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2017-05-10

Niall Horan thinks Harry Styles' single is "great": "It's a good blend of everything he listens to"

One Direction members Harry Styles and Niall Horan both have singles out right now, but it's not like they're looking to crush each other on the charts.  In fact, Niall says he's a huge fan of Harry's hit, "Sign of the Times." Speaking to London's Capital FM radio, Niall said of the song -- a '70s-rock inspired ballad -- "I think people were shocked by it a little bit, but I was like, 'That's Harry written all over it.'" As Niall explained, "When people hear my stuff, they think that's very me, y'know?  And ["Sign of the Times"]...that's Harry's stuff,…

posted 2017/05/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran announces Australia and New Zealand dates for world tour

Ed Sheeran wouldn’t forget about his Aussie and Kiwi fans. The singer will be heading to Australia and New Zealand as part of his Divide world tour next year. Early this morning, he announced the Australasian leg of the tour, which will kick off March 3 in Perth, Australia. He’ll play stadiums Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, before heading to New Zealand for shows in Auckland and Dunedin. Tickets go on sale May 23 on FrontierTouring.com.Last month, Ed’s “Shape of You” broke a chart record in Australia by spending 14 weeks at number one. The North American portion of his…

posted 2017/05/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

TV debut of new Miley Cyrus song to come on 2017 "Billboard" Music Awards

Miley Cyrus' new single, "Malibu," is due to be released this week, and she'll premiere it on TV at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Miley will take the stage at the ceremony, which will air May 21, live from Las Vegas, on ABC. In a statement, the show's executive producer said, "Miley Cyrus is and always has been an artist that makes an impact.  Her incredible talent and imprint on pop culture are undeniable. We are thrilled to have her debut ‘Malibu’...and look forward to a raw and honest performance that will likely surprise many.” Miley's new single will reportedly…

posted 2017/05/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Evita vs. Evita: Patti LuPone calls Madonna a "movie killer" who "cannot act her way out of a paper bag"

Oh, it is on. During an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Tuesday night, Broadway legend Patti LuPone dismissed Madonna's entire film career, saying she's a "movie killer" who "cannot act her way out of a paper bag." LuPone, who's currently nominated for Tony Award for her role in the show War Paint, was asked by a caller  whether she and Madonna had ever discussed their respective performances in Evita -- LuPone's on stage and Madonna's in the movie version. She said no, but added that she did run into Madonna once when the singer was appearing on Broadway in…

posted 2017/05/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sean Paul releasing career-spanning compilation album, "Dutty Classics Collection"

Hot on the heels of his success as a featured artist on Sia's “Cheap Thrills” and Clean Bandit's “Rockabye,” Sean Paul will be releasing a greatest hits compilation next month.Dutty Classics Collection will feature 18 tracks from all six of his studio albums, including his number one hits “Get Busy,” “Temperature” and “Baby Boy.” The album comes out June 2.Sean’s first album, Stage One, came out in 2000. He followed it up with 2002’s Dutty Rock, 2005’s The Trinity, 2009’s Imperial Blaze, 2012’s Tomahawk Technique and 2014’s Full Frequency.Here is the track list for Dutty Classics Collection:"Infiltrate""Deport Dem""Gimme The Light""Like…

posted 2017/05/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas' next musical step: "I’m trying to...do something different"

If you love the Nick Jonas, who brought us hits like "Jealous," "Chains" and "Close," it may be time to say goodbye to him.  According to the singer, he's planning on "swerving a little bit" when it comes to his music. When asked about his current style, Nick told Women's Wear Daily, "I think that balance is so important and continuing to surprise people with what you’re wearing. In a lot of areas in my life -- creatively and all that -- I’m trying to swerve a little bit and do something different. That will be coming soon." He adds…

posted 2017/05/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-05-09

Is Hozier dating Ed Sheeran's "Galway Girl"?

Before Ed Sheeran cast Irish actress Saoirse [SUHR-shuh] Ronan in his new video for "Galway Girl," she'd already appeared in a video by another global star: Hozier.  Now, a British tabloid is reporting that Saoirse and Hozier -- whose birth name is Andrew Hozier Byrne -- are involved romantically. According to The Sun, Saoirse and Hozier got close after she appeared in his video for the song "Cherry Wine" last year, and recently, they've been on a series of dates in Dublin.  A source tells the paper, "They really enjoy each other’s company, they seemed to be having a ball.…

posted 2017/05/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Expect hits, but no "pyrotechnics and nudity" on Train's upcoming tour

Train's Play that Song tour kicks off this Friday with opening acts O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield.  What can we expect from that lineup?  Well, for one thing, nobody's going to be taking their clothes off. “I always tell people you can look forward to a lot of pyrotechnics and nudity," Train singer Pat Monahan tells People magazine about the tour. "And then I wait until they laugh and I tell them the truth.” The truth is that Train will perform their hits, as well as tracks from their new album a girl a bottle a boat.  In addition, Monahan says,…

posted 2017/05/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Harry Styles' "Behind the Album" documentary to debut next week; is he dating food blogger?

Harry Styles' new album will be out on Friday, but after you binge on it all weekend, you may still have questions.  Luckily, Monday, May 15 will bring the debut of Harry Styles: Behind the Album on Apple Music. The documentary follows Harry as he creates his self-titled solo debut, which he recorded in Jamaica, L.A. and London.  It includes exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and scenes of Harry and his band performing his new songs at London's famed Abbey Road studios. "Anytime you're doing anything different, it's quite scary," says Harry in a trailer for the documentary.  There are also…

posted 2017/05/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry sings on Calvin Harris' new album, due June 30

How do you get back at your ex-girlfriend?  How about collaborating with her alleged sworn enemy?  That seems to be what Calvin Harris doing with his new album. The deejay, producer and songwriter posted a video on Twitter promoting his new disc, which is evidently titled Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.  The video features a music clip over a shot of the ocean, and reveals a long list of collaborators, one of which is Katy Perry.  You may recall that after Calvin and his then-girlfriend Taylor Swift broke up in June of 2016, he publicly called her out on Twitter…

posted 2017/05/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Somebody That I Used to Know?" Grammy-winner Gotye plots comeback

Remember when Gotye -- born Wally de Backer -- won all those Grammys a few years ago for his #1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know?"  He seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth after that, but now, the Australian singer/songwriter is planning his comeback. According to News Corp Australia, de Backer has been living in New York for the past two years and working on what will be the fourth Gotye album.  He told the news service, "I know there’s fans who’d love to hear new music. Sometimes I wish I could be more prolific and finish…

posted 2017/05/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend named one of "Town & Country’s" top 50 philanthropists

John Legend has been named one of Town & Country’s top 50 philanthropists of the year. The singer, who graces one of the magazine’s three covers, is being recognized for his work to reform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. Legend says he was inspired to take up the issue after accepting the Oscar for “Glory,” his song in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired film, Selma. “I specifically chose to talk about our mass incarceration problem, because if you want to talk about what is going on with America today that Dr. King would be concerned about,…

posted 2017/05/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR