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Is Rihanna's Eighth Studio Album to Be Titled "R8"?

Rihanna has alerted her 36 million Twitter followers that she's working on her eighth studio album. Over the weekend, Rih posted a photo of a mixing board and captioned it "#R8," perhaps announcing the project's title. Although the singer has not confirmed the title, her Navy fans are already expressing their excitement. One tweeted, "Have a feeling Rihanna's album R8 is gonna be amazing !!" Another added, "@rihanna i'm excited for #R8. We miss you and your music. It's not the same without you." The album will serve as the follow-up to 2012′s Unapologetic, which spawned hits including "Diamonds," "Stay"…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Michigan Native Madonna Funding Projects in Detroit to Help Revitalize City

Madonna, a former resident of Bay City and Rochester, Michigan, has announced her long-term commitment to help revitalize the city of Detroit. Madonna's plan involves providing funding for three local organizations that are bringing hope to the financially-strapped city, where 60% of children live in poverty.  First, she'll fund a new facility for the city's Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which provides free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to kids in Detroit's Eastside area.  Madonna will also provide the Detroit Achievement Academy with new equipment, art and music supplies, including iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom.  Finally, she'll provide support…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's X Is Britain's Fastest-Selling Album of 2014

We'll find out later this week how Ed Sheeran's new album, X, pronounced "multiply," did on the Billboard album chart.  But back home in the U.K., he's a smash. Britain's Official Charts Company reports that Ed's new album has become the U.K.'s fastest-selling of 2014 to date, moving over 182,000 copies its first week on sale.  The previous record for the fastest-selling album of the year was held by Coldplay's Ghost Stories, but Ed surpassed that album's first-week sales by 14,000 copies. Ed reacted to his accomplishment by tweeting, "'I'm on cloud 9 and keep laughing at everything. love you…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Afrojack Feels "Ten Feet Tall" Thanks to Debut Album, Sting Duet

He was featured on Pitbull and Ne-Yo's #1 smash "Give Me Everything," he co-wrote Beyonce's "Run the World" and he's collaborated with everyone from David Guetta and will.i.am to Nick Cannon and Chris Brown.  Now Afrojack, one of the top deejays and producers in the world, is finally out with his debut album, Forget the World and a hit single, "Ten Feet Tall."  The Dutch deejay tells ABC News Radio, "It's an amazing feeling." "It's sort of a statement for me, and all my fans that I've seen all over the road over the last couple of years," Afrojack told…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

American Authors Having the Best Days of Their Lives Playing Their Hit in Concert

American Authors are currently out on a big summer tour opening for OneRepublic, and of course, a highlight of the set every night is the band's hit "Best Day of My Life."  One reason, says singer Zac Barnett, is that there's so much crowd participation that he gets to take a bit of a break. "It's awesome because I get to relax," Zac tells ABC News Radio about performing the song live. "I'm like, 'Alright, you guys sing it for me. Here we go.'  It's a lot of fun."  He adds, "It's cool though, because yeah, people are definitely singing…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Tops "Forbes'" Celebrity 100 List; Bruno, Katy & Taylor Also Included

Who runs the world? Beyonce, of course.  Queen Bey tops Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful celebrities, based on both money and fame.  The "fame" part is measured by how many times the star was mentioned in the media in general, and how present and powerful they are on social media specifically. Beyonce is #1 on the list not just because she earned $115 million over the past year, but because she's among the most talked-about stars in the business.  For example, the star who's #3 on the list, rapper and producer Dr. Dre, earned a ridiculous…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Has a New Dog In Her Life

Miley Cyrus, who lost her beloved dog Floyd earlier this year, has welcomed a new pooch into her life. She revealed her puppy, named Emu Coyne Cyrus, on Instagram Saturday. The name appears to be a nod to Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, whose band recorded Beatles covers with her a couple of months ago. In a lengthy message, Miley said Emu Coyne Cyrus was added to her family a few days earlier. She wrote, "It's taken some time to be ready for this next step and loving again. There will never be anyone like Floyd. There was a bond…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zendaya Drops Out of Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic, Film Now "On Hold"

Lifetime has shelved its Aaliyah biopic for now, after losing its star. In a tweet on Sunday, the cable network announced, "We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold." On her official Twitter account, the Disney Channel star shed light on the matter by quoting a source who told E! News, "Aaliyah has always been a source of inspiration to Zendaya. She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right." E! News' report on Zendaya's decision notes there had…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Rising Star" Recap: Six Advance During Live Show, West Coast Viewers Save Two Others

ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, featured a second round of live auditions from 12 acts Sunday night. The show asks viewers to download the Rising Star app and vote on each contestant, who perform behind a massive video wall. If the contestant receives at least 70 percent in "yes" votes, the wall rises, and he or she advances. The two-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country also had the chance to determine the contestants' fate. Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Why Ed Sheeran Won't Trash Hotel Rooms

Ed Sheeran's a world-famous pop star with plenty of money and screaming fans in every city, but that doesn't mean he has to be obnoxious about it.  In fact, he says at this point in his career, something he's learned from his pal Taylor Swift is that you always have to be on your best behavior -- because, frankly, being a jerk is bad for business. "It's the time of being polite," he tells Parade magazine.  "Radio stations aren’t going to play you[r] [songs] if you show up late. You have to be respectful and do your job." "You can…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Usher to Perform; Rihanna, Justin Timberlake to Compete at This Sunday's BET Awards

This year's BET Awards show will be full of star-studded performances. Hosted by Chris Rock, the annual ceremony airs live on the network, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET.  Viewers can expect Robin Thicke, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Drake and pop legend Lionel Richie to all take the stage the 14th annual ceremony, taking place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. While most artists are keeping their performances under wraps, John Legend has announced that he'll sing his new single, "You and I," from his latest album, Love in the Future.  Rapper…

posted 2014/06/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Katy Perry Chows Down, Dips Candles, Rides Coasters at Dollywood

When Katy Perry goes on tour, she likes to take her band and crew to local attractions for some fun.  She did just that on Thursday, when she took everyone on a trip to Dollywood, the theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. A spokesperson for the theme park tells ABC News Radio that Katy, along with her dancers, friends and band members, rode the park's numerous roller coasters, including the Thunderhead, Tennessee Tornado and Wild Eagle; she rode that last one twice.  She and the gang played carnival games and watched demonstrations of…

posted 2014/06/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR