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Goodbye Sheeran, hello Styles: Harry bumps Ed from top spot at home

We've still got a few days to see how things shape up in the U.S., but over in the U.K., Styles has finally replaced Sheeran at #1. After 13 weeks on top of the British Singles Chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" has finally been knocked out by "Sign of the Times," the debut solo single by Harry Styles, which enters at #1.  It's Harry's first #1 as a solo artist, and the first release from his self-titled solo album, out on May 12. But it's not all bad news for Ed: "Shape of You" is now at #2, while…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

No one was able to guess "Paramore" in "Jeopardy!" clue about Hayley Williams

Jeopardy! contestants may be smart, but apparently, they don't rock.  Hayley Williams was a clue on Jeopardy! this week, but nobody was able to solve it. When her name appeared in a category titled "Her Top 40 Band," all three contestants stayed silent before host Alex Trebek revealed the correct response: "What is Paramore?" For her part, Williams was a little miffed that no one knew the name of her band. "I hope the all lost and went home with nothing," she wrote on Twitter, before adding a "lol jk." In addition to being a Jeopardy! clue, Williams and the…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 62" and "NOW That's What I Call a Workout 2017" Coming May 5

Another new release in the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series is on the way. The compilation series will be releasing its 62nd volume next month, featuring 16 major hits from artists including Lady Gaga, ZAYN, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Train and Katy Perry. And if you’re feeling like hitting the gym, the Now series will also be releasing NOW That's What I Call a Workout 2017 (Hits & Remixes). The heart-pumping collection includes remixes of hits like Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” Sia's "Cheap Thrills," Ariana Grande's "Into You," Flo Rida's "My House" and other…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, DNCE, Nick Jonas & more salute the Bee Gees on Sunday night

It was taped back in February, but Sunday night, you'll finally be able to watch the star-studded special Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees. It features the legendary group's hits being performed by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Celine Dion, Jason Derulo, DNCE, Nick Jonas and more. The special marks the 50th anniversary of the Bee Gees' first hit, as well as the 40th anniversary of their soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, which made them worldwide superstars. Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich says the normally reclusive Barry Gibb, the only surviving…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Mayer says he's passing the torch to Ed Sheeran: "That's the way it should be"

There's no denying the fact that John Mayer has inspired an entire generation of young guitar-playing singer/songwriters, from Shawn Mendes to Ed Sheeran.  But even John says he's OK with the fact that Ed's popularity has far outstripped his. Speaking to USA Today, John, who played on Ed's latest album, says, "I would take Ed Sheeran's worst idea on any day and it would be my biggest song of the year. For me, Ed's the voice, and that's the way it's supposed to be, as I transition into writing stuff that's deeper for me on a musical, artistic level...at the expense of…

posted 2017/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


"Call on Me" singer Starley says new life in the spotlight is "beautiful"

After years of struggling behind the scenes in the music biz, Australian singer/songwriter Starley is now front and center with a hit single, "Call on Me," a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and an opening spot on Clean Bandit's current U.S. tour.  She says of her current situation, "Literally everything in my life has changed." "I used to be a songwriter, so flipping from being a songwriter that's just in my room doing my stuff or in the studio doing stuff and then to this, where I'm in front of people all the time, everything in my life is…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Honey I'm Thirsty: Andy Grammer & wife to perform at global water crisis benefit

Andy Grammer and his wife, singer/songwriter Aijia, are expecting their first child, but that won't stop them from performing for a good cause. The couple will sing at the 8th annual Thirst Gala, which will take place April 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.  The event is organized by Thirst Project, a nonprofit organization that educates students about the global water crisis. According to the organization, 663 million people on our planet do not have access to safe, clean water and 4,100 children under the age of five will die today from drinking dirty water.  The band OK…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry's changing everything: “I am pushing for my own evolution”

Remember the colorful, cartoon-like Katy Perry who sang about "California Gurls" while shooting whipped cream out of her boobs in a life-sized Candyland?  Well, she's gone forever.  In her place is a Katy with a new style, and a new musical outlook.  "I am pushing for my own evolution,” Katy tells Vogue magazine. Katy covers the magazine's new issue, and inside, she sports a variety of looks from the edgy Comme des Garçons fashion label.  These days, she says she's "just making better choices as far as style goes," adding, "I don’t want to get stuck in a way of…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kiiara whips up new track, “Whippin”

This is shaping up to be a busy month for Kiiara. The singer -- who hit it big with her song “Gold” -- is joining The Chainsmokers on tour, making her debut at Coachella and releasing a new single called “Whippin.”“Whippin” is the latest track off Kiiara's upcoming debut album. The song, produced by Felix Snow, features Kiiara’s signature electronic vocal glitches and a bumping hip-hop beat.Tonight, Kiiara kicks off the first date of her tour with The Chainsmokers in Miami, Florida. She’ll play arenas across North America, with stops to play Coachella on April 16 and April 23. Kiiara…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J says new music is “very honest and very grown”

After taking a break from recording following her 2014 album Sweet Talker, Jessie J has new music in the works, and she claims it’s different from anything she’s done in the past."Where I’m at with the new music, everything written thus far I’ve written by myself,” she tells Billboard. “I’m really proud of it. It doesn’t reflect anything I’ve ever done before, which is exciting.”She says it’s an album she’s wanted to make for a long time, and it'll have a more mature point of view. “Everyone who’s heard the album so far says it’s very honest and very grown,”…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Harry Styles' self-titled solo debut coming May 12

On the heels of his first solo single, "Sign of the Times," we now have all the details of Harry Styles' hotly anticipated solo album. The self-titled disc will be out May 12, and available for pre-order starting tomorrow.  The album cover is a shot of Harry's bare back, as he crouches and splashes water on his face.   You can see some of the tattoos on his left arm, and a silver necklace that's turned around and hanging down his back. The album is available in a number of different formats for your purchasing pleasure: a gatefold vinyl LP, a…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is new Justin Bieber music on the way?

Looks like Justin Bieber is working on new music. On Wednesday, Justin posted a series of black-and-white photos to his Instagram account showing him in the studio playing electric piano and standing at a mic, headphones on with what appears to be a lyric sheet on a music stand in front of him. Justin included no captions or other info with the pics, leaving fans to speculation -- new album?  new single?  special one-off?  Justin's manager, Scooter Braun, provided no more clarity when he also posted one of the pictures with the caption, "The world has no idea!!" Justin's last…

posted 2017/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR