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2016-01-09

Kanye West Reveals Release Date for New Album, "Swish"

It's been two-and-a-half years since Kanye West released his last album, the chart-topping Yeezus, but we have just one more month to wait before he drops his next project. "Swish February 11 16," West tweeted Friday night -- apparently the album's release date.  Kanye's been busy these past few days building anticipation for the album.  Shortly after wife Kim Kardashian West announced the news via Twitter, West on Friday morning delivered “Real Friends” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, which includes a sample of Ghostface Killah's "Mighty Healthy." Kanye also shared a snippet of a song called “No More Parties in LA,”…

posted 2016/01/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

WALK THE MOON, X Ambassadors Playing Free Concert Ahead of College Football Playoff

What would the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship be without a little music to get fans pumped? Ahead of the Clemson versus Alabama game on Monday, a free outdoor concert series is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend. Tonight, WALK THE MOON and X Ambassadors will be playing as part of the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live. And tomorrow, American Authors are set to take the stage. The concert series is described as “a virtual playlist for every segment of the population that makes up the college football fan base.” It will take place in Block 23 of Downtown…

posted 2016/01/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-01-08

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson & More Featured on "2016 Grammy Nominees" Album

Before the Grammy Awards take place next month, you’ll be able to hear all your favorite Grammy nominated artists in one place. The 2016 Grammy Nominees album -- out January 22 -- features “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. Taylor’s “Blank Space” is nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, going up against Ed’s “Thinking Out Loud” in those categories. “Uptown Funk” is competing for the Record of the Year award, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The compilation album will…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Major Lazer & DJ Snake's "Lean On" Video Hits One Billion Views on YouTube

Major Lazer just scored a major milestone. Their video for the single “Lean On” with DJ Snake featuring MØ has passed one billion views on YouTube. The electronic group -- consisting of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire -- joins a select few artists who have achieved the feat, including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa and Justin Bieber. Diplo posted a Facebook message to express his feelings on the video’s success. “We made this video in India on a limited budget during a couple of off days between tour dates in India, no giant label planned it,” he writes. “It…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch a Sneak Peek of Shawn Mendes on "The 100"

In a couple of weeks, we’ll finally get to witness Shawn Mendes’ acting debut on The CW sci-fi show The 100. But in the meantime, the network has released a first look at his role in the series. The clip features Shawn bargaining with the character Raven, played by Lindsey Morgan. She asks for one song and he obliges, sitting at a piano and performing a rendition of the Violent Femmes’ “Add It Up.” Shawn landed the role after he tweeted the creators of the show last February. He asked for a part, and executive producer Jason Rothenberg granted his…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

BBC America to Air Adele Special on Valentine's Day

If you're single, there's nothing like curling up in front of the TV alone on Valentine's Day and bawling your eyes out over lost love...with some help from Adele. On February 14, BBC America will air the concert special Adele: Live in London, which originally aired in the U.K. as Adele at the BBC.  It features the singer and her band running through material from her album 25, as well as from her two previous releases.  You'll also see her sing her Oscar-winning James Bond theme "Skyfall."  British TV personality Graham Norton hosts the show, which premieres at 10 p.m.…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Makes UK Chart History, Gets Into Trouble in Mexico

Justin Bieber's made an incredible comeback on the U.S. charts, but that's nothing compared to what he's doing across the pond. Britain's Official Charts Company notes that Justin has locked up the entire top three on the U.K. charts.  His song "Love Yourself" has been number one for five weeks, while "Sorry" is #2 and "What Do You Mean" is #3.  It's the first time that any artist has ever managed this feat -- not even the Beatles did it. Since Justin released "What Do You Mean" in September, he's been in the top five with at least one song…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Presenting at the Golden Globes on Sunday

Katy Perry has joined the list of presenters for the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Katy -- along with fellow pop divas Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez -- will be among those taking the stage at the Beverly Hilton in California. Additional presenters will include Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Captain America's Chris Evans and comedian Amy Schumer. Ricky Gervais is hosting the ceremony for the fourth time. The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Reveals All 16 Covers of Her Guest Edited "V Magazine" Issue

When Lady Gaga guest edits a magazine, you better believe she’s going to shake things up. The singer-actress helmed the spring preview issue of V Magazine and decided it should have not one -- but 16 -- covers. One of the most attention grabbing covers features Gaga and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney, naked and covered in paint. Taylor snapped the provocative photo in a mirror. In a tweet today, Gaga explains that the pic was taken just after the two had “made love on a canvas for peace.” She elaborates in the magazine: "We made love on this canvas…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Tears Up on Stage, Says She’s Going Through “Challenging Times”

In an emotional speech on stage in Mexico City Wednesday, Madonna revealed she’s going through a rough period in her life. "We all go through challenging times in our life, and that includes me," she tells the crowd, as seen on a YouTube video captured by a fan. "I, too, go through challenging times in my life, and right now is one of them. Sometimes I think I can't do a show. I don't have the energy, I don't have the strength." Her voice breaks as she wipes away tears, but she continues, "I come out here tonight and I…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kim Kardashian Says Kanye West Is Dropping New Music #EveryFriday

Last week, Kanye West released a surprise track, titled "FACTS," but apparently we've got more music to look forward to.  The free song is apart of a new weekly music series. According to his wife, Kim Kardashian, the rapper is planning to release new music every Friday going forward. "Friiiiiiday!!!! New music!!!! #EveryFriday #Swish #RealFriends," she tweeted. While its unknown when the song will arrive, West will likely continue posting new music via his SoundCould page, the same site he used to upload his New Year's banger. The new material will tide fans over until West completes his highly anticipated new…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Crashes Channing Tatum's Lip Sync Battle Performance

Beyonce has a knack for surprising people, like dropping an album on us without warning.  Or popping up without warning during Channing Tatum's performance of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle. The actor, dressed in a blonde wig, black bra and gold choker, was delivering his rendition of Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” during Thursday night's season two premiere when the Queen Bey strutted onto the stage to join him for the final few seconds.  Afterward they laughed and embraced, with Tatum imitating Beyonce's trademark hair-shaking move. Hosts LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen also could barely contain their excitement.  Neither…

posted 2016/01/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR