Adult contemporary

  • Music notes: Harry Styles, Lauren Daigle, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Måneskin and more

    Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" has been voted the best song of the summer, says Billboard. The website offered a bracket-like voting contest featuring every song of the summer since 2010. Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" ranked second. Lauren Daigle welcomed America’s Got Talent contestant Ava Swiss to the stage Monday night to perform Lauren's 2018 hit "Remember." The singer said she wept when she met Swiss, who is a survivor of the Oxford High School shooting. A video of their performance is now on YouTube. Rihanna is one of the chillest celebrities, claims Extra reporter Rachel Lindsay. The former Bachelorette star was on The Jennifer Hudson Show and recalled interviewing Rihanna on a red carpet. "The first thing she says to me is 'Hey, boo,'" she said, adding the singer is "so down to earth." TMZ claims Taylor Swift was asked to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, but she turned it down to focus on rerecording all her albums. The gig has since gone to Rihanna. Meghan Trainor has her own zine coming out in celebration of her new album, Takin' It Back. Fans can preorder the zine, which chronicles the making of the new album, at Meghan's online store. She teased the zine on Instagram, hinting it contains never-before-seen photos. "Beggin'" singers Måneskin have a new single coming out next Friday, October 7, called "The Loneliest." Speaking of Måneskin, Eurovision will be hosted in either Glasgow or Liverpool, reports NME. The United Kingdom will be substitute hosting the singing competition for Ukraine, who won this year's contest and hosting rights. The war with Russia has forced the competition to move. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Spice Girls announce expanded edition of 'Spiceworld' to celebrate its 25th anniversary

    Universal Music GroupIt's hard to believe the Spice Girls' sophomore album, Spiceworld, is turning 25.  The British pop stars are excited to celebrate and announced Spiceworld 25, a deluxe anniversary edition of their standout 1997 album. Spiceworld 25 is due out November 4. The ladies have ensured this will delight their fans by packing it full of goodies. The Spice Girls curated the release themselves and have added their favorite bonus tracks, remixes and B sides. The album will also contain four unreleased live tracks from the Virgin Records archive, including the never-before-heard "Step To Me" original demo. Fans of the Spice Girls know the elusive track was featured on the Japanese edition of Spiceworld. It was also the prize of a 1997 soft drink campaign, where fans had to collect 20 pink ring pull tabs to earn the "not in the shops" CD single. "The Spiceworld era was such a fun time for us; we’d just had a number 1 album with Spice, we were travelling [sic] all over the world and meeting our amazing fans, we released our second album AND we had our very own movie," the British sensations said in a statement. "Who would’ve thought it? It’s crazy to think that 25 years have passed." Spiceworld 25 will be released digitally and physically as a two-CD and hardback book copy, double cassette or 2LP offering. Fans can also snatch up a picture disc and clear vinyl.  It is now available to pre-order. Spiceworld was released November 3, 1997, and has gone on to sell over 14 million copies worldwide.  Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • "Cheese on cheese": Aqua on why "Barbie Girl" isn't featured in 'Barbie' movie

    Geffen Records/Universal Music GroupAqua has a theory about why their hit song "Barbie Girl," which recently turned 25, is not featured in the upcoming Barbie movie.  Singer Lene Nystrøm told Variety she thinks combining the novelty hit with the Margot Robbie-led film would be "cheese on cheese."  "I totally understand why they didn't use it," she said, adding there's no hard feelings. "It's going to bring us a lot of attention, no matter what!" Søren Rasted, the guy who rocked the spiked hair, said, "We should say we turned it down. Ryan Gosling is not good enough!" Gosling stars as Barbie's on-again, off-again boyfriend Ken. Reflecting on their hit song's 25th anniversary, the Danish-Norwegian Euro pop band revealed the hit came out before autotune changed the game. Rasted explained singers "had to hit it" every time, which vexed their lead singer. Nystrøm admits the high-pitched song tested her nerves. "I don't know how many headsets I smashed," she laughed. "I was furious for months!" Despite that, she's thankful her vocals were pitch perfect. "It made the whole track magical, but it took me a long time to admit it," she said. The group also opened up about experiencing backlash for the song, with feminists slamming the hit. "We weren’t prepared for all the negative reactions," Nystrøm said. The criticism "was a little bit tough to swallow." She also remembers being sued by Mattel, adding, "You had to watch what you were saying all the time, sometimes our words were twisted." That lawsuit was eventually dismissed. Despite this, Aqua knows their song, which has over 1 billion YouTube views, will have a long life.  "A good melody never dies, it just keeps on giving. And ‘Barbie Girl’ is a perfect example of that," said Nystrøm. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Camila Cabello celebrates her Cuban heritage, says music is "an anchor of who I am"

    Buda Mendes/Getty ImagesCamila Cabello embraced her Cuban heritage in her album Familia and is glad she was able to share such an important part of herself with her fans. Speaking in Spanish to Vogue Mexico, the singer explains how the album helped her evolve as a person and find her identity. Camila says she isn't the same person she was two years ago, noting how the COVID-19 pandemic created "such a lonely moment" for everyone during lockdown. Camila used the time to focus on her mental health and found comfort in her roots, so she reconnected with them in order to live her "healthiest and happiest life." "I have had times in my life where I really miss the Latin culture," Camila says, but admits she feels like an outsider when she visits Mexico and Cuba because she grew up in America -- unlike her parents. She says Familia was inspired by the feeling of "missing" something she couldn't fully experience. "These last two years I was in the core of my family, so the songs I heard was the music I grew up with, the ones my mom and dad listened to," she says. "I wanted to recreate it on this record, literally with my family, because it resonates with me on so many levels." Camila adds, "Now it is like the first time that I feel that I am really in contact with the music of today and, for me, it is very exciting." "Being ... a Latina woman in the United States, music for me is an anchor of who I am," Camila says. "Also the language, even if you are not in Latin America, makes you feel connected with your people. I love that." Camila wants to "learn more about my culture," which continues to inspire her. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Goo Goo Dolls provide unflinching look at domestic violence in "You Are the Answer" music video

    ABC/Randy HolmesGoo Goo Dolls have released the "You Are the Answer" music video, which fans hail as the standout track off their new album, Chaos in Bloom. The music video hits close to home for the band, as it highlights the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, a nonprofit they've partnered with. The organization is focused on ending the cycle of domestic violence by assisting children in their safety and well-being, and in securing a better future. The music video shares an unflinching look at domestic violence, starting with a woman using makeup to hide her multiple bruises. It's then revealed the woman grew up in an unstable household, where her violent father would abuse both her and her mother. Her mother was too afraid to flee the relationship, which causes the woman to reflect on why she continues to stay with her abusive partner.  The music video ends with the woman consoling her younger self before escaping her home to seek closure by visiting her elderly father at a hospital. She then gives birth to her child and is seen peacefully feeding her baby without her abusive partner. Frontman John Rzeznik then shares a PSA about supporting the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and encouraging victims of domestic violence to reach out for help. If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.