The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson exhibits from display in the wake of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
A fedora and glove, both worn by Jackson onstage, were removed from public view, as was a signed Michael Jackson poster. Jackson's family is from Gary, Indiana, about two-and-a-half hours north of Indianapolis, on the Lake Michigan shore.
Leslie Olsen, the museum's public relations manager, said in a statement provided to ABC News: "As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience. In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called 'Leaving Neverland,' which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."
Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary that premiered on HBO March 3 and 4, features adult men Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom accuse Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.
Other entities has distanced themselves from Jackson following the allegations broadcast in Leaving Neverland. Immediately after the documentary premiered, producers of The Simpsons revealed they would no longer air, sell or distribute the 1991 episode that featured Jackson's voice. Last week, French fashion giant Louis Vuitton announced it was removing planned Michael Jackson-inspired designs from their 2019 fall menswear collection.
Ashley Hess auditions on "American Idol"; ABC/Nicole RivelliAmerican Idol continued its auditions Sunday night with a batch of contestants that included a familiar face from last season, a pretty new face that has one of the judges smitten, and a former dental hygienist who may just win the whole thing.
Here’s the breakdown:
The familiar face The sauce is back! Remember Alyssa Raghu? She was an early favorite during last season’s audition process but didn’t make it past the top 24. Now the 16-year-old has returned and she’s been working on her stage presence. The year of practice has done wonders for her confidence. “I’m Alyssa Raghu and I’m a pop star,” she tells judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. They’re sold. She once again gets a chance at Hollywood.
The standouts Ashley Hess. Remember that name because with any luck, she’ll be going far in this competition. The 27-year-old former dental hygienist blew the judges away with her rendition of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” on the piano. They were so blown away that they all got up from the judges table to crowd around the piano and watch her perform up close. “I think you could win this whole thing,” Katy predicted.
Gaba, a 19-year-old from L.A., brings her mom and her egg donor to her audition. She sings Adele’s “All I Ask” and hits every note of the difficult torch ballad. Then, at the judges’ request, she sings a duet with her egg donor, from whom she inherited her singing talent. She gets through to Hollywood with her unconventional support system by her side.
Evelyn Cormier, a married 19-year-old, mesmerizes the judges with her utterly unique singing voice. “Literally one of my favorite voices I’ve ever heard in my life,” Katy boldly states. She gets three yeses.
The judges also couldn’t stop gushing over Jacob Moran, a 24-year-old nurse who serenades the patients in the nursing home where he works. He sings “Into You” by Ariana Grande and Luke compares him to Rascal Flatts’ frontman Gary LeVox. Katy calls him the “best voice we’ve heard in all of Kentucky.”
The robot (?) Sixteen-year-old Peach Martine almost seemed a little too polished and rehearsed to be real, prompting Katy to ask, “Are you a robot?” Her rendition of “Zombie” by the Cranberries doesn’t do much to convince Katy otherwise, but once Peach sat at the piano to sing her own original song, we saw a glimpse of something a little less robotic. She still got a “no” from Katy, but she’s going to Hollywood anyway.
The crush-worthy Luke was completely smitten by Katie Belle, a 19-year-old from Atlanta with model-good looks. She has a sweet singing voice but, perhaps superficially, it’s also her pretty face that gets her the golden ticket. When she shakes Luke hand to thank him, he pretends to pass out. Even Katy Perry was crushin’. As the contestant leaves, we hear Katy softly singing, “I kissed a girl and I liked it…”
American Idol’s most improved Jessica Whitely, a 26-year-old bartender from Ohio and one of Katy’s biggest fans, previously auditioned for the show seven years ago. The judges pull up a clip of her old audition and it was...disastrous. Her new audition still isn’t great but it’s so much better than her first audition that the judges dub her Idol’s “most improved.” It's not enough for a golden ticket, though.
The tearjerker Of course, Idol leaves the most emotional moment of the night for last. Lauren Engle is a 27-year-old who lost her husband in a car accident a year ago. With her brother-in-law as her guitar accompaniment, she sings an original song called “Compass,” written about her late husband. The judges are overwhelmed with emotion and tell a tearful Lauren she made her husband proud. She’s going to Hollywood.
The rest Colby Swift is a 19-year-old who uses humor to cover the pain of being abandoned by his mom at age 10. His singing needs work but Luke says, “I don’t know if a kid has ever walked in here and been more me at 19.” He makes it through.
Dalton Elliott, a 26-year-old dad, wins over the judges with his ability to tell a story through singing.
Mize Well, a beatboxer, doesn’t make it through because, well, he doesn’t sing.
Brad Barket/Getty Images for Island RecordsShawnMendes had a very good Sunday night. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter won five of the six awards for which he was nominated at the JUNO Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.
Shawn started out strong in pre-ceremony wins Saturday night, locking up artist of the year, pop album of the year for his self-titled album, songwriter of the year and single of the year, for “In My Blood." Sunday night, he also won the non-genre album of the year award.
Unable to attend the ceremony because he's currently on his world tour, Shawn appeared during the broadcast via a recorded performance of "In My Blood."
Other winners include Avril Lavigne, who took home the JUNO Fan Choice award, and Post Malone, whose beerbongs & bentleys was named international album of the year.
Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThe last time Ariana Grande performed for fans on tour, it was September 21, 2017, and she was finishing up her Dangerous Woman trek -- the one that had been temporarily halted due to the Manchester bombings in May of that year. Tonight in Albany, Ariana launches her Sweetener World Tour, and she says she's "a basketcase already" from the sheer emotion of it all.
Posting a photo from rehearsals on Friday, Ari wrote, "i love these humans and this show and you so much and yes....i am indeed a basketcase already (as expected).. see u so soon."
"We been working so hard everybody over here. i’m so proud of everyone and overwhelmed," she continued, adding, "I love u all and can’t wait to see and share this with u."
The tour comes in support of Ariana's two #1 albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next. It's her first since her broken engagement, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, and her first Grammy win, so there's a lot to talk about.
Based on the photos she's posted, the moon seems to be a big part of the tour's motif, and at least one outfit, a blue lacy two-piece, was put together by stylist-to-the-stars Law Roach.
Ariana's opening act will be her friend Normani, and the "Love Lies" singer tells ABC Radio, "You can definitely expect a lot of energy [from my set] -- a few of the records that I've released and also a few new ones...can't really give everything away!"
"I'm really just excited to be on tour with Ariana, she's such an amazing talent, such an amazing woman," Normani adds. "So I'm probably gonna be her #1 fan out there, screaming 'thank u next' and singing every single lyric!"
Mark SurridgeAt this point, Ed Sheeran's collaborated with everyone from Beyonce and Taylor Swift, to Eminem and Luciano Pavarotti -- so hey, why shouldn't he work with Hootie & the Blowfish?
To be fair, we're not sure if Ed's working with the entire '90s band, but he is working with lead singer Darius Rucker, who many people refer to as "Hootie." Darius, now an award-winning, chart-topping country music star, posted a photo on Instagram of himself in a London studio with Ed, singer/songwriter Joel Crouse, guitarist and songwriter Kyle Rife, and producer Joe Rubel.
"Had a blast writing with these boys," Darius wrote. "Too much fun!!!!"
It's not clear if Darius was working on material for his next country album, or for the new Hootie & the Blowfish album. As previously reported, the group has signed a new record deal and is planning on releasing a new album this year.
In addition, Hootie is hitting the road this summer for their Group Therapy tour, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Cracked Rear View, their 21-times-platinum debut album.
Last month, they made a surprise appearance at a showcase hosted by their record label at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The band performed their hits "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be with You" and brought the house down.
Tonya HarveyGwen Stefani is performing in Las Vegas in her Just a Girl residency, but she’s also giving back to the city.
On Thursday, the singer helped unveil the first-ever themed exam room for patients of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only childhood cancer outpatient treatment center. Working in partnership with the foundation, Gwen helped inspire the design of the room.
The brightly-colored room features images of Gwen’s favorite flower, sunflowers; bananas, to represent her song “Hollaback Girl”; and oranges, for her hometown of Anaheim in Orange County, California.
“Working with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is, sincerely, one of the greatest opportunities to arise from my time in Las Vegas,” Gwen, a mother of three, says in a statement.
“I am so humbled to have the opportunity to work with Cure 4 The Kids to support the children who are treated here and, in a small way, bring a bit of joy to what I know is a difficult journey.”
As part of her residency, Gwen is also donating $1 of every ticket purchased to the foundation. So far, she's raised more than $50,000.
Brian ZiffShawn Mendes is up for a leading six trophies at this Sunday night's Juno Awards -- the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys -- and he could make some history with a win.
As Billboard notes, Shawn's hit "In My Blood" is up for Single of the Year, a category he won last year for his song "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back." If he wins again this year, he'll be the first artist to win back-to-back Single of the Year Junos since Alanis Morissette, who did it in 1996 and 1997. Shawn wasn't even born then.
Shawn is also up for Songwriter of the Year for co-writing "In My Blood" and two other tracks from his current self-titled album: "Youth" and "Lost In Japan." He was up for Song of the Year at last month's Grammys, too. That makes him the first artist to be nominated for that Juno category and that Grammy category since Avril Lavigne did 15 years ago.
Shawn's other Juno nominations are Fan Choice Award, which he's won the last two years, as well as Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Album of the Year.
Other Canadian nominees this year include Alessia Cara, Loud Luxury, Michael Buble, Avril Lavigne and The Weeknd. In the International Album of the Year category, the nominees are Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Maroon 5, Post Malone and Travis Scott.
The Junos, hosted by Sarah McLachlan, take place Sunday, March 17, in London, Ontario. If you're not in Canada, you can watch them online at at cbcmusic.ca/junos.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicOn what would have marked her seventh year of sobriety, Demi Lovato penned a message on her Instagram Story Friday about starting her sobriety journey over again, post-relapse.
“Today I would’ve had 7 years sober,” she wrote. “I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that’s exactly what they were: mistakes.”
Demi added, “Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the doors on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn’t lose 6 years, I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
She concluded with a message to others who may be going through the same thing she went through.
“If you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery,” she wrote. “If you’re alive today, you can make it back. You’re worth it.”
Last July, Demi suffered a near-fatal overdose and has been working on her recovery ever since.
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga doesn’t need Tony Bennett to bring the house down with some jazz tunes. She did it all by herself Thursday night, with a surprise appearance at the Black Rabbit Rose restaurant and lounge in Hollywood.
Gaga took the stage and performed a couple of Frank Sinatra songs with the band. She started with a sultry version of Sinatra’s “Call Me Irresponsible.”
"My whole life, you know, I've been called irresponsible," she began, before launching into the song. "It doesn't make me so mad because it's kind of true... and I like to hear the truth."
Karwai Tang/WireImageSam Smith is opening up about his lifelong battle with body image in an interview with The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil...and revealing that he had liposuction at age 12.
In the Instagram TV interview for Jamil’s "I Weigh" movement, Sam talks about being bullied starting around age 11 for having excess weight in his chest. “I had breasts,” he says.
In order to try to fix the issue, Sam admits, “I had liposuction. I was 12 years old. That was a big thing.”
But he admits that while having the surgery on his chest “made him very happy” at first, it ultimately “didn’t really change anything.”
"I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn’t figured out my relationship with food,” he says.
Sam says he’s speaking out about body image now because he doesn’t hear many guys talking about the issue. He calls his problems with his weight "the basis for all my sadness."
Elsewhere in the candid interview, Sam speaks about his struggle with gender identity and says he has sometimes questioned whether he wants a sex change. He says he currently identifies as non-binary/genderqueer.
"I'm not male or female," he explains. "I think I float somewhere in between."
Along with the video, Sam wrote on Instagram, “I know this sounds dramatic but this interview completely changed my life.”
He added, “It took a lot for me to do this and I was so nervous, so please be kind haha. I really hope this can make someone else who feels like me, a little less lonely and a little less alien.”
Taylor Swift: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Katy Perry: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicKaty Perry and Taylor Swift buried the hatchet prior to Taylor kicking off her Reputation tour last May. But does that mean the two would ever go so far as to make music together? Well...maybe.
Katy, who recently collaborated with Zedd on the song "365," was asked by Entertainment Tonight if she could ever see herself working with Taylor.
"I mean, I'm making music with Zedd," she replied. "I'm...open!"
Then Zedd referenced the "365" video -- in which Katy plays an android -- by joking, "I programmed her to make music with anybody. It's great."
Katy was also asked how she knew that her fiance Orlando Bloom was the right man for her.
Shirlaine Forrest/WireImageSad news for Louis Tomlinson and his family. Billboard confirms that the singer’s 18-year-old sister Félicité Tomlinson has died.
The model and influencer, also known by her nickname “Fizzy,” suffered an apparent heart attack at her West London studio apartment Wednesday afternoon. An ambulance responded to the scene but paramedics were unable to revive her.
Sources connected to the family told TMZ Félicité showed no warning signs and had no prior history of heart trouble. In October, she revealed she had been suffering from sciatica -- back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve.
Louis reportedly pulled out of his scheduled performance at the BBC charity show Comic Relief Thursday night. He has yet to address his sister’s death publicly.
The loss comes just over two years after their mother, Johannah Deakin, passed away at age 43 after a battle with leukemia. Last week, Louis released a song, “Two of Us,” as a tribute to his mom.
ABC/Randy HolmesMiley Cyrus, Janet Jackson, Hozier, Bastille, Anne-Marie, George Ezra, and Sheryl Crow are among the big names performing at this year's Glastonbury Festival, the U.K.'s most prestigious live music event.
This will mark Janet and Miley's debut at the festival, which has been staged on and off since 1970. Janet will take the stage as a newly minted inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; she'll receive the honor on March 29. The woman who is inducting her, Janelle Monae, is also on the bill for the event.
Kylie Minogue is one of this year's headliners, along with British rapper Stormzy, as well as The Killers and The Cure, the latter of whom who will be inducted into the Rock Hall on March 29. It marks the iconic '80s goth/new-wave band's fourth time headlining the festival.
It seems as if The Jonas Brothers' comeback single, "Sucker" -- currently the #1 song in the nation -- has made fans nostalgic for the group's back catalog. Sales of their older songs are now seeing massive bumps.
As Billboard reports, after "Sucker" debuted at #1, the Jonas Brothers' previously highest-charting single, "Burnin' Up," experienced a 357% streaming increase and a 297% increase in downloads. Meanwhile, their 2007 debut single, "Year 3000," enjoyed a 356% bump in streams and a 388% increase in downloads.
And the trio's 2007 single, "S.O.S.," also benefited, jumping 358% in streams and 268% in sales. 2008's "Love Bug," meanwhile, is up 354% in streams and 362% in downloads.
But the Jonatics didn't stop there. Sales of the trio's 2008 #1 album, A Little Bit Longer, increased by just under 300%.
So far, there's no word of a new album or a tour by the reunited brothers -- yet.
As previously reported, "Sucker" marks the first time a boy band has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 16 years. The last act to do it was B2K with "Bump, Bump, Bump" in 2003.
"Sucker" is also only the second song by a duo or group ever to debut at #1: The first was Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," back in 1998.
Jason Squires/WireImageBack in 2015, Ed Sheeran had the honor of opening for The Rolling Stones in Kansas City, Missouri, and then joining the legendary band onstage to sing their classic "Beast of Burden." Well, The Stones thought so much of the performance that they've it included on their new compilation album, one of only four collaborations featured on the collection.
The compilation, called Honk, is coming out April 19, the day before the U.S. leg of The Rolling Stones' No Filter Tour kicks off. It's available in a variety of configurations, including digital, CD and vinyl, but the three-CD set, the deluxe digital version and the four-LP version are the only ones that feature Ed singing "Beast of Burden" with Mick Jagger and company.
The other duets included on the release find The Stones teaming up with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Florence Welch of alt-rockers Florence the Machine and country star Brad Paisley.
Meanwhile, in other news involving Ed Sheeran and a legendary British band, the new Beatles-themed movie Yesterday, starring Ed as himself, will premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, which starts April 24 in New York City. The film will debut on the closing night of the festival, Saturday, May 4.
As previously reported, Yesterday, directed by Danny Boyle, is about a struggling musician named Jack who gets hit by a bus, and wakes up to discover that The Beatles never existed -- and he's the only one who remembers them.
Of course, Jack decides to pass off their songs as his, and he becomes a huge star -- which leads him to turn to Ed for guidance on how to navigate fame.
Rich Fury/Getty ImagesWe're still waiting for the release of his sophomore album, but MAX will be giving us some new music next month.
The "Lights Down Low" singer will release a new single, "Love Me Less," on April 5. "I'm really ecstatic to finally be releasing 'Love Me Less' into the world. It's always had a very raw and important message to me," he says in a statement.
As for the new album, it's "on the way," and so is a world tour. Speaking about his current work, MAX explains, "I want to be as authentic as possible, whether it is about losing people in my life or just who I am as a person."
"The new music continues to dive deeper into spreading a message of being true to who you are, wearing what you want to wear, loving who you want to love, and being accepting," he adds.
Not long ago, MAX tweeted, "I’ve been waiting for so long to have a clear and committed vision for this next era and music. It’s finally hit me. I’m so excited to create and share it."
"Lights Down Low" has racked up half a billion streams globally, and been certified double platinum for sales of two million units.
Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesSongland, a music competition series executive-produced by Adam Levine, will premiere on NBC May 28, right after the return of America's Got Talent,Deadline reports.
The show gives one songwriter per episode the chance to have their song recorded by a big-name guest artist. Each songwriting hopeful will be mentored by three top music producers. Among those involved in the show: OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Ester Dean, and Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Shane McAnally, who's scored 38 #1 country hits.
The concept of the show came from Dave Stewart of '80s hit-making duo Eurythmics, and one of the producers of The Voice, according to Deadline.
No word on whether Adam himself will appear on Songland.
Image Group LA/ABCMeghan Trainor has been announced as one of the headliners for this year’s L.A. Pride Festival.
The event will be taking place June 8 and 9, though it’s not yet clear which day Meghan will be performing. The second headliner for the festival will be British electronic pop trio Years & Years.
Meghan has been a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community. In 2018, she wrote a love letter, published by Billboard, in which she said, “To the entire LGBTQ community, I love you with all of my heart, I appreciate you endlessly, and I support you with all that I have and believe in. I am there for you as you have been for me.”
This year’s L.A. Pride theme is #JustUnite, promoting the progress the LGBTQ community has made while working together and serving as a reminder that there is still more work to be done.
Tickets for the festival will be going on sale soon.
BG005/Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesJustin Bieber may be going through a tough time right now, but he’s fighting it with humor.
He posted videos to his Instagram Story this week showing him pranking and teasing his wife, Hailey. The first couple of clips, captured by Pop Crave, show him trying to scare her in the hallway of their apartment.
As he waits for her to come around the corner, he accidentally scares the wrong person – a guy carrying a bunch of boxes. Justin quickly apologizes and the neighbor just laughs it off.
He eventually gets Hailey, yelling “Ahh!” as she comes around the corner pushing a cart with shopping bags.
“Oh my God, babe!” she says covering her face and kicking at the camera. “Don’t do that to me!”
In the other clips, the two appear to be on a private flight when Justin jokes, “Marriage. She doesn’t even pay attention to me. Do you?” He pans the camera to Hailey, who is covering her face with her jacket and ignoring him.
“Married life. Doesn’t even love me no more,” he says. But to prove she still does, Hailey comes over to his seat and proceeds to cover him in kisses.
It’s good to see Justin smiling after his emotional Instagram post on Monday where he admitted that he’s “struggling a lot” and asked fans to “pray for me.”