Credit: Andrew WhittonLorde’s non-stop tour schedule has meant that she really hasn’t had a lot of time to work on the follow-up to her best-selling, award-winning debut, Pure Heroine. But while she says the new disc’s “hardly even started,” she knows what its theme will be.
Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Lorde describes her next album as “skeletal,” in the sense that right now, there isn’t much too it because she hasn’t had the time to devote to it. But lyrically, she says she’s being inspired by the fact that she’s spent most of the last year traveling around the globe.
“The first album was about a really small world that the listener isn’t in, and it felt like a very insular world,” she explains. “Now I’m kind of a child of the world, I’m everywhere all the time…I don’t know. It’s hard for me to explain. It’s about feeling displaced.”
Lorde also says she doesn’t really care about what critics and journalists write and say about her, because unlike her, they’re not 17 years old.
“The criticism I listen to most is what comes from people the same age as me; they’re the only people I care about liking my music,” she tells the U.K. paper The Guardian.
And unlike most teens, Lorde says peer pressure doesn’t sway her at all. “One consistent thing is that if I like something and nobody likes it, I still like it,” she claims. “If I don’t like something and everyone loves it, I still hate it.”
PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmenIf you can’t get tickets to One Direction‘s Where We Are tour, which hits North America next month, don’t worry: you can see it in your local theater if you’re willing to wait a few months.
The group has announced that a movie version of the tour, filmed in Milan, Italy called Where We Are: The Concert Film, will hit theaters worldwide for one weekend: October 11 and 12. It’ll include the full concert, plus a 15-minute interview with the band featuring exclusive backstage tour footage.
If you don’t mind waiting even longer, the film will arrive on DVD in December. Visit 1DConcertFilm.com for full details; tickets go on sale July 28.
One Direction’s 2013 concert movie This Is Us earned more than $67 million worldwide.
Credit: Lindsey ByrnesJoining a lineup that already includes MKTO and Jason Derulo, MAGIC! and Rixton have now been booked to perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing Sunday, August 10 live on Fox.
Meanwhile, Rixton, who’ll kick off a U.S. headline tour July 30 in Boston, are celebrating their first-ever #1 hit in their home country of Great Britain. “Me and My Broken Heart,” which has been a hit for months in the U.S., has now debuted at the top of the British chart.
Rixton frontman Jack Roche told Britain’s Official Charts Company, “Being Number 1 is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives! And it means a lot because it’s in our home country, and that’s something that’s been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It’s a dream.”
The accomplishment is doubly meaningful for Jake, because both his parents are British pop singers, yet the highest his mother, Coleen Nolan, ever placed on the chart was #3, while the highest his dad, Shane Richie, ever got was #2. Jake tells the Official Charts Company that his #1 hit award will be going on his mom’s mantlepiece.
The members of Rixton tell the Official Charts Company that they all plan to get “broken heart” tattoos to commemorate their accomplishment.
Mariah Carey has a surprise in store for one lucky fan.
To celebrate the launch of her Butterfly beverage, the singer has announced a special sweepstakes that will allow one of her Lambs to attend a posh summer party that Mariah’s holding with all of her celebrity friends in New York City.
To enter, purchase a bottle of Butterfly at any Walgreens store nationwide and then register by downloading the free Go N’Syde mobile app. Once the app is installed fans can point it at the Butterfly bottle to open exclusive content and allow fans to enter registration information. The contest will run from July 21 to August 20.
Fans who scan their bottles will so get the first curated video message from Mariah on her Butterfly network.
“My next dream is taking shape and I’m excited to share it through content on my Butterfly beverage, and an amazing party where I can celebrate the summer with fans and friends,” Carey says. ”Butterfly inspires me to connect with fans in new ways and create experiences that seemed impossible a few years ago. I can’t wait to show you my imagination.”
Columbia RecordsThe Script, currently out on the road with OneRepublic, have debuted a brand-new single.
The tune is called “Superheroes,” and it’s from the Irish trio’s upcoming album, No Sound Without Silence, which will be out September 30. In a note on their official website, the band says, “We can’t wait for you guys to hear the new album in full…We hope this album delivers everything you’re hoping for from us and more.”
The Script largely recorded the album on the road. Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue tells the U.K. paper The Daily Star, “We’d come off stage and start recording straight away in a studio bus. Everything’s massive, everything’s larger than life on stage so when we hit the studio we wanted it to have that same impact.”
In a statement, Danny further stated, “This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage, as well as that contemplative space between notes.”
The new disc will be the follow-up to the band’s last album, #3, which produced the hit “Hall of Fame.” “Superheroes,” which is reminiscent of Coldplay, is more straightforward and pop-oriented than “Hall of Fame,” which featured a rap by Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am. At the time, Danny and Will were both coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice, which is how that musical hookup came to be.
Credit: RankinAnd the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is…Demi Lovato.
Demi will appear in the company’s upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She’ll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that’s launching this year.
In a statement, the singer says, “My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I’m excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!”
Some of the stars who’ve previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.
Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries. While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.
The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym — which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss — Taylor “spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her.”
According to the paper, Taylor’s trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria’s Secret models use to get that long, lean look.
In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an “entire wing in my house” dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends “months” doing. She then insisted, “I decide what I’m gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop.”
Ira James/NBCIf we can’t have an ‘N SYNC reunion concert or album, at least we can have an ‘N SYNC reunion at a bowling alley. That’s what happened over the weekend, when Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick turned up to roll a few frames at Kings, an alley in Boston.
The Boston Herald reports that Justin was in town to play a concert Saturday when he decided to spend some downtime bowling. According to the paper, his high score was 173, and while bowling, he chowed down on a blackened chicken sandwich, buffalo wontons, a peanut butter cup sundae and some beers. No word on what Chris ate, or what his score was.
222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has revealed the album artwork and the track listing for their fifth album, V, which is the Roman numeral for five. The album is due September 2.
The album cover features a shot of a desert landscape with a mountain in the background, and a big, pink neon “V” in the foreground. The band members themselves don’t appear on the cover, but then again, they’ve only ever appeared on one of their album covers: 2007′s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.
The track list includes “My Heart Is Open,” a collaboration with Gwen Stefani, as well as songs called “Sugar,” “Unkiss Me” and “New Love.” A list of three “B-sides” includes “Lost Stars,” from the soundtrack of the movie Begin Again, in which Adam Levine made his acting debut.
Here’s the full track listing:
“Maps” “Animals” “It Was Always You” “Unkiss Me” “Sugar” “Leaving California” “In Your Pocket” “New Love” “Coming Back For You” “Feelings” “My Heart Is Open” ft. Gwen Stefani
Credit: Nick WalkerPhillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn’t like his debut single “Home,” which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum. Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone,” he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album. He took the deal, and watched those two songs — neither of which he wrote — become the album’s only big hits.
When it came time for him to make his new album Behind the Light, though, Phillip says his label backed off. “They let me do the record how I felt was right,” he tells the paper, noting that while he got feedback from the head of the record company, he was in control, and wrote or co-wrote every song. “That’s why I’m a lot more proud of [this album], because it represents me so much more,” he explains.
Phillip is out on a major summer tour in support of the disk, and he says that even if you see his show more than once, you won’t be bored.
“We play a different set every night and in a different order,” he tells the paper. “We might change something up in a song, because I like to keep it fun for us and [keep us] on our toes, and also for our fans.”