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2014-06-20

Lorde May Sing at Her Parents' Wedding, Bears No Ill Will Towards Iggy Azalea

Not long ago, Lorde tweeted her happiness over the fact that her parents, who have been together nearly thirty years but never married, finally got engaged at Niagara Falls.  But will she be their wedding singer?  Sure, says the 17-year-old star. "If they want me to sing, I will sing,” she told the Confidential section of the Australian website News.com.au. "I can do that." "It’s awesome. I’m so happy for them. After 30 years, you don’t think they’re ever going to get married,” Lorde said of her parents, Vic O'Connor and Sonja Yelich. “Now I can go to a wedding,…

posted 2014/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Criticized by PETA for Draping Her Puppy in Jewels

Ever since Lady Gaga acquired her French bulldog puppy Asia, she's been posting pictures of the adorable pup non-stop on Twitter and Instagram.  However, some recent photos of Asia sporting her mom's jewelry have raised the ire of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In one photo, Asia looks glum, with two huge bejeweled earrings clipped to her doggy ears.  "I don't have time for this moms," it's captioned.   In another, she's wearing earrings, a bracelet and a necklace; the caption reads, "Maybe I just keep the bracelet tho...how muches?" Still another has Asia wearing a necklace…

posted 2014/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Producer William Orbit Says Her New Album "Sounds Good"

Over the past few months, Madonna has used social media to reveal some of the collaborators who are joining her on her in-progress new album.  Now, one particular producer who's worked on three of the Queen of Pop's previous albums says he's heard some of her new music, and he's pleased. William Orbit, who collaborated with Madonna on one of her most acclaimed discs, 1998's Ray of Light, as well as 2000's Music and her most recent one, 2012's MDNA, tweeted, "Heard some of Madonna's new album. Sounds good."   It's not clear if Orbit is working on Madonna's new disc;…

posted 2014/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Most of O-Town Returns for "Skydive" Video

It's been a few years since the members of O-Town could be described as a "boy band," but now the all-grown-up group -- minus Ashley Parker Angel -- is back with a new video. "Skydive" features Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick and Dan Miller serenading a blonde beauty in the snippet for the single, which can be downloaded July 27. The single is the first from the band's upcoming album, Lines & Circles, which debuts Aug. 3. While the group no longer features Angel, he's still backing his former bandmates -- at least on social media -- where he…

posted 2014/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine Says Maroon 5's New Album Is “All-Encompassing”

Adam Levine describes Maroon 5’s upcoming fifth studio album -– appropriately titled V, as in “Five,” -- as “an all-encompassing kind of record.”“This album is very much all over the place,” Adam tells MTV News. “There’s some stuff on our record that sounds a little like early Maroon 5, and then there’s some stuff that sounds like the newer direction that we went in.”The singer continues, “I think that’s kind of the idea behind the album. It’s our fifth record. [Five] is literally part of our name. We thought we’d get back to certain elements that we’d been missing out…

posted 2014/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Planning to Have a "Bunch of Kids," Reveals "Sing" Is About a "Very, Very Well-Known Person"

Attention, Ed Sheeran fans: you have less than a decade left to enjoy his musical stylings.  The singer reveals that he's got a ten-year plan for his career, and at the end of it, he plans to trade in his guitar and piano for diapers and strollers. Speaking to Parade magazine, Ed explains, "I know this isn’t going to last forever. Now is the time when I’m making my musical statements and being cool and going to parties. But I don’t think I’ll be living this life in 10 years’ time. If I am, please slap me.”  Ten years from…

posted 2014/06/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-19

Pharrell, Pitbull & Dr. Luke to Get Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pharrell Williams was nominated for an Oscar for "Happy" but lost.  Maybe he'll be satisfied with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer, songwriter and producer is one of several musical figures who'll be receiving stars during individual ceremonies on Hollywood Boulevard at some point in the future.  The dates have not yet been scheduled; in fact, recipients -- who must be present --  have up to five years to arrange their star ceremonies. Other newly announced recipients include Pitbull, the hitmaking R&B group Kool & the Gang and super-producer Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz…

posted 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Taps Disney Star Zendaya as Face of Material Girl Clothing Line

Madonna has selected another one-named female star as the new face of her Material Girl clothing line. Zendaya, previously known as Zendaya Coleman, will star in the fall campaign for the brand.  She's best known for starring on the Disney series Shake It Up, and competed on Dancing with the Stars, placing second on the show's 16th season.  Her single "Replay" went platinum in January, and she has the starring role in the upcoming Disney Channel movie Zapped.  She'll also portray the late R&B star Aaliyah in a forthcoming Lifetime biopic. "Zendaya exudes a confident, free spirit. We love having…

posted 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pitbull Gets Honorary Degree from Controversial Florida College

Pitbull has tweeted what you might call a "graduation" photo of himself: he's grinning from ear to ear, flipping the bird and holding a framed degree from Miami's Doral College.  It's actually an honorary degree the rapper received earlier this month due to his support for education.  But another website suggests Pitbull's pride might be misplaced. Calling Doral College "fake," the website Gawker sneers that it is a non-accredited institution that's actually a joint venture between a charter high school in South Florida called Doral Academy Preparatory, and a for-profit education company.  The source of this information? The Miami Herald,…

posted 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Says Top 10 Success Sure Beats Scrubbing Toilets

Hot British import Sam Smith has come a long way in his career: he's featured on not one but three current hits, including the top 10 "Stay with Me," and his debut album In the Lonely Hour is expected to enter the charts in the top five next week.  All this is an even bigger accomplishment than it sounds, considering what Sam was doing just two years ago. "Two years ago I was working at a bar in London cleaning toilets. Life is very different," he revealed on ABC's The View Thursday. Sam celebrated the release of In the Lonely…

posted 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande's Half-Brother to Compete on CBS' "Big Brother"

Soon, Ariana Grande won't be the only TV celebrity in her family: her half-brother is going to compete on the new season of the CBS reality series Big Brother. Frankie Grande, 31, is a YouTube personality with more than 185,000 subscribers.  He tells People magazine that initially, he auditioned for Survivor, but when he happened to meet a Big Brother casting director, he ended up on that show, the new season of which debuts June 25.  He'll be among 16 people competing to win $500,000. "I've always said I was funny and I should have my own reality show. And…

posted 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Officially Buys His Hometown Soccer Team

It's now official: One Direction's Louis Tomlinson's bought himself a soccer team.  And not just any soccer team: the Doncaster Rovers, the hometown team he grew up supporting. Louis joined with the team's former chairman, John Ryan, to take over the club.  Ryan told The Doncaster Free Press that the 1D star's involvement will "sprinkle some stardust on Doncaster Rovers."  He added, "Hopefully it will make the Doncaster public proud of their club. I’d urge the people of the town to get behind us." The Daily Mail reports that Louis and Ryan are launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise two…

posted 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR