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2017-01-03

John Mayer to Release Four New Songs Every Month Starting Jan. 20

Last year, John Mayer gave fans a taste of what was to come for 2017 with the song "Love on the Weekend."  He also hinted that he'd be releasing more music in 2017 than any previous year.  Well, he wasn't lying. On Facebook, John has announced that his new album The Search for Everything will come in waves, with the first coming on January 20.  "The album will be released four songs at a time. Every month," he writes. "There were too many songs to ever get out the door at once."  He adds to fans, "I love you and…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder Is Ushering In 2017 Under a Palm Tree

Most of us had to return to work this week, but OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and his family are sunning themselves on a beach somewhere.  That's because a few years ago, he resolved to go from spending Christmas in snowy Colorado to ushering in the new year in the sunshine. "I started a tradition of a few years ago of going someplace cold, going someplace warm," he tells ABC Radio. "I don't know how everyone else feels but literally, on the morning of January 1, I'm done with winter. I'm done." As Ryan explains, he's fine spending Christmas and New Year's…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

With No "American Idol" This January, It's No Wonder Seacrest's Sad

Another new year is upon us, and each January since 2003, we've celebrated the return of our national pop culture obsession, American Idol.  But sadly, this year is different: the show went off the air for good last April and there's no guarantee it'll ever return.  It's not surprising that former host Ryan Seacrest is upset that the show that made him a household name won't be back this month. "I'm sad. I'm sad!" he tells ABC Radio. "I really loved it! So yeah, I think it'll hit me... my emotions will come out, that first Tuesday or Wednesday." Seacrest…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Will Be a "Dangerous Woman" in "Final Fantasy" Mobile Game

Ariana Grande is getting her own video game character. The singer announced on Instagram this weekend that she will be featured in the new Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius mobile game. “Check out my character in the game, it's the cutest thing i've ever seen in my entire life and i'm so excited and in love with it i cannot contain myself,” she wrote, along with a photo of herself sitting among video game executives. The character is dressed like Ariana’s "Dangerous Woman" persona -- with a long blonde ponytail and black bunny ear mask. Ariana posted a sneak peek video of…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gwen Stefani Named New Global Ambassador for Revlon

Gwen Stefani is the new face of Revlon. The singer announced on the cosmetics brand's Instagram account that she has been named the company's global ambassador. Gwen, who’s known for her signature red lips, tells Women’s Wear Daily why she’s right for the job. “They’re so smart to pick me,” she says. “This campaign…is really where my heart is at. Not to mention my obsession with makeup for my whole life.” Gwen adds that she’s also a huge fan of Revlon’s Choose Love campaign and its positive message. “They have this Choose Love campaign, which is full of choice and positivity…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey's Manager Accuses NYRE Producers of Wanting a "Viral Moment"

ABC/ Lou RoccoMariah Carey's manager is weighing in on the singer's botched performance during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, laying into the show's producer for sacrificing the singer for the sake of a "viral moment." Manager Stella Bulochnikov tells Entertainment Weekly Mariah did not skip a mid-afternoon rehearsal, and that even then the singer was complaining that the sound in her earpieces were cutting out.  She says that despite the earpieces being replaced multiple times, and despite assurances that they would work fine, the sound was still a problem when Mariah hit the stage. "So she…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Does Britney Spears Have a New Guy?

Will Britney Spears' new year also include a new guy? On Sunday, the "Toxic" singer shared a photo of herself on Instagram getting cozy over dinner with her rumored boyfriend, model and personal trainer Sam Asghari. The picture shows Asghari with his arm around Britney, along with the caption, "Happy New Year." If Asghari looks familiar, it's because in the music video for her song "Slumber Party," she's seen crawling up to him on a long table. A recent video posted to Sam's Instagram page and shared by Spears' fan page, Britney Galaxy, shows the two with cartoon reindeer ears…

posted 2017/01/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-01-02

Ed Sheeran Returning with New Music on Friday

The moment Ed Sheeran fans have been waiting for is almost here. The singer posted a video on Twitter Sunday announcing that he will be releasing new music on Friday. The post is captioned, “Hello 2017…” In the video, a silent Ed sits on a couch and holds up a handwritten sign that features his message, which simply reads, “New music coming Friday!!” Ed smiles, waves and puts the sign in his mouth before the clip cuts out. The singer has been on a musical hiatus for about a year. Last month, Ed returned to social media by changing his…

posted 2017/01/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey Blames Ear Piece for Botched "NYRE" Performance; Dick Clark Productions Denies Involvement

Mariah Carey says a malfunctioning ear piece was to blame for her botched performance during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The singer opened her set Saturday night with the New Year's classic "Auld Lang Syne," but she stopped singing altogether during her performance of her 1991 hit "Emotions.” "We can't hear," Mariah told the crowd in Times Square, trying to continue. "We didn’t have a sound check, but it's New Year's, baby. It's OK, guys." The singer seemed to brush off the mishap hours later on Twitter. "S*** happens," she wrote. "Have a happy and healthy…

posted 2017/01/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-12-31

The Year in Music 2016 -- Welcome Back!

2016 was the year we finally got long-awaited albums and/or singles from some of the world's biggest artists.  Here's a rundown: -- Ever since Lady Gaga's 2013 album ARTPOP "under-performed," as the industry puts it, fans had been waiting for the star to return to form.  She spent the first part of 2016 winning a Golden Globe for American Horror Story, paying tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys, and singing "Til It Happens to You," a powerful meditation about sexual assault, at the Oscars. Finally, in October, she delivered her new album, Joanne.  The album was inspired by her…

posted 2016/12/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Year in Music 2016 -- In Other News

Here's a look at some of the other music stories this year: The ElectionKaty Perry, Lady Gaga, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Cher, Elton John and Adele were just some of the many artists who supported Hillary Clinton's presidential bid against Donald Trump, either by performing at campaign events or publicly supporting her.  When all that combined star power didn't succeed in a win for Clinton, many artists pronounced themselves devastated but committed themselves to working harder than ever to preserve what they believe in.  Katy Perry, in particular, wrote,…

posted 2016/12/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bryan Adams to Perform During Intermission of New Year's Day Hockey Game on NBC

In the most Canadian sentence you'll probably read this year -- and yes, we're aware there's only one day left -- Bryan Adams will perform during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic on New Year's Day in Toronto.  The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Detroit Red Wings in the outdoor game, which airs on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.  Bryan will perform during the game's first intermission. 2017 may find the Canadian singer/songwriter entering the Songwriters Hall of Fame: he's one of several artists up for induction, including the late George Michael, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, members of Chicago, Sly…

posted 2016/12/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR