Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesThe King of Pop will make his Broadway debut -- posthumously, of course -- in 2020.
The Michael Jackson Estate has announced that it's teaming with Columbia Live Stage to develop a stage musical inspired by MJ's life. The as-yet-untitled musical is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, and will feature Michael's own hits. Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show.
Other recent hit Broadway shows that tell the story of chart-topping pop stars through the use of their hits include Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; On Your Feet, about Gloria Estefan; and Beautiful, about Carole King.
David Wolff-Patrick/RedfernsTheLate Late Show with James Corden is taking over London this week, and special guest NiallHoran came on the show to promote the second leg of his Flicker world tour.
During his chat with Corden, CateBlanchett, and Orlando Bloom, Horan revealed that One Direction once kicked themselves out of Trump Tower in New York. He explained that they were staying there for their Madison Square Garden show when DonaldTrump asked them to take a picture with his lawyer's daughter. The group decided not to do meet and greets because it was such a big show, so they told Trump no. Then, Trump told them they couldn't use the back garage to enter the building, forcing them to face their fans out front.
"He basically wanted us to promote the hotel," Horan said, "so we just left."
"I'm starting to think he's a bad guy," Corden quipped.
Horan also revealed that if he could perform in any musical it would be LesMis.
"I would be fantastic in that, wouldn't I?" he asked the group.
Later, Corden pointed out that Horan's second leg of his tour is in the U.S., where people love to tailgate. Horan said he is nervous to tailgate with his opener MarenMorris because she is from Texas.
"Tailgating like that and drinking like that and then trying to sing for an hour and a half, really don't work together," the singer said. "So i'm going to be hiding from her, basically, for the next three months."
Jennica MaeLauv's breakthrough hit "I Like Me Better" has just completed a very long road to the top. After 35 weeks on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, it's finally reached the top 10 -- the longest climb to that region in the history of that chart.
"I Like Me Better," which has also gone platinum and racked up over a billion streams worldwide, is actually Lauv's second top 10 on that chart. His first was the Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato hit "No Promises," which he co-wrote under his birth name, Ari Leff. You might think that "Ari Leff" is enough of a distinctive name that he wouldn't have to have a stage name, but he's got a good reason for going by the name "Lauv."
"I mean the stage name -- I always wanted it to be something that has meaning to me," he tells ABC Radio. "So 'Lauv' means 'lion' in Latvian. My mom's side of the family's from Latvia and I would go there every summer growing up. And 'Ari' means lion [in Hebrew] [and] I'm a Leo."
"I didn't want the name to be random, but yeah...I kinda just wanted something that was like short and sweet that still felt connected to my identity," he adds.
While Lauv thinks it's "awesome" that he has family all over Latvia, and he chose a Latvian word for his stage name, he admits that he still can't speak the language.
"At some point in my life, I gotta learn," he tells ABC Radio. "My two older sisters, they learned, so I definitely feel kinda like the dumb little brother that doesn't even know but, at some point, [I will], yeah."
This fall, Lauv will alternate alternate headlining dates with stints opening for Ed Sheeran on his North American stadium tour.
Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesRihanna has been focusing on her acting career lately, but fans who are worried that Ri-Ri had forgotten about her day job can rest easy: She says she's in the process of recording.
“I actually am in the studio and working on new music,” she said while appearing on BBC America's The Graham Norton Show.
On the show, Norton said his Twitter feed has been blowing up with people inquiring about Rihanna's msuic career, and when he asked her about new music, she responded, “I know one of my fans got to you, Graham.”
Norton followed up, asking if she had a deadline to release hew new music. Rihanna obviously did not want to provide details, and responded, “They paid you well,” as the audience laughed. Norton persisted, asking “Will it be out for Christmas?"
The “Diamonds” singer responded, “You just have to wait and see.”
Rihanna’s most recent solo album was 2016's Anti. Last year, she was featured on DJ Khaled’s triple platinum single “Wild Thoughts” with Bryson Tiller, as well as “Loyalty,” on Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. and “Lemon," on N.E.R.D.’s No One Ever Really Dies album.
Rapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Broward County, Florida.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed to ABC News that a call of a shooting in Deerfield Beach came in just before 4 p.m. ET on Monday and that an "adult male victim" was transported to the hospital. At 5:39 p.m., the office tweeted that the "adult male victim" had died. The office later confirmed that XXXTentacion was, in fact, the victim.
The office further revealed that the rapper had been at a motorcycle dealership when he was approached by two armed suspects in what seemed to be an apparent robbery. At least one fired a gun at the rapper, and then both suspects fled in a dark colored SUV. Anyone who has any information is being asked to contact the Broward Sheriff's Office at BrowardCrimeStoppers.org.
The 20-year-old Soundcloud rap star, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, scored a #1 album earlier this year with his disc, titled ?, as well as a top 10 song, "Sad!." His previous album, 17, reached #2 last year. His songs have racked up nearly four billion on demand streams combined.
The rapper has a long history of legal problems and is currently facing more than a dozen felony charges, as well as allegations of domestic violence. He's currently awaiting trail on those charges.
XXXTentacion has also caused controversy for his involvement in a variety of feuds with other artists, including Drake, and for social media scandals: He once posted a video showing him hanging himself, and a video of himself lynching a white child.
At one point, Spin magazine called Onfroy "the most controversial man in rap." Last month, Spotify removed XXXTentacion's music from its curated playlists, but that decision was reversed on June 1.
As we wait for A Star Is Born to be released, Lady Gaga is apparently hard at work honing a new musical skill.
Producer and songwriter Mark Nilan Jr. posted a video over the weekend of Gaga – baton in hand – conducting an orchestra in the studio. The clip has no sound, but Nilan assures us she was a natural.
“You can go ahead and add conducting to the long list of her skills,” he writes on Instagram. “We had the orchestra coming in. Music prepared. Then decided to add orchestra to 1 more song, with 1 hour before the start time. We wrote this orchestra arrangement in an hour. With pencil and paper. I literally wore thru 4 pencils.”
He adds, “Have yet to come across anyone that can pull that off these days... And it sounds EPIC. Wait til u hear it.”
Fans began speculating whether or not the recording session was for a new Gaga album or the soundtrack for A Star Is Born. So far, no word on when or where we’ll hear the orchestral recording.
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift's weekend show at Dublin's Croke Park was one for the record books.
As Taylor told the crowd, she's one of only four female performers ever to perform at the Irish venue, which holds 82,000 people. But most importantly, she's the only female performer ever to play there for two nights.
The other three women who've headlined the massive venue are Celine Dion, Beyoncé and Tina Turner.
Also notable about Taylor's Saturday show: It was the 13th date of the Reputation tour, so she performed a ritual that, according to her, she hadn't done since 2009 -- she had a #13 drawn on her hand before the show.
Taylor posted an Instagram video showing her mom Andrea drawing the 13 -- which is, of course, Taylor's lucky number -- on her hand, with the caption, "13th show so I had to bring it back."
In the video, as Andrea carefully colors in the numbers, as Taylor says, "My mom is the only person who's ever been entrusted to draw on my 13. She hasn't done it since, I think, mid-2009?"
Then addressing her mom, Taylor jokes, "So, considering the time you've taken away from the craft, you've really just jumped back in and [are] excelling!"
Sebastian Mader exclusively for GQDespite the fact that Zayn and his girlfriend Gigi Hadid announced back in March that they were splitting after two years, it seems breaking up is hard to do. Since then, the two have been spotted kissing and cuddling. Now, in a new GQ cover story, Zayn can't stop gushing about her.
According to GQ, Zayn speaks about Gigi in the present tense, saying things like "we go to the farm" -- the farm he recently bought in Pennsylvania on the advice of Gigi's mom, Yolanda.
"I'm really thankful that I met her," Zayn tells the magazine. "We're still really good friends, and we're still in contact. We're adults. We don't need to put a label on it, make it something for people's expectations."
Zayn also tells GQ that Gigi helped him rethink his priorities when he started partying too much after he released his debut album.
"I had a very negative outlook on things. That might have been adolescence or testosterone or whatever the f*** was running through my body at the time," he says. "She's helped me to look at things from a positive angle."
And when GQ mishears a comment Zayn makes about Gigi being "good with debts," he says, "No, no. Dates. She doesn't handle my finances yet. We'll get to that eventually."
Other revelations in the article:
--Zayn doesn't mind the paparazzi, saying, "That's my promo. I come outside, they take photos. They stay outside and do all the work!"
--On the Pennsylvania farm, Zayn is growing cherries, tomatoes and cucumbers, and he and Gigi have a horse named Cool.
--He says he'd vote for Oprah if she ran for office, because he likes her "ideologies about the world" and thinks she's a "bada** businesswoman."
Ryan McGinleyOn Father's Day, fans witnessed the love two pop superstars have for their children in different ways.
Justin Timberlake marked the holiday by penning an essay on Instagram about fatherhood next to a photo of himself holding his son, Silas. "The last 3 years of my life have brought more joy than I could ever imagine. Being a father is such a trip... an amazing discovery every day," Justin writes.
JT continues, "My son: it is my honor to be your Daddy. You make me feel a love that I didn't know existed. I will ALWAYS be there... to pick you up when you fall, to lift you up when you are ready to soar, and to remind you that your humility will be your guide through this thing called life."
Justin concludes, "And to all the Dads out there: Keep on keeping on! Our children are watching and listening more than we know! I'm celebrating you all today! Happy Father's Day! Cheers!"
Meanwhile Adam Levine's wife, Behati Prinsloo, gave fans a look at the joy Adam gets from his children by posting a photo of the Maroon 5 frontman holding their new baby daughter, Gio. It's our first look at the little one's face as a shirtless Adam cradles her and smiles.
"My first baby holding OUR second baby.....Our girls are so lucky to call you dad and I’m so lucky to have you as a husband a lover and a friend. We love you. Life is better with you," Behati wrote.
Behanti added, "To my dad, thank you for being the best example to show me what i would want in a husband and father one day, the way you look at mom is the way Adam looks at me."
Republic RecordsAriana Grande's love for her new fiancé, Pete Davidson, has spilled over into her new album, Sweetener. After sharing a snippet of a new song on Twitter, she told fans it was from an interlude on the album titled "Pete."
When a few fans criticized her for this, with one calling her "dumb" and another writing, "i thought it was a joke but seriously??," Ariana clapped back hard.
"forreal. the truth is i been the f**k thru it and life’s too short to be cryptic n s**t about something as beautiful as this love I’m in," Ariana tweeted. "So Pete it is."
Ariana's also revealed the album cover for Sweetener, which features an upside down color photo of her face with a peach-colored background. When a fan noted that it was Ari's first album cover to be in color, Ariana replied, "issa new chapter. for the first time my life is in color as well."
In another tweet, the singer also explained why all the artwork and images connected to the album have been upside down.
"i showed [my friend] aaron a photo and he was sitting opposite me and he said ‘i even love it upsidedown’ and that was kind of it for me," she wrote. "At the time i had been feeling v ‘upsidedown’ for a while & the simplicity of that was like 'oh duh wow my bestie a genius'...everything clicked after that."
ABC/Paula LoboOver a year after first teasing the video for “Strangers,” Halsey will finally release the visual for her duet with Lauren Jauregui on Wednesday.
Halsey posted an epic trailer for the video over the weekend, writing, “See How The Story Began.”
The video is a prequel to her previous hopeless fountain kingdom videos, which all follow the same narrative about star-crossed lovers Luna and Solis. The “Strangers” video finds Halsey’s Luna in the boxing ring with Lauren’s character, Rosa.
Halsey explains the video's premise to fans on Twitter, writing, “The album, and every video, is one continuous gender flipped Romeo and Juliet story! Luna is Romeo and Solis is Juliet. Rosaline (Rosa) is the woman Romeo is in love with before Juliet but he cannot have her!”
She also addressed the fact that it took so long for this video to be released.
“It’s the most special one!!!!!!” Halsey reassured fans. “It killed me to wait. Everyone wanted it so badly I was dying. I got really good at keeping secrets this album cycle hahaha.”
Last week, Halsey wrapped the Latin American leg of her tour, with Lauren as the opening act.
Campbell Addy for Teen VogueIn the lyrics to her new single, “I’m a Mess,” Bebe Rexha sings about her therapist reassuring her that it’s going to be a “good, good life.” Now in a new cover story with Teen Vogue, the singer is opening up further about struggling with anxiety and how therapy has helped her.
"I cry a lot. It's tough,” she tells the mag. “I have my own therapist and I have people I talk to. It's an everyday battle, I feel.”
Bebe says she was anxious when she was a little girl and the feeling only intensified when she went to college. But once she figured out the feeling was anxiety, she was able to tackle it. Now, she knows the key is to keep herself busy, curb her social media use and channel her emotions through music.
"I've always had fear and anxiety [about] wanting to be accepted,” she says. “But when I've shined the most and people have related to me the most, was when I was able to not eliminate those anxieties, or those fears, or insecurities, but to kind of just push through them.”
Bebe adds, “Obviously, they always come back. They're never gone. But now I'm able to face them head on."
Ariana Grande and Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson seem to have taken the next big step in their whirlwind romance -- moving in together.
The "No Tears Left to Cry" singer hinted the couple has a "new apartment" with a graphic posted to her Instagram story on Sunday, according Entertainment Tonight.
In an apparent reference to her and Davidson, Grande wrote "Us in our new apartment with no furniture 1 speaker and red vines," over a photo of the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants sitting on the floor of an empty room.
Grande and Davidson, both 24, reportedly got engaged after a weeks of dating and just days after making their relationship Instagram official, according to the entertainment TV show.
The couple was first linked together in May, following their respective breakups -- Davidson from Cazzie David and Grande from rapper Mac Miller. Dating rumors began heating up after they were spotted together at an SNL after-party.
MILAN ZRNICChristina Aguilera is preparing to headline her first tour in more than a decade, and she says the idea of hitting the road again is a bit daunting because of all the changes in her life since then.
“It’s scary. I wasn’t a mom that last time I went out on a tour," she tells People magazine. In fact, when she hits the road in September, she'll be bringing her daughter Summer Rain, who's three-and-a-half, along for the ride.
"She’s a mama’s girl and I’ll definitely be taking her on the road with me,” Christina says. "She’s going to learn to see life through a different set of eyes. I’m going to try to make it as cushy and comfortable for her as possible because if she’s not comfortable, I’m not."
As for her 10-year-old son Max, whom she shares with ex-husband Jordan Bratman, she says, "My son will probably stay back [home] with his dad so he can do school and be focused."
Christina tells People, "My kids always come first," and when it comes to her new album Liberation, she means that literally.
"My daughter’s laughter actually begins the intro of the record,” she explains. "Being a mother is so important to me.”
Liberation is Christina's first album in six years and she tells People it feels "amazing" to be back.
"I’m thrilled. I feel like a new artist again, which is so refreshing. It’s what I’ve been needing for so long, getting back to my roots and just singing again."
Christina's tour kicks off September 25 in Hollywood, FL.
ABC/Randy HolmesNick Jonas is a nominee at Monday night's MTV Movie & TV Awards, and he's also performing on the show. Nick says his nomination for his role in the hit movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is like "a cherry on top" of the experience.
"I feel honored..." he told ABC Radio. "I'm nominated alongside my castmates for [Best] On-Screen Team, and it's great...it's fun to be recognized for your work."
He adds, "I try not to take award shows and things like that too seriously 'cause you don't do it for the rewards -- you do it for the art, or the fun of making a project like this. And when it happens, it's kind of a cherry on top."
Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle, a sequel to the original 1995 film, starred Nick, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. It was a massive hit, grossing over $962 million worldwide, and Nick has some theories about why it did so well.
"It connected with all age groups," he tells ABC Radio. "They had a really good sense of the comedy for the adults but also moments for the kids. There was elements about it that were tipping the hat to the original...then a really fresh new concept: The body swap worked out great."
"I think it was really well-directed, well-executed by the entire cast, and I was very happy to be part of that film."
While he's waiting to hear his name called, Nick will team with Mustard to perform his latest single, "Anywhere," during the telecast, which airs June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in L.A.
Tiffany Haddish, also a nominee, hosts this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards.
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."