Which late superstar's guitar did John Mayer use to record his latest single?
John Mayer may be a hugely famous pop star who's dated some of the world's most desirable women, but he's also a total guitar geek. In a new video for IGTV, Instagram's app for watching long-form vertical videos, he explains in excruciating detail how he recorded his latest single, "New Light." Along the way, he also reveals that he used a late, great superstar's guitar to do it.
During the video, John plays a part of the bridge of "New Light," and explains, "This guitar part right here is played on Prince's guitar. and I'm not making that up. It was an incredible day, because we were working on this part of the song -- which was definitely Prince-tastic -- and the guitar magically came across the table in the studio from a friend....it just appeared. For an hour."
"We didn’t know it was coming and we were working on this part of the song that needed this part. It was one of the strangest, most beautiful, serendipitous moments," John continues. "Prince’s guitar showed up. So we sort of got into the spirit of the way Prince would’ve done it."
"New Light" is a stand-alone single from John which was released back in May.
"I'm sorry I'm not sober anymore:" Demi Lovato sings "her truth"
Is Demi Lovato okay?
The singer has just released a song called "Sober," introducing it on Twitter by writing, "My truth." The emotional ballad, sung in the present tense from the first-person perspective, finds Demi apologizing to everyone in her life for falling off the wagon.
However, it's not clear if Demi's actually describing something she's going through, or describing something that happened in the past.
She sings, "Mama, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore/And Daddy please forgive me for the drink spilled on the floor/to the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before/I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore."
Demi also sings that "it's only when I'm lonely" that this happens to her, and pointedly adds, "I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again/ I wanna be a role model but I'm only human."
The song ends with her singing, "I'm sorry that I'm here again/I promise I'll get help/It wasn't my intention/I'm sorry to myself."
ABC Radio has reached out to Demi's camp to find out more about what inspired this song.
Meghan Trainor teams with Target for release of new album, Treat Myself, lines up more TV
Meghan Trainor got big plans for the rollout of her new album, Treat Myself, due August 31.
The pre-order for the disc, Meghan's third, goes live today, and she's just released another new track, "All the Ways." If you pre-order, you'll get an instant free download of that song, as well as previously released songs "Can't Dance," "No Excuses," and "Let You Be Right."
"All the Ways" will soundtrack a new marketing campaign for Target that's launching June 24, highlighting the chain's new fulfillment services -- as in, here are "all the ways" you can shop there. The pre-order for a Target Exclusive version of the album is also live via Target.com. That version features exclusive remixes of "All the Ways."
In a statement, Meghan says, "This album is my best work yet and I’m so proud of what we made. I say 'we' because I made this entire album with my family, my friends, and my fiancé. It’s everything I stand for and I’m excited to put an upbeat happy album out for the world.”
Meanwhile, Meghan is taking over your TV. Tonight, she appears on her reality singing competition The Four, while on Saturday, she'll be seen on the Radio Disney Music Awards. Then Monday, she'll co-host NBC's Today show and appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Taylor Swift called out by Nine Inch Nails frontman for not being political enough
During the 2016 election, when many celebrities were supporting one candidate or another, some people were upset that Taylor Swift didn't do the same, and merely encouraged people to vote. Since then, though, she's donated to the March For Our Lives campaign for gun reform. It was also reported she gave $100,000 to the legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment. But that evidently isn't enough for one particular rock star.
Speaking to the New York Times, Trent Reznor, Oscar and Grammy-winning frontman for alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails, says that in the '90s, he was told that because he has influence, it's his job to "call out whatever needs to be called out," and he's tried to do so.
"And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then," he continues. "You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot."
Meanwhile, Taylor's out on her Reputation World Tour, and is likely unconcerned about what Reznor thinks of her.
Roseanne spinoff The Conners will premiere this fall -- without Roseanne Barr
The Conner family will return to ABC following Roseanne's cancellation -- but without the show's embattled star.
On Thursday, the network announced that much of the cast of Roseanne, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, will reprise their roles in the new show, currently going by the working title The Conners.
Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series, according to the network.
“The Conners stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love," ABC said in a statement announcing the series. "The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago."
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” the announced cast members said in a joint statement of their own. “We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
Last month, Roseanne was canceled after Barr tweeted remarks about former Obama adviser Valarie Jarrett -- who is African-America -- comparing her to an ape, remarks widely regarded as racist.
The Connners will debut with ten episodes and air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced later.
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