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Ellie Goulding & Rihanna Added to Lionel Richie MusiCares Person of the Year Event

Ellie Goulding and Rihanna have been added to the performance lineup for this year's 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Lionel Richie.   Other new additions are country star Chris Stapleton, Florence + the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch, and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. They join a star-studded lineup that already includes Demi Lovato, John Legendb Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, and country stars Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. The MusiCares Person of the Year award is given to a musician in recognition of their artistic achievements, as well as their philanthropic efforts. Past honorees include Phil…

posted 2016/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lukas Graham’s Debut Album Set for March Release

Fresh off the breakout success of his song “7 Years,” Lukas Graham has announced his self-titled debut album will be released March 25. The Danish artist performed his hit single on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, joined by his band: Mark "Lovestick" Falgren, Magnús "Magnúm" Larsson, and Kasper Daugaard. A U.S. tour will soon follow. The album Lukas Graham contains 11 tracks: "7 Years""Take the World by Storm""Mama Said""Happy Home""Drunk in the Morning""Better than Yourself""Don't You Worry 'Bout Me""What Happened to Perfect""Strip No More""You're Not There""Funeral" Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Coldplay Announces US Leg of A Head Full of Dreams Tour

They announced international dates for their world tour last November.  Now Coldplay has revealed dates for the U.S. leg. There are seven dates -- so far, a least -- all stadiums, beginning July 16 in New York and then heading west, wrapping up six weeks later in San Francisco.  If you’re wondering why it’s only seven dates over seven weeks, it’s because Coldplay’s apparently only playing Saturday nights on their U.S. leg. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5 via LiveNation.com, with advance tickets available to Coldplay fan club and Citi card members starting tomorrow, January 29.  More info's on…

posted 2016/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: 200+ Contestants Gather for Hollywood Week

With the audition rounds now history, American Idol's 15th and final season kicked off Hollywood Week Wednesday with more than 200 hopefuls with golden tickets arriving at the Dolby Theater for another shot at impressing judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. It will be the end of the road for half of them. The contestants took the stage in groups of 10, stepped up one-by-one and sang. After everyone in the group performed, the judges revealed who would advance in the competition and who would go home. Hollywood Week kicked off with Jordan Sasser tackling Tori Kelly’s…

posted 2016/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia, Jimmy Fallon, Natalie Portman and The Roots Perform "Iko Iko" on "The Tonight Show"

Sia was the musical guest on Wednesday's Tonight Show and she also joined host Jimmy Fallon, his house band The Roots and Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, for a version of the classic song "Iko Iko." The pre-taped segment featured the "Chandelier" singer taking the lead vocals, as the others supplied percussion using maracas, conga drums, as well as random items like spoons, blocks, cups, a deck of cards, and a paint bucket. The entire group, clad in black and white outfits, all wore Sia wigs.  Sia returned later to perform "Cheap Thrills," from her upcoming album This Is Acting,…

posted 2016/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Rihanna's New Album, "ANTI," Officially Released

Rihanna's new album has arrived. ANTI has been released for streaming on Tidal. The album made its official debut on Tidal Wednesday evening after it was yanked when it briefly leaked on the service earlier in the day. Rihanna premiered the first single off ANTI, "Work," featuring Drake, on Wednesday morning. ANTI is the follow-up to 2012’s Unapologetic. Rihanna launches her ANTI world tour in late February in San Diego. Here's the track listing for ANTI: "Consideration" (feat. SZA) "James Joint" "Kiss It Better" "Work" (feat. Drake) "Desperado" "Woo" "Needed Me" "Yeah, I Said It" "Same Ol’ Mistakes" "Never Ending"…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charlie Puth Initially Wrote “See You Again” Hook for Sam Smith

Charlie Puth’s emotional hook on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” helped propel the song to Grammy-nominated success. But as it turns out, Charlie never intended to sing that part. He tells People he initially wrote the chorus with Sam Smith in mind. "I [recorded the track] as a reference vocal for Sam Smith to potentially sing," says Charlie. "[Singing it] was what I wanted, but I wasn't admitting it to myself." Charlie's vocals were, of course, kept on the track for the Furious 7 soundtrack, and Sam later found further success with another movie theme song -- the James Bond…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Talks Acting: “There’s a Lot for Me to Explore”

With her music career firmly set in a more mature direction, Selena Gomez steadily has been lining up acting roles that similarly challenge the public’s perception of her. She had a small part in the Oscar-nominated The Big Short, appears as a sorority girl in the upcoming Neighbors 2 and her new indie flick with Paul Rudd, The Fundamentals of Caring, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this week. She tells Variety that when it comes to acting, “there’s a lot for me to explore.” “I’m in a place with my music where I’ve gone through this transition and I…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Calls Out Wiz Khalifa in Epic Twitter Rant, Then Sends Message of Positivity

Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa have sparked the first rap beef of 2016 and it all played out on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Kanye changed his album title from Swish to Waves. Apparently, Wiz wasn't too impressed with West's new title and took to Twitter to protect the “wavy” movement. “Please don’t take the wave,”  Khalifa tweeted and later crediting Max B for being the creator. “Just so you know what true waves are.” After catching wind of his comments, Kanye unloaded a series of angry tweets after interpreting one of Wiz's tweets as a diss. “Oh n***** must…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn Malik Cancels UK Talk Show Appearance

Zayn Malik won’t be appearing on U.K.’s The Graham Norton Show after all, Entertainment Weekly reports. The former One Direction member was set to make his solo TV debut on the program this Friday, but had to cancel because of a scheduling issue. “Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with recording commitments, Zayn’s appearance on Graham Norton has been postponed,” Zayn’s rep says in a statement obtained by EW. “Zayn has confirmed that he would love to appear on the show at a later date.” Zayn is set to release his first solo single, “Pillowtalk,” on Friday. Copyright © 2016, ABC…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellie Goulding Escapes Sinking Vehicle in Frozen Norwegian Lake

Ellie Goulding knows what it feels like to be on thin ice. The singer was traveling across a frozen lake in Norway recently, when the ice suddenly cracked and she nearly found herself submerged in freezing cold water. The singer posted about the frightening ordeal on Instagram this week. She had been driving with photographer Conor McDonnell, who managed to snap a photo of their vehicle half-submerged in the water. “Throwback to a few weeks ago when myself and @conormcdphoto nearly ended up in a lake in -30...,” Ellie captions the photo. “Note to self don't drive a BV206 over…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber, Fetty Wap Unveil New Calvin Klein Ads

Justin Bieber is back in his Calvins. The singer’s new spring ads for Calvin Klein have been unveiled. In one of the ads, a shirtless platinum blonde Bieber poses next to a marble statue. “I flaunt in #mycalvins,” the ad reads. In another, he’s lying in bed in his underwear, with one hand on his crotch. The caption for that one declares, “I dream in #mycalvins.” Justin isn’t the only celebrity spokesperson modeling for the brand this season. Fetty Wap debuted his Calvin Klein print ad this week, as well. He sports a black T-shirt in an orange-tinted photo that…

posted 2016/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR