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2014-07-02

Katy Perry Sued over "Dark Horse"

"Dark Horse" has become one of Katy Perry's biggest hits, but now it's attracted a lawsuit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a group of Christian hip-hop musicians from St. Louis, Missouri, have sued Katy, her record label, her producers and others in federal court, claiming that "Dark Horse" ripped off a 2008 song called "Joyful Noise," by Christian rapper Flame.  In addition, the suit claims that "Joyful Noise" has now been "irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse.’” The song "Joyful Noise" was nominated…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's First Book, "A Visual Journey," Coming in November

Having conquered the charts in the U.S. and the U.K. with his music, Ed Sheeran is now turning his attention to another type of media: books.  The singer's first tome is due this fall. No, Ed hasn't turned into a novelist; the book, called Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey, is more of an autobiography, featuring original drawings by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah, and photographs.  In the book, Ed tells, in his own words, the story of how he went from unknown singer/songwriter to chart-topping pop star.  He describes his early musical experiences and influences, talks about the recording…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"X" Marks the Spot: Ed Sheeran's #1, Scores Biggest Debut for a Pop Album This Year

Ed Sheeran's winning streak continues: after topping the charts in his native U.K. with his new album X (multiply), the singer has now scored his first U.S. #1 album. In addition to debuting at #1, Ed's album earns the title of biggest sales debut for a pop album this year: it moved 210,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The only albums this year that opened bigger were Coldplay's Ghost Stories, and albums by country stars Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert. In addition, Billboard reports that sales of X mark the biggest sales week for a British male artist in nearly…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

As Katy Perry Nears 30, She Says, "I Still Feel 13 on the Inside"

While Katy Perry keeps up a tour schedule would probably leave a 16-year-old winded, she'll be turning 30 this October.  But the singer says she still feels like a kid. "I still feel 13 on the inside," she tells People magazine in its new issue. "I think you see a lot of my [inner] child in the show onstage.  I tweeted the other day, 'Sometimes it's hard being a child in this adult body.'"  Katy, who will have a break to celebrate her birthday in between concerts in Mexico and Australia, tells People she plans to mark her milestone in…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jewel Announces Divorce from Rodeo Star Husband Ty Murray

Jewel and her rodeo star husband, Ty Murray, are getting a divorce. The singer makes the announcement on her website in a post titled "Dear World." She writes, "Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves." Jewel says she and Ty are both seeking to grow as individuals, which they couldn't as a couple.  "We truly…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Robin Thicke Won't Say If He's Wooed Paula Patton Back

Robin Thicke has been relentless in apologizing to his estranged wife, Paula Patton.  He's even dedicated an entire album to her, Paula, along with the album's subsequent music videos. Still, the R&B singer refused to say if his wife has responded to his repeated pleas for forgiveness and reconciliation. "That's all private. I can't speak for her," Thicke said on Wednesday's Good Morning America. Robin and Paula, who have one son, announced their separation last February. The couple, who first met when Robin was just 14 years old, have been married since 2005. Robin has been very open about his…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Aloe Blacc Ready to Celebrate the 4th in Philly, Learning Lots from Bruno Mars

Aloe Blacc is one of several artists, including Jennifer Hudson, Nick Minaj and Ed Sheeran, who'll be performing live in Philadelphia this Fourth of July as part of the city's annual "Welcome America! 4th of July Jam."  The concert, which draws tens of thousands of people annually and ends with a huge fireworks display, will air live on Palladia and VH1, and Aloe says he's thrilled to be involved. "Yeah, it's really cool.  Especially in Philly, to be performing for the Fourth of July," Aloe tells ABC News Radio of the patriotic surroundings.  He's especially excited that the music is…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Teases New Song, "Messiah"

Madonna is hard at work on her new album, and she's dropped a tantalizing hint about one of her new songs, which appears to be titled "Messiah." The Queen of Pop posted on Instagram a photo of the song's sheet music, captioned "Coming soon........#promise#keep."  She added the hashtags "#sorceress" and "#deep."  She also posted a video of a group of classical musicians playing a few seconds of a song we assume is "Messiah," since she captioned it with the hashtag "#messiah."  Madonna also wrote, "Magic makes the people come together yaaaaaaaasssssssssss."  That, of course, is a reference to her previous…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine Reveals the Biggest Perk of Being Famous...and It's Not What You Think

Adam Levine is a guy who definitely enjoys his fame, but you may be surprised by what he claims to enjoy most about being an internationally known rock star.  It's not the screaming women, or the boatloads of cash, or the Grammy Awards, or getting to tour the world: it's the food. Asked by USA Today to name the biggest perk is of being famous, Adam immediately answers, "Getting a reservation at any restaurant in town, at any time.  That's the greatest thing about being famous, 'cause I love to eat, and I love to eat at many different restaurants.…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea: "I Have No Idea" How Charli XCX Ended Up on "Fancy"

Iggy Azalea has said that she wanted to make "Fancy" a female anthem, so she tapped Charli XCX to contribute to the song.  But in a new interview, Iggy claims she doesn't know how Charli ended up on the song, and that it was done without her knowledge.  Not that she minds. Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Iggy says, "I have no idea how that song with Charli came about. I have no idea how she got on it -- [my production team] decided it would be a good idea and I found out later. I thought, she…

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Releases Ad for New Fragrance

Are you ready for a revolution? Katy Perry hopes so. She released the ad for her latest fragrance, Killer Queen's Royal Revolution, on Tuesday. Katy posted a photo of the ad on Instagram, writing, "AYO! Today I'm unveiling my new #RoyalRevolution ad! Hope you likey BB's. Look for it in stores later this summer..." In the ad, Katy is seen wearing a headdress as she poses alongside a suit of armor. Royal Revolution is the follow-up to Katy's most recent fragrance, Killer Queen. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

posted 2014/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-01

Pharrell Williams to Perform at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2014

Pharrell Williams will perform during Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, a new awards ceremony being presented by the network.  The singer is expected to showcase his chart-topping hit “Happy” for the upcoming telecast, which will air Thursday, July 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT. Pharrell will be joined by country sensations Florida Georgia Line and host Michael Strahan. In other Pharrell news, the singer will return as the musical director of the Apollo in the Hamptons benefit at Ron Perelman’s New York beach estate The Creeks, according to New York Post's Page Six. Taking place on August 16, the event will also…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR