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2014-09-22

Fergie Confirms New Single, Will Produce Broadway Musical "The Last Unicorn"

After focusing on motherhood for the past year or so, Fergie's suddenly got a lot of projects in the works.  Not only has she confirmed the release of a new single, but she and her husband are also working on a Broadway musical. Fergie's confirmed via Instagram that her new single, "L.A. Love (la la)," will arrive September 29 as the first release from what will be her first solo album in eight years.  In addition, Playbill.com reports that she and hubby Josh Duhamel are involved with turning the 1968 fantasy novel The Last Unicorn into an "immersive" Broadway show. …

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Is Now Teaching at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

Can you imagine Kanye West as a college professor?  Well, according to Vulture, the outspoken rapper is passing down knowledge to students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, a two-year school about two miles south of L.A.'s central business district. Following his 2013 paparazzi scuffle, West is now teaching at L.A. Trade-Tech as a part of his mandated community service.  The school is known for its courses in fashion design and technology; notable alums include Jeffrey Sebelia, who won the third season of Project Runway. West must log 250 hours. 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 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor's Initial Thought About Her #1 Hit: "We're Never Going to Make a Dime Off This"

Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" has been one of the surprise hits of the year, but she says that when she and her co-writer, Kevin Kadish, first created the empowerment anthem, they thought it had no future whatsoever. While she and Kadish liked the song that they'd written, Meghan tells Billboard, "We told each other, 'We're never going to make a dime off this.'"  But three months later, she sang it for L.A. Reid, the head of Epic Records, and he signed her the following week.   Now that the single is platinum and has hit #1, Meghan says she's…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Announces New Single "Yellow Flicker Beat" Is Coming September 29

Lorde's single for the soundtrack of the new movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 is due September 29.  The singer revealed the news on Twitter, as well as the song's title: "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde had already revealed one lyric from the song on Twitter a few weeks ago: "I'm a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm." Lorde is also curating the soundtrack of the film, which is due in November.  So far, there's no word on when the soundtrack will be out or which artists she's selected, although The Lumineers' rep has said that the band…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sir Mix-a-Lot Supports Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda"

Last month, Sir Mix-a-Lot tweeted that he viewed Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video about 37 times.  Now, the rapper is revealing how he truly feels about the song, which samples his 1992 classic "Baby Got Back." During his Reddit Ask Me Anything, the rap veteran spilled that he supports Nicki's hit record.  "It's amazing how people -- I guess maybe because they're not in the industry -- but how people think I should be mad about the song," said Mix-a-Lot. He continued, "I think it's cool, she took part of the song, she made a Nicki Minaj song.  I love the track,…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rixton to Release Debut Album "Let the Road" on January 6

Rixton's been on the charts for a while now with "Me and My Broken Heart," so it's easy to forget that they haven't even released their debut album.  But that's all about to change: The British band has announced a January 6 release date for the project. The album is called Let the Road, and it features songs co-written by the band and their producer Benny Blanco, as well as a track written by their pal Ed Sheeran.   “Let the Road is something we're incredibly proud of,” singer Jake Roche says in a statement.  "Songs have survived six years…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming "Early Next Year," May Have "Special Guest"

Kelly Clarkson got fans excited Friday when she tweeted lyrics to one of the songs on her upcoming album.  Now she's revealed a bit more about the album, as part of a Twitter conversation with a fan. The fan tweeted, "Hi Kelly. Are you going to have any crazy surprises for us on your new album?"  The Grammy-winner replied, "Yes. I'm so proud of my next album! Might have a special guest on the album ....maybe :) Doesn't come out until early next year." As previously reported, this will be Kelly's first new album of non-holiday original material since 2011's…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX Pushes Release of New Album, "Sucker," Back to Dec. 16th

Sorry, suckers.  The release of Charli XCX's new album, Suckers, has been pushed back to December...but according to her, that's a good thing. "Ok so it wouldn't be a charli xcx album without a date change," she tweeted on Monday. "it's all COOL nothing's WRONG the albums DONE but it's just no one really knew boom clap would do as well as it's doing." She goes on to explain that the success of "Boom Clap," her single from The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, is what's caused the delay in Sucker's release.  It was originally scheduled to arrive October 21:…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Returns; New Coach Gwen Says Blake & Adam's "R-Rated" Antics Give Her a "Face Headache"

On Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there'll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore. "Seriously, after day one...I haven't laughed that hard in so long," she says. "I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!"  She adds,…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Reportedly a Victim of Celebrity Photo Hackers

Rihanna is the latest victim of celebrity hackers. Nude photos, purportedly of the singer, leaked onto 4chan/Reddit on Sunday, according to TMZ. One of the pictures reportedly shows a censored version of the 26-year-old Grammy-winner’s breasts. Hours later, another, more graphic, version of the picture was released. The photos appear to have been taken while Rihanna was being fitted for an outfit. The photos are the latest in a second wave of leaks over the weekend. Nude pictures of what appear to be Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Hope Solo, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, and Suits' Abigail Spencer reportedly…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Hits the Road for Solo Tour, Hopes JoBros Fans Come Along for the Ride

After years with the Jonas Brothers, and with his side project, The Administration, Nick Jonas is now stepping out solo with his new single "Jealous" and upcoming album.  He kicks off a solo tour Monday night in Seattle, and says he hopes fans of his previous work will be there in the audience, cheering him on. "Yeah, this tour's gonna be fun," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's about kinda getting my legs back under me, and really trying to sorta get used to touring again: it's been awhile.  [I] gotta get out there, have fun, be in front of…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New "We Are Here" Movement: “I Want to Gather an Army"

A female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it.  The singer, who's expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an "army" of fans to make a positive change in the world. By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind -- from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls' education worldwide. She…

posted 2014/09/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR