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2017-09-01

New Sam Smith music coming September 8

A few days ago in a message to fans, Sam Smith said "something new" would be coming "very very very very soon."  Well, he's keeping his word. On Friday, Sam posted a photo of a billboard in London -- according to Britain's Official Charts Company, it's located in the London neighborhood of Shoreditch -- that shows a photo of him, along with the words "September 8." The release -- presumably a single, but possibly an entire album -- will be Sam's first new music since his 2015 Oscar-winning James Bond theme, "Writing's on the Wall," from the movie SPECTRE.  His…

posted 2017/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Look" out for #1: Taylor Swift made us buy her new single in record amounts

Hate it or love it, we can't stop talking about Taylor Swift's new single "Look What You Made Me Do" -- and we evidently can't stop downloading or streaming it, either. Billboard reports that the song -- the lead release from Tay's new album Reputation -- is poised to make a huge debut at #1 on next week's Hot 100 chart.  The publication says it could sell as many as 400,000 downloads, setting a new record for the best sales week of 2017.  That record, by the way, is currently held by Taylor's pal Ed Sheeran, whose smash "Shape of…

posted 2017/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys hoping for Chainsmokers, Zedd & Diplo collabos

The Chainsmokers, Zedd and Diplo have worked with a long list of pop stars in the past few years, so why not the Backstreet Boys?  The group's getting ready to record a new album, and they tell Entertainment Tonight that they're hoping to hook up some collaborations with those acts and more. "We’re reaching out to people who we were always inspired by, or who may have been fans and we didn’t even know,” AJ McLean tells ET. "We’ve all made friends with different people. Nick [Carter]’s been talking to Steve Aoki, Howie [Dorough] talked to Zedd, who’s been a…

posted 2017/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-08-31

Look what hard "work work work" can buy: Rihanna's new $7 million mansion

Rihanna has a new place where she can think her "Wild Thoughts": a Hollywood Hills mansion. Realtor.com reports that Rihanna spent nearly $7 million on the new home, which features six bedrooms and 10 baths in 7,130 square feet.  There's also a chef's kitchen, high ceilings, arched doorways, city views, a spa, a guesthouse, and -- best of all -- a pool with a swim-up bar. Despite her new Hollywood digs, Rihanna will be heading to New York City in a couple of weeks to host her annual event, the Diamond Ball.  The bash raises money for her charity, the…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's "÷ (Divide)" adds up to two million sold

For Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) = huge sales. The singer's third album, released in March, has been certified double platinum for sales of more than two million copies -- more than any other album released this year. It's also been in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks. The first single from Divide, "Shape of You," spent 12 weeks at #1 and recently broke the record for the most weeks spent in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100: an amazing 33, all consecutive. Ed, who was just named Artist of the Year at the MTV…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Who's "Bad"? Michael Jackson's hit-packed '87 album released 30 years ago today

Michael Jackson's Thriller was the biggest-selling album in music history, but MJ managed to follow it up in grand style. Thirty years ago today -- on August 31, 1987 -- his album Bad was released. Bad was Jackson's first album on which he had in writing nearly all of the songs -- nine of the 11 tracks, to be exact -- and he was listed as a co-producer for the entire project. It also was the first album that Michael toured behind as a solo artist, cementing his status as a global superstar. Quincy Jones, who co-produced Bad, says he…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch now: Halsey makes her escape in “Bad at Love” video

Halsey is on the run in the video for her new single, “Bad at Love.” The clip casts the singer as a wanted woman who rolls up to a desert gas station on a motorcycle. A trio of women inside recognize her, but decide to help her, rather than turn her in to the police. As Halsey sings about numerous failed relationships, she and the women make their escape in an orange convertible and head to an off-the-grid campsite. The video ends with them happily toasting their freedom. The video is a continuation of Halsey's previous video for “Now or…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Harry Styles offers intimate performance of "Two Ghosts" in new video

Harry Styles is scaling things back for his new video. While the singer's video for "Sign of the Times" was an epic production that featured him flying over the ocean, his new video, for the song "Two Ghosts," is a live performance clip.  It shows Harry and his band performing the song at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios. The clip is taken from Harry Styles: Behind the Album, a documentary that will air on Apple Music later in September.  It shows the making of Harry's debut solo album, and incorporates exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also includes performances…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber's the first male musician to hit 100 million Twitter followers

Move over, Katy Perry: Justin Bieber just joined you in the 100 Million club. Twitter announced Thursday that Justin Bieber has finally amassed 100 million Twitter followers.  He's only the second musician to hit that milestone: Katy Perry is the first.  Even Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Lady Gaga -- whose fans are among the most dedicated in the world -- don't have that many followers, though Taylor comes closest, with 85.5 million. According to Billboard, all told, Justin's been mentioned more than two billion times on Twitter, and his most retweeted post has been tweeted more than 638,000 times.  That…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus pledges $500K to Harvey victims, breaks down on "Ellen"

Add Miley Cyrus to the list of stars donating massive cash to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen announced that Miley was donating a whopping $500 thousand to relief efforts.  As the audience cheered and applauded, Miley broke down in tears when she spoke about the empathy she feels for the hurricane's victims. "I don't know why it makes me so upset, it just makes me really upset," she said, her voice breaking. "You know, my grandma's sitting here and my mom's here and I go home to my seven dogs and if…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Linda Perry developing new TV show to find the next "All Girl Band"

Linda Perry wants to form a band with some girl power. The producer and songwriter is launching a new talent competition show called All Girl Band. Linda, along with other yet-to-be-announced female rock legends, will tour iconic music cities across the country in search of the best undiscovered female musicians. "We are looking for authentic, timeless musicians who can fill the void in the music industry," Linda says in a statement. "We want women who don't fit the mold of your typical pop star. We're looking for the female Rolling Stones." The contestants will be narrowed down to the 50…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's "very happy" with her "supportive" actor boyfriend

When Taylor Swift's new album, Reputation, comes out November 10, don't expect to hear any songs about how her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, did her wrong.  A source tells People magazine that the two are still together and their relationship is going strong. The source tells People that Taylor and the British actor are still “very happy together,” and are spending time with each other away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. “Her decision to keep her relationship with Joe quiet is making her happy,” dishes the source. “They have been getting to know each other slowly without any pressure.”  Joe…

posted 2017/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR