Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor's got a real treat for her fans: a new album announcement.
On Instagram, the singer posted that her third album, Treat Myself, will be out August 31, and will be available for pre-order Wednesday. The post included a clip of a brand-new song titled "All the Ways."
So far, Meghan has released the tracks "No Excuses" and "Let You Be Right" from Treat Yourself. She told Entertainment Tonight that the album is "really special," adding, "My entire family sings on every song and [my fiancé] Daryl [Sabara] sings on every song."
“It’s obviously me being in love and happy, and reminding myself to choose happiness and love myself," Meghan told ET about the inspiration for the new music.
Treat Myself follows Meghan's #1 debut, Title, and her sophomore album, Thank You, which reached #3.
Matthew MurphyDavid Cook feels like getting Kinky again.
The American Idol champ is returning to the starring role in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, starting July 17. He'll continue in the role through September 9. He's taking over for Neon Trees front man Tyler Glenn, who'll deliver his final performance July 15.
David will star as Charlie Price, a British guy who inherits a failing shoe factory from his dad and is able to save it by producing customized boots for a very niche market: drag queens. He initially played the role from April 3 to May 5.
“I am so honored and excited to get to come back to the factory!” David said in a statement. “Kinky Boots is such a great show, made all the better by having an incredible cast, crew, and staff, and I can’t wait to help tell the story again!”
Kinky Boots features songs written by '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper. It won six Tony Awards in 2013.
Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesThe King of Pop will make his Broadway debut -- posthumously, of course -- in 2020.
The Michael Jackson Estate has announced that it's teaming with Columbia Live Stage to develop a stage musical inspired by MJ's life. The as-yet-untitled musical is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, and will feature Michael's own hits. Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show.
Other recent hit Broadway shows that tell the story of chart-topping pop stars through the use of their hits include Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; On Your Feet, about Gloria Estefan; and Beautiful, about Carole King.
Rocketman, the long-awaited film about the life of Elton John, finally starts filming in London this July and August. The man who'll portray Elton -- actor Taron Egerton -- says it takes a lot of preparation to play a real-life legend.
Speaking to Women's Wear Daily, Egerton, who first met Elton when they both appeared in the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, says, "There will be lots of singing and dancing and I am spending my time with Elton John, to emulate him and capture his mannerisms."
"I am watching old footage and performances from when he was between 17 and 35 -- I hope to do him justice,” explains Egerton.
While Egerton is playing Elton between the ages of 17 and 35, the movie still needs someone to play Elton as a kid and as an adolescent. A casting call just went out for those roles, asking for "two boys who are smart, quick-witted and talented actors" who can speak in a London accent.
One boy will play 6-year-old Elton, and he'll be required, oddly, to sing "The Bitch Is Back" -- maybe because the first line of the song is "I was justified/when I was five."
The second boy will play Elton from the ages of 12-14. His voice must have changed, but he can't be any taller than 5'4''. He'll be required to sing "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting" and "I Want Love."
Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher -- who also co-directed the forthcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody -- will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019. The script was written by Lee Hall, who collaborated with Elton on the hit musical Billy Elliot.
As we wait for A Star Is Born to be released, Lady Gaga is apparently hard at work honing a new musical skill.
Producer and songwriter Mark Nilan Jr. posted a video over the weekend of Gaga – baton in hand – conducting an orchestra in the studio. The clip has no sound, but Nilan assures us she was a natural.
“You can go ahead and add conducting to the long list of her skills,” he writes on Instagram. “We had the orchestra coming in. Music prepared. Then decided to add orchestra to 1 more song, with 1 hour before the start time. We wrote this orchestra arrangement in an hour. With pencil and paper. I literally wore thru 4 pencils.”
He adds, “Have yet to come across anyone that can pull that off these days... And it sounds EPIC. Wait til u hear it.”
Fans began speculating whether or not the recording session was for a new Gaga album or the soundtrack for A Star Is Born. So far, no word on when or where we’ll hear the orchestral recording.
TAS Rights ManagementTaylor Swift's weekend show at Dublin's Croke Park was one for the record books.
As Taylor told the crowd, she's one of only four female performers ever to perform at the Irish venue, which holds 82,000 people. But most importantly, she's the only female performer ever to play there for two nights.
The other three women who've headlined the massive venue are Celine Dion, Beyoncé and Tina Turner.
Also notable about Taylor's Saturday show: It was the 13th date of the Reputation tour, so she performed a ritual that, according to her, she hadn't done since 2009 -- she had a #13 drawn on her hand before the show.
Taylor posted an Instagram video showing her mom Andrea drawing the 13 -- which is, of course, Taylor's lucky number -- on her hand, with the caption, "13th show so I had to bring it back."
In the video, as Andrea carefully colors in the numbers, as Taylor says, "My mom is the only person who's ever been entrusted to draw on my 13. She hasn't done it since, I think, mid-2009?"
Then addressing her mom, Taylor jokes, "So, considering the time you've taken away from the craft, you've really just jumped back in and [are] excelling!"
Denise TruscelloRod Stewart has added fall dates to his long-running Las Vegas residency, Rod Stewart: The Hits.
The new shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace run from November 21 through December and go on sale this Friday, June 22 at noon PT at Ticketmaster.com or TheColosseum.com.
Rod's been performing his show in Vegas for eight years now, but he does regular tours as well. Between his current batch of Las Vegas dates, which end June 30, he'll perform two shows at the Hollywood Bowl with Cyndi Lauper on June 25 and 26. Then, on July 24, Rod and Cyndi will kick off a summer tour together, which is mapped out through September 1.
Rod's six new 2018 concert dates going on sale Friday are November 21, 23, 24 and 28, and December 1 and 2.
Ryan McGinleyOn Father's Day, fans witnessed the love two pop superstars have for their children in different ways.
Justin Timberlake marked the holiday by penning an essay on Instagram about fatherhood next to a photo of himself holding his son, Silas. "The last 3 years of my life have brought more joy than I could ever imagine. Being a father is such a trip... an amazing discovery every day," Justin writes.
JT continues, "My son: it is my honor to be your Daddy. You make me feel a love that I didn't know existed. I will ALWAYS be there... to pick you up when you fall, to lift you up when you are ready to soar, and to remind you that your humility will be your guide through this thing called life."
Justin concludes, "And to all the Dads out there: Keep on keeping on! Our children are watching and listening more than we know! I'm celebrating you all today! Happy Father's Day! Cheers!"
Meanwhile Adam Levine's wife, Behati Prinsloo, gave fans a look at the joy Adam gets from his children by posting a photo of the Maroon 5 frontman holding their new baby daughter, Gio. It's our first look at the little one's face as a shirtless Adam cradles her and smiles.
"My first baby holding OUR second baby.....Our girls are so lucky to call you dad and I’m so lucky to have you as a husband a lover and a friend. We love you. Life is better with you," Behati wrote.
Behanti added, "To my dad, thank you for being the best example to show me what i would want in a husband and father one day, the way you look at mom is the way Adam looks at me."
Justin BettmanJason Mraz's summer tour hasn't even started yet, and he's already announced a fall tour.
The Live In Stereo tour will feature Jason performing with his longtime percussionist Toca Rivera for a series of intimate acoustic performances. The trek gets underway November 23 at Newport News, Virginia and continues through late December.
As previously reported, Jason's new album, Know., is due August 10 and is now available for pre-order. It features Jason's current single, "Have It All," as well as another track he released last week, "Unlonely."
Meanwhile, Jason's Good Vibes summer tour, with opening act Brett Dennen, kicks off Wednesday, July 25 in Grand Rapids, MI and wraps up in late September in his current hometown of Santa Barbara, CA.
In other Jason news, he'll perform at the Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for July 21 in Chicago. The bill also includes O.A.R. and Motown legend Smokey Robinson. The event is being produced by Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper.
Here are Jason's new tour dates:
11/23 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Arts 11/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts 11/25 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia 11/30 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre 12/1 -- Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre 12/2 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre 12/4 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 12/6 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 12/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 12/8 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater 12/9 -- St Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House 12/11 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater 12/12 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater 12/14 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land 12/15 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 12/16 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 12/18 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre 12/20 -- Albuquerque, NM, Popejoy Hall 12/21 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center
MILAN ZRNICChristina Aguilera is preparing to headline her first tour in more than a decade, and she says the idea of hitting the road again is a bit daunting because of all the changes in her life since then.
“It’s scary. I wasn’t a mom that last time I went out on a tour," she tells People magazine. In fact, when she hits the road in September, she'll be bringing her daughter Summer Rain, who's three-and-a-half, along for the ride.
"She’s a mama’s girl and I’ll definitely be taking her on the road with me,” Christina says. "She’s going to learn to see life through a different set of eyes. I’m going to try to make it as cushy and comfortable for her as possible because if she’s not comfortable, I’m not."
As for her 10-year-old son Max, whom she shares with ex-husband Jordan Bratman, she says, "My son will probably stay back [home] with his dad so he can do school and be focused."
Christina tells People, "My kids always come first," and when it comes to her new album Liberation, she means that literally.
"My daughter’s laughter actually begins the intro of the record,” she explains. "Being a mother is so important to me.”
Liberation is Christina's first album in six years and she tells People it feels "amazing" to be back.
"I’m thrilled. I feel like a new artist again, which is so refreshing. It’s what I’ve been needing for so long, getting back to my roots and just singing again."
Christina's tour kicks off September 25 in Hollywood, FL.
Vincent PetersThe Backstreet Boys with Florida Georgia Line. Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line. Maren Morris with Zedd. Seems like country musicians recording with pop stars is the latest craze, and now two more pop stars are getting into the act.
Hitmaking country duo Dan Shay have just released a track from their upcoming self-titled album called “Keeping Score,” and it's a duet with Kelly Clarkson.
“It is such an honor for us to sing this duet with Kelly,” the duo's Dan Smyers says. “Not only is she one of the most incredible vocalists of our generation, she is one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people we have ever met. We’re glad this song resonated with her as much as it did with us.”
Kelly already has a history on the country charts: She and country superstar Jason Aldean went to #1 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” in 2011, following a #2 duet version of her hit “Because of You” with her then-stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, in 2007.
Meanwhile, Josh Groban seems to be doing something with Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland. He posted a photo of himself and Jennifer together in the studio on Instagram and on Twitter and wrote, "Me. Nettles. Oh my goodness my ears and voice are happy. Stay tuned."
Jennifer has a history on the pop charts: She duetted with Bon Jovi on their Grammy-winning 2006 hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which was a top 30 hit.
ABC/Lou RoccoPink’s Beautiful Trauma tour is on track to become her highest-grossing tour yet, according to Billboard.
The trek tops Billboard’s Hot Tours chart this week, earning more than $100 million in ticket sales for its first leg of dates. Billboard estimates that based on sales so far, the overall gross could hit $275 million or more by the time it ends next May.
If it hits that mark, it will surpass Pink’s The Truth About Love tour, which earned $183 million in 2013 and 2014.
The Beautiful Trauma tour kicked off in Phoenix on March 1. Pink’s played 38 arenas across the U.S. and Canada since then, performing for more than 712,000 fans.
Pink heads to Australia and New Zealand for the second leg of the tour beginning July 3. While Down Under, Pink will perform 42 shows in seven cities, including a record-setting five-night run at the Spark Arena in New Zealand.
Def Jam RecordingsAlessia Cara has released her new single "Growing Pains," and now Billboard reports that her sophomore album is called The Pains of Growing. Why not just call them both Growing Pains? Alessia says it's because she wanted the album to resemble "a story."
Speaking to Billboard, Alessia explains, "I wanted to make the album title feel like it's a story. Like a storybook. And I thought calling it The Pains of Growing sounds like you're about to read a book about someone or about something. It's just a full cohesive thing."
She adds, "And if I'm being really honest, Growing Pains is a really common album title, it turns out, so I wanted it to be a little different."
As for what we can expect from the Best New Artist Grammywinner's new songs, she tells Billboard, "Sonically, it's a little bit more mature, and a little bit more cohesive. It just feels more like a full album. And then conceptually...just life experiences and just a lot more transparency."
"I think just the whole album feels like an up-and-down, like, you can really hear the low points, you can hear the higher points, and it just feels like the last three years of my life," she explains.
And for those fans who loved "Scars to Your Beautiful?"
Alessia says, "If you're a fan of...what I had to say the last time, then I hope that you'll be happy with this too."
Def Jam RecordingsIt's New Music Friday, so here's a rundown of some of the new music that's available right now:
-- After teasing the new release on social media, Alessia Cara has debuted “Growing Pains” – the first single off her upcoming sophomore album. She also released a lyric video for the song, in which she sings about being nostalgic for her youth while rolling around in the grass in an oversized suit.
“And I’ve always been a go-getter/There’s truth in every word I write/But still these growing pains, growing pains/They’re keeping me up at night,” the Grammy winner sings. She'll perform the song Monday night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
-- "Meant to Be" singer Bebe Rexha has released a new song called “I’m a Mess,” a week before her debut album Expectations drops. In the song, Bebe owns up to her faults, even as she reassures herself everything’s going to be O.K. “I'm a mess, I'm a loser, I'm a hater, I'm a user/I'm a mess for your love, it ain't new,” she sings.
-- "Cake By the Ocean" hitmakers DNCE has dropped not one, not two, but four new songs. The band has released a brand new EP called People to People. The four tracks include “TV in the Morning,” “Still Good,” “Lose My Cool” and “Man On Fire.”
Frontman Joe Jonas says in a statement, “These new songs represent the evolution that the band has gone through over the last couple of years. They’re a little more chill, sophisticated. We’ve matured together, and so has the music.”
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of FameThursday night in New York City, some of music's top singers showed up to pay tribute to the people who put the words in their mouth: the songwriters.
At the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, John Mellencamp and hitmaking group Kool & the Gang were among the inductees, while Neil Diamond and Sara Bareilles received special awards.
Diamond, already a member of the Hall of Fame, received the organization's highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. The honor was presented to him by his producer Bob Gaudio, who was also a member of the Four Seasons. Diamond closed the ceremony by performing -- what else? -- "Sweet Caroline."
On the red carpet, Diamond said of the event, "It's a great night for songwriters, especially. We don't get a lot of attention but this is the night for it, so we're all happy."
Mellencamp was inducted by Nora Guthrie, daughter of iconic folk musician and singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie. He performed acoustic versions of his signature hit "Jack and Diane" and the song "Longest Days," from the album Life, Death, Love and Freedom.
Sara Bareilles received the Hal David Starlight Award, presented to younger songwriters who are making an impact with their work. Previous winners include Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, and Jason Mraz. Jason was on hand to induct Sara, who performed her touching song "She Used to Be Mine," from Waitress, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical she wrote.
On the red carpet, Sara told ABC Radio that the award was special to her because it acknowledged her as a writer. "I have spent a whole career having people...saying I had a nice voice but really feeling that the songs themselves have made an impact is exceptionally meaningful," she said, adding, "I think it's cool company to be in, so I'm grateful."
Current R&B star Leon Bridges inducted members of Kool & the Gang after performing the group's hit, "Get Down On It." Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown, and James “JT” Taylor performed "Celebration" together for the first time in 25 years.
On the red carpet, Robert "Kool" Bell told ABC Radio that the song was actually inspired by scripture he was reading. "The whole song is about the creation of the human being, of mankind," he explained. "So everyone around the world, come on, celebrate."
James "JT" Taylor said the Songwriters Hall of Fame honor is the "best one" out of all the awards the group has received, "'cause you're recognized by your peers and songwriting is a very tough endeavor."
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCChristina Aguilera was one of Jimmy Fallon's guests on Thursday's Tonight Show to promote her first album in six years, Liberation. The appearance included the two busking in a New York City subway station.
Aguilera and Fallon taped the segment the night before, with she and Jimmy donning disguises as they busked in the subway station below NYC’s 30 Rock, where the show is taped.
Christina, in a floppy hat and sunglasses, and Fallon, playing a banjo and wearing a fake mustache, kicked off the performance with a cover of Aretha Franklin's 1960s hit “Think.” After revealing their identities, Aguilera and Fallon led the crowd of onlookers in a rendition of Christina's own 2002 hit “Stronger.”
Previous busking segments have featured Maroon 5's Adam Levine and James Valentine, and Miley Cyrus.
During her sit down with Jimmy, Aguilera discussed her family, her upcoming Liberation tour, launching September 25, and why she chose Liberation as the title of her new album.
"I just felt it was time for myself to be liberated, to inspire others to have their own voice, to feel empowered and hopefully inspire...take the duct tape off, feel themselves [and] feel secure in their own voice [and]...their bodies, she explained. It's just that time. Peel off their masks and you know, shed the skin and be themselves."
Christina also revealed that her three-year-old daughter, Summer Rain, insists on hearing her sing the theme song from the animated children's TV series PJ Masks before bed every night. Christina told Fallon that she indulges her daughter, but she sings it as a lullaby to help Summer fall asleep. She even gave Jimmy a little sample.
Aguilera closed out the show with a performance of "Fall in Line" off Liberation.
Desiree Navarro/Getty ImagesAt the Songwriters Hall of Fame annual induction gala Thursday night in New York, Sara Bareilles was given the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award. Her friend Jason Mraz was on hand to present her with the honor, and he tells ABC Radio why now is the perfect moment for her to receive it.
Jason, who won the same award in 2009, explains, "This award acknowledges new writers who are 'making a positive impact on the world with their original music.' And Sara has clearly been doing that."
But, as Jason points out, "Certainly, the last five years have really shown us what she can do, and will be doing for a while."
Jason's referring to the tremendous success Sara has had with the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Waitress -- she wrote the music and also starred in it. Earlier this year, Jason himself co-starred with Sara in Waitress at her request, and says the experience changed his life.
"I feel renewed more than anything," he tells ABC Radio. "Renewed by the work ethic of doing eight shows a week and how fun it is...to have an audience cheering you on eight times a week," Jason tells ABC Radio.
He adds, "The shared experience, I loved...That’s another thing I got from Waitress: If you surround yourself with talented people, you will no doubt have success."
Jason adds that preparing to give Sara the award reminded him why she deserves it.
"[It] actually gave me an opportunity to look back at her albums and realize how incredibly original they were, how she didn’t compromise her voice...for trends, that she really stuck to her story," he says. "And that has led her to where she is now: a really powerful writer who is becoming a star."
Courtesy of STILETTO EntertainmentBad timing for Barry Manilow.
The singer was set to kick off his new Las Vegas residency -- Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home -- tonight at the Westgate, but instead, he's been hospitalized with a bronchial infection, according to a statement posted on his Twitter page.
In the statement, Manilow said, "I can't believe this is happening. Our new show is ready, we're all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight." He's expected to be released in a few days.
A statement from the CEO of Westgate adds, "The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st."
Fans who had tickets for tonight's show and this weekend can get full refunds, or they can hold onto them and exchange them for new dates once they're announced.
Carlos SerraoSinger, songwriter, guitarist, comedian...game show host? John Mayer will be appearing on the wildly-popular live online game HQ Trivia this weekend.
The game's Twitter page announced the news this afternoon, tweeting, "We're excited to announce that @JohnMayer will be on HQ this Sunday at 9p ET for a $25,000 game!"
Previously, HQ Trivia had teased John's appearance by tweeting, "We are having a very special guest on Sunday," and adding a guitar emoji. John's record label, Columbia, retweeted that message.
Then HQ Trivia tweeted a message saying, "Sunday 9p ET," along with a snippet of John's latest single "New Light."
It's not clear whether or not John will host the show himself, or join the show's usual host, Scott Rogowsky. It's also not clear whether or not any of the questions will actually concern John and his music, but you might want to start brushing up on your Mayer knowledge just in case.