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2016-12-29

The Year in Music 2016 -- Kelly Clarkson: Goodbye "American Idol," Hello to New Record Deal

2016 was the year we said goodbye to American Idol -- the show that made Kelly Clarkson a star -- but it was also the year we saw Kelly begin a new chapter in her career. -- On February 25, Kelly, who was pregnant with her second child, served as a guest judge and guest performer on the 15th and final season of American Idol.  Her tearful performance of the title track of her 2015 album Piece by Piece made a huge impression.  The song was released in an "Idol version" a few days later, and debuted at #8 on…

posted 2016/12/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"New Year's Rockin' Eve" Performers Alessia, Hailee & G-Eazy Remember Watching the Show as Kids

One of the thrills for artists appearing on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest is getting to perform on a show they watched every year as kids.  This year's crop of artists is no exception. Alessia Cara "definitely watched" New Year's Rockin' Eve as a kid in Canada. "That was the thing that my family would put on while we were partying," she tells ABC Radio.  It's her second time on the show, but it's just one of the many highlights of Alessia's 2016. "I went on tour, which was amazing -- with Coldplay and [alone],"…

posted 2016/12/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-12-28

Pink and Husband Carey Hart Welcome Son Jameson Moon

After revealing in November that she was heavily pregnant, Pink has welcomed her second child. On Instagram, Pink posted a photo of herself holding her new son, with the caption "Jameson Moon Hart 12-26-16."  Her husband, Carey Hart, was also pictured holding the baby, along with the caption "I love my baby daddy." Jameson Moon joins big sister Willow Sage, who's 5 1/2, in the Hart family.  Mommy is currently nominated for a Grammy for Best Song Written For Visual Media for her Alice Through the Looking Glass hit "Just Like Fire."  The song is also eligible for an Oscar…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Playing Pricey One-Night-Only Show in Vegas This Friday

Lady Gaga is closing out the year with a one-night-only performance in Las Vegas. The singer will perform an intimate set of jazz standards and classics at Wynn’s Encore Theater on Friday. Gaga will be joined by New York City jazz musician Brian Newman and his quintet. Tickets to this “intimate evening” will cost you, though. Orchestra seats are running for $1,500 a pop and mezzanine tickets are $1,000 – plus tax. Gaga previously performed at the Encore Theater with Tony Bennett last December, at the Frank Sinatra 100th birthday tribute show.  So far, she hasn't announced plans for a…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Not Your Boy Next Door: Justin Bieber Named "Worst Celebrity Neighbor" of 2016

Sorry, Justin Bieber. No one wants to be your neighbor. The singer topped Zillow’s 10th annual list of most undesirable celebrity neighbors of 2016. He previously topped the list back in 2014, but this time around he earned the highest percentage of votes in the survey’s history. One in three participants -- or 36 percent -- believe the Biebs would be the worst neighbor. He was particularly disliked among male voters: 39 percent of them deemed him an undesirable boy next door. Reality TV stars Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna came in second with 23 percent of the vote, followed…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd Says Topping "Billboard" Hot 100 Is “An Honor”

The Weeknd is feeling pretty good about scoring his third number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Starboy,” his collaboration with Daft Punk. "To be recognized for the hard work my team and I put into 'Starboy' is an honor,” he says in a statement to Billboard. “To be a part of this with Daft Punk is incredible and will be remembered forever."  "Starboy" marks the French robot duo's first-ever #1 on that chart. His second single off the album Starboy, another Daft Punk collab called “I Feel It Coming,” is also climbing the chart. It jumped…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez Cuddles Up to Drake in New Instagram Photo

Jennifer Lopez just added even more fuel to the rumors that she’s dating Drake. The singer posted an Instagram photo of the two of them cuddling each other on a couch and looking an awful lot like a couple. Drake reposted the photo. The internet has already given the two stars their own couple name: Dra-Lo. Romance rumors started swirling two weeks ago, when Drake attended J.Lo’s Vegas residency show. Then came the story that Jennifer cancelled her New Year’s Eve performance in Miami in order to ring in 2017 with the rapper. Even more telling? According to E! News,…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Year In Music 2016 -- Taylor Swift Can Never Excluded from the Narrative

It says a lot about Taylor Swift's power in the pop culture world that she can go a whole year without releasing any music -- under her own name, that is -- but still dominate the headlines, though not always in a good way.  Here are some of the things Taylor did in 2016: -- In February of 2016, Taylor won three Grammys, including her second Album of the Year Grammy, for 1989.  That made her first female artist ever to win twice in that category.  During her acceptance speech, she appeared to take a swipe at Kanye West's "Famous"…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Feels "Sick and Objectified" over Boyfriend's Fan's Comments

Ariana Grande has taken to Twitter to relate a story involving a fan encounter that she says left feeling "sick and objectified." Oddly, it wasn't an encounter with one of her own fans, but one of her boyfriend's. On Twitter, Ariana says that she and her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, had gone to get food when a young fan came up and started gushing over Mac. "He was loud and excited and by the time M was seated in the drivers seat he was literally almost in the car with us," she writes. "I thought all of this was cute…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas Remembers His Friend George Michael: Knowing Him Was "a True Gift"

Imagine growing up idolizing someone and then becoming friends with them later in life.  That's what happened with Rob Thomas and George Michael, who passed away on Christmas at the age of 53.  The two men met through their manager, and Rob says getting to know the late British superstar was a "true gift." "To be able to have that kind of insight...not just [into] someone that you admire, but someone that you admire that does what you want to do, at a level that you can only hope that you would ever be able to do it...I think it's…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mike Posner Gets Ready for "New Year's Rockin' Eve," Recalls His "Worst" New Year's Ever

Mike Posner is one of over a dozen artists who'll be performing on Dick Clark's New Year's Eve with Ryan Seacrest this Saturday night.  It's the second time he's appeared on the show, and he says it's one of his favorite TV gigs because the audience is so enthusiastic. "A lot of times [when] you play on TV, there’s a studio audience and they’re a bunch of old people...they came to New York City on a bus together and they’re less than excited to see you," he laughs. "And this one is so different; everyone is partying. It’s as crazy…

posted 2016/12/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-12-27

Who Will Mariah Carey Be Kissing on New Year’s Eve?

It seems Mariah Carey already knows who she’ll be kissing on New Year’s Eve. According to Entertainment Tonight, her new beau, Bryan Tanaka, is the lucky guy. A source tells ET the romance is becoming more serious. “She’s into him now,” the source says, adding that Bryan, one of her backup dancers, will be Mariah’s “New Year’s kiss” -- presumably on camera --  after she performs on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The insider says Bryan “gets along really well” with Mariah’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe. He apparently spent the holidays with the singer and her…

posted 2016/12/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR