Huse MonfaradiLouis Tomlinson has dealt with his fair share of tragedy and loss, but the former One Direction singer is focusing his energy into creative efforts which not only help him deal with his own pain, but inspire others, too.
Louis has released a new music video for his song "Two of Us," which is inspired by the loss of his mother, Johannah Deakin, who died in 2016 at the age of 43 from leukemia.
An official release for the video states, "The deeply personal single, released in March, is his response to the passing of his mother in December 2016."
In the moody black and white video, Louis, who also lost his 18-year-old sisterFélicité earlier this year, sings about calling his mother just to hear her voice again, though he knows she won't pick up.
"You'll never know how much I miss you, the day that they took you, I wish it was me instead," he continues. "But diamonds, they don't turn to dust or fade away."
In the chorus, Louis sings that he'll live one life for the "two of us."
This is technically the second version of the video. A few weeks ago, Louis shared a video which used "Two of Us" as the soundtrack for the singer's quest to help Richard, an 83-year-old widower, check items off his bucket list. Richard and his wife Pat were married for decades; two years ago, she died of Alzheimer's disease.
In the video, you see Tomlinson and Richard support each other while flying a helicopter, racing cars and going on a roller coaster together. It all ends with Richard taking the stage and singing in front of thousands of Tomlinson's fans.
Carter SmithKelly Clarkson doesn't have time for people pretending to be her on social media, and she really doesn't have time for people who are spreading rumors about her weight loss.
When a fan tweeted about a fake Twitter account set up under Kelly's name, Kelly retweeted it and wrote, "This is fake news & not me. What is wrong with people? I mean, I’m way too busy to be sitting around creating fake accounts."
She added, "I mean, people if you’re that bored go ahead & do the world a service and maybe read a book & better yourself rather than be weird & lie to people."
Then, sensing she was on a roll, Kelly decided to scold people who have reportedly been gossiping about her weight loss.
"Other fake news that’s going around about me is that I’ve been taking weird pills 4 weight loss or doing weird fad diets. All of this is not true," she wrote. "I ain’t got time 4 all that. I eat the same stuff I always have. It’s all just made w/different flours/sugars/ingredients."
Kelly added the hashtag "#DrGundry," referring to Dr. Steven Gundry's book The Plant Paradox. Last year, she said she'd changed her diet using Gundry's approach to deal with a thyroid problem and an autoimmune disease.
According to Kelly, Gundry's diet emphasizes organic non-GMO foods and limits foods that are high in lectins, a type of protein. She says as a result, she no longer has to take medication for her conditions.
2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLCAs if the prospect of performances by The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift weren't enough to get you to tune into The Voice finale, more stars have been added to the bill.
The show's official Twitter account has announced that in addition to those two acts, BTS, OneRepublic, Halsey, and Khalid will be performing on the finale on Tuesday night. Not only that, but '90s superstars Hootie & the Blowfish will be rocking the crowd.
That's not as random as it sounds: The band has a big tour lined up this summer to mark the 25th anniversary of their best-selling debut, Cracked Rear View. They also plan to release a new album later this year. They'll perform "Let Her Cry" from the album on the show.
BTS will sing "Boy With Luv" -- presumably with Halsey, since she'll be there too -- and Halsey will give her new single "Nightmare" its TV debut. OneRepublic will perform their new single "Rescue Me," which Khalid will sing his hit "Talk." The Jonas Brothers will sing "Cool," while Taylor and Brendon Urie will perform "ME!"
The Voice finale airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Paula LoboSaturday, May 18 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the Backstreet Boys' most popular album, Millennium, and to mark the occasion, the band has released a "reimagined" version of their signature tune, "I Want It That Way" -- one of three massive singles from the record.
The new version is stripped down and acoustic, allowing you to hear every word -- although they still don't make any sense.
In a statement, the group writes, "What a journey it’s been! From our visits to MTV’s TRL studio in the heart of Times Square to selling out worldwide tours in minutes to meeting so many of you and sharing countless memories, it’s been a crazy ride and we want it that way."
"Each and every one of you have been the perfect fan and have made us feel larger than life," they continue. "Believe us when we say, no one else comes close to having as amazing fans as we do! It’s gotta be you guys. We would never be able to say enough ‘thank yous’ but wanted to share a little something to show how grateful we are."
BSB just kicked off their DNA World Tour, which will arrive in North America on July 12.
Eric LaggHe promised it would be like a movie, and it is: Lil Nas X has finally dropped the video for his viral hit "Old Town Road," and it's like an old Western crossed with Back to the Future III.
The clip opens on Old Town Road in 1889 with Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, both of whom have apparently robbed a bank. They're being chased on horseback by a posse, led by Chris Rock. Rock orders the posse to hold up and when someone asks him why, he says, "When you see a black man on a horse going that fast, you just gotta let him fly!"
Billy Ray and Lil Nas pull up by a cabin, where they plan to hide out, but the guy who owns it has other plans: He starts shooting at them. Lil Nas runs for a nearby abandoned mine to escape the bullets, and falls down a tunnel, emerging on Old Town Road in 2019.
The people in the neighborhood stop and stare at Lil Nas X, who's wearing 1880s-style cowboy gear, dodging cars on horseback. After beating guest star Vince Staples in a drag race, Nas takes his winnings and buys some fly modern cowboy gear.
Then Billy Ray pulls up in a Maserati with a bag full of money, and the two drive to a local bingo hall, where the senior citizens stop and stare -- and so does rapper Rico Nasty, playing a woman who works there.
Billy Ray and Lil Nas perform the song while senior citizens line dance, and producer/deejay Diplo plays the washboard. Lil Nas joins in, and the clip ends with him posing with an elderly woman in a cowgirl outfit front of a backdrop that says "Old Town."
Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick This Saturday, Madonna will perform in Tel Aviv, Israel, at the finale of the Eurovision Song Contest, and ahead of that performance, she's released one of the songs she'll be singing.
"Future" is a track from her upcoming album Madame X. The reggae-flavored track was co-produced by superstar DJ Diplo, and features rapper Quavo, from the chart-topping trio Migos. In a statement, Madonna says the song is about, "the world that we live in today and the future of our civilization."
"Not everyone is coming to the future, Not everyone is learning from the past/Not everyone can come into the future/Not everyone that's here is gonna last," Madonna sings. The lyrics also include encouragement to make peace, give hope, light up the dark and live right.
In addition to "Future," for which she'll be joined by Quavo, Madonna will also perform her classic "Like a Prayer" at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Madonna plans to release one more track from Madame X before it arrives June 14: "Dark Ballet."
As previously reported, Madonna's theater tour starts September 12 in New York City.
Courtesy Ed Sheeran's Instagram @teddysphotosIt's a good thing Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber both have good senses of humor, because never have two pop superstars been made to look sillier than in their insane new video for "I Don't Care."
Imagine if someone took a very strong hallucinogenic and then sat down in front of a computer to play with a green screen program. That's pretty much the aesthetic of the clip, directed by Ed's longtime collaborator, Emil Nava.
It starts off normal enough, with Ed wearing a suit in the middle of a boring party, but then things go nuts, as we alternately see Ed and Justin dancing through a variety of surreal landscapes in some pretty ridiculous costumes.
The two singers are either dressed in teddy bear, panda bear, cowboy or bunny costumes, or green-screened to look like, in no particular order: an ear of corn, a banana, an ice cream cone, a winged horse, a regular horse, a ballerina, a baseball player, a skydiver...well, you get the idea. It kinda has to be seen to be believed.
When Justin isn't dressed in a costume, he's running around shirtless, so if you're into that, you're in luck.
At the end of the clip, Ed removes his panda head, walks off the green screen video set, and out into the real world.
Capitol Music Group"I'm tired and angry, but somebody should be," sings Halsey on her new defiant single "Nightmare."
The new track is Halsey's comment on the restrictions and expectations that society places on women, and to put it mildly, she's not having it. "'Come on little lady give us a smile'/no, I ain't got nothing to smile about," she sings.
And then there's this line: "I've been polite but I won't be caught dead/letting a man tell what I should do in my bed."
In the chorus, she shouts, "I keep a record of the wreckage of my life/I gotta realize the weapon in my mind/They talk s**t but I love it every time, and I realize/I'm no sweet dream but I'm a hell of a night."
In other words, about as far from "Boy with Luv" as you can get.
The new song comes complete with a powerful video directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who was behind the camera for Ariana Grande's high-concept "thank u, next." This dark, occasionally bloody clip features an all-female cast, including model/actress Cara Delevigne and New Wave icon Deborah Harry of the band Blondie.
In the clip, Halsey is seen sporting several looks: tough punk rocker, leather-clad dominatrix, pin-up model in a wig and leopard print bodysuit, glammed-up femme in stockings, jewelry and lingerie, and masculine, with slicked-back hair, no makeup and a suit.
On Twitter, Halsey wrote, "Imagine getting onstage every night and seeing young women sweating mascara tears, lightning in their eyes, throwing elbows and raising fists, screaming till the veins in their necks raise under warm skin, and not being inspired by it. This song is about you, for you."
No word yet on when we can expect a new album from Halsey.
ABC/Eric McCandlessIt’s the battle of the finales this Sunday: American Idol will crown its winner as Game of Thrones crowns the new ruler of Westeros. So which one will you watch? Idol host Ryan Seacrest says it’s a no-brainer.
“Well the Idol finale is live, Game of Thrones will always be there,” he tells ABC Radio. “It'll always be there for you. [Idol] is a sporting event and we're there working for three hours live. Just tune in, pick your favorite and vote.”
For the record, Ryan has never seen Game of Thrones: He plans on watching it when he retires.
As far as who will win Idol – Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenberg – Ryan has no idea how the results will go. Judge Katy Perry, however, knows exactly what each contestant needs to do to win.
“Alejandro needs to just stay Alejandro and also just take a little bit of risk and show us a little bit more vocal variation,” she says.
As for Madison, she needs to “embody the songs and stomp and just kinda have that presence of the pop star that I know is in her.”
When it comes to Laine, Katy says he's “really doing great,” pointing out that he has the advantage of this being his second time in the competition.
The American Idol finale airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Steven Klein @stevenkleinstudioMadonna is currently in Israel, rehearsing for her performance at the finale of this year's Eurovision Song Contest -- a TV show that's absolutely massive everywhere but in North America. But until a few hours ago, it wasn't 100-percent certain that she'd even be allowed onstage.
It seems that up until today, Madonna hadn't actually signed an official contract for the gig, and the show's organizers reportedly wouldn't let her in the building, let alone perform, unless she did. Well, apparently, she's finally signed on the dotted line, and the show will go on.
Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said in a statement, "We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Performing live during the biggest entertainment show in the world will be a special moment for everyone – not least the fans."
Sand added, "The talent on display in the competition this year is phenomenal and I’m sure the artists will further be inspired by her incredible performance and staging. We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching."
Two-hundred-million are expected to tune into the performance this weekend, during which Madonna will perform "Like a Prayer," as well as her new song, "Future," with rapper Quavo, according to the New York Post.
Madonna had been urged by Palestinian supporters to boycott the show, but she issued a statement saying she wouldn't be dissuaded by "someone's political agenda."
The Eurovision Song Contest involves member countries of the European Broadcasting Union submitting an original song to be performed on live TV. Each country then votes for the other countries' songs. Past winners of the competition include ABBA and Celine Dion.
Peggy SirotaJust in time for Throwback Thursday, the Jonas Brothers are taking you back to the early 2000s with a new merch collection.
"Happy #TBT," the group tweeted. "We just added a few new items to the online store for you guys. The throwback collection is officially live on http://jonasbrothers.com!"
Available until May 23, the throwback collection features two t-shirts and a neon-yellow hoodie, all sporting the JoBros' early logo and photos. There's also a pillow with an early pic of the guys, as well as a pink compact mirror.
Each item comes with a digital download of the JoBros' new album Happiness Begins, which will be delivered on its release date, June 7. It's the trio's first new album of original material since 2009.
If you'd like to buy present-day Jonas Brothers merchandise, there's plenty of that to be had, including the new album on vinyl and cassette, baseball caps, fanny packs, tote bags, mugs and Popsockets.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGAhead of her concert in San Antonio Friday night, Ariana Grande made a surprise appearance at a nightclub in the Texas city.
Ariana delighted clubgoers on Wednesday night when she showed up at HEAT Nightclub for the venue’s “Drag Me to Fame” event. She didn’t perform herself, but was in the crowd to watch various drag performers do their thing.
Drag queen Nilaya Lopez, who lip-synced to Ariana’s “break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored” on stage, posted on social media, “omg omg omg omg i just performed for my idol.”
Lopez added, “i may not be able to go to the concert this friday but at least i have this moment forever.”
Ariana also posted about the evening on her Instagram Story, showing videos of Lopez's performance she shot from the audience. She captioned one of them, “my heart.”
Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesNew life, new digs? Adele, who recently announced that she's splitting with her husband, has purchased a new multi-million-dollar mansion in the same Beverly Hills neighborhood where she already owns a home.
Variety reports that Adele shelled out just under $10.7 million for the 6,000-square-foot home with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a library that holds 2,000 volumes, an art studio, a custom crafts room, a fitness suite, and a master bedroom with a fireplace, walk-in-closet and carpeted bathroom.
The rumor is that Adele has purchased the new house for her soon-to-be-ex husband Simon Konecki. This new property joins the singer's other house in the area, which she bought three years ago for $9.5 million, according to Variety.
Adele isn't even the most famous person who lives in the neighborhood: The exclusive enclave is also home to Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem and Adele's BFF, Jennifer Lawrence.
Randall SlavinForget about those days when you used to have to smuggle a tape recorder into a concert by your favorite singer: On his upcoming tour, Rob Thomas is making things super-easy for you.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for "instant" CDs and digital downloads of recordings of every show on Rob's upcoming Chip Tooth Tour, which kicks off May 28 in Red Bank, NJ.
The limited-edition numbered CD sets can be pre-ordered based on which specific concert you want; you can either pick up your CD at the concert or have it mailed to you. Digital downloads are also available for pre-order.
If you're going with the CD option, be aware that only 500 will be offered for each show, so if you want to make sure you get the one you want, pre-ordering is the best option.
Rob's tour is in support of his new album Chip Tooth Smile, which features the single "One Less Day (Dying Young)."
ABC/Heidi GutmanMariah Carey and Dua Lipa will performing at the annual AmfAR gala at the Cannes Film Festival next week, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The fundraising event, set to take place at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes on May 23, benefits the AIDS research charity. Rock band The Struts and legendary singer Tom Jones will also be performing, while Chris Tucker hosts.
This year’s theme is "We Can Be Heroes," inspired by David Bowie's classic song "Heroes." An auction will feature original couture designs from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Over the past 25 years, the AmfAR gala as raised over $210 million.
Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Daily Front RowSia is quite possibly Survivor’s number one fan. She’s such a fan, in fact, that she awarded her favorite contestant $100,000 after he lost the competition.
During the reunion show Wednesday night following the season finale of Survivor: Edge of Extinction, Rick Devens was bestowed with the so-called “Sia Award.”
She tweeted, "Hey @RickDevensWGXA you played a killer game, maybe as dastardly as @BostonRob but with humor and vulnerability. I love you keep going!"
Devens, who came in fourth on the show, told Entertainment Weekly, “I was absolutely floored when it happened and I am still riding high from it.”
“Sia single-handedly took what was a very depressing night, watching my demise, and turned it around,” he continues. “My wife broke down in the front of the audience. She was going nuts.”
The singer’s generosity didn’t stop there. She tweeted at long-haired contestant Joe Anglim that if he cut off his hair and donated it to a children’s cancer wig making charity, she’d give him $15K. He cut off his hair, but told Sia to donate the $15K to charity.
Sia also tweeted at contestant Aurora McCreary, who was raised in foster care, and gave her $15K just for making it through the foster system.
This isn’t the first time she’s given prizes to Survivor contestants, either: Turns out, she’s been giving thousands of dollars away to various contestants on recent seasons of the show. Last season, she gave $14,000 to Davie Rickenbacker.
Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty ImagesTaylor Swift is the queen of putting Easter eggs -- hidden messages and clues -- in her videos, interviews and album artwork. But her BFF Selena Gomez is doing her one better -- by hiding Easter eggs in clothing.
Selena tells Glamour that her new Puma X SG spring collection -- her second overall for the brand -- is her most personal yet, and that's why she's inserted references to her hometown and more in the pieces.
According to Glamour, the references include the names and geographic coordinates of cities that are important to her, like her hometown of Grand Prairie, Texas, L.A., New York and the town in Germany where Puma is located.
There's also an image of a semicolon, which is one of Selena's tattoos. She and some cast members of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which she produces, got the ink because semicolons represent suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
In addition, the color palette of the collection was inspired by a photo she took in Grand Prairie of the sun setting.
"I thought it was absolutely breathtaking," she tells Glamour. "I loved the colors and how they all kind of faded together. So I said, 'How do we make these colors exist in the line?' Because I just thought they were beautiful. We were able to take fragments of the colors and put that in."
"Where I’m from was so important to me," she adds. "What I love to do is show that I’m proud that I’m from Grand Prairie, and I’m proud of being a Texas girl."
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesEven though he was specific in saying yesterday that he wasn't certain Britney Spears would ever again perform in Las Vegas, Britney's manager, Larry Rudolph, found some outlets taking his comments to mean Britney might never perform again, period.
"That’s not what I said," Rudolph told Billboard later Wednesday. "I simply said that the Vegas residency is now officially off and that she hasn’t called me in months to talk about doing anything so I’m not sure if or when she will ever want to work again. It’s that simple."
Rudolph also clarified his role in Britney's affairs: "I have one role in Britney‘s life. I’m her manager," he told Billboard. "She calls me if and when she wants to work. Other than that I’m not involved in anything else. Not the conservatorship, not her medical treatment, not her kids. Nothing else."
Rudolph, who's managed Britney for years, initially told TMZ, "As the person who guides her career -- based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis -- from what I have gathered, it's clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again."
Even so, TMZ itself ran Rudolph's comments under the arguably misleading headline: "Britney Spears Manager Larry Rudolph Says She May Never Perform Again."
Last January, Britney canceled plans for her new Las Vegas show, Domination, after her father experienced a health crisis from which he continues to recover. Then she voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility for three weeks last month to de-stress and adjust her psychiatric medications.
Rudolph told TMZ that given all this, it's up to Britney whether or when she wants to perform.
"Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn't called me in months," he said. "Crickets. She clearly doesn't want to perform now."
Rudolph also said he only wants the best for Britney, insisting, "I don't want her to work again 'till she's ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again."
Last week, Britney and her parents appeared in court at a hearing in connection with her longtime conservatorship. The court ordered an expert evaluation of Britney's current condition. The hearing was continued to September 18.
Republic RecordsJames Bay surprised fans this past Friday by dropping a new EP called Oh My Messy Mind. It features four songs, including his duet with Julia Michaels, "Peer Pressure," and his new single, "Bad." James says these days, it's almost a requirement for artists to continually release new material.
"The atmosphere at the moment is, like, 'more is more,'" James told ABC Radio at a taping of an upcoming segment for VEVO. "I want to play into the hands of that -- everybody does. But you wanna makes sure you're giving out the absolute best stuff that you have."
Calling the release a "surprise attack," James says he made a last minute decision to put out all four new songs -- "Peer Pressure," "Bad," "Rescue" and "Break My Heart Right" -- instead of just releasing "Bad."
"It was fun to kinda know there was no pressure," he explains. "It was, 'Y'know, I think I'm gonna do the whole EP and just give you guys a load of new music to listen to.'"
James says he wanted fans to have the new music because he's going to be touring so much in the near future. In fact, he kicks off a stint opening for Ed Sheeran on Ed's European stadium tour on May 24.
As for whether or not these four songs, some of which are very stripped-down, are an indication of where he's going musically, James explains, "I think it's just 'James Bay Right Now' -- but I think it's wrong to feel like it's not an indication of where I'm going as well."
"I just want it to be super-honest and direct and very raw and real," he notes. "So that's all where I'm at right now."
HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty ImagesYou're gonna really really want to hear this: Now you can spend the night in the original bus from the Spice Girls' movie Spice World.
As People magazine reports, starting May 22, the Union Jack-covered double-decker bus will be available to book on Airbnb for just $129 per night. It's located in Wembley Park in Market Square in London, which makes it a great place to stay if you're traveling to the U.K. to catch the Spice Girls' reunion tour.
Up to three guests can stay in the bus, which is decorated with '90s magazines and CDs, a neon light that reads "Girl Power," a zebra-print carpet and two disco balls. A list of bus rules includes cheeky suggestions like "Double denim is permitted," "Girl Power is essential," as is "a compulsory rendition of 'Goodbye' upon check out."
The bus is being run by Spice Girls fanatic Suzanne Godley, who decided to turn the bus into an Airbnb after her boss purchased it.
“The Spice Girls were my childhood obsession,” Godley she tells People, adding, "I must have watched the Spice World movie hundreds of times. And while I have grown up over the years, I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of my love for them.”