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2014-12-31

Beyoncé and Jay Z Reportedly Spending the Holidays at $25K-a-Night Thai Resort

Beyoncé and Jay Z's December has included rides on snowmobiles in Iceland and building sandcastles on the beaches of Thailand. After celebrating the hip-hop mogul's 45th birthday in Iceland earlier this month, the couple jetted to Phuket, Thailand, for the Christmas holiday. A source tells the New York Post the couple and their daughter Blue Ivy are staying at a $25,000-a-night villa at the Amanpuri resort. The villa comes with a private chef, butler and ’round-the-clock maids. The source says Jay and Bey have been “making sandcastles on the beach" with their daughter, and Hova has also been seen riding…

posted 2014/12/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" Ready to Ring in 2015 with Non-Stop Music

It just wouldn't be December 31 without turning on ABC to watch Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, checking out the star-studded lineup of musical acts, and watching Seacrest freeze his tail off as he counts down to the New Year from New York City's Times Square. This year, Seacrest will be joined live in Times Square by Idina Menzel, MAGIC!, Florida Georgia Line and one Taylor Swift, who Seacrest says, truly symbolizes the spirit of the legendary telecast. "We are very lucky to have Taylor on New Year's Rockin' Eve this year," he tells ABC News…

posted 2014/12/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Foreign-Born Acts Thrilled to Join America's Biggest New Year's Eve Party, Tonight on ABC

It's been on for more than 40 years, so pretty much every current musical artist grew up watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC, right?  Well, no, they didn't, if they're not American -- and a surprising number of artists who are performing on this year's edition of the show aren't.  But while they initially may not have been familiar with the show, they sure are now...and they're pretty happy to be included in the biggest U.S. New Year's Eve telecast going. Among the non-American acts who'll be featured on this year's show are One Direction, Rixton, Bastille,…

posted 2014/12/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-30

The Year in Music -- Bieber, Sheeran, One Direction & Other Newsmakers

Here's a look at some of the other artists who made news in 2014: Any goodwill Justin Bieber had built up prior to 2014 quickly vanished as the Canadian singer found himself in and out of legal trouble all year. On January 14, police searched his house in connection with an egg-throwing incident at his neighbor's home in Calabasas, California. In July, Justin pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge; he was ordered to pay nearly $81,000 in damages and serve two years' probation.  On January 23, he was arrested in Miami after an alleged late-night drag race; in…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Donated Her Proceeds from Versace Campaign to Malawi Hospital

Madonna is the new face of Versace's latest ad campaign, but she didn't cash a big paycheck for posting for those photos.  According to Donatella Versace, the Queen of Pop donated her fee to charity. Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, Donatella says, "I prefer the social commitment of women. I think of Madonna and her hospital in Malawi, which is where the remuneration from our campaign will be going." Donatella also reveals that Madonna's photos for the campaign were not digitally manipulated or Photoshopped.  "She did not have her abdomen retouched or [her] arm," says the designer. …

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Talks Abortion, Kanye West in Rolling Stone

Nicki Minaj graces the cover of Rolling Stone, in which she gives a candid interview about everything from her breakup with longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels to the intimate details of her life. After touching on abortion in her latest album, The Pinkprint, Nicki reflects on terminating her teen pregnancy, which she says has "haunted me all my life.” "I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through," she tells the mag. "It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Thinks a Show Like "The X Factor" Is "Damaging" for Songwriters

Some of the British artists who've hit the U.S. charts in the past few years are the product of the British version of The X Factor, most notably One Direction.  But Sam Smith is one British star who says he had no interest in auditioning for the show, because as a songwriter, he thought it might be bad for his career. The British paper The Mirror quotes Sam as saying, "It was a very conscious decision for me not to audition...I feel that X Factor is perfect for singers who sing, and that’s all they want to do. They don’t…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Is the Biggest-Earning Touring Band in the World

Is One Direction the biggest band in the world?  When it come to touring, they very well may be. Pollstar, the publication that tracks the concert industry, say that 1D tops its 2014 chart of Top 20 Worldwide Tours: the guys' Where We Are tour grossed $282.2 million and sold some 3.4 million tickets. That's over $100 million more than the runner up, Justin Timberlake's tour. One Direction made a big leap from last year, when they ranked #10, with grosses of just $114 million.  1D has already announced another tour for 2015, starting in Australia in February. Pollstar notes…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Spends $6.5 Million on New California Mansion

Bruno Mars is taking his "Uptown Funk" to Studio City, California: he's just shelled out a reported $6.5 million for a multi-acre estate in a gated community there, Variety reports. Bruno reportedly purchased his new digs from the daughter of ultra-rich oligarch from Kazakhstan, who originally wanted close to $8 million for it.  The property includes a garage with room for six cars, a temperature-controlled wine room, a separate children's wing, bathrooms with steam and dry saunas, an infinity pool and spa, and outdoor kitchen and grill, a playground, and a cabana with a stone-fireplace. In addition to the new…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Ranked Among Best-Mannered Celebrities of the Past 25 Years

Unlike other many other young female stars, Taylor Swift has never -- at least in public -- acted inappropriately, dressed too revealingly or been photographed in a compromising position -- and now she's being recognized formally for her good behavior. The National League of Junior Cotillions releases its list of the Best-Mannered Celebrities at the end of each year. But this year, in celebration of the organization's 25th anniversary, the group has announced the 25 Best-Mannered People of the Past 25 Years, and Taylor came in at #25, for "for inspiring young fans with her music and mannerly conduct." Jimmy…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor's New Year's Resolution? Handle the Fallout from Last Year's Resolution

Meghan Trainor is one of 18 different artists who'll be performing on this year's edition of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and she says getting the opportunity to perform on the long-running show is quite an honor. "Yeah! I mean, I saw all my favorite artists perform," Meghan tells ABC News Radio, when asked if she grew up watching the show. "It's a dream. And I'm actually doing it myself.  And my mom is freaking out right now!" It's been a whirlwind year for Meghan, who came out of nowhere to score an eight-week #1 hit,…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Cannon Slams Rumor He'll Bash Mariah Carey on New Album

Nick Cannon is slamming a recent rumor that his upcoming album will contain controversial lyrics about his split from Mariah Carey. The America's Got Talent host posted a series of tweets in an effort to discredit the gossip. "I will never say anything negative about @MariahCarey We are forever a family rooted in love," he wrote Monday. "I am always an open book but Personal matters are just that 'Personal,'" he continued, "So please respect my family and respect the process." Cannon, 34, concluded the series of posts by writing, "In other words, all you vultures and bottom feeders searching…

posted 2014/12/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR