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2014-06-24

John Mayer, Eminem, Lorde, Iggy Azalea to Headline Atlanta Music Midtown Festival

Atlanta's two-day Music Midtown festival this September will be wall-to-wall stars: the headliners include Eminem, John Mayer, Lorde, and Iggy Azalea, as well as Bastille, Lana Del Rey, rocker Jack White, country stars Zac Brown Band, and more yet to be announced. The festival takes place September 19-20; tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET.  General admission tickets cost $125 for a two-day pass, but of course, there are VIP package available if you've got the cash. For example, a thousand bucks will buy you admission to both days, plus valet parking, access to a private entrance…

posted 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Marvels at New Kitten's Sleeping Ability, Promotes Ed Sheeran's New CD

Taylor Swift's cat Meredith has become a star online, thanks to all the photos and videos of her Taylor has posted.  It now looks like the singer's new kitten, Olivia, is headed for the same fame. Taylor first introduced Olivia to the world in a photo that showed the tiny white kitten on her lap, looking up at her.  Now, Olivia is the star of a new Instagram video in which she's being adorable simply by snoozing.  In the video, Taylor's on a plane and tilts the camera down to show the kitten fast asleep, stretched out in Taylor's lap…

posted 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Robin Thicke Announces Multiple Television Performances

Robin Thicke has booked a series of TV performances to promote his upcoming album, Paula, which is dedicated entirely to his estranged wife, Paula Patton.  Robin is scheduled to perform on Sunday, June 29  on the BET Awards.  He'll follow that up with a showcases on ABC’s Good Morning America, The View and Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, July 2.  He will also appear CBS Sunday Morning on July 6. Paula will arrive on July 1 via Star Trak and Interscope Record. The set will include his lead single “Get Her Back.”  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 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rumour Has It: Is Adele Really Finished with Her New Album?

A British tabloid is reporting that Adele is completely finished with the follow-up to her world-beating album 21, and plans a Beyonce-style  "surprise" release for the disc this year.  But could it actually be true?  Well, one person involved with the album has his doubts. A source told the British paper The Daily Star that Adele's album is "written, recorded and finished," adding, "Theoretically it could be released tomorrow if she wanted."  However, the source claims, "The plan is to release [it] internationally on iTunes as a complete surprise without any previous promotion or build-up publicity campaign...the feeling is Adele's…

posted 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol Live!" Tour Launches Tonight; Finalists Looking Forward to Meeting Fans

American Idol wrapped up its 13th season a month ago, and if you're already missing your Idol fix, good news: the show's annual tour kicks off Tuesday night in Binghamton, New York. While acknowledging that the set list is essentially a "rehash" of this past season, the participating finalists say they're really looking forward to actually meeting all the people out there who voted for them. "It's going to be awesome. It's going to be a really awesome, personal experience that I get to reach out to the people that were impacted by my voice and music, so that's going…

posted 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde's Pre-Show Rituals: Seaweed, Stretching & Nausea

Some musicians prepare for a concert by meditating, napping or partying.  Lorde's pre-show rituals. meanwhile, involve eating seaweed, and feeling like she's about to throw up. Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Lorde says, "Usually before a gig I have a sleep in my dressing room under a blanket I take everywhere with me. I eat some berries or some dried [seaweed] -- which I get all over my face -- in place of dinner, because a couple of hours before the performance, my stomach starts heaving and I feel like I'm going to throw up -- even when…

posted 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Mraz Announces Tour Dates

Jason Mraz has released the itinerary for his international tour. So far, he's only announced a handful of U.S. and U.K. dates. He'll kick things off in San Diego on August 21, then travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles before heading to Phoenix. Jason will also visit Texas for a series of dates in early September. He'll begin the European leg of his tour later that month.  More dates will be announced soon. Jason will be touring with his musical collaborators, Raining Jane, in support of his new album, YES!, which drops on July 15. To celebrate, he's asking…

posted 2014/06/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-23

Jennifer, Keith and Harry Returning to "American Idol" Next Season

Fox has made it official: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. are returning to American Idol. All three artists have agreed to remain on the judges' panel for the singing competition's 14th season, which will premiere in early 2015. Ryan Seacrest will again join them as the show's host. American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane says in a statement, “I am delighted that our dream team of Jennifer, Keith and Harry is back for American Idol XIV. Their experience, humor and passion for new talent has made them one of Idol’s strongest-ever judging panels, and coupled with the…

posted 2014/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Counting Down to Release of New Single

Ariana Grande doesn't have a "Problem" with the fact that her latest hit is #2 on the charts, but she's ready to move on to a brand-new single. On Twitter, Ariana announced that the next song released from her upcoming album will be "Break Free," and that it was produced by Zedd, the deejay and producer who gave us "Clarity" and "Stay the Night."  She's also started a Twitter countdown to the release of the song, which she also did with "Problem."  Based on the countdown, we'll get "Break Free" somewhere around July 1. That's not the only thing Ariana…

posted 2014/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Says He's the "First British Dude" to Appear on Cover of "Vibe" Magazine

You might expect Ed Sheeran to turn up on the cover of Rolling Stone, but Vibe?  The singer revealed on Instagram that he's gracing the cover of the new issue of the famous hip-hop magazine, which says that he's "representing for the future of R&B." Ed poses for the cover of the magazine's summer issue with two rising R&B singers: Mack Wilds and August Alsina.  He tweeted, "Happy to be the first British dude on the cover of Vibe."  It's not clear whether or not that's actually true, though. If you're wondering why Ed is featured in the magazine, well,…

posted 2014/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Forced to Cancel UK Show: "Vocal Rest Sucks"

A week's worth of promotional activities in the U.S. may have done wonders for sales of Sam Smith's debut album, but it didn't do his voice any favors.  The singer was forced to bail out of a major festival appearance in the U.K. over the weekend because his voice was shot. Sam was slated to perform at the Summertime Ball, a multi-artist event sponsored by a major British radio station, but he couldn't make it. "I am so so sad to say I won't be performing today. I've just got off the plane and my voice has completely gone," he…

posted 2014/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine Talks New Season of "The Voice," Movie Debut & Proposal

Fans can't wait to see Gwen Stefani and Pharrell join Adam Levine on The Voice this fall, and the Maroon 5 frontman said the seventh season of the reality singing competition will be better than ever before, thanks to the new judges. "It's been three sets of people at this point," he said on Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael. "But what's so cool is I'm such a huge fan of these two. And it was like instantaneous, the chemistry. It was like bam, right off the bat, and it's some of the best stuff. I'm so excited. Even though…

posted 2014/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR