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2015-01-28

Gavin DeGraw to Perform at Super Bowl's NFL Tailgate Party This Sunday

Add Gavin DeGraw to the list of performers at Sunday's Super Bowl.  Gavin, along with country star Dierks [derks] Bentley, will be performing at the NFL Tailgate Party as part of the pregame festivities at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.  A portion of each singer's performance will air live during NBC's Super Bowl Sunday pregame show. The pregame show will also feature John Legend singing "America the Beautiful," while Idina Menzel will belt out the national anthem.  Katy Perry, of course, will headline the halftime show. 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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Performing with Kanye West & Paul McCartney at the Grammys?

If rumors are to be believed, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney will be taking the stage at the Grammys next month to perform their new collaboration, “FourFiveSeconds.” “Rihanna’s seriously pleased to have bagged a big slot at The Grammys and two huge names to kick off her comeback,” a source told The Sun. “Paul McCartney’s a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage. It is going to be a huge Grammys moment.” Paul plays on the track while Rihanna and Kanye share vocals. “FourFiveSeconds” debuted last Saturday, with Rihanna…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Says He’ll Give Beyonce His Grammy if He Wins

In a revealing new cover story for Rolling Stone, Sam Smith admits he wouldn’t mind losing a Grammy to Beyoncé, says he wants abs like Justin Bieber, and reveals he doesn’t like it when people call him the “male Adele.”The 22-year-old is a huge fan of Beyoncé -- there’s even been video of him singing “Drunk In Love” in the shower, posted online.  But Sam, who's facing off against his idol in the Album of the Year category at the Grammys next month, insists he’d rather see Queen Bey win. "She deserves it way more than I do," he tells…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mark Ronson Named Ambassador of Grammy Amplifier Program

Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” collaborator and producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson has just been named the ambassador of the 3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program. The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent. Mark, a three-time Grammy winning producer, will help evaluate online submissions and choose the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or securing…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Big Sean Gushes About “Special” Relationship with Ariana Grande

We’ve known for months that Big Sean and Ariana Grande are dating, but now we’re hearing Big Sean gush about his girl. In a new cover story with Complex, the 26-year-old rapper opens up about his “special” relationship with the 21-year-old singer and frequent collaborator. Sean, who was previously engaged to Glee’s Naya Rivera, tells the mag he has a “new chick that [he’s] gotta thank God for.” He says he and Ariana first met at a Christmas show in 2011 and struck up a conversation. Ariana told him she was a fan of his music and the two became…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fall Out Boy Scores Third #1 Album, Taylor Holds at #2

Fall Out Boy has once again proven their staying power: their new album, American Beauty/American Pyscho, featuring the hit "Centuries," has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  This is the band's second #1 album in a row, following 2013's Save Rock and Roll, and their third overall: Infinity on High debuted at #1 in 2007.  The album debuts with 218,000 album units sold, according to Nielsen Music, and as Billboard notes, that's the the second-best sales week of Fall Out Boy's entire career, and their largest since 2007. Thanks to American Beauty/American Psycho and last week's #1 debut,…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora to Perform Oscar-Nominated Song at the Academy Awards

Brit singer Rita Ora had a career breakthrough 2014, thanks to "Black Widow," her collaboration with Iggy Azalea. Now she's getting 2015 off to a great start by booking a performance at the Academy Awards. Rita will perform the Oscar-nominated song "Grateful" at the telecast, airing February 22 on ABC and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.  The song was written by veteran hitmaker Diane Warren for the movie Beyond the Lights; it's Warren's seventh Oscar nod.  Rita will release a new album in the spring and will appear in the upcoming movies 50 Shades of Grey and Southpaw. Rita joins…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea "Excited and Nervous" About Her Grammy Outfit

Iggy Azalea's nominated for four Grammys this year, and she says the biggest issue she has with getting ready for the February 8 ceremony isn't what she might perform, or what she might say in her acceptance speech...it's what she's planning to wear. "I think the dress is the biggest preparation for a woman on Grammy night," the Australian rapper told Billboard.  "So I’ve been working with a designer who’s been making me a dress that’s just for me -- with me in mind -- so I’m really excited about seeing that come to life." Iggy says that unlike most…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Declares Herself "Dead" Following Madonna Praise

When Taylor Swift released her album 1989 last year, it became somewhat of an online joke that many of her fans described themselves as "dead" or "dying" because they were so blown away by her and her music.  Now, Taylor's using that same language to describe how she feels about a compliment paid to her by one of the biggest stars in music history. According to Yahoo Australia, while speaking to an Australian TV show, Madonna said the following about Taylor: "It’s good to have princesses [of pop]. It means there’s lots of pretty dresses around. I like Taylor Swift.…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani & More Performing at the Grammys

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who are nominated for a Grammy for their duet album Cheek to Cheek, will be performing at the ceremony next month. Gaga announced Tuesday on Twitter, "Me and @itstonybennett are so excited to announce we will be performing at #TheGrammys this year! Thank you to @TheGRAMMYs and our fans!" Cheek to Cheek is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Grammy organizers have also announced that Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani will take the stage together. Gwen served as a coach alongside Adam on the fall 2014 season of The Voice and she…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani Performing at the Grammys

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who are nominated for a Grammy for their duet album Cheek to Cheek, will be performing at the ceremony next month. Gaga announced Tuesday on Twitter, "Me and @itstonybennett are so excited to announce we will be performing at #TheGrammys this year! Thank you to @TheGRAMMYs and our fans!" Cheek to Cheek is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Grammy organizers have also announced that Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani will take the stage together. Gwen served as a coach alongside Adam on the fall 2014 season of The Voice. Pharrell, Sam…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Enrique Iglesias Accused of Stealing His 2014 Hit, "Bailando"?

Enrique Iglesias is reportedly being sued over his 2014 hit, "Bailando," by two songwriters who claim he stole the tune from them. According to TMZ, Cristian Escuti and German Schulz claim "Bailando" is a rip-off of a song they recorded in 2009 called "Quiero Bailar Contigo." The pair claim they sent the tune to a Sony executive in 2012, but never heard back. The songwriters claim the melody, lyrics, rhythm and chorus line of "Bailando" were taken from their tune.  The pair claims Sony had partial ownership of the tune, and conspired to steal it from them. TMZ says Escuti…

posted 2015/01/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR