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2016-07-13

Calvin Harris Burns Taylor Swift in Series of Tweets

Right after news broke that Taylor Swift wrote the lyrics to Calvin Harris’ hit “This Is What You Came For” -- which Taylor's rep has confirmed to ABC News -- Calvin went off on his ex on Twitter. First, he played nice, writing, “And she sings on a little bit of it too Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual." He explains, “I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym.” But then, Calvin's tweets got very pointed. “Hurtful to me at this…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Wrote Calvin Harris' Latest Hit, but Did It Cause Their Split?

The end of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris' relationship, and her subsequent romance with Tom Hiddleston, has launched any number of theories, so here's another one: Taylor and Calvin broke up because he didn't give her credit for writing his latest hit. Her rep confirms to ABC Radio that Taylor did indeed write Calvin's latest smash collabo with Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg. The confirmation comes after so-called "sources connected with Taylor" leaked the news to TMZ. The sources told TMZ she demoed the song into her phone and sent it to Calvin, who…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Best New Artist Grammy Contenders: Alessia, Rachel, Charlie, Lukas or None of the Above?

The cutoff for Grammy eligibility isn't until September, but it's never too early to start handicapping the major races.  Hits magazine is predicting which of the hottest new hitmakers of the past year have a shot at a nod in the prestigious Best New Artist category. According to Hits, Alessia Cara and Lukas Graham are "likely," thanks to their massive respective hits "Here" and "7 Years." The magazine also thinks the critically acclaimed Chance the Rapper is a shoo-in, as well as R&B star Bryson Tiller. In addition, breakout country star Maren Morris is on the publication's list. As for…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell "Felt So Proud" Watching Adele's "Carpool Karaoke"

Adele's edition of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke is the most-watched one to date...and one of those viewers who loved watching it is a member of a group whose music Adele performed during the segment: the Spice Girls. Last week, the Spice Girls marked the 20th anniversary of their record-setting smash "Wannabe."  Writing about the group's career for Marie Claire magazine, Ginger Spice herself, Geri Halliwell, reveals, "I felt so proud watching Adele on Carpool Karaoke...saying she loved the Spice Girls. She connected with us, she says, because we were just five ordinary girls who 'got out.'" In the segment, Adele…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Which Poor Pop Stars Fell Off "Forbes'" "Celebrity 100" Rich List this Year?

For every star like Taylor Swift -- who tops this year's Forbes' Celebrity 100 list of the world's highest-earning famous folks -- there's another star whose income over the past year just wasn't massive enough to make the cut again.  This year, that list of dropoffs includes big names such as Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake. Forbes notes that Lady Gaga was all the way up at #25 on last year's Celebrity 100 with income of $59 million.  But this year, she's nowhere to be found, despite the fact that during this year's scoring period, she was nominated for an…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

J-Lo & "Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk Orlando Charity Duet: "We Both Felt Very Inspired"

Jennifer Lopez and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performed their new charity single "Love Make the World Go Round" on Tuesday's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  The song benefits the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, and J-Lo asked Miranda to join her after being impressed by his Tony Awards acceptance speech, in which he declared, "And love is love is love." "I had this song for a few months...I was just holding on to it for some reason," Jennifer tells ABC Radio. "I thought, 'The world needs this song right now.'"  She adds, "I had seen Lin’s speech on…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez "Sparks" Instagram Record

Selena Gomez has smashed a social media record for the most "liked" image in the history of Instagram. The 23-year-old singer and actress posted a photo of herself drinking Coca-Cola with the lyrics "You're the Spark" from her hit single "Me & The Rhythm" on the bottle.  She captioned the pic, "When your lyrics are on the bottle." That one Instagram photo got a whopping four million likes. She played a role in the previous record holder: a throwback photo from her ex Justin Bieber earlier this year of the two of them kissing, which tallied 3.7 million likes. Back…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How an Alien Influenced Zayn Malik's Solo Career

You can blame Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction last year on an alien invasion. The 23-year-old British singer reveals his "firsts" -- his first tattoo, first concert, and so on -- in a new interview with Glamour. When the magazine asked him about the first time he realized he wanted to break off from 1D and go solo, he replied, "An alien spoke to me in a dream...." He didn't elaborate, but the alien was clearly very convincing. Zayn also shares his first celebrity crush. It's more like celebrity crushes.  "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They’re the same, right?" he…

posted 2016/07/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-07-12

Britney Spears to Debut New Song "Private Show" in Fragrance Ad

Recently, Britney Spears teased a snippet of a new song in an online clip of her latest perfume commercial, but we'll get to hear a whole bunch more of it Wednesday. The commercial, for Brit's latest perfume Private Show, will come complete with a brand-new song of the same name, and it'll debut on ET Online on Wednesday.   She tells ET, "'Private Show' is inevitably a sexy song and it promotes feeling sexy and girls feeling alive, and I think that’s fun for girls," adding, "I think the scent definitely has a combination of all those things." Britney tells ET…

posted 2016/07/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Serenaded Isla Fisher on Her 40th Birthday, Actress Reveals

Did you know Katy Perry is available for birthday parties?  Well, she is if you're a famous actress married to an even more famous actor. Australian actress Isla Fisher, who's appeared in Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me and the fourth season of Arrested Development, is married to comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame.  She turned 40 back in February, and tells the U.K. paper the Daily Mail in a new interview, "I celebrated my 40th birthday with my friends, family -- and Katy Perry. My husband asked her to sing for me and she…

posted 2016/07/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo’s Key to Staying Humble? His Huge Family

It can be hard to stay humble in show biz, but it seems Jason Derulo has found the key: Just surround yourself with family members at all times. The singer tells Notion magazine his big extended family keeps him grounded. “I’m the kind of person who has a super small circle,” Jason says. “I came from a huge family -- my grandmother had fifteen kids, so I have a lot of cousins. A bunch of them work with me and it’s always dope to have your family around you.” It’s also helpful when you need a reality check. “They will…

posted 2016/07/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Flo Rida, Zara Larsson, Troye Sivan Headlining Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Tennis Event

Performing at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, an annual family tennis event now in its 21st year, is a rite of passage for many pop stars, and this year, quite a few will headline the event. Flo Rida, Aussie pop star Troye Sivan, "Never Forget You" singer Zara Larsson, rising star Jordan Fisher and Disney Channel star Laura Marano will all perform at the August 27 event, which is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.  The event will serve as the kickoff to the 2016 U.S. Open, which starts August 29. In addition to…

posted 2016/07/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR