BMGAvril Lavigne has released her new single, an emotionally raw piano ballad called “Head Above Water.”
The singer revealed she wrote the song during her scary battle with Lyme disease. The lyrics are basically a prayer to God asking for help weathering a difficult time in her life.
"God, keep my head above water/Don't let me drown, it gets harder/I'll meet you there at the altar/As I fall down to my knee, don't let me drown,” Avril sings on the chorus.
Avril explains the story behind the lyrics in a statement: “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the songwriting of this album began.”
This is Avril’s first new music since she released a song called "Fly" in 2015. There's no release date yet for Avril's new album.
Along with the song’s release, Avril is also working to bring awareness to Lyme Disease through her Avril Lavigne Foundation. The foundation has launched a #HeadAboveWater t-shirt to raise money to help people affected by the disease who aren’t able to afford treatment.
Ricky Vigil/GC ImagesWhile it’s still not clear if they’re actually married or not, Justin Bieber made a grand romantic gesture to Hailey Baldwin in London Tuesday.
The singer sat down with his guitar in front of Buckingham Palace and serenaded Hailey -- as well as a crowd of onlookers -- with acoustic versions of his 2016 song “Cold Water” and Tracy Chapman’s 1988 classic, “Fast Car.”
In fan-captured video of the impromptu concert, Justin is heard proclaiming his love for Hailey. “That girl right there is the love of my life,” he says. Hailey is seen blushing and covering her face.
The couple was in town for London Fashion Week, where Hailey walked the runway in the Falcon Catwalk Show with Adidas Originals.
Justin and Hailey have been engaged since July but People reported last week that the two tied the knot at a New York City clerk’s office. Hailey denied that they were already hitched, but her uncle Alec Baldwin told People on Monday that the two “just went off and got married.”
Brandon Williams/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato’s mom, Dianna De La Garza, is speaking publicly for the first time about Demi’s overdose back in July.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Dianna recalls the moment she found out what happened and how she rushed the hospital with Demi’s sisters, Dallas and Madison.
"We got there as quickly as we could," she says. "Dallas and Madison and I jumped out of the car at the emergency room and ran into the emergency room to be by her side. She just didn't look good at all. She was in bad shape. But I said to her, 'Demi, I'm here. I love you.' And at that point she said back to me, 'I love you, too.'"
Dianna credits her faith, as well as the millions of prayers from Demi’s fans, with helping her family get through the difficult time.
“I think that was one of things that got me through the next couple of days when she was in critical condition,” she says. “We just didn't know for two days if she was going to make it or not."
But now, Dianna says, Demi is doing "really well" and is “happy” and “healthy.”
"She's working on her sobriety, and she's getting the help she needs," she adds. "That in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family."
Dianna, who said she appeared on the show with Demi's blessing, concludes by talking about the country’s opioid crisis and vowing to do whatever she can to bring awareness to the epidemic.
ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons has premiered a new song called "Zero." The bouncy track is available now for digital download.
Dan Reynolds and company recorded "Zero" for the soundtrack to the upcoming film Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the 2012 Disney animated hit Wreck-It Ralph. The new movie will hit theaters November 21.
"Zero" follows ID's standalone single "Natural," which the band will perform on ABC's American Music Awards, held October 9 in Los Angeles.
ABC/Randy HolmesMaroon 5 may be headed for the Super Bowl halftime show stage.
According to Us Weekly, the band has been tapped for the coveted gig and a source says they’ve “pretty much accepted” the offer.
Nothing is confirmed as of yet but the band does have a break in their schedule just in time for the February 3 game. They’ll have time between their Las Vegas New Year’s Eve show and the February 19 start of the Australian leg of their tour.
Super Bowl LIII (53) will take place in Atlanta. Justin Timberlake performed the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl.
Shepard FaireyKesha has released a new song of activism and hope called “Here Comes the Change,” written for the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsberg biographical film On the Basis of Sex.
“Here comes a change/We’re comin’ of age/This is not a phase/Here comes, here comes a change,” Kesha sings on the impassioned chorus.
The lyric video partners with the non-profit HeadCount to promote voter turnout at the midterm elections on November 6.
In an essay for Refinery29 explaining the meaning behind the song, Kesha writes, “I hope the song and the video reminds you that we don’t all have to loom as large as these heroes to make a difference. We can all vote and speak up for what we believe in. We can all have a positive impact on our shared future.”
On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as Ginsberg, hits theaters December 25.
"I greatly admire Kesha's artistry and commitment to activism," says the film's director, Mimi Leder. "I wanted her to write this song because her passionate voice and immense talent magnify the social justice imperatives Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to fight for every day.”
Leder adds, “It was important to both of us that this song be not only an anthem to all that Ruth Bader Ginsburg achieved, but also a rallying cry for how much more change is yet to come."
Dan MacMedan/WireImageAdele doesn’t tweet often, but when she does it’s for good reason.
The singer posted a tribute to one of her inspirations, Lauryn Hill, after seeing her in concert Tuesday night. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the multiple-Grammy-winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
“I saw Lauryn Hill in 1999 at Brixton Academy when I was 10 years old,” Adele writes. “Tonight I saw her play at the Hollywood Bowl. I’ve just turned 30!”
She continues, “What a woman what a record, by Miseducation is my favorite record of all time. Such an honest representation of love and life, I feel I can relate too but also I know theres elements and levels I never will be able to.”
Adele concludes with a message directly to Lauryn, writing, “Thank you for the record of a life time, thank you for your wisdom! Thank you for existing. Happy 20th x.”
The show, which will come on before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will debut in fall 2019 and will air on select NBC-owned stations across the country.
It’s described as “a weekday brunch party with a fascinating guest list of people who would otherwise never meet.” Each episode will include human interest stories, celebrity guests, good music and fun surprises.
“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Kelly says in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”
Before launching the new talk show, Kelly will defend her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.
Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour -- her first trek in three years -- January 24 in Oakland, CA.
Dick Clark ProductionsImagine Dragons and Post Malone are among the first round of performers announced for the 2018 American Music Awards.
Imagine Dragons will take the stage to perform their single “Natural,” while Post will be making his AMA stage debut to perform “Psycho” with Ty Dolla $ign as well as a solo track off his album beerbongs & bentleys.
Country superstar Carrie Underwood will also perform.
The 2018 American Music Awards air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on October 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC/Andrew LipovskyRumors of Kelly Clarkson landing her own daytime chat show have been circulating since August, but on Tuesday's Tonight Show, she made it official.
As any fan of Kelly knows the pop star and Voice coach loves to talk. In fact, she told host Jimmy Fallon that the hardest part of the job will be letting her guests get a word in edge-wise.
"Well I love talking, it's my favorite pastime...but it's hard to shut up though," she admits. "Like you know you have to listen to people who go on your show, and I just keep talking."
In spite of that, Clarkson promises her show will be more than just talk. She says it'll also feature plenty of music with her touring band, which also serves as the show's house band.
"We sing everyday on the show and we do like this fan request thing, it's fun," she told Fallon. "On the pilot I got people to sing with me and do little skits. It's very musical, as well."
Clarkson said the show is slated to air before Ellen DeGeneres' show.
Earlier in the program, Kelly teamed up with Jimmy and Tuesday's other Tonight Show guest Queen Latifah for a segment in which they looped their voices together on an iPad app to sing The Penguins doo-wop classic "Earth Angel."
Kelly has a busy year ahead of her. Besides the new talk show, she'll be defending her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.
Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour -- her first trek in three years -- on January 24 in Oakland with opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Brynn Cartelli, the #TeamKelly member and last season's winner of The Voice.
The Chainsmokers just released their latest collaboration, "This Feeling," yesterday, but the feedback they're getting from fans about the song -- which features country star Kelsea Ballerini -- is blowing them away.
"Damn, this is exciting!" they tweeted. "Feel like we haven’t seen a reaction to a song of ours like this since the Coldplay collab!"
Of course, the "Coldplay collab" was the duo's massive hit "Something Just Like This," and "This Feeling" could follow in its footsteps. After all, country/pop collabs, like "The Middle" and "Meant to Be," are all the rage these days. And as Kelsea told Zane Loweon his Beats 1 show yesterday, songs like these help break down barriers and change perceptions about country music.
She explained, "Having these kinda collaborations, people that have that stigma in their heads of like, 'Well, it's all about a truck' -- they're like, 'Oh, wait, I like this song! That's a country singer? Wait, let me go check out more!' It kinda opens the doors more, which is really sick!"
Kelsea, who's covered the duo's hits "Closer" and "Paris" in the past, told Lowe that working with The Chainsmokers is her "dream collab," adding, "I love that they write their stuff. They’re songwriters, which I relate to so much and respect a whole lot."
And The Chainsmokers love Kelsea just as much as she loves them.
As the duo's Alex Pall told Zane, "I feel like, you look at her and you smile...like, she's such a happy person!"
He added, "When we sent her this song...she wrote us back right away and was like, ‘I f****ing love it. I’m in.’ Everything’s been super fun.”
Photo by Robert Kamau/GC ImagesJessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson are expecting baby number three, and it's another girl.
Simpson made the announcement and gender reveal in a series of Instagram snaps featuring the couple's two children, six-year-old daughter Drew and five-year-old son Ace.
"SURPRISE..." the fashion mogul captioned the first -- a shot of Drew and Ace holding up a set of giant-sized balloons.
A second post revealed the contents of the balloons -- a bunch of smaller pink ones. "This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn't be happier to announce this precious blessing of life," read the caption.
A third post featured featured Jessica showing off her baby bump, with the caption, "My baby love."
Simpson and Johnson, a former professional football player, tied the knot in 2014.
Warner Music GroupRita Ora's released a stream of singles in the last few years, so it's hard to remember that she's only actually released one album, Ora, back in 2012. But she's finally ready for her sophomore outing: Phoenix arrives November 23.
The first release from the album a song called "Let You Love Me," set to be released this Friday.
Of course, Rita's been doing pretty well without releasing an album: her latest five singles have racked more than a billion streams worldwide. She just won an MTV VMA for Best Dance Video for her collaboration with Avicii, "Lonely Together," and earlier this year, she scored a hit duet with Liam Payne with "For You," from the movie Fifty Shades Freed. All three of those songs will be included on Phoenix.
In a statement, Rita says, "This album is a true labor of love, and it was important for me to do it my way. I’m so appreciative of the love and support from those who worked with me on the record and allowed me to create something I’m really proud of."
She adds, "I am really proud of and grateful for the journey that the making of Phoenix has taken me on. To my fans, thank you for your patience and thank you always for listening."
Disruptor Records/ColumbiaKelsea Ballerini and electronic duo The Chainsmokers just have “This Feeling” about their new collaboration.
With Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha having a huge hit with “Meant to Be” and Maren Morris following suit with Zedd on “The Middle,” it’s no secret pop/country collaborations are hot these days. And on Tuesday, Kelsea and The Chainsmokers released theirs.
“THIS SONG IS SO SPECIAL TO US!” the duo tweeted. “THIS FEELING WITH OUR GIRL KELS IS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE.” They followed up later with “Loving all these super positive tweets about…our new song…”
In “This Feeling,” Kelsea and The Chainsmokers sing about disagreeing with friends and family about a love interest: “They tell me think with my head, not that thing in my chest/They got their hands at my neck this time/But you’re the one that I want, if that’s really so wrong/Then they don’t know what this feeling is like.”
“This Feeling” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out the lyric video on YouTube, which matches the black and white skeletons and red hearts featured on the song’s artwork.
ABC/Randy HolmesLast Friday, Imagine Dragons held their annual gala to benefit the band's Tyler Robinson Foundation, which supports children battling pediatric cancer and their families. Through the event, they raised a total of $2.1 million for the charity.
Imagine Dragons also played an exclusive acoustic set at the gala.
In other Imagine Dragons happenings, the band is holding a special fan event in Las Vegas on November 7. Getting access to tickets for the event required solving a series of clues that seemingly required a forensic science degree from whatever university Twenty One Pilots fans attend. Luckily, the event will be streaming live online.
More info about the fan event will be forthcoming.
Harley WeirThe last time Harry Styles posed for a Gucci campaign, he was pictured carrying a chicken into a fish 'n chip shop. In his new campaign for the luxury brand, the farm animal theme continues, but his surroundings have been upgraded considerably.
The new campaign for the Gucci Cruise 2019 collection was shot in the gardens of 16th century Villa Lante outside of Rome. The photos show Harry lounging among the villa's sculptures and grottoes while cuddling adorable baby goats, lambs and piglets. He's wearing clothing in wildly mixed patterns, as well as a golden laurel wreath on his head.
In other news, Happy Together, the CBS sitcom Harry's executive producing, debuts October 1. As previously reported, it's about a young Australian pop star who hides out in the home of his "boring" accountant and his wife. It's loosely based on the fact that, at the height of his One Direction fame, Harry secretly lived in his friend Ben Winston's attic for 18 months.
Harry wrapped up his first solo tour behind his 2017 self-titled debut solo album this past July.
Getty Images via ABCOne week after raising nearly $6 million for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which assists young people around the world, Rihanna is expressing her commitment to global education.
“We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy,” she writes in an op-ed piece for The Guardian.
“Education can be stolen from you in a second,” the singer from Barbados continues. “As we’ve seen recently on an unprecedented scale, the Caribbean gets hit by natural disasters that wipe out schools, leaving thousands of children stranded.”
But the singer and actress is determined to make sure youth aren't denied opportunities to go to school.
“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” she says. “Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.”
Rihanna explained the mission of her Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, and how she was inspired by her trip last year to the African nation of Malawi.
“We fund programs that remove barriers to education by offering financial support to children and their communities," she says. "And following our time in Malawi, I am proud to say we are supporting thousands of girls there to move through secondary school.”
Rihanna concluded her op-ed, “If we can overcome the education deficit in the developing world, everybody wins.”
PRNewsfoto/LUXE BrandsAriana Grande has announced that her new perfume, Cloud, is now available online, and will arrive in stores September 23.
The $50 fragrance, packaged in a bottle that looks like a blue-and-white cloud is described as an "uplifting scent" that has notes of lavender, pear, bergamot, coconut, praline, vanilla orchid, and cashmere. It's the singer's fifth scent, following Sweet Like Candy, Ari, Frankie and Moonlight.
And Ari may have a sixth scent in the works as well. TMZ reports that her company has filed paperwork to trademark the phrase "Be Grande" for use on fragrance products including perfume, cologne, lotion, bath and shower gel, body scrub, body mists, and more. Supposedly, the fragrance will be gender-neutral.
Carlos SerraoThey're friends, mutual fans and musical collaborators, and now John Mayer and Shawn Mendes will be award recipients together.
John will receive the prestigious Legend of Live Award at this year's Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards, which will take place November 13 and 14 in Beverly Hills, CA. The award comes in honor of John's touring career, which includes his solo tours, his work with Dead & Company and his Controlled Danger comedy tour with Dave Chappelle.
Shawn, meanwhile, will receive the first-ever Artist of the Year Award, in honor of the success of his Illuminate World Tour and his upcoming arena tour in support of his current self-titled album -- which John appears on, incidentally. As part of the honor, Shawn will be interviewed during the event about building connections to fans both online and in the real world.
Other artists participating include American Idol winner Maddie Poppe and Andrew McMahon.
Mark R. Milan/GC ImagesAfter reports surfaced that Justin Bieber and his fiancee Hailey Baldwin had secretly gotten married, Hailey tweeted "I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet." She then deleted that tweet -- and now her uncle is seemingly confirming the under-the-radar nuptials.
Speaking to the TV show Extra on the Emmys red carpet Monday night, Hailey's uncle, nominee Alec Baldwin, said, "Well, they went off and got married, and I don't know what the deal is, because I mean, we text Hailey every now and then...we met him one time."
Asked if he'd give Bieber a talking-to about treating his niece right, Baldwin said, "That's not my job. She has a dad and I'm sure he has a few paragraphs about that, so I'm not worried."
Hailey's dad is Alec's brother Stephen Baldwin, who's appeared in movies like Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.