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Pharrell Williams Reportedly Sued by YouTube Producer

Pharrell Williams is being sued by the producer of his successful YouTube show, according to TMZ. The producer of ARTST TLK alleges that Williams kicked him to the curb when he signed a deal to be a judge on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. Williams reportedly told the producer that The Voice made him an exclusive deal and he would be unable to do the YouTube show anymore. The singer allegedly wrote the producer: "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'" The producer claims he invested a million dollars into the YouTube…

posted 2014/08/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

It's been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports. The United States Treasury Department's inspector general's office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit. In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly…

posted 2014/08/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Mariah-Nick Divorce a "Done Deal"

The speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has fallen apart is intensifying. TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a "done deal" after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple's three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan. TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he's constantly working, thus making him absent from their children's lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men." Earlier this week, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after…

posted 2014/08/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Taylor Swift's Friend Jaime King Says Her New Album "1989" Is "Amazing"; Taylor Says It's Not About Relationships

One of Taylor Swift's many celebrity friends is actress Jaime King -- and because they're pals, she's already gotten to hear Taylor's new album, 1989, which the rest of us won't be able to check out 'til October.  So, how is it?  Jaime tells E! that it's "amazing." "This album, I could not tell you how amazing it is," King told E! at the premiere of her latest film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. "I'm trying to wrack my brain to try to think of an album that I've loved this much in the past 10 years. It's…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

MAGIC!'s Still #1, But Ariana & Azalea Dominate Top 10

MAGIC!'s "Rude" is number one for a sixth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but they're likely to be replaced next week by one of two female artists. The first one is Meghan Trainor, whose surprise hit "All About That Bass" has jumped to #2.  The second?  Taylor Swift's new single "Shake It Off," which is expected to sell more than 400,000 copies in its first week of availability, and might just debut at #1. But the real story in the top 10 is its utter domination by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea.  Between them, each artist has three songs…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sir Mix-a-Lot Viewed Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Video 37 Times

Nicki Minaj has everyone talking about the racy visual to her latest single, "Anaconda," which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic "Baby Got Back." After showing off her assets in the clip, she has won the respect from the man who many believe introduced the world to twerking. The rapper posted his reaction to the song's video via Twitter. "Ok after watching @NICKIMINAJ Anaconda 37 times I only have one word to sum up my feelings. DAMNNNNN!!!!!!" he wrote. Nicki shared her excitement about gaining his approval. "LMFAOOOOO. Life is so crazy. Thank u Sir MixALot. Still influencing us decades later. YouDaMan…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber and Bodyguard Sued...Again

Once again, Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards have been sued by an angry photographer. Billboard reports that a photographer named Aja Oxman has filed suit against the singer and his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, claiming Patterson beat him and destroyed his camera after he shot Justin jumping off a cliff in Hawaii in November of 2013.  Oxman claims that Justin ordered the beat-down, telling Patterson, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card." Oxman's suit further claims that Patterson grabbed him a choke hold, and repeatedly slammed him into the hood…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Telecast Sept. 5; Debuts Four New Songs via MTV

Ariana Grande's beloved grandfather recently died of cancer, which may be why the singer is happy to perform on the upcoming charity telecast Stand Up to Cancer, airing Friday, September 5 across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more. Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, rock legends The Who, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common. The one-hour special will feature stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sara Bareilles to Perform During "In Memoriam" Segment at This Year's Emmy Awards

Sara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards. Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy.  She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year.  Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal. It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana, Jessie & Nicki to Perform "Bang Bang," Sam Smith Added to Lineup at MTV VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday, and a whole slew of stars have just been added to the lineup. First of all, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj will deliver the first performance of their hit "Bang Bang" live on the show. That's not just the first TV performance: it'll literally be the first time all three women have ever sung the song together in public. The video for the clip will premiere after their performance at BangBang.MTV.com. Next, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut at the VMAs.  He's nominated for Artist to…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train, Meghan Trainor, Matt Nathanson to Perform at Live in the Vineyard Festival

Train, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9. The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs.  Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times. In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival]…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is "Mind-Blowing to Me...It's So Above My Comprehension"

Taylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly.  But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking. In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop.  She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR