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2014-10-21

Adele Is in "Spectacular" Voice, Not Rushing New Album, Says Collaborator

Now that we know that Adele's new album won't see the light of day until 2015, we've got plenty of time to speculate on what it might sound like -- and it seems that even the people who collaborated with the star on the disc have no idea how the project is shaping up. Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, who's written numerous hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith, tells the British the paper The Sun, "I flew to London to work on new stuff with Adele last year. We did some great songs but I…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

J-Lo Considering a Las Vegas Residency?

Jennifer Lopez was partying in Las Vegas last week, but does she want to do it onstage, on a nightly basis?The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that on Friday, J-Lo and her manager Benny Medina were seen at Shania Twain's concert at Caesars Palace, and the Las Vegas Sun says that on Saturday the two were spotted hanging out with Bruno Mars at Bruno's after-party at the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The Review Journal says that Jennifer's presence may indicate she's being wooed to set up her own residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, since Celine Dion canceled…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gwen Stefani Premieres Colorful Video for "Baby Don't Lie"

Gwen Stefani fans are getting gift after gift from their girl this week: first, a new single, "Baby Don't Lie," at midnight on Sunday; then, a sneak peek at the song's video on The Voice on Monday; now, the full clip has arrived. The video starts out with Gwen in close-up in black and white. She's then surrounded by a blizzard of words, which pull her into a highly-stylized animated world with a strong '80s aesthetic: there are black-and-white stripes, polka dots, a yellow street and a magenta sky.  She performs the song in this colorful world, at times joined…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Don't Hate Taylor Swift Because She Has Security Guards

Taylor Swift never goes anywhere without her security guards these days, but it's not because she's got an inflated opinion of how important she is. Unfortunately, it's become a necessity, because some people act a little crazy around her. "I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," Taylor tells Esquire magazine.  But she has to take precautions, she tells the magazine, "because [of] just the sheer number of men we have…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande's Brother Heading to Broadway

Ariana Grande's half-brother Frankie Grande, now famous thanks to his appearance on Big Brother, is heading to Broadway this November. Frankie is joining the cast of the long-running musical Rock of Ages, playing Franz, the son of the developer who's threatening to tear down L.A.'s famed Sunset Strip. He'll be part of the show through January 18.  In a statement, Frankie says, "Ever since my first role on Broadway, I have dreamed of playing Franz. I couldn't be more excited to finally get this opportunity, especially alongside this incredible cast."  Previously, Frankie appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, and has…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX & Duran Duran's Simon LeBon Team for "Mockingjay" Track; Kanye West Remix Also Featured

Details of the Lorde-curated soundtrack for the new Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1 are coming fast and furious.  Following the premiere of the song "This Is Not a Game" on Tuesday, it's now been revealed that Charli XCX has also done a song for the project, teaming with an '80s music icon. "Angels! I’ve recorded a song with @SimonJCLeBON 4 the @TheHungerGames #MockingjaySoundtrack called ‘Kingdom,’" Charli tweeted.  She's referring to Simon LeBon, the lead singer of 80's megastars Duran Duran.  This squares with a previous report that stated Lorde had reached out to LeBon to contribute to the…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gotye Not Sure He'll Ever Release Music Under that Name Again

Gotye -- the stage name of Australian artist Wally De Backer -- hasn't released any new music under that name since he won three Grammys for his hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" and his album Making Mirrors.  And now, he says he never will again...possibly. In an oddly-worded online posting, Gotye writes, "NEW GOTYE MUSIC. There will be no new Gotye music.  Wait, maybe there will be. I’m not entirely sure right now. There are many contingencies." He then muses about the fact that the world getting noisier and people are getting deafer, then asks rhetorically, if he…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Phillip Phillips Among Performers Slated to Perform National Anthem at 2014 World Series

Phillip Phillips announced in a tweet Monday that he'll be performing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" Wednesday night before Game Two of the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants in Kansas City.Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday and the country group Little Big Town will sing the song when the series shifts to San Francisco Friday for Game Three, a Fox spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.   Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of the song before Game Four on Saturday.  The World Series will be broadcast on Fox. Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: Adam Steals Two Artists as Battle Rounds Continue

The second week of Battle Rounds on The Voice began Monday night on NBC. The highlight of the night was Adam Levine stealing two artists: Blessing Offor and Toia Jones. The guest mentors were back to instruct the artists during rehearsals. Alicia Keys joined Team Pharrell Williams; Stevie Nicks assisted Team Adam; Gwen Stefani's husband, Gavin Rossdale, helped her team; and Little Big Town tutored Team Blake Shelton. Team Adam's Damien and Kelli Douglas were the first two artists to battle it out on Monday night. Adam assigned them "Knock on Wood," by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, among other…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pizza Chain Posts Birthday Message for Katy Perry -- At Her Request

One of Katy Perry's birthday wishes has been granted by Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Angeles. On Sunday night, the soon-to-be birthday girl tweeted, "All I want for my birthday is my name on the Shakey's Pizza marquee on Santa Monica Blvd. Please." Sure enough, Shakey's marquee now reads, "Happy Birthday Katy Perry." The singer posted a photo of the sign on her Instagram page, writing, "KICKING OFF BIRTHDAY WEEK RIGHT! This signage is a bucket list dream come true!!! SHOUT OUT TO ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS FOR KILLING THE GIFT GAME." That may not be the only gift…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Calls the Late Oscar de la Renta Her "All-Time Favorite Designer"

Taylor Swift has commented on the death of renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at the age of 82. Not long after his death was announced, Taylor posted onto Instagram a photo of herself wearing a de la Renta gown at a public event. She wrote, "My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory." De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cool Kids? Echosmith Talk Pros & Cons of Touring with Your Siblings

Sharing a house or a room with your brothers and sisters is bad enough, but imagine if you had to tour the world with them, too, spending every waking moment together.  That's exactly what Echosmith, the band behind the smash hit "Cool Kids" is going through right now.  Echosmith is made up of four siblings -- three brothers and a sister -- and as you might imagine, there are pros and cons to living in each others' pockets day in and day out. "[The] best part is that we know each other so well. Worst part is that we know…

posted 2014/10/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR