Valheria RochaShe wore a Dixie Chicks button on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and put a painting of them on the wall of her apartment in the ME! video. Now, Taylor Swift has confirmed what fans have been speculating for months: The Dixie Chicks appear as guests on her new album Lover.
Taylor has posted the album's track list on Instagram, and among the 18 tracks is one called "Soon You'll Get Better," featuring the Grammy-winning multi-platinum country group. Taylor has cited the trio's music and aesthetic as being a huge influence on her.
But despite what appeared to be various hints, there doesn't seem to be any other special guests on the record, other than the Chicks and Taylor's "ME!" duet partner Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco.
Another song, "Cruel Summer," was an Easter egg in Taylor's video for "You Need to Calm Down" -- that's the phrase that Adam Lambert is seen tattooing on Ellen DeGeneres' arm in the clip.
Taylor's already revealed in her Vogue interview that the song "The Man" is about her imagining what it would be like to be a guy. She's told EW that some of her songs are political, so perhaps a track called "False God" refers to that. The track called "London Boy" is no doubt about Taylor's British boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
As for the rest of the songs, there's one called "It's Nice to Have a Friend," which Taylor may have hinted at by wearing buttons showing the faces of the cast of Friends on the cover of EW. A track called "Cornelia Street" could refer to a street by that name in London, New York or both.
As for the rest, Taylor's fans are trying to figure them out right now. Lover comes out August 23.
"I Forgot that You Existed" "Cruel Summer" "Lover" "The Man" "The Archer" "I Think He Knows" "Miss America & the Heartbreak Prince" "Paper Rings" "Cornelia Street" "Death by a Thousand Cuts" "London Boy" "Soon You'll Get Better" (feat. Dixie Chicks) "False God" "You Need to Calm Down" "Afterglow" "ME!" featuring Brendon Urie "It's Nice to Have a Friend" "Daylight"
Mark Surridge/Kraft Heinz CompanyEd Sheeran's love of ketchup has now raised thousands of dollars for his favorite charity.
As previously reported, to mark the 150th birthday of Heinz, Ed teamed up with the brand to create a special bottle of its Heinz Tomato Ketchup decorated with replicas of his many tattoos. Only 150 bottles were created, and Ed autographed each one. Now, three of them have been sold at auction at Christie's Auction House in London for a combined $4,437.
Each of the three bottles went for more than a thousand bucks, with the most expensive one going for $1823, according to Insider.com. It's believed to have set the world record for the most expensive bottle of ketchup.
All the money raised will go to Ed's favorite charity, East Anglia's Children's Hospices, as well as Rise Against Hunger, a charity chosen by Heinz.
The rest of the bottles, which are officially called "Ed Sheeran x Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Tattoo Edition," will either be given away in a worldwide prize drawing, donated to modern art museums, or gifted to superfans of Ed and Heinz.
As previously reported, back in June, Heinz created an ad starring Ed, based on the singer's original concept. It also launched special limited edition "Edchup" bottles in honor of National Ketchup Day.
RhinoChicago will celebrate the holiday season this year with a brand-new Christmas album, aptly titled Chicago Christmas, which will be released on CD and digitally on October 4, while vinyl versions will hit stores on November 22.
The 11-track collection, which is actually the horn-driven band's fourth yuletide album, features seven original songs, a pair of holiday favorites and one non-Christmas-themed cover that still evokes the spirit of the season -- the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love."
The album was produced by founding Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane, while founding trombone player James Pankow created the horn arrangements. The band recorded Chicago Christmas while on the road in hotel rooms and on their tour bus using a state-of-the-art mobile setup.
The album includes two different recordings of one of the new songs, "Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- a ballad version and an R&B version. Loughnane co-wrote the tune with John Durrill, a one-time member of the famous surf-instrumental group The Ventures.
The two vintage Christmas songs on the album are "Here We Come a Caroling" and "Sleigh Ride," the latter of which Chicago also recorded for its 2011 holiday record, Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three.
The vinyl versions of Chicago Christmas include a standard black-vinyl LP and limited-edition red- and white-vinyl version that are available exclusively at Rhino.com.
Meanwhile, Chicago has 19 U.S. concerts on its 2019 schedule, spanning from a September 1 performance at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, through an October 19 show in Clearwater, Florida. Check out the group's full itinerary at ChicagotheBand.com.
Here's the full Chicago Christmas track list:
"(Because) It's Christmastime" "All Over the World" "Bring My Baby Back" "Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- R&B Version "What the World Needs Now Is Love" "All Is Right" "Sleigh Ride 2019" "I'd Do It All Again (Christmas Moon)" "I'm Your Santa Claus" "Here We Come a Caroling" "Merry Christmas (I Love You)" -- Ballad Version
Robin SharpAndy Grammer has released the sentimental new video for his song, “She’d Say.”
A message at the beginning of the video explains, “My wife got me a phone call with a medium as a gift. Right away he said, ‘Your mother’s here. She wants you to write a song about what she would say to your daughter because she can’t be there to say it.’”
Andy adds, “On the off-chance that the universe really is this crazy…I wrote it.”
The video that follows features Andy taking his two-year-old daughter, Louisiana, with him to the recording studio and showing her pictures of her grandma Kathleen. The video also shows them visiting his mother’s gravesite, as he sings about what he imagines his mom would say to his daughter.
The song ends with Louisana saying, “Grandma Kathy,” in her adorable baby voice.
Capitol RecordsLionel Richie will be back on your TV screen next year as a judge on the third season of ABC's American Idol -- but to tide you over, you can check out his new live album, out today.
Hello from Las Vegas documents Lionel's Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, which wrapped up last October. There are three different editions available: Standard, Deluxe, and an edition sold exclusively via Target -- each with a slightly different set list.
Among the hits you'll find on the album: "Truly," "Penny Lover," "Stuck on You," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long" and, of course, "Hello." Lionel also delivers some Commodores hits, as well as a version of "We Are the World," which he co-wrote.
Lionel has five more dates left on his current Hello tour: Saturday in Stateline, NV, August 20 in Redmond, WA, August 21 in Portand, OR, August 24 in Stanford, CA and August 30 in St. Paul, MN.
Here are the track listings:
Standard Edition "Easy - My Love" "Running With The Night" "Penny Lover" "Truly" "Stuck On You" "Dancing On The Ceiling" "Three Times A Lady" "Brick House/Skin Tight/Fire" "Hello" "Say You, Say Me" "We Are The World" "All Night Long"
Deluxe Edition "Easy - My Love" "Running With The Night" "Penny Lover" "Truly" "Stuck On You" "Dancing On The Ceiling" "Three Times A Lady" "Fancy Dancer" "Sweet Love" "Lady You Bring Me Up" "Brick House/Skin Tight/Fire" "Hello" "Say You, Say Me" "We Are The World" "All Night Long"
Target Edition "Easy - My Love" "Running With The Night" "Penny Lover" "Truly" "You Are" "Stuck On You" "Dancing On The Ceiling" "Three Times A Lady" "Sail On" "Just To Be Close To You" "Brick House/Skin Tight/Fire" "Hello "Say You, Say Me" "We Are The World" "All Night Long"
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalA year ago today, the world lost the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Since then, she's been honored with reissues, awards, tribute concerts and site re-namings, and there's still more to come.
Today in Detroit, the now-renamed Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre will host a celebration of her life and music, featuring singer and pastors who, according to the Detroit Free Press, played "key roles" in Aretha's life.
While admission is free, donations will be solicited for the new Aretha Franklin Endowed Scholarship Fund for Detroit high-school students, as well as to a local group that helps people who suffer from the same kind of cancer that killed the Grammy-winning legend.
As the Detroit Free Press points out, since her death, Aretha was the subject of a two-hour Grammy tribute show and a tribute at the American Music Awards. In addition to the Detroit amphitheater, a stretch of freeway in the city is will be renamed the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway. Plus, fans are now finally able to enjoy the movie Amazing Grace, featuring footage of Aretha performing in church in 1972. It's available now for streaming.
Aretha was also awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Prize board, an honor that only 43 people have received. She is the only woman to be so honored.
Aretha fans can look forward to a biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, but the film's release date hasn't been solidified, according to an attorney for the singer's estate. In addition, Franklin will be the subject of the third season of Genius, the National Geographic channel series that devoted previous seasons to Albert Einstein and Picasso.
Alexandra GavilletFriday night, Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi will take the stage in Leeds, England to open for Ed Sheeran in front of 100,000 people -- and Saturday, he'll be delivering burritos to hungry fans in the same city.
The "Someone You Loved" singer has teamed up with the British food delivery app Deliveroo for a competition that will see him delivering burritos to three winners in Leeds between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. That should take his mind off the fact that he'll be opening for Ed again in Leeds Saturday night.
"My strategy, I guess, is just don't suck," he tells ABC Radio about his plan to win Ed's fans over. "Don't be terrible. Try your best and that's all you can hope for."
"I'm quite lucky that it's in the U.K.," he notes. "If it was over [in America] I'd be extremely worried! It feels like in the U.K., we're at a point where it's like, 'OK. People might know [my song] in passing.'"
Lewis is being modest: "Someone You Loved" was number one for seven weeks in the U.K. But he admits that playing for that many people is still intimidating, even if they all do know his song.
"The thing I'm really worried about is less so supporting Ed...it's the scale of those shows," he tells ABC Radio. "Because... they're massive outdoor things which we've never really done. So it's just about try and hold people's attention."
"But I think strategy-wise, you just need to go out and do it," he concludes. "So, I'm looking forward to the challenge. But who knows how it's gonna go?"
Lewis is also opening for Ed in Ed's hometown of Ipswich on August 25 and 26. He launches a U.S. headlining tour September 17 in Dallas, TX.
Republic RecordsTaylorSwift is getting you through the weekend with brand-new music.
As promised last Sunday during the Teen Choice Awards, she dropped her new song, "Lover," at the stroke of midnight EST Friday. It's the title track from her upcoming album, which arrives August 23. It also happens to be one of Taylor's favorite tracks.
“This has one of my favorite [song] bridges,” Taylor previously gushed to Vogue. “I love a bridge, and I was really able to go to Bridge City.”
The tender song is an open love letter to Taylor's boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, and features a slow but retro romantic beat.
"And you'll save all your dirtiest jokes for me/And at every table, I'll save you a seat," she sings in the Jack Antonoff co-produced track, giving her fans a glimpse at what her relationship with Joe is like.
Taylor takes a a more vulnerable tone in the bridge as she sings: "My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue/All's well that ends well to end up with you/ Swear to be over dramatic and true to my lover."
Universal PicturesIf you go to see the holiday romantic comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, be sure to stay for the end credits -- if so, you'll get to hear an unreleased George Michael song.
The movie uses a variety of George's hits to punctuate the story. As for the unreleased song, which runs six minutes, director Paul Feigtold BBC News that the track was to have appeared on an album the pop legend was working on before his death on Christmas Day 2016.
"[George] was putting together his new album when he passed," Feig explained. "And one of our tracks is one of those songs, and it's just an absolutely amazing song that I'm so excited the world is going to get to hear now."
The director added, "It's a very celebratory song, I would dare say. And we were able to play the entire song...in the film. Because when you get a song that has never been heard, you don't want to just use, like, 15 seconds of it."
Feig noted that the tune "starts at the end of the film, and then goes into the credits."
Last Christmas follows Clarke's character, an aspiring singer who idolizes George Michael, but finds herself working as an elf at a seasonal Christmas shop in London. There, she meets cute with Golding's character, Tom, a guy who seems too good to be true.
"It's not a musical, but George's music affects the story," Feig said. "There are a couple of sections where the actors are actually interacting with the music, and other sections where George's music is driving, or underscoring the story."
Courtesy NBCAdam who? The first promo for the upcoming 17th season of The Voicehas arrived -- and you may not even notice the fact that, for the first time ever, the Maroon 5 frontman isn't a part of the show.
Coach Kelly Clarkson declares that this season, it's "the Blondes against the Bros, y'all," as she and returning coach Gwen Stefani battle last season's winning coach, John Legend, and Gwen's boyfriend, Blake Shelton. In fact, Gwen and Blake's relationship seems to be the topic of most of the banter this time around.
"I'm very excited to see America's favorite couple fight it out!" jokes John, as Kelly adds, "Yaaaas!" As the slogan "All's fair in love and war" flashes across the screen, we see Gwen asking innocently, "You wanna fight, Blakey?"
"I'm probably gonna pay for this later," replies the country superstar. "He gets NO cuddles!" cracks Kelly.
In another scene, Kelly yells incredulously to Gwen, "Oh my God! You blocked him!" as Gwen does a victory dance in front of Blake's chair. "Why are you doing this to me?" he yells. "I thought you loved me!"
Of course, we also see the couple embracing lovingly.
Tune in to see who'll come out on top when The Voice returns September 23 on NBC.
The live stream, hosted on Taylor’s YouTube channel, will feature a debut performance of a song from the new album, a fan Q&A, and a special guest appearance by designer Stella McCartney, who'll reveal details from the upcoming fashion collaboration inspired by the album.
Immediately following the event at 5:50 p.m. ET, YouTube will premiere Taylor’s video for the album’s title track, “Lover.” The song itself is set to be released tomorrow.
Earlier on August 22, Taylor will deliver a special performance in New York’s Central Park for ABC’s Good Morning America.
Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboWe already knew that Adam Lambert would be releasing his new album VELVET as two EPs, one called Side A and the other Side B. Now we've got some details on the first part of the project.
VELVET: Side A will be out September 27, and is now available for pre-order. The six track collection features the single "Superpower," which will be released September 4.
Adam co-wrote every song on the EP. On "Superpower," his co-writers include Ilsey Juber, who's written songs for Shawn Mendes, Michael Buble, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson.
VELVET: Side A is the first collection of songs -- as opposed to standalone singles -- that Adam has released since his 2015 album The Original High.
The former American Idol contestant is currently on the road with Queen; he and Queen will headline the Global Citizen Festival, scheduled for September 28 in New York's Central Park. He also lends his voice to one of the characters in the upcoming animated film Playmobil: The Movie, which arrives August 30.
Here's the tracklisting for VELVET: Side A:
1 "Superpower" 2 "Stranger You Are" 3 "Closer To You" 4 "Overglow" 5 "Loverboy" 6 "Ready To Run"
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation want you to be extra kind next month.
They’re launching this year's "21 Days to Be Kind" Challenge, encouraging people to practice acts of kindness from September 1 to September 21.
You can either participate on your own or assemble a “Kindness Team.” Once you sign up on the Born This Way website, you’ll receive information to get started, including kindness suggestions from Gaga. You’ll also be entered to win two tickets to an upcoming Gaga show.
Gaga’s mom and Born This Way co-founder Cynthia Germanottaposted Gaga’s 21-day kindness calendar. It includes suggestions like, “Volunteer at an organization making a difference in your community” and “Donate gently used clothes or shoes,” as well as self-care ideas like “Start a gratitude journal” and “Unplug for a day and take a rest from technology.”
Last week, Gaga announced she and the Born This Way Foundation are working with DonorsChoose.org to fund classrooms in Dayton, OH, El Paso, TX, and Gilroy, CA, following the deadly shootings in those cities.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMove over, Ariana Grande: there’s a new queen of musical impressions.
Alessia Cara returned to the Tonight Show on Wednesday to promote her new EP, This Summer, which drops September 6. Host Jimmy Fallon then begged her for a rematch of his Wheel of Musical Impressions challenge.
The “Rooting for You” artist nailed her impersonations of Billie Eilish, Amy Winehouse singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” and Alanis Morrisette singing “Hush Little Baby”.
"Oh my God, I'm so sorry to Billie in advance. I love you," Cara apologized before kicking off the first round by singing "Pop Goes the Weasel" to the tune of "Bad Guy," which drew immense cheers and applause from the audience.
At the end of the show, Ariana joined Colombian singer Juanes to perform their duet, "Querer Mejor," which they sang entirely in Spanish.
This isn’t the first time Alessia has showed off her impersonation skills. In February 2017, the Grammy-winner appeared on Fallon to play the popular segment ,and nailed her impressions of Lorde, Nicki Minaj and Ariana.
Alessia's currently on tour with Shawn Mendes and will embark on a solo tour starting October 21.
Shawn Mendes bring his world tour to Brooklyn, NY next week, and during that time fans will have an extra opportunity to immerse themselves in all things Shawn -- thanks to an interactive "fan experience" coming to Manhattan.
This Is Shawn, presented by Verizon, is a multi-room interactive exhibit that allows fans to follow Shawn's creative process as his songs go from the page to the stage. Via the exhibit, you'll be able to visit Malibu, California, as well as Shawn's recording studio and a sold-out stadium stage -- all with narration from Shawn himself.
This Is Shawn will be open to the public on August 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 535 West 28th Street, New York. If you're a member of the Verizon loyalty program Verizon Up, you'll get first access to the pop-up, as well as exclusive merchandise that Shawn helped create.
This week, Shawn's playing two shows in Boston. Then, he heads up to his native Canada for shows in Ottawa and Montreal before heading south to New York for three shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 22, 23 and 24. Alessia Cara opens all dates except for the 22nd.
This fan experience is exclusive to New York City. Verizon is also planning a similar event in a different city for Shawn's rumored girlfriend and duet partner, Camila Cabello, but there are no details about that at the moment.
ABC/Randy HolmesIt's not just female celebrities who are stalked by possibly dangerous men.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, John Mayer has asked for a restraining order against a man the singer claims has been harassing him since March. John says the guy has been sending him both private and public social media messages, some of which mention the names of notorious killers like Ted Bundy and John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman.
According to The Blast, another message the man sent John read, "You step from me again and I will kill you."
In the court documents, John says the messages "have put me in fear for myself and caused me substantial emotional distress," adding that the man's "statements and behavior indicate an unhealthy obsession with me."
Chillingly, John also describes how, "after sending threatening, violent and disturbing messages to me," the guy "showed up to a public place in North Carolina knowing that I would be making an appearance."
Luckily, John says, security spotted the alleged stalker and stopped him from entering the venue.
John is scheduled to play Chicago, IL tonight and tomorrow night.
ABC/Eric McCandlessLauren Daigle continues to rack up the accolades for her music.
The singer leads the nominees for the 50th annual GMA Dove Awards, honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian music. She scored six nods in categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for her crossover hit “You Say,” and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for “You Say.”
Voting for the Dove Awards runs from August 21 to August 28. The ceremony will take place on October 15 in Nashville, and is set to air October 20 at 8 p.m. ET on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Earlier this month, “You Say” hit number one on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, making it the first song in history to have topped both the publication's AC and Christian Airplay charts.
Earlier this year, "You Say" won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, and the Top Christian Song award at the Billboard Music Awards.
Last month, Lauren debuted the follow-up single from her Grammy-winning album Look Up Child, “Rescue.”
ABC/Ed HerreraLady Gaga has taken time out from promoting her new makeup line, Haus Laboratories, to remind everyone that she still has her day job.
On her Instagram Story on Wednesday, Gaga shared a black and white photo of herself in a recording studio, wearing headphones and standing in front of a microphone. The word "Music" is scribbled over the image.
Fans thought that the release of Gaga's sixth studio album might be imminent back in March when, in response to a tabloid story that she was expecting a baby, she tweeted, "Rumors I’m pregnant? Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6." She included a fake ultrasound pic showing a Grammy award, not a baby.
When the new album finally arrives, it'll be the follow-up to Gaga's 2016 album Joanne.
Meanwhile, Gaga is up for two MTV Video Music Awards later this month: Song of the Year and Best Collaboration, both for "Shallow." She'll resume her Las Vegas residency on October 17.
She recently announced that she'll be working with DonorsChoose.org to fund classrooms in Dayton, OH, El Paso, TX, and Gilroy, CA, following the deadly shootings in those cities.