It's a good time to be a pop music fan. In a week that's seen new releases from Kelly Clarkson, Zayn Malik and more stars, Sam Smith has released "Too Good at Goodbyes," his first single since the 2015 release of his Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song for the James Bond film Spectre. Written with Jimmy Napes and Stargate, "Too Good at Goodbyes" heralds the return of one of music's most celebrated artists. "This song is about a relationship I was in and it's basically about getting good at getting dumped," Smith, 25, says in a statement. "It's been a long while since I've put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come."
Taylor Swift is taking no prisoners! On Sunday night, the musician debuted the music video for her newest single "Look What You Made Me Do,"and she made one thing abundantly clear—the old Taylor is dead. But who killed her? Well, if you look closely enough at her video, she leaves a lot of clues. For starters, there was some not-so-subtle shade thrown at Katy Perry. In the video Taylor crashes a lambo, which just so happens to be the same one driven by Katy in her 2008 video "Waking Up In Vegas."And if that wasn't enough, she's holding a Grammy. One of many that she owns, and how many does Katy have? Zero. Major burn.
As if the first wave of VMA performers wasn’t thrilling enough, another superstar has been added to the lineup: Kendrick Lamar. Lamar, who leads the field of nominees with eight nods, will perform at the star-studded event along with Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and the show’s host, Katy Perry. The DAMN. rapper is nominated for some of the evening’s most coveted prizes, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “HUMBLE" Lamar’s can’t-miss performance at the August 27 show will mark just his second VMA appearance. In case you forgot, he previously performed alongside 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke during that opening number at the 2013 VMAs in Brooklyn. He’s clearly come so far.
If Hollywood salaries were report cards, Emma Stone would earn an easy A. The 28-year-old star claimed the top spot in Forbes’ annual list of Tinseltown’s highest-paid actresses, taking in a cool $26 million for projects like “La La Land” over the 12-month period considered by the outlet. Stone’s starring turn as aspiring actress Mia in the Los Angeles–set movie musical helped propel the 2016 film’s domestic gross to $151 million. Next in line on Forbes’ list are Jennifer Aniston, who pulled in $25.5 million, and Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $24 million.