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2017-06-22

ABC's "Boy Band" premieres tonight with a Backstreet Boy, a Spice Girl & 30 contestants

Now that One Direction is on permanent hiatus and the Backstreet Boys are no longer boys, fans need a hot new boy band, and ABC's going to give it to them.  The network's new reality singing competition, called -- you guessed it -- Boy Band, premieres tonight, with a super-producer, a girl group star and a boy band legend along for the ride. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, super-producer Timbaland and Spice Girl Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton serve as the "architects" -- read "mentors" -- for Boy Band.  On tonight's two-hour premiere, 30 young male vocalists -- aged 15 to 24…

posted 2017/06/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-06-21

Steinfeld does sunglasses: Hailee's now an eyewear mogul

Hailee Steinfeld is one of several stars who've invested in Privé Revaux Eyewear, which sells over 100 different styles of high-quality sunglasses for just $29.95 a pair.  She says one reason she wanted to be a part of the company is because the sunglasses are so affordable, she can just give them away to her fans. Speaking to Billboard, Hailee says, "I love that [this brand] is accessible to anyone and everyone around the world. I feel like I can wear these sunglasses and feel just as great as when I’m wearing a pair that are five times the price."…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madame Tussauds Orlando unveils new Bieber wax figure, complete with his latest tattoo

How lifelike is the new Justin Bieber wax figure that was just unveiled at Madame Tussauds location in Orlando, Florida?  It even includes the tattoo that Biebs got less than a week ago. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the reveal of the new figure was postponed because the artists wanted to add the new ink -- which reads "Better at 70" -- to its leg.  It's visible through a rip in his jeans.  The wax Bieber also wears a plaid yellow shirt, white T, and long-ish blond hair parted on the side. A figure of Bieber was #1 choice to…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shawn Mendes takes a romantic jaunt through Europe in "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" video

Shawn Mendes' recently-wrapped European tour probably didn't leave him a lot of time for sightseeing in the company of a beautiful woman, so he staged that scenario for his new video, "There's Nothing Holding Me Back." The clip finds Shawn and his love interest, played by actress Ellie Bamber, frolicking, driving, hiking, dancing, and smooching their way through Paris, Amsterdam and the British countryside. "I really wanted to make a video for this song that represents the spirit of adventure. It felt like there was no better place for that than to shoot throughout different beautiful cities and landscapes in…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift scores $400,000 payday with streaming service return

Taylor Swift made a quick $400 thousand grand this month -- just by returning her back catalog to all the streaming services. Taylor's music was already on the subscription-only Apple Music, but on June 8, she made her five albums available on Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Amazon, among other services.  According to Billboard, since June 8, those albums garnered an additional 51.53 million streams -- an increase of 608% from the previous week.  The per-stream fee, plus publishing royalties, adds up to about $418,000 bucks in revenue, Billboard estimates.  Sure, Taylor has to split some of that with her co-writers,…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to hire surrogate for third child?

The Kardashian-Wests are reportedly not ready to stop with baby number two. A source confirms to People that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have hired a surrogate to carry their third child. The couple, who married in 2014, are already the parents two young children, 4-year-old daughter North and 18-month-old son Saint. Kim, who on her reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, repeatedly expressed her desire to have more children, was warned by doctors that having another child could come with major health risks for her. Kardashian suffers from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta grows into the wall…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars to headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

If you couldn't get tickets to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic tour, you have another opportunity to see him this September, when he headlines Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival. Tickets for the event, scheduled for September 16 and 17 in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, go on sale this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m. local time via MusicMidtown.com. Additional artists on the bill this year include Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Zara Larsson, Dua Lipa, Judah & the Lion, The Strumbellas, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean, among others. A two-day ticket for the festival will set you back $135 but…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" all-star charity single for London fire victims is here

To raise funds for the relief effort following the deadly fire last week that destroyed Grenfell Tower in West London, Simon Cowell has gathered together more than 50 artists to record an all-star charity version of Simon and Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The single, recorded at a studio just half a mile from the building, is out now.  You can buy it at the usual digital outlets, and also donate directly at ArtistsforGrenfell.com.  All donations made at that website will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need. Among the artists who participated: Liam…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn admits he's been racially profiled, but feels "there's no benefit to getting angry"

As one of the most high-profile British Muslims in showbiz, Zayn Malik feels both pride and a sense of responsibility to his culture.  He admits he's been profiled because of it, but says -- these days, especially -- "I understand why they’ve got to do it.” Speaking to the British paper The Evening Standard, Zayn recalls that as a member of One Direction, "The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane." He adds, "First they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train "Play" their way to platinum

Plenty of people have played Train's hit single "Play that Song"...and plenty of people have downloaded it, too: it's become the band's first platinum track since 2012's "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."  Train's ability to continue scoring hits after more than 20 years, and more than a few lineup changes, is, according to frontman Pat Monahan, what makes them unique among music acts. Just in the five years between those platinum singles, for example, Train's lineup changed several times, and though Monahan is now the only remaining original member, they keep on going. "Train is an anomaly. There's no template,…

posted 2017/06/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-06-20

Did Taylor Swift spend Father's Day in London with her beau?

Taylor Swift is very close to her dad, but a British tabloid reports that she spent Father's Day this year with her boyfriend's dad -- in London. A source tells The Sun that Taylor and her new boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn, "flew into London on Friday afternoon so they could spend Father's Day with his dad."  The source dishes that the two rented "the most inconspicuous car they could get their hands on" and went to Taylor's rented London home. "After spending the weekend together, Taylor offered to host Father’s Day at her place, with Joe’s mum and dad…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys taking their Las Vegas show to Mexico

The whole idea of a Las Vegas residency is that you stay in one place and your fans come to you.  But the Backstreet Boys are changing up that formula, at least for one night in December. The group will perform their Larger Than Life Vegas show in Cancun, Mexico on December 29.  The show will take place in the arena at Moon Palace Cancun, a Palace Resorts property. If you can't make it to the Boys' shows in Las Vegas, or the show in Cancun, you have a few more opportunities to see Backstreet perform live, though not the…

posted 2017/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR