Britney felt “sick of being taken advantage of on her payroll.” Her father took 3% of tour revenue and 1.5% from her Vegas residency.
Her security team kept her credit cards locked away.
Jamie Spears refused to take drug tests while Britney was “tested for drugs numerous times weekly.”
Forced to perform in Las Vegas despite a 104-degree fever.
Jamie Spears had final approval of Britney’s friends.
Ed Sheeran knows you gotta have Friends — which explains why he brought in Courteney Cox to help him tease new music.Ed, who’s been hinting about a return for the past couple of months, posted a short Instagram video captioned “25th June” and showing him playing guitar with Cox on piano. The combo isn’t a total shock, since Ed has written songs with her fiance, Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid.Sheeran revealed he will perform at the soccer championship tournament — Euro 2020. Match play begins in one week. He appears in concert on June 25th, which is the night before the elimination rounds. In solidarity with Pride Month, Ed wore a rainbow sweater for the announcement. He will debut new music.
Lady Gaga wants to help Little Monsters kick off Pride Month in style — with a new charity merchandise collection created with designer Donatella Versace.The Mother Monster teased the line on Instagram with a video captioned, “We were all more different, and different is beautiful. Thank you Donatella for supporting LGBTQ+ mental health and the Born This Way tenth anniversary.”If you’re hoping to pick up something from the line, get ready to dig deep into pockets: Unisex shirts go for $250, while a sassy beret costs $350 — with some proceeds from all items going to the Born This Way Foundation.
Pink wants tennis superstar Naomi Osaka to know that she’s got her back.The outspoken singer took to Twitter on Thursday to praise Osaka for walking away from the French Open rather than hold press events that could damage her mental health. Pink wrote, “For whatever it’s worth – I’m proud of Naomi Osaka for putting her mental health, her well being above everything…listen babies, you can work hard to master your craft, but you do it on your own terms, and screw anyone if they don’t get it.”Pink gets candid about her own mental health in the documentary All I Know So Far, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Lady Gaga‘s Chromatica Ball just got bounced again — clear into next year.The stadium tour was initially scheduled for the summer of 2020, but rescheduled until this summer due to the pandemic. But on Wednesday, Gaga issued a statement delaying the Ball yet again, saying, “While some parts of the world are moving quickly to open up, others are not yet ready. So until we can confirm all global dates, we have to postpone the Chromatica Ball shows to the summer of 2022.”As of now, new dates have not been announced, but the North American shows are still expected to take place in Boston, Chicago, Toronto and East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Variety)
Demi Lovato and Olly Alexander of Years and Years will team up to host the YouTube Pride 2021 livestream on June 25th.Billboard reports that the pop royals will join Trixie Mattel, Daniel Howell and Mawaan Rizwan for the six-hour event, which will feature musical performances, challenges and crowd-sourced short films.Though the stream is free, viewers will be asked to donate to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth, as well as AKT, which does the same in the U.K.
Elton John tells Billboard magazine that he’s more interested in being a father than putting out new music. “I don’t think we are in a time where the world needs a new Elton John album. I don’t feel inspired to write or compose anything either. Right now I am a full-time father and I love it. I love being a father.”
Mariah Carey is pushing back against her brother’s lawsuit ignited by her memoir.According to the New York Post, she wants Morgan Carey‘s action tossed out, claiming her book is a “matter of public interest.” Her attorneys argue that the combination of her fame and a desire to encourage young people who have difficult family backgrounds should require more evidence to prove defamation.Morgan Carey’s feathers were clearly ruffled by references that he calls “mere gossip and of prurient interest” — and make him appear violent toward their father. He insists the opposite was true.He adds that The Meaning of Mariah Carey harmed his reputation and caused a potential deal for a film project to fall through.Morgan isn’t the only Carey angry with Mariah’s book. Their sister Alison filed suit back in February.
Taylor Swift is reportedly looking to bounce back from her disastrous Cats experience by joining the cast of yet another all-star blockbuster film.According to Showbiz 411, Tay is set to climb aboard a Depression-era period drama that’s tentatively titled Canterbury Glass. The flick, which already stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek and Anya Taylor-Joy, will be directed by David O. Russell — the man behind films like Silver Linings Playbook and I Heart Huckabees.
Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin are finally going to start the family they’ve been planning — with a set of twins!Lance tells People magazine, “We told our friends and family about the ninth week, when we finally felt comfortable. You think you’re going to jinx it or something.” Michael adds “We went through nine different egg donors, which is rare. We picked a donor for some of them. We got all the way down the path of about to retrieve their eggs. Some just wouldn’t produce enough eggs, some weren’t good genetic matches. If you’re going to be a match, you don’t want to even risk it.”The twins — one boy, one girl — are due this fall.
Singer B.J. THOMAS died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 78 years old. B.J. is best known for the song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head“. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1970, because it was featured in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. (It was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.)B.J.’s other hits included “Hooked on a Feeling“, “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song“, and “I Just Can’t Help Believing“. He also did the “Growing Pains” theme song, “As Long as We Got Each Other“.
John Mayer is cooking up a mysterious new project, but he’s not quite ready to reveal the details just yet.On Friday, he teased something called “Sob Rock” and encouraged fans to go to SobRock.net where they can fill out a sign up sheet to learn more.“Sob Rock is coming soon,” the site reads. “We can’t tell you whose album it is yet, but sign up below to learn more as it’s announced.”If you fill out the form, you get a message that says, “Thanks for signing up. Stay tuned for more information on Sob Rock soon!”In the meantime, if you use the Sob Rock hashtag on Twitter, an emoji of John’s face pops up. So start tweeting your best guesses!
Camila Cabello’s singing voice didn’t get her the audition that landed her in Fifth Harmony — her tears sealed the deal.
Simon Cowell remembers Camila’s first day on the X Factor set, where she was thought to be an also-ran. Cowell says she wasn’t even meant to audition. Since the auditions were running on time, Camila was a reserve. Cowell went backstage and saw her lying on the floor crying. He asked what was wrong. She said, “They won’t let me audition.” Cowell then said just go out and audition. She did, and it was amazing.... [Read Full Story]
Vogue magazine published Ariana Grande’s wedding photos. On May 15th, Ari and Dalton Gomez exchanged vows at their home before less than 20 close friends and family.She wore a custom-designed Vera Wang gown. Her lily-white silk charmeuse dress featured a sculpted neckline and plunging back.Ariana paid tribute to her Sweetener era by wearing an upside-down pearl and diamond earring. That combo matches the engagement ring that Dalton gave her.Joan Grande and her father Ed Butera were on either side of Ariana to give her away.Among her 55 tattoos, Ari chose to conceal several on her arms for the special day. (Vogue)
Shania Twain is headed back to Las Vegas for 14 new dates of her Let’s Go! residency show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She’ll hit the stage late in 2021, with six shows taking place in December and eight more the following February.Shania first launched her Vegas residency in December of 2019, and was planning several more shows for 2020 before the COVID-19 shutdowns. Shania is the creative director as well as the star of her show.When she gets back to Sin City, she’ll have a lot of company: Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood have all announced new residencies, while Gwen Stefani is returning this fall for her own show at Zappos, Just a Girl.Tickets for Shania’s newly announced dates go on sale to the general public June 1 at 10AM PT.
Lady Gaga celebrated the 10th anniversary of “Born This Way” by unlocking a huge honor — getting the key to the city of West Hollywood, which declared May 23rd to be “Born This Way Day.”West Hollywood mayor Lindsey Horvath presided over the ceremony, calling Gaga “a cultural icon for our generation… The anthem ‘Born This Way’ has become an out-and-proud declarative stance for countless LGBTQ people.”The Mother Monster showed up in person to accept the honor, and told the crowd, “You’ve been the [bleeping] key to my heart for a long time. I’ll honor this and I’ll cherish this, and I promise that I’ll always be here for this day…to celebrate with you. To feel joy with you, to cry with you, to laugh with you. Because you know what we are? We’re poets and we’re just talking to each other.” (WeHo Times)
Gwen Stefani is all in on Las Vegas — and she’s returning to resume her long-delayed residency on the Strip.The blonde bombshell was forced to abandon her “Just a Girl” show early last year due to the pandemic. She’ll pick up where she left off, at the Zappos Theater, for a string of dates running from October 22nd through November 9th.Gwen initially started her hugely-popular residency back in 2018. At the time, she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal “The staircase, the old-style props where everything has glitter, the feathers and showgirls, is definitely me trying to be everything I love about Vegas and putting a modern song to it.”
Taylor Swift is only 31, but she’s already an “Icon” when it comes to songwriting.Taylor will receive the Songwriter Icon Award at the virtual annual meeting of the National Music Publisher’s Association on June 9. The organization notes that “no one is more influential when it comes to writing music today.”In the last year alone, Taylor became the first woman ever to release three new number-one albums. They include the lockdown releases folklore and evermore, as well as Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the first of six planned re-recordings of her back catalog.
Making up, at least partially, for his Grammy Awards snub earlier this year, The Weeknd was the big winner at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in L.A. with 10 trophies.The singer should be able to console himself with the fact that the Billboards are based on hard numbers and not voters’ whims, and that he walked away with such honors as Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top R-&-B Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist and Top Hot 100 Song, Top R-&-B Song and Top Radio Song for “Blinding Lights.”Other multiple winners included Coast artists Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.But the show was really about the performances — over a dozen of them — including hits medleys from Icon Award winner Pink, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Jonas Brothers, featuring Marshmello.A number of artists brought family members with them, including Pink, who performed “Cover Me in Sunshine” in the air with her nine-year-old daughter, Willow. Former First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Alicia Keys’s special performance. And Jon Bon Jovi presented Pink with her Icon Award. The show aired live on NBC last night, hosted by Nick Jonas.
Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles top the Times of London‘s annual list of “wealthiest young musicians” in the U.K. and Ireland.Ed, who’ll age out of the 30-and-under list next year, ran away with the title thanks to a fortune of $311 million. It’s a long way back to Harry, who’s “only” worth $106 million. Harry’s former One Direction mates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne landed at fourth, fifth and sixth, with Little Mix breaking up a clean sweep with their third-place finish.Though those numbers are pretty good, they don’t compare to the older generation on the overall list — topped by Paul McCartney, who’s worth a cool $1.1 billion dollars. Yes, with a B.
A Cher biopic is in the works. The Oscar winner announced the news herself via tweet. The movie will be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth, who wrote ‘Forrest Gump’ and the version of ‘A Star Is Born’ starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. No word yet on who’ll play Cher. The legendary star celebrated her 75th (yes, 75th!) birthday yesterday.
Before pop princess Ariana Grande and new husband Dalton Gomez signed their marriage license last weekend, her lawyers forced him to sign an “iron-clad pre-nup.”Ari’s net worth exceeds $150 million. Her legal team demanded a pre-nuptial agreement to protect her money and properties. Her mother and brother were instrumental in convincing Ari into a pre-nup. A source said (quote) “They both love and trust Dalton, but even so they would be stupid to not want Ari to get a prenup.”The lawyers spent months crafting the agreement. Dalton proposed in December. (Radar Online)
If you’re one of those people who’ll watch ANY documentary about the music business, you’re about to be tested. Because someone made a documentary about NORWEGIAN SYNTH-POP SUPERSTARS A-HA. Yes, A-ha, the ’80s band responsible for the one-hit wonder, “Take On Me.”The A-ha The Movie will chart their rise to superstardom on the back of that one song. But there might be an interesting story to tell beyond that, because apparently all three original members are still together, despite the fact that they reportedly hate each other. Sources say they all arrive separately to their gigs and they DON’T hang out backstage. They’re basically only together onstage to perform, and that’s it. Should be an interesting watch…
Pink loved recording “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya, and she admits winning a Grammy for it wasn’t too shabby. But she does have one regret about the whole thing.She tells Variety “I was not happy about my outfit. I did not want to be in booty shorts, but I got into it. Cameras started rolling and I started feeling myself. Now I look at it and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, that body. Why didn’t I appreciate it?’”Pink’s new All I Know So Far premieres on Amazon Prime this Friday.
The wait is over for Jonas Brothers fans who’ve been waiting for the boys to get the band back together — because they’re about to hit the road.Nick, Joe and Kevin will head out this summer for the Remember This tour, which will kick off in Las Vegas on August 20th and wrap up at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27th. Kelsea Ballerini will open all the dates.And, yes, there’s a bit of new music in the mix, too. The JoBros will premiere the song “Remember This” on the first night of the U.S. Track & Field Trials on June 18th — and will perform the song live for the first time during NBC Universal’s coverage of the Olympic Games this summer.
And by the way, Nick Jonas is feeling fine after a bike accident over the weekend. While on the set of a show, he tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ that something got caught and he took a tumble. He suffered a fractured rib but he’s continuing along. He was back on ‘The Voice’ on Monday as scheduled. And this weekend, he’s set to host the Billboard Awards on NBC.The singer also says he’ll perform this weekend at the awards with his brothers.
Adam Levine is returning to The Voice — for one night only.Billboard reports that Adam will bring Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion to the show’s stage on May 25th for a performance of “Beautiful Mistakes.” It will be his first appearance on The Voice since he left his coach’s chair in 2019 after a 16-season run.Adam picked up his joking feud with Voice mainstay Blake Shelton right where they left off, telling Billboard, “It’s good to be back on The Voice and see Carson, Kelly, Nick, and John” — making sure to leave Blake off the list.
Pink turned the celebration for the release of her new documentary into a celebration of frontline healthcare workers — by treating that group to a performance and a first look at the flick.The singer welcomed 4,000 workers to the 17,000 capacity Hollywood Bowl for a screening of All I Know So Far, topped off with a four-song acoustic performance. Pink, who had a life-threatening case of COVID last year, explained her connection to the healthcare community, saying, “My mom was an ER nurse all of her life, and my stepmom was an Army Vietnam nurse, so I grew up in hospitals. If you put me in a hospital gown, I’ll sleep for four days.”She went on to say, “I am so glad that we get to celebrate you all finally. We couldn’t get through any of this without you. You are tireless and dedicated and brave and we just love you love you. It means a lot to me to be here and sing for you all.”
Overnight, Demi Lovato tweeted a personal change of their pronouns to they/them. Demi Instagrammed a video announcement, too.They tweeted in a thread (quote) “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all — I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.”Demi added (quote) “This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning and coming into myself. I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.”They concluded (quote) “I’m doing this for those that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way xox.”
Lady Gaga‘s dog walker is back at work.Ryan Fischer, who was shot and nearly killed in that scary dognapping incident earlier this year, stopped by her home Friday afternoon in L.A., according to TMZ. The gossip blog says he was “bearing gifts and looking pretty healthy in the wake of his lengthy hospital stay.”Ryan is reportedly back to walking Gaga’s French bulldogs, but now he’s doing it in the daytime.The last time he went for a nighttime stroll with the pooches he was shot and two of the dogs were taken.Three of the alleged dognapper have been charged with attempted murder and robbery.Ryan was hospitalized for several weeks and had part of a lung removed.
Pop Princess Ariana Grande is now a married woman.She and real estate agent Dalton Gomez got hitched over the weekend in a surprise intimate ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. TMZ first broke the news, and People magazine has confirmed it with Ari’s rep. Just 20 people attended the nuptials.The two have been together for a bit more than a year. They got engaged in December.
Coldplay are showing their support for May 27th’s Red Nose Day USA by livestreaming a concert on TikTok.The May 24th show will come just two days after the band’s scheduled to headline the global Glastonbury Festival stream. Red Nose Day is a global effort to help end child poverty.
Pink, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were constantly battling for chart position 20 years ago — but Pink says she never saw it as a competition.She tells People magazine, “It was so unfair to all the girls. None of us wanted that. I think we navigated through it as good as a 20-year-old girl can. Now I think it’s totally different. Girls supporting girls is rad — I love to watch it.”Pink recalls the worst part was being marketed as “the anti-Britney” and laughs off the comparison. “I love Britney — she used to carry around my album. I was like, ‘Dude, I’m a street punk, I just skateboard. That doesn’t have to be the anti-Britney. I don’t want to fight anybody.'”Pink’s new documentary, All I Know So Far, premieres on Amazon Prime on May 21st.
Ally Brooke is getting real about her time in Fifth Harmony. The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ alum shocked fans by saying her time in the pop supergroup was toxic and abusive. On ‘The Ally Brooke Show’ podcast, she revealed that Normani, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, and herself were very competitive and fought to sing the good parts of a song. Ally went on to say that she didn’t enjoy being in the group because of the mental and verbal abuse she endured. She says, “My time in Fifth Harmony, I didn’t…enjoy it. It was hard because there was so much going on, so much behind the scenes, so much toxicity, so much abuse…of power. So much mental abuse; verbal abuse.”
Janet Jackson still hasn’t talked about Justin Timberlake‘s apology for that wardrobe malfunction, but three of her brothers just accepted it and said it’s time to move on.Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson stopped by SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy” on Wednesday and talked about Justin’s involvement their sister’s most infamous moment. Marlon kicked off the love-fest by saying “You know, it takes a man to step up and do that, so we do thank him for doing that. We thank you, Justin, for what you did.”Jackie chimed in by adding he appreciated Timberlake speaking out “because it kind of hurt Janet in the past. So for him to step up and say that, it means a whole lot.” (New York Post)
Amazon Prime Video released a pair of screen shots from the live-action Cinderella starring Camila Cabello.The modern telling of the classic fairytale will be released to streaming in September. However, despite production concluding more than six months ago, the studio has yet to release a teaser trailer. Typically, that’s a troubling sign.The chief at Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, said on Thursday, (quote) “The filmmaking team has taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to this reimagination of this classic story.”Cinderella co-stars include Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, Missy Elliott, James Corden, John Mulaney and Nicholas Galitzine as the prince. (Deadline)
Get ready to welcome back your ‘Friends’! The long awaited reunion of the classic NBC comedy is coming May 27th on HBO Max. The list of guest stars is massive with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Reese Witherspoon – just to name a few – joining the gang. The reunion was originally set for last year, but had to be postponed due to the COVID pandemic. The new teaser trailer shows the cast walking together with a stripped-down version of their theme song.
The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Carole King, the Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren are among its 20-21 inductees. Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first record. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, October 30. It’ll air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.
Katy Perry is among four acts to confirm a Las Vegas residency. The newest casino on the strip, Resorts World, opens next month and christens its 5000-seat venue in the fall.Among her eight nights performing in Vegas, Katy will ring in the New Year 2022. After “Waking Up In Vegas,” she will do it all again on New Year’s Day.Another American Idol judge, Luke Bryan, will play at Resorts World. As will Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood. Céline Dion returns for a third residency in Vegas. She debuts the Resorts World theater this November. Her first night will be a COVID-19 relief benefit.Tickets go on sale for all dates starting May 24th, which is one day after the American Idol grand finale. (Billboard)
Miley Cyrus marked a wistful Throwback Tuesday with a post looking back at the fourth anniversary of her hit “Malibu”– and some of her life changes since.She tweeted out a short video of her isolated vocals from the song with a short message reading “Today is the 4 year anniversary of ‘Malibu.’ A song about a place and person that at the time I loved very much” — a reference to her then-husband Liam Hemsworth.Miley lost Liam in a divorce, and lost her home in Malibu to the wildfires that ravaged the area in 2018.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will reveal its Class of 2021 Wednesday at 8:05 a.m. ET.Sixteen acts were nominated, and, on average, five to seven are inducted.To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.Here are this year’s nominees and how they fared in the online Fan Vote, which received a total of 4,860,391 votes:
- Tina Turner – 590,936
- Fela Kuti – 555,705
- The Go-Go’s – 433,072
- Iron Maiden – 414,419
- Foo Fighters – 392,406
- Carole King – 386,697
- Todd Rundgren – 291,717
- Devo – 272,765
- Dionne Warwick – 250,500
- Chaka Khan – 234,600
- Kate Bush – 224,731
- Rage Against the Machine – 224,478
- New York Dolls – 174,228
- Mary J. Blige – 155,581
- LL Cool J – 140,728
- JAY-Z – 117,828The Fan Vote comprises a fans’ ballot that is tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2021 inductees.Three of this year’s nominees are already enshrined in the Hall:
- Carole King – inducted in 1990 along with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin in the non-performer category for songwriting. This is her second nomination as a performer.
- Tina Turner – inducted in 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner. This is her second nomination as a solo artist.
- Foo Fighters founder, singer and guitarist Dave Grohl – inducted in 2014 as a member of Nirvana. This was the Foos’ first nomination.The 2021 induction ceremony will be held on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.
Adele has lost her father, from whom she’d been estranged for years.The British tabloid The Sun has reported that Mark Evans died today at age 57. He had been suffering from cancer.Evans, who admittedly had major problems with alcoholism, left Adele’s mother when she was three and went back to his native Wales. Their relationship never recovered from it.Evans had reportedly made a number of attempts to patch things up since Adele’s career took off, but things seem to get worse after he did interviews claiming that they’d gotten together for a drink, and later that they’d patched up what he called their “misunderstanding.” Adele had seemed less hostile towards him earlier in career, but at the Grammys in 2017 she spoke of loving her manager like he was her dad and added, “I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”
Kelly Clarkson may not have Steven Tyler‘s moves down pat, but she captured his spirit in her latest Kelly-Oke outing — a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady”).This isn’t Kel’s first Aerosmith rodeo. She’s previously performed renditions of “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, “Dream On” and “Cryin’.” You can catch the videos on the Kelly Clarkson Show’s YouTube channel.
The folks behind the annual AP tests just checked millions of high school students on their knowledge of Taylor Swift — and it had nothing to do with her music.Tay actually made it into this year’s U.S. Government exam in an essay question that addressed her getting involved in races in her native Tennessee, then in the 2020 presidential election. TMZ says the question had something to do with analyzing how voter registration laws affect civic participation.The College Board didn’t release the text of the question, but someone was able to take a snapshot of it and tweeted it out.