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2017-06-01

Hear Lorde's new single "Perfect Places" now

Thanks to the time difference between the U.S. and New Zealand, Lorde's new single has arrived today rather than Friday.  It's called "Perfect Places," and it's the second single released from her upcoming album Melodrama. The mid-tempo track finds Lorde describing a never-ending cycle of drinking, partying and hooking up, in an attempt to find satisfaction.  Eventually, she gives up, singing, "All the nights spent off our faces/Trying to find these perfect places/What the f**k are perfect places anyway?" Explaining the song on Facebook, Lorde says, "I was living in New York during summer last year, writing Melodrama...and all last…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Local school choir to perform at Ariana Grande benefit concert

Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert this Sunday will feature huge stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, but also some local, musically-talented students. People magazine reports that The Parrs Wood Harmony Group, a high school choir, will also be on the bill.   Some of their members are among those who attended Ariana's concert in Manchester, where a terrorist bombing left 22 dead and 119 injured a week ago last Monday. The choir was asked to perform after Ariana heard their rendition of her song "My Everything," which they recorded to raise money for the victims and their families.…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Major Lazer releases surprise EP featuring Camila Cabello & Sean Paul

Surprise: Major Lazer has a new EP. The trio has released a six-track collection, Know No Better, featuring lots of guest stars.The title track features vocals from Camila Cabello and Quavo from Migos, while another reggaeton-inspired track, “Buscando Huellas,” features Sean Paul. The EP contains influences from the group’s recent travels to places like Pakistan, Cuba, South America and Africa.Major Lazer is no stranger to hit collabs. They previously scored hits with “Lean On” featuring DJ Snake and MØ, and “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber.The release of this EP comes on the two-year anniversary of Major Lazer's last album, Peace…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's "Carpool Karaoke" to air Tuesday; Ed sells out Down Under stadium dates

Ed Sheeran's long-awaited "Carpool Karaoke" episode will air Tuesday on The Late Late Show with James Corden. As previously reported, Corden's show will originate from London Tuesday through Thursday next week, and we already knew that Ed's episode of the popular comedy bit would air at some point during that time, but now it's now been confirmed with a new promo. The promo shows Ed and his guitar in the passenger seat with James, duetting on Ed's hit from a few years ago, "Sing," as well as a bit of his recent single, "Castle on the Hill." In other Ed…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

No false alarm: The Weeknd gives massive donation to Ugandan health center

The Weeknd is in a very giving mood.   E! News reports that the "False Alarm" artist, currently dating Selena Gomez, has donated a whopping $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center in Budondo, Uganda.   The "maternity and children's medical facility" serves over 26,000 people in the area who seek healthcare.   The Weeknd is currently on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour, with upcoming stops scheduled in cities including Newark, Brooklyn, Dublin and Paris. For more info and tickets, check out TheWeeknd.com.  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson to play Chicago's Soldier Field in July with Blake Shelton

Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton will be colleagues on NBC's The Voice in the near future, but fans will be able to get a taste of the two of them together in July, when they both perform at Chicago's Soldier Field. The occasion is the July 1 opening ceremony for the Department of Defense Warrior Games, a Paralympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans. In a statement, Kelly says, "I can’t wait to perform this year at the Warrior Games! Any time we can all be a part of something that lifts up and shines a light on all…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is a Janet Jackson reality show in the works?

Janet Jackson's marriage to, and ongoing divorce from Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, was something the singer kept a relatively private affair, but we could be learning a lot more about if a report in British tabloid The Sun is correct.The paper quotes an unnamed source as saying that Janet is in talks with Netflix about a 10-part documentary series chronicling Janet's new motherhood, divorce and return to music. “Janet has been fiercely private about her life in the past but feels the need to keep her fans in the loop with what life has been like since she went…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Love Manchester benefit concert tickets sell out in six minutes

Lots of people clearly want to help the victims of last week's attack at Ariana Grande's Manchester, England concert.  Tickets to this Sunday's One Love Manchester scheduled benefit concert went on sale at 10:00 a.m. U.K. time -- and sold out in six minutes flat. That's according to the Manchester News, which tweeted the news this morning.  That's great for organizers, but not so much for fans of the original show, who were promised free tickets to the benefit but were unable to get them this morning before the sell-out.  Some also reported the Ticketmaster website crashed when they attempted…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake scores $7 million "discount" on new NYC penthouse

Just because celebrities have all the money in the world doesn't mean they don't enjoy getting a bargain.  Take Justin Timberlake: he and his wife reportedly got a $7 million discount on a new New York City pad...which means they "only" paid $20 million for it. According to the New York Post, Justin's new place is a four-bedroom penthouse at 443 Greenwich, in New York's Tribeca district.  When the property went into contract, it was listed at $27.5 million, but according to city property records, the couple actually bought it for $20.18 million. By the way, that wasn't even close…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"EW" says singles by Julia Michaels & Lorde are among "The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)"

Now that we're officially halfway through the year, which singles have risen to the top of the pop heap?  According to Entertainment Weekly, The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far) include tracks by Lorde and Julia Michaels. "Green Light," the first single from Lorde's new album Melodrama, ranks #3 on EW's list of the top 10 best songs of the year.  Noting its "wonky rhyme scheme" and "out of nowhere key change," EW writes, "There's a lot about 'Green Light' that shouldn't work, but all those twists build up to 2017's most explosive chorus." Julia Michael's debut single "Issues," meanwhile,…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Here's the buzz: Hailee Steinfeld may star in "Transformers" spinoff "Bumblebee"

When Hailee Steinfeld isn't recording hit songs like "Starving" and "Most Girls," she's an Oscar-nominated actress who's quickly become a Hollywood A-lister.  Her latest project, according to Variety, is a new film in the Transformers franchise. The singer and actress is in talks to star in Bumblebee, a spinoff of the Transformers movies.  While the plot isn't known, and Hailee's character also is under wraps, the movie will focus on Bumblebee, the small yellow-and-black Autobot which has been featured in all of Michael Bay's Transformers films. This movie, which Bay isn't directing, will be part of the Transformers universe, but won't…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Janet Jackson reality show in the works?

Janet Jackson's marriage to, and ongoing divorce from Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, was something the singer kept a relatively private affair, but we could be learning a lot more about if a report in British tabloid The Sun is correct.The paper quotes an unnamed source as saying that Janet is in talks with Netflix about a 10-part documentary series chronicling Janet's new motherhood, divorce and return to music. “Janet has been fiercely private about her life in the past but feels the need to keep her fans in the loop with what life has been like since she went…

posted 2017/06/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR