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2017-02-07

Is Madonna Adopting After All?

A few weeks ago, Madonna issued a statement denying that she was in the African country of Malawi to adopt more children.  At the time, she said, "The rumors of an adoption process are untrue."  But now, the BBC is reporting that she's just been granted permission to adopt two children. According to the BBC, a court spokesperson announced that Madonna was inside the courtroom on Tuesday when the country's High Court ruled that the adoption could go through. Madonna's son David and daughter Mercy were both adopted from Malawi.  She founded the charity Raising Malawi in 2006, the year…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara to Release Single with Zedd; Excited to to "Make New Stuff"

Fresh off her Saturday Night Live debut, Alessia Cara is releasing new music this month: a single called "Stay" that's a collaboration with Zedd.  The song is just a one-off, however -- it's not from a new album or anything.  Alessia says she wants to make sure her debut album, Know-It-All, has run its course before she moves onto her sophomore release. "I'm trying to finish the story of this album in the right way before I start new music," she told ABC Radio not long ago. "But I'm definitely excited to make new stuff." Alessia says she's already started…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lukas Graham, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly Added to Grammy Lineup, Lady Gaga to Duet with Metallica

Three-time Grammy nominated Lukas Graham is the latest act to join the lineup of the 59th annual Grammy Awards, airing this Sunday night. In addition, on the telecast, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Andra Day, and country group Little Big Town will all team up to do a tribute to the music of The Bee Gees and the 40th anniversary of their landmark Grammy-winning album Saturday Night Fever. Meanwhile, it seems Lady Gaga and Metallica are going to perform together on the show. News of the joint performance first surfaced thanks to a Grammy promo clip captured by a Lady Gaga…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga's Sales Increase 1,000%, Thanks to Halftime Show

Here's the reason artists don't get paid to perform during Super Bowl halftime: they end up getting paid in other ways -- like increased album sales. It certainly worked for Lady Gaga. According to Nielsen Music, following Sunday's halftime show, Gaga sold about 150,000 digital albums and songs, which was an increase of over 1,000% compared to her sales the day before the game.  In fact, Gaga sold more songs and albums digitally on Sunday than she did the entire week prior to the big game. Gaga's biggest-selling song on Sunday was her new single, "Million Reasons" -- downloads increased…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry to Perform at the Grammys

The Grammy performance star power keeps on comin’.  Less than a week after the announcement Beyoncé would be performing at the ceremony, now comes word Katy Perry will perform as well. The Recording Academy confirmed the news in a tweet Monday night: “CONFIRMED: @katyperry returns to the #GRAMMYs stage. Don't miss her performance on Music's Biggest Night Feb. 12 on @CBS!” CONFIRMED: @katyperry returns to the #GRAMMYs stage ????Don't miss her performance on Music's Biggest Night Feb. 12 on @CBS! ????if you're excited pic.twitter.com/TgpshMJRpD— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 7, 2017 The announcement was re-tweeted from Katy’s Twitter. There’s no official…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-02-06

Britney Spears Asks for Prayers for Her Niece

Britney Spears has now taken to Twitter to ask for fans' prayers for her eight-year-old niece Maddie, the daughter of her sister Jamie Lynn Spears. As previously reported, a rep for the Spears family requested privacy following an incident involving Maddie which apparently required the child to be hospitalized.  "Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece," Britney tweeted, along with a photo of Maddie. Previously, Britney's father Jamie, Maddie's grandfather, told Entertainment Tonight, "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie." Maddie was reportedly involved in some kind of accident in Louisiana. Tangipahoa Parish President Robby…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend's "Happy" for Expectant Parents Beyoncé and Jay Z

Many celebrities have congratulated Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z since Bey's Internet-breaking announcement that she's expecting twins.   Among them is their pal John Legend, who recently told Entertainment Tonight that he is "happy" for the newly expectant parents. "It's a beautiful thing. They already know that, though. They already have a wonderful daughter, they know what it feels like, and I'm excited for them," he said.    The entertainer also teased the possibility of future play dates with his 9-month-old daughter Luna, Bey and Jay's 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and their twins.  "Who knows? I have no idea," John laughed about what those play dates might be like. "Hopefully some…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey Says Working Out in Heels Is “Good for the Calves”

Are there any benefits to working out in heels? Mariah Carey certainly seems to think so. The singer posted Instagram photographs last week of herself exercising at the gym wearing fishnet tights and stiletto heels. But before you call her crazy, she explains to Entertainment Tonight it was partly for laughs -- and partly for her calves. "This is not the first time I've worked out in heels, people," she tells ET. "I remember the first time I did this on Cribs and everyone was like, 'Oh my gosh, she's working out in heels! What is she doing?' I'm like,…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Back at #1, Taylor Swift at #3

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteBuddies Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are both in their favorite place: on top of the charts. Ed's returned to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his hit "Shape of You," which initially debuted in the top spot in January.  Thanks to the release of the song's official video, it's now regained momentum and is spending a second week on top.  "Shape of You" is from Ed's upcoming album ÷ (Divide), due March 3.  Ed also just announced that he'll be performing at this year's Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.  In the same tweet,…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Back at #1, Taylor Swift at #3

Buddies Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are both in their favorite place: on top of the charts. Ed's returned to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his hit "Shape of You," which initially debuted in the top spot in January.  Thanks to the release of the song's official video, it's now regained momentum and is spending a second week on top.  "Shape of You" is from Ed's upcoming album ÷ (Divide), due March 3.  Ed also just announced that he'll be performing at this year's Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.  In the same tweet, he showed…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Says Super Bowl "Made Me Really Proud"; Rooftop Jump Was Pre-Taped

According to Lady Gaga, it wasn't just her onstage Sunday night in Houston during the Super Bowl: it was her and all her fans, and she says collectively, she's proud of what "they" pulled off. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight after the show, Lady Gaga said, "My fans mean everything to me. When I first started, everyone thought we were so different and so weird. We never changed who we were, and we stuck to our guns in terms of what we believe in, and now we got to perform on the biggest stage in the world with our beliefs and…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Camila Cabello Tops "Billboard's" Pop Songs Chart with "Bad Things"

Camila Cabello's post-Fifth Harmony career seems like it's off to a great start. "Bad Things," the singer's duet with Machine Gun Kelly, has topped Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which measures radio airplay. This isn't Camila's first #1 on that chart -- she and Fifth Harmony topped it last year with "Work from Home."  According to Billboard, there are only eight other artists who've hit #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart as a soloist and as part of a group.  They include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Adam Levine, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Nate Ruess, Wyclef Jean and Rob Thomas. More than 17 years…

posted 2017/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR