Jason Derulo Announces Tour
Jason Derulo will continue the successful campaign behind new album Talk Dirty by wiggling across the States on his first U.S. headlining tour this fall, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The 13-date trek kicks off on Oct. 15 in Royal Oak, Mich.
Derulo has opened for artists like Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas over the course of his career, and headlined multiple tours internationally. However, the recent success of his singles "The Other Side," "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle" -- all of which have entered the Top 20 of the Hot 100 chart over the past year -- has helped set up his debut headlining run in the States.
"My U.S. tour is finally here," Derulo tells Billboard. "I've been traveling the world for this album for almost a year, and for the Talk Dirty tour to be hitting U.S. soil gives my a real sense of completion and liberation."
On Sunday night (Aug. 10), Derulo performed a medley of "Wiggle" and "Talk Dirty" at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, where he won the Choice Single Male award. The pop singer-songwriter also appeared on "Nightline" recently to discuss, among other things, his career, which began with the No. 1 hit "Whatcha Say" in 2009. Talk Dirty, which was released in April, has sold 164,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Becky G and Wallpaper. will serve as support on Derulo's upcoming tour. Wallpaper.'s Ricky Reed produced "Talk Dirty" and co-produced "Wiggle," who were both Top 5 hits for Derulo.
Pre-sale tickets for Derulo's tour will be available on Wednesday (Aug. 13).
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Coldplay's Chris Martin Wants To Work with Rihanna
It's been a few years since Coldplay collaborated with Rihanna on "Princess of China" from 2011's Mylo Xyloto, but frontman Chris Martin is hoping to work with the pop star again on her next album. During a recent interview with New York's Fresh 102.7, Martin said he's been working in the studio on new material for RiRi. "I don't think she even asked, I just said, 'please can I try something?'" he said.
It's still unclear whether any of Martin's song ideas will appear on Rihanna's next musical project. "She has so many amazing people writing for her," he said. "It's like trying to win 'American Idol,' getting a song on Rihanna's album. It's hard. Everybody wants to write songs for her."
Meanwhile, Coldplay is still fresh off the May release of its sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, but Martin says the band is already working on new material.
"We knew we wanted to make this thing called Ghost Stories, and then make something else," he said. "We have just an idea and then we're gonna go on tour after that."
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Taylor Swifts Gives Clues to Album
What a clever gal Taylor Swift is. The whole time she was dishing out hints on Instagram, we thought she was trying to tell us something about her album. But Monday morning (August 11), Taylor tweeted that those clues were all pointing toward her live stream on August 18. Although the clues didn't tell us anything about her upcoming album, my sleuthing skills are telling me the live stream will.
Taylor Swift is ever the mysterious cool cat. We all know she's set to perform at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, at which she's billed as a solo performer. So, new music is just over the horizon, and to send us Swifties into a fit of hysterics, the singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Monday (Aug. 4) to give us a little hint.
"So, here's the first clue…" Swift teased, attaching a video of her pressing the 18 button on an elevator. It's still unclear if there is a direct link here to a new single, but…come on. That's all everyone is talking about these days!
And that's it. It should be noted that she continually pushes the button and the elevator door buzzes. Any predictions? The internet is already swirling with possibilities: Her new single is called '18′? The single drops on August 18? Her album is named '18′ (for unknown reasons)? She already has a song called "Fifteen," from her Fearless days, so writing a song about coming of age isn't so far fetched.
By the sound of things, Swift will drop her fifth studio album this fall. Insiders have already projected an October 13 release, although nothing has been set in stone…yet.
Swifties, what do you think?
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New 'N Sync Album Surprise
A July 29 post on Joey Fatone's Facebook page said it all: "Who knew we had another album out today? I didn't! Lol." Indeed, the most surprised 'N Sync loyalists were the group's own members: Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Fatone.
"I was shocked," Bass tells Billboard about learning Sony/Legacy had quietly released The Essential *NSYNC to Amazon, where the two-disc set -- featuring hits "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "Bye Bye Bye" alongside cuts that even Bass "never heard" -- swiftly sold out. It landed at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 dated Aug. 16 (and No. 10 on iTunes for the week ending Aug. 4). Bass congratulated his bandmates through texting and "immediately called Sony," he says. "They were very apologetic: 'We didn't know there was a market.' It surprised them as much as us how great it did."
The label is under no obligation to inform the act that it's issuing a best-of (the Essential series, Sony's most successful product line, takes a deeper dive into an artist's repertoire), but one might think that RCA would have the courtesy to inform one of its marquee acts. After all, 'N Sync broke records with 2000's No Strings Attached, moving 2.4 million units in its first week. Of course, times have changed -- even since 2005's Greatest Hits ("I found out about that a couple of days before," says Bass), which sold 325,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But Essential's performance -- 10,000 units sold -- could tarnish a legacy that has been preserved ever so carefully, as witnessed by the group's choreographed reunion at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Bass made the most of the awkwardness on social media, tweeting thanks to fans and Instagramming photos of Essential climbing the iTunes charts. But the label isn't laughing or cheering, it seems, because it turned down multiple requests by Billboard to discuss the compilation's performance. Meanwhile, an 'N Sync source says Sony "didn't do any promotion because it won't lead to a tour or a new record. It's the label looking for a quick money grab, nothing more."
To that end, Bass, who expects to receive royalties, and Sony may be, er, in sync: "It'll be a nice Christmas bonus."
Billboard: What was your reaction when you saw The Essential *NSYNC had been released?
Lance Bass: I was shocked. That was the first thing: "Wow, okay, I didn't know that this was happening." I immediately called Sony/Legacy and they were very apologetic, saying, "Oh my gosh, we would have done this with you guys, we just didn't know there was a market for this, really, at all." It surprised them as much as it surprised us how great it did the first week."
Why do you think they released it if there wasn't a market for it?
Just like the last album released, the Greatest Hits album, I found out about that a couple of days before. It wasn't promoted at all and didn't do anything. I didn't tweet about about it because I didn't think people would care, but this time, I loved that they released two CDs. I loved the second CD of stuff we did such a long time ago. I love that they chose songs to showcase that we were a vocal group, which sometimes you forget, talking about a boy band -- "Oh wow, they can sing too?" Some of the songs, I wish they would have spoken to us. Like, ugh, no. I wouldn't have put that on the album.
What songs would you have chosen to leave off?
The number one song on the number one CD, "Here We Go." That song has always bothered me [laughs]. I was just never in love with that song, and it's one of the first songs we ever recorded. It's so dated. I would have added "When You Wish Upon a Star." We did that for Disney one year, and I love the way the vocals are arranged for the a cappella.
What would you have done differently in terms of the rollout?
We could've had so much more fun with our fans. Our fans have been so loyal to us for so long, and they've been desperately wanting something from us. After the VMAs last year it really wet their whistle to see 'N Sync again. We still have a DVD of the Celebrity tour that we've never edited, and they've been asking for that for 10 years, and we've been trying to figure out how to get that done for them. It would've been fun to use social media to have fun with it and maybe roll out a few songs before it came out, just to tease it. And get the fans' opinions on their favorite songs that they would like to see on a compilation.
How did it feel to be topping the iTunes chart with The Essential *NSYNC?
Obviously a lot of terrible things are happening in the world today, a lot of negativity out there -- and with the Israel conflict that's all anyone can talk about, to have some positive, fun thing happen in a week, just see those fans rally behind it and bring it back to their teenage years [was great]. It brought people back to a fun time, an innocent time. I love that we got to provide that for some people, even if it just lasted a week or two. At least it made some people happy.
Fans have been calling for a reunion if it hits No. 1. What are the chances of that happening?
I doubt we would do a tour or anything like that, but now that we see the fans are there, we want to make sure they're happy. We could play around with some of our old stuff, like we did with this compilation -- do some stuff with remixes. Any new material I definitely don't see happening at all, especially with Justin [Timberlake]. I don't think he would ever come back to the group.
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