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Kent Jones Says Summer Hit "Don't Mind" Is About "Taking a Walk in the Backyard of Many People"

One of this summer's big hits was Kent Jones' "Don't Mind," a top-ten single which was even nominated for "Song of the Summer" at Sunday's MTV VMAs.  The rapper says he thinks that the multilingual track, which contains lyrics in French, Spanish, Japanese and Creole, was so popular because it was so inclusive. "It’s a genuine part of taking a walk in the backyard of many people," Kent tells ABC Radio. "You’re taking a walk in the backyard of the hearts and the spirits of many people [be]cause of their culture. You know, you’re not afraid to embrace their culture…

posted 2016/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alicia Keys to Debut New Song in Upcoming Movie "Queen of Katwe"

A new Alicia Keys song will be featured in Queen of Katwe, a new film based on the true story of a girl who rises from the streets of Uganda to become an international chess champion. The song, called "Back to Life," will appear in the film and on the movie's soundtrack.  In a statement, Alicia says that the movie "moved me in every way," adding, that the story of the girl, Phiona [Fiona] Mutesi, "embodies the message that the rise to success first begins with opportunity, and the belief you have in yourself to pursue something bigger." Alicia says that…

posted 2016/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince's Former Band The Revolution's Series of Reunion Shows to Begin Thursday

Prince's former backing band The Revolution is set to perform the first of its three reunion shows this week tonight in the late music icon's former hometown of Minneapolis.  The band, which consists of bassist Brown Mark, keyboardist/vocalist Lisa Coleman, keyboardist Dr. Fink, drummer Bobby Z and guitarist/vocalist Wendy Melvoin, will entertain fans who remember the group during it's time touring with Prince in the '80s. The Revolution was featured on many of Prince's albums, including Purple Rain and Parade. Special guests Dez Dickerson, who was Prince's first guitarist in the late '70s, and Prince's childhood friend Andre Cymone also will appear for the special live event.   "Only by playing for you, the…

posted 2016/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Makes Donation to Hospital that Treated Her Godson

Taylor Swift continues to show she's a giving person. The singer has made a donation to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on behalf of actress Jaime King's 13-month-old son, Leo Thames. Taylor is the child's godmother. King on Wednesday posted on social media a photo of a letter sent by the hospital to her and her husband, Kyle Newman, in regards to the donation. King also included a personal note regarding her son and Taylor's generosity. She explained that Leo Thames was diagnosed with a condition known as transposition of the great arteries when he was 20 weeks old,…

posted 2016/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Says She's More Accepting of Herself Because of Her Sons

Motherhood has had a calming effect on Britney Spears. When she was younger and launching her career, she had to adjust to being in the spotlight, she recalls. "I moved to Los Angeles when I was very young," the Louisiana native explains to the U.K. edition of Marie Claire for its October issue. "I was so under scrutiny. If a hair was out of place, I'd be so anxious. I would get very anxious about so many things." However, being a parent to two sons -- Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9 -- has taught her not to sweat…

posted 2016/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Black Eyed Peas' New "Where Is the Love?" Now Available

The Black Eyed Peas' new version of their 2003 song "Where Is the Love?" that addresses gun violence is now available on iTunes. "To discriminate only generates hate, and when you hate you're bound to get irate," the lyrics to "#WHERESTHELOVE" declare. The lineup for the song includes Usher, Tori Kelly, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Andra Day, The Game, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Khaled, Jessie J, and Justin Timberlake, who guest starred on the original recording. An accompanying video for the track has also debuted. Proceeds for "#WHERESTHELOVE" will be donated to will.i.am's i.am angel Foundation…

posted 2016/09/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


OneRepublic Reveals Details of "Oh My My": "It's Our Playlist"

OneRepublic's new album, Oh My My, is coming in October, and frontman Ryan Tedder took to Twitter to share some details of the project with fans. "We hand in Oh My My in 14 hours. And yes, there is a song called 'oh my my'...Thus the album title. And it'll make u move ;)," he tweeted. Ryan explained, "The album title came from the song, & the fact that a friend of ours heard most [of] the album and said 'oh my my, this is fun.' It was an omen."  As for the material on the record, he added, "There's…

posted 2016/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Black Eyed Peas Releasing New Star-Studded Version of "Where Is the Love?" Tonight

If all the horrible things that have happened in the world over the past year have got you humming the 2003 Black Eyed Peas song "Where Is the Love?" well, it's coming back...tonight. According to WheresTheLove.com, a new website, the song is coming tonight at 9 p.m. ET.  In addition to this information, the page features information about donating to a number of charitable causes, such as a foundation for the victims of the PULSE nightclub shooting, a foundation for refugees and a number of foundations set up for the victims of police violence, such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown…

posted 2016/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Surprises Passengers as Undercover Lyft Driver

If this whole singing thing falls through, Demi Lovato would make a great Lyft driver. The singer recently went undercover behind the wheel to pick up unsuspecting passengers in Denver, Colorado. Wearing a hat and sunglasses, Demi managed to fool all of her customers -- even though she dropped some major hints along the way. "I actually really want to be a singer someday," she tells one of them. "Like, I've actually been traveling the country with my ex-boyfriend's brother because he sings, too," Demi adds, referencing Nick Jonas. "And so we really want to kind of get our names…

posted 2016/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hey Taylor, Look What You're Missing: Calvin Harris Strips Down

Fresh from his win at the MTV VMAs Sunday night, Calvin Harris is showing off his bangin' bod on Instagram. Taylor Swift's ex posted a photo of himself standing next to his fully clothed manager, stripped down to nothing but a pair of Armani boxer briefs.  "Happy birthday to my manager @gillespiemark I love u," the Scottish deejay wrote. Let's just say that Calvin's photo was, um, impressive.  Your move, Tom Hiddleston. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Adele Turn Down Dinner with the Kardashians?

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Not Adele, apparently. According to U.K.’s The Mirror, the Kardashians are desperate to have Adele over for dinner -- but she’s not exactly jumping at the offer.   “Kendall [Jenner] has been pushing for her to come to dinner as she is smitten by her,” a source claims. “She loves her talent and thinks she is a really funny woman.” The source adds, “And now the family are on board, Kris feels it would be amazing for Kim and Kanye to give Adele an L.A. welcome and insiders’ knowledge after she bought a place here.”…

posted 2016/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chainsmokers' #1 EDM Hit "Closer" Inspired by Alt-Rock Bands of the New Millennium

"Closer," the collaboration between The Chainsmokers and Halsey, is spending a second week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The Chainsmokers decided to write the song after taking inspiration from an unusual source: two big alternative rock bands. "It actually came together on our tour that we did last fall," The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall tells ABC News. "The night before, we were listening to a ton of, like, Blink-182 and Dashboard Confessional, and just thinking about all the artists that influenced us." "The next day he wrote this incredible song and decided that he would sing on it," Alex…

posted 2016/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR