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2015-03-19

Miley Cyrus Urges New York Governor to Increase Funding for Homeless Youth

Miley Cyrus has long been outspoken on the issue of youth homelessness in America.  She brought a homeless young man as her date to the MTV Video Music Awards last year in order to raise awareness of the issue, and she also established the Happy Hippie Foundation to encourage other young people to get involved. Now, the pop star is taking her mission to the New York state legislature. Miley wrote a letter, which she posted to her Instagram page Wednesday, urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to devote more funding to helping the state’s homeless…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Williams Says "Blurred Lines" Verdict "Handicaps" Creators

Pharrell Williams has broken his silence after a jury found he and Robin Thicke improperly borrowed from Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for their 2013 smash "Blurred Lines," awarding the family of the late soul singer $7.4 million dollars for the copyright infringement. The hitmaker feels the ruling will have a lasting impact on the creativity of artists. "The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," Williams said in an interview with The Financial Times. He continues, "This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Wilmer Valderrama Surprises Demi Lovato at Her Scholarship Fund Benefit

Demi Lovato was surprised by her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama at her first annual Lovato Scholarship Fund Benefit Wednesday night. The singer, who was convinced her longtime beau wouldn’t be attending the fundraiser, was shocked when he joined her on stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The whole adorable moment was caught on video and posted by ShineOn-Media.com. Demi was in the middle of being interviewing by blogger Perez Hilton, who inquired if Wilmer was in attendance. "My heart is broken that he couldn't be here tonight," she said. Just then, the crowd erupted in cheers and the actor appeared…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Mariah Carey to Release Another Christmas Album

Mariah Carey may have another Christmas album in the works. According to New York Post's Page Six, sources reveal the self-proclaimed “Queen of Christmas” has been asked by her new label, Epic Records, to deliver another holiday project. Although it's unclear if Mimi will agree to another festive set, she's expected to release her her first album in her new contract later this year.  "Mariah begins her residency, Mariah Carey No. 1s, at Caesar’s Palace on May 6. Mariah’s first release [for Epic] will be a collection of her 18 No. 1 self-penned hits with additional newly-recorded material," her rep…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Rihanna Songs, "Dancing in the Dark" & "As Real as You And Me," Hit the Internet

New music from Rihanna has surfaced online. The songs "Dancing in the Dark" and "As Real As You And Me," lifted from the soundtrack to the upcoming DreamWorks animated movie, Home,  began circulating on the Internet Thursday. She singer teased another song from the soundtrack, "Towards the Sun," last month."Dancing in the Dark" is an up-tempo jam for the dance floor, but Rihanna slows it down on the ballad "As Real as You and Me," which was co-produced by Rodney Jerkins.The soundtrack also includes contributions from Jennifer Lopez, as well as pop stars Kiesza, and Charli XCX. The set arrives…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele's "21" Is UK's Best-Selling Album of the Millennium; Ed Sheeran Hits New Sales Milestone

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, but Adele's 21 has now been officially declared the best-selling album of the millennium in the U.K. Britain's Official Charts Company says the singer's Grammy-winning album has sold 4.7 million copies in the U.K. to date, making it far and away the best-selling album since 2000.  In at #2 is Amy Winehouse's album Back to Black, which has sold 3.56 million copies.  James Blunt's Back to Bedlam is in at #3, with sales of 3.3 million. Leona Lewis' Spirit and Dido's No Angel round out the top five. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran's album…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Snoop Dogg Weighs In on "Blurred Lines" Verdict

Last week, a jury found that Robin Thicke and his collaborators on "Blurred Lines" improperly borrowed from Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up," awarding the family of the late soul singer $7.4 million dollars for the copyright infringement. While Thicke and Williams are planning to appeal the verdict, Snoop Dogg has weighed in. During the red carpet for Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast, ABC Radio asked Snoop how he felt about the ruling. "I don't really got nothing to say about that, because I love both artists and I feel like, you know, if it was that,…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction's Zayn Malik Pulls Out of World Tour Due to Stress

It seems One Direction’s Zayn Malik needed a break. The stressed-out singer has pulled out of the band’s world tour and returned to the U.K., a spokesperson for the band confirmed to ABC Radio. "Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate,” the official statement says. “The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta." The announcement comes a day after Zayn was accused of cheating on his fiancée, Perrie Edwards. Rumors began swirling after photos surfaced of him holding hands with a mystery woman in…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Takes Issue with Dolce & Gabbana

Madonna is the latest celebrity to voice her disapproval of comments made by designers Dolce & Gabbana regarding children born via IVF or surrogacy.  Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are gay and who were once a couple, reportedly lamented the use of in vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers to create families. Dolce said, "I call children of chemistry 'synthetic children.'"  Elton John, who has two children with his husband, David Furnish, via a surrogate mother, then called for a boycott of the designers, , "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'...your archaic thinking is out of…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Spend 11th Week at #1

"Uptown Funk" just won't funking move from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.  The Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson collaboration is #1 for an 11th week. The song is now only the 19th #1 in the history of the chart -- and there have been more thant a thousand -- that have been #1 for at least that many weeks. It's only the second this decade: the last one was "Blurred Lines," which toppped the chart for 12 weeks in June of 2013. Elsewhere on the chart, Sam Smith's new single "Lay Me Down" jumps from #58 to #8 ,…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna on President Obama: I'm Probably "Too Shocking" for Him to Invite to the White House

She's been famous for decades and has probably met nearly every celebrity you can think of, but Madonna says there's one person on her bucket list who she has yet to encounter: President Barack Obama. Speaking to Us Weekly for its "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" feature, Madonna says, "The person I most want to meet is President Obama. When the heck am I going to meet him? He just needs to invite me to the White House already." She adds, "He probably thinks I’m too shocking to be there. I’m serious. If I was a little bit…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5's Latest Hit Is "On the Positive, Upbeat Side"...for Once

Maroon 5's latest hit "Sugar" has hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest charting single from their album V.  Maybe that's because, unlike a lot of the band's other hits, the song is about the happier side of love. "It's just a really sweet song," laughs guitarist James Valentine. "It’s just one of those straightforward songs that’s more on the positive, upbeat side. A lot of our songs are pretty dark and deal with a lot of the more negative aspects of, like, male/female dynamics." Among the Maroon 5 hits that fit that description:  "Misery," "Makes…

posted 2015/03/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR