ABC/Paula LoboAs he gears up to kick off the final leg of his Divide tour in Europe Friday, Ed Sheeran is fast approaching the record for highest-grossing tour of all time.
According to Billboard, he’s quickly closing the gap with current record-holder U2, and this last batch of dates could put him over the edge.
Ed had the highest grossing tour of April, earning $31.8 million for the eight concerts he played throughout Asia. With this latest total, Ed’s tour becomes the second in the history of Billboard Boxscore to gross over $600 million.
There’s now $109 million separating The Divide Tour and U2’s 360 Tour, which earned $736.4 million between 2009 and 2011. Billboard predicts if Ed maintains a $3.1 million average gross per show on his final 35 European dates, he’ll be on track to surpass the U2 tour.
Sean ErikssonThe track list for Avicii’s posthumous album, TIM, has been revealed.
Billboard reports the 12-song collection, due out June 6, features collaborations with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Imagine Dragons, in addition to the previously released Aloe Blacc collab, “SOS.”
Before the superstar deejay and producer passed away on April 20, 2018, he was nearly done with a new album. His producers were able to carry out his vision to finish TIM -- named for Avicii’s birth name, Tim Bergling.
All proceeds from the album will go to the newly established Tim Bergling Foundation, which works to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention.
Here’s the track list:
"Peace of Mind" (feat. Vargas & Lagola) "Heaven" "SOS" (feat. Aloe Blacc) "Tough Love" (feat. Agnes, Vargas & Lagola) "Bad Reputation" (feat. Joe Janiak) "Ain't a Thing" (feat. Bonn) "Hold The Line" (feat. A R I Z O N A) "Freak" (feat. Bonn) "Excuse Me Mr Sir" (feat. Vargas & Lagola) "Heart Upon My Sleeve" (feat. Imagine Dragons) "Never Leave Me" (feat. Joe Janiak) "Fades Away" (feat. Noonie Bao)
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCBTS just made history on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
The K-pop boy band becomes the first group or duo to top the chart for five weeks. They were previously tied with Twenty One Pilots.
Last June, BTS became the first K-pop act to top the Artist 100. The chart measures artist popularity across key different means of consumption including album sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction.
Taylor Swift holds the record for more weeks overall at number one, with 36. Drake follows close behind, with 31.
First We FeastThe Jonas Brothers are very hot right now, but they’re about to get even hotter.
The reunited trio -- Nick, Joe and Kevin -- are set to be the first guests on season nine of First We Feast’s popular web series, Hot Ones. They’ll chow down on spicy chicken wings and see if they can stand the heat while answering questions from host Sean Evans.
The new season will feature a new hot sauce lineup and, appropriately, TUMS has signed on as the show’s official sponsor.
Dusty Kessler5Seconds of Summer is back with a new summer tune. The band has released their new single, “Easier,” along with a music video for the song.
“’Easier’ is the most confident we have been in the first song to be released off one of our records,” lead vocalist Luke Hemmings says in a statement.
He adds, “Visually and sonically it feels like we took what we uncovered about ourselves as a band on the last album and honed in on that sound and aura. I truly believe that ‘Easier’ is the beginning of the best era for 5SOS.”
Bassist Calum Hood agrees, saying, “This record is something we have subconsciously always needed to release. Accompanied by the euphoria and rawness of the video, ‘Easier’ is the best thing we’ve released yet.”
The video was shot at two historic California locations: Bronson Caves in Griffith Park and Angeles Abbey Memorial Park in Compton.
“Easier,” 5SOS’ first release since singing to Interscope Records, was co-produced by Charlie Puth.
Mark SurridgeFor Ed Sheeran’s next album, he’s getting a little help from his friends.
The singer announced Thursday that he’ll be releasing No. 6 Collaborations Project this summer, a collection of songs featuring some of his favorite artists.
“Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project,” Ed explains on social media. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year.”
He adds, “I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make.”
The album, featuring Ed's hit Justin Bieber duet “I Don’t Care” and a new collab called “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, will be out everywhere on July 12. However, you can pre-order tonight at midnight local time -- “Cross Me” will debut at the same time.
Ed released a track list for No. 6 Collaborations Project, but the collaborators on all of the songs except “I Don’t Care” and “Cross Me” are redacted for now. Here’s the list:
"Beautiful People" "South of the Border" "Cross Me" "Take Me Back to London" Best Part of Me" "I Don't Care" "Antisocial" "Remember the Name" "Feels" "Put It All on Me" "Nothing on You" "I Don't Want Your Money" "1000 Nights" "Way to Break My Heart" "Blow"
ABC/Eric McCandlessNo one was more excited than Katy Perry to hop on the remix of Daddy Yankee and Snow’s number one Latin hit “Con Calma” -- except maybe her fiancé Orlando Bloom.
Katy tells ABC Radio Orlando was a huge fan of Snow’s original 1992 hit “Informer,” which the Canadian rapper and Daddy Yankee re-imagined for “Con Calma.” She says the two first heard the song together while on a school run with Orlando's son, Flynn, and they immediately loved it. So when she was eventually asked to be on the remix, she jumped at the chance.
“It was like when Daddy Yankee called, I was like, ‘Not only do I love it, but my fiance loves it,’” she says. “And yeah I wanna do something fun and kind of just like…a party.”
She adds, “I don't do that very often. Sometimes I have really dense kind of really thought-out songs or super emotional and very empowering. Sometimes I don't do 'party,' and so it's nice to go there.”
Katy and Daddy Yankee performed the song for the first time together on the American Idol finale this past Sunday.
“Con Calma” is the second major collab of 2019 for Katy, following her song with Zedd, "365."
Courtesy of SixthmanTrain’s Pat Monahan is dishing even more details about the band’s upcoming Sail Across the Sun fan cruise, now in its sixth year.
The frontman tells People that if you think this is the type of fan cruise where the band hops on just for their performance and then leaves, think again. He’s all about hanging with the fans -- both on and off the boat.
“It’s a chance for Train fans -- and we’re more friends than anything -- to get together and really spend time,” Monahan tells People. “They spend their lives taking care of me, and it’s my four days to take care of them.”
He says he encourages all the other musical guests on the cruise to do the same. When bands in the past spent the trip in their cabins, they weren’t invited back.
“That’s not the spirit of what we’re trying to do,” he says. “This is like, ‘Let’s go to the pool together!'”
In addition to performances, the cruise will include a wide range of activities, from yoga classes to talent competitions to arts-and-crafts like painting trucker hats.
The cruise will set sail next February 14-18 and will travel from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Sony Music International/STMPD RCRDS/RCA RecordsThe video for "Summer Days," Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump's collaboration with DJ/producer Martin Garrix and rapper Macklemore, is streaming now on YouTube.
All three artists appear in the clip, which follows an older woman who has the ability to make everyone she sees sweat profusely and uncontrollably.
Stump will link up with Garrix and Macklemore to give "Summer Days" its TV premiere on the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, held June 17 in Los Angeles.
ABC/Lou RoccoPink brought out a surprise guest at her concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night: country star Chris Stapleton.
The two united on stage to sing their new duet “Love Me Anyway.” Pink started the intimate ballad in a flood of spotlights with only a piano and a couple string players. Later, the audience erupted in applause as Chris walked on to harmonize with her.
After the song was over, Pink hugged Chris and fell to the floor in mock worship as he exited.
“One of my absolute favorite songwriters, favorite voice, and person. Chris Stapleton,” Pink wrote on Instagram following the performance. “What an absolute honor to share a stage with you my friend.”
You’ll find “Love Me Anyway” on Pink’s new Hurts 2B Human album. You can check out fan video of the Madison Square Garden performance on YouTube now.
ABC/Paula LoboFor fans who have been patiently waiting, you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more of Liam Payne soon.
The singer tellsBillboard he has three new songs in the works and he’s also working on pursuing an acting career.
“I've got to work and collaborate with some of the most amazing people so far and that just keeps happening," Liam says of his time in the studio. "We have three new songs that I'm working on and some great friends who have written some more amazing songs for me.”
As for catching the acting bug, Liam says he never saw it coming, but he’s been starting to go on auditions. He says he tried out of the new West Side Story remake and made it to the final five in the casting process before being cut.
What he really wants, though, is to do an action film. "I need to do something, like, really action-based," he says.
Liam dropped his debut EP last year, but has yet to release a full-length solo album.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick Madonna has released her new music video for new song “Crave,” featuring Rae Sremmurd singer Swae Lee.
The video, which switches between black-and-white and color, begins with Madonna on a rooftop in New York City attaching a love note to a pigeon and letting it fly away.
"I am waiting for you. I have always been waiting for you. I'm attracted to danger, I crave it,” Madonna says in voice-over.
The carrier pigeon eventually finds its way to Swae Lee, who’s hanging out with some pigeon coops on another rooftop. He unfurls the note and tacks it up on a wall with many other similar notes he’s been collecting. In the end, the two unite on the rooftop and touch hands, creating a spark. Then we see two pigeons flying away.
“Crave” is the latest song off Madonna’s Madame X album, due out June 14.
Republic RecordsThe Jonas Brothers have revealed the track list for their upcoming reunion album, Happiness Begins.
In addition to their previously released singles "Sucker" and "Cool," the 12-track album will include songs called "Only Human," "Happy When I'm Sad," and the aptly-titled "Comeback."
It also includes a track called "I Believe," which Nick has said is about his whirlwind romance with wife Priyanka Chopra, and "Hesitate," which is about Joe’s relationship with Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.
Happiness Begins, the JoBros first new album in 10 years, comes out June 7.
Here is the track list:
"Sucker" "Cool" "Only Human" "I Believe" "Used to Be" "Every Single Time" "Don’t Throw It Away" "Love Her" "Happy When I’m Sad" "Trust" "Strangers" "Hesitate" "Rollercoaster" "Comeback"
Theo Wargo/WireImageAfter sporting a Gucci ensemble at the Met Gala earlier this month, Harry Styles is starring in an eccentric new ad campaign for Gucci Men's Tailoring.
Like his previous two campaigns for the designer, this one also features farm animals. In the video clip shot by filmmaker Harmony Korine, Harry sports a fuchsia suit jacket and red pants as he wanders around a seemingly abandoned room filled with old statues.
As a peaceful instrumental song plays, we see shots of Harry looking at the statues; the sculpture collection is also strewn about an overgrown courtyard outside, where Harry can also be seen making origami, and interacting with pigs and swans wandering around underfoot.
In his campaign last year for the Gucci Cruise 2019 collection, Harry lounged at an Italian villa while cuddling adorable baby goats, lambs and piglets. In his Gucci campaign prior to that, he was photographed with some chickens in a fish ‘n chip shop.
Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love ManchesterAriana Grande is marking the second anniversary of the Manchester concert attack with a simple tribute.
On her Instagram Story, she posted a black screen with the bee emoji in the center. The “worker bee” has been a symbol of the hard-working U.K. city of Manchester for decades and in the wake of the tragedy, it became a symbol of the city’s resilience.
Last year, following the one-year anniversary of the bombing, Ariana got a tattoo of the bee inked behind her ear. Ariana’s music video for “No Tears Left to Cry” also features a bee flying away in the last shot, as a nod to the city.
Twenty-two people were killed and 139 injured on May 22, 2017, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive device outside of Manchester Arena following Ariana’s concert there. Two weeks later, Ariana helped organize and performed at the star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert, to raise money for the victims. She was subsequently named an honorary citizen of Manchester.
Ariana will return to Manchester in August to headline the city’s Pride festival.
Trae Patton/NBCMaelynJarmon, the New York City waitress with perfect pitch, despite being deaf in one ear, ended her fairy-tale run Tuesday night by being crowned winner of season 16 of The Voice.
Jarmon's coach, John Legend, notched a victory in his debut season on the show, adding a The Voice championship to his EGOT status.
Maelyn, 26 and born in Frisco, Texas, finished ahead of three country artists on coach Blake Shelton's team. Twenty-five-year-old Louisiana native Gyth Rigdon was runner-up. Soulful Alabama country singer Dexter Roberts, 27, and 22-year-old Texas native Andrew Sevener finished in third and fourth places, respectively.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine had no team members remaining in the competition.
During the two-hour finale, each finalist performed with an acclaimed musical guest. The show began with Andrew joining Travis Tritt to perform Tritt's song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." Maelyn performed an immaculate duet of "Angel" with Sarah Mclachlan; Dexter sang "That's Country Bro" with Toby Keith; and Gyth stood proudly alongside Darius Rucker to sing the Hootie & the Blowfish song "Hold My Hand."
Previously eliminated artists also returned to perform group medleys. Mari teamed up with Kim Cherry for a brash version of Lizzo's "Good as Hell," which then switched into Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," performed by Domenic Haynes, Jej Vinson, Kalvin Jarvis, LB Crew and Shawn Sounds. Later, Celia Babini, Betsy Ade, Lisa Ramey and Presley Tennant performed a rocking version of Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen."
The musical lineup for the finale was star-studded from beginning to end. The Jonas Brothers performed their new single, "Cool"; former The Voice advisor Khalid performed "Talk"; OneRepublic delivered their new song, "Rescue Me"; Hootie & the Blowfish hit the Voice stage once again to perform "Let Her Cry"; BTS delivered "Boy with Love"; Halsey performed a gripping version of her new song, "Nightmare"; and Taylor Swift claimed the stage at the end with her new hit, "Me," featuring Brendon Urie.
The Voice has already been renewed for season 17, with the current coaches all scheduled to return.
NetflixThe trailer for Miley Cyrus’ episode of Black Mirror has been released.
The episode of the Netflix anthology series is titled “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” and revolves around a lonely teenage girl who longs to connect with her favorite pop star, played by Miley. But the pop star’s life may not be as charmed as it seems.
In the trailer, Miley’s character Ashley, a purple-haired singer, unveils a mini-robot version of herself called Ashley Too. The teenage fan buys Ashley Too, which talks to her with encouraging messages like “Believe in yourself.” As we see Ashley’s pop star fantasy unraveling, Ashley Too develops a mind of its own.
Miley’s Black Mirror episode is one of three this season, which will debut on Netflix June 5. The other episodes are titled “Striking Vipers” and “Smithereens.”
ABC/Paula LoboJustin Bieber isn’t the only person Ed Sheeran is collaborating with this year.
Ed teased that a new song called “Cross Me,” featuring two mystery artists, is coming soon. On Instagram, he posted the title of the song with the featured artists’ names crossed out.
“Can you guess who’s on the next one?” he wrote.
He also shared a cryptic photo of himself on his Instagram Story with the caption “Friday.” He added little hints to the photo that have fans speculating the featured artists are Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock.
In the photo, Ed’s wearing Chance’s signature “3” baseball cap. He also wrote “P ” along with the bee emoji and the rocker hands emoji, hence the PnB Rock speculation.
Ed’s collab with Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care,” debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
Peggy SirotaThe Jonas Brothers surprised unsuspecting New Yorkers in the latest episode of Billy on the Street with comedian Billy Eichner.
In the hilarious video, Nick, Joe, Kevin and Billy ambush strangers to remind them that the JoBros are back together and grill them with questions like, “Who's your favorite Jonas Brother?” "Nick," one woman immediately answers, as Joe and Kevin jokingly storm off.
The results from New Yorkers are mixed: some freak out over the group, while others couldn’t care less. When Billy approaches an elderly man and tells him the Jonas Brothers are back together, he grumbles, "Who cares?"
The Jonas Brothers will be releasing their first new album in 10 years, Happiness Begins, on June 7. A documentary about their comeback, called Chasing Happiness, drops on Amazon Prime Video June 4.
ABC/Lou RoccoAfter someone on Twitter called Bebe Rexha "thick," she hit back with an honest response.
"I gained weight get over it," the "Last Hurrah" singer wrote Monday.
But it's not so much what she said, it's the reactions she got and how she's inspiring others. In the comments of the tweet, female fans not only supported the singer, but shared their own battles with body image.
"Your body is beautiful but what's even more beautiful is your confidence, please don't let anyone take that away from you!" one fan wrote. "The most important thing is that you're happy and you feel good in your body, other people's opinions are SO irrelevant when it comes to that topic."
Another added, "YES QUEEEEEEN!!!! its totally normal that people lose or gain weight no matter what they do because this is life. we all are growing all the time and our body changes. people should respect it and stop trying to put others down for like what?? we all are the same humans."
Many of her fans also just simply called the singer "gorgeous."
Bebe is no stranger to being candid and real about her body. In January, she revealed designers were telling her she's too "big" and that they wouldn't dress her for the Grammy Awards.
In the end, Bebe wore a red, layered tulle gown after several designers, including August Getty Atelier and Christian Siriano, reached out to offer to dress her.
"They said I was too big or fat -- and I love my body. I just want other girls to love their bodies," she said that night on the carpet.