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2015-07-28

Amy Winehouse's First 2 Albums Get Digitally Remastered

Four years after her death at age 27, Amy Winehouse is having a resurgence. Fresh off the success of the Amy documentary, the British singer’s first two albums have been digitally remastered by Island Records and Universal Music Enterprises. The newly enhanced versions of her 2003 jazz-influenced debut Frank and her 2006 Grammy award-winning follow-up, Back to Black, are now available for purchase at online retailers. Additionally, rare remixes issued for singles from Back to Black -- including the title track, "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good" and "Tears Dry on Their Own” -- also have been released as digital…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Shares Behind-the-Scenes Clips from "Bad Blood" Video

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” continues to dominate the pop charts, so to celebrate, Taylor has been posting some behind-the-scenes footage from the song's star-studded video. The first clip she posted on Instagram features Frostbyte, played by model Lily Aldridge. Taylor and Lily are seen filming their fight scene in a wintry setting. "To get to do this, and work and play and be these awesome strong women that we are, it's so fun," Lily says in the video. In the second clip Taylor shared, Empire actress Serayah discusses her character, Dilemma. Her scene takes place in a locker room and…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Convent Dispute Headed to Court

In one corner, we have Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And in the other corner, we have two elderly nuns. Both sides have very different ideas regarding the sale of a California convent, and the battle over the sale continues in court this week. According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant will preside over a court hearing on the sale set for Thursday. To recap: Katy is trying to purchase a former Los Feliz convent. The archdiocese wants Katy to have the property, but the nuns don't. In fact, Sister…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Macklemore Admits He Relapsed Last Year: “I Just Wanted to Escape”

In a new cover story with Complex magazine, Macklemore reveals he relapsed with drugs last year. The rapper -- birth name Ben Haggerty -- blames the trappings of fame for his slip-up and says he “just wanted to escape.” "I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings," he tells the mag. "I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren't sleeping -- doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.” He adds, “In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself.…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Gets Animated as a "Peanuts" Character

If you thought Meghan Trainor was animated before, wait until you see her now. The singer was re-imagined as a member of Charlie Brown’s Peanuts gang in honor of her contribution to The Peanuts Movie soundtrack. People revealed the first look of Trainor's cartoon likeness, and also chatted with Meghan about her confidence-boosting song for the film, “Better When I’m Dancin’”. “They wanted a song about confidence and knew I was good at writing those,” she tells the mag about what inspired the tune. “I feel better when I'm onstage dancing and having fun, so I wrote about that!” Meghan…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Sells New Perfume on Twitter

We all know Katy Perry used Twitter last week to weigh in on the short-lived Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift scuffle. But she also used Twitter in a much more productive way: she harnessed the social media platform’s new shopping feature to launch her latest perfume, Mad Potion. You can purchase the fragrance directly from Twitter by going to the Twitter account @KatyPerryPopUp. “For all you #KatyCats in the USA, @KatyPerry’s #MadPotion is available to buy now, right here!!” the pop-up shop tweeted. The scent, Katy’s seventh fragrance, contains notes of Tahitian vanilla orchid, sweet white peony, and crisp apple. It sells…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Buys $4.7 Million L.A. Mansion

Sia’s new mansion has plenty of room for a chandelier or two.  The Australian singer-songwriter recently purchased a $4.7 million property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 1924 Mediterranean-style mansion was designed by famed architect A.F. Leicht, who was known for his whimsical sensibilities and ornate details like wood carvings and stained-glass accents. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and also features a sunken solarium, a billiards room and a library. Sia must have really loved the place, because she reportedly paid about $400,000 more than the asking price. Copyright ©…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New James Bond Theme Song Is Done -- but Who Sang It? Sam? Ellie? Ed?

There's been a lot of speculation about who's going to sing the theme song for Spectre, the next James Bond movie -- but it turns out the song has already been recorded.  So, who got the job?  According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Sam Mendes says we won't have to "wait long" to find out, but bookmakers in the U.K. are already placing bets on the most likely candidates. Unsurprisingly, Sam Smith is the front-runner. Bookies have Sam at 2/5 odds as the Spectre singer, even though he's publicly denied it.  If he does end up being the one, he'll…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fall Out Boy Teams Up with Hot Topic for Music Education Charity Campaign

Fall Out Boy has joined forces with Hot Topic for "Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life," a charity initiative benefiting youth music programs from non-profits such as Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes and the Grammy Foundation. You can donate to the campaign by "rounding-up" your in-store or online Hot Topic purchase to the nearest dollar -- the difference will be donated to the benefiting programs. In a video for the campaign, the members of Fall Out Boy and students from Little Kids Rock discuss the importance of music in their lives. "There's a lot of data to…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd Talks Evolving, Stepping Out of his "Comfort Zone" for Next Album

Earlier this month, The Weeknd announced that his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, will arrive in August and now, he's revealing his ambition for the album. In an interview with The New York Times, the singer spoke on evolving as an artist.  "I felt I had to change who I was," he told the publication. "These kids, you know, they don’t have a Michael Jackson. They don’t have a Prince. They don’t have a Whitney [Houston]. Who else is there? Who else can really do it at this point?" The singer also has strong desires to become the "biggest…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo Says "So You Think You Can Dance" Experience Has Been Humbling, "Amazing"

Jason Derulo is a singer and songwriter, but this year, he added "reality show judge" to his resume, joining the panel of Fox's long-running series So You Think You Can Dance.  As the show heads into the home stretch, the "Want to Want You" singer says his time on the panel this season has been a real learning experience for him. "I think as a performer you should be able to humble yourself enough to learn from anybody," Jason tells ABC Radio. "Whether they’re professional or not, you should be able to be so humble that you can take insight…

posted 2015/07/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-07-27

Ariana Grande's Dog Models for Coach

First Lady Gaga’s pet pooch modeled for Coach, now Ariana Grande’s pup is getting in on the action. Her Beagle-Chihuahua mix Toulouse is the latest celebrity canine to join the “Coach Pups” ad series, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s style site, Pret-a-Reporter.   In the ad, Toulouse wears a black collar and poses with the label's wine-colored Ace bag from the fall 2015 collection. "I'm so excited to have Toulouse starring in the Coach Pups campaign and to partner with Coach in efforts to protect animals from cruelty and harm," Ariana said in a statement. Coach supports No Kill Los…

posted 2015/07/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR