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2017-06-19

Zedd won't "Stay" home: kicking off North American tour this fall

On the heels of his biggest-ever pop hit -- the Alessia Cara collabo "Stay" -- Zedd has announced a headlining tour of North America. Kicking off September 29 in Vancouver, the ECHO tour will bring the producer and DJ to Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.  The trek will also include Grey, the duo who teamed up with Hailee Steinfeld for the hit "Starving," and Lophiile, who's featured on Zedd's "Stay" remix EP. Fans can grab pre-sale tickets starting at noon ET on Wednesday; sign up at Zedd.net/echo to access them.  The general public can buy tickets on Friday at 10…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Call Me" five: Carly Rae Jepsen's signature hit marks fifth anniversary

It's hard to believe that we ever lived in a world where "Call Me Maybe" didn't exist, but it was five years ago this week that Carly Rae Jepsen's signature hit began what would be a nine-week stint on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The song, which eventually became 2012's Song of the Summer, turned into a hit thanks to Justin Bieber.  He and his manager Scooter Braun arranged for Carly Rae -- a former Canadian Idol contestant -- to get a U.S. record deal.  Why?  Because he happened to go back home to Canada, heard "Call Me Maybe"…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber snags yet another "Billboard" chart record

Can you "Belieb" that Justin has set yet another Billboard record? Luis Fonsi's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, and DJ Khaled's "I'm the One," also featuring Justin Bieber, are the two best-selling digital songs of the week, according to Billboard. The number three best-selling digital song is David Guetta's "2U," which -- you guessed it --  also features Justin. That makes Justin the first artist ever to rank number 1, 2 and 3 on the Digital Song Sales chart simultaneously. Not only that, but "Despacito" is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week.  That's twice as long as…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde says relationship with Taylor Swift is like having a sick friend

While it is pretty sick that Lorde and Taylor Swift are BFFs, Lorde says actually being friends with Taylor is like having a pal who is sick -- physically. Speaking to the U.K. paper The Guardian, Lorde says maintaining a friendship with Taylor is difficult because she's so famous that it's hard for them to go out together in public.  "It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies. There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do," she explains. "There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship," she adds. "It’s like having a…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

It's Miley Cyrus vs. Dolce & Gabbana

Considering her unique fashion choices over the years, perhaps it's not surprising that Miley Cyrus would start an online beef with two famous designers.  But her issue with the team of Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana -- that's Dolce & Gabbana, to us -- is their politics, not their clothing. After Miley's brother Braison Cyrus walked the runway at the designers' show over the weekend, she took to Instagram to congratulate him, writing, "I am so proud of you always...from Nashville to Italy!"  But she then added, "PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics.... but I do support your…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Will "American Idol" say "Hello" to Lionel Richie?

Following unconfirmed reports that Ryan Seacrest is about to sign a deal to host ABC's reboot of American Idol, TMZ is now reporting that the network is eyeing Lionel Richie for one of its open judge spots. Sources tell TMZ that producers think Lionel has the personality, as well as the music biz credentials, to make him the perfect judge.  However, TMZ says it's not certain if producers have actually reached out Lionel about the job. Katy Perry is getting a reported $25 million for judging the show, and Ryan will be making somewhere between $10 and $15 million, according…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Immensely grateful" Ariana Grande wraps European tour; you can buy her crown

Following the May 22 bombing that left 22 dead after her show in Manchester, England, many weren't sure if Ariana Grande would continue her European tour.  But she did, and now she's wrapped it up with gratitude to her many fans who've helped her heal over the past month. On Instagram, Ari writes, "At the close of this European leg of my Dangerous Woman tour, I just wanted to thank you properly for the overwhelming love and support you’ve shown me, my crew, and each other during this challenging time. Spending this time with you this month has been so…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bieber, Sheeran, Drake, Mendes win Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas hosted last night's MuchMusic Video Awards -- Canada's answer to the MTV VMAs -- but there were plenty of non-Canadian winners as well. On the Canadian sign, Drake, unsurprisingly, was a winner, scoring the Most Buzzworthy Canadian award and the award for Canadian Single of the Year for "One Dance."  Shawn Mendes won Best Pop Video for "Mercy." Rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR took the award for Best New Canadian Artist, and Justin Bieber won Fan Fave Artist or Group. On the International side, winners included:Most Buzzworthy International Artist: Ed Sheeran Best New International Artist: Camila Cabello International…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Listen to Paramore cover Drake's "Passionfruit"

During an appearance at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Monday, Paramore performed a cover of the Drake hit "Passionfruit," a track from the rapper's latest release, More Life. You can watch the performance now on YouTube. Along with the cover, Paramore also played their own track "Hard Times," the lead single from their new album, After Laughter. Paramore will embark on a full-length North American tour this fall in support of After Laughter, starting September 6 in Jacksonville, Florida. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mmmm chop: Hanson disses Bieber music as "Chlamydia of the ear"

For usually clean-cut guys, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson took a rather icky swipe at Justin Bieber's music, calling it "Chlamydia of the ear." In an interview with Australian radio station Hit 107, the Hanson brothers were playing a game called "Whose Song Is It Anyway?" when a Biebs song was played.   Hanson then admitted they don't listen to much "modern music," and they whiffed when "Despacito" -- the biggest pop song in Australia and most other places -- was played during the game. "Can I just say I’m glad I didn’t know what that was. I prefer not to…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Clean Bandit hitting the road this fall with "Rockabye" singer

When Clean Bandit hit the road this fall for a new headlining tour, they'll be able to play a great version of their hit "Rockabye" -- because the vocalist on the song will be on tour with them. The British trio will feature Anne-Marie, the British vocalist who sings on "Rockabye," as their opening act when they kick off their fall tour October 1 in Orlando, FL.  Unfortunately, the other featured artist on the track, Sean Paul, won't be joining them. The brief tour wraps up October 21 in L.A. Tickets are on sale now. The trio's latest single, "Symphony,"…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce's dad acknowledges twins' arrival: "Happy Birthday...love Grandad"

Beyonce and Jay Z may not have publicly acknowledged the arrival of their twins, but their grandfather has. Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's dad, celebrated Father's Day by posting a note on social media congratulating Bey and Jay on the arrival of the babies.  The story has been reported by multiple outlets but there's so far been no confirmation or official statement from the couple. “They're here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday,” Knowles posted on Twitter and Instagram, along with a photo of balloons and a graphic that reads, “Happy Birthday to the twins! Love, Granddad.” The gender of the babies is still…

posted 2017/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR