TAYLOR SWIFT CRITIQUED BY ANIMATED PETS: Taylor Swift is the latest celebrity to be featured in Ellen DeGeneres’ popular online segment Pet Dish, which features animated versions of Ellen and Portia’s pets watching and commenting on interviews from Ellen’s talk show. At first, the trio of two dogs and one cat don’t seem to be too into Swift, but she wins them over discussing her kitten Detective Olivia Benson.
LANA DEL REY TAPS STEVIE NICKS FOR NEW TRACK: Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks will appear on Lana Del Rey’s new album Lust for Life, according to Pitchfork. Del Rey’s highly anticipated fifth studio album also features confirmed collaborations with The Weeknd on the title track, and Sean Lennon on a song titled “Tomorrow Never Came.” Del Rey has not yet announced a release date for the album, which also features the single “Love.”
SABRINA CARPENTER ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR DATES: Sabrina Carpenter has announced a run of summer tour dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday. This weekend, Sabrina will take to the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards stage to perform her current single “Thumbs” off her sophomore album EVOLution. The album’s first single, “On Purpose,” is nominated for XOXO – Best Crush Song. The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards air April 30th on the Disney Channel. In June, Sabrina will join Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman World Tour in Brazil as special guest. Carpenter is best-known for her work on the recently shuttered Disney series Girl Meets World and the Adventures in Babysitting TV remake. She is a social media superstar with almost 12 million Instagram followers, more than 4 million Facebook fans and more than 1 million Twitter followers.
YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES MUSIC COMPETITION SERIES FOR EMERGING ACTS: YouTube is launching a new music competition series for emerging artists featuring Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo. Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America announced that Best.Cover.Ever will debut on YouTube later this year. Ludacris will host the series, where pop stars will give budding artists a chance to perform a cover of one of their songs. The winner will perform a duet version of the song with the star, which will debut on YouTube. Fans can submit videos through May 19th for the first phase. The songs include Backstreet Boys’ “As Long As You Love Me,” Lovato’s “Confident” and Derulo’s “Trumpets.” Additional artist-participants will be announced at a later date. Find out more at thebestcoverever.com.
SONY MUSIC CUTS TIES WITH DR. LUKE: Sony Music has ended its partnership with Lukasz Gottwald, better known as Dr. Luke, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The producer has been under scrutiny due to his ongoing legal battle with his one-time protege Kesha, who has accused Dr. Luke of sexual and mental abuse. Dr. Luke has denied those claims and filed a countersuit for defamation. There has been no official comment from Sony, Dr. Luke or Kesha so far.
KATY PERRY, HAIM & LCD SOUNDSYSTEM SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Katy Perry, Haim and LCD Soundsystem will be taking the Saturday Night Live stage next month. An SNL social media post revealed the show’s May musical lineup, along with guest hosts Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy and Dwayne Johnson. Haim will perform May 13th with host McCarthy. Katy Perry will perform May 20th with Dwayne Johnson, while LCD Soundsystem will make their SNL debut May 6th with Chris Pine.