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2015-02-24

Ed Sheeran Covers Christina Aguilera on BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge"

A few seasons ago on The Voice, Ed Sheeran served as a mentor to Christina Aguilera's team.  Now he's paid tribute to Christina by covering one of her songs for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, which features top artists putting an acoustic spin on other singers' hits. After Ed's initial selection for the show was "banned," as he wrote on Twitter, he selected Christina's 2002 single, "Dirrty." It was the first single released from Christina's album Stripped, and was her bid to change her image from a bubblegum teen pop star to a more mature, edgy, sexual performer.  The song's…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

LMFAO's Redfoo Joins "Dancing with the Stars" Cast

A while back, Redfoo of "Party Rock Anthem" duo LMFAO was a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, he's a contestant on the show. Redfoo, whose birth name is Stefan Gordy, will compete on the upcoming 20th season of the hit ABC reality show; his pro partner will be Emma Slater.  LMFAO has been on hiatus since 2012.  Since then, Redfoo's released solo music and also served as a judge on The X Factor Australia. Since Redfoo is the youngest son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., it's possible we'll see him dance to some Motown classics…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Admits Becoming Famous "Isn't Necessarily a Nice Thing"

Sam Smith is famous -- there’s no turning back now. He’s won four Grammys, played sold-out shows at major venues like New York’s Madison Square Garden and he’s already announced his second North American tour of 2015. But in a new interview with The Guardian, the 22-year-old admits there’s a downside to fame. “I’ve spent as much energy this past year trying not to go mental as I have plugging my record,” he says. “You have to. You have to. It’s like your body’s trying to float away. And you’re hanging on for dear life.” He recalls a specific moment…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera Impersonates Cher, Britney Spears and Shakira During "Tonight Show" Visit

During an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday to promote her return to The Voice, Christina Aguilera revealed a little-known talent of hers. It turns out, she's very good at doing impersonations of certain celebrities. Aguilera joined host Jimmy Fallon for a game called "Wheel of Musical Impressions," in which they took turns impersonating famous singers performing certain songs. Aguilera delivered spot-on imitations of her Burlesque co-star, Cher, singing the Folgers Coffee jingle and Britney Spears performing "This Little Piggy." Aguilera then impersonated Shakira singing "Thank You for Being a Friend," the theme from the 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls. …

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: Christina Aguilera Returns as the Blind Auditions Begin

The eighth season of The Voice premiered Monday night on NBC with the start of the blind auditions. Christina Aguilera was back in in her familiar seat, joining veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, along with Pharrell Williams, retuning for his second season. The foursome kicked off the two-hour broadcast by collaborating on a cover of Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way." At the conclusion of Monday's first night of competition, Blake and Pharrell each had three acts on their teams and Christina had two. Adam has yet to land an artist. Here are the highlights of…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-02-23

Taylor Swift Named Global Recording Artist of 2014

Taylor Swift has another award to add to her ever-growing collection. Taylor has been named Global Recording Artist of 2014 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). She was presented with the award as she rehearsed for The Brit Awards in London on Monday. The IFPI looks at physical sales, downloads and streaming worldwide to determine who is essentially the most popular musical act in the world. Taylor’s latest album, 1989, has sold more than 8.6 million copies worldwide and has spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. "Congratulations to Taylor Swift," said IFPI Chief Executive…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Settles Copyright Lawsuit over Her First Hit "The Way"

Ariana Grande has reached a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed she had plagiarized a ‘70s funk song, the New York Daily News reports. Minder Music, a U.K. company that owns the rights to a Jimmy Castor Bunch song called "Troglodyte," filed a copyright infringement suit against Ariana, her publishing company, her record label and others back in 2013. The company claimed the singer’s first hit, “The Way,” stole elements from the 1972 tune. In the original song, there's a spoken intro in which a voice says, "What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Debuting One New Song a Day from "Piece by Piece"

Kelly Clarkson is counting down to the release of her new album Piece by Piece by unveiling one new song per day through March 3, when the album arrives in stores.  The first song she's shared as part of this campaign is "Invincible," an empowering anthem, co-written by Sia, about finding strength in love. "Beat down on me, beat down like a waterfall/'cause I can take on so much more than I had ever dreamed," sings Kelly in the fist-pumping tune. "Now I am invincible/No, I ain't a scared little girl no more/Yeah I am invincible/What was I running for?/I…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Would've Been Happy with a Ring Pop for Engagement

Lady Gaga has been sporting a huge heart-shaped sparkler from her fiancé Taylor Kinney, but the singer told Access Hollywood she would have been just as happy with a Ring Pop. In fact, Taylor initially proposed with the candy. "First he gave me a Ring Pop. That was kind of amazing and I was crying, I was so excited," Gaga told Billy Bush on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. The 28-year-old revealed she said “yes” right away, before he even pulled out the actual Lorraine Schwartz-designed ring. "First it was candy. I was happy with the candy,” she said. Gaga…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nate Ruess Releases Debut Solo Track, "Nothing Without Love"

Last week, fun. frontman Nate Ruess released a 30-second teaser of his debut solo track, "Nothing Without Love." Now, we have the new song in its entirety, and a full-length video to boot. "Nothing Without Love" starts off as a piano-driven ballad before the song explodes into a giant chorus. You can see the "Nothing Without Love" video now on YouTube. Though Ruess is without his band mates on "Nothing Without Love," he recruited a few high profile collaborators to help bring it to life. Swedish singer Lykke Li provides backing vocals on the track, while Red Hot Chili Peppers'…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Adds New Tour Dates, Will Debut New Song at Brit Awards

If you were hoping to get tickets to Ed Sheeran’s headlining North American tour, you had to act fast. Tickets for the tour went on sale Friday and a number of his shows sold out in a matter of minutes. The fast-selling shows include stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, two nights at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California, Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Following the overwhelming demand, Ed announced additional shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on May 30; Barclays…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5 Has Most Shazamed Musical Moment at the Oscars

The Oscars had almost enough musical performances to rival the Grammys this year, and viewers at home were putting their Shazam app to good use. The top Shazamed musical moment of the night was Adam Levine and Maroon 5's performance of the nominated song “Lost Stars” from Begin Again. Rita Ora’s performance of “Grateful,” from the movie Beyond the Lights, came in at number two, followed by country singer Tim McGraw’s version of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I Can’t Let Go,” which she sang during the In…

posted 2015/02/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR