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Mel C on Sitting Out Spice Girls Reunion: "Is It a New Rule that Bands Have to Reform?"

A Spice Girls reunion to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their hit "Wannabe" is apparently in the works, but both Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm, aka Mel C, are sitting it out.  In an essay for the British publication The Love Magazine, Mel C explains why. "Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie," she writes.  "Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Daya's Debut Album, "Sit Still, Look Pretty," Due October 7

After two successful singles, Daya has finally announced details of her debut album. The disc, called Sit Still, Look Pretty after Daya's hit single of the same name, will be out October 7, with a pre-order going live September 17.  "Can't wait to share w/ you all," she tweeted. A three-minute preview of the disc, featuring snippets of all the songs, is streaming now. In addition to "Sit Still, Look Pretty," Daya has scored hits with "Hide Away" and her Chainsmokers collabo, "Don't Let Me Down." Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith’s First-Ever Album, "Diva Boy," Getting a Re-Release

Get ready to hear a pre-fame Sam Smith. The singer’s very first album, Diva Boy, is getting re-released next month by London-based independent label Flipbook Music.The album was recorded in 2008, when Sam was just 16 years old. It features a song called “Momentarily Mine,” which has an accompanying low-budget music video on YouTube. At the beginning of the clip, Sam reveals his ambition: “To be a star.”Sam released his official debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in 2014, and is currently working on his follow-up. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Apollonia Makes Surprise Appearance at "Purple Rain" Celebration

"Purple rain, purple rain!" A special screening and discussion titled "Purple Rain: Celebration," took place in Beverly Hills, California Monday night -- and none other than the movie's leading lady, Apollonia Kotero, made a surprise appearance, says Billboard.  The event honored the cult classic 1984 romance drama Purple Rain, which famously starred the late music icon Prince and made Apollonia famous, albeit briefly. Co-stars Jerome Benton and Jill Jones, the film's producer, Robert Cavallo, and writer-directorAlbert Magnoli were also there, as well as the costume designer responsible for Purple Rain's iconic fashion looks, Marie France.     "I was the last person they saw for the audition [to find the Vanity replacement]," Apollonia told the…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez "Clearing Her Calendar for a Year" to Deal with Lupus-Related Issues

Last year, Selena Gomez revealed that she suffers from lupus, an autoimmune disease.  Now, the singer has decided to take time off from her busy schedule to deal with some side effects she's experiencing as a result of the disease. In a statement to People magazine, Selena explains that lupus "can affect different people in different ways," adding, "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges." Noting that she wants to be "proactive," she continues that she has "decided that the best way forward is to take some…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber and The Weeknd Make 2017 Guinness World Records Book

Justin Bieber and The Weeknd are bonafide record-breakers. The two artists made it into the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records book. The Biebs managed to break six different records, including the most-viewed music channel on YouTube for an individual, the most followers on Twitter for a male, and the most simultaneous tracks on the U.S. singles chart, with 17. Justin also set the record for most simultaneous new entries in the Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist with 13, and became the first act to occupy all top three positions on the U.K. singles chart simultaneously, with…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Performs with Snow Patrol at Northern Irish Wedding Reception

First, we heard about Bruno Mars being the wedding singer at a lavish Lake Como wedding over the weekend. Now comes word that Ed Sheeran also performed at a recent wedding.The singer took the stage at the nuptials of Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid’s sister in Northern Ireland on Friday. For the bride and groom’s first dance, Ed joined his pal Johnny's band to play the Snow Patrol hit “Chasing Cars” and Ed’s “Tenerife Sea.” They also performed a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”The wedding took place at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland. Johnny’s on-again…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley's "Wrecking Ball" VMA Moonman for Sale on eBay; Amazon Series Gets a Premiere Date

If you've always dreamed of displaying a MTV VMA Moonman on your shelf, get ready to open your wallet. Jessie Helt, the homeless kid who accepted Miley Cyrus' Video of the Year VMA for "Wrecking Ball" back in 2014, is selling the Moonman on eBay.  It's described as "In mint condition. Very rare one of a kind. No fingerprints."  It's engraved with both Jesse and Miley's names. There's evidently a market for the awards: there are currently three bids for the trophy, with the highest at $10,300.  The New York Post notes that the Moonman for the all-star '80s charity…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Coldplay Honors Gene Wilder with Live "Pure Imagination" Cover

The world lost Gene Wilder on Monday, and Coldplay honored the late comic legend by covering the song "Pure Imagination" during their show in Denver last night. You can listen to clip of the performance now via the band's Instagram. Wilder, of course, famously sang "Pure Imagination" in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The actor and writer also starred in the movies The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, among others.  He died at age 83 Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Throughout their tour this summer, Coldplay has also honored Prince with covers of "Sometimes it…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Releases Gym-Themed “Side to Side” Video with Nicki Minaj

After Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s steamy VMA performance of “Side to Side,” we now have the song’s equally steamy music video.Much like the VMA performance, the gym-themed video features Ariana singing on an exercise bike. She later joins Nicki in the steam room to sweat it out with some half-naked male eye candy. The video debuted on GUESS.com as part of a new partnership between the clothing brand and Republic Records called GUESS music. Ariana wears the brand’s latest athletic line in the clip. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

For Fifth Harmony, Touring Is Like a Giant Sleepover

Life on a tour bus can be a pretty grungy affair for some groups, but not for the ladies of Fifth Harmony. Fresh off their Best Collaboration win at Sunday's MTV VMA for their "Work from Home" video, the ladies say life on their tour bus is more like a slumber party than anything else. “Whatever you would have for a sleepover, we have that,” Dinah Jane Hansen tells InStyle of the group's tour bus provisions. “I actually had a really fun sleepover on my bus, and we had a lot of candy and popcorn — and blankets.” So what…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Reportedly Excused from Jury Duty

Taylor Swift has been excused from jury duty, and not because of her celebrity status. E! News reports Taylor – who reported for jury duty in Nashville Monday morning – was excused from serving because she’s got legal woes of her own that are similar to the case on which she was being asked to serve.  Specifically, it’s the lawsuit filed against her by a Colorado DJ, whom Taylor claims groped her buttocks three years ago at a backstage meet-and-greet, while he posed with her for a photo.  The DJ denies the accusation and claims it got him fired. The…

posted 2016/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR