Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has returned to Malawi with her whole family to celebrate the first anniversary of the medical facility she helped open there.
On Monday, she visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The center is named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James, and was funded by her charity Raising Malawi.
Madonna posted photos of the visit on Instagram, including one group shot with all of her six children: her biological kids Lourdes and Rocco, and Malawian adopted children David Banda, Mercy James and twins Estere and Stella.
According to USA Today, Madonna is considering a new project in Malawi. She's reportedly thinking of establishing a soccer academy, inspired by her son David's love of the sport.
ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the musicians making Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list this year. The tally ranks the world's top-earning entertainers of 2018.
Ed comes in at number nine on the list with estimated earnings of $110 million, followed by Bruno at number 11 with $100 million and Katy at number 19 with $83 million. Artists included in the top 50 are Taylor Swift at 21, Beyonce at 35, The Weeknd at 39, Pink at 45, Lady Gaga at 49 and Calvin Harris at 50.
Other music stars making the list include Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, The Chainsmokers, Billy Joel, Rihanna and Imagine Dragons.
Number one on this year’s ranking is boxer Floyd Mayweather, followed by George Clooney and Kylie Jenner.
ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is set to headline the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open next month.
Good Morning Americareported this morning that the singer’s performance will be the “centerpiece of the event’s 50th anniversary.” The show will take place at Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in Queens, New York on August 27.
United States Tennis Association Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams tells Billboard, “We are honored to have such a talented performer join us in this very special year. Kelly Clarkson’s musical versatility, her unparalleled presence and of course her voice, will make this a night to remember.”
Denise TruscelloMariah Carey proved once again why she is the queen of love.
On Saturday, the twice-married singer halted her Las Vegas show, The Butterfly Returns, to invite one of her male backup dancers onstage with her at the Caesars Palace Colosseum.
They were then joined by the dancer's boyfriend, who had been backstage watching the performance.
"We've been planning this for a long time, and you didn't know about this, so hopefully you’re going to be surprised in a very good way," Mariah said before leaving the stage to the couple for their special moment.
The audience went wild as the dancer's beau dropped to his knees, held out a ring and said, "Would you do me the honor?"
Mariah later posted video of the proposal, along with the caption, "He said yes!!!"
Saturday was the singer's last Vegas show of July. She returns for more dates in September.
"That's a wrap on the July shows of THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS!" Mariah tweeted Monday. "Thank you so much to everyone who made it such a great experience - my team, all the crew at @CaesarsPalace and of course the incomparable #lambs! Can't wait to see you again in September!!"
Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift experienced a production malfunction during her concert in Philadelphia this weekend, but she handled it like a pro.
During her song “Delicate,” the singer got stuck mid-air in a glittery contraption that was supposed to fly her across the stadium. Halfway into the song, she realized there was a problem. In a video obtained by TMZ, she's heard telling the crowd, “I’m pretty sure I’m stuck up here. It’s a nice view, though.”
She finished the song and then further explained, "So what you just saw was me going like straight up and down in this sparkly basket. It's supposed to take me to the other side of the stadium. So what happens now is basically I'm just chilling waiting to figure out what happens next."
While waiting for someone to get her down, she chatted with the audience and led them in an a cappella sing-along of her songs “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams.”
Taylor was eventually rescued and the show went on without a hitch.
Kevin MazurBilly Joel is gearing up to play his 100th show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, and he’s still packing in the crowds. The musician tells Parade why he thinks he’s been so successful at the venue.
“I think that’s luck,” he says. “I’m from New York. Madison Square Garden’s my hometown venue. It was natural for them to pick me to play there. We sell [seats] in the round every night. A lot of acts don’t play the back [of the arena], just the front. We play it all.”
Not to mention the fact that fans connect to him on a human level.
“I’m an unlikely candidate for a rock star,” he says. “I don’t look like a rock star. I’m like the eternal underdog.”
He adds, “In my songs’ lyrics, there’s a lot of acknowledgment that I’m a screw-up, you know -- I’m human. I’m as lost as you are. Like you, I’m just trying to find my way. I guess people like that.”
Not only is Wednesday night’s show his 100th performance at MSG overall, it’s his 54th consecutive show at the venue as part of his long-running residency there. He’s been playing one show a month at MSG since his residency began in January 2014.
ABC/Paula LoboIf you saw the Backstreet Boys perform for Good Morning America’s summer concert series Friday, it’s clear crowds are loving their latest single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
The group says they’ve been “overwhelmed” by the fans’ positive reaction to the song, even though they had an inkling it would be a hit right from the start.
“We had a gut feeling that this was the best song we’ve had in a long time, but you never know when you put it out,” Nick Carter tells ABC Radio. “And then it just started climbing the charts…and you get those treats every now and then of those people who are just fans of the song and the music and that’s rewarding.”
As for their new album, the Boys are targeting an October release date. It’ll be their first full-length release since 2013.
“It’s our 25th anniversary, we have some heat on this song and we wanna follow it up with great music on an album,” Nick says.
He continues, “[Not] everyone buys albums anymore but people still appreciate that from certain artists and we’re one of those artists, I think. So we just want to match sure we have a body of work that is comparable to past music, but even better.”
BSB will be adding “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” to the set-list of their Larger Than Life residency, when the show returns to Las Vegas on July 25.
ABC/Randy HolmesAdam Levine is bringing a sweet new series to YouTube Premium.
Billboard reports the show, called Sugar, will feature an element of surprise inspired by the Maroon 5 music video for their song of the same name. In the clip, the band crashed a bunch of weddings in L.A.
The 8-episode series, debuting on August 15, will feature a different artist each week, surprising fans who are doing charitable work in their communities. The artists participating include Adam’s The Voice co-stars Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, as well as Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth, and more.
“I'm really excited to show this interesting show/experiment filled with many different experiences and emotions; based on the concept behind our video for ‘Sugar,’” Adam says in a statement to Billboard. “I'm extremely grateful and equally excited for all who participated on both sides of the camera.”
Adam is executive producing the show, along with the director of the “Sugar” music video, David Dobkin.
Ruven AfanadorSam Smith paid an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub memorial in Orlando, Florida this week.
He posted a photo of the memorial on Instagram and penned a tribute to the 49 victims of the shooting at the LGBTQ nightclub in June 2016.
“So deeply emotional & heartbreaking,” he wrote. “However, proof that there is more love in this world than hate.”
He continued, “To all the families and friends of the victims, your loved ones will never be forgotten xx If any of you come to Orlando it’s such an important place to go to and pay your respects. Sending my love to all of you.”
Evaan KherajAs Michael Bublé makes his way back into the spotlight following his son’s successful cancer treatment, he’s been speaking out more about what his family went through.
The singer reveals to theLondon Evening Standard the moment he found out his son Noah’s diagnosis. He was just about to go on stage for an appearance on BBC One’s The One Show in London to perform his cover of “God Only Knows.”
“Three minutes before I came on my wife texted and told me something was wrong,” he says.
She texted him an image of a surgical scan that revealed a mass in Noah's liver. Bublé says he went into autopilot and doesn’t even remember the performance he gave on the show.
“The worst part was I was singing a song I had recorded with my kids in mind — ‘God only knows what I’d be without you…’” he says.
Now, he says, four-and-a-half-year-old Noah is “perfect.”
“Clinically speaking, it was a tumor within the liver,” he says. “And the most important thing was to get it out, with clean margins. Because if you do, it goes from being this scary thing to just being tremendous odds.”
He adds, “No one likes talking about percentages but, honestly, [we have] a percentage where we can live our life, and not live in fear every day. We know we’re OK now. But what we went through was f****** brutal.”
Bublé and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, are also parents to two-year-old son Elias, and are currently expecting a baby girl.
Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentAfter a two-week break, Daryl Hall & John Oates resume their tour with Train Friday night in Montreal. If you're planning to check out the tour, you'll see Daryl putting his experience as a club owner to good use. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer owns his own venue -- Daryl's House in Pawling, NY -- and he says that's helped him make this arena tour feel much more intimate.
"I love clubs, I think the clubs are the greatest environment for music because there is no fourth wall," he tells ABC Radio. "You go to my club, the stage and the floor the same thing, just about, and it's designed that way -- I gave it a lot of thought. And [so]...I try to make...the arena be like a big version of that."
So even though Hall & Oates are playing to venues of 20,000 fans or more, Daryl says it doesn't feel that way.
"When you come to a show of mine, you're gonna feel like you're in the show, not that you're just observing the show," he insists. "It's the way I set up the screens, the lights, the way I see the audience -- because I can see the audience. I'm not just blinded by spotlights, looking in the darkness."
"I can actually see people, so I can respond to people, and they can respond to me, and it becomes like a big club," he adds. "I love doing that. I love being able to control a situation that big and make it as intimate as possible."
The show features an opening set from Train, then a longer set from Daryl & John. The duo also bring Train's Pat Monahan back onstage for a few tunes, including their joint single "Philly Forget Me Not."
James Dimmock/NBCThe Emmy nominations came in Thursday, and John Legend earned his first Emmy nod thanks to his work on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Legend is no stranger to awards, but this nomination was especially important as it made him one step closer to achieving EGOT status -- a prestigious club for artists who have won a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar. Legend has the other three on his impressive resume already.
The singer, actor and producer spoke to Good Morning America about the achievement, and said he's "truly excited and grateful" to be nominated, but that he's happier his fellow cast mates also got some attention.
"It's pretty fulfilling to find out our show is nominated so many times, 13 times, and particularly for me as an actor, which is not something I do normally as a day job," he said. "To even be nominated among such a formidable group of actors, that's pretty incredible."
Currently, there are a dozen EGOT winners, including legends like Whoopi Goldberg and Mel Brooks.
"It feels good to be on the brink [of that honor]," he added. "Even if it doesn't happen this year, if we do more on TV, it could happen another time, but this is probably the best shot I'll have for awhile. My fingers are crossed and if it happens, I'm very excited about the possibility."
The Legend household has no shortage of talent. His wife, Chrissy Teigen, hosts the show "Lip Sync Battle," which also earned a nod.
"We got a couple Emmy nominations for our shows in the family and we are excited about all of it," he said. "And we support each other and are just proud of each other."
Virginia Sherwood/NBCJohn Legend and Sara Bareilles are now newly-minted Emmy nominees.
The two scored first-time nods for their roles in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. John is nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Jesus, while Sara is is nominated for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series of Movie for her role as Mary Magdalene.
John is now an "E" away from the rare EGOT. If he wins, he’ll join the small group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert received 13 nominations in total.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Greg Gorman/PRNewsfoto/Elton John AIDS FoundationElton John and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, have announced that they'll be launching a new global coalition focused on improving access to HIV testing and treatment for men.
"Two years ago at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa the Duke of Sussex and I participated in a panel looking at HIV and youth -- the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling," Elton says in a statement.
He continues, "Since then, my Foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centered design research collectively covering six countries. A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men's access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services."
Elton founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 and was close friends with Prince Harry's mom, Princess Diana, who was an advocate for AIDS and HIV causes.
Jiro-SchneiderThanks to a new album’s worth of a cappella material, Pentatonix promises fans an “entirely brand new show” for their summer tour. The North American trek kicks off tonight in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“I’m really excited for this tour because I think for a while we were recycling old songs like back and forth into our set and now that we’ve come out with this album we have an entire new roster of things we can do,” group member Kirstin Maldonado tells ABC Radio.
She adds, “I think people will be excited. It’ll be like an entirely brand new show. I know I’m excited!”
Pentatonix will be performing songs off PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1, which features a collection of the group’s own versions of modern pop songs, including Camila Cabello's "Havana." Kirstin says she can’t wait to see how the crowd responds.
“The energy that a crowd gives you is so amazing and so fun because when the crowd’s having fun it makes us even more excited and it feels like we’re all having fun together,” she says. “It’s like a big party.”
The group has also found its groove with new member Matt Sallee, who officially replaced Avi Kaplan in February. Kirstin says he “fit right in” with the group.
“He’s so charismatic on stage,” she says. “I’m like, ‘I wanna be like that!’”
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna, Celine Dion and Taylor Swift have made the list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, according to Forbes.
Madonna comes in at number 26, making her America’s wealthiest female musician. Forbes puts her estimated net worth at $590 million. Celine ranks at number 46 with an estimated net worth of $430 million. Despite being Canadian by birth, Forbes cites that most of her money has been made within the U.S.
Taylor is number 60 on the list, with an estimated net worth of $320 million primarily from music, touring, and endorsements.
Other female artists on the tally include Barbra Streisand at number 48 and Beyonce at number 53.
Kylie Jennercovers the Forbes issue as the youngest woman on the list. The 20-year-old comes in at number 27, with an estimated worth of $900 million thanks to her mega-successful Kylie Cosmetics makeup line.
So who’s number one? Hint: she's rich, but not famous.
Diane Hendricks, the co-founder and chairman of ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding, and windows in America, topped the list. She’s worth an estimated $4.9 billion.
ABC/Eddy ChenJustin Timberlake just made English soccer fans very happy.
He announced on Instagram that he’ll be broadcasting the England vs. Croatia World Cup match on the big screens of London’s O2 Arena before his concert there tonight. This way, fans won’t have to choose between the two.
“Hey, London, I’ve been doing some thinking,” Justin says in the Instagram video. “We had a crazy show on Monday. Got another one coming up on Wednesday. But there’s also another very important thing happening on Wednesday."
He continues, “So here’s what we’re gonna do. I spoke to the O2 and for the first time ever, doors will open at 6:30 and we’re gonna play this England/Croatia match up on my big screens. So come here, and we’ll watch it together.”
England is one game away from the finals. The country has only won the World Cup once – back in 1966.