ABC/Image Group LAThe Chainsmokers may have just solved the mystery of why their songs all seem to sound alike.
All the duo's hits use similar chord progressions, and it’s all because Drew Taggart learned to play chords on a 25-note keyboard. A regular piano has 88 keys.
In the third episode of their vlog series About a Week Ago, Drew explains how he taught himself to write songs and how that influenced the duo’s hit song “Closer,” featuring Halsey. He says the song’s main chords came about simply because that’s what he was used to playing.
“These are the most amount of keys I could play on a 25 keyboard so those became the chords I just played for probably about 10 years before we sat down to write that song,” he says.
Drew adds, “Similar chord progression is in a lot of our songs because those are just what I sat down to play and they were, like, the most emotional thing that I could play.”
As for the lyrics, he says he was inspired by Blink-182 and how direct the pop-punk band's lyrics are. He even referenced the band in the song with the line, "Play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."
Now, in a full circle moment, The Chainsmokers and Blink-182 are collaborating on a song. So far, there are no details on a title or when it'll be released.
Michael Jackson, Wade Robson. photo: HBOMichael Jackson isn't here to defend himself anymore, but his lawyers are working overtime defending him posthumously.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael's estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company Time Warner, claiming the cable channel's upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland breaches a non-disparagement clause in a decades-old contract.
Variety reports that the suit claims the estate could be due $100 million if it wins the dispute.
Leaving Neverland focuses on two adults, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim they were sexually abused by the late King of Pop as children.
Back in 1992, HBO made a deal to air one of Michael's concerts from his Dangerous tour. The estate claims that in the contract HBO signed at the time, the cable channel promised not to "make any disparaging remarks concerning [Jackson]" or "do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of [Jackson].'"
The estate also claims that the 1992 contract requires HBO to "notify and consult with Jackson...if it wishes to air additional programming about Jackson."
The complaint further notes that Leaving Neverland suggests that Michael abused Robson and Safechuck while he was on the Dangerous tour.
It concludes that HBO "profited off the Dangerous World Tour" in 1992 and is now "profiting off" the same tour by "airing a 'documentary' that falsely claims Michael Jackson was abusing children on the...tour."
In response, HBO said, in a statement provided to ABC News, "Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland...on March 3 and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”
Carter SmithCould Kelly Clarkson be planning on making a special appearance -- or even performing -- at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards?
The original American Idol is nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 54th ACMs for "Keeping Score," her collaboration with Dan Shay from their current self-titled album.
Responding to the news, Kelly tweeted, "YES!!!!! #Keeping Score," adding "See ya in Vegas Dan Shay."
While we'll have to keep watching to see exactly what that means, Kelly's musical hero and former stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is also hosting the Sunday, April 7 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Kelly's not exactly an ACM virgin, by the way. She's been nominated a total of five times, and won both Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year in 2011 for "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAhead of tonight's release of his brand-new song “Feel Something,” Adam Lambert has penned a personal and revealing message to fans.
He starts off the message by thanking fans for their “patience and continued faith” in him, adding that he's currently “coming out of a dark period of second-guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it.”
"I started asking myself, 'is all this hustle really worth it?'” he continues. “I put all my focus on my work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self-worth was suffering. I was lonely and becoming depressed."
He credits touring with Queen with recharging his energy and says he was able to pull himself out of the darkness with “a bit of professional help and the support of colleagues, friends and family.”
Adam says he began writing songs for his new album and decided to change up his team; he hired a new management company and signed with a new record label.
“Feel Something,” he says, is the “emotional starting point” of his new album.
"This was written about me climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart,” he writes.
Adam concludes, “Since writing this song, I've found the joy I was missing and I'm back in my power. I can't wait for you to hear more!"
"Feel Something" drops at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Adam and Queen will also perform on Sunday night's Oscar telecast on ABC.
ABC NewsRachel Platten gave birth to her daughter, Violet Skye, less than a month ago, but she’s already dealing with online mommy shamers.
The singer tells People that she's had to deal with some recent criticism over the fact that she left her newborn at home to attend a Grammy event.
“It was the first time I had gone out [since Violet’s birth] and I timed it really well,” she tells the mag. “I knew she had an hour and a half to sleep and the event was close by and I did have someone write [on my socials], ‘Wow, I was too obsessed with my newborn to leave her.’”
Rachel says the comment hurt, but she decided to calmly respond, telling the woman, “I’m just as obsessed with mine. I’m also just as obsessed with self-care and my own mental health.”
She continued, “I know that going out and being around powerful women at this Grammy event is something that’s going to be able to make me come back home a more strong, whole-hearted mommy.”
While she’s aware that the shaming is probably going to continue, she says, “I hope that I can just respond with love and education. I hope I don’t let it get to me too much.”
ABC/Image Group LAAlessia Cara and Shawn Mendes: both Canadian. Both discovered online as teens. And now, both on tour together.
Alessia has been announced as the special guest for the U.S., U.K. and Europe dates of Shawn's upcoming world tour, which kicks off March 7 in Europe and runs through the fall. Ironically, Alessia isn't appearing on Shawn's Canadian tour dates.
Announcing the tour on Twitter, Alessia wrote, "Come hang with a bunch of Canadians. we’re nice."
Shawn then dug up and retweeted a tweet he sent six years ago, in which he raved over Alessia's breakout YouTube cover of The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather." He captioned it, "Alessia Cara Stan since 2013."
Alessia then replied, "A fan before I had fans I’m emotional."
Shawn's also added 16 shows to the North American leg of the tour, including second concerts in Chicago, L.A., Boston, Montreal and Brooklyn, New York.
Pre-sales for the new tour dates start February 23 and continue through March 1. The public on-sale date is March 2 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit ShawnAccess.com to find out how to register for the pre-sales.
Here are Shawn's new tour dates:
6/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre 6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 6/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum 6/28 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 7/06 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center 7/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena 8/03 -- Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center 8/11 -- Newark NJ, Prudential Center 8/16 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 8/20 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 8/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 8/26 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 8/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 8/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/31 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Locomotion / Geffen RecordsThe video for Yungblud's song "11 Minutes," which he recorded with Halsey and Blink-182's Travis Barker, is streaming now on YouTube.
The cinematic visual follows the English rocker as he goes through five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance -- after his partner, played by Halsey, dies in a car crash. In between, you see quick shots of Barker playing the drums.
Halsey and Yungblud are rumored to be romantically involved in real life.
"We don't realize how much we need something until it's taken away from us," says Yungblud of the video. "We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us."
"11 Minutes" follows Yungblud's single "Loner," which was released in January.
Republic RecordsEarlier this week, we found out that Ariana Grande's new release thank u, next was #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and that her songs are occupying the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, the singer has topped a third Billboard chart.
Ari's the first artist in six months to simultaneously rule the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The Artist 100 chart combines music sales, radio airplay, social media interaction and streaming to provide a ranking of an artist's popularity. The last artist to do it was Drake, back in July and August of last year.
Meanwhile, thank u, next is on track to remain at #1 for a second week, industry insiders tell Billboard. If it does, it'll be the first album by a solo female artist to spend more than a week at the top in more than a year. The last woman to do it was Taylor Swift, whose Reputation spent three weeks at #1 in 2017.
In addition, if it remains on top, thank u, next will be Ariana's first album to spend more than a single week at #1. We'll find out on Monday whether or not she pulls it off.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaAll the nominees for Best Original Song will be performed on Sunday night's Oscar telecast, except one: "All the Stars," by Kendrick Lamar and SZA.
Deadline reports that the Academy attempted to book the two stars to perform the song from the Black Panther soundtrack, but was unsuccessful. So rather than enlist another act, the song will not be performed at all.
According to Deadline, the issue is Lamar's busy work schedule. Sources tell the publication that the Compton MC has been overseas recording his new album, and wouldn't have had time to put together a performance of "All the Stars" that he felt would do justice to the track.
Initially, the Academy was only going to allow the two most successful Best Original Song nominees -- "All the Stars" and 'Shallow" -- to perform on the telecast. However, after backlash from the nominees, it relented and said it would allow all the nominated tunes to be performed. Unfortunately, "All the Stars" won't be one of them.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have been confirmed to sing "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, while Jennifer Hudson will perform "I'll Fight," from the documentary RBG.
Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go," from the movie Mary Poppins Returns, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Legendary British rock band Queen, whose story inspired the Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody, will also perform during the telecast.
It's not clear if Kendrick or SZA will even attend the Oscars. If the song wins, they'll share the trophy, along with the three other co-writers of "All the Stars."
Earlier this month, "All the Stars" was up for four Grammys, but didn't win any of them.
Warner Bros. RecordsBebe Rexha is giving us a little bit of heaven and a whole lot of devilish behavior in the new video for her song, “Last Hurrah.”
The video starts with Bebe dressed as an angel, complete with big white wings. We then see a montage of the different vices she’s claiming to be “done with.” By the time the chorus kicks in, Bebe has shed her angel wings for a red suit and is joining in the debauchery for one last party.
What follows is a series of risqué scenes, including one where Bebe is seducing a priest. The clip ends with her standing in front of a wall of fire, aiming her fire extinguisher at the camera.
Bebe will be performing the song for the first time on ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan on February 25, the morning after the Oscars. In fact, she’ll sing it live from the stage at L.A.'s Dolby Theater, where the Oscars are taking place Sunday night.
Tyler ShieldsA Backstreet Boy has now officially gone country.
AJ McLean has released his first actual country single today, called “Boy and a Man.” He'll debut his country-influenced solo album, Long Road, this spring.
“‘Boy and a Man’ is that growing-up story about finding that one true love even when you’re super-young and never wanting to let that person go and really just hanging out for the long haul,” AJ tells People.
Last year, AJ tested the country music waters with two songs: “Back Porch Bottle Service” and “Night Visions.” He says he was inspired to explore the genre after the Backstreet Boys recorded “God, Your Mama, and Me” with Florida Georgia Line, and the two acts toured together.
Also an inspiration to him: his wife of seven years, Rochelle.
“My wife was truly the inspiration behind the album title,” he tells People. “When we first released ‘Back Porch Bottle Service’ as kind of a feeler track, she had posted a commented on my Instagram saying how proud she was of me, and she basically said, ‘Baby, this has been such a long road coming for you to finally get here.’”
He adds, “When I read that, I was like, ‘Wow, that really does ring true.’”
AJ’s got some busy months ahead. In addition to launching his solo project, he’ll be kicking off the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour in May. BSB wrap up their Las Vegas residency in April.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAdam Lambert’s performance with Queen at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony isn’t the only thing we have to look forward to from the singer.
According to Variety, the American Idol runner-up will be dropping a new song, “Feel Something,” tonight. It’s his first new track since last summer’s “Two Fux.”
Adam’s been hard at work on a new album, a follow-up to 2015’s The Original High. He previously revealed on Twitter that he has written “35-ish songs” so far.
“I have been working really hard on it!” he wrote. “The album is gonna be yummy! It’s basically all of my influences rolled into my own special blend.”
On Sunday, according to Variety, Adam will open the Oscars ceremony with Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is nominated for five awards. Adam also has an uncredited cameo in the movie as a trucker who has a tryst with Mercury at a roadside rest stop.
Queen and Adam Lambert wrapped a successful Las Vegas residency last year and will tour together this summer.
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIn a revealing new cover story with Vanity Fair, Miley Cyrus reflects on losing her Malibu home to the Woolsey fire last year and how it brought her and Liam Hemsworth closer together.
Miley, who says she was in South Africa filming an episode of Black Mirror when the fire occurred, says she was both “super-angry” and “relieved in a way” when she learned the news.
“I’ll never be happy that all those memories and pictures and things that I’ve loved are gone,” she says. “But to have an experience like this -- I find myself feeling more connected to being human again.”
It also bonded her even more with Liam, whom she married about a month later.
“When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue,” she says. “You’re the only two people in the world who can understand.”
Miley, who identifies as pansexual, further explains her reasoning for entering into what many would consider a “traditional” marriage.
“The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned -- I actually think it’s kind of New Age,” she says. “We’re redefining, to be f****** frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship.”
She adds, “Relationships and partnerships in a new generation -- I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender.”
Next up for Miley is her new album, due out this summer.
“There’s psychedelic elements, there’s pop elements, there’s more hip-hop-leaning records," she says. "You know, in the same way I like to kind of just be genderless, I like feeling genre-less.”
Adam Levine, foreground; PJ Morton, background (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)It's been several weeks since the Super Bowl, where Maroon 5's halftime performance was slammed by viewers and critics alike. But the band's keyboard player says the problem was that people were expecting Maroon 5 to do something they'd never planned to do in the first place.
Speaking to VIBE, Maroon 5's keyboard player PJ Morton says, "What I haven’t heard out of everybody is the critique that 'They sounded bad,' which is what I wanted to accomplish. I think they had expectations for us to do something other than play our songs."
PJ, who's been in the band for nine years, continues, "I can’t really let a bad critique [bother me] -- or really, not even bad...just like a regular 'It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad' -- that’s what I’ve been hearing. It just doesn't do anything to me. I'm happy."
Morton says Maroon 5 had only one goal: making sure "that we play the music well and that we sounded good and we put on a good show."
He laughs, "I’m sorry that we couldn’t live up to the expectations -- like, I think we were supposed to do some backflips or something like that....I just wanted to play the music and that was our plan from the beginning and that’s what we did."
"I’m proud of my band mates for doing what we do," PJ, who won his first solo Grammy on February 10, adds. "We’re musicians and we play music and entertain people. That’s what we did."
PJ, who's African-American, didn't discuss the controversy surrounding Maroon 5's decision to perform in the first place. The band was criticized for participating in light of the NFL's treatment of players who chose to take a knee to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Credit: Guerin BlaskLovelytheband is going to Hollywood.
The "broken" artists will be celebrity mentors on the upcoming season of American Idol. They'll be sharing their advice during the "All-Star Duet" round, when the top 20 contestants perform with famous musicians.
The exact air date of lovelytheband's American Idol appearance has yet to be revealed, but the show will premiere Sunday, March 3 on ABC.
In other lovelytheband news, their breakout single "broken" has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
"Broken" is featured on lovelytheband's debut album finding it hard to smile, which also includes the singles "these are my friends" and "maybe, i'm afraid."
Lovelytheband will launch a U.S. headlining tour in support of finding it hard to smile in March.
ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande were among the big winners at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, which were held Wednesday in London.
Ed took home the BRITs Global Success award, Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris won the prize for British Single for their collaboration “One Kiss,” and Ariana nabbed the International Female Solo Artist trophy. Calvin also took home the British Producer of the Year award.
Other winners include Drake for International Male Solo Artist, Beyonce and Jay-Z – aka The Carters – for International Group, and Little Mix for British Video for their song “Woman Like Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
The Carters accepted their award in a pre-taped video message inspired by the scene in their "APESH**" music video where they stand in front of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa in the Louvre museum. This time, they were shown standing in front of a painting of Meghan Markle.
As previously reported, Pink was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, making her the first international artist to have that honor bestowed upon her.
Dave MeyersRemember last year when Ariana Grande got into a Twitter feud with British journalist Piers Morgan over female pop stars' right to be naked? Well, Ariana and Piers have now buried the hatchet, thanks to a random meet-up in Los Angeles.
Alongside a selfie of himself with Ariana, Piers wrote, "So... we bumped into each other in a LA restaurant, she joined me for ‘a chat’ & 2 hours later we were still chatting. We laughed, we argued, she cried, I nearly did, the drinks flowed & we bonded. Turns out we really like each other. Weird. Thank u @ArianaGrande -- next?"
He added, "Thank u for a great night @ArianaGrande."
Ari replied, "thank u for some laughs and some v productive conversation! it was nice bumping into u!" She added the hashtags #FutureFeministPiers and #FingersCrossed.
Explaining to a fan why she even talked to Morgan, Ari wrote, "well...we bumped into each other at a restaurant. and i decided to sit with him and we spoke for a while. i think some progress was made! turns out face to face discussions are a bit kinder and gentler, even if you do indeed disagree. :)."
Ariana and Morgan's original feud happened in November, when he criticized the British girl group Little Mix for posing naked on their single artwork. After Ari's Joan mom called him out, Morgan replied, "I'd just prefer they use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity. As your own daughter does...!"
Ariana then jumped in and wrote, "I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to. women can be sexual AND talented...it’s OUR choice..."
She added, "i look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticize young, beautiful, successful women."
Carter SmithKelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha and Taylor Swift are able to move back and forth between the worlds of country and pop with ease, so it's no surprise they've each received nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be presented in Las Vegas in April.
Bebe is nominated for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Event of the Year for "Meant to Be," her smash collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. It was a huge pop hit, but it also spent 50 weeks at #1 on Billboard's country chart.
Kelly is also up for Music Event of the Year. Her nod is for "Keeping Score," a collaboration she recorded with country duo Dan Shay. The "Tequila" duo is one of this year's leading ACM nominees, with six nods in all.
Taylor is up for Video of the Year for "Babe," her collaboration with Sugarland. Not only does she sing on the track, but she also co-stars in the video, along with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
Meanwhile, country star Maren Morris, who sang on the Grammy-nominated pop hit "The Middle," is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
The ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be handed out live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Welcome to New York -- you've been served.
The Blast reports that Taylor Swift is suing a business owner in Long Island, New York, accusing him of fraud. It's actually a countersuit: The owner of the store, which is called SwiftLife, is already suing Taylor, accusing her of infringing on his trademark with her recently discontinued app, "The Swift Life."
In her countersuit, Taylor claims the store owner, Patrick Lloyd Yves Benot, was able to get the name "SwiftLife" for his store by lying to the Trademark Office. In the suit, Taylor claims that when Benot registered the company, he used the name “S.L. SwiftLife Computer Services.”
Taylor claims this is proof that Benot never planned to use the name "SwiftLife" on its own...so he shouldn't be suing her over it. Accordingly, she's asking the court to cancel the store's trademark, and is also asking Benot to pay her legal bills.
The Blast says Benot is the owner and sole employee of SwiftLife Computer Services, which does computer consulting. He says he launched the company in 2007 and trademarked the name in 2008.
In 2017, Taylor launched her app "The Swift Life," and Benot claims his business has suffered due to the confusion.
Taylor initially responded by asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed, on the grounds that nobody was confusing the two SwiftLifes, because one is a company and one is an app and they are both marketed to different audiences.
However, The Blast reports that a judge recently allowed Benot's suit to move forward, hence Taylor's new countersuit.
ABC/Craig SjodinABC isn't missing out on the chance to remind people that the new season of American Idol is right around the corner.
At 4 p.m. ET, before the network starts its Academy Awards coverage this Sunday, viewers can watch the half-hour special American Idol: A New Journey Begins. It features Ryan Seacrest interviewing judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie about the new season of the show, and offers a preview of some of the talent we'll be seeing this year. The three singers will also answer fan questions and reveal "behind-the-scenes secrets."
Then, during the Oscars themselves, viewers will see a musical performance by American Idol hopefuls from the show's premiere episode on March 3. The prospective contestants will be seen singing from a rooftop in "the heart of Hollywood," and Ryan Seacrest will appear as well.
American Idol: A New Journey Begins begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on ABC. At 6:30 p.m., the 90-minute preview Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet begins, followed by the Oscars at 8 p.m. ET.
Interestingly, many of the artists you'll see singing on Sunday's Academy Awards have appeared on American Idol in the past, including Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, the rock band Queen and their lead singer Adam Lambert -- who was the runner-up on season eight -- and, of course, season three standout Jennifer Hudson.
American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.