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2016-02-07

A History of Super Bowl Halftime Performances

The Super Bowl halftime show normally features the biggest names in music, who are often veteran performers.  This year's headliners, Coldplay, aren't on the level of past headliners like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, but they're a bit more seasoned than the headliners from the last two years: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. Coldplay, who just released a new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They will take the stage with some help from past headliner Beyonce and, rumor has it, Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2014.  Special guests have also been…

posted 2016/02/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-02-06

Beyonce Releases "Formation" Single, with Politically-Charged Video

A day before she's scheduled to join Coldplay during halftime of the Super Bowl, Beyonce has dropped a surprise single and video, "Formation." The song itself takes its title from one lyric where Beyonce commands her girls to dance -- "OK, ladies, now, let's get in formation" -- but it's also about the "formation" of Beyonce as a person.  The lyrics refer to her current superstardom, as well as her cultural upbringing and her family, and her daughter Blue Ivy appears in the video.  "Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess/Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh/I'm so reckless…

posted 2016/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Super Bowl National Anthem Singers: A History

This Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.  She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it.  The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.  The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at…

posted 2016/02/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-02-05

Pentatonix, Fall Out Boy and Ne-Yo Added to ABC's Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special

Pentatonix, Fall Out Boy and Ne-Yo have been added to the lineup of performers for the ABC special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. All three acts will be singing classic Disney tunes. Fall Out Boy will perform “I Wanna Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book, while Ne-Yo will take on “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. Pentatonix will bring their a cappella stylings to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, during the park’s “Paint the Night” parade. Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the night, and perform a song…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Chainsmokers Release New Tune Featuring Daya

The Chainsmokers have released a smokin’ new track featuring vocals by Daya. The synth-heavy single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” follows the duo’s chart-climbing hit, “Roses.” “So we know we have released a couple tracks since ‘Roses’, of which we all love, but we would consider this as our follow up to ‘Roses,’” duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart say in a statement on their SoundCloud page. “We consider this to be our most complete track and just like ‘Roses’ came together in one session for the most part.” They continue, “On top of this all we were lucky enough to…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Super Bowl: You Can Bet on Beyonce's Outfit, Coldplay's Set List & More

If you're the type who watches the Super Bowl just for the commercials and halftime show, then you probably aren't betting on stuff like which team will win, and by how many points.  However, you can bet on stuff you DO care about, like what halftime performer Beyonce will wear, and halftime headliners Coldplay will perform. These are what are known as "prop bets" -- bets that are connected to specific, individual events in the game, like whether the coin toss will come up heads or tails.  Some offshore betting sites offer some pretty ridiculous bets every year, and this…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Stars in Spring Campaign for Barneys New York

Lady Gaga is among some famous New Yorkers starring in a new spring campaign for the high-end department store, Barneys New York. According to Fashionista, the campaign -- titled “Our Town” -- will celebrate the opening of Barneys’ new flagship in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood later this month. The flagship will be located on the same block where the store first debuted back in 1923. In a black-and-white image from the campaign, Gaga sports a shaggy blonde bob, a bare face and a denim jacket. Others featured in the photo series include Cyndi Lauper, Yoko Ono and punk rock icon Patti…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Confirms He's Joining Coldplay and Beyonce for the Super Bowl

It's been rumored for weeks, but now Bruno Mars has officially confirmed that he'll be joining Coldplay and Beyonce during this year's Super Bowl halftime show. On Instagram, Bruno posted a picture of himself standing next to what looks like a stage set up on the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and captioned it, "It ain't a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn't show up." He added the hashtags #Confirmed, #SB50, #Halftime, #Coldplay and #Beyonce. Another photo shows him standing on the field, with the caption, "Mars has landed #SB50." Bruno headlined the Super…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall" Premieres on Showtime Tonight

Spike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project. "I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Teases "Magical & Fun" New Project

Looks like a new baby isn't the only thing Kelly Clarkson's got waiting in the wings. The original American Idol winner started teasing a "New Project" on Friday via Twitter.  She posted a brief video featuring a photo of some balloons, along with the words, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?" Unless Kelly plans to stage her own circus, it's anybody's guess what she's referring to.  That post, though, was simply "Clue #1." Sounds like more will be revealed later on. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Coming soon… #NewProject #Clue1https://t.co/erVgaehJme— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 5,…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Are Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom a Couple Now?

After their flirty encounter at a Golden Globes after-party last month, it seems Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are continuing to spend quality time together. Could a real romance be brewing? According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted having dinner together at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles Wednesday. They were apparently seen canoodling during a group dinner in the hotel’s Tower Bar. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman also were in attendance. One witness tells Page Six, “Orlando and Katy had that new-relationship glow about them. They were cuddling and flirting with each other…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Lumineers Announce Sophomore Album, "Cleopatra"

Can you say "hey?" How about "ho?" The Lumineers are back, and they've announced the details of their sophomore album, called Cleopatra. The album will be released April 8, and will feature the lead single "Ophelia," which is streaming now on YouTube. Additionally, The Lumineers have announced a North American headlining tour for the spring and summer. The outing will begin May 21 in Houston, Texas and will conclude June 19 in Chicago. Visit TheLumineers.com for all ticket info. Cleopatra comes four years after The Lumineers released their self-titled debut in 2012. The album, of course, featured the folk-rockers' breakthrough…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR