This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
THR – As the saying goes, some people favor the presidential candidates with whom they would most like to drink a beer. Demi Lovato, however, says she’s looking for confidence — which, being the theme of her latest album, explains why the singer came out in support of Hillary Clinton on Thursday when she told some 2,000 supporters in Iowa City, “I don’t think there’s a woman more confident than Hillary Clinton.”
After performing her hit song “Confident” at the rally, Lovato told the crowd she’s supporting the former Secretary of State for “her beliefs, her strength and the fact that she completely embodies the concept of women empowerment.” Clinton then took the stage to praise Lovato as “an extraordinary example for so many in the way that you have talked about issues that people find sometimes hard to talk about.”
“You’ve given hope and positive reinforcement to so many,” she said to the singer. “I’m thrilled you’re here, lending your voice and your example to our efforts to get people to get out and caucus.”
Polls show Clinton facing a tight race with Bernie Sanders heading into the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus. She’s been courting the millennial vote there by wrangling public endorsements from younger-appealing celebrities like Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham and Katy Perry. Artists like Lil B, Belinda Carlisle and Steve Earle have been stoking Sanders’ confidence in the race.
Grace VanderWaal Releases Teaser For “Stray” Music Video
Grace VanderWaal has dropped a teaser for her new music video “Stray” which will be available February 22nd.
The 26-second teaser features a wide shot of a desert scene and glimpses of Grace riding a bike. Something she referenced in a recording she posted to social media earlier this week where we can hear the 15-year-old singer-songwriter detail what she wanted in the music video and how she wanted it filmed.
Listen To Grace VanderWaal Describe In Detail What She Wanted For Her Latest Music Video “Stray”
Grace VanderWaal has released an audio recording of production notes for her latest music video which will be released on February 22nd. The song “stray” is a very personal song to Grace and in this recording, she describes in great detail what she wants in the music video, how she wants it filmed and what she wants the message to convey.
The 15-year-old has never been shy about having control over her music and what it should represent. Grace has always chosen her own path going back to her time on NBC’s America’s Got Talent where she decided to perform an original song for her audition when she was just 12 years old at the time.
In the audio clip which you can listen to below Grace describes a very specific desert scene and even gets into detail of how the camera should shoot the opening scene and what follows.
Grace VanderWaal’s new single “Stray” will be available February 22.
— Grace VanderWaal (@GraceVanderWaal) February 20, 2019
Avril Lavigne Shares Powerful Story Behind “Head Above Water”
Singer Avril Lavigne opens up about her battle with Lyme disease in a new interview with Uproxx. Avril reveals that at one point she accepted that she was going to die and at that moment song lyrics came flooding into her mind.
The song would ultimately become what we know now as “Head Above Water” Avril Lavigne’s powerful inspirational anthem that helped launch her comeback in recent months. The singer says she grabbed her iPhone and began writing the lyrics down in her Notes app as they came to her.
The song which is the title track off Avril’s latest album released this month is a prayer to God to help her stay strong during the battle she was facing. Avril Lavigne says that writing new songs was part of the recovery process.
Avril reveals in the interview that when she went into the studio to record the song “Head Above Water” she didn’t know what her voice would be like. She didn’t know if she had lost her voice or if it would be weak.
Avril reveals that as she began singing the lyrics to the powerful anthem her body began to feel warm and she was fighting back tears. She decided to keep that take as the one we hear today saying that it was important to show vulnerability in her vocal. At one point you can hear her voice crack as she’s singing the first verse.
Watch Jackie Evancho’s Performance During AGT Champions Finale
Jackie Evancho took the stage during the America’s Got Talent the Champions finale on Monday night to perform a track from her upcoming album of Broadway songs. Jackie performed the song “Somewhere”. Jackie’s new album titled “The Debut” will be available on April 12th.
Jackie Evancho Performing On Tonight’s AGT Champions Finale
Jackie Evancho will take the stage during America’s Got Talent The Champions finale tonight on NBC. We will see a winner crowned and multiple special guest appearances but most notably Jackie Evancho will be taking the stage and performing a song from her upcoming album on Broadway hits “The Debut” (available April 12). Jackie will be performing the song “Somewhere” which you can listen to above.
The frontrunners for the winning spot of AGT Champions includes Darci Lynne Farmer, Susan Boyle, and Angelica Hale.
The winner was decided months ago as the competition series was pre-recorded but NBC has been successful in avoiding major spoilers for the talent competition series which has featured acts from the Got Talent franchise around the world both former winners and finalists.
Grace VanderWaal To Drop New Single “Stray” Feb 22
Listen To Jackie Evancho Sing “Somewhere” From Upcoming Album of Broadway Hits
Jackie Evancho has been on a huge comeback following revelations of personal struggles and her appearance on America’s Got Talent the champions. Now the 18-year-old singer is prepared to release a brand new album of Broadway hits. The album titled “The Debut” will be available on April 12 and now we get to hear for the first time a track from the album as she covers the classic “Somewhere”. The song was released exclusively on Billboard where she gave an interview discussing her return to AGT the new album and more.
Jackie was asked about her musical influences to which she told billboard.com she would like to have the career and Stage presence of Barbra Streisand and the business mind of Kim Kardashian. “I want to have the work ethic and cleverness that Kim Kardashian has with her business and I want to be able to write lyrics the way that the lead singer from Cage the Elephant does. I want to be able to do a bunch of different things.”
Jackie also has goals to expand beyond music saying she wants to have a clothing line, makeup line and just wants to become a businesswoman.
Sky Katz Drops “Like This” Video – Watch Now
Raven’s Home’s Sky Katz has released a brand new music video “Like This” featuring Lil Tjay. The video was directed by Spike Tarantino
Avril Lavigne Drops New Anthem “Dumb Blonde” Featuring Nicki Minaj Listen + Stream
Avril Lavigne has released a new track from her upcoming album “Head Above Water” featuring Nicki Minaj. The song is titled “Dumb Blonde”. Avril explained the motivation for writing the song in a tweet:
“We wrote Dumb Blonde as an anthem for anyone who has been stereotyped or talked down to. Keep your confidence up and don’t let anyone tell you how to be. I hope you love it!”
Nicki Minaj also shared how she has been a fan of Avril Lavigne on Twitter:
“I used to drive to my job @ Red Lobster playing this woman’s album for an hour straight everyday for months. Crying to “I’m with you”, blasting “complicated” “things I’ll never say” “nobody’s fool” “sk8er boi”. omg. #DumbBlonde tmrw. This woman is so unbelievably talented”