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2015-05-26

Zayn Malik Cooking a Lot Since Leaving 1D; Former Band Mates Say New Album Will Be "Diverse"

What has Zayn Malik been up to since leaving One Direction? Working on his cooking skills, apparently. His fiancée, Perrie Edwards, tells U.K.’s The Sun that her man has been whipping up meals in his newly acquired free time. “It’s nice to see more of him now,” she says. “We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, he’s a great chef.” And it seems Perrie, who’s in a girl group called Little Mix, is making her fellow group members jealous. Her band mate Jesy says, “They never stop cooking, that’s all I ever hear. Every time she comes in…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katharine McPhee Debuts New Single, Announces Album Release Date

Katharine McPhee is getting back to her musical roots. The former American Idol runner-up has announced her new album, Hysteria, will be released on Friday, July 24. The first single off the album, “Lick My Lips,” debuted today on Billboard.com, along with its pinup girl-inspired video. The tune, written by Florence + the Machine member Isabella Summers, has a dance-inducing ‘80s beat and a catchy chorus. With Hysteria, Katharine was involved in the writing of every single track on the album. She worked with Isabella on five songs, and Ryan Tedder co-wrote another. Katharine’s last album, Unbroken, was released in…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson's Tour to Feature "Open Mic Night" for Undiscovered Artists, Kelly Duets with 10-Year-Old

Kelly Clarkson was an unknown singer from Texas before American Idol gave her a shot at the big time. Now, she wants to give fellow unknown musicians a chance to be heard during her upcoming summer tour. Over the holiday weekend, Kelly wrote on Twitter, "So I was inspired by an undiscovered artist who stopped me in the mall today. Everyone needs a shot. A moment on stage. So I'm starting....'Open Mic Night' on tour! One person from every city will get a spot in my set to shine! Please submit videos over Facebook or Twitter!" No word on the…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Form New Record Label

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have partnered again. The former Camp Rock co-stars, along with talent manager and music executive Phil McIntyre, have formed their own record label. Safehouse Records, a joint venture with Island Records, was conceived by the trio as a safe environment where artists can explore their creativity. In addition to signing new artists, both Demi and Nick -- who's currently signed to Island Records -- will release future music on Safehouse. Demi is signed to Hollywood Records but will be able to release music on Safehouse thanks to a creative partnership between the labels. "I've worked…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Named One of "Forbes"' Most Powerful Women; Says Touring Is "Not That Hard"

Forbes has announced their list of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2015, and Taylor Swift was named one of the most powerful women in entertainment. She ranks number 65 on the overall tally of 100 and joins 10 other women in the entertainment industry who made the list, including celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres. Forbes notes that her album 1989 had the biggest first-week sales in 12 years and made Taylor the only artist ever to have three consecutive albums sell a million copies their first week. The publication also commends her for trademarking her…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hear Jason Derulo Duet with Meghan Trainor on "Painkiller"

Among the many special guests on Jason Derulo's upcoming album, Everything Is 4, is Meghan Trainor. Now you can hear their duet, "Painkiller," exclusively at MTV.com and VH1.com. Currently, six never-before-heard tracks from the album are streaming at JasonDerulo.mtv.com and JasonDerulo.vh1.com.  In addition to "Painkiller," you'll hear Jason perform "Love Me Down," "Trade Hearts," "Love Like That," and "X2CU."  In the week leading up to the album's June 2 release, you'll eventually be able to stream the entire album. Jason and Meghan's duet starts with Jason singing, "M-Train" -- Meghan's nickname -- while Meghan sings the now-familiar "Jason Derulo" intro. …

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Accuses Australian Paper of Recycling Old Quotes About Her Ex

A few days ago, the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph published an interview with Katy Perry in which she discussed a variety topics, including her ex-husband, Russell Brand.  Katy's quoted in the interview as saying, "He hasn’t spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don’t want to talk about him -- my songs will say what I need to say."  Now, Katy's accusing the paper of recycling those quotes from an interview she did years ago. "It's really inappropriate when journalists repurpose interviews done 3 yrs ago in context of promoting a film…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Wants to Take a Year Off from Music to "Live a Bit"

What good is all the millions of dollars, cars and houses in the world if you can't stop working long enough to enjoy them?  Maybe that's why Ed Sheeran says that after several years of non-stop work, he's ready to get off the treadmill for a bit. Speaking to the British paper The Daily Mirror, Ed says, "I’d like to live for a bit! I feel like I live in a bubble where normal happens outside, and everything ‘Hollywood’ happens inside.  I’d like to get on the outside for at least a year.” Ed said something similar to Entertainment Weekly…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

After Hiatus, Lifehouse Returns with New Album & Full Creative Control

Lifehouse, the band that brought you hits like "You and Me," "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time," is back after a three-year self-imposed hiatus with a new album called Out of the Wasteland. After the band's 2012 disc Almeria, they decided to step off the endless album/tour cycle for a much-needed break.  "I think it just kind of made sense," frontman Jason Wade tells ABC Radio. "After thirteen years of being on the road, non-stop touring, it just felt like a good time to kind of reset, recharge the batteries and then kind of come back with a fresh…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

It's Your Fault that Taylor Swift's Not Playing Lots of Old Favorites in Concert

The setlist for Taylor Swift's newly launched 1989 World Tour features every single song from her 1989 album, and just three older hits.  Why so much focus on the new music?  She says her fans pretty much voted for her to do it -- by buying so many darn copies of the album. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Taylor says that the songs on 1989 seem "to be the music of mine that people are liking the most."  She explains, "If this album hadn't been so impactful to the fans, if they hadn't gone out and broken so many records and made…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J Excited About Her First Movie Role: "It's Not the Obvious Thing"

Last fall, Jessie J revealed that she'd turned down several movie roles -- including a part in Kick Ass 2 --  due to her very busy schedule.  But now it seems she's finally found the time for Hollywood.  She reveals to ABC Radio that she's landed a movie role, but won't go into detail about what we can expect from her acting debut. Asked if she thinks there'll be any acting in her future, Jessie tells ABC Radio, "Yes, I am, currently."  She adds, "I can’t talk about it too much, which is really frustrating ‘cause I really wanna tell…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas Debuts New Single, "Trust You," Co-Written by Ryan Tedder

Rob Thomas is ready for a comeback. The Matchbox Twenty frontman just released his first solo single in five years: “Trust You.”Rob debuted the up-tempo song on Entertainment Weekly Monday, and he talks to the mag about co-writing the tune with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. OneRepublic opened up for Rob during his 2009 Cradlesong Tour, and he says he and Ryan really hit it off.“He’s worked with everyone,” Rob tells EW of Ryan. “…He was kind of the only person on my list [of collaborators]. He was the first person on my list and he was really hard to get. I…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR