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2014-07-28

"Weird Al" Yankovic Says His First #1 Album Will Be His Last

"Weird Al" Yankovic's thrilled that his new album Mandatory Fun has become the first #1 album of his career.  But ironically, it's also going to be the last album of his career. "It feels strange to say that but it's also very poetic to be able to go out on top," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I want to stress I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of the line for me, but I'm pretty sure this is the end of my conventional albums. I just think it makes more sense for me to release songs individually -- be…

posted 2014/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5's "Maps" Is About "Bad Patterns of Behavior," Says Guitarist

Maroon 5 has been friendly with OneRepublic for a while, but it wasn't until their last album, Overexposed, that they finally got into the studio with OneRepublic frontman and certified hitmaker Ryan Tedder.  Ryan co-wrote and co-produced the band's hit "Love Somebody," and he's done the same with their latest hit, "Maps."  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says Ryan and Adam are a great combination, musically-speaking. "Ryan and Adam have a great chemistry together as writers and actually, personality-wise, they kind of remind me of each other," James tells ABC News Radio. "They're both sort of all over the place,…

posted 2014/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lily Allen's Fake Arrest Photo Gets Australian Police Busted

Several Australian Federal Police officers are being investigated after taking part in a prank Sunday afternoon that made it appear as if singer Lily Allen was being arrested at Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia. In a photo that has since been taken down from the 29-year-old British singer's Instagram account, Allen is seen on her knees with her hands behind her back as if she were under arrest.  The officers placed open handcuffs on Allen's wrists. An Australian Federal Police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that Allen asked the officers to slap the cuffs on her. "On 27…

posted 2014/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Former Mouseketeer Britney Spears Takes Her Sons to Disneyland

Former Mickey Mouse Club cast member Britney Spears took her two sons to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Saturday.  The 32-year-old singer posted a photo on Instagram of her with 8-year-old Sean and 7-year-old Jayden with the caption, "Took these two little Mouseketeers to @Disneyland today, Like mama like sons ;)"  Spears is wearing dark shorts and a purple tank top in the photo. Sean and Jayden are the singer's sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline. 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 2014/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Rising Star" Recap: On the Final Night of Head-to-Head Duels, Five More Contestants Advance

ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home. Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week's quarterfinals. Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals. Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home. For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing…

posted 2014/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-27

Charli XCX's Bizarre Tour Rider Request

We've all heard the stories about stars and their backstage diva demands when they're on tour: they've got to have bouquets of white lilies, or water at exactly 68 degrees, or black plastic cups, or specific brands of cereal and snack foods.  But Charli XCX has a request for her rider -- that's what those demands are called -- that is completely bizarre. Speaking to the U.K. publication Metro, Charli says she's a huge fan of actor Bill Murray.  How huge?  "I sometimes ask for a framed picture of Bill Murray on my rider just because I think he is…

posted 2014/07/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-26

Tough-Guy Actor Danny Trejo on Starring in Train's "Angel in Blue Jeans" Video: "It's Awesome!"

70-year-old tough-guy actor Danny Trejo, best known for playing a badass in movies like Machete Kills and on TV shows like Breaking Bad, is an unlikely music video star, but he's front and center in Train's new clip for "Angel in Blue Jeans."  He tells Entertainment Weekly that when the band reached out to him, he said yes right away. "It's awesome," Trejo tells EW. "You know what? That band was really, really cool. I’d heard of them before, and when they asked me to do it I said 'absolutely.' It came out really good. All my friends say, we…

posted 2014/07/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-25

Pitbull Releases New Single "Fireball" from Upcoming Disc "Globalization"

Pitbull never seems to be off the charts for more than a couple of minutes.  He's just released a new single called "Fireball," which will be the lead single from a brand-new album. "Fireball" is somewhat reminiscent of "Tequila," the old Latin flavored rock hit from the fifties. Like that song, it features horns and a Latin feel. Pitbull raps in his usual style but throws in references to Run-DMC's "Walk this Way" and "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three. There are also vocals by a soulful singer called John Ryan.  As with Pitbull's…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

J-Lo's 45th Birthday Bash Brought Out the Stars

Jennifer Lopez marked her 45th birthday Thursday night with a star-studded bash in New York's ritzy Hamptons, E! Online reports.  Among the attendees: the American Idol judge's rumored boyfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. According to E!, the party started at 9 p.m. at the Green restaurant Nammos in Southhampton, New York, but Maks didn't get there until 1 a.m.  When he arrived, though, the pair were "affectionate," says a source, adding, "They seemed really happy to see each other." Also on the guest list: Khloe Kardashian and her boyfriend French Montana, Leah Remini, Kelly Ripa and hubby…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson's Hubby Trumps Every Guy Who Ever Sent You Flowers

What's that? You say your husband sent you a bouquet of flowers "just because"?  Well, too bad he -- and every other guy -- has just been totally owned by Kelly Clarkson's husband, Brandon Blackstock. Kelly posted a photo of a beautiful field of flowers, and then tweeted, "Brandon surprised me with a 10 acre field of sunflowers on our land. This is my heaven :)." Perhaps Brandon wanted a special way to thank Kelly for delivering their baby girl, River Rose, who arrived June 12, and who Kelly calls "the greatest thing on the planet." One fan responded to…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Tweets About Monster Tour Rehearsal

Eminem and Rihanna are currently preparing for their joint, three-city Monster Tour, which will visit Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit, among other places. The singer has announced on Twitter that she's gearing up for rehearsals. "I wanna take this band everywhere!!! #MONSTERtourRihearsals," she tweeted to her 36 million followers. The duo are scheduled to begin their short outing at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on August 7 and wrap up at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 23. Tickets are still available for select dates. Visit Eminem.com for all the information. Here are the dates for the Monster Tour: 8/7 -- Pasadena,…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd & Rita Ora Added to Teen Choice Awards Lineup

The lineup of performers for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards continues to grow.  The latest acts added to the bill: Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd and Rita Ora. Demi and Cher will team up for a live performance of their collabo "Really Don't Care" on the telecast, which airs next month on Fox.  British singer Rita Ora -- who can currently be heard on Iggy Azalea's latest hit "Black Widow," will perform her new solo hit "I Will Never Let You Down." Rita is nominated for Choice Breakout Artist, while "Really Don't Care" is up for Choice Break-Up Song.  Demi is…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR