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2017-04-26

Late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme was a music documentary visionary

Not only did the late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helm such acclaimed dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he was also a concert film visionary. Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed Stop Making Sense, the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary. The film gained accolades for its imaginative construction and editing, and was the first to be shot entirely using digital audio. Demme also directed a trilogy of concert film/documentaries featuring Neil Young: 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, and 2012’s Neil Young Journeys. Demme’s music video work included the video for Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," and Bruce's 1995 clip for "Murder Incorporated." In addition,…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

It's official: Katy Perry serving up "Bon Appetit" on Friday

Katy Perry made it Instagram-official.  Her new single is called "Bon Appetit," and it's coming Friday.  Oh, and it features rap trio Migos of "Bad and Boujee" fame. Katy posted artwork for the single to Instagram late Wednesday -- it features Katy's disembodied head superimposed on a plate of fruit while the hands of the members of Migos reach for the plate. "Compliments of the chef: 4.28.17," wrote Katy."Bon Appetit" is the second single Katy's dropped in recent weeks from her forthcoming album, following "Chained to the Rhythm."  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake on the late Jonathan Demme: "Master of humanity...genius of storytelling"

Justin Timberlake paused Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to film director Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at 73. Demme directed last year's tour documentary Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids. "Words just aren't enough with heartache like this," Justin wrote on Instagram, posting a black-and-white photo of himself and Demme embracing. "You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars ties Justin Timberlake in "Billboard" Pop Songs chart toppers

Justin Timberlake had a seven-year head start, but Bruno Mars has just pulled up even with him on Billboard's Pop Songs chart. Bruno has just scored his eighth #1 on the chart, which is based on radio airplay, with his latest single, "That's What I Like."  He and JT are now tied with eight #1s, the most of any male solo artist in the history of the chart. As Billboard points out, Justin scored his first #1 all the way back in 2003 with "Rock Your Body."  Bruno only scored his first #1 in 2010, with "Nothin' on You." Overall,…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry to perform on SNL season finale, turns fans into pie-baking maniacs

We still don't know the details of Katy Perry's hotly anticipated new album, but she'll be performing music from it on the season finale of Saturday Night Live. Katy will be the musical guest on the show for the third time when SNL closes out its season on May 20.  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, star of the upcoming Baywatch movie, will host. So far, we've heard "Chained to the Rhythm" from Katy's album, and she's been teasing a new song called "Bon Appetit," which may or may not come out tomorrow.  She first teased the song by embedding the lyrics…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas is "so tired of hearing celebrities talk" about Donald Trump

While Rob Thomas doesn't like Donald Trump, that doesn't mean he wants to hear his fellow stars dissing the president.  Why?  He doesn't think it makes any difference what they say. Speaking to the publication The Hill, Rob says, "I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, but I am so tired of hearing celebrities talk about not being a fan of Donald Trump, that it almost seems like white noise.” He adds, "I think that he’s a man that’s not really equipped for the job, but I think no one really cares what I think about that. I have opinions,…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato gets fierce new lion tattoo

Demi Lovato has some fierce new ink. Following in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Cara Delevingne, the singer has added a lion tattoo to her collection. In photos and video posted to Snapchat, Demi showed off the new tat inked by famed tattoo artist Bang Bang. The face of a lion now covers her entire hand.The same tattoo artist did Justin’s lion chest tattoo and Cara’s lion finger tattoo. But Demi says she wasn’t “copying” anyone.“You can't get a tattoo these days without someone saying you've copied someone or you're ‘matching’ someone,” she writes on Twitter. “That's…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez and Kygo's "It Ain't Me" video explores the power of music

The video for Selena Gomez and Kygo’s collab, "It Ain’t Me," has arrived. Fair warning -- it's a bit of a downer, but it has a hopeful ending.The clip features a couple who get into a motorcycle accident, leaving the male driver in a coma. The girl stays by his side for days as he lays in a hospital bed. In the meantime, we see what’s going on in his head while he’s in a dreamlike state.At one point, the girl puts on headphones and dances around the hospital room, then puts the headphones on her partner. The music eventually…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson's birthday trip was Harry Potter-tastic

Last Friday, Kelly Clarkson shared a video on Twitter that showed her being surprised with an early birthday present: a "girls' trip" with her sister, her mom and friends.  She's now shared on Instagram the way she spent her special weekend, and let's just say Dumbledore would be proud. Kelly posted a selfie -- which also included her one-year-old son, Remy -- posing at Universal Studios Orlando, location of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Kelly captioned the photo, "Thank you @universalorlando for the most magical birthday!!! It was the greatest surprise to have my entire group adorned in Harry…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Welcome to the Hotel Adele: Singer's concerts boost Australian hotel occupancy

Is your city suffering because tourism is down and hotel rooms are empty?  Here's the solution: invite Adele to perform there. According to Australia's Financial Review, the sell-out concerts Adele did Down Under led to a huge boost in hotel occupancy in a number of Australian cities, including Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane, hotel occupancy rose by 12% because more than 60,000 fans flocked to the city to see Adele perform two shows there.  Her two stadium shows injected an estimated $40 million into the city's economy as well, according to the Financial Review.  Adele's sold-out shows in Sydney…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Chainsmokers and Ariana Grande playing Singapore Grand Prix

The Chainsmokers and Ariana Grande are heading to Singapore to perform their first-ever shows there. The two acts will be performing at the Singapore Grand Prix in September. The officially-titled Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will take place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from September 15 to 17. The Chainsmokers and Ariana will be the headlining entertainment on Saturday, September 16.Other acts participating at the event include OneRepublic, Duran Duran and Seal. More music acts are expected to be announced in the coming months. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd calls his "Stay" collaborator Alessia Cara "so brilliant" and "really skilled"

Zedd has scored hits with songs featuring vocals by Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Hayley Williams and Foxes, but he says "Stay," his current collabo with Alessia Cara, was effortless because she's "so brilliant." "She's just a really skilled singer," Zedd says of Alessia. "I've never had to work less to get a vocal that sounds so good!"  "Obviously, in the time we live [in], you can pretty much make anyone sound good," he adds.  "But when you have something so brilliant to begin with, it's really easy to make it sound great." Zedd says when he first wrote "Stay," he…

posted 2017/04/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR