ABC/Randy HolmesThanks to Glamour magazine, some aspiring singers on YouTube had one very special viewer checking out their work.
As part of Glamour’s video series “You Sang My Song,”Mariah Carey watched several YouTube videos of fans covering some of her most famous songs. The singers put their own spins on hits including “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “Heartbreaker” and “We Belong Together.”
An impressed Mariah gave her reactions, and the fans were then surprised with the video of Mariah watching them.
"It's a good feeling as a songwriter to see how many different ways people can interpret these songs," Mariah said.
She also tweeted, "Thank you @glamourmag and all you amazing artists for sharing these beautiful renditions with me!"
The varied interpretations featured two friends doing a stripped down version of “Always Be My Baby,” a young boy belting out “Hero,” and a guy playing “Touch My Body” on the violin.
Epic RecordsWhen your song is all about money, you need an expensive video to go with it.
Jennifer Lopez has released the ultra-extravagant visual for her new single, “Dinero,” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B.
The black-and-white clip kicks off with J.Lo picking up a diamond-encrusted bowling ball and rolling it down the hallway of a spacious mansion. Other over-the-top scenes include J.Lo barbecuing meat in lacy lingerie, walking a pet ostrich on a leash and playing poker with a group of shirtless men.
DJ Khaled appears in a few scenes to burn stacks of cash, while Cardi B delivers her verse while sharing a bed with J.Lo -- both women are wearing masquerade masks.
Courtesy of VH1 Ariana Grande has guest-starred on RuPaul's Drag Race in the past, but tonight, it's her big brother Frankie's turn on the Emmy-winning show.
"Get ready. It's the makeover challenge, and I'm being made over by Eureka, so Team Eureka!" Frankie tells ABC Radio.
The "makeover challenge" involves the Drag Race contestants giving a "drag makeover" to someone. On tonight's episode, Frankie is one of several "social media kings" who'll be turned into drag queens, along with Tyler Oakley, Anthony Padilla, Chester See, Raymond Braun and Kingsley.
Frankie tells ABC Radio that he was absolutely thrilled with the results.
"It was the best thing I've ever done!" he gushes. "I mean, drag is, like, so unbelievably liberating! Yeah, I loved it."
You can tune in to see if Frankie ends up looking prettier than his sister when RuPaul's Drag Raceairs tonight on VH1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Paul Drinkwater/NBCLast year, the Song of the Summer was "Despacito." Now, as Memorial Day 2018 is upon us, it's time to consider this year's contenders. The folks at Spotify have put together a list of likely candidates, based on buzz, momentum, playlisting, chart performance or just whether or not they'd sound really great at a beach or poolside.
According to Spotify, the #1 prediction for Song of the Summer is Cardi B's "I Like It," featuring Latin stars J Balvin and Bad Bunny. But the list also includes "One Kiss," the new collabo from Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris, as well as Anne-Marie's "2002," co-written by Ed Sheeran.
Also on the list: "Sangria Wine," from Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry." Both songs just got big sales boosts from their performances on Sunday's BillboardMusic Awards.
Other tracks on Spotify's list include "Solo," Demi Lovato's new track with Clean Bandit, and "Youth," Shawn Mendes' duet with Khalid. Also making the list are current chart-toppers like Drake's "Nice for What" and Childish Gambino's "This Is America."
Here's Spotify's full list and may the best song win:
1. "I Like It" - Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin 2. "This Is America" - Childish Gambino 3. "One Kiss" - Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa 4. "OTW" - Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign 5. "Sangria Wine" - Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams 6. "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai 7. "Nice for What" - Drake 8. "Life Changes" - Thomas Rhett 9. "Zombie" - Bad Wolves 10. "No Tears Left To Cry" - Ariana Grande 11. "Playinwitme" - KYLYE ft. Kehlani 12. "Ball For Me" - Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj 13. "2002" - Anne-Marie 14. "Burn the House Down" - AJR 15. "Solo" - Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato 16. "Youth" - Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
Brian ZiffThe songs on Shawn Mendes' new self-titled album, due out on Friday, reveal a new honesty and maturity that even he didn't think he was capable of. In fact, the 19-year-old star says if you had told him last year that he would make an album like this, he wouldn't have believed you.
Asked by Entertainment Weekly, "How would Shawn of four years ago react to the maturity of this album?" he replies. "He wouldn’t have believed it. No way. Shawn last year wouldn’t believe it. I mean that with all of my heart."
He adds, "You never discover you can say a certain thing again; you just do. These songs are stamps of moments when I discovered what I was capable of."
“Every album is going to become more honest and truthful, but I really wanted to capture this,” Shawn explains. "I don’t know how to describe it, but there’s something about where I am right now in my life, being 19...I feel like I’m going through a huge transition and everything is just crazy and exciting.”
The album's first single, "In My Blood," which is about Shawn's struggles with anxiety, is a good example of his new openness.
"The biggest thing I learned making this album," he explains, "is that if I am not writing 100 percent the truth, I’m cheating myself, and the music just isn’t going to be as good."
Next year, Shawn launches a world tour in support of the album, and he says his new honesty applies to his concerts, too.
"There’s no such thing as a perfect show," he tells EW. "It makes me so excited to go on tour because I know that it can’t be perfect. That’s not what life is."
Heather Wines/CBS Adam Levine is a car enthusiast, so it's only natural that he'd eventually find his way to James Corden's front seat for Carpool Karaoke. Except this time around, it's Adam who takes the wheel, and they'll be driving a Porsche.
The Late Late Show with James Cordenhas announced that Adam will be the special guest Thursday night on Carpool Karaoke, and a promo shows Adam behind the wheel, pulling crazy skids, while Corden yells at him to stop. The two also sing, of course: The promo shows them duetting on "Moves Like Jagger" and "Sugar."
Adam's appearance is no doubt designed to promote Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues tour, which kicks off next Wednesday, May 30.
Brian Friedman/NBCEven stars who didn't win trophies at this past Sunday's Billboard Music Awards still reaped the rewards of appearing on the show...via huge sales bumps for their songs.
Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, all the songs that were performed on the three-hour telecast collectively experienced a 108% sales gain. The biggest benefactor of the BBMA bump, though, was Janet Jackson: She saw a whopping 939% sales increase for the three songs she performed: "Nasty," "If" and "Throb."
Legendary hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa also made out pretty well thanks to their show-closing performance, which featured En Vogue. Combined sales for the songs they performed as part of a medley -- "Shoop," "Let's Talk About Sex," "Push It" and "Whatta Man" -- increased by 518%.
Shawn Mendes debuted his collaboration with Khalid, "Youth," on the show, and saw sales for the track rise 274%. His friend Camila Cabello scored a 101% boost for her smash "Havana." And Ariana Grande opened the show with her latest single "No Tears Left to Cry," and then enjoyed a 27% sales bump for the track.
Republic RecordsAriana Grande wants you to know that her former boyfriend's personal issues aren't her fault.
The singer was quick to respond to a Twitter user who implied that she was to blame for the fact that her ex Mac Miller got in a car crash last week while driving under the influence.
"Mac Miller totalling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood," wrote the Twitter user.
"How absurd that you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn’t the case (just 'Cinderella' is ab me),” Ariana wrote.
"I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be," she continued. "I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s*** together is a very major problem. Let’s please stop doing that.”
She added, "Of course i didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. i will continue to pray...that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well."
The chastened user replied by apologizing and adding a lengthy note saying he didn't mean to assign blame. To which Ari replied, "thank you for hearing me, i appreciate your response v much. sending u love."
Courtesy of HBOThe first trailer has been released for the HBO documentary Believer, from Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds.
The film follows Dan’s journey to bridge the gap between his Mormon faith and the LGBTQ community. It shows him becoming an ally for gay Mormon youth and establishing Love Loud, a pro-LGBTQ music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In the trailer, Dan is seen reading leading a letter from a gay fan. “I know there are so many people like this,” he says. “If I’m passive, I feel like I am standing for bigotry.”
Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, a former Mormon who's openly gay, also appears in the documentary.
Believer, named for Imagine Dragons’ 2017 hit song, will premiere June 25 on HBO. This year’s Love Loud festival will kick off on July 28.
Paul Drinkwater/NBCTurns out Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato’s Billboard Music Awards performance of “Fall in Line” was a taste of what their music video would be like.
The video for the feminist empowerment anthem begins with two little girls -- one blonde and one brunette -- running carefree through a field when they're suddenly snatched by two armed men wearing black helmets.
We then see Christina and Demi as the two young girls grown up, being held in captivity by more of these oppressive masked men. The two take turns singing in a stark room with multiple cameras pointing at them.
After delivering their message that will surely “burn them at the stake,” a shackled Christina is taken to a jail cell where a man tries to take advantage of her. But she overpowers him, knocks him out and steals his keys. She then finds Demi and together they overpower another guard and break free.
The video ends with them climbing out of the bunker where they were held captive and heading back into the sunny field they played in as children.
The visual is, of course, a representation of women taking down the patriarchy and reclaiming their power.
RCA RecordsIt's time for another single -- and another elaborate video -- from ZAYN.
The new single, "Entertainer," is now available at all the usual digital outlets. The video continues the storyline that ZAYN first introduced in the song "Dusk Till Dawn" and continued in "Let Me." Actor Steven Bauer reprises his recurring role as a bad guy in the clip.
The video features fewer twists and turns than the two previous clips: This one shows ZAYN, who still has that mysterious briefcase, in a strip club, being given a lap dance by a girl with a blonde bob wig. It appears she's been told to do so by someone who's watching her from a camera in the ceiling.
While that's happening, ZAYN keeps flashing back -- or is it forward? -- to himself in a hotel room with the girl from the "Let Me" video, who appears to be same the girl in the strip club, but it's not clear. In the flashback, the girl in the hotel room ultimately leaves him, and the blonde girl in the strip club does as well.
While it appears as though the singer is being set up in some way -- we see Bauer's character enter the strip club, possibly up to no good -- at the end of the clip, we see ZAYN standing on a dock looking out over the water, with the briefcase next to him.
Consequence of Sound suggests that this video is actually a prequel to "Let Me," and shows how ZAYN first encounters the girl he runs off with in that clip.
All three singles will presumably appear on ZAYN's sophomore album, which currently has no title or release date.
Paul Drinkwater/NBCCamila Cabello is feeling better -- but missing her girls.
The singer -- who tweeted on Monday that following Sunday's Billboard Music Awards she had to be hospitalized for dehydration and a low-grade fever -- was forced to sit out the Seattle tour stop of Taylor Swift's Reputation tour Tuesday.
Last last night, Camila tweeted to her tourmates, "i miss you guys @taylorswift13 and @charli_xcx gonna eat this soup and feel better and see you guys soon."
Prior to the show, Charli XCX had tweeted, "get better soooon @camila_cabello!!gonna miss u tonight! drink loads of chicken soup and watch non stop gossip girl in bed till u feel better love youuuuuu."
According to Just Jared, while onstage in Seattle, Taylor said, "My tour mate and friend Camila Cabello meant to be here tonight. She wanted to be here for you but she got sick. It happens to everybody. I was thinking it might cheer her up if I were to get all 56,000 of you to scream ‘Get well soon, Camila.’”
ABC/Randy HolmesNick Jonas is a nominee at this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards, and now he's a performer as well.
Nick will take the stage during the show with Mustard to perform his new single, "Anywhere," during the telecast, which airs June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in L.A. R&B duo Chloe X Halle will also perform.
In addition, Nick is nominated in the category of Best On-Screen Team, along with his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan.
Other stars who'll appear on the show include Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Mila Kunis, Seth Rogen, Kristen Bell and Common.
Tiffany Haddish, also a nominee, hosts this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards. Chris Pratt will receive the Generation Award, while Lena Waithe will be honored with the Trailblazer Award.
Vincent PetersKelly Clarkson has signed on to perform at next month’s CMT Music Awards, country music's fan-voted awards show.
The singer will deliver a performance of her remake of the rock classic "American Woman," which is the theme of the new Paramount Network series of the same name, developed by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards.
Performers will also include Kelly's The Voice co-star Blake Shelton and American Idol judge Luke Bryan, as well as Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton.
Little Big Town will host the show, as it airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET. Voting is underway now at CMT.com.
On Monday night, Maddie Poppewon the American Idol crown, but even before Ryan Seacrest announced it, she knew she'd won...because she literally saw her name written on the card in Ryan's hand.
"Every week...I [could] see the card, but I [didn't] ever look," she tells ABC Radio. "But this week...I knew I was gonna be able to see whose name it was. And I looked over at Caleb [Lee Hutchinson] and I couldn't help but look down at the card, and I was like, 'Ohmigosh! It's my name!'"
Maddie says if you watch the moment back, "you can see, Caleb winks at me, and he kinda looks at me and in that moment, I knew that we both had seen the card."
Caleb didn't mind losing to Maddie, though, because as we now know, they've been a couple since January. While Caleb says it was love at first sight for him, it took a bit longer for Maddie to come around.
"I was not looking for a relationship...I've just been burned a lot," she tells ABC Radio. "But he captured my heart pretty quickly. I mean, his personality just shines, and he makes me laugh more than anybody else in the whole world, so it didn't take long!"
So how did Maddie, who described herself as an "underdog," end up winning? Well, in classic Idol fashion, she stayed true to herself. In fact, she was surprised that the show's producers "truly let me be exactly who I wanted to be."
Maddie believes having judge Katy Perry on her side didn't hurt either.
"Early on, she was saying, 'Oh, this girl reminds me of myself,' and was tweeting super-nice things," Maddie recalls. "To have her support...to have her say that to the world...was pretty awesome."
Sophie Muller / Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha's collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, isn't just a catchy pop hit: It's also the second-longest-running #1 hit in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Bebe thinks the unexpected duet has become so popular because it's "honest."
"I think Florida Georgia Line was honest with their sound and I was just honest with who I was," Bebe tells ABC Radio. "I wasn't trying to sing in a country accent...we're just, like, doing what we do, and we were real, and I think it just happened so naturally. And I think people can really sense that."
As for the song's success on the country chart, Bebe says, "It's just unexpected and incredible...that's just life. [I'm] just learning that life is just full of surprises and you just never know what's gonna happen!"
While Bebe had never actually heard of Florida Georgia Line before they wrote "Meant to Be," she's now become very familiar with the rest of the biggest names in country music.
"I went to the [Academy of Country Music Awards], and it was so incredible, the love, and they accepted me," she gushes. "I thought it was so awesome, and met so many cool artists."
So does that mean she plans to continue working in the country field?
"Definitely, for sure," for sure. "Not country music as my genre, but [I] will for sure collaborate with some more country artists."
Bebe's debut album Expectations, which features "Meant to Be," comes out next month.
Tyler Golden/NBCKelly Clarkson notched a victory in her very first season as a coach on The Voice, as her artist Brynn Cartelli was crowned the season 14 winner -- the youngest in Voice history. She receives a recording contract as her grand prize.
Cartelli, a 15-year-old pop singer from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, finished ahead of runner-up, 18-year-old Britton Buchanan of Team Alicia Keys -- who just missed winning her second straight title.
R&B powerhouse Kyla Jade and country/soul singer Spensha Baker, from Blake Shelton’s team, finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.
All of Team Adam Levine's members were eliminated prior to the finale.
During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Cartelli joined Julia Michaels to perform a medley of the latter's singles "Issues" and "Jump"; Baker teamed up with Kane Brown for Brown's “What If”; Buchanan joined Ryan Adams for a rendition of Adams' “To Be Without You”; and Jade reunited with season 13 coach Jennifer Hudson -- for whom Kyla was once a backup singer -- for "I Know Where I've Been," from Hairspray.
The musical lineup also included Dua Lipa performing her latest single, “IDGAF”; James Bay teaming up with Alicia Keys on “Us”; Florence the Machine performing their latest single "Hunger"; Halseyand Big Sean teaming up for their single “Alone”; and Jason Aldean performing “Drowns the Whiskey.”
The Voice will be back with a new season in the fall on NBC, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and returning coach Jennifer Hudson.
Markus PritziDua Lipa's a big sensation here in the U.S., but back home in the U.K., she's a newly-minted superstar. In fact, British bookies have reportedly named her as one of the favorites to record the theme song to the next James Bond movie. But Dua herself claims to have no knowledge of whether or not she's actually going to do it.
Asked by Billboard if there's any truth to the rumors that she's got the inside track to do the Bond theme, Dua said, "I don't know....I would love to do it but I'm not recording it so far. I don't know. I don't wanna jinx it!"
The last two Bond themes -- for 2012's Skyfall and 2015's Spectre -- were sung by Adele and Sam Smith, respectively, and both won Oscars for their work. Both also continually denied that they had been tapped for the job, even after they'd landed the gig...so stay tuned.
The next James Bond movie, which is being referred to as Bond 25, will arrive in November of 2019. Daniel Craig will again portray 007, while Danny Boyle will direct the film.
ABCIf your favorite didn't win American Idol, you can still see him or her perform on national TV.
On Tuesday's Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest announced a new initiative called Live’s American Idol Encore, which will allow viewers to choose which top seven American Idol contestant will get to perform on the show.
You have until today until Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. ET to log onto KellyandRyan.com and choose Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Jurnee, Catie Turner or Michael J. Woodard.
The contestant who garners the most support in the poll will get to travel to New York City on Tuesday, May 29 and sing live on Live with Kelly and Ryan.