Fantasy RecordsJames Taylor is ready to release his long-awaited new album, and as promised, it features the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer diving into the Great American Songbook.
American Standard, due out February 28, is Taylor's first release since 2015's number-one album Before This World. It features Taylor putting his spin on standards like "The Nearness of You," "Pennies from Heaven" and "It's Only a Paper Moon," as well as famous songs from musicals, such as "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" from Guys and Dolls, "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" from South Pacific, "Ol' Man River" from Show Boat, and "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" from Oklahoma!
The album's first single is "Teach Me Tonight," a jazz standard that's been recorded by stars like Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and even Aretha Franklin.
In a statement, James says, "I've always had songs I grew up with that I remember really well, that were part of the family record collection -- and I had a sense of how to approach [them]...we paid attention to the chords and melody, but we were interested in doing something new, and in bringing something new to it. We've reinterpreted the songs, that's what makes it worth doing."
Here's the track list for American Standard:
"My Blue Heaven" "Moon River" "Teach Me Tonight" "As Easy As Rolling Off a Log" "Almost Like Being in Love" "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" "The Nearness Of You" "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" "God Bless the Child" "Pennies from Heaven" "My Heart Stood Still" "Ol' Man River" "It's Only a Paper Moon" "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top"
Meanwhile, James has also announced a summer tour with Jackson Browne. It kicks off May 15 in New Orleans and will wrap up July 10 in Camden, N.J. As previously reported, Taylor is touring Canada with Bonnie Raitt from April 14 through May 5, and he's got a special show scheduled for Boston's Fenway Park on June 21 with Shawn Colvin and Brandi Carlile.
ABC/Kelsey McNealIn the era of spoilers and album leaks, it was only a matter of time before Lady Gaga had to deal with a leak of her very own when one of her unreleased songs unexpectedly found its way online.
The alleged song, called "Stupid Love," was leaked Tuesday and fans, obviously, went nuts.
However, it seems the "Bad Romance" artist is taking the whole thing in stride.
Mother Monster took to Twitter on Wednesday to tell her fans in her own special way that they need to calm down. Posting a photo of a young girl wearing a black ski mask under a pair of headphones, Gaga jokingly wrote, "Can y'all stop?"
In kind, her fans teased the "Shallow" singer back, begging her to drop her new music while joking that they won't stop now that they have a taste of her new music.
It is unknown when exactly Lady Gaga will drop her upcoming studio. However, she began teasing the album back in March in response to rumors that she was pregnant with A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper's child by writing "Rumors I’m pregnant? Yeah, I'm pregnant with #LG6."
Well, it seems that her "due date" may be approaching thanks to a recent report from British tabloid The Sun.
The paper claims that Gaga will return with "a major new single on February 7."
Whether or not the single in question was actually "Stupid Love" has yet to be seen.
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentMadonna's Madame X tour is hobbling along after the "Vogue" singer had to cancel another concert, her second this week, in Lisbon on Wednesday.
The 61-year-old has attributed her past cancellations due to injuries and illnesses. In a video posted Tuesday, Madonna is seen clutching a cane and limping up a series of stairs. "In Lisbon where Madame X began her journey.......thank goodness for my beautiful Vintage cane and most of all thank you to Dino and Victoria and all the amazing Musicians who showed up," she wrote on Twitter.
On top of using a cane and clutching onto the banister, the singer is heard exasperatedly remarking in the video, "Oh, good, more stairs" as she makes her way around her old home.
Page Six, who reports that the Wednesday show was cancelled due to Madonna's "ongoing injuries," writes that she intends to hit the stage tomorrow for her final show in Lisbon before jetting off to London and Paris.
Madame X is Madonna's fourteenth studio album that debuted atop the Billboard 200 in June and features the songs "Crave" and "Medellín." The Madame X Tour, which is Madge's 11th tour overall, is set to conclude March 2020.
Madonna has cancelled nine tour stops so far, citing injury, medical reasons, and production reasons as why those particular shows could not go on.
ABC/Eric McCandlessToday is January 23, and we can all pretty much agree that Christmas is over. But Jason Mraz says he's ready to bust out a Christmas song tonight at an all-star acoustic benefit concert he's doing in L.A.
Homeward Bound will raise money for L.A.'s homeless, with proceeds going to PATH, a charity working to help get families off the street. The eclectic lineup features Jason, American Idol champs Phil Phillips and Maddie Poppe, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, members of The Doors and Nirvana and Ingrid Michaelson.
Last month, Jason and Ingrid scored a hit with a duet called "Christmas Valentine," so he tells ABC Audio that tonight, "I totally would [sing it]!"
While Jason plans on asking Ingrid if she wants to join him on that tune, he's also psyched about performing with another act.
"I know everyone's thrilled to perform with The Doors," he says. "Even if we were just jamming backstage -- but I think there'll be some opportunity onstage. It is such a unique lineup of artists that may not end up on the same festival or the same bill, so for us, it's a treat."
As for the cause, Jason says, "There's homeless...probably in every city in California....and we don't have a health care and a welfare system that takes care of those with mental illness or addiction, or those that, for whatever reason, were laid off and kicked out of their houses."
"Musicians are always looking for something good to do," he explains. "And...we might be on the road and have a limited time to volunteer, so doing a concert is such a great way for musicians to volunteer -- and for fans to volunteer their time and attention."
"So it just feels good...It's the right thing to do."
Credit: Chris CuffaroThe Go-Go's have announced plans for an 11-date U.S. summer tour that will coincide with the TV premiere of a new Showtime documentary about the famed all-female band.
The trek kicks off on June 25 in San Diego and is plotted out through a July 13 show in Costa Mesa, California, and will include a June 30-July 1 stand in the group's hometown of Los Angeles. Among the other cities The Go-Go's will visit are Las Vegas; San Francisco; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Westbury, New York; Bensalem, Pennsylvania; and Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Tickets for all concerts except for the L.A. shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the L.A. gigs will be available on Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. PT. For more ticketing information, visit Facebook.com/OfficialGoGos and GoGos.com.
The documentary, simply titled The Go-Go's, will get its world premiere on Friday, January 24, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movie, directed by Allison Ellwood, follows the band from its emergence from the L.A. punk-rock scene to its rise to stardom in the early 1980s through its initial breakup and on to its various reunions.
The doc features candid interviews with the band members -- Belinda Carilsle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock -- and other music industry figures, as well as archival footage and more.
No word yet on when The Go-Go's will premiere on Showtime.
ABC/Lou RoccoJon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, were in Newark, New Jersey, Wednesday to celebrate the opening of their third JBJ Soul Kitchen non-profit restaurant, located on the Newark campus of Rutgers University, WABC TV reports.
Jon and Dorothea established the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants to help provide quality meals to homeless and hungry people. Diners who visit the eateries are asked to pay a suggested amount of money that will cover their own meal and someone else's. If they can't pay for their food, they're asked to volunteer at the restaurant.
The Newark restaurant follows JBJ Soul Kitchen franchises in Toms River and Red Bank, New Jersey, and is the first to be located on a college campus.
Speaking at the opening, Jon Bon Jovi noted, "For the last decade, the Soul Kitchen restaurants in Red Bank and in Toms River have provided well over 100,000 meals…It's been a passion project for us for a decade now."
Dorothea, meanwhile, said that opening a branch of the restaurant at Rutgers was "humbling and a little overwhelming."
She added, "Recognizing that food insecurity is a critical issue facing many college students and one that hits home here at Rutgers, when [campus food-service provider] Gourmet Dining came to us over a year ago with the idea to open a Soul Kitchen, we jumped on the chance to make an impact."
The Rutgers JBJ Soul Kitchen's website notes that "[m]ore than 50 percent of students have exceptional financial need," and that in New Jersey's Essex County, where the Newark campus is located, "16.3 percent of residents struggle with food insecurity."
Miller MobleyThe Jonas Brothers just gave us one more reason to tune into the Grammys on Sunday.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowWednesday, the sibling trio teased that their performance on the awards show will be something no one is expecting.
"We have a very special performance lined up," Nick told Ellen. "We don't want to give anything away, but we're playing the new song that just came out, and then we're doing something else which I don't think anyone's going to expect."
The group released “What a Man Gotta Do” last week, along with a video featuring their wives and referencing classic ‘80s movies.
The Grammys air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sunday. The Jonas Brothers are nominated in the pop/duo group performance category for “Sucker.”
Jesus CorderoGloria Estefan has joined the Facebook Watch, scoring her own talk show -- and it's a real family affair.
Red Table Talk: The Estefans is a spinoff of actress Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk, which has been airing since 2018 on the streaming platform. Like Pinkett Smith's show, which features her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, Gloria's show will also be multi-generational: It'll be hosted by Gloria, her daughter Emily Estefan and her niece, actress Lili Estefan.
Together, the three generations of women will have "candid conversations about today’s most timely, social and personal issues with family, celebrity guests and experts."
“Red Table Talk has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform," said Pinkett Smith in a statement. "I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places."
Gloria added, “I’m incredibly excited to carry the Red Table Talk torch with my family in Miami. Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice."
Mike Rosenthal for PEOPLEOf all the women John Mayer has dated -- and there have been quite a few -- his relationship with Jessica Simpson may have been the most surprising. But now, in her new memoir Open Book, excerpted in this week's People magazine, Jessica explains what their relationship was really like.
According to Jessica, the two met in early 2005 at a party, where John told her how much he liked a song she'd written. After she divorced Nick Lachey in late 2005, Jessica dated others, including John, but, she says, he "wanted to have all of me or nothing."
“Again and again, he told me he was obsessed with me, sexually and emotionally,” she writes.
However, Jessica says, their relationship soon became a source of extreme anxiety for her, so much so that she began drinking heavily.
“I constantly worried that I wasn’t smart enough for him,” she writes. “He was so clever and treated conversation like a friendly competition that he had to win.” In fact, she admits she sometimes asked a friend to check her texts to John for grammar and spelling errors before she'd send them.
Eventually, Jessica broke things off when John made his now-infamous comment about Jessica in a 2010 Playboy interview, calling her "sexual napalm."
"He thought that was what I wanted to be called,” Jessica says. “I was floored and embarrassed that my grandmother was actually gonna read that. A woman and how they are in bed is not something that is ever talked about. It was shocking.”
“That was it for me,” Jessica says. “I erased his number. He made it easy for me to walk away.”
John has since publicly apologized for the comment, though he and Jessica are no longer in touch.
ABC/Rick RowellAdam Lambert has officially launched a new non-profit organization for a cause close to his heart.
The singer has established the Feel Something Foundation, which aims to support LGBTQ rights through working with charities focused on impacting the community in areas of education and arts, homelessness, suicide prevention and mental health.
The Feel Something Foundation says it “wants to abolish ‘coming out’ as a term used to define someone simply being themselves.”
Adam is also supporting another charitable cause next month. He’ll join Queen for a special benefit concert on February 16 in Sydney, Australia, to raise money for bushfire relief as the country continues to battle the fires that have caused so much devastation Down Under.
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCGwen Stefani’s ready to tie the knot with Blake Shelton, even if her earlier marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale isn’t annulled by the Catholic Church, according to Us Weekly.
The magazine’s previously reported that Gwen’s been trying to have her former union annulled for the past year, and that’s what’s been keeping her from making her four-year relationship with Blake official.
Now, a new article cites an insider who claims Gwen’s ready to proceed without the blessing of the Catholic Church, after Blake’s become “restless” and the issue’s caused some “tense moments.” The unnamed source also predicts a church ceremony in Beverly Hills, followed by a party at Blake’s Oklahoma ranch.
Us Weekly’s inside information also alleges that Gwen would very much like to have a child with Blake, adding that “if that doesn’t happen, Blake’s content with her three kids.” Gwen’s sons range in age between thirteen and five.
You can read more in the latest issue of Us Weekly, which is on newsstands now.
It'll premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, but the debut of Taylor Swift's documentary Miss Americana in theaters and on Netflix is a little more than a week away. Now, we've got our first trailer for the project, which reveals its main thrust: Taylor Swift's political awakening.
"Throughout my whole career, label executives would say, 'A nice girl doesn't force their opinions on people,'" Taylor says in a voiceover. "I became the person everyone wanted me to be."
Then, Taylor discusses the period she dropped out of sight following her reignited feud with Kanye West. "Nobody physically saw me for a year, and that was what I thought they wanted," she notes.
It was during that time, Taylor says, that she re-thought her entire approach to fame, which prior to that point had been all about trying to get people's approval
"I had to deconstruct an entire belief system: toss it out and reject it," she says. "It woke me up from constantly feeling like I was fighting for people's respect. It was happiness without anyone else's input."
We then see Taylor telling her team, "I want to do this. I need to be on the right side of history," followed by news reports about how she'd finally decided to speak out politically. You may recall that happened in 2018, when she endorsed Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee.
"I feel really good about not feeling muzzled anymore," she says. "And it was my own doing."
Or, as Taylor toldVariety this week, "Obviously, any time you’re standing up against or for anything, you’re never going to receive unanimous praise. But that’s what forces you to be brave. And that’s what’s different about the way I live my life now.”
Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesFormer Recording Academy CEO and President Deborah Dugan and her lawyers spent Tuesday trading accusations with the Academy in the wake of Dugan's complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the organization behind the Grammy Awards of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
Dugan's complaint alleges, among other things, that the Recording Academy engaged in "egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members, voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards and other misconduct."
The complaint further alleges that the Academy, "unlawfully retaliated against Ms. Dugan by placing her on administrative leave (only after she indicated her intent to commence legal action and refused to settle her claims on terms dictated by the Academy), threatening Ms. Dugan with termination and publishing false and defamatory statements about Ms. Dugan to the media."
Dugan's lawyers, one of whom is Douglas H. Wigdor, who represents 20 women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, compared the Recording Academy's response to the embattled film mogul by attempting to "impugn the character of Deborah Dugan [in] a transparent effort to shift the focus away from its own unlawful activity."
In response the the EEOC complaint, the Recording Academy hit back by claiming Dugan "never raised these grave allegations until a week after legal claims were made against her personally by a female employee who alleged Ms. Dugan had created a ‘toxic and intolerable’ work environment and engaged in ‘abusive and bullying conduct.’"
Dugan's attorneys responded with a followup statement calling the Academy's claim that she didn't raise concerns prior to the accusations against her "completely false."
Kevin Kane/Getty Images for BSBJennifer Lopez's new partnership with Coach created a major splash on social media thanks to an unexpected shout out from Barbra Streisand.
Lopez, who was recently named the new face of Coach, released a series of promotional photos on Tuesday announcing the official launch of the "Originals Go Their Own Way" Spring/Summer 2020 line. One photo of JLo's in particular, however, caught Streisand's eye. And for good reason.
One of the sweaters Lopez wears just so happens to have the Funny Girlactress' face emblazoned on the front.
"Love this! Hi @jlo — nice to see you wearing my face!," Streisand hilariously tweeted on Tuesday and enclosed the shout out with golden heart and razzing face emojis. She also included the photo in question, which shows a carefree Lopez wearing three of her new purses while soaking in the New York City sun.
Obviously, not wanting to leave the Broadway legend hanging, the "On The Floor" singer immediately wrote back, "OMG!!!!! Love youuuuu" along with big red heart emoji.
The comedic exchange has since fueled fans' hopes that, perhaps, a musical collaboration between the two could be in the potential future.
For now, however, Lopez seems to be focusing on her current collab with Coach. Her new campaign, which also features Michael B. Jordan and Koki, is available now.
The fashion company said Tuesday on Facebook that the line captures "the spirit of the new season and the energy of NYC" and "celebrates individuality, optimism and self-expression."
NBCJustin Bieber is bringing his yummy yummy to Saturday Night Live.
The singer will be the musical guest on the show’s February 8 episode with host RuPaul. The appearance will mark Bieber’s third time on the show, and he’ll no doubt be performing his new single, “Yummy.”
Justin also teased a series of dates on his social media Tuesday, along with an image that says “Bieber 2020.” One of those dates, January 27, is the day his YouTube documentary, Seasons, debuts.
The other dates he listed are January 28, January 29 and February 14. Stay tuned.
Alexandre Schneider/Getty ImagesSam Smith is heading Down Under next month for a special performance.
The singer announced in a video on social media Tuesday that he'll perform at Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, set to take place on Saturday, February 29.
“I have an announcement to make today which is honestly for me one of the highlights of my career,” Sam tells fans. “Australia has meant so much to me as a queer person and I’m going to be singing at Mardi Gras this year.”
Sam adds that they hope to bring some joy to the people of Australia in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
“And I cannot wait to be with you all after such a challenging time and hopefully we can spread that love and sing and dance,” Sam says. “So yeah, Mardi Gras, can’t wait to see you!”
Sam joins previously announced Mardi Gras headliners Dua Lipa and Kesha. Sam last toured Australia as part of the Thrill of It All world tour in November 2018.
ABC/Image Group LANot only will Taylor Swift’s Netflix documentary Miss Americana give viewers a previously unseen glimpse into her life, it’ll also give fans a previously unheard song.
In a new cover story with Variety, Taylor reveals she wrote a politically-charged track called “Only the Young,” which will play over the end credits. It’ll also be released as a digital single.
The documentary will show Taylor demo-ing the song, which was inspired by the 2018 midterm elections, after the candidates she publicly endorsed in her home state of Tennessee were defeated.
“I wrote it after the midterm elections, when there were so many young people who rallied for their candidate, whether it was a senator or congressman or congresswoman,” she tells Variety. “It was hard to see so many people feel like they had canvassed and done everything and tried so hard.”
Taylor adds, “I saw a lot of young people’s hopes dashed. And I found that to be particularly tragic, because young people are the people who feel the worst effects of gun violence, and student loans and trying to figure out how to start their lives and how to pay their bills, and climate change, and are we going to war -- all these horrific situations that we find ourselves facing right now.”
Taylor sings on the track, “You did all that you could do/The game was rigged, the ref got tricked/The wrong ones think they’re right/We were outnumbered -- this time.”
Warner Music NashvilleGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have released the dramatic, romantic video for their latest duet, "Nobody but You."
In the new video, the couple can be seen singing the lyrics of the song directly to the camera while shots of Gwen wearing a ball gown caught in the midst of a storm in a dark forest also appear. Clips of the couple holding one another in front of a beach setting, cuddling on the couch with their dog and singing in the car round out the cinematic video.
"Nobody but You" is featured on Blake's new album, God's Country: Fully Loaded.
The superstar couple will perform together at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where Blake is also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for "God's Country."
The 2020 Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in LA and will air live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
ABC/Image Group LATaylor Swift has revealed new details about her mom’s illness in a cover story with Variety Tuesday.
The singer says that while her mom, Andrea Swift, was receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, doctors made another heartbreaking discovery.
“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor,” she tells Variety. “And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”
Her mom’s health was one of the main reasons Taylor decided not to embark on a full-blown tour this year. Instead, she’s making just four stops in the U.S. -- billed as Lover Fest East and Lover Fest West -- and performing at some festivals in Europe over the summer.
"I mean, we don't know what is going to happen," Taylor explains. "We don't know what treatment we're going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what's going on."
Taylor first revealed that her mom was battling cancer in 2015. She successfully completed treatment, but in March of 2019, Taylor shared that the cancer had returned. The song “Soon You’ll Get Better,” on Taylor's latest album Lover, is about her mother’s illness.
Courtesy Live NationLast year, Daryl Hall & John Oates announced two big February 2020 concerts: one in Hershey, PA and one at New York's Madison Square Garden, both with opening acts Squeeze and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" singer KT Tunstall. Now, the duo has announced an entire 2020 tour, and they're bringing those two opening acts along with them.
The tour officially kicks off May 29 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, a few days after the duo hosts their now-annual fan festival, Hoagie Nation, May 23 in their hometown of Philadelphia. It's scheduled to wrap up September 2 in Gilford, NH. Members of the duo's fan club can get tickets starting today, while the public onsale is January 24 at 10 a.m. local time.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about why the band continues to tour without new material, John Oates says, "I feel a professional responsibility to play the songs that people want to hear. They are the songs that have made us who we are."
Regarding the choice of "Tempted" hitmakers Squeeze as an opening act, Daryl Hall tells Rolling Stone that they're "great songwriters," adding, "Their songs are eclectic, yet they have soul. They’re just a great addition to the show.”
Regarding KT Tunstall, Daryl notes that she was one of the first acts he had on his online-turned-TV concert series, Live from Daryl's House.
“We include her whenever we can because she needs to be exposed as much as possible, especially in America," he tells Rolling Stone. "I’m more than willing to do that. I love her songs and I love singing with her.”
Prior to the tour, Hall & Oates have a variety of shows scheduled in March and early May without Squeeze and KT. Visit HallandOates.com for full dates and ticket info.