WBAZ News
Simon Emmett

Adele is back to her old recording-breaking tricks.

Her new song, “Easy on Me” -- which she dropped Thursday night after a six-year hiatus -- has officially broken a Spotify streaming record.

“On Friday, October 15th, Adele‘s ‘Easy on Me’ became Spotify’s most-streamed song in a single day,” Spotify announced on social media.

If her past releases are any indication, this is just the first of many records Adele's new music will break. Her new album, 30, is out November 19.

Meanwhile, Adele found herself apologizing to a children's cartoon character on Friday. After saying in her Instagram Live earlier this week that she would not be collaborating with Peppa Pig, she was confronted by the pig during an interview with Capital FM.

“Hello Adele, that made me really, really sad when you said you wouldn’t collaborate with me. Why not? Don’t you like me?” Peppa said in a specially recorded message.

“I regret it,” Adele responded. “I spent three years watching you [with my son]. Anytime you want to go jumping in muddy puddles, I’m with you, babes. I felt terrible the second I said it.”

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Simon Emmett

Adele has filmed NBC TV specials to promote her last two albums, and it appears that her plans aren't changing for her new album, 30, due out November 19.

A source tells Page Six that Adele will have a concert special that's going to be "massive,” adding, "The show has been in the works for weeks, and the details are being fine-tuned now. It will be broadcast before the holidays.”

The show will air in both the U.S. and the U.K.  Another insider told Page Six, "Adele is delighted to get back out there and start performing again. She’ll be doing a mix of new and old songs to highlight her sensational catalog of music.”

After the release of her 2011 album, 21, Adele did a special featuring performances from London's Royal Albert Hall and an interview with then-Today host Matt Lauer.  For her 2015 album, 25, she recorded a concert special at New York's Radio City Music Hall, which received four Emmy nods.

But this alleged TV special may not be the only time you'll get to see Adele on TV in the coming months. A source at NBC told Page Six, "She could end up being a musical guest on SNL, not a host, before the end of the year...she’s like a friend of the family over there."  Adele hosted SNL last October.

In other Adele news, she's got the support of one of music's biggest names behind her new song, "Easy On Me": Drake.  The chart-topping rapper wrote, "One of my best friends in the world just dropped a single" on his Instagram Story on Wednesday, along with a photo of Adele and a smiley emoji.

 

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Atlantic Records

Rob Thomas' holiday album Something About Christmas Time is out next week, but you don't have to wait to hear a preview of one of the duets that's featured on the project.

Ingrid Michaelson joins Rob for a version of "Christmas Time," a 1985 holiday tune by Bryan Adams, a snippet of which is posted right now on Ingrid's Instagram Story.  The album's title is taken from the lyrics of the song.  The project also includes collaborations with Bebe Winans and country star Brad Paisley, as well as an updated version of "A New York Christmas," which Rob originally put out in 2003.

Ingrid also has her own holiday release: a deluxe version of her 2018 album Songs for the Season, due November 5.  That project includes collaborations with, among others, Jason Mraz and actress/singer Zooey Deschanel.

Here's the track listing for Something About Christmas Time:

"Save Some Christmas for Me"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"Christmas Time" (Ft. Ingrid Michaelson)
"That Spirit of Christmas" (Ft. Bebe Winans)
"Small Town Christmas"
"New Year’s Day"
"Santa Don’t Come Here Anymore" (Ft. Brad Paisley)
"I Believe In Santa Claus" (Ft. Abby Anderson)
"A New York Christmas ‘21"
"Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas (Samy’s Song)"

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



L-R: Adam Lambert and Queen's Brian May; ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Enough with the Disney songs: Get ready to sing along and rock.

The fourth installment of ABC's Singalong franchise, airing November 4 at 8 p.m. ET, will spotlight the music of rock legends Queen.  Hosted by Darren Criss, The Queen Family Singalong will feature various stars singing hits by the iconic British band, including Adam Lambert, who's currently Queen's front man.

The show will feature Adam singing "The Show Must Go On," OneRepublic taking on "We Are the Champions," Pentatonix doing "Somebody to Love," country singer Jimmie Allen and Miss Piggy doing "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and more.

The casts of Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin will also perform a group rendition of "Don't Stop Me Now."

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Atlantic Records/Carter Smith

October is close enough to December that the avalanche of Christmas music is already starting. Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album ...When Christmas Comes Around is out today, while former Journey frontman Steve Perry has released a new track from his album The Season, due out in early November.

Kelly's album features duets with country stars Chris Stapleton and Brett Eldredge, but fans were probably most excited about the fact that she's also singing with her fellow The Voice coach, Ariana Grande, on a song called "Santa Can't You Hear Me."  Kelly and Ariana trade verses on the track, which is about telling Santa that you don't want material things -- you only want what's under the mistletoe, i.e., love.

"thank you so much @kellyclarkson for inviting me to be a part," Ariana tweeted.

Meanwhile, Steve Perry has released his take on "Winter Wonderland," which is a very different arrangement than the one we're all used to.  “'Winter Wonderland' is one of my favorite tracks on The Season," he says in a statement. "I have always felt a close love for Motown's music and how it shaped my early school years. This track is a homage to that.”

The Season, featuring eight tracks in all, arrives November 5. It's the follow up to 2018's Traces, which marked the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's return to music after 24 years.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Simon Emmett

Now that Adele has released her new single, "Easy on Me," and announced that her new album, 30, is coming next month, the next question is, obviously, when's the tour?  Is there a tour? 

Well, maybe, Adele says.

Speaking to the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, Adele explained, "I don’t have any solid plans because of COVID. It’s so hard to plan a global tour or a global thing, really, in person and stuff like that. We have a few options in the pipeline and we’re just trying to work out what is most do-able."

"Obviously I had to cancel my final two Wembley shows...I was devastated and I don’t want to be cancelling anything again. Not that that would be my choice, obviously, if it was COVID-related," Adele added. In 2017, she was supposed to play two shows at London's Wembley Stadium, but had to cancel because she'd damaged her vocal cords.

Adele continued, "I’m just trying to work out what is most do-able for all of us to be happy and satisfied. But I’ll be doing something or other. I’ll be busking in the Tube! We don't know, do we?” 

"Busking in the Tube" is British for "singing in the subway," by the way.

Adele also denied that she'd ever asked Celine Dion for advice about a Las Vegas residency, though there have been multiple reports that a residency is exactly what Adele is planning.

In addition, Adele explained why she chose "Easy on Me" as the first single from 30. "It’s got this soaring chorus...It just felt like a 'me' song," she said. "And after being away for so long, it felt like that was probably the biggest part of my songs that people were waiting for."

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Epic Records

Meghan Trainor is getting us into the Christmas spirit early.

The singer has released a cover of the classic holiday tune, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The new track will be included on a deluxe edition of A Very Trainor Christmas, which will be available as a digital exclusive on October 29.

It’s one of three new additions on the album. The other two are a cover of the Darlene Love classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and an original tune called “Christmas Coupon.”

“It's Riley's first Christmas so naturally I had to add a few more tunes for this special season,” Meghan wrote about her baby boy, who was born in February of this year.

Meghan originally released A Very Trainor Christmas, her first Christmas album, last year.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Seal isn't 17-year-old Leni Klum's biological father, but he says he most certainly is her dad.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Seal opened up about their special bond and why walking the red carpet with Leni for the first time this week was "one of the proudest moments of my life."

"It's everything and it has always been like that, from the day I met her mother," he remarked of their relationship. "[Heidi] was two weeks pregnant with this beautiful lady. We have always had that bond."

Leni is the daughter of Heidi Klum and Flavio Briatore, an Italian businessman. After Klum and Seal wed in 2005, the Grammy winner officially adopted Leni. Although the power couple called it quits in 2014, the British singer says he has always maintained that special bond with his daughter.

Seal also opened up about how special it was for him to be able to support his brother, Jeymes Samuel, at the premiere of Jeymes' directorial debut, The Harder They Fall, a Western that features an all-Black cast.

"There was a moment where we were standing together, taking a picture down there, and I looked to him and I got all teary. I said, 'Wow, this is your moment,'" he shared. "He looked at me and he just knew what I meant by that. It was more than words could ever say."

Seal, who assisted with the movie's soundtrack, marveled over how incredible it was for him to walk a red carpet celebrating his brother's work.

"We came from a blue-collar, working class area of London, fighting through all of the things that could potentially hold us back," he reflected on their respective struggles. "To see him here today, on his moment, honestly, it is everything to me."

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin are officially a family of four.  On Thursday, the *NSYNC member happily revealed that their twins have finally arrived.

"The baby dragons have arrived!! I can not express how much love I feel right now," Lance, 42, celebrated on Instagram, posting photos of the birth certificates. "Thank you for all the kind wishes. It meant a lot."

And while the singer may have walked into fatherhood feeling confident, he hilariously revealed that he still has a lot to learn and frantically asked his followers, "Now, how do you change a diaper??! Ahhhhhhhh!"

And when sharing the delightful news to his personal Instagram, Michael, 34, may have given away why his husband is asking strangers on the internet about diaper duty.

"They’re pure perfection and yes that includes the dozens of poops we’ve already dealt with," the visual artist laughed. "Our hearts our full!!!"

The couple, who wed in 2014, also revealed the names of their two bundles of joy: daughter Violet Betty and son Alexander James.  Their birth certificates state the infants arrived just one minute apart on Wednesday, October 13.

Lance and Michael first revealed that they were going to become parents in June in an interview with People, where they shared the years of hardships they faced during their journey, which included IVF and a heartbreaking miscarriage in 2020.

Lance explained why he and Michael wanted to share their story, even the painful moments, telling People, "A lot of times I would believe that couples feel very alone in that situation. But to know that other people are going through the same exact thing, it’s really comforting."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Lance Bass (@lancebass)

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



BMG

If Carlos Santana’s new album, Blessings and Miracles, were a painting, Rob Thomas says their collaborative track, “Move,” was the “one little color” that made it complete.

The Matchbox Twenty frontman tells ABC Audio the follow-up to 1999’s smash “Smooth” came about organically -- and it just so happened to fit perfectly within the album Santana was already making.

“There was this beautiful moment that was happening in the universe where I was working with Zac [Barnett] and the guys from American Authors with this track and it just, it had this light to it,” Rob explains.

“And when I reached out to Carlos to see if he wanted to play guitar on it, it just turned out that he was making Blessings and Miracles. And it was like this painting that was missing this one little color and it turns out that ‘Move’ was the color that kind of fit into what he was doing.”

Rob says getting to be part of “this beautiful world that Carlos has created,” along with other album collaborators including Steve Winwood and Chris Stapleton, “was a gift.”

Blessings and Miracles is out now.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Simon Emmett

Adele is officially back. She released the music video for "Easy on Me," her first new song in six years, as the clock struck midnight in the U.K., meaning the U.S. was able to enjoy it at 7 p.m. ET. 

She first teased "Easy on Me" last week and announced earlier this week that she'll release her fourth album, titled 30, on November 19.

The video was directed by Xavier Dolan, who also filmed Adele's clip "Hello." Like that video, it starts with Adele in an empty house -- the same house from the "Hello" video, in fact -- talking to someone on the phone.

This time, she describes how she's all packed up and ready to hit the road.  As she drives away, pages of sheet music fly out the back window as she sings of her regrets.  

"You can't deny how hard I tried/I changed who I was to put you both first/but now I give up," Adele sings, possibly referring to her ex-husband and her son.

She then asks the listener to cut her some slack, explaining, "Go easy on me baby/I was still a child/didn't get the chance to feel the world around me/had no time to choose/what I chose to do."

"For me, there’s nothing stronger than artists reconnecting after years apart," Dolan says in a statement. "I’ve changed. Adele’s changed. And this is an opportunity to celebrate how we’ve both evolved, and how we’ve also both remained faithful to our dearest themes. It’s all the same, but different.”

Adele's album 30 is now available for pre-order.  There will be a Target deluxe CD featuring three bonus tracks, a Walmart clear exclusive double vinyl, and an Amazon white exclusive double vinyl, as well as a cassette and on all digital platforms.

 

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Sara Bareilles will perform at a very special fashion show this November.

The Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on November 13 will feature 26 models walking a virtual runway -- all of whom have Down syndrome.  The event is being organized by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and will be hosted by ABC's Kyra Phillips and John Roberts of Fox News.

During her performance, Sara will "share her personal connection" to the "Down syndrome community," according to the Foundation. 

Other stars who'll be participating include Quincy Jones, Jeff Probst, Grey's Anatomy stars Caterina Scorsone and Eric Dane, football stars Brandon McManus, Justin Timmons and Harrison Phillips, and supermodel Beverly Johnson.

You can watch the event and support the Foundation by buying a $25 ticket.

Sara will end her current stint starring in her hit musical Waitress on October 17; the lead role of Jenna will then be taken over by country star Jennifer Nettles of the group Sugarland.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 Presented by Amazon Prime Video

Madonna's oldest child, Lourdes Leon, is making her name for herself as a model right now, but she says she got some important advice from her mom that's made her rethink what she wants out of that career path.

Speaking to Madonna's good pal Debi Mazar for Interview magazine, Lourdes says that when she decided to start modeling, Madonna told her, "Proceed with caution and think about what you want to be known for.”

"My mom is very insistent on making me think about what I want to be known for beyond my looks," she adds. "That’s not what I want people to remember me by. It’s not real...I want to create a world in which models have more agency over what they’re doing, and they’re not just silent clothing racks."

Lourdes says Madonna also told her something recently that "really stuck with her," which was, "It’s not about the money or your face or how hot you look. It’s about what you’re bringing into the world and what you’re going to leave behind."  Lourdes says, "That always shakes me awake when I get too caught up in everything."

Lourdes, who turns 25 today, also says if she's out somewhere and one of her mom's songs comes on, "I don't cringe."

"I’m increasingly able to recognize how influential and amazing this woman is, and how empowering to other women and ahead of her time she has always been," she says, adding, "She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen."

And apparently, music runs in the family: "I can sing. I just don’t care about it," Lourdes says. "Maybe it’s too close to home."

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Sonny & Cher together in 1977; Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Cher is singing "I Got Sue Babe" these days: She's filed a suit accusing Mary Bono -- the widow of her ex-husband and musical partner Sonny Bono -- of trying to get out of paying royalties to her for Sonny & Cher hits.

It's all pretty complicated, but in Cher's complaint, obtained by ABC News, her lawyer is asking the court to stop Mary from using what's called a "termination right" to avoid paying Cher royalties on songs like "I Got You Babe" and "Bang Bang."

When Cher and Sony finalized their divorce in 1978, Sonny agreed that when it came to their hits, Cher could have 50% of "record royalties and musical composition royalties...in perpetuity and throughout the world."

But Mary Bono is invoking the termination right, which allows artists to reclaim rights they may have signed away years ago. The suit says Mary had her team notify Cher last month that the royalty payments were going to stop.

Cher's lawyer -- the guy who won the infamous "Stairway to Heaven" copyright case on behalf of Led Zeppelin -- says the provision that would allow Mary to do that is "wholly inapplicable" in this situation.  The lawyer also says Mary is in breach of contract if she stops paying.

In addition to seeking to have her royalties reinstated, Cher is also suing for damages in excess of $1 million, plus attorneys' fees.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Kevin Mazur/WireImage

How often do you hear of an artist asking fans not to stream his song, and stream his rival's song instead?  Well, that's just the kind of guy Ed Sheeran is.

Ed's hit "Shivers" has been number one on the British singles chart for several weeks now and Ed himself has been number one for some 15 weeks straight, thanks to his previous single "Bad Habits." But right behind him this week are Elton John and Dua Lipa, with their mashup remix "Cold Heart." 

The prediction is that "Cold Heart" will overtake "Shivers" -- and Ed is the one who wants to see that happen the most.

"@eltonjohn is so close to knocking me off the #1 spot in the U.K.," Ed writes on Instagram. "It will be his first number one in almost twenty years and I really want it to happen. Please go buy/stream/download Cold Heart with@dualipa now."

He continues, "15 weeks at #1 was more than I ever expected anyway, love you all. Who doesn't wanna be knocked off by Elton anyway?"

Of course, Ed and Elton are close friends; in fact, Ed used to be managed by Elton's company, Rocket Management.  The two are also coming out with a joint Christmas single soon that will no doubt put them both on top of the British charts, so it's not like Ed has that much to lose by promoting Elton's song over his.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos)

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Now Playing
Weather