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2016-05-20

Maroon 5 Cancels North Carolina Shows Over “Bathroom Bill”

Maroon 5 has joined the growing list of performers who have cancelled their shows in North Carolina over the state’s controversial HB2 legislation, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill.” The band announced on their website Friday that they will be nixing planned shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, which were to take place on September 11 and September 12. "We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation,” the band’s statement reads. “This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band.…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele a Winner at UK's Prestigious Ivor Novello Awards

Adele won a prestigious music award Thursday in London. She earned the songwriter of the year prize at the Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They're named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century. Adele, who released her hit album 25 last November, is in the midst of a European tour and was unable to attend the ceremony. James Bay and Bryan Adams was among the other honorees. You can review all of the winners on TheIvors.com. Copyright…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Goes to the Dogs in "Kimmel" Snapchat Horror Spoof

Ariana Grande's pipes got a work out on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night. In a pair of pre-taped segments, she not only performed "Dangerous Woman," but also screamed her fair share in a spoof of a horror movie that saw her getting too attached to how cute she looks as a dog, thanks to a Snapchat filter.  In the trailer for Dog Face Filter, she declares "I'm so cute!" while repeatedly lapping like a puppy thanks to the app's animated tongue. However, after a friend begs her to stop licking at the camera, Grande's cute canine nose and tongue soon become permanent. "Some…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Whitney Houston Estate Nixes Hologram Duet with Christina Aguilera

The Whitney Houston estate has cancelled a planned duet featuring Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer scheduled to air on next week's finale of The Voice. "We are so appreciative of the opportunity for the Whitney Houston hologram to appear on NBC’s The Voice with a talent pairing as extraordinary as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. We were looking to deliver a ground breaking duet performance for the fans of both artists," Pat Houston, executor of the estate, notes in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Recalls Last Year's BBMA Win: "I Told The Team, 'We Gotta Keep Doing This!'"

Last year at the Billboard Music Awards, Meghan Trainor won two trophies for her debut hit "All About That Bass," and duetted with John Legend on "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."  She's returning to the show Sunday night to perform her new single "Me Too," and says she recalls last year's ceremony as being a "huge deal." "That was my first, like, big achievement where I told the team, 'We gotta keep doing this, it’s worth it, that felt great!'" she tells ABC Radio. "I was so honored to get that award and it shows, like, your songs are charting…

posted 2016/05/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-05-19

Joe Jonas Pillow Fights with Model Ashley Graham in DNCE's Sexy “Toothbrush” Video

After giving us a sneak peek earlier this week, DNCE has released the official video for their new single “Toothbrush.” In the clip, lead singer Joe Jonas rolls around in bed with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ashley Graham. The two kiss and cuddle, then have a pillow fight as Joe sings, “Baby you don’t have to rush/You can leave a toothbrush/At my place.” They do eventually leave the bedroom and go for a night on the town, but they can’t keep their hands off each other. Joe also joins the rest of his band mates for a rooftop jam session.…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shawn Mendes Says Next Album Influenced by John Mayer and Ed Sheeran

In between playing sold-out gigs on his world tour, Shawn Mendes has been hard at work writing the songs for the follow-up to his debut album. In a cover story with Seventeen, he says the new record’s sound is inspired by two fellow guitar-playing musicians: John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. “It’s a mix of pop and like a John Mayer-and-Ed Sheeran acoustic feel all in one,” Shawn explains. “My friends and I think John Mayer is this music god who we’ve grown up learning from.” He adds that he plans to keep writing until he feels he’s ready to release…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha's "Billboard" Music Awards Performance Is Back On

Looks like Kesha will be performing at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards after all. In a statement from Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records, the label says “approval has been restored” for Kesha to take the stage. “Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith,” the statement reads. “Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned that Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation.” It continues, “Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha Performs Bob Dylan Cover After "Billboard" Performance Gets Cancelled

She may not be performing at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but Kesha got her chance to cover Bob Dylan last night. The singer took the stage with Ben Folds at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and performed Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” which she had intended to sing at the BBMAs. She later joined the singer-songwriter for a few more songs. Kesha took to Instagram to thank Ben for the opportunity. “Thanks for letting me share your stage, your band, your audience, your humor, your songs,” she writes. “Thanks for believing in me. thanks for being a…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Will Be Touting Feminism When She’s “Naked at 95” in Whole Foods

With her new album Dangerous Woman about to drop, Ariana Grande is feeling more empowered than ever. In a new cover story with Billboard, the singer -- and passionate feminist -- defends female pop stars against criticism she suggests is sexist. She gets heated when taking about how male stars like Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik are praised for showing skin, while stars like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian are vilified. “If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Yes They Cannes: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Enjoy Dinner Date in South of France

It’s your Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom update of the day. According to People, the two continued their romantic week in Cannes Wednesday night by dining at the famous eatery Michelangelo, in Antibes. Katy wore a black blazer, a high ponytail and massive jeweled hoop earrings. Orlando kept things breezy in an open-collared shirt, white tee and dark pants. Earlier in the day, People reports the two were seen hanging with Russian art collector Dasha Zhukova looking “very comfortable” together. They spent most of the afternoon at the villa where Orlando is staying.   The two have swiftly moved on…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye Does Classic Kanye on "Ellen"

In true Kanye West fashion, the rapper embarked on a classic series of over-the-top statements during an appearance Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, venting to his host about topics including his family, his finances, and his plans to make the world a better place. You might recall earlier this year, Kanye claimed to be $53 million in debt, and tweeted to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to give him a billion dollars to implement his ideas.  Zuckerberg ignored his tweet, prompting DeGeneres to suggest maybe Kanye should've used Facebook.  "I should have put it on Facebook. Now I understand why…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR