Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesKelly Clarkson and Dua Lipa may be Grammy-winning global pop stars, but they're not above turning into total fangirls when they encounter their favorite stars online or in real life.
At the BRIT Awards earlier this week, Best British Single winner Dua got a chance to meet her all-time idol, Pink, who was there to perform and receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
Dua posted a photo of them together, and wrote, "I met my idol last night and it was nothing short of perfect. It’s so nice to meet someone you’ve always looked up to, who’s music has always been there for you and know they are everything you imagined. Thank you @Pink for being the realest. I feel so lucky."
To which Pink replied, simply, "You’re the bestest!!!!" She also posted Dua's photo on Instagram and added, "This girl is the real f****** deal right here. I was so happy to meet her."
Meanwhile, while on tour, Kelly Clarkson performed a cover version of "The Joke," the Grammy-winning song by Brandi Carlile, which Brandi performed at the Grammys. The song is quite difficult to sing, but Brandi gave the performance a thumbs-up. Retweeting an article about it, she wrote, "Nailed it!"
To which Kelly replied, "I didn’t nail it BUT I tried and I love you and wish I could cover your songs every night #LookingOut has been my jam for years girl, along with most of your catalogue."
By the way, Kelly's not the only celebrity fan of Brandi Carlile. President Barack Obama famously include "The Joke" on a playlist of his favorite songs of 2017, and her songs have been covered by Adele, among others.
Pacific RecordsRemember O-Town? The early 2000s boy band born out of ABC’s Making the Band is back with a new song…featuring this season’s Bachelor,Colton Underwood.
Colton – in his very first musical contribution -- joins them on the track, “Hello World.”
So how did this seemingly random collaboration come about? Colton had reached out to his pal and O-Town member Jacob Underwood -- no relation -- about writing a song to help raise money and awareness for his charity, the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation.
Jacob wrote the track, then Colton was invited to record the song with them in San Diego. Colton ended up singing the line "I want to see you learn," which the song samples after the second chorus.
All of the proceeds will go to Colton’s charity, which provides funds and support for people with cystic fibrosis.
"Very excited to be releasing 'Hello World' and grateful to O-TOWN for partnering up!” Colton says in a statement. “They are so great to be using this song to help raise funds for the Legacy Foundation and I know it's going to be big!”
Jacob adds, "There's nothing more rewarding than the opportunity to use our God-given gifts to help people in need. This song is very special to me, and I hope that it becomes an anthem not only for the kids effected by Cystic Fibrosis, but anyone who has chosen to live their best life in the face of pain and heartache.”
O-Town is preparing to release their fourth album, OWTN, which will be split into two EPs. They’ll be making select tour stops this year on the Pop 2000 tour.
ABC/Randy HolmesIt's Friday, which means there's a bunch of new songs for you to enjoy.
John Mayer has released the folky tune "I Guess I Just Feel Like," a song he first debuted during a show in October. Commenting on the current state of humanity, he sings, "I guess I just feel like/Nobody's honest/Nobody's true/Everyone's lying/To make it on through/I guess I just feel like/I'm the same way too." John will launch a tour March 23 in New Zealand.
James Bay has teamed with hit making singer/songwriter Julia Michaels for the collaborative single "Peer Pressure." James says, "Julia and I wanted to talk about how, when the right person comes along, they can break through any armor and with love, get straight to you. It's about that person who, no matter how much of a guard you hold up, finds their way through to you." James starts his North American headline tour March 3 in Nashville.
Adam Lambert returns with the reflective ballad "Feel Something." In a lengthy letter to fans on Thursday, he says the song was "written about me climbing out of [a] low period...between frustrations with my career and many lost connections, I felt numb...that’s what inspired me to cry out, 'I don't need to feel love, I just want to feel something!'" The song is a preview of Adam's new album; the first "official" single is due this spring.
Melissa Etheridge has released "Faded by Design," the first song from her upcoming album The Medicine Show, due April 12. She says, "The sound of the song and the whole record is purposefully aimed at that 90’s rock sound. When rock was moody and fierce. 'Faded' is spot-on a Melissa Etheridge song. You know it from the first few notes."
Epic RecordsSara Bareilles has released the video for “Fire,” the second single off her forthcoming album Amidst the Chaos.
In the clip, Sara stands in front of a blazing bonfire and sings about a relationship that never quite sparked. As she sings, we see a man and a woman performing an impassioned interpretive dance together at a bar.
"We were never gonna catch fire/We'd have burned up in the flames/Oh before they ever rose up high," Sara sings on the track. "Someday I/I won't have to feel the cold/That I do now/So I'll know what it feels like when I feel fire."
She joins the couple at the end, standing in the middle as they dance on the tables on either side of her.
“Fire” follows Sara’s previous single, “Armor.” Both appear on the track list for Amidst the Chaos, out April 5.
Lady Gaga competes for her first-ever acting Oscar Sunday night. And while it's pretty impressive for anybody to score an Oscar nod for their first film role, Gaga isn't just anybody. According to colleagues both old and new, she's pretty extraordinary.
"I loved her from afar for a long time," says Oscar nominee Sam Elliott, who plays Bradley Cooper's character's brother in A Star Is Born.
"My daughter Cleo's Gaga's age, so I've been listening to Stefani's music for a long time," Elliott tells ABC Radio, using the singer's birth name. "But having a chance to get in close and, y'know, fall in love with her on a different level, up close...it was an amazing experience."
In fact, Elliott loves being able to call Gaga by her birth name.
"She's Gaga onstage, she's Gaga in all that stuff she puts on, those get-ups," he chuckles. "But on a personal level, she, to me, is Stefani."
Another artistn who worked with Gaga before she was famous, agrees that her Oscar nod isn't that shocking.
"I'm not surprised. I mean, if anybody deserves an Oscar nomination it's her," New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre tells ABC Radio. "She's a wonderful, powerful, humble performer. She was so nice and kind, and just ready to mix it up."
Joey recalls that in 2008, a then-unknown Gaga appeared as a featured artist on the New Kids' 2008 album, The Block, and then toured with them as their opening act.
"We were in the studio together right before she had her first hit," he says. "And, you marvel [at] that...it's one of those 'smile stories.'"
Tune in to the Academy Awards Sunday night on ABC to see if Gaga wins Best Actress, Best Original Song, or both.
Pamela LittkyAussie singer Dean Lewis is on a headlining tour of North America in support of his hit "Be Alright," which has gone gold and racked up half a billion streams. But as he explains, if he goes back to Australia and boasts about that, he'll just end up ticking people off.
Dean had lots of success in Australia before anyone in the U.S. ever heard of him, including a #1 hit and an ARIA Award, the Australian equivalent of a Grammy. Even so, he had to start all over in America.
"If you're big in America, you can go to Australia and automatically, the first time you'll be there, you can sell out huge venues," he tells ABC Radio. "But...you can be the biggest artist in whatever small country you're from, [and] you go to America, and no one knows you."
And to add insult to injury, Dean can't go back home to Australia and brag about his American success, because of something Aussies call "Tall poppy syndrome." As Dean explains, that means if you start acting like you're special, they'll cut you right back down to size.
"You can't come back to Australia and be like, 'I've been doing this and I've been doing this,'" he says. "'Cause they'll be like, 'Who do you think you are, mate?'"
"Which is good!" he laughs. "It keeps you really, y'know, grounded, I guess."
But that's also one of the reasons Dean likes America: because in the U.S., there's no shame in reveling in your success.
"There's nowhere else in the world that's quite like that, where they encourage going after your dreams, especially in Los Angeles," he says. "I think it's really cool."
Dean's debut album, A Place We Knew, is out March 22.
ABC/Image Group LAThe Chainsmokers may have just solved the mystery of why their songs all seem to sound alike.
All the duo's hits use similar chord progressions, and it’s all because Drew Taggart learned to play chords on a 25-note keyboard. A regular piano has 88 keys.
In the third episode of their vlog series About a Week Ago, Drew explains how he taught himself to write songs and how that influenced the duo’s hit song “Closer,” featuring Halsey. He says the song’s main chords came about simply because that’s what he was used to playing.
“These are the most amount of keys I could play on a 25 keyboard so those became the chords I just played for probably about 10 years before we sat down to write that song,” he says.
Drew adds, “Similar chord progression is in a lot of our songs because those are just what I sat down to play and they were, like, the most emotional thing that I could play.”
As for the lyrics, he says he was inspired by Blink-182 and how direct the pop-punk band's lyrics are. He even referenced the band in the song with the line, "Play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."
Now, in a full circle moment, The Chainsmokers and Blink-182 are collaborating on a song. So far, there are no details on a title or when it'll be released.
Michael Jackson, Wade Robson. photo: HBOMichael Jackson isn't here to defend himself anymore, but his lawyers are working overtime defending him posthumously.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael's estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company Time Warner, claiming the cable channel's upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland breaches a non-disparagement clause in a decades-old contract.
Variety reports that the suit claims the estate could be due $100 million if it wins the dispute.
Leaving Neverland focuses on two adults, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim they were sexually abused by the late King of Pop as children.
Back in 1992, HBO made a deal to air one of Michael's concerts from his Dangerous tour. The estate claims that in the contract HBO signed at the time, the cable channel promised not to "make any disparaging remarks concerning [Jackson]" or "do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of [Jackson].'"
The estate also claims that the 1992 contract requires HBO to "notify and consult with Jackson...if it wishes to air additional programming about Jackson."
The complaint further notes that Leaving Neverland suggests that Michael abused Robson and Safechuck while he was on the Dangerous tour.
It concludes that HBO "profited off the Dangerous World Tour" in 1992 and is now "profiting off" the same tour by "airing a 'documentary' that falsely claims Michael Jackson was abusing children on the...tour."
In response, HBO said, in a statement provided to ABC News, "Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland...on March 3 and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”
Carter SmithCould Kelly Clarkson be planning on making a special appearance -- or even performing -- at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards?
The original American Idol is nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 54th ACMs for "Keeping Score," her collaboration with Dan Shay from their current self-titled album.
Responding to the news, Kelly tweeted, "YES!!!!! #Keeping Score," adding "See ya in Vegas Dan Shay."
While we'll have to keep watching to see exactly what that means, Kelly's musical hero and former stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is also hosting the Sunday, April 7 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Kelly's not exactly an ACM virgin, by the way. She's been nominated a total of five times, and won both Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year in 2011 for "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAhead of tonight's release of his brand-new song “Feel Something,” Adam Lambert has penned a personal and revealing message to fans.
He starts off the message by thanking fans for their “patience and continued faith” in him, adding that he's currently “coming out of a dark period of second-guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it.”
"I started asking myself, 'is all this hustle really worth it?'” he continues. “I put all my focus on my work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self-worth was suffering. I was lonely and becoming depressed."
He credits touring with Queen with recharging his energy and says he was able to pull himself out of the darkness with “a bit of professional help and the support of colleagues, friends and family.”
Adam says he began writing songs for his new album and decided to change up his team; he hired a new management company and signed with a new record label.
“Feel Something,” he says, is the “emotional starting point” of his new album.
"This was written about me climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart,” he writes.
Adam concludes, “Since writing this song, I've found the joy I was missing and I'm back in my power. I can't wait for you to hear more!"
"Feel Something" drops at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Adam and Queen will also perform on Sunday night's Oscar telecast on ABC.
ABC NewsRachel Platten gave birth to her daughter, Violet Skye, less than a month ago, but she’s already dealing with online mommy shamers.
The singer tells People that she's had to deal with some recent criticism over the fact that she left her newborn at home to attend a Grammy event.
“It was the first time I had gone out [since Violet’s birth] and I timed it really well,” she tells the mag. “I knew she had an hour and a half to sleep and the event was close by and I did have someone write [on my socials], ‘Wow, I was too obsessed with my newborn to leave her.’”
Rachel says the comment hurt, but she decided to calmly respond, telling the woman, “I’m just as obsessed with mine. I’m also just as obsessed with self-care and my own mental health.”
She continued, “I know that going out and being around powerful women at this Grammy event is something that’s going to be able to make me come back home a more strong, whole-hearted mommy.”
While she’s aware that the shaming is probably going to continue, she says, “I hope that I can just respond with love and education. I hope I don’t let it get to me too much.”
ABC/Image Group LAAlessia Cara and Shawn Mendes: both Canadian. Both discovered online as teens. And now, both on tour together.
Alessia has been announced as the special guest for the U.S., U.K. and Europe dates of Shawn's upcoming world tour, which kicks off March 7 in Europe and runs through the fall. Ironically, Alessia isn't appearing on Shawn's Canadian tour dates.
Announcing the tour on Twitter, Alessia wrote, "Come hang with a bunch of Canadians. we’re nice."
Shawn then dug up and retweeted a tweet he sent six years ago, in which he raved over Alessia's breakout YouTube cover of The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather." He captioned it, "Alessia Cara Stan since 2013."
Alessia then replied, "A fan before I had fans I’m emotional."
Shawn's also added 16 shows to the North American leg of the tour, including second concerts in Chicago, L.A., Boston, Montreal and Brooklyn, New York.
Pre-sales for the new tour dates start February 23 and continue through March 1. The public on-sale date is March 2 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit ShawnAccess.com to find out how to register for the pre-sales.
Here are Shawn's new tour dates:
6/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre 6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 6/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum 6/28 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 7/06 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center 7/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena 8/03 -- Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center 8/11 -- Newark NJ, Prudential Center 8/16 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 8/20 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 8/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 8/26 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 8/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 8/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/31 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Locomotion / Geffen RecordsThe video for Yungblud's song "11 Minutes," which he recorded with Halsey and Blink-182's Travis Barker, is streaming now on YouTube.
The cinematic visual follows the English rocker as he goes through five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance -- after his partner, played by Halsey, dies in a car crash. In between, you see quick shots of Barker playing the drums.
Halsey and Yungblud are rumored to be romantically involved in real life.
"We don't realize how much we need something until it's taken away from us," says Yungblud of the video. "We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us."
"11 Minutes" follows Yungblud's single "Loner," which was released in January.
Republic RecordsEarlier this week, we found out that Ariana Grande's new release thank u, next was #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and that her songs are occupying the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, the singer has topped a third Billboard chart.
Ari's the first artist in six months to simultaneously rule the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 chart combines music sales, radio airplay, social media interaction and streaming to provide a ranking of an artist's popularity. The last artist to do it was Drake, back in July and August of last year.
Meanwhile, thank u, next is on track to remain at #1 for a second week, industry insiders tell Billboard. If it does, it'll be the first album by a solo female artist to spend more than a week at the top in more than a year. The last woman to do it was Taylor Swift, whose Reputation spent three weeks at #1 in 2017.
In addition, if it remains on top, thank u, next will be Ariana's first album to spend more than a single week at #1. We'll find out on Monday whether or not she pulls it off.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaAll the nominees for Best Original Song will be performed on Sunday night's Oscar telecast, except one: "All the Stars," by Kendrick Lamar and SZA.
Deadline reports that the Academy attempted to book the two stars to perform the song from the Black Panther soundtrack, but was unsuccessful. So rather than enlist another act, the song will not be performed at all.
According to Deadline, the issue is Lamar's busy work schedule. Sources tell the publication that the Compton MC has been overseas recording his new album, and wouldn't have had time to put together a performance of "All the Stars" that he felt would do justice to the track.
Initially, the Academy was only going to allow the two most successful Best Original Song nominees -- "All the Stars" and 'Shallow" -- to perform on the telecast. However, after backlash from the nominees, it relented and said it would allow all the nominated tunes to be performed. Unfortunately, "All the Stars" won't be one of them.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have been confirmed to sing "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, while Jennifer Hudson will perform "I'll Fight," from the documentary RBG.
Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go," from the movie Mary Poppins Returns, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Legendary British rock band Queen, whose story inspired the Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody, will also perform during the telecast.
It's not clear if Kendrick or SZA will even attend the Oscars. If the song wins, they'll share the trophy, along with the three other co-writers of "All the Stars."
Earlier this month, "All the Stars" was up for four Grammys, but didn't win any of them.
Warner Bros. RecordsBebe Rexha is giving us a little bit of heaven and a whole lot of devilish behavior in the new video for her song, “Last Hurrah.”
The video starts with Bebe dressed as an angel, complete with big white wings. We then see a montage of the different vices she’s claiming to be “done with.” By the time the chorus kicks in, Bebe has shed her angel wings for a red suit and is joining in the debauchery for one last party.
What follows is a series of risqué scenes, including one where Bebe is seducing a priest. The clip ends with her standing in front of a wall of fire, aiming her fire extinguisher at the camera.
Bebe will be performing the song for the first time on ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan on February 25, the morning after the Oscars. In fact, she’ll sing it live from the stage at L.A.'s Dolby Theater, where the Oscars are taking place Sunday night.
Tyler ShieldsA Backstreet Boy has now officially gone country.
AJ McLean has released his first actual country single today, called “Boy and a Man.” He'll debut his country-influenced solo album, Long Road, this spring.
“‘Boy and a Man’ is that growing-up story about finding that one true love even when you’re super-young and never wanting to let that person go and really just hanging out for the long haul,” AJ tells People.
Last year, AJ tested the country music waters with two songs: “Back Porch Bottle Service” and “Night Visions.” He says he was inspired to explore the genre after the Backstreet Boys recorded “God, Your Mama, and Me” with Florida Georgia Line, and the two acts toured together.
Also an inspiration to him: his wife of seven years, Rochelle.
“My wife was truly the inspiration behind the album title,” he tells People. “When we first released ‘Back Porch Bottle Service’ as kind of a feeler track, she had posted a commented on my Instagram saying how proud she was of me, and she basically said, ‘Baby, this has been such a long road coming for you to finally get here.’”
He adds, “When I read that, I was like, ‘Wow, that really does ring true.’”
AJ’s got some busy months ahead. In addition to launching his solo project, he’ll be kicking off the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour in May. BSB wrap up their Las Vegas residency in April.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAdam Lambert’s performance with Queen at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony isn’t the only thing we have to look forward to from the singer.
According to Variety, the American Idol runner-up will be dropping a new song, “Feel Something,” tonight. It’s his first new track since last summer’s “Two Fux.”
Adam’s been hard at work on a new album, a follow-up to 2015’s The Original High. He previously revealed on Twitter that he has written “35-ish songs” so far.
“I have been working really hard on it!” he wrote. “The album is gonna be yummy! It’s basically all of my influences rolled into my own special blend.”
On Sunday, according to Variety, Adam will open the Oscars ceremony with Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is nominated for five awards. Adam also has an uncredited cameo in the movie as a trucker who has a tryst with Mercury at a roadside rest stop.
Queen and Adam Lambert wrapped a successful Las Vegas residency last year and will tour together this summer.
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIn a revealing new cover story with Vanity Fair, Miley Cyrus reflects on losing her Malibu home to the Woolsey fire last year and how it brought her and Liam Hemsworth closer together.
Miley, who says she was in South Africa filming an episode of Black Mirror when the fire occurred, says she was both “super-angry” and “relieved in a way” when she learned the news.
“I’ll never be happy that all those memories and pictures and things that I’ve loved are gone,” she says. “But to have an experience like this -- I find myself feeling more connected to being human again.”
It also bonded her even more with Liam, whom she married about a month later.
“When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue,” she says. “You’re the only two people in the world who can understand.”
Miley, who identifies as pansexual, further explains her reasoning for entering into what many would consider a “traditional” marriage.
“The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned -- I actually think it’s kind of New Age,” she says. “We’re redefining, to be f****** frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship.”
She adds, “Relationships and partnerships in a new generation -- I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender.”
Next up for Miley is her new album, due out this summer.
“There’s psychedelic elements, there’s pop elements, there’s more hip-hop-leaning records," she says. "You know, in the same way I like to kind of just be genderless, I like feeling genre-less.”