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2016-04-28

Sweet as Pie: Sara Bareilles and "Waitress" Musical are Drama Desk Award Nominees

Sara Bareilles was served some good news this morning. She and her Waitress musical are officially nominees for this year’s Drama Desk Awards. Sara was recognized twice -- in the Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics categories -- for writing and composing the show’s songs. The Broadway show, which officially opened on Sunday, scored a nod for Outstanding Musical and the show’s star, Jessie Mueller, was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Supporting character Christopher Fitzgerald is up for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. “Oh what a beautiful morning!” Sara tweeted after the nominations were announced Thursday. “Thank you…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Prince's Life and Career Celebrated with "Billboard" Tribute Issue

As Prince continues to dominate the Billboard charts a week after his death, Billboard pays tribute to the late musical genius with a special issue dedicated to his memory. The issue features an extensive look back at his career -- including his defining Dirty Mind album, his iconic Purple Rain style and his many female muses. Billboard also includes some of Prince’s quirkiest stories and quotes, plus reactions from his former flame Sheila E., comedian Tracy Morgan and producer Jimmy Jam. Tracy recounts how Prince’s song "Condition of the Heart" helped him cope with his father’s death and he credits…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Teaming Up with Tove Lo at 2016 Billboard Music Awards; Demi Lovato Also Joins Bill

Nick Jonas will hit the stage with a special guest at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Nick will team up with Tove Lo for a performance of his new single, "Close."  In addition, Demi Lovato -- Nick's current touring partner -- will deliver a rendition of her hit, "Cool for the Summer." The bill for the show also includes Justin Bieber, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Shawn Mendes and Pink. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22. The Weeknd is this year's leading nominee,…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo’s Florida Mansion Still Up for Grabs; Singer Prepares for Wax Figure Debut

While Jason Derulo enjoys his California mansion -- complete with a bar in the bathroom -- he’s still trying to sell his Florida estate. Curbed Miami reports the singer recently relisted the Coconut Creek pad for $2.25 million, down from his initial listing of $2.9 million. It’s unclear if this house also comes with cocktail accoutrements in any of its nine bathrooms, but it does boast seven bedrooms, a waterfall by the pool and a fitness center. The Miami native bought the home for $1.75 million in 2012. Meanwhile, Jason is soon to become a wax figure at Madame Tussauds…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Miley Cyrus Planning a Summer Wedding?

Are Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth planning to tie the knot or aren't they? Sources tell Us Weekly magazine that the 23-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer "wants a summer wedding," and her mother, Tish, is helping her plan the vows. Another insider seems to support that claim, noting Cyrus and the Hunger Games actor, 26, "live together and are very serious," adding, "It's possible they'll just run off to Vegas and tie the knot!" However, despite the fact that Miley has been spotted wearing the ring from the couple's previous engagement, Hemsworth told TV Week Australia earlier this month, "I am not…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Find Out Why Adam Levine Won’t Be Pulling a Beyonce Any Time Soon

In between his coaching gig on The Voice and prepping for impending fatherhood, Adam Levine hints he’s working on some new music with Maroon 5. The singer tells Entertainment Tonight the band might be releasing a fresh tune in the near future. "Not an album right now, but maybe a song,” he says. “Gotta keep the kids interested. We have something going on right now. Soon, it's coming...It's on the way. It's in the incubator." But while he’s a fan of Beyonce’s deeply personal approach to songwriting -- showcased on her much-discussed new album, Lemonade -- don’t expect his new…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Rihanna/Calvin Harris Song Coming This Friday

Rihanna and DJ/producer Calvin Harris have teamed up for a new single, and you won't have to wait long to download it. Calvin announced Wednesday on Twitter that his new collaboration with RiRi, "This Is What You Came For," is due out Friday. APRIL 29 ??@Rihanna pic.twitter.com/2PS6E1mthB— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 27, 2016 Of course, the two have worked together before, scoring a hit in 2011 with "We Found Love."  Rihanna joined Taylor Swift's boyfriend on stage at Coachella this month for a performance of the song. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha Appears on Zedd Song Set for Friday Release

After Kesha joined Zedd on stage at Coachella earlier this month for a surprise performance of his song, "True Colors," the two have collaborated on a proper release. Zedd tweeted Wednesday that a version of "True Colors" featuring Kesha will be released Friday. The announcement comes after both artists posted photos of themselves working together in the studio. ZEDD & KESHA - TRUE COLORS OFFICIALLY OUT: 4/29 pic.twitter.com/mYppzByuVB— Zedd (@Zedd) April 27, 2016 Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle in which she is asking to be released from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records, owned…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sources: Prescription Drugs Found in Prince's Possession, Home

ABC News has learned prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession and at his home the day he died. It's still too early to know if the drugs had anything to do with his death. However, the Carver County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota has contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration about helping with the investigation, if needed. If the drugs are found to be a factor, the DEA would then get involved. The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs. Prince died last Thursday at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57. An…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Kicks Off World Tour in Miami, Dedicates Song to Jay Z

Beyonce launched her Formation World Tour in Miami on Wednesday evening with a nod to her husband, Jay Z, the subject of infidelity rumors thanks to her new album, Lemonade. She closed her set at Marlins Park by dedicating a performance of "Halo" to the rapper, who was in the audience. "I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband," she said. "Boo boo, I love you so much." Earlier in the night, Bey sang the Lemonade track that's spurred much speculation about the state of her marriage, "Sorry" -- which includes the now-famous lyric, "He better call Becky…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charlie Puth's Latest Hit Is Bringing Fans to Their Knees

Charlie Puth has followed up his smash hit "See You Again" with "One Call Away."  Charlie says the success of the song has really surprised him, and he's even more surprised that it's literally bringing his fans to their knees. "I’m floored by it and I’m happy that everyone’s playing it and listening to it," he tells ABC Radio. "Y'know, I was performing it and a guy got down on one knee the other day and proposed to his girlfriend right in front of me. I’ve never been so, like, overwhelmed with emotions in my life!" And yes, the girl…

posted 2016/04/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-04-27

Alicia Keys to Honor Her Mom in Mother’s Day TV Special

Why get your mom flowers for Mother's Day when you can honor her on national TV? Alicia Keys will be doing just that during a one-hour Mother’s Day TV event set to air next weekend. She’ll show her appreciation for Terria Joseph, who raised her as a single mother, on VH1’s first-ever Dear Mama special. The mother-daughter duo previously co-starred together on Fox’s Empire. Alessia Cara will also be taking part in the special. She’ll perform her latest single, “Wild Things,” as a tribute to her mom, Enza Caracciolo. Dear Mama will be taped on Tuesday, May 3 at St.…

posted 2016/04/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR