Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPals Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran each spent most of this year touring stadiums around the world, and now all that work has paid off in nominations for the Billboard Live Music Awards.
Both Taylor and Ed are nominated for Top World Tour, Top U.S. Tour, Top Draw and Top Boxscore at the awards, which will be handed out November 13 in Beverly Hills. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. will host the festivities.
The Top Tour is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the best-attended tour of the year -- meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets. The Top Boxscore Award is for the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist: In Ed's case, it's his four shows at London's Wembley Stadium; in Taylor's, it's her two shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Awkwardly, one of Taylor's reported ex-boyfriends, John Mayer, is being honored at the ceremony with the prestigious Legend of Live Award. On the other hand, her friend Shawn Mendes is also being honored that night with the Artist of the Year Award -- so whether or not she'll attend the ceremony appears to be a toss-up.
Here are the nominees:
TOP WORLD TOUR Beyoncé & Jay-Z Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift
TOP U.S. TOUR Beyoncé & Jay-Z Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift
TOP DRAW Beyoncé & Jay-Z Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift
TOP BOXSCORE Ed Sheeran Wembley Stadium, London June 14 – 17, 2018 (4 shows) Taylor Swift MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. July 20 – 22, 2018 (2 shows)
U2 Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil Oct. 19 – 25, 2018 (4 shows)
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST Maluma Cardi B Post Malone
TOP FESTIVAL Life is Beautiful Festival Lollapalooza Brazil Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
CONCERT MARKETING AND PROMOTION Travis Scott x Red Bull, Lyft, Snapchat American Express for the ASTROWORLD Album & Tour Launch Marshmello x Bumble Khalid x Hollister
Matt HayslettSam Smith is using his voice for a good cause.
The British star has teamed up with acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile for a duet version of Brandi's song "Party of One." A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children in Conflict, via Brandi's own Looking Out Foundation. Children in Conflict's current campaign seeks to raise $1 million to help children who are impacted by war.
In a statement, Sam says, "I am so excited for everyone to have this song in their ears and hearts. Working with Brandi Carlile is truly one of the highlights of my career. Her voice and songwriting get me through the dark days. Brandi is a mentor to me and now a friend and I’m so thankful she asked me to feature on her single."
He adds, "I hope you all love this as much as I do. And I hope this raises as much support as possible to the incredible charity Children in Conflict and its partner, War Child U.K., of which I’m a global ambassador. Thank you for listening.”
Brandi, meanwhile, says, "I’m beyond proud to have collaborated with the incredible Sam Smith. There is no one quite like him and I’ve never heard a voice like his before. He’s an absolute gentleman and a sweetheart."
She adds, "We hope the vulnerability of this song reflects the fragility of [the children's] situation and compels people to support our cause.”
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaIt's been a year since "Despacito" was the biggest song in the world, but it's still breaking records.
Luis Fonsi has received seven Guinness World Record titles thanks to "Despacito," which was #1 for 16 weeks last year. According to the Guinness World Record website, the song, which was first released on January 13, 2017, has broken the following records:
Most weeks at No.1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart: 57.
Most-viewed music video online: 5,003,945,241 views as of April 6, 2018.
Most-liked video online: 29,585,207 million likes on YouTube, as of August 31, 2018.
Most-viewed music video on YouTube (duet): 5,003,945,241 views as of April 6, 2018.
Most-streamed track worldwide: 4.6 billion times worldwide as of July 19, 2017.
First YouTube video to receive five billion views: achieved on April 4, 2018.
Most-viewed video online: 5,003,945,241 views as of April 6, 2018.
Fonsi posted a photo on Instagram of himself posing with his honors, and wrote, "Yesterday, Guinness World Records surprised me with these seven awards. I am very honored to be part of the Guinness World Records family. 'Despacito' broke seven Guinness World Records in a year and it's all thanks to you. Thanks to everyone who worked to achieve this success!"
Luis also thanked his collaborators on the song -- Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber -- as well as his co-writer and producers.
Denise TruscelloBritney Spears is going to make a "big announcement" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, and it's assumed that she's going to reveal the details of a brand-new Las Vegas residency. Britain's Daily Mailreports that Britney will indeed announce that, and in doing so, she'll be come the highest-paid entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip.
The paper reports that under her new deal at the 5,200-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM Las Vegas -- where Lady Gaga is going to start her residency in December -- Britney will make $507,000 per show. That would break the record, previously held by Celine Dion, of $476,000 per night.
Britney's previous residency show, Piece of Me, at the Planet Hollywood venue formerly known as the AXIS Theater, had a super-successful four-year run, and grossed nearly 138 million bucks over 248 shows. When the show closed last December, she was pulling in $400,000 per night.
According to the Daily Mail, Britney had a non-compete clause, which is why she has to wait until 2019 to announce her new residency, and the show will likely start in the spring.
In addition to Lady Gaga, other acts who've either had, will have or currently have residencies at the Park Theater include Aerosmith, Queen Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin.
Dennis LeupoldElle King is opening up about her battles with substance abuse and mental illness in the latest issue of People magazine.
The singer, whose album Shake the Spirit comes out Friday, admits, “Last year almost broke me, but I’m stronger now because of it."
Elle says she was in a “destructive marriage” with Andrew Ferguson, during which Ferguson was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence after allegedly grabbing Elle by the throat and threatening to kill her. The charges were later dropped.
After they broke up last year, Elle says she struggled with depression and PTSD, and used drugs and alcohol to mask her pain.
“I was at the lowest point in my life,” she says. “I was not well. I couldn’t look people in the eyes. I literally couldn’t leave my house for weeks at a time.”
Eventually, Elle got help, seeking treatment from a PTSD specialist last summer and easing up on her hard-partying ways. She also leaned on friends and family, and mended her relationship with dad Rob Schneider. She says they now have the relationship she “always wanted.”
“There’s two ways out. You can take the bad way out or you can get help. I got help because I knew that I have felt good in my life and I knew I could get there again,” Elle says.
Elle adds that though she still drinks and smokes marijuana, “I have a different fun now -- it’s not having fun out of pain.
“I’ve changed a lot,” she declares. “I’m finding my own self-love, and I’m inviting love, outwardly in.”
ABC/Image Group LACardi B is shutting down rumors she’s recorded a track dissing Nicki Minaj.
The “I Like it” rapper posted a screen shot, since deleted, of text messages with a TMZ reporter asking about the diss track.
The reply from her representative states, “Cardi has no song coming about Nicki. So that’s false and so your story would [be] false.. Your sources are liars."
Cardi also slammed TMZ for allegedly stalking her and her baby, Kulture.
In another since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi wrote, “You really pressed my button a couple of weeks ago when ya had photographers literally stalk me and my daughter when i clearly said repeatedly i don’t want to show my daughter."
"With fame comes crazy people, stalkers and psychopaths, so i want to protect my child till I’m ready to show her to the world," Cardi continued. “But NO integrity don’t matter to ya. Then ya constantly got me in ya blog spreading fake s**t about me without doing ya research and even when we tell ya is not true, ya still push it.”
The three-time American Music Award winner closed the message with an announcement about new music.
“My single “Money” drops OCTOBER 26!!” “Money” will be the follow-up to Cardi’s platinum single “Ring” featuring Kehlani.
The rapper is also discussing joining Fran Drescher in a potential reboot of Drescher's 90s sitcom, The Nanny. After seeing Cardi wearing a cheetah-print ensemble -- channeling her character in the series -- Drescher said she wanted Cardi to portray her daughter.
“It’s really getting me excited," the actress tells ExtraTV. "It’s fresh and it could be super fun.”
Interscope RecordsThe soundtrack for A Star Is Born could score a second week at #1 on the Billboard album chart, according to sales projections.
The album, featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, could sell 125,000 units by the end of this week, Billboard reports, enough to keep it in the #1 spot. It debuted on top of the chart last week with first-week sales of 231,000 units.
If the soundtrack remains on top, it'll be Gaga's first album to score more than one week at #1 since Born This Way, which did it back in 2011. Overall, the soundtrack is Gaga's fifth #1 album.
Meanwhile, Gaga is #1 and Cooper is #3 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart, which measures music sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media interaction to rank artists' popularity.
And finally, the duo is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their A Star Is Born duet, "Shallow."
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande has finally acknowledged that she's going through a difficult time right now, and is taking a break from social media.
Tuesday, Ariana taped NBC's A Very Wicked Halloween Special, celebrating the 15th anniversary of her favorite musical, Wicked. In an Instagram Story post captured by Peoplemagazine, she wrote, "Ok today was v special and i’m so grateful i was able to be there. Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit.”
She then continued, "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see [right now]. It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always."
Ariana and fiancé Pete Davidson reportedly called off their engagement over the weekend.
At the A Very Wicked Halloween Special taping, Ariana performed the song "The Wizard and I," and posted a photo of herself with Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba the witch in Wicked on Broadway. "If y’all told me ab any of this fifteen years ago..." Ariana captioned the picture. The Wicked special airs on October 29.
Additionally, TMZ reports that while Ariana was performing, she very purposely wore a small adhesive bandage strip on her ring finger to cover up a tiny tattoo that reads "pete." Of course, she was no longer wearing her engagement ring, either.
Meanwhile, according to Entertainment Tonight, Pete Davidson pulled out of a comedy gig at Temple University Wednesday for “personal reasons.”
Solaiman FazelThis has been a good year for Janet Jackson when it comes to getting big, honorary awards.
Following her Billboard Music Icon Award, the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Icon Award, the 2018 Radio Disney Impact Award and the Black Girls Rock! Rock Star Award, Miss Jackson will now be named a 2018 Global Icon at the MTV European Music Awards.
Janet will perform a medley of her greatest hits on the telecast, including her latest single, “Made for Now.” The telecast will air live from Bilbao, Spain on November 4,
The 2018 MTV EMAs, hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, airs at 9 p.m. CET and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries.
Mert & MarcusNow that Taylor Swift has decided to speak out about politics, she isn't stopping with just an endorsement: She's now encouraging fans to take advantage of early voting.
While November 9 is officially Election Day, Taylor has taken to Instagram to remind fans that, depending on your state, you can vote early if you can't make it to the polls on the 9th.
Next to a photo of her toes painted red, white and blue, Taylor writes, "Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6."
Referring to her adopted home state, she adds, "Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1. You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio."
As previously reported, Taylor endorsed Democrat Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives in Tennessee. She said the voting record of Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn "appalls and terrifies me."
NBC/Trae PattonThe battle rounds continued Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates from Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson’s teams went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition, a night that also saw Jennifer and Kelly each stealing an artist for their teams.
Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: CeeLo Green for Team Adam; Keith Urban for Team Blake; Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly; and Halsey for Team Jennifer.
Here are the highlights of Tuesday night's show:
Powerful gospel singer Kymberli Joye and duo OneUp, representing Team Kelly, faced off against each other on “Mercy,” by Brett Young. Both Clarkson and her adviser, Thomas Rhett, were floored with their performance in rehearsal. After some minor tweaks, Kelly, who chose the song for its “pure passion,” predicted the trio would deliver “the performance of the season.” It ended up being a tough choice for Kelly, who picked Kymberli. She moves on to the knockout rounds. OneUp was eliminated.
Next up, Adam, along with his adviser and “spirit animal” CeeLo Green watched as 15-year-old Anthony Arya take on the more seasoned Steve Memmolo for a bluesy cover of “Aimee,” by Pure Prairie League. Ultimately, Adam opted for experience, declaring Memmolo the winner. He moves on to the knockouts, but so does Arya, who was stolen by Jennifer.
Team Blake’s gravely-voiced soulful singer Chris Kroeze went toe-to-toe with Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, who got Shelton to turn his chair after failing to get any of the coaches to turn for her last season. They battled on Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life.” Blake and his advisor, Keith Urban, felt the two vocalists matched up perfectly, but had a few suggestions on how each of them could step up their games. How well each “put our notes into motion,” said Blake, would decide the winner. Blake ended up picking Chris, based on his incredible range. Mercedes was sent packing.
Finally, Mike Parker and Natasha GreyCloud, representing Team Jennifer, duked it out on John Mayer’s “Gravity,” with Hudson explaining that she wanted to “bring the soul out of both of them.” Mike, in her opinion, had the “instincts,” but needed to “own” them. Natasha, on the other hand, had a range, but “wasn’t letting it all out.” Jennifer declared the battle a tie, but went with Mike for "strategic" reasons. He moves on to the knockouts, as does Natasha, who was scooped up by Kelly.
Also advancing to the knockout rounds on Tuesday were Team Adam’s Tyke James, defeating Jarred Matthew; and Katrina Cain, from Blake's team, who beat out Rachel Messer.
The Voice returns with more battles Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesForgive the pun, but Marshmello is on fire. The deejay/producer has scored a top-10 hit with his Bastille collabo "Happier" and the video for his 2016 single "Alone" just passed a billion views. Marshmello's also collaborated with Selena Gomez, Khalid, Logic and Anne-Marie, but working with others hasn't made him any more willing to show his face. Anne-Marie reveals that the whole time they were working on their big hit "Friends," Marshmello refused to remove his trademark helmet.
"It's funny because when I first meet people, I wear sunglasses because I get anxiety, and then when I get comfortable, I take them off," Anne-Marie tells ABC Radio. "And I was like, waiting for when he was gonna take his off. Like 'Are we comfortable yet?' But nah."
In fact, Anne-Marie says she's never seen Marshmello's face in real life, and he didn't ask her to call him by his real name, either. Still, the British singer says she thinks he's great.
"I think he's a really incredible person, he's very humble and very talented," she says. "I just think all of the songs that he's released this year...like, how he's catered to the artists that he's worked with, I think is really inspiring."
From October 20 through November 9, Marshmello will be playing various clubs in Las Vegas. He then travels overseas for some European dates, and in December, he'll return to the U.S. for radio holiday shows.
Meanwhile, Anne-Marie, who's spent the last few months opening for Ed Sheeran in North America, kicks off a tour of the U.K. November 19.
ABC/Paula LoboLiam Payne could be paying a visit to your school campus. He’s the latest musician to participate in Chegg Music 101, the campus takeover contest sponsored by Chegg, the Student Hub.
Chegg has teamed up with truth, the tobacco prevention campaign, to give one U.S. college or high school campus the chance to win an appearance by the singer.
"Music and the arts are so vital to campus life, and I am delighted to be part of CheggMusic101, to highlight its importance," Liam says in a statement. "And it's great to do this in partnership with truth, since they share the facts about tobacco and encourage young people to use their creativity to make an impact on the issue in their communities.”
Liam will take over a classroom and participate in a Q&A with students, as well as treat them to a private concert.
Chegg will also award the winning school with a $10,000 David B. Goldberg Music Grant for the music department at their school.
Students can start nominating their campus now by visiting Chegg.com/Music101. The contest runs through November 13.
Interscope RecordsSongs by top artists that appeared in movies over the past year have been nominated for The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which honor "musical excellence in visual media."
In the Original Song -- Feature Film category, Lady Gaga's hit duet with Bradley Cooper, "Shallow," is nominated. So is "For You (Fifty Shades Freed)," the duet performed by Liam Payne and Rita Ora for the movie of the same name. "Revelation," performed by Troye Sivan for the movie Boy Erased, is another nominee in this category.
In the Original Song -- Documentary category, "I'll Fight," performed by Jennifer Hudson for RBG, a documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is nominated.
In the Original Song -- Animated Film category, "Finally Free," written and performed by Niall Horan for the movie Smallfoot, is nominated.
In the Original Song -- Sci Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film category, "All the Stars," performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA for Black Panther, is nominated.
In the category of Soundtrack Album, A Star Is Born is nominated, as are the soundtracks for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Fifty Shades Darker, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther.
The 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held November 14, and a portion of the proceeds will go to music education.
Now that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have reportedly called off their engagement, it's time to split up the property.
A source confirms to E! Online that Ariana has returned the $100,000 engagement ring that Pete bought her a few months ago. "She did give the ring back," dishes the insider. "She ended the engagement and felt that was the right thing to do. They are not 100% split but things are very up in the air."
Adds the source, "She just knew they had to make a change and it wasn't a good situation the way it was going."
However, TMZ reports that Ari will get custody of the couple's pet pig, Piggy Smallz. According to TMZ, she's the one who bought the pig, so she's keeping it, even though Pete actually got a tattoo of the tiny porker on his torso.
Meanwhile, Ariana has assured her fans that she still plans to take part as scheduled in NBC's upcoming salute to the 15th anniversary of the Broadway musical Wicked.
Posting a photo of the special's script -- which reveals that she'll be singing "The Wizard and I," she wrote, "Honored to be included in this celebration of 15 years of my favorite musical of all time wouldn’t miss it for the whole universe."
On her Instagram story, she posted a behind-the-scenes photo of herself wearing Wicked-green lipstick, and wrote, "Can't believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today!!! Not today satan! Not tomorrow or the next day either not no more u can suck my big green d***."
She added, "[Gonna] sing my heart out and be a big walking vessel of love bye."
What could be better than hanging out in L.A. with Post Malone? How about cruising through L.A. with Post Malone in your brand-new Bentley? Sound like a dream? It can be a reality -- if you pony up some cash for a good cause.
Posty is teaming with the charity fundraising site Omaze to raise money for Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of disabled and fallen servicemen and women. The more money you donate, the more chances you'll get to win the grand prize: a 2018 Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible.
The winner will also be flown to L.A. to take a test drive in their new ride with the AMA-winning rapper. The car, the flights, the hotel, the car's taxes and the cost of shipping will all be included as part of the prize.
To promote the contest, Posty has filmed a video in which he goes undercover in a record store as a salesman and pranks unsuspecting customers. He offers his own record to a woman for half-price, explaining, "We're trying to get rid of it 'cause it sucks. It's so bad." After he makes an elderly gentleman read the lyrics to "Rock Star" aloud, the guy tells him, "You need Jesus."
Finally, after purposely tripping, falling and spilling albums everywhere, someone who's in on the joke tells him he's fired. He takes off his shirt and stalks out the door saying, "I didn't wanna work here anyways! Ever heard of a smartphone? You don't need this record store! I'm out!"
Ricky Vigil M/GC ImagesJustin Bieber's fiancée/wife Hailey Baldwin -- we're not 100% sure which she is at this point -- is featured in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, and while the article is ostensibly focused on her and her fashion career, of course, Justin's name comes up.
After being congratulated about her July engagement, Hailey tells the magazine of her fiancé, "He is incredible. He crushes everything. Every song, every feature. It’s crazy to see what he does. I’m always blown away."
Hailey also tells Harper's Bazaar that while she has many tattoos and wants more, she's "keeping space for my kids' names" -- so apparently she and Justin are planning to start a family at some point.
Justin's name also comes up in a promo for the new season of Apple TV's Carpool Karaoke: The Series. In the promo for the episode featuring Hailey and her pal Kendall Jenner, both girls are hooked up to a lie detector while sitting in the front seat of a car. They ask each other questions as the technician sits in the back seat and monitors their answers.
Brian Bowen SmithMeghan Trainor will be spending at least part of her Thanksgiving in Dallas, performing during halftime during the Cowboys' annual Turkey Day game.
The Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving game marks the official kickoff of The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign, which collects money for Christmas toys for children, shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and other social service programs.
Meghan will perform live at AT&T Stadium when the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins. In a statement, she says, "I am so honored and excited to be performing...to kickoff the 128th Red Kettle campaign."
"More than 40 million people live in poverty, and the money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign helps The Salvation Army give those in need a chance at a new life," she adds.
Last year's campaign raised just over $144 million dollars. Since the campaign partnered with the Cowboys in 1997, nearly $2.4 billion has been raised. This year, in addition to donating online or throwing money into those ubiquitous red kettles, you can ask Amazon Alexa to "donate to the Salvation Army," or text KETTLES to 91999.
Wes and AlexNow that the original version of Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" video has racked up more than one billion views, it's time for Volume 2.
The band has released an alternate version of the video that, like the first, features Adam Levine singing as various famous and notable women appear behind him, including Ellen DeGeneres, Millie Bobby Brown, Gal Gadot, Sarah Silverman, Camila Cabello, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish, gymnast Aly Raisman, YouTube star Lily Singh, race car driver Danica Patrick, and Adam's wife, Behati Prinsloo.
So what's the difference? Basically, the women appear in a different order and are shown doing different things, some of which are goofy and silly. For example, J-Lo tweaks Adam's ears and Tiffany Haddish jumps on top of him. At the end, instead of hugging Behati and their daughter Dusty Rose, Adam just hugs a solo Behati and kisses her neck.
The song "Girls Like You" is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, and has been number one on Billboard's airplay-based Radio Songs chart for 12 straight weeks. That's the longest-running song on that chart by any duo or group this century.
Maroon 5 just wrapped up their Red Pill Blues tour in New York City, but they'll be back out on the road in 2019.
FilmMagic via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018One of today's hottest female singer/songwriters is teaming up with an iconic '80s female singer/songwriter for a holiday benefit.
Bebe Rexha will join Cyndi Lauper on the bill for the eighth annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert, taking place December 8 at New York's Beacon Theater. The annual event raises money for Cyndi's charity, the True Colors Fund, which works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
The show is hosted by original Queer Eye star Carson Kressley. Other acts on the bill this year include former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant, singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, rapper A$AP Rocky, blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, and former Grey's Anatomy star SaraRamirez.
Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, October 19 at noon, ET via Ticketmaster.