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2016-05-19

Kanye Does Classic Kanye on "Ellen"

In true Kanye West fashion, the rapper embarked on a classic series of over-the-top statements during an appearance Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, venting to his host about topics including his family, his finances, and his plans to make the world a better place. You might recall earlier this year, Kanye claimed to be $53 million in debt, and tweeted to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to give him a billion dollars to implement his ideas.  Zuckerberg ignored his tweet, prompting DeGeneres to suggest maybe Kanye should've used Facebook.  "I should have put it on Facebook. Now I understand why…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Reveals the Strange Snack She Needs to Have Backstage

When it comes to snacks, Selena Gomez has eclectic tastes. The singer, who’s Revival tour is in full swing, reveals to Bon Appetit magazine what foods she can’t live without while on the road. “I keep things pretty simple [backstage],” she says. “Plenty of water and pickles.” On her tour bus, she likes to keep it spicy and sweet. “Hot Cheetos and chocolate are staples,” she says. Selena also tells the mag she likes stopping for KFC and Thai food in between gigs. She’s particularly looking forward to pit stops in her home state of Texas. “I love a good…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Grammy Race Already Shaping Up as Adele vs. Beyonce?

The Grammy Awards aren't until next February, but Billboard reports that the whole thing is already being predicted as a diva-off, starring Adele and Beyonce. Adele has a monster-seller of an album with 25, and Beyonce's album Lemonade is the best-reviewed set of the year.  Which one of them will win Album of the Year?  Well, they both have a shot, according to industry insiders, but it'll be a tight race. Beyonce has yet to win Album of the Year, and Lemonade is her biggest and most personal artistic statement yet, and its release -- with a one-hour HBO movie…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lukas Graham Added to "Billboard" Music Awards Performers

The Billboard Music Awards are this Sunday, but it's not too late to add Lukas Graham to the roster of performers.  There's no word on what the Danish singer/songwriter will perform, but odds are good it'll be his band's smash hit, "7 Years." Lukas Graham joins an already impressive list of performers on the broadcast, including Justin Bieber, DNCE, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Pink, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, and collaborations with Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Madonna will be performing a Prince tribute. Also added to the…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charlie Puth's "See You Again" Up for Six "Billboard" Awards This Weekend; He May Write a Sequel

This Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, Charlie Puth's got six nominations for his smash hit "See You Again."  More nominations might be in his future as well -- since he may end up penning a sequel to that song. "See You Again" was featured in the movie Furious 7, and was a tribute to the film series' late star, Paul Walker.  Charlie says he's already had a conversation with one of that movie's stars about writing a new tune for Furious 8, which is now in production and will be out next spring. "Before they started filming I…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake’s New Video “Just a Big Sugar Cookie,” Says Director

If you couldn’t stop smiling while watching Justin Timberlake’s sunny video for “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” -- good. That’s exactly the reaction director Mark Romanek was hoping for. “It’s not trying to be cool or slick or ironic,” he tells Entertainment Weekly of the clip. “It’s just fun. Most of the time, people are excellent. It’s just a big sugar cookie. It makes people smile for four minutes. That’s nice.” The video features people of all ages dancing at various locations around Los Angeles. “We looked at hundreds of people and the ones that just made you smile immediately when…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha's Mother Suggests Other Performers Boycott "Billboard" Music Awards

Kesha's mother is upset that the singer will not perform at the Billboard Music Awards as originally planned, and she let her Twitter followers know it Wednesday. Pebe Sebert posted a series of tweets expressing her disappointment after Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday that Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Records, rescinded permission for Kesha to sing during the ABC broadcast on Sunday. "Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show," the statement said. TMZ had previously reported that Kesha was going to reference her legal battle with Dr.…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Makes Surprise Appearance on "Survivor" Finale

Wednesday night's Survivor season finale on CBS had a special surprise: Sia. The singer made an appearance on the live part of the finale, for a very good reason. She announced she wanted to donate to contestant Tai Trang, a 51-year-old gardener and animal lover, 50 thousand dollars, as well as another 50 thousand to an animal charity of his choice. Guess who's a big #Survivor fan & stopped by the green room before tonight's #SurvivorFinale? None other than, @Sia! pic.twitter.com/24syhPldT5— SURVIVOR (@survivorcbs) May 19, 2016 Michele Fitzgerald, a bartender from New Jersey, won the competition and the million-dollar grand…

posted 2016/05/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-05-18

Britney Spears’ New Single Delayed, but Her Mobile Game Is Out Now

Good news and bad news, Britney Spears fans. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the good news is Britney will be kicking off the Billboard Music Awards Sunday with a medley of some of her biggest hits. The bad news is she won’t be debuting her new single, “Make Me (Oooh).” Las Vegas Sun’s Robin Leach reports that technical production difficulties have caused Britney to push back the release of the single and its video until later this summer. “There’s no point in Britney previewing it so far in advance if we don’t even have a new release date yet,”…

posted 2016/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift’s Apple Ads Spark Sales Bumps for Drake, Jimmy Eat World & The Darkness

Taylor Swift and Apple are proving to be quite a powerful pairing. According to Billboard, the songs Taylor featured in her Apple ads have enjoyed major sales gains. The first ad featured Taylor singing along on a treadmill to Drake and Future’s “Jumpman.” Following the ad’s April 1 premiere, “Jumpman” went from #32 to #23 on the Hot 100 chart dated April 23. It also shot up 194 percent in download sales that week, from 15,000 to 44,000. The second ad’s tune, Jimmy Eat World’s 2002 hit “The Middle,” enjoyed an even bigger bump than “Jumpman.” Between the week before…

posted 2016/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris & More Headlining "Billboard" Hot 100 Music Festival

The hitmakers are heading to the beach this summer for the 2016 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Fetty Wap will be headlining the second annual event, which takes place August 20 and 21 at New York’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Performers will also include Rachel Platten, AWOLNATION and Desiigner. More acts will be announced soon. A pre-sale for Citi MasterCard cardholders begins today, while tickets for the general public go on sale May 21 at 10a.m. ET at LiveNation.com. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Shapes Up for "Sesame Street"

Nick Jonas found his way to Sesame Street. The singer makes a guest appearance on Saturday’s episode of the children’s program. Nick will be singing an original song, called “Check That Shape,” along with Bert, Cookie Monster and The Count. People has an exclusive sneak peek of the musical number, which teaches kids about more complicated shapes like pentagons and octagons. Sesame Street airs Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on HBO. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/05/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR