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2017-05-22

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

Star-studded "Billboard" Music Awards air Sunday night

As usual, this year's Billboard Music Awards, airing Sunday night on ABC live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will be a star-studded affair. Among the performers who'll be taking the stage on the three-hour award show: Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Lorde, Drake, Nicki Minaj and John Legend, who'll perform with country duo Florida Georgia Line. Cher will receive the Billboard ICON Award and perform her #1 hit "Believe," while Celine Dion will sing "My Heart Will Go On" in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the movie in…

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

2017-05-20

Harry Styles duets with Stevie Nicks at LA concert; album heading for huge sales week

Harry Styles is having a pretty good weekend. On Friday night, the singer performed at L.A.'s Troubadour club in a surprise charity gig, and his special guest was none other than rock legend Stevie Nicks, reports Variety.  Harry has said that Stevie's group Fleetwood Mac was a huge influence on the sound of his self-titled solo debut, and he told Rolling Stone that he even showed up to one of the band's gigs with a carrot cake for Stevie. According to Variety, Harry and Stevie sang his song "Two Ghosts," as well as Fleetwood Mac's classic "Landslide" and Stevie's "Leather and Lace," originally a duet with Don Henley.  Harry bowed down to…

posted 2017/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-05-19

Zedd, Major Lazer and Big Sean to headline "Billboard's" 2017 Hot 100 Music Festival

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is returning to Long Island's Jones Beach Theater for a third year in a row, and this time, the headliners include Zedd, Major Lazer and Big Sean. Now, we can't promise that Justin Bieber will show up to perform "Cold Water" with Major Lazer, but it's possible, since he'll be performing in New Jersey just a few days after the festival. The festival, scheduled for August 19-20, will feature a diverse line up of acts, from pop, rock and R&B to dance and electronic music.  Other artists on the bill include Echosmith, Bebe Rexha,…

posted 2017/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne & a very deep-voiced Ed Sheeran team for "Strip that Down"

Liam Payne is the fifth, and last, current or former One Direction member to release a solo single.  His new track "Strip That Down" features Quavo of the hip-hip trio Migos, and was co-written by Ed Sheeran. In fact, Ed makes a guest appearance on it...but you may not realize it. The song features a deep male voice saying, "Strip that down girl/love when you hit the ground."  During an appearance on BBC Radio 1, Liam revealed that the voice belongs to none other than Ed...it's just been pitched way, way down. "Honestly, I feel so blessed and lucky that…

posted 2017/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR