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Zig-a-Zig-Ah! The Spice Girls' "Wannabe" Turns 20

Twenty years ago today, July 8, 1996, the Spice Girls "zig-a-zig-ah'd" their way into pop music history when they released their debut single, "Wannabe" in the U.K. and other countries around the world.  While the single, which promoted female friendship over romance, didn't reach the U.S. until January of 1997, it kicked off the "Girl Power" phenomenon of the '90s and became the best selling single by a female group ever. The song's parent album, Spice, is the best-selling album by a female group in history.   Eventually, the Spice Girls -- Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton…

posted 2016/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jay Z Releases Song About Police Brutality: "I'm Saddened and Disappointed in THIS America"

About a year ago, Jay Z started working on a song about police brutality but never finished it.  Now, he's released that song, because sadly, it's still all too relevant. The song, called "Spiritual," features a sound collage of snippets of different voices, some electronically altered, and Jay rapping, "No, I'm not poison/No I'm not poison/Just a boy from the hood that/Got my hands in the air in despair/Don't shoot, I just wanna do good."  The track's available on Tidal to subscribers and non-subscribers. In another verse, Jay makes reference to Blue Ivy, his daughter with wife Beyonce, rapping, "I'm…

posted 2016/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

After Opening for Billy Joel, Charlie Puth Opens for Selena Saturday: "It's a Really Awesome Mixture"

Thanks to hits like "One Call Away" and "See You Again," Charlie Puth's music appeals to people of all ages. Want proof?  Earlier this month, he opened for 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel, and this weekend, he'll open for 23-year-old pop goddess Selena Gomez.  "It's just a really awesome mixture," says Charlie. "I’m playing with a legend and playing with, like, the biggest pop star in the world," Charlie tells ABC Radio. "It really benefits me because it exposes me to a wide variety of audiences, which is what I’m trying to obtain from making music.…

posted 2016/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Jason Derulo Will “Kiss the Sky” Later This Month

Jason Derulo has new music heading your way. The singer announced his new single, “Kiss the Sky,” will be released July 29.The song will make its debut as the one exclusive track on Platinum Hits, a collection of Jason’s platinum-selling songs spanning his seven-year career. It'll also be featured in the animated movie Storks, opening September 23. Jason will be closing out Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park on September 2. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Joins Woody Allen’s Latest New York-Centric Drama

Woody Allen seems to be courting pop stars these days. First, he hired Miley Cyrus for his new Amazon TV series. Now, he’s cast Justin Timberlake in his untitled new movie. According to Variety, Justin joins a cast that includes Kate Winslet and Jim Belushi. The film is a drama set in 1950s New York City. It begins shooting this fall. Justin has previously appeared in films including The Social Network and Inside Llewyn Davis. He’ll also be voicing a character and producing the music for the animated film Trolls, out in November. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Has Recorded “Eight Great Songs” with Longtime Producer, RedOne

We’re not sure when Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album will arrive, but thanks to her longtime producer RedOne, we have some hints about what to expect.The producer, who’s been working with Gaga since her debut album, tells People they recorded “eight great songs so far.” As for what they sound like, RedOne teases, "It's a mixture of classic music and futuristic, too -- I didn't want to go too far from what she is. We kept it [similar to] what Gaga is, what she's done all these years. It's special."Though he calls the songs “incredible,” RedOne also acknowledges that it’s…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Debuts Trailer for Fraternity Hazing Drama, "GOAT"

Get ready to watch Nick Jonas deal with frat boy problems in his new hazing-gone-wrong drama, GOAT. The singer-actor helped MTV News premiere the trailer for the film, which deals with themes of masculinity and brotherhood under some extreme circumstances. Nick plays a frat boy named Brett, whose brother Brad decides to pledge his fraternity. Once Hell Week begins, the hazing rituals begin to take a toll on the brothers. GOAT opens September 23 in New York and Los Angeles. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Writes Powerful Open Letter Regarding Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Shootings

Beyonce has penned a startling message on her website, titled "FREEDOM," which voices her strong opinion following the recent shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  "We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities," the letter begins.  "This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights."  Under the letter, the iconic singer posted links for readers to use to contact their congressmen or women, the Louisiana State Legislature and the Minnesota State Legislature to…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Joins the Cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!"

Ariana Grande is a Broadway veteran, so it's no wonder she's been tapped to join the cast of Hairspray Live!, which will air December 7 on NBC. Ariana tweeted the news that she'll be playing the role of Penny, who's been described as the "slightly dorky, devoted and perky" best friend of the main character, Tracy Turnblad.  Ariana also described herself as a "Checkerboard Chick," which is how Penny in the movie describes herself -- she's a white girl who falls in love with a black guy.  She tweets, "Penny has been a dream role since Hairspray opened on Broadway.…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Calvin Harris' Next Single Aimed at Taylor Swift?

"Olé," a new single from Calvin Harris featuring British singer John Newman, is coming out Friday, and reportedly, Calvin's using this music opportunity to exact revenge on Taylor Swift for allegedly cheating on him with Tom Hiddleston. TMZ claims the song is written from Tom's point of view, and seem to indicate that Taylor was seeing the Thor actor behind Calvin's back for quite some time before they split.  TMZ claims that the lyrics include, "I see online that you've begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend/Being attentive, continue to pretend" and "You've hidden my…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen & More Hop into Bed for Parody of Kanye’s “Famous” Video

Was Kanye West’s “Famous” video a little too provocative for you? Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and more have teamed up for a fully-clothed parody version of the rapper’s so-called “art visual,” and this one is completely safe for work.  Organized by the BBC, the video features the Biebs, Carly Rae, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Troye Sivan and 5 Seconds of Summer taking turns lying in bed together. No one disrobes -- instead, they trade witty banter.Kanye’s original video features the naked likenesses of a bunch of celebs, including Taylor Swift and Donald Trump. The image is a variation of…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Grimmie’s Family Releases Statement Thanking Fans for "Outpouring of Love"

Christina Grimmie’s family has released a statement thanking fans for their support in the weeks following the singer’s tragic shooting death. “The outpouring of love and generosity that has been displayed to our family throughout these last few weeks has far exceeded anything we could have ever imagined," the singer’s parents, Bud and Tina, and her brother Marcus, say in the statement released to ABC News. "As we have always known, Christina's life was so very special, not only to us, but to everyone she touched with her joyful heart, beautiful voice and love for life and the Lord." They…

posted 2016/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR