Day in Pop Report for 04/28/2015
"One year since #problem!!!! what a year it's been," writes Grande on Instagram. "I'll never be able to find the words to fully express my gratitude and appreciation to be able to do what I love and to have the greatest, sweetest, funnniest (but actually the funniest....... ever), kindest, most generous and genuine fans (loves) in the world by my side. y'all are dream babes and I love you. here's to more music and memories (I may or may not be in the studio working on it right now)."
"Problem" reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on many of the charts around the world. The single helped "My Everything" debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 169,000 on its way to selling more than 1 million copies in the States alone. Read more including Ariana's Instagram post here.
Well, for at least one night, the Blowfish are swimming together again, as the group will reunite for an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on April 30.
The group's appearance is part of the conclusion of Letterman's run on CBS, which will wrap-up on May 20. As for whether this means more for Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker is optimistic. Read more here.
According to People, the family thinks the film "is both misleading and contains some basic untruths." "The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy's associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life," the family told People. "Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut."
While it initially received the support of the Winehouse family, the relatives of the GRAMMY-winning singer now wish to "disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film," according to a statement. Among their issues with the film is that it paints Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, as an absent father who was more concerned with her career than helping her with her struggles with addiction.
In an interview with the U.K.'s The Sun on Sunday, Mitch Winehouse, 64, said, "I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted." Read more here.
On Sunday night (April 26), Jay set the record straight on Tidal using the hashtag #TidalFacts, defending his new streaming service against the "smear campaign" he says has hit his business unfairly.
He started by dispelling the rumors that Tidal isn't doing well, tweeting, "my Tidal is doing just fine. We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month. We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better."
"Today's a super important day in the ever evolving world of my first solo album," posted Ruess on Monday. "I've decided to release a flesh eating monster in the form of a song today. The song is called 'AhHa' and I implore you to turn it up really loud.
"Since releasing 'Nothing Without Love' it's been interesting reading speculation on what the album sounds like," Ruess continues. "I wanted to release 'AhHa' next cause I'm pretty sure it keeps you guessing. It's 3 or 4 songs rolled into one, and in my mind, the perfect opening track for the whole album (the same way 'Some Nights' was written as the album opener).
"In fact, I always saw it as "Some Nights'" evil twin when I first started writing it a few years ago. I'd say more- but I'd rather save it for the album and let the song get you ready for it." Check out the new single here.
That's what they got, though, when Justin Bieber appeared out of nowhere. He brought an entourage: the model Hailey Baldwin, her friend Gabby Westbrook and songwriter Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd.
The key to understanding Bieber's appearance at Chatsworth lies in one simple fact: Justin Bieber never went to prom. In 2012 Ellen DeGeneres set up a ceremony for his high school graduation on her show, but he never got the chance to propose to his high school crush and dance with all his classmates.
But Bieber doesn't take no for an answer, so he showed up at Chatsworth, where students went predictably nuts. Read more here.
Due May 18, the project will feature all 18 of the singer's No. 1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart – more than any solo artist in history. The No. 1 chart hits on "#1 To Infinity" range from 1990's "Vision Of Love" and "Love Takes Time" through to 2008's "Touch My Body."
The album arrives in sync with the launch of Carey's Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which opens on May 6. Check out the new lyric video here.
Flowers told Radio.com the track is actually his take on The Police's "Every Breath You Take" where things are much creepy than you may have first thought.
"If you're not listening closely, it just feels like this breezy love song," Flowers says of The Desired Effect track. "But, if you wrote the lyrics down or listened to them a little more intently, it's actually pretty creepy."
On "Lonely Town" Flowers sings the rather harmless line, "When will you come home again?" but suggests that the listener take an extra few seconds to really think about the duality of that line.
"It sounds all nice, 'When will you come home again?,' but it's really scary," he says, laughing. "Someone saying, 'When will you come home again? Did you lock the door when it shut?' You know, those lines can mean a variety of things." Check out the video here.
"That was a scary thing to do for sure," she said. "Honestly, I wish I did it when I was 21 and not 31. Now the plus is that I can wear no makeup because everybody has already seen it."
In the PEOPLE feature, Lambert said the picture depicts what she looks like at home. She says she wears little makeup outside of 'some tinted moisturizer and sunscreen and mascara. And lip gloss! It's kind of an addiction." Read more here.
"Right mothaf—-' now, death to all snitches," he said, as one fan captured on video. "Watch every n—s around you my n—s 'cuz s— is real out here. 2015, new album this summer."
Of course, that statement left more questions than it answered. First and foremost: how exactly will Nas release his album? Will he opt for a surprise release like Beyonce, D'Angelo, Drake and Skrillex, to name a few? Check out the video here.
The Second Coming Tour will start off June 7 in Oakland, Calif., before continuing on a 14-city jaunt that includes Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more.
D'Angelo's Black Messiah, his first album in 15 years, took the world by storm, and for many fans this will be the first oportunity to see it performed live.
D'Angelo's band, The Vanguard, includes several talented musicians who've played with all manner of stars, including bassist Pino Palladino (The Who, Eric Clapton) and vocalist Kendra Foster (member of George Clinton's P-Funk). Check out the dates here.
Booming and larger-than-life, "We Went" is all the swagger and charisma that fans would expect out of a star reaching for new heights. "I wanted to lead with 'We Went' as the first single from the new record because it was so different for me," Houser told Rolling Stone. "Rhythmically and lyrically it's more progressive than what I've ever done."
While Houser hasn't announced his next album, the singer will be playing large venues as part of Luke Bryan's imminent Kick the Dust Up Tour. If this song and last year's top five charting single, "Like a Cowboy," are any indicator, his days of playing as a support act may be numbered.
Check out Randy Houser's "We Went" here.
The couple married at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tenn. According to PEOPLE, 200 guests attended and Harker wore a champagne Vera Wang dress while the country singer wore a custom suit.
"I thought it was so classic, it seemed right," Harker told PEOPLE. "This was one of the only dresses I saw that had that old-world elegance to it. I think it's just really, really beautiful." Read more here.
He just joined TNA Wrestling as a senior producer of creative and talent development, where he'll be developing characters and writing storylines for the television show Impact Wrestling on Destination America.
While the move might seem left field to some, Corgan has actually been trying to break through the wrestling TV world for awhile. "I'm fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience," Corgan said in a statement, "along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive." Read more here.
While some fans might wonder how the show could exist without Michelle Tanner, whom to many was far and away the most noteworthy part of the original, the twins that played the character have been claiming that no one even contacted them with regards for appearing in the new series.
To this, John Stamos, who plays Uncle Jesse on the series, has a simple reply: "b——t." In a tweet, Stamos says, "I call b——t RT @JamShowbiz #JohnStamos apparently forgot to tell the #OlsenTwins about the #FullHouse reunion." Read more here.
Well actually, it's Ted and his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (played by Jessica Barth) who have decided to get pregnant, but after an attempt to solicit a donation from Brady fails, Johnny comes to the rescue by donating his swimmers.
In their fight to prove Ted is a real person, they enlist a pot-smoking lawyer played by Amanda Seyfried. Mila Kunis, who played Wahlberg's love interest in the first film, does not make a return appearance. Watch the trailer here.
As Keef clarifies, there's no real difference between the two: "You can call us either, I won't get mad," he notes. He also takes credit for people now saying "gang" instead of "squad," with the caveat that he still uses "squad" to refer to Fredo Santana's Savage Squad crew.
With semantics cleared up, we're treated to a brand new video for "Sosa Chamberlain." The song, which Keef produced himself, doesn't differ too far from his normal sound: mush-mouthed rhymes over a simple beat that you'll have trouble getting out of your head any time soon.
In the video we see clips of Keef and associates palling around with heavy firearms, chilling out in front of a roaring fireplace in a mansion. These shots are interspersed with clips of the basketball players Keef compares himself to, from Kobe to Chamberlain himself. Watch it here.
All of those hurdles is why a New Jersey parent thought that his ex-wife was parenting questionably when she took their 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert, as NJ.com reports.
Pink, however, has been ruled an exception. After reviewing Pink's videos and songs, Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones dismissed the father's complaint against his ex-wife saying the mother "in no way, shape or form exceeded the boundaries of reasonable parental judgment." Read more here.
"A harmonious melody of devotion was felt on 4/25, as #AnnWilson and #DeanWetter were married in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends," posted the band. "Congratulations to the Newlyweds! Love Rules!!!"
"Dean and I first met in the '80s and went on a date where we both got smashed and I tried to seduce him," said the singer. "Like the gentleman he is, he declined. Years passed, we got back in touch after we had both grown up, and Pow! – It worked! Did it ever!" Read more here.
In a scene echoing the "Battle of New York" in the first installment, Iron Man--er, 'Onion Man'--is leading a flying chocolate-chip cookie through the streets of the city. The cookie is zapping everyone's healthy food as the bad guy (Bon Bon) declares, "Prepare to be dessert-ed!"
Hulk, a.k.a. Dr. Banner (here Dr. Brownie, played by the Cookie Monster) is supposed to "turn green, get big and eat giant chocolate ship." Which sounded like a good plan. Except that he had a hard time focusing.
It turns out, Captain Americauliflower's shield looks a bit like a cookie, and, well, the Cookie Monster is pretty easily distracted. So, yes, hijinks ensued. Did Bon Bon succeed in destroying all of the healthy vegetables? Watch the video to find out here.
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