Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for MSC BellissimaAs church-goers across the globe are ordered to stay indoors and practice social distancing, Andrea Bocelli made an announcement that will make the lack of in-person worship services a little bit easier to bear.
"On Easter Sunday at 6PM UK, by invitation of the City and of the Duomo Cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world," the 61-year-old tweeted on Tuesday.
Bocelli and his organist Emanuele Vianelli will be the only two in the cathedral at the time of the performance, which will be live-streamed on his YouTube channel.
"On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer 'Sì' to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan," Bocelli said in a statement.
"I believe in the strength of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone — whether they are believers or not — truly needs right now," he continued.
"Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride," he added."It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth."
Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope will air live on Sunday, April 12 at 1 p.m. ET.
NBC/Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesAs Americans mark nearly a month of self-quarantine due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake were inspired by their collective boredom to put a remix on one of their previous conversations.
Dubbed the "Quarantine Remix," Fallon dropped the earworm on his Tuesday edition of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition. The two didn't rely on instruments to concoct their quarantine tune, but instead utilized common kitchenware or sounds one makes when they're completely bored -- like yawning and beatboxing.
Starting off the track with a joke conversation of the two asking if the other is home, it quickly devolves into a cacophony of other sounds as the two race about their respective homes to create new noises.
As Jimmy enlists the help of his rotary phone, back massager and cupboard drawers, Justin uses his hoodie strings and mixing bowl.
There's also a hilarious moment where the two take a break to loudly sip coffee from a mug that hilariously bears the others' face.
Of course, the two also sound off some ultra relatable phrases, such as the "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer growling in frustration, "I want to eat!"
The song ends with Fallon and Timberlake urging fans to donate to the GoFundMe that benefits America's Food Fund.
The Tonight Show: At Home Edition airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
Clayton Call/RedfernsOne of Stevie Nicks' signature songs is "Edge of Seventeen," with its memorable chorus: "Just like the white-winged dove sings a song/ Sounds like she's singing/ Ooh ooh ooh." But believe it or not, Stevie had never actually heard that sound in real life...until now.
On Tuesday, Stevie posted a video on her Twitter feeds of a dove cooing on a branch, and wrote in an accompanying note, "In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix, Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, 'The white-wing[ed] dove sings a song that sounds like she's singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here, in the great Saguaro cactus, that provides shelter and protection for her.'"
She continued, "As you well know, I was very taken with that whole picture and went on to write 'Edge of Seventeen.' But over the last 40 years I can honestly say, I have never heard a dove sing until now."
Stevie then wrote, "Several days ago, outside my room, I started to hear the sound of a bird singing the same thing over and over. One little Ahhh and then three OOH's over and over again. I thought it was an owl, but a friend said, 'No, that's a dove!'"
Upon finding this out, Stevie said she had an emotional reaction.
"I started to cry," she revealed. "This dove had come here to watch over me. So we filmed her singing her song & I'm sending her out to you."
Stevie added, "P.S. She's been here for days. I think she's here for good."
In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, “The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here in the great Saguaro cactus that provides shelter and protection for her…” pic.twitter.com/UzqvdnVv0p
DTCIParents everywhere are freaking out about having to make sure their kids are getting enough schooling while under quarantine. But Jewel is offering some friendly advice: Try to chill out a bit.
Appearing on Live with Kelly & Ryan Tuesday via Skype from her home in Colorado, Jewel said, "It is so much...it's a ton of organizing...it's just juggling...and I'm also having to tell all my girlfriends that are calling me, 'It's gonna be O.K. They're gonna get into college.' This isn't the end of our lives if we don't make it through the day's curriculum or the day's homework."
As Kelly Ripa laughed, Jewel pointed out, "What our kids are going to remember is the mood in our house. And that's the best thing that we can focus on."
On top of that, the "You Were Meant for Me" singer suggested that we use this experience, over which we have no control, to really reflect.
"I think asking ourselves, 'What do we want to get out of this experience? What are the things that I wished I'd always done or the things I wished I'd had the courage to let go of? How do I want to come out of this experience really using this time -- since it's here -- to figure out what is real, meaningful connection?'"
She says if we do that, "We can go forward into our lives changed for the better, hopefully."
The singer also said practicing mindfulness and gratitude helps, and then sang a new song called "Grateful." The song is also available for digital download.
“We need you right now during COVID-19 more than ever: your time, your talent, to use technology and data to change the world before the world changes us,” she says.
“…So I’m asking you to answer the call, build a solution that fights back, that saves lives…I may have the voice but you’re the tech rock stars.”
As part of the challenge, developers are being asked to submit solutions with a focus on three areas: crisis communications, ways to improve remote learning and how to inspire cooperative local communities.
The deadline for submissions is April 27 and the winning solutions will be chosen by May 5, with deployment beginning May 15.
Andrew MacphersonSupermodel Naomi Campbell has started a new online show called No Filterwith Naomi. When she interviewed one of her fellow legendary supermodels, Cindy Crawford, on Monday, Cindy revealed a secret about one of the most famous music videos of all time: George Michael's "Freedom! '90," in which both women appeared.
In case you forgot -- though how could you? -- George himself didn't appear in the video, which was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher. Instead, the song was lip-synced by Cindy, Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, the five most famous supermodels of the moment. Each model was paid $15,000 per day to appear in 1990 -- the equivalent of nearly $30,000 in today's dollars.
During the two women's chat, Cindy remarked, "When I look back at that, I remember thinking, 'How did I get stuck in the bathtub?'"
"When I saw the video, I was like 'It's okay," but...the bathtub didn't even have any water in it!" Cindy added. Naomi was shocked to learn this fact.
"It didn't? What was in it?" asked Naomi.
"Nothing. Me and some steam!" Cindy replied.
She went on to reveal that her body was coated in glycerine to make her look wet, and she had to lie topless on top of an apple box designed to prop her up so she didn't look like she was sinking into the tub.
Still, Cindy allowed that the experience was "incredible," adding, "And that song...it still lives today! And I remember when my kids first saw that video -- it's as impactful now as it was then."
The song does live on: For example, it was one of the 15 George Michael tunes featured on the soundtrack of the 2019 Emilia Clarke rom-com Last Christmas.
Steve Granitz/WireImageNow that we know that Katy Perry and her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, are expecting a baby girl, we can all start speculating on a name. Well, according to one source, Katy plans to choose a name that honors a late family member.
Katy's fans may remember that her beloved grandmother, Ann Pearl Hudson, died on March 9 at the ripe old age of 99. The gossip podcast Naughty but Nice with Rob Shuter cites a source that claims that Katy, who was able to tell her Ann she was pregnant before she passed, will name her daughter after her.
The source claims that the baby may be named Ann, Pearl, Hudson, or all three.
After Ann passed, Katy wrote on Instagram, "My mind wonders if the soul that is waiting to come into my world is getting a kiss on the forehead from my sweet Grandma that departed this earth...My heart hopes so."
She also credited her grandmother for her own "wit, authenticity, stubbornness, fighter spirit and style."
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris' hit "The Bones" has topped Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart, which measures radio airplay, and it's set a new record in the process.
As Billboard notes, it took 45 weeks for the song to reach the top, making it the chart's longest journey to number one. It breaks the previous record of 36 weeks set by The Script's "Breakeven" back in 2010.
This is Maren's second number one on this chart: Her first was "The Middle," with Zedd and Grey, which was number one for seven weeks in 2018.
Meanwhile, "The Bones" has also reached the top 10 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart, which measures airplay across all musical genres. As Billboard reports, it's the first hit by a solo woman to reach the top of that chart and the Country Airplay chart since Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me" in 2009.
Maren, who recently welcomed her first child, still plans to launch her RSVP: The Tour trek in June; one of her opening acts will be her husband Ryan Hurd.
Peggy SirotaAmong the countless things that have been put on hold since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic are visits from celebrities to sick kids arranged by the Make-A-Wish foundation. Well, the Jonas Brothers aren't letting coronavirus stop them: They're sending greetings virtually.
In an Instagram post, Joe, Nick and Kevin send their love and good wishes to the kids.
"We know a lot of these wishes have been canceled with everything that's been going on, but we just hope you know that you are loved and we think you guys are the greatest," says Kevin.
"Whatever brings you happiness, that's the thing to focus on right now," advises Nick.
"I hope this video brings you some joy, like all the Make-A-Wish kids bring me and my brothers so much joy when we get to meet you," adds Joe.
Make-A-Wish is also inviting everyone to share a "creative message of hope" to encourage kids who are waiting for their wishes. Post them and tag @MakeAWishAmerica and #WishesAreWaiting.
Charles Sykes/BravoSure, Melissa Etheridge is a Grammy- and Oscar-winning star, but she's also the singer who performed at Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's wedding in 2000, and she and Brad have been close for years. That's why, appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, she wasn't able to escape a question about the former couple.
Asked by a viewer what she thought of the "hysteria" that surrounded Brad and Jen's seemingly friendly "reunion" at the SAG Awards earlier this year, Melissa laughed and said, "I was hoping I could do your show without mentioning her whose name will not be mentioned!"
But, she added, "You know what? I loved Brad and Jen together -- they were beautiful. And I believe they will always remain friends because they're two very special people that can get through anything. And I just hope that their friendship lasts."
Of course, Brad and Jen split in 2005 after Brad took up with Angelina Jolie, his co-star in the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. They eventually married and co-parented six kids, three adopted and three biological. They split in 2016. Jen, meanwhile, married Justin Theroux in 2015, but they split in 2017.
Melissa's romantic life is even more complicated than Brad and Jen's. She shares two children with former partner Julie Cypher that ere conceived via artificial insemination using sperm donated by legendary musician David Crosby. She also shares twins with another partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. She's currently married to TV writer and producer Linda Wallem.
Ray Mickshaw/WireImage for Fox Television NetworkFitting into 14-year-old clothes is a dream for many, but a reality for Katharine McPhee. The American Idol runner up proved that the infamous sexy yellow dress she rocked in 2006 still fits like a glove.
McPhee first donned the dress when she attempted to tackle the late Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," which was critically panned by the judges.
In addition, the public lambasted her wardrobe, saying the dress' plunging neckline and high slit was too revealing for public television.
Despite the bad memories that may be attached to the dress, she still held onto it. Now, thanks to staying at home to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic, she dusted it off on Monday to show fans that she still looks just as incredible as she did in it 14 years ago.
"It’s day 26 of quarantine and we’re breaking out dresses from 14 years ago," captioned the Waitress alum for the photo of her posing dramatically in the dress.
She then mulled over the possibility of throwing it on for a major event because of how great she looks in it, writing, "Might have to resurrect this moment, on a red carpet, once we are out of this."
Fans believe she was hinting at the74th Tony Awards, which has been postponed to a later date that is still unannounced. The award show, which honors the best of Broadway, does feature a red carpet.
McPhee was runner-up during her season of American Idol, coming in second to season five's winner Taylor Hicks.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMediaJust because the nation is practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 doesn't mean one has to stay indoors all the time. For example, 97-year-old Chruck Franzke sauntered outside on Monday to show off his wonderful dance moves.
The World War II Navy pilot, affectionately known as "Dancing Chuck" proved that he's not letting COVID-19 get him down by rocking out to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling."
In a video shared by Good News Movement, the veteran is seen happily exiting his house upon hearing Timberlake's music and grooves onto on his doorstep, shuffling, swaying and tapping his feet along to the infectious song.
Soon enough, the video went viral and attracted Timberlake's attention, who was beyond flattered to see one of his oldest fans having a great time while listening to his music.
The video proved to be the perfect pick me up to the "Mirrors" singer, who praised, "This just made my day" and included a hands up and fire emoji.
In addition, the U.S. Navy weighed in on Franzke's dancing move and raved, "Love it [heart emoji] Thank you for your service!"
That said, if you feel down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, take a page from Dancing Chuck's book and enjoy a little dancing time to cheerful music.
NBCTake two for Lady Gaga, who redeemed herself on Monday after last Wednesday's frazzled phone call on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The "Stupid Love" singer apologized to Jimmy Fallon about the odd exchange, explaining "We weren't quite ready and we appreciate you being so nice about it."
Now, with all her ducks in a row she was free to reveal more about her upcoming One World: Together at Home special, a two-hour event simulcast on ABC, CBS, and NBC that will be hosted by Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert on April 18.
The special is being touted as a "global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19."
As for what inspired Gaga to create such a massive event, she told Fallon she wanted "to celebrate the courage of the human spirit" in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I want to highlight this global kind community that's coming together right now," Explained the 34-year-old singer. "This is not just a historical moment in the history of humanity, but a cultural moment that's happening as well."
While the show itself is not a fundraiser, it has received $35 million in donations. She and Fallon also chatted with Apple CEO Tim Cook during the interview, in which he pledged an additional $10 million for the cause.
It was previously revealed that those participating in the special include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Latin superstar J Balvin, John Legend, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban, Lizzo, soccer legend David Beckham, and actors Idris Elba, Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
ABC/Image Group LAColbie Caillat and her longtime fiancé Justin Kawika Youngrecently announced that they've ended their relationship, but will remain best friends and musical collaborators -- which is a good thing, considering that they're quarantining together during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as Colbie tells ABC Audio, they're managing very well.
"Right now we are social distancing and we just want to send love to everyone," says Colbie. "You know, this is a very stressful time for the entire world, which is pretty bizarre to think about. And we're all figuring out how to navigate this process. And what we're doing is staying home and hanging with our dogs and trying to get some exercise in -- when we can take some walks -- and fresh air."
Colbie says she and Justin are also making music together, including doing "a lot of stuff" with their country group Gone West, which also includes their friends and collaborators Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy.
And of course, like all of us, they are binging TV shows.
"We're watching Ozark. We love that show. We're always watching Ozark, basically," Colbie laughs. "And The Office and TheMarvelous Mrs. Maisel."
Justin chimes in, "Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home!"
Colbie and Justin are also performing together as part of the Uncancelled Music Festival, an online ongoing musical event. Visit UncancelledMusicalFestival.com for details.
The Valory Music Co.Sheryl Crow was one of the many artists saddened by the loss of Bill Withers last week. The Rock and Roll Hall Famer, responsible for soulful hits like "Lean On Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine," passed away at the age of 81. Now, Sheryl is paying tribute to Withers by releasing a cover of one of his songs she recorded a while back.
The song, recorded as a duet with singer/songwriter Citizen Cope, is "Lonely Town, Lonely Street," the opening cut of Withers' 1972 album Still Bill. That same album included Withers' signature hit "Lean On Me," as well as one of this other well-known tracks, "Use Me."
In a statement, Sheryl says, "I love Bill. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the challenges we’re all facing just trying to live day to day right now."
"After making incredible, beautiful, funky records...Bill got tired of the music business and stopped recording in 1985," she continues. "When I was fortunate enough to meet him, I begged him to make music again and he replied, ‘I am a stonemason now and I am good at it!’"
"He told me he was happy and didn’t want to make music anymore," Sheryl adds. "Times like these remind us about what’s really important in life - love, family, living life in harmony with each other and our planet. Bill’s music was about that, and so much more."
Kevin Mazur/WireImageAdele's divorce from her husband, Simon Konecki, likely involves more than $100 million, but we won't learn exactly how much, thanks to a judge's ruling.
The British tabloid The Sun reports that a court in Los Angeles has approved a request from Adele that her divorce settlement remain private, including details of "financial, sales or other confidential business information." On thing we do know: The paper reports that that the couple has agrees to share custody of their seven-year-old son, Angelo.
A source tells The Sun of Adele and Simon, "They are both committed to keeping the details as private as possible for the sake of their son. They are trying to work out their issues.”
After seven years together, Adele and Simon announced their split in April of 2019, and she filed for divorce that September.
The singer is reportedly planning to release new music this year. At a friend's wedding, she was caught on camera saying her new album would be out in September, but of course those plans might be put on hold due to COVID-19.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGloria Estefan was asked by a doctor friend to help spread the word about the need for people to wear masks in public to stop the spread of COVID-19, and she responded in the best possible way.
Gloria's revamped her 1989 hit "Get On Your Feet" into "Put On Your Mask," and created a fun video showing how you can turn various household items into face coverings, rather than taking valuable PPEs away from health care workers.
"Put on your mask/When you go out in public/Put on your mask/help save the world from COVID," Gloria sings.
In a video message following the video, Gloria notes, "I pray every day for everybody that is going through this, whose families have been infected, people who have lost loved ones...everyone who's out there risking our lives for all of us. Thank you one and all."
Not long ago, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, announced they were partnering with CVS to help find new jobs for the workers at their hotels and restaurants who had to be laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABC/Randy HolmesAre you ready for another star-packed TV special featuring artists appearing from their homes?
Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are among the many famous music stars set to take part in One World: Together at Home, a two-hour special from Global Citizen and the World Health Organization that will air April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as other networks and platforms.
The program will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, and will be curated by Lady Gaga.
Celebrities and artists who will participate in the special include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Latin superstar J Balvin, John Legend, country stars Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban, Lizzo, soccer legend David Beckham, and actors Idris Elba, Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
The special isn't a telethon -- it's described as a "global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19."
In addition, the special's stated purpose is to "educate and inform on COVID-19 risks, prevention and response," so in addition to the stars, WHO experts and healthcare workers will appear.
Other platforms where you can watch or stream the show include Bravo, E!, ABC News Live, Freeform, MTV, CMT, Comedy Central, VH1, SYFY, MSNBC, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, Apple, YouTube ad Yahoo. Basically, there's no excuse not to watch it. For more information, visit GlobalCitizen.org/togetherathome.
Elton hosted a similarly star-studded COVID charity special, Living Room Concert for America, that aired on Fox on March 29.
“I’ve had many night where I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life,” she says.
She says she’s kept a journal of his symptoms for the past three weeks and he still has a 100-degree temperature. His symptoms included "a fever for three weeks and diarrhea and then constipation and then throwing up and pale and listless and lethargic and all the things that scare the bejeezus out of you as a mama."
As for her own health, Pink, who has asthma, says the virus had her "on nebulizers for the first time in 30 years.”
“It got really, really scary, I'm not gonna lie,” she says.
Pink and Jameson have since been retested for the virus and their results came back negative. Her husband, Carey Hart, and daughter, Willow, never fell ill.
On Friday, Pink announced she’d be donating $500,000 to Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in honor of her mom, who worked there for 18 years, and another $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
Norman SeeffRemember when Taylor Swift was the "mega-mentor" for the Knockout Rounds of The Voice? Well, now the guy she was named after is serving that same function.
Billboard confirms that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylorwill join coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas and Blake Shelton to mentor the artists as they prepare for the Knockout Rounds starting on April 13. He'll also coach and rehearse with the four artists who were saved during the Battle Rounds for the show's first ever "Four Way Knockout."
During the Knockout Rounds, teammates will compete against each other, selecting their own song and performing individually, rather than together. The judges will then choose one contestant to move on.
James recently postponed his summer tour with Jackson Browne due to COVID-19. He released a new album, American Standard, in February. It debuted in the top five of the Billboard album chart.