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Rachel Platten: Singing "Fight Song" Each Night Is an "Affirmation" to "Not Give Up on Myself"

Rachel Platten's started work on her sophomore album, but she's also playing a series of fairs and festivals this summer.  Each night, when she sings her hit "Fight Song," she says she's reminded of the years of struggle it took for her to get to where she is today. At this point, Rachel's got several hit singles, a headlining tour and a hit debut album under her belt, not to mention an Emmy, but it wasn't easy.  "Looking back, it looks beautiful," she says of the way she seemingly appeared out of nowhere and became a star. "Everything looks completely…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince's Paisley Park Estate Will Be Open to the Public in the Fall

The once-private estate owned by Prince, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will soon become open to the public beginning October 6. Last week, news that the estate would turn into a museum surfaced, and it's now been confirmed by both Prince's surviving family and the trust company overseeing his estate, Bremer Trust.   "Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," says Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson.   "Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Glory," Hallelujah! Britney Made Her "Best Work" Because She "Dared to Suck"

Britney Spears' new album Glory is getting great reviews, and the singer says one reason it came out so well is because one of her mantras while making it was, "Dare to Suck." Speaking to BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday, Britney said of Glory, "It's my best work, I feel like, so far. I really took the time to work with really, really great people. It was a gift. It was an amazing gift." Part of that gift, Britney says, was the opportunity to be fearless and try different things in the studio, even if they didn't turn out very…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Call It Quits

Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart reportedly have broken up. A source tells People that the two are no longer dating, and "they have not been together for a few weeks." The source explains, "It wasn't anything dramatic and they were on good terms -- it just came to a natural end."  The insider added, "They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable." The couple was photographed recently at Lopez's birthday party on July 24 in Las Vegas. Smart was also at J-Lo's Caesars Palace show on August 13…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment

Oops…Lifetime did it again. The cable network has ordered a new TV movie based on a celebrity. This time, it's Britney Spears. Lifetime announced Wednesday that production will begin next month in Vancouver on a two-hour biopic with the working title Britney. Scheduled to premiere sometime in 2017, Britney will focus on the ups and downs of the singer's life and career. Lifetime hints that the movie will touch upon her relationship with Justin Timberlake, her marriage to Kevin Federline, and the personal struggles that led to her being placed under a conservatorship eight years ago. Lifetime has confirmed to…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Sued for Alleged Copyright Infringement over "One Last Time"

Ariana Grande is the latest pop music star to be sued for alleged copyright infringement.  The 23-year-old singer is facing a lawsuit from songwriter Alex Greggs, who claims that Grande's 2015 single "One Last Time" rips off the 2012 Skye Stevens single "Takes All Night," which he wrote. In legal documents obtained by E! News, Greggs states that he holds the copyright for "Takes All Night," and that the similarities between the chorus and the lyrics of the two tracks are "so striking that it is highly likely the works were not created independently of one another." According to the…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Will Perform Together at the MTV VMAs

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj have been added to the performance lineup for this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. The two will perform "Side to Side," a track on Ariana's latest album, Dangerous Woman. Previously announced performers include Britney Spears with G-Eazy, Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla $ign, Future, and Video Vanguard honoree Rihanna. MTV on Wednesday also announced several musical acts that will serve as presenters during the broadcast: Alicia Keys, Fifth Harmony, Tove Lo, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rita Ora. Kim Kardashian West and Jaden Smith are among the other celebrities set to present. The VMAs will not…

posted 2016/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Maroon 5 Guitarist Says Band's Prepping New Video & Song

Maroon 5's most recent album, V, came out in 2014, and guitarist James Valentine is now hinting that we can soon expect something fresh from the band. In an interview with the Huffington Post, James says that Maroon 5 is working on a new video with Dave Dobkin, who directed their Wedding Crashers-themed clip for "Sugar."  He describes the video as "really, really special." James also reveals that Maroon 5 is looking to put out a song to plug the gap between V and their next record. He says they've "just put the finishing touches" on that track, adding, "We…

posted 2016/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Schools Fan Who Complained About Sophomore Album Delay: "I'm an Artist...It's All Me"

Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine came out in 2013, and fans have been waiting for the follow-up for quite some time.  But when one fan got a little obnoxious about the lengthy wait, Lorde schooled her in how a real artist operates. Responding to a fan on Instagram who asked her, "Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?" Lorde wrote, "Give up on me if you want to! I'm an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell. It's all me, every…

posted 2016/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lukas Graham Performing at MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show

Lukas Graham is hitting the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show this Sunday. The band will be performing their new single, “Mama Said.” The hour-long pre-show, hosted by DJ Khaled, will also include performances by Alessia Cara and Jidenna. It airs live at New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Lukas Graham is nominated for a Best New Artist Moon Man at the ceremony this year. Voting will remain open until the show's live broadcast begins Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The band is getting ready for their second North American headlining tour, kicking off…

posted 2016/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears: "I Literally Almost Drowned" in Hawaii

Britney Spears may be riding a wave of renewed popularity, but she wasn't able to ride an actual wave: she says a huge one nearly killed her during a recent trip to Hawaii. Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Britney said when she visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, she went into the ocean without realizing the danger six-foot waves could pose.  "I completely embarrassed myself. I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, you know? And I'm like, 'This is so nice and refreshing and beautiful.'" "But the thing I didn’t think about was that…

posted 2016/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC Founder Lou Pearlman Died from Bacterial Endocarditis

Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died from bacterial endocarditis, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department. The condition is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which in Pearlman's case was caused by complications stemming from his aortic valve being replaced. Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor in his death. The boy band promoter was 62 years old when he died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-year sentence.…

posted 2016/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR