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2014-03-06

Queen + Adam Lambert Announce North American Tour

We knew the announcement was coming.  Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour. Lamberthas performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S.  That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C. When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer, Freddie…

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

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Reportedly Set Wedding Date

You better purchase your wedding gift for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West soon: they've picked a date. People magazine reports the couple will wed in Paris on May 24. Kardashian has stated in the past that she and Kanye will tie the knot in the City of Light. A People source says approximately 150 people are expected to attend the wedding. The couple's daughter, North, who's almost nine months old, reportedly will be involved in the ceremony. West popped the question to Kardashian last year on her birthday, October 21, at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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

Lorde Says Her Concerts Are "Unsettling to Look At"

Lorde is fond of referring to herself as "weird" and she says that applies to her current U.S. headlining tour as well. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal about how her live shows compare to those of other contemporary pop artists, the 17-year-old singer insists, "I'm too weird as a performer to copy anyone else. I kind of thrash around [on stage]. It's unsettling to look at.  But I can't dance." Despite her unique performance style, Lorde has been receiving great reviews for her tour, which just kicked off this past week in Austin, Texas.  Rolling Stone, which put Lorde…

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

Report: Katy & John Split Due to Age Gap, Fundamental Differences

Ever since we got word that Katy Perry and John Mayer  had broken up, rumors have been flying as to the "real" reason behind their split.  But now, a new report claims that it may have simply come down to an everyday, mundane reason: they couldn't overcome their fundamental differences. A source close to John tells People magazine, "They're two very strong-willed people. Despite caring about each other very much and wanting to make it work, they are, at their core, quite different."  One way the two are different, an industry insider tells People, is in their ages.  John is…

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

"American Idol" Recap: The Top 12 Perform Songs About Home

American Idol's top 12 returned to the stage Wednesday night to again perform for viewers' votes. This time, they had to choose songs that reminded them of home. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. were on hand to offer their critiques of the contestants. Here's what happened on the two-hour performance show: Seventeen-year-old Jena Irene, who hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan, sang the KT Tunstall hit "Suddenly I See." Keith and Harry both encouraged her to loosen up a little more on stage. J-Lo said that no matter which song Jena chooses, she shows off a uniqueness in…

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

New Nick Carter Reality Series Premiering This Summer

xNick Carter is making a reality TV comeback. He and his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, will star in their own unscripted series, "I ♥ Nick Carter," premiering this summer on VH1. The theme of the show is that the Backstreet Boys singer is done "playing the field" and is settling down with Lauren. The cameras will document their relationship as they prepare to tie the knot. According to VH1, the couple will have to work around Nick's career, their "outrageous families," and the fans who are upset Nick's off the market. The premiere date for "I ♥ Nick Carter" has not…

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

2014-03-05

OneRepublic to Release Brand New Song Next Week?

OneRepublic is currently on tour in Europe in support of their latest album Native, but if what Ryan Tedder said on stage recently is true, we may be hearing some new music from the band that isn't included on that disc. Speaking during a concert in Amsterdam earlier this week, Ryan told the crowd, "There was a song that was written about the same time, within two months of 'Counting Stars' that we thought [would be] the first single from the album. But I couldn't figure out what the chorus was, I couldn't finish it, and so we pushed it…

posted 2014/03/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Goes Road-Tripping with Victoria's Secret Angel

When Taylor Swift decides to hang out and relax, she picks some pretty interesting people to do it with.  Not long ago, she was shopping and going to the beach with Lorde, and now she's moved on to road tripping through California with Victoria's Secret supermodel Karlie Kloss. "California here we come...right back where we started from...ROAD TRIP," wrote Taylor on Twitter Wednesday, and posted a photo of both she and Karlie sitting on top of a huge sign that reads "Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park."  Next came a photo of the two of them standing together in what looks…

posted 2014/03/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell's "Happy" Is #1 Again; The Fray Debut in Top 10

Pharrell Williams may have missed out on an Oscar this past Sunday night, but he's got to be "Happy" that his nominated song is still on top of the charts. "Happy," from Despicable Me 2, is #1 for a second week on the Billboard Hot 100, and it should remain there for a third week, after the full impact of Pharrell's Oscar performance is felt.  The current chart only reflects three days' worth of post-Oscar sales.  But "Happy" may not even need an Oscar boost: the infectious track sold more than 400,000 copies last week.  It's the first song to…

posted 2014/03/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Offers Behind-the-Scenes Video of Mrs. Carter Show Revamp

Beyonce has completely revamped the look and feel of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which is currently making its way through Europe; and the singer has shared a brief video teaser showing her reworked tour. In a minute-long clip, which was posted to her YouTube page, the diva reveals new choreography, set designs and lighting with live footage of fans' reactions interspersed throughout the video. "There's so many costume changes, there's so many fireworks and stuff," one fan says. "This show is the bomb!" Currently playing London's O2, Beyonce's outing will play three consecutive night at Dublin’s O2 beginning…

posted 2014/03/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Song "Ronan" Generates $100,000 for Cancer Research

Sales of Taylor Swift's song, "Ronan," have generated more than $100,000 for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Taylor was inspired to write the song after reading the Rockstar Ronan blog, written by Maya Thompson about her late son, Ronan. The boy died just days shy of his fourth birthday in May 2011 after a battle with neuroblastoma cancer. Taylor gave a songwriting credit on "Ronan" to Maya Thompson, since her writings inspired the song. All of Taylor's proceeds are going to combat childhood cancer. For more information on The V Foundation for Cancer Research, check out JimmyV.org. Copyright 2014…

posted 2014/03/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Booted "American Idol" Contestant Reveals Advice from a Past Champ that Came Too Late to Save Her

American Idol continues Wednesday night on Fox as the remaining 12 contestants perform songs with the theme of "Home."  But the woman who actually went home last week -- Wild Card contestant Kristen O'Connor -- wonders what would have happened if last week, she hadn't been talked out of doing the song she really wanted to do. Kristen and contestants Malaya Watson and MK Nobilette ended up in the bottom three last week, but Kristen says she thinks both she and Malaya suffered because of their song choices.  "We both took advice from [the] production [team] on our song choices,…

posted 2014/03/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR