ABC/Paula LoboSince hitting it big, Bebe Rexha has had a lot of “pinch me” moments. But one she’ll always remember is the night she found out Mariah Carey was a fan.
“With ‘Me, Myself & I,’ the one thing that I can never forget is I did a gala and Mariah Carey was there and I was singing ‘Me, Myself & I’ and everybody else was really kind of drunk and she was the only one kind of like singing along with me,” she tells ABC Radio.
Bebe continues, “And at the end she told me that she loved the record and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s Mariah Carey.’”
The singer had another memorable career milestone just this week when she was nominated for her first MTV Video Music Award. She received a nod for Best Collaboration for “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line.
In honor of her nomination, Bebe tweeted that she’ll be debuting her “I’m a Mess” music video today.
Voting for the MTV VMAs is open now. The ceremony airs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Clare GillenDaya’s always been about making music with a message, but with her latest single “Safe,” she delves deeper into her emotions than ever before.
The singer just released the music video for the track, which features her sitting in a pink bedroom reflecting back on a more innocent time. The song itself was inspired by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last October.
"It could be interpreted as a call to action with our government. But, more than anything, I just wanted to embody that emotion,” Daya tells Refinery29 of the song. “It is more of an emotional thing that I think everyone experienced after that day. I don't want it to turn into this political thing and have there be sides to it. There aren't any sides to humanity."
She says that her new music has a more grown-up sound than her previous hits, “Hide Away” and “Sit Still, Look Pretty.”
"I think that this music is definitely more in line with what I had been wanting to make all along,” she says. “I think that ‘Hide Away’ and ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty’ were amazing songs and an amazing part of my career and my growth, but I think that ‘Safe’ feels like a whole other level of authenticity."
Daya has also launched a #SafeIs campaign on social media, where she’s encouraging fans to share what “safe” means to them.
In an Instagram video, the singer reveals the things that make her feel safe, while also revealing that she has a girlfriend – who makes a cameo appearance in the video.
One teenager has HarryStyles to thank for an unforgettable coming out story.
The "Kiwi" singer helped a a die-hard fan named Grace come out as bisexual to her mother at his San Jose concert last week.
“I traveled 2,846 miles to be here tonight thank you for 10 incredible shows,” read one side of the sign that Grace held, while the other side read, “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you!!!”
The 18-year-old tweeted a picture of the poster, with the words, "I’m not expecting anything but I hope he at least sees it." And the signer did see it. In fact, he called her out mid-concert.
In a video Grace posted to her Twitter, Harry can be seen asking Grace what her mother's name is, and then asks the rest of the audience to quiet down so that he can record a video for her mom in which he screams, "Tina, she's gay!"
“Tina says she loves ya. Congratulations, I’m very happy for you,” Styles says in the video.
Grace went back to her hotel room and immediately showed her mom the video, according to E! News. She explained that her mom was "overjoyed and says that 'Yes I do love you and you can be whoever you want to be.'"
In a separate post, Grace explained that she's been coming out to her friends as bisexual for the past couple of months after feeling "safe and accepted" at Style's concerts.
"Your continuous support of the LGBTQ has helped me come to love myself and feel safe. Thank you for tonight,” she wrote.
ABC/Heidi GutmaFresh off his success with “The Middle” featuring Maren Morris and Grey, Zedd is back with a new summer single.
The DJ/producer has released “Happy Now,” featuring up-and-coming singer Elley Duhé.
"'Happy Now' is the most organic sounding song I’ve made in a long time," Zedd says in a statement obtained by Billboard. "The majority of what you hear was recorded using real instrumentation, a lot of pianos and a lot of guitars.”
He adds, “Lyrically, it’s a song that is both happy and sad at the same time, while musically, it’s a song that rather leans towards a happier, sunnier side."
Zedd and Elley first debuted the song at the sold-out Zedd in the Park concert at Los Angeles State Historic Park earlier this month.
Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC ImagesIt seems Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin already have some of their bridal party picked out.
Actress Kim Basinger, who is mom to Hailey’s cousin Ireland, gives Us Weekly some new scoop about the impending nuptials.
“Oh, it’ll be fun,” Basinger says. “[Hailey’s sister] Alaia [Baldwin] and [cousin] Ireland, they’re in the wedding. So believe me, I just -- it’s cool! I think it’s sweet. It’s a very sweet thing. Happiness … We’re living in some really dire times right now.”
She also expressed her approval of the pairing.
“I’m very, very happy for Hailey. I think it’s a good thing,” she says. “I think Justin’s a cool guy. I don’t really know him at all, but Ireland does, you know? I think he’s come through a rough road. He’s a really cool kid. I pray for them. I hope they’re cool. I hope they’re happy! It’s wild! I think it’s wild!”
Justin and Hailey got engaged in the Bahamas earlier this month. They began seeing each other again in June after previously dating from 2015 to 2016.
Apple Music/AbramoramaEd Sheeran’s Songwriter documentary has an official release date.
The film, directed by Ed’s cousin Murray Cummings, will be available worldwide exclusively on Apple Music on August 28. It will also be released theatrically in New York on August 17 at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood on August 24.
"Songwriter gives viewers a unique glimpse into the songwriting process,” Ed says in a statement. "Murray’s film brilliantly documents the hard work and DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish."
The documentary follows Ed has he creates his album Divide, while also showing never before-seen-footage from his family’s archives. The trailer shows him working with collaborators including Julia Michaels and Johnny McDaid, creating the song "Galway Girl," and visiting his old high school.
"I decided to make something different,” Cummings says in a statement. “I wasn’t going to show fame. I didn’t want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn’t want to have sit down interviews because I didn’t want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting.”
ABC/Image Group LAShawn Mendes will be headlining Rolling Stone’s Relaunch event later this month, according to the magazine.
The event, presented by YouTube Music, will feature a live performance by Shawn followed by a Q&A moderated by Rolling Stone writer Brittany Spanos. The concert will also be filmed for the series Live from the Artists Den.
The Rolling Stone Relaunch event will celebrate the recent redesign of the magazine and website, as well as a brand new, year-long partnership between Rolling Stone and YouTube Music.
The event will take place in Brooklyn, New York on July 26.
Matthew MurphyDavid Cook returned to the Broadway stage Tuesday night to reprise his role as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. The season seven American Idol winner takes over the role through September 9, before hitting the road for a fall acoustic tour.
This time around, David tells Billboard he’s learned not to “overthink” his performance. He says during his own shows, he uses a teleprompter as a safety net – but there’s no teleprompter on Broadway.
“The first night on Kinky Boots, there’s no teleprompter and I’m standing by the stage before my character’s first big number and I’m thinking ahead -- which is the exact wrong thing to do,” he says. “The rest of the show was this two-and-a-half-hour-long panic attack. I remember that because it taught me to stay in the moment, stay present.”
David adds that when his first run on Kinky Boots ended in May, he felt like he was finally getting into the groove of the character. “So I feel very fortunate that I get to return and continue to explore this character,” he says.
He anticipates his upcoming acoustic tour to be a change of pace from the collaborative nature of Broadway.
“It’s a completely different beast,” he says of the tour. “At the same time, with both, you’re operating on a tightrope without a net a little bit. I guess the difference is with live theater there’s other people on the rope with you.”
David’s new tour dates kick off October 25 in St. Louis.
Catie LaffoonIn addition to making her own hits, Julia Michaels has collaborated with some other hitmakers on a few songs released this year. She co-wrote Anne-Marie’s hit “2002” with Ed Sheeran and co-wrote two songs on Shawn Mendes’ new album, “Nervous” and “Like to Be You.”
She tells Billboardthat Shawn and Ed have different energies in the studio. Julia says Shawn has a quirky habit of leaving water bottles all around the studio, but she was impressed by his overall enthusiasm.
“I remember waking up the next day and actually being kind of depressed because the session was so energetic and lively, and he was just so excited about so much,” she says. “I feel like it’s kind of rare when someone is that excited. He has so many ideas and just wants to do song after song after song.”
As for Ed, she says songwriting with him is a whirlwind.
“For him, it’s very much his own thing,” she says. “It’s his words, his mind, and you’re just kind of there in his universe. It’s so crazy because it happens so fast. It’s like, boom, song’s done, and you’re like, ‘How did that just happen?’ I don’t know how he does it.”
She adds, “He’s one of the few artists that I know that can write consistently, like five songs in a row, that are hits.”
Julia rejoins Maroon 5 for their Red Pill Blues tour in September.
Those last two weren't real, of course, but part of a bit in which the "Attention" singer crooned soft pop versions of 1990s punk rockers, such as blink-182's "All the Small Things" and Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy."
As you may have guessed, the the bonus album featured Puth singing Spice Girls hits, including "Wannabe."
Rockabye Baby MusicTeach ‘em about female empowerment while they’re young. Rockabye Baby! is releasing a new 13-song compilation of lullabies honoring female pop stars.
The Who Runs the World album will feature baby-friendly instrumental renditions of hits by Madonna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and, of course, Beyonce. It's described as being "ideal for families looking to introduce these artists to their little girl (or boy)."
The album will be released on July 27.
Here’s the track list:
"Run the World (Girls)" - Lullaby Rendition of Beyonce "Roar" - Lullaby Rendition of Katy Perry "What Have You Done For Me Lately" - Lullaby Rendition of Janet Jackson "Starships" - Lullaby Rendition of Nicki Minaj "Hips Don’t Lie" - Lullaby Rendition of Shakira "Work" - Lullaby Rendition of Rihanna "Toxic" - Lullaby Rendition of Britney Spears "Hollaback Girl" - Lullaby Rendition of Gwen Stefani "Work It" - Lullaby Rendition of Missy Elliott "Express Yourself" – Lullaby Rendition of Madonna "Look What You Made Me Do" - Lullaby Rendition of Taylor Swift "Chandelier" - Lullaby Rendition of Sia "Wrecking Ball" - Lullaby Rendition of Miley Cyrus
ABC/Fred LeeLouis Tomlinson is heading back to The X Factor U.K., this time as a judge.
The singer, who was discovered on the show along with his One Direction bandmates back in 2010, has been tapped to join the judges’ panel for the show’s upcoming 15th season.
Louis’ 1D bandmate Niall Horan tweeted his congratulations over the news, writing, “Absolutely delighted for ya @Louis_Tomlinson . Going back home to @TheXFactor but as a judge this Time . Huge news!!”
Also joining The X Factor U.K. judges’ panel this season are Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field, as well as Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne.
PRNewsfoto/Legacy RecordingsGet ready to add another volume of NOW That’s What I Call Music! to your collection.
The compilation series will be releasing its 67th volume next month, featuring 16 major hits from artists including Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Alessia Cara, Backstreet Boys, and more.
The collection, which will also feature six bonus tracks from up-and-coming artists, will be released August 3.
On the same day, NOW Party Anthems 4 will also be released, featuring party tracks from Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, and Pitbull.
Here are the track lists:
NOW That's What I Call Music! 67 Maroon 5 - "Girls Like You" Post Malone f/Ty Dolla $ign - "Psycho" Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood" Taylor Swift - "Delicate" Dua Lipa - "IDGAF" Selena Gomez - "Back To You" Alessia Cara - "Growing Pains" Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up" Logic & Marshmello - "Everyday" Foster The People - "Sit Next To Me" 5 Seconds Of Summer - "Youngblood" ZAYN - "Let Me" Liam Payne & J Balvin - "Familiar" Jennifer Lopez f/DJ Khaled & Cardi B. - "Dinero" Backstreet Boys - "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Kane Brown - "Heaven"
NOW Presents WHAT'S NEXT Jeremy Zucker - "all the kids are depressed" Lost Kings f/Norma Jean Martine - "When We Were Young" Phoebe Ryan & Quinn XCII - "Middle Finger" YK Osiris - "Valentine" Loote - "Your Side Of The Bed"
NOW Party Anthems 4 Camila Cabello f/ Young Thug - "Havana" Maroon 5 f/SZA - "What Lovers Do" Demi Lovato - "Sorry Not Sorry" Migos - "Stir Fry" Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall - "Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)" Desiigner - "Panda" Post Malone f/21 Savage - "rockstar" DJ Khaled f/Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - "I'm The One" Future - "Mask Off (Marshmello Remix)" Khalid - "Young Dumb & Broke" French Montana f/Swae Lee - "Unforgettable" Imagine Dragons - "Believer" The Chainsmokers - "Everybody Hates Me" Martin Garrix f/Dua Lipa - "Scared To Be Lonely" Sofi Tukker f/NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno - "Best Friend" Pitbull f/Flo Rida & Lunchmoney Lewis - "Greenlight" Galantis - "Peanut Butter Jelly" Diana Ross - "I'm Coming Out x Upside Down 2018"
ABC/Craig SjodinIn a new interview with Vogue Australia, Katy Perry opens up about heartbreak -- but not of the romantic kind.
She tells the mag she was left heartbroken last year when people didn’t respond to her album Witness the way she expected them to.
“I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart,” she explains.
She says she believes the lackluster success of Witness, as compared to her previous releases, was the universe’s way of testing her.
“Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating ‘blankie,’” she says. “’Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’”
Katy has since undergone a mental reboot of sorts, even attending a week-long personal growth retreat in California. One thing she learned? You don’t have to be in pain to be creative.
“I was with someone recently who asked: ‘Well, don’t you think that if you do too much therapy it will take away your artistic process?’” she says. “And I told them: ‘The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.’”
Katy is currently on her Witness world tour, which wraps in Australia in August.
ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons has premiered a new single titled "Natural." The standalone track, which features a minimalist beat and aggressive vocals from Dan Reynolds, is available now via digital outlets.
"Natural" is the third new song from Imagine Dragons this year, following the Kygo collaboration "Born to Be Yours" and the single "Next to Me."
ID is currently touring the U.S. behind the band's new album, Evolve, which features the hit singles "Believer," "Thunder" and "Whatever It Takes."
If you need even more Imagine Dragons in your life, Reynolds' documentary Believer is available now on HBO.
PRNewsfoto/RevlonTwo of your favorite pop stars are on a mission to make you smell good.
Nick Jonas and Britney Spears have both launched new fragrances this week. Nick has debuted his first cologne with designer John Varvatos, while Britney has released her 24th fragrance called Prerogative.
Nick’s cologne is available today exclusively on Nordstrom.com. The singer tells People Style the scent is “classy with a bold edge.”
“We are keeping it really authentic -- something in my life I can wear at an event suited up or also feel confident and sexy in it if I am just in jeans and a t-shirt,” he says. “That balance kind of the everyday man approach while still having a lot of character is a really special thing.”
As for Britney, she tells People her new unisex perfume is all about confidence too.
“The fragrance is really good, but the name is very cool because it’s empowering,” she says. “It’s [about saying], ‘I’m going to what I want to do and be happy in that moment and not worry about what people think.’”
Britney's scent will be available at Walmart this month, and at Kohl’s starting next month.
BryantWith his chart-topping hit song “Mine” and an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist, Bazzi is enjoying some hard-earned success.
It’s hard to believe that not long ago he was trying out for singing competition shows hoping to make it big – and getting rejected.
“I tried out for The Voice and I also tried out for America's Got Talent and both them like reached out to me,” Bazzi explains to ABC Radio. “I had like little singing video on YouTube and they were like, ‘Come out for an audition.’”
“I did and I got a callback for both of them actually and, uh, didn't get anything after that. I was so heartbroken. But look at me now!” he laughs.
The 20-year-old, birth name Andrew Bazzi, didn’t let the rejection sidetrack him for long. In fact, he considers it a vital part of his journey towards success.
“Always trust the process,” he says. “I'm a firm believer in that. You know, you keep your eyes on the destination and of course there will always be detours but if you're moving towards it, you will always get there.”
Bazzi is currently in the middle of his Cosmic North American tour.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has returned to Malawi with her whole family to celebrate the first anniversary of the medical facility she helped open there.
On Monday, she visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The center is named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James, and was funded by her charity Raising Malawi.
Madonna posted photos of the visit on Instagram, including one group shot with all of her six children: her biological kids Lourdes and Rocco, and Malawian adopted children David Banda, Mercy James and twins Estere and Stella.
According to USA Today, Madonna is considering a new project in Malawi. She's reportedly thinking of establishing a soccer academy, inspired by her son David's love of the sport.
ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the musicians making Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list this year. The tally ranks the world's top-earning entertainers of 2018.
Ed comes in at number nine on the list with estimated earnings of $110 million, followed by Bruno at number 11 with $100 million and Katy at number 19 with $83 million. Artists included in the top 50 are Taylor Swift at 21, Beyonce at 35, The Weeknd at 39, Pink at 45, Lady Gaga at 49 and Calvin Harris at 50.
Other music stars making the list include Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, The Chainsmokers, Billy Joel, Rihanna and Imagine Dragons.
Number one on this year’s ranking is boxer Floyd Mayweather, followed by George Clooney and Kylie Jenner.