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2017-05-23

Ariana Grande's tour not postponed...yet

Despite reports, Ariana Grande's tour has not been yet been postponed or canceled in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing that left 22 people dead. A source tells Variety that Ari's team "has not even gotten to that yet," adding, "This is about the victims, it feels silly even to be thinking about the tour at this point."  According to the source, the team is "still assessing the situation and how she's doing."  ABC Radio has confirmed the details of Variety's story. Ariana is scheduled to perform in London on Thursday and Friday, and then in Belgium on Sunday.…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna delivers inspiring speech to young fashion designers

Rihanna was honored at Parsons School of Design’s annual benefit Monday night, and she delivered an inspiring speech to the future generation of fashion designers.“I don’t think you get celebrated enough,” she told the crowd. “You should be celebrated for every aspect of your growth and your growing pains. You should be celebrated for your creativity, for your fearlessness, your persistence and your determination...for being different, for not being given enough credit. For not having to use eye cream.”She added, "We often tear our youth down when we should be building them up. You are all the next generation. We…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend may have another "surefire" hit with new, heartwrenching music video

John Legend's new music video for his song "Surefire" shows the power of young, forbidden love between a Muslim girl and a Hispanic boy.  Regarding the powerful visual, John states, "Love is powerful. Love endures. Love can overcome the divisions that fear creates. We made this film to celebrate the power of love."   The video's director, Cole Wiley, adds, "'Surefire' is a song about eternal faith. Fear of immigration, religious bigotry and many other forms of prejudice are contaminating our cultural landscape on a daily basis." "Thankfully, Jamila and Roberto are able to transcend those circumstances and enjoy the fullest depths of…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

WALK THE MOON ready to “get weird” on upcoming new album

WALK THE MOON is leaving their “Shut Up and Dance” days behind them in favor of something a little different. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new album, a follow-up to 2014’s Talking Is Hard, and they say things are getting “weird.” Frontman Nicholas Petricca admits to ABC Radio there will always be an 80s influence in their music, but this time around they’re “incorporating a lot of noise and weird sounds.” Band mate Kevin Ray adds, “I think when you put all the four of us in a room for two months, three months, four…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry does "Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special," says Taylor Swift started feud but she's ready to end it

Katy Perry was the big guest on James Corden's The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special Monday night, and besides joining Corden on a string of her hits, Katy expounded at length on her beef with Taylor Swift. "Honestly, it's really like she started it and it's time for her to finish it," Katy told the host.  "And I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn't speak to me" "It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me," she explained, "and I'm like, 'OK, cool, cool, cool, that's how you want to…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Normani Kordei brings the heat in a tight race on the first night of "Dancing with the Stars" finals

Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars was the first night of an epic two-night season finale. With no eliminations scheduled, the three remaining finalists each performed two dances – a Redemption Style dance (Viennese waltz or quickstep), and a Freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season. Going into her performance we learned that 20-year-old Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei had suffered an injury to her foot, twisting her ankle, but as her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy said, “she would never admit it.” Normani was tough and it hardly seemed to register as she and Val brought…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Stars react to explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Celebrities are reacting in horror at the news that 22 people are dead and nearly 60 others are injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday. Ariana's duet partner Nicki Minaj tweeted: "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this" Harry Styles wrote: "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H" Taylor Swift tweeted: "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by…

posted 2017/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-05-22

At least 22 dead, 59 injured after incident at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

At least 22people are dead and about 59 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, according to Greater Manchester Police. The injured are being treated at six different hospitals across Manchester. Police said the situation "is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise." If it remains classified as a terrorist attack, it'll be the deadliest in the U.K. since the July 7, 2005 train and bus bombings during morning rush hour, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700. Early Tuesday in Manchester, Ian Hopkins, chief constable…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande says she's "broken from the bottom of my heart" by Manchester concert explosion

"broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." That's the first public reaction from Ariana Grande to the explosion outside of her concert in Manchester, England Monday night.  The blast, believed to be the work of a suicide bomber, killed 19 people and injured 50.     broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017   Grande tweeted her message just before 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Her manager, Scooter Braun, shared a longer message, tweeted about twenty…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

At least 19 dead, 50 injured after incident at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

At least 19 people are dead and about 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, according to Greater Manchester Police. Police said the situation "is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise." A rep for Ariana tells ABC News that Ariana is OK and that they are investigating what happened. Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run. Concertgoer Josh Elliot tells the BBC, "Basically, she finished her last song. 'Dangerous Woman,' and the house lights came up and everyone started to walk…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne says he almost didn’t go solo

Last week, Liam Payne became the final One Direction member to release solo material. But the singer tells Billboard he never actually planned to go solo at all. "To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture,” Liam says. "I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.' Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around…

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Confirmed fatalities" after incident at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Police are responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena in England where an Ariana Grande concert was taking place and telling individuals to stay away from the area.In a statement, police said there are a "number of confirmed fatalities" as well as additional injuries. A rep for Ariana tells ABC News that Ariana is OK and that they are investigating what happened. Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR