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2017-06-19

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

"Witness" Katy Perry's arrival at #1

In the end, the YouTube livestream, the confusing videos and the non-stop speculation about her relationship with Taylor Swift all paid off for Katy Perry: her new album, Witness, has debuted on top of the Billboard album chart. The album, Katy's fourth, sold 180,000 album units, making it the biggest sales week for a woman so far in 2017, and the largest since Lady Gaga's Joanne debuted in November with 201,000 units.   Katy is also the second woman to to be #1 on the album chart in 2017, following Halsey, who debuted at #1 last week with her sophomore album.…

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

Twenty One Pilots launching fan art exhibition

If you follow Twenty One Pilots on social media, you probably know that Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun receive a whole lot of fan art. Now, the "Heathens" duo is putting that art on display in an exhibition at the Nationwide Arena in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition, titled Artopia, will be open from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, June 23. After the gallery closes, Twenty One Pilots will be showing their Blurryface Live concert film on the arena's big screen. You can attend the art show for free by RSVPing at TwentyOnePilots.com. You'll also be able to experience it…

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

Who did Shawn Mendes say left him "completely starstruck" when they met...en route to the bathroom?

Shawn Mendes has played to tens of thousands of adoring fans all over the world, scored chart-topping albums and headlined at New York's Madison Square Garden.  But all it took was one specific star calling him "honey" to render him "completely starstruck." Appearing on the U.K.'s Bizarre Life podcast, the Canadian singer was asked to describe the most bizarre party he ever attended.   It turned out to be a party thrown by his pal, Taylor Swift. "Jay Z and Beyonce were there," Shawn recalled.  "And I was completely starstruck by Beyonce. We were both headed to the bathroom, and I…

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

Simon Cowell releasing all-star charity single to benefit London high-rise victims

Simon Cowell has assembled some of Britian's biggest musical acts for a "We Are the World" inspired charity song to help the victims of last week's Grenfell Tower fire in London, he tells London's The Sun. The America's Got Talent judge has gathered a list of artists that includes The Who's Roger Daltrey and One Direction's Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, as well as James Blunt, Lily Allen, Leona Lewis and Emeli Sandé, to record the 1970 Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Rita Ora, who grew up in the neighborhood near Grenfell Tower, also will be lending her voice to the project, along with…

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

2017-06-17

Beyonce and Jay Z welcome twins, say multiple reports

And then there were five! Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z, have welcomed twins, according to both People magazine and US Weekly, citing sources. The sex of the babies has not been revealed, but a source tells People, "Bey and Jay are thrilled and have started sharing the news with their family and closest friends." The two new babies for the 35-year-old Grammy-winning superstar and the legendary rapper join big sister Blue Ivy, 5, in the Carter family. E! Online reported that on Friday, a woman was seen entering a hospital in L.A. carrying a bouquet of flowers with two…

posted 2017/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran to receive an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II

Sure, he's won a Grammy, but now Ed Sheeran is getting one of the highest honors that a Englishman can receive: an honor from Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's annual Birthday Honours list includes a special title for Ed: MBE, which stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  Ed is receiving this honor for his services to both charity and to music.  In an Instagram post, Ed wrote that he was "chuffed" at the honor: that's British for "thrilled." An MBE is the lowest of five classes of appointment to the Order.  The tops is…

posted 2017/06/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-06-16

Lorde: I'm not the voice of a generation

Lorde's new album, Melodrama, is out today and is getting rapturous reviews, with many media outlets saying that her sophomore album has cemented her role as the "voice of a generation" or "the voice of today's youth."  Well, you'd better not call Lorde that to her face: she's not having it. Speaking to NME about that description, Lorde rolls her eyes and says, "Oh boy...young people have never needed a specialized spokesperson -- one young voice -- less than right now." She adds, "I’ve always known that it’s bulls**t when people would say ‘voice of a generation.’ I’d be like,…

posted 2017/06/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars posts retrospective European tour video

What can fans expect from Bruno Mars' 24K Magic tour when it hits North America next month?  For a preview, you can check out a new video the singer posted, summing up his recently-completed European trek. "Because I'm dramatic and I always gotta do extras. Here's a little video I made narrated by my friends Boyz II Men," Bruno captioned the clip, which is soundtracked to the Boyz' "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." Bruno added, "Dedicated to all the Hooligans that showed up to the 24k Magic European Tour." The brief video shows fans losing their minds,…

posted 2017/06/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR