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."
Sophie Turner has insisted she's not angry that Kit Harington is paid more than her on Game of Thrones because he "had a bigger storyline". The 23-year-old actress plays Sansa Stark in the hit U.S. TV show, and is believed to earn around $206,000 (£158,000) per week for her role on the programme. Meanwhile, Kit, who stars as her half-brother Jon Snow in the series, is understood to take home approximately three times more than his co-star - with weekly earnings of around $700,000 (£537,000). However, while the gender pay gap is a hot topic at the minute, Sophie told Harper's Bazaar magazine that she's not annoyed at the difference in her and Kit's wages - because he has more work to do on the programme. "Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline," she said. "And for the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn't have that many. I was like, 'You know what... you keep that money.'" Elsewhere in the interview, Sophie opened up about her relationship with Jonas Brothers star fiance Joe Jonas. The pair are currently in the midst of planning their wedding, and the screen star revealed that they actually met when Joe direct messaged her on Instagram. "We had a lot of mutual friends and they'd been trying to introduce us for a long time," she smiled. "We were following each other on Instagram and he direct-messaged me one fine day, out of the blue." Gushing about her husband-to-be, Sophie added: "He's lovely. He's just the funniest. You wouldn't expect he's about to turn 30 this year. He's the most fun, energetic, positive person I've ever seen. I'm pessimistic, so we balance each other out."
Rihanna has been named the world's richest female musician, thanks to her Fenty Beauty brand. The 31-year-old superstar - whose real name is Robyn Fenty - is known for her Grammy-award winning music career, pioneering her hugely successful inclusive make-up brand and recently becoming the first black woman in charge of a major luxury fashion house. And now the 'Work' hitmaker has been crowned the world's richest female musician in Forbes's 2019 list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, with a fortune totalling $600 million that beat Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million) and Beyonce ($400 million).
Singer Shawn Mendes has vowed to make his proposed collaboration with BTS a reality, even though the South Korean boyband has been too busy to schedule studio time together. The There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back hitmaker met BTS at last year's (17) American Music Awards, where they discussed ideas for a joint project in a chat recorded for the K-pop stars' official YouTube channel. The two acts have continued to tease fans about the idea ever since, but the new material has yet to come to fruition. Now Shawn has addressed the hold up, admitting it's been tough to squeeze the track into their hectic schedules. "Latest on the collaboration, they're a hard group to get with," Mendes told The Roz and Mocha Show in his native Toronto, Canada. "They're busy people. I have no lyrics on their collaboration yet." However, Shawn isn't refusing to give up hope, because he's been a big fan of their work for a while. "It'll happen. Promise," he said. "I can't give you a date because we haven't hung out and wrote a song yet, but it will happen. 'Cause I love them and... their fans too. So, I promise." It's no surprise Shawn and the BTS members haven't had time to get together so far this year - Mendes' self-titled album topped the U.S. Billboard 200 earlier this month (Jun18), making the 19-year-old the third-youngest artist to earn three number one albums, behind fellow Canadian Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. Meanwhile, BTS recently made U.S. chart history too, after their Love Yourself: Tear release became the first-ever Korean album to lead the Billboard 200.