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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

Nicki Minaj Says “Anaconda” Is About Women “Taking Back the Power”

Nicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content.  However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment. “At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.” Minaj will release her third studio CD, The Pinkprint, on November 24.  She also says it now may be time to change her…

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

Study “Beyonce Feminism” and “Rihanna Womanism” at University of Texas

Beyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin. The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture.  According to the course description, "Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as…

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

Taylor Swift Derides "Sexist" Criticism of Her Relationship Songs

It's true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.  But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don't seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does.  And that, says Taylor, is sexist. Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, "You're gonna have people who are gonna see the depth from which you approached a song -- the fact that you put your real emotions into it, and that that's valuable and that's good and that's real. And then you're gonna have people who are gonna say, 'Oh, y'know,…

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

Justin Timberlake to Close 20/20 Experience Tour with Filmed Shows in Las Vegas

Justin Timberlake plans to wrap up his epic 20/20 Experience World Tour in spectacular fashion, with two big shows in Las Vegas on January 1 and January 2, both of which will be captured on film. The shows at the MGM Grand Garden arena will be filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker who brought us The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Married to the Mob, as well Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed music documentary about '80s music icons Talking Heads. Members of Justin's fan club, the Tennessee Kids, get first crack at tickets Tuesday at 10 a.m.…

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

Pitbull Returns as Host of American Music Awards

Mr. Worldwide is still the host with the most.  After making his debut last year, Pitbull will once again host the American Music Awards, airing November 23. In addition to hosting, Pitbull will also perform on the show, which takes place the day before his new album, Globalization, hits stores. In a statement, the rapper said, "World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I work, the luckier I get...more than anything let's get ready to have fun.  Dale!" The show's producer, Larry Klein, added, "We’re working together to create elements of…

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

Ariana Grande to Perform with Country Group Little Big Town at CMA Awards

Ariana Grande is going country.  The singer will team up with the country group Little Big Town at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, which will air next month on ABC. So far, there's no word on which song the two acts will perform together.  In recent years, pop stars have regularly shown up at the CMA Awards, so this is nothing new.  In fact, there's buzz that this year's telecast will also feature a performance from Nashville resident Meghan Trainor. The 48th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, air live from the Bridgestone Arena in…

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

Gavin DeGraw Initially Thought Releasing His New Best-Of Album Meant His Career Was Over

Gavin DeGraw's been making records for more than ten years now, so it's not surprising that his record company approached him to put together a greatest hits compilation: Finest Hour: the Best of Gavin DeGraw arrives in stores Tuesday.  But Gavin says initially, he didn't like the idea, because he thought it meant his career was over. Gavin tells ABC News Radio, "It's so funny, you know, when it was proposed to me, the idea....'Uh, hey, how do you feel about a best-of record?' I said, 'Umm, isn't that for when you're done making albums at the end of your…

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