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2017-08-08

I See Fire: Is Ed Sheeran's "Game of Thrones" character dead?

(SPOILER ALERT) After Ed Sheeran made a cameo in the season premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones, some show fans were so upset, they said they wanted his character to die a horrible death, as so many characters have in the past six seasons.  Well, turns out Ed's character may, in fact, have met just such a fate this past weekend.  Just go with us here for a minute. Sunday's episode, "The Spoils of War," featured a massive battle sequence in which Drogon, one of Daenerys' three dragons, attacks the Lannister army and roasts them alive with his mad fire-breathing…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J partners with M&M’s to give fans sweet preview of her new song

Jessie J is offering fans a sweet taste of her new music. The singer is partnering with M&M’s to give fans the opportunity to create their own beat and get an exclusive preview of her new song, “Real Deal.” By visiting BiteSizeBeats.com, you can mix and match a combination of instruments to create a musical beat. Once you hit the correct combo, Jessie’s song will be unlocked. In addition to the interactive beatbox feature, Jessie’s new song will also be featured in the brand’s new TV commercial, airing this week. The full version of the song will officially be released…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" who? Fox to launch new singing competition, "The Four"

Fox clearly isn't taking its loss of American Idol to ABC lying down: the network is launching a brand-new singing competition. The show, called The Four, starts with four finalists who've been chosen by the show's yet-to-be-named panel of music industry experts.  Each singer will then defend his or her spot by trying to out-perform new contestants who want to replace them.  If they fail, they go home, and the challenger takes their place. The interactive part of the competition comes with the challengers: they'll be made up of viewers who think they're better than the finalists.  They'll submit audition…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Julia Michaels remembers co-writing "Heavy" with late Linkin Park frontman

Julia Michaels co-wrote Linkin Park's most recent hit, "Heavy" with the band's late frontman, Chester Bennington.  She says in light of Bennington's suicide last month, she finds it difficult to listen to the track now. "I've listened to Linkin Park for years,” Julia tells Billboard. "When I was growing up, my brother was such a huge fan of theirs, so it was always around in my house." Julia co-wrote "Heavy" with her writing partner Justin Tranter, Bennington, LP vocalist and producer Mike Shinoda and LP guitarist Brad Delson.  The track was a deeply personal one for Chester, who wanted to…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Miley Cyrus album "Younger Now" coming September 29

Following the release of her songs "Malibu" and "Inspired," Miley Cyrus has now announced a brand-new album.  A post on her website states the album title as Younger Now, with a release date of September 29. The album, Miley's sixth, will be the official follow-up to her 2013 disc, Bangerz.  Her 2015 experimental album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz was a collaboration with The Flaming Lips that arrived as a free download. The title of MIley's new album may be a reference to a classic Bob Dylan song called "My Back Pages," in which the rock legend sings, "I…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift jury questionnaire asks potential jurors if they're fans of hers

Potential jurors in the civil trial involving a radio deejay and Taylor Swift have been asked to describe the depth of their Taylor fandom...or whether or not they are fans at all. The deejay, David Mueller, has sued Taylor, saying her accusation that he groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013 is false and caused him to lose his job.  He is seeking unspecified damages.  Taylor has countersued, claiming assault and battery for "offensive and harmful physical contact." She also is seeking unspecified damages, which she has said she will donate to charities that protect women from sexual assault. The…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara's going it alone on her new album

Alessia Cara's debut album, Know-It-All, brought her critical acclaim, global fame and numerous awards.  She's now working on her material for the follow-up, and says she's writing all the songs by herself, because nobody else could possibly understand how her life has changed in the past few years. "Partly why I wanted to do this on my own is because I think this experience is very unique, I feel it has to come from me," Alessia tells ABC Radio.  However, she admits, "It's going to be interesting trying to come up with ways to make what I'm going through relatable,…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fifth Harmony unveils cover of forthcoming album

Fifth Harmony's third studio album, their first as a quartet, is coming August 25, and now we know what it will look like. The group unveiled the trippy, out-of-register cover image of the forthcoming, self-titled set on Twitter on Monday afternoon. We've already heard one song from the new set -- Fifth Harmony's current single "Down," featuring Gucci Mane. The group also was just announced as one of the performers at the MTV Video Music Awards, airing Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m., just days after the arrival of Fifth Harmony, the album. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.…

posted 2017/08/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-08-07

School me baby one more time: Britney using Vegas shows to raise money for education

Britney Spears is donating a piece of her Las Vegas show to help schoolkids in her home state. Through December 31, Britney's donating $1 from every ticket sold to her show Britney: Piece of Me to public schools in Louisiana via the Louisiana School Boards Association.  As of this month, she's already raised $65,000 for the cause. Britney, who hails from Kentwood, Louisiana, says in a statement, "I am so proud to be able to give back to my home state and help the Louisiana School Boards Association. I can’t wait to see all my amazing fans when I return…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Get ready for a chiller, thriller night...in three dimensions. Michael Jackson's iconic 1983 video for "Thriller" has been transferred to 3D, under the eye of the video's director and co-writer, John Landis.  In a statement, Landis says, “I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s Thriller! We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio, bringing it to a whole new level."    He adds, "Even though Thriller was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. …

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele hosts private movie screening for child survivors of Grenfell blaze

Adele did a good thing last week for some child survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. According to images shared by family members on social media, the singer held a private screening of Despicable Me 3 for the kids. One Twitter user, Greg Weir, posted a photo of Adele with four of the kids. He wrote, “The amazing Adele taking our grand kids to the cinema. So much love & effort for the #Grenfell kids - thank you.” Adele has also been raising money for victims of the blaze, which killed at least 80 people back in June.…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink confirms new song, "What About Us," coming Thursday

After teasing fans about the possible release of a new song, Pink has now confirmed that we'll be getting it Thursday. The song is called "What About Us," and it's the first release from what will presumably be the singer's first solo studio project since 2012's The Truth About Love. On Instagram, Pink wrote, "It's the start of us waking up...#WhatAboutUs Out this Thursday 8/10."  An accompanying graphic shows the singer, in black and white, posing with a group of people of different races.  Pink's last major pop hit was 2016's "Just Like Fire," from the Alice Through the Looking…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR