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2016-12-16

John Legend to Perform Exclusive New Year's Eve Concert on St. Barts

Forget the penthouse floor -- John Legend is ringing in the new year on the Caribbean island of St. Barts at Nikki Beach.  Legend will play an "intimate, 50-minute set" that will offer patrons a "very exclusive table experience, which includes a seated dinner and bottle service," reports the New York Post's Page Six.   Guests can expect to pay close to $2,000 per bottle of champagne, while dining on succulent portions of Kobe beef, during the "Magical Garden" themed night.    Fireworks are also expected at midnight, as well as an after-party for up to 500 guests.  Copyright ©…

posted 2016/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

All-Star Christmas "Carpool Karaoke" Stars Adele, Elton, Lady Gaga, Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani & More

What's better than hearing Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" during the holiday season?  Seeing a bunch of stars singing it while riding around in a car with James Corden. Thursday on The Late Late Show, Corden debuted a special all-star Christmas episode of Carpool Karaoke, featuring all his carpool guests from the past year busting out Mariah's classic.  The sequence starts with Corden driving a car with a Christmas tree on top, a load of gifts in the back seat, and Mariah in the front.   When James asks her what she wants for Christmas, she tells…

posted 2016/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson's Making a Christmas "Miracle" Tonight in Nashville

Kelly Clarkson's staging a Christmas "miracle" tonight in Nashville.  She's hosting Miracle on Broadway, a holiday benefit concert at the Bridgestone Arena which will raise money for local charities.  "Everybody’s community would get better if we all chipped in," she notes. Tonight's concert will benefit the Nashville Public Library Fund, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, the W.O. Smith Music School and Abe's Garden, an Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center. As Kelly says, "It’s a fun thing, and you’re giving money to go see a show...you’re texting while you’re there to give a dollar -- [and] you have…

posted 2016/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

12-Year-Old Grace VanderWaal Says Debut EP Tells Stories of "Things That I've Been Through"

Grace VanderWaal was one of the most-searched artists of 2016, according to Google; her debut EP just entered the chart at #9; and one of her songs has earned 47 million views on YouTube.  Not bad for a 12-year-old, right? It's too early to see if the America's Got Talent winner will end up being "the next Taylor Swift," as Simon Cowell famously dubbed her, but she seems to be off to a pretty good start.  Grace's EP, Perfectly Imperfect, features new recordings of the original songs she performed on the NBC talent competition, including her standout, "I Don't Know…

posted 2016/12/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-12-15

Pitbull Got Paid $1 Million to Promote His Home State of Florida

They don't call him Mr. 305 for nothing -- Pitbull’s Florida pride is getting him paid. It’s been revealed that the singer received $1 million from Visit Florida to promote his home state as a tourist destination over the last year.The deal was announced back in September 2015, but the full details of the contract weren’t posted until today after Florida’s House of Representatives filed a lawsuit to release the document.  As detailed in the document, part of the deal required Pitbull to tweet using the #LoveFL hashtag, participate in a marketing promotion connected to his New Year’s Eve special…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pentatonix Unwraps Christmas Gold, Debuts New Lego Video

Christmas music sure pays off for Pentatonix. The a cappella group's current album, A Pentatonix Christmas, has just gone gold, for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S., according to Billboard.  It's the group's second gold-or-better album: the first, That's Christmas to Me, is now close to two million in sales since its 2014 release. A Pentatonix Christmas is just the 12th album this year to sell at least that many copies. Last year, 19 albums went gold.  Currently, A Pentatonix Christmas is #3 on the Billboard album chart, while That's Christmas to Me is #8.  Their 2012 EP, PTXmas,…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara Predicts Future Grammy Win in New "Seventeen" Video

Alessia Cara didn't get a Grammy nomination this year, but she's pretty convinced that she'll actually win one in the future. How do we know? She predicts it in her new video for the song "Seventeen." The entire video takes place on a bus, and shows Alessia aging from a little girl riding with her dad, to a teen riding with her friend, to a young woman holding a Grammy award, to a young mother with a baby, to a middle-aged woman with a teenage son, to an older woman. The visuals reflect the song's lyrics, which are about how…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Joining "New Year's Rockin' Eve" from the Caribbean

Demi Lovato is set to perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, but instead of freezing in New York City’s Times Square, she'll be singing on a warm Caribbean beach. Demi will be delivering a special performance from a special Celebrity Cruises concert she's doing in St. Maarten. It will be the first-ever international appearance by an artist in the 45-year history of ABC's annual New Year's Eve special.  The show will also include previously-announced remote appearances from New Orleans and Las Vegas from Lionel Richie and Jason Derulo.Demi joins a lineup of performers including Mariah…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Throwback Thursday: "American Idol" Season 2 Stars Ruben & Clay Reunite to Sing on "The View"

It was an American Idol reunion Thursday on ABC's The View, as the winner and runner-up of the show's second season reunited to sing a Christmas classic. Ruben Studdard, who won season two, and Clay Aiken, who was the runner-up, hadn't sung together on TV in 13 years, until Thursday, when they teamed up to deliver a rendition of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas."  After the performance, the two men spoke about their enduring friendship. "Clay and I...he was one of the first people I actually met during Hollywood Week and we’ve been friends ever since," said Ruben.  Clay agreed, adding,…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus: From "Voice" Coach to Best Voice for Animals

Miley Cyrus has spent the past few months as a coach on The Voice, but now PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has awarded her a prize for being the "Best Voice for Animals." The honor is part of the 11th Annual Libby Awards, with "libby" being short for "liberation," as in "animal liberation.  They're awarded annually by peta2, the youth division of PETA. Miley was named Best Voice for Animals because she uses her power on social media to promote animal issues and veganism. In a statement, peta2 Senior Director Marta Molmberg says, "Today’s hottest stars…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo, Panic! at the Disco to Ring in 2017 from New Orleans on "NYRE"

For the first time ever, the Big Easy will be part of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco will help to ring in 2017 from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Actress Lucy Hale will host the festivities from N'awlins, bringing viewers celebrity and fan interviews before the annual fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square.  That will take place at 1 a.m. ET, since New Orleans is on central time and Ryan Seacrest will have already counted down to midnight from New York's Times Square. The show, with featuring…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rachel Platten Says 2016 Was the Year She "Toughened Up"

You'd think that someone who scored a hit with a tune called "Fight Song" would be pretty feisty, but Rachel Platten says it's only been this year that she's learned to live up to her signature hit's title. "I think I’ve toughened up this year -- learned how to be the boss, how to rely on myself," Rachel tells Billboard. "And I’ve realized that I’m so much stronger than I thought I was. People are always like, 'Oh, the "Fight Song" girl must be strong.' But the truth is, I was breaking down a lot...all of a sudden, I was touring…

posted 2016/12/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR