Courtesy S Carter Enterprises/Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment/ColumbiaIt's finally here: the long-awaited joint album from Beyonce and JAY-Z.
The surprise disc, Everything Is Love, arrived Saturday via Tidal. The nine-track release is credited to The Carters; a bonus track, called "Salud," is also available on Tidal. The album cover features a woman combing a shirtless man's hair in the Louvre museum in Paris, in front of its most famous painting: Da Vinci'sMona Lisa.
That image is taken from the video for one of the tracks, "APE S**T," which was also shot in the Louvre and was directed by Ricky Saiz. It feature Bey and Jay standing in the Louvre together and separately, wearing various outfits. At one point Bey and a group of female dancers perform in a line in front of one of the museum's most famous paintings: The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David.
In the video, the couple is also seen gazing at the Mona Lisa, standing on top of the stairs in front of one of the museum's most famous statues: the Winged Victory. On the stairs in front of them, several dozen dancers do balletic sit-ups wearing flesh-colored body stockings. We also see a number of the Louvre's iconic artworks, such as the Venus de Milo, Veronese's The Wedding Feast at Cana, Gericault'sThe Raft of the Medusa, David's Madame Recamier, and many others.
In the song "APE S**T," which features Quavo, JAY Z takes a shot at the Grammys for not handing him a trophy for Album of the Year, rapping, "Tell the Grammys f**k that 0 for 8 s**t/Have you ever seen the crowd goin' apes***?"
He also criticizes the Super Bowl, which his wife has played twice, saying "I said no to the Super Bowl/You need me, I don't need you/Every night we in the endzone/Tell the NFL we in stadiums too."
And while Jay spits that last verse, we see a group of men taking a knee like NFL players.
As for Bey, she sings, "I can't believe we made it/This is what we're thankful for," which seems to acknowledge the ups and downs of the couple's marriage, documented both in her album Lemonade and his album 4:44.
According to Variety, in the closing song "LOVEHAPPY," Beyonce underscores this point even more, singing, "Sometimes I thought we’d never see the light/ Went through hell with heaven on our side/Damn, look at us now/ Pray, pray for the vows/ Way up now, yes, and a way, long way down/ We came, and we saw, and we conquered it all/ We came, and we conquered, now we’re happy in love.”
Bey and JAY are currently on their On the Run 2 tour, which next stops in Amsterdam on June 19.
Fearless Records"Hey There Delilah" hitmakers Plain White T’s are back with new music.
The band has announced they’ll be releasing their eighth studio album, Parallel Universe, on August 24. It's their first new album since 2015's independent release American Nights.
To give fans a taste of what to expect, they released two new singles from the upcoming LP, the mellow love song “Your Body” and the grittier “Bonnie I Want You.”
“You Body” has a video to go with it, which was filmed at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. It features lead singer Tom Higgenson as a male robot who is put together piece by piece by his female companion.
If you pre-order Parallel Universe now, you’ll receive instant downloads of the two new singles.
Plain White T’s will be kicking off their summer tour Saturday, June 16 in Oklahoma City.
Here is the track list for Parallel Universe:
"Light Up The Room" "Bonnie I Want You" "Call Me" "Top Of The World" "Bury Me" "Your Body" "Sick Of Love" "No Imitations" "Low" "Lying About Me And You" "I Should Be Dead Right Now" "Lips" "No Tears" "End of The World"
ABC/Lou RoccoPink’s Beautiful Trauma tour is on track to become her highest-grossing tour yet, according to Billboard.
The trek tops Billboard’s Hot Tours chart this week, earning more than $100 million in ticket sales for its first leg of dates. Billboard estimates that based on sales so far, the overall gross could hit $275 million or more by the time it ends next May.
If it hits that mark, it will surpass Pink’s The Truth About Love tour, which earned $183 million in 2013 and 2014.
The Beautiful Trauma tour kicked off in Phoenix on March 1. Pink’s played 38 arenas across the U.S. and Canada since then, performing for more than 712,000 fans.
Pink heads to Australia and New Zealand for the second leg of the tour beginning July 3. While Down Under, Pink will perform 42 shows in seven cities, including a record-setting five-night run at the Spark Arena in New Zealand.
Bobby Bank/WireImageBefore proposing to Ariana Grande, his girlfriend of just a few weeks, Pete Davidson got the blessing of an old friend.
Nick Cannon, who gave Pete his first big break on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, tells Entertainment Tonight that the SNL star called him before popping the question.
"He called before he was going to do it, and I said, 'Salud!'" Nick says. "He was really excited, so I was like, 'I love it, man. Keep it going.' Love is in the air!"
Nick, who famously married Mariah Carey after just a few weeks of dating, knows a thing or two about brief courtships.
"To see them together... and I've been one of those dudes with one of those fantasy, fantastic relationships where you just go off and get married, so I was like, 'Do it,'" Nick says. "I've congratulated Pete. I haven't spoken to Ariana, but I'm happy for them."
He even offered to officiate the wedding.
"I think they're outstanding. They're young people in love and you can't knock that. It's like The Notebook," he says. "I'm up for all weddings. I'll officiate. I don't know how long they'll last if you let me do it, but I'm up for it."
Def Jam RecordingsAlessia Cara has released her new single "Growing Pains," and now Billboard reports that her sophomore album is called The Pains of Growing. Why not just call them both Growing Pains? Alessia says it's because she wanted the album to resemble "a story."
Speaking to Billboard, Alessia explains, "I wanted to make the album title feel like it's a story. Like a storybook. And I thought calling it The Pains of Growing sounds like you're about to read a book about someone or about something. It's just a full cohesive thing."
She adds, "And if I'm being really honest, Growing Pains is a really common album title, it turns out, so I wanted it to be a little different."
As for what we can expect from the Best New Artist Grammywinner's new songs, she tells Billboard, "Sonically, it's a little bit more mature, and a little bit more cohesive. It just feels more like a full album. And then conceptually...just life experiences and just a lot more transparency."
"I think just the whole album feels like an up-and-down, like, you can really hear the low points, you can hear the higher points, and it just feels like the last three years of my life," she explains.
And for those fans who loved "Scars to Your Beautiful?"
Alessia says, "If you're a fan of...what I had to say the last time, then I hope that you'll be happy with this too."
KIDinaKORNER/Interscope/Sony International/UltraAfter teasing that they'd be working together, Imagine Dragons and superstar DJ Kygo have released a collaborative track called "Born to Be Yours." The yearning tune is available now for digital download.
"'Born to Be Yours' feels to me like the perfect combination of my sound mixed with the band's iconic elements and vocals," Kygo says. "Imagine Dragons are one of my favorite bands and it's an honor to finally let everyone hear what we've been working on."
Imagine Dragons recently collaborated with R&B artist Khalid for a mash-up of their respective hits "Thunder" and "Young Dumb & Broke." Kygo, meanwhile, has previously worked with U2, OneRepublic and Coldplay.
Imagine Dragons is currently touring the U.S. behind the band's new album Evolve. The outing continues Saturday in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Def Jam RecordingsIt's New Music Friday, so here's a rundown of some of the new music that's available right now:
-- After teasing the new release on social media, Alessia Cara has debuted “Growing Pains” – the first single off her upcoming sophomore album. She also released a lyric video for the song, in which she sings about being nostalgic for her youth while rolling around in the grass in an oversized suit.
“And I’ve always been a go-getter/There’s truth in every word I write/But still these growing pains, growing pains/They’re keeping me up at night,” the Grammy winner sings. She'll perform the song Monday night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
-- "Meant to Be" singer Bebe Rexha has released a new song called “I’m a Mess,” a week before her debut album Expectations drops. In the song, Bebe owns up to her faults, even as she reassures herself everything’s going to be O.K. “I'm a mess, I'm a loser, I'm a hater, I'm a user/I'm a mess for your love, it ain't new,” she sings.
-- "Cake By the Ocean" hitmakers DNCE has dropped not one, not two, but four new songs. The band has released a brand new EP called People to People. The four tracks include “TV in the Morning,” “Still Good,” “Lose My Cool” and “Man On Fire.”
Frontman Joe Jonas says in a statement, “These new songs represent the evolution that the band has gone through over the last couple of years. They’re a little more chill, sophisticated. We’ve matured together, and so has the music.”
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCChristina Aguilera was one of Jimmy Fallon's guests on Thursday's Tonight Show to promote her first album in six years, Liberation. The appearance included the two busking in a New York City subway station.
Aguilera and Fallon taped the segment the night before, with she and Jimmy donning disguises as they busked in the subway station below NYC’s 30 Rock, where the show is taped.
Christina, in a floppy hat and sunglasses, and Fallon, playing a banjo and wearing a fake mustache, kicked off the performance with a cover of Aretha Franklin's 1960s hit “Think.” After revealing their identities, Aguilera and Fallon led the crowd of onlookers in a rendition of Christina's own 2002 hit “Stronger.”
Previous busking segments have featured Maroon 5's Adam Levine and James Valentine, and Miley Cyrus.
During her sit down with Jimmy, Aguilera discussed her family, her upcoming Liberation tour, launching September 25, and why she chose Liberation as the title of her new album.
"I just felt it was time for myself to be liberated, to inspire others to have their own voice, to feel empowered and hopefully inspire...take the duct tape off, feel themselves [and] feel secure in their own voice [and]...their bodies, she explained. It's just that time. Peel off their masks and you know, shed the skin and be themselves."
Christina also revealed that her three-year-old daughter, Summer Rain, insists on hearing her sing the theme song from the animated children's TV series PJ Masks before bed every night. Christina told Fallon that she indulges her daughter, but she sings it as a lullaby to help Summer fall asleep. She even gave Jimmy a little sample.
Aguilera closed out the show with a performance of "Fall in Line" off Liberation.
Grant SpanierFollowing the release earlier this year of "Better With You" -- his first new music in four years -- Jesse McCartney kicks off a major headlining tour tonight in Atlanta, GA. He tells ABC Radio what fans can expect from the trek.
"We're gonna do, production-wise, a cool lighting show," he says, promising a "fun live performance with the oldies and the goodies, and some of the new stuff."
One of those "oldies" is Jessie's signature song "Beautiful Soul." Does he plan to change it up a bit, since by now, he's played it a zillion times?
"I don't know, I think people like that song the way it is," he tells ABC Radio. "I think when you...change the arrangement of the song, people get a little bummed out, actually. So I think I'll keep that one as is, but I am gonna do a little bit of a mash-up and medleys throughout the set."
"I'm gonna try to do as many songs as I can, but, like, maybe a verse and a chorus of that song, or just even a few lines," he adds.
Touring with new music after years away from the spotlight is sometimes a daunting experience, but Jesse says he's been surprised to find that his fans were eager to welcome him back.
"I didn't really know what to expect...after taking such a long period of time off....and they've showed up in huge numbers, and have shown me that they want even more music," he explains. "So I'm, like, struggling to keep up with them at this point, but it just feels nice, y'know?"
"I love what I do," he adds. "I'm gonna release as many songs as I can this year, and also next year."
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCPitbull and Leona Lewis have teamed up for a new song from the soundtrack of the new John Travolta movie Gotti.
The track, called “Amore,” is set to drop tomorrow, the same day the film is released and the same day Pitbull performs on ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.
Both Pitbull and Leona tweeted in anticipation of the release. The rapper wrote, “The wait is almost over!” while Leona tweeted, “Honored to be a part of this amazing movie.”
Pitbull also composed the score for Gotti, a biopic of infamous mob boss John Gotti starring John Travolta.
"It's a true honor to be involved with this project and working with icon John Travolta on the legendary story of Gotti,” he said in a statement to Billboard last month. “By default, we were underdogs in our own right and found ways to survive against all odds.”
Carlos SerraoSinger, songwriter, guitarist, comedian...game show host? John Mayer will be appearing on the wildly-popular live online game HQ Trivia this weekend.
The game's Twitter page announced the news this afternoon, tweeting, "We're excited to announce that @JohnMayer will be on HQ this Sunday at 9p ET for a $25,000 game!"
Previously, HQ Trivia had teased John's appearance by tweeting, "We are having a very special guest on Sunday," and adding a guitar emoji. John's record label, Columbia, retweeted that message.
Then HQ Trivia tweeted a message saying, "Sunday 9p ET," along with a snippet of John's latest single "New Light."
It's not clear whether or not John will host the show himself, or join the show's usual host, Scott Rogowsky. It's also not clear whether or not any of the questions will actually concern John and his music, but you might want to start brushing up on your Mayer knowledge just in case.
Ryan AylsworthFollowing PETA's announcement that Pink had submitted a question on the organization's behalf to SeaWorld during an online shareholder meeting, SeaWorld is now responding.
As previously reported, Pink asked why SeaWorld would not "transfer its orcas and other marine mammals to seaside sanctuaries," instead of keeping them in concrete tanks. She wrote, "As a mother, I would never take my kids anywhere that keeps intelligent, sensitive beings in intensive confinement."
While PETA told ABC Radio it received confirmation that the question was submitted, SeaWorld tells ABC Radio that it was, in fact, not received before the shareholder meeting ended. However, the park has now provided ABC Radio with a response to Pink's question from SeaWorld Interim CEO John Reilly.
Reilly writes, "The health and well-being of our whales, and all the animals at SeaWorld, will always be our top concern." He then goes on to say that SeaWorld employs "the world's foremost experts" in the care of the animals, and that those experts have concluded that putting the whales in sea pens would "would pose life-threatening risks to each of them."
"They are unlikely to be able to adjust the challenges of an environment outside of the human care that they have received for all or the vast majority of their lives," Reilly says, adding, "No whales born into human care have ever survived being released into a sea cage or into the wild."
"As a reminder, this was tried before and the unfortunate outcome of this experiment demonstrated the unacceptable risks and significant challenges of this option," he writes.
Reilly says that to "take them out of this environment would be inhumane and irresponsible," and finishes by saying, "We care deeply about our whales, and every animal we’re responsible for, and our priority is their well-being."
Alasdair McLellanOn Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London, Adele paid tribute to the victims.
The singer was seen singingBill Withers’ “Lean On Me” along with the crowd who'd gathered at the base of the 20-story Grenfell Tower apartment building. Participants included survivors and those who lost loved ones in the tragedy, as well as award-winning British rapper Stormzy.
Following the blaze last year, which claimed the lives of 72 people, Adele immediately pitched in to help. The day after the fire, she visited the scene and spoke to the victims and the firefighters. At her London concert last year, she urged fans to donate to the Grenfell survivors. She also hosted a private movie screening for some of the children who'd survived.
In December, Adele attended a national memorial service for the victims, along with Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry and around 1,500 other attendees at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.
ABC/Image Group LAFollowing yesterday's bombshell news, revealed in court documents, that Kesha told Lady Gaga that her producer Dr. Luke sexually assaulted Katy Perry, Luke's team is now fighting back.
A statement from the hit-making producer's legal team obtained by ABC Radio reads, "Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her. Kesha's accusation to the contrary -- just like her other outrageous lies about Dr. Luke -- is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr. Luke."
The statement concludes, "In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr. Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods."
As previously reported, the court filing by Luke's lawyer states that after Kesha texted Gaga and told her that Luke raped Katy, the two singers then, "coordinated to post graphics on their Twitter and Instagram pages” that referred to the allegations.
Luke's attorney also said in the filing that Gaga, "spread negative messages about" the producer "in the press and on social media," with Kesha's "encouragement."
The attorney continued that Kesha made this false claim, "for the purpose of furthering her malicious plan to destroy [Dr. Luke’s] reputation and blacklist [him] from the music industry."
The filing also confirmed that Katy was deposed, but it did not reveal the contents of her deposition. However, this latest statement seems to indicate that it was during the deposition that Katy denied Kesha's claim.
In 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, claiming he drugged and raped her. Gottwald has denied all the allegations and has sued Kesha for defamation.
Dan MartensenNot content with dropping single after single, Drake has finally announced a release date for his album Scorpion. A tweet from OVO Sound announces that it'll hit the streets June 29.
And there's even more Drake news: He's just released the video for "I'm Upset," and he's reunited his co-stars from his old TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation for the occasion.
Stacey Farber, Adamo Rugguiero, Lauren Collins, Cassie Steele, Nina Dobrev, Jake Epstein and more all appear in the throwback clip, which starts with Drake waking up in bed with a woman and sneaking out to get ready for his high-school reunion. Oh, did we mention the bed is actually right in the middle of the Toronto Raptors' home court?
Next, we see Drake getting fitted for some new threads, hopping in his yellow Ferrari and driving through his Toronto hometown to the reunion at Degrassi Community School. Hijinks ensue, and Jake and Silent Bob -- that's Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith -- are there too, selling weed to the principal. In real life, Smith is a huge fan of Degrassi, and he and Mewes appeared in some of the episodes back in the day.
The reunion continues as fights break out, people vomit, some guy falls over a railing, a dude photocopies his butt, people ride Big Wheels down the school hallways and people make out in the bathroom stalls.
Then we hear explosions, a fire breaks out, the firemen show up, everyone is evacuated, and Jay and Silent Bob are left hanging out in front of the school, as Jay reminisces about the good old days. As the credits roll, we hear the theme song for Degrassi: The Next Generation, and old footage of actors in the show matched up with scenes of the actors in the video.
Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz's last album was called Yes! so of course, his new album is called Know. That's "k-n-o-w," as in, we know fans are excited to hear this. The disc, Jason's first in four years, arrives on August 10.
We've already heard the first single from the disc, "Have It All," but today, Jason released a second track, "Unlonely," which is now available for streaming and download.
Jason tells ABC Radio, "The album is bright and shiny. I have not changed my style...it's a classic-sounding pop acoustic, vocally driven record with positive lyrics and love songs."
Jason's also announced a unique project called Jason Mraz -- Have It All The Movie, which will screen for one night only, August 7, in 600 theaters nationwide. It'll include concert footage, as well as footage of the making of Jason's video for "Have It All," which features students from his alma mater, the School of Performing Arts in Richmond, Virginia.
Advance tickets for the movie go on sale June 29 via FathomEvents.com and if you purchase the tickets online, you'll also get a copy of Know.
Jason, who sang on Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning, is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 11, and the day of the album's release, he'll be on NBC's Today show.
Jason's Good Vibes summer tour kicks off July 25 in Grand Rapids, MI, and runs through mid-September, wrapping up in Santa Barbara, CA.
Olivia BeeKesha is the latest artist to launch -- literally -- her own fan cruise.
The trip, called Kesha's Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride, sails on the Norwegian Pearl from Tampa to Nassau, Bahamas from February 17 to 21, 2019. The singer is also bringing along some friends to perform and make appearances, including the Pentatonix side project Superfruit, Queer Eye personal care guru Jonathan Van Ness, singer/songwriter Wrabel, Betty Who and singer Big Freedia.
In addition to music and celebrity appearances, Kesha's cruise will feature activities such as "Lip Sync for Your Lifeboat," hosted by Kesha, and a variety of costumed theme nights. That's in addition to all the usual cruise amenities, like swimming pools, hot tubs, a casino, spa and fitness center.
Prices for cabins range from $598 per person in a shared interior cabin all the way to $3,200 per person for a penthouse suite. To ensure you get on the boat, register for the pre-sale by Sunday, June 24. The pre-sale runs from June 27 through July 2, and then the general public can get in on the act.
Sølve SundsbøPink, a vegetarian, is also a huge supporter of PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- and on behalf of the organization, she's asking for SeaWorld to reconsider its policy of keeping orcas and other marine mammals cooped up in tanks.
During SeaWorld's annual online shareholder meeting, Pink submitted a question electronically that read, "As a mother, I would never take my kids anywhere that keeps intelligent, sensitive beings in intensive confinement. Children are impressionable, and the last thing I would want to teach my kids is that 'might makes right' or that it's OK to bully and exploit someone just because they look different from us."
"But that's exactly what SeaWorld does," it continued, "by locking up animals who, in their ocean homes, would swim up to 140 miles a day, dive to great depths, cooperate with their pods to find food, communicate in their own dialects, and transmit their own culture from generation to generation."
"At SeaWorld, all these animals are able to do is swim in endless circles," the question continued. "Some are so frustrated that they break their teeth by gnawing on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks."
The question ended by asking, "When will SeaWorld transfer its orcas and other marine mammals to seaside sanctuaries to save them -- and itself?"
A PETA spokesperson confirms to ABC Radio that the question was both submitted electronically and emailed to the company's interim CEO John T. Reilly. So far, there has been no answer.
PETA has owned stock in SeaWorld since 2013 so it can inform the shareholders of animal-welfare issues at the park. According to the non-profit, at least 40 orcas have died at SeaWorld.