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2014-06-09

Train Releases New Single, "Angel in Blue Jeans"; New Album, "Bulletproof Picasso," & Tour Coming in September

When Train performs on NBC's Today show this Friday, they'll have a new single to play.  The band has just released a brand-new track called "Angel in Blue Jeans," the first release from their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, due in September.  The band's label says the release date is September 23, while the band quotes a date of September 16.  This will be clarified shortly, we assume. The new single starts off as a mournful ballad that sounds like it could be the soundtrack of a Western film, but then picks up and turns into a mid-tempo rock song with…

posted 2014/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sir Mix-a-Lot Mixes It Up with the Seattle Symphony

We know what you're thinking: "How can I call my weekend complete without beholding Sir Mix-a-Lot performing 'Baby Got Back' with a symphony orchestra?" It happened Saturday night in the rapper's hometown of Seattle, Washington. When the collaboration with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was initially announced, back in April, the plan was to have Mix rap his hit "Posse on Broadway," which is filled with shout-outs to Seattle streets and landmarks.  Thankfully, good sense prevailed, and the audience was instead treated to a full orchestral version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's signature 1992 salute to the female derriere.  At the outset, Mix…

posted 2014/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Josh Groban to Appear in All-Male Broadway Love Duets Revue in Canada

Though he's a pop star, Josh Groban has always loved Broadway, and later this month, he'll get the chance to sing Broadway classics at an arts festival in Toronto, Canada.  The concept for the performance is a bit unusual, though: he and the other performers on the bill are all men, and they'll be singing Broadway love duets...to each other. The show is called If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway — An Evening of Love Duets, and it's being organized by Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright for Toronto's Luminato festival.  In addition to Josh, the bill also includes Boy George…

posted 2014/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Usher Defends Justin Bieber: "He Is Unequivocally Not a Racist"

Justin Bieber has apologized for the videos that appeared over the past week showing him telling racist jokes and using the "N-word" when he was 14 and 15 years old.  While many celebrities have defended Justin since then, the one person everyone has been waiting to weigh in on the topic has finally broken his silence: Justin's mentor, Usher. The singer, who first introduced Justin to the world in 2009, posted a photo of himself and the Bieb together on his Instagram account, along with a lengthy message defending his protégé.  "At my core, I am a person that supports…

posted 2014/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez Won't Perform at World Cup Opener in Brazil

Jennifer Lopez will not be performing at this year's World Cup opener on Thursday alongside Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, as originally scheduled.  In a press release provided Sunday to the New York Daily News, FIFA officials said Lopez cannot perform because of unspecified "production issues." FIFA said Pitbull and Leitte will sing the official World Cup tune "We Are One" before Brazil faces Croatia on Thursday in Sao Paulo. J.Lo's rep told E! Online, "We can confirm the accuracy of FIFA's statement. Regretfully Jennifer Lopez will not be attending this year's World Cup opening ceremonies." E! notes that…

posted 2014/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Dresses Conservatively for Guys Choice Awards

Rihanna was the talk of this year's CFDA Awards with her barely-there gown, but on Saturday night at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards in Los Angeles the singer was dressed a little more conservatively. The 26-year-old accepted the award for Most Desirable Woman in a sexy strapless black dress, but she didn't come close to showing as much skin as her previous outfit did. Kevin Hart, who presented Rihanna with the award, also noticed the new look.  According to E! News, he screamed to the audience, "How many men are mad that she didn't come naked?" The 26-year-old singer accepted…

posted 2014/06/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-08

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson to Buy His Favorite Soccer Team

Music stars in the U.S. buy sports teams all the time, so why can't a British musician get into the act?  The BBC reports that One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is making a bid to take over the Doncaster Rovers, his hometown soccer -- or football, as they call it in the U.K. -- team. Louis actually played for club's reserve team last year in a charity match, and now he's part of a consortium that's going to buy it.  The deal is expected to be completed on Wednesday.  Originally, the BBC reports, there was a plan to hold a press…

posted 2014/06/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-07

Phillip Phillips' Summer Tour Will Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Phillip Phillips won't just be entertaining fans when he hits the road next week on his summer tour: he'll be helping people too. Phillip and his tourmates, the band O.A.R., will be donating one dollar from every ticket sold to the tour to Habitat for Humanity, to support the organization's goals of providing low-income families with safe, decent and affordable housing. Plus, Phillip and O.A.R. are donating 10 tickets at every tour city to Habitat for Humanity volunteers, staff and homeowner families.  There will also be booths set up with information about the work the organization is doing. In addition,…

posted 2014/06/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-06

Fifth Harmony to Release New Single, "BO$$," July 8

The girls of Fifth Harmony aren't bossy...they're the boss.  At least, that's the title of their brand-new single.  "BO$$" will be released on July 8, and is available for pre-order on iTunes now.  The group will perform the tune July 11 on NBC's Today show summer concert series. "BO$$" is taken fromFifth Harmony's upcoming debut album, due this fall.  Their EP, Better Together, featuring the hit "Miss Movin' On," reached the top 10 on the Billboard album chart.  The new album promises a "more mature and grown-up sound" from the group, who were formed during the second season of The…

posted 2014/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Touts "The Giver" in New American Library Association "READ" Poster

Taylor Swift loves to read, and now she's encouraging others to do the same. She appears on a new poster for the American Library Association's Celebrity READ project, sporting a red dress, red lips and holding a copy of Lois Lowry's classic young adult book The Giver. That's no accident, of course, since Taylor appears in the movie version of The Giver, which opens August 15.  Her co-stars include Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.  Some of Taylor's other movie work has had literary connections: she contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the first Hunger Games movie, and…

posted 2014/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train Drummer Scott Underwood Exits Band

Train has weathered a number of lineup changes over the years.  Now there's another one: drummer Scott Underwood is exiting the band. "I’ve been in this band for twenty years. I have had the most amazing time, and a life that is incredible," Scott writes on the band's website in a farewell note to fans. "I will always cherish my 20 years in Train, and am so proud to be a part of that legacy. I only wish I could have met more of you during that time." He calls singer Pat Monahan and guitarist Jimmy Stafford his "brothers," adding,…

posted 2014/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

TLC Slams Pop Stars for Nudity, Rihanna Responds via Twitter

TLC's T-Boz appeared Friday on Australian television and took a shot at pop stars who sell sex, and at least one current star seems to have taken offense. Appearing on Sunrise Australia with group mate Chili, to promote TLC's sold-out show in Sydney, T-Boz explained her issue with entertainers who rely on sex to sell records. "Every time I see you, you don't have to be naked," she said, without naming names. "It’s hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say, 'Oh, TLC must be jealous,' but I call a spade a spade." She continued,…

posted 2014/06/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR