and America Ferrera. Alicia will also perform, along with Dan Shay and rapper Offset.
Other stars set to appear on the special include Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Coldplay, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amy Schumer, Cobie Smulders, Leonardo DiCaprio, Shaquille O'Neal and more.
The Every Vote Counts: a Celebration of Democracy special airs October 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS, and will also be livestreamed on Apple Music, Twitter, YouTube, TIDAL, Facebook and the AppleTV app.
In related news, this Saturday, you can watch a livestream called the Vote with Us "virtual rally" celebrating the start of early voting in a variety of states. Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato are among the stars participating. The stream starts at 3 p.m. ET at VoteWith.us.
Dreamworks/UMe Whoa! Has it really been 20 years since Nelly Furtado released her debut album, Whoa, Nelly! ?
The first album by the Canadian-Portuguese singer was originally released on October 24, 2000, and now, a 20th anniversary, digital-only 'Expanded Edition' of the record will arrive on Friday. It features her Grammy-winning hit "I'm Like a Bird," as well as the follow-up hits "Turn Off the Light" and "S**t on the Radio (Remember the Days)," as well as 10 bonus tracks.
Five of the bonus tracks originally appeared on the 2008 Special Edition of the album, and five are making their digital debut. Among those cuts are a live version of "Baby Girl" and the Timbaland remix of "Turn Off the Light."
Since Whoa, Nelly!, Furtado singer went on to release five additional albums, including 2006's Loose, a worldwide smash that featured the hits "Promiscuous," "Maneater" and "Say It Right."
Overall, Nelly has sold some 40 million records worldwide. In addition to her Grammy, she's also won 10 Juno Awards -- the Canadian Grammy equivalent -- as well as a Latin Grammy Award, a BRIT Award, a Billboard Music Award and more. She even has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Here's the track listing of the 20th Anniversary edition of Whoa, Nelly!:
Original Album: "Hey, Man!" "S**t on the Radio (Remember The Days)" "Baby Girl" "Legend" "I'm Like a Bird" "Turn Off the Light" "Trynna Finda Way" "Party" "Well, Well" "My Love Grows Deeper Part 1" "I Will Make U Cry" "Scared Of You"
Special Edition tracks: "I'm Like a Bird" (Acoustic Version) "My Love Grows Deeper" "I Feel You" (featuring Esthero) "I'm Like a Bird" (Nelly vs. Asha Remix) "S**t on the Radio (Remember The Days)" (Dan The Automator Mix Version)
20th Anniversary Digital-Only Tracks: "Baby Girl" (Live) "Party" (Reprise) "Turn Off the Light" (Timbaland Remix) "I'm Like a Bird" (Junior Vasquez Club Anthem) "Onde Estas"
Big Hit EntertainmentBTS got the royal treatment at this year's MLB World Series -- well, their stand-ins did.
Cutouts of the "Dynamite" group landed front-row seats to one of the the most prestigious baseball games of the year. In a 30-second clip shared by the L.A. Dodgers on Tuesday, the group's cardboard clones were on full display at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, where the the World Series is taking place.
"We already know who @BTS_twt is rooting for," the team cheekily tweeted. "Who’s your bias? Ours is Yoongi. #WorldSeries." Yoon-gi is the birth name of BTS member Suga.
The chart-topping boy band members weren't the only celeb cutouts in attendance -- but they did nab better seats than NFL stars Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
Although BTS wasn't actually present as the Dodgers took on the Tampa Bay Rays, there were actual fans in attendance at Tuesday's game. The Dodgers won, by the way.
Republic RecordsWilliam Shakespeare once wrote, "All the world's a stage," but tonight in London, James Bay will be performing on Shakespeare's actual stage. He's doing a full production livestream concert from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the modern reconstruction of the historic venue where plays like Hamlet and Macbeth were first performed.
"It's amazing," James tells ABC Audio of the Globe, adding, "You step through the doors and it all goes quiet...it's just a wonderful space to project in."
"The show is going to be incredible, there will be stuff that you haven't heard me do before...and I'm gonna perform some songs in some different ways that haven't been experienced before," James explains.
In addition, if you spring for the more expensive ticket package, you'll get to see James "going into a really fancy different room," where he'll perform his debut EP The Dark of the Morning, acoustically for fans.
The "Let It Go" singer says the event's highlight will be finally getting to play onstage with his band, which he hasn't done since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
"It has been completely euphoric, genuinely, to be in a space and rehearse with the band," he gushes. "It's wonderful! So it's been really sort of a joyous thing."
The only thing downside of the whole experience, James says, is the fact that due to the pandemic, they'll be playing to an empty theater.
"Nothing will ever, ever take away from the sheer glory of, and magic of, the experience of crowd and performer on stage," he says. "So it's bizarre."
"But in the meantime, I will do whatever we can," he notes. "And this is 'whatever we can.'"
Tickets are available here for the show, which starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT for North American fans.
Robby Klein"I Hope," the remix of Gabby Barrett's number-one country hit that now features Charlie Puth, has just hit number one on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. The former American Idol finalist describes the song's success as "mind-blowing."
The song is also top 10 on Billboard's Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. In a statement, Gabby said, "I’m so thankful for all of this and I don’t take an inch of it for granted! THANK YOU!”
Asked recently what it means to her to hear her song on the radio next to hits by artists like Harry Styles and The Weeknd, the singer, who's expecting her first child, told reporters, "I mean, it sounds so cliche, but, I mean, I can't really put words to it because you spend so long in this mindset of wanting to get to that spot...I mean, 'I Hope' was the fourth song I had ever written in Nashville!"
"It's mind-blowing being put up next to names like Harry Styles and The Weeknd and people that are just huge," she gushed. "So I don't even think people listen to my music that are up there!"
She laughed, "Not even Charlie...but I guess he does! And so it's just really, really cool to see. And I've been able to let it sink in during this large time off from being on the road, so it's been it's been really nice."
Gabby also teases that there's "absolutely potential to do something else in the future" with Charlie, adding, "And hopefully we'll get to do something on television together at some point. We've gotten a lot of requests to do that. So we'll see."
Gabby's scheduled to sing "I Hope" tonight on the CMT Music Awards. Hmmm, maybe Charlie will show up?
Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesMegan Trainor has revealed that it's "All About That Boy": She and her husband Daryl Sabara are expecting a son.
Meghan revealed the news on Kelly Clarkson's talk show on Tuesday. She said initially, she thought she was expecting a girl, because she went on line to read about all the things that supposedly indicate a baby's sex, like the rate of its heartbeat. But she was wrong...it's a boy.
Meghan made a big deal over the fact that she'd saved the news for Kelly's show. On Instagram, she posted a clip of the moment and wrote, "So happy we got to share this with you FIRST on your amazing show! #MOMGOALS."
When Kelly asked Meghan if she's started buying baby items yet, Meghan admitted, "I'm just over halfway and I don't know when to buy stuff! People want to buy me stuff, but I don't want to have two cribs .. what do I do?! Help me!"
Meghan first announced the big news earlier this month by posting a photo of the baby's sonogram nestled among the branches of a Christmas tree, in a nod to her upcoming holiday album, due out October 30.
Kevin Mazur/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcpDemi Lovato's social media posts are usually full of self-empowering messages, information on her music, or statements that support causes important to her. But a recent post features the Grammy-nominated singer offering her fans advice on how to, um, contact extraterrestrial life.
The post, which features photos and video of the night sky with bright objects visible, comes with a lengthy caption, in which Demi explains that she's been in Joshua Tree, California with "a small group of loved ones" and Dr. Steven Greer.
Greer's Instagram bio describes him as "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of UFOs, ET intelligence, and initiating peaceful contact with ET civilizations.”
Demi then writes, "Over the past couple months I have dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity like I’ve never known but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me."
She then states, "If we were to get 1% of the population to meditate and make contact, we would force our governments to acknowledge the truth about extraterrestrial life among us and change our destructive habits destroying our planet."
Demi then urges fans to download Greer's paid app, CE5, which stands for "Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind."
"It will teach you the protocols to connect to life form beyond our planet!! (Ps, if it doesn’t happen on the first try - keep trying - it took me several sessions to tap into a deep enough level of meditation to make contact!)," she writes. "Happy communicating."
Confused fans responded with comments like, "Girl, you trippin," "lmaoooo what the hell" and "What the actual f?"
"wtf Demi, I love you but this is kinda crazy and ridiculous," added another.
Francis Specker/CBS via Getty ImagesThe news that Adele is going to host this weekend's Saturday Night Live is bound to send millions of fans rushing to tune in -- not just to watch her perform, but to check out her dramatic weight loss, which she's only offered glimpses of in social media posts. However, one of her BFFs says people shouldn't focus so much on what the Grammy-winning star looks like, and concentrate on what she sounds like.
Appearing on the British talk showLorraine on Monday, comedian Alan Carr -- who's so close to Adele that she officiated at his wedding -- said he wishes people didn't make such a big deal over his pal's appearance.
"She's always been gorgeous with those eyes and those lips," he said. "But you sort of missed the point if you're just worried about what size [panties] she wears. 'Cause it's the voice. It's that inspirational, awesome voice."
Adele first surprised fans with her physical transformation with a birthday post back in May, and has since posted several other photos in which many fans feel she's nearly unrecognizable. But it's safe to say that most fans are just eager for new music from Adele, no matter what she looks like when she sings.