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2015-07-30

John Legend Joins TV Series "Underground" as Music Supervisor

John Legend is taking his talents to television. It was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday that the singer has signed on to be the music supervisor for a new WGN America drama series called Underground. His production company, Get Lifted, also will executive produce. The show is about a group of slaves planning a dangerous escape from a Georgia plantation. They’re helped by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad. It stars Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. "We are excited to join forces with WGN America and Sony and the…

posted 2015/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Posts New Behind-the-Scenes "Bad Blood" Clip Featuring Karlie Kloss

Taylor Swift has released another behind-the-scenes clip from her “Bad Blood” video. This one features model Karlie Kloss and reveals the moment they came up with Karlie’s character name. “We just came up with my name: Knockout,” Karlie says. “We’re these bada** spies, we’re training together. She’s got to be tough and we’re not messing around.” The clip also shows Taylor and Karlie going head-to-head in a boxing ring, surrounded by a bunch of cheering female extras. Taylor began posting the behind-the-scenes videos to her Instagram account this week, as a way to celebrate the success of "Bad Blood" on…

posted 2015/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tori Kelly: It's Important to Sing About "Crappy Feelings" Too

Ever break up with someone, but can't really put your finger on the reason WHY you broke up?  If so, Tori Kelly's new single "Should Have Been Us" is your jam.  "I think everyone can relate to that song," she tells ABC Radio. Tori's songs are sometimes based on scenarios she's imagined, but in the case of "Should Have Been Us," she tells ABC Radio, "I definitely can relate."  She explains, "That song is really about a relationship where it ended with maybe no closure and it’s just kind of like it didn’t work out, but you don’t know why."…

posted 2015/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Band Who Scored the Only #1 James Bond Theme to Date Speculates on "Spectre" Song

There have been more than twenty James Bond films since the 1960s, all with their own theme songs, but only one of those songs has ever topped the Billboard Hot 100: Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill," from the 1985 movie of the same name.  That, of course, makes Duran Duran extremely well qualified to speculate on the rumors about who's going to sing the theme for the newest Bond flick, Spectre, due out this November. So far, speculation has focused on Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, with Adele, who sang the theme to the last film, Skyfall, thrown…

posted 2015/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-07-29

Jessie J Says She Wants to Have a Baby -- and Write a Book

Jessie J has babies on the brain. The singer tells People that becoming a mom is just one of the many things she’d like to accomplish in the near future. When asked by the mag to list some of her future goals, the first thing she said, laughing, was, “Have a baby -- not today!" adding,"But that's something that I hope that I'm blessed with in my life.” She continues, “I would love to build a school in Africa. I would love to write a book. My first-ever film that I've done is gonna be announced soon. I'm not allowed…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Model Martha Hunt on BFF Taylor Swift: "I Admire Her So Much"

Taylor Swift is a role model to a lot of girls -- including her own best friends. In a new interview with Hamptons magazine, Taylor's Victoria’s Secret model pal Martha Hunt gushes about how she looks up to Taylor."Taylor Swift -- I can't say enough good things about her," she says, when asked to name some of her female role models and heroes. "I admire her so much as a person and as a role model for young women." Martha has been by Taylor’s side through much of this year as an integral member of the Swift Squad. She co-starred…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch Things Get Awkward for Carly Rae Jepsen on "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Sometimes a song is so good you think the singer wrote it just for you. In a preview clip from Thursday’s episode of the IFC mock talk show Comedy Bang! Bang!, Carly Rae Jepsen has an awkward encounter with host Scott Aukerman. Scott thinks Carly’s “I Really Really Like You” is actually about him. He confronts Carly about it, saying her doesn’t want to date her, despite the fact that she’s left “messages” for him on his phone, on the radio, in a video and “atop the pop charts.” “I get it, I’m irresistible,” he tells her, “but at a…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn Malik Signs with RCA; Hints He's Ready to Make "Real Music"

Zayn Malik is ready to make some “real music.” The former One Direction boy bander has signed a new record deal with RCA. He took to Twitter to express his excitement over the deal -- and to fully explain why he decided to go solo. “I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!” he wrote. He also posted a photo of himself signing the contract, and tweeted #REALME. According to TMZ, Simon Cowell was instrumental in getting Zayn signed to…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shawn Mendes Lands Debut Acting Role on "The 100"

Ask and you shall receive. Shawn Mendes petitioned the creators of The CW drama The 100 for a part on the show -- and he got it. The teen singer will officially make his acting debut on the series’ third season premiere. "I'm so excited to take a step into acting,” Shawn says. “It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, and can't wait for everyone to see my first role in The 100." The post-apocalyptic series is based on the best-selling YA novel by Kass Morgan. Back in February, Shawn -- who's a huge fan of the show…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Announces New Single, "What Do You Mean?"

Mark your calendars! Justin Bieber’s new single drops in 30 days. The singer announced that the song is called “What Do You Mean?” “The countdown has begun... #WhatDoYouMean #30DAYS I'm back :),” he writes on Twitter.  His website even has a countdown clock to next month’s release date. The Biebs has been hard at work on a follow-up to his 2012 album, Believe. In a recent Interview magazine chat with Martha Stewart, he said he’s been working a lot with EDM producers Skrillex and Diplo, his collaborators on the hit song “Where Are U Now.” Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio.…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Spotted Gambling in Atlantic City Until 2 a.m.

It seems Lady Gaga spent a night courting Lady Luck. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer was spotted gambling in Atlantic City until 2:00 a.m. Friday. After playing a gig at the Borgata with Tony Bennett, Gaga hit the craps table with her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. They reportedly joined Real Housewives of New York City's Dorinda Medley and her boyfriend, John Mahdessian. A source saw Gaga blowing on the dice for the good luck and playing with $100 chips. The next day, Taylor and John reportedly met up again over blackjack, but Gaga opted out, perhaps…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Forget About Sam or Ellie: Alt-Rock Band May Have Snagged James Bond Theme Gig

All the speculation about who's recorded the theme for the new James Bond movie Spectre has taken a surprising new twist.  While the speculation has mostly focused on Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding or even Adele -- again -- as being the lucky singer who scored the plum assignment, a much-loved British alt-rock band may actually be the frontrunner. Britain's The Guardian paper reports the British bookmaking firm William Hill has stopped taking bets on who'll sing the Spectre theme after a guy tried to place a 15,000-pound bet -- about $23,000 dollars -- on the band Radiohead.  A spokesperson for…

posted 2015/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR