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2015-03-19

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

Marvin Gaye's Family Seeking to Block Distribution of "Blurred Lines"

Marvin Gaye's family isn't satisfied with the recent verdict awarding them nearly 7.4 million dollars in the "Blurred Lines" case. The family's attorneys on Tuesday night filed a request for a federal judge to block the sale, distribution and performance of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' smash hit, according to the Los Angeles Times. The filing argues that sales of the song represent continued copyright infringement. A jury determined last week that Robin and Pharrell ripped off Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for "Blurred Lines." Gaye's family is now also requesting that another "Blurred Lines" collaborator, T.I.,…

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

Report: Drake Sued by Concert Film Distributor

Drake has reportedly been sued by the distributor of a concert film that captures his sold-out homecoming performance at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009. TMZ reports SpectiCast Entertainment filed the lawsuit against the rapper after he tweeted earlier this week, "The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans." Specticast didn't appreciate Drake's lack of support. It believes he posted the tweet to draw attention to his account, since he subsequently wrote about ticket sales for his OVO Fest in Toronto. Homecoming: The…

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

Adam Levine Accidentally Nails Fan in the Head with Microphone

Adam Levine's temper almost got him into some hot water during Maroon 5's concert in Toronto Monday night when he threw his microphone to the ground and accidentally hit a fan in the face. In a video obtained by TMZ, Levine is seen throwing the microphone in frustration after experiencing problems with the sound system. The mic took a crazy bounce and accidentally struck Stephanie Green, who was sitting in the front row. However, things were about to get better for Green, who was okay, except for a bruise on her forehead. After checking to see if she was okay, Levine…

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

Kanye Cancels Scheduled Appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Perhaps it was a reluctance to read "Mean Tweets" about him, or maybe it was just Kanye being Kanye, but for whatever reason, Kanye West won't be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week. The rapper was scheduled to appear on Kimmel's final show from Austin, Texas, on Friday, but Jimmy announced Wednesday night that West canceled. "Willie Nelson will be here in studio with us," Kimmel said of Friday night's show. "Kanye West was supposed to be here, too but he canceled -- or maybe he's planning to jump on stage unexpectedly to interrupt Willie. So if you do…

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

2015-03-18

Pharrell Williams to Receive Fashion Icon Award at 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards

With his fearless hat choices and bold red carpet attire, Pharrell Williams has established himself as a bona fide trendsetter. Now, he’s being honored with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards, presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. "If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him," fashion designer and President of the CFDA Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement. According to the CFDA, the Fashion Icon Award is presented…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Amy Winehouse Documentary Gets UK Release Date, Teaser Poster

The Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, now has a U.K. release date and a teaser poster. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be released in the U.K. on July 3, less than a month before the fourth anniversary of the British singer’s death. The documentary, which was first announced in 2013, was directed by Asif Kapadia and will explore Amy’s life and career using unseen archival footage and previously unreleased tracks. The film has yet to announce a U.S. distributor. A minute-long trailer for the documentary debuted at Universal Music Group’s pre-Grammy brunch on February 7, but it was…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera Participating in Red Nose Day Charity Telethon

The Red Nose Day charity telethon, which started in the U.K., is coming to the United States, and Christina Aguilera has already signed on to participate. The charity drive, which has become a U.K. institution, will air on NBC May 21. The singer and Voice coach got silly in a new ad for the telethon, donning a red nose and flashing a peace sign from what looks like her red spinning chair from The Voice. The broadcast event, which will air from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, will feature standup and sketch comedy bits, musical performances and celebrity…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Petition Launched to Remove Kanye West from Headlining Glastonbury Festival

Earlier this week, organizers announced that Kanye West is scheduled to play England's Glastonbury Festival, taking place later this summer. But there's a British fan petitioning to have Kanye kicked off of the bill. A man launched the petition via Change.org petition, and it's already attracted over 45,000 supporters. "Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment," the petition reads. "Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna & Justin Bieber Join Ellen DeGeneres for Revealing Game of "Never Have I Ever"

Things got pretty revealing when Madonna and Justin Bieber joined Ellen DeGeneres for a game of “Never Have I Ever” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. The trio kept things completely candid, even when the questions became a little…personal. By holding up paddles that said “I have” or “I never have,” Madonna, Justin and Ellen made some startling admissions. For example, all three admitted to fooling around in a bathroom during a party, and to dating someone and their sibling. At one point Madonna pointed out, "All these questions are sexual -- just sayin'." When both Justin, 21, and Madonna,…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Horror Story" Creator Says Lady Gaga's Role "Will Shock People"

American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Tonight that Lady Gaga’s role in the FX show’s hotel-themed fifth season "will shock people," but that's about the only detail he's willing to spill for now. He is, however, dishing on what it was like bringing the pop star on board. He says there was a reason why the news was kept secret for so long. "It was just something that she did very, very privately,” Ryan explains of the singer’s decision to join the anthology series. “It was sort of a creative investigation. My favorite thing in the world would be…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Divorce Granted

It looks like Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have officially settled their divorce case. According to E! News, the former high-school sweethearts reached a settlement in their divorce case on Tuesday.  The actress first filed for divorce six months ago, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the demise of the marriage. Back in February 2014, the couple announced their separation after nearly nine years of marriage. "We will always love each other and be best friends; however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," the pair said in a joint statement. Although terms of the divorce settlement…

posted 2015/03/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR