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2016-01-07

"NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 57" Coming in February

A new year means a new volume of NOW That’s What I Call Music! The 57th edition of the long-running compilation series will arrive next month, featuring a collection of 16 current hits from artists like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Alessia Cara. This installment also features “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift, “The Hills” by The Weeknd, “On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding and “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer. Additionally, the album will include five “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview tracks, showcasing up-and-coming artists. NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 57…

posted 2016/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Michael Jackson's 1979 Album "Off the Wall" Getting Re-Release & Spike Lee Documentary

Several years before Thriller made him the biggest music star on the planet, Michael Jackson had already established himself as a force to be reckoned with when in 1979, he released Off the Wall, his first official solo album as an adult.  Now that disc is being re-released, along with a documentary directed by Spike Lee that features numerous big names talking about its impact. February 26, Off the Wall is coming out as a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray: the package includes the original album, along with the Spike Lee documentary, called Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. …

posted 2016/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Data Proves Everyone Likes Justin Timberlake Best

Sure, you can talk about which artist sold the most albums, or raked in the most on tour, but which artist do music fans actually like the best? Well, if you're a millennial -- that is, you're between the ages of 18 and 24 -- there's only one guy for you: Justin Timberlake. Nielsen's newly issued U.S. Music Report for 2015 features the results of a poll on what it calls the "N-Score," which measures the way fans feel about top talent in a variety of different fields, including music.  Among the attributes measured by the score: "Awareness," "Likeability," "Influential"…

posted 2016/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor, Shawn Mendes Win at People's Choice Awards

Meghan Trainor and Shawn Mendes won awards during the People's Choice Awards broadcast on CBS Wednesday night. Shawn was named Favorite Breakthrough Artist, and later performed a medley that included "Stitches" and a duet with Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello on "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Meghan picked up the award for Favorite Album, for Title. Aside from Shawn, the night's performers included Jason Derulo, who sang "Want To Want Me" and "Get Ugly," and reigning Voice champ Jordan Smith. The ceremony was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Here are the winners in select music categories:Favorite Male…

posted 2016/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Janet Jackson Denies Cancer Rumors

Janet Jackson is refuting rumors that she's battling cancer. On Wednesday, the singer -- who postponed her Unbreakable tour late last month, saying she needed surgery -- tweeted a clip of her song "The Great Forever." The clip ends with a written statement in which she addresses recent rumors that she has throat cancer. Janet said, "Remember...believe it when you hear it from my lips. The rumors are untrue. I do not have cancer. I'm recovering. My doctors have approved my concerts as scheduled in Europe, and as I promised, the postponed shows will be rescheduled. Thank you for your…

posted 2016/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Kanye West Auditions as Final Season Begins

American Idol kicked off part one of the two-part 15th- and final-season premiere Wednesday night on Fox. Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. kicked things off with auditions in Atlanta and Detroit. The show also included the much-hyped surprise audition from Kanye West, who entertained the judges with a snippet of his song “Gold Digger.” Also on hand was fifth-season Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who gave advice to this season’s hopefuls. Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's two-hour episode: Lindita, a 26-year-old Kosovo native, delivered a powerful version of James Brown’s “It's…

posted 2016/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-01-06

Madonna's Rebel Heart Concert Gets Restricted Rating in Singapore

Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour is for mature audiences only, according to Singapore. Asian publication The Straits Times reports that the Queen of Pop's February 28 concert in the country has been given a rare R18 rating by Singapore's Media Development Authority. The MDA cites "sexual references" for the rating and restricts concertgoers to those 18 and older. We're guessing the show's inclusion of pole dancing nuns might be partly to blame. Singapore is known for being strict on musical performers. In 2012, Lady Gaga's Born This Way tour was given an "Advisory 16 and above" rating for "some controversial religious…

posted 2016/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gwen Stefani Joins Justin Timberlake in "Trolls" Movie

With Justin Timberlake already tapped to voice a main character and provide the music for the animated flick Trolls, the film has added another pop star to its cast. Gwen Stefani will be voicing a troll named DJ Suki. The singer announced the role on Twitter today, along with a photo of herself with her little character. DJ Suki is a pink troll with orange hair and a sweet pair of headphones. The duo Icona Pop also will be lending their voices to two characters in the film called The Fashionistas, as will Russell Brand, as a troll named Creek,…

posted 2016/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Spotted with Rumored Fling Kate Hudson on Ski Trip

Nick Jonas and actress Kate Hudson are once again sparking romance rumors. TMZ has photos of the two grabbing Starbucks together this week at Mammoth Mountain ski resort in central California. Kate seemed ready for the slopes in a cozy sweater, furry hat and boots, while Nick kept it casual in a white shirt, black jeans and a black baseball cap. "She makes him laugh," a source tells People. "They have fun together." The two were first spotted together on a trip to Florida in September, and were last seen hanging out at a New York City nightclub in October.…

posted 2016/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch the Awkward Moment Justin Bieber Met Hailey Baldwin

If you’re curious about the exact moment Justin Bieber met rumored new girlfriend Hailey Baldwin, their first encounter as young teens was caught on tape. The video clip is currently making the rounds on the web, and you can watch it in all its awkward glory. The two were introduced in 2009 by Hailey’s dad, actor Stephen Baldwin. “This is my daughter Hailey,” Stephen says, as Hailey and Justin half-heartedly shake hands. “We’ve been enjoying your music.” Hailey and Justin couldn’t look less thrilled to meet each other, but as we now know, they soon became close friends. And after…

posted 2016/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Wiz Khalifa to Headline Second Annual Billboard Winterfest at Park City Live

Wiz Khalifa is among the performers tapped to headline Billboard’s second annual Winterfest event. According to the publication, the rapper will take stage during the the four-day extravaganza in Park City, Utah, which is scheduled to take place January 21-24. Wiz will play on January 22 at 10 p.m. Tickets for the event, which coincides with the Sundance Film Festival, go on sale Friday, January 8 at 10 a.m. MT at ParkCityLive.net. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Joining Forces with Intel on New Creative Project

Lady Gaga is teaming up with Intel on a mysterious new project, the technology company announced this week.   They’ll be working together to create a “unique musical experience” that will launch next month as part of a multi-year partnership between Intel and the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys. In a video played at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday, Gaga explains, “Intel has enlisted Haus of Gaga to collaborate on a project that will showcase technology through creativity at the highest level. Our partnership will culminate in a performance that inspires to remind the world…

posted 2016/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR