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2014-10-24

Backstreet Boys Set Sail Today on 2014 Fan Cruise: "It's a Blast," Says Nick Carter

Every year, it seems, another act announces that it's starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it -- very successfully -- for several  years now.  This year's installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans.  According to Backstreet's Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise. "You have to engage," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don't really necessarily get. And we put on shows…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams to Perform on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special

For the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up. Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and will also reveal the nominees for the Grammys' prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations -- 82 out of a…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

PETA Upset at One Direction for Using Chimp & Other Wild Animals in "Steal My Girl" Video

One Direction's new video for "Steal My Girl" premieres Friday, but it's already causing controversy among animal rights activists.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- PETA -- is upset because the group is featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals in the clip. PETA has sent letters to One Direction and their video production company, requesting that they cut any of the scenes with the chimp, and asking them to pledge to never again work with "captive exotic animals"; the group suggests that 1D could use computer-generated animals instead. In the letters, PETA says that chimps in the…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Visits "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to Plug New Album, Perform Two Songs

Taylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases. Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”Taylor joked that it’s like…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Releases New Song Off "Reclassified"

Iggy Azalea on Thursday released one of the new songs that will be featured on Reclassified, a reissue of her debut album, The New Classic. On the track, titled "Iggy SZN," she raps, "Simmer down b***h, it’s Iggy SZN." Reclassified will include a handful of other new tunes, including a collaboration with Ellie Goulding titled "Heavy Crown." It's due out November 24. You can catch Iggy on TV this weekend when she performs on NBC's Saturday Night Live. 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 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Chris Brown Appears in Court for Progress Evaluation

Chris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report related to his probation in the Rihanna assault case. A judge increased Chris' community labor from three days to four to ensure he'll complete his requirement by the end of his probation in January, according to TMZ. Chris' therapist wrote a letter to the judge saying that Chris has been following his "medication management." 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 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-23

Iggy Azalea Confirmed for 2014 Victoria's Secret PINK Nation "Crazy for Campus Bash"

Iggy Azalea is scheduled to showcase at Victoria’s Secret PINK Nation’s annual back to school concert. According to Us Weekly, the rapper has been tapped to partake in the Crazy for Campus Bash, taking place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 29. Previous performers included acts like Drake and Kid Cudi. She will likely showcase hits like "Black Widow" and "Work," both of which appear on her album The New Classic. The upcoming performance will come on the heels of Azalea’s first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 25, where she will perform her new single…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, A Great Big World & More Up for NewNowNext Awards

Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, A Great Big World, Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas are among the musical nominees for Logo TV's NewNowNext Awards.  The awards not only celebrate what's happening right now, they're also designed to introduce fans to what will be the future of popular culture in the coming year. In addition to music, the NewNowNextAwards also cover movies, TV and theater.  Because Logo is targeted towards the LGBT community, nominees are often gay-friendly, or gay themselves.  In the music category, for example, nominees Mary Lambert, Sam Smith and Chad from A Great Big World are openly gay.  Another…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX Says Lorde Recruited Her for "Hunger Games" Soundtrack via Instagram

Lorde says that she personally reached out to all the artists featured on the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack via social media to ask them to be part of the project.  Charli XCX confirms that's true, but says she nearly missed the invitation because of it. Speaking to The Insider, Charli says that Lorde "actually messaged [me] on Instagram and I didn’t see it because I didn't know you could message people on Instagram. So, I think she thought I was ignoring her for ages because I never got back to her but then we figured it…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie Says Son Can "Turn Up," Wants Him to Be a Miami Dolphins Fan

Fergie is busy at work on her upcoming album, due out next year, but she's also been focused on being a mom to her one-year-old son, Axl Jack. On Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she stopped by to promote her latest single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," Fergie hinted her son may have a career in entertainment in his future. "His dad brings him in during my dance rehearsals, you know, for the video," Fergie said.  "And Axl will start [dancing] and I'm like, 'Turn up! Turn up! Turn down for what?' Until he goes...he does this little, this little,…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Las Vegas to Celebrate Britney Spears Day November 5

Britney Spears' Las Vegas show Piece of Me has taken the city by storm.  Now the city is planning to honor her for her achievement. The Las Vegas Sun reports that November 5 will be proclaimed Britney Spears Day in Las Vegas, and the star will be presented with an official proclamation and the key -- not to the city, but to the Las Vegas Strip.  Britney herself confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, "#BritneyDay in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can't wait to celebrate with you Vegas  See y'all there??" Britney will also celebrate with fans that…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Wins Big at Britain's MOBO Awards, Says He Wants to Work with John Legend

After picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain's Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night. Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain's MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song "Stay with Me" was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce. According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, "I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR