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2015-01-21

Sam Smith and Mary Lambert Up for GLAAD Media Awards

Sam Smith and Mary Lambert were nominated for GLAAD Media Awards Wednesday. The singers, who are both gay, snagged nods in the Outstanding Music Artist category. Sam was nominated for his album In the Lonely Hour and Mary for her album Heart on My Sleeve. Mary first rose to fame as the voice singing the chorus on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit “Same Love,” a song about gay acceptance. Sam came out publicly before his first album was released and has been open about his love life, frequently sharing photos of his new boyfriend on Instagram. The 26th Annual…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cobra Starship's "Never Been in Love" Featured in New Oscars Promo with Neil Patrick Harris

"Never Been in Love," Cobra Starship's current single, is about to get some major exposure: it's featured in a commercial for next month's Academy Awards, starring host Neil Patrick Harris. In the spot, called "Illusion," we see NPH standing on a stepladder polishing an enormous Oscar statuette as the opening bars of "Never Been in Love" start playing.  He comes down from the ladder and walks towards the camera, saying, "Hi there. I'm Neil Patrick Harris. Join me as I host the Oscars. It's looking like it's going to be an amazing show. Anything can happen. Anything."   At this point,…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Topples Taylor, as Title Debuts at #1; Ronson & Bruno Ride "Funk" to #5

Meghan Trainor has a new Title: Queen of the Billboard album chart. The singer's debut album, Title, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales and streams of just over 238,000, according to Nielsen Music.  That makes it the biggest-selling debut for a female artist's first full-length album in more than five years, and the biggest-selling debut for a solo artist's first full-length album in more than three years. In a statement, the head of Meghan's record label, L.A. Reid, said of Meghan, "I've been consistently amazed at the depth of her talent, and the incredible craft that…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine Gets Taunted by Blake Shelton in "SNL" Promo

It appears Blake Shelton is taking his rivalry with Adam Levine to Saturday Night Live. The Voice coach appears in several SNL promos ahead of his appearance on the show this weekend, and Blake takes the opportunity to taunt his Voice co-star. In one of the promos, Cecily Strong asks Blake if his rivalry with Adam on The Voice is real or fake. “It’s real,” he says. “I mean, it’s so real. In fact, that guy is such a punk.” Blake then looks directly into the camera and says, “I actually have a message for you Adam. Hey Adam, look…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Donates to Kickstarter Campaign to Fund TLC's New Album

Superstar girl group TLC recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their fifth and final album, and they've already got a celebrity benefactor: Katy Perry. TLC's rep confirms to ABC News Radio that Katy made a $5,000 donation to the campaign. TLC's Chili has also acknowledged her generosity via Twitter. "Wow @katyperry...thanks so much for pledging!" Chili tweeted. She also thanked their fans for their ongoing support, writing, "Ur pledges are greatly appreciated...this is so exciting! All this love n support blows me away." TLC is offering various incentives to hefty donors. For example, Katy's five grand entitles her to…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Says "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" Videos Part of a Trilogy

If you loved the videos for Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart,” there’s more in store for you. In a new behind-the-scenes video featured on YouTube's DanceOn channel, Sia reveals that those two videos are part of a trilogy. In other words, we haven’t seen the last of Sia’s mini-me Maddie Ziegler in her skin-colored leotard, or, potentially, the last of Shia LaBeouf dancing aggressively. “'Elastic Heart’ is part of a trilogy, because we had such an amazing time making that video we decided we wanted to do a trilogy,” Sia said. Shia said Sia discussed the trilogy idea with him…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, Pharrell, John Legend & More Added as Grammy Awards Performers

The next round of performers for the 57th annual Grammy Awards has been announced.  Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams, who, along with Beyonce, are this year's leading nominees with six nods apiece, will take the stage. Usher, who's up for four awards this year, will also perform, as will John Legend, who has two nods this year.  On the telecast, John will perform his Oscar-nominated song "Glory," from the movie Selma, along with his co-writer and co-perfomer, rapper Common.  Country superstar Miranda Lambert has also been added to the bill. LL Cool J has been confirmed to host the telecast,…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

J. Lo: “I’m Not Allowed to Be Sexy Because I’m a Mom?”

In a new cover story for the February/March issue of Complex magazine, Jennifer Lopez poses in cleavage-bearing outfits and said she completely embraces being a sexy mom. The 45-year-old hits back at people who criticized her risqué “Booty” video with rapper Iggy Azalea. “I’m not allowed to be sexy because I’m a mom?” she says. “It’s like, 'How do you think I got my children?'” While she’d never want to do anything to embarrass her kids, she says that right now, “they care more about me being there, taking care of them, than if I’m sexy in a video.” That’s not…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Man Suspected in Madonna Music Hack Arrested in Israel

A hacker who may have been involved in the online leak of Madonna's new songs has been arrested in Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports the unidentified 39-year-old Tel Aviv resident was arrested Wednesday as part of a months-long investigation.  The suspect allegedly accessed musicians' computers illegally, and stole and distributed their unreleased songs.  The suspect is being charged with computer trespassing, fraud, and intellectual property offenses. It hasn't been confirmed that the suspect is actually the person who leaked early demos of Madonna's new album Rebel Heart online, forcing her to rush-release six songs in December, and move up the…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Williams Teaming with Al Gore to Stage a New Round of Live Earth Concerts in June

Back in 2007, over 150 acts participated in a series of global concerts called Live Earth, which were designed to raise awareness of global warming.  Those concerts were organized by former Vice President Al Gore, who's now teaming with Pharrell Williams to stage a second round of Live Earth events on June 18. The concerts, which will take place across all seven continents, were announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Swizerland.  So far, no artists or details have been revealed, but Pharrell, who's acting as the Live Earth creative director, said the global event would be more…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

After "Begin Again," Adam Levine Wants to Do a Comedy

Last year, Adam Levine received generally good notices for his turn in the movie Begin Again, playing a caddish singer who dumps his girlfriend after he becomes famous.  Adam's manager now says the Maroon 5 frontman will continue to act, but he'd like to take on a comedy next. Jordan Feldstein, Adam's childhood friend and Maroon 5's manager, tells Billboard that the singer will appear in more movies, but they're being very picky when it comes to roles.  "When he has time and it's the right thing," Feldstein says of Adam's acting career.  "We're not just taking whatever comes across…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Kids on the Block: "We Were Obsessed" with Tourmates TLC

When a bunch of different acts hit the road together, they're not always friends...and sometimes, they don't even like each other's music.  But that's definitely not the case with The Main Event, this summer's tour featuring New Kids on the Block, TLC and Nelly.  In fact, both New Kids and TLC have quite the mutual admiration society going. "We were obsessed with them," the New Kids' Joey McIntyre tells ABC News Radio.  "I mean one of the amazing things about TLC is that of course girls love them, but guys love them too. When they hit the scene and exploded,…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR