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2016-12-09

Adele Intended "Hello" Video as Statement on Race Relations, Director Says

It turns out that the casting of former Wire actor and R&B singer Tristan Wild as the love interest in Adele's "Hello" video, was more than just a testament to his skills as a thespian. The visual's director Xavier Dolan tells New York magazine's Vulture that while he recommended Wild for the role, it was Adele's idea to cast a person of color for the part, in reaction to the recent rash of police killings of young black men. "It was not opportunistic, she didn't want to be hip or anything. She was just like, 'I'm concerned with the reality…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey Reschedules Final Vegas Residency Dates

Mariah Carey's Las Vegas residency, Mariah #1 to Infinity, is coming to an end, but not as originally planned. The residency's final shows were originally set to take place in late May and early April, but those shows have now been moved to July. The shows will now take place on July 8,9,11,14,15 and 18 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.   Ticket holders for the originally schedule dates, April 26-May 13, should contact there original point of purchase for an exchange. Although Mariah #1 to Infinity will be over next July, Mimi fans will be able to again at The Colosseum in…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara, Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Halsey and More Honored at "Billboard's" Women in Music Gala Friday

Alessia Cara, Kesha, Meghan Trainor, Halsey, Madonna and more were honored at Billboard's annual Women in Music Gala Friday in New York City. Alessia, who received the Rule Breaker award, said it was "so, so crazy" to be honored with so many other women she admires.  She also appreciates that there's an event that celebrates women specifically. "I think it's really nice to just shed light on...women being in power for once," she told ABC Radio. "And showing...that we can do things that anybody else can. It's important to find our strength through our creativity and what we do best."…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

DNCE Is Proud of Their Diverse Fanbase: It's "Every Single Kind of Person...Everything You Can Imagine"

Tonight, DNCE will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden: yet another major gig in a year that's been filled with non-stop touring as the band worked to establish itself. The "Cake by the Ocean" hitmakers say they've been pleasantly surprised by how successful they've been at converting fans of their former projects to fans of what they're doing now. DNCE frontman Joe Jonas used to be part of The Jonas Brothers, of course, but bass player Cole Whittle used to be in a band called Semi Precious Weapons, which also had a dedicated following.   Cole says it's been fun…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift, Zayn Malik "Fifty Shades Darker" Duet Gets Full Release

It's here.  The full duet between Taylor Swift and One Direction's Zayn Malik from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack was released Friday, a few hours after Taylor teased it on Twitter and Instagram. "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" was written by Taylor, hip-hop singer-songwriter Sam Dew and  Jack Antonoff -- fun. guitarist and boyfriend of Taylor's bestie, Lena Dunham  -- who also produced the track. Taylor sings, “I gave you something, but you gave me nothing.  What is happening to me?”  Then Zayn takes over: “I don’t wanna live forever, ‘cause I know I’ll be living in pain.” The…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey Explains Why Her Right Side Is Her Good Side

If you've ever wondered why Mariah Carey prefers to be photographed only from her right side, you're about to find out.   A first-look visual at this Sunday's Mariah's World from E! shows the singer explaining to her makeup artist, Kristofer, that the request is all due to one woman's fateful advice on the set of a photo shoot.  "When I was 19, and I was at the record company doing my first photo shoot, the lady goes, she's looking at the pictures after we did them and she goes, 'This is your good side. Only let people photograph you from your good side ever," Mimi recalled.…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Louis Tomlinson's Mother Dies

The mother of One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has died, reports People. Johannah Deakin died Wednesday from leukemia. She was 43. “It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 7,” the family said in a statement. “Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.” Louis is planning to appear as scheduled on Saturday's episode of the British X Factor, the show where One…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Concert Doc Airs Tonight

If you weren’t lucky enough to be in the audience of Madonna’s latest tour, you now have the chance to watch it from your couch. The singer’s concert documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, airs tonight on Showtime. A trailer for the film features clips of Madonna performing some of her greatest hits amidst costume changes, stage acrobatics and colorful video screens. She runs through “Vogue,” “Material Girl,” “Like a Virgin” and more, while showing off her signature dance moves. Showtime also released a sneak peek of Madonna’s samurai-themed performance of her 2015 song “B*** I’m Madonna.” Nicki Minaj makes a…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"EW's" Best & Worst Songs of 2016 Include Beyonce, Fifth Harmony, Drake, Britney & More

This Friday, Entertainment Weekly's annual round up of the Best and Worst in Entertainment will hit newsstands, and as always, it includes a list of the best and worst music of 2016.  You won't be surprised to find out that Beyonce's "Formation" has been named the Best Song of 2016, but some other songs on the list may surprise you. EW says of "Formation," "No one piece of music could ever claim to be all things to all people but [it] lands pretty damn close.'"  Also on EW's list of the Best Songs of 2016: Fifth Harmony's "Work from Home,"…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik Duet on New Single from "Fifty Shades Darker"

The movie’s trailer just dropped Wednesday, giving us our first taste of the sequel.  Now Taylor Swift has teased a duet with none other than Zayn Malik for a song from Fifty Shades Darker. Taylor released a video snippet of “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” just before midnight Thursday, on her Twitter and Instagram, set to scenes from the film.     #fiftyshadesdarker#idontwannaliveforever pic.twitter.com/Q51nqZ4ppX — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 9, 2016   Taylor sings, “I gave you something, but you gave me nothing.  What is happening to me?”  Then Zayn takes over: “I don’t wanna live forever, ‘cause I know…

posted 2016/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-12-08

Sorry, Not Sorry: Justin Bieber Has Most-Viewed Vevo Video of 2016

Here’s something Justin Bieber isn’t sorry about: His “Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)” video is the most-viewed video on Vevo worldwide this year. The clip -- which doesn't even feature Justin -- has racked up 1.8 billion views so far. The Biebs also makes the top 10 two more times, with his video for “What Do You Mean?” coming in at number five and the “Love Yourself (PURPOSE: The Movement)” visual at number six. Adele’s video for “Hello” takes the number-two spot with more than 1.2 billion views. Number three is Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home” video, which was also just…

posted 2016/12/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charlie Puth, DNCE, Fifth Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, Daya & More to Team for Charity Single

People magazine reports that a group of artists who'll all be performing Friday night in New York City are also planning to team up for a charity single. DNCE, Fifth Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, Charlie Puth, Daya, Rita Ora, Tinashe and more will record a version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" to raise funds for the Robin Hood Foundation, the New York City charity that fights poverty and homelessness.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the song will go to Robin Hood.  According to People, all the performers will sing the song Friday night at New York's Madison…

posted 2016/12/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR