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2016-06-17

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

Christina Aguilera Sings for a “Change” in Honor of Orlando Victims

Christina Aguilera is using her powerful pipes for a good cause. The singer has released a new song, called “Change,” to benefit the victims of the Orlando shootings. “The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind,” Christina writes on her website, adding, “Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.”She released the ballad along with a lyric video that includes home video of her as a child. “Waiting for a change…

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

Charlie Puth Admits He Cries While Listening to Celine Dion

Charlie Puth reveals some of his favorite musical memories in Entertainment Weekly’s latest installment of their feature “Soundtrack of My Life.” He admits that Britney Spears’ “Sometimes” is the song that reminds him of his first crush because it was playing when he had his first kiss. He also says the song that makes him cry is Celine Dion’s “All by Myself,” mostly because he's overwhelmed by the "insane" production on the track. "I’m getting chills right now hearing it in my head," he says. The first album he ever bought with his own money was Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers…

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

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Talk Writing Music Together, Donald Trump on "The Late Show"

Friends and tour mates Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas appeared together as guests on CBS' The Late Show Thursday night. Demi noted to host Stephen Colbert that it was the first time they'd done a joint interview on a late-night TV show. The segment was mostly a trip down memory lane, with Colbert peppering them with questions about their early career, including Demi's stint on Barney & Friends when she was much younger. Nick said he and Demi first bonded while they were making Disney Channel's Camp Rock movies. Around that time, she added, she was writing songs with Nick…

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

Why Lukas Graham "Knows" He's Going to Be a Great Father

Lukas Graham's smash hit "7 Years" was inspired by the death of lead singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer's father, who passed away at the age of 61.  Now, Lukas himself is about to become a father: his girlfriend is pregnant and due in September.   As we head into Father's Day this weekend, Lukas explains why he isn't worried about what kind of dad he'll be to his first child. "I know I’m gonna be a great father because I had a great father," he tells ABC Radio. "And I had a great grandfather and I have great fathers around me." This…

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

2016-06-16

Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly & OneRepublic Set for MLB All-Star Concert Series

Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly and OneRepublic are ready to knock it out of the park. They’ll all be performing at this year’s MLB All-Star concert series in San Diego next month. The two-day event, which coincides with the 2016 MLB All-Star game, begins Friday, July 8 with OneRepublic taking the stage at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Tori will play Saturday afternoon and Gwen will close things out on Saturday night. The All-Star Game will take place July 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET, airing on FOX. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/06/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Train Does Led Zeppelin II" Is Top 5 on "Billboard"'s Hard Rock Albums Chart

Here are two things that normally don't go together: the band Train and Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart.  But thanks to Led Zeppelin, Train is currently in the top five on that particular chart. Train Does Led Zeppelin II, the note-for-note remake of the classic album that the band did for charity, has debuted at #4 on the chart with first-week sales of 8,000 copies.  This marks the first time that Train has ever appeared on this particular chart. The first-week sales are also good enough for a #10 debut on Billboard's general Top Rock Albums chart. Train Does Led…

posted 2016/06/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hozier Releases Video for "Legend of Tarzan" Song, “Better Love”

After teasing a snippet of the song yesterday, Hozier has released the music video for “Better Love” from the Legend of Tarzan soundtrack. The video features Hozier playing a piano in a darkened room, along with scenes from the film starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie. Amidst thumping drums and choir-like background vocals, Hozier sings the moody love song with his signature soulful flare. “There’s no better love that beckons above me/There’s no better love that ever has loved me,”  the chorus goes. "I was excited about the opportunity and the challenge of writing for this film project," Hozier says…

posted 2016/06/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bastille Premieres New Single, "Good Grief"

Bastille takes a page from Charlie Brown's book on their new song, "Good Grief." The energetic, bouncy track is available for download now on iTunes. "Good Grief" is the first single from Bastille's forthcoming sophomore album, Wild World, which will be the follow-up to their breakthrough debut, Bad Blood. "If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it, our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it's presented to you through the media," says frontman Dan Smith. "It's also about asking questions of the…

posted 2016/06/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR