Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicMichael Buble's new album Love came out on Friday and that same day, he was honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Michael was saluted by Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley's widow, who called him a "star" and praised his compassion and his sense of humor. Michael's producer David Foster said that the singer "knows no boundaries, and hits at the heart of every generation," adding, "There is no one like him on this planet -- at least, no one living."
Foster also praised Michael as "decent, kind, grateful, soulful, charitable," and said he was "an amazing father and husband."
After all that praise, Michael took the podium, made a few jokes, but spoke from the heart, telling the crowd that the honor was "truly about all you beautiful people, because I'd never be standing here without everyone."
"The longer I live, the more i realize that love isn't free. Love has a great cost. The more you love, the more you hurt, the greater chance at suffering and pain," Michael said, obviously referencing the emotional distress his family went through while his son Noah battled cancer.
"And when I woke up this morning, I thought about that," he continued. "Because I thought that, for all of you people -- all of those people that have loved me and supported me through the good times and the bad -- I would risk that love a million times over for all of you. So thank you so much for this great honor today."
Courtesy Waffle House Tunie AwardsSales and chart positions are one way to measure a song's popularity, but if you want to know just how deeply a song has penetrated the country's consciousness, look no further than Waffle House.
Last night at the first Waffle House Tunie Awards, the list of the most popular songs played over the past 12 months on Waffle House TouchTunes Jukeboxes was revealed. Among the top 10 most popular songs: Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!," Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes."
Also at the Tunie Awards, Michael Jackson was named most-played artist of 2018 on the Waffle House jukeboxes. Other winners included Beyonce, country star Chris Stapleton, rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and Imagine Dragons.
Epic Records/Black MagneticA Great Big World have unwrapped a brand-new original holiday song.
The horn-laden "Wrap Me Up Under the Christmas Tree" is out now, and finds the duo's Chad King singing about preparing a special present for his loved one.
"Baby, this Christmas I can't afford too many things/I don't have a dollar, fancy shoes or diamond rings," he sings. "But who needs a shopping spree/The best things in life are free/Just wrap me up under the Christmas tree."
A video for the track will be released soon. The duo will release their self-titled third album in early 2019.
Sony Music Masterworks She debuted it last month at the American Music Awards, but now Jennifer Lopez has released her new single.
"Limitless," written by Sia, is from the soundtrack of J-Lo's new movie Second Act, in which she plays Maya, a 40-year-old woman stuck in a low-paying job. When a private finance firm is fooled into thinking she's a high-powered consultant, it hires her to handle a major business deal and she finally gets a chance to shine.
The song is an empowering anthem, as J-Lo sings, "I told myself I had to be a different someone/In order to win at a war I had already won/Yeah, I'd given up on the saying 'I'll never give up'/But look at me now/Yeah, look at me, I'm limitless."
Second Act also stars J-Lo's real life BFF Leah Remini, as well as Vanessa Hudgens and Milo Ventimiglia. It arrives in theaters December 21.
NBCThe guest list for John Legend's holiday special A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy continues to grow.
E! Online reports that Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all appear on the special, because they'll be working with John on season 16 of The Voice in the spring of 2019. In addition, Kim Kardashian West and her mom Kris Jenner will drop by, as well comedian/actress Awkwafina from Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8.
As previously reported, Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, the Queer Eye Fab Five, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch and Zach Galifianakis will also be joining John and his wife Chrissy Teigen on the special.
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy airs Wednesday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, with a repeat scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Carter SmithKelly Clarkson loves musical theater and musicals, and she's thrilled to be included on the new album The Greatest Showman Reimagined, which features pop stars singing new versions of songs from the hit Hugh Jackman movie. While she's never been in a musical herself -- no, From Justin to Kelly doesn't count -- she may be involved in one behind the scenes.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kelly says, "I would really love to do something on Broadway one day. And honestly, I’m [exploring] the idea of doing a kids thing right now that might involve me a tiny bit."
She explains, "I’m a mom and I always go to Broadway, and yeah, there’s Frozen, which is amazing, and there are a few things that are for kids, but there aren’t really new originals, like Annie...original things that make kids totally inspired and make you want to be a part of it."
"So a couple of my friends and I are talking and I’m kind of working on something — but more behind the scenes — that might have a small part for me," she finishes.
As for her doing Broadway, Kelly complains, "I don’t have the time! Like, we’re shooting a couple seasons of The Voice, and then I’m doing a talk show, and then we’re going on tour, so there’s just never time to do it."
That's why Kelly may have to settle for doing something onscreen.
"I love the idea of doing a movie musical because I also grew up on all the Barbra [Streisand] ones and the Bette [Midler] ones and all those," she tells EW.
As for The Greatest Showman, Kelly's a huge fan. She tells EW, "It’s very rare to have a movie musical that’s not cheesy but is, like, so moving and inspiring and just cool."
Travis SchneiderWhile most people assume that Maroon 5 is performing at the Super Bowl next year, it hasn't been officially confirmed. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Ellen tried to get her pal Adam Levine to admit that he and the band have the gig -- and by refusing to confirm it, Adam pretty much did confirm it.
"It's a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It's definitely a rumor and the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing," Adam told Ellen after she asked him about it.
"It's a great event and there's gonna be a band performing, or an artist of some kind of performing at half-time," Adam said, as the audience laughed. "Regardless of who it is."
When asked how he thinks whoever is playing the Super Bowl must feel about the gig, Adam got a huge laugh when he said, "Whoever is lucky enough to get that gig probably is gonna crush it."
"Whoever does it is probably equal parts nervous and excited," he added, but noted, "This is all speculative because I don't know who I'm talking about!"
"If it were me, I'd be nervous, it's like a billion gajillion people," he continued. "So if I were doing it -- which I can't confirm or deny I am -- I would be excited...I just can't wait to watch."
Despite the unconfirmed nature of the rumor, there's currently a petition calling for Maroon 5 to withdraw from the Super Bowl in solidarity with those athletes who've taken a knee rather than standing for the national anthem. More than 43,000 people have signed it.
Evaan KherajToday, Michael Bublé is probably "Feeling Good": He's receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and you can watch the ceremony live online.
Michael will receive the 2,650th star on the Walk of the Fame, and it'll be located at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the W Hollywood Hotel. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. PST/2:30 p.m. EST, and you can watch it at WalkofFame.com.
On hand to salute Michael at the ceremony will be the C.O.O. of his record company, as well as his producer David Foster, and Elvis Presley's widow, Priscilla Presley.
Why Priscilla? Well, three years ago, Michael released a "duet" with Elvis, which combined their vocals for a version of the 1956 standard "Fever." At the time, Michael called the duet "the highlight of my career," and Priscilla told Entertainment Online, “My God, Elvis would have loved his voice and his material."
Friday is a big day for Michael: In addition to getting a star, he's also releasing his new album Love. It marks his return to music following a self-imposed hiatus to care for his son Noah, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016.
ABC/Adam RoseJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are selling their New York City penthouse for a lot less than they bargained for.
According to New York Post’s Page Six, the apartment, in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood, is in contract to be sold for $6.35 million, down from the original just-under-$8-million asking price earlier this year.
The penthouse features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a massive living room and a wraparound terrace.
Justin and Jessica currently live in a Tribeca apartment in a star-studded building that also counts Meg Ryan and recent renters The Weeknd and Bella Hadid as residents.
Meanwhile, Justin’s bruised vocal cords have forced him to cancel even more shows on his Man of the Woods tour. His concert in Portland, Oregon tonight, as well as his November 18 and 20 shows in Sacramento and Anaheim, have been pushed back to February.
John Legend, Diana Ross, Pentatonix and Tony Bennett, as well as country stars Brett Eldredge, Kellie Pickler and Martina McBride, will all perform on the special, which airs Wednesday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. More acts will be announced soon.
Howie Mandel will also make a special appearance on the two-hour special, which will be co-hosted by NBC's Today show anchors and feature the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Wallkill, New York.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was first erected in 1931, but NBC televised it for the first time in 1951. This 86th annual tree lighting will feature more than 50,000 multi-colored lights, and a 900-pound 3-D star covered in three million Swarovski crystals.
In other NBC holiday special news, Entertainment Tonight reports that John Legend's A Legendary Christmas With John and Chrissy -- which airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT right after the tree-lighting special -- will feature Meghan Trainor, Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq and the Fab Five from Queer Eye.
John's special will repeat December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Courtesy Amazon MusicIt's not even Thanksgiving yet but Katy Perry is already celebrating the holiday season with a new yuletide tune, "Cozy Little Christmas."
The song is available to stream or download exclusively through Amazon Music -- you can also say, "Alexa, play Katy Perry’s new holiday song.” According to Amazon, "Cozy Little Christmas," co-written by Katy, was inspired by a holiday season spent with family in Copenhagen, Denmark, though the lyrics are more romantic than family-friendly.
"Our love is something priceless/I don't need diamonds, no sparkly things/'Cause you can't buy this feeling," Katy sings. "Nothing lights my fire or wraps me up, baby, like you do/Just want a cozy, a cozy little Christmas here with you."
At one point, Katy also sings, "I don't need anything/Take back all the Cartier, and the Tiffanys and the Chanel" -- and then adds, "Well, can I keep that Chanel? Please?"
Image Group LA/ABCJustin Bieber has no plans to return to music just yet.
Sources tell People the singer has scaled back on work in order to spend more time with his new wife, Hailey Baldwin, and figure out what he wants to do next.
“He’s happy and content,” the source says. “He is in love with Hailey. She encourages him to do whatever he wants to do, and is encouraging him in this season of self-discovery.”
The insider adds that Justin isn’t too keen on people bugging him to get back into the studio or go on tour. Despite his last album being called Purpose, Justin is still searching for his.
“He’s thinking, ‘Hey, maybe it’s not music. Maybe there are other things I should be doing,” the source says. “So while he’s figuring it out, the last thing he needs is people asking him when he’s going back into the studio.”
Justin is apparently looking to make a positive contribution to the world.
“He truly wants to make the world a better place, and he’s self-aware enough to know that some of his previous choices may not have accomplished that,” the source says. “So he’s working through it, which really should be applauded. It’s a very mature thing to do.”
Gavin BondCyndi Lauper will be honored with Billboard's Icon Award at the publication's annual Women in Music Event, taking place December 6 in New York City.
"The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper’s pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true Icon,” said Billboard Editorial Director Jason Lipshutz in a statement.
A Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning star, Cyndi has scored eight top-10 hits in her career, appeared in movies and on TV, and has written a hit Broadway musical. A noted humanitarian, she established the True Colors Fund ten years ago, which works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
Cyndi's spent much of this year on tour with Rod Stewart. She's also working on a new musical based on the hit movie Working Girl.
Also being honored at the Women in Music event are pop superstar and Billboard's Woman of the Year Ariana Grande, as well as R&B singer and actress Janelle Monáe, who will receive the Trailblazer Award.
The 13th annual Women in Music event and red-carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on Twitter, 7pm-10pm EST on December 6. More honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.
Matt Baron/ShutterstockEach year, the British department store chain John Lewis releases a splashy Christmas ad, usually featuring a cover version of a beloved pop hit. The ad is highly anticipated, and its release marks the official kickoff of the U.K. holiday season. This year, none other than Elton John is front and center in the ad, called "The Boy & the Piano."
In the touching video, we see Elton sitting in a living room at an old upright piano, looking wistful. He begins to play his first big hit, "Your Song," and as he does, we're taken on a journey backward through time.
We see Elton performing the song in the present day in Las Vegas, then sitting in a dressing room circa 1990, onstage wearing a pink Mohawk wig in 1986, performing at a stadium in the mid '70s, playing the piano on an airplane in the early '70s, and singing "Your Song" during a British TV appearance in 1971.
After we see Elton recording the song in the studio in January 1970, we jump back even further. Elton's a teenager, playing the piano at a family gathering in the '60s while people dance around him. Then, he's a kid in the '50s, playing the piano at a recital, with his proud mom in the audience. And finally, we see him at the age of about three or four, running into the living room on Christmas morning to greet his mom and grandma, and unwrapping the same upright piano we see him playing in the beginning.
As we cut back to present-day Elton at the piano, he closes the lid, and we see these words: "Some gifts are more than just a gift."
ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga was forced to evacuate her house in Malibu due to the deadly fires in California, but that hasn't stopped her from trying to raise the spirits of other people who've been similarly affected.
On Wednesday, Gaga dropped by a shelter at Pacific Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles to cheer up those who'd been affected by fires.
The L.A. School Police Department tweeted a photo of a dressed-down Gaga posing with an officer, and wrote, "Thank you @ladygaga for visiting the shelter at Pacific Palisades Charter High School and showing support to all those who have been affected by the #WoolseyFire. The LA School Police Department truly appreciates your generosity and #kindness.
On Tuesday, which also was World Kindness Day, Gaga posted photos to her Instagram story of herself wearing a "Malibu" baseball cap and delivering pizza, gift cards and coffee to a Red Cross shelter in the L.A. area.
In other Lady Gaga news, she was referenced several times at last night's Country Music Association Awards. The hosts, country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, sang a song called "A Star Is Bored," inspired by her movie, while country group Lady Antebellum gave a shout-out to Gaga as well.
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentCher's Here We Go Again Tour kicks off January 17 in Estero, Florida. It's the 72-year-old icon's first full U.S. trek in five years, and she says she wants to tour as much as she can -- while she's still able to do it.
In a video promoting the tour, Cher says, "There will be some point where I can't tour, y'know?...And I don't want to think, 'I wish I would have done more, now that I can no longer do it,' because I still enjoy it."
She adds, "I still sing well, and I just want to do it 'til I'm finished."
Even if you've seen Cher before -- maybe on her three-year "Farewell Tour" that turned out not to be -- there will be new things to discover on this trek, including material from her new hit album of ABBA covers, Dancing Queen.
"The show's gonna be a little bit different," she explains. "I'm adding new songs to it, trying some new things and some new technology."
But while many artists from Cher's generation are either retiring from the road or staying put in Vegas, why does the Oscar-winning star want to drag herself all over the U.S. at this point in her career?
"I can't really say why I wanna tour. I've never had a plan," she says with a laughs. "It's like someone said: 'Oh, do you have a five-year plan for your career?' I don't have a five-minute plan for my career!"
She then declares, "My favorite thing is being on stage and I've had great audiences in my life. It's like playing tennis. It's like, if you give off a lot of energy, then they give a lot of energy back."
Courtesy of BillboardSince Shawn Mendes often performs to massive crowds at huge venues around the world, you'd think his biggest fear might be stage fright, or losing his voice, but according to Shawn, what he's most afraid of is being onstage and having to go to the bathroom.
At a panel during Billboard's Live Music Summit, Shawn was asked, "What's the last thing you do before you go onstage?" Shawn replied, "Pee...like, 10 times!"
As the crowd laughed, Shawn explained, "I'm so worried I'm gonna have to pee so bad onstage, so I'm running back and forth before the show...It's actually a really big fear of mine!" He revealed that it actually happened to him once, and he found it so distracting that he swore he'd never let it happen again.
Also during the panel, Shawn revealed that his favorite song to perform is his latest hit, "In My Blood."
"I wrote it...after seeing [the band Kings of Leon] live and being like, 'This is what music is. This is live, drums, people are clapping, it's this big chant, this big anthem,'" he told the audience.
"We do this thing at the end where we get the whole crowd singing the big anthem chant, and...I've decided I'm not gonna [be able to] beat that feeling."
That's just one way that Shawn says he connects with his audiences. As he told the crowd, "Onstage, there's this massive wall, and if you can't break down the wall, nobody's gonna feel that connection."
He added, "So the second you get onstage, you have to smash this wall and it becomes this breathing thing -- it's a live thing that happens. It's special."
Billboard has named Shawn its 2018 Live Music Artist of the Year.
Credit: Edward CookeHozier has released a new song called "Movement." The soulful track is available now for digital download.
"Movement" is accompanied by an emotional video starring Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, who can also be seen in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. You can watch the video now on YouTube.
"I was incredibly proud to work with @sergeipolunin_ on the video for #Movement," Hozier tweeted about the clip. "He's a once in a generation talent and a man of incredible skill and artistry."
"Movement" follows Hozier's recent four-song EP Nina Cried Power, which was released in September. He hasn't released a full-length album since his 2014 self-titled debut, which spawned the huge hit "Take Me to Church."
ABC/Paula LoboAs the Backstreet Boys prepare to hit the road next year on their recently-announce DNA World Tour, they’re also preparing to bring their families along for the ride.
“We have a family room backstage for the family and the wives and the kids to hang out in,” Kevin Richardson tells People. “It used to be the VIP room, stocked with alcohol for our friends and different people that come to see the show, but now it’s the family room.”
Nick Carter jokingly adds, “It’s the VIB room, Very Important Baby. It’ll be daddy daycare.”
Nick has a two-year-old son named Odin, Kevin is dad to 11-year-old Mason and five-year-old Maxwell, Howie Dorough has a nine-year-old son named James and a five-year-old son named Holden, AJ McLean has a six-year-old daughter, Ava, and 20-month-old daughter Lyric, and Brian Littrell has a 16-year-old son, Baylee.
“It’s amazing to be able to have that balance now intertwining them in with us to be able to go do our work but then at the same time take some downtime and enjoy family time,” Howie says.
BSB’s 10th studio album, DNA, comes out January 25 and their tour kicks off May 11 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Ruven AfanadorSam Smith just got an offer to make his London stage debut -- from Gloria Estefan.
Tuesday, Sam posted a video on Instagram which showed him dancing around in a skin-tight black bodysuit, black ruffled tutu and red high heels, as Gloria's hit with Miami Sound Machine, "Conga," played in the background.
Gloria evidently approved of Sam's dance moves, because she reposted the video to her own account.
Estefan, who's in the U.K. to promote the British premiere of the Broadway musical based on her life, captioned the clip, "What an incredible welcome to London! Love you @samsmith do you want to join our @onyourfeetuk cast... we’ll be opening on the West End this summer!!"
The musical On Your Feet! -- which tells the story of Gloria and her husband Emilio's real-life journey to the top of the charts -- ran for more than 500 performances on Broadway, closing in August of 2017.