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Gwen Stefani Hadn’t Heard of Blake Shelton Before "The Voice"

Had it not been for The Voice, Gwen Stefani might never have known who Blake Shelton was, let alone started dated him. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Gwen admits she had never heard of the country singer prior to her stint on the NBC singing competition show. “I didn’t even know who he was before the show,” she says. “I’m an O.C. girl, how would I know?" Gwen has since learned that even though Blake's a country artist, his musical knowledge extends way beyond that genre. "He knows every single ‘80s song," she says. "He literally is a human…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A&E's "Shining a Light" Concert Special Featuring Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Pink & More Airs Tonight

The A&E special Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, featuring performances by Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Pink and a variety of other music stars, airs tonight, at 8 p.m. ET.  The two-hour show, which aims to promote unity and progress in the wake of tragedies like the racially motivated shooting this past June at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, was taped on Thursday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. According to Rolling Stone, John and Pink sang a duet of the Donny Hathaway ballad "Someday We'll All Be Free,” while Ed performed a…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tori Kelly Receiving the Breakthrough Award at "Billboard's" Women in Music Event

Tori Kelly will be the proud recipient of Billboard’s Breakthrough award at the 2015 Women in Music event next month. The singer will also be performing at the December 11 ceremony in New York. “Tori Kelly has had a very hot 2015 with a strong debut album solidifying her place in pop,” says Janice Min, the co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which oversees Billboard. “From YouTube videos to live performances, she’s gone from virtual unknown to the top of the A list in the blink of an eye, the true definition of a ‘breakthrough.’” Tori’s…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch Cheerful Video for Band of Merrymakers' "Snow Snow Snow"

If you’re not feeling the holiday cheer yet, allow Band of Merrymakers to help. The pop supergroup  -- including Natasha Bedingfield, Owl City and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath -- has released the video for their festive song “Snow Snow Snow.” The clip, which premiered on Entertainment Weekly, is complete with various snowy set pieces, ugly Christmas sweaters and a guest appearance from actor Andrew Keegan. Band of Merrymakers, which also features Christina Perri and Jason Wade of Lifehouse, released the Christmas album Welcome to Our Christmas Party last month. For each album sold, a donation will be made to MusiCares,…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

American Music Award Nominees Are "Dumbfounded," "Surprised" and "Thrilled" About Their Nods at Sunday Night's Show

The American Music Awards will air this Sunday night on ABC, and Taylor Swift is the leading nominee, with six nods including Artist of the Year. But many of this year's nominees aren't even American, so they're getting a big kick out of the fact that they're being honored by this particular awards show. Tove Lo, who's Swedish, is up for Best New Artist Sunday night, and she tells ABC Radio that when she found out, she was "very surprised and excited...I was like, really, is that true?"  She adds, "It meant a lot to me because it's a...very unreal…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele's "25" Arrives Today, but Will She Be the Two Million Album Woman?

The most-anticipated album of the year, Adele's 25, arrives today.  It goes without saying that the album -- which features songwriting contributions from Bruno Mars, Max Martin and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder -- will be super-successful. But just how big will it be? Big enough to break a sales record that's stood for 15 years -- that's how big. The first record that Adele almost certainly will break is the one Britney Spears currently holds: most albums sold by a female artist in a debut week.  Britney's album Oops!...I Did It Again sold 1.32 million copies in a week back in…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber and Jimmy Fallon Share Secret Handshake on "The Tonight Show"

Apparently, Justin Bieber and Jimmy Fallon have become good buddies, and they even have a secret handshake to prove it. In a pre-taped segment on Thursday's Tonight Show, the two demonstrated how they greet each other with an elaborate secret handshake. The greeting, which went on for about a minute-and-a-half, consisted of a series of hand claps, fist bumps, hugs and nonsensical phrases. It's the second time this week the 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer has appeared on The Tonight Show. He was Fallon's musical guest on Tuesday and also took part in a segment called, "The Tonight Show…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Talks Turkey, Time Off, and Performs on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kimmel devoted most of the show to One Direction, who kicked off the show by welcoming their fifth member: an ordinary potato that Jimmy made an instant celebrity, thanks to the guys putting him on One Direction's social media feeds.  Within minutes, the potato's Instagram had skyrocketed to more than 80 thousand followers, tens of thousands of likes across various platforms, and had been friended by tens of thousands of people. Afterwards, the guys -- and their celebrity spud -- sat down for an interview with Jimmy in which they talked about their plans for Thanksgiving, and…

posted 2015/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Demi Lovato Joining Alanis Morissette to Sing “You Oughta Know” at AMAs

We already knew Demi Lovato would be performing at the American Music Awards this Sunday, but now we know she’ll be taking the stage for a special collaboration. Demi will be joining Alanis Morissette to sing a rendition of Alanis’ 1995 hit “You Oughta Know.” The performance marks Alanis’ first time rocking the AMAs, though she’s a two-time AMA winner. Her iconic album Jagged Little Pill celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Demi and Alanis are among the already-crowded lineup of performers set to entertain at the ceremony. Previously announced performers include Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, 5 Seconds…

posted 2015/11/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Andy Grammer Goes on a Joyride in Video for "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)"

Andy Grammer has released the video for his feel-good anthem “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah).” In the clip, which premiered on the Glamour website, he plays a fun-loving valet who goes on a joyride in a rich man’s orange convertible. He’s joined by some fellow valets in an abandoned parking lot and there he shows off some of his dancing skills, no doubt enhanced by his recent stint on Dancing with the Stars.   “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)” is featured on the new deluxe version of Andy’s album Magazines or Novels, which comes out tomorrow. Copyright © 2015, ABC…

posted 2015/11/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A Great Big World to Give Songwriting Lesson on "Live! with Kelly and Michael"

A Great Big World will be giving us a glimpse of their songwriting process on Friday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael. The duo, Ian Axel and Chad King, will be teaching hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan how to construct a song from concept to finished product. Their appearance closes out “We Said Whaaat?” week on the show, which had Kelly and Michael “putting their money where their mouth is” and taking on experiences that they’ve talked about on the show. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015/11/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift and Alessia Cara Talk Songwriting

It’s no secret Taylor Swift is a huge fan of Alessia Cara -- and vice versa. In part two of their sit-down, posted on Yahoo, Taylor finds out more about Alessia's songwriting process and the making of her debut album. After being discovered on YouTube, Alessia reveals she made most of her album, Know-It-All, before she was even signed to a label.  “I’d just sneak off after school, go to this studio in Toronto downtown and just make these songs,” she says. “And I didn’t even know that I was making my album at the time, which is kind of…

posted 2015/11/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR