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2015-06-04

Which Star Will Have 2015's Official Song of the Summer?....Oh, Take a Guess

It's summer, and that means the race for the Song of the Summer is officially on. Today, Billboard debuts its annual Song of the Summer chart, which tracks songs' performance from now through the end of the season.  When all is said and done, we'll find out what the official Song of the Summer 2015 is...and you may not be surprised to hear that Taylor Swift's leading the competition right now. Billboard Charts Co-Director Gary Trust tells ABC Radio that the chart "measures airplay, sales and streaming," adding, "It’s basically our Billboard Hot 100 chart stretched over three months, between…

posted 2015/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How Charlie Puth's Real-Life Loss Inspired "See You Again"

After six weeks at #1, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" was knocked out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 by Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."  But Taylor's now slipped to #2, and "See You Again" is back at #1 for a seventh week.  Most fans know that the poignant song is a tribute to late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, but it also doubles as a tribute to friends who the song's writers lost. "My friend had passed away in a very similar way to Paul," Charlie, who co-wrote and co-produced "See You Again," tells…

posted 2015/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How Charlie Puth's Real-Life Loss Inspired "See You Again"

After six weeks at #1, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" was knocked out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 by Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."  But Taylor's now slipped to #2, and "See You Again" is back at #1 for a seventh week.  Most fans know that the poignant song is a tribute to late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, but it also doubles as a tribute to friends who the song's writers lost. "My friend had passed away in a very similar way to Paul," Charlie, who co-wrote and co-produced "See You Again," tells…

posted 2015/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez Teases Return to TV in "Shades of Blue" Trailer

Jennifer Lopez will make a return to series television in an acting role in the upcoming crime drama, Shades of Blue. The American Idol judge teases her new role in a trailer for the show, in which she'll play a crooked cop who becomes a federal informant. "We know that certain things are wrong," the 45-year-old actress explains in the clip. "But in certain situations, doing the wrong thing is the right thing. It's about that internal struggle that every single person has." Not much is revealed about the plot, but in the trailer, J-Lo does mention having a daughter who…

posted 2015/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-06-03

Sara Bareilles Shares Cover from Her New Book of Essays

Sara Bareilles’ upcoming book of essays now has a cover. Entertainment Weekly has debuted the cover art for Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. The cover features the singer, clad in a red top and navy blue pants, surrounded by multi-colored megaphones. “Writing this book was hard. Sharing the cover is not,” Sara writes on Twitter. “I'm a proud mama today!” Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song reveals the stories behind Sara's most popular songs, as well as her thoughts about making music that is both artistic and commercial. “It feels infinitely more vulnerable to…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Neon Trees Release New Video Featuring Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black

Neon Trees has released the video for their latest tune, “Songs I Can’t Listen To.” The video features front man Tyler Glenn reminiscing about a past relationship that was centered on a shared love of music. His love interest is played by Dustin Lance Black, a writer and LGBT activist who won the 2008 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk. The video begins with the couple sharing a pair of headphones to listen to music together, and ends with Tyler trying to listen to music alone, but unable to shake the memories the songs stir up.Tyler, a Mormon from…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Uptown Funk" Ties 55-Year "Billboard" Chart Record, "See You Again" Returns to #1

"Uptown Funk" may have failed to set a record for most weeks at #1 -- it only managed 14 -- but it's just set another record that's nearly as impressive. The Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson collabo has now spent 25 weeks in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100.  In the publication's 55-year history, only one other song has spent that long in the top five: "How Do I Live," by LeAnn Rimes, which ruled from 1997 to 1998. Other songs that have spent nearly that long in the top five include "Smooth" by Santana and Rob Thomas, and "Un-Break…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hozier Put on Vocal Rest, Cancels London Show & German Festival Appearances

Hozier just became the latest musician to scrap concert dates due to vocal issues. The Grammy-nominated singer was initially forced to cancel tonight’s gig in London, citing illness. Later in the day, he announced on Twitter that a doctor put him on vocal rest and he would have to cancel appearances at two German music festivals this weekend.   “I've seen a doctor and will be on vocal rest for the next few days, sorry again about @theforum show tonight,” Hozier tweeted. “I'm afraid this means that my appearances at @rockamring & @rockimpark_com will not be going ahead. Sincere apologies…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Hikes Backwards to Avoid Paparazzi

Taylor Swift has turned her back on the paparazzi -- literally. She recently hiked an entire trail backwards, with the help of her security guard, just so photographers wouldn’t get a picture of her face. A fan on Tumblr pointed out one of the pics of Taylor, who has her back to the camera and is being directed by the security guard. “Taylor wtf is happening here im confused,” the Tumblr poster wrote.  Another commented, “It’s like she is doing that test that police officers do to see if you’re drunk or not.” Taylor explained, “I saw the guy with…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen Reveals 17-Song Track Listing for New Album, "Emotion"

Carly Rae Jepsen didn’t skimp on material for her upcoming album, Emotion. The singer revealed the track listing for the album on Twitter Tuesday -- a whopping 17 songs. In addition to her catchy single “I Really Like You,” the album includes tunes with titles like “Run Away with Me,” “Boy Problems,” and “I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance.” Emotion, which Carly has hinted would be heavily ‘80s-inspired, has yet to receive an official release date, but it’s been promised sometime this summer. Her last album, Kiss, was released in 2012. Here is the full Emotion track listing: “Run…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Tries to Get Stepson a Meeting with Ariana Grande

Being Kelly Clarkson’s stepson sometimes has its advantages. The singer’s 8-year-old boy, Seth, is a huge Ariana Grande fan, so Kelly's trying to pull some strings so he can meet her. Kelly Instagrammed a drawing of a rose Seth made for Ariana and tagged her in the post. “Girl, if there is any way I can meet you with my 8 year old little boy #SummertimeBall #London I would love you forever,” Kelly writes. “He is in love with you! For real! He made this for you ha!”Both Kelly and Ariana are set to perform at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Can Speak Again, Reschedules Australian Tour Dates

After three weeks of silence following vocal cord surgery, Sam Smith can speak again. The singer announced his reemergence into the speaking world with an Instagram photo of Ariel regaining her voice in The Little Mermaid and the caption, “I CAN SPEAK AGAIN!!!!!!!!”He also posted a picture of his doctor along with a heartfelt thank you message. “Thank you so much Doctor Zeitels for everything,” he writes. “You have truly saved me this past few months. Such an amazing man. You truly truly truly don't know what you got until you lose it. I have fallen in love with music…

posted 2015/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR