Taylor Swift Is Obsessed With Stephen Colbert In Hilarious ‘Late Show’ Segment

There’s one man who, for more than a decade, has been hankering to know just who Taylor Swift was referring to in her Fearless song “Hey Stephen.” That man is Stephen Colbert.

Colbert tried to get to the bottom of it during an interview with its creator on The Late Show. Truth be told, it wasn’t so much an interview as a sketch.

The late night host opened the segment by giving his viewers the low-down on Swift’s campaign to rerecord her entire catalog, starting with Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

With all that work to do, it made sense for Swift to zoom in from the studio where she’s rerecording her complete works. That’s exactly what she did.

So, was “Hey Stephen” written about Colbert? Nope. C’mon. Swift recorded it back in the day when she was 18, he was probably 44. “It’s just the power of music,” she explained, dismissing him. “Don’t flatter yourself.” Then, matters took a strange turn when Swift held up something she prepared earlier, a mood board stacked with pictures of Colbert.

Swift then flexed her comic-acting chops by walking us through some stalker-ish knowledge of Steph’s little-known table-waiting history and every fine detail down to his social security number.

“You Need to Calm Down” also isn’t about Stephen, maybe.

“Hey Stephen” is actually, in Swift’s own words, about the master of horror Stephen King. “He’s amazing. The Dark Tower series changed my life. Plus The Shining, The Stand. And don’t even get me started on his short stories.”

So that’s that. Or is it?

Earlier, during an earlier chat with Late Show bandleader and new BAFTA winner Jon Batiste, Colbert insisted he was “ready to join the squad. If the squad is still a thing?”

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is flying to the summit of the U.K. Albums Chart, where it should give Swift her seventh straight No. 1. The new, revisited set is also expected to blast to the top reaches of charts around the globe.

Watch the Late Show segment below.

Televisa, Univision to Merge, Forming Spanish-Language Media Powerhouse

Two of the biggest Spanish-language media companies in the world are planning to merge.

Mexico’s Televisa and Univision are set to combine media, production and content into a new company to be called Televisa-Univision, the two announced Tuesday. Univision will pay about $4.8 billion for Televisa’s content assets.

Univision CEO Wade Davis will hold the same title at the combined company, with Televisa co-CEO Alfonso de Angoitia serving as executive chairman of the board. Televisa will have the largest stake in the new venture, holding 45 percent equity.

The merger will be partly financed by $1 billion of new Series C preferred equity investment led by SoftBank’s Latin American Fund, along with current Univision investor ForgeLight LLC, Google and The Raine Group; and $2.1 billion of debt commitments arranged by J.P. Morgan.

The merger would create the largest Spanish-language media company in the world with bases in the two biggest Spanish-speaking markets: Mexico and the United States. Televisa is a production powerhouse, producing some 86,000 hours of content in 2020, and both companies hold big sports rights packages.

“This strategic combination generates significant value for shareholders of both companies and will allow us to more efficiently reach all Spanish-language audiences with more of our programming,” said Emilio Azcárraga, executive chairman of the Televisa board of directors. “Together, Televisa-Univision can more aggressively pursue innovation and growth through digital platforms as the industry continues to evolve. Our new investors at the SoftBank Latin America Fund, Google and The Raine Group are just as excited about the opportunities presented by this combination.”

Added Univision’s Davis, “This transformative combination brings together the leading network serving U.S. Spanish-language audiences with the leading media platform in Mexico powered by the most powerful Spanish-language content engine in the world. Televisa-Univision will emerge as the leading global Spanish-language multimedia company, uniquely positioned to capture the significant market opportunity for Spanish speakers worldwide.”

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

Demi Lovato’s Eating Disorder Comedy Pilot Gets NBC Order

Demi Lovato’s comedy series about a group of people with eating disorders is getting a pilot order at NBC.

The singer-actress is set to star and executive produce the project, titled Hungry, which follows “friends who belong to a food issues group and help each other as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.

“Other executive producers on the single-camera comedy include Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Scooter Braun, Scott Manson and James Shin.

Lovato has been open about having an eating disorder herself in the past. “I was compulsively overeating when I was 8 years old,” she told ABC News in 2011. “So, I guess, for the past 10 years I’ve had a really unhealthy relationship with food.”

Lovato has also said that when she was working on Camp Rock as a teenage Disney Channel star, she was bullied about her weight by her classmates, which in turn led to bulimia. “I was performing concerts on an empty stomach,” she said. “I was losing my voice from purging.”

If the project is greenlit to series, it will mark Lovato’s first regular TV role since she starred in Disney Channel’s 2009 series Sonny With a Chance.

The news comes on the heels of NBC’s streaming service Peacock ordering another mental health-pegged title, a drama titled Expiration Date, starring Will Forte as a man who wants to commit suicide.

NBC also ordered another single-cam comedy pilot, Somewhere Out There, billed as “a romantic comedy about two set-in-their-ways adults who are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other.”

The project is based on the Spanish format Pequenas Coincidencias created by Javier Veiga. Executive producers include Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Matt Hubbard, Emiliano Calemzuk and Veiga.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

Demi Lovato’s ‘Dancing With the Devil…’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart

Demi Lovato’s Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated April 17). The set was released on April 2 via Island/Republic and sold 38,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending April 8, according to MRC Data.

Dancing is Lovato’s second No. 1 on Top Album Sales, and seventh consecutive top five-charting effort – the entirety of her charting albums. She previously topped the tally in 2009 with Here We Go Again.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Dancing’s debut sales of 38,000, physical album sales comprise 25,000 of that figure (all in CD sales) while digital album sales comprise 13,000. Sales of Dancing got help from the availability of a Target-exclusive CD edition of the set with two bonus tracks, a signed CD sold via Lovato’s official website, multiple CD cover variants and a deluxe edition with bonus tracks available through digital retailers.

Carrie Underwood’s My Savior falls 1-2 in its second week on Top Album Sales, selling 31,000 copies (down 55%). After two weeks on sale, My Savior is the fifth-biggest selling album of 2021, with 99,000 copies sold through April 8. The year’s top-seller is Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, with 215,000 copies sold.

Sturgill Simpson’s Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2: The Cowboy Arms Sessions re-enters Top Album Sales at No. 3 with 18,000 copies sold (up 14,758%), following the album’s release on CD and vinyl on April 2. Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2 is Simpson’s second album of bluegrass covers of his own material, following 2020’s Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions. The new album was initially released on digital retail and streaming services last year and previously spent one week on the tally, debuting and peaking at No. 48 on the Dec. 26, 2020-dated chart from download sales only (6,000 sold in its first week).

Of Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2’s nearly 18,000 sold in the latest tracking frame, a little over 14,000 comprise vinyl LPs, 3,000 comprise CDs and less than 1,000 comprise digital albums. Its sturdy vinyl sales figure lands the album at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart. The set also enters at No. 1 on Tastemaker Albums, which ranks the top-selling albums of the week at independent and small chain record stores. Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2 sold nearly 10,000 copies through those retailers across all formats.

Shakey GravesRoll the Bones X debuts at No. 4 on Top Album Sales with 7,000 copies sold, securing the singer his first top 10 effort. The set is a reissue of the singer’s 2011 album Roll the Bones (which did not chart), bolstered with 15 previously unreleased recordings.

A trio of former No. 1s are next up on the list, as Harry StylesFine Line rises 14-5 with 7,000 sold (up 35% after a boost in vinyl LP sales), Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club climbs 7-6 with 6,500 (down 29%) and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? pushes 9-7 with just over 6,000 (up less than 1%).

Godspeed You! Black Emperor scores its first top 10 on Top Album Sales, as the act’s latest studio effort, G_d’s Pee at State’s End! bows at No. 8 with 6,000 copies sold. The album was strongly supported by vinyl LP sales, with 3,500 copies sold via the format.

Rounding out the latest top 10 on Top Album Sales is Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Legend: The Best Of… (19-9 with nearly 6,000 sold; up 26% thanks to a surge in vinyl sales) and Justin Bieber’s Justice (5-10 with 5,500 sold; down 43%).

Taylor Swift Turns ‘Fearless’ Castoffs Into an EP of Gems With ‘From the Vault’ 6-Pack

We already knew Fearless was a classic project — after all, Taylor Swift won album of the year at the Grammys for her sophomore set — but what we didn’t know until this week was how many great songs were left on the cutting-room floor back when it was released in 2008.

Along with her new re-recording of the album, dubbed Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Swifties also got six never-before-released “From the Vault” songs. “You All Over Me,” featuring Maren Morris, and the rumor-mill-igniting “Mr. Perfectly Fine” came out first, and then the other four came out with the re-recording on Friday: “We Were Happy” (which includes Keith Urban background vocals); “That’s When,” featuring Urban; “Don’t You”; and “Bye Bye Baby.”

On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, we take a close listen to the six-pack of “new” songs — and you can listen along with us here:

Also on the show, we’ve got chart news on how “Leave the Door Open,” the debut song from Silk Sonic — the duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — jumps to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, how Justin Bieber’s Justice becomes his first multi-week No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 since 2010 and how Demi Lovato notches her highest-charting album since 2015 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of her latest release, Dancing With the Devil … The Art of Starting Over.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard’s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of Billboard charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)

Mick Jagger & Dave Grohl Drop ‘Eazy Sleazy’ Collab About COVID-19 Pandemic & Anti-Vaxxers

Mick Jagger teamed up with Dave Grohl to release a surprise song about coming out of the pandemic.

The Rolling Stones singer and the Foo Fighters frontman put out “Eazy Sleazy” on Tuesday (April 13) (see the video and full lyrics below). It’s a sort of COVID-19 rock anthem that manages to touch on lockdown, Zoom calls, masks, anti-vaxxers and more, all while celebrating a return to freedom and “a garden of earthly delights.”

“I wanted to share this song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism – thank you to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with you on this-hope you all enjoy Eazy Sleazy!” the 77-year-old Jagger wrote on Twitter.

Here’s the result:

See the lyrics below.

WE TOOK IT ON THE CHIN THE NUMBERS WERE SO GRIM BOSSED AROUND BY PRICKS
STIFFEN UPPER LIPS
PACING IN THE YARD
YOU’RE TRYING TO TAKE THE MICK
YOU MUST THINK I’M REALLY THICK

LOOKING AT THE GRAPHS WITH A MAGNIFYING GLASS
CANCEL ALL THE TOURS FOOTBALLS FAKE APPLAUSE
NO MORE TRAVEL BROCHURES
VIRTUAL PREMIERES
I’VE GOT NOTHING LEFT TO WEAR

LOOKING OUT FROM THESE PRISON WALLS
YOU GOT TO ROB PETER IF YOU’RE PAYING PAUL
BUT ITS EASY EASY EVERYTHING’S GONNA GET REALLY FREAKY
ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT
SOON IT’LL BE BE A MEMORY YOU’RE TRYING TO REMEMBER TO FORGET

THAT’S A PRETTY MASK
BUT NEVER TAKE A CHANCE TIK TOK STUPID DANCE
TOOK A SAMBA CLASS I LANDED ON MY ASS
TRYING TO WRITE A TUNE YOU BETTER HOOK ME UP TO ZOOM
SEE MY PONCEY BOOKS TEACH MYSELF TO COOK
WAY TOO MUCH TV IT’S LOBOTOMISING ME
THINK I’VE PUT ON WEIGHT
ILL HAVE ANOTHER DRINK THEN I’LL CLEAN THE KITCHEN SINK

WE ESCAPED FROM THE PRISON WALLS
OPEN THE WINDOWS AND OPEN THE DOORS
BUT IT’S EASY EASY
EVERYTHING’S GONNA GET REALLY FREAKY
ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT
IT’S GONNA BE A GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
EASY SLEAZY IT’S GONNA BE SMOOTH AND GREASY
YEAH EASY BELIEVE ME
IT’LL ONLY BE A MEMORY YOU’RE TRYING TO REMEMBER
TO FORGET

SHOOTING THE VACCINE BILL GATES IS IN MY BLOODSTREAM
IT’S MIND CONTROL
THE EARTH IS FLAT AND COLD IT’S NEVER WARMING UP
THE ARCTIC’S TURNED TO SLUSH
THE SECOND COMINGS LATE
THERE’S ALIENS IN THE DEEP STATE

WE’LL ESCAPE FROM THESE PRISON WALLS
NOW WERE OUT OF THESE PRISON WALLS
YOU GOTTA PAY PETER IF YOU’RE ROBBING PAUL
BUT IT’S EASY EASY
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE REALLY FREAKY
ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT
WE’RE ALL HEADED BACK TO PARADISE
YEAH EASY BELIEVE ME
IT’LL BE A MEMORY YOU’RE TRYING TO REMEMBER TO FORGET
EASY CHEESY EVERYONE SING PLEASE PLEASE ME
IT’LL BE A MEMORY YOU’RE TRYING TO REMEMBER TO FORGET

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Hey! Train’s ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ Is Now Certified Diamond by the RIAA

Train’s 2009 single “Hey, Soul Sister” has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America as of April 7.

“Hey, Soul Sister” was released August 11, 2009, but the song exclusively debuted on Billboard the day before. It was the rock band’s first single in more than three years and the first single from their fifth album Save Me, San Francisco. The song’s diamond status means it has moved 10 million units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.

“Got this today in the cybermail. Thank you everyone for this insanely cool honor,” Train tweeted on Friday. “Soon we play it in person. Love and miss you all.”

Train frontman Pat Monahan took a “weird trip” down memory lane to reflect on the song’s current success in a separate statement via Anti Music. “Hey, Soul Sister being the 49th song certified as a diamond record is such a surreal honor,” he wrote. “Thank you to all of you who own a copy. We all love and appreciate you. What a weird trip it’s been. Here’s to being around each other soon so we can all dance and sing this one loud and together. Love, Pat.”

The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 11 years ago on April 9, 2010. “Hey, Soul Sister” was a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40 Airplay, Rock Digital Song Sales and Digital Song Sales charts. It spent a record 22 weeks atop the AC radio airplay tally, which has since been tied with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You.” A live version of “Hey, Soul Sister” also earned the group their second Grammy Award in 2011 for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals; the members won their first Grammy nine years earlier for best rock song for “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me).”