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2017-05-26

Listen now: Halsey and Lauren Jauregui sing about same-sex love on “Strangers”

Halsey and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui have joined forces on a new LGBT love song, “Strangers.” The ‘80s-inspired duet, which will be featured on Halsey’s upcoming album, is about a same-sex romance. "I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community,” Halsey says in a statement. “'Strangers' is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns." They two sing on the chorus, “We’re not lovers/We’re just strangers/With the same damn hungry/To be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all.” Both Halsey…

posted 2017/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande offers "prayers and deepest condolences" to Manchester attack victims; plans benefit concert

Ariana Grande offered a very brief, heartfelt tweet last Monday following the attack at her Manchester, U.K. concert, and then stayed silent.  Today, the singer's offering a longer message to her fans, and to the attack's victims and their families. Ariana begins, "My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones.  There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” she writes. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours,…

posted 2017/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia's bathroom break led to Camila Cabello's "Crying in the Club"

When you're a chart-topping hit songwriter, an idea can strike at any time...even when you have to go to the bathroom.  That's how Camila Cabello's new single "Crying in the Club" came about. As producer and writer Benny Blanco recalls to Billboard, he and Sia were writing together in L.A. when she had to take a break. "Sia was on her way to the bathroom and goes, ‘Oh, my God, I have a really good idea for a song!’ ” he says. “When she came back, we did the song in 20 minutes.” When Blanco brought "Crying in the Club"…

posted 2017/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

As Zayn preps new album, record label boss says he and other 1D members will "coexist"

Zayn Malik is currently prepping his sophomore album, but unlike when he released his first solo disc, he's now facing competition from his four former band mates.  Still, the head of his record company says, "Zayn just wants to make his music and do what he does." “It wasn’t easy making that decision and having the courage to step out first and make a record,” RCA Records CEO Peter Edge tells Entertainment Weekly. "This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time. It shows a lot of growth.” According to Edge, this new…

posted 2017/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

At intimate London show, Katy Perry honors Manchester bombing victims

Katy Perry played a show for about 100 people at London's Water Rats club on Thursday night.  She streamed the show live on Twitter, and posted the video to YouTube. Towards the end of the 20-minute set, Katy paused to address the suicide bombing in Manchester earlier in this week outside an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people and injured more than 50 others. "It was hard. It was hard for you guys, it was hard for me, because we all love music," Katy said, her voice breaking, "And you think about it and you think that's my friend,…

posted 2017/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez's "Bye Bye Birdie" Live postponed until 2018

NBC has postponed its Jennifer Lopez-produced TV special, Bye Bye Birdie Live, from December to 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lopez's busy schedule is being blamed for the delay. She's already involved with two other NBC projects, including the police drama Shades of Blue and her upcoming dance competition, World of Dance, which she'll judge and executive produce. On top of that, there's her All I Have Las Vegas residency and she has a Spanish-language album on the way. Bye Bye Birdie Live is based on the 1960 Tony-winning musical about an Elvis Presley-inspired heartthrob named Conrad Birdie, whose rock & roll lifestyle throws a small town…

posted 2017/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-05-25

Miley Cyrus’ “Malibu” video breaks her own YouTube records

This is shaping up to be a good summer for Miley Cyrus. The singer’s music video for “Malibu” is already breaking multiple YouTube records. The video, which shows off Miley’s softer new image, had this year’s highest jump of any video on the YouTube Videos chart. It soared 86 spots from number 95 last week to number 9 this week.It’s also the highest-ever shared video on Miley’s YouTube channel. It received 162,000 shares the day it debuted on May 11 and has received over 150,000 shares daily since then. That beats her previous most-shared video, “Wrecking Ball.”And finally, “Malibu” was…

posted 2017/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Listen now: Sia debuts powerful song “To Be Human” off "Wonder Woman" soundtrack

Sia proves she’s the superhero of soundtracks with her new song, “To Be Human,” from Wonder Woman. The song, a duet with British R&B singer Labrinth, seems to reflect the film’s core relationship between Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. The lyrics express a love that can conquer all odds. “To be human is to love/Even when it gets too much/I’m not ready to give up,” Sia belts on the chorus.“To Be Human” is the only non-instrumental song on the soundtrack, which which includes the film’s original score written by Rupert Gregson-Williams.The soundtrack comes out June 2,…

posted 2017/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

She shoots, she scores: Nicki Minaj to perform at inaugural "NBA Awards" this June

The first-ever NBA Awards will feature another Young Money artist onstage: Nicki Minaj. The rapper will perform during the event, which Drake is hosting, on June 26.  Taking place at Pier 36's Basketball City facility in New York, the ceremony will honor a number of the league's top players and leaders with awards such as NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year.     In addition, fans can vote for their favorite NBA player in six other categories: Best Style, Block of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Assist of the Year, Dunk of…

posted 2017/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Niall Horan says he'd never turn down a 1D reunion: "I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for that”

Niall Horan may be deep into his first solo album, but he says that if his former band came calling, he'd be the first one to drop everything and do it all again. In a new cover story for Billboard, Niall says, "I told my ­managers from the start: When One Direction comes knocking, f**k what I’m doing. I don’t give a s**t if I sold out arenas or won Grammys. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for that.” While Niall's sure 1D will return one day, he admits he has no idea when, and that he and…

posted 2017/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

He’s the only one: Justin Bieber doesn’t mind drinking alone

Justin Bieber just wanted some alone time. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer was spotted drinking alone at New York City’s Gramercy Ale House last night.As for why he was by himself, a source says the Biebs told some bar-goers “he had a couple days off and was just hanging out.” He was apparently in a friendly mood and one of the bar-goers bought him a Guinness.As you might expect, a group of women also approached him. “Girls kept pestering him for a picture and he was like, ‘Sorry, love my fans but I just can’t,’”…

posted 2017/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Scores Another #1...but not for herself

When Meghan Trainor isn't writing hits for herself, she writes them for other people.  "Road Less Traveled," a song she co-wrote a long time ago with her friend and American Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, has just become Lauren's first #1 country hit.   Meghan joined Lauren at Nashville's Sutler Saloon Wednesday night to celebrate the accomplishment at a party where guests were issued their own onesies at the door.  She told the crowd how, after she, Lauren and co-writer Jesse Frasure wrote "Road Less Traveled" they were so happy they "danced around...for about a half an hour." "We were…

posted 2017/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR