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2016-12-02

John Legend Talks About Singles "Love Me Now" and "Right by You" from New Album, "Darkness and Light"

John Legend's fifth studio album, Darkness and Light, is now out everywhere, and two of its singles, "Love Me Now" and "Right By You," have already connected with fans on a deep level.   The award-winning vocalist tells ABC Radio's GMA After Hours about the meaning behind the songs songs.   Of "Love Me Now, John says, "The song's about living life to the fullest, loving to the fullest, enjoying every moment that you have and knowing that the world has some uncertainty and some trouble and some pain. But if you hold the people you love close to you, you can get…

posted 2016/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Combines “Art, Music and Mischief” Tonight to Benefit Raising Malawi

Tonight, Madonna brings “art, music and mischief” to Miami’s Art Basel international art fair. The singer will be hosting an event to benefit Raising Malawi, the charity she founded in 2006. "Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life," Madonna says in a statement.  "Raising Malawi's evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.”She adds, “I'm excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the…

posted 2016/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson's Crazy About Christmas Music

Kelly Clarkson is currently working on a brand new album, but she's been taking time out to make some festive appearances.  Thanksgiving night, she appeared on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, and this past Monday, she was on ABC's CMA Country Christmas. Yesterday, she sang at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C.  But why do all those things, when she doesn't have an album to promote?  Because, Kelly says, she just loves the opportunity to sing Christmas music. "Honestly, my Christmas record’s my favorite ‘cause it’s more soulful," she tells ABC Radio. "I feel like…

posted 2016/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ryan Tedder Says OneRepublic's "Kids" Is About Not Peaking Too Soon

OneRepublic will hit the road in 2017 in support of their new album, Oh My My, but right now, they're focused on their current single, "Kids."  Lead singer Ryan Tedder tells ABC Radio it was inspired by his experiences as a young man, and how he rejects the notion that those were his "glory days." "The song’s nostalgic, both the way it sounds and what the lyrics are -- if you can understand them, ‘cause I’m singing ‘em pretty fast," Ryan laughs. "But really, the idea is looking back on youth, early 20s, late teens, and that time period where…

posted 2016/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry's Ready to Roar in 2017: "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman REBORN"

Following a charity gala Monday where Hillary Clinton presented an award to Katy Perry, the singer has managed to sum up in an Instagram post what her experience campaigning for Clinton has meant to her. "From the outside it probably looks as though I've always had a 'voice,'" she writes. "Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. [Or that] I would reveal my poor education. Or…

posted 2016/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-12-01

Alicia Keys Is in an Empire State of Mind in New PBS "Great Performances" Series

Alicia Keys is the first artist featured in a new PBS Great Performances series called Landmarks Live in Concert. The show, shot around the world, features artists performing live in front of landmarks they feel a connection to.  Alicia's episode, which will air January 20, was filmed over a one-year period, and shows her performing at various locations in her hometown of New York City. You'll see her on the Circle Line boat tour of New York Harbor, in front of the World's Fair Unisphere in Queens -- which you may remember from the first Men in Black movie --…

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara and Rachel Platten to Perform on "A Home for the Holidays"

Alessia Cara and Rachel Platten will be bringing some holiday cheer this season. The two singers are set to perform on the 18th annual A Home for the Holidays special, airing Friday, December 23 on CBS. The show, which aims to raise adoption awareness, will feature inspiring stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care. Country singer Miranda Lambert also will be performing. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Dominates Instagram's Year in Review

Even though she took time off from social media this year to focus on her health, Selena Gomez still managed to dominate Instagram’s year in review. In addition to being the most followed person on Instagram -- which we already knew -- she has eight out of 10 of the most-liked posts on the photo-sharing app this year. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo managed to sneak in with the other two. Her most-liked pic? A portrait of her sipping a Coca-Cola bottle adorned with her song lyrics. That has racked up 5.9 million likes so far.Selena also claims the number one…

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly Do "Bad Things" Together in New Video

Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly embrace their bad sides in the new video for their collaboration, “Bad Things.”The video features the two as romantic partners in crime. We see scenes of their passionate relationship, as Camila sings, “Am I out of my head?/Am I out of my mind?/If you only knew the bad things I like/Don’t think that I can explain it/What can I say/It’s complicated.”Camila tweeted about the video Thursday, writing, “We had an amazing time bringing these characters to life. I just hope it makes U feel something.”The two performed the song on the Tonight Show starring…

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Gives First Performance in a Year; Jokes About Cheek-Cutting Incident

After a year-long hiatus from performing, Ed Sheeran returned to the stage in London last night to perform for Princess Kate’s charity. People reports that in between songs, he joked about the recent incident cheek-cutting involving another royal -- Prince Beatrice. “This is the first time I’ve done a show in a year, so please bear with me,” he told guests at the gala for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, also known as EACH. He added, “It’s nice to be back. I’ve had a whole year off. I went to Japan for about a month and hung out with Japanese people.…

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey, DNCE & More Heading to Times Square for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest"

All we want for New Year's is...Mariah Carey. The diva will be taking the stage live in New York City's Times Square to perform on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Live with Ryan Seacrest 2017. In a statement, Ryan Seacrest says, "Mariah was the first live performance from Times Square in 2005 when I joined Dick Clark as co-host. After nearly a decade, I’m excited to join her again in Times Square, along with all our incredible performances, to ring in 2017.” Mariah adds, "I am so excited to return...and feel blessed to be a part of this…

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars, Fifth Harmony, Chainsmokers & Other American Music Awards Performers Score Big Sales Bumps

Never underestimate the power of TV when it comes to selling music.  Billboard reports that the American Music Awards last month resulted in an across the board 35 percent sales gain for the 20 songs that were performed on the ABC telecast. Billboard reports that one beneficiary of the exposure on the AMAs was "Closer" by the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey.  Downloads of the song increased 25 percent compared to the previous week.  Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" got a 36-percent sales bump, while Fifth Harmony's "That's My Girl" scored an impressive 90-percent increase. Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know," which closed the…

posted 2016/12/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR