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2016-08-22

Donate to Louisiana Flood Victims and You Could Meet Britney Spears

Britney Spears has teamed up with the American Red Cross and is appealing to her fans to donate money to help the flood victims in her home state of Louisiana.  If you do so, you can win some pretty cool prizes.For every $10 donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip for two to New York City to attend the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night, and you'll get to meet Britney before her performance. The winner will be drawn on August 25, so get your donations in now.You can also win the outfit she'll wear on the MTV…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas Releases Shadowy, Black-and-White Video for “Pieces”

Rob Thomas has released a moody new video for his song “Pieces.” The black-and-white visual features shots of Rob sitting at a grand piano in an empty loft, as well as shadowy scenes of him singing in front of a white background and distorted reflections of his image.“We build it up, we tear it down/We leave our pieces on the ground/We see no end, we don't know how/We are lost and we're falling/Hold onto me/You're all I have, all I have,” he sings on the ballad.“Pieces” is the third single off Rob’s album, The Great Unknown. He’s currently touring with…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Chainsmokers & Halsey Collabo Brings Both Acts Their First #1

The Chainsmokers are certainly having a moment.  After scoring two top 10 hits earlier this year with "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down," the EDM duo has finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Closer," their collaboration with Halsey.  This is also Halsey's first #1 hit. According to Billboard, Chainsmokers are the first duo to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2013, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it with "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us."  They're also the first group to score a #1 in more than two years. It's been nothing but solo artists on top…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lucky Dog! Adele Smooches Pooch Dressed in Adele T-shirt

One lucky pup got a kiss from Adele Monday night during her Los Angeles concert. The singer invited the dog -- who was wearing an Adele t-shirt -- up on stage, along with his owner.The pooch, named Casper, not only received a smooch from the superstar, he also got a photo. But Adele may have regretted getting so up-close and personal with the animal.“I don’t even know where that dog’s tongue has been!” she said after the kiss, in a fan-captured video. “I can’t believe I just kissed a stranger’s dog!”She then wondered aloud how the owner managed to get…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen Releasing "Emotion: Side B" This Week

It’s been a year since Carly Rae Jepsen released her gem of a pop album, Emotion. To commemorate that milestone, the singer announced on Twitter that she’ll be releasing Emotion: Side B this week.“Happy 1 year EMOTION! Your anniversary present is coming this Friday 8/26,” she tweeted.The album will include tracks that didn't make the cut on the original album. Carly tweeted a snippet of one of those songs, called “First Time.” The ‘80s-inspired tune previously only appeared on Emotion Remixed, which was released exclusively in Japan. Last week, Carly also dropped a new song with British producer Danny L…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol"'s Diminishing Returns Continue with Season 14's Nick Fradiani

It looks like American Idol's decision to wrap things up after 15 seasons may have been the right one.  In a perfect illustration of the law of diminishing returns, season 14 champ Nick Fradiani has the dubious honor of having his debut album, Hurricane, score the lowest debut sales week and chart position of any Idol winner.  Billboard reports that Hurricane arrived at #121 on the Billboard chart, with first-week sales of just 5,000 units. Nick was unable to break an Idol-winner sales free-fall that started with season eight winner Kris Allen, briefly paused for season 10 and season 11…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Couple Buys What They Believe Is Autographed Michael Jackson Tape for 25 Cents at Thrift Shop

A North Carolina couple bought what they believe is an autographed Michael Jackson Bad cassette tape for 25 cents at a local thrift shop. Amber and Michael Hernon, of Concord, were stunned when they spotted what they think is the singer’s signature inside the cover. "At first when I opened it, I couldn't say anything. Just went blank,” Amber told ABC News of their discovery at Heavenly Treasures, a consignment shop they frequent. “Then I told Michael it was signed, and gauging my reaction, he knew I was serious.” They first noticed the autograph after opening up the cassette’s cover…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: New Coaches Alicia Keys & Miley Cyrus Pick Up Artists

Following the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics on Sunday, NBC aired a special half-hour The Voice blind auditions Olympic preview. Joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the coaches’ chairs for the show's 11th season are pop star Miley Cyrus and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. Sunday’s show featured two blind auditions, with Cyrus and Keys each picking up an artist. After the closing credits, a picture of The Voice season-six finalist Christina Grimmie -- who was shot to death by a crazed fan in June – was shown with the message, “In loving memory of our friend Christina Grimmie.” Sunday’s…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J Hopes to Duet with Old Schoolmate Adele on Next Album

What are the chances that two girls in the same year at the same school would both go on to become multi-million-selling global pop stars?  If it actually happened, those two girls should definitely record a duet, right?  And that's why Jessie J's hoping to sing with Adele. Before Jessie and Adele -- then known as Jessica Cornish and Adele Adkins -- were multi-million-selling global pop stars, they were students together at London's BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.  Now, Jessie says she plans to reach out to Adele and see if they can collaborate on her next album…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Disgraced Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC Manager Lou Pearlman Dies at 62

Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC and LFO, among others, died at the age of 62 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, on Friday, reports the Los Angeles Times.  He died in prison where he was serving a 25-year sentence. No cause of death was revealed. Pearlman was convicted of fraud in 2008 in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme. In addition to his work with Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC and LFO, Pearlman managed Take 5, Natural, Innosense -- which briefly had a young singer named Britney Spears as a…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Pills Seized from Prince's Paisley Park Compound Contained Fentanyl

Pills that investigators seized from Prince's Paisley Park compound that were labeled as hydrocodone contained the powerful opioid fentanyl, a source familiar with the investigation told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was fentanyl that killed Prince, according to autopsy results.  He did not have a prescription for the drug, the source said. Investigators do not know at this point how Prince ingested the fentanyl. However, they believe he may have taken the pills marked as hydrocodone not knowing they contained fentanyl, according to the Star Tribune. Prince weighed only 112 pounds when he died, but he had so much fentanyl in…

posted 2016/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-08-21

Is Adele Making Los Angeles Her “Home Base”?

Maybe Adele is getting used to the idea of living in Los Angeles. Us Weekly reports the singer, who once said she hates being away from her home country of England, is rumored to be making Beverly Hills “her new home base.”A source says Adele’s been busy settling into her new $9.5 mansion with her three-year-old son, Angelo, and her partner, Simon Konecki -- between tour stops, of course. She’s apparently been spotted playing in her yard with Angelo and taking him out for walks around the community. “She’s always incognito in a hat and glasses,” a neighbor says. “But…

posted 2016/08/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR