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2017-06-07

Halsey heading for #1 debut with "hopeless fountain kingdom"

Halsey continues to rack up more career milestones.  Her second album, hopeless fountain kingdom, is on track for a #1 debut on the Billboard album chart. The disc, released June 2, could sell 110,000 equivalent album units, according to Billboard.  Halsey's first album, Badlands, which debuted at #2 in 2015, has since gone platinum plus.  Following the release of Badlands, Halsey sold out a show at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden. hopeless fountain kingdom features the single "Now or Never," which is Halsey's first top-40 pop hit as a lead artist.  Of course, she spent 12 weeks at #1…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith: "Can't wait for you all to hear the music!!!"

Sam Smith fans were thrilled to see photos of their boy hard at work in the recording studio, working on the follow-up to his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.  And he's just as excited as they are to share the music. Sam posted nine photos of himself in the studio with a variety of producers and musicians; each one had the caption "Recording."  After fans flooded his comments with their happiness over the prospect of new music from Sam, he tweeted, "Reading through all your comments x Love you all so much. Can't wait for you all to hear…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pat Monahan, Jon Bon Jovi, Whoopi Goldberg & more to present, perform at Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction

We already know Ed Sheeran, Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and members of the band Chicago are among this year's honorees and inductees at the 48th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala this month in New York City.  Now we know who'll be inducting them and/or performing on their behalf. Train's Pat Monahan, Jon Bon Jovi, Whoopi Goldberg, Usher, super-producer Benny Blanco and actor John Leguizamo are among the stars who'll be on hand to salute this year's inductees, who also include rappers Jay Z and Pitbull, chart-topping songwriter Max Martin, and Broadway and film composer Alan Menken. Ed…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Janet Jackson already lose 50 pounds of baby weight?

Janet Jackson is reportedly taking "control" of her baby weight. A source close to the Jackson family tells Entertainment Tonight, that the 51-year-old mother has already lost 50 pounds since giving birth to her son Eissa in January, in preparation for her upcoming State of the World Tour. "Her pregnancy and having a healthy baby were her top priority, so when she canceled her last tour, she knew that she would be making it up to all of her fans once she got on the road again," the source said, adding that the new mom has been "training, dieting and eating clean," to achieve…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder to help contestants on new competition show "The Launch"

Another day, another singing competition -- and another batch of stars signing on to help out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and Fergie will both participate in a new competition called The Launch, headed up by record executive Scott Borchetta.  The six-part talent search series will feature unsigned musicians working to create a big hit song. Fergie and Ryan will help the coaches, including Borchetta, during the show, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, there will also be a third mentor, described as a "marquee Canadian singer."  At this point, that could describe anyone from Justin Bieber,…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande resumes tour, "thinking of our angels every step of the way"

Tonight in Paris, France, Ariana Grande resumes the European leg of her Dangerous Woman tour, but she's still got the victims of the Manchester bombing on her mind. Posting a photo of the Eiffel Tower, Ariana wrote on Instagram, "First show back tonight. Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart. Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you I love you." After her show in Paris, Ariana will perform in Lyon, France, and then in Portugal, Spain and Italy. After that, she'll head to…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Happy #PrinceDay! Fans on social media celebrate late icon's 59th birthday

April 21, which marks the date of Prince's death, may have been declared as "Prince Day" in the state of Minnesota earlier this year.   But June 7, which would have been the late icon's 59th birthday, is the day fans all over the world have dubbed #PrinceDay.  Loyal devotees of The Purple One flooded Twitter Wednesday with messages, vintage photos, clips of performances, and quotes to honor the artist's legacy.   Prince died April 21 of last year at age 57 of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. In other Prince news, his longtime friend, former drummer and musical director, Sheila E.,…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana releases live version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"; fans call to make her honorary Manchester citizen

If you didn't get to watch the One Love Manchester benefit concert this past Sunday, the entire concert is now available on Spotify and other streaming services.  One of the tracks, Ariana Grande's live version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," has been released as a single, with proceeds going to benefit the victims of the May 22 terrorist attack following Ariana's show in Manchester. A spokesperson for Spotify told E! Online in a statement, "Spotify is making an additional, sizeable donation on behalf of our users to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in aid of the British Red Cross."  The…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

This is what Lorde wants you to tell her if you see her on the street

If you ever end up meeting your musical hero, it might be hard to know what to say. If that person is Lorde, though, the New Zealand musician is here to help you prepare. "If you do see me in the street, tell me how you felt about something that I made," Lorde tells i-D. "Because it literally blows my mind every time." She'll be especially thrilled if you have a story associated with her music. "It's always my favorite thing when people come up to me and tell me a specific story about a song or an album and their…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran joins James Corden for “Carpool Karaoke” on Monday’s "The Late Late Show"

The Late Late Show with James Corden is live from London this week, but host James Corden shared a brand new, pre-taped edition of the show’s breakout hit, “Carpool Karaoke” with special guest Ed Sheeran. The world’s biggest ginger-haired male artist joined James to drive around Los Angeles for the latest installment which aired at the very end of the show. Ed and James sang-along on many of the Grammy winner’s hits including “Shape of You” and “Sing” and “Castle on the Hill.” Ed also shared with James that he had gotten rid of his smart phone because it became…

posted 2017/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-06-06

What did Taylor Swift do during her "low-key" Nashville getaway?

Taylor Swift was photographed over the weekend in her adopted hometown of Nashville, sipping coffee on a balcony with her current boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn.  Now, E! Online claims to have the lowdown on what else the loved-up couple did during their getaway. A source tells E! that Taylor and Joe, along with close friends and family, had a small dinner party at Taylor's mom Andrea's house on Sunday night. "Food was served and everyone hung out together for several hours," dished the source. "Taylor and Joe headed back to her place later in the evening." The couple also ordered…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Who'll have the Song of the Summer? The race begins now...and "Despacito" is out front

Last year's official Song of the Summer, based on chart performance, was Drake's "One Dance." Who'll grab the title this year?  The countdown has begun, as Billboard brings back its annual Songs of the Summer chart. For the next 100 days or so -- from now through Labor Day -- the top 20 songs that do the best on the Billboard Hot 100 will appear on this chart, and the top song overall will be crowned Song of the Summer 2017.  Right now, "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, is #1 on that chart, followed by Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like,"…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR