The American Idol top 12 finalists are whisking viewers off to the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Numbers ranging from classic films including The Wizard of Oz and Dirty Dancing to modern favorites such as The Greatest Showman and La La Land will all be center stage during the broadcast, where the theme is Academy Award-nominated songs.
Billboardreports that Alyssa Wray will perform the empowering "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman, while Ava August will sing Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's duet, "City of Stars," from the Oscar-winning La La Land.
Casey Bishop will tackle the timeless "Over the Rainbow," while Cassie Coleman performs Sam Smith's "Writing's On the Wall," from the James Bond flick Spectre, and Grace Kinstler offers her take on Pharrell's "Happy," from Despicable Me 2.
Madison Watkins will pay tribute to Whitney Houston with a performance of "Run to You" from The Bodyguard, and Willie Spence will sing "Stand Up," from the 2019 Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet.
The episode is set to open with a performance by judge Lionel Richie of his chart-topping hit, "Say You, Say Me," from the film White Nights. The song was nominated for an Oscar in 1986.
The top 12 contestants will be whittled down to the top nine when American Idol airs on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here's the full set list:
Alyssa Wray: "This Is Me" -- Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (from The Greatest Showman)
Ava August: "City of Stars" -- Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (from La La Land)
Beane: "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life" -- Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (from Dirty Dancing)
Caleb Kennedy: "On the Road Again" -- Willie Nelson (from Honeysuckle Rose)
Casey Bishop: "Over the Rainbow" -- Judy Garland (from The Wizard of Oz)
Cassie Coleman: "Writing’s On the Wall" -- Sam Smith (from Spectre)
Chayce Beckham: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" -- Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
Deshawn Goncalves: "The Way We Were" -- Barbra Streisand (from The Way We Were)
Grace Kinstler: "Happy" -- Pharrell Williams (from Despicable Me 2)
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) has hit number one on the British album charts, surpassing The Beatles’ all-time record for the fastest accumulation of three number-one albums in the U.K.
According to the Official Charts Company, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) gives Taylor her third chart-topping album in the U.K. in just 259 days, following folkore on July 31 and evermore on December 18.
The Beatles previously held the record for 54 years, after scoring three chart-toppers in 364 days between 1965 and 1966, with Help!, Rubber Soul and Revolver.
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) also marks Taylor’s seventh U.K. number-one album overall. She’s now third among female artists with the most chart-topping albums in Britain, after Madonna, who has 12, and Kylie Minogue, with eight.
Lance Bass admits that NSYNC went into their blockbuster 2000 album, No Strings Attached, with a sense of trepidation.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Lance reveals that at the time of the album's release, the band was embroiled in a legal battle with late record producer and manager Lou Pearlman, who was later the subject of the 2019 documentary The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story, focusing on the creation of his Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $1 billion.
Lance says the release of No Strings Attached came at a "crazy time" in the group's life as they were trying to part ways with Pearlman while capitalizing on the success of their RIAA Diamond-certified debut album.
“I was very young. I think I was 19 years old or 18 years old at the time, so I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing," Lance explains. "But I knew that we had such success with the first album that the second album is your make it or break it type album. If it flops, it’s hard to recover from that. So going into it, we were scared because we didn’t know what we were going to be able to do with the second album.”
NSYNC ultimately left record label RCA and were able to keep the name NSYNC. “And thank goodness the courts sided with us and we got our name back. And that really is what launched the whole theme of No Strings Attached with us, getting away from Lou Pearlman," Lance continues. "And it just inspired us to write more than we’ve ever written. And some magic really happened.”
At the time, No Strings Attached set the record for biggest first-week sales, with 2.4 million copies sold.
In response to fans' urgent inquires about her cat Meredith, the superstar put their minds at ease by informing them that the feline is not missing -- she's just shy.
Taylor posted an Instagram video on Friday talking to her other cat, Benjamin Button, addressing the rumors that Meredith was missing. "The truth is, Meredith just hates having her picture taken," the singer writes, sharing a series of humorous snaps of a displeased Meredith.
"She's just a really private little cat. She likes her business kept to herself, she doesn't like a camera shoved in her face, and who can blame her," Taylor went on. "So there's your update on Meredith."
Taylor ends the video by asking her pet, "do you have any comment on the recent allegations that you're a missing cat?" as the feline runs for cover.
The former country hitmaker also revealed that Fearless (Taylor's Version) is not only the top album release so far this year, it also had the biggest opening week for a country album in the last six years. She thanked her fans for their support.
"WELL WELL WELL you all really went out and left my greatest expectations in shambles this week," Taylor shares. "Honestly??? How?? Did I get this lucky????"
Celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang shared a quick clip on Instagram of the "Lose You to Love Me" singer's new tattoo of a small cross on her collarbone, with Selena smiling as she pulls down her mask and shows off the ink.
"We [heart] @selenagomez," the tattoo shop's NYC location writes in the caption.
Selena also tasked Bang Bang with inking the title of her latest album, Rare, on her neck below her ear after the album's release last year. In addition to Selena, Bang Bang has tattooed Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber and many others.
As previously reported, Selena is lending her support to the COVID-19 vaccination effort by serving as host of Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, "celebrating the hope that COVID-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world." Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Eddie Vedder and J Balvin are among the performers. The event airs on May 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and other outlets.
Is Harry Styles going under the sea? Well, he's certainly going viral!
Fans got a humorous treat this week when photos of the "Watermelon Sugar" hit maker surfaced dressed in an Ariel costume from The Little Mermaid. Straight from the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, Harry can be seen donning a red wig, seashell bra and aquamarine mermaid's tale while striking a dramatic pose on a pink velvet chair.
To top it off, he has a cigarette in one hand and raises a glass of champagne in another.
According toNewsweek, the images are from a photoshoot the Grammy winner did when he served as host and musician guest on Saturday Night Live in 2019.
This isn't the first time he's had a mermaid connection. In 2014, when asked why he got a mermaid tattoo, Harry responded, "I am a mermaid." Additionally, Harry was offered the role of Prince Eric in the upcoming live action remake of The Little Mermaid, with Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle set to play the title role. However, he turned it down to focus on music.
After these latest photos surfaced though, one fan had another theory: "harry turned down the role of prince eric because he wanted to be ariel. it’s a fact."
Bebe Rexha is making Better Mistakes with her new album.
The superstar has announced that her sophomore effort will drop on May 7, featuring collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Lil Uzi Vert and more.
The album announcement comes with the arrival of "Sabotage," a ballad in which Bebe admits to being her own worst enemy and "the queen of burning bridges."
"Why do I sabotage everything I love?/It's always beautiful until I mess it up/Why do I sabotage everything I love?/The walls are closin' in because I built them up," she sings.
“‘Sabotage’ is one of the most vulnerable songs on my new album, Better Mistakes. It’s just as beautiful as it is painfully honest," says Bebe. "I admit to getting in my own way when things are going well. I know I am not alone in experiencing self-sabotage during life’s most precious moments, and this ballad is an acknowledgment that sometimes we are our own worst enemy."
Better Mistakes follows the hitmaker's 2018 debut, Expectations, which featured her smash hit "Meant to Be," featuring country duo Florida Georgia Line, that landed at the top of the pop and country charts and earned a Grammy nomination in 2019.
Bebe introduced Better Mistakes with the lead single "Baby, I'm Jealous," featuring Doja Cat, followed by "Sacrifice."
Here's the Better Mistakes track list:
1. "Break My Heart Myself" (Feat. Travis Barker)
3. "Trust Fall"
4. "Better Mistakes"
6. "My Dear Love" (Feat. Ty Dolla $Ign & Trevor Daniel)
7. "Die foraA Man" (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
8. "Baby, I’m Jealous" (Feat. Doja Cat)
9. "On the Go" (Feat. Pink Sweat$ & Lunay)
10. "Death Row"
12. "Amore" (Feat. Rick Ross)
And baby makes three! Three-time Grammy nominee J Balvin confirmed Thursday that he is adding a new member to his growing family.
The "Mi Gente" artist's girlfriend, Valentina Ferrer, shared the good news on Thursday by releasing her spread for Vogue México. The black and white photo shows Ferrer, 27, displaying her growing stomach as Balvin, 35, wraps his arms around her, placing his hands on her belly.
"Se va agrandando la familia," the Argentinian actress wrote, which means "The family is growing," and closed off the sweet caption with a pink beating heart emoji.
Balvin also took to his own Instagram stories to praise the love of his life, sharing the post and gushing in Spanish, "You will be a great mother."
Ferrer described the rush of emotions she's been experiencing since becoming pregnant in the magazine interview, tellingVogue México, "I did three [pregnancy] tests in a row because I couldn't believe it."
Ferrer also revealed that she and Balvin are expecting a boy, saying in the interview, "What surprised me the most was when he started kicking."
She also disclosed how her boyfriend reacted to the wonderful news.
"He froze. I was happy, but it was like a call from Zoom that does not work when the WiFi crashes. That's how it stayed, dangling," the former Miss Argentina laughed. "I told him in person, but that's how it remained."
Neither Ferrer nor Balvin have revealed a due date.
April 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Janet Jackson’s blockbuster seventh studio album, All for You. In honor of the milestone, here are five fascinating facts about the album.
5. Janet made All for You after divorcing René Elizondo Jr., whom she’d secretly married in 1991. He's the guy whose hands were covering her breasts on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1993. Despite the split, her producer, Jimmy Jam, said Janet was optimistic about the future, which is why the album was carefree, fun and upbeat.
4. Janet said All for You is “a suite of songs that helped me move from one emotional level to another.” She added, “I feel free, and there’s nothing more wonderful than freedom.” As MTV noted, the album's two themes were "the liberation that comes with ending a bad relationship, and sex."
3. All for You debuted at number one with the biggest opening sales week of Janet’s career, selling more than 605,000 copies. It’s since sold more than seven million worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of the decade.
2. All for You spun off the number-one title track, and the follow-up hits “Someone to Call My Lover” and “Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think this Song Is About You)." The latter is based around a sample of Carly Simon's 1972 hit "You're So Vain," and Simon added a new spoken-word part to it. A remix added Missy Elliott.
1. The song “All for You,” spent seven weeks at #1, making it Janet's most successful single since 1993's "That's the Way Love Goes." It also made radio airplay history and won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. To date, it's Janet's most recent Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.
Katy Perry did not mince words when expressing her true feelings about social media.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, via an account that boasts nearly 110 million followers, the 36-year-old singer unexpectedly launched into a rant about online culture.
"Social media is trash," she tweeted out on Thursday, but provided no context behind her opinion.
Instead, she intensified her rant using a follow up tweet, where she likened social media to "the decline of human civilization" and ended her remark with the hashtag "#isaidwhatisaid."
This isn't the first time the "Smile" singer has spoken out about her grief with social media. In 2018, she expressed concern that people are spending too much time obsessing over how they appear online.
Speaking to Refinery29, Katy explained at the time, "A lot of us are living for that picture, and then the currency is the like. It’s hard because I’d rather not care about that and just live my life."
"We buy clothing and products or pose a certain way or go to an event to get a picture — it’s not good for us as a society," she continued. "I think it’s actually the decline of civilization if we’re going extreme about it. We have to find a balance, and I’m trying to find my own personal balance with it because I’m just as much a victim as everybody else."
While the Grammy nominee has not disclosed what prompted her to take another swipe at social media, she did close out her fiery string of tweets by telling fans she loves them.
In her music video for “Dancing with the Devil,” Demi Lovato reenacts the night of her near-fatal overdose in 2018. Now, in a new edition of Vevo Footnotes, we see what went into that process.
We learn the video took two days to shoot but six months to prepare. Careful thought went into every detail.
“There are no accidents in this video,” says director Michael D. Ratner, who also directed Demi's YouTube documentary of the same name. “From where people are facing to what they bring into frame, or where they are in frame, everything is thought through and has meaning. Demi has 23 tattoos and there are 23 Easter eggs in the video.”
Not only did Demi recreate her hair color and outfit from that night, but some of her family members and friends are also represented in the video.
“When recreating the night before my overdose some of the actors are wearing clothing to match some of my friends who were there, including Dani Vitale’s white tank top, which is seen in the documentary’s archival footage,” Demi reveals. “In the scene where I’m surrounded by family in the hospital, one of the actresses has hair the same color as my sister, Dallas, in 2018.”
According to Footnotes, the bedroom scene was the toughest for Demi to shoot and the team made sure to rehearse so she didn’t have to do multiple takes. She also had her case manager on set to ensure it was a safe space.
In the end, we see Demi’s real “survivor” tattoo, which she got to cover the scar from where her dialysis port was inserted when she was being treated in the hospital.
Lil Nas X's latest video, for his number-one hit "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," has been wildly controversial, what with its scenes of Nas traveling to Hell and giving Satan himself a lap dance before killing the Prince of Darkness and taking his throne. But the artist continues to poke fun at the outrage -- this time with his new line of merch.
X is now selling t-shirts with the slogan "I [Heart] Jesus" in big letters. Underneath that, in slightly smaller letters, it adds: "And that one part in the 'Montero' music video by Lil Nas X when he gets nasty with the Devil because it was a cool form of self-expression and art."
Another t-shirt design says, "I watched the 'Montero' video by Lil Nas X and all I got was this lousy shirt and now I'm also gay and love Satan."
Ingrid Michaelson and Zayn have released the music video for their duet, “To Begin Again.”
The visual showcases New York City and how people are finding hope and joy even in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wanted to create a love letter to my city,” Ingrid writes on social media. “To celebrate the hope that is slowly coming back to the wonderful, resilient people of NY and the world. And to remind people that we're stronger when we work together, fight for each other and love one another.”
In addition to scenes from different neighborhoods around the city, we see Ingrid at her piano at home and Zayn in the studio working on a song.
Ingrid previously said she wrote the song in November after Joe Biden won the presidential election. She decided to make it a duet after hearing Zayn was a fan of hers.
In another installment of "This will make you feel old," today Gwen Stefani is marking the 25th anniversary of one of her biggest hits ever: "Don't Speak," by her band No Doubt.
Tweeting a snippet of the video, Gwen wrote, "25 years and 815 million views on youtube later...thank u for listening and re-listening to my music all these years! happy anniversary #dontspeak!" She added the hashtags #skaforever, #nodoubt and #myhomies.
"Don't Speak" was written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric. It started out as a love song, but after Gwen's boyfriend, No Doubt bass player Tony Kanal, ended their seven-year relationship, she turned it into a breakup song.
Gwen also shared a vintage video of the group discussing how they turned the song's iconic video into a story about the band breaking up. As drummer Adrian Young explains that Gwen wrote the song about her "relationship," Tony tries to look casual and uninterested.
When "Don't Speak" was released, it was a huge success on radio, but because it wasn't commercially available as a single, it wasn't allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 -- that was the rule back then. However, it did reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, racking up a then-record 16 weeks in the top spot.
Interestingly, "Don't Speak" was kept out of the number-one spot on Billboard's Alternative Airplay by the song "Swallowed," by the band Bush. Of course, in 2002, Gwen married Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. They divorced in 2016.
"Don't Speak" ultimately became the most-played song on American radio in 1996, earned two Grammy nominations, and won the Best Group Video award at the 1997 MTV VMAs.