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2015-01-30

New Promo Teases "Epic" Season of "The Voice"

If the new promo is any indication, season eight of The Voice is going to be epic. The commercial for the new season, set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, shows the four judges arriving for a gritty, underground cage battle, clearly inspired by the 1985 action movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Adam Levine enters the thunderdome-like cage, where he’s met by Blake Shelton, who teases, “You’re late again.” Then, returning judge Christina Aguilera shows up and taunts them: “Hey boys! You’re both late to the party. My party!” Pharrell Williams drops down from the ceiling and the…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

T.I. Weighs In on Iggy Azalea's Steven Madden Beef

Iggy Azalea seems to have no problem venting her frustrations via social media. Following beefs with Snoop Dog and Azalea Banks, the rapper has called out designer Steve Madden for releasing unauthorized modeling images for their latest shoe collaboration. Although she's since apologized via Instagram, her mentor T.I. feels the rap rookie is handling her Twitter rants the wrong way. A TMZ photographer caught up with Tip to ask if he agreed with Iggy's actions.  "Absolutely not, I think she should focus on what got her here and that's her music, her performing, and continue to just present her talents…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Reveals She'll Perform on Grammy Awards

Now we know there will be at least one completely strange and unexpected performance on this year's Grammy Awards telecast. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Sia revealed she'll be taking the stage February 8 for the 57th annual Grammys.  Since the Australian singer/songwriter never shows her face publicly, her performance will no doubt incorporate some interesting staging, and may even feature young Maddie Ziegler, the Dance Moms star who appeared in Sia's videos for "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart," and who performed with her on Saturday Night Live and on today's Ellen show. For theEllen performance of "Elastic Heart,"…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Talks Relationships, Taylor Swift "Feud" & More in "Billboard" Super Bowl Cover Story

On the eve of her Super Bowl halftime performance, Katy Perry graces the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine.  Inside, she talks about the Super Bowl gig, as well as her alleged "feud" with Taylor Swift and the status of her love life. There have been plenty of rumors that Katy would use her Super Bowl set to "get back" or "diss" Taylor, following Taylor's comments to Rolling Stone about a certain female star who tried to "sabotage [my] entire arena tour."  Many assumed Taylor was talking about Katy, and their assumptions seemed to be confirmed when, the…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Gushes About Sam Smith to "Rolling Stone": "I Had This Feeling We'll Be Friends for Life"

Sam Smith graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, but the publication also contacted his pal Taylor Swift to get her thoughts on why he and his music have taken the world by storm.  She knows what she's talking about, because she realized a year ago that he was a potential superstar. As Taylor explains to Rolling Stone, she tapped Sam to open for her on her RED tour in London after hearing his song "Money on My Mind."  "[The] hook sounded nothing like anything else I'd heard," she tells the magazine. "I learned that he was a brand-new artist…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shakira and Partner Welcome Second Son, Sasha

Shakira is a mother for the second time.  The singer confirmed on her website that she and her partner, soccer star Gerard Piqué, have welcomed their second child, a boy. "We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona," reads the message on Shakira's website. "The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior.' The hospital confirmed that both mother and child are in excellent health." Sasha joins big brother Milan, who was born in January of…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Idina Menzel Doesn't Mind You Betting on Her Super Bowl Anthem Performance

Idina Menzel knows that in addition to betting on who wins Sunday's Super Bowl, people are also placing fun bets -- so-called "prop bets" -- on things like how long it'll take her to sing the national anthem or if she'll forget the words.  And she's fine with that -- in fact, she's willing to help folks win their bets if she possibly can. "Oh, I love it. If they’re talking about me at the Super Bowl, I like it!" Idina tells ABC News Radio when asked about how she feels about prop bets. "I can’t help them though because…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Says Playing Super Bowl Will Be a "Spiritual Experience" for Her, Reveals She Texted Bruno Mars for Advice

The only religious experience most people have at football games is when they pray that their team will win.  But Katy Perry says the prospect of sharing her music with millions during the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday is so profound, it borders on the spiritual. At a Thursday press conference, Katy revealed two of the songs she'll be performing -- her hits "Roar" and "Firework" -- and said that singing them for people who may not be familiar with them is a great opportunity.  "I just have heard so many stories along the way of those songs helping…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys' New Documentary Shows the Guys at Their "Most Vulnerable"

The Backstreet Boys give fans a behind-the-scenes look at their band in a new documentary, out Friday in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson were filmed over two years for Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, opening up their personal and professional lives for the cameras. A.J. told ABC News Radio at the movie's Hollywood premiere Thursday night, "You'll learn a lot of stuff, and you'll see us in our most vulnerable, ever." The band was met at the premiere by screaming fans, which Brian said is still…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Four Teens Head to Hollywood

American Idol's auditions concluded Thursday night with tryouts in San Francisco. Seven contestants, including four teenagers, advanced to the next round of the competition on Thursday's show, bringing the total number of contestants going to Hollywood to over 200. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. 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. This week, they voted to send a contestant named Sophia home. Here are the highlights of Thursday's one-hour episode:…

posted 2015/01/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-29

Fun.'s Nate Ruess Featured on Beach Boy Brian Wilson's New Album

Fun.’s Nate Ruess collaborated with Pink on the song "Just Give Me a Reason" in 2013, and it became a massive number-one hit. Now, the indie pop group’s lead vocalist has teamed up with a legendary rock-and-roll hall of famer. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson personally invited Nate to record with him on his latest album, No Pier Pressure, which drops April 7. He's featured on a track called “Saturday Night.” Brian told Rolling Stone last year that Nate “sounds a little like my brother Carl.” Carl Wilson was one of the founding members of The Beach Boys.  He died…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Working with Rapper Juicy J?

A future One Direction tune might involve some rap. Rapper Juicy J posted an Instagram photo Thursday that seems to suggest he’s working with the boy band. In the photo, One Direction member Liam Payne is sitting with Juicy J in what appears to be a studio. “We working!” the rapper captioned the pic. If the photo is to be believed, it wouldn’t be the first time Juicy J collaborated with a pop star. He added verses to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” But it would be the first time One Direction recorded a song with a rapper. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR