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2015-05-12

Alicia Keys to Guest Star on "Empire" Season 2

Alicia Keys has landed a guest role on the second season of Fox's mega-hit series, Empire. According to Entertainment Weekly, the network has also enlisted actor-comedian Chris Rock and rocker and Hunger Games actor Lenny Kravitz for upcoming roles next season. It's unclear if the entertainers will portray characters or themselves or the stars will be folded into the storyline of the show, which saw cameos from Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Gladys Knight during its debut season. The news comes on the heels of Ne-Yo being tapped as the music producer for the upcoming season. Follow…

posted 2015/05/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Says He Was “a Weird Little Ginger Kid”

Ed Sheeran may have a song called “The A-Team,” but growing up he wasn’t part of it. In fact, the singer tells U.K.’s The Big Issue he was hopelessly uncool. “I was weird,” he says. “A weird little ginger kid with a stutter," he said using British slang for a redhead, "and no ear drum. It probably is why I’m not very good at chatting up women. If you grow up with women not being interested, you don’t know how to capitalize on it.” Now he has legions of female fans who’d love to chat him up. Even though he’s…

posted 2015/05/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Says He Was “a Weird Little Ginger Kid”

Christie GoodwinThese days, Ed Sheeran makes the ladies swoon with ballads like "Thinking Out Loud," but growing up, he wasn't exactly Joe Stud. In fact, the singer tells U.K.’s The Big Issue he was hopelessly uncool. “I was weird,” he says. “A weird little ginger kid with a stutter," he says, using British slang for a redhead.  Adding to his misery, he says, was the fact that he wore big, unfashionable glasses and also had a perforated ear drum, the result of a childhood mishap.  "It probably is why I’m not very good at chatting up women," he says. "If…

posted 2015/05/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol 14" Contestants Battle It Out for the Last Time Tonight; Jordin Sparks Says It's a "Tight Race"

This evening -- a day after it was announced that American Idol's 15th season would be its last -- the two-night American Idol season 14 finale begins.  Clark Beckham, Jax and Nick Fradiani are the top three, but only two will get to perform, according to mentor Scott Borchetta.  So who's got the edge? Season six champ and loyal Idol watcher Jordin Sparks thinks that right now, there's no clear winner. "I don’t know who is going to win, but I think they’re all very, very talented," she tells ABC Radio. "It’s a very tight race for sure." What impresses…

posted 2015/05/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-05-11

Tori Kelly to Perform at "Billboard" Music Awards as "Kia's One to Watch"

Tori Kelly scored a major gig at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The singer was chosen as “Kia’s One to Watch” and will be performing her new hit, “Nobody Love,” at the ceremony this Sunday. “Honored to be named @kia's #onetowatch!! performing at the @billboard music awards this weekend,” Tori tweeted. She’ll join previously announced performers Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, and Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea. The Billboard Music Awards and Kia, the show’s official automotive sponsor, will be giving music fans a behind-the-scenes look at Tori’s life leading up to and following her first…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Leona Lewis Signs with New Label, Releases New Single & Music Video

It’s been a while since we heard from Leona Lewis, who became a global superstar back in 2007 thanks to her hit “Bleeding Love.” Now, the British singer and former X Factor winner is back with a new record deal and a new single.She released the new track, “Fire Under My Feet,” and its music video today, after signing with Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. via Island Records in the U.K. The song, with its pumping drumbeat and catchy hook, is the first release from her upcoming fifth album, I Am, due out this fall.Leona’s last album release was…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd Announces Fall North American Tour

Zedd is hitting the road this fall for his True Colors headlining tour. The tour will start in San Francisco on September 4 and make stops all over North America, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour will wrap October 31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "I'm incredibly excited to announce my True Colors Tour!” the DJ-producer said in a statement. “This will be my first headline tour in over two years and I can't wait to get back on the road and play all my new music. I've got some really…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas' Busy Year Ahead Includes a Summer Single, a Tour and 2 TV Shows

Saying Nick Jonas is “busy” would probably be an understatement. The pop star has a jam-packed year ahead of him, including new music, a tour and a role on two different TV shows: Kingdom and Scream Queens. He recently chatted with Cosmopolitan magazine on his upcoming projects and nonstop schedule. “There's a song that I'm featured on with [rapper] Sage the Gemini I'm excited about, it's called ‘Good Thing’ and comes out in a couple weeks,” he says. “We just shot the video, I have a feeling it has a real shot at being a summer anthem, so hopefully people…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Accepts Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago

Kanye West received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday. Footage has surfaced online of the rap mogul, dressed in a black cap and gown, accepting the honor at the podium and delivering comments. "I am a pop artist so my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas," he said. In his speech, the outspoken later rapper admitted to being nervous. "I felt my nerves a bit, and I don’t feel that feeling a lot -- the nerves of humility and modesty, when being honored," he said. "A humanization, a…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Gets Sweet Mother's Day Gift from Daughter River Rose

It seems Kelly Clarkson's first Mother’s Day was pretty great. She posted an adorable Instagram snap of her almost-one-year-old daughter, River Rose, along with a message about motherhood. “My husband had this little nugget scribble on a Mother's Day card for me today,” she wrote. “I cried. Best gifts I've been given are all 3 of my kiddos #River #Savannah #Seth Being a mother is the greatest thing I'll ever do.”Savannah and Seth are Kelly’s stepchildren from her husband Brandon Blackstock’s previous marriage. Kelly went on to write: “My career inspires me but my family gives me this constant state…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Co-Directs Video for Mark Ronson's New Single, "Feel Right"

Following the immense success of their chart-topping hit “Uptown Funk,” Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson have teamed up again. This time, Bruno has co-directed the video for “Feel Right,” Mark’s new single featuring rapper Mystikal. The video features a group of kids bringing the funk to their school talent show. One pre-teen takes front and center, lip syncing Mystikal’s vocals and showing off some killer dance moves. By the end, the young performers bring the audience to their feet. Bruno, Mark and Mystikal appear as the judges, and give the kids a perfect score. The Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson also…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Lambert and Other Former "American Idol" Contestants React to Cancellation News

How do American Idol alums like Adam Lambert and Scotty McCreery feel about the show ending? Billboard compiled the reactions of former contestants, and while most will be sad to see the show go, they all remain grateful for the opportunity it provided them.   "They had a great run. And thank you, Idol, because I wouldn’t be here without you,” says season eight runner-up Adam. Season 10 winner Scotty tells Billboard, "American Idol changed my life. It was a great way for me to pursue my dreams of being a country music singer and introduce myself to the nation.”…

posted 2015/05/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR