Sofia Carson to Star Opposite KJ Apa in the Pandemic Thriller “Songbird”

Sofia Carson is flying high…

The 27-year-old Colombian American actress/singer will star opposite KJ Apa as star-crossed lovers in the pandemic thriller Songbird, which began filming last week in Los Angeles.

Sofia Carson

Told from street level through the eyes of the characters, Songbirdtakes place two years into the future, as a lockdown has been re-implemented after a more serious virus continues to mutate. In a feeble attempt to keep the sickness contained, the city has been split into haves and have nots. 

Songbird follows an essential worker (Apa) who has a rare immunity, a delivery man who delivers goods and hope throughout the city. Like the vast majority of the population, his girlfriend (Carson) is locked within her home, and the couple have no ability to physically be together. 

To be with the one he loves, he must overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful, well connected family, helmed by a matriarch (Demi Moore) who will stop at nothing to protect her family and maintain her way of life.

Carson and Apa join the previously announced cast of Moore, Bradley WhitfordCraig RobinsonJenna OrtegaPaul Walter Hauser, and Peter Stormare

Adam Mason is directing off a screenplay he co-wrote with Simon Boyes. The film hails from Adam Goodman and Michael Bay.

Carson has more than 18 million followers on social media, over 1.5 billion streams of her music and over 2M subscribers to her YouTube channel. 

She currently stars in the Netflix feature film Feel the Beat. She previously starred as “Evie” in Disney’s Descendantsfranchjse and appeared on the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Carson is signed to Hollywood Records/Republic Records and recently released her latest single “Miss U More Than U Know”, which has clocked more than 4.5 million streams to date. Carson is a Global Ambassador for Revlon, and recently unveiled the Revlon x Sofia Carson Collection, an exclusive collection of her favorite Revlon lip products and nail polish. 

Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” Heats Up the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart

There’s plenty of summer lovin’ for Demi Lovato

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress heats up the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated July 18) as her latest single “Cool for the Summer” debuts at No. 3.

Demi Lovato

The seasonal anthem was released through Hollywood Records and Safehouse Records, the label Lovato launched in part with Nick Jonas.

“Cool for the Summer” bows with 834,000 U.S. streams for the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music, which helps spark its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36.

The song possibly picked up extra attention thanks to Lovato’s performances of the track at several events.

“Cool for the Summer” is the lead single from Lovato’s upcoming fifth album, the follow up to 2013’s Demi, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).

Gomez Teases New Music Video with Sultry Shower Image

Selena Gomez may be baring it all in her next music video…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress took to Instagram on Monday to share a steamy photo that many fans assume was snapped while Gomez was filming the video.

Selena Gomez

The photo shows the former Disney Channel star posing naked under pouring water in a dimly lit shower.

“Ready.. #itscomingsoon,” Gomez wrote in the caption.

There’s still no official word if the picture is indeed a preview of her music video.

Gomez is currently working hard on her next studio album, which will mark her first since leaving Disney-owned Hollywood Records and joining Interscope. Her manager Aleen Keshishian recently promised that the first offering from the follow-up to 2013’s Stars Dance would arrive “soon,” so that Selenators “will have a good summer!”

Earlier this year, Gomez teamed up with Zedd for “I Want You to Know from the DJ’s True Colors album and appeared as BFF Taylor Swift‘s nemesis in the star-studded “Bad Blood” music video.

Lovato & NIck Jonas Partner with Island Records to Launch Safehouse Records

Demi Lovato has found her Safe House

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress, Nick Jonas and manager Phil McIntyre have joined forces with Island Records for a new joint venture.

Demi Lovato

Safehouse Records is the home of a new artist-centric label that will not only see the release of Lovato’s next album — her fifth studio effort, which will arrive via a creative partnership between Safehouse, Island and her current label, Disney-owned Hollywood Records — but also new signings in the near future.

“I’ve worked closely with both Nick and Phil for years and we share the same point of view when it comes to making music,” said of her part-ownership in Safehouse, “It’s incredibly exciting to be part of this new company where I’m in control of all aspects of my career. I can’t wait to share what we’re working on!”

Label co-founders Jonas and McIntye add that teaming up with Island means “access to the best marketing and promotion available.”

In an interview with Billboard, Island Records CEO and president David Massey explained that his relationship with McIntyre goes back 10 years and that he’s been impressed with McIntyre’s “career objectives and work ethic.” Ultimately, when talk of a label began about a year ago, Massey added, “I really liked the culture he wanted to create: a small label that’s highly focused and very artist-driven as opposed to something that would have to be able to grow exponentially.”

Jonas is currently signed to Island where his self-titled debut has yielded two hit singles, “Jealous” and “Chains.”

Disney Music Group‘s current Hollywood Records roster features acts in a variety of genres, including Grace PotterBea MillerSabrina CarpenterR5 and Breaking Benjamin.

Gomez to Star in the Indie Film “The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving”

Selena Gomez has set her sights on her next film role…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican American actress and singer has landed the female lead opposite Paul Rudd in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, directed by Emmy winner Rob Burnett.

Selena Gomez

Rudd will star in the indie drama as Ben, a caregiver looking after a frustrated teenager named Trevor who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Gomez will portray Dot, a sassy young woman who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.

Burnett, the veteran exec producer of The Late Show with David Letterman, adapted the script from Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel of the same name.

Soon-to-be co-stars Gomez and Rudd were snapped Sunday night after the Golden Globes with writer/actor Justin Theroux, when a photo of the trio posted to Gomez’s Instagram garnered 1.1 million likes.

Filming on The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving begins January 22 in Atlanta.

It’s the latest indie film for Gomez, whose big screen credits include Sony’s 2012 animation hit Hotel Transylvania. A role in Harmony Korine’s racy Spring Breakers added street cred to her resume, and she was most recently seen in William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless, which premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gomez next reprises her voice role in Sony’s animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. Offscreen, the global star who has over 107 million social media followers recently signed with Interscope Records after a long run with Disney’s Hollywood Records.

Gomez Reportedly Working with Zedd on Next Album

Selena Gomez is ready have stars dancing again…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress, who is hard at work on the follow-up to her solo album Stars Dance, may be preparing to record and release more scorching dance tunes, with help from EDM genius Zedd.

Selena Gomez

Gomez posted a photo of herself on Instagram on Thursday night (Jan. 8) with the caption, “Studio flow tho @zedd,” before quickly removing the image.

Ravenous Selenators caught the post before it was deleted, however, and Zedd confirmed the Thursday night meet-up by posting a photo of the pop star on his own account

When Zedd is not producing hits like “G.U.Y.” for Lady Gaga or “Break Free” for Ariana Grande, he has scored hits under his own name, with songs like “Clarity” (featuring Foxes) and “Stay The Night” (with Paramore‘s Hayley Williams).

Zedd also co-produced “Beauty and a Beat,” a Top 10 hit for Gomez’s ex, Justin Bieber.

Gomez’s dancetastic Stars Dance, released in 2013, became her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. She then slowed things down with her current Top 20 hit “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” The track is featured on Gomez’s greatest-hits package For You.

Gomez’s next album will be her first for Interscope Records, after the singer parted from her longtime home of Hollywood Records last year.

 

Gomez Signs with Interscope Records

Forget Forever,” Selena Gomez has a new label…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has signed with Interscope Records.

Selena Gomez

Gomez shared the news through her Instagram account over the weekend by showing a photo of her face next to what appears to be her new contract.

“Guess who’s officially an Interscope artist #thisiswhatdreamsaremadeof,” Gomez wrote in the photo caption.

The “Love You Like a Love Song” singer was previously signed to Hollywood Records, the pop division of Disney Music Group.

Her final release on the label was the best-of album, For You, which hit retailers and online music outlets on November 24. It features her latest single “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which was inspired by her on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber.

Interscope’s current roster of artists includes Aloe Blacc, Fergie, Jessica Sanchez, Scotty McCreery, Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Lovato to Release New Album in 2015

Demi Lovato will be returning with new music in the coming year…

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer, actress and former The X Factor judge singer is expected to release a new album in 2015 via her longtime label Hollywood Records.

Demi Lovato

Lovato has spent most of this year on the road in support of her fourth studio album, Demi, which was released in 2013 and has registered three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. But now that her latest North American tour is wrapping up, she’s ready to return to the studio.

“She’s finishing up right now on the last leg of her touring for this year, and we finish it up with a couple of radio shows,” Lovato’s manager Phil McIntyre told Billboard last week. “Then the plan is for her to go back into the studio and start the next creative process. She’s already done some songs, but certainly the majority of it will kick off next year.”

Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt adds, “We’re really excited. We’ve got a new album coming from her next year. We’re not talking about release dates yet. And she’s going to continue her world tour throughout next year.”

Demi, released in May 2013, an featured the hits “Heart Attack,” “Really Don’t Care” with Cher Lloyd and “Neon Lights.” It has sold 426,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Following the album’s release, Lovato returned as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor, then set off on two arena tours in 2014 — the Neon Lights tour last spring and the Demi World Tour this fall. Lovato’s Neon Lights tour grossed $8.6 million over the 21 dates reported to Billboard Boxscore.

“I think she’s one of the handful of the music stars in the industry right now,” Bunt says of Lovato. “There’s not a lot of people who could go do two arena tours [in one year] anymore, and she’s one of them. There were three hits off of this record, and when she plays, there’s plenty of hits now.”

Following Monday’s performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Lovato will set off on a short European run, beginning in Istanbul on Nov. 16.

Thorne Releases Debut Single “Call It Whatever”

Bella Thorne is ready to drop it like it’s pop

16-year-old half-Cuban American actress and former Disney Channel recently unveiled her debut single, “Call It Whatever.”

Bella Thorne

The former Shake It Up star’s bubblegum track has earned more than 153,000 views on YouTube since its May 13 release, and previews a debut album that Thorne says won’t follow in the path of the network’s other former stars like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

“I don’t think about anything close to that,” Thorne tells Billboard when asked about the inevitable comparisons. “I don’t think, ‘Well, Miley went this way, and Selena went that way, so I have to go in the middle.’ That’s not it. I’m just being me. My song is called ‘Call It Whatever.’ You can call me whatever, if you like me or not like me. I really don’t care.”

The release of “Call It Whatever” — which was produced by Paro and co-written by Par Westerland, Rickard Goransson and Skyler Stonestreet — comes roughly a year and a half after Thorne signed to Hollywood Records, the home of Gomez as well as young female stars like Lucy Hale and Demi Lovato.

When the deal was finalized, Thorne was already starring on the network’s hit sitcom Shake It Up along with Zendaya. Thorne released the song “TTYLXOX” on the Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack in 2012, but for the Florida native, a full-fledged pop career was always going to take a bit longer to kick-start.

“I really wanted to work on my voice,” says Thorne. “I never sang before, and I didn’t want to put an album out that I wasn’t proud of, or that was Auto-tuned or anything like that. I waited so that I could take a lot of vocal classes, so that I could work on my voice every day.”

The music video for “Call It Whatever” will premiere on May 29, and was filmed in Los Angeles — at the same location, Thorne points out, that Kelis filmed her “Milkshake” video. Thorne’s debut album is due out later in the summer, and won’t necessarily feature the kid-friendly vibe of its lead single.

“‘Call It Whatever’ is my youngest-sounding song,” she says. “This song is definitely for my younger audience. I don’t want to eliminate them, but my album is geared a little bit older. I have some more indie type of songs, some hip-hop, some with an 80s feel, and I have dance music on there.”

While Thorne hopes to tour extensively behind her first album, she has a handful of other projects to promote: she co-stars in the new Adam Sandler comedy Blended and the upcoming film adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, among several other film projects. Her first book, Autumn Falls, is due out in November, and is featured in a Neutrogena beauty campaign.

“I want to try everything,” says Thorne. “And I want to be great at everything, if it’s the last thing I do.”

Gomez’s “Stars Dance” Sells Nearly 100,000 Copies to Come in First

It’s official… Selena Gomez has her first No. 1 album.

The 21-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress’ Stars Dance has bumped Jay Z’sMagna Carta” from the top spot to earn her first No. 1 title on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of “Stars Dance.”

Selena Gomez

The Hollywood Records release sold 97,000 copies in its first week — a career-high frame for the singer.

Each of her four albums has steadily grown larger in their debut weeks, bowing with successively bigger sums and placing higher on the chart.

Her 2009 debut, Kiss and Tell, opened at No. 9 with nearly 66,000. It was followed by the No. 4-ranking A Year Without Rain in 2010 (which slightly exceeded 66,000) and then 2011’s When the Sun Goes Down (No. 3 peak, a week after it launched at No. 4 with 78,000).

Gomez has been red hot this year, scoring her biggest hit single yet with the lead track from “Stars Dance” “Come & Get It.” The cut sailed to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 (her first top 10) and No. 2 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Gomez, who just turned 21 last week, is also the youngest solo female artist to hit No. 1 since her friend Taylor Swift in 2010. On the chart dated Nov. 13 of that year, the then-20-year old Swift debuted at the top with her second leader, Speak Now.