Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is treating fans to “Treat Myself,” the title track off her upcoming album.
The celebratory track has Meghan singing about taking some me-time and rewarding herself for working hard.
“I’ve been working real hard on myself, on my health, on my happiness/Hit pause on my life, took time on my mind, been working less/’Cause I lost myself, I forgot myself and I don’t deserve it/Let me give myself a hand,” she sings.
The song will also be part of Target’s Back to School campaign. TV ads using the song will debut July 22.
Meghan’s album, Treat Myself, comes out August 31.
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande has revealed the Sweetener track list on the album’s own Instagram page.
The 15-song list begins with “Raindrops” and concludes with a track called “Get Well Soon,” which Ariana has said was written about her anxiety following the Manchester bombing.
The list also confirms the existence of a track called “Pete,” a tribute to Ariana’s fiancé Pete Davidson. She once again defended the song after facing criticism on Instagram.
“He’s my fiancé. This is my album,” she commented. “I’m an honest and emotional artist and human being and if my openness in my work isn’t for you, that’s OK; I won’t be offended. Still wishing y’all all the love in the world.”
Sweetener comes out August 17.
Here is the full track list:
“Raindrops” “Blazed” “The Light Is Coming” “REM” “God Is a Woman” “Sweetener” “Successful” “Everytime” “Breathe” “No Tears Left to Cry” “Borderline” “Better Off” “Goodnight and Go” “Pete” “Get Well Soon”
Harley WeirHarry Styles didn’t just give fans a good time on his first solo tour -- he also gave back to charity.
In numbers provided to Variety by Live Nation, the singer raised $1.2 million in charity donations for 62 charities around the world during his 10-month trek. The donations were raised from ticket contributions, combined with contributions from promoter Live Nation and the GLSEN PRIDE campaign. Harry also facilitated more than 5,000 direct connections between fans and local charities.
Not only that, but he registered hundreds of new votes via Headcount and made a major push for water conservation that saved the equivalent of 10,000 water bottles by fans and 3,200 by the band and crew. More than 6,500 gallons of water was recycled from buses, offices, dressing rooms, and backstage areas.
Harry’s tour wrapped last Saturday in Inglewood, California. He told fans on Instagram, “I’m off to write some more music and I hope I’ll be seeing you again very soon.”
ABC/Lou RoccoPink is joining Reese Witherspoon for the third episode of the actress’ new talk show, Shine On with Reese.
She opens up to Reese about the challenges and the rewards of bringing her kids, 7-year-old Willow and 1-year-old Jameson on her world tour.
“Going on tour with children is really tricky. It’s exhausting,” Pink says in a preview clip of the episode. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I’m very, very fortunate that I get to bring my kids with me and that I kind of get to integrate them into my life.”
If anything, her kids are becoming worldly at a young age. She tells Reese they've gotten to sight-see in multiple European cities and visit important historical sites, including the Holocaust Museum. Pink shares a sweet story about the impression one city in particular made on Willow.
“I asked her, ‘What was your favorite city?'” Pink says. “And she said, ‘I think it was Berlin.’ I said, ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘Because there was a wall, and people were separated, and there was a war. And now everybody’s together and there’s no more wall and there’s no more war. And that means everything that’s bad can be good again.’”
Pink continues, “I'm just listening to her and I'm like, 'You're amazing and you're totally right - everything that's bad can be good again.’”
The episode, which also features Reese visiting one of Pink’s rehearsals, is available on the Hello Sunshine channel of DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW.
ABC/Image Group LAG-Eazy isn’t taking it easy this summer. He’s kicking off his Endless Summer Tour tonight in Auburn, Washington and he’s bringing a bunch of guest performers along for the ride, including Ty Dolla $ign and Lil Uzi Vert.
This tour is a follow-up to his 2016 tour of the same name, but the rapper tells ABC Radio this time around will be bigger and better than ever.
“I mean this one’s gonna be so big it’s like a traveling music festival in a way,” he says. “Between the line-up that’s on it and how eclectic and diverse it is…I’m just excited to be on the road with those people. I’m a fan of everybody on the bill.”
G-Eazy says touring with his friends feels like “summer camp." One of the things he’s most excited for is getting to collaborate and record new music on the road.
“I’m really excited honestly ‘cause we’re gonna bring a studio on one of the buses and just the options are endless of what can we all create and cook up this summer,” he says. “It’s gonna be crazy.”
The tour wraps on September 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
ABC/Lou RoccoBebe Rexha gets committed to an insane asylum in the new video for her song, “I’m a Mess.”
The visual features the singer getting wheeled into the psychiatric hospital and then dancing around dressed in what can only be described as “straight-jacket chic.”
"I have been very vocal and honest about my ongoing struggle with anxiety and depression," Bebe writes in the comment section of the YouTube video. "I wanted to create a video and song that expressed my truth.”
She adds, “This video is a celebration of me finally being able to accept my imperfections. I'm okay with not being okay all the time. If you feel alone or lost please know you are not, and you are loved."
Capitol RecordsTroye Sivan and Ariana Grande have debuted the new music video for their duet, “Dance to This.”
The clip begins with Troye attempting to work a tough crowd. He sings in front at a dull community center where no one seems to be interested in his performance. Midway through, one of the attendees is revealed to be Ariana and she gets up and joins him.
When the two start singing together, and everyone else leaves the room, leaving Troye and Ariana to sing and dance alone. The two don’t seem to care and instead take advantage of the empty room by dancing on the tables and flickering the lights.
In the end, Troye is revealed to have daydreamed the whole thing as he sits by the coat check of the rec center with his headphones on.
Troye explained the inspiration for the video on Twitter, writing, “The DTT vid was inspired literally by High School Musical and Grease and Pass This On by the Knife and a gif of Cher spinning around that i cant find rn.”
He added, “So glad the funnest day of my life was documented lol.”
Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN ImagesFollowing his split from Halsey, G-Eazy is setting the record straight on his relationship with Demi Lovato.
The two sparked romance rumors when they were reportedly spotted holding hands, but G tells Entertainment Tonight Demi is "just a friend."
"It's just one of those things that comes with the territory. You trade in your anonymity in exchange for some of your success in the public eye," he told ET on the ESPYS red carpet Wednesday night, where he appeared sporting new bleached-blonde hair.
"You have to remember the blessings and remember how grateful you are to be here in the first place and understand some of that is just what comes with the territory," he continued.
The rapper and Halsey announced their split earlier this month after a year of dating. Halsey had her own dating rumors to contend with when she was spotted with Machine Gun Kelly. But they, too, say they are just friends.
ABC/Paula LoboSince hitting it big, Bebe Rexha has had a lot of “pinch me” moments. But one she’ll always remember is the night she found out Mariah Carey was a fan.
“With ‘Me, Myself & I,’ the one thing that I can never forget is I did a gala and Mariah Carey was there and I was singing ‘Me, Myself & I’ and everybody else was really kind of drunk and she was the only one kind of like singing along with me,” she tells ABC Radio.
Bebe continues, “And at the end she told me that she loved the record and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s Mariah Carey.’”
The singer had another memorable career milestone just this week when she was nominated for her first MTV Video Music Award. She received a nod for Best Collaboration for “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line.
In honor of her nomination, Bebe tweeted that she’ll be debuting her “I’m a Mess” music video today.
Voting for the MTV VMAs is open now. The ceremony airs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Clare GillenDaya’s always been about making music with a message, but with her latest single “Safe,” she delves deeper into her emotions than ever before.
The singer just released the music video for the track, which features her sitting in a pink bedroom reflecting back on a more innocent time. The song itself was inspired by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last October.
"It could be interpreted as a call to action with our government. But, more than anything, I just wanted to embody that emotion,” Daya tells Refinery29 of the song. “It is more of an emotional thing that I think everyone experienced after that day. I don't want it to turn into this political thing and have there be sides to it. There aren't any sides to humanity."
She says that her new music has a more grown-up sound than her previous hits, “Hide Away” and “Sit Still, Look Pretty.”
"I think that this music is definitely more in line with what I had been wanting to make all along,” she says. “I think that ‘Hide Away’ and ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty’ were amazing songs and an amazing part of my career and my growth, but I think that ‘Safe’ feels like a whole other level of authenticity."
Daya has also launched a #SafeIs campaign on social media, where she’s encouraging fans to share what “safe” means to them.
In an Instagram video, the singer reveals the things that make her feel safe, while also revealing that she has a girlfriend – who makes a cameo appearance in the video.
One teenager has HarryStyles to thank for an unforgettable coming out story.
The "Kiwi" singer helped a a die-hard fan named Grace come out as bisexual to her mother at his San Jose concert last week.
“I traveled 2,846 miles to be here tonight thank you for 10 incredible shows,” read one side of the sign that Grace held, while the other side read, “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you!!!”
The 18-year-old tweeted a picture of the poster, with the words, "I’m not expecting anything but I hope he at least sees it." And the signer did see it. In fact, he called her out mid-concert.
In a video Grace posted to her Twitter, Harry can be seen asking Grace what her mother's name is, and then asks the rest of the audience to quiet down so that he can record a video for her mom in which he screams, "Tina, she's gay!"
“Tina says she loves ya. Congratulations, I’m very happy for you,” Styles says in the video.
Grace went back to her hotel room and immediately showed her mom the video, according to E! News. She explained that her mom was "overjoyed and says that 'Yes I do love you and you can be whoever you want to be.'"
In a separate post, Grace explained that she's been coming out to her friends as bisexual for the past couple of months after feeling "safe and accepted" at Style's concerts.
"Your continuous support of the LGBTQ has helped me come to love myself and feel safe. Thank you for tonight,” she wrote.
ABC/Heidi GutmaFresh off his success with “The Middle” featuring Maren Morris and Grey, Zedd is back with a new summer single.
The DJ/producer has released “Happy Now,” featuring up-and-coming singer Elley Duhé.
"'Happy Now' is the most organic sounding song I’ve made in a long time," Zedd says in a statement obtained by Billboard. "The majority of what you hear was recorded using real instrumentation, a lot of pianos and a lot of guitars.”
He adds, “Lyrically, it’s a song that is both happy and sad at the same time, while musically, it’s a song that rather leans towards a happier, sunnier side."
Zedd and Elley first debuted the song at the sold-out Zedd in the Park concert at Los Angeles State Historic Park earlier this month.
Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC ImagesIt seems Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin already have some of their bridal party picked out.
Actress Kim Basinger, who is mom to Hailey’s cousin Ireland, gives Us Weekly some new scoop about the impending nuptials.
“Oh, it’ll be fun,” Basinger says. “[Hailey’s sister] Alaia [Baldwin] and [cousin] Ireland, they’re in the wedding. So believe me, I just -- it’s cool! I think it’s sweet. It’s a very sweet thing. Happiness … We’re living in some really dire times right now.”
She also expressed her approval of the pairing.
“I’m very, very happy for Hailey. I think it’s a good thing,” she says. “I think Justin’s a cool guy. I don’t really know him at all, but Ireland does, you know? I think he’s come through a rough road. He’s a really cool kid. I pray for them. I hope they’re cool. I hope they’re happy! It’s wild! I think it’s wild!”
Justin and Hailey got engaged in the Bahamas earlier this month. They began seeing each other again in June after previously dating from 2015 to 2016.
Apple Music/AbramoramaEd Sheeran’s Songwriter documentary has an official release date.
The film, directed by Ed’s cousin Murray Cummings, will be available worldwide exclusively on Apple Music on August 28. It will also be released theatrically in New York on August 17 at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood on August 24.
"Songwriter gives viewers a unique glimpse into the songwriting process,” Ed says in a statement. "Murray’s film brilliantly documents the hard work and DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish."
The documentary follows Ed has he creates his album Divide, while also showing never before-seen-footage from his family’s archives. The trailer shows him working with collaborators including Julia Michaels and Johnny McDaid, creating the song "Galway Girl," and visiting his old high school.
"I decided to make something different,” Cummings says in a statement. “I wasn’t going to show fame. I didn’t want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn’t want to have sit down interviews because I didn’t want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting.”
ABC/Image Group LAShawn Mendes will be headlining Rolling Stone’s Relaunch event later this month, according to the magazine.
The event, presented by YouTube Music, will feature a live performance by Shawn followed by a Q&A moderated by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos. The concert will also be filmed for the series Live from the Artists Den.
The Rolling Stone Relaunch event will celebrate the recent redesign of the magazine and website, as well as a brand new, year-long partnership between Rolling Stone and YouTube Music.
The event will take place in Brooklyn, New York on July 26.
Matthew MurphyDavid Cook returned to the Broadway stage Tuesday night to reprise his role as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. The season seven American Idol winner takes over the role through September 9, before hitting the road for a fall acoustic tour.
This time around, David tells Billboard he’s learned not to “overthink” his performance. He says during his own shows, he uses a teleprompter as a safety net – but there’s no teleprompter on Broadway.
“The first night on Kinky Boots, there’s no teleprompter and I’m standing by the stage before my character’s first big number and I’m thinking ahead -- which is the exact wrong thing to do,” he says. “The rest of the show was this two-and-a-half-hour-long panic attack. I remember that because it taught me to stay in the moment, stay present.”
David adds that when his first run on Kinky Boots ended in May, he felt like he was finally getting into the groove of the character. “So I feel very fortunate that I get to return and continue to explore this character,” he says.
He anticipates his upcoming acoustic tour to be a change of pace from the collaborative nature of Broadway.
“It’s a completely different beast,” he says of the tour. “At the same time, with both, you’re operating on a tightrope without a net a little bit. I guess the difference is with live theater there’s other people on the rope with you.”
David’s new tour dates kick off October 25 in St. Louis.
Catie LaffoonIn addition to making her own hits, Julia Michaels has collaborated with some other hitmakers on a few songs released this year. She co-wrote Anne-Marie’s hit “2002” with Ed Sheeran and co-wrote two songs on Shawn Mendes’ new album, “Nervous” and “Like to Be You.”
She tells Billboardthat Shawn and Ed have different energies in the studio. Julia says Shawn has a quirky habit of leaving water bottles all around the studio, but she was impressed by his overall enthusiasm.
“I remember waking up the next day and actually being kind of depressed because the session was so energetic and lively, and he was just so excited about so much,” she says. “I feel like it’s kind of rare when someone is that excited. He has so many ideas and just wants to do song after song after song.”
As for Ed, she says songwriting with him is a whirlwind.
“For him, it’s very much his own thing,” she says. “It’s his words, his mind, and you’re just kind of there in his universe. It’s so crazy because it happens so fast. It’s like, boom, song’s done, and you’re like, ‘How did that just happen?’ I don’t know how he does it.”
She adds, “He’s one of the few artists that I know that can write consistently, like five songs in a row, that are hits.”
Julia rejoins Maroon 5 for their Red Pill Blues tour in September.