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Taylor Swift Named One of "Forbes"' Most Powerful Women; Says Touring Is "Not That Hard"

Forbes has announced their list of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2015, and Taylor Swift was named one of the most powerful women in entertainment. She ranks number 65 on the overall tally of 100 and joins 10 other women in the entertainment industry who made the list, including celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres. Forbes notes that her album 1989 had the biggest first-week sales in 12 years and made Taylor the only artist ever to have three consecutive albums sell a million copies their first week. The publication also commends her for trademarking her…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hear Jason Derulo Duet with Meghan Trainor on "Painkiller"

Among the many special guests on Jason Derulo's upcoming album, Everything Is 4, is Meghan Trainor. Now you can hear their duet, "Painkiller," exclusively at MTV.com and VH1.com. Currently, six never-before-heard tracks from the album are streaming at JasonDerulo.mtv.com and JasonDerulo.vh1.com.  In addition to "Painkiller," you'll hear Jason perform "Love Me Down," "Trade Hearts," "Love Like That," and "X2CU."  In the week leading up to the album's June 2 release, you'll eventually be able to stream the entire album. Jason and Meghan's duet starts with Jason singing, "M-Train" -- Meghan's nickname -- while Meghan sings the now-familiar "Jason Derulo" intro. …

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Accuses Australian Paper of Recycling Old Quotes About Her Ex

A few days ago, the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph published an interview with Katy Perry in which she discussed a variety topics, including her ex-husband, Russell Brand.  Katy's quoted in the interview as saying, "He hasn’t spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don’t want to talk about him -- my songs will say what I need to say."  Now, Katy's accusing the paper of recycling those quotes from an interview she did years ago. "It's really inappropriate when journalists repurpose interviews done 3 yrs ago in context of promoting a film…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Wants to Take a Year Off from Music to "Live a Bit"

What good is all the millions of dollars, cars and houses in the world if you can't stop working long enough to enjoy them?  Maybe that's why Ed Sheeran says that after several years of non-stop work, he's ready to get off the treadmill for a bit. Speaking to the British paper The Daily Mirror, Ed says, "I’d like to live for a bit! I feel like I live in a bubble where normal happens outside, and everything ‘Hollywood’ happens inside.  I’d like to get on the outside for at least a year.” Ed said something similar to Entertainment Weekly…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

After Hiatus, Lifehouse Returns with New Album & Full Creative Control

Lifehouse, the band that brought you hits like "You and Me," "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time," is back after a three-year self-imposed hiatus with a new album called Out of the Wasteland. After the band's 2012 disc Almeria, they decided to step off the endless album/tour cycle for a much-needed break.  "I think it just kind of made sense," frontman Jason Wade tells ABC Radio. "After thirteen years of being on the road, non-stop touring, it just felt like a good time to kind of reset, recharge the batteries and then kind of come back with a fresh…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

It's Your Fault that Taylor Swift's Not Playing Lots of Old Favorites in Concert

The setlist for Taylor Swift's newly launched 1989 World Tour features every single song from her 1989 album, and just three older hits.  Why so much focus on the new music?  She says her fans pretty much voted for her to do it -- by buying so many darn copies of the album. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Taylor says that the songs on 1989 seem "to be the music of mine that people are liking the most."  She explains, "If this album hadn't been so impactful to the fans, if they hadn't gone out and broken so many records and made…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J Excited About Her First Movie Role: "It's Not the Obvious Thing"

Last fall, Jessie J revealed that she'd turned down several movie roles -- including a part in Kick Ass 2 --  due to her very busy schedule.  But now it seems she's finally found the time for Hollywood.  She reveals to ABC Radio that she's landed a movie role, but won't go into detail about what we can expect from her acting debut. Asked if she thinks there'll be any acting in her future, Jessie tells ABC Radio, "Yes, I am, currently."  She adds, "I can’t talk about it too much, which is really frustrating ‘cause I really wanna tell…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas Debuts New Single, "Trust You," Co-Written by Ryan Tedder

Rob Thomas is ready for a comeback. The Matchbox Twenty frontman just released his first solo single in five years: “Trust You.”Rob debuted the up-tempo song on Entertainment Weekly Monday, and he talks to the mag about co-writing the tune with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. OneRepublic opened up for Rob during his 2009 Cradlesong Tour, and he says he and Ryan really hit it off.“He’s worked with everyone,” Rob tells EW of Ryan. “…He was kind of the only person on my list [of collaborators]. He was the first person on my list and he was really hard to get. I…

posted 2015/05/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Pink on Body-Shaming Bullies: "I Don't Care...I Like Food a Lot"

Last month on Twitter, Pink slapped down online body-shamers who commented that she'd gained some weight lately, and then added in an interview that she didn't "take well to bullying."   Now, speaking to E!, the singer says the problem with Internet trolls is that they actually think people care what they say.   "I think people have gotten it wrong. They think their opinion matters and holds weight, and I don't know where or why they're giving themselves so much credit, you know? So I thought it was important for me to remind them that I don't care," she tells…

posted 2015/05/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


"American Idol" Nick Fradiani to Sing Tonight at PBS' National Memorial Day Concert

Sure, you can be a success by just appearing on American Idol and not winning -- just ask Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson.  But winning the title gives you the chance to do some pretty cool stuff.  For example, newly minted American Idol Nick Fradiani is going to sing the national anthem at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing on PBS, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET. "That’s a humbling thing right there," he tells ABC Radio. "I still can’t believe that. I’m just so honored to be…

posted 2015/05/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Justin Bieber, Pink, Taylor, Kelly Clarkson & More Featured in "People" Mag's "Body Moments of the Year"

People magazine's current issue is all about the "Most-Talked About Bodies," and naturally, pop stars -- who are among the most scrutinized individuals in the world -- appear on the list. In the section called Hollywood's 10 Hottest Bodies, we find Taylor Swift and Beyonce.  Taylor is praised for her "long and lean" body, and for dressing fairly modestly for a celebrity.  As for Bey, she gets props for showing off her "Flawless" body in a barely there Givenchy gown at the recent Met Gala in New York City. For the section called Body Moments of the Year, Justin Bieber…

posted 2015/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Nicki Minaj Releases Video for "The Night Is Still Young"

Last week, Nicki Minaj gave fans a glimpse into the visual for "The Night Is Still Young," her newest single from The Pinkprint album. Now, the full-length version has surfaced online. In the Asian-inspired clip, which premiered on Tidal, the rapper switches back to her pink wig and shows off her dance moves in a see-through pink dress and floral boots by Marc Jacobs. An over-sized moon attracts everyone to dance the night away while Nicki rides the back of a bike with fiancé Meek Mill. The new visual follows a string of recent videos from Nicki including "Feeling Myself" with…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR