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2015-05-22

Newly Crowned "American Idol" Nick Fradiani on Debut Album & Why He Won: "People Like to See Growth"

Nick Fradiani has been your new American Idol for just over a week, but the fact that he won at all surprised a few people.  After all, he's from Connecticut, and nobody from the Northeast had ever won the competition before.  Not only that, but Clark Bentson, the eventual runner-up, had been the frontrunner all season.  So how did Nick do it?  With the support of his hometown, and the compelling nature of his Idol journey. "When I tried out, you start looking up all the Idol stuff and I remember telling my mom, 'Mom...They say if you’re from where…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Sings with Kermit the Frog, One Direction Appears, on Red Nose Day Event

"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.The star-studded event included a performance from Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Kermit the Frog for a version of "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie. One Direction was also on hand to urge viewers to donate, but did not perform. The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow. "Red…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-05-21

Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation Honored by Anti-Defamation League

Lady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation were honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s Making a Difference award Thursday. Gaga accepted the award via video message, calling it “an incredible honor.” “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” the pop star said of the ADL. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on the inside is very important to everyone. We want to do everything we can to make them feel strong and happy, and know that they deserve a kinder and braver life.” Her video was shown at ADL’s No Place…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Is Embracing Musical Freedom: “I Have No Frigging Clue What’s Coming Next”

Kelly Clarkson is officially a free agent. Her latest album Piece by Piece was the final release in a six-album deal she signed with RCA Records right after becoming the first American Idol winner in 2002. Kelly tells Rolling Stone she’s embracing her hard-earned freedom. "Man, I have no frigging clue what's coming next, but it's going to be fun," she says. "I haven't ever been able to pick who to work with as an artist, so it's nice now that it's a choice. It'll be cool to 'Breakaway,' for lack of a better term, and see what's out there.”…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd Wants Fans to Find Him on Tinder

Swipe right on Tinder and you could end up with a date with Zedd. The DJ-producer is offering his Tinder-using fans a special deal on his new album, and he’ll personally invite some lucky Tinder matches to his upcoming fall tour. Tinder users who find Zedd’s profile and swipe right will receive a message with details on how to purchase True Colors for a special exclusive price of $3.99. Matches will also be entered to win a limited edition True Colors Package which includes a signed poster, vinyl copy of the album and a sticker. The album deal is available…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas & Sage the Gemini Release Sexy Tropical Video for “Good Thing”

Want to feel like you’re in a jungle paradise with Nick Jonas? Just watch his latest video for the song “Good Thing” with rapper Sage the Gemini. The colorful visual is the perfect accompaniment to this sexy summer jam about having a casual fling. Surrounded by beautiful women in the tropical setting, Sage raps the verses while Nick sings soulful the chorus. Earlier this week, Nick announced dates for his fall solo tour. It’s scheduled to kick off September 6 in Hershey, PA and is currently set to wrap September 29 in Silver Spring, MD. After that, he’ll open for…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran, Hozier & Clean Bandit Win Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards

Ed Sheeran and Hozier are now the proud owners of Ivor Novello songwriting awards, the BBC reports. At today's ceremony in London, Ed was named Songwriter of the Year, while Hozier won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Take Me to Church.” Ed accepted his prize from Sir Elton John. "This is the one award that really counts because it comes from people you respect,” he said. "No offense to all the other ones, obviously." After winning his award, Hozier said, "This time last year I was completely unknown and this music was written alone in my attic. I'm so…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift Among Nominees for MuchMusic Video Awards

The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith are just some of the artists who scored nominations for Canada’s 2015 MuchMusic Video Awards. The Weeknd leads the pack with six nominations, including Video of the Year for "Often," and Most Buzzworthy Canadian artist for his Fifty Shades of Grey track, "Earned It," which is also nominated for Fan Fave Video of the Year. Ed, who’s also co-hosting the June 21 ceremony, nabbed three nominations including Best International Artist, Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group, and the previously announced Fan Fave International Artist/Group of the Year. Taylor, Sam,…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Video Breaks VEVO Viewing Records; Tour Launches in Louisiana

Taylor Swift's star-studded video for "Bad Blood" is pretty epic, and now it's racked up some pretty epic viewing numbers. After premiering Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, the video debuted exclusively on VEVO, where it broke the record for most views in a 24-hour period: 20.1 million.  The previous record holder was "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj, which grabbed 19.6 million views back in August. Together, all of Taylor's videos have amassed nearly five billion total views. In other Taylor news, she kicked off her 1989 tour Wednesday night in Bossier City, Louisiana.  According to USA Today, the set…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez to Start Planning Her Vegas Residency Show June 1

By next month, Jennifer Lopez will be in full-on preparation mode for her Las Vegas residency show. The show is set to premiere at the Axis at Planet Hollywood on January 20, but J.Lo isn’t wasting any time. She tells the Las Vegas Sun she’ll begin work on the setlist and music for the project on June 1. “By July, we will have started to conceptualize the show,” she says. “By August, we’ll start work on the costumes, and rehearsals will begin late September or early October. It’s going to go very fast, although it may seem a long time…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Postpones Start of Rebel Heart Tour: "The Show Has to Be Perfect"

Madonna has rescheduled the first three dates of her forthcoming Rebel Heart tour due to production issues. "As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect," she says in a statement. "Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans. I can promise you this show will be worth the wait. Can't wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there." The August 29 opening night in Miami has been moved to January 23rd.  An additional show scheduled for August 30 will take place January 24, while the…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Sings His Classics, Solves Rubik's Cube During "Late Late Show's" "Carpool Karaoke"

Wednesday night, Late Late Show host James Corden aired a new edition of the "Carpool Karaoke" segment on his CBS program, this time with Justin Bieber. In addition to getting McDonald's and literally swapping clothes while on the road -- the latter, at Bieber's suggestion -- the chat show host and the recording artist belted out "Baby" and "Boyfriend," as well as Boys II Men's "End of the Road." Additionally, Corden challenged Biebs to prove a claim he can solve a Rubik's Cube within two minutes -- which he apparently did -- and discussed one of the fringe benefits of his Calvin…

posted 2015/05/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR