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"Despacito" Sets Streaming Record

Another day, another record for “Despacito.”  The Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber collaboration has just become the most-streamed song of all time. Universal Music Group, the song’s label, says “Despacito” has been streamed more than 4.6 billion times across multiple platforms in the six months since its initial release.  Mind you, those are the total, combined streams of both the original, exclusively Spanish-language version, and the remix featuring Justin Bieber. This is also great news for Justin, by the way.  The “Despacito” streams beat his own, personal record of 4.38 billion streams for his hit, “Sorry,” and its various remixes, according…

posted 2017/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Lambert approves of Katy Perry as an "American Idol" judge, says new music is more "glam rock"

While Adam Lambert says he hasn't been invited to participate in ABC's reboot of American Idol, he's all for Katy Perry serving as one of the judges on the show.  "I think she'll fit in nicely," he says. "I think she’ll be great. She’s honest. She has a lot of history with the show," Adam tells the Toronto Sun of his friend Katy. "She’s kind of been a guest on it about a dozen times. She was actually a guest on it my season as a matter of fact.  So yeah...this shows some new blood." You may recall that when…

posted 2017/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Why "Dunkirk" director didn't want to "oversell" Harry Styles

If the only thing you know about the upcoming movie Dunkirk is that Harry Styles is in it, that's not because director Christopher Nolan wanted it that way.  He says he purposely didn't make a big deal about Harry's presence in the film -- because he didn't want fans to be disappointed. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Nolan acknowledges that Harry's role is "small but pivotal," and explains, "We’re not trying to oversell Harry in the movie for the specific reason that it’s an ensemble. We don’t want people who are huge fans of his being disappointed that he’s not in…

posted 2017/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Auction of Madonna personal items halted by court

A judge in New York City has halted the auction of personal items once belonging to Madonna including a love letter from her then-boyfriend Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.The New York Post reports that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz has ordered a collectibles dealer to remove those items and 18 others from an auction scheduled to take place Wednesday. The paper reports that Madonna filed suit to stop the auction on Tuesday, with court papers taking particular exception to the sale of her hair. “I understand that my DNA could be…

posted 2017/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Harry Styles gives one-word answers in hilarious Chelsea Handler interview

Giving one-word answers doesn’t usually make for a good interview, but in this case it does. Chelsea Handler quizzed Harry Styles on a variety of topics for her Netflix show Chelsea, and she encouraged him to be as brief as possible. “I don’t have a ton of time because I’m going to a pool party, so I need kind of one-word answers,” Chelsea says. “I don’t need you to go off and on about your acting and how you get into a role. People will see it for themselves and decide whether or not they think you’re qualified.” Her first…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kygo’s documentary, "Stole the Show," debuting July 26

Kygo is ready to share his journey. The Norwegian DJ’s new documentary, Stole the Show, will debut on Apple Music on July 26. The film will follow his early career through his mainstream success, culminating with his performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in January 2016. It’ll feature behind-the-scenes footage offering insights into his creative process and his off-stage personality. “Can’t wait for everyone to see what really goes on behind the scenes!” Kygo says in statement. “It’s exciting showing people the journey that I’ve been on up until this point in my career.” Stole the Show…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tours by Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber among top-grossing of 2017 so far

Now that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017.  Among the artists in the top 10: Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. Justin's Purpose stadium tour, which hasn't even hit North America yet, came in at #3, grossing just over $93 million dollars. Adele's 25 World tour, the last few dates of which she had to cancel due to voice problems, brought in $59 million, good enough for #7. Ed Sheeran's Divide tour was #8…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber surprises patients at children's hospital

When Justin Bieber isn't touring the world or posting photos on Instagram, he's brightening his fans' lives. ET Canada reports that on Monday, Justin paid a surprise visit to the young patients at the Children's Hospital of Orange County. According to a variety of posts by patients and their parents, Justin, dressed casually and wearing gold aviator glasses, chatted with the kids and even prayed with them. One fan who got a visit from the singer posted a photo of them together and wrote, "Today I got a once in a life time chance to share a heart to heart…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Mayer playing intimate LA show as part of Bud Light Dive Bar Tour

Remember when Lady Gaga hinted that other artists would be joining the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour? Well, turns out John Mayer is one of them. The singer will deliver an intimate performance at a secret location in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 26. The show will be live-streamedvia the Bud Light Facebook page. "I'm happy that Bud Light is continuing their Dive Bar Tour and excited to be a part of it this year," John says in a statement. "I started my career playing in small clubs and bars and look forward to performing for friends and fans in…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"RuPaul’s Drag Race" boosts streaming for Whitney Houston, Meghan Trainor & more

You better work. RuPaul’s Drag Race not only gives you fabulous catchphrases, but it also apparently influences what music you’re listening to. According to Billboard, the Emmy-nominated reality series’ most recent season managed to boost streaming numbers for the songs featured on the program big-time. In particular, streaming of Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional” was up 510 percent for the week ending June 29 -- just days after season nine winner Sasha Velour lip-synced the song on the show’s June 23 finale. Other songs enjoyed big spikes after contestants lip-synced to them on the show. Another Whitney tune, “It’s Not Right…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Delete your Twitter: @EdSheeran is no more

Ed Sheeran recently said he didn't read Twitter anymore because he was tired of all the hate.  Now he's exercised the nuclear option: on Monday, he deleted his entire account. Ed got rid of the account the day after he appeared on Game of Thrones, a cameo which prompted numerous not-very-nice comments from viewers.  In fact, many expressed their desire to have Arya Stark kill him. Thankfully, Ed is still front and center on Instagram.  He recently shared a photo of himself and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, captioned "Climbing mountains in Peru." Earlier this month, Ed described his feelings towards Twitter…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons "Evolve", top Adult Pop songs chart with "Believer"

Imagine Dragons' latest hit, "Believer," has just topped Billboard's Adult Pop songs chart.  It's the band's first #1 on that chart, and their third top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The song is the first single from the band's latest album, Evolve, and lead singer Dan Reynolds says that title really describes their new music. "I mean, I think it's just that: an evolution of sorts," Dan tells ABC Radio. "Sonically, it's a departure, lyrically it's a departure......it's a departure but an arrival, [too].  And it retains a lot of things [from before]. So yeah, Evolve felt like the…

posted 2017/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR