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2014-06-27

Adam Levine's "Begin Again" Co-Star Could Have Been Adele

Begin Again, the movie in which Adam Levine makes his big-screen acting debut, arrives in theaters in New York and L.A. on Friday, and opens nationwide next week.  Adam's co-star in the film is Oscar nominee Keira Knightley, but the movie's director says if things had been different, there's a chance it could have been Adele. Begin Again casts Adam and Keira as Dave and Gretta, musicians and college sweethearts who move to New York after he lands a big record deal.  After Dave cheats on her and dumps her, she's crushed, until a washed-up record executive spots her singing…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, One Direction, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea & Others Get Young Hollywood Award Nominations

Some of the hottest stars on the charts right now are in their early twenties -- including Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith -- and now they're being celebrated by the 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. Variety reports those three artists have all received nominations for this year's awards, which celebrate the "accomplishments of emerging young talent throughout the entertainment industry."  They've been recognized in the category of Hottest Music Artist, and their competition includes Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato and One Direction.  Sam is also nominated in the category of Breakout Music Artist, along with fellow Brits Rixton and…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Vanessa Carlton Pregnant, New Album Pushed Back to Summer 2015

Vanessa Carlton, best known for her 2002 hit "A Thousand Miles," is expecting her first child with husband John McCauley. The pregnancy has resulted in the delay of her next album, Liberman. Vanessa posted a picture of herself with her baby bump on Facebook. She wrote, "We're expecting a baby. It’s healthy and moving around like a champ. I’m bummed to delay the album because it's so special to me and the perfect combination of England and Tennessee. When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you…in due time!" Vanessa and…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-26

Miley Cyrus Bringing Bangerz Tour to NBC

We're not sure how she's going to get it past the censors, but Miley Cyrus is bring her racy Bangerz tour to network television. NBC will air a two-hour special, Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour on Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET.  It was filmed during Miley's concerts in Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, and according to NBC, it'll feature "an exclusive peek on how she engages with her crew and fans" during her shows. The North American leg of Miley's tour wraps up in August in Chicago.  Whether or not some of the more X-rated moments of the tour…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Williams, "Frozen" Duo Invited to Join the Motion Picture Academy

Now that he's an Oscar nominee -- for his #1 hit "Happy" -- Pharrell Williams is getting a special perk:  he's been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  If he accepts the invitation, he'll have the power to vote each year on who gets to take home an Oscar. He is one of 271 artists and executives who've been invited to join this year, in a variety of categories.  Pharrell has been invited to join the Music branch, along with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo who penned…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Lands Harper's Bazaar Arabia Cover

Rihanna has landed another high fashion magazine cover. The singer fronts the July/August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, in which she dons a mesh veil and Cartier jewels. The singer poses in Middle Eastern clothing for the mag, in a series of photos featuring an interesting tagline: "Rihanna of Arabia: The new modesty, cover up in style." Shot by photographer Ruven Afanador, RiRi expressed how much she enjoyed the finished pictures, tweeting, "@BazaarArabia shot by my new fave photographer, Ruven." "I wanted to do something high fashion, but still traditional to their culture and that's what we're doing, we're having…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Platinum Perry: Katy Named the Top Certified Digital Artist Ever

Katy Perry has racked up an impressive string of world-beating hits, and all together, they've helped her reach a significant milestone.  The Recording Industry Association of America has declared her to be the "most awarded digital act" ever. Eighteen of Katy's songs together have racked up certified downloads and streams of 72 million -- she's the first artist ever to pass the 70 million threshold.  Among the songs that added up to those 72 million: "Firework" -- more than 9 million downloads/streams "California Gurls" and "E.T." -- more than 7 million downloads/streams each "Dark Horse," "Hot N Cold" and "Teenage…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato's New Video Features Wilmer Valederrama

Demi Lovato's new video for her single "Really Don't Care" features some surprise appearances by various celebrities, most notably the actor usually identified as her boyfriend: Wilmer Valederrama. According to E!, the clip was shot at Los Angeles' Gay Pride festival, where Demi performed and served as the grand marshal.  Demi is shown hugging Wilmer about two minutes and 30 seconds into the clip.  E! reports that other cameos come from Blink-182's Travis Baker and Kat Graham of The Vampire Diaries.  Various drag queens also appear, as does gossip blogger Perez Hilton and, of course, Cher Lloyd, who's featured on…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons Say They Have "105" Songs for New Album Because They're "Losers"

Having an explosive debut album -- Night Visions -- and a single -- "Radioactive" -- that spent a record 87 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart certainly qualifies Imagine Dragons as winners, but frontman Dan Reynolds describes the band as prolific “losers.”In an interview with Billboard about new music from the group, Reynolds says the band has compiled “105 demos.”  Their collective creative juices are a result of their current lifestyle. "[W]e’ve been writing on the road since Night Visions came out two years ago – it’s not like we went home and wrote 100 songs. We’re pretty much…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5 Guitarist: Adam Levine's Not Really a D-Bag

An article in the new issue of GQ magazine goes into great detail on the topic of why Adam Levine is so often described as a "d-bag."  Even Adam admits it's "100% definitely easy to assume" that he is one.  But the people who know him best -- his Maroon 5 bandmates -- insist that Adam Levine is unequivocally not a d-bag -- it just might take you a while to realize it. In the article, Adam tells GQ, "I'm not the easiest person to love right off the bat, you know. If I knew everyone in the world, they…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dozens of People at Avicii Concert in Boston Hospitalized

Numerous people who attended an Avicii concert in Boston on Wednesday night were transported to the hospital, in part because of alcohol and drug issues. Based on reports, from 22 to 36 people, all between the ages of 16 and 25, were taken to area hospitals, where most were treated and released. Another 50 were treated at first aid triages at TD Garden and by EMS outside, said Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Michael Bosse. Bosse told ABC News, "The overall majority of the patients were suffering from a combination of age, heat and alcohol."  He added, "There were signs of…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha Opens Up About Rehab Stint to "Teen Vogue"

Kesha addresses her rehab stint for an eating disorder in the upcoming issue of Teen Vogue magazine. In the interview, the singer, in her words, lets "the elephant out of the room." She says, "My eating disorder is something I've been struggling with for a while. People will make up stories, but I went to rehab for an eating disorder -- nothing more and nothing less." The way Kesha describes it, her work on her last album, Warrior, took its toll on her, wearing her spirit down. She continues, "I was fighting like hell to keep my whole irreverent essence…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR