Adult contemporary

  • Jennifer Lopez announces new album, 'This Is Me...Now,' coming in 2023

    ABCJennifer Lopez has big plans for the new year. She’s releasing her first new album in eight years, This Is Me…Now, in 2023. The entertainer announced the project on Friday, November 25 -– the 20th anniversary of her album This Is Me…Then. Having previously wiped her entire Instagram clean, she also shared an album announcement post, which included the track list. According to a press release, the album will feature “confessional songs, reflections on the trials of her past, [and] upbeat celebrations of love with her signature powerhouse vocals.” At least some of the songs appear inspired by her rekindled relationship with Ben Affleck, including "Dear Ben pt. II" and "Midnight Trip to Vegas," the latter seemingly referencing their first marriage ceremony in July.  They had a larger, more formal wedding ceremony in Georgia in August. Here is the album’s track list: “This Is Me … Now” “To Be Yours” “Mad in Love” “Can’t Get Enough” “Rebound” “not. going. anywhere.” “Dear Ben pt. ll” “Hummingbird” “Hearts and Flowers” “Broken Like Me” “This Time Around” “Midnight Trip to Vegas” “Greatest Love Story Never Told” Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Oscar-winning 'Fame' and 'Flashdance' singer/actress Irene Cara dead at 63

    Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesSinger and actress Irene Cara, best known for starring in and singing the title song of the movie Fame, and topping the charts with "Flashdance...What a Feeling," from the movie Flashdance, has died, her publicist announced on social media. She was 63. "It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara," Judith A. Moose posted on Cara's official Twitter account. Moose wrote that Cara passed away in her Florida home, and that her cause of death is "currently unknown." "She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films," Moose continued, adding that her family has "requested privacy as they process their grief."  A memorial will be planned for a future date. Cara began singing, acting and dancing professionally as a child, appearing on TV and musicals both on and off Broadway. Her early roles included the soap opera Love of Life, the mini-series Roots: The Next Generations and the 1976 cult film Sparkle, in which she portrayed the title character. She shot to fame as Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame, and also sang both singles released from the movie's hit soundtrack: the title theme and "Out Here on My Own."  Both those songs were nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, marking the first time in history that two songs from the same movie, performed by the same artist, had been nominated in that category. "Fame" won the Oscar. In 1983, Cara co-wrote the title theme for the movie Flashdance. That song, "Flashdance...What a Feeling," topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won her the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.  Cara's other acting credits included the films City Heat, D.C. Cab and Certain Fury. She continued to act and record into the 21st century. In 2020, Mariah Carey wrote in her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey that Cara was "everything to me," adding, "I related to her multicultural look...her multi-textured hair and, most importantly, her ambition and accomplishments."  Mariah also released her own version of "Out Here on My Own." Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Music notes: Lady Gaga, Katharine McPhee, Mel C, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Paula Abdul

    Lady Gaga is heading to London's Kensington Palace — well, one of her iconic outfits is, anyway. Rolling Stone reports the flowing green gown she wore to the 2020 MTV VMAs will be featured at the State Apartments at Kensington Palace's "Crown to Couture" exhibit. The dress will be featured alongside some iconic pieces of fashion history stemming from the 18th century. It opens April 5. Katharine McPhee and husband David Foster release their Christmas Songs album on Friday. This is their first holiday album together, and they've already released their cover of "Jingle Bell Rock." They also head out on tour starting December 1 in Stony Brook, New York. You can buy tickets on Katharine's website. Blake Shelton finally revealed what he wants as a retirement gift when he leaves The Voice next year. Wife Gwen Stefani previously joked he'd be happy with a bag of corn or fertilizer, but it appears Blake wants an ATV. He told Entertainment Tonight, "I think that would be great for Camila [Cabello] to buy me." Camila joked back, "Santa's budget is a little tight this year." Spice Girls member Mel C is unhappy her fellow artists are performing in Qatar for the World Cup. "Personally, I’m an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and it’s not something I would feel comfortable in doing," she told Daily Mail about performing in the country that's been mired in controversy over alleged human rights abuses. "People want to go over there and help to make a change. Each to their own, but it would be a no from me if the offer came." Don't forget, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan, Joss Stone and Paula Abdul will perform at the 96th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. The parade steps off 9 a.m. ET and will air on NBC and Peacock. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Marie Osmond wants Selena Gomez to play her in a biopic

    Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicIf Marie Osmond has her way, Selena Gomez would play her in a documentary about her life. Speaking to E! News, the singer opened up about the possibility of having her very own biopic to tell her life story. "I think Selena Gomez would be amazing -- only because she has been through a lot of the things that I've been through," Marie raved.   Both singers stepped into the limelight as children, to which Marie noted, "I think it's nice to have a child's perspective as being an entertainer because it's very different." As for her experience growing up in front of an audience, the singer is grateful for what her life gave her. "I don't look at life that way," she said when asked if she missed out on having a normal childhood. "I look at what's a positive. I like to dwell on that more than what I missed." Selena has not yet commented on the possibility of bringing the legendary singer's life story to the big screen. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Jennifer Lopez's social media goes dark

    Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tribeca FestivalWhat is Jennifer Lopez planning? The singer's Instagram has been wiped clean, sparking theories that new music might be on the way. Looking up her profile turns up an empty account with no photos. As for her profile picture, it's just a black dot.  No other information was given to shed light on the dramatic shift, but fans are being directed to her OnTheJLo website via her bio. On Twitter, Jennifer blacked out her header and profile image, but her tweets appear to be intact. The same goes for her TikTok account. This has fans buzzing that a new album could be on the way, as artists such as Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have wiped their socials to mark a new music era. Jennifer's last album, A.K.A., arrived in July 2014. Fans are hoping this means she is finally ready to release her long-awaited ninth studio album. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.