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Tonight's Final "American Idol" Performance Show Is an "Historical Thing," Say Contestants

Trent Harmon, La'Porsha Renae and Dalton Rapattoni are the final three contestants on the final season of American Idol, and all three will perform for America's votes for one final time tonight.  All three are well aware that in some small way, they're now a part of television history.  Noting that even if he gets voted off tonight, he'll still get to return for American Idol's epic, star-studded series finale on Thursday, Dalton says, "That is history. You don’t think about history as it’s happening unless you get an opportunity like this: the last episode of American Idol -- that’s…

posted 2016/04/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Others Say Farewell to "American Idol"

American Idol's three-night finale kicked off on Tuesday with the 90-minute retrospective American Idol: American Dream, which featured Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and more sharing memories of the popular TV talent contest. The special revealed behind-the-scenes Idol trivia, from Seacrest originally being offered a spot on the judges' table, to the way he learns the results of America's votes -- which, it turns out, he often doesn't know in advance. Seacrest, who has hosted the show since its debut in 2002, recalled he was a relative newcomer when he landed the job. "I was a 25-year-old…

posted 2016/04/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zara Larsson Says "Never Forget You" Is "One of a Kind"

Swedish singer Zara Larsson is a huge star back in her home country, but in the U.S., she's just getting started, thanks to her hit "Never Forget You," a collaboration with singer, songwriter and producer MNEK [eh-meh-NEE-kay].  But even though this is the song that's introduced her to American music fans, she says it's not really reflective of her sound at all. "I would say this is actually one of a kind," she tells ABC Radio. "I usually don’t sing songs with a drop like that, ‘cause this is really a dance track. I’m usually more towards pop."  She adds,…

posted 2016/04/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Zayn Malik Gets Flirty with Gigi Hadid in New "Vogue" Photo Spread

Zayn Malik and his model girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, star in a flirty new photo spread in Vogue’s May issue. The fashion magazine captured the two engaging in some playful PDA in Naples, Italy. Zayn canoodles with Gigi on a balcony, in bed and on a motorcycle as she models the latest plaid fashions. The former One Direction member looks pretty dapper himself, showing off different looks including slim-fit suits with skinny ties, leather jackets and ripped jeans. It isn’t the first time the two have teamed up on camera. Gigi appeared in Zayn’s steamy video for his first solo single,…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Producing New TV Series About Latina Teen

Selena Gomez is continuing to expand her TV producing credits. According to Deadline, the singer is developing a new drama series for Freeform -- formerly known as ABC Family. The show centers on an 18-year-old girl from a low-income Latino neighborhood who aspires to do great things. It's being described as a "Latina Empire." Selena is executive producing the series along with her mother, Mandy Teefey, and Kaplan Entertainment. Real-life Los Angeles high school senior Ana Cobarrubias -- who helped inspire the series -- is serving as a consultant on the project. Selena is also producing Netflix’s upcoming series 13…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift to Receive Taylor Swift Award at BMI Pop Awards

And the Taylor Swift Award goes to…Taylor Swift!  The singer is set to receive the first-ever award named in her honor at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards next month. She’s being recognized for her creative and artistic talent, as well as her influence on music lovers around the world. "Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry and indomitable spirit," BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane says in a statement. "She has had a profound impact, not only musically, but also through her personal conviction and commitment to create a standard that values and respects…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Says Fame Doesn’t Compare to Making Records

Lady Gaga was honored yesterday at the Grammy Museum's 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon. She received the Jane Ortner Artist Award for her dedication to education through the arts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, upon accepting her award Gaga said that “it's my love of learning music and playing music that keeps me here.” She concluded her speech with a message for people to look past fame and money, and focus on what’s really important. “I think it's so great for us all to leave tonight, or this afternoon, with an inner sense of inspiration to help other people…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Avicii's Final Las Vegas Residency Dates Announced

Want to see Avicii before he retires from performing live? Now’s your chance. Wynn Las Vegas has announced the final dates of his residency. The shows, which will take place at Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub, kick off April 29 and run through June 25. Tickets are now on sale at WynnSocial.com. The 26-year-old Swedish DJ-producer announced his retirement from live performances last week. In a letter posted to his website, he said that after this year, he’ll no longer be booking gigs. “I will however never let go of music -- I will continue to speak to my…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez Will Debut New Single, “Ain’t Your Mama,” on "American Idol" Finale

Ahead of American Idol’s big finale week, Jennifer Lopez has announced her new single. The singer/actress/Idol judge revealed on Facebook Live that the song is titled “Ain’t Your Mama.” J-Lo teased a snippet of it, which has her singing, “I ain’t gonna cook all day/I ain’t your mama/I ain’t gonna do your laundry/I ain’t your mama.” Jennifer will debut the tune during American Idol’s series finale Thursday, April 7. It’ll be available for download Thursday night right after the finale airs on Fox. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele Keeps Singing as Mic Cuts Off Mid-Performance

After her sound glitch-y Grammys performance of “All I Ask” earlier this year, Adele faced another technical difficulty while singing the same song during her Birmingham, England show over the weekend. Only this time, she didn’t even realize there was a problem. While singing the ballad, her mic briefly cut out during part of the performance. She keeps on belting it out, unaware that the audience can't hear her. The crowd keeps on singing along and when the mic comes back on again, everyone starts cheering. After the song was over, Adele asks what happened. “Why did you all start…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hillary Clinton Congratulates Demi Lovato on GLAAD Media Awards Honor

Before accepting her Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend, Demi Lovato received a special letter of congratulations from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Demi -- who is publicly supporting Hillary in the presidential race -- shared Hillary’s note on Instagram Monday, writing, “Just before the #glaadawards saturday I got this amazing and thoughtful message from an equally amazing woman, @HillaryClinton. I’m so humbled that she has my back as I have hers.” In the letter, Hillary writes, "On behalf of open-hearted and open-minded Americans everywhere I cannot thank you enough for using your celebrity to amplify…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé Addresses "Formation" Controversy in "ELLE" Interview

Beyonce is clearing the air. After sparking much controversy with her new song “Formation,” the singer addresses the matter in a new excerpt from her ELLE magazine cover story. Queen Bey acknowledges those who felt her song and accompanying Super Bowl performance had an anti-law enforcement tone. “I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood,” she explained. “But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am…

posted 2016/04/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR