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Report: Fifth Harmony Moving Ahead with New Album as a Quartet

Fifth Harmony may have lost Camila Cabello last year, but the group is "Miss Movin' On" without her. Billboard reports that the group has resigned with their record label, Epic, and plans to go ahead with a third full-length album. An insider tells Billboard, "They’re in a position to have more creative involvement and really direct where they want their music to go. They're a huge name on the Epic roster so it makes sense to keep them there and work on another hit album." Music business attorney Debra White, who doesn't work with Fifth Harmony but who negotiates similar…

posted 2017/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Talks New Music, "Gap Year" and "Game of Thrones"

After dropping two new singles -- "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape Of You" -- early Friday morning, Ed Sheeran guest-hosted the BBC Radio 1 morning show Friday.  On the show, he revealed that one of the new songs, "Shape of You," wasn't intended for him at all: it was meant for Rihanna. Ed said he'd gone into the studio with his collaborators to "write songs for other people."  "We were writing this song and I was l like, 'This would really work for Rihanna,'” Ed recalled. "And then I started singing lyrics like 'putting Van the Man on the…

posted 2017/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fifth Harmony Posts First Photo as a Foursome

Fifth Harmony has made it Twitter-official, they're a foursome.  On Thursday the group posted to Twitter the first picture of themselves as a quartet following last month's departure of Camila Cabello to start a solo career."Twenty Seventeen," the group caption the picture which shows Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui posing together in coordinated red outfits against a red backdrop.“We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors,” the group said in a message last month after news of Camila's departure.As previously reported, according to published reports, Camila's…

posted 2017/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alessia Cara's "Moana" Song Up for a Golden Globe Sunday Night: "I Definitely Resonated With" It

The good news: a song Alessia Cara recorded is up for a Golden Globe this Sunday night!  The bad news: if it wins, she won't get the trophy because she didn't write it.  But according to Alessia, she might as well have written it, because it's pretty much the story of her life. The song "How Far I'll Go," from the hit Disney animated film Moana, was written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.  The song's about the journey of Moana, a young Polynesian princess who strikes out on her own to save her people.  Alessia explains why that theme is…

posted 2017/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

$10 Million Copyright Case Against Justin Bieber & Usher Is Tossed

Justin Bieber and his mentor Usher are off the hook in a plagiarism lawsuit. The Wrap reports that a federal judge in Virginia on Thursday dismissed a copyright infringement suit against the pair over the song "Somebody to Love" from Justin's 2010 album My World 2.0. The suit was dismissed "with prejudice" meaning that it can't be re-filed.  The case was first filed in 2013 by Devin Copeland and Mareio Oberton who claimed that they wrote "Somebody to Love" in 2008 and that Usher and Bieber lifted parts of the song after Usher had expressed an interest in working with…

posted 2017/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Releases Two New Singles, "Shape of You" & "Castle on the Hill"

As promised, Ed Sheeran returned with new music at the stroke of midnight Eastern time Friday, with not one but two new songs. "Cause I’ve been away for a bit here’s two singles rather than one - Castle On The Hill & Shape Of You," he tweeted. The dancey, marimba-tone driven "Shape of You" details a boozy search for love.  "A club isn't the best place to find a love so the bar is where I go," sings Ed. "I'm in love with the shape of you," he tells the girl he meets."Castle on the Hill," is an uptempo nostalgic…

posted 2017/01/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Adele Says "Hello" to Latest Sales Milestone

When it comes to actual album sales -- as opposed to streaming --  Adele's the queen. According to Nielsen Music, the singer’s latest album, 25, was officially the top-selling album of 2016, with 1.73 million physical and digital albums sold.The album took the top spot last year, too, with a whopping 7.44 million copies sold. Her previous disc 21, was also the top-selling album two years in a row: 2012 and 2011. That makes Adele the only artist to achieve that feat four times since Nielsen Music’s first full year of tracking in 1992. But when you add in streaming, Adele's…

posted 2017/01/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Kiss" It Better with Rihanna's Latest Fragrance

If you're already searching for a gift for that special someone -- or yourself -- for Valentine's Day, Rihanna's got you covered...with a kiss.  The singer's has unveiled her newest fragrance, Kiss, which is the third perfume in her RiRi fragrance collection.   The perfume features a white floral smell with notes of juicy plum, freesia and orange blossom, among a few others.   Contained in a powder-blue-tinted bottle with a golden cap, which Rihanna designed herself, the fragrance is described as "flirtatious, feminine and lighthearted."   Kiss by Rihanna will be available to purchase via Macy's, Macys.com and other stores in January, ranging…

posted 2017/01/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellen and Pharrell Discuss Kim Burrell Controversy on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Pharrell Williams stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to both promote his new film, Hidden Figures, and perform.   During the show, the celebrated artist also sat down with DeGeneres to talk about the controversy over Kim Burrell's anti-gay statements made during a church sermon last week.   Ellen introduced the topic, explaining her reason for cancelling Burell's appearance on Thursday's show. Kim was supposed to perform the song "I See a Victory" with Pharrell.   "You were supposed to do a different song, and you were supposed to perform it with a singer...I actually didn't know her. Her name is Kim Burrell and she made a statement,"…

posted 2017/01/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey's Ex-Husband, Record Exec Tommy Mottola, Says Carey Needs "More Seasoned" Team, Slams Reality Show

Tommy Mottola, the record executive who signed Mariah Carey to Columbia in the late '80s and married her in 1993, says Mariah needs “more seasoned and respected professionals” to steer her career following her New Year's Rockin' Eve performance debacle. In a letter sent to the New York Post's Page Six, the former Sony Music chief calls Mariah "arguably the greatest pop voice to come along in the last three decades," but says, “My only advice is that she should hire more seasoned and respected professionals to surround her and help her with her career!" Although he dismisses the technical…

posted 2017/01/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Seemingly Confirms "Divisive" New Album Title

He started with + (Plus) and moved on to X (Multiply), so it's no wonder that Ed Sheeran has now seemingly confirmed that his new album is called ÷ (Divide). Ed tweeted the mathematical sign for division on Thursday, one day before he's due to release new music. It's not clear if Ed's new release will be a new song, or an entire album. He's so far tweeted two lyrical fragments, but it's not clear if they're from the same song or different ones. One lyric is "The club isn't the best place to find a lover," while the other…

posted 2017/01/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

James Bay Ready for New Music: "The Juices Have Been Flowing"

James Bay has spent the past two years on tour -- his final dates were last month -- and now he's taking a break to work on his eagerly awaited sophomore album, the follow-up to his Grammy nominated debut Chaos and the Calm.  James says he's only just begun the process, but he's pretty happy with what he's done so far. "I've rolled my sleeves up and I've started work," he told ABC Radio recently. "I'm gonna go get a lot more private, and really get into songs. I'm excited: The juices have been flowing." Chaos and the Calm, which…

posted 2017/01/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR