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One Direction Doc Director Offers Reason Why Zayn Might Have Left; His Fiancee Posts Happy Photo of Them

Famed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, the man behind the 2013 One Direction documentary This Is Us, says he understands why Zayn Malik might have left the group: life as a global pop star can be a grind. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Spurlock says, "Being on the road like they’re on the road is a really hard thing. I was with them for six months and it’s an exhausting lifestyle." He adds, "I think that it just gets hard after a while, for someone, probably like Zayn, who is a homebody already, but is also incredibly talented, the allure of being…

posted 2015/04/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Kelly Clarkson Coaches and Performs; 15-Year-Old Contestant Is Eliminated

Kelly Clarkson returned to her old stomping ground, American Idol, on Wednesday, where she mentored the contestants and performed a couple of tunes, including “Heartbeat Song,” the first single from her new album, Piece by Piece. After winning the first season of American Idol, Clarkson released her debut album, Thankful, which sold over two million copies. She’s gone on to sell over 10 million albums. Kelly will kick off a tour in support of her latest album in July. In honor of Kelly's appearance, the contestants performed her hit, “People Like Us.”  Clarkson also performed the Etta James song “At…

posted 2015/04/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Plain White T's Return with "American Nights," First New Album Since 2010

Plain White T's, the band that brought you "Hey There Delilah" and "Rhythm of Love," are back with American Nights, their first new full-length album since 2010.  The T's are releasing the album independently, having parted ways with their record label after going through "hell," says singer Tom Higgenson. According to Tom, the band recorded a new album which the record label said they loved, but then delayed releasing.  "They kept pushing back the release date," Tom tells ABC Radio.  "As it kept getting pushed back and pushed back and pushed back, it kept putting us in a bit of…

posted 2015/04/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Lucky 13: "Uptown Funk" Now Longest-Running #1 Hit of the Decade

Sorry, "Blurred Lines," but you just got funked. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars has passed the Robin Thicke hit to become the longest-running #1 single of the 2010s. Billboard reports that "Uptown Funk" has just notched its 13th week on top of the Billboard Hot 100.  There are only 10 singles in history that have ever spent at least than many weeks at #1.  Here are the other ones: 16, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 199514, "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas, 200914, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, 200514, "Candle in the…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Host Dog Wedding to Promote Charity

  John Legend has released a fun video for charity, featuring his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen and their two dogs, Puddy and Pippa.  In the clip, posted on YouTube, the singer dresses his dogs up in wedding attire and performs his song "All of Me" during an outdoor ceremony for the pets. At one point, Legend takes the reception inside, where Teigen awkwardly catches him singing to their pets.  Of course, the singer isn't really aiming to start performing for animals, but he is ready to sing for you.  That's the point of the video -- to promote a contest…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How Did Rihanna Celebrate April Fool's Day?

It seems that no one is safe from pranks on April Fool's Day. Even Rihanna wanted to get in on the fun. The "B***h Better Have My Money" singer played an April 1 joke on late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. In a preview video documenting the prank, Rih Rih is seen sneaking into a room where Jimmy is sleeping. She says, "Okay, I'm gonna go wake up Jimmy now." The time is shown at the bottom of the screen -- it's 1:07 a.m. "Wish me luck," Rihanna whispers before leading the camera crew and dancers into the room. Moments…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Amy Winehouse Documentary Finds U.S. Distributor

It looks like a British Amy Winehouse documentary has found a U.S. distributor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, distribution and production company A24 is in final talks to acquire Amy and the company is planning to release the film this summer. The Asif Kapadia-directed doc chronicles the British singer’s life and career using previously unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. The film is already set for release in the U.K. on July 3, less than a month before the fourth anniversary of the singer’s death. Amy, a six-time Grammy winner who rose to fame with songs like “Rehab” and “Back…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

In Counterclaim, Sony Music Says It Overpaid "American Idol" Stars

Some people think pop stars are overpaid.  Now Sony Music is claiming exactly that: specifically, that it overpaid American Idol stars by $2 million. The claim comes as part of a lawsuit over royalties paid by Sony in connection with its deal with 19 Recordings, the music branch of the company behind American Idol. Back in February of 2014, 19 Recordings sued Sony, charging that the company paid less then it owed, using "systematically incorrect calculations" to determine royalty payouts to Idol stars.  19 claimed Sony didn't pay the Idols what they were owned in royalties from streaming services, and…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Parties in Miami for New "Chains" Video

If you ever wondered what it was like to party with Nick Jonas in Miami, all you have to do is watch his latest video for “Chains.” The new visual for the thumping single has been dubbed “The Wynwood Walls Edition,” and features Nick and a group of costumed partygoers dancing in front of Miami’s colorful, graffiti-covered Wynwood Walls. The singer puffs on a cigar and cruises around in what looks like a tricked out golf cart. Later, he changes into a white outfit and gets painted by one of the dancers. The video ends with him crowd surfing. A…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Details of Taylor Swift's Alleged Romance with Calvin Harris

Is Taylor Swift finally back on the dating scene? Us Weekly sources claim Taylor is definitely dating DJ/producer Calvin Harris. The two were spotted getting cozy at a Kenny Chesney concert last week, leading many to speculate that they were more than just friends. A source tells Us that the two first hit it off at the 2015 Brit Awards last month and started texting each other afterwards. Then, on March 7, Taylor flew to Las Vegas to see Calvin perform. "That’s when it really started popping off," the insider says. Last week, they appeared to take things public. The…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Perri Joining Ed Sheeran on Fall North American Tour

Christina Perri will be joining Ed Sheeran as the special guest on the second leg of his North American tour this fall. The singer/songwriter will open for her label mate Ed beginning September 3 in Houston, Texas. She’ll accompany him throughout his month-long trek across the U.S. and Canada, which finishes up on September 23 in Washington, D.C. Christina and Ed have collaborated before. The two, who are both signed to Atlantic Records, recorded the upbeat duet “Be My Forever,” which was featured on Christina’s second album Head or Heart. You can buy tickets for the second leg of Ed’s…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Says She'll Likely Write a Memoir Someday: "I've Got So Many Tales to Tell"

She's already put a lot of personal experiences into her songs, but Madonna says she’ll probably still write a memoir someday. “I’m sure I will one day,” she tells BBC Radio 2, when asked if she'd write an autobiography. “I’ve got so many tales to tell.” When she does decide to pen her tell-all, she’s going to be thorough about it. "If I wrote my book that would be from start to finish,” she says. “And that's a whole lot of ground to cover.” She adds, “I think I would tell the stories that I felt were valuable to tell,…

posted 2015/04/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR