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2014-06-04

Taylor Swift Wins International Solo Artist Honor at "Glamour" Women of the Year Awards

Taylor Swift is currently touring Asia, making it a fitting coincidence that on Tuesday night, she was named International Solo Artist of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London. Due to her tour, Taylor couldn't be in London in person, but she did accept the award via video link.  Other winners at the event included Naomi Campbell, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, Nicole Kidman, Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling, Revenge star Emily VanCamp, and Helen Mirren. 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 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sure, Bastille Sings About "Pompeii," but Have They Been There?

Bastille's smash hit "Pompeii" is one of those rare songs where the title never actually appears in any of the lyrics.  But the tune is called "Pompeii" for a reason: it's about the people in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Today, what's left of Pompeii is a popular tourist destination, and yes, the guys in Bastille have visited it. The ruins of Pompeii, which were well-preserved by all the ash from the volcano, are located in Italy, near Naples.  "We went there last summer," Bastille drummer Chris…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas Addresses Rixton's Soundalike Hit: "They Are True Gentlemen"

Rob Thomas has written songs for other artists before -- "Smooth" by Santana comes to mind, for example -- but his latest songwriting credit is for a tune he really had nothing to do with. You may have noticed that "Me and My Broken Heart," by rising British band Rixton, sounds very much like Rob's solo hit "Lonely No More," and that's no accident: the band deliberately used part of Rob's song's melody.  "We've been a huge fan of his, so we took a lot of inspiration from him and wanted to give him a tip of the hat," Rixton…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Paramore "Shocked" by Success of Their Biggest-Ever Hit, "Ain't It Fun"

Paramore has been having a pretty good year: they scored a big hit with "Still Into You" and then singer Hayley Williams racked up another hit with "Stay the Night," her collaboration with Zedd.  But Hayley says the runaway success of the band's current single, "Ain't It Fun," has taken the entire band by surprise. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us."  In fact, "Ain't It Fun"…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Talks Music with Kids at Detroit Charter School

Madonna was in Detroit on Tuesday, chatting music with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy. The Michigan native posted photos on Instagram of her visit to the free public charter school, which opened last year. In one picture, Madonna is kneeling on a mat in front of four kids; she writes, "Discussing Michael Jackson vs. Pharrell Williams! Watch out! Detroit is coming back !!!!! #revolutionoflove." The caption of another photo reads, "Sharing stories with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy! Very impressed by [school founder] Kyle Smitley and her team doing what they can to bring education back to the…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Mariah's New Album Has Disappointing First-Week Sales

As many industry sources predicted last week, Mariah Carey's latest album did not debut with big sales. Hits Daily Double reports Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse sold only 57 thousand copies for the week ending Sunday -- good enough for a #3 chart debut, but far below Mariah's usual sales numbers. The sales total for the album will officially be announced Wednesday. Billboard previously stated that Elusive Chanteuse was on track to become Mariah's lowest sales debut for a non-holiday studio album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Her previous low mark was for 1991's Emotions, which…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Donates $50K to Philadelphia Children's Hospital

Taylor Swift has donated 50 thousand dollars to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The money will be used to create programming for cancer-stricken teens receiving treatment at the hospital's cancer center -- including a "high-tech music therapy cart" that will allow them to create and produce music. Lamia Barakat, the director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center, says in a statement, “Taylor Swift’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients.” Barakat adds, “We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Jennifer Lopez's Relationship with Casper Smart in Trouble?

Jennifer Lopez's relationship with Casper Smart has apparently seen better days. A People magazine source claims the couple is "still together, technically, but no idea for how long."   What's the issue? A few months ago, the insider says, the two "hit a rough patch," but Jennifer was making an effort to work through their problems. However, they're now facing rumors that Casper sent racy messages to another person. Another People magazine source says, "There were issues that pre-date these new reports," without elaborating. The second source adds, "She has a really busy three weeks and doesn't have time to…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-03

ABC's "Rising Star" Promises "Instant Gratification," No Results Show

Everyone likes watching reality singing competitions, but everybody hates having to sit through an entire results show just to find out who got eliminated and who's moving on.  But ABC's new competition, Rising Star, is removing the results show from the equation, according to the four music stars who are appearing on it. In a new trailer, the show's panel of "experts," who include country star Brad Paisley, rapper/actor Ludacris and Kesha -- plus the show's host, Josh Groban -- explain how Rising Star works.  During each episode, you'll watch contestants perform live in front of a massive wall of…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Posts Prismatic Tour Preview Video for U.S. Fans; Is She Back with Old Flame?

Katy Perry's Prismatic world tour has been underway for a while now, but only overseas.  It doesn't hit North America until later this month, but Katy's getting fans hyped by releasing a new video featuring highlights of the show. "Does it look like we are having fun... cause we are," she tweeted, adding a link to the video.  "Can't wait to see you [America]." In the video, which is set to her latest single, "Birthday," you see Katy onstage performing all her hits.  You can't hear her sing, but you get a good look at all of her many costumes,…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Model Pal Says Singer Has "No Time for Boys"

Despite the attempts of gossip blogs worldwide to link Taylor Swift romantically with someone -- anyone, it often seems -- the singer isn't currently in a relationship.  And that, according to one of her BFFs, is due to a lack of time. Asked by US Weekly magazine if she'd ever played matchmaker for Taylor, her friend, Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss, said, "I've been traveling. She's been traveling. No time for boys!"  However, Karlie, who shared a California road trip with Taylor earlier this year, thinks she's a wonderful person who anyone would be lucky to hang with. "She's true…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Promises "Something Different" on New Tour Leg

Lorde announced a new U.S. tour leg this week, and she says even if you've already seen her live, you should come back and check her show out again, because it'll be all new. "For those of you who saw me first time, this is gonna be something different," she tweeted. "I can't wait to show you what I got planned." Lorde is also excited about the fact that she's teaming up with a service designed to prevent ticket scalping.  "There is a small sign up process but it's 4 u," she tweeted.  "You have to sign up to receive…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR