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2015-05-18

Miley Cyrus Covers Paul Simon, the Turtles for Final Backyard Sessions Videos

Miley Cyrus has released the final installments of her Backyard Sessions in support of her Happy Hippie Foundation. Miley, who’s been collaborating with other artists like Ariana Grande and Joan Jett for the mini concert series, decided to take on the last two performances solo. She sang covers of the Turtles' 1967 classic "Happy Together" and Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," which she previously tackled on the SNL 40th Anniversary Special. "The last two weeks have been magical," Miley wrote in the Facebook post accompanying "Happy Together." "But this is just the beginning not the end! I…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Has Top Shazamed Moment of the "Billboard" Music Awards

Ed Sheeran may not have taken home any trophies at Sunday's 2015 Billboard Music Awards, but his performance of “Bloodstream” was the most Shazamed moment of the night. Ed took the stage Sunday night with just his guitar and a looping machine, but the rousing performance was enough to send people scrambling for their mobile phones to use their Shazam app to identify the song. The second-most Shazamed moment was Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s performance of their hit “See You Again,” off the Furious 7 soundtrack. Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s duet of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” came…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015 "Billboard" Music Awards: The Backstage Scene

Sunday night marked Meghan Trainor's first time at the Billboard Music Awards, and not only did she perform, but she also won two trophies, for her mega-hit "All About that Bass."  The singer/songwriter told ABC Radio backstage that the awards are "everything" to her.  "I remember seeing the song climb the Billboard charts, and all I wanted was to be a songwriter on the Billboard charts.  And the fact that it was up there for so long, and everyone kept relating to the message...that was the goal.  And to be awarded for it is just like, 'Alright, you did something magical…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Announces Solo Tour

Fresh off his performance at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, Nick Jonas has announced dates for a U.S. solo tour.   The trek starts September 6 in Hershey, PA and is currently scheduled to wrap up September 29 in Silver Spring, MD.  Bebe Rexha will be the tour's special guest. Tickets go on sale starting May 22 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.  Following these solo dates, Nick will hit the road in October opening for Kelly Clarkson in Canada.   You may recall that Nick was originally supposed to open for Iggy Azalea, but when she postponed her…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Earns 45th No. 1 Hit on "Billboard's" Dance Club Songs Chart

Madonna has made Billboard chart history. Billboard reports the Queen of Pop earned her 45th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart with her new single, “Ghosttown.” That gives her the most No. 1s of any artist on a single Billboard chart. "Thanks to all my fans on & off the dancefloor," she tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. "I'll (always) be your partner." Her first No. 1 hit on the Dance Club Songs chart was the double-sided single "Holiday"/"Lucky Star," which reached the top in 1983. Her last No. 1 before “Ghosttown” was “Living for Love,” the first…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Janet Jackson Promises New Music and New Tour

Janet Jackson presented her fans with a gift for her 49th birthday early Saturday: the promise of new music and a world tour this year. She tweeted a video just after midnight Eastern time in which she's heard saying, "I promised you'd hear it from my lips and now you will. This year -- new music, new world tour, a new movement. I've been listening. Let's keep the conversation going." Furthermore, Janet wrote in the tweet, "My conversation...#ConversationsInACafe." Could those be the titles of new songs, or a reference to a new album? Only time will tell. Janet's last studio…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Battles Selena Gomez in Star-Studded "Bad Blood" Video

All week long, Taylor Swift teased her video for “Bad Blood” with character posters of its star-studded cast, and Sunday night we finally got to see how she was able to fit all her famous pals into one epic visual. The video, which opened the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, features Taylor as an assassin named “Catastrophe” and Selena Gomez as her backstabbing nemesis, “Arsyn.” When Arsyn betrays her, Catastrophe assembles a team of fierce females to enact revenge. The tough chicks include a bazooka-wielding Ellie Goulding, a knife-swinging Zendaya, and a cigar-smoking Lena Dunham. As she prepares for battle, Taylor…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015 "Billboard" Music Awards Winners List

Here are the winners at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, held in Las Vegas Sunday night: Top Artist Taylor Swift Top Billboard 200 Album Taylor Swift, 1989 Top Male Artist Sam Smith Top Female Artist Taylor Swift Top Hot 100 Song Meghan Trainor, "All About that Bass" Top New Artist Sam Smith Top Duo/Group One Direction Top Billboard 200 Artist Taylor Swift Top Radio Songs Sam Smith Top Touring Artist One Direction Top Social Artist Justin Bieber Top Streaming Artist Iggy Azalea Top R&B Artist Pharrell Top Digital Songs Artist Meghan Trainor Top Rap Artist Iggy Azalea Top Country Artist…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Dominates the 2015 "Billboard" Music Awards with Eight Wins

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards was a Taylor Swift affair. The ceremony opened with her much-anticipated futuristic revenge fantasy video for “Bad Blood,” and the night continued to work in her favor. Taylor nabbed eight awards -- including Top Artist -- and even engaged in some congratulatory PDA with her rumored beau, Calvin Harris. “This is such a good night!” she gushed more than once. Van Halen delivered the first performance of the night, a rocking rendition of “Panama.” Frontman David Lee Roth gave a bizarre flirtatious call-out to Nicki Minaj during the song. “I’m gonna reach down between my…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train's Holiday Release to Be an "Alternative Kind of Christmas Album"

Back in March, Train frontman Pat Monahan revealed that the band was working on its first Christmas album.  Now more details are available about the project, which Monahan calls an "alternative kind of Christmas album." Speaking to Billboard, Monahan says the disc is tentatively titled Christmas in Tahoe, because Lake Tahoe is the favorite winter holiday destination for people from the Bay Area.  Due in November, it'll include three original songs, plus originals that are a bit of a change from the usual holiday classics that have been done to death, such as "Christmas Must Be Tonight" by The Band.…

posted 2015/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-05-17

Ahead of Tonight's BBMAs, Nick Jonas Recalls "Really Special" "Billboard" Moment

Nick Jonas will perform his hit "Jealous" at tonight's Billboard Music Awards, airing at 8 p.m. on ABC, live from Las Vegas.  The show honors songs and albums based on how they've performed on the Billboard charts, and backstage at the MGM Grand before the show, he told ABC Radio about a big Billboard moment for him: when "Jealous" became his first top 10 solo single. "[It was] an incredible moment," says Nick.  "Y'know, watching that song grow over time was really special, 'cause it was one of those that just kinda didn't stop for a while and when it went top 10, I was…

posted 2015/05/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Star-Studded "Billboard" Music Awards Tonight on ABC

The competition is stiff for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, airing tonight on ABC, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Taylor Swift is the leading nominee, with 14 entries in 13 categories.  Her pal Sam Smith -- who'll be missing the show due to vocal cord surgery -- is nominated for 13 awards in 13 categories.  They're both competing for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, and Top Digital Songs Artist.   Other top nominees include rapper Iggy Azalea, a finalist with 12 nominations in 11 categories, and Meghan Trainor, with nominations in nine different…

posted 2015/05/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR