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Michael Jackson as Professor X? Mariah as Storm? Original X-Men screenwriter tells all

Hugh Jackman recently told ABC Radio that when the very first X Men movie came out in 2000, not many people thought it would be a hit.  Of course, it became a blockbuster that launched a hugely-successful franchise.  But imagine how many people would have seen it if had starred Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey?  It could have happened, says the movie's screenwriter, David Hayter. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hayter revealed, "I was brought on as they were casting, so I was lucky enough to be there for some of the people who came in, like...Janet Jackson…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend and Ariana Grande’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video premieres Sunday

You’ve heard the John Legend and Ariana Grande remake of the Beauty and the Beast theme, and this weekend you’ll get to see the video to go along with it.The visual for the duet -- originally sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson -- will be premiering on Sunday during Freeform’s showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, which airs between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. The video can then be seen on Freeform.com.Freeform is doing a Hermione Granger-themed Harry Potter weekend in honor of Emma Watson, who stars as Belle in Disney’s live action…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen can't wait for daughter Luna to see "Beauty and the Beast"

John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen made a glamorous red carpet appearance on Thursday for the Hollywood premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast live-action remake.  And while talking with Entertainment Tonight's Cameron Mathison, Legend, who sings with Ariana Grande for the re-imagined version of the Beauty and the Beast theme, stated that he can't wait for 10-month-old daughter Luna to see the film. "She hasn't sat through a movie yet, but it'll come soon. And she'll be so proud of Daddy," he said.   As for John and Ariana's version of the film's theme song, Chrissy talked about her obsession with the track and eagerness for Luna to recognize her father's voice…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor celebrates being a girl in “I’m a Lady” video

Meghan Trainor is back to what she does best: singing about female empowerment. This time, it’s for the new Smurfs: Lost Village movie with a song called “I’m a Lady.”The music video embraces the song’s themes of celebrating being a girl and blocking out the haters. Meghan represents different facets of a woman’s personality in the visual, appearing as a football player, a businesswoman and a tiara-wearing girly girl.“I don’t look like them/But I ain’t worried ‘bout it/I don’t talk like them/But I ain’t worried ‘bout it/I know I’m a gem/I ain’t worried ‘bout it/’Cause I’m a lady,” she sings.Scenes…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran lines up TV appearances to promote new album ÷, out today

Ed Sheeran's new album ÷(Divide) is out today and he's got plenty of TV appearances lined up to promote it. Tonight, Friday, he'll be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On Sunday, he'll be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.  On Wednesday, he'll appear on NBC's Today show. On Twitter, Ed posted a video of himself working in a record store, selling his new album to a man.  As he puts the disc in a bag, he says, "There's a feedback card in there..." to which the man replies, "You don't wanna hear MY feedback!"  The caption reads, "Quitting music,…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Mayer's entire new album coming April 14

Enough of this Wave 1 and Wave 2 stuff -- John Mayer's giving his fans the whole album next month. John's album The Search For Everything, from which he's already released two EP's of four tracks each, will be out April 14, he announced on Twitter.  "Putting the finishing touches on the album," he added. "So many little worlds to hang in with these tracks. This one is a dusty dreamy getaway." The Search for Everything is John's follow-up to 2013's Paradise Valley, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart.  He'll kick off his tour in support of…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Camila Cabello featured on new "Fast & the Furious" sequel soundtrack

A new song featuring Camila Cabello appears on the soundtrack of The Fate of the Furious, the latest installment of the action movie franchise. "Hey Ma," a collaboration between Camila, Pitbull and Latin artist J Balvin, will be released March 10, and the track's music video will debut on Telemundo that same day. Camila also posted a photo of herself working in the studio with Pharrell Williams and Frank Dukes; Dukes is one of the producers of Lorde's new single "Green Light," and he's also worked with Drake.  Her debut solo album is due out this fall. Copyright © 2017,…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift agree on the right time to have kids; he reveals when her album's coming

Neither Ed Sheeran nor his friend Taylor Swift are married, but the two have already discussed how to fit kids into their super-busy lives, and they both agree on when: when their careers take a dip. Speaking to the U.K. paper The Guardian, Ed says, "I've won the awards you’re meant to win, sold the records you’re meant to sell. I never did it for money, and I don’t really need any more money. At the end of the day, I make music to make music and as long as I can keep doing that for the rest of my…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Marian Hill is "Down" with their AirPod-related success

Marian Hill has a hit on its hands with "Down," in part due to its use in the eye-catching commercial for Apple AirPods featuring dancer Lil' Buck defying gravity as he moves down the street. But let's get it straight: Marian Hill isn't a person, it's a male/female duo whose members have known each other since middle school. Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol became close friends in eighth grade when they starred in their school's production of The Music Man.  Samantha was the female lead, Marian Paroo, while Jeremy was the male lead, Harold Hill.  "We were looking for a…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"No one's a victim or a villain," says Katy Perry after breakup with Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry took to Twitter Thursday, apparently to address fan and media reaction to news of her split with Orlando Bloom. "How bout a new way of thinking for 2017!?" Katy wrote. "U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one's a victim or a villain, get a life y'all!"  She concluded the tweet with the "blowing a kiss" emoji. On Wednesday the former couple confirmed their breakup issuing a statement saying, "Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time." Katy also shared a new look on Thursday, posting a short Instagram video clip…

posted 2017/03/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Demi Lovato receiving award for mental health advocacy

Demi Lovato is being honored for her work as a mental health advocate. The singer will be receiving the Artistic Award of Courage from UCLA’s Semel Institute at its biannual Open Mind Gala later this month. The award recognizes Demi for using her platform to “heroically” raise awareness and reduce stigma of mental illnesses. Demi has been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder. The March 22 event will be hosted by actress Lisa Kudrow and will feature a performance by Chord Overstreet, who co-starred with Demi on Glee and is signed to her Safehouse record label with Nick Jonas.…

posted 2017/03/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Why Lady Gaga Ended Up Headlining Coachella

When Beyonce dropped out of her headlining slot at the Coachella festival because she's pregnant with twins, her friend Lady Gaga stepped in to fill the void.  Why Gaga?  According to Billboard, one important reason is she's a woman. Sources tell Billboard that it was important that Beyonce be replaced by another female artist, because she was to have been the first woman to headline Coachella in 10 years, and only the second woman ever: Bjork was the first. According to the sources, Paul Tollett, the founder of Coachella, considered both Adele and Gaga and asked about them both, but…

posted 2017/03/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR