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2017-12-08

Former radio DJ says he paid Taylor Swift $1 awarded by jury in groping trial

Former radio DJ David Mueller says he instructed his attorney to send Taylor Swift the $1 settlement he owed her after being found guilty of groping the singer. Mueller provided ABC News a letter showing payment was sent to Taylor on November 28. In an email the onetime DJ says was sent to him from his law firm, a legal assistant tells Mueller the letter was sent “with a nice, shiny, new $1 coin!” The former DJ said he sent a $1 Sacagawea coin, featuring the Native American woman famous for assisting the Lewis and Clark expedition, to "raise awareness"…

posted 2017/12/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch: James Corden takes a break with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and more

On The Late Late Show Thursday night, host James Corden shared a video shot backstage as The Forum in Los Angeles, when James Corden stopped by to give Nick Spampanato, the building's general manager, a break. James took ovr for a while and proceeded to check in on Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato and talk with Niall Horan about his tour rider. Finally, Taylor Swift lets James replace a backup dancer at the last second. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights at 1:30 a.m. on CBS. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/12/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2017-12-07

Lorde tops "Entertainment Weekly"'s Best Albums of 2017 list

Lorde continues to top end-of-year polls with her Grammy-nominated sophomore album Melodrama. Melodrama rules Entertainment Weekly's "Best Albums of 2017" list, and the magazine says it "documents the rushes of young love with such precision, even the most jaded among us will feel the flicker of butterfly wings in their guts as they listen."  According to EW, the disc makes a case for Lorde as "her generation’s finest lyricist," and adds that Melodrama "reminds us what a privilege it is to feel anything as strongly and as messily as you did when you were young." Kesha's Rainbow comes in at…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane says duetting with Leona Lewis is her “best Christmas gift”

Leona Lewis gave Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane the best Christmas gift ever -- by duetting with her on a new Christmas medley. Dinah, who has been a fan of Leona’s since she was a child, posted about what the experience means to her. In a series of tweets, Dinah explains that the first ever cover she ever posted to YouTube was of her singing Leona’s song “Yesterday.” “What a humbling experience this is for me I tell you,” she writes. “I’m so grateful for those of you who have followed me throughout my journey & to those who made this…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia teams up with the ASPCA to remind people that "Puppies Are Forever"

Sia has a song on her new Christmas album called “Puppies Are Forever,” so it’s only fitting that she would use the song to help puppies find their forever homes. The singer has teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and lends her voice to a new PSA that encourages people to adopt dogs this holiday season. She also reminds viewers that caring for a dog is a lifelong commitment. “Puppies are forever. Not just for Christmas,” Sia says. “This holiday season, if you're considering bringing a new puppy into your home, remember that…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift images among top 25 GIFs of the Year

In 2017, we enjoyed watching Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift make various TV appearances, and then we enjoyed them even more as GIFs. GIPHY, the GIF-sharing website, has released its list of the top 25 GIFs of 2017, and both Gaga and Taylor made the list.  Taylor's arrives in at #19 with a GIF of the singer roundhouse-kicking Andy Samberg through a wall, which received 110 million views. The GIF was from Taylor's commercial for her Taylor Swift NOW channel. The #24 GIF was Lady Gaga appearing to jump from the roof of the stadium on her way down to…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie says she was “hallucinating on a daily basis” while addicted to drugs

Fergie is getting candid about the “lowest point” in her life. In a new interview with U.K.'s iNews, the singer opens up about her past crystal meth addiction. “At my lowest point, I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia,” Fergie says. “I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things.” She says the drugs made her so paranoid that she thought the CIA, FBI and a SWAT team were after her. As she depicted in her music…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran & Beyonce's duet may be heading for #1

If two of the world's biggest stars team up to record a duet, it'd be sort of weird if it didn't hit #1, right? Ed Sheeran's single "Perfect," which is now a duet featuring Beyonce, sits at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it's selling so fast that it could reach #1 next week.  If that happens, it would dethrone Post Malone's "Rockstar," which has spent eight weeks on top. If "Perfect" does hit #1, it'd be the second song this year to do so following the addition of a high-profile guest artist.  The first one was, of course,…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Listen now: Camila Cabello releases two new tracks, “Real Friends” and “Never Be the Same”

After finally announcing a release date for her debut solo album, Camila Cabello has released two brand-new songs. The tracks, “Real Friends” and “Never Be the Same,” are available as instant grat tracks when you pre-order the album now. In the acoustic “Real Friends,” Camila laments the difficulty of finding friends you can trust. “I’m just looking for some real friends/All they ever do is let me down/Every time I let somebody in/Then I find out what they’re all about.” She switches it up in “Never Be the Same,” where her vocals go from low to high over a sultry…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran receives honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Ed Sheeran is now Ed Sheeran, MBE. Ed was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire on Thursday, and received the award -- a special medal -- from Prince Charles at London's Buckingham Palace. According to a tweet from Clarence House, the Prince's private office, Ed received the order for "services to music and charity."  Upon accepting the award, Ed said, "My grandfather...died on this day four years ago, so it's actually quite a nice full circle thing. I guess he'd be pretty proud." Ed posted a photo of himself holding up his new medal, along with…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia defends putting dancer Maddie Ziegler in the spotlight: "I feel very protective of her"

Not even Sia’s enormous wigs could hide her from criticism this week. First, she faced backlash for collaborating with MAC on a charity lipstick, because the cosmetics brand sells its products in China, where animal testing is legal. Now, Sia is being criticized for putting young dancer Maddie Ziegler in the spotlight, after being outspoken about the damaging effects of fame. In an article for The Guardian, writer Bonnie Malkin questions the double standard while reviewing Sia’s concert. "Up on the stage in Sydney on Saturday, with [Sia] concealed and Maddie in the spotlight, it seemed that the superstar was…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Cardi B among "People" mag's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2017"

In 2017, people were intrigued by Ariana Grande and Rihanna, but not because of their music. Ari and RiRi both made People magazine's list of the "25 Most Intriguing People of 2017."  Ariana was included because of her actions following the terrorist attack that killed 22 of her fans at her concert in Manchester, U.K.  Declaring that "calling off [the tour] and going home was not an option," Ari returned to Manchester a few weeks later to host a star-studded benefit concert for the victims, and then continued on with her tour. Rihanna made the list because of her Fenty…

posted 2017/12/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR