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2017-03-20

Backstreet Boy A.J. Mclean welcomes new daughter, Lyric

A Backstreet Boy has another girl.  A.J. Maclean and his wife Rochelle have welcomed their second daughter, Lyric Dean Mclean, his rep confirms to ABC Radio. The newborn arrived Sunday at 5 p.m. local time.  She joins big sister Ava, who's four. "My wife is one of four and that showed me there's something beyond special about having siblings," A.J. told  People . "Now, seeing the excitement and anticipation that Ava has about being a big sister is truly amazing, and the best feeling in the world. She's been practicing for months with her dolls, and with some of my…

posted 2017/03/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen voices role in animated film "Leap!"

Last year, Carly Rae Jepsen made her acting debut as Frenchie in the Fox's musical production of Grease.  Now, she's got a leading voice role in a new animated film set in France, called Leap! The movie is set in Paris in 1884, and stars Elle Fanning as Felicie, as an orphaned 11-year-old girl who dreams of being a dancer.  Since she has no money, she steals a rich girl's identity so she can attend a top school and train.  While there, she gets advice from the school cleaning woman, Odette, a former prima ballerina who's voiced by Carly Rae. …

posted 2017/03/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine on having John Legend mentor his team: "It feels very right"

The Voice's "Battle Rounds" start on Monday, with big-name mentors joining each coach to help prepare their teams for the head-to-head sing-offs.  John Legend is Adam Levine's team mentor, and Adam says he couldn't believe his luck when he found out he'd be working with his longtime friend. "He was literally the first person they recommended," says Adam. But initially he thought the producers wanted John to be the artist who works with all the teams simultaneously after the Battle Rounds. "'I'm like, 'Oh, for the "super mentor?' and they were like, 'No, just you.' And I was like, 'What? You…

posted 2017/03/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry opens up about her sexuality: "I was curious"

Katy Perry is opening up about her sexuality. While accepting the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign's gala dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the "I Kissed a Girl" singer revealed her sexual fluidity. "I'm just a singer-songwriter honestly. I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these bite-sized pop songs. For instance, 'I kissed a girl and I liked it,'" she said, referring to her 2008 hit single. "Truth be told ... I did more than that!" "What I did know was that I was curious," the singer continued, "and even then I knew…

posted 2017/03/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-03-18

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given. A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department's Facebook page reads, "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m."The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward…

posted 2017/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-03-17

So good: Zara Larsson's TV takeover starts next week

Zara Larsson's new album So Good is out today, but she'll be all over your TV in the next couple of weeks. Look for the Swedish singer on ABC's Good Morning America on March 22, The Wendy Williams Show March 23, The Late Late Show with James Corden April 4, and ABC's Live with Kelly on April 20. And this spring, while you're listening to Zara's new album, you can also be rocking her new fashion line.  Her capsule collection, created in partnership with H&M, will be available online and in stores May 18. Zara will be the opening act…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara wants next album to sound like "Here"

Alessia Cara broke out big thanks to her debut hit, "Here," but the Canadian singer admits that the rest of her first album, Know-It-All, didn't really follow that sonic blueprint.  Looking to her sophomore release, Alessia says she wants to get back to the sound that made her famous. "The last album was very metaphorical, lots of wordplay. Which I love. But I'm trying to see what will happen if I write a bit more simply," she tells Rolling Stone. "But sonically, I really wanna lean more toward the vibe of 'Here' -- that kind of gritty pop-soul, R&B thing.…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" joins "Billboard"'s "twice as popular" club; "Galway Girl" lyric video out now

Ed Sheeran's #1 hit "Shape of You" is a massive smash, but just how big is it?  At least twice as big as any other song currently on the chart.  Billboard did the math.  According to the magazine, since they began electronically measuring charts back in 1991, there have only been 17 #1 songs that have been twice as popular as the #2 hit at the time.  Popularity is based on chart points received for things like radio airplay, sales and streaming.  The more points you have, the higher you rise on the chart.  Ed's "Shape of You" is the…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne says pregnant girlfriend is "absolutely amazing"; claims Donald Trump kicked 1D out of his hotel

A shirtless Liam Payne is the cover star of the British magazine Rollacoaster, and inside, he speaks -- essentially for the first time -- about his pregnant girlfriend, British singer Cheryl Cole, and relates an interesting run-in he and One Direction had with Donald Trump. Speaking about Cheryl, who's also a TV host and former judge on The X Factor, Liam said they're living the dream. "Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world and she’s absolutely amazing," he says of Cheryl, who finally confirmed her pregnancy in a photo shoot not long ago. "She’s been my…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch now: Sia and Pink’s duet “Waterfall” gets a mesmerizing video

The mesmerizing music video has been released for Sia and Pink’s new duet, “Waterfall.”The visual doesn’t feature Sia or Pink, but instead features two air dancers as they float and spin gracefully inside a wind tunnel, wearing dark bodysuits and futuristic helmets as they perform. The video was shot at iFly, an indoor skydiving center in Ontario, California.“I’ve lost control/I paddle but you’re too strong/But I gotta trust your flow/But I’ve lost control/And babe it’s a relief to know/I got you keeping me float/When I’m in your waterfall,” Sia and Pink sing on the chorus.Sia co-wrote the song with Norwegian…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hailee Steinfeld and Machine Gun Kelly join forces for new song, “At My Best”

After finding success with his Camila Cabello duet “Bad Things,” Machine Gun Kelly has enlisted another young female pop star for his latest single. Hailee Steinfeld joins the rapper on “At My Best.”The song is an inspiring message of embracing your faults and knowing your worth. “If you can’t take me at my worst/You don’t deserve me at my best,” Hailee sings on the chorus.The two later blend their voices and sing, "This song's for anybody who feels like I did, never the cool kid. This song's for anybody who fought their way through, always remained true. This song's for…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran closing Glastonbury Festival

First Wembley now Glastonbury headliner.  Ed Sheeran will close England's giant Glastonbury Festival with a headlining performance Sunday, June 25. Ed made the announcement on Instagram Thursday, posting a video from a soundcheck at a tour stop in Turin, Italy.  "I'm starting the tour off today, and I want to make an announcement," he says, "I'm headlining Glastonbury on the Sunday night, which is awesome." Ed's festival appearance had long been rumored.  It's not his first time performing at Glastonbury. As the festival website notes, Ed first played Glastonbury in 2011, before he had even released an album.  He last appeared…

posted 2017/03/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR