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Backstreet Boys Discuss Group's Evolution in New Documentary Clip

In a newly unveiled clip from the upcoming Backstreet Boys documentary, the group members discuss how they evolved from industry puppets into artists who make their own decisions. “The producer would make it sound magical and the record executives would pick the singles," Brian Littrell says of the group's early albums, in the clip which is streaming on Billboard's website. "There was no decision making." But now that they're adults, he says, the group's music-making process is much more autonomous. “When we were kids it was different: we were told what to do, told what to say," he says. "And now…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Admits She'd Date One Direction's Niall Horan

Meghan Trainor may have written a song with One Direction’s Harry Styles, but it turns out he isn’t her favorite member of the boy band. When pressed by the U.K.’s Capital FM to admit who she’d like to go on a date with for Valentine’s Day, Meghan revealed she has a secret crush on Niall Horan. "Oh let's get the fancy boys! One Direction, give me the blonde one!" Meghan said. "He's a gentleman.” She added that she encountered him once in person, and was got swept off her feet by his Irish charm. She also dished on her tune…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mike Tyson Explains His "Crazy" Contribution to Madonna's New Song "Iconic"

Many were left scratching their heads when news broke that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be featured on a song on Madonna's upcoming album, Rebel Heart. Now the nature of his contribution to the track “Iconic” has been revealed.  "Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go," Mike tells Rolling Stone. "I didn't know what the hell I was going there for. I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna. She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap.…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus Talks Being Face of MAC Viva Glam, Gets Honest About Grammy Nomination

Miley Cyrus is fresh off her worldwide tour, but she’s not slowing down. She’s joining the ranks of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj as the new face of MAC cosmetic’s Viva Glam campaign. The singer said on Friday's Good Morning America that she signed on to the campaign because she wants to empower "those even affected by HIV and to kind of give them this hope, and know that there's people out there who are fighting for them and especially not just for the cure, but to end this kind of stereotype." All of the proceeds from sales of Miley's…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Says Being a Solo Artist Is "More Rewarding"

Nick Jonas not only models double-breasted suits in the latest issue of GQ, he also discusses the joys and pressures of going solo. Nick, who once made teen girls scream as one-third of The Jonas Brothers, is now making grown-ups swoon. GQ asked him what it’s been like making the transition from “boy celebrity” to “man celebrity.” “I think that this stage in my life is really, for a lot of reasons, pretty incredible,” he said. “Being a solo artist and trying to take these bold steps on my own.” Nick once had his brothers Joe and Kevin to share…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train's New "Bulletproof Picasso" Video Features "Walking Dead" & "Modern Family" Stars

Train's video for their 2014 hit "Angel in Blue Jeans" featured tough-guy actor Danny Trejo.  Their brand-new video for the song "Bulletproof Picasso" features stars from the TV series The Walking Dead and Modern Family. In the clip, Reid Ewing, who plays Dylan on Modern Family, plays a young man hitchhiking in the desert with a guitar on his back and carrying a sign that says "Cali or Bust."  A old fat guy in a convertible zooms past him, leaving him in the dust, and pulls into a diner, where he's served by a pretty blonde waitress, played by Emily…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Paramore Announces Intimate Spring "Celebration"

Paramore has announced an intimate U.S. tour for the spring, except they're not calling it a tour, exactly. A posting on the band's Facebook page reads, "It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close. We've had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one. What wouldn't feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band's career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way. So we've decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters…and we're not calling it a tour, by the way." The message…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Diplo Says Taylor Swift Fans Are the "Worst People in the World," Says There's Secret, "Scary Stuff Going On" with Taylor

Remember when superstar deejay and producer Diplo made a joke about setting up a Kickstarter account to buy Taylor Swift a booty, and Taylor's BFF Lorde responded by insulting the size of his manhood, and then the Internet blew up?  Well, Diplo should probably change his name and move to another country, based on the latest comments he's made about Taylor and her devoted fans. Speaking to GQ about the Taylor/Lorde booty incident, Diplo said, "Literally, it was such a tongue-in-cheek joke on both sides. I think Taylor Swift is such an impactful character...it was because she was involved that…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX Says Brits' "Emotional & Real" Music Led to UK Chart Takeover

2014 saw a near-takeover of the U.S. pop charts by artists from other countries, most notably the U.K.  As we move into 2015, there seems to be no sign of the trend slowing, as songs by Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Jessie J, Rixton, Charli XCX, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Ella Henderson and Mark Ronson -- yes, he's British too -- continue to dominate.  So why has the U.S. welcomed Brits with such open arms, and, in many cases, Grammy nominations?  Well, Charli XCX says it's all about their ability to keep it real. "I dunno, man. I think Brits do…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Matchbox Twenty Concert Movie to Premiere Next Month on AXS TV

Matchbox Twenty has been pretty quiet lately, but they're staging a daylong takeover of AXS TV next month to mark the premiere of their new concert film, Matchbox Twenty Live North, shot during the band's 2013 tour in support of their 2012 #1 comeback album, North. In an interactive live event scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on February 15, the band will take over the AXS TV Twitter account to chat with fans before the film itself premieres at 8 p.m.  Fans can ask questions using the hashtag #MB20Takeover, and a few lucky fans will be chosen to win cool…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Carlos Santana’s Nephew Heads to Hollywood

The American Idol judges have been visiting their hometowns this season in search of talent, and this week, auditions were held in Harry Connick, Jr.'s old stomping ground, New Orleans. Connick was back behind the judges' table, along with Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez. Eleven more contestants, including a nephew of Carlos Santana, advanced Thursday to the next round of the competition, bringing the total for the first three weeks to 99. During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home.…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

TLC Surpasses Kickstarter Goal for Funding New Album

Well, that didn’t take long.  Just four days after TLC launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $150,000 to fund a new album, remaining members Rozonda “Chili” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins say they have reached and surpassed that mark.As of Thursday night, the girl group had raised more than $197,000 from 1,868 backers.  And there’s still 27 days to go in the campaign.  The backers include Katy Perry, who made a $5,000 donation.In a statement posted on their Kickstarter page, T-Boz and Chili wrote, “Y'all are beyond amazing. We are happy and proud to say that this…

posted 2015/01/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR