TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift and Katy Perry were once rivals, but now they go together like burgers and fries.
Taylor’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down” features Katy in a hamburger costume and Taylor dressed like an order of French fries embracing lovingly. Now Taylor reveals that the two former frenemies buried the hatchet quite some time ago.
“She sent me a really nice note and an olive branch — like an actual olive branch — to my tour when it started, the Reputation Stadium Tour, a while ago,” Taylor tells U.K.’s Capital Breakfast radio show. “From that point on, we’ve been on good terms.”
Taylor says the two eventually ran into each other at a party and hugged it out in person, and then hung out at another party after that.
“It was just, like, something felt so much lighter about my life when things became really good between us,” she says.
But before they went public with their reconciliation, Taylor says they wanted to make sure things were “solid” between them - and now it seems things are.
On Monday, Katy shared photos from the music video set, captioning it, “This meal is BEEF-free.” Taylor also posted a pic of the two in their burger and fries costumes, writing, “A happy meal.”
Courtesy Kraft Heinz First, Ed Sheeran reached out to Heinz online to tell them he had a great idea for a Heinz Ketchup commercial. Then, he and Heinz teamed up to release his very own "Edchup," which quickly sold out. Now, Ed's idea, which started the whole thing, has finally become a reality.
The ad starts with the words, "Based on a real DM from Ed Sheeran." Ed narrates the commercial, which shows him going to a "super-posh" restaurant, where he sits down and the waiter offers him lots of fancy-schmancy food.
When the food arrives, Ed describes how the waiter starts extolling the restaurant's "farm-to-table blah blah blah, posh and fancy blah blah blah, with a side of blah blah blah."
"Y'know, the food looked good," Ed continues. "I just thought there was something missing. So I reach into my bag and I take out the only thing that can complete me. And at that point, the whole world came to a stop."
We see Ed pulling out a bottle of Heinz, as everyone in the restaurant, including the waiter, freezes and looks on with horror as he proceeds to douse the fancy-schmancy food with ketchup.
"The waiter was screaming through his eyes, 'Nooooo!'" Ed concludes. "So that's my idea. Wanna do it?"
In the comments section, it says, "Heinz Tomato Ketchup superfan Ed Sheeran, came to us with a great idea for a Heinz Advert based on his own experience. We were thrilled to make it happen. From one super fan to another. It has to be Ed Sheeran and Heinz."
Republic RecordsHappiness continues for the Jonas Brothers: Their reunion album, Happiness Begins, debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album – the band’s first new release since 2009 – becomes the biggest debut of 2019 with a total of 414,000 units sold. It surpasses Ariana Grande’s thank u, next, which debuted at number one with 360,000 units in February.
Happiness Begins also has the largest week in traditional album sales since Taylor Swift’s Reputation, which sold 1.22 million albums in 2017. Of the total units sold, the JoBros generated 357,000 in traditional album sales. Those sales were boosted by a deal which offered a ticket to the group's upcoming arena tour to anyone who purchased the album.
The album is also the biggest streaming album of the week, with about 68 million audio streams for its songs, including the hits “Sucker” and “Cool.”
"Honestly blown away by the official first week numbers of #HappinesBegins thank you to every single one of you for making this chapter of our journey so incredible. It’s all because of you. We love you," Nick Jonastweeted Monday.
The Jonas Brothers kick off their Happiness Begins Tour in Miami on August 7.
Valheria RochaTaylor Swift's new album isn't out until August, but it's already setting records.
According to Apple Music, Lover is the most pre-added album by a female artist on its first day ever on the streaming platform. It scored nearly 179,000 pre-adds worldwide, breaking a previous record set by Ariana Grande's most recent album, thank u, next.
Lover has also set the record for the most pre-added pop album on its first day worldwide.
Lover officially opened for pre-adds on June 13. Since then, it's scored a total of just over 222,000 pre-adds worldwide. It's due out August 23.
Meanwhile, E! Online has pointed out that, among the many blink-and-you'll miss it moments in Taylor's new video for "You Need to Calm Down" is a shot that comes about a minute and 26 seconds into the clip. You can see protesters marching in a circle next to a trailer that has the word "Hillcrest" written on it.
E! notes that the San Diego Pride Parade will be taking place July 13 and it will start at a place called "Hillcrest Pride Flag." Since "13" is Taylor's favorite number, could she be teasing an appearance at the event?
Another item of note in the video: The framed picture you see in the clip that says "Mom, I am a rich man" is a reference to a Cher interview from 1996, where she remembered that her mom once told her, "One day you should settle down and marry a rich man." To which Cher replied, "Mom, I am a rich man."
Does this mean Cher is a guest on the album? Hey, when it comes to Taylor, nothing's out of the question.
Getty Images North America via ABC/John Shearer/AMA2018Ever since Camila Cabello tweeted a brief clip last week of herself singing what appeared to be a new song, fans have been clamoring for more information. Camila hopped on Twitter on Monday to give them some answers to their questions...but unfortunately nothing as definite as a title and release date.
"If you could describe the new album as food, what would it be and why?" one fan asked. "probably like HOT SAUCE with Nutella," Camila replied.
"And what if it was something to drink?" another fan asked.
"I’d say like a MARGARITA with some hot sauce and Nutella in it," Camila replied.
All this talk of food led one fan to comment, "Mom we are HUNGRY," to which she replied, "dinner coming SOONER THAN YOU THINK GOODBYE."
But on a more serious note, when a fan asked, "is there a theme for this album or any concepts we should look out for that are important??" Camila said, "Ugh. Yes. Can't tell you tho."
Finally, when a fan asked if she considers this album to be more important than her debut, she said, "Different stages of my life, but yeah- I feel like this one feels like I’ve captured my essence more."
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCLorde has confirmed that she's working on her next album.
In a since-expired Instagram Story, captured by the @LordeDaily fan account, the New Zealand singer-songwriter reveals that her third record, the follow-up to 2017's Melodrama, is "in the oven."
Lorde made the announcement on the two-year anniversary of the Grammy-nominated album Melodrama, which spawned the lead single "Green Light." In the post, she thanked fans for their support of the album.
"Want to say thank you for how you took that record and made it your own," she wrote. "Swells my damn heart thinking about your love for it and your willingness to go there with me and to dance the way we did together."
Last November, Lorde said she hadn't yet "started properly" on the new album, but had "little bits" of ideas forming. She added that she'd be "keeping it simple" with the the material, which would likely be more piano-based.
Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesMost Adele fans know how much the superstar loves the Spice Girls, so it was a dream come true for her to attend the closing night of the British girl group's reunion tour in London a few days ago. But she didn't just attend the show -- she got to hang out with Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger, too.
"Oiii last time I saw the Spice Girls at Wembley was 21 years ago!" Adele captioned a series of photos and videos of herself and her friends on the way to the show, dancing and singing to "Spice Up Your Life" and more.
"Tonight with my nearest and dearest i cried, laughed, screamed, danced, reminisced and fell back in love with my 10 year old self," she continued. "It’s no secret how much I love them, how much they inspired me to run for my life and never look back."
"I finally got to meet Ginger, I got drunk with the girls and quite frankly I can’t believe how far I’ve come. Thank you for the madness I get to live, I couldn’t have got here without you 5 BRITISH legends! I love you!" she concluded.
The Spice Girls posted a photo of themselves posing with Adele, writing, "Thank you for coming to celebrate with us last night @adele we love you!!!"
There's still no word on whether or not the Spice Girls' tour will hit the U.S. The group posted a photo of the final show with the caption, "We are so grateful to everyone who made this tour possible and of course every single one of you who came out and sang with us."
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift debuted the highly-anticipated music video for her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down" on Good Morning America Monday.
And yes, the video shows the long-hoped for reconciliation between Taylor and Katy Perry.
The pop music superstar's latest video for the pro-LGBTQ track also features cameos from an all-star lineup of guests, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Dexter Mayfield, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Ciara, RuPaul, Jonathan Van Ness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Adam Rippon and Hannah Hart.
In the video, as in the song, Taylor takes down those who protest the LGBTQ community: Those who "need to calm down" are shown as gap-toothed yokels, shaking anti-gay signs.
The video, set in a technicolor trailer park, shows that who's who of stars from the LGBTQ community strutting their stuff and living their life regardless -- including drag performer versions of Taylor, Adele, and others -- and even a same-sex wedding.
At one point, Taylor, dressed as a pack of French fries, locks eyes with Perry, wearing a hamburger costume, like she famously did during the Met Gala. The one-time enemies then come together as naturally as, well, a burger and fries.
The pair hold hands and slow-dance, as Taylor rests her head lovingly on Katy's bun.
"You Need to Calm Down," was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, Lover, which will be out on Aug. 23.
"You Need to Calm Down," was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, Lover, which will be out on Aug. 23.
The tune also dropped in the middle of Pride Month, and in the lyric video, Swift gives a nod to the organization GLAAD, singing: "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" GLAAD is an organization that calls attention to LGBTQ representation in media.
Lover will have 18 tracks, the most Swift has ever put on a single album. There will also be four deluxe editions available at Target, each with unique content.
After taking a brief hiatus from music, Ellie Goulding returned with "Close to Me," a collaboration with Diplo featuring Swae Lee. It's since become a huge hit, topping Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart and reaching number two on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Ellie says she had a feeling there was something special about the song.
"'Close to Me' came quite easy," she told ABC Radio after performing in New York's Central Park on Friday as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert series.
"It started off as kind of joke, which a lot of songs do, y'know, you just mess around and just experiment. And then it turned into a song, and actually just had something about it."
Ellie explains, "I think with songs, you just get this feeling...you know something might be technically sounding really good or it might sound current, but that if it hasn't got that magic....I feel like 'Close to Me' just had that kind of magic something."
"Close to Me" took months and months to climb to the top of the chart, but Ellie says she was fine with that.
"I love that idea because it means that it changed something, and it was different...it was a different thing to be on the radio," she tells ABC Radio.
In addition to "Close to Me's" success, Ellie has something else to celebrate: She got engaged last August to her boyfriend, Caspar Jopling, and wedding plans are underway.
"Yeah it's coming! It's this year, so I'm gonna be a married woman soon, which is quite scary," she laughs. "But you know it's all very natural....I feel like it's all in the right place, and it's great! Feeling good!"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Swift; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AEGTaylor Swift is taking her newfound role as an LGBTQ ally seriously.
On Friday, the same day she released her new single "You Need to Calm Down" -- which speaks out against homophobia and online hate -- she made a surprise appearance at a Pride celebration at New York City's Stonewall Inn. You can watch fan-shot video of her singing "Shake It Off" on YouTube.
The event, sponsored by sports and live entertainment company AEG, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U.S. AEG has also pledged its support to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which is working on developing an LGBTQ anti-bias training standard.
Taylor performed with a pink acoustic guitar, wearing sparkly shorts and a pink blouse. She was joined by the evening's host, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who tweeted out video of them singing "Shake It Off."
Other performers included Sara Bareilles, Broadway star Gavin Creel and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria.
Taylor's appearance at the Stonewall Inn comes in the wake of her starting a petition in support of the Equality Act, and the letter she wrote to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, urging him to vote for the Act when it goes before the Senate.
Peggy SirotaThe Jonas Brothers may hail from New Jersey, but they’re getting a street named after them in Albany, NY.
According to The Daily Gazette, the honorary street sign for “Jonas Brothers Way” was unveiled in New York's capital Friday ahead of the group’s upcoming concert there on August 19.
The tour stop at the Times Union Center will mark the trio’s first time playing Albany since their 2005 Palace Theatre show, when they opened for the Cheetah Girls.
If you’re in Albany, you can catch the street sign on S. Pearl Street – but it’s only temporary. It’ll be up through the JoBros’ show date.
It wasn’t actually the city – or the even the fans – who lobbied for the street name, though. Tour promoter LiveNation asked for the street’s temporary renaming, the Times Union Center's general manager Bob Belber tells The Daily Gazette.
“This is just a great promotional method of informing the public that the Jonas Bros tour is coming to Albany on August 19th,” Belber said. “Very creative.”
ABC/Rick RowellIn a new YouTube video, Jennifer Lopez opens up about her first two marriages and why she feels they "don't count."
The actress/singer, who’s currently engaged to Alex Rodriguez, says her marriages to Ojani Noa, from 1997 to 1998, and dancer Cris Judd, from 2001 to 2003, were too short and she was too young.
“I’ve been married three times: once was nine months and once was 11 months. So I don’t really count those,” she says.
She adds, “I was married to Marc [Anthony] for 10 years with the kids. I was very young the first two times I tried to get married -- I’m saying tried to get married.”
J.Lo admits in the past, she got married for the wrong reasons.
“It seems like in this life you’re always surrounded by people so you’re never lonely but it’s very lonely,” she says. “…So I felt like if I got married, then I would always have somebody, but that’s not how life works. That’s not how it goes. It's bad reason to get married.”
She’s in the midst of her It’s My Party tour right now, but Jennifer says she’s planning to tie the knot with Rodriguez next year in a big church wedding, which she's never had.
Mark SurridgeEd Sheeran, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa are set to take home prizes at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, taking place in London next month.
The awards are presented annually by Nordoff Robbins, a British charity that provides music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people in the U.K. They recognize musicians who support the charity's work.
Ed will be honored with the overall O2 Silver Clef Award
"I want to thank Nordoff Robbins and O2 for the award...this means a lot and I want to applaud Nordoff Robbins for all the wonderful work they do through music therapy,” he says in a statement obtained by U.K.'s The List.
Sam Smith will take home the AEG Best Male Award, while Dua Lipa will be honored with the Smule Best Female Award.
"Music is my life, so I can't think of a better charity to be supporting than one which uses music to enrich the lives of others,” Dua says in a statement. “I can't wait to be there on the day to receive this award!"
Other winners include up-and-coming singer Mabel, who'll get the Ticketmaster Best Newcomer Award, The Black Eyed Peas, who'll get The Raymond Weil Best International Group Award, and electro-pop band Years & Years, who'll receive the Hard Rock Café Best Group prize.
The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards will be held July 5 at the Grosvenor [GROVE-ner] House Hotel in London.
Epic RecordsA bunch of artists are giving you new music to add to your summer playlist today.
Here’s a round-up:
Kaskade and Meghan Trainor have teamed up for a new song called “With You.” On the upbeat dance track, Meghan sings about being fed up with wasting her time on a relationship that’s not giving her anything in return. Kaskade calls Meghan’s voice “infectious” and Meghan says it was a “dream come true” to work with the electronic music legend.
Zara Larsson joined forces with K-pop superstars BTS to co-write and feature on the song “A Brand New Day,” for the soundtrack to the group’s BTS World mobile game. The game comes out June 25 and its soundtrack launches June 28 worldwide. Zara also announced she’ll be releasing a new single and music video of her own called “All the Time,” on Friday, June 21.
New Zealand group Drax Project -- who scored a hit with the Hailee Steinfeld-featuring "Woke Up Late" -- have released a new tune called “All This Time.” In a statement, the band says they are “sooo stoked” for the song and they describe it as “the closest representation of what a Drax Project show is like.”
TAS Rights ManagementSwifties everywhere are freaking out over Taylor Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down," which addresses online trolls, especially those who are homophobic. In a video she made for Beats One, Taylor explains the thinking behind the song.
"I've observed a lot of different people in our society who just put so much energy and effort into negativity and it just made me feel like, 'You need to just calm down,'" she explains. "Like, 'You're stressing yourself out. This seems like it's more about you than what you're going off about. Just calm down.'"
The part of "You Need to Calm Down" which seems to be capturing most fans' attention is the second verse, where Taylor sings, "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?/Sunshine on the street at the parade/But you would rather be in the dark ages/Makin' that sign must've taken all night."
She warns, "Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate/'Cause shade never made anybody less gay" -- and adds, "You need to just stop, like, can you just not step on his gown?"
The lyric video makes sure to spell "glad" as "GLAAD", and also highlights the letters "EA" in several words. Given the song's pro-LGBTQ message, most are interpreting that as a reference to the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Taylor has started a petition in support of the Equality Act.
In conjunction with her latest hit "Never Really Over," Katy Perry has set up a special space online where fans can come to "heal" from their "broken hearts."
It's a Tumblr page called NeverReallyOver, and a note posted their explains, "This is a place to heal from our broken hearts. A place to learn that there’s a push and pull to healing. While sometimes it can feel like those old relationships will never really be over, through time and self-care, you’ll learn to heal. And finally, let things go."
The page invites fans to "share your Never Really Over story. Whether a romantic relationship, old friendships, family stories, pets we loved, moments we can’t forget…some things are never really over."
The site provides a postcard and GIF stickers which you can download to create your "healing note," which you can then submit for a chance to be featured on the page.
Fans have already flooded the page with messages illustrating the many different ways relationships can go, ranging from, "Actually, thank God it's over...my ex-girlfriend cheated on me," to "broke up with my high school sweetheart. Five years later, we live together with 6 cats," to "I still miss the way we were together."
In other "Never Really Over" news, you can watch an alternate ending to the song's video if you listen to it now on Spotify.
In the original clip, Katy leaves the new age retreat, sees her ex in a passing van and starts running after it. But while you listen using the mobile app, you'll see a clip of Katy dropping a bottle just as the van passes by. As she bends down to pick it up, she misses seeing her ex's hand, thereby avoiding another round of heartbreak.
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of FameHalsey was given the Hal David Starlight Award Thursday night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction gala in New York City, presented each year to a young songwriter who's making an impact on the industry with their work. On the red carpet, Halsey told ABC Radio that because the award is a recognition for her artistry, rather than something superficial, it means a lot to her.
"It really does. You know, sometimes it's kind of funny when you're doing interviews and people want to ask you about who you're dating and what you're wearing," Halsey mused. "And you're thinking to yourself, 'Is anyone gonna ask me about my music?'"
Halsey's in good company: Past winners of the Starlight Award include Taylor Swift, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, John Legend and Halsey's "Eastside" collaborator, Benny Blanco, who was on hand Thursday night to help her celebrate her honor.
Noting that a songwriting award recognizes her as something other than a pop star, Halsey told ABC Radio, "These are the moments where you're reminded that people still do care about what you have to say -- and I think, if anything, it's just proven to me that my fans are unconditional [in their support]."
"We've been tapped into the same frequency for so long," she continued. "So, provided I keep paying attention, they're going to keep listening and we're going to keep that bond alive."
Halsey's latest songwriting efforts include the #1 hit "Without You" and her new single, "Nightmare."
Universal RecordsAs promised, Taylor Swift kicked off her Friday, and ours, with some new music.
At midnight ET last night, Taylor shared the lyric video for her brand-new song, “You Need to Calm Down,” from her forthcoming new album, Lover.
The song starts out with Taylor seeming to address someone who's been talking smack about her, behind her back.
"You are somebody that I don't know/But you're taking shots at me like it's Patrón, and I'm just like damn, it's seven a.m.," she sings in the opening lyric. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out/But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out, and I'm just like, hey/Are you OK?"
Although that's familiar Taylor territory, the chorus sounds as if maybe she's moved on from the place she was when she wrote and released her last album, 2017's score-settling Reputation.
"And I ain't trying to mess with your self expression but I've learned the lesson that stressin' and obsessing 'bout somebody else is no fun," Taylor advises. "And snakes and stones never broke my bones, so oh/You need to calm down."
The video for “You Need to Calm Down” will arrive in a few days, making its debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, June 17.
In an Instagram Live, Taylor shared Thursday that Lover is available for pre-order now and will be released on August 23. The significance of that date? August is the 8th month, and 8 2 3 = Taylor’s lucky number 13. “I’m obnoxious,” Taylor joked.
Lover will have 18 tracks, the most Taylor's ever put on a single album. There will also be four deluxe editions available at Target, each with unique content.
Valheria RochaThe fans guessed it! Taylor Swift revealed Thursday that the title of her new album is called Lover.
In an Instagram Live, the singer shared that the album is available for pre-order now and will be released on August 23. The significance of that date? August is the 8th month, and 8 2 3 = Taylor’s lucky number 13. “I’m obnoxious,” Taylor joked.
Lover will have 18 tracks, the most she’s ever put on an album. There will also be four deluxe editions available at Target, each with unique content.
As you can probably surmise from the title, Taylor says the album will be “very romantic in tone.” But that doesn’t mean all love songs, Taylor says, noting that you can find romance in loneliness or sadness as well.
The cover to the album was shot by photographer Valheria Rocha and features Taylor with blue-tipped hair and a glitter heart around her eye, in front of cotton candy-colored clouds.
She’ll also be releasing a brand new song called “You Need to Calm Down,” set to drop at midnight ET. She, of course, dropped a hint about that in her “ME!” video, where she has an argument with Brendon Urie in French. "You need to calm down!" Brendon says. To which she yells, “I AM CALM!”
The video for “You Need to Calm Down” will arrive in a few days, making its debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, June 17.
And that's not all: Taylor also revealed in the live stream that she will be working with fashion designer Stella McCartney on a collaboration inspired by Lover. More details on that will be coming soon.
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation Entertainment Madonna's longtime tour promoter is incensed over a recent story in the New York Post claiming that tickets for her upcoming Madame X tour aren't selling well. He claims the article is based on lack of knowledge and bias.
Speaking to Pollstar, promoter Arthur Fogel says the Post article is "absolute lies," adding, "There's something really amiss there. If you go back in history, each of her last four tours, [the Post] has gone on full attack mode on Madonna.”
In the article, the Post claimed, among other things, that "hundreds of seats were still available for each gig.” But as Fogel explains, that's how Ticketmaster's Verified Fan Program program works.
Fogel points out, "With Verified Fan, you register [for tickets]...the point is to try and protect as many fans as possible from scalpers getting tickets if you just put them on sale."
"So, we get all these registrants and at the end of registration period, you do a cleanse because you have algorithms to get rid of duplicate credit cards, people trying to scam blocks of tickets and all that sort of stuff," he continued.
"After all the registrants were satisfied with tickets, we had a few thousand tickets left, so we put them on sale."
Similar accusations were made about Taylor Swift's tour, which used the same program, and that tour ended up breaking box-office records.
As further proof of strong ticket sales, Fogel tells Pollstar, "I started with seven...shows and then I announced another five, so I'm at 12. Then, I announced another five and I'm at 17. Now, is there some business model that says you add shows when you're failing? Because if there is, I've never seen it."