Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesIt’s true: Britney Spears is heading back to Las Vegas for a brand new residency next year.
The singer made the big announcement with a 30-minute live video on Ellen DeGeneres' YouTube channel Thursday night. The video included a parade and a light show before Britney appeared to sign autographs for fans and the reason for the celebration was revealed.
The new residency, Britney: Domination, will be staged at the Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February.
"I am so happy to be returning to my second home — Las Vegas!" Britney says in a statement to theLas Vegas Review-Journal. "I’m working on a brand-new show and I’m so excited for my fans to see it! It’s going to be so much fun being back on stage and I can’t wait to perform at Park Theater."
The production kicks off Valentine's Day weekend, on February 13 and 14, and will run for 32 performances in 2019. Tickets go on sale October 26 at 10 a.m. PT.
Britney made her Vegas debut in 2013 with her Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood. She wrapped that show in December of this year and this year, she went on the road, playing shows on the East Coast and in Europe.
Kai Z FengA little over a year ago, in the wake of Flint, Michigan's water emergency, Bruno Mars announced at a concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, "Tonight, I want to donate $1 million to our brothers and sisters in Flint." Now, the results of his generous donation -- and how it's helping the children of Flint -- have been revealed.
According to ABC affiliate WJRT-TV in Flint, about $580,000 of Bruno's money has been spent so far. It's gone towards building two playgrounds, refinishing basketball courts, rebuilding the tennis courts at a local park, and supporting Michigan State University's pediatric public health initiative.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has created a video to show the singer the impact he's made over the past year; in it, a group of kids are seem smiling and saying, "Thank you, Bruno Mars!"
The head of the foundation, Isaiah Oliver, says Bruno wanted to decide where his money was spent, so they worked with him and his team to fund the projects, which are all designed to help kids who've been poisoned by the lead in Flint's water.
And how do playgrounds and basketball courts help that cause? Oliver explains it's because lead poisoning affects kids' cognitive development.
"What we know is unstructured play is probably the best cognitive development for 0 to 6 year olds. So why not build out spaces to have that happen?" Oliver says.
Oliver says the Foundation is extremely grateful that Bruno, who's from Hawaii, felt strongly enough about what has happening in the city that he wanted to help.
"He's probably never stepped foot in Flint...but he cared enough about what was happening to our community at that time...to support us and give us hugs by way of a large gift."
The "Almost Love" singer is one of the stars of acclaimed new film The Hate U Give. It's about Starr, a black teen from a poor neighborhood who attends a mostly white prep school. Starr, played by Amandla Stenberg, finds her loyalties divided when her childhood best friend is shot by the police.
Sabrina plays Starr's friend Hailey, a racially insensitive girl who doesn't realize how privileged she is.
"It definitely wasn't a role that I...was dying to play," Sabrina tells ABC Radio. "But the movie was what sold me and the book was what sold me...I was a huge fan of the book before I knew they were turning it into a movie."
Sabrina says she was O.K. with playing an unsympathetic character like Hailey because the film explains why she is the way that she is.
"What made me feel so much better about doing it was...there wasn't any character that didn't have a motivation or didn't have a reason," she tells ABC Radio. "We had so much rehearsal with the director....who's amazing at really digging deep on what our characters were going through, and what was going through their heads when they were saying certain things."
Sabrina's now hoping that playing Hailey will encourage people take a good hard look at themselves.
"If people do see my character within themselves, I hope it wakes them up a little bit and I hope they take note," she tells ABC Radio. "'Cause she's a little ignorant. And sometimes we are and we don't recognize it. And I think this movie really forces you to recognize it."
Getty Images via ABCRihanna was reportedly asked to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, but she declined the offer in order to show support for Colin Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source tells Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
This year, the NFL adopted a new policy requiring players to stand, not kneel in protest, during the national anthem.
Following Rihanna’s refusal, Maroon 5 has reportedly accepted the NFL’s invitation to headline the Super Bowl 53 halftime show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta. Their participation has not yet been officially confirmed, however.
Kaepernick is currently suing the NFL, accusing the 32 team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league after he ignited the National Anthem protest in 2016.
Kaepernick previously played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons, from 2011-2016. He played with the 49ers in Super Bowl 47 in 2013, but the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
The 30-year-old athlete and activist currently stars in the Nike “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign which features LeBron James and Serena Williams.
PRNewsfoto/Epic RightsEarlier this year, *NSYNC released a capsule collection of throwback-inspired fashions inspired by the group's heyday. Now, they're back with a second collection, and you can buy it now...No Strings Attached.
The items range from a $175 "Once in a Lifetime" satin bomber jacket, to a $15 mug decorated with No Strings Attached artwork. There are also t-shirts, baby onesies, baseball caps, keychains, drinking glasses, pins and hoodies, as well as a doormat that says "Bye Bye Bye" on it.
You can shop the limited-edition collection now on *NSYNC's website, but hurry -- because in eight days, everything will be "Gone."
Hollywood RecordsReigning American Idol champ Maddie Poppe is gearing up to release her first new music since her winning single, "Going Going Gone."
The new song, "Keep on Movin' On," was written by songwriters who've penned material for Britney Spears, Elle King, Carrie Underwood and Weezer. It'll be out October 26, the same day she'll perform it for the first time on Live with Kelly & Ryan.
Maddie spent the summer on the American Idol Live tour with her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and the rest of the season's top seven. She's currently working on her debut album.
The singer from Iowa is nominated in the People's Choice Award category of Competition Contestant of 2018; winners will be announced November 11. She'll also headline her first L.A. show November 13 at the legendary Hotel Café.
Epic RecordsMariah Carey has released yet another new track from her upcoming album, Caution.
The slow jam track, "The Distance," features rapper Ty Dolla $ign, and features Mariah singing about a love that endures despite people's disapproval.
"People saying what we have is over/But the hate only made us get closer/And closer," sings Mariah. "Said we couldn't go the distance/Look at us, we're going the distance/They just wanna be us/They don't wanna see us going the distance/for life, for life."
Thematically, the song is similar to Mariah's previous single, "With You," in which she sings about two people who've weathered multiple hardships but are still in love.
Caution is due November 16. If you pre-order it now, you'll instantly score "With You," "The Distance," and the first track Mariah released from the project, "GTFO."
Image Group LA/ABCColdplay's upcoming A Head Full of Dreams documentary will receive a home release on December 7, and it'll be accompanied by a new live album and concert film.
The album, Live in Buenos Aires, was recorded in the Argentine capital on November 15, 2017 -- the final date on Coldplay's extensive world tour behind their most recent studio effort, 2015's A Head Full of Dreams. Meanwhile, the film, Live in Sao Paulo, was shot a week earlier.
The Live in Buenos Aires recording of "Viva La Vida" is available now for digital download, while you can watch the Live in Sao Paulo performance of the 2008 hit now on YouTube.
The career-spanning A Head Full of Dreams documentary chronicles Coldplay's now 20-year story, from their first rehearsal to becoming the stadium-conquering global stars they are today. It'll screen in theaters worldwide for one night only on November 14 before premiering on Amazon Prime Video November 16.
NABILToday's a good day to catch a couple of "Z's": ZAYN and Zara Larsson both have new songs out.
ZAYN's new song, "Fingers," written and recorded this past summer, is one of the many tracks the former One Direction member has released ahead of his long-awaited sophomore album. The track finds ZAYN singing about how he can't text his significant other "'Cause my fingers ain't broken, but my heart is."
ZAYN has already released the songs "Let Me," "Entertainer," "Sour Diesel" and "Too Much" from his upcoming album, more about which we'll be hearing "soon," according to a press release. His #1 solo debut album, Mind of Mine, came out in 2016.
Meanwhile, "Never Forget You" hitmaker Zara Larsson has released a new song called "Ruin My Life" from her upcoming sophomore album, due out in 2019. The upbeat track finds the Swedish singer wanting to reunite with her ex, singing, "Baby, come back to me/I want you to ruin my life/I want you to f**k up my nights."
ABC/Randy Holmes It's hard to believe considering how many money moves she's made in such a short time, but Cardi B made her television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! only a year ago.
A mantel full of awards later, Cardi returned to the show Wednesday night and talked about fame, her baby, and how she wants more siblings for little Kulture Kiari Cephus, her baby with husband Offset.
"Almost exactly one year ago you made your television debut right here on this stage," Kimmel said, from his temporary home at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. "How have things been going since then?"
The Bronx-born Cardi exclaimed, "Oh my God, it's crazy. It's only been 12 months, I can't even believe it!"
Jimmy asked her if her fame is fun. "It's not," the "Bodak Yellow" rapper admitted. "Because you want to know something? Like...there's certain things that I want to do with my daughter. Like I want to go to the beach with my baby. I want to take a stroll down the street with my baby, and it's just like I can't, because I just I don't know who's next to me and who has certain intentions."
She added of little Kulture, "I don't want to show my baby out to the public right now. I just want to protect her. I'm not like mentally ready...Paparazzi everywhere...[R]ight now I've got to keep it very low key."
However, Cardi noted of motherhood: "It's the best. It's like, 'Oh my gosh, should have had you when I was a teenager!'"
She wants as many as four kids, but she did have one caveat about Kulture. "She broke my vagina," Cardi said, bringing down the house. "Why nobody tells you about those things?"
ABC/Paula LoboAfter scoring a #1 debut on the gospel chart with her new album Hiding Place,Tori Kelly launches a tour in support of the project tonight in Atlanta, Georgia. But if you're a fan of Tori's pop songs, don't worry -- you'll be hearing those songs and more, too.
"I'll definitely be playing some other stuff too," she tells ABC Radio. "I might even tease some new songs, we'll see, but [I'm] definitely gonna play the gospel stuff, and some of the older stuff."
"I want people to still feel like they're at a Tori Kelly concert so it's just gonna be me," she explains. "I don't wanna overthink it too much with the different styles. I think it's gonna be fun to try to weave everything together and really experiment -- that's what I do on tour."
Tori says the audience will be a big part of her shows as well.
"I feed off of them too, so whatever they're giving me I'll kinda give back to them," she says.
One interesting aspect of the tour is that some of the shows will take place in landmark churches, or landmark buildings that used to be churches. For example, her show tonight is at The Tabernacle, a concert venue more than 100 years old that used to be a church.
"It's not a full tour of churches but it's all like historical buildings and just beautiful venues," she says. "It'll be cool to have these amazing backdrops and just all the history that's in the building. That'll be something I'm looking forward to for sure."
Tori has said that she has a pop project coming "soon," but there's no release date on that yet.
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPals Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran each spent most of this year touring stadiums around the world, and now all that work has paid off in nominations for the Billboard Live Music Awards.
Both Taylor and Ed are nominated for Top World Tour, Top U.S. Tour, Top Draw and Top Boxscore at the awards, which will be handed out November 13 in Beverly Hills. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. will host the festivities.
The Top Tour is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the best-attended tour of the year -- meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets. The Top Boxscore Award is for the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist: In Ed's case, it's his four shows at London's Wembley Stadium; in Taylor's, it's her two shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Awkwardly, one of Taylor's reported ex-boyfriends, John Mayer, is being honored at the ceremony with the prestigious Legend of Live Award. On the other hand, her friend Shawn Mendes is also being honored that night with the Artist of the Year Award -- so whether or not she'll attend the ceremony appears to be a toss-up.
Here are the nominees:
TOP WORLD TOUR Beyoncé & Jay-Z Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift
TOP U.S. TOUR Beyoncé & Jay-Z Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift
TOP DRAW Beyoncé & Jay-Z Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift
TOP BOXSCORE Ed Sheeran Wembley Stadium, London June 14 – 17, 2018 (4 shows) Taylor Swift MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. July 20 – 22, 2018 (2 shows)
U2 Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil Oct. 19 – 25, 2018 (4 shows)
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST Maluma Cardi B Post Malone
TOP FESTIVAL Life is Beautiful Festival Lollapalooza Brazil Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
CONCERT MARKETING AND PROMOTION Travis Scott x Red Bull, Lyft, Snapchat American Express for the ASTROWORLD Album & Tour Launch Marshmello x Bumble Khalid x Hollister
Matt HayslettSam Smith is using his voice for a good cause.
The British star has teamed up with acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile for a duet version of Brandi's song "Party of One." A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children in Conflict, via Brandi's own Looking Out Foundation. Children in Conflict's current campaign seeks to raise $1 million to help children who are impacted by war.
In a statement, Sam says, "I am so excited for everyone to have this song in their ears and hearts. Working with Brandi Carlile is truly one of the highlights of my career. Her voice and songwriting get me through the dark days. Brandi is a mentor to me and now a friend and I’m so thankful she asked me to feature on her single."
He adds, "I hope you all love this as much as I do. And I hope this raises as much support as possible to the incredible charity Children in Conflict and its partner, War Child U.K., of which I’m a global ambassador. Thank you for listening.”
Brandi, meanwhile, says, "I’m beyond proud to have collaborated with the incredible Sam Smith. There is no one quite like him and I’ve never heard a voice like his before. He’s an absolute gentleman and a sweetheart."
She adds, "We hope the vulnerability of this song reflects the fragility of [the children's] situation and compels people to support our cause.”
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaIt's been a year since "Despacito" was the biggest song in the world, but it's still breaking records.
Luis Fonsi has received seven Guinness World Record titles thanks to "Despacito," which was #1 for 16 weeks last year. According to the Guinness World Record website, the song, which was first released on January 13, 2017, has broken the following records:
Most weeks at No.1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart: 57.
Most-viewed music video online: 5,003,945,241 views as of April 6, 2018.
Most-liked video online: 29,585,207 million likes on YouTube, as of August 31, 2018.
Most-viewed music video on YouTube (duet): 5,003,945,241 views as of April 6, 2018.
Most-streamed track worldwide: 4.6 billion times worldwide as of July 19, 2017.
First YouTube video to receive five billion views: achieved on April 4, 2018.
Most-viewed video online: 5,003,945,241 views as of April 6, 2018.
Fonsi posted a photo on Instagram of himself posing with his honors, and wrote, "Yesterday, Guinness World Records surprised me with these seven awards. I am very honored to be part of the Guinness World Records family. 'Despacito' broke seven Guinness World Records in a year and it's all thanks to you. Thanks to everyone who worked to achieve this success!"
Luis also thanked his collaborators on the song -- Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber -- as well as his co-writer and producers.
Denise TruscelloBritney Spears is going to make a "big announcement" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, and it's assumed that she's going to reveal the details of a brand-new Las Vegas residency. Britain's Daily Mailreports that Britney will indeed announce that, and in doing so, she'll be come the highest-paid entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip.
The paper reports that under her new deal at the 5,200-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM Las Vegas -- where Lady Gaga is going to start her residency in December -- Britney will make $507,000 per show. That would break the record, previously held by Celine Dion, of $476,000 per night.
Britney's previous residency show, Piece of Me, at the Planet Hollywood venue formerly known as the AXIS Theater, had a super-successful four-year run, and grossed nearly 138 million bucks over 248 shows. When the show closed last December, she was pulling in $400,000 per night.
According to the Daily Mail, Britney had a non-compete clause, which is why she has to wait until 2019 to announce her new residency, and the show will likely start in the spring.
In addition to Lady Gaga, other acts who've either had, will have or currently have residencies at the Park Theater include Aerosmith, Queen Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin.
Dennis LeupoldElle King is opening up about her battles with substance abuse and mental illness in the latest issue of People magazine.
The singer, whose album Shake the Spirit comes out Friday, admits, “Last year almost broke me, but I’m stronger now because of it."
Elle says she was in a “destructive marriage” with Andrew Ferguson, during which Ferguson was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence after allegedly grabbing Elle by the throat and threatening to kill her. The charges were later dropped.
After they broke up last year, Elle says she struggled with depression and PTSD, and used drugs and alcohol to mask her pain.
“I was at the lowest point in my life,” she says. “I was not well. I couldn’t look people in the eyes. I literally couldn’t leave my house for weeks at a time.”
Eventually, Elle got help, seeking treatment from a PTSD specialist last summer and easing up on her hard-partying ways. She also leaned on friends and family, and mended her relationship with dad Rob Schneider. She says they now have the relationship she “always wanted.”
“There’s two ways out. You can take the bad way out or you can get help. I got help because I knew that I have felt good in my life and I knew I could get there again,” Elle says.
Elle adds that though she still drinks and smokes marijuana, “I have a different fun now -- it’s not having fun out of pain.
“I’ve changed a lot,” she declares. “I’m finding my own self-love, and I’m inviting love, outwardly in.”
ABC/Image Group LACardi B is shutting down rumors she’s recorded a track dissing Nicki Minaj.
The “I Like it” rapper posted a screen shot, since deleted, of text messages with a TMZ reporter asking about the diss track.
The reply from her representative states, “Cardi has no song coming about Nicki. So that’s false and so your story would [be] false.. Your sources are liars."
Cardi also slammed TMZ for allegedly stalking her and her baby, Kulture.
In another since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi wrote, “You really pressed my button a couple of weeks ago when ya had photographers literally stalk me and my daughter when i clearly said repeatedly i don’t want to show my daughter."
"With fame comes crazy people, stalkers and psychopaths, so i want to protect my child till I’m ready to show her to the world," Cardi continued. “But NO integrity don’t matter to ya. Then ya constantly got me in ya blog spreading fake s**t about me without doing ya research and even when we tell ya is not true, ya still push it.”
The three-time American Music Award winner closed the message with an announcement about new music.
“My single “Money” drops OCTOBER 26!!” “Money” will be the follow-up to Cardi’s platinum single “Ring” featuring Kehlani.
The rapper is also discussing joining Fran Drescher in a potential reboot of Drescher's 90s sitcom, The Nanny. After seeing Cardi wearing a cheetah-print ensemble -- channeling her character in the series -- Drescher said she wanted Cardi to portray her daughter.
“It’s really getting me excited," the actress tells ExtraTV. "It’s fresh and it could be super fun.”
Interscope RecordsThe soundtrack for A Star Is Born could score a second week at #1 on the Billboard album chart, according to sales projections.
The album, featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, could sell 125,000 units by the end of this week, Billboard reports, enough to keep it in the #1 spot. It debuted on top of the chart last week with first-week sales of 231,000 units.
If the soundtrack remains on top, it'll be Gaga's first album to score more than one week at #1 since Born This Way, which did it back in 2011. Overall, the soundtrack is Gaga's fifth #1 album.
Meanwhile, Gaga is #1 and Cooper is #3 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart, which measures music sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media interaction to rank artists' popularity.
And finally, the duo is currently #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their A Star Is Born duet, "Shallow."
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande has finally acknowledged that she's going through a difficult time right now, and is taking a break from social media.
Tuesday, Ariana taped NBC's A Very Wicked Halloween Special, celebrating the 15th anniversary of her favorite musical, Wicked. In an Instagram Story post captured by Peoplemagazine, she wrote, "Ok today was v special and i’m so grateful i was able to be there. Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit.”
She then continued, "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see [right now]. It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always."
Ariana and fiancé Pete Davidson reportedly called off their engagement over the weekend.
At the A Very Wicked Halloween Special taping, Ariana performed the song "The Wizard and I," and posted a photo of herself with Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba the witch in Wicked on Broadway. "If y’all told me ab any of this fifteen years ago..." Ariana captioned the picture. The Wicked special airs on October 29.
Additionally, TMZ reports that while Ariana was performing, she very purposely wore a small adhesive bandage strip on her ring finger to cover up a tiny tattoo that reads "pete." Of course, she was no longer wearing her engagement ring, either.
Meanwhile, according to Entertainment Tonight, Pete Davidson pulled out of a comedy gig at Temple University Wednesday for “personal reasons.”
Solaiman FazelThis has been a good year for Janet Jackson when it comes to getting big, honorary awards.
Following her Billboard Music Icon Award, the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Icon Award, the 2018 Radio Disney Impact Award and the Black Girls Rock! Rock Star Award, Miss Jackson will now be named a 2018 Global Icon at the MTV European Music Awards.
Janet will perform a medley of her greatest hits on the telecast, including her latest single, “Made for Now.” The telecast will air live from Bilbao, Spain on November 4,
The 2018 MTV EMAs, hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, airs at 9 p.m. CET and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries.