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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


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

Pentatonix Hits #1 with Latest Holiday Album

It's a very Merry Christmas for Pentatonix: their holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas has reached #1 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. This is the a cappella group's second #1 album, following their self-titled 2015 non-holiday disc.   A Pentatonix Christmas has gone platinum and is the fifth best-selling disc of 2016.  In addition, the video for the group's current single, "Hallelujah," has nearly 100 million views. The group's previous holiday album, 2014's That's Christmas to Me, is currently sitting at #5 on the chart.  It's reached double platinum status. There are more good things to come for Pentatonix in 2017:…

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

Rob Thomas Remembers His Summer on Tour with George Michael

After initially posting about his sadness over the passing of George Michael, Rob Thomas has now posted a lengthy remembrance of the summer he and his wife spent on tour with George. "In July of 2007, [my wife] Mari and I decided to spend our summer with George Michael on his stadium tour through Europe. George and I share a manager and we had become friends, so it seemed like the perfect way to spend the summer," Rob writes on Instagram. He adds, "As a musician, it schooled me on what it means to be a performer. To see one…

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

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” Tops "Billboard" Hot 100 Chart

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” is finally the star of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song, featuring Daft Punk, jumps to number one this week, after eight weeks at number two. The ranking marks The Weeknd’s third Hot 100 number one hit and Daft Punk’s first. “Starboy” replaces Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” which spent six weeks at number one thanks to the popularity of all the Mannequin Challenge videos featuring the song.   The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, comes in at number three, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” is number four and Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s “Juju on That Beat” rounds…

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

Mariah Carey Pays Tribute to George Michael: "He Gave Us the FIRST Modern Christmas Classic"

Everyone may think that Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was the first modern Christmas classic...but it wasn't.  Even Mariah admits that George Michael got there before she did. Mariah, a huge fan of George's, has posted a remembrance of the singer on her website, following the news of his death on Christmas Day at age 53.  She writes, "He was a genius that gave us classics like 'Faith' as well as boundary pushing singles 'I Want Your Sex' and 'Father Figure.'  He also gave us the FIRST modern Christmas classic with 'Last Christmas.'" She adds, "George…

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

Orlando Bloom Spends Fun-Filled Christmas with Katy Perry and Her Family

Orlando Bloom seemed to fit right in with Katy Perry’s family this holiday. He joined his girlfriend, her parents and her siblings for Christmas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Katy and Orlando documented the festivities on social media. In an Instagram video, Katy and her older sister Angela played a game of Pie Face Showdown. Katy lost and got a facefull of whipped cream. Orlando also played a round of the game, with Katy’s brother, David. Someone off-camera helps things along and pushes the whipped cream into Orlando’s face. “He cheated,” Orlando captions the video. Katy also posted a picture of…

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

The Chainsmokers Set Dance Chart Record with "Closer"

The Chainsmokers' "Closer" may have topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks, but over on the dance charts, there's no end in sight for the song. The EDM duo's collaboration with Halsey just notched a 17th week at #1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart.  That's a record in the chart's 13-year history: no song has ever stayed on top that long.  The previous record was 16 weeks, held by Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child."  Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" was #1 for 15 weeks. "Closer" has earned the Chainsmokers and Halsey a Grammy nod for Best Pop…

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

The Year In Music 2016: Adele Conquers the World (Again)

Adele ended 2015 as one of the biggest stars in the universe, thanks to her comeback hit "Hello" and smash album 25.  But in 2016, Adele became an even bigger star, as her album continued to sell by the truckload, and she launched a global tour which seemed to make headlines every night.  Here's a look at Adele's amazing 2016: --Adele kicked off the year in a big way by guest-starring on Carpool Karaoke, her friend James Corden's viral segment his Late Late Show.  Not only did she and James duet on her own hits, but she busted out "Wannabe"…

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

Taylor Swift Makes Surprise Visit to 96-Year-Old Cancer-Stricken WW II Vet

Taylor Swift gave a 96-year-old World War II vet with cancer the ultimate Christmas gift -- a surprise visit. The 27-year-old music superstar surprised Cyrus Porter at his Missouri home on Monday after a local news station did a story about Porter, who became known as the oldest “Swifty,” even driving to her concerts in St. Louis and Memphis with his grandkids, according to reports. “It’s a Christmas Miracle!!! Thank you @taylorswift13. My grandpa was so excited!!” grandson Robert Frye captioned a Twitter selfie. Other posts show Swift checking out Porter’s WWII memorabilia before picking up her guitar and leading his…

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

Report: George Michael Died Alone

Following George Michael's shocking death at age 53 on Christmas Day, a statement said that the star had died peacefully. But according to Michael's boyfriend, he died alone. Fadi Fawaz, who'd been with Michael since 2011, said he discovered the singer dead when he went over to his house on Sunday. He told the British paper The Telegraph, "We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. We don't know what happened yet." Fawaz added, "Everything had been very complicated recently, but George…

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