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"American Idol" Recap: Two Hopefuls Go Home, Boy George Coaches, David Hasselhoff Sings

The top nine finalists were revealed on Wednesday’s two-hour edition of American Idol, an installment that featured a double elimination, singing advice from Boy George and a musical performance by David Hasselhoff. The nine contestants who advanced as a result of America’s votes are: Daniel Seavey, Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Tyanna Jones, Jax, Nick Fradiani, Clark Beckham, Qaasim Middleton and Rayvon Owen. Adanna Duru and Maddie Walker were sent home. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. were back behind the judges' table and Idol mentor Scott Borchetta enlisted Boy George to help guide the contestants. In keeping with…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did 1D's Harry Styles Cry Over Zayn Malik's Departure? Meanwhile, Fans Go In-Zayn Over News

It wasn't just millions of teens worldwide who burst into tears Wednesday at the news that Zayn Malik had left One Direction: his bandmate Harry Styles was choked up too. Us Weekly magazine reports Harry was caught on stage during the band's concert Wednesday in Jakarta, Indonesia wiping away tears.  It's not clear if Zayn's departure was the reason for his sadness, though.  A source tells the magazine that the band "knew it was coming" after Zayn left the tour and flew home to the U.K., citing "exhaustion."  Said an insider, "He just wasn’t happy. He felt he had gotten…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Vance Joy Chose His Stage Name to "Conjure Up a Cool Little World" for Himself

Thanks to his hit "Riptide" and his upcoming opening slot on Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour, a lot more fans are familiar with Vance Joy.  But you may not be aware that Vance Joy isn't actually the Australian singer/songwriter's given name: he was born James Keogh, and took his stage name from a character in a book.  So why did he change it?  "I wanted to create a little world," he explains. Vance, who originally set out to be a lawyer and then switched to music, said he was inspired to change his name when he saw that one of…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


"Uptown Funk" Tops Chart for a 12th Week; Flo Rida Scores 10th Top 10 Hit

The way things are going, we won't be able to get ourselves out of this "Funk" for a long, long time.  "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson is spending a staggering 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100. In the 55-year history of the Hot 100, there have only been 15 songs that have spent at least 12 weeks at #1, and "Funk" is one of them.  In addition, the song now ties "Blurred Lines" for the song with the longest run at #1 of the 2010s.  One more week and it'll pass "Blurred Lines" to take the…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Wins Third Consecutive Songwriter of the Year Prize at APRA Music Awards

Sia just made history. Billboard reports that for the third consecutive time, the Aussie singer-songwriter won Songwriter of the Year at the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Music Awards Tuesday night. “This is an unprecedented, and very likely, a never-to-be-repeated achievement by one of our most talented songwriters,” APRA CEO Brett Cottle said. The APRA Music Awards, which honor songwriters and music publishers, is one of the Australian music industry's most prestigious events. Sia also took home the peer-voted APRA Song of the Year honor for “Chandelier,” giving her a career total of six APRA Awards. She shared the Song of…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is New Music Coming Tomorrow from Rihanna?

Rihanna teased fans late Wednesday with a cryptic Instagram post promising something on Thursday. The post -- which looks like some kind of single or album artwork -- features a black-and-white image of the shirtless singer wearing an open motorcycle jacket and something which appears to be written in braille aside the image.  In the accompanying caption Rihanna included the hashtags #R8, #BBHMM and #March26. Fans on Rihanna's website, where the image and hashtags were also posted, speculated that #BBHMM might stand for "B**ch Better Have My Money," and that it may refer to the name of a new single…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears: "I'm the Happiest I've Ever Been"

Britney Spears says she's she currently “the happiest I’ve ever been.” In a new People magazine cover story, the 33-year-old pop star opens up about her family life, saying her career will always take a back seat to her sons, 9-year-old Sean Preston and 8-year-old Jayden James. “My kids come first in my life, bottom line,” says Britney, who co-parents with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Despite her hectic performance schedule for her hit Las Vegas residency, Britney’s a hands-on mom, taking her kids to play dates, soccer games, and gymnastics lessons. She even helps them with their homework. “Homework is…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Princeton Review" Appeases Taylor Swift with Ticket Offer for Fans

Earlier this week, a Taylor Swift fan pointed out that the Princeton Review had misquoted one of the singer's lyrics in an attempt to point out that pop songs are notorious for their bad grammar.  Now the publication is making it up to Taylor by treating her fans to some free concert tickets. Initially, the Princeton Review quoted Taylor's song "Fifteen" as saying, "Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe 'em."  In reality, the lyric is "Somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them."  The publication has now tweeted a photo of the offending page…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Charli XCX & More to Play Lollapalooza 2015

The lineup for Lollapalooza 2015 has been announced and as usual, it's an eclectic one.  The headliners include rock legends Paul McCartney and Metallica, but also on the bill are artists as diverse as Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Walk the Moon, Tove Lo, Charli XCX, George Ezra, Sheppard and Florence + the Machine. The festival will take place in Chicago's Grant Park July 31 through August 2.  If you can't make it, a live stream will be available on a variety of devices.  Three-day passes to the festival are already sold out, but single-day passes are available today at the…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction

After leaving the band's current tour due to exhaustion, One Direction member Zayn Malik has now officially left the group for good. A post on the group's Facebook page reads, "After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year." The remaining members of the group add, "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jaime King Explains Why Taylor Swift Will Be the Perfect Godmother

Jaime King has no doubt Taylor Swift will be the perfect godmother to her child. The Hart of Dixie actress opened up to Elle magazine about why she chose the pop star as her second baby’s godmother. “There was no thought behind it at all other than that I always knew she was going to be the godmother if I had another baby,” Jaime says. “It's because she's incredibly thoughtful. Choosing a godmother is a very sacred and important thing in our family.” She says that Taylor’s generosity with her fans was one of the reasons she knew Taylor would…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tove Lo on "Talking Body," Writing Ellie Goulding's Hit & Wishing "Fifty Shades" Was "Dirtier"

After taking some time off last year to have throat surgery, Tove Lo is back and better than ever.  Not only is the Swedish singer climbing the charts with her new single "Talking Body" -- the follow up to last year's smash "Habits (Stay High)" -- but a song she wrote for another artist has turned into a massive hit as well. It turns out Tove co-wrote Ellie Goulding's hit "Love Me Like You Do," from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.  In retrospect, it's not such a surprise to hear that, considering how sexy it is.  But Tove says…

posted 2015/03/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR