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Janet Jackson Taps Designer Giuseppe Zanotti for Unbreakable World Tour

In fewer than three weeks, Janet Jackson will kick off her highly-anticipated Unbreakable World Tour, and it looks like she'll do so with high-fashion footwear. According to Women's Wear Daily, Jackson has paired up with "close friend" and shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti, who's designed a multicolored, high-top sneake, featuring a custom buckle. Zanotti told the magazine of his collaboration with Jackson, "I have always felt the greatest affection for her. She has always been a very loyal supporter of the brand and product. She talked to me about her upcoming Unbreakable World Tour when we were together in Milan earlier this…

posted 2015/08/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Reacts to "Drag Me Down" Success; Zayn Wants to Work with Tyler, the Creator

One Direction's first post-Zayn Malik single, "Drag Me Down," has become the highest debut of the year on the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold more in its debut week than any of the group's prior singles.  No wonder 1D is thrilled. "When we dropped the single we knew we had a good song, but we didn’t expect such a huge reaction," Niall Horan tells Billboard. "We definitely didn’t think it would become the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year!"  He adds, "Again, we need to thank our amazing fans around the world for their constant, unconditional…

posted 2015/08/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alicia Keys Reveals How She Learned to Love Herself

Alicia Keys has finally overcome her self-esteem issues. Despite her many accomplishments and success, the singer opens up in a lengthy blog post for her official website, in which she recalls hiding her identity, dressing as a tomboy and dealing with gay rumors early in her career. The singer reveals that she started "hiding" in school and later as a teenager. "I definitely started hiding when I got old enough to walk down my NY streets alone. I started to notice a drastic difference in how men would relate to me if I had on jeans, or if I had…

posted 2015/08/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

OMI to Perform on "America's Got Talent" Wednesday

The contestants on America's Got Talent have found themselves a cheerleader. OMI will perform his #1 hit "Cheerleader" on the NBC reality competition show this Wednesday, August 12, from New York's Radio City Music Hall.  Even though it was just toppled from the #1 spot on the Billboard chart by The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face," the song is still one of the songs of the summer and has scored 330 million YouTube views.  The Jamaican singer is working on his debut album, due later this year. Season-nine AGT winner Mat Franco will also perform on the results show. …

posted 2015/08/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Cancels the Rest of Her Tour, Schedules Vocal Cord Surgery

Vocal cord problems derailed the first part of Meghan Trainor's M Train tour, and now it's caused her to scrap the entire trek. Meghan writes on Instagram, "To all my fans -- I was being careful and taking precautions, but I have hemorrhaged my vocal cord again. I got bronchitis & have been coughing a lot & that pushed it over the edge. Sadly, I will need to cancel the remainder of my tour and get surgery to finally fix this once and for all." She adds, "I am devastated, scared, and so sorry. I LOVE touring and seeing your…

posted 2015/08/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Major Lazer's "Lean On" Hits the Top Five; Diplo Says, "Reaching This Many People Is Crazy"

While producer and deejay Diplo has worked with everyone from Beyonce, Britney Spears and Madonna, to Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Usher, he's never, until this year, scored a big hit with one of his own projects.  Now he's got two. Following the top 10 success of "Where Are Ü Now," which Diplo recorded with Skrillex as the duo Jack Ü, he's now reached the top five with "Lean On," by his other group, Major Lazer.  The song, featuring DJ Snake and Danish singer MO, is the group's first top five hit, even though they've technically been around since 2009. …

posted 2015/08/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Train & Ellie Goulding to Play NFL Kickoff Concert in San Francisco

As a San Francisco band who are also football fans, Train was an obvious choice to perform at NBC's annual NFL Kickoff Concert, which will take place in San Francisco on September 10. Also performing at the free concert: Ellie Goulding. Both acts' performances will be featured during an hour-long pre-game show, which will air on NBC and the NFL Network at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The concert is part of the NFL's year-long "On the Fifty" campaign, counting down to Super Bowl 50, which will take place in San Francisco. The concert and pre-game show lead into the NFL season…

posted 2015/08/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Reveals Which Classic Songs She'll Perform on Tour, but Says, "I'm Not a Greatest Hits Kinda Girl"

Madonna fans know that she's all about looking forward, not back, and she's not into playing her greatest hits live just because fans want to hear them.  However, she does reveal in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly that a number of her all-time classics will get an airing during her Rebel Heart tour, kicking off next month. Speaking to EW guest editor Andy Cohen, Madonna reveals that while she's most exciting about performing songs from Rebel Heart because they're "fresh," she will be singing "Dress You Up," "Who's That Girl," "Vogue" and "Holiday."  She also has a goal for…

posted 2015/08/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo Duets with Luke Bryan on "Want to Want Me" Using Karaoke App

Jason Derulo collaborated with country stars Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line on the remix of FGL's song "This Is How We Roll."  Now, he and Luke are back together, duetting on Jason's hit "Want to Want Me." The two artists used the Sing! Karaoke app to perform the song together, and Luke does a really good job of hitting those high notes. A video of the duet is posted on USA Today's website. Luke isn't the only country star Jason has collaborated with recently.  Keith Urban also appears on a song called "Broke" on Jason's latest album, Everything is…

posted 2015/08/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd "Faces" His First #1 on the Hot 100; One Direction's Chart Debut Not a "Drag"

The Weeknd may not be able to feel his face, but he can feel the love on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The Canadian R&B singer has reached #1 with his latest hit, "Can't Feel My Face."  It's his first chart topper after three previous top 10s: "Love Me Harder" with Ariana Grande, "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey, and "The Hills."  "Face" and "Hills" are both from The Weeknd's upcoming album Beauty Behind the Madness, which arrives August 28. Meanwhile, One Direction's first post-Zayn Malik single, "Drag Me Down," enters the Hot 100 chart at #3: the…

posted 2015/08/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Wishes Snoopy a Happy Birthday

Meghan Trainor has recorded a new song for the upcoming animated Peanuts movie, so it's no wonder that she took to Instagram today, August 10, to wish Snoopy a happy birthday. According to a Peanuts comic strip from 1968, Snoopy's birthday is August 10.  Since the world's most famous beagle made his debut in 1950, today would be his 65th birthday. In her Instagram video, Meghan sings "Happy Birthday" to Snoopy, and then signs off by saying, "I love ya!" Meghan wrote a song called "Better When I'm Dancin'" for the movie, which arrives November 6, and the animators even…

posted 2015/08/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Ed Sheeran Dating Nicole Scherzinger?

Is Ed Sheeran "Thinkin' Out Loud" about ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger?  The British tabloid The Sun claims the two are dating. A "friend" said of the two singers, "They were showbiz friends who saw each other on the scene. She was drawn to him over the last few months through his music. When she split from Lewis, she was heartbroken but ended up playing Ed’s songs on a loop.” "Lewis" is race car driver Lewis Hamilton, from whom Nicole split in February after seven years.  He's now allegedly dating Rihanna.  Ed split from his girlfriend Athina around the same time.…

posted 2015/08/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR