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Kanye West Turns Down $4.5 Million Vegas Deal?

Kanye West commands top dollar for his performances, but even when presented with a multi-million dollar offer, he isn't afraid to turn it down, according to a report.   TMZ says the rapper turned down a $4.5 million contract in Vegas, which would have earned him the title of highest paid Sin City performer, surpassing Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. He would have been obligated to perform three shows a week for three weeks at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, earning him $500,000 for each show. There's no word in the TMZ report about why Kanye’s turned down the…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde, Lena Dunham & Selena Gomez Gush over Taylor Swift's New Album, Join the TS "Cozy Cult"

Taylor Swift isn't the only one encouraging her fans to go out and buy her new album 1989 -- her famous friends are also beating the drum for her. First up: Lorde.  "OMG 1989 IS OUT WHAT A DAY," she tweeted. "So proud of my sista. my favourite [song] is 'Style' (and also 'Blank Space') (and also all of them)."  Lorde also posted a photo of herself and Taylor on the beach together, and added, "i first heard style driving down the pacific coast highway and it was EVERYTHING i chair-danced so hard you have no idea." Another of Taylor's…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sinead O'Connor Attacks Miley Cyrus for Dressing Like a "Stripper"

Sinead O'Connor got into a feud with Miley Cyrus last year, and it looks like the '80s star is starting up again with Miley. On her website, Sinead has posted a photo of Miley onstage with a bunch of money stuffed in her mouth, and written an essay that starts with these words: "Urgent! Does Anyone Know the Whereabouts of this Girl’s Parents?" Sinead then adds, "...Because they appear to be missing in action."  She goes on to write, "In short, no human being on earth would be photographing, filming or watching my child-like looking daughter dressed as a stripper…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says New Album, "1989," Is "The Best Thing I've Done"

Taylor Swift's new album, 1989, is now in stores. She's described it as her first official pop album, and says making it was the next logical step in her artistic journey from her country-pop roots. "I think that this felt like the most sonically cohesive thing to do. This felt like the most authentic thing for me to follow because I've been playing around with pop sensibilities with my writing for the last couple of years," Taylor said on Monday's Good Morning America. “I could have made Red twice," she continued, referring to her last album. "I could have done…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction, Fergie & Lorde to Perform on American Music Awards

The lineup for this year's American Music Awards continues to grow.  Both Fergie and Lorde will take the stage at the telecast, and so will One Direction. Fergie's performance will mark the worldwide TV debut of her new single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," from her forthcoming album, while Lorde's performance will be an AMA first.  One Direction will perform a song from their forthcoming disc Four. As previously reported, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer are also on the bill for the American Music Awards, which airs November 23 on ABC starting at 8…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Joint Shows in NYC, London and LA

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are getting their duet act together and taking it on the road. The stars, whose album Cheek to Cheek debuted at #1, have announced three dates for 2015: May 30 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, June 8 at London's Royal Albert Hall, and June 19 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Tickets go on sale November 3 for L.A. and New York, while London goes on sale October 31. A full orchestra, as well as two different jazz ensembles, will back up Gaga and Bennett during these shows. The two artists…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith's Future Career: Barista Florist?

Sam Smith is ruling the music world right now, with sold-out shows, hit singles and awards and nominations galore. But he says in the future, he's looking forward to settling down, and even getting into the world of retail sales. Speaking to Teen Vogue magazine, Sam, who has said he's never been in a "real relationship," reveals, "The idea of having a house, a kid, a husband, and a dog...I love that."  But he adds, surprisingly, "I also really want to open a coffee and flower shop one day, probably in Italy." Sam struggled for years to make it and…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons Release New Single, "I Bet My Life"

It's time for a new Imagine Dragons song. The Las Vegas quartet has released "I Bet My Life," the first single from their upcoming second album, which is due out in 2015. Fans will be pleased to know the band hasn't lost its penchant for writing big, sweeping choruses. "This song is about the relationship I've had with my parents throughout the years," says frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement. "At times it's been strained and difficult, but in the end, 'I Bet My Life' celebrates the bond that we still hold on to."     "I Bet My Life" is streaming…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift to Return to Times Square for "Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015"

Taylor Swift rang in 2013 by performing live in New York City's Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  This December, she'll be making a repeat trip to the Crossroads of the World. Taylor will perform live on ABC in Times Square December 31 as part of New Year's Rockin' Eve. She'll be just one of many performers that night, both in Times Square and on the West Coast. Once again, Ryan Seacrest will host the show, and lead the traditional countdown to midnight. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Taylor's…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé Partners with TopShop for New Active Wear Line

Beyoncé is taking her fashion sense to the street.  She’s partnered with British-based retailer TopShop to launch her own line of active wear that’ll be sold internationally. Described as a 50/50 joint venture, officially dubbed Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd. -- Parkwood is Beyonce’s production and management company -- the brand will include clothing, footwear and accessories to encompass dance, fitness and sports. “I could not think of a better partner as I continue to grow the Parkwood business,” Beyoncé says in a statement announcing the partnership.  “I have always loved TopShop for their fashion credentials and forward thinking.  Working with…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Requirements for First Official Pop Album 1989: "Energy," "Electricity" & "Sharpness"

Unless you've been in a cave for the past six months or so, you know that Taylor Swift's new album 1989 officially arrives on Monday.  She's said numerous times that the disc -- titled after the year of her birth -- was inspired by late-'80s pop music, but Taylor reveals that she didn't set out to make a record like that: it just kinda ended up that way. "The 1989 album title hit me actually, the night of the Grammys this year," she explains. "I went home and ate a bunch of In-N-Out Burger and sat around with my backup…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Thrilled with Jim Carrey's "Saturday Night Live" "Chandelier" Dance Performance

One of the highlights of Saturday Night Live last weekend was a skit in which host Jim Carrey tries to win a Halloween costume competition by dressing up, and then dancing like, the little girl in Sia's famous video for "Chandelier."  One viewer in particular enjoyed the skit: Sia herself. The notoriously-private Australian singer jumped on Twitter Saturday and Sunday to comment about how happy she was with the skit, which featured Carrey and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon both dressed as little Maddie Ziegler, who wears a nude-colored leotard and a blonde bob wig in the "Chandelier" video while…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR