20th Century Fox/19 EntertainmentKelly Clarkson has made no bones about the fact that she loathes From Justin to Kelly, the 2003 movie she was forced to make with runner-up Justin Guarini after she won American Idol. And in a new interview, she sounds like she's dead set against her kids seeing it...ever.
Asked if her kids know about the movie, Kelly tells Rolling Stone, "Oh, God, no! It's one of my nanny's favorite movies -- and I'm like, 'I swear to God, I'll fire you.' I was contractually obligated [to make it]. I didn't want to."
"I show them cool stuff like, you know, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter," Kelly adds.
Kelly also addresses the fact that, during her legendary American Idolaudition, she seemed very confident for an unknown.
"Honestly, my place had just burned down in L.A., I had lived in my car for three days, and I literally had made that outfit I was wearing," she laughs, recalling that moment. "I think the only reason I was probably confident is I had nothing to lose!"
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe family of Christina Grimmie has filed a lawsuit against the tour promoter and the venue where she was performing when she was killed by an obsessed fan in 2016.
The suit against AEG Live SE and The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation alleges Christina’s death was caused by the failure of the tour promoter and the owner of The Plaza Live Theater to take adequate security measures to ensure her safety.
The complaint accuses the defendants of only conducting “superficial bag checks” the night of the concert, with no body pat downs or metal detectors.
Christina’s assailant as able to enter the venue with two handguns, two full magazines and a large hunting knife. He killed the singer on June 10, 2016 as she greeted fans and signed autographs following her performance, then later took his own life. Christina, who came in third on season six of The Voice, was 22 years old.
The Grimmie family is suing for unspecified damages.
PRNewsfoto/Epic RightsIt's the moment that 'N SYNC fans have been waiting for. The multi-platinum boy band will be honored April 30 with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and "This I Promise You": They're going to reunite for the ceremony.
'N SYNC's star will be number 2,636 on the legendary Walk, and it'll be located at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard near the corner of LaBrea. That location also includes the stars for the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and New Edition.
“'N SYNC fans have been patiently waiting for their favorite group to set a date and we are announcing the date earlier than usual so they can start making plans to visit Hollywood and see [them]," said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of 'N SYNC's debut single, "I Want You Back."
The star ceremony will take place 11:30 a.m. PDT, but will be streamed live on WalkOfFame.com. There will be a celebrity guest speaker, but that person has not yet been revealed. May we suggest Britney Spears?
Micah DiamondNeil Diamond, who recently announced his retirement from touring, will receive the Johnny Mercer Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards dinner.
At the June 14 ceremony in New York City, Diamond will be presented with the Hall of Fame's highest honor, given to a member of the Hall whose body of work is of such "high quality and impact" that it "upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer."
Mercer, who co-founded Capitol Records, wrote standards such as "That Old Black Magic," "One for My Baby," "Summer Wind," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Satin Doll," and "Moon River," among countless others.
In a statement, Songwriter Hall of Fame President and CEO Linda Moran said, "Neil is the quintessential songwriter, having been on the world radar for decades with anthemic songs that speak to everyone. We are so pleased to be presenting him with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award."
Past recipients of the Johnny Mercer Award include Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Elton John, Van Morrison, Carole King, and Stevie Wonder.
As previously reported, this year's inductees include John Mellencamp, Kool & the Gang, Jermaine Dupri and country star Alan Jackson. Sara Bareilles will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.
ABC/Mark LevineAfter the premiere of American Idol last week, some viewers were in an uproar over the fact that judge Katy Perry kissed contestant Ben Glaze on the lips after he said he'd never been smooched. Now, fellow judge Luke Bryan is defending Katy, saying she's just trying to "make fun TV."
Glaze told several media outlets that Katy's kiss made him uncomfortable because he didn't know her, and he was disappointed that his "first kiss" was the special moment he'd always dreamed it would be.
But when viewers began accusing Katy of harassment, Glaze, who didn't make it through to Hollywood, took to Instagram to say, "I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry...I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it."
While touring in Australia this week, Luke appeared on the Australian talk show The Morning Show and said he was surprised that the whole moment became such a big deal.
"It's unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big," Luke told the interviewer. "I watched an actual interview where Ben, the kid that was involved, he said he was cool with everything. And I gotta back Katy on that, y'know? She's in there working hard and making fun TV."
"You know, we're gonna get it right sometimes and we're gonna get it wrong sometimes," Luke continued. "We're in there critiquing people and I may say something one day that everybody's not gonna like. That's just what you sign up for."
But, Luke points out, "At the end of the day, me and Lionel [Richie] and Katy and Ryan [Seacrest]...our hearts are in the right place."
American Idol continues this Sunday with the final round of auditions.
The singer honored a New York couple’s wedding day last weekend by sending them a surprise bottle of champagne along with a handwritten note.
Taylor somehow found out that the couple, Edward and Margaret McNoble, were planning to play her music at their celebration at The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York Saturday.
“Rumor has it you might be using my song in your wedding celebration which makes me so happy!” Taylor wrote in the note. “Here’s to this amazing day of your continuing love story. Love, Taylor.”
“When we got to the wedding venue, they told us, ‘There [is] a special gift upstairs for you from a very special person,’” the newlyweds tell Us Weekly. “It was awesome. It was such a great day. With all the moving parts, this was a great surprise! To get a bottle of Dom is a very nice gift, and then to see it’s from Taylor Swift is an even better gift!”
The couple kicked off their reception with Taylor's “Welcome to New York” and had their first dance to “Love Story.”
The clip features a younger Kelly at various stages in her life: as a child watching her parents fight, as a teen breaking up with a boyfriend, and as a budding recording artist being told what to do by male executives.
In the end, the ghosts of her former selves join together to form the strong, confident Kelly we know today.
“'I Don’t Think About You’ is the moment you realize something has no power over you anymore” Kelly explains in a statement. “We all have people and/or situations in life that mold us and sometimes those situations can feel like they’re about to break us, but this song is about that morning you wake up and you don’t even think about it anymore.”
Kelly continues, “It holds no power, no weight in your world, and consumes your thoughts no longer. It’s a song about freedom, honestly.”
The empowering ballad is the latest single off Kelly’s eighth studio album, Meaning of Life.
And finally, fans are convinced that not only are two songs coming, but that they know the song titles: "In the Blood" and "Lost in Japan." According to fans, "In the Blood" will come Thursday, followed by "Lost in Japan" on Friday.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed yet, but Shawn is definitely planning something.
ABC/Mark LevineAmerican Idol nearly went to the dogs -- quite literally -- Monday night during another round of auditions, but a few emotional performances really turned things around.
As Lionel Richie said early on in the episode, the judges were looking for “the real note,” not just “the right note.” They wanted chills and goosebumps. Some contestants delivered, and others didn’t.
Here’s a rundown of some who delivered:
Brandon Elder, 22, Arab, AL: Brandon nearly brought the judges to tears with an original song he wrote for his adoptive mother after she passed away from breast cancer. They felt the emotion in his songwriting and voted a unanimous yes.
Dominique Posey, 26, Birmingham, AL: The judges were looking for chills and they got it with Dominique’s soulful rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “Song for You.” They all advised him to quit his job as a legal secretary and sent him off with a golden ticket.
Amalia Watty, 28, Brooklyn, NY: She came to New York from the Caribbean in order to connect with the father she barely knew. While she shared her dad’s passion for music, their reunion didn’t go as planned. Her audition -- singing Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” -- had a happier ending, and she got sent through to Hollywood.
Genavieve Linkowski, 18, Goodrich, MI: Genavieve, the oldest of 10 children, wowed the judges by performing Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up on Us” at the piano. Lionel compared her to a young Celine Dion.
Kenedee Rittenhouse, 19, Checotah, OK: Kenedee scored major points with Katy by wearing a cute dress. She also scored some points from being from Carrie Underwood’s hometown. Her rendition of Carrie’s “I Told You So” didn’t grab the judges right away, but she followed it up with Katy’s “Firework” and they put her through. Lionel and Luke later surprised Katy by giving her the dress Kenedee was wearing as a birthday gift.
Victoria McQueen, 15, East Point, GA: Talk about destiny! Victoria was born on June 11, 2002 – the same day the original American Idol premiered on television. A lot to live up to be, but lucky for her, she can actually sing. Her bubbly personality and powerhouse rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” got her three yeses.
Taryn Coccia, 17, and Peyton Coccia, 20, Nashville, TN: Older sister Peyton was content to play guitar in the background and let Taryn have her singing moment, but the judges got both sisters to audition and they both ended up making it through. Hollywood Week just gained a little sibling rivalry.
Samothias, 20, Wheaton, IL: He caught the judges’ attention with his unique hairdo, then kept it with his rendition of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” Lionel even compared him to Prince.
Cody Martin, 26, Louisville, KY: He came out singing “Happy Birthday” to Katy Perry and the judges put him through right then and there. OK, so it wasn’t exactly goosebumps-inducing, but it was pretty funny.
Marcio Donaldson, 28, Compton, CA: Perhaps the most emotional story of the night belongs to Marcio. As a kid growing up in Compton, he was put into the foster system. When his week-old nephew, Rashad, was about to face the same fate, Marcio took him in and is raising the baby as his own. He brought baby Rashad to his audition and sang “Jealous” by Labrinth. “It’s not technically perfect, but it’s real,” Luke said. Marcio accepted his golden ticket through tears of joy.
And here are some who didn’t quite connect with the judges:
Audriana Bolton, 20, Portland, OR: Audriana attempted “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, but fell short of meeting the judges’ expectations. She also nearly broke their eardrums when she attempted a Mariah Carey-style “whistle tone.”
Britney Holmes, 28, Frisco, TX: As a vocal coach, Britney was technically perfect in her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” But the judges were looking for more than just the right notes and didn’t feel connected to her performance. She was sent packing.
And then there were the dogs:
Here’s why you should never bring a dog on an audition. One unnamed contestant brought her peekapoo with her and let’s just say the dog lived up to its name. Each time the poor girl started to sing, the dog decided to relieve itself on the floor. Needless to say, the girl did not make it through -- but she certainly made a lasting impression.
There were even more dogs to be had as Katy Perry celebrated her birthday on set. Lionel, Luke and Ryan surprised her with a room full of puppies and had her own dog, Nugget, pop out of a giant cake.
The final rounds of auditions continue Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagicTaylor Hicks, the soulful salt-and-pepper-haired crooner who won season five of American Idol, has some advice for this season’s contestants: put down the cell phones.
“Cell phones are not your friend,” he tells ABC Radio. “When I went through Hollywood Week, I watched numerous contestants lose their voice because they talked all night and they talked all day on their cell phones and then when it was time to perform, they couldn't or they didn't have that richness and their voice was not rested.”
Hicks adds, “You have to be careful about mom calling too many times.”
If this season’s hopefuls can't resist using their cell phones, Taylor thinks that time would be better spent building their social media presence on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. In addition to a unique voice and a memorable backstory, Hicks believes a strong social media following will be the key to winning American Idol.
Taylor, a harmonica player, also says playing your own music can’t hurt your chances, but warns hopefuls not to hide behind their instruments. As for his thoughts on judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, he says he loves how interactive and playful they are with the contestants.
“They're down home,” he says. “They can interact, they're not this sort of stoic star that you can't really be tangible with or you can't feel and touch and go up and hug.”
American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Erika Goldring for BudweiserElle King fans are anxiously awaiting new music from the singer, and she gave some lucky folks a taste of it last week during this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
Elle and other artists, including country star Kane Brown, attracted more than 2500 guests to the Budweiser Country Club event at the annual festival. Elle's eight-song set included her hit "Ex's and Oh's," a cover of Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man," and three brand-new songs: "Good Thing Gone," "Baby Outlaw" and "The Compromise."
According to a rep for Elle, it's not known whether or not those three songs will be included on the singer's upcoming album.
Last fall, Elle told ABC Radio that the new album was "cathartic" and "really good," adding, "It's a lot of rock and roll and soul...it's bad a**.
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCDo you "Believe" it? More dates for Cher's current show, Classic Cher, are going on sale this week. The tickets include performances for the show in both Las Vegas and the Washington, D.C., area.
All in all, fifteen additional 2018 dates are going on sale this Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. PT via ParkTheaterLV.com, MGMNationalHarbor.com and Ticketmaster. They include six shows in August in the D.C. suburb of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and nine performances in Vegas.
Classic Cher, designed exclusively for both the D.C. area and Vegas locations, debuted in February of 2017 and features a trip through the iconic entertainer's 50-year career in music, film and TV.
Also going on sale this Friday: tickets for the pre-Broadway run of The Cher Show, the musical based on the star's life. It'll run from June 12 to July 15 in Chicago, and then debut on Broadway this fall.
Here are the dates for the new Classic Cher performances:
August 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 -- Oxon Hill, MD, The Theater at MGM National Harbor October 31 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theater at Monte Carlo November 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theater at Monte Carlo
Doug SondersUnlike his friend Elton John, Rod Stewart has no plans to retire -- and he's not above making fun of Elton for announcing that his upcoming tour will be his last.
Speaking to the Calgary Sun, Rod says when he heard about Elton's "farewell" tour, "I did actually e-mail Elton and said, ‘What? Again dear?’ And I didn’t hear anything back. I think he’s upset with me."
When asked why the two have never toured together after being friends for 50 years, Rod says, "Trust me darling, I’ve tried so many times. He doesn’t want the competition. He’s stationary at the piano and I can still jump about and I don’t think he likes the idea of that. But I have suggested it. It would be so much fun."
As for why 73-year-old Stewart has no plans to retire, he tells the paper, "It doesn’t even cross my mind -- I enjoy myself." But, he adds, "I might cut it back a little bit ‘cause I’ve got eight children. The two youngest are six and near 13...I can’t miss the magic moments of them growing up."
"As for putting the word retirement out -- never!" he insists. "I’ll just fade away into the bushes.”
In the same interview, Rod is asked if he ever met Donald Trump before he became president.
"Yeah. I lived just down the road from him in Palm Beach...and I used to always go to his Christmas Eve celebrations and a lot of his functions," recalls Rod. "And he always treated me extremely well. That’s not the Donald Trump I’m watching on television at the moment."
Following a Canadian tour and his latest run of shows in Las Vegas, Rod will hit the road with Cyndi Lauper for a summer tour starting June 25.
Meghan Trainor isn't just a chart-topping artist: she's also a songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Lopez and country group Rascal Flatts. But she says she'd like her "writing-for-other-artists" side hustle to approach Ed Sheeran proportions.
"Every day I’m trying to [send songs to other artists]. I have a lot of extra songs from this album that are still amazing and still deserve to be heard," she tells the U.K.'s Official Charts Company. "We need to find homes for them. It breaks my heart. We talk about them, horrifically, like babies. ‘You’re killing off another kid.'"
“I hope everyone sings my songs, that’s my dream, to be like Ed Sheeran, you know?" Meghan adds. Ed's songs have been recorded by One Direction, James Blunt, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and many other acts.
"I would die to work with him. He gets it. He gets what radio needs, he gets what everyone wants. That’s something I try to do too," Meghan gushes. "When I heard [Ed's hit] 'Perfect,' at first I thought it was too many words and I couldn’t remember it right away. But after hearing it on the radio over and over, it’s perfectly written, he killed it."
In fact, Meghan jokes that she may have inspired "Perfect" -- in a roundabout way.
"I remember once he came up to me and said something like, ‘Thanks for bringing soulful ballads back to radio,’ because of [my hit] 'Like I’m Gonna Lose You,'" she recalls. "And now I hear his ballad and I’m thinking, 'Did I inspire you, Ed Sheeran?'"
She laughs, "I totally didn’t, at all, but maybe he had 'Perfect' in his pocket and thought to bring it radio."
ABC/Eddy ChenABC's American Idol continued on Sunday night with two more hours of auditions, and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie traveling to New York, Los Angeles and Savannah, Georgia, in search of artists worthy of a coveted Golden Ticket to Hollywood.
The night also featured a moment in which Katy had to address one contestant's love for her reported rival, Taylor Swift. More on that later.
There were a number of "yeses," but here's a look at just some of the standouts:
Crystal Alicea is a 20-year-old with flaming red hair, whose only previous performing experience has been singing karaoke around her hometown of Winter Haven, Florida. She used to get bullied about her weight and resorted to “self-harming” to deal with her anger. She’s since conquered her weight and insecurities, thanks in part to her boyfriend of seven years. Her performance of Sam Smith’s "Lay Me Down" impressed all three judges, including Katy, who declared Alicea had “an ‘it’ factor,” adding, "I think you're a little star...I would totally follow you on Instagram.” Crystal got three "yeses" and a ticket to Hollywood.
Hickory, North Carolina, native Johnny White's mother struggled with drug addiction, and his dad spent nine years in prison. After shuttling between homeless shelters and foster homes, Johnny was finally adopted, but never felt like he belonged. Music became his therapy, and, with the help of his vocal coach, found the confidence to make it to the Idol auditions. His no-holds-barred cover of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” impressed Lionel, who also urged him to tone things down a bit. “You’ve got to make love to us, but you’ve got to have a little foreplay before you do it.” Katy called White “top 10 material.” He got three “yeses” and a trip to Hollywood.
Jonny Brenns, from St. Augustine, Florida, says his parents preferred education over music, but his urge to sing was just too strong. In fact, the six-foot, five-inch 18-year-old kept his Idol audition a secret from them. Jonny’s original tune, called “Blue Jeans,” had the judges mixed. Katy was a “yes,” explaining Brenns was “good looking,” and had a “sweet little sexy thing going on.” Luke was on the fence, until Jonny sang a little of Michael Bublé’s “Home” and added a second “yes.” Richie felt the singer was still a little green and voted “no.” Brenns got to call his parents and tell them he’s going to Hollywood, and have Lionel sing a little bit of his hit “Hello” to her over the phone.
Effie Passero, an assistant property manager living in Modesto, California, and a former opera singer backed herself on the piano as she sang her original song, "Troubled Mind." Effie's powerful voice brought the judges to their feet, with Lionel declaring they now had a “secret weapon in our arsenal.” Luke added that Passero -- who sported a punk haircut and numerous tattoos -- had the “whole thing going on.” Katy agreed, adding the singer had a voice they’d been demanding from all the contestants. All three judges shouted in unison, “You’re going to Hollywood.”
Amelia Hammer Harris, 26, comes from rock & roll royalty: her father, Jack Hammer, wrote such classics as Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” and “Yakety Yak” for The Coasters, though she never actually met him until she was 16. Their relationship was strained, until he started suffering from dementia, at the age of 90, when they became “friends” while she cared for him until his death. Amelia’s soulful take on The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” earned her a trip to Hollywood, though Richie warned that she needed to “find a couple of avenues you didn’t know you had” in order to go deep into the competition.
Maddie Zahm, a 19-yearold from Boise, Idaho, says music was always her passion, but a hormone imbalance caused her to gain 100 pounds and took away her confidence. Maddie, who now teaches music to kids with disabilities, was accompanied on her audition by one of them, a boy with Down Syndrome named Marcus. Maddie says his ability to come out of his shell inspired her to do the same. Marcus sat with judges as she performed “New Rules” by Dua Lipa. Then, in a touching moment, he joined her on Katy’s hit “Firework.” Perry noted Zahm had an “incredible set of pipes” and is “a good woman.” Luke said Maddie seemed “a little timid,” at times, before adding, “You got it.” She earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.
A montage of artists who didn't make the cut provided one of the more awkward moments on Sunday, when Bryan asked a hopeful who had influenced him as an artist. "I'm sorry for this Katy -- Taylor Swift -- I love her," he answered, referring to Perry and Swift's alleged feud. "You don't have to worry," Katy replied. "I love her as a songwriter, as well."
The American Idol auditions continue Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Karwai Tang/WireImageThe rumors that Taylor Swift and her squad member Karlie Kloss had a falling out have been so persistent that even Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrencesaid that she couldn't sleep at night for wondering what had happened between the two. Well, the answer is...nothing.
In an interview with the New York Times to promote Kode With Klossy, the camp she started in 2015 to encourage girls to learn how to write computer code, she says that she and Taylor are still good friends. Not only that, but she says they speak to one another frequently.
"Don’t believe everything you read,” said Karlie.
As previously reported, since the end of August, there have been rumors about the membership of Taylor's squad. August 27, when Taylor released her video for "Look What You Made Me Do," one scene featured her wearing a shirt decorated with the names of her squad members. As People pointed out, fans noticed that Karlie's name was missing.
But in January, Karlie posted a video of herself playing basketball with the caption "Swish Swish," which is also the name of Katy Perry's Taylor diss track. Karlie removed the words when fans freaked out. And in February, Karlie was spotted having dinner with Katy, causing fans to flood Karlie's Instagram with rat emojis.
But Karlie's comments to the New York Times prove that apparently, it is possible for two female stars to be friends without taking sides, or documenting their every move on Instagram.
Norman Jean RoyBon Jovi's new single 'When We Were Us" is the kind of anthemic track that people expect from the band, which is probably why it's just set a new milestone on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart.
According to the publication, "When We Were Us" just debuted at #15 on that chart, marking the highest debut for a non-Christmas song in 17 years.
The last time that happened was when Faith Hill's "There You'll Be," entered the chart at #15 in June of 2001. The last time a non-Christmas song debuted higher than that was all the way back in 1996, when Elton John's "You Can Make History (Young Again)" started at #11.
"When We Were Us" is one of two new songs on the reissue of Bon Jovi's 2016 album This House Is Not For Sale, which debuted at #1 on the album chart a few weeks ago, thanks to a so-called bundling deal that gave a copy download of the album to anyone who purchased tickets to the band's current tour.
On April 14, Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland.
PRNewsfoto/UMeHits by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Sam Smith and Michael Jackson are getting The Temptations treatment.
The legendary Motown group is releasing their first new studio album in eight years, All the Time, which will be out May 4, and the 10-track collection includes covers of songs by Ed, Bruno, John and Sam, as well as Michael Jackson, The Weeknd and R&B star Maxwell.
Among the covers are the 1991 MJ hit "Remember the Time," Sam's smash "Stay with Me," and Ed's Grammy-winning song "Thinking Out Loud." The three original songs are titled "Waitin' on You," "Be My Wife" and "Move Them Britches."
Those pre-ordering the album will receive instant downloads of "Stay with Me" and "Waitin' on You." Both tracks also are available now via streaming services. In addition, you can check out a lyrics video now for "Waitin' on You" at the group's official VEVO YouTube channel.
The digital version of All the Time features two bonus tracks, and alternate mixes of "Stay with Me" and "Move Them Britches." A white vinyl, limited-edition of the album also will be available, and can be pre-ordered at The Temptations' online store.
The Temptations continue to be led by founding member Otis Williams. Reflecting on his career and the group's new album, the 76-year-old singer says, "I'm so proud of what The Temptations have achieved, and I'm grateful for every opportunity we've been so fortunate to receive. The music carries me. Together, we lift our voices with love and wonder. We had a great time recording All the Time and we hope everyone enjoys it."
Here's the full track list of All the Time:
"Stay with Me" "Earned It" "Pretty Wings" "Thinking Out Loud" "Waitin' on You" "Remember the Time" "Be My Wife" "Still Feel Like Your Man" "When I Was Your Man" "Move Them Britches"
Bonus Tracks "Stay with Me" (Gospel Mix) "Move Them Britches" (Heathens Mix)
Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleFollowing the news that a bunch of today's top pop and country stars had put their own spins on Elton John's classic hits for two new albums -- Revamp and Restoration -- we've got our first tastes of the projects.
For Revamp, Elton's 1976 #1 duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," has been recorded by pop star Demi Lovato and rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. They infuse the bouncy pop tune with a more soulful, reggae groove.
Meanwhile, Elton's 2001 single "I Want Love" has been recorded by chart-topping, Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton, who turns in a passionate performance.
If the news of these projects has lead you to think, "Wait, didn't Elton do this already?" you're correct. In 1991, Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin celebrated their 25-year partnership with Two Rooms, a tribute album featuring pop and rock stars interpreting their songs. Among those names: The Who, Sinead O'Connor, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Jon Bon Jovi, Wilson Phillips and George Michael.
Elton explains that Revamp/Restoration is very much a sequel to Two Rooms.
"Last year was our 50th anniversary," he says. "And we thought it'd be nice to do the same sort of thing."
And while Bernie took care of rounding up the country stars for Restoration, Elton wrangled the artists for Revamp.
"I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise most of them said yes and we have quite an astonishing, eclectic crew, from The Queens of the Stone Age, from Lady Gaga, to Q-Tip, Demi Lovato, Florence the Machine, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, I mean it's just amazing."
Andy EarlSaturday is St. Patrick's Day and some artists are likely to be finding a pot of gold at the end of the streaming royalties rainbow as a result.
According to YouTube, a certain group of songs -- by Irish artists, natch -- are among the most-listened to each year on St. Paddy's Day. In 2017, for example, the traditional Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar" by Irish folk band The Dubliners experienced a 2290% increase in views on St. Patrick's Day, versus its average daily views.
The other songs that experienced huge increases in the U.S. during last year's St. Patrick's Day, versus its average daily views, include:
The Cranberries - "Dreams" 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Spike: 28%
Of course, it's possible that this year, The Cranberries' catalogue may experience a much bigger spike in views from fans who are still mourning the unexpected death in January of the band's lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan.