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New Lifetime Michael Jackson Biopic to Begin Shooting in February

The last days of Michael Jackson's life will soon be dramatized on the small screen.   Variety reports that a television biopic titled Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland will begin shooting on location this February and will air on Lifetime.  The TV movie is based on the 2014 book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Finals Days and features actor Chad L. Coleman as Jackson's bodyguard.   Coleman's acting resume includes roles in Arrow, The Walking Dead and The Wire. News of the forthcoming Jackson biopic comes on the heels of recent controversy surrounding an episode of a new U.K. comedy series Urban Myths, in which the late pop icon is portrayed by white…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hear the Debut Single from the Woman Who Wrote Hits for Justin, Nick, Selena, Hailee, Britney & Gwen

Julia Michaels has spent the past two years penning hits for some of pop music's biggest names, but now she's ready to step into the spotlight herself. Julia -- who with Justin Tranter co-write Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Nick Jonas' "Close," Selena Gomez's "Good for You" and "Hands to Myself," Britney Spears' "Slumber Party," Gwen Stefani's "Used to Love You" and Hailee Steinfeld's Love Myself" -- has now released her debut single.  It's called "Issues," and it's the first release from her upcoming debut album. The song was inspired by Julia's real-life relationship with her boyfriend, and features her singing, "I…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Chainsmokers Song "Paris" Not About Paris

The Chainsmokers have released a brand new song for the new year, "Paris," -- a tune they first teased at their biggest concert yet: a December 30 show at the L.A. Convention Center. Chainsmokers member Drew Taggart provides lead vocals, as he did on their mega-smash "Closer." The Grammy-nominated duo has also dropped a lyric video for the song, starring Instagram model Alexis Ren.  Strangely, the video was not filmed in Paris, France but at Casa Malca in Tulum [too-LOOM], Mexico.  It mostly features Ren flaunting her bod in a variety of sexy swimwear as she takes dips in the…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Produces New #DontNormalizeHate PSA with a Twist

Katy Perry has never been one to keep quiet about her political and social beliefs. In a show of support for the #DontNormalizeHate movement, the singer has produced a new PSA called “Is History Repeating Itself?”The clip features an elderly woman named Haru Kuromiya speaking about her experience with Japanese-American internment during World War II.  In 1942, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, anywhere between 110,000 and 120,000 Japanese people living on the West Coast were relocated and confined to internment camps.  In 1988, the government apologized to those affected, saying the actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria and…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Urban Myths" Episode Starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Pulled After Complaints from Jackson Family

Hours after Michael Jackson's daughter Paris said that seeing British actor Joseph Fiennes portraying her late father in the TV show Urban Myths made her "want to vomit," the show  has pulled the episode. Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies is what the British network Sky Arts describes as dramatizations of  "true...ish" pop culture stories.  One of the episodes was to feature Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando fleeing New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. A trailer, which has now been removed, dropped earlier this week.  It showed Fiennes as Jackson, wearing what appears to be a prosthetic nose. Sky Arts issued an official statement this morning explaining…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele Nominated for "Hero of the Year" at the NME Awards

Sure, Adele's a global superstar, but is she a hero?  We'll find out next month, when she vies for the title of "Hero of the Year" at the NME Awards, given out annually by the long-running British music publication. Hero of the Year is one of three categories Adele is nominated for this year: she's also up for Best British Female and Best Festival Headliner.  Her competition for Hero of the Year includes, among others, the late David Bowie, Beyonce, and Millie Bobby Brown, the young female star of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Beyonce leads all nominees with five…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato to Perform as Part of Huge Charity Show at AT&T Stadium

Demi Lovato doesn't have a tour scheduled for this year -- yet -- but she's announced a special one-off appearance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as part of a huge charity concert. The concert is the first in a planned series of shows called BeautyKind Unites Concert for Causes, organized by the online retailer BeautyKind.  The March 25 show, which also will feature country stars Jake Owen and The Band Perry, will raise money for the American Heart Association.  45,000 fans are expected to attend the show, with a goal of raising $3 million. Tickets go on sale January 20,…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Marriage Is Scary to Me, Man": The Weeknd Talks Sex Appeal and That Hairstyle

Along with Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd is featured on the dual cover of GQ magazine's February issue.   The "Party Monster" artist gives his unfettered opinions on many topics, including having kids and marriage, thoughts which may catch the attention of rumored new girlfriend Selena Gomez.  "I feel like I'm the kind of guy that would have kids before getting married. The first thing would be kids. Marriage is scary to me, man," he tells the publication.     The Grammy winner doesn't consider himself a sex symbol and prefers to fly under the radar, letting his music speak for him.  "Listen, I'm not walkin' around…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga's Halftime Show Will Be "Pretty Amazing," Says Fox Sports President

Lady Gaga will perform during halftime at Super Bowl 51 next month.  What can fans expect from her performance?  Eric Shanks, president of Fox Sports, says he doesn't have any detail, but predicts it'll be "pretty amazing." Shanks told reporters in L.A. this week at the Television Critics' Association Press Tour that he doesn't "know exactly what yet" Gaga has planned for her big moment in Houston on February 5, but he's confident it'll be great, because she's so passionate about it. "I don’t know if she’s gonna have a collaborator or a guest or anything like that, just at…

posted 2017/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Ryan Murphy: Lady Gaga Not Playing Donatella Versace; There Won’t Be Taylor/Katy "Feud" Season

Ryan Murphy is setting the record straight when it comes to certain pop stars and his TV shows. According to Variety, the show runner confirmed at FX’s Television Critics Association press day that Lady Gaga will not be playing Donatella Versace in American Crime Story. Gaga, who starred in two seasons of Ryan’s American Horror Story, was rumored to be playing the fashion designer in the third season of Crime Story, which will focus on the murder of Donatella's brother Gianni Versace. But Ryan told Variety she was never really in talks for the role due to her busy schedule…

posted 2017/01/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd’s “Party Monster” Gets a Trippy Video; Fans Speculate About “Selena” Reference

The Weeknd has released the new music video for his song “Party Monster” and it’s a neon-colored head trip. The warped, hazy visual features the singer mingling with hot women, driving a fast car and experiencing some pretty intense hallucinations. The video was directed by BRTHR, the duo who previously worked with The Weeknd on his “In the Night” video. “Party Monster” has The Weeknd singing about a girl with “lips like Angelina” and an “a** shaped like Selena.” While the lyrics might be referring to the late singer Selena Quintanilla, The Weeknd was just spotted kissing Selena Gomez, causing…

posted 2017/01/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele, Zayn, Beyonce, Charli XCX Among Nominees for "NME" Awards

Adele and Beyonce are among the nominees for this year's NME Awards, given out annually by the long-running British music publication. Beyonce leads all nominees with five nods, including Best Album, Best Video, Hero of the Year and Best International Female.  Adele has three nominations, including Hero of the Year and Best British Female. Other British nominees include Zayn Malik, the band Bastille, Charli XCX and Coldplay, while the international categories include nominees such as Sia, Lady Gaga, Tove Lo, Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, The Weeknd and Drake. For the third year in a row, 5 Seconds of Summer are…

posted 2017/01/12 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR