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2017-06-06

What did Taylor Swift do during her "low-key" Nashville getaway?

Taylor Swift was photographed over the weekend in her adopted hometown of Nashville, sipping coffee on a balcony with her current boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn.  Now, E! Online claims to have the lowdown on what else the loved-up couple did during their getaway. A source tells E! that Taylor and Joe, along with close friends and family, had a small dinner party at Taylor's mom Andrea's house on Sunday night. "Food was served and everyone hung out together for several hours," dished the source. "Taylor and Joe headed back to her place later in the evening." The couple also ordered…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Who'll have the Song of the Summer? The race begins now...and "Despacito" is out front

Last year's official Song of the Summer, based on chart performance, was Drake's "One Dance." Who'll grab the title this year?  The countdown has begun, as Billboard brings back its annual Songs of the Summer chart. For the next 100 days or so -- from now through Labor Day -- the top 20 songs that do the best on the Billboard Hot 100 will appear on this chart, and the top song overall will be crowned Song of the Summer 2017.  Right now, "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, is #1 on that chart, followed by Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like,"…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

riana & other One Love Manchester performers see huge sales boosts

While it certainly wasn't the goal, the One Love Manchester Concert has resulted in big sales boosts for those artists who performed at the Sunday night event. Britain's Official Charts Company says sales and streams of Ariana Grande's single "The Way" -- which she performed at the event with her boyfriend Mac Miller -- are up 577%.  "Break Free" is up 139%, while "My Everything," which she performed with a high school choir, has scored a 141% increase. Ariana's song "One Last Time," which has been re-released with most of the proceeds going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber and David Guetta teaming up on new track, out Friday

It seems Justin Bieber is in high demand lately. In the latest in a string of successful collaborations, Justin has announced he has a song in the works with David Guetta. The Biebs tweeted that the new tune will be dropping on Friday, and included the hashtag #2U, which may be the title of the song. Justin’s previous two collaborations are bona fide hits. His song “Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, is currently number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is on its way to possibly becoming Billboard's Song of the Summer. “I’m the One,” Justin's…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Despacito" on track to set major YouTube record

"Despacito," the #1 hit featuring Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, is on track to set a major YouTube record. The video -- the one without Justin -- has so far racked up over 1.7 billion views to date, which means it's now on track to reach two billion views faster than any other clip in YouTube history.  It was the second-fastest video to reach a billion views, second only to Adele's "Hello." When it was first released, the audio-only version of the "Despacito" remix -- which featured Justin -- had the biggest-ever debut on YouTube, racking up over…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde says she's "OK" with having to sing "Royals" at every show

Following her set at Governors Ball this past weekend, Lorde will next perform at Bonnaroo.  But no matter where she's performing, you can be sure she'll sing "Royals."   Though she's lost count of how many times she's performed the chart-topping hit, the Grammy-winning singer says she doesn't mind. Asked by Vanity Fair if she can ever leave a stage without playing "Royals," which she released when she was just 16, Lorde replies, "I don’t think so, and I’m O.K. with that. It’s funny how you can spend two-and-a-half days on something and have that be a legacy; you don’t know…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Chainsmokers to open New York City pop-up store this week

If you're in New York City this week, you might want to add 205 Bleecker Street to your list of stops.  That's where The Chainsmokers will open a pop-up shop. The duo posted a picture to Twitter of a woman in a Memories: Do Not Open denim jacket with the details on Monday. The shop will be open from this Thursday, June 8, through Sunday June 11, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the aforementioned address in New York's Greenwich Village, featuring a variety of merchandise.Billboard reports that The Chainsmokers themselves -- Alex Pall and Drew Taggart --…

posted 2017/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-06-05

Jason Derulo to perform with country superstar Luke Bryan at "CMT Music Awards"

Last year, Jason Derulo teamed up with country superstar Luke Bryan for an episode of CMT Crossroads, the show that pairs up pop, rock and country artists for a televised concert.  Now, the two singers will reunite on this Wednesday's CMT Music Awards. There's no word on what Jason and Luke will perform, although this isn't their first time singing together at this particular award show. The two first teamed up on the 2014 awards, when they did Jasons’s hit “Talk Dirty” and their hit remix of “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.  Jason's duet with Luke is…

posted 2017/06/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Love Manchester raises close to $3.5 million; manager says Ariana doubted she could "ever go on stage again"

The One Love Manchester concert held Sunday night to benefit the victims of last month's attack at the Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert is being hailed as a triumph -- and now we know how much it raised. Between text message and online donations, the show -- featuring Ariana, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and more -- raised $3.49 million.  That brings the total raised by the British Red Cross' "We Love Manchester Emergency Fund" to nearly $13 million.  Not only that, but the British paper The Telegraph says the British broadcast of the…

posted 2017/06/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Taylor Swift house-shopping in the UK?

Taylor Swift was photographed over the weekend in Nashville with her new boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn, but now rumor has it she's looking to buy a home in his native U.K. to be closer to him. The British tabloid The Sun says Taylor wants a permanent base in the U.K. because she's "smitten" with her new beau, and she's been "discreetly viewing properties" in one of the ritziest neighborhoods in London. The source tells The Sun that Taylor is house-hunting in London's Chelsea area, where homes go for 20 million dollars or more.  The properties she's been looking at would make…

posted 2017/06/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Usher explains his absence from One Love Manchester benefit concert

You might have noticed while watching Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert Sunday that Usher, who was previously confirmed to perform, was a no-show.   But he had a good reason. "So happy to see that last night's concert in Manchester proved that love always prevails. I would have loved to be there but It was my son's first fay at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes," Usher wrote on his Instagram. The "No Limit" artist added, "This was an important day for him and for myself as a proud father. Stay strong UK." Usher's…

posted 2017/06/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Andy Grammer to release new single this Friday

Last year, Andy Grammer released a new single "Fresh Eyes," and now fans will be thrilled to learn that he's got a brand-new song coming this Friday. The song is called "Give Love," and it features Lunchmoney Lewis, a rapper and singer best-known for his 2015 hit "Bills." On June 10, the day after the song is released, Andy will perform at the 2017 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in Elmont, New York.  He'll perform a short set just prior to the Belmont Stakes, which is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.  Afterwards, he'll do a special post-race…

posted 2017/06/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR