Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 19-25
May 19: PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 85. TV personality David Hartman is 84. Actor James Fox is 80. Actress Nancy Kwan is 80. Musician Pete Townshend is 74. Singer-bassist Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is...
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna and Colombian singer Maluma will bring their new collaboration to life when they perform at next month's Billboard Music Awards.
NEW YORK (AP) — No artist has more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart than Mariah Carey, so it's only fitting that the singer will receive the Icon Award at the 2019 Billboard Music...
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith knows his music is melancholy and emotional, but he's hoping his live shows will be uplifting and feel "like a fistful of love," as he put it.
The singer, known for down-tempo hits like "Stay With Me" and "Too Good at Goodbyes," is launching "The Thrill of It All Tour" in the United States on Friday in Detroit.
Sam Smith wants to become a florist in the future.
The 'Too Good At Goodbyes' hitmaker - who is dating '13 Reasons Why' hunk Brandon Flynn - has revealed his aspiration to open his own coffee shop in London, which has a flower shop in the back room, where he'd be able to work when he is on a break from touring and making music, because flowers make him "happy".
Sam Smith's next album will consist of "happy" love songs.
The 'Stay With Me' singer is associated with writing tear-inducing songs about heartache, but after digging "deep" on his second record, 'The Thrill Of It All', he says he's ready to pen more uplifting and upbeat music about being in love with his boyfriend - '13 Reasons Why' actor Brandon Flynn.
Various Artists, "Revamp" (Island Records); Various Artists, "Restoration" (UMG Nashville)
Considering the quality of the songwriting partnership combining Elton John's music with Bernie Taupin's lyrics and that the song selection on these two tribute albums is, with some exceptions, a collection of fairly clear-cut covers of their biggest hits, your level of enjoyment will depend mostly on your like, dislike, tolerance or rejection of the contributors.
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Kelly Clarkson on Time’s Up: ‘It’s not going away’
60th Grammy Awards: The show will be a spectacle ... but the awards are meaningless: Chuck Yarborough
60th Grammy Awards: The show will be a spectacle ... but the awards are meaningless: Chuck Yarborough
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, a Grammy Award released something inside an artist that had always been there: success.
By success, I mean lasting fame . . . and a fair amount of moolah. But, as Han Solo would say, I have a bad feeling about this.
U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show.
The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Naughty Boy's second album was delayed due to naming issues.
The 33-year-old producer has revealed the long-awaited follow-up to his 2013 LP 'Hotel Cabana', which featured the likes of Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande, was put back due to a legal challenges over the proposed title, which was too similar to the Now! CDs.
This week is traditionally one of the quietest of the year for live music, which provides a little space to consider the year ahead. There are plenty more unknowns than knowns regarding concerts in Houston in 2018. But unlike years past, we know what's shaking with Free Press Summer Fest before the year begins; it has been renamed In Bloom and rescheduled from June to March, with Beck, Martin Garrix and Lil Uzi Vert among the performers.
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Logic shine at Jingle Ball concert
NEW YORK (AP) — The roaring cheers and screams at Jingle Ball grew louder and louder as performers hit the stage, from Ed Sheeran to Sam Smith to Demi Lovato.
But when Taylor Swift entered Madison Square Garden on Friday night, the noise easily hit its peak.
Swift closed the nearly five-hour concert in New York City, strutting from left to right as she sang "Shake It Off," ''Blank Space" and the latest hits off her new album, "reputation."
Charlie Puth, Fall Out Boy, Kesha round out KDWB’s 2017 Jingle Ball lineup
Mondays concert at Xcel Energy Center has one of the more impressive lineups of recent years for the KDWB Jingle Ball, although the late dropout of best new artist Grammy nominee Julia Michaels was a bit of a blow, as is the news that bigger markets in the iHeartRadio chain got Taylor Swift and Sam Smith among their ballplayers. Once flyover country, always flyover country.
Outtakes: Sam Smith on George Michael, Rihanna and drinking
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith — whose new album, "The Thrill of It All," debuted at No. 1 this week — discusses George Michael, recording bad songs and his goal to cut down smoking and drinking in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here .
Grappling with fame, Sam Smith still sings from the heart
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith thought he had cracked it — it being "fame."
He released the first single from his new album, the groovy burner "Too Good at Goodbyes," and didn't put his face on the single artwork or do much TV promotion for the song. He felt like he had re-entered the celebrity world without dealing with the usual drama that comes with being famous.
Two months later, when the album came out, things changed, and the "freak out" happened.
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Sam Smith: I know who I am now
Grammy 2018: Best New Artist is as wide open as ever
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards will be announced later this month (Nov. 28 to be exact).
We'll be previewing the big four categories over the next couple of weeks. And while races like Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year will likely feature heavy favorites, Best New Artist is completely wide open.
Review: Sam Smith’s ‘Thrill of It All’ is a thrill indeed
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith, "The Thrill of It All" (Capitol)
When Sam Smith debuted on the music scene in 2014, he sang beautiful and searing songs about love lapses and loneliness. There are moments you'd feel sad for him, but then you'd remind yourself not to pity the guy too much, because, wow, he has THAT VOICE.
On his sophomore album, he's still singing emotional songs, but his growth is evident. And perfectly executed.
Sam Smith has confirmed he is in a relationship.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter was seen locking lips with '13 Reasons Why' actor Brandon Flynn in New York recently and Sam has now admitted that he is loved up.
Sam Smith feels "a bit behind" in his relationships.
The 'Too Good At Goodbyes' star - who was recently seen smooching '13 Reasons Why' star Brandon Flynn - wishes he could have had a long term relationship by now as he feels it would have make him an "emotionally richer" person.
He shared: "I do feel I'm a bit behind in my relationships. I wish I'd been in a long-term relationship by this age. But then, I didn't move to London until I was 19.
Sam Smith has been spotted kissing actor Brandon Flynn.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter was seen locking lips with the '13 Reasons Why' star on the streets of New York City, where they were also spotted grabbing dinner together at Catch NYC and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.
Sam and Brandon, 23, held hands and enjoyed the sunshine as they walked around Greenwich Village.
Sam Smith nearly quit the music business.
The 25-year-old singer enjoyed incredible success with the release of his debut album 'In the Lonely Hour' in 2014, but Sam came perilously close to walking away from his music career after he was dumped by his lover.
Sam Smith "really struggled" when he first found fame.
The 25-year-old singer shot to stardom after featuring on Disclosure's 2012 hit 'Latch', and has admitted the three years that followed were tough, and he was forced to take a break from the spotlight to avoid suffering a meltdown.
Sam Smith has announced a mini-tour in aid of War Child.
The 25-year-old singer has just launched his comeback single 'Too Good At Goodbyes' and fans will have the chance to see him perform when he takes to the stage in Los Angeles, New York, London and Berlin later this month.
Sam tweeted: "UNBELIEVABLY excited to announce 4 intimate shows in LA, NY, London & Berlin. Can't wait to sing for you again xx (sic)."
Sam Smith is "insanely single".
The 25-year-old singer - who previously dated actor and model Jonathan Zeizel - has admitted he has been unlucky in love recently, and says he's "more single" now amid the release of his new single 'Too Good at Goodbyes' than he was when he dropped his debut record 'In The Lonely Hour' in 2014.
Harry Styles established a new record for best-selling first week by a British male artist's debut album on the Billboard 200 as the One Direction singer sold 230,000 total copies of his self-titled solo LP to cruise to Number One.
Harry Styles has debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
The 23-year-old One Direction singer - who released his eponymous debut solo album on May 12 - has soared to the top of the charts in the US after shifting 230,000 equivalent album units.
MTV’s Video Music Awards return to West Coast for 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After spending a year at Madison Square Garden in New York, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming back to the West Coast. The network announced Thursday that the 2017 VMAs will be held Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
The Forum previously hosted the VMAs in 2014, when Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith performed.
Nominations for the 2017 VMAs will be announced in July.
Sam Smith has penned a track with Frances for his forthcoming new album.
The 24-year-old singer/songwriter - who took a break from the limelight in 2015 after a phenomenally successful two years with his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' - has collaborated with the 'Under Our Feet' hitmaker and former 2016 BRITs Critics' Choice nominee for his second LP, which he has been working on for the past few months.
Extra credit: Hits get added writers as lawsuits loom
NEW YORK (AP) — What do Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and the Chainsmokers' "Closer" have in common?
Yes, they dominated the charts, sold millions of singles and achieved international success in the last two years. But all three smashes also extended writing credit to older songs after they were compared to earlier hits.
2 Fray members get writing credit on Chainsmokers’ No.1 hit
NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of the rock band The Fray are now credited as co-writers on The Chainsmokers' No. 1 smash, "Closer."
When it was released this summer, "Closer" drew comparisons to The Fray's 2005 hit, "Over My Head (Cable Car)." Now, the listing for "Closer" on the website for performance rights organization ASCAP includes Fray lead singer Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King.