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The Lumineers Announce Sophomore Album, "Cleopatra"

Can you say "hey?" How about "ho?" The Lumineers are back, and they've announced the details of their sophomore album, called Cleopatra. The album will be released April 8, and will feature the lead single "Ophelia," which is streaming now on YouTube. Additionally, The Lumineers have announced a North American headlining tour for the spring and summer. The outing will begin May 21 in Houston, Texas and will conclude June 19 in Chicago. Visit TheLumineers.com for all ticket info. Cleopatra comes four years after The Lumineers released their self-titled debut in 2012. The album, of course, featured the folk-rockers' breakthrough…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga to Be Honored at Grammy Museum Event This Spring

After a whirlwind February that includes performances at the Super Bowl, the Grammys and the Oscars, Lady Gaga has even more to look forward to this spring. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer will be honored at the Grammy Museum's 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on April 4. Gaga will be receiving the Jane Ortner Artist Award for her dedication to education through the arts. She’ll also be performing at the event, which will take place at billionaire Ron Buckle’s home in Beverly Hills. "The enormous impact Lady Gaga has had on artists and fans began with a…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Confirmed for Grammys Performance

Rihanna will perform on the Grammy Awards later this month, it's been confirmed. The official Grammys Twitter feed announced the news, writing, "It's official: Eight-time GRAMMY winner @rihanna joins the all-star lineup for the 58th #GRAMMYs Feb. 15 on @CBS!"  And Rihanna herself tweeted, "See y'all at the #GRAMMYS." The last time the singer appeared on the Grammy Awards was just last year, when she performed "Four Five Seconds" with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.  While all three of those artists have won multiple Grammy Awards, the song surprisingly failed to receive any nods for this year's Grammys. Adele, Andra…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Says Writing Hits for Other Artists Is "The Dream"

Meghan Trainor has scored four top-20 hits from her debut album Title, all of which she co-wrote.  But she's also made the charts by writing hits for other artists, which she says is what she's always dreamed of doing. Meghan co-wrote "Sledgehammer" for Fifth Harmony, which reached the top 40 a year ago.  Now, another song she co-wrote, "I Like the Sound of That," is #16 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as recorded by country group Rascal Flatts. "Yeah, that’s the dream," Meghan tells ABC Radio when asked if she still plans to make room in her busy schedule…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Season 15's Top 24 Revealed

Thursday was Final Judgment day as American Idol’s top 24 were revealed. More than 50 remaining contestants faced off in the Showcase Round, before facing judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez to see would fill the coveted spots. Here are Thursday’s highlights: The journey ended for a couple of early favorites. Michelle Marie performed Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns,” but while Urban noted that she really “takes to the stage,” Michelle’s charm and energy didn’t stand up to the fierce competition. Colette Lush’s audition also blew the judges away, but nerves seemed to get the better of…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dr. Luke's Lawsuits Against Kesha's Mom, Manager Dismissed

A New York judge this week dismissed lawsuits filed by Kesha's former producer, Dr. Luke, against her mom and manager, according to Business Insider. Kesha and Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald, have been involved in a legal battle for over a year. She claimed she had been repeatedly abused by Dr. Luke, including an allegation that he drugged and raped her, all of which the producer has denied. He filed his own claims against the singer, saying she was attempting to extort him in order to get out of her contracts with his record label. Dr. Luke…

posted 2016/02/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Watch Charlie Puth Play “Puth or Dare”

You’ve probably played “Truth or Dare” at some point in your life, but have you heard of “Puth or Dare”? It’s the same general concept, except you have to be Charlie Puth in order to play. Elle.com challenges the singer to the game, and he proves to be a great sport. The dares involve washing Pop Rocks down with some soda and grooming his famous eyebrows with some eyebrow gel. Charlie also shoves as many marshmallows as he can into his mouth, and even sings a bit of “See You Again” as he’s doing it. As for the truth portion,…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Aloe Blacc to Perform at Grammy After-Party

Aloe Blacc is taking the stage at The Recording Academy’s Grammy after-party. The singer has signed on to perform at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, which takes place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is “Grammy Land” -- a take on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists, and other playful design elements.  Attendees will include both Recording Academy members and Grammy nominees. Last year, Aloe’s album Lift Your Spirit was…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Reveals Madison Square Garden Show Is Sold Out

Looks like Kanye West's live event at New York City's Madison Square Garden sold out within minutes, literally. The rapper  announced the news on Twitter and expressed his gratitude. "THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS WE SOLD MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OUT IN 10 MINUTES!!!" he wrote. Kanye is anxiously awaiting the show. "It was always a dream to have a listening party at Madison Square Garden," he added. "On February 11th these dreams come true." If you weren't fast enough to score tickets, Kanye hints there may be more available. "I held a few seats for stage design that may open…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Coldplay's Chris Martin Will Avoid Any "Shark-Based Trauma," Is Creating "One Giant Band" at Sunday's Super Bowl Halftime Show

Remember last year, when that goofy dancing "Left Shark" who was part of Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show became a viral sensation?  Well, Coldplay, who are playing halftime this year, are all prepared to top that moment...and then some. At a press conference Thursday in San Francisco, Coldplay's Chris Martin, displaying his British sense of humor, told reporters, "We’ve trained ‘em so well this year -- all of our sharks. We’ve got left shark, middle shark, front shark, back shark, two right sharks and a reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem, in which…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn Malik Schedules First Solo U.S. TV Appearance; Releases Acoustic “Pillowtalk”

Zayn Malik has lined up his first solo TV performance. One Direction's former bad boy will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  February 17. Zayn will likely perform his new single, “Pillowtalk,” off his forthcoming album Mind of Mine, due out March 25. An acoustic version of the song, “Pillowtalk (The Living Room Session),” has also been released. Zayn was initially supposed to make his TV debut on U.K.’s The Graham Norton Show last month, but cancelled last minute due to a scheduling conflict. Guests also scheduled to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show this month include Christina…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Elle King's Debut Album "Love Stuff" Certified Gold

Grammy nominee Elle King has another career milestone to celebrate. Her debut album, Love Stuff, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Elle posted her stoked reaction to the news on Instagram, writing, “My album ‘Love Stuff’ is now gold. My first gold album. My first album. Ha! This is so insane. Thank you thank you thank you.” A gold certification from the RIAA means Elle's album has sold upward of 500,000 copies since it was released nearly a year ago, on February 13, 2015. Thanks to a new RIAA policy that started this week, that…

posted 2016/02/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR