The British boy band – Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Ste McNally – has announced that their as-yet-untitled new album will be released on April 26, 2019.
The "Back Here" trio has also launched a Pledge Music campaign, selling merchandise that includes a handwritten and signed lyric sheet for one BBMAK song of your choosing, a signed Polaroid photo of the band and a signed copy of the new album.
“We are so happy to be working with Pledge this year in support of our new record!” the band writes in a statement. “This is the first album of new material that we’ve released in fifteen years and we are incredibly excited to be back.”
They add, "The support that you have shown us throughout the years is so very appreciated, and we can’t wait to get back out on the road and to play this new music for all of you.”
The first single from the album is set to be released in February, followed by a late spring and summer North American tour.
In the meantime, the band has released a new music video for their cover of the Nat King Cole classic, “The Christmas Song.” In the clip, the three sit by a crackling fireplace with Christmas decorations behind them as they sing an acoustic version of the song.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Look what she made him do: An Ohio man has been arrested following a destructive rampage that he hoped would draw Taylor Swift's attention.
According to the Beacon Journal, 29-year-old Cody Hann was accused of driving his car onto a local airport runway, and then into the playground equipment at a park on Saturday night. After his car got stuck in the mud, he started hitting it with a metal pipe -- which is how police found him. They also found an inert hand grenade in his car.
Hann was arrested and charged with reckless operation, criminal damage and inducing panic. He told police that he's in love with Taylor, and wanted her to notice him. A day earlier, police had responded to a report that Hann had been pacing back and forth and screaming on the street. Hann told police he was yelling "I love you," and that he was in love with Taylor.
According to family members, Hann had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and was trying to get sober.
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018When Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was first released by in 1994, it wasn't eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Well, it's really making up for lost time now.
Mariah's holiday hit has just become the highest-charting Christmas song on the Hot 100 in 60 years, as it rises from number seven to number six. The last time a Christmas song ranked higher on the Hot 100 was in 1958, when "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville hit #1.
As previously reported, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" wasn't eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994 because it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited any such song from charting on the Hot 100. Those rules eventually changed and now, every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has returned to the chart. Last year, it finally broke into the top 10.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now also Mariah's highest-charting hit since 2008, when "Touch My Body" hit #1.
Finally, by reaching #6, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has surpassed the ranking of two other modern-era holiday songs, which both reached number seven: 2000's "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G and 1990's "This One's for the Children," by New Kids on the Block.
ABC/Image Group LADua Lipa has co-written a song for the upcoming motion-capture action flick, Alita: Battle Angel.
“Swan Song” is described as an “inspiring and empowering anthem” for the film, which is produced by Avatar's James Cameron and Jon Landau and directed by Robert Rodriguez.
“I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible,” Dua says in a statement. “I see a little of myself in her, in both her bada** spirit and our shared haircut.”
She adds, “Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me.”
Dua also teases on Instagram that a music video for the song is coming soon.
Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters in the U.S. on February 14. It features Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali.
Live Nation EntertainmentShawn Mendes is going to have quite the homecoming next September.
The Grammy nominee's first stadium show in his hometown of Toronto sold out in minutes when it went on sale. The September 6 show at the Rogers Centre will wrap up the North American leg of his 2019 world tour, and it'll be a special show that features both a regular set, and an extended acoustic set.
“This really was a dream come true to play the Rogers Centre in my home town,” Shawn says in a statement. “And now to have sold it out is just incredible and something I could have only ever imagined.”
Shawn also tweeted, "Seems like I wake up everyday living something I was dreaming about just a few years ago. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for everything. This insane. Rogers Centre. Sold out. Thank you."
The North American leg of Shawn's tour in support of his self-titled album gets underway June 12 in Portland, OR. The tour itself will feature the singer playing more than 60 shows in Europe, the U.K., Australia and North America.
Shawn also bid his fans goodbye for a while, tweeting, "Taking a bit of a break from social media the next few weeks to be with friends and family. I adore you guys with all my heart! Happy holidays x."
ABC NewsIf it wasn't for Aretha Franklin, Kelly Clarkson would probably never have auditioned for American Idol, let alone become a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning pop star.
On tonight's ABC special 2018: In Memoriam, Kelly is among several stars who pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul, who died in August of pancreatic cancer. In an advance clip, Kelly explains the huge impact Aretha had on her.
"It's hard to believe, but I was actually shy when I was little -- very hard to believe, I realize!" Kelly laughs. "I had such a hard time communicating, which is actually why I started to write [songs] before I even could sing. And it was just to get my emotions out, 'cause I was afraid to let down walls because so many crappy things had happened."
But then Kelly discovered Aretha's music.
"Aretha was the one singer that kinda just reached right down in me, and then it was like, 'It's O.K. to cry, it's O.K. to be mad at something,'" Kelly explains. "I feel like she's the reason why I'm not so shy. Music really did give me that confidence and she really did stir something inside me that really broke down those barriers that I had built up as a child."
Kelly says her favorite Aretha song changes, but she reveals, "I will say the one I love to sing the most is 'I Never Loved a Man.' It's really just a killer classic, and every vocalist loves songs you can, like, wail on!"
In addition to Kelly, tonight's show will feature Aretha tributes from Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. Burt Reynolds, Barbara Bush, Senator John McCain and Stephen Hawking will also be remembered on 2018: In Memoriam, airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Rita ZimmermanMusic listeners were very curious about the Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato collaboration, “Solo,” this year. The song tops the list of the most-Shazamed songs of 2018, according to the song recognition app.
Number two on the list was “X,” by Nicky Jam and J Balvin, followed by “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, which was also the most added track to a playlist worldwide after being Shazamed.
Last year’s most-Shazamed artist, Ed Sheeran, made a splash this year as well. His song “Perfect” was the fifth most-Shazamed song of the year, as well as the number-one Shazamed pop track of the year.
“Perfect” was also the longest-running number-one song in Shazam's global charts this year, reigning for nine weeks, and was the most shared song worldwide after being Shazamed.
As for the most-Shazamed artist of the year, that honor goes to Drake, with J Balvin coming in at number two.
Here are the top rankings:
Top 10 most-Shazamed songs 1. "Solo" -- Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato 2. "X" -- Nicky Jam & J Balvin 3. "One Kiss" -- Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 4. "In My Mind" -- Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 5. "Perfect" -- Ed Sheeran 6. "Leave a Light On" -- Tom Walker 7. "Girls Like You" -- Maroon 5 Feat. Cardi B 8. "Friends" -- Marshmello & Anne-Marie 9. "Flames" -- David Guetta & Sia 10. "I Like It" -- Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Most-Shazamed songs by genre Pop: "Perfect" -- Ed Sheeran Hip-Hop: "I Like It" -- Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin Rock/Alternative: "Feel It Still" -- Portugal. The Man Dance: "Solo" -- Clean Bandit Feat. Demi Lovato Country: "You Make It Easy" -- Jason Aldean R&B/Soul: "Love Lies" -- Khalid & Normani Latin: "X" -- Nicky Jam & J Balvin K-Pop: "FAKE LOVE" -- BTS
ABC/Paula LoboFor 30 years, Pollstar has been tracking tours and ticket sales -- but the publication's never seen anything like Ed Sheeran.
The singer's Divide tour grossed just over $432.4 million dollars in a calendar year, with sales of just over 4,860,000 tickets. That's the highest tour gross and most tickets sold in any year in Pollstar history.
Ed's tour isn't the highest grossing tour in history, mind you -- that would be U2's 360 tour, which took in $736 million and 7.36 million tickets. But U2's tour took over two years to reach that amount, 2009 through its 2011 end.
Not only is Ed's tour impressive for the money it earned, but it's even more impressive that his top ticket price was about $89. The average ticket price for 2018 for a top 10 tour was over $126. Not only that, but Ed also didn't sell any VIP tickets for the tour, which other artists make big bucks on.
Stuart Camp, Ed's manager, tells Pollstar, "Our adage has always been to be as democratic and fair as possible. We do meet and greets, but they’re for disadvantaged kids or contest winners; we don’t sell them, and similarly with VIP ticketing... Some kid who’s there and hasn’t got a job should have the same chances and the same access as anyone else.”
The Divide tour resumes in February and wraps up in August. By the end of 2019, Ed may have broken U2's record.
Explaining Ed's success, his booking agent tells Pollstar, "He has a work ethic like I’ve never seen. And he’s crossed the divide of great songs that are infectious and resonate. I cannot tell you how many emails I get about, ‘Can Ed play "Perfect" at my wedding?” I get 10 of those a day.”
Photo by Rob Verhorst/RedfernsThe Marvin Gaye estate's long drawn-out legal battle with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" has finally come to a pricey end.
The artists behind the buzzy single have been ordered by Judge John A. Kronstadt to pay the family of the late, legendary "What's Going On" singer $5 million, Billboard reports. The hefty sum includes Thicke, Williams and Williams' publishing company owing a combined $2.9 million, plus an additional $1.7 million required to be paid by Thicke and some $357,631 from Williams and his More Water from Nazareth company.
As previously reported, the Gaye family sued Thicke and Williams in 2013 for copyright infringement of the soul singer's 1977 hit song "Got to Give It Up." Initially, a judge ruled that both Thicke and Williams owed Gaye's estate $7 million, but following an appeal the judgment was decreased.
Moving forward, the Gaye family is entitled to a running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" songwriter and publishing revenue.
ABC/Randy HolmesMaroon 5's had a busy year, with a #1 hit, a tour and a Grammy nomination. But as Christmas approaches and the guys get ready to take some time off, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says he, Adam Levine and the other five guys in the group won't be exchanging any gifts.
"Yeah, we don't really 'do' Christmas gifts," James tells ABC Radio. "I recently turned 40 and I got some gifts from the guys -- but only because it was my 40th!"
"Y'know, we spend so much time together, and we give each other gifts all the time," he explains. "Like if we see something, we'll just get it, y'know? It doesn't really have to be tied to a birthday or a holiday or anything."
But that doesn't mean that James doesn't have to do any Christmas shopping. There's still his family to think of, and his family is, well...really big.
"I usually spend [Christmas]...with my parents in Highland, Utah, and it's great because I've got 13 nieces and nephews," he says. "So we all get together and do a little snowboarding, which isn't bad."
But with 13 nieces and nephews, James can't show up for Christmas empty-handed, which means a lot of shopping.
"Oh yeah, I have to start pretty early," he laughs. "And I have to make lists, because there's just so many of them!"
Meanwhile, Christmas for Adam Levine will likely be pretty special this year: It'll be his youngest daughter Gio Grace's first one ever.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua98 Degrees is currently on a Christmas tour, singing music from their two holiday albums, This Christmas and Let It Snow. But the boy band draws the line at what many believe to be the highlight of Christmas festivities: presents. Well...at least for each other.
"We're a bunch of guys that like to drink beer and watch sports, so it's hard to buy for us," 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons tells ABC Radio. "And we all have everything material-wise that we need. Y'know, we don't need anything."
In fact, Jeff says for him, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre, simply being in each other's presence on their current tour is all the gift they need.
"We spent so many years in the grind during the holiday seasons working, with the business side of music kinda getting in the way of us having fun, that we're really just enjoying each other's company," Jeff explains. "So it sounds like I'm cheaping out on these guys, but we don't really need to buy anything for each other!"
When it comes to buying holiday gifts for his three kids and two stepchildren, however, Jeff says he has to be restrained from going all out.
"I don't stop myself from spoiling my kids; my wife, however, kinda puts the kibosh on all that stuff," he laughs.
"I mean, my whole thing growing up was wanting to have a big family with lots of kids, and [I] was fortunate to do that, so it's hard for me not to spoil 'em, I love 'em so much," he continues.
"I'm looking forward to getting home with them at the end of this tour. I'll be home on the 22nd, so I get home just in time for Christmas."
Rosalind O'Connor/NBCAfter Pete Davidson posted a disturbing note on Instagram Saturday saying he didn't "want to be on this earth anymore," his friend, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, tweeted that he was getting on a plane headed to New York City to support Davidson. Well, he made good on his word.
"im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that," Kelly tweeted. The two men became friends this past summer after they filmed a movie together called Big Time Adolescence.
E! Online reports that after Saturday Night Live last night, Davidson and Kelly were seen together driving in an SUV. When Davidson dropped Kelly off, they exchanged a hug before Davidson continued on.
Police performed a "wellness check" on Davidson on Saturday before the show aired, and he was said to be "fine." His former fiancee Ariana Grandetweeted and then deleted a message to Davidson, saying she was downstairs at the SNL studios if he needed her.
On Saturday night, a smiling Davidson was seen briefly on SNL, introducingMiley Cyrus and Mark Ronson's second musical performance. He didn't appear in any other sketches, though he had a part in a pre-taped segment.
ABC/Eric McCandlessEarlier this year, Weezer scored a huge hit with their version of Toto's 1982 soft-rock classic "Africa." Now Pitbull is trying his hand at the same song.
Pitbull's version is actually called "Ocean to Ocean," and it appears on the soundtrack of the upcoming superhero flick Aquaman. However, the pre-chorus and chorus, performed by a singer named Rhea, are identical to those of Toto's original hit.
In the movie, the song plays during a scene where Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, crosses the Sahara Desert. Which is -- y'know -- in Africa.
"They tried to get rid of me/But from ocean to ocean/They are gonna have to deal with me," Pitbull raps. "From ocean to ocean, sea to sea/I'm something that you gotta see."
In a statement to People magazine, Pitbull explains why his version of the tune is called "Ocean to Ocean."
"The ocean, the sea and any body of water, to me, is true freedom," says Mr. Worldwide. "The ocean has always been the border from where my parents came from Cuba and the United States, which gives us freedom. That’s why I respect water. Bottom line: water gives us freedom.”
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has designed a limited-edition t-shirt to raise funds for a campaign to help a program in Nairobi, Kenya, that encourages young men to test themselves for HIV.
Kenya's population has the fourth largest percentage of HIV/AIDS-infected people in the world. Many aren't aware that they're HIV-positive. The program, sponsored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is called "Chukua Selfie," and it encourages young people to seek treatment and help stop the spread of the virus.
In a statement to the U.K. paper The Independent, Ed says, "I’m completely behind the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s goal to end the AIDS epidemic once and for all."
"To do this, I firmly believe we need to make young men part of our efforts, not only to bring them into consciousness about their own risk and vulnerability to HIV, but also to empower them to protect the women around them,” he adds.
The t-shirt features an image of Ed onstage, raising his guitar above his head. It says "Ed Sheeran #ChukuaSelfie." Available at Represent.com, they cost $26 bucks but are only available through December 21.
Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas just married Priyanka Chopra but he’s already thinking about becoming a dad.
“I definitely want to be a father someday,” he tells Spotify’s The Rewind with Guy Raz. “I think that’s a real dream.”
He says that finding fame at a young age with the Jonas Brothers has helped prepare him for parenthood in certain ways.
“I think I’ve had to grow up pretty quick. With that, you could look at it two ways,” he explains. “You could say that was unfair or you could say it’s given me some real perspective at an early age and I’ve seen a lot of life at an early age, and I hope to be able to share that with a kid of my own someday.”
Nick and Priyanka married the first weekend in December with two extravagant ceremonies in India.
Prior to their wedding, a source told Us Weekly, “[They] keep talking about starting a family together. They have amazing chemistry and can’t wait to have kids.”
Peter LindberghThe nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced earlier this week, but Lady Gaga is just getting around to acknowledging them on Twitter.
Gaga and her A Star Is Born colleagues Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott were all nominated for individual SAG acting honors, while all the actors were collectively nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. A Star Is Born was the leading nominee in the movie category, in fact.
Now, Gaga writes on Twitter, "I'm so honored to be recognized by SAG as an actress alongside Bradley and Sam Elliot, and above all completely emotional to be recognized as an ensemble. A real family was built with this cast and I am so grateful. Thank you so very much for these nominations what a gift."
In other Gaga news, her Las Vegas residency show at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas gets underway December 28, and she's just added additional shows.
As previously reported, the residency is made up of two parts: Lady Gaga Enigma, featuring her pop hits, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, featuring stripped-down versions of her hits and her renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook.
Initially, Gaga had announced just four Jazz & Piano shows, but five more have just been added: June 15 October 20 and 26, and November 3 and 9. Those are on sale now.
Myrna M. Suarez/Getty ImagesChristina Perri’s transition into motherhood has inspired her music.
The singer has announced a new album of lullabies, dedicated to her 10-month-old baby girl, Carmella. The album, Songs for Carmella: Lullabies & Sing-a-Longs, will be released on Carmella’s first birthday, January 17.
“Putting out new songs that I sang to her all year feels so authentic and genuine as to where I’m at in my real life,” Christina tells People. “I am a huge fan of when people are authentic of where people are at.”
She adds, “I just didn’t want to jump into a new project that wasn’t related to how amazing my life is right now due to my daughter. That’s the biggest and best thing that’s ever happened to me, so I didn’t want to pretend that didn’t happen.”
RCA RecordsMore than three years and countless singles after the release of his #1 debut album, Mind of Mine, Zayn has finally dropped his sophomore release, Icarus Falls.
The album features a whopping 27 tracks, because it's designed as a double album that's "a dichotomy between the light and the dark."
The album was also inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, a boy whose father, Daedalus, crafted wings for him out of feathers and wax. But Icarus ignored his father's advice and flew too close to the sun; the wax melted, his wings fell apart and he plunged to his death. Good times.
The first disc, Icarus, features "joyous, anthemic" tracks, such as the previously released songs "There You Are" and "Let Me."
The second disc, Falls, includes darker about "the vices of humankind" and "its struggles." That's where you can find previously released tracks "Entertainer, "Sour Diesel," "Too Much," "Rainberry," "Fingers" and "No Candle No Light," featuring Nicki Minaj.
There's no word on whether Zayn will tour to promote the album. Previously, he didn't due to anxiety issues.
Here's the track list for Icarus Falls:
Disc One: ICARUS "Let Me" "Natural" "Back to Life" "Common" "Imprint" "Stand Still" "Tonight" "Flight of the Stars" "If I Got You" "Talk to Me" "There You Are" "I Don’t Mind" "Icarus Interlude"
Disc Two: FALLS "Good Guy" "You Wish You Knew" "Sour Diesel" "Satisfaction" "Scripted" "Entertainer" "All That" "Good Years" "Fresh Air" "Rainberry" "Insomnia" "No Candle No Light" feat. Nicki Minaj "Fingers" "Too Much" feat. Timbaland
Republic RecordsFollowing the smash success of "thank u, next," Ariana Grande has released the second taste of her upcoming album: a song called "Imagine," and its accompanying lyric video.
Last month, Ariana tweeted that the song is about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable," and said earlier this week that it's about "denial." In the song, Ariana describes what appears to be a perfect relationship, and then admits it's all a fantasy.
"Knew you were perfect after the first kiss/Took a deep breath like, "Ooh"/Feels like forever, baby, I never thought that it would be you," Ariana sings.
Then she adds, "Imagine a world like that/Imagine a world like that/We go like up 'til I'm 'sleep on your chest/Love how my face fits so good in your neck/Why can't you imagine a world like that?"
So far, we don't have a release date for Ari's new album, though she's said it will arrive before the end of the year. Since there aren't many weeks left in the year, it may wind up coming out in early 2019.