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Report: Britney Spears Snags $7.4 Million California Mansion

Britney Spears has reportedly purchased some new digs. The Los Angeles Times has confirmed that the singer's plunked down $7.4 million for a 20-acre estate in Thousand Oaks, California. The villa, designed in the neoclassical Italian style, has five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. It also boasts a massive “great room” with 35-foot high ceilings, a library with built-in bookshelves, and a “huge media/game room.” As for the outdoor space, there’s an approximately 1,200-square-foot poolside pavilion complete with full kitchen, bathroom, and 3,500-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar. The property also includes a lighted tennis court and golf course. Three years ago, Britney…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande and Operatic Singer Andrea Bocelli Premiere Video of New Duet

Ariana Grande’s new duet with classical singer Andrea Bocelli, “E Più Ti Penso,” now has a video. In the visual, the two singers play characters who are worlds apart, but whose voices come together in perfect harmony. Ariana sings the Italian ballad from a rooftop overlooking an ancient temple in Tokyo as Andrea walks around Rome’s Saint Angelo Castle. “To have a record with Andrea is so surreal and so special and something that I never really thought would happen,” Ariana says in a statement. The song, which was adapted from Ennio Morricone's song featured in both Once Upon a…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia to Return as "Saturday Night Live's" Musical Guest Next Month

Sia is returning to Saturday Night Live for the second time this year. The singer-songwriter first appeared as the musical guest back in January, and now she’s set to take the stage again for the November 7 episode of the NBC sketch comedy show. Presidential candidate Donald Trump will be hosting that night. He previously hosted SNL on April 3, 2004. Sia’s new single ,“Alive,” from her forthcoming album, This Is Acting, is out now. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Serving as Co-Chair of 2016 Met Gala

Instead of simply showing up wearing something fabulous, Taylor Swift will have an expanded role at next year’s Met Gala. The singer will be serving as one of the event’s co-chairs, Vogue reveals. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the fashion event will take place on Monday, May 2, 2016. The theme for the gala and the accompanying Costume Institute exhibition is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The exhibit will explore the differences between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. Taylor has attended the Met Gala several times, most recently in 2014. Vogue editor Anna…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tori Kelly, James Bay & Jess Glynne Added to MTV EMA Lineup

The MTV Europe Music Awards just added even more performers. Tori Kelly, James Bay and Jess Glynne are now part of this year’s lineup. All three artists are also up for the Best Push award, which recognizes up-and-coming talent. They join previously announced performers Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo and rock duo Twenty One Pilots. Ed Sheeran, who’s co-hosting the ceremony with Orange Is the New Black actress Ruby Rose, will also be taking the stage to sing with electronic group Rudimental. Presenters include Mark Ronson, Fifth Harmony and iconic ‘80s band Duran Duran. The EMAs will take place…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Weeknd, Selena Gomez & Rihanna to Perform at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Taylor Swift may have performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the past two years, but this year, she's letting a trio of other musical guests have the spotlight. The Weeknd, Selena Gomez and Rihanna -- who previously performed at the 2012 show -- will be taking the stage alongside the Victoria’s Secret Angels for the annual event, which airs December 8 on CBS. Of course, even though Taylor isn’t performing, the Swift squad will be out in full force. Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt, who co-starred with Selena in Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, will be strutting down the…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

DNCE to Release Debut EP October 23

If “Cake by the Ocean” left you wanting more, here’s the icing on top. Joe Jonas’ new band, DNCE, will release their first EP, called SWAAY, on October 23. The band appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday to announce the news, and also revealed they’ll be returning to the show for a special performance on their EP release day. Not only that, DNCE also teased their forthcoming music video for “Cake by the Ocean,” which will make its Vevo debut this Friday. The 35-second clip features the band -- Joe, guitarist JinJoo Lee, bassist/keyboardist Cole Whittle and drummer Jack…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Shoots Down Rita Ora’s “Lady Marmalade” Remake Idea

Well, there goes that idea. Iggy Azalea has promptly shut down Rita Ora’s suggestion of a “Lady Marmalade” remake. In a recent interview with U.K.’s The Sun, Rita expressed her desire to do another version of the song with Iggy, Miley Cyrus and Charli XCX. But Iggy, who previously collaborated with Rita on “Black Widow,” says she’s not on board. “Please leave me out of the whole Lady Marmalade conversation,” she tweeted. “I have nothing to do with ritas ideas & agree it should be left alone. Thanks.” Charli, meanwhile, initially tweeted she was down with the idea, but she’s…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Recalls Inspiration for "Shake It Off": I "Kinda Stopped Caring" What People Said About Me

A new series of videos posted on GrammyPro.com is giving Taylor Swift fans a fascinating look into the creation of her world-beating album 1989.  In the latest video, Taylor explains that her #1 hit "Shake It Off" came about when she "kinda stopped caring" about the constant barrage of gossip and rumors that follow her around. "1989 was essentially a celebration. Like, I changed every part of my life. I focused every part of my life on different things than I had focused it on before. I had new adventures and everything," Taylor says.   "I kinda stopped caring," she adds.…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

First American Music Awards Nominations Announced on "Good Morning America"

Charlie Puth, along with Joe Jonas and his new band DNCE, were on hand Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America to announce the first group of nominees in six categories for this year's American Music Awards. The nominees are: FAVORITE ALBUM -- POP/ROCK Ed Sheeran, X Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour Taylor Swift, 1989 FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST-- POP/ROCK Ariana Grande Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor FAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- POP/ROCK Nick Jonas Ed Sheeran Sam Smith NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S Fetty Wap Sam Hunt Tove Lo Walk The Moon The Weeknd SONG OF THE YEAR Wiz…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Leads American Music Awards Nominees

Taylor Swift leads this year American Music Awards nominees, which were revealed Tuesday morning.  Taylor has six nominations, including Artist of the Year, and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Album of the Year. Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tie with five nominations each, while Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Walk the Moon earn three nominations each.  Here's the complete list of nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards.  Winners will be announced when Jennifer Lopez hosts the AMA ceremony, live from the Microsoft Theater Sunday, November 22 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.  For more information, check out TheAMAs.com.…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Joe Jonas & Charlie Puth to Announce American Music Awards Noms This Morning

Charlie Puth, along with Joe Jonas and his new band DNCE, will be on hand today on ABC's Good Morning America to announce the first batch of nominees for this year's American Music Awards.  That's despite the fact that Joe jokes he has a "hate/love" relationship with that particular awards show. "I think it’s a great awards show," Joe tells ABC Radio. "It’s really well-done and the stage is always, like, amazing.  And some of the most memorable performances come out of that show. So I think it’s really important and I’m looking forward to being a part of it."…

posted 2015/10/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR