Walt DisneyFrozen II could be headed "Into the Unknown": the number-one spot on the Billboard album chart.
The soundtrack to the box office smash Disney sequel has a good shot at topping the tally, according to Billboard. Industry forecasters tell the publication that it might sell between 65,000 and 80,000 units, and overtake the current number one album: Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding.
Frozen II is currently number three on the list, thanks to the success of the movie, which premiered November 22. Back in 2014, the soundtrack to the original Frozen movie spent 13 weeks at number one: the most for a soundtrack this century. It ended up as the number one album of the year on the Billboard chart.
The Frozen II soundtrack features the stars of the film -- Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Evan Rachel Wood -- as well as "High Hopes" band Panic! at the Disco, alt-rockers Weezer and country star Kacey Musgraves.
"Romance is finally out. this is all yours now. please tell me everything you think, I’m dying to know," Camila Cabellotweeted at midnight.
Her highly anticipated sophomore album, featuring 14 tracks, has finally dropped, though she'd already released six of the tracks: "Shameless," "Cry for Me," "Living Proof," "Liar," "Easy" and, of course, "Señorita."
In a unique promotion for Romance, an experience called "Album Art Living Museums" is being staged in 50 locations worldwide. At the exhibit, fans can unlock the artwork from the album's packaging, as well as the meaning behind each track. Visit RomanceUnlocked.com to see all the locations.
Camila appears on today's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, singing "Living Proof" with a full gospel choir. She also tells Ellen that when she and Shawn Mendes appeared together on her show in 2016, she definitely had a crush on him.
"We were stupid. I think we both had a crush, but we were being babies about it. But we're grown now!" Camila laughed. She also explained she didn't kiss Shawn onstage during their American Music Awards performance because "it feels weird, because I know that people are expecting it.”
As for the album, Camila tells Ellen, "I was basically completely single for 20 years and it was like, the intensity and adrenaline of my life was in the studio, writing about an emotion that I wanted. Whereas this time...I've fallen in love, and out of love, and in love. And that's basically what this album is about...falling in love and what that feels like."
Tickets have just gone on sale for the North American leg of Camila's Romance Tour 2020, which kicks off July 29 in Vancouver. Each ticket purchased comes with a copy of Romance. Visit camilacabello.com for full details.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay will provide the entertainment at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor match up between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars that'll take place outdoors on New Year's Day at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
The duo will perform during the game's first intermission, and it'll be televised on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 2 p.m. ET. Additional performers will be announced soon.
Considering that Dan Shay's latest hit "10,000 Hours" features Justin Bieber, who, being Canadian, is a massive hockey fan, perhaps it's not out of the realm of possibility that he might show up for the performance. We'll just have to wait and see.
The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is the first regular NHL regular-season outdoor game for both teams, and is part of a tradition the league established in 2008.
And speaking of Bridgestone, Dan Shay's 2020 headlining tour kicks off March 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Alberto Rodriguez/E! EntertainmentPink's already short hair is even shorter now after the "So What" artist got a buzz cut on Thursday.
Pink quietly uploaded a photo of her new look to Instagram with the simple caption "Letting Go." In the picture, she isn't looking up at the camera and, instead, is staring down at the shaved hair cupped in her hands.
Pink's new hair was the creation of celebrity stylist Pamela Neal, who is behind many of the artist's iconic looks. Neal frequently styles her for award shows, music videos, and tour stops.
The stylist also slipped a behind the scenes look to her Instagram Stories that showed the messy aftermath of Pink's new cut. The picture features the singer's short blonde locks peppering the studio floor, which is surrounded by scissor emojis. The three-time Grammy Award winner reposted the same image to her respective Stories.
Reaction has been overwhelmingly positive for Pink's hair, including an enthusiastic "Love it!!!!!!!!!" from husband Carey Hart.
One of Pink's closest friends, Selma Blair, welcomed the look with open arms. "Twins!!!!" commented the actress, who is in the process of growing back her hair after undergoing chemotherapy.
Pink recently wrapped her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which, according to Billboard, earned over $397 million and became the second highest grossing tour by a woman.
Trae Patton/NBCOver 50,000 fans eagerly staked out Taylor Swift's YouTube page as the clock ticked down to midnight Friday in anticipation of her new Christmas song, "Christmas Tree Farm." The new holiday song pays homage to Taylor's childhood, as she reminisces about growing up on a Christmas Tree farm called Pine Ridge Farm.
The song begins with Taylor escaping from the stress and the static of her life by closing her eyes and going to the Christmas Tree farm in her heart "where the people would come and dance under sparkling lights."
Taylor paints a whimsical picture of what she would see in the weeks leading up to Christmas as she sings, "Bundled up in their mittens & coats/ And the cider would flow/ And I just wanna be there tonight/ Sweet dreams of holly and ribbon/ Mistakes are forgiven/ And everything is icy and blue/ And you would be there, too."
The song is accompanied by a sentimental music video consisting of home videos shot by her mother and father of her and her brother, Austin Swift, during the holidays. The video flashes through time, even visiting the quiet tree farm just days before Taylor was born in 1989.
In the video, the audience watches Swift and her brother grow up as they sit on Santa's lap, roll around in the freshly fallen snow, and excitedly open gifts on Christmas morning. The scenes also pan to various locations around the family farm, from stockings hanging on the fire place to all the Christmas lights strung about the property.
Taylor revealed Thursday on Good Morning America that she wrote the song over the December 1 weekend and immediately rushed it to the recording studio in London, where it was accompanied by a live orchestra and gospel choir.
ABC/Eric McCandlessAfter being delayed several months, Friday finally sees the release of the animated film Playmobil: The Movie, based on the popular toy line that was first introduced in the '70s. The voice cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and, in his first credited movie role, Adam Lambert, as the bad guy, Emperor Maximus.
While Adam appeared in Bohemian Rhapsody, he was in disguise and uncredited, so this is really his first official film role, and he says he had a great time with the character.
"He's an obnoxious, ridiculous, comical bad guy. So I hope the audience has fun with me on this one," Adam tells ABC Audio. "He's got like Napoleon complex, he's incredibly narcissistic. He loves the sound of his own voice. He's spoiled. He's a brat. And he usually gets his way."
What makes it even more appropriate is that Adam recalls playing with Playmobil figures as a kid.
"I definitely had Emperor Maximus, I'm almost sure of it," he says. "And what I loved about them is that you could, like, take the hair off. And there was accessories and outfits and it was very dress-up oriented. And I love that!"
Adam also says he enjoyed the experience of doing voiceover work, because, he explains, he's been doing it since he was a kid, appearing in theatrical productions.
"I would get my script. And on the first day rehearsal, I would go home and I'd run a tape recorder and I would read out all the different characters' lines and that's how I learned my lines," he recalls. "So it's kind of adjacent to what I did in this [movie]...Acting with the voice only is taking me back to my childhood...in a kid's movie. So it's kind of fitting."
Sasha SamsanovaSaturday's the debut of Harry Connick Jr.'s new Broadway show Harry Connick Jr.-- A Celebration of Cole Porter, which runs through December 29 at New York City's Nederlander Theater. But if you can't get to New York to check out the show, don't worry: In 2020, Harry's taking the show on the road.
"Next fall, we'll be doing extended runs in theaters all over the world, places like London...[and] I'm sure we'll be going to the major markets in the United States," Harry tells ABC Audio. "I've never done that -- where you go to a place for a week or two or even three and to kind of sit in one place for a while, which I'm really excited about, just because it's different than doing one-nighters....this will be a fun new experience."
As for the show itself, it's promoting Harry's new album,True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, but it was inspired by a desire to change things up.
"My manager...said, 'Let's do something different for this record,'" he explains. "And I sat down that day and wrote an entire stage play of the music of the album."
His goal, Harry says, is to present the songs of Cole Porter "in a much more theatrical sense, that gives people more avenues to understand what the lyrics are about the first time."
In other words, through the use of film, choreography and stage sets, Harry wants to make Porter standards like "Anything Goes" and "Just One of Those Things" accessible to modern audiences.
"...When you're looking at it visually, I think it might hit you in a different way," he says, adding, "It's like nothing I've ever really seen before...the songs are sort of doing the storytelling."
Rhino/WarnerIt's nice to know that nearly 50 years into his career on the Billboard charts, Rod Stewart can still set brand-new milestones.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's new album, You're In My Heart, which features rearrangements of his legendary hits with backing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has hit number one on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. It's his first-ever appearance on that chart.
That's pretty good for an album that Rod openly admits he didn't have to "lift a finger" to create: His record company just took the origial vocals from songs like "Maggie May," "Tonight's the Night" and "Downtown Train" and added the orchestra.
Rod's journey on the Billboard charts started almost exactly 50 years ago -- December 13, 1969 -- with The Rod Stewart Album, which entered the Billboard 200 at number 200. Since then, he's earned four number-one albums on that chart and four number-one singles on the Hot 100.
He's also racked up three #1 songs on the Adult Contemporary charts, and one number one each on the Dance Club Songs, Mainstream Rock Songs and Pop Songs charts. He's also had a number one on the Rock Albums chart and one on the Top Holiday Albums chart, according to Billboard.
Andrew Chin/Getty ImagesJason Mraz has a message for Coors Light: "I'm Yours" isn't yours for the taking.
Billboard reports that the singer has filed a complaint against the beer company for using his signature song in an Instgram ad without permission.
Jason sang "I"m Yours" during a festival in California on May 4, and he claims 13 seconds of his performance was included in a video ad on Coors Light's Instagram account, along with the caption, "Kicking off summer with the World’s Most Refreshing Beer at the Beach Life Festival.” The ad's since been taken down.
Jason's complaint notes that not only did the beer company not ask permission to use the song, but if they had, he would've said no.
Billboard has obtained the complaint, which reads, "Due to the family friendly nature of the song, Mraz has never licensed the composition for use by alcohol companies or other adult-oriented products and would never do so...Defendants MillerCoors LLC and MillerCoors USA LLC wrongfully misappropriated the composition as well as Mraz’s voice and image."
Jason is looking for $150,000 per copyright infringement which, he claims, includes the use of the song, the use of his voice and the use of his image.
In a statement to Billboard, a spokesperson for the beer company said that it had contractual rights to the video, and took it down as soon as Jason and his team complained. The spokesperson added that Jason should be suing the festival -- which granted MillerCoors the rights to the video -- not them.
So far, Jason's team hasn't responded to MillerCoors' explanation.
ABC/Randy HolmesAlicia Keys is returning to host the Grammy Awards for the second year in a row after becoming the first female host in 14 years in February. The 15-time Grammy winner finds it revolting that it took so long for a woman once again host the most prestigious awards show in music.
“Don’t you find that when you hear these stats, you’re vomiting in your mouth?,” she tells Billboard. “It’s obvious s*** is upside-down. There’s not enough balance of power.”
Keys drew rave reviews for her hosting the show this year, featuring an amazing performance by her on two pianos simultaneously.
“I wanted to create this love fest where we could celebrate each other’s greatness and just have fun,” the “Girl on Fire” singer says. “We’re all trying to make our way through a very chaotic time, and we all just need a little celebration -- to feel like we’re with friends, like somebody actually cares.”
As she prepares for the 2020 Grammys, Keys says her goal is to recreate the atmosphere of classic television variety shows of the past.
“People who have created these beautiful variety-style shows, like Carol Burnett, or Sammy Davis Jr., or Dean Martin. Nobody does that anymore,” Keys says. “They had this cool mixture of musician and artist and comedian, so it mixed all of these worlds together in this casual [way], while they’re holding, like, a whiskey. I want to see how to modernize that.”
You can watch Alicia host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
ABC/Rick RowellAs this decade comes to a close, Lady Gaga is revealing her plans for the next one.
In a YouTube video with popular beauty influencer NikkieTutorials, Gaga reveals new music -- and motherhood -- may be on the way.
"More music. Not retiring anytime soon," Gaga said while discussing her goals for the 2020s, adding, "All kinds of different music. I wanna do more movies. I wanna have babies. And I want to continue to build the behemoth that is Haus Laboratories into the makeup company of my dreams."
She also said to expect the unexpected, because when she gets inspired, she acts on it immediately.
"I'm living my inspirations right now, in this moment," she said. "So I couldn't tell you over the next decade, like, skydiving or something like that. When I get inspired, I do things right away.”
Gaga adds. “There will be tons of crazy things that I do over the next decade; I just don't know exactly what they are...which is why they will be extra crazy."
The Madison Square Garden CompanyJosh Groban's residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall continues to expand.
The singer has now added a fourth show, which will take place Saturday, September 26. The fan club pre-sale starts 10 a.m. ET on Friday; tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, December 9 at 12 p.m. ET.
There are several VIP ticket options for the show, including the opportunity to meet Josh beforehand, enjoy food and drinks with fellow fans among memorabilia and never-before-seen photos, and other perks.
So far, Josh has scheduled shows for February 14, April 18, June 20 and now the new one. Josh has promised each show will be different, and will mix music, comedy, audience interaction and special guests.
If you can't make it to New York to see Josh at Radio City, he's got a few shows in Canada in February, and a string of tour dates in Florida this March and early April. Visit his website for full details.
Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton tell their story in a new song.
The superstar couple sing a duet called "Nobody but You" on Blake's upcoming album, Fully Loaded: God's Country.
"This was one of those songs where the more I heard it, the more I fell in love with it," Blake explains. "I also realized how important it is for me and where I am in my life, and I think that's why Shane was trying to get it to me. It fits my story. I was about to go in and record when I decided that it needed Gwen on it -- because it is our song. I think it's magic."
This marks the third time the powerhouse pair has recorded a song together, following "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" on Blake's 2016 album, If I'm Honest, and the holiday duet "You Make it Feel Like Christmas" on Gwen's 2017 Christmas album of the same name.
BMGHuey Lewis & the News will be showing some love to their fans on Valentine's Day next year.
The group has announced their first new, original album since 2001, Weather, will be coming out February 14. They also unveiled their new single, "While We're Young," following their previous release, "Her Love Is Killin' Me."
Weather features six original tracks, as well as a cover of the classic Eugene Church song, "Pretty Girls Everywhere."
The sessions for the new music took place right around the time last year that Lewis was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, an inner-ear disorder characterized by vertigo, ringing and hearing loss. It's prohibited his ability to perform but apparently, not to sing.
Weather follows 2001's Plan B and 2010's R&B covers album Soulsville.
Here is the Weather track list:
"While We're Young" "Her Love Is Killin' Me" "I Am There for You" "Hurry Back Baby" "Remind Me Why I Love You Again" "Pretty Girls Everywhere" "One of the Boys"
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCAlanis Morissette was Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Wednesday's The Tonight Show to promote her new album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, arriving May 1, and her Broadway musical, Jagged Little Pill, which opens Thursday. The appearance included the two busking in a New York City subway station.
Morissette and Fallon taped the segment the night before, with she and Jimmy donning disguises as they performed undercover in the subway station below NYC’s 30 Rock, where the show is taped.
Alanis, in a floppy hat, blonde wig and sunglasses, and Fallon, wearing a fake beard and sunglasses, kicked off the performance with a rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy." Fallon spent the song banging on a tiny drum hanging from his neck.
After peeling off their disguises, Morissette and Fallon led the swelling crowd of onlookers in a rendition of Alanis' 1995 hit “You Oughta Know.”
Previous busking segments have featured Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and James Valentine, and Miley Cyrus.
Morissette closed out the show with a performance of her new song, "Reasons I Drink."
Alanis recently announced her 25th anniversary Jagged Little Pill tour, featuring fellow 1990s alt artists Garbage and Liz Phair. The tour kicks off June 2 in Portland, Oregon and will come to a close July 25 in Nashville.
Virginia Sherwood/NBCThe holiday season in New York City officially got underway on Wednesday with NBC's lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree -- with Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Idina Menzel and more supplying the music.
Stefani opened the show with the title track from her 2017 holiday collection, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. She also closed out the show with a performance of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas."
Legend, Gwen's fellow coach on NBC's The Voice, picked up on the sentiment, crooning "Bring Me Love," off the deluxe version of his 2018 holiday album, A Legendary Christmas. He returned later to sing, "Merry Christmas Baby."
Ne-Yo added a little warmth to the chilly NYC air with his smooth vocals on "This Christmas." A little later, he performed "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," backed by a chorus.
Menzel also performed a couple of numbers from her new album, A Christmas Season of Love on Wednesday, including "Sleigh Ride" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," joined on the latter by Pose star, Billy Porter.
Bon Jovi performed his band's new song "Unbroken," which is featured in the Netflix documentary To Be of Service, which highlights veterans living with PTSD and the service dogs that help them. He was joined on stage by service members belonging to all four branches of the military.
All proceeds from "Unbroken" will go to the patriotic service dog foundation, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders in need.
The night, which also featured Radio City Music Hall's high-stepping Rockettes dance troupe, among others, concluded with the lighting of Rockefeller Center's 75-foot-tall tree blazing with five miles of multi-colored LEDs.
Paul Marotta/Getty Images for BerkleeAfter being photographed holding hands with his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright last month, Justin Timberlake has finally broken his silence about the incident.
The "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer took to his personal Instagram to publicly address the cheating rumors. "I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family, I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love," Timberlake begins before admitting that, point-blank, he messed up.
The 38-year-old admitted, "A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment - but let me be clear -nothing happened between me and my costar." He then went on to explain that he "drank way too much that night" and, on top of being ashamed of his actions, "I should have known better."
He then took a moment to reflect on his family life with his wife Jessica Biel, whom he married in 2012, and their four-year-old son, Silas.
"This is not the example I want to set for my son," Timberlake vows before announcing, "I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be. This was not that.”
He closes his post by praising his upcoming movie and that he is "looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it."
As previously reported, a representative for Wainwright released a public statement shortly after the incident was first reported and claimed, "There is no validity to this speculation" and "the video may look that way, but literally it was nothing."
Palmer, starring Wainwright and Timberlake,is set to hit theaters in 2020.
Nathan JohnsonTonight, the musical Jagged Little Pill, based on Alanis Morissette's seminal 1995 album, opens on Broadway. Tony winner Diane Paulus, who directed Sara Bareilles' hit musical, Waitress, is Jagged Little Pill's director too. She explains why fans of the album will love the musical.
"I think if you loved this album as a teenager, you're going to have a chance to live that again," she tells ABC Audio. "You're also going to have a chance to look back at life because if you were a teenager in the 90s...you might have moved on to other aspects of your life -- relationships, parenthood, kids -- like Alanis has. And this show has kind of expanded to contain all of that."
Jagged Little Pill uses the album's songs to tell the story of The Healys, a seemingly perfect suburban family that's actually struggling with many of of today's hot-button issues, from addiction to racial identity. One critic even called it "the most woke musical of all time." But Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, who wrote the show, says that wasn't intentional.
"We did not deliberately set out to make a musical that had 25 issues in it," she laughs. "But I think it happened because everybody involved in this production is very sensitive and sort of attuned to the world around us. And in a moment like this, you can't not sense a certain kind of urgency. It's just like, the world is full of issues. So why can't our show be?"
In addition to the songs from Jagged Little Pill, the musical also includes Alanis tracks like "Thank U" and "Uninvited," as well as "Smiling," a song Alanis wrote but never released but that perfectly -- "almost eerily," says Cody -- fits into the show. The soundtrack's available now.
Courtesy NetflixA new Taylor Swift Netflix documentary is on the way.
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana will open the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 23 and will hit the streaming service early next year.
The documentary will offer a revealing look at Taylor during a “transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.”
Taylor first mentioned the documentary was in the works in last month's Tumblr statement to Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, who own the rights to her back catalog. She claimed the two were refusing to allow the use of her older music in the film.
“[T]his isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news - Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” she wrote. “Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”