Image Group LA/ABCCharlie Puth and Meghan Trainor were the talk of the AMAs Sunday, after they ended their performance of “Marvin Gaye” with an intense makeout session. Charlie tells Us Weekly he gives Meghan all the credit for suggesting the show-stopping kiss.
"It was Meghan's [idea], actually," he says, adding, "That was all planned. When I wrote 'Marvin Gaye,' the original intention was to make a record that people could just dance to and fall in love to or have sex to immediately upon hearing it."
He explains, "It kind of ties the whole performance together, me locking lips with M. Train."
Charlie does admit that the reaction to their smooch “has been insane.” Both he and Meghan have been quick to shoot down any dating rumors.
"We're best friends!" Charlie says. "That's another person I can relate to and I ask for advice with everything. We're really great friends and that's never going to change."
NBCUniversalNBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center will celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree with some of music’s brightest stars. Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix and Mary J. Blige will all be performing at the holiday event on Wednesday, December 2.
It’ll be Pentatonix’s second year in a row at the festivities. Band of Merrymakers -- made up of musicians including Christina Perri, Natasha Bedingfield and Owl City -- also will be performing. The group released a Christmas album, Welcome to Our Christmas Party, last month. Carly got into the holiday spirit, too, by releasing a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" on Friday.
The tree this year is a 78-foot tall Norway spruce from Gardiner, New York. The hour-long special airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
ABC/Craig Sjodin‘N SYNC’s No Strings Attached album held the record for first-week album sales for the past 15 years. But then Adele’s 25 came along and swiftly shattered that record to pieces. Former ‘N SYNC member Joey Fatone tells Billboard how he feels about finally being dethroned.
"Records are always meant to be broken, but with technology and current music business model, I thought this one would be tough to beat," Joey says. "In all honesty, Adele is the truth -- kinda excited a rare talent like hers is in the same breath as our group.”
He adds that he even contributed to those album sales. “I'm a huge fan....I even bought the damn album," he admits.
The 'N SYNC Twitter feed wrote on Tuesday, "We officially say Bye Bye Bye as @Adele says Hello to the Record: Most Albums Sold In a Single Week Congrats! #NSYNC."
In less than a week, Adele’s album has moved 2.433 million in pure album sales, beating ‘N SYNC’s 2.416-million sales debut for the week ending March 26, 2000. Forecasters are predicting Adele will end the week with 2.9 million in sales.
Shane McCauleyRachel Platten fans, it’s your lucky day. The singer not only has announced the title for her new album, she also revealed a string of new 2016 tour dates.
Her album -- a full-length followup to her Fight Song EP -- will be called Wildfire. “Thank you for fanning the flames all these years,” Rachel tweets to her fans. “Your endless love & support has helped inspire my new album.”
Hours later, she announced her first headlining North American trek, The Wildfire Tour. “Soo..I'm headlining my 1st tour. WHAT?!” she writes.
The dates begin February 26 in Dallas, Texas, and run through April 5 in Los Angeles. You can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, November 25 at 10 a.m. ET on RachelPlatten.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, December 3 at 10 a.m. ET.
Here is a complete list of dates:
2/26 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theater 2/27 -- Austin, TX, Emo's 2/28 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live 3/1 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom 3/2 -- Atlanta, GA, The Loft 3/4 -- Orlando, FL, Cheyenne Saloon 3/7 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos' Southend 3/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Trocadero Theatre 3/10 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 3/12 -- Boston, MA, Royale 3/14 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club 3/15 -- Millvale, PA, Mr. Smalls Theatre 3/16 -- Toronto, Canada, The Opera House 3/18 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew's Hall 3/19 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 3/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights 3/22 -- St Louis, MO, The Ready Room 3/23 -- Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall 3/25 -- Englewood, CO, Gothic Theatre 3/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 3/28 -- Vancouver, Canada, The Vogue 3/29 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom 3/30 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox 4/4 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom 4/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre
Daniel Sannwald/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsSesame Street’s new season debuts on HBO on January 16 and promises an array of celebrity guest stars. The iconic children show’s 46th season will include appearances from Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Sara Bareilles and Aloe Blacc.
Gwen will be singing a song called “Be a Good Friend,” while her fellow Voice coach Pharrell will sing “B Is for Book.” Sara will perform “Just Like Magic” and Aloe will sing “Everyday Hero.” Nick Jonas also will guest star on an episode, singing “Check That Shape,” and Fifth Harmony will appear to perform “That’s Music.”
As part of a new deal announced earlier this year, Sesame Street will air on HBO and after nine months, the episodes will be available for free on PBS, where the program has aired since it premiered in 1969.
This season will include 30-minute episodes, new opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment hosted by Cookie Monster called “Smart Cookies,” and a new cast member named Nina.
Island RecordsShawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello certainly make beautiful music together, but are they more than just duet partners? On The Late Late Show with James Corden last night, the host put the two young singers on the spot and asked them if they are dating.
The two, who just released their new collab “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” insisted they're just friends, but James kept prodding. “There’s no way you haven’t made out,” he said. “You totally have.”
Shawn then admitted that he’s “made a move," but Camila shuts him down every time. Camila denied that and said that Shawn “friend zones her” and calls her “kid.” But then the two backtracked completely, saying they were just kidding and restating that there’s nothing romantic going on between them.
Dana Edelson/NBCHey, Taylor Swift, looks like there’s a new squad in town. Adele was spotted hanging in New York City Monday night with actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone.
MTV News has photos of the power trio exiting a Mexican restaurant following Adele’s appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday. They all got into the same car and drove away.
Adele previously told Rolling Stone that she didn’t have a particularly glamorous “squad.” "I wish my squad was all supermodels,” Adele said, in reference to Taylor’s group of gal pals. “We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad. It's not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now."
Peter YangJustin Bieber is saying “sorry” all over the place these days. The singer has cancelled his planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert today, and has issued an apology on Twitter.
"My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won't be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show," Justin writes. "I look forward to making it up to you soon."
He also tweets directly to Colbert, “Thank you for the understanding as sometimes life kicks our a** and we need to deal with it. I will see u soon. Thank you.”
No further details were available on Justin's reason for cancelling. His performance for the Thanksgiving Day Parade was also set to record this evening in New York City. Entertainment Tonight reports that's been cancelled as well.
XL Recordings/ColumbiaIt's official: Adele's25 now holds the record for the most albums sold in a week -- and there are still a few days left in the week.
Billboardreports that since its release Friday, 25 has already sold at least 2,433,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. That beats the record set by 'N SYNC in 2000, when their album No Strings Attached debuted with first-week sales of 2,416,000 copies.
It's important to note that this record has only been monitored since 1991, when Nielsen Music began tracking sales electronically. There's no way to know if, prior to that, another artist sold more copies in one week.
There are more than three days left in the sales tracking week, which closes at the end of Thursday. Forecasts are putting the final tally for 25 at 2.9 million. We'll find out Sunday, when all the numbers are tabulated.
This year for Thanksgiving, Elle is heading to Ohio, where she was raised by her mom and stepdad. She tells ABC Radio, "I’m gonna see my paw-paw and my brother and the band that’s coming on tour with us, I’m taking them home with us. So I’ll have a nice little rock and roll band with my family, and hopefully, I’ll keep them in line."
While Elle doesn't seem like the type who'd spend much time in the kitchen, she says her favorite Thanksgiving dish is one she fixes herself. "Baked macaroni and cheese that I make; I make my maw-maw’s recipe," she tells ABC Radio. She says she's also looking forward to enjoying pumpkin pie.
Elle's headline tour continues the day after Thanksgiving with a show on Friday in Philadelphia, and wraps up November 30 in Virginia. After that, she's got a bunch of Christmas shows, and in February, she'll hit the road with Vance Joy.
Image Group LA/ABCFresh off their show-stopping Star Wars tribute at the American Music Awards on Sunday, the a cappella group Pentatonix is ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and this year, there's no end to the things that they're thankful for.
"I think we’re just thankful for 2015," group member Scott Hoying tells ABC Radio. "This has been the most amazing year of our careers. I mean, we won a Grammy and we had a number one album on Billboard."
The group's first full album of original music, also called Pentatonix, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart a few weeks ago. They won a Grammy earlier this year for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, for their song "Daft Punk."
"It’s just all so surreal, and to think that the fans have helped us and the music industry’s accepted us, even though we’re a very, very different type of band...we feel excited and blessed," he adds.
His band mate Kirstin Maldonado agrees. "I'm just thankful the fans have been so amazing getting us to this place," she tells ABC Radio. "And it’s been such a blessing to go across the country and see them and meet them...it’s just been so fun."
A couple of other things Pentatonix did in 2015 that were pretty cool: they appeared in Pitch Perfect 2, and toured with Kelly Clarkson.
Pentatonix has just re-released their best-selling Christmas album, That's Christmas to Me, with a bunch of extra tracks.
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCAdele dropped by the Tonight Show Monday to plug her latest album, 25, and joined host Jimmy Fallon in a game called "Box of Lies," proving she's a lot better at singing than she is a at lying.
Jimmy and Adele took turns trying to stump each other about what items were hidden in their mystery boxes. Adele went first and and picked a box containing a toy dinosaur in cowboy attire, but tried to fool Jimmy into believing the T. rex was dressed as a fairy. Fallon didn't bite.
Next it was Fallon's turn. The box he chose had the electronic game Simon, with several fake noses glued to it. He tried to convince the "Hello" singer into believing it was a G.I. Joe doll made into a Santa Claus that had a candy cane Chinese star thrown at him. She correctly guessed he was lying.
Finally, Adele told the truth about her next mystery box, which contained a giraffe with three donuts around its neck. After Fallon correctly guessed that she was telling the truth, Adele replied, "B****!"
Adele also chatted with Fallon about 25, admitting she scrapped an early version of the album because neither she nor her producer, Rick Rubin, were satisfied with the songs she'd written.
"I didn't love...the songs I was writing for [the] record," she recalled. When Fallon asked if she threw them away, Adele replied, "They're hiding. They're banished. They're not allowed...They weren't good enough."
The 27-year-old British singer didn't reveal any touring plans, but noted that when she does, the set list will vary from show to show. "I'm gonna try to just to keep it fun for everyone. I don't want to play the same song 20 times," she said. "And also I make records, so I don't want it to be about singles or anything."
Another fun fact about Adele: She's a big Rihanna fan. "Yeah I was very excited last night 'cause there was some tease of Rihanna's new record.," she told Fallon. "I'm the biggest RiRi fan."
ABC/Adam TaylorNickCarter is still standing after Monday's Dancing with the Stars and heads into the second part of the two-part season finale.
Monday's competition saw each celebrity and their pro partners performing two dances: a judges' pick and a Freestyle.
For their first dance, judge Julianne Hough chose a Jive for Nick and his partner, Sharna Burgess. The Backstreet Boy and Sharna danced to Bruno Mars' ”Runaway Baby” and drew praise from all the judges, including Carrie Ann Inaba, who exclaimed, "Can we celebrate Sharna for the goddess she is...and Nick, you stand equal to Sharna tonight."
For their Freestyle, the couple danced to the Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life," drawing another perfect score of 30 out of 30.
Carter and Burgess did have a close call though when they landed in the bottom two with Carlos PenaVega and his partner Witney Carson, based on their total scores over the past two weeks. In the end, it was Carlos and Witney getting the boot.
Nick and Sharna advance to Tuesday night's finale, where the season-21 winner of Dancing with the Stars will be crowned.
Meghan Trainer also performed her song, "Better When I'm Dancin'," and returned later to join Ariana Grande and Who Is Fancy for "Boys Like You."
Trae Patton/NBCThe top 11 artists on The Voice returned Monday night, hoping to earn the viewers' votes with their singing ability.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams all had artists take the stage during the two-hour show.
Team Adam's Shelby Brown was the first artist to enter the spotlight. She belted out Lady Gaga's "You and I." Blake called it his favorite performance of hers this season, citing the range she showed. Gwen encouraged Shelby to save her growl for special occasions. Adam said he is so proud of Shelby.
Evan McKeel of Team Pharrell played the Nat King Cole classic "Smile" on the guitar. Gwen said he let his voice shine. Pharrell thought Evan did a great job.
Team Blake's Barrett Baber was next up with “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker. Gwen was impressed with the way he commanded the stage. Blake said Barrett "took us all to church."
Korin Bukowski of Team Gwen tackled Mandy Moore's "Only Hope." Pharrell praised her for being herself. Gwen said she's so happy that Korin has this moment to shine. She added that it was great that Korin was able to sing a song that meant something to her.
Team Adam's Amy Vachal took some advice from her coach before putting a folksy spin on the Taylor Swift hit "Blank Space." Pharrell encouraged people to download the performance on iTunes. Adam said more than any other artist in the competition Amy has triumphed in taking her own approach to songs.
Zach Seabaugh of Team Blake entertained with Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” Adam said Zach has the "chops" and can sing. Blake said Zach's vocals were "spot-on."
Madi Davis of Team Pharrell brought her dad to tears after delivering a haunting performance of Jack White’s version of the U2 song “Love is Blindness.” Adam declared, "I had no idea you had that in you." Blake called it the performance of the night. Pharrell stood up and said it was unbelievable.
Team Gwen's Braiden Sunshine took on Spandau Ballet's "True" -- a song released well before the teen was born. Blake said it was an odd song choice, but it fit Braiden. Pharrell liked the little "runs" that Braiden had in his performance. Gwen said it was so good and Braiden is so cute.
Team Adam's Jordan Smith sang the Jessie J tune "Who You Are." Pharrell said he could feel Jordan's "intention." Adam said Jordan is one of the best performers he knows because he keeps the audience mesmerized.
Emily Ann Roberts, 17, played The Judds’ “Why Not Me” for Team Blake. Blake said she's going to stick around in the music biz for a long time.
Jeffery Austin of Team Gwen closed the night with his take on Robyn's “Dancing on My Own.” Adam noted that Jeffery has a unique quality in his voice. Gwen said she was moved to tears, and that Jeffery is so gifted.
Also during the broadcast, Pharrell performed his song "Freedom."
NBC will air a new results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Image Group LA/ABCHailee Steinfeld is giving thanks this holiday season for the fact that she's been able to successfully transition from being an Oscar-nominated movie star to being a full-fledged pop star, thanks to her hit "Love Myself." The multi-talented Hailee says she's looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner...and also avoiding an allergic reaction to it.
"Any food generally I’m very thankful for and excited about," she tells ABC Radio. "I’m a fan of yams, but I’m allergic to walnuts, so I kinda always have to get around it somehow, you know? But yeah, that would probably be like the traditional food that I look forward to."
So what happens if Hailee eats walnuts by accident? Well, her allergy isn't severe enough that she has to carry around one of those Epi-Pens, but the results are still unpleasant. "My throat kind of gets a little scratchy, or my lips get really big," she says. "I never know what’s gonna happen."
But putting food aside for a moment, Hailee says she's filled with gratitude that people have allowed her to move into a new artistic field.
"Oh my God, I’m…I have so much to be thankful for," she tells ABC Radio, "I’m so thankful for just the support I’ve received from my fans. This last year has been so incredible in terms of me and my music, and they’ve just been so supportive of me and I’m really thankful for that." Her debut EP, HAIZ, came out earlier this month.
Hailee is probably also thankful for the fact that Pitch Perfect 2, which she starred in, was a huge smash, and that Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video, which she appeared in, was named MTV's Video of the Year.
ABC/Adam TaylorWhile he and his partner Alison Holker were voted off ABC's Dancing with the Stars several weeks ago, Andy Grammer will return tonight for the show's big finale, when we'll find out who'll win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Andy says his experience on the show was "personally fantastic" because it not only earned him new fans, but it helped him grieve the loss of his beloved mother.
"You know, I did it for my mom," Andy says of his Dancing with the Stars stint. "My mom passed away about six years ago and she loved dance. So when they asked me to be a part of Dancing with the Stars, I was like, I’m doing this for my mom. I dedicated it to her, I did a bunch of dances that were like for her, and so the biggest takeaway was just kind of like getting through some of that grief."
He laughs, "It’s so Hollywood to say that I got through my [grief over my] mom on Dancing with the Stars, but...it was really personally fantastic for me."
Not only that, Andy says, but the exposure he got on the show earned him many new listeners.
"Man, there’s so many more people that have become fans of mine," he tells ABC Radio, "I got to share my story with a lot of different people and when I go around the country and they all come up and...they feel like they know me, and they do...that’s really worth it."
Andy came in seventh place on Dancing with the Stars, and during week six, he and Alison received a perfect score for their jazz routine inspired by a scene from the movie Singin' in the Rain.
Following the DWTS finale, look for Andy to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday, November 26 on NBC.
Trae Patton/NBCSia has lent a song to a PSA for a cause that’s close to her heart. Her tune “Free the Animal,” from her last album 1000 Forms of Fear, appears in a new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that spotlights the use of animal products in the fashion industry.
The haunting computer-generated spot features animals walking down the runway wearing outfits made of human skin. It’s meant to get viewers to imagine what it would be like if the roles were reversed.
Sia’s been a longtime PETA advocate. She was featured in the organization's Take a Bite Out of Animal Overpopulation campaign in 2010.
Image Group LA/ABC; Jeff Daly/NBCTaylor Swift’s bestie, Gigi Hadid, split from Joe Jonas earlier this month and it seems she’s already moved on to another pop star. According to Us Weekly, the model is now dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik.
"It’s a very new thing. They're just seeing where it goes," a source tells the mag.
The two were spotted getting cozy together at a party Sunday following Gigi’s appearance at the American Music Awards.
"I wouldn't call them boyfriend and girlfriend," another source says. "But seeing each other? Definitely. He's chuffed."
It’s an interesting pairing, considering Gigi’s pal Taylor used to date Zayn’s former band mate Harry Styles.
MAC CosmeticsWith a new holiday MAC lipstick and a full Beauty Icon cosmetics collection on the way, Mariah Carey can officially add makeup maven to her list of job titles. But who does she look to for beauty inspiration? The singer recently chatted to InStyle about her obsession with Marilyn Monroe.
"I think I was about 6 years old, and my mother was watching a memorial to Marilyn Monroe," she tells the mag. "That's when she became my beauty icon. I always loved the way she did her makeup, and her whole persona."
She even named her daughter, Monroe, after the iconic actress -- who inspired a MAC makeup line back in 2012. But when it came to designing an exclusive lip color for MAC, Mariah stayed away from Marilyn’s signature red and went with something a bit more neutral.
“I liked that we did the champagne frost, because you can pair it with other shimmery makeup," she says. "MAC was really supportive and collaborative -- we sat down and went through a whole bunch of colors and hues until we got exactly what we wanted, and it was a fantastic learning experience."
As for the full beauty collection, which comes out next year, Mariah couldn’t give too much away. "I thought it was amazing when they approached me to do the line, because there have only been maybe two other people who have done one," she says. "I can't get into the whole thing just yet, but it's exciting! It's gonna be something I'm really proud of, and can't wait to have in my own makeup room."
Her holiday lipstick, called “All I Want,” will be available next month.
Republic RecordsWho Is Fancy, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor have all got it bad for the pool boy in the new animated music video for their collaboration, “Boys Like You.”
“Try, try, try to follow the rules/I break every one of them with boys like you,” the trio sings, as they each try to capture the pool boy's attention.
To celebrate the release of the new track, Ariana and Meghan will be joining Who Is Fancy -- birth name Jake Hagwood -- to perform the song live on Dancing with the Stars tonight.
Who Is Fancy entered the music scene earlier this year when his first single, “Goodbye,” went viral. At the time, Meghan expressed her love for the song on Instagram. Who Is Fancy later opened for Ariana on tour. His debut album is expected in December.