Perry Farrell/WME Entertainment/C3 PresentsIn addition to the usual complement of alternative rock bands and rappers, this year's Lollapalooza festival is adding some serious pop music stardom to the mix.
Bruno Mars and The Weekend are among the headliners for this year's installment of the legendary festival, which will take place August 2-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Also on the bill are Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, Zedd, WALK THE MOON and James Bay, as well as Portgual. The Man, Logic, Post Malone, Khalid and dozens more.
Four-day tickets are now on sale, with one-day tickets available soon. If you can't make it to Chicago, the festival will be streamed on Red Bull.TV and Lollapalooza.com. A schedule of which performances you'll be able to watch will be released this summer.
ABC/Randy HolmesLogic has confirmed reports that he and his wife Jessica Andrea have split.
In a message posted on his socials, the rapper -- whose latest mixtape, Bobby Tarantino II, debuted at #1 on the chart -- wrote, "After two years of marriage, we have come to the loving conclusion that we are much better as friends....we would appreciate your respect and privacy on this issue."
Offering an explanation for the split, the Grammy-nominated rapper, born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, wrote, "It's very simple: it just didn't work out. There is no anger involved. No fighting, no cheating, no nothing. We love each other and will continue to support each other for the rest of our lives."
He then asked his fans not to be sad, but to be happy "that we could peacefully end this chapter of our relationship, beginning a new one of love and happiness."
"There are no sides, there is just us," he concluded. "Two people who loved each other in marriage and will continue to love each other for the rest of our lives."
Jessica quoted the post on her Twitter and wrote, "I love you Bobby and love to all the fans!" Logic replied, "I love you Jess! You're my best friend."
Meanwhile, Logic's celebrating the fact that 10 songs from the new album have all debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He's only the 15th artist in history to chart 10 or more songs on the Hot 100 in a week. Among the others: The Beatles, David Cook, Beyoncé, Drake, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift.
Here are the songs and their chart positions:
#29 “Everyday,” with Marshmello #46 “44 More” #56 “Indica Badu,” featuring Wiz Khalifa #60 “Contra” #68 “Overnight” #74 “Midnight” #83 “Wassup,” featuring Big Sean #87 “Yuck” #97 “BoomTrap Protocol” #98 “Warm It Up,” featuring Young Sinatra
Tyler Golden/NBCThe battle rounds continued Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates from Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson’s teams went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition, a night that also saw Adam win a two-way fight with Kelly to steal one of Alicia’s artists.
Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: Julia Michaels for Team Adam; Trace Adkins for Team Blake Shelton; Shawn Mendes for Team Alicia; and Hailee Steinfeld for Team Kelly.
Here are the highlights of Tuesday night's show:
The evening kicked off with Amber Sauer and Jorge Eduardo, representing Team Kelly, facing off against each other on “Starving,” a song by her advisor, Hailee Steinfeld. Eduardo gained the upper hand in Kelly’s mind by suggesting they throw a little Spanish into the song, and he has “a killer voice.” But Amber has “sass for days,” she added. The victory, according to Kelly, would go to the artist who was able to “stand out a little more than the other." That person, in Kelly’s mind, was Jorge, who advances to the knockout rounds. Amber was sent home.
Next up, for Team Adam, was Davison dueling with Reid Umstattd on Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Each artist had his own obstacles to overcome, Adam noted during rehearsals -- Davison with his overall confidence and Reid, the confidence to tackle a song that wasn’t in his wheelhouse. Ultimately, it was Umstattd’s ability to rise to the challenge that led Adam to declare him the winner. Reid advances to the knockouts, while Davison’s time on the show came to an end.
Alicia paired Jordyn Simone and Kelsea Johnson for the night’s final battle -- En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go.” Keys’ advisor Shawn Mendes, addressing the camera, said 17-year-old Jordyn had the confidence of a "full-grown woman," while Kelsea was a “megastar.” The winner of the battle, Alicia, told them, would be the artist who evolved the most up to this point. Keys gave the edge to Kelsea, who moves on to the next round.
However, Jordyn’s elimination touched off a battle between Adam and Kelly for the right to steal her. Levine argued that he declared her the winner of the battle before Alicia made her decision, and he was the first to press his button to try and steal her. Clarkson pointed out that she used her last remaining steal on Simone, and would try again to snatch her in the next round. Jordyn chose Team Adam, and advances in the competition.
A montage during the show revealed the winners of other battles not shown on Tuesday: Team Blake’s Jaron Strom eliminated Bransen Ireland; Team Alicia’s Johnny Bliss bested Megan Lee; and Team Kelly’s Jamella out-dueled Teana Boston.
The Voice returns with more battles Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON is taking a page from Twenty One Pilots' book with their newly announced The Home Run tour. Like Twenty One Pilots' trek, the WALK THE MOON tour will make stops only in the band's home state of Ohio.
The Home Run includes a show in Columbus on June 15, and one in Cincinnati on July 28. Visit WALKTHEMOONBand.com for ticket info.
WALK THE MOON wrapped up their Press Restart headlining tour last month in support of their new album What If Nothing, which features the lead single "One Foot."
This summer, WALK THE MOON will be opening for Thirty Seconds to Mars on Jared Leto and company's massive Monolith tour.
ABC/Image Group LAOn Tuesday, G-Eazy dropped his YouTube Artist Spotlight story, These Things Happened, and later that night, he wrapped up the North American leg of his Beautiful and Damned tour at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. So what's next for the "Him & I" rapper? Maybe the big screen.
G-Eazy created a short film to go with his The Beautiful and Damned album, and he says that whetted his appetite for acting.
"I would love to get into acting," he tells ABC Radio. "I had a really good time making the short film. It was a new challenge for me and it definitely kinda put the bug in me of, like, maybe this is...the next dream to chase, or something like that."
The rapper's girlfriend Halsey just nabbed her first film role, providing the voice for Wonder Woman in the upcoming animated film Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. So what kind of role would G-Eazy, born Gerald Gillum, like to play?
"A gangster movie, something like that, like a Goodfellas remake or something," he tells ABC Radio.
After claiming that he'd want to play the minor Goodfellas character "Johnny Two Times" -- who says everything twice -- G admits, "That's not the role I'd wanna play, nah. I'm just kidding!"
Guess we'll just have to wait to see what kind of part he ends up playing. Meanwhile, this weekend in Miami, the rapper will perform at the Ultra Music Festival, and then head overseas for a string of European and U.K. dates.
Music Choice/Juan NavarroCharlie Puth's recent singles have been more R&B influenced than his previous work, and he says that's by design. According to the Grammy-nominated star, his upcoming album, Voicenotes, isn't just influenced by R&B -- it's influenced by R&B songs that came out during a very specific three-year period.
In an interview with Music Choice, Charlie explains, "When I made this album, I wanted it to be an album, so there’s definitely gonna be a big overall theme of R&B, from that small time period of 1988-1990."
"Everything Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis did, like, heavily nodding to them, ‘cause I’m very inspired by all the music that came out in that very short time period," Charlie adds.
Between 1988 and 1990, Jam & Lewis co-wrote and produced hits by New Edition, Janet Jackson, The Time, and Cherrelle, among other acts.
As for what the Voicenotes songs are about, we've already heard a few, such as "Attention" and "How Long," which both seem to be about bad relationships. But in general, Charlie says of the new material, "Lyrically, it's about my travels from the East Coast to the West Coast and how celebrity has affected me in some ways."
"There's also some worldly-type songs on there too," he adds. "Without, y'know, giving it away completely, there's some surprises on there."
Voicenotes, the follow-up to Charlie's debut Nine Track Mind, is due out May 11.
20th Century Fox/19 EntertainmentKelly Clarkson has made no bones about the fact that she loathes From Justin to Kelly, the 2003 movie she was forced to make with runner-up Justin Guarini after she won American Idol. And in a new interview, she sounds like she's dead set against her kids seeing it...ever.
Asked if her kids know about the movie, Kelly tells Rolling Stone, "Oh, God, no! It's one of my nanny's favorite movies -- and I'm like, 'I swear to God, I'll fire you.' I was contractually obligated [to make it]. I didn't want to."
"I show them cool stuff like, you know, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter," Kelly adds.
Kelly also addresses the fact that, during her legendary American Idolaudition, she seemed very confident for an unknown.
"Honestly, my place had just burned down in L.A., I had lived in my car for three days, and I literally had made that outfit I was wearing," she laughs, recalling that moment. "I think the only reason I was probably confident is I had nothing to lose!"
Rodin Eckenroth/Getty ImagesJustin Bieber's last few collaborative singles -- "Despacito," "Cold Water," "Let Me Love You" and "I'm the One" -- have all been major hits, so we assume his brand-new one will achieve similar success.
Justin's featured on "Hard to Face Reality," a track by songwriter and producer Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd. The song, due April 6, is from Boyd's upcoming album Poo Bear Presents Bearthday Music. Poo Bear and Justin have a long history; Boyd co-wrote his hits "What Do U Mean" and "Where Are Ü Now." He also co-wrote "I'm the One" and the "Despacito" remix.
Other artists featured on Poo Bear's bilingual album include Jennifer Lopez, Latin superstars Juanes and J Balvin, and Skrillex.
In addition to Justin, Poo Bear has also co-written or produced songs for Sam Smith, Usher, Chris Brown, 112, Fifth Harmony, Pink, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, Drake, Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey and many more.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe family of Christina Grimmie has filed a lawsuit against the tour promoter and the venue where she was performing when she was killed by an obsessed fan in 2016.
The suit against AEG Live SE and The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation alleges Christina’s death was caused by the failure of the tour promoter and the owner of The Plaza Live Theater to take adequate security measures to ensure her safety.
The complaint accuses the defendants of only conducting “superficial bag checks” the night of the concert, with no body pat downs or metal detectors.
Christina’s assailant as able to enter the venue with two handguns, two full magazines and a large hunting knife. He killed the singer on June 10, 2016 as she greeted fans and signed autographs following her performance, then later took his own life. Christina, who came in third on season six of The Voice, was 22 years old.
The Grimmie family is suing for unspecified damages.
Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato is opening up to Dr. Phil about some of her darkest times.
In an interview that airs Tuesday, the singer admits to having suicidal thoughts as early as age seven.
"The very first time I was suicidal was when I was seven. I had this fascination with death," the singer tells Dr. Phil, in a clip obtained by Entertainment Tonight. "I have experienced things that I have not talked about, and I don't know if I ever will talk about. But at seven, I knew that if I were to take my own life, that the pain would end."
She says she experienced those thoughts again when she was bullied and during several other times in her life when she was dealing with her bipolar disorder. She also struggled with self-harm.
“I turned to cutting and there was a while there when my mom was afraid to wake me up in the mornings because she didn't know if she opened the door if I would be alive or not," Demi says. "Because every time I cut, it got deeper and deeper."
Demi eventually sought treatment for her mental health and addictions, and last week celebrated six years sober.
Demi says she would tell anyone feeling suicidal today to “hold on because the longer you go without acting on an urge, the easier it will be for you and the more resilient, the more strong you’ll become.”
PRNewsfoto/Epic RightsIt's the moment that 'N SYNC fans have been waiting for. The multi-platinum boy band will be honored April 30 with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and "This I Promise You": They're going to reunite for the ceremony.
'N SYNC's star will be number 2,636 on the legendary Walk, and it'll be located at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard near the corner of LaBrea. That location also includes the stars for the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and New Edition.
“'N SYNC fans have been patiently waiting for their favorite group to set a date and we are announcing the date earlier than usual so they can start making plans to visit Hollywood and see [them]," said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of 'N SYNC's debut single, "I Want You Back."
The star ceremony will take place 11:30 a.m. PDT, but will be streamed live on WalkOfFame.com. There will be a celebrity guest speaker, but that person has not yet been revealed. May we suggest Britney Spears?
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears is throwing things back to the ‘80s with her new fashion campaign.
The singer has been named the face of Kenzo’s La Collection Memento No2 Spring 2018 campaign, modeling bright and bold styles inspired by the decade Kenzo Jeans was born.
The campaign, shot on location in Paris, features pieces including a green cropped sweatshirt and baseball cap emblazoned with the original Kenzo logo. Britney also modeled a cropped denim jacket, denim bathing suit and lace-up thigh high boots; and a pink and green tropical print ensemble.
“This collection is very youthful,” Britney tellsVogue. “We had fun on set, even though it was a bit weird for me at first. I am used to shooting in a studio or a small space, and this was on the street. We were out there and I had really promiscuous clothes on, which felt odd, but, of course, on film it turned out to be really cool.”
These days, as mom to two boys Sean and Jaden, Britney leaves her fashion risks for the photoshoots.
“I think when I was younger I took so many risks and really went for it,” she says. “…I think as a mother you hold back from that out of fear of embarrassing your kids and out of respect for them.”
The Kenzo campaign marks her first fashion ads since her Candie's campaigns in the early-mid 2000s.
ABC/Mark LevineAfter the premiere of American Idol last week, some viewers were in an uproar over the fact that judge Katy Perry kissed contestant Ben Glaze on the lips after he said he'd never been smooched. Now, fellow judge Luke Bryan is defending Katy, saying she's just trying to "make fun TV."
Glaze told several media outlets that Katy's kiss made him uncomfortable because he didn't know her, and he was disappointed that his "first kiss" was the special moment he'd always dreamed it would be.
But when viewers began accusing Katy of harassment, Glaze, who didn't make it through to Hollywood, took to Instagram to say, "I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry...I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it."
While touring in Australia this week, Luke appeared on the Australian talk show The Morning Show and said he was surprised that the whole moment became such a big deal.
"It's unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big," Luke told the interviewer. "I watched an actual interview where Ben, the kid that was involved, he said he was cool with everything. And I gotta back Katy on that, y'know? She's in there working hard and making fun TV."
"You know, we're gonna get it right sometimes and we're gonna get it wrong sometimes," Luke continued. "We're in there critiquing people and I may say something one day that everybody's not gonna like. That's just what you sign up for."
But, Luke points out, "At the end of the day, me and Lionel [Richie] and Katy and Ryan [Seacrest]...our hearts are in the right place."
American Idol continues this Sunday with the final round of auditions.
The singer honored a New York couple’s wedding day last weekend by sending them a surprise bottle of champagne along with a handwritten note.
Taylor somehow found out that the couple, Edward and Margaret McNoble, were planning to play her music at their celebration at The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York Saturday.
“Rumor has it you might be using my song in your wedding celebration which makes me so happy!” Taylor wrote in the note. “Here’s to this amazing day of your continuing love story. Love, Taylor.”
“When we got to the wedding venue, they told us, ‘There [is] a special gift upstairs for you from a very special person,’” the newlyweds tell Us Weekly. “It was awesome. It was such a great day. With all the moving parts, this was a great surprise! To get a bottle of Dom is a very nice gift, and then to see it’s from Taylor Swift is an even better gift!”
The couple kicked off their reception with Taylor's “Welcome to New York” and had their first dance to “Love Story.”
The clip features a younger Kelly at various stages in her life: as a child watching her parents fight, as a teen breaking up with a boyfriend, and as a budding recording artist being told what to do by male executives.
In the end, the ghosts of her former selves join together to form the strong, confident Kelly we know today.
“'I Don’t Think About You’ is the moment you realize something has no power over you anymore” Kelly explains in a statement. “We all have people and/or situations in life that mold us and sometimes those situations can feel like they’re about to break us, but this song is about that morning you wake up and you don’t even think about it anymore.”
Kelly continues, “It holds no power, no weight in your world, and consumes your thoughts no longer. It’s a song about freedom, honestly.”
The empowering ballad is the latest single off Kelly’s eighth studio album, Meaning of Life.
And finally, fans are convinced that not only are two songs coming, but that they know the song titles: "In the Blood" and "Lost in Japan." According to fans, "In the Blood" will come Thursday, followed by "Lost in Japan" on Friday.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed yet, but Shawn is definitely planning something.
ABC/Mark LevineAmerican Idol nearly went to the dogs -- quite literally -- Monday night during another round of auditions, but a few emotional performances really turned things around.
As Lionel Richie said early on in the episode, the judges were looking for “the real note,” not just “the right note.” They wanted chills and goosebumps. Some contestants delivered, and others didn’t.
Here’s a rundown of some who delivered:
Brandon Elder, 22, Arab, AL: Brandon nearly brought the judges to tears with an original song he wrote for his adoptive mother after she passed away from breast cancer. They felt the emotion in his songwriting and voted a unanimous yes.
Dominique Posey, 26, Birmingham, AL: The judges were looking for chills and they got it with Dominique’s soulful rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “Song for You.” They all advised him to quit his job as a legal secretary and sent him off with a golden ticket.
Amalia Watty, 28, Brooklyn, NY: She came to New York from the Caribbean in order to connect with the father she barely knew. While she shared her dad’s passion for music, their reunion didn’t go as planned. Her audition -- singing Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” -- had a happier ending, and she got sent through to Hollywood.
Genavieve Linkowski, 18, Goodrich, MI: Genavieve, the oldest of 10 children, wowed the judges by performing Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up on Us” at the piano. Lionel compared her to a young Celine Dion.
Kenedee Rittenhouse, 19, Checotah, OK: Kenedee scored major points with Katy by wearing a cute dress. She also scored some points from being from Carrie Underwood’s hometown. Her rendition of Carrie’s “I Told You So” didn’t grab the judges right away, but she followed it up with Katy’s “Firework” and they put her through. Lionel and Luke later surprised Katy by giving her the dress Kenedee was wearing as a birthday gift.
Victoria McQueen, 15, East Point, GA: Talk about destiny! Victoria was born on June 11, 2002 – the same day the original American Idol premiered on television. A lot to live up to be, but lucky for her, she can actually sing. Her bubbly personality and powerhouse rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” got her three yeses.
Taryn Coccia, 17, and Peyton Coccia, 20, Nashville, TN: Older sister Peyton was content to play guitar in the background and let Taryn have her singing moment, but the judges got both sisters to audition and they both ended up making it through. Hollywood Week just gained a little sibling rivalry.
Samothias, 20, Wheaton, IL: He caught the judges’ attention with his unique hairdo, then kept it with his rendition of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” Lionel even compared him to Prince.
Cody Martin, 26, Louisville, KY: He came out singing “Happy Birthday” to Katy Perry and the judges put him through right then and there. OK, so it wasn’t exactly goosebumps-inducing, but it was pretty funny.
Marcio Donaldson, 28, Compton, CA: Perhaps the most emotional story of the night belongs to Marcio. As a kid growing up in Compton, he was put into the foster system. When his week-old nephew, Rashad, was about to face the same fate, Marcio took him in and is raising the baby as his own. He brought baby Rashad to his audition and sang “Jealous” by Labrinth. “It’s not technically perfect, but it’s real,” Luke said. Marcio accepted his golden ticket through tears of joy.
And here are some who didn’t quite connect with the judges:
Audriana Bolton, 20, Portland, OR: Audriana attempted “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, but fell short of meeting the judges’ expectations. She also nearly broke their eardrums when she attempted a Mariah Carey-style “whistle tone.”
Britney Holmes, 28, Frisco, TX: As a vocal coach, Britney was technically perfect in her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” But the judges were looking for more than just the right notes and didn’t feel connected to her performance. She was sent packing.
And then there were the dogs:
Here’s why you should never bring a dog on an audition. One unnamed contestant brought her peekapoo with her and let’s just say the dog lived up to its name. Each time the poor girl started to sing, the dog decided to relieve itself on the floor. Needless to say, the girl did not make it through -- but she certainly made a lasting impression.
There were even more dogs to be had as Katy Perry celebrated her birthday on set. Lionel, Luke and Ryan surprised her with a room full of puppies and had her own dog, Nugget, pop out of a giant cake.
The final rounds of auditions continue Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagicTaylor Hicks, the soulful salt-and-pepper-haired crooner who won season five of American Idol, has some advice for this season’s contestants: put down the cell phones.
“Cell phones are not your friend,” he tells ABC Radio. “When I went through Hollywood Week, I watched numerous contestants lose their voice because they talked all night and they talked all day on their cell phones and then when it was time to perform, they couldn't or they didn't have that richness and their voice was not rested.”
Hicks adds, “You have to be careful about mom calling too many times.”
If this season’s hopefuls can't resist using their cell phones, Taylor thinks that time would be better spent building their social media presence on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. In addition to a unique voice and a memorable backstory, Hicks believes a strong social media following will be the key to winning American Idol.
Taylor, a harmonica player, also says playing your own music can’t hurt your chances, but warns hopefuls not to hide behind their instruments. As for his thoughts on judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, he says he loves how interactive and playful they are with the contestants.
“They're down home,” he says. “They can interact, they're not this sort of stoic star that you can't really be tangible with or you can't feel and touch and go up and hug.”
American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Erika Goldring for BudweiserElle King fans are anxiously awaiting new music from the singer, and she gave some lucky folks a taste of it last week during this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
Elle and other artists, including country star Kane Brown, attracted more than 2500 guests to the Budweiser Country Club event at the annual festival. Elle's eight-song set included her hit "Ex's and Oh's," a cover of Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man," and three brand-new songs: "Good Thing Gone," "Baby Outlaw" and "The Compromise."
According to a rep for Elle, it's not known whether or not those three songs will be included on the singer's upcoming album.
Last fall, Elle told ABC Radio that the new album was "cathartic" and "really good," adding, "It's a lot of rock and roll and soul...it's bad a**.