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Tom Petty Says Sam Smith "Did the Right Thing" Regarding "Stay with Me" Songwriting Credit

Earlier this week, it was announced that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty and legendary rock singer/songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Sam Smith's Grammy-nominated hit, "Stay with Me," because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne's 1989 hit composition, "I Won't Back Down."  Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there's no bad blood between himself and Sam. "About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," Petty writes on his website. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Justin Bieber Apology Tour? First an "Ellen" Appearance, then a Video

Justin Bieber's bad behavior these past few years has certainly generated more discussion than his music.  Worse, his public image has taken a serious hit, and made him the nearly universal butt of jokes.  But now, it appears Justin has finally gotten the message, and is starting to 'fess up to his bad-boy behavior. Exhibit A: Justin made a brief "surprise" appearance on today's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While the given reason was to help Ellen belatedly celebrate her 57th birthday, which was Monday, the conversation was all about Justin's past behavior.   "Honestly, I haven't been on TV for…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Files to Trademark "This Sick Beat" and Other "1989" Phrases

If you want to get down to “this sick beat,” you might have to ask Taylor Swift for permission. Taylor has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark that phrase -- a lyric from her hit song “Shake It Off” -- and a number of others related to her latest album, 1989. Some of the other phrases include "Party Like It's 1989," "'Cause We Never Go Out of Style" -- that's a line from her current single, "Style" -- plus  "Nice to Meet You. Where You Been?" and "Could Show You Incredible Things," which are both lines…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie Offers Katy Perry Super Bowl Halftime Advice: "Make Sure You Topstick Everything!"

When Katy Perry takes the stage this Sunday for her Super Bowl halftime performance, she'll be facing the highest-pressure gig of her career, in front of the largest audience of her career.  So who can she turn to for advice?  Well, how about another chart-topping female singer who also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show?  Fergie, we're looking at you. Fergie and her group The Black Eyed Peas headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2011, and at the time, Fergie was the first female pop performer to be allowed on that stage since Janet Jackson's disastrous "wardrobe malfunction"…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Helps Ellen DeGeneres Celebrate Birthday with Thursday Show Appearance

Justin Bieber helps Ellen DeGeneres celebrate her 57th birthday Thursday with an appearance on her daytime talk show. The comedian and talk show host, whose actual birthday was this past Monday, tweeted a photo of her and Bieber, along with the caption, "I can't believe the surprise I got for my birthday show. Then I saw his face. Now I'm a Belieber." I can’t believe the surprise I got for my birthday show. Then I saw his face. Now I’m a Belieber. pic.twitter.com/bQOV3YOCyE— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 29, 2015 The 20-year-old Bieber responded with, "Good seeing u today @TheEllenShow. Happy…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Two Performances Leave Jennifer Lopez with “Goosies”

American Idol's 14th season continued Wednesday night with its final week of auditions in San Francisco. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who experienced "goosies" after two contestants performed. During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted “no” to sending a contestant named Zack Dyer to Hollywood. Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's one-hour episode: The show kicked off with Katherine Skinner, 15, who threw the…

posted 2015/01/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Still #1, Fall Out Boy Score First Top 10 Since 2007

The Billboard Hot 100 is still totally funked up.  "Uptown Funk," by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, rules the #1 spot for a fourth week. According to Billboard, one thing that helped the song maintain its position this week is the popularity of a viral video featuring a teacher from Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Texas leading students in an elaborate dance routine to the song.  Streaming video now counts when it comes to chart position, and the clip has racked up close to four million views.  Bruno reacted to the viral video on his Facebook page Tuesday,…

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

Mariah Carey Sued by Former Nanny

Mariah Carey is being sued by her former nanny, the New York Daily News reports. In the suit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, Simonette Da Costa claims Mariah forced her to work 100-hour weeks, and refused to pay her overtime. Simonette says she went to work for Mariah and her now estranged husband Nick Cannon in October 2013. She lived with the family and took care of twins Moroccan and Monroe. She also accompanied the children whenever Mariah traveled for global concerts and appearances. “She was on call 24 hours a day. She was always at their beck and…

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

Ellie Goulding Stars in Nike's Latest Campaign

When she’s not singing hit songs, Ellie Goulding is all about staying fit. So it’s no surprise her latest gig is with Nike.   The fitness-obsessed Brit is the face of the brand’s latest workout collection, which includes printed leggings and colorful sports bras. “I feel quite proud to be an ambassador for women who realize that being fit is better than being skinny,” the 28-year-old says on Nike’s website. Ellie’s an avid runner who has run five half-marathons so far. She also counts everything Bikram yoga to boxing as ways she likes to stay healthy. As part of her…

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

Report: Lil Wayne Sues Birdman's Cash Money

Lil Wayne has finally had it. After publicly expressing his disdain for his longtime label Cash Moeny Records, the rapper reportedly has filed a lawsuit seeking to end his contract. According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Wayne wants to sever his obligations to the label which he accuses of having withheld tens of millions of dollars for his oft-delayed album Tha Carter V, a project that the label has yet to release. Wayne is suing for $51 million. In addition, the rapper has also asked the court to deem him the joint copyright holder for all Young Money recordings,…

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

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