Protest following death of George Floyd; KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty ImagesArtists are taking to social media to express their anger, sadness and horror at the death of George Floyd, who died Monday night shortly after being apprehended by Minneapolis police.
Video that emerged of the incident shows a white police officer with his knee on the neck of a black man -- identified as Floyd -- who repeatedly yells, "I can't breathe." All four responding officers were subsequently fired. The FBI is now investigating Floyd's death.
Madonna posted the video of the incident on Instagram and wrote, "Watching this Cop suffocate George Floyd with his knee on his neck, handcuffed and helpless, crying for his life with his face in the street is the most sickening, heartbreaking thing i've seen in a long time. This Officer knew he was being filmed and murdered him with arrogance and Pride. This has to stop!!"
Madonna added, "God Bless you George Floyd I'm so sorry for you and your family. And all the senseless killings that have gone before you. Will it ever end? I pray to GOD it does one day. Until then -- F**k The Police! Yea I said it. Im not interested in being PC. Im interested in Justice."
Justin Bieber also posted the video, and wrote, "THIS MUST STOP. this makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people. I’m sorry GEORGE FLOYD."
On her Instagram Story, Ariana Grande posted, "justice is not just about specific officers being arrested. It's about dismantling the systems that make it possible." She added the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd.
On her own Instagram Story, Billie Eilish posted a photo of Floyd and wrote, "George Floyd Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. Black lives matter. The MPD officers responsible have been terminated and I hope to god they rot in jail."
Demi Lovato posted three images: a cartoon image of Floyd, the words "Black Lives Matter," and the sentence, "I'm tired of typing 'rest in peace.' I wish black men could live in peace." She captioned them, "This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people."
Demi continued, "I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY - THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER. DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO. #GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace."
Cardi B posted a picture of Floyd on Instagram and wrote in the caption, "Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free!"
ABC/Eric McCandlessBillie Eilish has shared a new short film, titled Not My Responsibility.
The clip finds the "bad guy" singer delivering a spoken word performance on the dangers of body shaming as she herself removes layers of her clothing, all while sinking into a dark liquid.
"We make assumptions about people based on their size," Eilish says. "We decide who they are. We decide what they're worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?"
The film originally premiered during Eilish's North American tour earlier this year, which got cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LADespite warnings from hair stylists and celebrities alike cautioning against at-home dye jobs or haircuts while in quarantine, Dua Lipa has consistently ignored the warnings and is showing off yet another radical new fruit-themed hair color.
On Tuesday, the "Don't Start Now" singer debuted her cherry red locks and messy bangs. She also included five cherry emojis in the caption, proving that she is only selecting fruit-themed colors.
The 24-year-old has been having fun keeping herself entertained while quarantining with boyfriend Anwar Hadid by experimenting with her hair. The two have been waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic in their London Airbnb.
As for what started her fruity obsession, it happened a month ago when the "New Rules" singer went full tangerine orange, complete with the caption "orangina quarantina." She also showed off her freshly cut blunt bangs while giving her her boyfriend a playful peck on the cheek.
Anyone want to bet on what color she'll dye her hair next?
Interscope RecordsAfter a string of single releases, Ellie Goulding has finally announced details of her long-awaited fourth album, her first since 2015. Brightest Blue will arrive July 17 -- with two sides.
Side A of the project is called Brightest Blue, while Side B is called "EG.0." Elle says that the first half of the album "reflects my vulnerability," adding, "It acknowledges a complex world where relationships still dictate our happiness and heartbreak and can still be the most painful thing in the world, no matter how enlightened you are. The tracks also symbolize growing up and becoming a woman.”
Ellie's recent single "Power" is an example of that theme. It'll appear on Side A.
As for Side B, Ellie says it "encapsulates my confident, brave and fearless side and features all my recent collaborations."
She notes, "I often find myself writing about my thoughts and emotions in a way that I know will be catchy and memorable. I will always seek to use my voice in ways that no one would ever expect and look to collaborate with the least likely, exciting and eclectic group of other artists.”
Those collaborations include "Close to Me," with Diplo and Swae Lee, "Hate Me" with Juice WRLD, and "Worry About Me," with blackbear. There's also a song called "Slow Grenade" that she did with Lauv.
Brightest Blue will be available on CD, digital and double vinyl. An exclusive Target CD version will include a special album cover and fold-out poster. A limited edition box set and cassette are available via EllieGoulding.com.
Ellie will appear on Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on ABC in the coming weeks.
Here's the track listing:
Side A – Brightest Blue "Start" (ft. serpentwithfeet) "Power" "How Deep Is Too Deep" "Cyan" "Love I'm Given" "New Heights" "Ode to Myself" "Woman" "Tides" "Wine Drunk" "Bleach" "Flux" "Brightest Blue"
Side B – EG.0 "Overture" "Worry About Me" (Feat. blackbear) "Slow Grenade" (Feat.Lauv) "Close to Me" (With Diplo) (Feat.Swae Lee) "Hate Me" (With Juice WRLD)
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicHailey Bieber did not have plastic surgery and she's willing to put her money where her mouth is to stop others from saying she has.
According to legal documents obtained by E! News, attorneys have fired off a cease and desist letter to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Barrett accusing him of using the 23-year-old model's "name, image and likeness" to "commercially advertise your plastic surgery practice and to spread false, uncorroborated claims that Mrs. Bieber has undergone plastic surgery."
Barrett, who is active on TikTok, often shares videos that analyze a celebrity's appearance based on two photos taken years apart from each other and makes an educated guess at the cosmetic procedures they may have had done. On May 23, he featured Hailey in a video and claimed that she's had a skin tightening procedure, jawline contouring, chin augmentation, as well as filler in her cheeks and lips.
In addition, her husband Justin Bieber accused the doctor of using "copyrighted protected lyrics" from his song "Sorry."
The power couple is seeking a public statement from Barrett renounce the claims he made and remove any and all posts containing non-approved references to them but it doesn't seem like they will get what they want so easily.
In a statement to E!, Barrett explained that the purpose of his TikTok account is to educate viewers and "increase the transparency of plastic surgery."
"The purpose of the video was not to disparage Hailey Bieber in any way, the purpose of my video was to share my opinion about the procedures that I believed she may have had done based on photos alone. This is at the request of many of my viewers who follow me for this type of information and for my opinion."
Presley Ann/Getty Images for Haus Laboratories, Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesLady Gaga and Ariana Grande shared a hilarious video on Tuesday to promote their new single “Rain on Me,” with a little help from Ariana's new rumored boyfriend Dalton Gomez.
The clip, posted to both Ariana and Gaga’s Instagram accounts, shows the singers as weather girls reporting in the middle of a rainstorm.
"It was beautiful just yesterday but oh wow, how things have changed," Gaga begins. "Today it is pouring rain, we are soaking wet. While some are complaining of the recent downpour, we would like to celebrate the rain. Live from Beverly Hills is Ariana Grande with more to report."
"Thanks, Gaga. Rain on me, tsunami," says Ariana. "The people are still going."
"So true, Ariana,” Gaga replies. “The people are rising up in a massive act of kindness to celebrate the rain the world so desperately needs to quench the thirst of the Earth. Are we thirsty or what?"
"Oh, we are thirsty indeed!" Ariana answers back, as the camera pans back to show Gomez providing the rain with a hose.
The shot switches to a woman in a face mask showering Gaga
TMZ reported back in March that Ariana and Dalton, high-end real estate agent, had been dating for "several months."
Imogen WilsonNew Zealand singer/songwriter Benee a big star in her home country but now she's got a big hit on her hands in the U.S., "Supalonely." The track has been the soundtrack for some 12 million TikToks and counting, and Benee thinks it's because, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the song is instantly relatable.
"I think the thing with TikTok...the reason why people grab onto the songs that they do is because they're relatable, and and people can kind of...make little stories to it," she explains. "Even if they're doing the dance, they're doing, like, little actions that kind of tell a little story, which is cute."
"But yeah, I feel like now is a time when everyone is in isolation and everyone is kind of feeling quite lonely," she adds. "And I think that that's why they're relating to my lyrics, which is cool."
While a large part of the TikToks featuring "Supalonely" are people doing a specific dance to the track, Benee says the one she likes the best doesn't involve dancing at all.
"I do have a favorite one...I love the dance ones, but this one is like, this girl with her hamster on her vanity," she explains. "And it, like, crawls on her leg and then comes onto her hand. It's real cute. We don't have hamsters in New Zealand so I find them really cute!"
"Supalonely" appears on Benee's current EP, Stella & Steve. Benee's birth name is Stella Rose Bennett, and she's nicknamed her car "Steve."
Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKelly Clarkson is joining Katy Perry for an out-of-this-world event today.
The singer will be performing the national anthem ahead of NASA's launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. The special event is the first crewed space mission to be launched from U.S. soil since 2011.
Kelly will be singing at 1:07 p.m. ET, with the SpaceX launch targeted for 4:33 p.m. ET. Pre-launch coverage, including Kelly's performance, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as numerous other platforms.
The Discovery and Science Channel will also be airing a special called Space Launch Live: America Returns to Spacestarting at 2 p.m. ET. As previously reported, Katy Perry will be appearing on that special, though it hasn’t been announced exactly what she'll be doing.
The special will also include appearances by Adam Savage, former NASA engineer and YouTube star Mark Robert and "surprise celebrity guests," plus former and current astronauts. Astronaut Chris Cassidy will chime in from the International Space Station, where the capsule, carrying veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, is heading.
Steve Granitz/WireImageGwen Stefani’s first baby is all grown up.
The singer paid tribute to her eldest son, Kingston, Tuesday on his 14th birthday. She shared a photo of Kingston at the beach, captioning it, “happy 14th bday to my first born son -thank u God for marking me HIS MAMMA GX #loveukingstonjames”
In another post, she shared a video of her boyfriend Blake Shelton smothering Kingston with birthday kisses on the cheek. Kingston pulls away and in true teenage fashion wipes away Blake’s kiss.
Gwen is mom to three boys with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale: Kingston, 11-and-a-half-year-old Zuma and six-year-old Apollo.
L-R: Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Miley Cyrus; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Demi Lovato has spoken out again about the experiences she and other young pop stars like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers shared while starring in Disney Channel TV shows.
Over the weekend, Demi called into the podcast In Bed with Nick and Megan, hosted by married actors Megan Mullaney and Nick Offerman. The connection? Demi appeared in a multi-episode arc of Will & Grace, the show on which Mullaney starred as Karen Walker.
During the chat, Mullalley urged Demi to tell Offerman what it was like growing up on TV with all the other young pop stars. After correcting Mullalley, who mistakenly believed that Justin Bieber was also a Disney Channel star, Demi said, "It was this really small group of kids that we really couldn't relate to a lot of people, so we kind of stuck together."
"We called it ‘Disney High,’ because, y'know, when there's only a select few of you that can relate to one another, you kinda start dating each other, and then you become friends with one another, and then you fall out with one another and then you break up with one another," Demi continued.
"Then other people date each other...it's just confusing and dramatic," she noted. "And that's 'Disney High' for you!"
In her recent May Harper's Baazar cover story, Demi also talked about Miley, Selena and JoBros, admitting that Miley is "kind of the only one from that era that I still stay in touch with."
The "I'm Ready" singer also reunited via Zoom last month with the co-stars of her Disney series Sonny with a Chance.
Kygo/LiveXLive/Palm Tree CrewSince the music festivals have all been cancelled this year, Kygohas created one you can enjoy from the safety of your own home.
The virtual Golden Hour Festival, in partnership with LiveXLive and Palm Tree Crew, will live stream this Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Kygo’s YouTube channel. You can also tune in on @KygoMusic and @LiveXLive social channels including Twitch, TikTok and Facebook, as well as on LiveXLive’s apps and website.
The festival takes place the same day Kygo’s third studio album, Golden Hour, is released. He’ll perform the album in its entirety for the first time during the broadcast.
OneRepublic, who collaborated with Kygo on the track “Lose Somebody,” will be among the festival’s additional performers. There will also be a guided meditation in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and a magic show performed by magician Julius Dein.
The Golden Hour Festival will support organizations including Baby2Baby, Crew Nation and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
This Friday, Kygo will also be performing on GMA's Summer Concert Series with OneRepublic and Valerie Broussard.
Steve Granitz/WireImageOn Monday, both Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra took to their socials to mark the two-year anniversary of their first date.
Posting a picture of themselves wearing cowboy hats, standing in what looks like a clothing store, Nick wrote, "This beautiful woman and I went on our first date two years ago today. It has been the best two years of my life, and to think I am lucky enough to get to spend the rest of my life with her is such an incredible blessing. I love you babe. Happy two years."
Priyanka went a step further, posting a photo of what appears to be their actual first date: a baseball game at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium.
"Two years ago today we took our very first picture together," she captioned the pic. "Every day since then you have brought me endless joy and happiness. I love you @nickjonas Thank you for making our life together so incredible. Here’s to many more date nights..."
He replied in the comments, "Best two years of my life. I love you."
The couple actually met -- albeit for five minutes -- in 2017 at an Oscars after-party. A week before that year's Met Gala, they met for drinks, and then attended the event together on May 1. Two weeks later, Priyanka dismissed speculation that they were dating. But in 2018, they were spotted together multiple times, including at Dodger Stadium.
That June, they made their relationship Instagram official, and on July 19, they got engaged. Their lavish wedding took place over several days in Jodphur, India, starting November 30.
2 years ago today we took our very first picture together. Every day since then you have brought me endless joy and happiness. I love you @nickjonas Thank you for making our life together so incredible. Here’s to many more date nights... ❤️😍 pic.twitter.com/oCOgb7zwP9
ABC/Image Group LAHalsey, who showed off a cast on her leg on social media last week, is finding it hard to believe that she managed to fracture her ankle in the most unglamorous way possible.
In an interview with the U.K.'s Capital Radio Monday, the singer admitted, "You know, 2,000 live shows, where I'm jumping around for two hours, [and] I finally fractured my ankle. In the kitchen. At my house."
She then detailed the mishap, explaining, "I was loading the dishwasher and I pulled the door down to load the dishwasher, and the kitchen floor was wet and I tripped over the dishwasher door."
As one of the radio hosts commented, "That's not very showbiz, is it?"
Separately on Twitter, Halsey wrote, "I tripped over the open dishwasher door cause the kitchen floor was wet when I was loading the dishes and slammed my ankle bone into the metal and fractured it hahaha."
When a fan replied that her bones must be "fragile af," she responded, "I REALLY slammed that f***ker haha."
On Monday night, Halsey posted a photo of herself posing in a skimpy bikini without her ankle boot, and explained, "I took my brace off my ankle cause it was itchy and now I need to put it back."
She also posted pictures of the food she's been making -- quiche and "fresh spinach butternut squash ravioli" -- admitted she "can’t stop watching Avatar," and added a childhood photo of herself dressed up in some sort of hippy outfit.
"Judging from the baby pic I’ve been a disassociating little freak who romanticizes the 70s for my whole life," she wrote.
Katy Perry has unveiled an animated lyric video for her new single, "Daisies," and as she explains, her performance of the song on American Idol was an attempt to create a live-action version of that animation.
She tweeted the video with the message, "Last week I was in a live action version of this animation created by @valleeduhamel, and I’m happy to reveal the next dimension of #Daisies with this lyric video."
She also posted a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of her American Idol performance, which used a technology called XR, or Extended Reality -- and it turns out she actually left her home to film it. Specifically, she shot it on a special XR stage, in "a safe environment that supported the production within COVID-19 guidelines," according to the studio.
Katy is also selling a "Daisies" face mask, with all proceeds going to Direct Relief, a charity based in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA that provides PPE and medical items to health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
It’s been 1 week since my first TV performance of #Daisies🌼 and I know a lot of y’all have been curious about how we did it... here’s a look at how XR studios transported me to that animated 🌎 (that u may or may not see again soon 👀) pic.twitter.com/GUVtxgfCl6
Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesLady Gaga and Sia were among the big winners at this year’s Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards held on Monday.
Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s duet, “Shallow,” from their 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, was previously announced as the Most Performed International Work.And Sia’s “Cheap Thrill’s was named Most Performed Australian Work Overseas for the third straight year.
Australian singer/songwriter Tones and I took home the awards for Song of the Year and Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year for her breakout hit, “Dance Monkey.”
The APRAs were originally set to be handed out on April 28, but was replaced with an hour-long “virtual” event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABC/Image Group LASunday, Taylor Swift posted on her socials about the fact that a cover version of her hit "Look What You Made Me Do" was used on that night's episode of the award-winning BBC dramedy Killing Eve. But now fans are convinced that the star herself is behind the cover.
On her socials, Taylor wrote, "VERY STOKED about this cover of lwymmd on @KillingEve by Jack leopards & the dolphin club!!" But Swifties' research claims that the band itself probably doesn't exist, and that Taylor herself produced the cover.
One of the producers credited on the song is Nils Sjöberg, which, as all Taylor fans know, is the pseudonym she used to co-write the hit "This Is What You Came For" with her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. His name is also written on one of the gravestones in the video for "Look What You Made Me Do." The other producer is Jack Antonoff, Taylor's frequent collaborator.
Swifties also believe that the male vocals on the song were actually provided by Taylor's brother Austin Swift, whose Twitter handle was once @thedolphinclub. Also, Jack, Austin and Taylor were reportedly spotted together in the studio back in December, indicating that the cover could have been recorded then.
Plus, the British tabloid The Daily Mail claimed in February that Taylor had asked Killing Eve executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge -- with whom she appeared on Saturday Night Live -- if her brother could sing on the show's soundtrack the following season.
Why would Taylor go to all this trouble? Fans believe it's a way to keep Scooter Braun, the man who owns her masters, from earning any money on the song. He'd only make money if a copy of the original version of the song was sold, but if it's a cover, Taylor makes the money.
ABC/Lou RoccoBoy, how time flies. Sunday night marked the 15-year-anniversary of Rihanna's debut single "Pon de Replay" and prompted the trending hashtag #15YearsOfRihanna.
The 32-year-old singer took a moment to join in on the social media celebration and thanked her fans, who are affectionately referred to as Navy, for honoring the song that started her music career.
"Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy," she in an Instagram story. "Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay[-Z]."
She continued, "Pon de Replay is where it all began....15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!"
The Fenty Beauty creator added, "I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family."
"Pon De Replay" was released on May 24, 2005, and was the lead single off of Rihanna's debut studio album Music of the Sun. She has since gone on to release seven studio albums.
The singer has teased her highly-anticipated ninth album studio album, dubbed "R9," but has yet to announce a release date.
For the graduates of 2020, celebrations look a whole lot different now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for friends and family to mark the milestone in person. But The Jonas Brothers are one of a number of artists who've come together to make the experience special with a new, personally-curated playlist on Spotify.
For their playlist, “Jonas Brothers' Class of XX" -- after the name of their current single, "X" -- Nick, Joe and Kevin have chosen current party tracks, classics and songs whose messages sum up the moment, like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," "Memories" by Maroon 5, "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus," "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty, "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson, and "We Are the Champions" by Queen.
Of course, the Bros' latest singles, "X" and "Five More Minutes," are included, as is their classic, "Year 3000."
The “Class of Bootleggers” playlist is part of the Spotify Yearbook, a group of artist-curated playlists. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, country star Luke Combs and more are also offering their own selections.
Alessia Cara's movie debut, the animated Netflix film The Willoughbys, has been a huge hit on the streaming platform, Variety reports.
The movie is about a family neglected children who try to send their selfish parents away so they can be orphans. Alessia voiced the family's middle daughter, Jane, and also recorded a new song called "I Choose" for the movie's soundtrack.
Variety reports that The Willoughbys was watched by 37.6 million households in its first 30 days on Netflix. Those numbers don't account for repeat viewing, though, which means they could be even higher.
Variety notes that the film is the best-reviewed animated movie of the year so far, with a 90% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to Alessia, the voice cast includes Ricky Gervais, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph and Jane Krakowski.
The Willoughbys is the second original Netflix animated family film, following 2019's Klaus, which reportedly racked up 40 million views in its first 28 days.