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2016-06-20

Gwen Stefani on No Doubt: “We’ve Grown Apart”

Since the number-one debut of her album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, Gwen Stefani’s solo career has been on the upswing again. She’s getting ready to kick off her North American tour next month, but after that's all done, will she ever consider reuniting with No Doubt?“I don't know what's going to happen with No Doubt,” she tells Rolling Stone. “When Tony [Kanal] and I are connected creatively, it's magic. But I think we've grown apart as far as what kind of music we want to make.” The last time they put out an album was 2012’s Push…

posted 2016/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ben Rector Says His Hit "Brand New" Has His Fans Feeling Like Proud Parents

Ben Rector's been making albums since 2007 but his sixth release, Brand New, is his most successful yet. The album debuted in the top 10 and the title track has now become a big hit.  The singer/songwriter says his longtime fans are thrilled that everyone else is finally discovering him and his music. "I think they’re excited to see that it’s getting out in the mainstream," Ben tells ABC Radio about "Brand New."  "And I think they like the song and they’re like, 'It’s so cool.' But most of the communication that I see is like, the amount of tweets…

posted 2016/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas "Last Year Was Complicated" Debuts at #2

Nick Jonas has notched the highest-charting album of his solo career. Billboard reports that Nick's Last Year Was Complicated has debuted at number two on the magazine's album chart. Nick's previous chart high was number three, which is where his 2010 side-project -- Who I Am, with his band The Administration -- peaked.  His previous highest-charting pure solo effort was his 2014 self-titled album which topped out at number six. But Nick was unable to dethrone Drake whose Views remains number one for a seventh straight week.  The last time a male artist spent at least as many consecutive weeks…

posted 2016/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-06-19

All Aboard: Passenger Returns with New Single & Album

Passenger, the British singer/songwriter who topped charts worldwide a few years ago with the ballad "Let Her Go," is back with a new album. The singer, whose birth name is Mike Rosenberg, will release Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea on September 23.  The first single, "Somebody's Love," is out now, along with the video. Produced in Auckland, New Zealand and in Sydney, Australia, the new album was inspired by the "epic landscapes" of Iceland and New Zealand.  The themes Passenger explores include relationships and the passage of time. Meanwhile, the video for "Let Her Go" has just…

posted 2016/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-06-18

Your "Primary" Objective: Pre-Order MAGIC!'s New Album

Don't be "Rude" -- go ahead and pre-order the new album by Toronto pop-reggae band MAGIC! The band's sophomore, Primary Colours, disc is due July 1.  If you pre-order it now, you'll get a free download of one of the new songs, "Red Dress," the video for which has just been released. While "Red Dress" the song is about going out for a romantic evening with your girl and thinking about getting her out of her red dress and into bed, the video has a message of inclusion and body positivity: it features the band performing while women of all…

posted 2016/06/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alicia Keys Prays and Pays for Her Sins in New Track, "Hallelujah"

Alicia Keys may have another hit on her hands.  A new track, "Hallelujah," premiered Friday on VEVO. The uplifting song, which Alicia previews on Saturday Night Live, showcases Keys' soulful vocals among simple chord arrangements and is also featured in the trailer to the short film, Let Me In. The singer-songwriter stars in the movie about American refugees which is set for release Monday by Alicia's We Are Here campaign with World Refugee Day. "Hallelujah" is the follow-up track to her single, "In Common," which was released in May. Both songs will be present on Keys' sixth studio album. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All…

posted 2016/06/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-06-17

Nick Jonas May Score His Highest-Charting Album Yet on "Billboard" 200 Chart

Last year’s complications are this year’s chart-toppers for Nick Jonas. His sophomore solo album, Last Year Was Complicated, is on track to become his highest-charting solo album yet on the Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard, it’s projected to debut at number two on the weekly tally -- besting his 2014 self-titled album which peaked at number six. If the prediction holds true, it will also perform better than his 2010 side-project album Who I Am with his band The Administration, which reached number three. Last Year Was Complicated is estimated to do more than 60,000 in "equivalent album units"…

posted 2016/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Dances in a Flashing Cube for Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" Video

Taylor who? Calvin Harris is focusing on his music amidst his very public breakup. He’s just released the new music video for his hit “This What You Came For,” featuring Rihanna. Rihanna takes center stage in the clip -- or in this case, center cube. The singer spends most of the video dancing inside a big cube, as various landscapes are projected around her. “This What You Came For” is latest collaboration between Calvin and Rihanna. They first teamed up for 2011’s “We Found Love” and then again for “Where Have You Been.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights…

posted 2016/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer Headlining "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"

Meghan Trainor and 5 Seconds of Summer head the list the performers lighting up the stage at the 40th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.  The Grammy-winning singer and the Australian rock band will be joined on the two-hour presentation by country superstar Kenny Chesney and the Radio City Rockettes, along with more acts to be announced.  This year's celebration, hosted by Today co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, will include more than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects and feature the New York debut of pyro-writing, an explosive version of skywriting created using fireworks that will spell out “USA” in the night…

posted 2016/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charlie Puth Dedicates “See You Again” Performance to Orlando Victims

“See You Again” was initially written as a tribute to late actor Paul Walker, but this morning, Charlie Puth dedicated the song to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.Before performing the Grammy-nominated tune for the Today show’s summer concert series, Charlie offered a hopeful message. "Your body dies, but your soul lives on,” he said. “Everyone's soul who was lost that day goes in through everybody else."Charlie’s debut album, Nine Track Mind, was just certified gold with more than 500,000 copies sold. The singer will also be hitting the road this fall for his biggest North American tour to…

posted 2016/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Won't Cancel Orlando Concert; Takes a Tumble on Stage

The show must go on, as they say. Justin Bieber won’t be cancelling his upcoming concert in Orlando, despite the recent shooting tragedies there. “For all those asking no I won't cancel the Orlando show,” he tweeted Thursday. “I stand with Orlando in support. Love you Orlando! #OrlandoStrong.”The Biebs plays the Florida city on June 30.Meanwhile, at his concert in Saskatoon, Canada Thursday night, Justin took a nasty spill on stage. The wipeout was caught on video, and while it looked painful, the singer seemed to be OK. "Good thing I'm like a cat and I landed on my feet,"…

posted 2016/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Grimmie Laid to Rest in New Jersey

Christina Grimmie was laid to rest in a private, intimate funeral Thursday, her rep confirms to ABC News. Close friends and family paid their respects to the 22-year-old singer and former Voice contestant in her home state of New Jersey. As previously reported, the funeral was paid for by Christina’s former Voice mentor, Adam Levine. A public memorial open to fans is taking place at the Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford, New Jersey Friday afternoon. A memorial service will begin at 8 p.m. Christina was fatally shot last Friday as she signed autographs for fans following a gig in Orlando,…

posted 2016/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR