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2014-09-23

Sam Smith, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Iggy Up for UK's MOBO Awards

Sam Smith, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Iggy Azalea have all received nominations for the U.K.'s MOBO Awards.  "MOBO" stands for "Music of Black Origin" -- the awards recognize R&B and hip-hop artists, as well as those whose music is primarily influenced by R&B and hip-hop. Sam has received four nods this year, including Best Male Act, Best Song for "Stay With Me," Best Album for In the Lonely Hour, and Best R&B Soul Act.  Jessie J is up for Best Female Act, as is Rita Ora, while Ed received a nod for Best Song, for "Sing." In the…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson to Be Honored at Musicians on Call's 15th Anniversary Concert

Musicians on Call, the charity which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients nationwide, has announced that Kelly Clarkson will be the special honoree at its 15th anniversary celebration. Kelly will be celebrated at the November 18 event in New York City, and among those performing are Jessie J and Nick Jonas. Kelly, who's personally performed for patients while working with the charity, has said of working with the charity, "I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time...in the hospitals away…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Are Madonna & Nicki Minaj Teaming Up Again?

Madonna is teasing yet another possible collaboration on her new album.  On Instagram, she's posted a photo of herself and Nicki Minaj, with the caption, "We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk." Nick posted the same photo, with the caption, "My trip to New York isn't the same unless I bump into the Queen." She added the hashtag, "#B**chItsMadonna," which is rumored to be the title of one of the songs on the Queen of Pop's new album. Madonna and Nicki previously teamed up on Madonna's 2012 single, "Give Me All Your…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Paramore Currently In "Dreaming-Up" Stage of Next Album

Paramore's self-titled 2013 album was a huge breakthrough for the band, producing the smash hits "Still Into You" and "Ain't It Fun."  But don't expect a follow-up anytime soon: they're still pondering their next musical move. “We’re in the dreaming-up stage, and figuring out kind of who we want to be next,” singer Hayley Williams tells Billboard. "I think we’re getting there. We haven’t written anything that we’ve loved and thought, ‘This is it, this is the new direction,’ or where we want to be, or who we are. But it’ll happen." However, Hayley says she's confident whatever Paramore does…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Despite Their Hit, Echosmith's Members Still Don't Feel Like "Cool Kids"

Echosmith, a band made up of three brothers and a sister from California, is riding high with its first big hit, "Cool Kids."  But even though the siblings now have a gold single, and even though their song was featured as part of Apple's launch of its new Apple Watch, the band members say that doesn't necessarily mean that they now feel like those kids they're singing about. "No matter what situation you're in, you can still find at least one person out of the seven billion in the world to compare yourself to or to feel bad about because…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink's New Musical Collaborator Provided Her Birthing Soundtrack, Too

Pink surprised fans a few weeks ago by announcing that she'll be releasing a new album in October under the name You + Me.  Her musical collaborator in the project is singer/songwriter Dallas Green, and she's a big fan of his.  How big a fan?  It was his music she chose to listen to when she gave birth to her daughter, Willow. The Australian paper The Daily Telegraph reports that Pink became a fan of Green, who records under the name The City and Colour, back in 2008, and she invited him to open her U.K. concerts in 2010.  Then,…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: The Blind Auditions Begin

The seventh season of The Voice premiered Monday night on NBC with the start of the blind auditions. Veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were joined by two newcomers: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The foursome kicked off the two-hour broadcast by collaborating on a cover of Gwen's No Doubt hit "Hella Good," which was co-written by Pharrell. Here are the highlights of the blind auditions: Luke Wade was the first contestant of the new season. He performed "That's How Strong My Love Is," made famous by Otis Redding. All of the coaches pressed their buttons. Adam stood up…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears Demos Surface Online

A couple of demos for Britney Spears' 2013 album, Britney Jean, are now online. Both demos, which are untitled and were apparently uploaded months ago but only recently garnered attention, were collaborations with British musician and producer Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange. They're a bit darker than the songs that ended up on Britney Jean. Hynes tweeted on Monday, "How do things even leak?? Oh well! Enjoy." In a late 2013 interview with the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, Hynes said he was "so stoked" about writing songs for Britney, but, he added, "They'd always come back with why they didn't…

posted 2014/09/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-09-22

Fergie Confirms New Single, Will Produce Broadway Musical "The Last Unicorn"

After focusing on motherhood for the past year or so, Fergie's suddenly got a lot of projects in the works.  Not only has she confirmed the release of a new single, but she and her husband are also working on a Broadway musical. Fergie's confirmed via Instagram that her new single, "L.A. Love (la la)," will arrive September 29 as the first release from what will be her first solo album in eight years.  In addition, Playbill.com reports that she and hubby Josh Duhamel are involved with turning the 1968 fantasy novel The Last Unicorn into an "immersive" Broadway show. …

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Is Now Teaching at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

Can you imagine Kanye West as a college professor?  Well, according to Vulture, the outspoken rapper is passing down knowledge to students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, a two-year school about two miles south of L.A.'s central business district. Following his 2013 paparazzi scuffle, West is now teaching at L.A. Trade-Tech as a part of his mandated community service.  The school is known for its courses in fashion design and technology; notable alums include Jeffrey Sebelia, who won the third season of Project Runway. West must log 250 hours. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor's Initial Thought About Her #1 Hit: "We're Never Going to Make a Dime Off This"

Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" has been one of the surprise hits of the year, but she says that when she and her co-writer, Kevin Kadish, first created the empowerment anthem, they thought it had no future whatsoever. While she and Kadish liked the song that they'd written, Meghan tells Billboard, "We told each other, 'We're never going to make a dime off this.'"  But three months later, she sang it for L.A. Reid, the head of Epic Records, and he signed her the following week.   Now that the single is platinum and has hit #1, Meghan says she's…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Announces New Single "Yellow Flicker Beat" Is Coming September 29

Lorde's single for the soundtrack of the new movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 is due September 29.  The singer revealed the news on Twitter, as well as the song's title: "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde had already revealed one lyric from the song on Twitter a few weeks ago: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm." Lorde is also curating the soundtrack of the film, which is due in November.  So far, there's no word on when the soundtrack will be out or which artists she's selected, although The Lumineers' rep has said that the band…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR