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2017-03-23

Selena Gomez says of dramatic roles: "I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon"

Selena Gomez is the most-followed woman on Instagram and can act as well as sing.  But she says one reason her current project is behind-the-scenes as an executive producer is because, believe it or not, she doesn't think anyone will cast her in a good role in the near future. Speaking to the New York Times, Selena says, "I want to be a part of projects that have value, that really matter. And it’s really hard to do that. Sometimes I feel defeated. I’ll audition for a part that I feel very passionate about, meet with people, tell them I’m…

posted 2017/03/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zara Larsson's eclectic new album, "So Good," is "a little bit of this and that"

A massive star in her native Sweden, Zara Larsson broke through in the U.S. last year with her hit "Never Forget You."  That hit is included on her new album, So Good, her first to be released internationally.  The album features an eclectic mix of sounds, but Zara says that was pretty much accidental. "I think I’m just influenced by a lot of things," she tells ABC Radio. "Pop is so broad and what I love about it is that you’re allowed to be inspired by different genres." "I think it just happened because I enjoy different types of music…

posted 2017/03/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-03-22

In hilarious video, Harry Potter star claims "Ed Sheeran" is a character he created

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint says he regularly gets mistaken for his friend Ed Sheeran, and now he's turned his association with the chart-topping singer into a hilarious video in which he claims "Ed" doesn't exist -- he's just a character he's been playing for the last few years. In the MTV-produced video, which you can watch on YouTube, MTV's Josh Horowitz welcomes "Ed Sheeran" onto a TRL-type show, but it's really Rupert in disguise, complete with glasses, fake tattoo sleeves and flannel shirt.  Just as he's about to sing, he stops, and pulls open his flannel shirt to reveal…

posted 2017/03/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

On Ebay, fan selling bag of air from Adele's record-breaking Australian tour

If you weren't able to attend Adele's record-breaking run of concerts in Australia, you can still experience a small part of it, thanks to one extremely enterprising fan. The fan is auctioning of a bag of air -- yes, air -- supposedly captured at Adele's March 13 show in Adelaide, Australia. "Grab a piece of history for your Adele collection. A true fan must have this air," reads the caption. The item is a clear plastic sandwich bag labeled with the concert location and date, and the words "legit bag of air."  The auction ends March 26, and when we…

posted 2017/03/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber accuses Australian fans of "acting like animals"

When you’re as famous as Justin Bieber, eating lunch in peace isn’t really an option. The Bieb was bombarded by fans recently as he dined at Chargrill Charlie’s restaurant in Sydney, Australia. As seen in photos and video captured on social media, fans crowded the singer and snapped photos as he ate, then chased him to his car. In one video, Justin is heard telling the crowd, “The more you guys scream and act like animals, the less we can have a conversation.”Over the past year, Justin has tried to distance himself from fans to a certain extent. He stopped…

posted 2017/03/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Credits list for Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" now includes "No Scrubs" songwriters

If you listened to Ed Sheeran's smash #1 hit "Shape of You" and were reminded of TLC's classic hit "No Scrubs" when you heard the line "Boy let's not talk too much/grab on my waist and put that body on me"....well, you weren't the only one. Billboard reports that the people who wrote "No Scrubs" have now been added to the credits of Ed's hit, because rhythmically, the line is so reminiscent of the "No Scrubs" chorus.  The song was co-written by Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle from the girl group Xscape, as well as Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs. Kandi,…

posted 2017/03/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Wyclef Jean speaks out on being handcuffed: "I feel like it's abuse of power"

Wyclef Jean is speaking out about the incident early Tuesday morning in which he was handcuffed by L.A. sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a robbery suspect.  Clef is upset about the incident, but not because he has a problem with the police. "As a person who has law enforcement in their family -- I mean I ran for president of a country -- I understand law and order," he tells ABC Radio. Part of the incident was captured on video, but he says the really scary part was not. "When I got out the car, the part that y'all did…

posted 2017/03/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez's bucket list item: "I want to jump out of something"

Selena Gomez is still young, but she's managed to pack a lot into those years: touring the world, starring in movies, producing TV shows, dating famous musicians, starting a clothing line, doing charity work and more.  But she says there's still one thing she hasn't done yet that she'd like to experience...and it's pretty dangerous. As part of her recent Vogue cover story, Selena answered 73 random questions about herself for a video on the Vogue website.  When asked what's still on her bucket list, she replied, "I want to jump out of something."  Whether she means a plane or…

posted 2017/03/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-03-21

Lorde tweets excitement about "Big Little Lies," promises "cool stuff coming"

Lorde clued fans in on her musical plans -- and her current TV obsession -- in a series of Tuesday morning tweets. The Kiwi pop star first expressed her delight with Big Little Lies, the HBO drama about a group of private school parents in Monterey, California, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern. Lorde tweeted, “please inject more big little lies DIRECTLY into my veins @HBO!!!!!” Lorde previously announced a June 16 release date for her sophomore album, Melodrama. When a fan responded to her HBO tweet by requesting more musical “melodrama” directly into their veins, Lorde responded, “lethal…

posted 2017/03/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shine bright like a diamond at Rihanna's third annual Diamond Ball this September

Rihanna is bringing her annual Diamond Ball to New York City for the first time ever this September at Cipriani Wall Street.  The Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year recipient's black-tie affair will raise money to support her Clara Lionel Foundation.  "New York always offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing event, which is why I am thrilled to have the Diamond Ball there," RiRi said in an official statement.   She added, "It's a great way to celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation's accomplishments, as well as bring awareness to our mission globally. I know it'll be a night to remember!"  Rihanna created the Clara…

posted 2017/03/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's new album moves a million in 16 days

Some albums by major artists came out several years ago and have yet to go gold.  Ed Sheeran's new album went platinum in just over two weeks. According to Britain's Official Charts Company, Divide has just passed the million mark, selling 1.07 million units in physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales.  It took Ed just 16 days to accomplish that feat. In the U.K., Ed currently has a lock on the entire top three on the charts: "Shape of You" is #1, followed by another track from Divide, "Galway Girl," at #2, and "Castle on the Hill" at #3. Divide…

posted 2017/03/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran to receive prestigious Hal David Starlight Award from Songwriters Hall of Fame

Ed Sheeran's amazing chart success over the past few years is bringing him a prestigious songwriting award. At this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction gala, Ed will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.  Since 2004, it's been presented to a young songwriter who's made "a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs."  Past recipients include John Legend, Taylor Swift, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and more. In a statement, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, legendary producers and co-chairmen of the Hall, said, "Ed Sheeran has accomplished so much in pop music that it…

posted 2017/03/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR