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2014-02-25

Justin Bieber's Birthday Wish: "Believe in the Goodness of People"

Justin Bieber turns 20 on March 1, and -- not surprisingly -- the troubled singer says his one wish is that people would stop assuming the worst of others, and just be nice for once. On Twitter, Justin wrote, "bday week. wish the world would learn to believe in the goodness in people and be kind to one another. together we can change the world :)." Justin also took the opportunity to criticize the media for reporting that residents of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood were staging a protest outside a home in the area that he was allegedly interested in buying.…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Unveils Final "G I R L" Track List

Pharrell Williams has unveiled the official track list for his forthcoming album, G I R L, which arrives next month. The hitmaker posted the final roster in an Instagram video on Monday night.  A spin of the album at a record company listening session earlier this week confirms earlier reports that the disc includes guest spots from Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, and Miley Cyrus.  In addition, though they're not listed, Daft Punk appears as background vocalists on the track "Gust of Wind."  While it's not listed on Pharrell's Instagram video, there's a hidden song between tracks 8 and 9 called "Freq…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shakira Opens New School in Home Country of Colombia

On Monday, while we were all watching Shakira be a coach on The Voice, the woman herself was back in her home country of Colombia, opening yet another school that's been funded by her non-profit organization, Pies Descalzos, or "Bare Feet." The school -- the eighth that Shakira has opened -- is located in a low-income neighborhood in Cartagena, a tourist city on Colombia's Atlantic Coast.  The school will provide an education for 1,700 needy children, from toddlers through high-schoolers. Shakira tells Billboard, "I want to demonstrate...how we can change the lives, not only of the children who come to…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

More than 40,000 Sign Petition Calling for YouTube Ban of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" Video

Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" video shows the singer as an Egyptian queen, Katy-Patra, who systematically destroys suitors who come to her bearing gifts, turning the men into sand.  But one particular scene in the video has offended some Muslims so much that they've launched a petition to get it banned from YouTube. In the video, one of Katy-Patra's suitors is wearing a gold pendant that displays the name of God, or Allah, written in Arabic. After accepting his gift of an enormous diamond, Katy causes lightning to strike him, and he disintegrates.   The petition states, "A man is shown being…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A Great Big World Talks "Magical" Moments with Christina in the Studio -- and on the Paintball Field

One of the most unexpected musical successes of late 2013 was "Say Something," the moving duet between pop duo A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.  After falling in love with the song, Christina asked A Great Big World if she could add her vocals to a new version, but they were surprised to find out that what the powerhouse vocalist had in mind involved her singing less, not more. As the duo's Ian Axel tells ABC News Radio, they went into the studio prepared with ideas of what parts of the song they could give to Christina for her…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction Up for "Shorty Awards" Honoring Social Media

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and One Direction have all won their fair share of awards for their music, and now they're being recognized for their skill in the social media arena.  All three acts are nominated for this year's Shorty Awards, which recognize the best content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and every thing else out there these days. The Shorty Awards honor achievement in a variety of fields, from fashion to sports to humor. Interestingly, Lady Gaga is nominated in the #Art category, not one of the music category.  In the #Band category, the nominees include 1D,…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus Playing Tinkerbell? "I Would Rather Choke on My Own Tongue"

Last month, when NBC announced it was planning to air Peter Pan, a live musical in the vein of its successful broadcast of The Sound of Music, an exec joked that he wanted to get Miley Cyrus to play Tinkerbell in the production.  Clearly, Miley is not a fan of that idea.  At all. Miley posted a photo of a story from a gossip magazine that claimed that Tinkerbell is her "dream role" and that she's "determined" to get better reviews than Carrie Underwood did for The Sound of Music.  She captioned the photo, "I would rather choke on my…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A Great Big World Performs on Seth Meyers’ First "Late Night" Show

A Great Big World was the musical guest on NBC Late Night show Monday when Seth Meyers made his debut as the new host. The duo performed their ballad “Say Something,” without Christina Aguilera.Meyers' other guests were his old "Weekend Update" co-anchor, Amy Poehler, and Vice President Joe Biden. If you want to catch A Great Big World on the road, they've got tour dates lined up in March and April. Check their website for all the details. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Teams with Claire's to Launch Prism Collection of Jewelry & Accessories

Katy Perry has a line of fragrances; now, she's branching out into jewelry and accessories. Women's Wear Daily reports that the singer is teaming with Claire's stores to lauch the Katy Perry Prism collection.  The products will appear in all 1,590 Claire's stores in the U.S., as well as globally.  WWD notes that this marks the first time Claire's, a chain whose customers are primarily girls ages three to 18, has introduced a line of products worldwide. The Prism collection won't simply be a bunch of stuff that Katy's slapping her picture or name on, however.  Everything is being personally…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: The Blind Auditions Begin

The sixth season of NBC's The Voice premiered Monday night with the first series of blind auditions. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton welcomed back as coaches Shakira and Usher, who previously filled in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green last spring. Cee Lo announced last week he will not return to the show. Before the blind auditions began, the coaches collaborated on some duets. Blake and Shakira teamed up on her hit "Whenever, Wherever" before transitioning into his song "Boys 'Round Here." Afterward, Adam and Usher entered the spotlight for renditions of "Love Somebody," by Adam's group Maroon 5,…

posted 2014/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-02-24

Soundtrack to "Glee's" 100th Episode Features New Hits, Old Favorites

The 100th episode of Glee is a two-part extravaganza, airing March 18 and March 25, and of course, a soundtrack album is being prepped to go with it.  The album Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes will be available exclusively at Target on March 25.  The disc includes brand-new songs from the episode, as well as new versions of Glee favorites from seasons past.  Among them: "Don't Stop Believin'," "Raise Your Glass," "Toxic" and "Defying Gravity." Featured on the album is a version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy" sung by Gwyneth Paltrow who's returning to the show as Holly…

posted 2014/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Last Adele Album Rumor: Collaboration with Prince in the Works

Another day, another Adele album rumor.  The latest?  The singer is planning to work with Prince on her upcoming project. The British paper The Sun, which claimed on Sunday that Adele's new album is "imminent," says that when the Grammy-winning star stopped by Prince's show at the London club Ronnie Scott's last week, she wasn't just there for the music: she actually went to his dressing room to discuss a musical collaboration for her third album. “The reason Adele only stayed a short time at Prince’s gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London was because it was just a business meeting…

posted 2014/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR