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2017-08-04

“Despacito” surpasses “See You Again” as most-viewed video on YouTube

People aren’t just listening to “Despacito” non-stop -- they’re watching the music video quite a lot, too. According to Billboard, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee track is now the top-viewed video on YouTube. It surpasses Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again.” The “Despacito” video now has more than 2.994 billion views, while “See You Again” is just slightly behind, with around 2.993 billion. The video, funny enough, doesn’t even include Justin Bieber. It features the original track, not the Bieber remix. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch now: Ed Sheeran goes to Ghana in joyful “Bibia Be Ye Ye” video

Ed Sheeran has released a joyful new video for his song, “Bibia Be Ye Ye.” The video is a love letter to the African country of Ghana. It includes shots of smiling and dancing locals, and colorful street scenes, and ends with a shot of Ed standing in front of the ocean. “Since it's summer I wanted to put out a video for Bibia Be Ye Ye that was made by a fantastic director called [Gyo Gyimah] and all filmed in Ghana,” Ed writes on his Instagram page. He adds, “I visited Ghana last year to make music with [Fuse…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Smell of success: Shawn Mendes launches debut unisex fragrance

There’s nothing holding him back. Shawn Mendes is stepping into the world of fragrances with his debut scent, Shawn Mendes Signature, out today. “For me personally, I have smelled some women’s perfume and said, ‘I would wear that,'” the singer tells PeopleStyle. “I’m sure a lot of women will smell my cologne and be like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome. I would wear that too.’ I’ve always thought of it as [just] this is something that smells good.” Shawn says the scent, designed to be worn by both men and women, was ultimately based on a cream he purchased in Brazil that…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

OneRepublic, joined by Chris Cornell's daughter, delivers moving tribute to Cornell and Chester Bennington

OneRepublic delivered a moving tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell on Friday’s Good Morning America. Joined by Cornell’s 12-year-old daughter, Toni, the band performed a stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in New York City’s Central Park. “’Hallelujah,’ of all the song in the world, is the not a song you want to mess up, and then on top of that, I was stressed for Toni,” OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder tells ABC Radio. “I was thinking wait a minute, I’m nervous about this just because my voice is tired. I’ve done this a billion times a billion.…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Andy Grammer strips down “Give Love” in new video

Fresh off becoming a first-time dad, Andy Grammer has released an acoustic performance of his new single “Give Love.” Billboard premiered the video, which features Andy singing a live, stripped down version of the song at Cherry Studios in Los Angeles. He strums his guitar and is backed only by drums and a cello. "I think people need a song like this when it's done right, and sometimes it's hard to capture it in a way that we can all rock out to," Andy tells Billboard. "Writing a positive, uplifting song about giving love is tough to get right, and I…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

James Arthur explores a different side of love in “Can I Be Him”

Lots of people are getting married to James Arthur’s hit ballad “Say You Won’t Let Go,” but his latest single is more of a wistful take on romance. The song, “Can I Be Him,” explores an unrequited love. The British singer, who performed the tune on Good Morning America Thursday, explains the track's inspiration. “I think a lot of us have those insecurities and wonder whether we can find that special somebody and maybe we’re doubting ourselves, maybe we lack confidence,” he tells ABC Radio. “And I just wanted to write something from my imagination that’s not necessarily about anybody.”…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"I don't have to give them anything else for the rest of my life," says The Weeknd to the world

The cover of Harper's Bazaar's 150th anniversary issue features The Weeknd in the middle of a sexy supermodel sandwich with Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk, but don't expect the "Earned It" singer to spill any intimate details about his relationship with Selena Gomez. "Luckily, the only thing the world demands of me is music. I don't have to give them anything else for the rest of my life," he explains.  As for fans hoping to get more insight into the the Grammy winner's real life versus artistic personas, The Weeknd says he's "not in a rush to let people know everything…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde, Muse sets cut short as weather forces Lollapalooza evacuation

Lollapalooza's first day did not go according to plan as the even in Chicago's Grant Park was evacuated just after 9 p.m. Thursday night because of severe weather, ABC affiliate WLS-TV reports. Performances by the night's headliners Lorde and Muse were cut short. "We are disappointed to have to end today's performances early, however our first priority is the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Sandee Fenton, director of publicity for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza. After the cancellation Lorde took to Twitter to express her disappointment. "this is the most MELODRAMA s*** ever," she wrote. She…

posted 2017/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-08-03

Kesha releases new song "Hymn," an anthem for outcasts

Kesha has released yet another song from her upcoming album, Rainbow. This one is called “Hymn.” The song is an anthem for anyone who’s ever felt like a misfit. Kesha further explains its meaning in an essay for Mic.com. “I think that one of the reasons why my music connects with people who feel like they don’t fit in is because I have never fit in either -- this is why the song ‘Hymn’ is so special to me,” she writes. “The longer title was ‘Hymn for the Hymnless.’ And when I say ‘hymnless,’ I’m talking about people who feel…

posted 2017/08/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde travels the world in "Perfect Places" video

Lorde has premiered the video for her song "Perfect Places," the closing track on her sophomore album, Melodrama. The far-traveling clip, streaming now on YouTube, finds the New Zealand singer in a variety of exotic locals as she searches for, you guessed it, "perfect places." "A drink, a drumbeat, a paradise, a prison...a far-off island of the mind...let's go to PERFECT PLACES," Lorde tweets of the video. Lorde will hit a number of music festivals this summer, including tonight at Lollapalooza. She'll embark on a North American headlining tour in support of Melodrama next spring. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio.…

posted 2017/08/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fall Out Boy delays release of new album "Mania" until January 2018

Here's some disappointing news from the Fall Out Boy camp: The release of the band's forthcoming album, Mania, originally scheduled for September 15, has been pushed all the way back to January 19, 2018. Vocalist Patrick Stump revealed the news in a note posted to Twitter. "We had some long talks and a lot to weigh about it all and collectively thought that was best," he writes. "The album just really isn't ready, and it felt very rushed," Stump continues. "I'm never going to put a record out I genuinely don't believe is at least as strong or valid as…

posted 2017/08/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen to help kick off "American Idol" East Coast auditions at Disney World

East Coast auditions for ABC’s American Idol reboot are kicking off at Disney World. The American Idol bus is making its first stop in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Thursday, August 17. Past Idol winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will be on hand to greet participants. When the bus leaves at the end of the day, aspiring singers will still have a shot to audition via the American Idol pop-up audition kiosk, which will be set up at Disney Springs from Friday, August 18 through Friday, September 15. The West Coast…

posted 2017/08/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR