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"American Idol" Runner-Up's Song to Be Used to Soundtrack US Women's Gymnastics Team

Hey, remember back in 2012, Phillip Phillips' American Idol coronation song "Home" became a big hit when it was used as the theme song for the U.S. women's gymnastics team?  Well, get ready for some deja vu.  Billboard reports that "Battles," the coronation song from season 15 runner-up La'Porsha Renae will be serving the same purpose this year in Rio.  “I wasn’t even the winner of the show, so I felt very honored to be afforded this opportunity," La'Porsha tells Billboard. The song will appear on La'Porsha's debut album, which is due this November on Motown.  It ended up in the Olympics because American Idol…

posted 2016/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Attention, Sia & Bruno Mars -- Celine Dion's Waiting for You

Celine Dion is putting out a French language album next month, but she'll soon start work on a new English album -- and she expects all the big-name stars to step up and give her some great songs. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the project, she says, "I can’t really talk about the other writers yet because nothing has been confirmed, but trust me, I hope that Sia and Ne-Yo and Bruno Mars and all the people that we love -- oh my gosh, I hope they write for me. Are you kidding me?"  Sia and Ne-Yo both wrote songs…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

British Invasion: Nathan Sykes & Cher Lloyd Back with New Singles

Nathan Sykes has released the follow-up to "Over and Over Again," his hit duet with his ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande. It's called "Give It Up," and it features rapper G-Eazy, the same guy who's featured on Britney Spears' new hit "Make Me."  G-Eazy also had a hit with "Me Myself and I," featuring Bebe Rexha. Nathan's new single is now available for download and streaming. It's from his debut album, which will arrive this fall.  The former Wanted member will support his new music as the opening act on Alessia Cara's upcoming tour, which kicks off September 29 in Silver Springs,…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink's Duet with Country Superstar Kenny Chesney Out Next Thursday

Pink is going from "Just Like Fire" to "Setting the World on Fire."  That's the name of her duet with country superstar Kenny Chesney, and it'll arrive July 28 at 5 p.m. ET. Kenny says in a statement, "You can’t conjure a song that captures that feeling of being on the brink [of falling in love] like this does."  He adds, "I like the idea of Pink with her voice that is so strong and contains so many colors... she really makes that idea of giving into your heart, shouting out the window and whirling around in the middle of…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Songbird Serenade: Sia Joins Cast of "My Little Pony: The Movie"

Sia doesn't like anyone to see her face, so her new acting role is perfect for her: she'll be lending her voice to an animated character. The "Cheap Thrills" singer will appear in My Little Pony: The Movie as Songbird Serenade, the pony pop star.  She'll also contribute two original songs to the movie's soundtrack.  Sia's in good company: the cast also includes Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Taye Diggs and Liev Schrieber.  My Little Pony: The Movie arrives October 6, 2017. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Take Baby Luna to Romantic "All of Me" House

Baby Luna got quite the exclusive tour visit during her vacation with parents John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The three-month-old daughter of the celebrity couple is currently spending her first vacation in Italy with Legend and Teigen, who brought Luna to the Lake Como, Italy house where the singer's "All of Me" music video was shot and their love affair began. The singer and model married in the Lombardy region in 2013.  On Thursday, Legend posted an adorable picture on Instagram of Luna smiling, with the caption "Someone is enjoying her first vacation." To make the special vacation even more memorable,…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: J-Lo's Crew Planning Big Bucks Birthday Bash This Weekend

Is Jennifer Lopez planning a star-studded birthday bash this weekend? J-Lo turns 47 on Sunday, and the New York Post reports that her manager Benny Medina and her boyfriend Casper Smart are arranging a huge bash at the Nobu Village suite at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.  The paper reports that the invitees will include Joe Jonas, Chris Evans, Yankees star Carlos Beltran, Tommy Hilfiger and rapper Ja Rule, who teamed with J-Lo on the hit "I'm Real." The Nobu Villa is 10,000 square feet of luxury, with three bedrooms, a sky deck, barbecue pit and Zen garden.  It rents for…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Clip of Rihanna's Role in Upcoming "Valerian" Movie Unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con

Get ready to witness Rihanna in outer space! The seductive R&B singer's next big film role -- in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- reportedly will drop jaws, and one lucky audience caught a glimpse of Rih Rih's opening scene in the flick at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.   The name of her character is currently unknown, but what is certain is that Rih performs a sexy dance number for the main character, Valerian, in a brothel, while sporting a "Sally Bowles look," reports Vulture.  Dane DeHaan, who plays Valerian, says he worked on the scene with Rihanna…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Releases Dramatic Trailer for "Rise"

You've probably already seen the inspirational Olympic-themed video set to Katy Perry's new anthem "Rise," but it turns out there's a proper music video for the tune as well...and based on the trailer, it looks pretty dramatic. In the 30-second clip, we see a figure trudging across the top of a vast, jagged top of a cliff, dragging a pink parachute behind them.  It's hard to tell if it's a man or a woman.  Next, we're underwater with the pink parachute, and Katy herself bursts out of it, and the water, gasping for breath. No word yet on when the…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna, Bieber, Taylor & Coldplay Among Top-Grossing Tours So Far This Year

Madonna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Taylor Swift are among the top-grossing world tours of the first half of 2016, according to Billboard. Based on box office figures from November 10, 2015, through June 6, 2016, rock legend Bruce Springsteen's most recent tour ranks #1 on the list, with receipts of more than $135 million.  Madonna's Rebel Heart tour came in second with $124 million dollars gross.  Beyonce's Formation tour came in third, raking in just under $97 million bucks, while Coldplay's Head Full of Dreams tour, which saw them play stadiums in the U.S. for the first time, was forth,…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora Named New Host of "America's Next Top Model"

Rita Ora has been tapped to host the revived version of America's Next Top Model. She spoke about her new role on the VH1 competition with USA Today, which broke the news. “The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” Ora says. Ora steps in for Tyra Banks, who remains as executive producer.…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Collision Course" : Jessie J "Bang Bangs" into Theaters with "Ice Age" Film Acting Debut

Jessie J's been offered a lot of acting opportunities, but she's making her film acting debut in the new animated movie Ice Age: Collision Course, in theaters today. Jessie provides the voice for Brooke, a female sloth, and says the experience couldn't have been better. "Voice stuff and animation is one of my dreams," she tells ABC Radio. "So I felt like I could really focus on making it great. And I love Ice Age. I was so happy when I was asked. It didn’t feel like working when I did it. It was just really fun." In the movie,…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR