Courtesy The Rock and Roll Hall of FameTwo powerhouse female pop performers are first-time nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020: Pat Benatar and Whitney Houston.
Fans have been clamoring for Pat Benatar to be put on the ballot for years, because she's been eligible since 2004. A four-time Grammy-winner and early MTV star, she's released multiple platinum and gold albums and has scored 15 top 40 hits, including "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong" and "Invincible."
Should Pat be inducted, her husband and longtime musical collaborator Neil Giraldo will be inducted alongside her.
As for Whitney Houston, she's simply one of the most influential vocalists of the past 25 years and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She also starred in a number of successful movies, including The Bodyguard. She's currently back on the charts with "Higher Love," a new remix of a song she first recorded in 1990.
Pat and Whitney are two of nine artists who are nominated this year for the first time: The others are Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T.Rex, and Thin Lizzy.
The rest of this year's nominees have all been on the ballot previously: Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren.
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020. Starting today and continuing through January 10, fans can vote at RockHall.com to help create a “fans’ ballot,” which will count toward the selection of the final inductees. For info, visit RockHall.com.
Here's some good news: Turns out Maroon 5's new single "Memories" isn't just a standalone track. Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the band is currently working on the follow-up to 2017's Red Pill Blues. James says "Memories" will be on the album, and he agrees the mournful ballad is a bit of a departure for the band, musically.
"It’s a different kind of song for us...It’s an important song for us," James tells the Sun-Sentinel. "You know, we experienced some loss in the last couple of years. We lost our longtime manager, Jordan Feldstein. We heard the skeleton of this song and thought it matched where we were at."
Feldstein, who was also Adam Levine's best friend, died in 2017 at age 40 of a pulmonary embolism and a blood clot in his leg.
"Adam came in and filled the lyrics and made it more about our direct experience," James explains. "It really spoke to us in this moment, and we’re really happy that it’s out there. Universally, I think everyone can relate to that feeling of loss."
According to James, "Memories" is just another example of Adam's special talent, which has led to Maroon 5's incredible success.
"There’s always been a laser-like focus on the songs that we put out and songwriting," he says. "Adam has an amazing ear, and he really has the ability to pick these songs that go out there and resonate with people."
Maroon 5 will open the new Hard Rock Live venue at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on October 25. Then, they'll do their annual New Year's shows December 30 and 31 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
XL Recordings/Columbia RecordsYou probably know that Adele and Ed Sheeran's albums have sold millions worldwide, but now the U.K.'s Official Charts Company has officially declared them among the best-selling releases of the entire 21st century.
The Official Charts Company compiled a list of the U.K.'s 40 biggest studio albums released since January 1, 2000, based on sales, streams and downloads. Adele's album 21 is number one. It's also the best-selling album of all time by a solo artist, having been certified 17 times platinum.
Adele's 2015 album 25 is number three on the ranking; her debut album, 19, is #26.
The second biggest album of the century is Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. Ed Sheeran's 2014 album X (Multiply) is number four, and his 2017 release ÷ (Divide) is number five.
The rest of the U.K.'s top 10 biggest albums of this century are:
6. James Blunt Back to Bedlam 7. Leona Lewis, Spirit 8. Michael Bublé, Crazy Love 9. Dido, No Angel 10. David Gray, White Ladder
Among the artists who just missed the top 10: Lady Gaga and Coldplay.
Columbia RecordsCeline Dion hasn't released a new English-language album since 2013's Loved Me Back to Life, so it's no wonder that her upcoming project, Courage, is packed full of songs.
Celine revealed the track list for Courage on Instagram and it includes 16 songs in all, plus four additional songs on the Deluxe edition. Four of the songs have already been released: "Flying on My Own," "Imperfections," "Lying Down," and the title track.
Many of the songs' titles -- "For the Lover I That I Lost, "I Will Get Stronger," "Lovers Never Die" and "Say Yes" among them -- seem to speak to Celine's own journey in recent years. She's weathered the near simultaneous loss of her husband and brother to cancer and various illnesses, and subsequently reinvented herself as a fashion icon and businesswoman who's finally calling all the shots.
Here's the full track listing for Courage, which is coming out November 15:
“Flying on My Own” “Lovers Never Die” “Falling in Love Again” “Lying Down” “Courage” “Imperfections” “Change My Mind” “Say Yes” “Nobody’s Watching” “The Chase” “For the Lover That I Lost” “Baby” “I Will Be Stronger” “How Did You Get Here” “Look at Us Now” “Perfect Goodbye”
Deluxe Edition tracks:
“Best of All” “Heart of Glass” “Boundaries” “The Hard Way”
DisneyElton John co-wrote all the songs for the original animated version of The Lion King, and even won an Oscar for one of them, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." But Elton says he really wasn't a fan of the new CGI version of The Lion King that came out earlier this year, because he thinks the filmmakers dissed him.
Speaking toBritish GQ, Elton says, "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost."
Elton points out that, as compared to his original soundtrack, the new soundtrack "hasn't had nearly the same impact in the charts...[it] fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success."
He goes on to suggest that if he'd been a part of the creative process, things would have been different.
"I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect," he complains. "That makes me extremely sad."
And the controversial opinions keep coming. In the same interview, Elton declares, "To be a star, you have to be a star for a long time and you have to do that by being a live performer. You can’t be a star just by making records...the only real star at the moment is Lady Gaga."
But what about Elton's friend, Ed Sheeran?
Elton says matter-of-factly, "I believe Ed will last, but he’s got to broaden his one-man-band thing."
Catherine PowellJustin Bieber has two people to thank for his first number-one country hit.
Justin teamed up with crossover country duo Dan Shay for the romantic track "10,000 Hours," and now the track has blasted from number 40 to number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which measures airplay, streaming and sales.
Hot Country Songs is now the seventh Billboard chart that Justin has topped in his career, and he's the only act ever to have reached number one on all of those seven. The other charts are the Hot 100, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
On the Billboard Hot 100, "10,000 Hours" has hit number four -- it's Justin's 16th top 10 on that chart, and Dan Shay's first. The highest they'd gotten previously was #21, with "Tequila."
Dan Shay's Dan Smyers tells Billboard, "We wrote this song about our wives, and we're glad that it means as much to our fans as it does to us. The reaction has been incredible."
ABC NewsEver since she mentioned its existence in an interview, Katy Perry fans have been clamoring for her to release a new song called "Harleys in Hawaii." Now we finally know when we'll be able to hear it.
Katy tweeted that the song is arriving Wednesday, and included a picture of herself in a retro '60 mod hairdo and outfit, sitting on a Harley and holding a flower-decorated helmet.
She reportedly shot a video for the song, which was inspired by riding on a motorcycle in Hawaii with Orlando Bloom, in July.
"Harleys in Hawaii" follows Katy's other recent standalone singles "Never Really Over" and "Small Talk." She's said that she doesn't feel the need to make an entire album at the moment, unless she perceives that there's a demand for it.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Being connected to Taylor Swift in any way is usually a big plus, but fans of the L.A. Kings hockey team don't see it that way.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the team has covered a banner that hangs from the rafters of the Staples Center celebrating Taylor's "most sold out performances" at the venue. It was raised in 2015 after she sold out 16 shows.
The president of the Staples Center tells the Times that the decision to cover the banner was made by the team, which hasn't won a playoff series since the banner went up. Fans seem to believe that the banner has jinxed the team, which won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
Kings exec Michael Altieri tells the Los Angeles Times, "The connection to our fans is our highest priority and through our engagement they have made it clear that the banner shouldn’t be part of their Kings game experience. We didn’t see an issue in covering it for our games and in fact see it as an opportunity to show our fans that we hear them.”
As for the other teams that play in the Staples Center, the Clippers cover the banner, along with the Lakers' and Sparks' championship banners and retired jerseys. The Lakers do not -- Kobe Bryant actually presented Taylor with the banner.
Taylor hasn't performed at the Staples Center since 2015. Next July, she'll open the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.
In other Taylor news, she attended Madonna's concert in Brooklyn, NY Saturday night. She later posted on her Instagram Story, "Thank you @Madonna for an outstanding show...Shout out to the phenomenal dancers, singers, musicians, set designers, crew wardrobe, glam, and M who gave it EVERYTHING."
Madonna reposted the message on her own Instagram Story.
Ben Gibson/Rocket EntertainmentElton John has made it quite clear that his current Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will be his last ever large-scale tour. So, what will the 72-year-old legend do with all his free time once he finally comes off the road? He says he has no idea.
In an article in the U.K. paper The Guardian, Elton responds to questions from famous friends like Ed Sheeran, Billie Jean King, Victoria Spice Beckham, Sam Smith, Eminem and Bob Dylan. Ed asks, "What are you going to do when this big tour is over?"
"I don’t have a clue. I’ve got another couple of years to go," Elton responds. "What I’d like to do is spend time at my house in Windsor, walk around the garden, catch up with friends, spend some time with [my sons]. I just want to do nothing for about six months and catch up with my social life in England. Whether I’ll be able to do that is another matter...I'm an enormous fidget."
Elton compares the situation to the time when he first got sober -- he suddenly had to fill the time he once used for drinking and taking drugs.
"I had all these extravagant ideas about learning to speak Italian and how to cook, and of course I never did any of them. So I’m not planning on anything like that," he adds. "I’d just like to take it easy and enjoy the fruits of spending three and a half years on the road."
In the same article, Sam Smith asks Elton, "If you were a Spice Girl, which Spice Girl would you be?"
He responds, "Obviously Posh. Although, there was a side of me before I got sober that would definitely have been Mel B."
Lauren German, Tom Ellis; John P. Fleenor/NetflixIf you're a Kelly Clarkson fan, you know that she's not above being a total fan girl herself when it comes to her favorite singers, actors...and TV shows. One of her favorites is the series Lucifer, which is why it was a dream come true for her to actually visit the set and meet the cast.
On Friday, Kelly retweeted a tweet by Laura German, who stars on Lucifer as Detective Chloe Decker. German wrote, "Just met and chatted with @kellyclarkson what a genuinely beautiful, lovely and funny lady. Thank you for coming by the set Kelly, was a pleasure having you."
Kelly then replied, "Y’all have no idea how happy y’all just made me, my sis, and mama we just had THE BEST morning!! Thank you so much for being kind and down to earth! It was very exciting for us!"
She added the hashtag #LuciferCastForTheWin."
Kelly's such a fan of Lucifer, in fact, that she posted a long rambling Instagram video last month in which she begged Netflix to continue the show instead of ending it next year with its upcoming fifth season.
In case you're not familiar, Lucifer, which originally aired on Fox and is now on Netflix, stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer -- yes, the actual Devil from the Bible -- who abandons Hell for a life in Los Angeles. There, he helps the LAPD solve crimes and gets caught up in the lives of the humans he befriends.
ABC/Adam TaylorFollowing the news that Camila Cabello will star in a new movie musical version of Cinderella, Deadline reports that Queen Elsa herself may play her stepmom.
Idina Menzel is in talks to star as Evelyn, Cinderella's evil stepmother, in the film, which is set to open February 5, 2021. The retelling of the classic fairytale is based on an original idea from James Corden, who's producing the film. It's being directed and written by Kay Cannon, who wrote the Pitch Perfect movies.
Now we just have to wait and see if Shawn Mendes gets cast as Prince Charming.
Meanwhile, you can hear Idina in the long-awaited Frozen sequel, Frozen 2, which is due out November 22.
CBS Sunday MorningElton John's autobiography ME is coming out on Tuesday, and this weekend, you can watch him discuss it in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning. One topic he discusses his difficult relationship with his late mother, Sheila.
In his book, Elton refers to his mom as "the Cecil B. DeMille of bad moods,” and he tells CBS Sunday Morning that she was a woman he could never seem to please, no matter how successful he became.
Speaking about his husband and their two sons, Zachary and Elijah, Elton admits, “She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children."
“But I’m glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticized them, like she criticized me,” Elton adds. “She couldn’t help herself. She’s a sociopath.”
While Elton and Sheila reconciled prior to her death in December 2017, he says their relationship never really improved. What did improve, he says, was his reaction to her criticism.
“I didn’t lose my temper,” Elton says. “I knew what was coming and I let her get on with it. And I just said, ‘I love you, Mum,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too. I don’t like you, but I love you. But I don’t like you.’”
Elton also explains that he wrote the book -- which doesn't skimp on the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- for Zachary and Elijah.
"I wanted my boys to know what I was like and what happened, so that when I’m not here, they can read the book and read the truth,” the 72-year-old legend says. "I just want them to understand what I was like...before I had them...how they made my life complete."
ABC/Craig SjodinA concert taking place in December has the blessing of the Pope himself.
Lionel Richie, Bonnie "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Tyler and Susan Boyle are among the stars performing in the Vatican on December 14 as part of a Christmas concert organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. Italian singers will also take part in the event, as will a U.S. gospel choir, a children's choir, the Italian Cinema Orchestra and more.
A Vatican press release declares the concert will reflect "Pope Francis’ commitment to the Amazon," and will help safeguard it and its indigenous peoples.
People will be urged to donate to two different charities, one of which is working to raise awareness of the crisis in the Amazon among students worldwide, and the other which works to preserve the tradition and culture of the indigenous population on the Brazilian/Colombian border.
Capitol RecordsFollowing a court case that resulted in Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record company being ordered to pay nearly $3 million to a rapper in a copyright dispute over her hit "Dark Horse," Katy and her team have now asked to appeal the verdict.
As you may recall, Christian rapper Marcus Gray won a $2.78 million judgement in July after a judge found similarities between the beat used in "Dark Horse" and the one used in Gray's 2008 song, "Joyful Noise." Katy's share of that judgment was $550,000.
According to court documents obtained by Billboard, lawyers for Katy reiterated that Gray didn't have a copyright for the beat in question, that he didn't prove that Katy and her collaborators could have had access to "Joyful Noise" before they wrote "Dark Horse," and that any commonalities between the songs were "indisputably commonplace."
According to Billboard, the lawyers are also arguing that there's no way to prove how much, if any, of the money "Dark Horse" song earned was directly a result of the song using the beat in question.
In addition, the lawyers accused one of the plaintiff's witnesses, a musicologist, of giving "improper and highly prejudicial testimony."
They want the judge to either throw out the verdict, order a new trial and/or reduce the amount of damages awarded to Gray, according to Billboard.
"Dark Horse," from Katy's album Prism, was released in September of 2013 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since Taylor Swift usually maintains strict control over her image, many fans didn't believe it when she claimed she didn't know that Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was going to show that now-infamous video of her all doped up after LASIK surgery. But Fallon has now confirmed that Taylor was, in fact, in the dark about the prank.
Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Thursday night, Fallon was asked by a fan if he was afraid Taylor was going to get angry at him for showing the video, and if it was true that she had no idea about it.
"She really had no idea," said Fallon. " And...I've known her for a long time so I don't think she'll ever get mad at me...but it's a really funny video. So no, I wasn't scared at all, but she was a good sport."
As you'll recall, Fallon surprised Taylor last week by showing the hilarious video, which he'd gotten from her mother, on The Tonight Show. Taylor, wearing a post-surgery eye mask, struggles to detach a banana from a bunch and then starts crying because it wasn't the one she wanted. Then, she eats the banana in bed while declaring, "I'm not asleep! My mind is alive!"
After the video was shown, Taylor laughed, "[My mom] was kind enough to drive me [to the surgery] but cruel enough to film it and give it to you???"
"I can't even be mad," she added. "I'm just impressed that you infiltrated my family...nobody has my mom's number!"
Warner Bros. RecordsPresident Trump's rally in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday night has drawn the ire of Prince's estate, not to mention fans of Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen.
Minneapolis native Prince's iconic song "Purple Rain" was played at the rally. First thing Friday morning, The Prince Estate released a 2018 letter from legal representatives for Trump's reelection campaign, in which they promised to never again use "Purple Rain" or any other Prince music at a campaign event.
The official Prince Twitter account posted the letter and wrote, "President Trump played Prince’s 'Purple Rain' tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music. The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs."
In addition to angering Prince's Estate, Trump also ticked off fans of Beyoncé, her husband JAY-Z, and Bruce Springsteen. Trump criticized Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for having big stars such as those three artists support their campaigns.
"I didn't need Beyoncé and Jay-Z," he told the rally crowd. "And I didn't need little Bruce Springsteen and all of these people. They'd come in 'cause she couldn't get a crowd....They said 'We've got Bruce Springsteen.' What happened is, he'd do about two songs, then leave…and everyone leaves with him. And she's [Clinton] still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen!”
As you might expect, fans were not having this.
One wrote, "Poor @realDonaldTrump, you’re President of the United States but you’ll NEVER be The Boss. Don’t mess with Jersey!"
Another, referring to Beyoncé's devoted fans, wrote, "#BeyHive activate. It’s time to get in impeachment formation."
And for the record, "little" Bruce Springsteen is 5'10''.
ABC/Paula LoboSara Bareilles recently kicked off her Amidst the Chaos tour, which includes stops at two iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden this Sunday, and the Hollywood Bowl on November 2.
The Emmy and Tony-nominated star says she can't believe she's actually performing in these huge, legendary places.
"It's crazy. It's outside of the realm of what I had imagined for myself," Sara tells ABC Audio. "So it's, y'know, it's glorious! And I'm so grateful because it means that there's people who want to come hear the show."
Sara's tour comes in support of her latest album, also called Amidst the Chaos, which she released back in April. It was her first pop music album since 2013, because she's spent the last five or six years co-writing and then starring in the Broadway musical Waitress, among other projects. Sara says spending all that time on the Broadway stage affected the way she performs in concert.
"It's always nice to do things that are sort of outside your comfort zone because I think there's so much growth that happens there," Sara tells ABC Radio. "And so I think there's a part of me that feels, maybe, slightly more adventurous in certain ways. And I feel a little more playful, overall."
"Getting to work on a musical and spending such a long time being creative in that capacity was really informative for what we do on stage for my regular concerts," she adds.
Sara's tour wraps up November 26 in Atlanta, GA. She's also working on a series for Apple TV called Little Voice. Waitress, meanwhile, currently stars Jordin Sparks, who'll appear in the show through November 24.
HBOA host of other musicians, artists and celebrities, including Cyndi Lauper, are reciting the Emma Lazarus poem "The New Colossus" -- written in 1883 and famously engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty -- for the upcoming HBO documentary Liberty: Mother of Exiles.
Lauper reads the line, "her mild eyes command/the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame." Other participants include Courtney Love, R&B star Lizzo, Andy Cohen, Jessica Chastain, RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina Spektor, Charo, Monica Lewinsky and Wayne Brady.
You can listen to the star-studded reading in a promo video for the documentary that's now streaming on YouTube. The clip also features archival film footage and photos of the Statue of Liberty, including a famous pic of John Lennon flashing a peace sign while standing in front of the landmark.
Liberty: Mother of Exiles, which explores the history and impact of the Statue of Liberty, premieres October 17 on HBO.
"Let Her Go," the 2012 hit by Passenger that gained a new life after being used in a Budweiser Super Bowl commercial in 2014, has just set a major milestone.
The mournful ballad has become only the seventh song by a British artist to hit one billion Spotify streams. It's also now one of only 42 songs overall that have notched that many streams -- a list that includes hits by Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Sia, Camila Cabello and Drake.
In addition, the song, which hit number one in 19 countries upon its initial release, is close to achieving diamond certification for sales of 10 million units in the U.S.
“How flipping silly and ridiculous! This song just keeps on going and going," says Passenger, born Mike Rosenberg, in a statement. "A massive thanks to everyone who is still listening/streaming/ watching it."
The video for "Let Her Go," by the way, has racked up over 2.5 billion views on YouTube.
Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboTaylor Swift has once again proven that not only is she pop's leading cat lady, she's also a die-hard Game of Thrones nerd to boot.
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness posted a few photos of Taylor with one of his new cats, Genivieve, and captioned them, "Aunt Taylor came to meet Genivieve & the other babies last night."
Taylor responded to the comment by writing, "Genivieve of the House Van Ness, First of Her Name, the Unscratched, Queen of Meows and nose boops, Catleesi of the East River, Breaker of Wine Glasses, and Mother of hairballs."
Taylor's comment -- a reference to the character DaenerysTargaryen in Game of Thrones -- received more than 8,000 likes in a single hour.
Jonathan, who appeared in Taylor's "You Need to Calm Down" video, adopted kitties Genivieve, Larry, Liza and Matilda after his beloved cat Bugpassed away in August after falling out of a window.
Taylor has shared her love of Game of Thrones in several recent interviews, admitting that many of the songs on her album Reputation were directly inspired by the storylines on the hit HBO drama.
"My entire outlook on storytelling has been shaped by Game of Thrones," she gushed to Entertainment Weekly.
And of course, Taylor is also starring in the movie Cats, opening this December.