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2017-05-22

Lady Gaga mourns the death of best friend and “Grigio Girls” inspiration, Sonja Durham

Lady Gaga’s close friend, Sonja Durham, the inspiration behind her song “Grigio Girls,” has died after a long battle with cancer. The singer posted a series of touching tributes to her friend and former assistant on Instagram. In one post, alongside a photo of Sonja and her husband, Andre, Gaga writes, “Watching one of my best friends in the world show unfathomable courage, strength, and positivity while battling cancer has really changed my life. Thank you Sonja for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy.” She continues, “I love you so much it brings tears to my…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Starboy meets stargirl: The Weeknd stars in Lana Del Rey's "Lust for Life" music video

The Weeknd sings beneath a starlit sky in Lana Del Rey's dreamy "Lust for Life" music video.   The visual's mostly comprised of the duo perched atop the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, so you can focus on The Weeknd and Lana's vocals.   The Weeknd is currently on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour, with upcoming stops scheduled in cities including Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and Paris.   More information on tickets can be found via TheWeeknd.com.  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

As Normani heads to the finals, Val plans to guest on a Fifth Harmony track

Tonight is the start of the Dancing with the Stars two-night finale, and Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei is one of the three finalists all competing for the Mirrorball Trophy.  Normani and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy have captivated audiences all season with their flawless footwork, but Val says he hopes to continue hanging out with Normani and Fifth Harmony in the future. "I have a lifetime ticket for free, for the rest of my life for Fifth Harmony," Val laughs. "I better!"  "Yeah," agrees Normani. "He's like a fifth member!" Of course, Fifth Harmony used to actually have five members, but…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry says she was "caught in a vicious cycle" with men

Katy Perry's love life has been somewhat tumultuous: her brief marriage to Russell Brand ended in divorce; she dated John Mayer on and off for several years before splitting with him for good, and she split up with Orlando Bloom in March after 10 months of dating.  Now, Katy says she's learned her lesson. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about how she's grown as a person in the last few years, Katy says, "I've surrendered. I've healed some of my issues with my family, with my relationships."  The singer adds that she's gone through an "emotional and spiritual transformation." "I think I've…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hey "American Idol": Adam Lambert loves "critiquing with positivity"

Ever since ABC announced plans to reboot American Idol, speculation as to who would judge the show has been non-stop.  Katy Perry is the only name confirmed so far, but there are rumors that former contestant Adam Lambert might sit behind the table, too.  Adam says at this point, the fact that his name is in the mix doesn't surprise him. "Every time Idol is casting a judge, there’s a rumor about me," he tells ABC Radio, laughing. "So I mean, yeah, I’m flattered that people associate me so closely. It’s really great." Adam says he's interested in the job…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Drake nabs 13 awards to break Adele’s record

Drake really made a splash at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards last night -- in more ways than one. He not only delivered a one-of-a-kind performance in middle of the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, he also beat Adele’s record for the most Billboard awards won by an artist in a single year.The rapper took home 13 trophies, including the biggest award for Top Artist. It was his speech after collecting the award for Top Billboard 200 Album, for Views, that generated the most buzz. In it, he flirted with host Vanessa Hudgens, telling her she looked “incredible,” and squashed…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Celine Dion & Cher wow the crowd with iconic performances

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards aired live on ABC from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, and the night was full performances -- both on-site and on location. Nicki Minaj opened the show with a four-song medley complete with costume changes and special guests including Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Lil Wayne. She kicked off the performance with “No Frauds,” then did “Light Up My Body” and “Swalla” before closing out with “Regret in Your Tears.”Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello delivered her first performance as a solo artist singing her two new tunes, “I Have Questions” and “Crying…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: Celine Dion Leads Backstage Dance Party

Celine Dion may be a music legend, but she's also a music fan.  That's why she stopped everything backstage at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas to check out Cher's performance on a nearby monitor. As Cher performed her huge hit "Believe," Celine and all the reporters gathered around the monitor.  Celine started to sing along, and so did all the reporters.  Soon, everyone was singing and dancing to the song, which Cher performed before she accepted the Billboard ICON Award.  It was the award that Celine herself received last year.  Celine -- as well as everyone else…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Billboard" Music Awards 2017: The Magenta Carpet

Many big names who performed at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas skipped the red carpet -- for example, Lorde, Celine Dion, Cher, Drake and Miley Cyrus were nowhere to be seen.  But there were plenty of folks who did stop to chat on the magenta carpet on their way into the show. DJ Khaled was his usual positive self, talking about how delighted he was that "I'm the One," his superstar collaboration with Justin Bieber, Quavo and others, had debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It was Khaled's very first #1 hit. "Tears came…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Harry Styles' self-titled debut enters at #1, sets new record

Harry Styles' self-titled debut album was only going in One Direction: straight to number one. The critically acclaimed disc entered the Billboard album chart at #1 with 230,000 equivalent album units sold. Of those, 193,000 were traditional album sales. That means he's just set a new record for the biggest debut sales week for a British male's first full-length album since 1991, when Nielsen started keeping track of this stuff. The previous record-holder was Sam Smith, whose 2014 debut In the Lonely Hour sold 166,000 copies. Harry's also only the second British male artist to debut at #1 with a…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-05-21

2017 "Billboard" Music Awards: Winners list

Top ArtistDrakeTop New ArtistZaynBillboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity (Fan-Voted Category)Twenty One PilotsTop Male ArtistDrakeTop Female ArtistBeyoncéTop Duo/GroupTwenty One PilotsTop Billboard 200 ArtistDrakeTop Hot 100 ArtistDrakeTop Song Sales ArtistDrakeTop Radio Songs ArtistTwenty One PilotsTop Streaming Songs ArtistDrakeTop Social Artist (Fan-Voted Category)BTSTop Touring ArtistBeyoncéTop R&B ArtistBeyoncéTop R&B TourBeyoncéTop Rap ArtistDrakeTop Rap TourDrakeTop Country ArtistBlake SheltonTop Country TourKenny ChesneyTop Rock ArtistTwenty One PilotsTop Rock TourColdplayTop Dance/Electronic ArtistThe ChainsmokersTop Latin ArtistJuan GabrielTop Christian ArtistLauren Daigle    Top Gospel ArtistKirk FranklinTop Billboard 200 AlbumDrake, ViewsTop Soundtrack/Cast AlbumHamilton: An American MusicalTop R&B AlbumBeyoncé, LemonadeTop Rap AlbumDrake, ViewsTop Country AlbumChris Stapleton, TravellerTop Rock AlbumMetallica, Hardwired…to Self-DestructTop…

posted 2017/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

First round of "Billboard" Music Award winners announced: Drake, Chainsmokers, Twenty One Pilots, Beyonce & more

Because there are so many categories for tonight's Billboard Music Awards, the bulk of the winners will not be announced on the air.  Instead, they were announced earlier today, and so far, Drake is the big winner: he has already won 10 awards of of a possible 22.  If he wins three more trophies on the air tonight, he'll have broken the all-time record for most BBMA wins in a single evening.   Other big winners so far include Beyonce, who has five, Twenty One Pilots with four and The Chainsmokers with three. There are plenty more awards to be given out tonight, including Artist of the Year, so tune…

posted 2017/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR