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2016-03-14

Kendrick Lamar's "Untitled Unmastered" Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200

Kendrick Lamar's latest album, the surprise release Untitled Unmastered, has topped the Billboard 200 album chart. Untitled Unmastered moved 178 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday, including 142 thousand pure album sales. Kendrick surprised fans with the release of Untitled Unmastered on March 4. Kendrick's previous album, To Pimp a Butterfly, debuted atop the Billboard 200 last year. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Vows to Release Three Albums Per Year

Kanye West will be making the recording studio his second home, according to a tweet he posted Saturday. "No more fashion calendar... I'm going Mad Max... 6 collections a year...3 albums a year." wrote West If he keeps his word, we can expect two more albums from the rapper in 2016, in addition to his latest release, Life of Pablo. However, the only way to listen to them may be by downloading the Tidal app and streaming them. Last week Kanye explained in a series of tweets that he will no longer release physical albums. "I was thinking about not…

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend Calls Donald Trump a "Racist" During Exchange with Trump Jr.

John Legend didn't mince words when he engaged in a Twitter conversation with Donald Trump Jr. and called his father, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, a "racist." It all began Friday, when Trump Jr. commented on his dad's cancelled Chicago rally amid protests. "Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn't even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!" Legend replied directly to the tweet: "I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated."   .@DonaldJTrumpJr I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated. — John Legend (@johnlegend) March 12, 2016…

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fifth Harmony, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande Winners at Kids’ Choice Awards

Fifth Harmony won an orange blimp trophy at Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday night -- and was rewarded with slime. The girls were doused with green ooze while accepting their award for favorite music group at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Justin Bieber was voted favorite male singer, while Ariana Grande -- who hosted Saturday Night Live on the other side of the country later that night -- was named favorite female singer. Adele's "Hello" won the award for favorite song of the year. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth performed their hit "See You Again," which won favorite collaboration…

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Despite Her Song “No,” Meghan Trainor Says She’d Say “Yes” to a Boyfriend

Meghan Trainor’s new single “No” may make it seem like she’s not looking for a relationship, but the singer tells U.K.’s The Mirror she’s actually “very down for it.” The 22-year-old admits she hasn’t been in a relationship since she was 18, mostly because her fame tends to get in the way. “I find with guys I’ve had crushes on, it’s all over within a week,” she says. “We’ll put an Instagram picture up together and they’ll get attacked by people online.” She adds, "I say, 'I’m sorry I didn’t tell them to attack you.' But, also, it’s too hard…

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mentors Join the Fun as "The Voice" Heads into Battle Rounds This Week

This week, The Voice finishes up its Blind Auditions and begins its Battle Rounds, and that means a new crop of mentors are on board to join the coaches.  Of course, Blake Shelton gets the best deal, because he gets to have his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, as his helpmate. Both Blake and Gwen have a history of having their former spouses serve as mentors on The Voice.  Back in season two, Blake's ex-wife Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson were the mentors for his team, and in season six, Miranda came back to mentor Cee Lo Green's team.  On season seven,…

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna's ANTI World Tour Kicks Off in Jacksonville, Florida

Rihanna kicked off her ANTI World Tour at Jacksonville, Florida's Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular, according to The Florida Times-Union. The evening began with the 28-year-old singer rising up on a small stage behind the soundboard in the back of the arena, belting out her hit, "Stay," dressed in an ankle-length hooded white robe. A flying bridge then carried her from one end of the arena to the other. The slick production also included at least half-a-dozen costume changes, a team of acrobatic dancers and a set that featured -- among other…

posted 2016/03/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-03-13

On "Saturday Night Live," Ariana Grande Sings About Scandals, Impersonates Divas & More

As the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Ariana Grande's best moments came when she was able to combine her singing skills with her gift for comedy. Ari started things off strong in her monologue, where she referred to her infamous donut-licking incident, and then dismissed it as "childish," and said she wanted to have her own adult scandal.  That kicked off a song where she mused about all the ways she could get herself into trouble, such as tweeting about "the Jews," pimp-slapping Adele, puking in a hotel pool, having a love child with…

posted 2016/03/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele Has a Swedish Doppelganger

“Hello” from Adele’s Swedish doppelganger. Twenty-two-year-old Ellinor Hellborg is blowing Instagram users’ minds with her uncanny resemblance to the British singer. Ellinor frequently posts her experiments with makeup on her Instagram page, and last month she decided to try out an Adele-inspired look after her followers began pointing out the similarities. “I had thought about looking similar to Adele before, noticing small similarities in our profiles, but I didn’t really think anything of it until people on Instagram started commenting on it,” she told U.K.’s The Daily Mail. She posted a series of black-and-white photos of herself sporting Adele’s signature…

posted 2016/03/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-03-12

Ariana Grande’s Comedic Acting Background Will Come in Handy for "SNL" Hosting Gig

Ariana Grande will be showing off her funny side on Saturday Night Live tonight. The singer-actress -- who debuted her new single “Dangerous Woman” Thursday night -- is pulling double-duty on the NBC sketch show by both hosting and performing. If you’re wondering how she’ll fare during her first-ever hosting gig, she’s actually more qualified than you might think. Ariana’s no stranger to live stage acting, having gotten her start in the Broadway musical 13 in 2008. From there she honed her comedic chops in the 2009 Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious. She played the ditzy Cat Valentine on the show, before…

posted 2016/03/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Wants to Resolve Custody Battle over Son Rocco

Madonna is seeking to end her custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their 15-year-old son Rocco, People reports. At a private hearing in the family division of London's High Court on Friday, a lawyer for the singer said she hopes to "heal the wounds" that have torn apart her family. "Madonna wants to find a way in which this family can come together to heal the wounds that have been inflicted," her lawyer David Williams told the judge, adding, "She very much hopes that the family can start the process of reaching a resolution for the problem." Madonna was…

posted 2016/03/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-03-11

Jordin Sparks Lands Role in ABC Time Travel Series, "Time After Time"

Jordin Sparks will be gracing the small screen. Deadline reports the American Idol winner has joined the pilot for ABC’s time-traveling drama Time After Time. The show is based on the 1979 novel and movie of the same time, and will follow the adventures of a young H.G. Wells -- played by Freddie Stroma -- who transports himself to modern-day New York. There, he meets a captivating museum curator named Jane Walker, played by Genesis Rodriguez. Jordin will have a recurring role as stylist Jesse Givens, Jane’s roommate and good friend. The role marks Jordin’s biggest TV series commitment as…

posted 2016/03/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR