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2014-10-21

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

2014-10-20

Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" in Concert

Kelly Clarkson's still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig.  Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she's well aware of what's hot and happening in music right now. At the show on October 18, Kelly introduced what she called a "bluesy" and "awesome" song, adding, "Anybody like Sam Smith here?  I love this song.  I know you've probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me, I love it.  This is called 'Stay with Me.'" …

posted 2014/10/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo Says Jordin Sparks Breakup Will Inspire New Songs

Jason Derulo is busy on a U.S. headlining tour, so he won't be seeing the inside of a studio any time soon, but when he does, he says he definitely plans to write some songs inspired by the breakup of his relationship with Jordin Sparks. Asked if he would use their split after three years as inspiration for future songs, Jason tells Billboard, “Oh 100 percent. I'm somebody who cannot keep those two things separate. I have to put it on paper, put it on wax, put it in my songs. I cannot separate the two. My creativity, my personality…

posted 2014/10/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor's Debut Album, "Title," Will Arrive January 13

Meghan Trainor's debut album Title now has a release date: January 13.  If you pre-order the album, you'll receive a free download of her brand-new single "Lips Are Movin'," along with the tracks that appeared on her previously released EP: "Dear Future Husband," "Close Your Eyes," the title track and, of course, "All About That Bass." Meanwhile, Megan's booked an appearance on NBC's Today show on November 3. As previously reported, she'll sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert on the CMA Awards November 5.  She's nominated for New Artist of the Year on the American Music Awards, which air November…

posted 2014/10/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Premieres "This Is Not a Game," Another New Song from "Mockingjay" Soundtrack

Lorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay -- Part 1, and she's just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single "Yellow Flicker Beat."  She's on the new song two, but so are two other artists who couldn't be more different. The song is called "This Is Not a Game," and it features Lorde delivering a spoken word performance with R&B star Miguel, backed up by pioneering British electronic artists The Chemical Brothers.  The song premiered on British radio on Monday.  On the track,…

posted 2014/10/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor to Perform with Blake Shelton's Wife on CMA Awards

Meghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she's a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It's no wonder, then, that she's booked an appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards. Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert, wife of Blake Shelton, on the telecast, which airs November 5 on ABC, live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  They'll be performing "All About that Bass," Meghan's #1 hit. Ariana Grande will also appear on the show, performing with the country group Little Big Town.  Carrie Underwood…

posted 2014/10/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR