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2017-06-20

"American Idol" to hire back Rickey Minor as musical director?

ABC appears to be trying to get the band back together -- literally -- for its American Idol reboot. Sources tell Variety that the ABC is hiring back longtime American Idol music director Rickey Minor for the show's return next year.  Minor, a bandleader, producer and musician, has worked with Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.  He was the musical director for American Idol from 2005 to 2010, and then again from 2014 through its fifteenth and final season on Fox. Minor also served as bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2010 to 2014. As…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato says if she could do it over, she'd skip the purple dinosaur

Demi Lovato got her start on the kids' show Barney and Friends when she was just eight years old, but she says if she had it to do all over again, she would've given the purple dinosaur a pass. According to the New York Post, at the Cannes Lions festival in France on Monday, Demi told YouTube executive Susanne Daniels, "I wouldn’t start that young if I could do it over again. It was a difficult transition from child star to transform into a mainstream artist.” She added, "You have to find your identity. For so long you’ve been molded…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena's campaign for Coach debuts: "Where I'm from...Coach was the must-have brand"

Selena Gomez's partnership with Coach is now official: the brand's fall 2017 campaign, starring the singer, has been unveiled. The campaign shows Selena posing in the leather interior of a 1976 Plymouth Fury, which "symbolizes the freedom and endless possibility of the open road," according to Coach.  In each of three different images, she's showing off the line's three "it" bags of the season: the Coach Swagger, the Edie, and the Rogue. The campaign was shot by famed photographer Steven Meisel.  Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers says in a statement, "Selena is a rebel and a romantic, a dreamer and…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna to Jeff Bezos: Invest in my home state

The Queen of Pop wants the King of Amazon to help out her home state of Michigan. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted that he was looking for ideas for a "philanthropy strategy" that would help people the most in the short-term -- "at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact."  Madonna responded that the city of Detroit would fit the bill. Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. In recent years, she's personally donated to a number of Detroit charities and programs, and wants Bezos to join her. She tweeted, "@jeffbezos,…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder looking to flip an estate he bought just two years ago

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder bought a mansion in Beverly Hills for nearly $12 million two years ago.  Now he's put it on the market for a little bit more. The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer and his wife Genevieve are selling the estate for $12.75 million.  It was restored and expanded two years ago, which is when the couple purchased it.  It features a three-car garage, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wet bar and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace on just over 5,300 square feet of living space.  Outdoors, the home features a swimming pool, spa, fire pit and barbecue…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shut up and enter WALK THE MOON's five-year anniversary contest

You may have first heard of WALK THE MOON when "Shut Up and Dance" exploded in 2015, but the band released their self-titled major label debut album back in 2012.  Now, in celebration of that album's five-year anniversary, the band is launching a fan giveaway contest. The contest will crown five winners, who will each take home a package that includes a WALK THE MOON paint set and poster, a signed WALK THE MOON CD and the band's 2012 EP Anna Sun on vinyl. One of those five winners will also receive five tickets to a future WALK THE MOON…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele visits firefighters who helped battle deadly London blaze

Adele is a Londoner through and through, which means she couldn't sit on the sidelines after at least 79 people perished in the deadly fire that consumed Grenfell Tower in the U.K. capital last week.  After visiting the site of the fire and helping to comfort those affected, she's now shown her appreciation for the firefighters who battled the blaze. On Monday, Adele stopped by the Chelsea Fire Station to meet London's bravest, but her low-key visit was made public by one of the firefighters, Rob Petty, who posted photos on Facebook. A makeup-free Adele, wearing an off-the-shoulder summer dress,…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dave Chappelle hosting, Kendrick Lamar performing at Rihanna's third annual Diamond Ball

Rihanna is once again bringing in the A-list talent for the third installment of her charity event, the Diamond Ball. Dave Chappelle will host the black-tie event, scheduled for September 14 in New York City, while Kendrick Lamar will be a featured performer.  In a statement, Rihanna says, "I’m thrilled that the incomparable Dave Chappelle will kick things off as the official host of this year’s Diamond Ball and Kendrick Lamar will take the stage for an unforgettable performance.”  The Diamond Ball raises money for Rih's Clara Lionel Foundation.  She adds that she's proud of its "significant impact in the…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde apologizes for "really insensitive" "autoimmune disease" analogy; album headed for #1

Fans were disappointed when Lorde was quoted as saying that being friends with Taylor Swift was like having a friend with "specific allergies" or an "autoimmune disease."  Now, the singer has apologized for that analogy. Lorde was attempting to explain that her relationship with Taylor had certain restrictions on it because she's so famous: she can't go places and do things that normal people do.  But describing it as like "having a friend with autoimmune disease" offended some people.  Twitter user Stephanie Marie, editor of the Australian site SBS Sexuality, tweeted, "I wonder how @selenagomez feels about this. What an incredibly…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn: from wearing "knock-off Versace" to designing clothes for Versace

ZAYN X VERSUS, the new capsule collection that Zayn Malik has designed for Versace, is now available online, and will arrive in stores June 28.  Zayn says he's especially thrilled to have done this, because as a kid, he could only afford fake Versace designer clothing. "When I was a kid growing up in Bradford, England, wearing knock-off Versace, I never thought that one day I would actually be designing my own collection," Zayn says in a statement. "Thanks so much to Donatella Versace for allowing me to do the coolest thing ever." Donatella, the Artistic Director for Versus, says,…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dr. Jen Ashton weighs in on Beyonce's reported twin deliveries, new responsibilities and "bounce back" timeline

Despite widespread reports, Neither Beyonce nor Jay Z have yet confirmed, at least not publicly, that they're the parents of newborn twins.  Assuming they are, ABC News Chief Woman's Health Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton says the real challenge for the thirty-five year-old mother is learning how to be patient, and accept that there is no set timeline on when she will be able to "bounce back." Dr. Ashton, who has successfully delivered more than 1,500 newborns -- including many that were twins, says the Carters' delivery room was undoubtedly well-prepared for the twins' birth, with "literally two of everyone." "There…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Harry Styles, Alessia Cara, Selena Gomez and Twenty One Pilots among Teen Choice nominees

Music's hottest stars will duke it out at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards airing later this summer on Fox, and the just-announced first wave of nominations includes Alessia Cara, Twenty One Pilots, Hailee Steinfeld and Selena Gomez.  Other acts receiving nods include Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello's "Crying in the Club," Miley Cyrus' "Malibu" and Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" are among the song nominees. Several One Direction members will battle for bragging rights: Harry Styles and Niall Horan are up against each other for Choice Song: Male, and ZAYN's duet with Taylor Swift, "I Don't…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR