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2014-12-18

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Perform Songs from "Cheek to Cheek" During "Tonight Show" Visit

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, visited The Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about their recently released chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, and perform two numbers. Bennett, 88, recalled a piece of advice he received from a New York City cab driver years ago, who declared, "All you entertainers are lousy." Bennett said when he asked the driver what he meant, the cabbie explained, "It's not like the old days...Once [entertainers] used microphones...everyone's a phony...You have to sing without a microphone." The legendary crooner told Fallon he took the cabbie's advice, and to this day, he ditches the microphone every time…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift on Facing Opposition to Releasing 1989: "The Biggest Struggle Turned into the Biggest Triumph"

Taylor Swift is one of the cover stars of The Hollywood Reporter's "Rulebreakers" issue, and inside she talks about the opposition she ran into when she tried to break some rules by switching genres with the release of her mega-selling album 1989.  Asked what her biggest challenge of the year has been, Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter it was convincing her team that releasing a pop album was the right move for her.  "I's get kind of called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who would sit down and…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5's Guitarist Teases New Wedding Crashers-Themed Video, Talks "Animals" Clip Controversy

Last week, word came that Maroon 5's video for their new single, "Sugar," would feature scenes of them crashing real-life weddings.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says this plan -- showing up unannounced at actual couples' nuptials -- could have gone horribly wrong, but amazingly, it didn't. "I will say that it couldn't have gone any better," James tells ABC News Radio.  "Basically, we approached the grooms. So the grooms knew about the surprise, but it was a surprise for the brides. And we were behind a screen and we start playing the song, and the screen drops, and everyone…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-17

Selena Gomez Didn't "Throw a Fit" at Taylor Swift's Birthday Party

Despite a report, it appears that Selena Gomez did not, in fact, "throw a fit" at Taylor Swift's birthday party last week. US Weekly reported that at the party, Selena "got emotional" over Justin Bieber, and shouted, "No one understands me! My boyfriend doesn't even understand me," while the other partygoers just "stared" at her.  However, Selena's rep tells Gossip Cop, "There is not one ounce of truth," to the story, and the website reports that nobody who attended the bash witnessed the alleged incident. The party, which took place in the wee hours of December 13, featured a star-studded…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tove Lo Cancels Shows, Needs Vocal Cord Surgery

Tove Lo will open for Katy Perry in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday and Saturday night, but then she plans to return home to Sweden to take care of a serious matter: she needs surgery on her vocal cords. Tove wrote on Instagram, "Excited to be here and play my last two shows on the #PrismaticWorldTour before heading home for my surgery. Such an amazing year I've had. Feels very epic to end it on the other side of the world.. In a place I've never been." On Tuesday, she posted a lengthy message on Twitter explaining that she has…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch the Trailer for Backstreet Boys Documentary "Show 'Em What You're Made Of"

A trailer for the upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of is now online, and it shows the group discussing everything from their early beginnings to their troubles with Lou Pearlman, the man who first put them together. The documentary, which arrives in theaters and on VOD on January 30, features AJ McLean saying, "From 1999 til about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world...then, it just stopped." In the trailer, we see scenes of the group recording in the studio in the present day, discussing Pearlman's financial misdeeds, and talking about how they had…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Notches Fifth Week at #1 with "Blank Space"

Taylor Swift's now been filling in the blank space on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.  Her single, "Blank Space," has now remained at #1 longer than her two previous #1s, "Shake It Off" -- which topped the chart for four weeks -- and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which spent three weeks in pole position. Helping to keep Taylor on top was her performance of the song at the Victoria's Secret 2014 Fashion Show.  Another artist who appeared on that show with her also benefited from the exposure:  Ed Sheeran, who sees his new…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"

After you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC. The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Ariana Grande performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas." In addition, X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Addresses Album Leak, Thanks Fans for Not Listening

A few weeks ago, Madonna and her manager were furious when a couple of songs from her upcoming album leaked online.  Now the entire album has apparently found its way online, but some fans, aware of Madonna's feelings on the subject, have taken to Twitter to say they won't listen.   The Queen of Pop has now taken to Instagram to thank those fans, and to caution them that what's out there isn't exactly the finished product. "Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty!" Madonna writes in her post.  "Thank you for waiting and if you have heard…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Reveals the Body Part She Loves the Best

A behind-the-scenes video documenting Demi Lovato's fashion shoot for Allure magazine can be seen on the magazine's website. In it, Demi talks about what make her feel sexy -- and it's not what you'd expect. "What makes me feel sexy is being able to rock no makeup, wherever I go," she says. "Also wearing pants or skirts that showcase my beautiful ass..ets."  She laughs, "It's my butt.  I love my butt.  Hopefully it stays that way, 'cause this ain't going anywhere!" Demi also explains that it's none other than Kim Kardashian who's helped her feel better about embracing her booty…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Was a Waitress with an Attitude

Can you imagine being a customer at a restaurant where Nicki Minaj is your waitress?  During a visit to The Tonight Show Tuesday to plug her new album The Pinkprint, Nicki talked about some of her past jobs and admitted that when she worked as a waitress, she wasn't very friendly. When host Jimmy Fallon brought up the "Anaconda" singer's role as Lydia, a mean office assistant to Cameron Diaz's character in the film The Other Woman, Nicki admitted that she too was guilty of having a mean streak. "Well you know I was an office manager and I kinda would…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Appears in Camp Sketch During Surprise Visit to "The Tonight Show"

Justin Timberlake paid a surprise visit to The Tonight Show on Tuesday to join host Jimmy Fallon in a recurring sketch called "Young Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Sing At Camp Winnipesaukee." In the sketch, Fallon and Timberlake play younger, geeky versions of themselves who are cabin mates at a sleep away summer camp. After lights out, the two stay up and talk about girls, puberty and their favorite song, Third Eye Blind's "Jumper." The sketch also features show writer A.D. Miles as camp counselor Mr. Fletcher, who repeatedly scolds the boys about making too much noise and orders them…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR