Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhitney Houston's legacy will live on in the hearts of her fans, friends, family---and now a posthumous album as well as a hologram tour, The New York Times reports.
Speaking with Pat Houston, the vocal powerhouse's sister-in-law and former manager, the outlet has learned that Houston's estate is developing an extensive list of projects intended to revamp the late singer's mega-celebrity brand.
“Everything is about timing for me. It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic," Houston told the Times.
According to Houston, who also serves as the executor of Whitney's estate, a hologram tour has "taken precedence over everything." Any prospective live dates would feature the Grammy-winning singer's original band and backup singers.
Additional ventures will reportedly include a Broadway musical as well as a posthumous album of unreleased tracks from Whitney's 1985 self-titled debut.
The new focus on the singer's re-branding follows a $14 million deal her estate signed with the music and marketing company Primary Wave Music Publishing. The deal reportedly entitles the company to 50% of the late star's assets.
Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Houston said.
“People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”
Karwai Tang/Getty ImagesSansa Stark may not have had good luck with marriage on Game of Thrones, but Sophie Turner has found her perfect match in new hubby Joe Jonas.
In a new interview with U.K.’s Sunday Times, the actress – who has previously been open about dealing with body image issues, depression and suicidal thoughts – says Joe “saved her life” when she was going through a rough time.
She says that when she first met Joe at age 20, she "was going through this phase of being very mentally unwell."
"He was, like, 'I can't be with you until you love yourself, I can't see you love me more than you love yourself,'" Sophie says. "That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way."
She also admits that the two once broke up for a day, but quickly realized it was a bad idea.
"It was the worst day of our lives," she says. "For a second, we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both, like, 'Never mind.'"
Sophie, 23, and Joe, 29, got hitched in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards on May 1.
Game of Thrones ended its eight season run Sunday night on HBO.
Fans will now have even more chances to see Madonna on tour this year.
The Queen of Pop has confirmed new North American dates for her Madame X tour. She’ll be playing three shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, three shows at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, three shows at The Met in Philadelphia and five shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.
Due to high demand, Madonna has also added even more dates in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Ticket requests can be submitted through the Madonna.LiveNation.com portal now through Friday, May 24 at 12:00 noon ET. Every ticket purchased includes a CD of Madonna's new release, Madame X, in stores June 14.
The North American tour will start September 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Eric LaggNot even the pairing of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber could topple Lil Nas X’s BillboardHot 100 reign.
Lil Nas X's viral hit "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, tops the chart for a seventh week, while Ed and Justin’s new tune “I Don’t Care” debuts at number two. “Old Town Road” also tops the Streaming Songs chart for a seventh week with 103.1 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.
“I Don’t Care” marks Ed's seventh top 10 on the Hot 100 and Justin's 15th. Ed co-wrote two of Justin's previous top 10s: "Love Yourself" and "Cold Water."
The song’s number two debut also marks the third week in a row that a superstar artist, or in this case artists, takes the runner-up spot to Lil Nas X. Taylor Swift's "ME!" and Shawn Mendes' "If I Can't Have You" both had to settle for entering the chart at number two as well.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGAriana Grande has a song called “NASA” on her latest album thank u, next, so it’s only fitting that she got to pay a visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this weekend.
She posted a series of videos from her experience on Instagram, showing her trying on an astronaut suit, riding in a roving vehicle and autographing a piece of NASA equipment. She even got to video chat with astronauts on the International Space Station.
“Thank you for the coolest day of my life @nasa,” she wrote. “My mind is still processing and devouring every second of what just happened but I can’t wait to share more.”
She added, “What a special day and experience. Thank you so so so so much for your generosity and for showing my friends n I around.”
NASA and the NASA Johnson Space Center also posted a photo of Ariana's visit to their Instagram Stories, along with a play on her “NASA” song lyrics: "It's like you're the universe and we're N-A-S-A."
ABC/ Paula LoboAmen! Sia attended Kanye West's weekly Sunday Service this weekend and performed a gospel rendition of her song "Elastic Heart."
Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian posted a video of the performance on social media, captioning it, "There wasn't a dry eye in this room today."
The clip begins with a gospel choir singing a Bible verse set to the melody of Sia's "Elastic Heart." Sia can be heard joining in off camera, before the choir director invites her to the center of the room to sing it solo. Wearing a simple blue tracksuit and none of her trademark disguises or wigs, she obliges and belts it out.
Kim shared several other videos from the service, writing, "There's so many videos from today's Sunday service I want to share with you guys. The rain forced us inside but it was magical. No mics, no band, no speakers but it was perfect."
Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesAs recently as last Thursday, it reportedly wasn't even a certainty that Madonna would perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. But Sunday's annual competition, held this year in Tel Aviv, Israel, did indeed feature a performance by Madonna -- one that included a highlight that's drawing decidedly mixed reviews.
At issue: when Madonna and rapper Quavo of Migos performed their latest single, "Future," a series of dancers walked in pairs up a large staircase, while Madonna and Quavo performed at its summit. The final pair of ascending dancers had the Israeli and Palestinian flags displayed on their backs.
Mideast politics being what it is, that act alone was enough to ignite the predictable partisan backlash. But contest organizers, including the European Broadcast Union, took issue because the event -- which features singers and musical artists representing different countries -- is supposed to be non-political, and organizers didn't sanction display of the flags.
For her part, Madonna defended her action after the fact, posting on her socials, "Madame X is a freedom fighter................I am grateful. For the opportunity to spread the message of peace and unity with the world."
Iceland's entry also drew the disapproval of organizers for displaying the Palestinian flag while votes were being tallied.
ABC/Eric McCandlessThe votes are in, and our new American Idol is -- Laine Hardy.
This season came to a close with an epic three-hour finale Sunday night, complete with a real-time vote that whittled the finalists from three down to two, until finally the winner was crowned.
After the first round of solo performances, Madison VanDenberg was the first to go, leaving Laine and Alejandro Aranda facing off for the title. Despite Alejandro impressively performing all-original music the entire night -- and the judges hinting that he was their favorite -- America clearly wanted to party with Hardy, voting Laine as their American Idol. It was a second chance for the 18-year-old Louisiana native, after first having appeared on the show last season.
Laine delivered flawless and confident performances throughout the night, including songs that reflected his roots, like “Home” by Marc Broussard and “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” by Hank Williams. Alejandro’s original tunes included tunes titled “Millennial Love,” “Tonight,” and his heartfelt audition song, “Out Loud.”
While Laine duetted with country singer Jon Pardi on two songs, Alejandro opted to perform an original composition called “10 Years,” backed by an orchestra wearing signature Alejandro beanies.
After Laine was announced the winner, he performed the winner's song, "Flame," to close the show.
The finalists weren’t the only ones who got stage time last night. Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also performed, along with a couple of American Idol alumni and various country, rock and pop acts.
Here are some of the highlights:
Lionel opened the show with his classic song "Dancing on the Ceiling" with the top 10. Katy performed her latest single, "Con Calma," with Latin star Daddy Yankee, and sang her hit "Unconditionally" with top-10 finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Luke sang "Every Breath You Take" with Laci Kaye Booth, as well as his current single, "Knockin' Boots."
Madison returned to the stage after her elimination to sing "Speechless" with country duo Dan Shay.
American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, one of this season's mentors, sang his new single, "New Eyes," and also rocked out to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" with top-10 finalist Dimitrius Graham. American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood performed her latest hit, "Southbound."
In an unexpected emotional moment, this season’s blind contestant, Shayy, returned to sing a powerful rendition of “Rise Up” with Andra Day.
Other performances included a Kool & the Gang medley with the band and the top eight finalists, rock band Weezer and, in the most bizarre performance of the night, Montell Jordan performed “This Is How We Do It” backed by Katy Perry lookalikes doing the worm. During audition rounds, Katy infamously did the worm to that song.
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.”