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2017-08-16

Professor Malik? Zayn says he might have been a teacher in an "alternate reality"

Zayn Malik is a global pop star today because he decided to audition for the singing competition show X Factor.  But what if he hadn't?  What would he be doing today?  Probably standing in front of a classroom, believe it or not. Speaking to VMAN magazine, Zayn says he thinks "quite a lot" about what he'd be doing if he'd never showed up to that X Factor audition.  "I think about alternative realities. I think I’d be at university and I would have done my English degree," he tells the magazine. "I think I’d be looking for some employment to…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift sends flowers to staff of company who supported her with Post-It notes

While Taylor Swift was in Denver for her recent trial, a company near the courthouse showed its support for her by sticking messages -- made out of out of colorful Post-It notes -- to its windows.  Now, Taylor has thanked them for the love. According to Page Six, the singer sent the company, Craftsy, multiple bouquets of flowers, along with notes thanking the staff for "brightening my day for every day I was in Denver.”   The company posted a photo of the staff posing with Taylor's gifts, along with the message, "Thank you @taylorswift13! We're so happy our messages brightened…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Calvin Harris to perform at Rihanna's charity ball next month

Some of Calvin Harris' biggest hits have been collaborations with Rihanna, so it's no surprise he'll be a special guest at her annual Diamond Ball, which raises money for her charity foundation. The black tie event, scheduled for Septmber 14 in New York City, will be hosted by Dave Chappelle, with Kendrick Lamar performing. "I’m ecstatic to add my longtime collaborator and friend Calvin Harris to the stellar line-up at this year’s Diamond Ball," Rihanna says in a statement.  "Calvin’s music will bring the perfect mix of energy and excitement to the evening as we celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation.” Calvin's hits…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink asks “What About Us?” in politically-charged new video

Pink gets political in the video for her new single, “What About Us.” The clip begins with overlapping sounds including political speeches, protestors chanting and a man saying, “We are going to reject hate! We are going to reject racism!” The video then shows imagery of distraught citizens, police lights flashing, helicopter spotlights and an apocalyptic-looking city landscape. As Pink sings, dancers perform an interpretive, emotional routine, which seems to represent oppression in our society. It ends with Pink uniting with the dancers for a number in the middle of the desert. Even before the video was released, it seemed…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Mayer commands Bieber & Mendes to make music together

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes are both young, chart-topping Canadian singer/songwriters who admire each other. Shawn Mendes idolizes John Mayer, while John's a fan of both Shawn and Bieber.  So who's to say that Justin and Shawn won't listen if John tell them to work with each other? On Tuesday, Justin posted a photo of Shawn on Instagram, and captioned it, "What a LEGEND."  The photo has attracted nearly two million likes and tens of thousands of comments.   As Refinery 29 points out, one of the commenters was John, who simply wrote, "COLLAB." Justin's actually releasing a new song on…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cheat Codes say Demi Lovato collab "No Promises" is a warning not to "over-think things"

DJ collective Cheat Codes teamed with Demi Lovato to score their first big mainstream hit, "No Promises." The trio says they thought that Demi would be the perfect person to sing on the track, but they never imagined she'd actually do it. "We had the song for a little while and and we were going back and forth like, 'Who should sing this? Who would really kill it?'" says Cheat Codes member Trevor Dahl. "And in our minds, we were like, 'Demi would...kill this more than anybody else." "The fact that our label sent it over to her team, and…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fund to pay more than $300K to families of victims of bombing at Ariana Grande Manchester show

The families of the 22 people killed in the bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester each will receive around $320,000 from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. Manchester City Council Deputy Leader Sue Murphy, chair of the We Love Manchester fund, told ABC News, that the fund has received donations or pledges so far totally more than $23 million and has paid out about half of the money it's received. The fund also has made payments to the injured, including people who were in the hospital for more than seven days.Murphy told ABC News…

posted 2017/08/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-08-15

"Tell your friends": The Weeknd teases second phase of tour with video trailer

The Weeknd has released a dreamy video trailer on Twitter to remind us that tickets for the second leg of his Legend of the Fall tour are on sale now.  In true Weeknd fashion, the clip is mysteriously seductive, showing the "Secrets" star posing on the beach as his "Six Feet Under" song plays in the background. Following the release of the visual on both Instagram and Twitter, the Grammy winner shared his enthusiasm to hit the road again soon, tweeting, "feeling very fortunate. excited to see the fans again! XO."  The first leg of Weeknd's Legend of the Fall tour ran from this February to June…

posted 2017/08/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Spin me baby one more time: Britney Spears’ debut album coming to vinyl

Is your vinyl collection missing some Britney Spears? Urban Outfitters is here to help. The store will be exclusively releasing Britney’s 1999 debut album, …Baby One More Time, on pink vinyl. It’s available for pre-order now, with deliveries planned for November. Only 2,500 copies have been made, so snatch yours up while you can. …Baby One More Time features the hit title track, “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” plus “Sometimes” and “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/08/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha's "Rainbow" may debut at #1

If living well is the best revenge, then Kesha's on her way to some pretty awesome retribution. Her long-awaited new album, Rainbow, is headed for a #1 debut on the Billboard chart.  Insiders tell the publication that the disc could sell as many as 120,000 units in its first week.  We'll find out on Sunday if it's accomplished that feat. If it happens, it'll be Kesha's second #1, following her 2010 debut, Animal.  She's also had three additional top-30 releases: her 2010 EP, Cannibal; her 2011 remix album, I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance; and…

posted 2017/08/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne and Zedd treat London fans to surprise performances

Liam Payne and Zedd surprised their fans yesterday with some special performances on the streets of London. The two were filming a video for their single “Get Low,” and first, they treated fans to an appearance outside the Oxford Circus tube station. Liam was on vocals, while Zedd played the keyboard. The two also stopped at Trafalgar Square to perform another rendition of “Get Low.” As of Tuesday, Liam and Zedd were still out and about in the U.K. city. “Running around London again today with @zedd Video coming soon...,” Liam tweeted. He later posted a video of one of…

posted 2017/08/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Despite jury's decision, deejay still insists he "never grabbed" Taylor Swift

The former Denver DJ found to have groped Taylor Swift by a jury said there is still “no question” in his mind that he did not grab Swift’s backside during a 2013 meet-and-greet photo op. “What I’m saying is I didn’t do what they said,” David Mueller told ABC News’ Clayton Sandell after Monday’s court ruling. “I never grabbed her. I never had my hand under her skirt and I can pass a polygraph.” Mueller says the placement of his hand in the photo -- in which he and his then-girlfriend posed with Taylor -- looked awkward because, he says,…

posted 2017/08/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR