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Drake Named Biggest Global Recording Artist of 2016

Drake is the number one global recording artists of 2016, according to the Intentional Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI. While the rapper tops the list, Coldplay, Adele, Justin Bieber, Twenty One Pilots, Beyonce, Rihanna and The Weeknd all made the top 10. David Bowie and Prince, who both died last year, also made the ranking. This list reflects an artist's worldwide popularity across physical formats, downloads and streams. Here is the IFPI's ranking of the top 10 global recording artists of 2016: 1. Drake2. David Bowie3. Coldplay4. Adele5. Justin Bieber6. Twenty One Pilots7. Beyoncé8. Rihanna9. Prince10. The Weeknd…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Gives Sneak Peek of New Song in Music-Playing Disco Balls Around the World

Katy Perry’s new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” comes out Friday, but some lucky fans got an early sneak peek thanks to a global game of disco ball hide-and-seek.Earlier today, Katy tweeted a link to a map plotted with various disco balls in cities around the world including Los Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin. She captioned it, “Leave your bubble (and bring you[r] headphones).” Turns out, she hid a disco ball in each of those cities and that disco ball was outfitted with headphone jack. When you plug your headphones in, you get to hear part of her new single.…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pitbull Performing Free Concert for NBA All-Star Weekend; Starring in New Casino Game

Pitbull will be performing a special concert for TNT’s Road Show later this month, as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.The free concert will take place in Champions Square in New Orleans on Saturday, February 18. The All-Star game itself will be played in the city’s Smoothie King Center on Sunday, February 19.And in other Pitbull news, he's the star of a new casino game as part of his partnership with the Playboy brand. Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull is a slot machine game that includes the Miami rapper’s music and his image. The game is now available…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Confirms Adoption of Twin Girls: "I Am Overjoyed"

Madonna has now done an about-face when it comes to those reports that she's adopted more children from Malawi.  After denying it, she's now confirmed via Instagram that the reports are true: she's the mother of twin girls. "I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family," the Queen of Pop writes. "I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time. Thank you also…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Chainsmokers Taking Fan on the Road with Them

This is why it pays to post your own cover versions of your favorite pop hits: it may lead to you being discovered by the very artist you're covering.  That's what happened to one lucky Chainsmokers fan, anyway. The Chainsmokers posted a video on Instagram of one of their fans -- a Berklee College of Music student named Tony Ann --  performing their latest hit, "Paris." "Yo how talented is this guy @tonyann_ What an amazing cover of Paris!" the duo wrote. "We found Tony online from an older cover he did of our music! It was so good we…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tom Hiddleston on Taylor Swift and That Tank Top: "Of Course It Was Real...[She's] an Amazing Woman"

Last year, "Hiddleswift" -- the short-lived romance between Taylor Swift and actor Tom Hiddleston -- sent the media into a feeding frenzy, and had fans wondering if the whole thing was a publicity stunt. Now, Tom is finally explaining their relationship.  In the latest issue of GQ, he says, "Of course it was real." "Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time,” he explains.  "So we decided to go out for dinner, we decided to travel…I only know the woman I met. She’s incredible. [But] a relationship in the limelight… A…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ball & "Chained": Katy Perry Teases New Single

Katycats, prepare yourselves: your queen is bringing you new music on Friday. Katy Perry is teasing a brand new single with a tantalizing snippet of the song, which she plans to release on the 10th. In the 17-second teaser, we see a disco ball rolling around on the pavement, attached to a chain. The chain turns out to be attached around the ankle of a woman -- presumably Katy, though we only see her feet in a pair of silver high heels. We also hear a few seconds of a song that has a reggae groove.  "Why are we all…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince & George Michael Tributes on Tap for Grammy Awards on Sunday

Last year's Grammy Awards featured a tribute to David Bowie, who'd died the month prior to the ceremony. Since then, we've lost many more musicians, but two of the biggest will be the subject of tributes at this Sunday's Grammy Awards: Prince and George Michael. In his career, Prince, who died in April of 2016, won seven Grammys, while George, who died on Christmas Day, scored two. The Recording Academy is not revealing who'll be participating in the tribute but the artist lineup includes the likes of Adele -- a massive George Michael fan -- and Bruno Mars, who's been…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Responds to Super Bowl Body Shamers

Her Super Bowl LI halftime show performance was seen by more than 117 million people, but some couldn't get past Lady Gaga's tummy.   Now, the singer is responding to those who body-shamed her for not displaying a perfect six-pack during the show. On Tuesday, Gaga wrote on Instagram, "I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do." "I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Says He "Feel Pretty Good About" the Idea of Marriage; Reveals "Weird" Karaoke Night with Bieber

Ed Sheeran is happily coupled up with his current girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, who he was first linked with in 2015.  So, are there wedding bells in the future?  All signs seem to point to yes. During an interview on the Australian radio show The Kyle and Jackie O show, Ed said of Cherry, "I'm very happy now...I grew up with her. I went to school with her. She lives, like, three or four miles away from me, where I grew up." Explaining how serious the relationship is, Ed added, "We just got cats."  They have two, in fact: sisters named…

posted 2017/02/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Carly Rae Jepsen Talks Donna Summer-Inspired New Album, Lil Yachty Collab

Carly Rae Jepsen’s last album was an ‘80s throwback, but with her next album, she's throwing it back even further. The singer, who’s been recording her next release in Sweden, tells Entertainment Weekly that she’ll be channeling 1970s disco vibes on the project. “I would say more Donna Summer than the Bee Gees,” she says. “That would be the disco inspiration that’s leading the pack at the moment.” But she’s also stepped out of her comfort zone with a hip-hop collaboration. The singer has teamed up with rapper Lil Yachty for a remake of the 1988 hit “It Takes Two”…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga to Guest Star on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season Premiere

Since she arrived on the scene, Lady Gaga has inspired many a drag queen to emulate her, so it's no wonder she's been tapped as a guest judge for the new season of the Emmy-winning Logo series RuPaul's Drag Race. Gaga will appear in the season-nine premiere of the show, airing in March.  In a preview clip, RuPaul says, "Gentlemen, start your engines," while Gaga -- wearing about 10 pounds of eye makeup, a semi-nude lace bodysuit and a black puffy-sleeved coat -- chimes in, "And may the best woman win." No specific date has been announced for the episode.…

posted 2017/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR