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2016-02-04

Aloe Blacc to Perform at Grammy After-Party

Aloe Blacc is taking the stage at The Recording Academy’s Grammy after-party. The singer has signed on to perform at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, which takes place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is “Grammy Land” -- a take on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists, and other playful design elements.  Attendees will include both Recording Academy members and Grammy nominees. Last year, Aloe’s album Lift Your Spirit was…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Reveals Madison Square Garden Show Is Sold Out

Looks like Kanye West's live event at New York City's Madison Square Garden sold out within minutes, literally. The rapper  announced the news on Twitter and expressed his gratitude. "THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS WE SOLD MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OUT IN 10 MINUTES!!!" he wrote. Kanye is anxiously awaiting the show. "It was always a dream to have a listening party at Madison Square Garden," he added. "On February 11th these dreams come true." If you weren't fast enough to score tickets, Kanye hints there may be more available. "I held a few seats for stage design that may open…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Coldplay's Chris Martin Will Avoid Any "Shark-Based Trauma," Is Creating "One Giant Band" at Sunday's Super Bowl Halftime Show

Remember last year, when that goofy dancing "Left Shark" who was part of Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show became a viral sensation?  Well, Coldplay, who are playing halftime this year, are all prepared to top that moment...and then some. At a press conference Thursday in San Francisco, Coldplay's Chris Martin, displaying his British sense of humor, told reporters, "We’ve trained ‘em so well this year -- all of our sharks. We’ve got left shark, middle shark, front shark, back shark, two right sharks and a reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem, in which…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn Malik Schedules First Solo U.S. TV Appearance; Releases Acoustic “Pillowtalk”

Zayn Malik has lined up his first solo TV performance. One Direction's former bad boy will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  February 17. Zayn will likely perform his new single, “Pillowtalk,” off his forthcoming album Mind of Mine, due out March 25. An acoustic version of the song, “Pillowtalk (The Living Room Session),” has also been released. Zayn was initially supposed to make his TV debut on U.K.’s The Graham Norton Show last month, but cancelled last minute due to a scheduling conflict. Guests also scheduled to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show this month include Christina…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Elle King's Debut Album "Love Stuff" Certified Gold

Grammy nominee Elle King has another career milestone to celebrate. Her debut album, Love Stuff, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Elle posted her stoked reaction to the news on Instagram, writing, “My album ‘Love Stuff’ is now gold. My first gold album. My first album. Ha! This is so insane. Thank you thank you thank you.” A gold certification from the RIAA means Elle's album has sold upward of 500,000 copies since it was released nearly a year ago, on February 13, 2015. Thanks to a new RIAA policy that started this week, that…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Not Dating Drake, but “Would Love to” Tour with Him

For those of you hoping for a Rihanna/Drake romance, you may have to hold out a little longer. In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, Rihanna says she’s single and has no time to mingle. "I'm single right now and it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro-single, yes, I hate men!'” she tells Ellen. “I just think I have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious. Or even a text." Ellen tries to make a love match by suggesting that Rihanna tour with her friend…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Robin Thicke & More Join Grammy Lineup

Best Dance Recording nominee Justin Bieber will take the stage on this year's Grammy Awards, and Pitbull and Robin Thicke have also joined the lineup. Justin, Diplo and Skrillex, who are nominated collectively for "Where Are Ü Now," will perform the song on the telecast.  It'll be the first time that Jack Ü -- which is the name Diplo and Skrillex use when they collaborate -- has ever performed live on TV. Pitbull, meanwhile, will collaborate with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Robin Thicke and "special surprise guests."  Pitbull is nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Country star…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas Added to Lineup for ASCAP’s “I Create Music” Expo

Rob Thomas has been added to the lineup for the 11th annual “I Create Music” Expo, hosted by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The Matchbox Twenty frontman will participate in a keynote “We Create Music” panel, and join a performance with songwriter/producer Desmond Child and country songwriter/producer Brett James. Ariel Rechtshaid, producer on “When We Were Young” from Adele’s 25, and James Fauntleroy, the co-writer on Rihanna’s ANTI album, also willl be joining the expo. As previously reported, Nate Ruess of fun. will be one of the event’s speakers. He’ll talk with ASCAP President and Songwriters…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

DNCE Releases New Live Video for "Cake by the Ocean," Say It's Hard to Remember to Sing the Clean Version

You saw them perform on Grease Live, and now Joe Jonas and his band DNCE have released a live video for their hit "Cake by the Ocean."  The video includes footage shot during the band's sold-out tour, and it features them singing the unedited version of the song.  Remembering to sing the clean version, the band admits, was something they had to get used to. "We sometimes forget that we have a clean version," laughs Joe. "Like, we were on Jimmy Fallon and we have to do the clean version and every chorus we say the F-word. It was quite…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Launching Her Own Mobile Game

With many of her pop star peers launching their own apps, it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift got in on the mobile game action. Taylor is creating her own game with developer Glu Mobile, the company that also launched the game for Taylor’s rumored rival Katy Perry and the immensely popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app. “We realize that Taylor and her global fan base expect a new and highly differentiated mobile gaming experience,” Glu's Chairman and CEO says in a statement. “Glu is equally committed to designing never before seen gameplay elements that utilize Taylor’s unique…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Trespasser Reportedly Detained on Taylor Swift's LA Property

There was a trespasser on Taylor Swift's Los Angeles property Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Department tells E! News that following a complaint of a prowler at 2:45 p.m., they detained a man on Taylor's property. Sources tell E! that the trespasser seemed unstable. One claims he called for Taylor to come outside. A rep for the singer tells E!, "This is why it's irresponsible for the media to publish the addresses or recent real estate transactions of celebrities. This, or potentially worse, is the end result." Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

On "American Idol," 51 Contestants Remain After Final Day of Hollywood Week

Following the drama of the group rounds on American Idol's Hollywood Week, Wednesday's episode saw all 75 remaining hopefuls perform solo for the judges one final time, this time backed by a full band if they chose.  The contestants were then split up into three rooms, and when all was said and done, the singers in two out of the three rooms -- 51 in all -- remained. For their solo performances, the contestants had to choose from a list of songs, and only three people were allowed to sing any one song. This caused some drama for Tristan McIntosh,…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR