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2016-12-08

Fergie on Long-Awaited New Solo Album: "I'm Ready to Let This Thing into the Universe!"

Fans have been waiting more than 10 years for the follow-up to Fergie's super-successful solo debut, The Dutchess.  Well, it turns out that Fergie's just as anxious as they are to see it released. "I'm hoping for ASAP, as soon as possible," Fergie told Music Choice about when she plans to put the album out.  "I'm going for January, that's what I'm trying [for], but first of the year, first coupla months, I'm hoping for January." "Everyone's gotta do the holiday thing and all of that," she adds. "But I'm ready: ready to let this thing into the universe!" Fergie's…

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

Band of Merrymakers' "A Very Merry Medley" Is the Only Christmas Single You'll Need This Year

Why download multiple Christmas songs this season when you can just buy one -- and raise money for a good cause, too? The all-star Christmas collective Band of Merrymakers has a single out called "A Very Merry Medley," a mashup of 10 holiday classics. Performers include Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Lisa Loeb, Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis and the Merrymakers' co-founders: Better than Ezra's Kevin Griffin and hit songwriter Sam Hollander. "The idea was so good, I dare someone to think of a better idea this year," McGrath says of the medley, now added to the group's…

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

Ariana Grande Stumbles, but Still Delights in "Hairspray Live!"

Hairspray Live! the three-hour musical adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray, about a girl who finds overnight success in 1962 Baltimore, aired Wednesday night on NBC.  And the production managed to delight, despite a few flubs, and a stumble from Ariana Grande. Overall, the show went off without a hitch, save for some microphone and lighting glitches, and Ariana's trip during the number, “I Can Hear the Bells” -- although if you blinked, you might have missed it. Ariana, who played Penny Pingleton, didn't have any problems belting out other songs in the show, like "Without Love" and the finale, "We…

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

Madonna Joins James Corden for "Carpool Karaoke"

Just ahead of the premiere of her new Showtime documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, the Material Girl herself took the passenger seat in the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Madonna might have sat down but she didn't sit still while riding around New York City in an SUV with endearingly star-struck James Corden. The 58-year-old singer was ageless as ever in her black leather jacket, black jeans and fingerless gloves, rocking attitude from the moment Corden pulled into traffic. The two of them struck a pose for “Vogue” and Madonna…

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

2016-12-07

Adele’s “Carpool Karaoke” Is YouTube’s Top Trending Video of the Year

Adele is number one on this year’s list of top trending videos on YouTube -- but it’s not for one of her own clips. Instead she tops the list for her “Carpool Karaoke” segment with James Corden. The segment has been viewed more than 135 million times since it aired January 13. In it, Adele rides around London with the Late Late Show host. She sings along to some of her own tunes, shows her love for “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, and impressively raps Nicki Minaj’s verse in the Kanye West hit, “Monster.”Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony topped the list of…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alicia Keys and Pentatonix Set to Perform on "New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly"

Alicia Keys and Pentatonix will be ringing in the New Year live from Times Square in New York City. They’ll be performing on NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.The hour-long special starts at 11:30 p.m. on December 31. Alicia’s co-star on The Voice, country singer Blake Shelton, will also be performing.  In addition to this appearance, Pentatonix will also star in their own NBC holiday special later this month.“New Year’s Eve is always a thrilling night to broadcast live from Times Square,” Carson Daly says in a statement. “The excitement of the ball dropping, great music and millions of…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Are "Very Serious" but Not Engaged

Katy Perry's relationship with Orlando Bloom is going strong: the two are planning a holiday vacation together, a source tells People magazine. The couple has already gone to Hawaii, Italy and France during their relationship, which started sometime around January of 2016.  "Orlando is very happy with Katy. They are not engaged yet, but are very serious,” dished the source. How serious? They've already met the parents, according to People: Orlando spent Thanksgiving with Katy and her clan, while Katy went to England earlier this year to meet Orlando's family, including his mom and his son Flynn, whose mom is…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mike Posner Says Grammy Nod Means "My Stuff Doesn't Suck"

Mike Posner's Grammy nod for Song of the Year for "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" seems like a left-field choice, but according to the singer, he's just as deserving as his competition in the category, which includes Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Lukas Graham and Adele. "I think I deserve to be nominated. I think everybody else in the category deserves to be nominated," he tells Billboard. "There were a lot of good songs this year. I'm not the only good writer, but I'm one of them. And it feels good to be recognized by other writers and other musicians...and have…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Writes Open Letter About Her Struggles with PTSD

Lady Gaga is speaking out about a very personal issue. In an open letter published on her Born This way Foundation website, the singer details her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, which she publicly revealed on TV a few days ago.She reveals that she was diagnosed after five years of experiencing chronic mental and physical pain. She’s now undergoing treatment. Gaga says her trauma partly stems from past events while she was on tour. “I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong,” she writes. “I ultimately ended up injured on…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Daya's on "Such a High" Thanks to First Grammy Nomination

At 18, Daya is the youngest artist this year to be nominated for a Grammy, and she can hardly contain her excitement. "I'm on such a high right now, this is insane," she tells Billboard. Her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "Don't Let Me Down," is up for Best Dance Recording. The singer says she was awakened by phone calls and texts with the good news. "I had just woken up, so I was like, 'Is this part of my dream? I can’t tell.' And I was so ecstatic I texted all my friends and literally did a lap around my hotel…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lukas Graham Singer Got Grammy News While On Diaper Duty

On Tuesday, Lukas Graham Forchhammer, lead singer of the Danish band Lukas Graham, was absolutely thrilled to learn that his band had been nominated for three Grammys -- even if he was elbow deep in baby poop at the time. The group is currently on the road, and Lukas tells People magazine, "I was changing my baby’s [diaper] when I was told. I came back in from a truck stop and I was changing a diaper while I was being nominated for a Grammy. So that was a little bit of a strange victory situation right there.” Lukas' daughter Viola…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink's Husband Says They Don't Know Sex of New Baby but "It's Going to Be Really Fun"

Pink received two Grammy nominations on Tuesday, one for her duet with country star Kenny Chesney, "Setting the World on Fire," and one for "Just Like Fire," her song from Alice Through the Looking Glass.  But she'll have something else to celebrate very soon: the birth of her second child.  Pink is extremely pregnant, though her husband Carey Hart tells People magazine that the couple still doesn't know the baby's sex. The couple also kept their daughter Willow's sex a surprise when she was born five years ago.  This time, though, Carey is hoping for a boy.  "We got one…

posted 2016/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR