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2016-04-28

Imagine Dragons Share New Acoustic Weeper, "Not Today"

Imagine Dragons has premiered their new song "Not Today," which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Me Before You. You can listen to the acoustic-based, string-laden track now on Vevo. With lyrics like "It's gotta get easier and easier somehow, but not today," the song seems to reflect the plot of Me Before You, which stars as Games of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series. The soundtrack for Me Before You, which also includes songs by Ed Sheeran and X Ambassadors,…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Calvin Harris Teases New Rihanna Track, “This Is What You Came For”

Calvin Harris is hoping lightning strikes twice with Rihanna. The DJ-producer released a snippet of his new tune with the singer, “This Is What You Came For,” today on Twitter.   “Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody’s watching her/But she’s looking at you,” Rihanna sings on the track, which officially drops tomorrow. It’s not the first time the two artists have teamed up. They scored a hit in 2011 with “We Found Love.” Calvin announced their new collab on Wednesday, but his girlfriend Taylor Swift was dropping hints about it at Coachella a…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kevin Macdonald To Direct Whitney Houston Documentary

Oscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald is set to direct a theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston. The feature, which is the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, is said to be a complete story of Whitney's life from the point of view of those who knew her best. The film, which will be produced by Oscar winner Simon Chinn, will include an interview with Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited for bringing Houston to super stardom. In an interview with Variety, Macdonald explains how the documentary will highlight the…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Performing at A-List amfAR Event at Cannes Next Month

Katy Perry will be the headlining performer at the 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS amfAR event next month, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The May 19 event will take place during the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 11 through the 22. Also attending the gala are amfAR global campaign chairs Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Heidi Klum, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and film producer Harvey Weinstein. Cinema Against AIDS raises money for AIDS research and has collected more than $170 million over the years. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Clarifies Her "Becky Is Racist" Comments

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is clarifying her latest online rant which criticized Beyonce for referring to Jay-Z's alleged side chick as "Becky". In a series of tweets that started on Tuesday, Azalea expressed her irritation with the word, schooling fans on why she found the term offensive and stereotypical. The Aussie rapper explained that "Becky" was created to describe a white woman's proclivity to perform oral sex. She compared the use of the word to calling a black woman, "Sha Nay Nay" or an Asian woman, "Ming Lee." While many of Azelea's fans disagreed with her assessment of Beyonce's use…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Explains Why it Was a “Tough Thing” to Cancel North Carolina Tour Dates

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato decided earlier this week to cancel their tour dates in North Carolina in response to the state’s controversial HB2 law, also known as the “bathroom bill.” Nick tells E! News it was a “tough thing” to do. "It's a tough thing and what makes it more tough is I have family in North Carolina and friends there," Nick says. "On top of the disappointment I'm sure some fans felt, I've got personal disappointment." Nick and Demi nixed their July concert dates in Raleigh and Charlotte because they believe the HB2 law is anti-LGBT. The legislation…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sweet as Pie: Sara Bareilles and "Waitress" Musical are Drama Desk Award Nominees

Sara Bareilles was served some good news this morning. She and her Waitress musical are officially nominees for this year’s Drama Desk Awards. Sara was recognized twice -- in the Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics categories -- for writing and composing the show’s songs. The Broadway show, which officially opened on Sunday, scored a nod for Outstanding Musical and the show’s star, Jessie Mueller, was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Supporting character Christopher Fitzgerald is up for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. “Oh what a beautiful morning!” Sara tweeted after the nominations were announced Thursday. “Thank you…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince's Life and Career Celebrated with "Billboard" Tribute Issue

As Prince continues to dominate the Billboard charts a week after his death, Billboard pays tribute to the late musical genius with a special issue dedicated to his memory. The issue features an extensive look back at his career -- including his defining Dirty Mind album, his iconic Purple Rain style and his many female muses. Billboard also includes some of Prince’s quirkiest stories and quotes, plus reactions from his former flame Sheila E., comedian Tracy Morgan and producer Jimmy Jam. Tracy recounts how Prince’s song "Condition of the Heart" helped him cope with his father’s death and he credits…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Teaming Up with Tove Lo at 2016 Billboard Music Awards; Demi Lovato Also Joins Bill

Nick Jonas will hit the stage with a special guest at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Nick will team up with Tove Lo for a performance of his new single, "Close."  In addition, Demi Lovato -- Nick's current touring partner -- will deliver a rendition of her hit, "Cool for the Summer." The bill for the show also includes Justin Bieber, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Shawn Mendes and Pink. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22. The Weeknd is this year's leading nominee,…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo’s Florida Mansion Still Up for Grabs; Singer Prepares for Wax Figure Debut

While Jason Derulo enjoys his California mansion -- complete with a bar in the bathroom -- he’s still trying to sell his Florida estate. Curbed Miami reports the singer recently relisted the Coconut Creek pad for $2.25 million, down from his initial listing of $2.9 million. It’s unclear if this house also comes with cocktail accoutrements in any of its nine bathrooms, but it does boast seven bedrooms, a waterfall by the pool and a fitness center. The Miami native bought the home for $1.75 million in 2012. Meanwhile, Jason is soon to become a wax figure at Madame Tussauds…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Miley Cyrus Planning a Summer Wedding?

Are Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth planning to tie the knot or aren't they? Sources tell Us Weekly magazine that the 23-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer "wants a summer wedding," and her mother, Tish, is helping her plan the vows. Another insider seems to support that claim, noting Cyrus and the Hunger Games actor, 26, "live together and are very serious," adding, "It's possible they'll just run off to Vegas and tie the knot!" However, despite the fact that Miley has been spotted wearing the ring from the couple's previous engagement, Hemsworth told TV Week Australia earlier this month, "I am not…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Find Out Why Adam Levine Won’t Be Pulling a Beyonce Any Time Soon

In between his coaching gig on The Voice and prepping for impending fatherhood, Adam Levine hints he’s working on some new music with Maroon 5. The singer tells Entertainment Tonight the band might be releasing a fresh tune in the near future. "Not an album right now, but maybe a song,” he says. “Gotta keep the kids interested. We have something going on right now. Soon, it's coming...It's on the way. It's in the incubator." But while he’s a fan of Beyonce’s deeply personal approach to songwriting -- showcased on her much-discussed new album, Lemonade -- don’t expect his new…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR