Republic RecordsAriana Grande is marking a second week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "thank you, next," which is presumably the first single from her forthcoming album. The song is the first solo chart-topper of Ari's career.
Ari has promised to release a video for the track, but there's no date yet. Meanwhile, Ariana's current Sweetener single, "Breathin," has reached the top 15. The album has also spun off two top 10 hits: "No Tears Left to Cry" and "God Is a Woman."
Elsewhere on the charts, "Happier" by Marshmello and Bastille has reached #1 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart, unseating Maroon 5's "Girls Like U" after 16 weeks.
Finally, Panic! at the Disco has scored its first top 10 hit since 2006, with "High Hopes." Panic!, which started out as a group but is now essentially singer Brendon Urie's solo project, was last in the top 10 more than 12 years ago with "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
Courtesy BillboardFollowing the news that Ariana Grande, Cyndi Lauper and Janelle Monáe will be receiving awards at this year's Billboard Women in Music Event, the publication has announced additional honorees.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer SZA, who was featured on Maroon 5's hit "What Lovers Do," will receive the Rule Breaker Award, given to a "female artist who uses her music and platform to defy traditional industry expectations and advance a powerful message for young people today."
In addition, Hayley Kiyoko will receive the Rising Star Award, which recognizes "an up-and-coming artist whose cultural impact and exceptional talent have demonstrated a clear path to success."
Regarding her "cultural impact," Hayley, who's openly gay, is a spokesperson for the LGBTQ community who has, according to Billboard, used her debut album, self-directed music videos and live shows as "platforms of empowerment."
Country star Kacey Musgraves, who just won the CMA Album of the Year trophy for her acclaimed release Golden Hour, will also be honored. She'll receive the Innovator award, given to an artist who "challenges musical convention, creates positive change and contributes new ideas both within and outside of her creative work."
As previously reported, Ariana Grande is Billboard's Woman of the Year. The Woman in Music gala will be held December 6 in New York City, and the red carpet pre-show will stream live on Twitter from 7 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.
David NeedlemanAvril Lavigne will perform her new single "Head Above Water" on tonight's Dancing with the Stars finale on ABC.
During the two-hour show, Avril will sing while finalists Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten perform. In addition, Lauren Daigle will perform "You Say," Robin Thicke will sing "Living in New York City," and superstar country duo Dan Shay, who've crossed over to pop with their hit "Tequila," will sing their latest single, "Speechless."
Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, who was eliminated earlier in the season, will also sing, while another eliminated contestant, R&B star Tinashe, will perform.
The final contestants are Instagram model Alexis and her pro partner Alan; Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch and pro Keo Motsepe; Disney star Milo Manheim and pro Witney Carson; and radio personality Bobby Bones and pro Sharna Burgess.
The fun gets underway tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and the Mirrorball Trophy will be presented at the end of the show.
ABC/Paula LoboAppearing onGood Morning Americaon Monday, Mariah Carey spoke with ABC's Michael Strahan about her new album Caution, and what her fans have been telling her about her new songs.
"The reaction I've been getting from the fans is there's a lot of feel good records, a lot of fun songs," she told Strahan. "I'm in a good place. And then there's some more introspective songs that I think people are responding to as well. So just for me as a songwriter, I'm very proud of it."
Mariah also talked about her delight in the fact that her fans, whom she calls her "lambs," collectively decided to buy her 2001 album, Glitter -- the soundtrack to her movie of the same name -- in droves recently to get it to #1 on iTunes.
"That's the lambs! That's the lambily. Those are my fans, they had this movement, it was called '#JusticeforGlitter,'" Mariah explained. "Which I think was directed at me, 'cause I never really perform those songs, 'cause it almost ruined my life."
You may recall that Glitter was released on September 11, 2001, which doomed it to less-than-successful sales. The fact that it under-performed led Mariah's record company to drop her. The album also was critically derided and the movie flopped. Around the same time, Mariah was hospitalized following a breakdown.
"The truth is, it's like for the nostalgia now, 'cause it's actually a really good album," Mariah said of Glitter. "I can say it, now that they got it to number one, I can say it!"
"I should not have to feel bad about that 'cause it was all the circumstances when the album came out," she added. "So it's exciting!"
On GMA, Mariah also sang her latest hit, "With You."
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga says she likely won’t be back in her home until after Thanksgiving, following the devastating Woolsey fire that tore through her Malibu neighborhood.
The singer toldVariety at Sunday night’s Academy Governor’s Awards that thankfully, her house was spared, though parts of her property were damaged. “I am so grateful for the firefighters who put [the fires] out,” she said.
“It’s still so smoky. I’m not sure when we could go back,” she added. “But I’m grateful. So grateful.”
Other houses in her neighborhood were not as lucky and were either damaged or completely destroyed. According to Variety, the fire destroyed approximately 1,400 structures in the Malibu, Agoura and Calabasas areas. It was about 91% contained as of Sunday.
Since being evacuated, Gaga has shown her support for other evacuees by bringing food and supplies to various shelters. She also visited L.A. County Fire Station 27 on Saturday, bringing pasta and meatballs for the firefighters.
“I feel so bad for everyone. People losing everything. I am going to do more, do what I can,” Gaga told Variety.
Dave MeyersSo far, Ariana Grande has only released a lyric video for her #1 smash, "thank u, next" -- but another one is coming.
Ariana tweeted a message to fans on Sunday thanking them for making "than u, next" platinum," and adding a promise. It reads, "Thank u, next" officially platinum. Don't worry...you're still getting a video."
Meanwhile, fans keep asking Ari to release her new album. To the latest plea, she responded, "i love u and i’m working on it she’s on [her] way."
And when fans asked Ariana to release another new song from the project, she responded, "i’m not dropping another song yet i have seven hundred out at once stream thank u next, breathin and god is a woman to celebrate."
There's still no official release date for Ari's new album, which will be her second release of 2018, following Sweetener.
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For the first time since she was 15, Taylor Swift has a new record label home.
The singer's long-time deal with Big Machine Records expired last month, and she's now signed a new multi-year deal with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Big Machine has what is described as a "strategic alliance" with Republic Records, which may explain the switch.
In an Instagram post, Taylor celebrated her new deal and revealed two elements. First, she'll own her master recordings from this point forward. In addition, Taylor said that if Universal Music Group sells its shares in Spotify, she wants some of the money to go to their artists. She wrote, "They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms and paid out previously by other major labels.”
Also in the note, Taylor offered her "heartfelt thanks" to Scott Borchetta, who signed her to Big Machine when she was a teenager. To her fans, she wrote, "My biggest goal moving forward is to make you proud. I'm so excited. I can't wait to show you what I'm making next."
You can also see a photo of Taylor posing with UMG Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman, with the caption, "My new home."
ABC/Paula LoboThis was practically perfect in every way.
The Backstreet Boys joined Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt for a surprise a cappella performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday.
The actress, who sings in Mary Poppins, told Ellen that she's still nervous to sing in front of an audience, but Ellen had a microphone set up for her and pushed her to face her fear. As Emily tentatively approached the mic, she told Ellen, “I just feel a bit exposed.”
To which Ellen replied, “Well, what if we had the Backstreet Boys behind you?”
The Backstreet Boys then emerged from backstage much to the delight of the crowd – and Emily. Then they all launched into a harmonious version of “I Want It That Way,” with Emily going solo on the last line.
BSB later joined Ellen for a game of “Never Have I Ever,” where all of the guys – except Kevin Richardson – revealed they had hooked up with a groupie. All of them also revealed they’ve had to sign a fan’s boob at some point, and every one of them -- except Nick Carter -- admitted to forgetting their own lyrics on stage.
BSB’s 10th studio album, DNA, comes out January 25 and their tour kicks off May 11 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Sølve SundsbøMusic fans Down Under love Pink -- like, they really, really love her. As Billboard reports, she's now the second most successful touring artist of all time in Australia and New Zealand, second only to the Rolling Stones.
The final tallies from Pink's sold-out Beautiful Trauma shows in that part of the world over the summer have come in, Billboard reports: She played 42 shows there and earned just over $80 million. That means that her all-time career box office gross in Australia and New Zealand is a whopping $228 million.
Those numbers make Pink the highest-grossing solo artist, the highest-grossing female artist and the highest-grossing American artist of all time in that part of the world. Only one act -- The Rolling Stones -- has earned more Down Under, with just under $430 million, but they've been touring for decades longer than Pink has.
The "What About Us" singer always makes Australia and New Zealand a big part of her tours -- over the past 11 years, she's played 36, 59, 46 and 42-show engagements there.
Pink has five more North American shows on her Beautiful Trauma tour, all in March of 2019, and she'll spend most of next summer touring Europe, kicking things off June 16 in Amsterdam.
Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesJust days after the death of his ex, model-actress Kim Porter, Sean “Diddy” Combs has broken his silence to offer a heartfelt response to Porter's unexpected passing.
“For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare," Diddy wrote, captioning a Instagram video that showed him and Porter lovingly embracing.
"But I haven’t," he continues. "I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship.”
Set to music, the video tribute shows the former couple in happier times as they dance around a room during a photo shoot.
"We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates," he adds. "WE WERE SOME OTHER S***!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love"
Porter and Diddy started dating in 1994. Their relationship continued on and off for 13 years before ending in 2007. They had three children together: twin daughters Jessie James and D'Lila, 11, and son Christian, 20.
Despite their breakup eleven years ago. Diddy and Kim remained close through their children and often celebrated holidays with their two daughters and one son.
As previously noted, a coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.
According to TMZ, law enforcement officers said that Porter wasn’t feeling well the night before she passed and when family members went to wake her on Thursday, she was non-responsive. When paramedics arrived they pronounced she had passed away.
Porter was suffering from flu-like symptoms, and was being treated with saline and vitamins.
Among the celebrities responding to Diddy's touching post with prayers and condolences: Tyrese, David Beckham, Jill Scott, Miguel, Tyga, Halle Berry, Ghostface Killah, Evelyn Lozada, Raekwon and Lenny Kravitz.
James Devaney/GC ImagesWhile neither Justin Bieber nor Hailey Baldwin have officially confirmed that they secretly married in September, as has been rumored, the two are sending pretty clear signals that they are husband and wife.
First, Hailey changed her Instagram handle to "Hailey Bieber" on Friday, and changed her name on her bio to "Hailey Rhode Bieber" -- "Rhode" being her middle name. This came after Hailey was photographed wearing a jacket with BIEBER written across the back on Thursday night.
Also on Friday, Justin posted a photo of himself and Hailey holding hands on a street and captioned it, "My wife is awesome."
Even if the two did secretly marry, they're expected to have some kind of celebration for friends and family in 2019.
Jade EhlersFirst Justin Timberlake, now MAX. The "Lights Down Low" singer has been forced to cancel a bunch of concerts due to vocal problems.
In a statement on his socials, MAX writes, "I got some s****y news from the doctor yesterday. My vocal injury I've had for a few months has gotten a little worse so I have to cancel the next few months of shows. I'm sorry to all my fans who I'll be letting down at these shows but I need to heal and come back stronger than ever."
He adds, "I've been pretty depressed about all of this for the last few months but I know something great will come out of all of it. Just have to find the positive, I guess. It's gonna be a long road to get back to 100%...but I'll be spending time finishing...my second album which I'm excited to share with you guys when it's done."
MAX signs off with, "Keep slaying."
He also added on Twitter, "I’ll be back better than ever. I believe it all happens for a reason. Gotta stay positive."
While we're waiting for MAX to heal, we can listen to his version of "The Other Side," from the new album The Greatest Showman Reimagined.
Waffle House Tunie AwardsSales and chart positions are one way to measure a song's popularity, but if you want to know just how deeply a song has penetrated the country's consciousness, look no further than Waffle House.
Last night at the first Waffle House Tunie Awards, the list of the most popular songs played over the past 12 months on Waffle House TouchTunes Jukeboxes was revealed. The number one song was "Location" by Khalid, followed by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road." Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" came in at #3, followed by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" at #4.
Other songs that made the top 10 include "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes."
Also at the Tunie Awards, Michael Jackson was named most-played artist of 2018 on the Waffle House jukeboxes, while Imagine Dragons won the award for most-played rock song for "Thunder."
"That means the world to us," Imagine Dragons drummer Dan Platzman said of the win. "This is like you basically took our hearts, and you scattered, smothered, double-covered and peppered them."
Meredith TruaxMike Posner is a proud Detroit native, and he'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year in his hometown, rocking the crowd at Ford Field during the Detroit Lion's Thanksgiving game.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Mike will perform during halftime at the game, as the Lions take on the Chicago Bears.
The Lions often feature local talent at their annual Thanksgiving game: In 2015, Big Sean, who's also from Detroit, performed at halftime, and in 2016, the late Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem.
Mike recently released a new track called "Song About You." His new album is due early 2019.
NBCThe guest list for John Legend's holiday special A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy continues to grow.
E! Online reports that Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all appear on the special, because they'll be working with John on season 16 of The Voice in the spring of 2019. In addition, Kim Kardashian West and her mom Kris Jenner will drop by, as well comedian/actress Awkwafina from Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8.
As previously reported, Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, the Queer Eye Fab Five, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch and Zach Galifianakis will also be joining John and his wife Chrissy Teigen on the special.
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy airs Wednesday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, with a repeat scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Credit: Jon HoegLovelytheband is giving "Broken" the acoustic treatment. An unplugged version of the hit track is available now for digital download.
The original version of "Broken" -- which appears on lovelytheband's debut album, finding it hard to smile -- previously reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, and currently sits in the top 30 on the Hot 100.
Lovelytheband recently wrapped a headlining tour, and opened for Vance Joy and AWOLNATION this year. They're currently in Europe supporting 5 Seconds of Summer.
ABC/Heidi GutmanAlly Brooke has a Christmas gift for her fans today -- as promised, she's released a cover of Wham!'s yuletide classic, "Last Christmas."
Ally's released the song ahead of her performance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week: She'll be riding aboard the Nickelodeon Shimmer and Shine float.
Meanwhile, Ally has another treat for fans: She'll release a brand-new single called "Vámonos,” a Spanish-language collabo with Kris Kross Amsterdam & Messiah that she debuted at the ALMA Awards earlier this month.
As previously reported, Ally will release her inspirational memoir Finding Your Harmony in April. You can pre-order it on the Harper Collins website now.
Ally's official debut solo single will arrive early next year.
Carter SmithKelly Clarkson loves musical theater and musicals, and she's thrilled to be included on the new album The Greatest Showman Reimagined, which features pop stars singing new versions of songs from the hit Hugh Jackman movie. While she's never been in a musical herself -- no, From Justin to Kelly doesn't count -- she may be involved in one behind the scenes.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kelly says, "I would really love to do something on Broadway one day. And honestly, I’m [exploring] the idea of doing a kids thing right now that might involve me a tiny bit."
She explains, "I’m a mom and I always go to Broadway, and yeah, there’s Frozen, which is amazing, and there are a few things that are for kids, but there aren’t really new originals, like Annie...original things that make kids totally inspired and make you want to be a part of it."
"So a couple of my friends and I are talking and I’m kind of working on something — but more behind the scenes — that might have a small part for me," she finishes.
As for her doing Broadway, Kelly complains, "I don’t have the time! Like, we’re shooting a couple seasons of The Voice, and then I’m doing a talk show, and then we’re going on tour, so there’s just never time to do it."
That's why Kelly may have to settle for doing something onscreen.
"I love the idea of doing a movie musical because I also grew up on all the Barbra [Streisand] ones and the Bette [Midler] ones and all those," she tells EW.
As for The Greatest Showman, Kelly's a huge fan. She tells EW, "It’s very rare to have a movie musical that’s not cheesy but is, like, so moving and inspiring and just cool."
Travis SchneiderWhile most people assume that Maroon 5 is performing at the Super Bowl next year, it hasn't been officially confirmed. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Ellen tried to get her pal Adam Levine to admit that he and the band have the gig -- and by refusing to confirm it, Adam pretty much did confirm it.
"It's a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It's definitely a rumor and the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing," Adam told Ellen after she asked him about it.
"It's a great event and there's gonna be a band performing, or an artist of some kind of performing at half-time," Adam said, as the audience laughed. "Regardless of who it is."
When asked how he thinks whoever is playing the Super Bowl must feel about the gig, Adam got a huge laugh when he said, "Whoever is lucky enough to get that gig probably is gonna crush it."
"Whoever does it is probably equal parts nervous and excited," he added, but noted, "This is all speculative because I don't know who I'm talking about!"
"If it were me, I'd be nervous, it's like a billion gajillion people," he continued. "So if I were doing it -- which I can't confirm or deny I am -- I would be excited...I just can't wait to watch."
Despite the unconfirmed nature of the rumor, there's currently a petition calling for Maroon 5 to withdraw from the Super Bowl in solidarity with those athletes who've taken a knee rather than standing for the national anthem. More than 43,000 people have signed it.
ABC/Image Group LABebe Rexha's spent all year hanging out with superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line as they performed their smash hit "Meant to Be" at concerts and on various TV shows. But on Wednesday night's Country Music Association Awards, Bebe was starstruck when she met a completely different country artist -- who also happens to be her culinary idol.
The star in question: Trisha Yearwood, the award-winning country singer who's also created her own cooking empire, featuring her own products, cookbooks and a TV show. Speaking to People TV on the CMA red carpet, Bebe said she was "freaking out" because she'd met Trisha.
"She's a strong woman, and I really look up to her," gushed Bebe. "And I've always wanted a cooking show. I'm not the best cook, but I feel like the way she transitioned from music to cooking...she's amazing! And I wanna try her food so bad!"
Then, when Trisha happened to walk by again, Bebe called her over and begged her to teach her how to make "really good fried chicken."
"You're such an inspiration to me as a woman," she fangirled.
"O.K., you just need to come over to my house. We'll make chicken together, it'll be really easy," Trisha replied. "And I'm not just kidding -- we totally will do it."
"You don't understand! I'm freaking out!" Bebe squealed. "This is the highlight!"
Presumably, an invite to Trisha's house makes up for the fact that "Meant to Be" failed to take home the CMA Award for Single of the Year. And when Bebe and Trisha do get together to cook, maybe Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks, will be around to sample their work.