Capitol RecordsNiall Horan is back with his first new single in two years, "Nice to Meet Ya." The former One Direction member says when it comes to new music, he likes to use get his friends' feedback on his songs...but the friends in question just happen to be Shawn Mendes and Lewis Capaldi.
Speaking to the U.K.'s Capital FM, Niall says of Shawn, "We literally, like, will send songs back and forth...if we're in L.A. at the same time and we're in the car and we're going somewhere, we just like throw it on, one of his or one of mine."
"I do the same with Lewis," Niall says of the "Someone You Loved" singer, who's a massive star in his native U.K. "He's got a really good ear and yeah, he's got a similar type thing, so I'll always play him [songs]...he really likes the new one, actually."
"Nice to Meet Ya" is our first taste of Niall's sophomore album, the follow up to his 2017 debut Flicker. He told Capital FM that he's excited to get back into the mix, because he's got a serious case of FOMO watching new and exciting artists like Billie Eilish dominating the scene.
"This is why I'm so excited to get back into it," he says. "'Cause I turn on the TV and watch all these award shows and I feel like I'm...missing out....'That used to be me!'"
Ariana VelazquezOnce, they were "Cool Kids." Now, Echosmith is part of a Lonely Generation. That's the name of the family group's new album, due out January 10.
The album's '80s-flavored title track, along with a video, are both available now. The video, which shows the trio -- Sydney, Noah and Graham -- dressed in a variety of different scenarios and costumes, is actually a sneak peek of the 11 other videos the band shot, one for every track on the album.
"The album is about trying to care for each other, grow, and experience joy and heartache in the internet age," says Noah. "It's like a diary. We're showing a piece of who we are that we've never shown before. We pushed ourselves to try new things and reflect our experiences in a fresh way."
"We were just honest about happiness, love, and even being truly broken," adds Sydney. "We're growing up in our own ways. We're siblings and close friends, but we have our own lives too. There are a lot of different flavors to it. We got to be really vulnerable for the first time."
Echosmith kicks off a tour February 12 in Washington, D.C. The run is currently scheduled through March 5, wrapping up in Los Angeles. Tickets are available October 18 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit Echosmith.com for more details.
In addition, the band will tape the public television show Live from the Artists Den October 22 in New York City. If you buy a ticket to the band's February 13 show in New York City, you'll get a free ticket to the Live from the Artists Den show, which will air on PBS at a later date.
Here are Echosmith's tour dates:
2/12 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club 2/13 -- New York, NY, Le Poisson Rouge 2/14 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 2/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Café Live 2/17 -- Toronto, ON, Mod Club 2/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom 2/20 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 2/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café 2/23 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre 2/26 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theatre 2/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex 2/29 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom 3/1 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 3/3 -- San Francisco, CA, August Hall 3/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Henry Fonda
Streamline/Interscope RecordsEarlier this year, Lady Gaga removed her R. Kelly duet "Do What U Want" from streaming platforms, in response to the controversial Lifetime docuseries that detailed the years of sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B singer. Now it seems she might have also removed the song from physical copies of the album it originally appeared on, 2013's ARTPOP.
However, on her U.S. store, a vinyl version of ARTPOPwith the track is still listed, though it's sold out.
While other artists such as Chance the Rapper have pulled their collaborations with R. Kelly from streaming, Billboard says these new physical versions of ARTPOP "appear to mark the first time an artist has fully re-released an album to cut out Kelly's involvement."
After Gaga pulled "Do What U Want" from streaming platforms, she tweeted, "As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the songs and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life."
She also apologized for collaborating with Kelly, noting, "I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you."
Kelly is currently awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.
ABC/Image Group LAThere are a bunch of female celebrities who we can all agree are gorgeous. But who are the ones that are the most "perfect?" A London plastic surgeon thinks he knows.
According to Harper's Bazaar, one Dr. Julian De Silva has used computerized mapping techniques to compare the faces of famous female stars to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty. The "golden ratio" is actually a math term, but in this case, it has to do with faces with features that are most perfectly in proportion.
According to Dr. De Silva, Beyoncé is the number-two most physically perfect woman, while Ariana Grande is number four and Taylor Swift is number five. Model Amber Heard is number three.
The good doctor claims that Bella Hadid is the number-one most physically perfect woman, because her face is 94.35% accurate to the golden ratio. Harper's Bazaar quotes him as saying that Bella "was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection."
According to the Daily Mail, the Golden Ratio is determined by three things. First, the length and width of the face is measured and the results are divided. The ideal result is 1.6.
Then, you measure from the hairline to the spot between the eyes, from there to the bottom of the nose, and from there to the bottom of the chin. The more equal those numbers are, the more beautiful the person allegedly is.
Finally, the length of your ear has to be the same as the length of your nose, and the width of your eye should be equal to the distance between your eyes.
Aidan CullenHalsey may receive some Grammy nominations when they're announced on December 7, but while she's waiting for that, she's going to perform at the ARIA Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Grammys.
In a promo, she says she has a "very special performance planned" for the ceremony, which takes place November 27 in Sydney. While Halsey isn't nominated, nearly every other major pop star is: Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Pink and Travis Scott.
According to Billboard, Halsey's last two albums both reached number two on the ARIA Albums chart Down Under, and her hit "Without Me" also hit number two on the singles chart. It's gone five-times platinum in Australia and is still in the Hot 100 there after more than a year.
Warner RecordsBebe Rexha has unveiled the video for "You Can't Stop the Girl," her new song from the soundtrack Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Bebe and director Sophie Muller came up with the idea for the clip, which illustrates the song's theme of female empowerment by showing Bebe leading a group of determined and athletic women on a run through the streets of a city. Those scenes are intercut with footage of the Disney film, which stars Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elle Fanning.
Bebe then runs into a dark enchanted forest, wearing a gown and a tiara, and comes out into a sunlit clearing full of butterflies and a flowering tree. She stops on top of a waterfall, turns to look back, and suddenly, she's back on the city streets in her track suit.
Bebe will sing "You Can't Stop the Girl" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, the same day the movie hits theaters.
iStock/Zoa-ArtsMiley Cyrus is out of the hospital and into the arms of her new man, Cody Simpson. The singer confirmed the new relationship on her Instagram Stories, which currently features the two kissing over a bowl of soup along with the caption, "soup is an aphrodisiac."
Another Instagram Story post features a clip of a song that Cody wrote for Miley, which may be called "Golden Thing." He sings, “Crystal dream, Cali queen/ Radiant hand, vibrant sand/ I’m shot/ It’s a golden thing she’s got."
However, what really got fans talking is her unsettling now-deleted Instagram story, where the two rub their tongues together while using the clown mask filter.
The video starts with the scantily-clad pair laying on a bed and leaning in before Miley starts licking the shirtless Cody. The two then burst out laughing after they wrestle tongues.
All of this happens as the Joker's iconic laugh plays in the background of the video.
Cody recently revealed he had a crush on the "Slide Away" singer since he was 12. The two were friends before Miley began dating actor Liam Hemsworth, who she eventually married. The two split in August and Miley briefly moved on to Kaitlynn Carter, before that relationship expired in September.
Liam has since publicly confirmed a relationship with Madison Brown, a fellow actor.
iStock/vittavat-aLast week, Justin Bieber posted numerous photos of his Beverly Hills mansion on his Instagram, and wrote, "Whoever wants to buy my home reach out...I’ll sell it with all the furniture. MAKE AN OFFER."
Justin's reportedly been contacted by at least five prospective buyers, including one who's "a billionaire from a very famous family." Justin and his wife, Hailey, bought the property last year for $8.5 million, and while a real estate agent tells TMZ that it's actually not worth more than that, buyers may want to pay more because of who owns it.
In fact, the agent thinks the couple could get nine million or more for the property. Considering all the furniture's included, it may not be a bad deal. The home is more than 6,000 square feet and includes five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home theater and a wine cellar.
TMZ reports that Justin and Hailey are currently looking for a new place in L.A. to settle down.
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.
Catherine PowellJustin Bieber teamed up with crossover country duo Dan Shay for the collaboration "10,000 Hours," which just topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100. And according to Shay Mooney, the three men have three special women to thank for the song.
"'10,000 Hours' is about spending a lifetime learning and loving your significant other," says Shay. "This song means a lot to us because we are married to two wonderful ladies, Hannah and Abby. And it was cool to be able to collaborate with our friend Justin Bieber, because he is in that same boat."
Shay's referring to the fact that Justin is also very much in love with his wife, Hailey Baldwin. In fact, Dan Shay sang the song at Justin and Hailey's recent wedding celebration, and all three wives co-star in the clip with Dan, Shay and Justin.
"This is one of our favorite songs we’ve ever written and hopefully it resonates with our fans as much as it does with us," notes Dan Smyers.
At this point, Hannah and Abby should be getting royalties: This is the second huge Dan Shay hit that they've inspired, the first being "Speechless."
In addition to its high chart position, "10,000 Hours" also set a new record for the biggest first-week streaming total in country music history.
Fans are still waiting for Justin to make good on his promise to release a new album this year. Meanwhile, Dan Shay kick off a headlining arena tour in March.
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.
ABC/Randy HolmesTurns out the U.K. teens love Billie Eilish just as much as the American teens do.
After winning two trophies at the Teen Choice Awards over the summer, Billie is nominated in two categories for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. She'll compete for the Best International Solo Artist title, while "bad guy" is up for Best Single.
Other nominees for Best Single include Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care," the Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes duet "Senorita," Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved," and "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X.
Billie's competition for Best International Solo Artist includes Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes.
The Best Group category features The Jonas Brothers going up against Twenty One Pilots, Brockhampton, Little Mix and The 1975, while the Best British Singer category features Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Mabel, Tom Walker and Jorja Smith.
The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards take place November 24, and will air on BBC Two November 30. Visit BBC.co.uk for the full list of nominees.
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."
Last week, Vogue released a video in which Rihanna and Vogue editor Anna Wintour questioned one another, with some fans surprised that Wintour came right out and asked, "Rihanna, do you hope to have a baby soon?"
While she was flustered by the question initially, the singer now says she didn't mind being grilled about this very personal subject.
Speaking to Extra at the party for the launch of her new photo book, Rihanna said, "A lot of women get very defensive. It’s personal, it’s our bodies, and of course it’s our time, and it’s not necessarily everyone’s dream to be a mom...but it’s mine, so I’m fine. Anna just wants to know what the people want to know."
The star added that it's "unbelievable" to her that her current Vogue cover is her sixth, saying, "I can’t believe that Anna Wintour wanted me on her cover once, much less six times."
As for the new book, Rihanna by Rihanna, the "Work" singer says she chose all the photos for the project herself, and there are more than a thousand of them. It took her five years to create, she says, adding, "My fans are going to be really thrilled."
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.
ABC/Eddy ChenRemember back in August, when Justin Timberlake teased a project with Lizzo? Turns out she isn't the only artist he's been working with.
"I just called my publishers and I said, 'You know, I just want to work with young, fresh people, and I want to collaborate more," JT told Entertainment Tonight. "I've been songwriting and producing for so long -- I want to experience that energy, and I want to work with people that I think are truly amazing."
So in addition to Lizzo, Justin reveals, "I worked with SZA the other day and just worked with Meek Mill. I'm having these experiences that are fueling me in such a different way and...I think it was really birthed out of feeling like, what can I do right now to just be a part of my community and integrate."
As for Lizzo, Justin says, "We got in [the studio] and we got a couple of ideas. I'm not going to tell you too much about what we did together in the studio."
He teases, "If she wants to tell you she can, but it's flames. It is so good. I am so excited about it."
No word on when we'll get to hear all these new collabs. Justin's last album was 2018's Man of the Woods.
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.
Trae Patton/NBCThe second half of tonight's Voice episode marks the start of the Battle Rounds, where other artists join the four main coaches as advisers. Normani is joining Kelly Clarkson's team as an adviser, but she says she recently got some great advice herself....from Ariana Grande.
"She told me to just trust myself," Normani recalls.
"I'm in the process of recording my very first album and I'm kind of a perfectionist...sometimes I feel like that kind of gets in the way. But she was just saying, like, 'You'll definitely know when your project's done. Don't overthink it and just trust yourself....you'll know.'"
Normani also says Ariana told her to "allow" herself "the freedom to be able to try any and everything."
But the "Motivation" singer says she's eager to share her experiences with Kelly's team members, because she got her start on a reality singing competition too: Simon Cowell's The X Factor.
"It's just really beautiful to see how everything really comes full circle because now I'm in the position to give these incredibly talented artists insight on my experience," she explains. "And I know firsthand what they're going through mentally...the emotional ride that the show takes you on."
"I'm really excited for them to just blossom and even for myself, going into the competition and then coming out of it...I feel like I was a totally different person. And it's really cool to just see that growth and that confidence."
In fact, Kelly says one reason she chose Normani is because both of them came from competition shows.
"I thought, that's really cool to do for people on our team," she notes. "To tell them we've literally been in their shoes."
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.