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2014-06-19

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

HBO to Air 10-Episode Beyonce Concert Performance Series

Beyonce is returning to HBO with a ten-episode concert performance series beginning Sunday, June 29. The series, Beyonce X:10, will present a series of four-minute concert segments shot in various cities during the singer's recent Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.  Highlights of the series will include performances of “Drunk in Love,”  "Partition," "XO" and a medley of "Get Me Bodied," "Baby Boy" and "Diva," among other tunes. Episodes will air on Sunday nights at 8:55 p.m. ET/PT, prior to new episodes of the HBO series True Blood. In February of 2013, HBO aired Beyonce's documentary Life Is But a Dream.…

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

Lady Gaga Video Scrapped Due to Involvement of "Sexual Predators" R. Kelly & Terry Richardson?

Last year, Lady Gaga promised fans a video for "Do What U Want," her duet with R. Kelly.  However, the clip, which was supposed to come out in December, never appeared.  At the time, the singer blamed scheduling issues, as well as a non-supportive team who "betrayed" her.  But now, word comes that the video was deep-sixed because of its raunchy content, and the involvement of scandal-scarred Kelly and controversial photographer and video director Terry Richardson. According to the New York Post's Page Six, the clip, directed by longtime Gaga collaborator Richardson, shows the singer on an operating table, with…

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

Taylor Swift Welcomes New Kitten Named After "Law & Order: SVU" Character

Taylor Swift's beloved cat Meredith is named after Ellen Pompeo's character, Meredith Grey, on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.  And it seems she's continuing the tradition of naming her pets after characters on TV dramas. Taylor has posted a photo of herself with a tiny white kitten on her lap.  It's captioned, "Meet Olivia Benson."  That's the name of Mariska Hargitay's character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The kitten appears to be the same breed as Meredith: a Scottish Fold, which has unusually-shaped folded-down ears. 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 2014/06/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

fun. Debuts New Song on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Fans could be forgiven for thinking that fun. was on a permanent hiatus, considering the fact that guitarist Jack Antonoff has been in the spotlight with his solo project, and the other two members, Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost, have dropped off the radar.  But surprise! All three of them came together to debut a brand-new song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night. The new song is called "Harsh Lights," and it's an upbeat, catchy tune that sounds similar to their previous material. Billboard reports that the song is from the group's upcoming third album.

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

Adam Lambert's Tour with British Rock Legends Queen Kicks Off Tonight

How big a fan of the rock band Queen is Adam Lambert?  So big that he auditioned for American Idol with one of their songs.  Now, the singer is living the dream: tonight in Chicago, he kicks off a massive North American tour as the frontman for the legendary British group, whose iconic and flamboyant lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died in 1991. Adam actually has been performing with Queen on and off for the past couple of years, including several shows in Europe, but this tour marks the first one they've done in North America.  While Adam feels more comfortable…

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

With U.S. Tour Kickoff Coming, Katy Perry's Swapping Ice Cream & Champagne for Tea & Water

Katy Perry is launching the North American leg of her Prismatic world tour this Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She says this time around, she's touring smarter and not running herself down, but she'll still be denying herself some pleasures in life, specifically ice cream, peanut butter and Champagne. "I'm wiser about things not to do since I had the experience of the last tour that almost killed me," Katy tells the Los Angeles Times. "There were so many things going on in my own life. I was overdoing it with being on stage and doing 100-people meet-and-greets every night,…

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

Paramore & Fall Out Boy Kick Off Monumentour Tonight, Hayley Says, "It's a Long Time Coming"

Paramore and Fall Out Boy both straddle the worlds of pop and rock, have similar fan bases and have known each other a long time.  That's why it makes perfect sense for them to team up for the Monumentour, a big joint arena summer tour that gets underway tonight in Hartford, Connecticut.  Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams says that for her, the match-up is "a long time coming." "Our bands really did grow from the same scene and we share a lot of the same fans, yet we still do kind of exist separately with two individual fan bases,"  Hayley told…

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