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2015-06-10

Ed Sheeran to Headline Global Citizen Festival in September

Ed Sheeran has been announced as one of the headliners at this year’s Global Citizen Festival to be held on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26. The singer first revealed the news to fans with a personal video on Facebook. The concert is free, but in order to score admission, you must go to GlobalCitizen.org and start taking action to benefit the world’s poor. That includes doing things like raising awareness through social media, signing petitions and writing to local politicians. You’ll earn points, which in turn allows you to enter to win tickets. The…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd Ready for Country Music Mash-Up with Lady Antebellum on Tonight's CMT Music Awards

These days, award shows are all about musicians teaming up for special moments, but we're sure that nobody could have predicted that tonight's CMT Music Awards -- a country music awards show -- would feature Zedd teaming up with country trio Lady Antebellum. The two acts will perform a medley of their current singles: Zedd’s “Beautiful Now” and Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love.” "I’m new to this country world. This is the first time I’ve really had the chance to perform with a country artist or a country band, especially a really talented one," says Zedd. "And I think…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to Perform at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are the latest musical artists to throw their support behind Hillary Clinton. The duo will perform at a fundraiser for the Democratic presidential candidate at New York City’s Plaza Hotel on June 27, the New York Post’s Page Six reports. Tickets for the event are reportedly running $2,700 each, with a limited number of $1,000 tickets available. According to Page Six, if you manage to raise $50,000, you’ll get a photo with Hillary -- and possibly Gaga and Tony -- plus an invite to a VIP after-party. Two days later, on June 29, Jon Bon…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Reaches Out to Injured Fan; Zayn Malik Dyes Hair White

The members of One Direction have reached out to a fan who was seriously injured last week in a British rollercoaster crash. According to the BBC, the group filmed a video message for 17-year-old Leah Washington, who had her leg amputated following the accident at the Alton Towers amusement park. "Unfortunately because of their schedule they can't visit her in hospital, but they have offered Leah tickets to a forthcoming concert of her choice when she has recovered, and will be delighted to meet her backstage then," the band’s agents tell the BBC. The teen reportedly had tickets to attend…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shazam Predicts the Breakout "Sounds of the Summer" for 2015

There's always a race for the official Song of the Summer, with big stars like Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift vying for the title.  But what about the breakout "Sounds of the Summer" -- those tunes that you may not be familiar with now, but that you'll be singing along with by the time Labor Day rolls around?  Song ID app Shazam has made its predictions for this year, based on what's happening on its worldwide charts. And the contenders are: 1. Major Lazer Featuring MØ & DJ Snake – "Lean On"  has been #1 on Shazam’s Worldwide Chart for…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gwen Stefani Returning to "The Voice" for Season Nine

Gwen Stefani is returning to The Voice for season nine this fall. The singer will once again be taking over for Christina Aguilera as the show’s sole female coach. She’ll join returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams. “I’m coming back and am so excited!” Gwen says in a statement. “I can’t believe I get to return to The Voice. It’s so inspiring to be around such incredible talent and music. I’m looking forward to working again with Adam, Blake and Pharrell. I love those guys.” Gwen last filled in for Christina during season seven. Adam, who along…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fall Out Boy Talks Becoming a "Real Band" Ahead of Boys of Zummer Tour

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but Fall Out Boy's "zummer" officially begins now. The band's massive Boys of Zummer tour kicks off tonight, June 10, in Camden, New Jersey. Now that they've been a band for almost 15 years, Fall Out Boy has seen a lot of growth in their live show, which, above all, has resulted in a higher quality performance. "I think one of the biggest things is that, even the older music, we just play it better," frontman Patrick Stump tells ABC Radio, laughing. "I think we've become a real band, like we used…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

American Authors' "Go Big or Go Home" Tapped for NBA Finals Promo: "It's So Fitting and So Perfect"

American Authors' massive hit "Best Day of My Life" first broke through after it was used in commercials and in a movie.  Now, their brand-new single "Go Big or Go Home" is getting some great exposure in promos for the NBA Playoffs and Finals.  But ironically, lead singer Zac Barnett admits that he doesn't really know the first thing about basketball. "I couldn’t tell you too many facts about basketball," Zac tells ABC Radio. "My mom’s a huge fan and our drummer Matt is a huge fan, so they’re really excited about it...along with us too. It’s always fun to…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Finally Gets His Grammys, Plans to "Sing His Heart Out" for Fans Following Surgery

Back in February, Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards.  Well, we don't want to say the mail is slow or anything but...he finally received them yesterday. Sam posted a photo on Instagram of himself looking perplexed with his four statuettes -- Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Song of the Year -- spread out in front of him.  "It's all feeling a little real now..," he wrote. Why did it take so long?  Because the Grammys you see artists posing with backstage the night of the awards show are just props: the real ones,…

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince Announces Washington, D.C. Show

Prince will stage a concert in Washington, D.C. this weekend. He and his group, 3RDEYEGIRL, will perform at Warner Theatre on Sunday. Tickets will go on sale Thursday at noon local time at LiveNation.com. In recent months, Prince has played in Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit; and Toronto. He also held a Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore on May 10 following the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots in the Maryland city. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015/06/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-06-09

Colbie Caillat Surprises Inspiring 8-Year-Old Ballerina

Colbie Caillat surprised a brave little ballerina on the Today show early Tuesday morning. The 8-year-old girl, Alissa Sizemore, lost her leg in a car accident last year, but was inspired by Colbie’s music to start dancing again. She became a viral sensation after a video of her dancing to Colbie’s song “Try” was posted on YouTube. Halfway through her performance of the dance for the NBC morning show’s audience, Colbie came out and surprised Alissa. She presented Alissa with flowers and a gift basket, including tickets to her upcoming tour.   Colbie thanked Alissa for dancing to her song…

posted 2015/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, & Nick Jonas Among Teen Choice Award Nominees

Most of music's hottest stars will battle it out at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, airing later this summer on Fox. In the just-announced first wave of nominations, artists like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea, OneRepublic and Maroon 5 all scored nods. Other acts on the ballot include Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor. Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s duet “Pretty Girls,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids,” also are among the song nominees. And in an interesting twist, Zayn Malik is going up against his former…

posted 2015/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR