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2016-07-22

Madonna, Bieber, Taylor & Coldplay Among Top-Grossing Tours So Far This Year

Madonna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Taylor Swift are among the top-grossing world tours of the first half of 2016, according to Billboard. Based on box office figures from November 10, 2015, through June 6, 2016, rock legend Bruce Springsteen's most recent tour ranks #1 on the list, with receipts of more than $135 million.  Madonna's Rebel Heart tour came in second with $124 million dollars gross.  Beyonce's Formation tour came in third, raking in just under $97 million bucks, while Coldplay's Head Full of Dreams tour, which saw them play stadiums in the U.S. for the first time, was forth,…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora Named New Host of "America's Next Top Model"

Rita Ora has been tapped to host the revived version of America's Next Top Model. She spoke about her new role on the VH1 competition with USA Today, which broke the news. “The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” Ora says. Ora steps in for Tyra Banks, who remains as executive producer.…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Collision Course" : Jessie J "Bang Bangs" into Theaters with "Ice Age" Film Acting Debut

Jessie J's been offered a lot of acting opportunities, but she's making her film acting debut in the new animated movie Ice Age: Collision Course, in theaters today. Jessie provides the voice for Brooke, a female sloth, and says the experience couldn't have been better. "Voice stuff and animation is one of my dreams," she tells ABC Radio. "So I felt like I could really focus on making it great. And I love Ice Age. I was so happy when I was asked. It didn’t feel like working when I did it. It was just really fun." In the movie,…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Andra Day Joins 1990s Legend on "Greatest Hits"

Andra Day, Alessia Cara and country group Little Big Town joined '90s superstars Boyz II Men, En Vogue, Seal, Bonnie Raitt and Montell Jordan to explore the years 1990-1995 on Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s musical tribute show Greatest Hits. Day teamed up with legendary blues singer and “bad chick” Bonnie Raitt for a duet of Bonnie’s 1994 hit, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You.” Next, the pair, who first met at this year’s Grammy Awards back in February, joined forces for a powerful version of Andra’s “Rise Up.” “Here” singer Alessia Cara put her stamp on U2’s “One,” a 1991…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Colbie Caillat Strikes "Gold" with New Single

Judging by her new single "Goldmine," Colbie Caillat is in a romantic mood. The singer, who got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Justin Young in May of 2015, released the breezy track late Thursday.  The lyrics equate love with material wealth, as Colbie sings, "Feels like/we're sittin' on top of a goldmine/flame so bright that it won't die/In a billion years I'll still be here/'Cause our love is a goldmine." "Goldmine" is the first single from Colbie's album The Malibu Sessions, which is due October 7. She'll launch an acoustic tour in October with support from Justin, as well as…

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Releases Collaboration with Major Lazer, "Cold Water"

As Justin Bieber promised, his collaboration with Major Lazer, "Cold Water," arrived late Thursday. In the electronic-pop single, Justin vows, “If you feel you’re sinking, I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you.” He also declares he'll be patient and "won't let go." Justin had hyped "Cold Water" during the week on social media, posting countdowns and sharing lyrics from the song as well as videos of himself in water. You can download "Cold Water" now on the usual digital outlets. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/07/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-07-21

One Direction’s Liam Payne Signs Solo Deal with Capitol Records

Liam Payne is the latest One Direction member to strike out on his own. The singer has signed a solo record deal with Capitol Records U.K. He announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Happy to have signed to Capitol. They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps.” Liam adds, “One Direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings.”No word on what his solo deal will actually mean for the future of the band. Last year, Zayn Malik left the group to pursue a…

posted 2016/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Recalls Writing "Can't Stop the Feeling!": "It Just Makes People Happy"

He's starring in the animated movie Trolls, but Justin Timberlake is also the executive producer of the film's soundtrack. The first single, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" is a massive hit, and according to the director, that's because Justin specifically announced his intention to write one. "It was his idea to make his song a hit song," Trolls co-director Mike Mitchell tells ABC Radio about "Can't Stop the Feeling!"  "We didn't ask for that. That was just something [he offered].  He was like, 'And you know what? I'll make it a hit! How's that?'  And we're like, 'Great! Thank you!'" But…

posted 2016/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Says Demi "Likes Drama," Wants Him to "Tell Me Everything" About His Love Life

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato aren't just tour mates; they're best buds who are always there for each other.  Case in point: Demi's the one with whom Nick shares all his romantic drama. "I'm in a bizarre time in my life where I'm single, but that has been tricky," Nick tells Billboard for the publication's newest cover story. "And she likes drama, so I'm able to talk about my dating s*** without feeling bad." "I'm like, 'Soooo, what's the ­gossip? Who is it? Tell me everything!'" Demi laughs. When Billboard asks Nick what he means by "tricky," Demi clarifies: "He's…

posted 2016/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Get Sia’s Signature Look with New Snapchat Filter

How do you know when you’ve really made it? When you get your own Snapchat filter, of course. Today, Sia received that honor. If you go on the Snapchat app, you can now see how you’d look with the singer’s signature black-and-white face-covering wig. It also gives you red lipstick. As you try out the new look, her latest hit, “Cheap Thrills,” plays in the background. Use it while you can, though. Snapchat rotates its filters every day, so this one might be gone by tomorrow. Sia’s performing live from New York's Central Park tomorrow as part of  ABC's Good…

posted 2016/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How Justin Timberlake Ended Up in Woody Allen's Next Film

Justin Timberlake has been in quite a number of movies in the past few years, but now he's been handed an opportunity to really beef up his resume: he got a part in an upcoming Woody Allen film.  How'd that happen?  Sort of by accident, according to the iconic director. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Allen told reporters during a press tour for his currrent film, Cafe Society, that he didn't know that Justin was a musician, but he noticed him randomly one day.   "I had seen Justin Timberlake in the Facebook movie [The Social Network] in just a…

posted 2016/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Says She's "Too Afraid or Lazy" to Dance Herself

Sia's videos and live performances always feature elaborately choreographed dance routines, but it's never Sia herself who's doing the dancing.  Why not? The woman who released the album 1,000 Forms of Fear admits she's just too scared to try. Sia tells The New York Times that she was "expelled from ballet at age five for disrupting the class."  While she does have a love of dancing, she insists it's not for her -- at least when it comes to actual choreographed routines.  "I have always been the first on the dance floor, but I’m not teachable. I couldn’t learn ‘five,…

posted 2016/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR