Ben WattsFor the eighth year in a row, Rob Thomas will play a series of solo concerts to raise money for his charity foundation, Sidewalk Angels.
This year's shows will take place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ on January 18, 19 and 20. The public on-sale date is October 19 at 10 a.m. ET, but fan club members can get access to tickets tomorrow, October 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
In addition to regular tickets, there are several VIP packages available that include goodies like exclusive merch, meet-and-greets, the chance to get a photo with Rob, and the chance to attend his soundcheck and a Q&A session.
These benefit shows usually feature Rob playing more stripped-down versions of his hits and telling the stories behind them.
Rob and his wife, Marisol, who've been married for 19 years, established The Sidewalk Angels Foundation to support and fund no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues across the U.S. It also works with homeless shelters where families can get support and not have to give up their pets.
Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageIf the Spice Girls do go back on tour, it's quite likely Victoria Beckham won't be going with them. After all, she's been a successful fashion designer for 10 years, and says music was never her real passion. In a new interview in Australian Vogue, Victoria explains that that lack of passion was something she only realized when she compared herself to her close friend Elton John.
"I was with Elton John this weekend and I told him: ‘You’re the reason why I stopped the Spice Girls,’" Victoria explains to Vogue. "I went to see him in Vegas in doing The Red Piano, where [photographer] David LaChapelle curated the most incredible show with him, and I remember sitting there very near to the front and looking at him singing those songs he’d sung time after time, year after year, and his passion and his enjoyment was incredible, even after all that time."
"And a few nights later, I was on stage at Madison Square Garden with the Spice Girls and I thought: ‘It’s almost like a waste that I’m given this opportunity. I appreciate the time I’ve had with the girls, but I don’t have what Elton can have after all these years,'" she explains.
"There was nothing there, other than that my kids were in the audience and I wanted them to see Mummy doing the Spice Girls.”
Unfortunately, Victoria says she still has to fight the constant rumors that she's rejoining the group.
"I had a lunch with the Spice Girls a few months ago to see how everybody was, things spiraled out of control," she tells Vogue. "And I had my lawyer trying to beat down stories that were completely ludicrous. It was a reminder of how awful that was."
XL/ColumbiaAdele, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac are among the artists whose albums are among the British public's all-time favorites, according to new figures compiled by the U.K.'s Official Charts company.
The chart ranked albums by combining sales, downloads and streams in the U.K. and came up with a list that spans more than sixty years of music. The Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band topped the chart, but more current discs also made the top 10.
Adele's monster-selling 2011 release 21 came in second, with sales of 5.11 million, while her 2015 album 25 is number 10 on the list. She's one of only five acts to have more than one album on the chart: The others are Coldplay, Dido, Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble and Michael Jackson. Coldplay has the most entries, with three.
Speaking of Michael Jackson, his 1982 album Thriller is number five on the list, while 1987's Bad is number seven. Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is number eight, with the rest of the top 10 rounded out by albums from Oasis, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits.
Surprisingly, Ed Sheeran didn't make the top 10: His album Multiply only managed to reach #13 on the chart. Other artists represented by the 40-spot chart include Amy Winehouse, James Blunt, Simply Red, Shania Twain, U2, Lady Gaga, Alanis Morissette, The Spice Girls, and Michael Buble.
Mike ColucciAfter touring baseball stadiums this past summer, Billy Joel is ready to rock one of the most famous non-U.S. stadiums in the world.
The Piano Man will perform at London's famed Wembley Stadium on June 22, 2019. So far, it's his only U.K. date announced for the year, and his first performance in London in over three years. Tickets to the show go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 19 via LiveNation.co.uk.
In addition to his monthly shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy continues to perform at arenas and stadiums through out the U.S. Since 2017, he's sold out nine stadiums, including selling out Chicago's Wrigley Field, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Fenway Park in Boston for five years in a row.
As previously reported, Billy will ring in 2019 at Nassau Coliseum, in his home turf of Long Island, NY. His next show at the Garden is October 27.
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Mariah Carey has finally announced a title and release date for her long-awaited new album.
She posted a video on social media showing herself walking down a long staircase in a gown, with her son Moroccan Cannon playing on the steps above her. "The name of my new album is called Caution -- and when's it coming out, Rocky?" she asks him.
"November 16thhhhh!" he yells as he runs down the stairs.
Caution will be Mariah's first album of original material since 2014's Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. So far she's released two songs from the forthcoming record: "With You" and "GTFO."
Fantasy RecordsSteve Perry makes his return to the upper reaches of the Billboard album chart, thanks to his new solo album Traces.
Traces, the former Journey frontman's third solo album, enters the chart at #6 with 73,000 units sold. His two previous albums -- 1984's Street Talk and 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine, reached #12 and #15, respectively.
As a member of Journey, Perry scored seven top-10 albums between 1980 and 1996, including the band's two highest-charting albums: Escape, which hit #1, and Frontiers, which hit #2.
As previously reported, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's soundtrack for A Star Is Born debuted at #1.
Neal Preston/Warner Bros. PicturesThe soundtrack to A Star Is Born is the #1 album in America.
Featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the collection of original songs performed by the movie's stars debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 231,000 equivalent album units, 162,000 of which were physical sales, according to Billboard.
A Star Is Born gives Lady Gaga her fifth number-one album, following 2016's Joanne, and also gives her the most #1 albums among women artists for the decade. Andof course, it's Bradley Cooper's first #1 music recording, period. The actor, who also directed A Star Is Born and stars opposite Gaga, does all of his own singing in the film, performing original songs written by A-list songwriters including Gaga herself, Mark Ronson, Willie Nelson's son Lukas Nelson, and Grammy-winning Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.
The #1 debut of A Star Is Born's soundtrack also marks the biggest chart week for a soundtrack since the #2 debut in 2015 of the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, and is the third-best-selling soundtrack this year so far, following The Greatest Showman, released last year, and Black Panther. And it's got plenty of time left to close that gap.
A Star Is Born held the number-two spot at the box office this weekend in its second week of release, earning $35.7 million for a total domestic gross so far of $94.1 million.
Evaan KherajMichael Bublé put his career on hold for two years after his son Noah, then three, was diagnosed with liver cancer. But even though Noah's in remission now, Michael says he wasn't planning to simply resume his career. "I actually thought I’d never come back to the music business," he tellsThe Daily Mail.
"When this terrible news [about Noah] came in, I realized I wasn’t having fun in the music business," he explains. "I’d lost the joy...I’d become desperate to hold onto something I thought I might be losing."
"I’d started to worry about ticket sales for my tours, what the critics said, what the perception of me might be," he adds. "But the diagnosis made me realize how stupid I’d been to worry about these unimportant things. I was embarrassed by my ego...that it had allowed this insecurity."
"I decided I’d never read my name again in print, never read a review, and I never have," he declares. "I decided I’d never use social media again, and I never have."
So why the return to music? About a year ago, Michael invited the guys in his band over to jam because he hadn't seen them in a long time, and had an epiphany.
"I thought, 'Wow! This is fun,'" he recalls. "It was then that I realized I’d missed making music. I didn’t even know I’d missed it."
The result is Michael's album Love, due November 16. He says ultimately, he made the record for three reasons. First, he wanted to say thank you to everyone who prayed for him and his family. Next, he wants to "continue the legacy" of his idols.
And finally, he adds, "Watching the political turmoil in America and watching Europe break up -– there’s never [been] a better time for music."
Fleetwood Mac has issued a statement responding to the lawsuit that longtime singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham launched earlier this week, alleging that he was wrongfully ousted from the band.
A spokesman for the group shared the following with ABC Radio: "Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham's complaint and looks forward to their day in court. The band has retained [veteran defense lawyer] Dan Petrocelli to handle the case."
As previously reported, Buckingham's lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims that the band is guilty of "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other charges.
In the suit, Buckingham claims that after he butted heads with his Fleetwood Mac band mates about when the group's latest tour would start, he agreed to postpone the release of a solo album and signed on to take part in the trek. However, Lindsey claims, the group decided instead to replace him. Buckingham is now seeking a share of the profits from the tour.
All four of Buckingham's band mates -- Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie -- are named as parties in the suit.
The band brought in founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn to replace Buckingham, and the group's new lineup kicked off their tour earlier this month. Lindsey also launched a solo trek this month.
In a statement regarding his lawsuit that was shared Thursday with ABC Radio, Lindsey said, "Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I'm looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created."
The just-released song will be featured on Ingrid’s upcoming album, Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs for the Season, out on October 26.
“Grace has such an old-soul voice,” Ingrid says in a statement. “Her sound is so unique, I knew she would bring warmth and energy to the song.”
Ingrid’s 12-song holiday album was recorded with a 35-piece symphony and inspired by the big band style of the 40s and 50s. It also features duets with Leslie Odom Jr, Christina Perri and Ingrid’s boyfriend, Will Chase.
Ingrid will promote Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs for the Season with a tour featuring The Ingrid Michaelson Trio, consisting of Ingrid and vocalists Allie Moss and Hannah Winkler. The trek starts November 26 in Portland, OR and wraps up December 17 in New York City.
ABC/ Paula LoboWe already knew Sia is a huge fan of dance -- most of her music videos feature young dancer Maddie Ziegler -- but now she’s stepping into the world of dance shoes.
The singer has teamed up with French dance wear designer Repetto Paris to design a capsule collection of dance slippers, ballerina flats and an oxford shoe.
The ballerina flats are available for pre-order now and come in black, white or half-black and half-white, adorned with Sia’s signature big bow. The insoles of the shoes feature Sia’s mantra, “I love you, keep going.”
In conjunction with the collaboration, Sia has also released a new song, called “I’m Still Here.” The inspirational ballad is about making it through tough times.
"The past tormented me, but the battle was lost/Because I'm still here/I'm winning the war now,” Sia sings.
Sia’s full collection with Repetto launches February 25.
Reprise RecordsMichael Bublé is spreading the Love. The singer has released “Love You Anymore,” a brand-new song off his upcoming album.
The tune, about trying to convince yourself you’re over your ex, was written by Charlie Puth. The accompanying video for the song features Michael walking along a picturesque beach while thinking of a beautiful woman.
“The moment I first heard ‘Love You Anymore,’ I knew right away that I had to record it and put it on my new record,” Michael says in a statement. “I can’t wait for my fans to hear it. In fact, I can’t wait for them to hear the entire album because I’m really proud of what we’ve created this time out.”
Michael's new album, Love -- stylized as an emoji heart symbol -- is out November 16.
The song’s powerful lyrics were inspired by the suicide of one of Lukas’ childhood friends earlier this year. The video pays homage to both the friend and Lukas’ hometown of Christiania in Denmark.
“I still live two blocks away from where I grew up, I still hang out with the same guys,” Lukas explains. “The song is a tribute to one of the guys I grew up with who hung himself in January. He was three months older than me and we walked through life together.”
Lukas features his real-life group of friends in the video, which shows scenes of a funeral and all of them mourning at a bar.
"Not a Damn Thing Changed" will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album, 3 (The Purple Album), out October 26. They’ll be heading out on tour in North America beginning February 22.
Courtesy Universal Music GroupIn anticipation of the new Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Shawn Mendeshas released an acoustic cover of the 1981 Queen/David Bowie hit “Under Pressure.”
The song, produced by Teddy Geiger and featuring her guest vocals, is the first in a series of Queen covers by other artists in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which helps fight HIV/AIDS worldwide. Freddie Mercury died from AIDS related causes in 1991.
Net profits from Shawn's cover will be donated to the MPT.
"I am so honored to be able to support the amazing legacy of Freddie and Queen by doing a cover of one of my favorite songs, ‘Under Pressure,’” Shawn says in a statement. “It was so exciting to me to be able to do this with my close collaborator and one of my best friends, Teddy Geiger, for a cause that is very close to our hearts.”
Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek as Mercury, hits theaters November 2.
Image Group LA/ABCThe story of Coldplay will be told in A Head Full of Dreams, a new documentary film to chronicle the history of the British band from their very first rehearsal to the stadium-conquering stars they are today.
A Head Full of Dreams, named after Coldplay's 2015 album, is directed by Mat Whitecross, who met Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion at a London university before they even started a band. Whitecross, who's gone on to direct several Coldplay videos and the 2016 Oasis documentary Supersonic, has been filming the band since their very first rehearsal.
Early footage of Coldplay's origin is included in the film's trailer, including several shots of Marin in braces.
A Head Full of Dreams will hit theaters for one night only on November 14 before being released on Amazon Prime Video November 16. Tickets to theatrical screenings will be available at Coldplay.film.
Denise Truscello/WireImageFor the right amount of money, you could soon be the proud owner of the original handwritten lyrics to the Elton John and Bernie Taupin classic, “Your Song.”
The lyrics -- scrawled in blue ink by Taupin and placed in a vintage wooden frame -- will be going up for auction in New York City next month at the auction house, Bonhams.
According to the item’s description on the auction house’s website, the lyrics were “scratched out one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street as Taupin was waiting for John while the latter put in his hours at a publishing house in London's Tin Pan Alley.”
Elton reportedly took only 10 minutes to come up with the melody after Taupin showed him the lyrics. “Your Song” became Elton's first mega-hit.
The lyrics are being sold by Taupin’s ex-wife, Maxine Taupin. The bidding will begin on November 19.
Julien's Auctions is also holding a Bernie Taupin auction, selling the lyricist's personal property both live and online on Friday, November 9.
Columbia Records"I have avoided a 'greatest hits' record for a long time," says Train frontman Pat Monahan on Twitter. But one is finally arriving.
Train's Greatest Hits is coming out November 9, featuring tracks from all their albums, as well as their latest single, "Call Me Sir," and a new recording: a version of George Michael's "Careless Whisper," featuring none other than Kenny G on sax.
Explaining his reservations about releasing such a compilation, Monahan continues, "I’ve always thought of those records as a way of saying, 'Welp, it was fun while it lasted' and that stressed me out."
However, he continues, "We live in a new music world now though & having people be able to find songs they love faster & easier seems like a great idea. We’re proud & excited that this is the list of songs that built the band for 25 years. Hope they take you to as many great memories as they take us."
The band promises "more exciting news" in a few weeks.
Train's Greatest Hits is available for pre-order now. Here's the track listing:
"Meet Virginia" "Drops of Jupiter" "Calling All Angels" "Get to Me" "When I Look to the Sky" "Cab" "Hey Soul Sister" "If It’s Love" "Marry Me" "Save Me San Francisco" "Drive By" "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" "Bruises" "Angel in Blue Jeans" "Play That Song" "Call Me Sir" "Careless Whisper" featuring Kenny G
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp"The Middle," Zedd's collaboration with country star Maren Morris, is a massive hit, and so is "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha's collaboration with country stars Florida Georgia Line. Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers have just released a single with country star Kelsea Ballerini. So why is this pop/country thing so hot right now? Zedd says frankly, he never thought of it like that.
"I would not have even said that it's a hot thing if you hadn't mentioned it, to be honest with you," he tells ABC Radio. "I never thought about mixing pop and country. I just loved [Maren] and thought she's awesome for the song, but I guess there is a lot more examples than just that!"
"I don't know why that works well," he continues. "I think anything new, fresh, exciting, different is always welcome for everybody."
As for why he thought of working with Maren in the first place, Zedd says, "Maren was the right person because she had the best voice. I mean honestly, it was that simple."
"Some people were asking why I put a country singer on my song -- that's nothing that ever goes through my head," he explains. "I go for the best voice, and she's incredibly talented, an absolutely incredible human being, and that's why she's on the record."
Zedd admits, though, that he's surprised at just how popular "The Middle" has become.
"I always thought it's a huge song and I thought it's a hit, but I didn't think it was gonna be a song that literally every single person knows!" he laughs. "So, I'm definitely surprised by how far it went, but I'm also incredibly thankful."
Zedd's latest collaboration is straight-ahead pop: He's teamed up with Shawn Mendes to create a remix of Shawn's song "Lost In Japan."
Credit: Martin KierszenbaumSting and Shaggy star in a Miami Vice-inspired video for their new collaborative tune "Gotta Get Back My Baby," which premiered Thursday on ETOnline.com.
"It's a funny, lighthearted video with a bit of action in it, and stunts," Sting says in a making-of video about the clip.
In the video, the two artists portray Miami detectives who are sent on a mission to apprehend "the most dangerous woman in America" at a club in South Beach.
Sting's character, who happens to be retiring that day, tells their captain -- portrayed by tough-guy actor Stephen Bauer -- that in order for him and his partner to complete their task, they'll need to borrow his sports car, a Fiat Abarth-Spider.
The captain agrees, but before letting Sting and Shaggy leave on their assignment, he warns, "If anything happens to that Spider…"
The video then shows the duo driving through Miami heading to the club, intercut with footage of the two lip-syncing to the song. Sting and Shaggy eventually park outside of the club, but as they shoot the breeze, they don't notice that the dangerous woman they're looking for has entered the nightspot.
Inside the club, she proceeds to beat up a bunch of the guys, even kicking one of them right through a wall. This finally draws the cops' attention, but when they enter the club through the crumbled wall, they hear someone speeding away...in the captain's precious Spider.
As the video ends, Sting says, "What are we gonna tell the captain?"
Shaggy replies, "It wasn't me," a humorous reference to his 2000 chart-topping hit.
"Gotta Get Back My Baby" appears on Sting and Shaggy's 2018 collaborative album, 44/876. The duo's U.S. tour in support of the record continues this Friday, October 12, in Rancho Mirage, California.
Walkman Music/Arts Music/WEAA few weeks ago, Josh Groban released a video of himself performing the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which appears on his new album Bridges. Now, his tour mate Idina Menzel has released a video of herself performing the same song.
Unlike Josh's version of the song, Idina's is very simple, featuring just a piano accompanying her as she belts out the song.
This version, as well as a live version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," are both featured on the singer's new album idina: live, which comes out on Friday. The double album includes performances of standards, original songs and numbers from musicals Idina starred in, like Wicked and Rent.
Of course, she also performs the Frozen smash "Let It Go," as well as another Frozen number, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman," the latter as part of a medley with the Beatles song "Dear Prudence."
Idina's tour with Josh kicks off October 18 in Duluth, GA, and wraps up November 18 at New York's Madison Square Garden.