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Hozier Approves of Demi Lovato's "Take Me to Church" Cover

Demi Lovato’s cover of “Take Me to Church” has Hozier’s stamp of approval. After Demi sang her rendition of the song on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge earlier this week, Hozier took to Twitter to sing her praises. "Hey! Huge thank you to @ddlovato for doing this gorgeous cover of TMTC in the #LiveLounge today. Very Flattered," he writes. Demi responded, tweeting, “Thank you!!! It's such an incredible song!” The video of Demi's bluesy cover already has over two million views on YouTube. Hozier also confirmed on Twitter this week that he’ll be performing at Toronto’s We Day October…

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Ed Sheeran Naming His Pal's Firstborn Kid?

Back in July, Ed Sheeran helped his pal Jake Roche from the band Rixton propose to his girlfriend, Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson.  But it seems the favor wasn’t entirely selfless: Ed expected something in return. Jake tells the U.K. paper The Sun Ed made him promise to let him come up with the name for the couple’s firstborn baby. “Ed has asked me if he can name our first child,” Jake says. “He came out with it, and I said yes.” Ed apparently has a name already picked out. “I’m not going to say what he is going to call…

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rachel Platten Is "Honestly Obsessed" with Her Second Single, "Stand By You"

How do you follow a massive breakout hit like “Fight Song”? With another uplifting jam, of course. Rachel Platten has released her second single, “Stand By You,” and it’s all about supporting someone in both the good times and bad. “Even if we can’t find heaven/I’m gonna stand by you/Even if we can’t find heaven/I’ll walk through hell with you/Love, you’re not alone/’Cause I’m gonna stand by you,” she sings on the tune. Rachel describes the song as being “a stomp-your-feet, throw-your-hands-up, all-out celebration of love.” She adds, “It’s a love song at its core, and it’s about being the…

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tori Kelly Joins Superstar Country Group Little Big Town Onstage in L.A.

Guess what? Taylor Swift isn't the only person who can have special guests join them onstage.  The superstar country group Little Big Town welcomed Tori Kelly onstage during their Thursday night show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The country quartet added vocals to Tori's current hit single "Should've Been Us," which experienced a huge sales jump recently after she sang it at the MTV VMAs. A fan video on YouTube captured the moment. After the performance, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild said, "Just wait for the Grammy Awards. Just wait!"  Either that means Little Big Town and Tori …

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour on Track to Become Her Highest-Grossing Tour Ever

Between its jam-packed roster of surprise guest stars and large scale production numbers, Taylor Swift has been pulling out all the stops for her 1989 World Tour. It seems all that work is paying off. According to Billboard Boxscore, the tour has hit $130 million in ticket sales, putting it on track to become Taylor’s highest-grossing tour ever. The 1989 tour is still $20 million short of the final box office total from her Red tour, which wrapped last summer after a 15-month run. But the 1989 trek still has four months to go before it ends on December 12…

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A Great Big World, OMI & Hailee Steinfeld Performing at Streamy Awards

A Great Big World, OMI and Hailee Steinfeld are among the performers at this year’s Streamy Awards, which celebrate the best in YouTube and online video. A Great Big World will perform their new single “Hold Each Other,” with rapper Futuristic. OMI will likely perform “Cheerleader,” and Hailee is expected to sing her debut single, “Love Myself.” Natasha Bedingfield will also be on hand as one of the presenters. As previously announced, Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly and Shawn Mendes are among the nominees in the Music categories of the Streamy Awards. All three have earned nods in the Breakthrough Artist…

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink Likes to "Get Really Fat and Happy" When She's Not Touring

When she was criticized for her weight earlier this year, Pink wasted no time hitting back at the body-shamers. She loves food, and doesn’t see anything wrong with that. In a new interview with Food & Wine magazine, she says she's not afraid to get "fat and happy." Pink admits to eating a lot while on tour because she works out for four and a half hours a day: “a two-hour show, plus yoga, cardio and a rig check with the flying apparatuses.” But then she doesn’t change her eating habits when she gets home. “So everyone always asks me,…

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne on 1D Hiatus: "We Will Work Together Again"

One Direction fans may have to wait a while after the group's hiatus to hear from them again, but Liam Payne tells British magazine Attitude they won't have to wait forever. According to Billboard, Liam tells the magazine, “I realize now this is the time to start branching out and exploring.” He adds, “This won’t last forever, and there will be a point when we will break off and do our own things, but… we will work together again.” Liam says his plans for the future involve producing, songwriting and investing in music business ventures, calling Pharrell Williams an inspiration. …

posted 2015/09/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Fifth Harmony Says Criticism Over How They Dress Is "Ridiculous"

Don’t ever tell the ladies of Fifth Harmony how to dress, and especially don’t try to shame them for being sexy. The girl group opened up to Cosmopolitan for Latinas about the double standards they face in the music industry over what they wear. When asked if they've ever gotten flack for how they dress, Lauren Jauregui says, "Yeah ... it's ridiculous! Just because we dress according to our body types and dress the way that we want to. A woman embracing her sexuality isn't wrong, it's not being a slut" Normani Kordei says it's mostly other women who criticize them and…

posted 2015/09/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellie Goulding Doesn't Know Why Sam Smith Tried to Pin Bond Theme on Her

Before Sam Smith finally admitted he's recorded the new James Bond theme song, he tried to throw people off the trail by suggesting Ellie Goulding had gotten the gig.  Now that the cat's out of the bag, Ellie says she had nothing to do with that little plan. Speaking to Billboard, the singer says, "I don't know why he said that," but added, "I'm happy for him. I root very much for other British artists. It's a really special time for us. I had quite a lot of fun people thinking it was me, but I was never the one…

posted 2015/09/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Works Out in New PUMA Commercial

Rihanna makes getting in shape look good in her new 30-second commercial as part of her deal with PUMA and its Platinum program. In the ad, posted on YouTube, the singer stretches and speaks about her strength as the “B**** Better Have My Money” instrumental plays in the background."Why do I train? I train to get stronger," says RiRi, who models PUMA workout gear. "To climb higher, to go further. To have the strength to cross oceans and realize my dreams on the other side." Her commercial comes just a day after Rihanna released her Stance campaign for her first…

posted 2015/09/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Musician Who Worked on Adele's New Album Calls It "Middle-of-the-Road"

While Adele's upcoming third album is one of this fall's most anticipated releases, one of the people who she collaborated with on the project says he isn't a fan of what he's heard from her so far. Damon Albarn,  lead singer of the British band Blur, tells U.K. tabloid The Sun, that he worked with Adele on five tracks for the album, but he's not optimistic that they will make it on to the finished product. "Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her, and I’m not a producer, so . . .…

posted 2015/09/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR