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2016-07-15

Gavin DeGraw to Return with New Album "Something Worth Saving" Sept. 9

Gavin DeGraw's new album, Something Worth Saving, will arrive September 9.  It's the follow-up to his 2013 disc, Make a Move.  The first single, "She Sets the City on Fire," is out today, as is the lyric video. The song was co-written by Gavin and Gregg Wattenberg, who's got a pretty good track record: among the hits he either co-wrote, co-produced or produced are Phillip Phillips' "Gone, Gone Gone," Train's "Hey Soul Sister" and "If It's Love," Daughtry's "It's Not Over," O.A.R.'s "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)," the Goo Goo Dolls' "Let Love In," and Five for Fighting's "Superman (It's…

posted 2016/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara Says Opening for Coldplay Is "Validating" for Her

Alessia Cara has scored two hits from her debut album, Know-It-All, and won a Juno Award.  But her biggest accomplishment to date may be being asked by Coldplay to open for them on their current tour in support of their album A Head Full of Dreams. Speaking to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  Alessia says she was near the end of her first headlining tour when her manager told her that she'd had an offer from Coldplay, a band she loves, to be their warm-up act. "I didn’t even know they knew who I was. It took me a while to…

posted 2016/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Releases Olympic Anthem "Rise," Says She Hopes Song Can "Inspire Us to Heal"

How do you get a sure-fire summer hit?  Record an anthem for the Olympics.  That's just what Katy Perry's done. Her new song "Rise," which is out now, will be used leading up to and throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics, including the night of August 5, when the Opening Ceremony takes place.  In addition, a "Rise" Olympic promo will start running in over 20,000 movie theaters today. In a statement, Katy says of "Rise," "This is a song that's been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather…

posted 2016/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shawn Mendes' #TourGoals: "Spend Every Day Having Fun"

Shawn Mendes kicks off a North American tour tonight in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Canadian teen, who's been on the road seemingly nonstop over the past year, says he's learned a valuable lesson: Don't work so hard. "It’s just, spend every day having fun, you know what I mean?" Shawn tells ABC Radio about what he's learned while touring the world. "Like, don’t dwell [on] working a lot ‘cause [touring] is something that not many people get to do in their lifetime." Shawn's tour comes in advance of the September 23 release of his new album Illuminate.  While his…

posted 2016/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nate Ruess, Aloe Blacc Remember 1985-1990 on "Greatest Hits"

(NEW YORK) -- Aloe Blacc and fun.’s Nate Ruess joined 1980s hitmakers to explore the years 1985-1990 on Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s musical tribute show Greatest Hits. The evening included Foreigner teaming up with Ruess for their number-one hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Aloe Blacc joined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago for a medley of two of their hits: "Look Away" and "You're the Inspiration." Among other highlights, Miguel covered the Steve Winwood hit "Higher Love." Greatest Hits returns next Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-07-14

Rihanna, in Nice During Attack, Is "Safe," Says Rep

Rihanna was in Nice, France, at the time of the deadly attack in the city on Thursday, but she's OK. Her rep tells Billboard magazine that the singer, who was in town ahead of a scheduled Friday-night concert there, is "safe." Christian Estrosi, president of the Nice region, tweeted Thursday that the show has been cancelled. At least 77 people died in Nice after an attacker plowed a truck into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations. Rihanna's next concert in her Anti World Tour is scheduled for Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany. She has a handful of dates in France…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen Up for This Year’s Polaris Music Prize

Carly Rae Jepsen is on the shortlist for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, which is given each year to the best Canadian album. Her acclaimed 2015 album, Emotion, is up against nine other albums from fellow Canadian artists.  The 10 albums were announced today by Canada’s public broadcaster CBC, and were selected by a 192-member jury made up of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada. The winner -- based solely on artistic merit -- will be announced during a gala on September 19 and will receive a $50,000 prize. The other short listed artists will get $3,000.…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Who Made More Money Off Their Co-Written Hit: Taylor Swift or Her Ex?

Now that it's been established that Taylor Swift and her ex, Calvin Harris, co-wrote Calvin and Rihanna's smash collabo "This Is What You Came For," it's time to get down to brass tacks and talk about what really matters: which of them is making the most money off the song? Billboard examined the likely income that both Calvin and Taylor would receive for the track, and there's a clear winner here.  From a total estimated $511,000 publishing income so far -- based on sales, streaming and radio airplay -- both artists get a 50/50 share. But that's before the artists'…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor's Boyfriend Tom Hiddleston: "It's Not a Publicity Stunt"

Ever since Taylor Swift took up with British actor Tom Hiddleston, rumors have been flying that their incredibly public romance is some kind of finely-crafted publicity stunt -- for what, nobody knows.  But now Tom himself is putting those rumors to bed. When asked about the relationship, Tom told the Hollywood Reporter, "How best to put this? That notion is...look, the truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together, and we're very happy. Thanks for asking. That's the truth. It's not a publicity stunt." Tom was speaking to the Hollywood Reporter about his first Emmy nomination, which he received…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Admits She's Never Voted: "I Don't Have Any Desire To"

This year's polarizing presidential race has inspired many artists to speak out about which candidates they're supporting or not supporting.  But Meghan Trainor isn't one of those artists.  In fact, she has no plans to visit her local polling place come November. "I should be way more aware, and if it was [Clinton] or Trump, I'd definitely vote for her," she tells Billboard for the mag's latest cover story. "But I've never voted and I don't have any desire to."  That's not to say that Meghan has no political opinions: she supports LGBTQ rights, and tells Billboard, "I think it's…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele’s Concert Special Scores Four Emmy Nominations

Adele already has an Oscar and multiple Grammys -- could an Emmy be next? The singer’s NBC concert special, Adele Live in New York City, nabbed four Emmy nominations today.It’s up for Outstanding Variety Special, where it’ll compete against Beyonce’s Lemonade. Adele was an executive producer on the special, so if it wins, she'll get a statuette and officially be one Tony award away from an EGOT. The special is also nominated for Technical Direction, Lighting Design and Best Director of a Variety Special for director Beth McCarthy. The special was filmed at Radio City Music Hall and initially aired…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nate Ruess, Aloe Blacc & More to Perform on ABC's "Greatest Hits" Tonight

ABC's Greatest Hits continues tonight with performances focusing on the hits of 1985 to 1990. Among the performances you'll see tonight: fun. frontman Nate Ruess teaming up with Foreigner to sing their #1 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is," and Aloe Blacc teaming with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago for a medley of two of their massive '80s hits: "Look Away" and "You're the Inspiration." You'll also see Miguel perform his version of British rocker Steve Winwood's #1 hit "Higher Love," rootsy singer/songwriter Grace Potter singing Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name," Wilson Phillips…

posted 2016/07/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR