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Tove Lo Says New Album Inspired by The Weeknd

If you like The Weeknd, it sounds like you’ll love Tove Lo’s new album. The singer tells Billboard her follow-up to 2014's Queen of the Clouds will include songs with a similar sound to The Weeknd’s soulful jams. "The Weeknd's been a big inspiration for me," she says. "I feel like his music is really sexy, and I like that. I could never pull off what he's doing but I can hear him in some of my songs, so there may be some songs that melodically have the same kind of vibe." The Swedish singer has already started writing new…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, R. City & More to Perform on Pitbull’s New Year's Special

Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution has its lineup of musical acts. The event, airing live from Miami on December 31, will include performances by Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, R. City and Prince Royce. Also helping Pitbull ring in the new year are Puff Daddy and the Family, and Empire's Jussie Smollett, Yazz and rapper/producer Timbaland. Pitbull guest starred on Empire earlier this fall. The festivities kick off between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on Fox. Then after the local news, the show returns to ring in the new year from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Copyright © 2015,…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Settles "Star Wars" Debate in New Video Clip

Ariana Grande is contributing to Star Wars mania this week. The singer stars in a short parody clip in honor of the release of the latest film in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the video, which Ariana posted on Twitter, she’s sitting with two aliens who are debating the age-old Star Wars question: who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo? The singer quickly settles the debate with the help of a little sass and a futuristic weapon. Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out Friday. The film is being released by Disney, the parent company of ABC…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele Is 2015’s Top Trending Music Artist on Google

Despite only coming back onto the scene in October, Adele dominates Google’s year-end lists. The singer was the top trending music artist on Google this year, according to the search engine’s Year in Search review. Adele also ranked number nine on the list of top trending people overall and her song, “Hello,” was number one on the list of top trending song lyrics. Other acts who made the top trending music artist list include Sia at number two, Fetty Wap at number three, Sam Smith at number 5 and Meghan Trainor at number 10. Following “Hello” on the top trending…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Wasn't Allowed to Read "Harry Potter" Growing Up

Katy Perry is not a Potterhead -- but only because she never got the chance to be. The singer tells People she wasn’t allowed to read the Harry Potter books when she was a kid."I know Harry Potter, but I've never read the books, nor have I seen the movies because growing up, I was not allowed to read the books," she says of the J.K. Rowling wizard series.Katy was raised in a devout Christian household, with minister parents who banned anything magic-related. But now, she has a perfume called Mad Potion, which seems inspired by magic spells. "Growing up,…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellie Goulding Releases Free Download of "O Holy Night"

Ellie Goulding gave her fans an early Christmas present this year. The singer has released her own version of the classic holiday song, “O Holy Night.” “I recorded this for fun and as a *christmassy* thank you for all the beautiful support I've had this year,” Ellie writes on Instagram. Her rendition features soft, angelic vocals backed by a piano and string section. The song is available for free download on Ellie’s official website. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry’s Mobile Game Has Arrived

Just in time for the holidays, Katy Perry’s mobile app has launched. The singer made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday. “FINALLY my colorful musical game, #KatyPerryPop, is here!” she writes. “Check the @AppStore & @GooglePlay as it starts rolling out globally today!” Katy adds, “…and being as it’s the coziest time of year, curl up with #KatyPerryPop to play your way up the charts & take stages all over the world!” In celebration of the game’s rollout, Katy will be participating in a live Twitter chat Friday with App Store Games starting at 2 p.m. PT. The free-to-play game allows…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Certified 30 Times Platinum, Setting New Record

Sure, Adele's new disc 25 is selling millions, but it's going to take her a long while to approach the sales numbers racked up by Michael Jackson's 1983 magnum opus, Thriller. The album, which won eight Grammys and spun off seven top-10 hits, has just been certified 30 times platinum for U.S. sales, meaning it's sold 30 million copies.  According to the Recording Industry Association of America, which hands out the gold and platinum awards, no other album has ever been certified for that many copies sold.  Worldwide, the disc has sold over 100 million copies. In a statement, RIAA…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jordan Smith Wins "The Voice"

Jordan Smith, a 21-year-old college student from Kentucky, is your new The Voice champion. The bespectacled singer, a member of Adam Levine's team, was named the season-nine winner of the NBC competition on Tuesday night. He finished ahead of runner-up Emily Ann Roberts of Team Blake Shelton. Emily Ann's teammate, Barrett Baber, finished third, and Team Gwen Stefani's Jeffery Austin finished fourth. After host Carson Daly made the announcement, Jordan was joined onstage by Adam and family members. He then reprised his performance from the previous night: "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," from The Sound of Music. This is Adam's third win…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato Tap Ex-"Glee" Star for New Music Venture

Buddies Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have both appeared on TV shows produced and created by Ryan Murphy.  Now, they're getting involved in the musical career of another Ryan Murphy alum -- a former Glee star. Nick appeared on Murphy's new series Scream Queens, while Demi had a major story arc on Glee.  Now, Billboard reports that the two have signed Glee star Chord Overstreet -- who played Sam Evans on the now-defunct series -- to their publishing company, Safehouse.  It's an offshoot of the Safehouse record label, which Nick and Demi started earlier this year with their manager, Phil…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christmas Collective Band of Merrymakers Plans to Continue Every Year with a Rotating Cast

You've seen the all-star collective Band of Merrymakers all over TV this holiday season, from the Today show to Kimmel to the Hollywood Christmas Parade to the Hallmark Channel.  The project is the brainchild of Better than Ezra frontman and songwriter Kevin Griffin and songwriter Sam Hollander, and includes Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Perri, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Jason Wade of Lifehouse and many more.  While their album Welcome to Our Christmas Party is their first release, Sam and Kevin say it won't be their last. Because Kevin and Sam have written songs for so many acts over the years -- including…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Does James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"

On Tuesday night's The Late Late Show, James Corden called a friend to help him get through Los Angeles' traffic once again for another round of Carpool Karaoke. Coming to his rescue was Niall Horan of One Direction. However, moments after Horan jumped in the passenger seat, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Harry Styles piled into the back.  The gang, who wave to stunned fans driving beside them ("Drive safely!" Harry commands, "Put your hands back on the wheel!"), bust each other's chops with the seat heaters, and order McDonald's from the drive thru. Louis shared a celebrity slice of life by…

posted 2015/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR