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2017-04-17

Fans ask Train to "Play that Song"...but sometimes they want more

Train's latest hit, "Play that Song," is about guy who asks both a deejay and a guitarist to play a song that his girl loves. Train singer Pat Monahan says he gets his share of requests, too...but some of them have nothing to do with music. "There's a lot of requests, but they're mostly from more intense fans that wanna hear songs that we haven't played in a while," he tells ABC Radio. "But I get emails or, I should say, direct messages on Twitter a lot, like, 'Will you call my girlfriend so she'll be nicer to me?'" When…

posted 2017/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga debuts new single, "The Cure," during Coachella set

Lady Gaga closed the Saturday night festivities at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, pinch hitting for Beyonce who had to drop out due to her pregnancy, and she didn't let the big moment go without making big news. Gaga used the event to unveil a new single, "The Cure," which hit the usual digital platforms on Sunday. The tune has a bit of everything -- a Skrillex-y EDM synth hook; a smooth R&B verse; and a big, dancey retro '80s-style synth pop chorus. "If I can't find the cure, I'll fix you with my love," Gaga sings in…

posted 2017/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-04-16

Harry Styles plays Mick Jagger, debuts new song on "Saturday Night Live"

Ever since One Direction arrived on the scene, people have remarked how much Harry Styles looks like a young Mick Jagger.  He got the chance to make that a reality this past weekend, when he actually portrayed a young Mick Jagger in a skit on Saturday Night Live. In addition to being the musical guest on the show, Harry Styles also appeared in a couple of sketches.  One, Celebrity Family Feud Time Travel Edition, pitted celebrities from today against celebrities from the year 1977.  Harry played a 1977-era Mick Jagger, complete with the Rolling Stones frontman's accent and herky-jerky dance…

posted 2017/04/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-04-14

Lady Gaga's choreographer says her Coachella show won't be a tour preview

If you're going to see Lady Gaga headline at Coachella this weekend -- or watch her performance on YouTube -- in hopes of getting a preview of her upcoming tour, well, don't hold your breath.  Her choreographer says that Gaga's Coachella performance won't be like her tour at all. Richy Jackson, Gaga's choreographer, told US Weekly, "This performance is really going to be for Coachella. It’s going to be a ‘for Coachella moment’ and then when we get to the tour, it’s going to be a whole new ballgame.” Jackson also shares that Gaga will be onstage this Saturday, and again…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Maroon 5 album will sound like last Maroon 5 album, says guitarist

Maroon 5 is working on their new album, and so far, we've heard the first single, "Cold."  As for the rest of the disc, the band's guitarist says it'll sound a lot like their last album. Asked by his hometown paper in Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star, if the new album would be "in the same vein" as their 2014 album V, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, "Yes, it’s in the electropop, super-hyped sort of category.” James will return home to Nebraska this weekend to perform with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. "It’s such a cool organization that’s been around since I…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Goodbye Sheeran, hello Styles: Harry bumps Ed from top spot at home

We've still got a few days to see how things shape up in the U.S., but over in the U.K., Styles has finally replaced Sheeran at #1. After 13 weeks on top of the British Singles Chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" has finally been knocked out by "Sign of the Times," the debut solo single by Harry Styles, which enters at #1.  It's Harry's first #1 as a solo artist, and the first release from his self-titled solo album, out on May 12. But it's not all bad news for Ed: "Shape of You" is now at #2, while…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

No one was able to guess "Paramore" in "Jeopardy!" clue about Hayley Williams

Jeopardy! contestants may be smart, but apparently, they don't rock.  Hayley Williams was a clue on Jeopardy! this week, but nobody was able to solve it. When her name appeared in a category titled "Her Top 40 Band," all three contestants stayed silent before host Alex Trebek revealed the correct response: "What is Paramore?" For her part, Williams was a little miffed that no one knew the name of her band. "I hope the all lost and went home with nothing," she wrote on Twitter, before adding a "lol jk." In addition to being a Jeopardy! clue, Williams and the…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 62" and "NOW That's What I Call a Workout 2017" Coming May 5

Another new release in the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series is on the way. The compilation series will be releasing its 62nd volume next month, featuring 16 major hits from artists including Lady Gaga, ZAYN, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Train and Katy Perry. And if you’re feeling like hitting the gym, the Now series will also be releasing NOW That's What I Call a Workout 2017 (Hits & Remixes). The heart-pumping collection includes remixes of hits like Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” Sia's "Cheap Thrills," Ariana Grande's "Into You," Flo Rida's "My House" and other…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, DNCE, Nick Jonas & more salute the Bee Gees on Sunday night

It was taped back in February, but Sunday night, you'll finally be able to watch the star-studded special Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees. It features the legendary group's hits being performed by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Celine Dion, Jason Derulo, DNCE, Nick Jonas and more. The special marks the 50th anniversary of the Bee Gees' first hit, as well as the 40th anniversary of their soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, which made them worldwide superstars. Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich says the normally reclusive Barry Gibb, the only surviving…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Mayer says he's passing the torch to Ed Sheeran: "That's the way it should be"

There's no denying the fact that John Mayer has inspired an entire generation of young guitar-playing singer/songwriters, from Shawn Mendes to Ed Sheeran.  But even John says he's OK with the fact that Ed's popularity has far outstripped his. Speaking to USA Today, John, who played on Ed's latest album, says, "I would take Ed Sheeran's worst idea on any day and it would be my biggest song of the year. For me, Ed's the voice, and that's the way it's supposed to be, as I transition into writing stuff that's deeper for me on a musical, artistic level...at the expense of…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-04-13

"Call on Me" singer Starley says new life in the spotlight is "beautiful"

After years of struggling behind the scenes in the music biz, Australian singer/songwriter Starley is now front and center with a hit single, "Call on Me," a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and an opening spot on Clean Bandit's current U.S. tour.  She says of her current situation, "Literally everything in my life has changed." "I used to be a songwriter, so flipping from being a songwriter that's just in my room doing my stuff or in the studio doing stuff and then to this, where I'm in front of people all the time, everything in my life is…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Honey I'm Thirsty: Andy Grammer & wife to perform at global water crisis benefit

Andy Grammer and his wife, singer/songwriter Aijia, are expecting their first child, but that won't stop them from performing for a good cause. The couple will sing at the 8th annual Thirst Gala, which will take place April 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.  The event is organized by Thirst Project, a nonprofit organization that educates students about the global water crisis. According to the organization, 663 million people on our planet do not have access to safe, clean water and 4,100 children under the age of five will die today from drinking dirty water.  The band OK…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR