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2015-02-27

"American Idol" Recap: The Top 12 Girls Perform in the Motor City

Thursday's edition of American Idol featured the top 12 girls taking the stage in the Motor City at The Fillmore Detroit Theater, where they sang for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes. The top 12 guys performed on Wednesday. The top 16 contestants, based on America’s votes, will be revealed next week. Lovey James, the 16-year-old rock singer from Portland, Oregon, opened the show with “Love Runs Out,” by OneRepublic. Lopez called the performance “awesome.” Connick noted James took a risk with the song choice, but it paid off. Keith believed the…

posted 2015/02/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ne-Yo Says He & Pitbull Agreed to "Create a New Moment" with "Time of Our Lives"

In 2011, "Give Me Everything," a collaboration between Pitbull and Ne-Yo, became a huge smash, reaching #1 on the Billboard chart and selling more than eight million copies worldwide.  Now, the two have teamed up again for the hit "Time of Our Lives," but Ne-Yo says he and Pit are trying not to stress about about matching the success of their first collabo. "Me and Pit basically just thought, you know, we did it once and people seemed to dig it so let’s give it a go again," Ne-Yo tells ABC News Radio about their decision to do another song…

posted 2015/02/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-02-26

Kanye Tweets Apologies to Beck, Bruno Mars

Nearly three weeks after slamming Beck's Grammy win for album of the year, Kanye West has issued an apology to him. Kanye tweeted on Thursday, "I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck." You'll recall that Kanye walked onto the Grammys stage after Beck's Morning Phase was named the winner for best album. Later, in an interview with E!, the rapper said, "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé." Kanye on Thursday also apologized to funk-pop star Bruno Mars, for some reason, writing, "I used to hate on him but I…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mark Ronson Says Bruno Mars Can Have the Bottom Half of His BRIT Award for "Uptown Funk"

Wednesday night, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars was named Best British Single at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.  Only Mark -- who's British, in case you didn't realize -- was present for the ceremony, but he says he plans to share his trophy with his pal Bruno...sort of. Backstage, Mark was asked by London's Capital FM if he'd had a chance to tell Bruno the good news.  Mark replied, "I haven’t had a chance [to tell him], it’s terrible...but I think he’s found out and he was he first person, I thanked of…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia, 5 Seconds of Summer & Sheppard Score Australian Music Award Nominations

Sia, 5 Seconds of Summer and Sheppard topped the nominations for the 2015 Australasian Performing Rights Association (ARPA) Music Awards, which honor songwriters and music publishers. Sia and co-writer Jesse Shatkin’s hit song “Chandelier” is up for Pop Work of the Year, Most Played Australian Work and Song of the Year.  5 Seconds of Summer with be competing with Sia for Pop Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work for their song “She Looks So Perfect." The boy band is also up for the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year honor. Sheppard will take on 5SOS in the Breakthrough…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga's Sound of Music Medley Gets Thumbs-Up from Maria Von Trapp's Granddaughter

Lady Gaga's performance of songs from the Sound of Music on the Academy Awards got the approval of Julie Andrews, the star of the film, but now Gaga's also gotten the thumbs-up from someone even more impressive: the granddaughter of the real-life subject of The Sound of Music. The legendary 1965 movie was based on the real-life story of Maria von Trapp.  Now, Elisabeth von Trapp, Maria's granddaughter, has written a piece for the British paper The Independent about the movie's 50th anniversary. In it, she says, "I must say that I thought Lady Gaga's celebration at the Oscars was…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Tells Fans: "Every Life Is Worth It"

Selena Gomez wants her fans to know that their lives matter. The singer Instagrammed a screen shot of a lengthy comment she wrote to a fan in which she explains why suicide is not the answer. "By me following you is not me saying it's ok to think these thoughts," she wrote. "It's not me saying 'hey you said sad things, so I'm going to follow you to make you feel better'. God puts us in situations that are so unexplainably difficult for a reason. There is someone in the world feeling so much, just like you." The message, which…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen Confirms "I Really Like You" Is Her Next Single

We just got “Call Me Maybe” out of our heads, so that must mean it’s time for a new Carly Rae Jepsen song. Last week, Carly was spotted filming what appeared to be a music video for a new tune called “I Really Like You,” with Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber. Now the Canadian singer has confirmed that song is indeed being released as the first single from her new album. In a post on her website, the 29-year-old said she's finally gearing up to debut some new music. She said for the past few years she's been "hiding in…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Found Out Through Instagram that She'd Been Hacked, Says It Was "Pandemonium"

Imagine being hacked, and then finding out about it on Instagram. That’s exactly what happened to Madonna in December. Dozens of demos she had recorded for her album Rebel Heart were leaked online, and the pop icon tells Time her Instagram followers were the ones who gave her the heads up. “It was through Instagram that I found out my songs were leaking, because my fans were warning me,” she tells the mag. “Aside from the violation of having something stolen from me, suddenly, people were making comments on songs I had no intention of releasing. I thought, ‘Oh my…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nico & Vinz to Apply Lessons Learned from Bruno Mars to New U.S. Headlining Tour This Spring

Nico & Vinz have toured with Bruno Mars and are currently touring Europe with Usher, but this spring they’ll be hitting the road for their first full U.S. tour. The Norwegian duo will embark on a 24-date Ones to Watch with Skype tour starting in May. The first stop will be Anaheim, California on May 4, with other stops including Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Seattle. The tour concludes on June 8 in San Diego, California. Ones to Watch with Skype is a platform that gives fans direct access to emerging artists with things like exclusive backstage Q&As broadcast…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera Says "Nashville" Appearance Will Help Her Compete Against Fellow "The Voice" Coach Blake Shelton

Christina Aguilera stopped by Late Night Wednesday night to plug her return to The Voice as a coach.  She also told host Seth Meyers that she'll have some extra ammunition this season. The 34-year-old singer, who recently signed on to make an appearance on the ABC series Nashville, thinks the guest spot will come in handy as she competes with fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton to land a country singer for her team. "I'll be able to have something under my belt to get certain steals for these country artists," she says, explaining, "I'll be like 'Well, I'm actually on…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Still Confused About Sia's Grammy Performance? Preteen Dancer Maddie Ziegler Explains It All

Were you baffled by Sia's performance of "Chandelier" on the Grammy Awards earlier this month?  Well, luckily, it can be easily explained by a 12-year old: Maddie Ziegler, the Dance Moms star who appears in Sia's videos, and who was featured in the performance alongside former SNL star Kristen Wiig. The Grammy performance featured Sia standing in a corner of what looked like a ransacked apartment, singing with her face to the wall, while Wiig and Maddie, both clad in nude leotards and blonde bob wigs, performed a modern dance number.  But it turns out there was a very specific…

posted 2015/02/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR