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2017-06-15

Hailee Steinfeld to perform on "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"

Hailee Steinfeld has lined up her Fourth of July plans...and no, they don’t involve Taylor Swift’s annual squad party.The actress/singer is set to perform on NBC’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Other performers so far include country superstaras Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley.The two-hour telecast, which airs Tuesday, July 4 from 8p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys may expand Vegas residency even more; plot global tour for next year

Not long ago, The Backstreet Boys announced that they were expanding their Larger Than Life Las Vegas residency to add dates in November, January and February.  And the group likely won't stop there -- turns out they're really loving the "convenience" of being based in one place. Asked if they'd add more than the 15 dates announced, Backstreet's Kevin Richardson tells Billboard, "I think so. Just to not have to hop on a bus or a plane or unpack and pack in a new hotel room every night or whatever, to not have to travel and be able to stay…

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd to follow Alessia Cara collabo with Liam Payne collabo

Thanks to his collaboration with Alessia Cara, Zedd has scored the biggest pop hit of his career: "Stay" has reached #7 on the top ten.  His next single will also be a collaboration, this time with a male pop singer: Liam Payne of One Direction. Zedd tells Billboard that the single -- the details of which haven't been unannounced -- is "the definition of a summer song to me."  The song will be Liam's follow-up to his debut solo release, "Strip That Down." As for "Stay," Zedd tells Billboard, "I knew it was big when I was listening back to…

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry's "Witness World Wide" YouTube event attracted 49 million+ views

When Katy Perry decided to live-stream herself 24/7 for 96 hours, she probably wondered if anyone would bother tuning in.  Turns out they did -- in droves. Katy's Witness World Wide YouTube extravaganza, which concluded Monday, generated 49 million views, according to Katy's team.  Fans in 190 countries tuned in to watch the singer interact with celebrities including Sia, James Corden and Anna Kendrick, to Pentatonix, Caitlyn Jenner and Gordon Ramsay. Katy's World Wide Witness Headquarters, a nine-room space outfitted with 41 robotic cameras, will be open now through Friday as a pop-up shop with exclusive merchandise.  It's located at 718…

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry: "All the awards that I've won are fake"

While Katy Perry's candy-colored, over-the-top pop image helped her become a superstar, she's now reinvented herself, chopping off her hair and changing her wardrobe, her music and her approach to life.  "I know nothing," she tells The New York Times. “Every day when I think I know something, the universe shows me that I need to learn another lesson,” she tells the paper. "So I stand here today, more so than any other day, saying I know nothing. I literally know nothing.” Katy also is denouncing some of her past career achievements.  "All the awards shows are fake, and all…

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Luis Fonsi on Justin Bieber singing "Despacito": "We have to give him a little bit of a pass"

Justin Bieber sang in Spanish on the remix of the #1 hit "Despacito," but lately, he's been disappointing fans in concert because he doesn't know the Spanish part well enough to perform it song live. Some fans have even thrown things at Justin for his failure to sing "Despacito," but they should just chill.  After all, it doesn't bother the guy whose song it actually is. Luis Fonsi, who wrote and sings lead on "Despacito," tells ABC Radio that he thinks people should cut Justin some slack. "I mean, obviously I would love for him to...learn it," he tells ABC…

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus & Jimmy Fallon busk in NYC on "The Tonight Show"

Miley Cyrus, took over Wednesday’s edition of The Tonight Show. She was Jimmy Fallon's only guest for the entire show, during which she busked in a New York City subway station. After appearing in place of Jimmy in the show’s opening title sequence and interrupting his monologue as “Hashtag the Panda,” the 24-year-old singer and Season-13 The Voice coach appeared in a segment taped the night before, where she and Fallon donned disguises and busked in the subway station below NYC’s 30 Rock, where the show is taped. Cyrus, in a black wig, a cowboy hat and sunglasses, and Fallon,…

posted 2017/06/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-06-14

Report: Ryan Seacrest convinced Katy Perry to join "American Idol," but nearly told ABC to take a hike

While we still don't know officially who will host ABC's reboot of American Idol, thanks to the Hollywood Reporter, we have an inside look at the negotiations that went on behind the scenes as the network tried to get Ryan Seacrest to sign on to reprise his old job. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan got a big-bucks offer to return to host the show.  While his actual salary wasn't confirmed, the publication said he wanted more than his former salary of $10 million, as well as some creative control.  The deal was all but set -- so much so…

posted 2017/06/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch now: Selena Gomez plays multiple roles in "Bad Liar" mini-movie

Selena Gomez's new video for "Bad Liar" has arrived.  Despite the way it was teased, it's not actually a film, but it is sort of a mini-movie -- one in which Selena herself plays nearly all the roles. The clip is set in 1978, and features Selena playing a high school student, her own mother and father, and her female gym teacher, who sports a blonde Farrah Fawcett hairdo.  As student Selena goes through a day at school, she tries to stop herself from thinking about the object of her affection, while looking disapprovingly at her dad, who's flirting with…

posted 2017/06/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande will likely be made an honorary citizen on Manchester

Fans started a petition asking for it not long ago, and now it looks like it will become a reality: Ariana Grande will likely be made an honorary citizen of Manchester, England.  That title would come in recognition of the One Love Manchester charity concert she organized that raised millions for victims of the bomb attack that killed 22 after her concert in that city last month. According to the BBC, the Manchester city council has proposed granting honorary citizenship as a new way to recognize outstanding contributions to the city, and Ariana will be first in line to receive…

posted 2017/06/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hang with Demi Lovato at this year's "Billboard" Hot 100 Festival

Demi Lovato has just joined the lineup of this year's Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, set for August 19 and 20 in Long Island, New York...and she wants you to come hang with her at the event. A new contest is offering one winner and a guest first class round-trip travel to and from New York City, as well as hotel accommodations and transportation to and from the festival venue.  In addition, the winner will get a meet-and-greet with Demi, access to pre-performance moments and backstage access to both days of the festival.  Meanwhile, three runners-up will receive airfare, meet-and-greets…

posted 2017/06/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran reveals dream collaborator; admits he puts his "signature" on songs for other artists

If you've heard the songs that Ed Sheeran co-wrote with Liam Payne, Justin Bieber and Rita Ora -- that'd be "Strip That Down," "Love Yourself" and "Your Song," respectively -- you may have noticed that they all kinda sound like Ed Sheeran songs.  According to Ed, that's deliberate. Speaking to Billboard, Ed says, "As many times as I can, if there’s a song I have a writing credit on, I try to have some sort of element of me on it, just as a kind of signature. Even if it’s me doing the backing vocal or me playing the guitar,…

posted 2017/06/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR