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2017-05-22

At least 19 dead, 50 injured after incident at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

At least 19 people are dead and about 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, according to Greater Manchester Police. Police said the situation "is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise." A rep for Ariana tells ABC News that Ariana is OK and that they are investigating what happened. Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run. Concertgoer Josh Elliot tells the BBC, "Basically, she finished her last song. 'Dangerous Woman,' and the house lights came up and everyone started to walk…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne says he almost didn’t go solo

Last week, Liam Payne became the final One Direction member to release solo material. But the singer tells Billboard he never actually planned to go solo at all. "To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture,” Liam says. "I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.' Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Confirmed fatalities" after incident at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Police are responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena in England where an Ariana Grande concert was taking place and telling individuals to stay away from the area.In a statement, police said there are a "number of confirmed fatalities" as well as additional injuries. A rep for Ariana tells ABC News that Ariana is OK and that they are investigating what happened. Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Wish you were here: Beyoncé shares pictures from baby shower

If your invitation to Beyoncé's baby shower got lost in the mail, don't fret.   The entertainment icon shared a few photos of herself and hubby Jay Z enjoying the African-themed event -- called The Carter Push Party -- on her Instagram feed, including one of the superstar exposing her henna-adorned belly and wearing traditional African print skirt, bandeau bra top, head wrap and jewelry.  Another picture features Queen Bey and her King Jay facing one another, all smiles, with Jay lovingly touching the sides of Bey's belly.   Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, gave more of a insider's look of the baby shower, sharing many other photos and video footage of fellow…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's “Bad Blood” director seemingly disses Katy Perry’s "Swish Swish"

First, actress Ruby Rose took aim at Katy Perry and her rumored Taylor Swift diss track, “Swish Swish.” Now, it appears the director of Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, Joseph Kahn, is weighing in. "If you're gonna do a diss track, at least put a decent hook in it," he tweeted Friday, the day Katy’s single was officially released. The director has been firmly on Team Taylor for a while now. He previously came to her defense after Kim Kardashian released a tape of Taylor’s phone call with Kanye West. “I've worked with everybody,” Kahn tweeted at the time. “I don't…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga mourns the death of best friend and “Grigio Girls” inspiration, Sonja Durham

Lady Gaga’s close friend, Sonja Durham, the inspiration behind her song “Grigio Girls,” has died after a long battle with cancer. The singer posted a series of touching tributes to her friend and former assistant on Instagram. In one post, alongside a photo of Sonja and her husband, Andre, Gaga writes, “Watching one of my best friends in the world show unfathomable courage, strength, and positivity while battling cancer has really changed my life. Thank you Sonja for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy.” She continues, “I love you so much it brings tears to my…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Starboy meets stargirl: The Weeknd stars in Lana Del Rey's "Lust for Life" music video

The Weeknd sings beneath a starlit sky in Lana Del Rey's dreamy "Lust for Life" music video.   The visual's mostly comprised of the duo perched atop the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, so you can focus on The Weeknd and Lana's vocals.   The Weeknd is currently on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour, with upcoming stops scheduled in cities including Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and Paris.   More information on tickets can be found via TheWeeknd.com.  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

As Normani heads to the finals, Val plans to guest on a Fifth Harmony track

Tonight is the start of the Dancing with the Stars two-night finale, and Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei is one of the three finalists all competing for the Mirrorball Trophy.  Normani and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy have captivated audiences all season with their flawless footwork, but Val says he hopes to continue hanging out with Normani and Fifth Harmony in the future. "I have a lifetime ticket for free, for the rest of my life for Fifth Harmony," Val laughs. "I better!"  "Yeah," agrees Normani. "He's like a fifth member!" Of course, Fifth Harmony used to actually have five members, but…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry says she was "caught in a vicious cycle" with men

Katy Perry's love life has been somewhat tumultuous: her brief marriage to Russell Brand ended in divorce; she dated John Mayer on and off for several years before splitting with him for good, and she split up with Orlando Bloom in March after 10 months of dating.  Now, Katy says she's learned her lesson. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about how she's grown as a person in the last few years, Katy says, "I've surrendered. I've healed some of my issues with my family, with my relationships."  The singer adds that she's gone through an "emotional and spiritual transformation." "I think I've…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hey "American Idol": Adam Lambert loves "critiquing with positivity"

Ever since ABC announced plans to reboot American Idol, speculation as to who would judge the show has been non-stop.  Katy Perry is the only name confirmed so far, but there are rumors that former contestant Adam Lambert might sit behind the table, too.  Adam says at this point, the fact that his name is in the mix doesn't surprise him. "Every time Idol is casting a judge, there’s a rumor about me," he tells ABC Radio, laughing. "So I mean, yeah, I’m flattered that people associate me so closely. It’s really great." Adam says he's interested in the job…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Drake nabs 13 awards to break Adele’s record

Drake really made a splash at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards last night -- in more ways than one. He not only delivered a one-of-a-kind performance in middle of the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, he also beat Adele’s record for the most Billboard awards won by an artist in a single year.The rapper took home 13 trophies, including the biggest award for Top Artist. It was his speech after collecting the award for Top Billboard 200 Album, for Views, that generated the most buzz. In it, he flirted with host Vanessa Hudgens, telling her she looked “incredible,” and squashed…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Celine Dion & Cher wow the crowd with iconic performances

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards aired live on ABC from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, and the night was full performances -- both on-site and on location. Nicki Minaj opened the show with a four-song medley complete with costume changes and special guests including Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Lil Wayne. She kicked off the performance with “No Frauds,” then did “Light Up My Body” and “Swalla” before closing out with “Regret in Your Tears.”Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello delivered her first performance as a solo artist singing her two new tunes, “I Have Questions” and “Crying…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR