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2016-02-11

Rihanna Becomes First Artist to Score RIAA 100M Song Award; ANTI Goes Platinum

Rihanna has reached another new milestone. The Recording Industry Association of America announced the singer's become the first artist in history to be certified with 100 million cumulative gold and platinum song certifications.  In other words, if you add up all of the gold and platinum singles Rihanna's ever released, they add up to over 100 million total copies sold. In addition, Rihanna's new album, ANTI, has already gone platinum, less than a month after its release. The singer took to Twitter to show her appreciation: "Navy y’all did this i$h!!! FIRST & ONLY @RIAA certified with 100M song awards…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift to Open the Grammy Awards Monday Night

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards has just announced its opening act: Taylor Swift. The seven-time nominee will open the show Monday night with a song from her Grammy-nominated album, 1989. This marks Taylor’s second time opening the Grammys. She previously kicked off the show in 2013 with a performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Taylor joins a crop of other performers including Adele, Ellie Goulding, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga, the latter of whom will be performing a David Bowie tribute. LL Cool J will host the ceremony for the fifth consecutive year.…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

American Authors Releases New Single & Music Video

American Authors has a brand new tune. The band has released their new single, “Pride,” along with a music video for the song. In the video, frontman Zac Barnett goes from strolling down city streets to basking in the beauty of the mountains while singing about “never giving up” his pride. “Pride” is the follow-up to the anthemic "Go Big or Go Home," the lead single from their sophomore album, set to be released in May. The album was initially expected to be released at the end of last year. "The first album kind of really deals with kind of…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen Is "Having the Time of Her Life" as She Kicks off New Tour

Last year, Carly Rae Jepsen released her album EMOTION, which received across-the-board raves from nearly every critic and landed on many year-end "best" lists.  Now, she's ready to take those songs on the road, as she kicks off her Gimmie Love tour Friday night.  She says she's expecting a different kind of crowd to show up to her concerts this time around -- and she's thrilled about it. Carly did a mini-tour last year to gauge audience reaction to her new material, and was surprised to see that her audience seems to have changed completely, thanks to the critical acclaim…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Found Out About Oscar Nom While Working on Grammy Tribute

When awards shows collide: Lady Gaga tells Variety that she found out about her Oscar nomination while working on her Grammys tribute to David Bowie. The morning the nominations were announced, Gaga says kept waking up to check her cell phone in nervous anticipation. “Then I got distracted working on the David Bowie tribute,” she says. “I was creating the mix tape I was going to submit to [producer/musician] Nile Rodgers and I had my headphones on and was getting really into it and I missed the very beginning of the nominations.” When she finally saw that her song, “Til…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol": 12 of the Top 24 Contestants Perform Solo

The Top 24 have been chosen, and on Wednesday night's one-hour edition of American Idol, it was time for them to show judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez that they are here to stay. Each contestant performed a solo song of their choosing in front of the judges and an intimate crowd at the Vibiana in Los Angeles. Thursday night, they’ll be paired up with Idol favorites, including Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Nick Fradiani, Caleb Johnson, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. Here are Wednesday’s highlights: Stephany Negrete kicked things off with Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best.” Keith praised…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Donates $10,000 to Help Autistic Boy

Taylor Swift recently answered a pair of young Texas girls' pitch for donations with a generous one of her own. Humble, Texas cousins Jordan Fox and Makaylee Duhon, both 12, rewrote Swift's hit "Blank Space" and posted the video on YouTube in an effort to get donations for a therapy dog for Jordan's 5-year-old brother, Jacob, who is autistic. Last week, Swift surprised the girls when she herself donated $10,000. Makaylee tells Houston TV station KPRC they got the news from Jacob's mom, Allison Hill. "She was like, 'Taylor Swift just donated $10,000,'" recalls Makaylee. "And we were all like,…

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele's "Carpool Karaoke" Segment Breaks YouTube Record

James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment with Adele has reached a new milestone. Her appearance on The Late Late Show host's signature bit has surpassed 67.5 million views on YouTube, making it the most-watched late-night clip ever on the video site. It's also the fastest-growing late-night clip on YouTube, having racked up 42 million views in its first five days of availability. Corden's most recent "Carpool Karaoke" segment, which aired on his post-Super Bowl edition of The Late Late Show, features Elton John. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/02/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-02-10

Carly Rae Jepsen Opens Fleetwood Mac Fest with Cover of "Hold Me"

Carly Rae Jepsen paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac Tuesday, during the first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest in Los Angeles. She opened the show with a cover of the classic rock band’s song “Hold Me.” Others who performed at Fleetwood Mac Fest included Mark Ronson, comedian Sarah Silverman and rocker Courtney Love. At the end of the concert, the show’s participants joined in for a group cover of "The Chain." The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/02/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia, Pink, James Bay & More Cover Beatles Songs for New Animated Netflix Series

Sia, Pink and James Bay are among a slew of artists tackling The Beatles catalog for a new animated children’s series inspired by the Fab Four’s classic tunes. The artists will be covering famous Beatles songs for Beat Bugs, which is set to premiere on Netflix this August. The series, about a group of tiny insect pals who live in a suburban backyard, will incorporate the songs into its storylines Sia will be singing "Blackbird" and Pink will do her own rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." It's not yet known what song James Bay will be covering,…

posted 2016/02/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

You'll Never Believe Who Sam Smith Wants to Play Him in the Movie of His Life

By the end of this month, Sam Smith could very well be an Oscar winner -- his James Bond theme "The Writing's on the Wall" is nominated for Best Original song at the February 28 ceremony.  But Sam says he'd like to see a three-time Oscar-winner play him in a future biopic...just not one you'd expect. Asked by E! who he'd cast as himself if a movie were to be made of his life, Sam thought a bit and then answered, "Meryl Streep. For sure. 100 percent. I think she could smash it!" Sam and his writing partner Jimmy Napes…

posted 2016/02/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato “Wouldn’t Mind” if Wilmer Valderrama Put a Ring on It

Is Demi Lovato itching to get hitched? During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the singer says her longtime boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, has yet to propose -- but drops the hint that maybe he should start ring shopping. "I don't see a ring," she tells Ellen after being questioned about engagement rumors. "I wouldn't mind if I saw one, but there's time for everything." While she’d love for Wilmer to put a ring on it, sounds like Demi won’t be giving him any ultimatums any time soon. "We've been together this long, obviously I'm not going anywhere and…

posted 2016/02/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR