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Julia Michaels remembers co-writing "Heavy" with late Linkin Park frontman

Julia Michaels co-wrote Linkin Park's most recent hit, "Heavy" with the band's late frontman, Chester Bennington.  She says in light of Bennington's suicide last month, she finds it difficult to listen to the track now. "I've listened to Linkin Park for years,” Julia tells Billboard. "When I was growing up, my brother was such a huge fan of theirs, so it was always around in my house." Julia co-wrote "Heavy" with her writing partner Justin Tranter, Bennington, LP vocalist and producer Mike Shinoda and LP guitarist Brad Delson.  The track was a deeply personal one for Chester, who wanted to…

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

New Miley Cyrus album "Younger Now" coming September 29

Following the release of her songs "Malibu" and "Inspired," Miley Cyrus has now announced a brand-new album.  A post on her website states the album title as Younger Now, with a release date of September 29. The album, Miley's sixth, will be the official follow-up to her 2013 disc, Bangerz.  Her 2015 experimental album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz was a collaboration with The Flaming Lips that arrived as a free download. The title of MIley's new album may be a reference to a classic Bob Dylan song called "My Back Pages," in which the rock legend sings, "I…

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

Taylor Swift jury questionnaire asks potential jurors if they're fans of hers

Potential jurors in the civil trial involving a radio deejay and Taylor Swift have been asked to describe the depth of their Taylor fandom...or whether or not they are fans at all. The deejay, David Mueller, has sued Taylor, saying her accusation that he groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013 is false and caused him to lose his job.  He is seeking unspecified damages.  Taylor has countersued, claiming assault and battery for "offensive and harmful physical contact." She also is seeking unspecified damages, which she has said she will donate to charities that protect women from sexual assault. The…

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

Alessia Cara's going it alone on her new album

Alessia Cara's debut album, Know-It-All, brought her critical acclaim, global fame and numerous awards.  She's now working on her material for the follow-up, and says she's writing all the songs by herself, because nobody else could possibly understand how her life has changed in the past few years. "Partly why I wanted to do this on my own is because I think this experience is very unique, I feel it has to come from me," Alessia tells ABC Radio.  However, she admits, "It's going to be interesting trying to come up with ways to make what I'm going through relatable,…

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

Fifth Harmony unveils cover of forthcoming album

Fifth Harmony's third studio album, their first as a quartet, is coming August 25, and now we know what it will look like. The group unveiled the trippy, out-of-register cover image of the forthcoming, self-titled set on Twitter on Monday afternoon. We've already heard one song from the new set -- Fifth Harmony's current single "Down," featuring Gucci Mane. The group also was just announced as one of the performers at the MTV Video Music Awards, airing Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m., just days after the arrival of Fifth Harmony, the album. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.…

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


School me baby one more time: Britney using Vegas shows to raise money for education

Britney Spears is donating a piece of her Las Vegas show to help schoolkids in her home state. Through December 31, Britney's donating $1 from every ticket sold to her show Britney: Piece of Me to public schools in Louisiana via the Louisiana School Boards Association.  As of this month, she's already raised $65,000 for the cause. Britney, who hails from Kentwood, Louisiana, says in a statement, "I am so proud to be able to give back to my home state and help the Louisiana School Boards Association. I can’t wait to see all my amazing fans when I return…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Get ready for a chiller, thriller night...in three dimensions. Michael Jackson's iconic 1983 video for "Thriller" has been transferred to 3D, under the eye of the video's director and co-writer, John Landis.  In a statement, Landis says, “I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s Thriller! We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio, bringing it to a whole new level."    He adds, "Even though Thriller was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. …

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele hosts private movie screening for child survivors of Grenfell blaze

Adele did a good thing last week for some child survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. According to images shared by family members on social media, the singer held a private screening of Despicable Me 3 for the kids. One Twitter user, Greg Weir, posted a photo of Adele with four of the kids. He wrote, “The amazing Adele taking our grand kids to the cinema. So much love & effort for the #Grenfell kids - thank you.” Adele has also been raising money for victims of the blaze, which killed at least 80 people back in June.…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink confirms new song, "What About Us," coming Thursday

After teasing fans about the possible release of a new song, Pink has now confirmed that we'll be getting it Thursday. The song is called "What About Us," and it's the first release from what will presumably be the singer's first solo studio project since 2012's The Truth About Love. On Instagram, Pink wrote, "It's the start of us waking up...#WhatAboutUs Out this Thursday 8/10."  An accompanying graphic shows the singer, in black and white, posing with a group of people of different races.  Pink's last major pop hit was 2016's "Just Like Fire," from the Alice Through the Looking…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Donatella salutes Bruno Mars with "Versace on the Floor" video

If you call your song "Versace on the Floor," what could be better than getting the thumbs-up from Donatella Versace herself?  Well, Bruno Mars has got it. The fashion icon has posted to Instagram a video that shows her and a group of models lip-syncing to Bruno's latest single.  The caption reads “To my special friend @BrunoMars #VersaceOnTheFloor."  The video closes with the words, "To my friend Bruno, have fun!" Some of the models who are seen lip-syncing and lounging on the floor dressed in Versace -- of course -- include Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel, as well as Natasha…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine taps "beautiful" Joe Jonas as guest mentor for "The Voice"

The Voice coach Adam Levine claims he chose the guest mentor for his team this season based on physical appearance alone. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Adam jokes that he tapped DNCE frontman Joe Jonas for the job because, as Adam puts it, "He's a beautiful man." But all joking aside, Adam says Joe was a good choice because their personalities are so different. "He's very...mellow, which is good, 'cause it kind of balances me out," Adam explains. "He offers good advice, and very sound advice. I trust his opinion, because I'm a fan of him. Whenever you can trust that…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran & Lorde join Katy Perry as MTV VMA performers

Katy Perry will do double duty at this year's MTV Video Music Awards: in addition to hosting, she'll also perform.  Now we know who'll be taking the stage with her. MTV has announced that the performer lineup for the show will include Katy, as well as Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes. As previously reported, Kendrick Lamar is the most nominated artist this year, receiving eight nods for his video for "HUMBLE."  Katy and The Weeknd are in second place with five nods each. This year's VMAs will air Sunday, August 27, at 8…

posted 2017/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR