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2016-05-23

Drake Dissed "Billboard" Music Awards; Returns to Number One

Drake was nominated in eleven categories at last night’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, and even though he was in Sin City, he decided to work on his golf swing instead of attending the show at the T-Mobile Arena. Drizzy won Top Rap Artist, but according to TMZ, he wasn’t present to accept his trophy because he was hitting golf balls on The Strip a few blocks away at the MGM Grand Hotel. He joined friends at the four-level TopGolf sports and entertainment complex which features 108 hitting bays, five bars, two pools and VIP cabanas. While he was…

posted 2016/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna to Critics of Prince Tribute: “Deal With It!”

After receiving criticism for her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Madonna is hitting back on Instagram. "Deal with It!" she writes in one post, in apparent reference to the backlash. She adds in a second post, "Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever." Prior to Madonna’s performance, a petition was launched on Change.org demanding that other artists be added to the tribute. Then, almost immediately after the…

posted 2016/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Calls Awards Shows “Hollow” in Long Instagram Rant

Justin Bieber is not a fan of awards shows. In a lengthy Instagram post following his appearance at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Justin writes that he doesn’t “feel good” at ceremonies like that. “I don’t know about these awards shows,” he writes. “No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it … But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after.” Justin performed his songs “Company” and “Sorry” at the show. “I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance,”…

posted 2016/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Predicted Success of Apple Ad: “This Is Gonna Go Viral”

Way before Taylor Swift even filmed her first Apple ad, she knew it would go viral. Apple Music head of content Larry Jackson tells Billboard the singer even came up with the idea for the first ad herself -- which featured Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” and some slapstick from Taylor. "She sent me a bulletin board of ideas that and one of them was her falling and tripping on a treadmill, and the parenthetical sentence that came afterword was, 'This is gonna go viral,'" Jackson says. "And she was right." The spot has racked up more than 17 million YouTube…

posted 2016/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince May Have Been Dead for Hours Before Body Was Found

Prince, who was found unresponsive in an elevator inside his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota in April, may have been dead for hours before his body was discovered, a source confirmed to ABC News. Minneapolis' Star Tribune first reported that the late singer was likely "dead for at least six hours." A paramedic who responded to the scene told law enforcement, Prince's staff, and others that detail, adds the newspaper. The music legend's cause of death has not yet been announced, though an autopsy was performed April 22 and results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming weeks. According…

posted 2016/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016 Billboard Music Awards: The Weeknd Leads Winners on Night Dominated by Women

On a night dominated by women, a man, The Weeknd, walked away the big winner at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. The R&B superstar took home eight awards -- the most of any male artist since 2011.  Unsurprisingly, Adele was also a big winner, taking home the Top Artist prize among her five awards. Rihanna won the fan voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award. The show was bookended by high profile female performances.  Britney Spears opened with a medley of many of her best known hits, while Madonna closed the show with a tribute to Prince, performing the late…

posted 2016/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-05-22

Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5 & More Donate Signed Items to Grammy Auction

Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have all contributed signed memorabilia to the Grammys' latest online charity auction. The lot also includes autographed items by Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and The Weeknd. Maroon 5 and Katy both signed guitars, while Ed and Sam signed vinyl copies of their albums. Meghan put her signature on a framed Grammy program, Imagine Dragons autographed a copy of their Billboard magazine cover and The Weeknd signed a microphone. The auction, which will be open through June 3, is being held in honor of the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, which this…

posted 2016/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd, Justin Bieber & More Vie for "Billboard" Music Awards Tonight

Will The Weeknd win big? Will Adele’s new video make us cry? Who’ll have the most memorable performance? All these questions and more will be answered tonight when the Billboard Music Awards airs on ABC. The Weeknd is the night’s lead nominee, with a whopping 19 nods in 16 categories. Justin Bieber follows with 12 nominations in 11 categories, while Drake and Fetty Wap are finalists 11 times in 10 categories. Taylor Swift and Adele are both up for eight awards. Adele will also be premiering her new video for “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” during the broadcast.…

posted 2016/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-05-21

Calvin Harris Cancels Gigs After Car Accident

A car accident that put him in the hospital is definitely not what Calvin Harris came for.  The superstar deejay and main squeeze of Taylor Swift was injured Friday night in L.A. and was forced to cancel a couple of gigs. In a statement provided to ABC News on Saturday, Calvin's rep said, "Adam [Wiles, Harris' birth name] was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck in a serious collision last night in Los Angeles. He was examined by doctors and sustained a number of injuries. He has since been checked out of hospital and is now recovering‎." "We…

posted 2016/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo Comes Face to Face with His Wax Doppelganger

Jason Derulo officially met his wax doppelganger this week. The singer unveiled his wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood Thursday and took photos next to his lookalike. Jason also gave a special performance for his fans on the rooftop of the museum. “This place is a staple in Hollywood,” Jason said.  “When you’re walking or driving down Hollywood Boulevard, this is one of the places you have to come. It’s literally a legendary place, so to be a part of that family is such a blessing.” His wax likeness is posed in one of his signature dance moves. It wears…

posted 2016/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-05-20

Fifth Harmony to Launch "7/27" Tour on -- When Else? -- 7/27

The ladies of Fifth Harmony have a new tour in the works. The girl group will be hitting the road in support of their upcoming album, 7/27, this summer. The tour will launch, fittingly, on July 27, in Manchester, New Hampshire. They’ll zigzag around the country before wrapping September 17 in Las Vegas. A tour club pre-sale will begin Monday, May 23 at noon local time, while Citi card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, May 27 -- the same day…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alicia Keys Premieres “In Common” Video

Alicia Keys throws a block party in her new “In Common” video which she premiered Friday. Alicia says in a statement, "This video is about celebrating our individuality, and how in the brilliance of our uniqueness, the magic of it all is at the core, we are all the same.” She continues, “We want the same things. We all want to experience love, the freedom to be our truest selves, to love whomever we want and to be accepted and celebrated for all of our nuances and so called imperfections that make us, us." Directed by Pierre Debusschere, the black-and-white…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR