PRNewsfoto/MGM ResortsLady Gaga has never been shy about expressing her political opinions, and she did just that this past Saturday night in Las Vegas during her Enigma residency show at the Park Theater at Park MGM.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and seen on video posted online by attendees, Gaga stopped in the middle of performing her hit song "Million Reasons" to call for President Donald Trump to end the government shutdown, noting, "There are people that live paycheck to paycheck that need their money.”
Then, Gaga took Vice President Mike Pence and his wife to task, following the news that Karen Pence is now teaching art at Immanuel Christian School, a private K-8 school in Springfield, Virginia, that bans LGBTQ students and teachers.
The vice president's reaction to the criticism has been to say, "To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”
Well, Gaga wasn't having that.
“And to Mike Pence, who thinks that it’s O.K. that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ: You’re wrong," Gaga said. "You say we should not discriminate against Christianity? You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.”
As the crowd cheered, she added, "I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and you look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
She then continued with the song.
You can watch fan-shot video of the tirade on YouTube.
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteFurloughed government workers who've been "livin' on a prayer" since the government shutdown will get a helping hand on Monday, thanks to Jon Bon Jovi.
The rocker's JBJ Soul Kitchen, a Red Bank, NJ community restaurant which allows people to pay what they wish for a meal, or volunteer there in exchange for food, is offering free meals for furloughed Federal workers and their families on MLK Day, Monday.
In partnership with the Murphy Family Foundation, run by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, the restaurant will be serving the workers from noon to 2 p.m. All you need to do is bring proof of federal employment.
The eatery said in a Facebook posting, "In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community."
Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea established the JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011. Since then, it's served more than 94,000 meals.
Triple Tigers RecordsIt's been a minute since we've heard from Colbie Caillat, but now she's resurfaced...in a country group.
The group is called Gone West, and it's made up of Colbie, her fiance Justin Kawika Young, her longtime songwriting collaborator Jason Reeves and his wife, Nellie Joy. Nellie and Jason were also in a duo together called High Dive Heart. Their debut EP, TIDES, is out now.
Speaking to Billboard, Justin explained the band's name: "We're all from west of Tennessee and when we're not in Nashville, chances are we've gone west -- back to Iowa, Texas, California or Hawaii."
The four came together after they all worked together on Colbie's 2016 album The Malibu Sessions, and then went on tour to support it.
"It was an acoustic tour and very harmony driven, and we realized how much fun touring could be when you’re with your friends and significant others -- and can bring your dogs out on the road too,” Colbie told Billboard.
Here's the TIDES track listing:
“Gone West” “Home Is Where The Heartbreak Is" “Confetti” “This Time”
Collier SchorrFollowing the lead of his “Shallow” co-writer Lady Gaga, "Uptown Funk" hitmaker Mark Ronson has landed a Las Vegas residency.
The hitmaking producer will be the first resident DJ at On the Record, a new speakeasy and club which opened at Park MGM on December 28. He’ll be DJing 12 exclusive dates at the venue, starting Saturday, February 2. For tickets, visit OntheRecordLV.com.
If Mark gets lonely, he won't have far to go to find a friend: Gaga's residency shows Enigma and Jazz & Piano are both at Park MGM as well.
"It was important to us for Mark to be OTR's first resident because he embodies musically what we're trying to achieve in the club,” Sean Christie, President of Nightlife and Events for MGM Resorts International, says in a statement.
He adds, “With hit collaborations with a diverse range of artists such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa and others, he's a perfect fit for the new direction we're bringing to The Strip."
Ronson and Gaga recently won a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award for “Shallow,” from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. He also collaborated with Miley on her latest single, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”
Thirty TigersParachute, the band that brought you the hits "She Is Love," "Under Control," "Something to Believe In" and "Kiss Me Slowly," is back with their first new music in three years.
"Young" is the first single from the band's upcoming fifth studio album, due later this year. Lead singer Will Anderson says of of the track, "This song came to me in an instant. I was at a transitional crossroads in life and I wasn’t sure what was coming next personally or professionally, and all of my feelings came pouring out into this song."
He adds, "It’s one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written but I think it’s so easy to relate to -- everyone has felt that vulnerable feeling of uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Maybe that’s what becoming an adult is all about, and the song is an exploration of that."
"Young" is out now. Parachute will kick off a tour April 26 in Orlando, FL; it's currently mapped out through a June 30 date in Indianapolis.
The trek includes a performance at Sandjam Fest in Panama City Beach, FL, two shows at L.A's Troubadour, and a homecoming show in Charlottesville, VA on April 30. Tickets are on sale now via WeAreParachute.com.
ABC/Randy HolmesIf you were to name the artists most likely to randomly hug people, Jason Mraz would probably be on the top of your list. That's why the "I'm Yours" hitmaker has been named Build-A-Bear's first-ever Hug AmBEARsador for National Hug Day.
On Twitter, he wrote, "I can't BEAR it, this news is too cute & I am honored."
In honor of the appointment, Build-A-Bear is donating $10,000 to Jason's charity foundation, which works to "uplift humanity through arts education and the advancement of equality." The company is also donating 1,000 teddy bears to the foundation, to be distributed to children in need.
Plus, Jason has inspired the company's first-ever Jason Mraz bear, dressed in jeans, sneakers and a hoodie, with a jaunty hat and a guitar. You can also buy a limited-edition copy of a CD called Hugs, Hearts and Happiness, featuring Jason's songs as recorded by the "Build-A-Bear Kids."
"Music for me has always been my hug," says Jason in a video. "It's a place where I can go and feel connected to something safe and joyful."
In a statement, he adds, "We are spreading a universal message to share more love and hugs with everyone -- on National Hug Day and every day."
National Hug Day is technically January 21, but Build-A-Bear is making it a two-day celebration, from this Sunday to Monday. The company is offering special prices on teddy bears, as well as a selection of "virtual hugs" you can send to people.
"Jason’s helping us share positivity and creativity by bringing music and furry friends together," says the company. "Jason’s inspirational music perfectly aligns with the Build-A-Bear mission of 'add a little more heart to life.'”
ABC/Image Group LARumors have been swirling about Taylor Swift's next "era" for a while now, and the singer's just added more fuel to the fire by being spotted at a New York City recording studio Thursday night.
A source tells E! Online, "It appeared she was there all day as she was not spotted leaving until after 9 p.m.," adding that the singer looked "pretty focused." According to the source, it appeared as though Taylor "had a pretty intense full day of recording."
At the American Music Awards in October, Taylor hinted at new music by saying, "I always look at albums as chapters in my life...I'm even more excited about the next chapter."
Then, fans started buzzing about the fact that Taylor dressed up like Ariel the Mermaid at her New Year's Eve costume party. One fan cited several supposed instances of Taylor sporting mermaids on her clothing on other occasions, and became convinced that mermaids will be the theme of her next album.
Taylor let three years lapse between her 2014 album 1989 and her 2017 album Reputation -- in the past, she'd put out new music every two years. If she's working on new music now, it's possible that she's back to her old schedule and that the end of 2019 might bring something new from the superstar. Considering that she's turning 30 on December 13, 2019, she might want to mark that milestone with a new album.
Republic RecordsJulia Michaels is ready to reveal a personal side of herself on her new collection of songs, Inner Monologue Part I.
The singer has announced she’ll be releasing the new tunes on January 25. “Couldn’t be more nervous if I tried,” she wrote on Instagram. “But here’s a piece of my mind and my heart. It's yours next week.”
She’ll follow up the release with her first-ever headlining tour across North America in March. The Inner Monologue tour launches on March 4 in Lake Buena Vista, FL and runs through May 10 in Cleveland, OH.
Before she heads off on her own, Julia will be on the road with country star Keith Urban this month in Australia. She collaborated with Keith on his #1 country hit "Coming Home," and let her vocals to it as well.
Julia will then return to join Pink on the U.S. leg of her Beautiful Trauma tour beginning in March; it will run in between her headlining shows.
Here are Julia’s headlining tour dates:
3/4 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 3/8 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre 3/15 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre 3/26 -- Tulsa, OK, The Vanguard 3/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Madrid Theatre 3/29 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre 4/2 -- Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre 4/7 -- Seattle, WA, Neumos 4/20 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues San Diego 4/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Elevation at The Intersection 4/28 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues Chicago 5/6 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre 5/10 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues Cleveland
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Earlier this week, Mariah Carey filed a lawsuit against her former assistant, claiming that after the superstar singer fired her, the former employee demanded $8 million dollars and threatened to release "embarrassing" videos of the singer. Now, the assistant has filed her own lawsuit, which includes some shocking claims against Mariah's former manager.
In the suit, which Variety has linked to, the assistant, Lianna Shakhnazaryan, is accusing Mariah and her former manager Stella Bulochnikov, of, among other things, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination and sexual battery. Specifically, Lianna claims that Stella slapped her on the butt and breasts, sat on her, and would hold her down and urinate on her.
Lianna also claims that Stella would call her an "Armenian whore," an "Armenian princess," and a "f***ing n*****." According to Lianna, Mariah was aware of Stella's behavior, and it sometimes happened in her presence. In addition, Lianna claims Mariah herself was physically and emotionally abusive.
Lianna, who worked for both Mariah and Stella, was on call 24/7 and was paid nearly $330,000 a year. She claims she was fired after she complained about Stella's behavior to Mariah.
Mariah recently settled a lawsuit Stella fired against her. In a statement to ABC News, her rep said of the suit she filed against Lianna, "Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution."
Island RecordsFollowing the success of his breakthrough single "Be Alright," Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis has released a new single called "7 Minutes."
The track, another preview of his upcoming debut album, was inspired by a disagreement Dean had with a girl in a London taxicab. "The song is about meeting someone, making memories and then feeling regret," he says.
"It's been seven minutes since I've lost the girl of my dreams/It's been half an hour now since I dropped you home/And I'm driving past the places we both know," Dean sings on the track.
"Is it too late to turn around?/I'm already halfway out of town/Now I know how I let you down/Oh, I finally figured it out/I forgot to love you."
Dean will make his debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next Wednesday, January 23. He'll kick off his North American headlining tour February 12 in L.A.
Meanwhile, "Be Alright" has been certified gold and has notched over a billion streams globally.
Lauren DunnLauren Jauregui has released the NSFW video for her new solo single, “More Than That.”
In the clip, Lauren imagines what would happen if the Greek goddess Aphrodite rolled up to the strip club with her girls. In the all-female club, called Olympus, strippers swing around their poles wearing skimpy lingerie as Lauren -- playing Aphrodite, of course -- watches, along with her fellow goddesses.
Much like the cover art for the single, the video ends with Lauren posing in a painting like Botticelli's Venus. Venus is the Roman name for Aphrodite.
Before the song’s release last week, Lauren explained the inspiration behind it.
“Aphrodite [the Greek goddess of love and beauty] has been my goddess of inspiration for this round,” she said in an Instagram Live. “She’s very sensual. She’s about love. She’s about connection with pleasure and self…and that was really important to me.”
FilmMagic Inc via ABC/Jeff Kraviz/AMA2018After the puck drops, Bebe Rexha will entertain the crowd at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game this month.
The event will be held Saturday, January 26 in San Jose, California, home of the Sharks. The "Meant to Be" singer will perform during the second intermission of the game, and you'll be able to watch her performance on NBC.
More All-Star Game performers will be announced soon.
A few weeks later, Bebe will compete for two trophies at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, scheduled for February 10 in Los Angeles. She's up for Best New Artist -- despite working in the music industry for the past 10 years -- as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Meant to Be."
We may not see Cardi B onstage during the Super Bowl halftime show, but we'll definitely see her on our TV screens during the big game.
Following a report by TMZ, a source confirms to E! News that Cardi has filmed a Pepsi ad that's going to air during the Super Bowl on February 3. Stars who've appeared in past Pepsi ads have included everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna, to Britney Spears, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj.
During Super Bowl weekend, Cardi will be in Atlanta to headline the final night of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival on February 2 with Bruno Mars.
As for the halftime show, Cardi reportedly had been in talks to appear with Maroon 5 to perform "Girls Like You," but when TMZ asked her about it last year, she said she'd do it "When [the NFL] hire[s] Colin Kaepernick back."
In other Cardi B news, her viral, hilarious rant about the government shutdown has been a topic of conversation among several Democratic senators, who like what she says, but are a little skittish when it comes to the non-stop profanity in the video.
Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii tweeted, "(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video)," and Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut replied, "Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!"
Schatz replied, "Ok you do it. And say retweets are not endorsements, especially the language, and I will retweet." To which Murphy replied, "DHYB," aka "Don't hold your breath."
Finally, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer chimed in, "Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?" Schatz replied, "We decided not to do it. Wouldn’t be senatorial."
Republic Records/UMGArianaGrande's all about treating herself to the finer things in life in her new single, "7 Rings," which she released just after midnight last night.
Set in large part to the melody of "My Favorite Things" from the classic musical The Sound of Music, Ariana makes it perfectly clear that she doesn't need to be in a relationship to enjoy herself, or her hard-earned money.
"Wearing a ring, but ain't gonna be no Mrs.," she sings. "Buy matching diamonds for six of my b******/I'd rather spoil all my friends with my riches/Think retail therapy my new addiction/Whoever said money can't solve your problems?"
The video shows Ariana and dozens of her closest female friends partying in high style in a luxury mansion, draped in jewels and drinking champagne.
Speaking of those matching diamonds, word is "7 Rings" was inspired by a shopping spree Ariana enjoyed to take her mind off of her breakup with Pete Davidson, during which she's said to have bought herself and six friends diamond rings.
"7 Rings" is the third single off of Ariana's forthcoming Thank U, Next album, following "Imagine" and the title track.
Island RecordsMusic helps people get through hard times, and that's certainly true for Mike Posner. He says making his new album A Real Good Kid helped him deal with personal loss and allowed him to "transform" his "suffering into something beautiful."
A Real Good Kid was inspired by the emotional roller coaster Mike's been on for the past three years. He's had great career success, but he also lost his father and his friend Avicii, and split with his girlfriend.
Asked to describe what the album's about, Mike tells ABC Radio, "Being on this high -- 'Took a Pill in Ibiza' is the biggest, y'know, top 10 song in Spotify history -- and getting a call that your dad has a tumor the size of a tangerine in his head."
"Moving to Detroit, helping him die, moving back to L.A., falling in love, that relationship ending -- and then trying to find the beauty and the peace that's inside all of that -- that's what it's about," he adds.
But luckily, Mike had music to see him through.
"I think we all have anger and sadness and loneliness at times, and music is a good place to express that," he explains. "My good friend...says 'art is alchemy'....You're attempting to transform your suffering into something beautiful."
Mike also dealt with his loss by putting his stuff in storage and living in his van for several months.
"When you have the million-dollar house and everyone that you hang out with works for you, and you have the fancy car, that is a departure from reality. That is a retreat," he tells ABC Radio. "And so I wanted to not be in retreat. I wanted to be in reality."
CBS Films/LionsgateAndy Grammer is contributing a brandnew song to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Five Feet Apart.
The song, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” can be heard in the movie’s new trailer. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson star as two teenagers with cystic fibrosis who fall in love, despite being advised to keep a safe distance from each other for the sake of their health.
The film is directed by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, who is an old pal of Andy's.
"To [Justin Baldoni], from being my 1st roommate in LA, crashing on each other’s couches, to now producing & directing your 1st film, @FiveFeetApart," Andy tweeted. "I couldn’t be more proud brotha! Having you use my song for such a special project means the world."
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCWanna see what Madonna was up to before she became a global superstar? A new docudrama about her pre-fame days, Madonna and the Breakfast Club, is set to be released in March.
The film follows the Queen of Pop when she was unknown musician in the ‘80s in New York City, performing with a pop group called the Breakfast Club. Madonna formed the group in 1979 with Dan Gilroy, who she was dating at the time, and she was alternately the band’s drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer.
Madonna left the band before their first single was even released in 1984. The group later had a hit with “Right on Track,” which reached number seven on the Billboard chart in 1987.
The docudrama will feature reenacted scenes with actress Jamie Auld playing Madonna, as well as interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and bandmate Gary Burke.
Madonna and the Breakfast Club will be available across digital and video on-demand platforms on March 12.
Mark Ganzon/Getty Images for Fenty BeautyRihanna's reign just won't let up. The Bajan star is reportedly in talks with fashion powerhouse LVMH to launch her own luxury line, Women's Wear Dailyreports.
Sources tell WWD that LVMH, the French conglomerate that owns brands such as Moet, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, have been secretly negotiating a partnership with Rihanna. LVMH has reportedly also handpicked employees from within the company, including workers from the Celine and Louis Vuitton lines, to work with Rih on the project.
If the partnership is confirmed, the line would be the first brand to launch from scratch under the LVMH umbrella since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
While details about the line are scarce, Rih's luxury fashion house will reportedly include ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and leather goods.
The project will represent yet another foray into the world of fashion for the singer, who recently served as the creative director of Puma, and has struck gold with her Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty lines of makeup and lingerie, respectively.
In other news, the "Work" chart topper is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with her father, Ronald Fenty, for attempting to exploit her Fenty brand for his entertainment company.
Courtesy PepsiCoBackstreet Boys are taking a Chance in a new Super Bowl ad for Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nachos. Chance the Rapper, that is.
The group and the hip-hop star are teaming up for the 30-second commercial, set to air on game day February 3.
Doritos released a teaser of the collab Thursday, featuring the guys of BSB posing for the camera in coordinating denim outfits. As they pose, Chance squeezes his way into the frame and awkwardly joins the group.
You then hear a reworked version of Backstreet’s hit “I Want It That Way” start to play, featuring what seems to be Chance’s voice.
As for what the rest of their collaboration entails, fans will find out closer to game day.
Ever since Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been dating, Taylor hasn't said a word about him publicly to anyone. Joe has given brief responses that indicate he'd really rather not talk about it. But now, he seems mildly annoyed that people think he and Taylor are being "too private" about their relationship.
While speaking to fashion magazine Mr. Porter, Joe was asked if he feels he's had to "fight for his privacy." He answers, "I don’t think more than anyone else. I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I?"
"And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is," he adds. "I think it’s normal.”
In fact, Taylor's always been pretty private about her relationships. While she's written about her romances in her songs, she hasn't been photographed at public events or red carpets with her various boyfriends, hasn't talked about them in interviews, and only rarely includes them in her social media posts.
If you want to see more of Joe, however, he's featured in a whole slew of recent movies, including The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and Boy Erased.