Back in 2013, Demi Lovato made a visit to Kenya, and the American pop star returned with some friends recently, with YouTube documented the journey. “I came here on my 21st birthday because being sober, I wanted to do something meaningful on a day that otherwise would have been wasted,” Lovato explained. “There’s something really special about this place that stays with you after you’re long gone.”
“Recently I brought a group of my closest friends back to Kenya,” Demi added. “I love coming here because it’s a place that puts everything into perspective. It’s raw and real and it connects me to helping people in a really powerful way. I wanted to share this place with my closest friends because I wanted them to hopefully have the same life-changing experiences that I did.”
Watch highlights from Demi’s trip via YouTube below.
Demi Lovato recorded a version of her new single ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ live in the studio with a choir. The track is from the American pop singer’s sixth studio album ‘Tell Me You Love Me’, out now on Island Records. Watch it via YouTube below.
Harry Styles visited with Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw, where the One Direction star talked about his fan club, including a video application from famous peers, including Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, Rita Ora, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, and more. When asked if Chris had ever offered him advice, Harry said, “He’s good at telling you to take care of yourself. He’s very make sure you’re alright. He’s very zen, isn’t he. I think he’s a pretty wonderful man.”
Ased by Sheeran about the process making his debut album, Harry responded, “I started the album – I had to stop in the middle of the year when the movie happened – so I did three weeks in February last year, and then stopped for about five months. Then I came back to it in July, and did that until now. I finished writing in December.” He said getting away from the project for those months was a positive. “For a while before, all I thought about was stressing about what it was going to be. It gave me a chance to completely step away from it and have a real break. Also, by the end of the movie because we were swimming so much, I was thinking I just want to write songs in the studio.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Harry Styles is out with the music video for his debut solo single ‘Sign of the Times’, which was filmed in the famed Isle of Skye in Scotland. The One Direction star’s self-titled debut album was released globally on Friday (May 12). The 10-track album was executive produced by Jeff Bhasker, with additional production from Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon.
Ed Sheeran tells Seven’s Sunday Night that his decision to take time off from his hectic schedule was due to being in poor condition physically and emotionally. “I was like, at the unhealthiest I have ever been. Hair falling out, just chunky, boozing… like, it wasn’t great,” Sheeran confessed. “I just needed to find some balance again and you need to appreciate what you. I would be getting up on stage and being like, ‘Oh I need to get off it’, and now I don’t want to stop touring. Now I really appreciate it, I have found a way to balance it and make it do-able, but that is definitely why I took a year off.” Watch the interview at Yahoo!7.
Ed Sheeran is out with the music video to his new single ‘Shape of You’, off the English singer-songwriter’s third studio album ‘Divide’, out March 3rd on Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. Ed told Radio 1 about the track, “This was the last song that was finished, and I just didn’t put two and two together that this was even going to be on the album. I just kind of wrote it and was like ‘oh, that was fun.'”
The video features actress Jennie Pegouskie and retired professional sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryuta. Watch it via YouTube below.
Several pop stars are sharing their thoughts about news pop icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day of heart failure at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Michael was 53.
In a statement, Michael’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Among the tweets about the sad news:
Theo Hutchcraft (@theohurts): One of the true greats and a huge inspiration. Goodbye George.
Laura Jansen (@LauraJansen): Coffee and George Michael videos. #loopandrepeat
Jared Evan (@JaredEvan): RIP George Michael he was one of the illest. “Revive Me” was kind of inspired by this joint
Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): He smiled at me, like Jesus to a child. My heart hurts. I loved you George.
Debbie Gibson (@DebbieGibson): #Heartbroken Here’s how George Michael impacted my life… http://debbiegibsonofficial.com/blog-rip-george-michael/
KT Tunstall (@KTTunstall): Fu**. George Michael. So sad, what a genius legend. I grew up with him and loved his music so much.
Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): RIP GEORGE MICHAEL
Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas): R.I.P George Michael. Mari and I and our family are gutted. He was a true gentleman, one of the most talented people on earth and the soundtrack to our youth. An absolute legend. we were proud to be able to call him a friend and will miss that beautiful smile terribly. Sending love to all of his family on this sad Christmas. #ripgeorgemichael
Swedish duo Icona Pop are out with a new music video for their single ‘Brightside’, out now via Record Company TEN/Big Beat Records. The video is set during a dance-party nightcap in an empty Los Angeles restaurant in Chinatown. The video will be followed by the official ‘Brightside’ remix package on December 9th, featuring dynamic reworks from Fawks, Borgeous, I M Alex and Just Kiddin. Watch ‘Brightside’ via YouTube below.
Zara Larsson revealed how she’s grown as an artist and person, how she feels performing on stage, and more in VEVO Lift’s Being Zara Larsson.
“Growing as an artist and as a person is kind of the same thing,” Zara explained. “Mom told me that the brain is fully developed at the age of 25, so I’ve got seven more years, but hopefully my art and my songs and what I do will develop always.”
Zara added, “I feel very powerful being on stage, but also the stage is a very vulnerable place, because everybody is watching you. It’s close to happiness. It’s close to being emotional. It especially depends on the songs you sing. It could be a really sad song about my boyfriend leaving me for another girl, or it could be happy song about how I’m sassy, I don’t need you.”
Watch it via YouTube below.
Zara Larsson is out with behind the scenes footage of her ‘Ain’t My Fault’ music video shoot, where she, along with director Emil Nava and choreographer Jaquel Knight offer commentary about the treatment.
“The song is about me seeing this guy that I think is super cute, and I really want to do fun stuff with him,” Zara teased. “I’m basically saying whatever happens tonight, it’s not my fault. So it’s very flirty, it’s very fun. I think the video is just very sassy, because the song is so sassy. It’s pretty aggressive. I love that I got all these beautiful women surrounding me, like six dancers. It’s almost a girl power song.”
Watch it via YouTube below.