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2014-11-21

American Music Awards Producer Promises Show Will Open With "Huge Wow"

The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show's executive producer says that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous." "Don't tune in late ,'cause if you tune in late you're gonna miss something that's outrageous," AMA Executive Producer Larry Klein tells ABC News Radio. "Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10.  Don't do that. You better start at eight o'clock, 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back...it's gonna open up with a huge 'wow.'  And it's gonna go…

posted 2014/11/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé's Leaked Song Sparks New Rumors of Marital Problems

The Beyoncé platinum edition box set of her self-titled album doesn't come out until next Monday, but two tracks have already leaked online, and one of them is reigniting rumors her marriage to Jay Z is in trouble. One of the new songs, "7/11," was leaked on Wednesday, and on Thursday, a snippet of another tune, titled "Ring Off," hit the Web. It's only 15 seconds long and was quickly removed, but the title and lyrics are enough to suggest the song is about giving up on a relationship. In the clip, Bey sings, "I wish it didn't hurt at…

posted 2014/11/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Takes "Cutest Selfie Ever" with Jimmy Kimmel

One Direction joined Jimmy Kimmel for what he billed the “cutest selfie ever” on his ABC late-night show Thursday night. It was certainly a colorful snapshot. Initially, it was going to be just 1D and Kimmel standing in front of a Candy Land-esque background. But then, Kimmel invited his nephew to join them -- plus the “world’s cutest dog,” a “unicorn pony,” kittens in a teacup, twin ballerinas, a baby dressed as a cherry, and Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo. Kimmel donned bunny ears, too. You can check out the end result on Kimmel’s Twitter feed. Before they snapped the selfie, 1D…

posted 2014/11/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-11-20

Phillip Phillips Unpacks a Magical World in New Video for "Unpack Your Heart"

The new Phillip Phillips video for his song "Unpack Your Heart" has been released, and it brings viewers into the singer’s whimsical fantasy world. The video opens in an empty room with Phillip playing guitar. Phillip is alone next to a simple, cardboard box with a heart on it, until suddenly, the box bursts open and the room comes to life, filling with mountains, trees and a castle. The room then disappears all together, transporting Phillip into a magical, colorful, outdoor world, with a castle, rainbows, clouds, dancing toys and fireworks. The video ends with everything climbing back into the…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Rihanna Close to Signing Deal with Puma

Rihanna could be expanding her brand very soon. The singer is reportedly negotiating a deal with Puma to design a collection of sneakers and sportswear for the German company. According to the New York Daily News, the singer could potentially sign a seven-figure deal for a "lifestyle" line. “She is going to have her own coordinator to go to at Puma who only handles her, and they’ll have a junior coordinator helping them,” an insider reveals. “The focus is shoes, but she will also be helping with pants and tops.” If all goes as planned, Ri Ri will be contractually…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Wins Six Trophies at New Zealand Music Awards

Considering that she's probably the most famous New Zealander on the planet right now, it's not surprising that Lorde cleaned up at the New Zealand Music Awards this week. The Dominion Post reports that the singer took home six trophies, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for Pure Heroine, Single of the Year for "Team," Best Female Solo Artist, Highest-Selling Single for "Royals" and let's not forget the International Achievement Award. "SIX," Lorde tweeted, adding, "thankyou, new zealand. such a special night for [my producer Joel Little] and i. pure heroine loves you too." Last year, Lorde…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction, Nicki Minaj & Charli XCX to Appear on "Saturday Night Live"

One Direction will have the honor of closing out Saturday Night Live's current season.  On December 20, the group will perform on the last episode of the year, with Amy Adams as guest host.  It'll be the group's third appearance on the show. On December 13, it'll be an all-British edition of SNL, as Charli XCX makes her debut on the show as the musical guest.  It'll be hosted by Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  On December 6, Nicki Minaj will serve as the musical guest, appearing on SNL for the second time. …

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX Admires Beyonce's Feminism, Wants Her Female Fans to Go Wild

Charli XCX is not only the cover girl of the new issue of Seventeen magazine, she's also the cover girl for the new December/January issue of NYLON.  Inside, she speaks about the female celebrities she looks up to, starting with Beyonce. "I admire women like Beyonce for putting themselves on the line and having visuals that say ‘feminism,’” she tells NYLON. "I’m not knocking anyone, but in terms of male media, for them to want to listen to anything about feminism, it has to come from someone they think is stereotypically beautiful -- which is, I guess, a tiny bit…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Items Going on Display at Grammy Museum

Taylor Swift has plenty of Grammys on display at her house, and now the Grammy Museum is putting some of her personal items on display in its house. The Taylor Swift Experience will open at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on December 13, which just happens to be Taylor's 25th birthday.  The exhibit, on view through May of 2015, will feature interactive experiences, home videos, handwritten lyrics and personal photos, offering an "in-depth look at the multi-platinum selling artist as a singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and style icon." Among items that will be on view in the exhibit: -Early…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Will.i.am, David Guetta & More Team for Charity Version of John Lennon's "Imagine"

Are you tired of all-star charity videos yet?  Here comes another one.  In support of the 25th anniversary of UNICEF's Convention on the Rights of the Child, a bunch of musicians and celebrities from all over the world have come together to help create the world's largest charity sing-along with a version of John Lennon's classic song, "Imagine." In addition to watching the video for the song, which features stars like Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Will.i.am, David Guetta, Nicole Scherzinger, Danny O'Donaghue from The Script, Lance Bass,  MAGIC! frontman Nasri and Lennon himself, you can get in on the act. …

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Returns to 'Saturday Night Live' Next Month

Nicki Minaj has become the latest hip-hop star to take over Saturday Night Live this season. The rapper is scheduled to appear on the sketch comedy show next month. The rapper is confirmed to perform on the December 6 episode alongside host James Franco.  It'll be her second time on the show. She previously appeared on SNL back in 2011. Viewers can expect Nicki to showcase material from her upcoming album The Pinkprint, slated for a December 15 release. In the meantime, fans will get to see Nicki in all of her glory during the 2014 American Music Awards, where she will debut…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez to Team with Iggy Azalea for "Booty" Duet at AMAs

This weekend at the AMAs will be all about that bass, and not just because Meghan Trainor's a nominee and a presenter.  Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea are teaming for a special performance of their duet "Booty" on the show, which airs Sunday night on ABC.  It'll be the first time they've performed the track together on TV. TMZ reports that ABC censors are concerned that J-Lo and Iggy will take things a bit too far, so they've laid out some ground rules: the women aren't allowed to rub their butts together, and they can't wear clothing that shows off…

posted 2014/11/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR