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2015-01-30

Taylor Swift Gushes About Sam Smith to "Rolling Stone": "I Had This Feeling We'll Be Friends for Life"

Sam Smith graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, but the publication also contacted his pal Taylor Swift to get her thoughts on why he and his music have taken the world by storm.  She knows what she's talking about, because she realized a year ago that he was a potential superstar. As Taylor explains to Rolling Stone, she tapped Sam to open for her on her RED tour in London after hearing his song "Money on My Mind."  "[The] hook sounded nothing like anything else I'd heard," she tells the magazine. "I learned that he was a brand-new artist…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shakira and Partner Welcome Second Son, Sasha

Shakira is a mother for the second time.  The singer confirmed on her website that she and her partner, soccer star Gerard Piqué, have welcomed their second child, a boy. "We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona," reads the message on Shakira's website. "The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior.' The hospital confirmed that both mother and child are in excellent health." Sasha joins big brother Milan, who was born in January of…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Idina Menzel Doesn't Mind You Betting on Her Super Bowl Anthem Performance

Idina Menzel knows that in addition to betting on who wins Sunday's Super Bowl, people are also placing fun bets -- so-called "prop bets" -- on things like how long it'll take her to sing the national anthem or if she'll forget the words.  And she's fine with that -- in fact, she's willing to help folks win their bets if she possibly can. "Oh, I love it. If they’re talking about me at the Super Bowl, I like it!" Idina tells ABC News Radio when asked about how she feels about prop bets. "I can’t help them though because…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Says Playing Super Bowl Will Be a "Spiritual Experience" for Her, Reveals She Texted Bruno Mars for Advice

The only religious experience most people have at football games is when they pray that their team will win.  But Katy Perry says the prospect of sharing her music with millions during the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday is so profound, it borders on the spiritual. At a Thursday press conference, Katy revealed two of the songs she'll be performing -- her hits "Roar" and "Firework" -- and said that singing them for people who may not be familiar with them is a great opportunity.  "I just have heard so many stories along the way of those songs helping…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys' New Documentary Shows the Guys at Their "Most Vulnerable"

The Backstreet Boys give fans a behind-the-scenes look at their band in a new documentary, out Friday in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson were filmed over two years for Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, opening up their personal and professional lives for the cameras. A.J. told ABC News Radio at the movie's Hollywood premiere Thursday night, "You'll learn a lot of stuff, and you'll see us in our most vulnerable, ever." The band was met at the premiere by screaming fans, which Brian said is still…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Four Teens Head to Hollywood

American Idol's auditions concluded Thursday night with tryouts in San Francisco. Seven contestants, including four teenagers, advanced to the next round of the competition on Thursday's show, bringing the total number of contestants going to Hollywood to over 200. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted to send a contestant named Sophia home. Here are the highlights of Thursday's one-hour episode:…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-29

Fun.'s Nate Ruess Featured on Beach Boy Brian Wilson's New Album

Fun.’s Nate Ruess collaborated with Pink on the song "Just Give Me a Reason" in 2013, and it became a massive number-one hit. Now, the indie pop group’s lead vocalist has teamed up with a legendary rock-and-roll hall of famer. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson personally invited Nate to record with him on his latest album, No Pier Pressure, which drops April 7. He's featured on a track called “Saturday Night.” Brian told Rolling Stone last year that Nate “sounds a little like my brother Carl.” Carl Wilson was one of the founding members of The Beach Boys.  He died…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Working with Rapper Juicy J?

A future One Direction tune might involve some rap. Rapper Juicy J posted an Instagram photo Thursday that seems to suggest he’s working with the boy band. In the photo, One Direction member Liam Payne is sitting with Juicy J in what appears to be a studio. “We working!” the rapper captioned the pic. If the photo is to be believed, it wouldn’t be the first time Juicy J collaborated with a pop star. He added verses to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” But it would be the first time One Direction recorded a song with a rapper. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Snoop Dogg Solves "Hangry" Problems in Super Bowl Commercial for New App

If you've ever been so hungry that you've become angry then you certainly will relate to Snoop Dogg's new Super Bowl commercial. The rapper has teamed up with comedian Gilbert Gottfriend for a 30-second commercial to promote a new app Eat24, which allows anyone to curb their hunger with late-night eating options. "Are you hangry?" Snoop says in the clip. "Know the signs: uncontrollable yelling, hallucinations, pants discomfort. Hangry -- it can happen to anyone." The free app, which Snoop considers the best "mother f**king way to order food online," is available for iPhone and Android devices. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Teases Lions, Sharks, Surprise Female Guest for Halftime Show, Wants to Make 100 Million People "Smile in Unison"

Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday will feature wild animals, plenty of costume changes and a surprise female guest, she told reporters at a press conference on Thursday in Phoenix.  She also hopes to leave 'em smiling when she's done. "I think I'm gonna play on my strengths, which I think are humor, incredible joy...I think my songs are anthemic," Katy told reporters. "And I just hope at the end of the day that over 100 million people are all smiling in unison. And if you can imagine that happening, I think there's going to be an incredible…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

expand Snoop Dogg Solves "Hangry" Problems in Super Bowl Commercial for New App

If you've ever been so hungry that you've become angry then you certainly will relate to Snoop Dogg's new Super Bowl commercial. The rapper has teamed up with comedian Gilbert Gottfriend for a 30-second commercial to promote a new app Eat24, which allows anyone to curb their hunger with late-night eating options. "Are you hangry?" Snoop says in the clip. "Know the signs: uncontrollable yelling, hallucinations, pants discomfort. Hangry -- it can happen to anyone." The free app, which Snoop considers the best "mother f**king way to order food online," is available for iPhone and Android devices. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas: Girlfriend "Thought I Was Going to Propose" During Miss Universe Performance

Wedding bells for Nick Jonas? Not so fast. The “Jealous” singer almost had everyone fooled -- including his girlfriend Olivia Culpo -- when he got down on one knee to serenade her at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant this past Sunday.  Olivia, a former Miss Universe, looked momentarily shocked and Nick had to later acknowledge that dropping to one knee probably wasn’t the best move. “I went down and sang to her and I got on a knee and sort of approached her. Her face was in full panic -- she thinks I’m going to propose on national TV in…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR