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2014-07-16

Jason Mraz Announces Unique September "Tour" of All Five New York City Boroughs

Jason Mraz’s newalbum, YES!, was officially released Tuesday, and with it came the announcement of more tour dates for the U.S. and Canada.  Now he’s revealed a special New York City residency as well. Mraz made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Big Apple’s most iconic landmark: the Empire State Building.  Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Mraz and his tour partners, Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping the 22 and 23 at Radio City Music Hall in…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train's Goals for the Future: Be "Cool & Hip," Play "Saturday Night Live"

In their long career, Train has won three Grammys, performed all over the world and sold over 10 million albums worldwide.  However, they still have a few goals they have yet to achieve -- like finally being cool, for example. In Train frontman Pat Monahan's most recent podcast, a regular interview series that he calls Patcast, he sat down with guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- the only other founding member of the band remaining -- and the other members of the group to discuss their experiences.  When he asked Jimmy about his goals for their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, the guitarist…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Whitney Houston Biopic Reportedly Will Feature Her Music, Not Her Voice

Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will feature some of the singer's big hits, though it won't be Whitney's voice, or the voice of former America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, the star of the movie, we'll be hearing. A Lifetime rep tells E! Online the honor will go to R&B singer Deborah Cox. The rep says "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," but Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks." Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, will be making her directorial debut with the biopic, which will reportedly focus…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Whitney Houston Biopic Reoortedly Will Feature Her Music, Not Her Voice

Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will feature some of the singer's big hits, though it won't be Whitney's voice, or the voice of former America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, the star of the movie, we'll be hearing. A Lifetime rep tells E! Online the honor will go to R&B singer Deborah Cox. The rep says "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," but Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks." Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, will be making her directorial debut with the biopic, which will reportedly focus…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Was Rihanna's "FreePalestine" Tweet an Error?

Rihanna tweeted a message praying for peace and an end to the conflict in the Middle East on Tuesday, but not before she created a small controversy of her own. A tweet that appeared on Rihanna’s account on Tuesday morning stated, "#FreePalestine." However, she deleted it eight minutes after it was posted because it reportedly was published in error, a source tells TMZ. The source explains that Rihanna was reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, when she clicked on a link.  Then, all of a sudden her fans were asking her why she was pro-Palestine. The source says, "She deleted it…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cher Lloyd May Be Singing with Demi, But She's Got Her Own Album Too

Earlier this year, Cher Lloyd toured with Demi Lovato, and now the two women are tearing up the charts with their new collabo, "Really Don't Care." After observing Demi on the road, Cher says she's a big fan of the former X Factor judge's ability to cast off her inhibitions when she's rocking the crowd. Pronouncing her experience on the road with Demi "amazing" and "really, really good," Cher, a former X Factor U.K. contestant, tells ABC News Radio, "I think she just lets loose, and has a good time and I really appreciate that." While "Really Don't Care" is…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-15

"Weird Al" Thrilled that Every Artist He Wanted to Spoof on New Album Agreed to It

Many times in his career as pop music's best-known parodist, "Weird Al" Yankovic has been turned down by artists who won't let him make fun of their hit songs -- James Blunt and Eminem are just two who said no.  But he says with his new album Mandatory Fun, the likes of Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Pharrell Williams were all totally down for him to spoof their hits. "I was very lucky --  this is my first album in a long time that didn't have any actual drama," "Weird Al" tells Billboard. "It seems like my last few albums have…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Sends Roses & Thank You Note to Broadway Stars Who Paid Tribute to Him

If you can't get tickets to see Justin Timberlake's current tour, the next best thing might be hearing his music sung by professional Broadway performers.  That's what happened Monday night in New York City, as the stars of shows like Pippin, Cinderella, Newsies, The Book of Mormon and Hedwig & the Angry Inch got together for Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake  -- and JT himself couldn't have been happier. As Playbill reports, the show's producer Corey Mach showing a bouquet of roses and a note which Justin sent to him and the cast.  According to Mach, there were four dozen roses, and…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Is "Closest Thing Today...to Michael Jackson," Says Fun. Guitarist

Taylor Swift is a great songwriter: that's a fact.  But is her talent comparable to that of Michael Jackson?  According to one of her Grammy-winning pals, yes. Taylor is good friends with actress Lena Dunham and her boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff; she and Jack teamed up to write the Golden Globe-nominated song "Stranger than Fiction" from the movie One Chance.  Now, in a new interview in GQ magazine, Jack compares Taylor to the late King of Pop. "I think Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters ever," Jack tells the magazine. "Taylor Swift is cool, because she's the…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellie Goulding: Taylor Swift Tells Me to Suck It Up

Ellie Goulding says having two other chart-topping female singers as friends -- Katy Perry and Taylor Swift -- is a good thing not just because they're musicians too, but because they totally get what it takes to be a global pop star these days. Speaking to Glamour UK, Ellie says, "We're friends because they understand the predicaments. They see what is and isn't real. I'm not anywhere near their level of fame, but if I say, 'Oh God, Taylor, this happened,' she'll be like, 'Girl, that's nothing.' [Like a] suck it up kind of thing!" "I have strong female characters…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pat Monahan Gets Pistol-Whipped in New Train Video, Pre-Order New CD Now

Train's new single, "Angel in Blue Jeans," sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a Western, and that's what the band has cooked up for the song's video. In the new clip, weather-beaten tough-guy actor Danny Trejo of Machete and Machete Kills fame rides through the desert on a motorcycle.  He pulls up to an old diner and lips-syncs the song's lyrics while looking at old photos of a woman.  He flashes back to a time when he was being held on his knees at gunpoint, a pistol to his head, while the same woman, played by Hannah Simone…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Williams to Curate "NBA 2K15" Video Game Soundtrack

Pharrell Williams was just named as curator of the soundtrack for NBA 2K15, the latest installment of the basketball video game, which is due out October 7.  The singer couldn't be more humble about being tapped to work on it. "It was something that I accepted, but I couldn't believe my name got tossed in the hat for it, I'm honored," Pharrell told reporters during a press conference in New York City. Pharrell says he took a new approach when trying to decide what songs and artists to put in the soundtrack for the game: he gathered all the women…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR