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2014-12-26

Britney Spears' Boyfriend Charlie Ebersol Spends Christmas with Her Sons

It looks like Britney Spears and her new boyfriend, film producer Charlie Ebersol, are taking their whirlwind relationship to the next level. The 33-year-old pop star posted to Instagram a picture of herself, along with Ebersol, 31, and her two boys, Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden, 8, on Christmas morning, posing in front of the Christmas tree, all wearing matching plaid pajamas. Another photo shows Britney's two boys with a pair of skateboards they got as presents. The day also included a little snowmobiling through the woods, which Spears captured on a video, also posted to her Instagram page. It's…

posted 2014/12/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Spends Christmas Eve with Hugh Jackman

After Taylor Swift spent part of her Christmas Eve taking in a performance of the Broadway play The River with her family, they all got to spend some time with the show's star, Hugh Jackman. The X-Men actor, 46, posed with Swift for an Instagram photo he captioned, "Lovely to see @TaylorSwift13 and her family. Merry Christmas Eve to all xoxx." As part of a post-show auction, Taylor donated six thousand dollars for the shirt Jackman wore during the performance, according to the New York Daily News. Another pre-Christmas gift the 24-year-old "Blank Space" singer received came from her father.…

posted 2014/12/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-25

How the Stars Are Celebrating Christmas This Year

Most major pop stars have spent the last month or so performing a series of Christmas concerts around the country, or taping holiday specials, or generally wrapping up their last few tour dates of the year.  Now, they're finally going to take some time off to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.  Here's a look at who's got what planned for Christmas: After a busy year of non-stop promotion that took her all around the world, Jessie J says she's going to spend "a few weeks" with her mom and dad.  "I can't wait," she tells ABC News Radio.…

posted 2014/12/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-24

One Direction TV Special Doesn't Impress, Ratings-Wise; Group Tops StubHub Ticket Sales for the Year

One Direction has millions and millions of fans, but not many of them tuned in to catch the group's first network TV special.  One Direction: The TV Special only drew 3.1 million total viewers when it aired Tuesday night on NBC, according to Deadline. That makes it the lowest-rated new holiday special on either ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox this season. Surprisingly, One Direction's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night did slightly better, drawing 3.2 million viewers overall. One thing the band can be very happy about, though, is that their millions of fans are willing…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Reacts to Album Sales: "It's Truly a Blessing"

Nicki Minaj is besides herself. After learning The Pinkprint opened at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, the rapper thanked her fans for supporting her. The rapper took time to express her gratitude in a lengthy Instagram post, in which she attached a screenshot of a press release confirming her impressive debut. "Second highest selling FEMALE debut of 2014, and second highest Rap debut of 2014. I can't thank you guys enough. All I wanted for Christmas was for ppl to listen to this album with an open mind," Nicki wrote. "So many publications, blogs, media as…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

On Christmas Day, Watch Ariana Grande, Train & Gavin DeGraw Perform on "Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration"

After you're done opening presents on Christmas morning, check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC. The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, features Ariana Grande performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  Gavin DeGraw performs from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train performs from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas." In addition, X Factor winners Alex & Sierra perform "Love Is an Open Door," from Disney's Frozen, while…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Scores $1 Million Payday for New Year's Eve Gig

Why do artists like to work on New Year's Eve, rather than stay home with friends and family?  Cash, that's why.  Just take Bruno Mars, for example. He'll be scoring a $1 million paycheck for his gig on December 31. Las Vegas hotel and casino magnate Steve Wynn confirms to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he's paying Bruno a million bucks to perform a private New Year's gig for 2,000 of his closest friends and most valuable casino guests.  He tells the paper, "Bruno Mars is a music man. He is a gifted songwriter, a fabulous dancer and an amazing…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

More than a Dozen Additional Madonna Songs Leak Online

Poor Madonna: her new songs are evidently stored on a hard drive that has more leaks than Sony's email server.  Following last week's online leak of a batch of her new songs, which she said weren't finished, Billboard reports that 14 additional tracks have now hit the 'net. While Madonna initially thanked fans on Instagram for not listening following the first leak, and then subsequently released six finished tracks from her new album Rebel Heart, she has yet to directly comment on this new leak.  However, right around the time the new demos started appearing, she posted the cover of…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's "1989" Returns to #1, Inches Closer to "Frozen"; Nicki Minaj in at #2

For seven weeks this past fall, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were among the female artists who kept a lock on the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100.  Now, the two women are side by side on the Billboard album chart. Taylor's album 1989 has returned to #1 on the chart, which means its now spent six non-consecutive weeks on top.  With one sales week remaining in the year, the disc has now sold 3.36 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's just an snowflake's breadth away from overtaking the year's best-selling disc, the Frozen soundtrack, which now…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Colbie Caillat Shares Christmas Plans

In the past, Colbie Caillat has spent Christmas everywhere from Lake Tahoe, to California, to Hawaii, which partially inspired her 2012 holiday album Christmas in the Sand. So where will Colbie be this year? "In California, out at my house. I'm hosting for my family this year," she tells ABC News Radio.  But that doesn't mean that she'll be whipping up a Christmas feast or anything. "I don't really cook too much," she laughs. "My family does the cooking mostly, like my grandma and my mom and my sister. But I'll maybe make a soup or something easy." 2014 was a…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Swarmed by Fans in Broadway Theater After Jon Voight Blows Her Cover

All Taylor Swift wanted to do on Monday night was enjoy a Broadway show with her family, but unfortunately, according to a report, Angelina Jolie's dad made that impossible. The New York Post's Page Six reports that Taylor, her brother Austin, mom Andrea and dad Scott attended the award-winning Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which is based on the life of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King.  According to the paper, nobody noticed Taylor in the theater until intermission, when actor Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie's dad, spotted her across the theater and yelled, "Taylor Swift! How…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Claims to Know the Secrets of Rihanna's New Album

Rihanna hasn't released a new album since 2012's Unapologetic, but there's every indication -- from hints on her Instagram and Twitter accounts to comments from her collaborators -- that a new disc will arrive in 2015.  Now, Sam Smith, of all people, says he's looking forward to its release, because he claims to have the inside scoop on the project. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about 2015's biggest releases, Sam says, "I'm personally very excited about Rihanna's album. I know some stuff about that record that no one knows."  Wonder if that means Sam actually appears on the album as a…

posted 2014/12/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR