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2017-08-07

School me baby one more time: Britney using Vegas shows to raise money for education

Britney Spears is donating a piece of her Las Vegas show to help schoolkids in her home state. Through December 31, Britney's donating $1 from every ticket sold to her show Britney: Piece of Me to public schools in Louisiana via the Louisiana School Boards Association.  As of this month, she's already raised $65,000 for the cause. Britney, who hails from Kentwood, Louisiana, says in a statement, "I am so proud to be able to give back to my home state and help the Louisiana School Boards Association. I can’t wait to see all my amazing fans when I return…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Get ready for a chiller, thriller night...in three dimensions. Michael Jackson's iconic 1983 video for "Thriller" has been transferred to 3D, under the eye of the video's director and co-writer, John Landis.  In a statement, Landis says, “I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s Thriller! We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio, bringing it to a whole new level."    He adds, "Even though Thriller was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. …

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele hosts private movie screening for child survivors of Grenfell blaze

Adele did a good thing last week for some child survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. According to images shared by family members on social media, the singer held a private screening of Despicable Me 3 for the kids. One Twitter user, Greg Weir, posted a photo of Adele with four of the kids. He wrote, “The amazing Adele taking our grand kids to the cinema. So much love & effort for the #Grenfell kids - thank you.” Adele has also been raising money for victims of the blaze, which killed at least 80 people back in June.…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink confirms new song, "What About Us," coming Thursday

After teasing fans about the possible release of a new song, Pink has now confirmed that we'll be getting it Thursday. The song is called "What About Us," and it's the first release from what will presumably be the singer's first solo studio project since 2012's The Truth About Love. On Instagram, Pink wrote, "It's the start of us waking up...#WhatAboutUs Out this Thursday 8/10."  An accompanying graphic shows the singer, in black and white, posing with a group of people of different races.  Pink's last major pop hit was 2016's "Just Like Fire," from the Alice Through the Looking…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Donatella salutes Bruno Mars with "Versace on the Floor" video

If you call your song "Versace on the Floor," what could be better than getting the thumbs-up from Donatella Versace herself?  Well, Bruno Mars has got it. The fashion icon has posted to Instagram a video that shows her and a group of models lip-syncing to Bruno's latest single.  The caption reads “To my special friend @BrunoMars #VersaceOnTheFloor."  The video closes with the words, "To my friend Bruno, have fun!" Some of the models who are seen lip-syncing and lounging on the floor dressed in Versace -- of course -- include Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel, as well as Natasha…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine taps "beautiful" Joe Jonas as guest mentor for "The Voice"

The Voice coach Adam Levine claims he chose the guest mentor for his team this season based on physical appearance alone. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Adam jokes that he tapped DNCE frontman Joe Jonas for the job because, as Adam puts it, "He's a beautiful man." But all joking aside, Adam says Joe was a good choice because their personalities are so different. "He's very...mellow, which is good, 'cause it kind of balances me out," Adam explains. "He offers good advice, and very sound advice. I trust his opinion, because I'm a fan of him. Whenever you can trust that…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran & Lorde join Katy Perry as MTV VMA performers

Katy Perry will do double duty at this year's MTV Video Music Awards: in addition to hosting, she'll also perform.  Now we know who'll be taking the stage with her. MTV has announced that the performer lineup for the show will include Katy, as well as Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes. As previously reported, Kendrick Lamar is the most nominated artist this year, receiving eight nods for his video for "HUMBLE."  Katy and The Weeknd are in second place with five nods each. This year's VMAs will air Sunday, August 27, at 8…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Attorney announces lawsuit against Usher at press conference; alleged female victim comes forward

At a press conference Monday in New York City, attorney Lisa Bloom announced she's filed a lawsuit against R&B superstar Usher Raymond on behalf of three people who claim the singer failed to warn them that he may have had the herpes virus before engaging in sexual intercourse with them.   Usher has yet to respond to the individuals' allegations.  During the conference, Bloom, who's representing all three plaintiffs -- two women and one man -- said that "only a medical test" can either prove or disprove their claims.   "News reports can be wrong," she said. "But if Mr. Raymond is negative, by allowing this…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato to be featured on new Snapchat series, "Artist Pass"

Demi Lovato will be featured in a new docu-series on Snapchat’s Discover platform. The series, called Artist Pass, is being created by Billboard in partnership with Snap Inc. Each episode will last four to five minutes and will give Snapchatters a behind-the-scenes look as artists prepare for their performances at some of the world’s largest music festivals. Demi’s episode will feature her performance at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. The first episode of Artist Pass debuted Sunday, with country singer Luke Bryan. He gave viewers a peek backstage at the country music fest Faster Horses. Hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga’s Joanne tour is crystal-encrusted

Lady Gaga kicked off her Joanne world tour last week with some major glitz. People reports that between the singer’s multiple costume changes, makeup looks and props, she used a total of 550,000 Swarovski crystals. Her outfits include a crystal-encrusted bodysuit, a custom black Alexander Wang fringe leather bodysuit and a red Norma Kamali sleeping bag-style coat. On her feet, she wears custom Giuseppe Zanotti ankle boots with a crystal strap. Gaga’s Joanne tour kicked off August 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She hits The Forum in Inglewood, California next, on August 8. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez’s new Coach collection contains positive messages

Selena Gomez has designed a new collection for Coach, with a personal twist. Vogue has a preview of the singer’s new collaboration with the brand, which includes small leather pouches and keychains and a new handbag called the Selena Grace. Each piece is emblazoned with Selena’s signature, as well as special, uplifting messages for her fans. A message on the inside patch of the bag reads, “To be you is to be strong.” The bag’s base includes the statement, “Love yourself first.” There are two leather keychains in the collection that also bear that message. The line comes in shades…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ryan Tedder wants to invent a new album model

Ryan Tedder is ready to invent a new album format. After OneRepublic nearly burnt out while promoting their last album Oh My My in 2016, Ryan says he doesn’t see them putting out a traditional full-length any time soon. As of right now, they’ve decided to just release singles -- like the dance-y tune “Rich Love” -- whenever they want to. But Ryan also has ideas to shake up the music industry with a new model. “An EP is too small, so I’m thinking like seven songs, call it a CP: Condensed Play,” he says. Tedder adds, “I think that…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR