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2014-09-07

Train Frontman Wants to Gift His Hometown with Free Show

Train's new album Bulletproof Picasso is coming September 16, and they'll start a lengthy North American tour next year.  Frontman Pat Monahan is hoping that in 2015, the band has room in its schedule for a special free show just for his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. The Erie-Times News reports that when Train last played Erie in 2011, there was a good-sized crowd, but it wasn't sold out.  At first, Pat tells the paper, he was angry about that, but then realized that the town's economy wasn't in good shape, and not everybody could afford to pay nearly 50 bucks…

posted 2014/09/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-09-06

G.R.L. Member Simone Battle Dead at 25

Simone Battle, a member of the group G.R.L. and a former X Factor contestant, has died, her representatives told ABC News. She was 25.A statement issued by Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records reads, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time." "Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only…

posted 2014/09/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Aloe Blacc Gets Cooking in New Web Series

Aloe Blacc is one of several musical acts to be featured on Culinary Beats, a six-part web series that premieres its second season September 8 on Yahoo! Screen and on Citibank’s YouTube channel. As Billboard reports, Culinary Beats teams musicians with famous chefs.  Each 12-to-14 minute episode, filmed on location at some of the country's top restaurants, features musical performances, cooking demonstrations and a mutual discussion of creative inspirations.  Aloe's episode will find him performing and eating at Stag Dining, a pop-up eatery in L.A. Other musical acts featured this season include the band Foster the People and X Factor…

posted 2014/09/06 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-09-05

Selena Gomez Signs New Record Deal, "Greatest Hits" in the Works

While Selena Gomez has been focusing on her acting more than her music lately, the music is not falling by the wayside: Hits Daily Double reports that she's just inked a new record deal. After seven years on Hollywood Records, a division of Disney, Selena has signed to Interscope, the home of, among others, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga and Eminem, the site reports.   She still owes one more album to Hollywood, though, so a greatest-hits package is in the works for possible release later this year.  Meanwhile, the 22-year-old entertainer is ready to move onto the next…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Drake Confirmed for Usher’s Eighth Album

Usher has yet to announce the title of his upcoming album, but he has confirmed one of the project's guest features. Beyond the Nicki Minaj-assisted "She Came to Give It to You," the singer has recruited Drake to contribute to the set. Ursh confirmed their collaboration to MTV News during an interview shot at the 2014 VMAs.  "He’s extremely talented, man," the singer explains. "He’s nice." The singer added that Drizzy "really knows what he’s doing."  Usher said, "He really understands how to analyze a beat and then recognize a cadence. Because hip-hop is that way; it’s not just words…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cee Lo Green Axed From Navy Concert Lineup Following Rape Tweets

Cee Lo Green's controversial tweets about about rape have caused the singer to be dropped from Freedom LIVE, a U.S. Navy-sponsored concert taking place September 20 in Washington, D.C. Organizers for the event have confirmed that the Cee Lo's insensitive comments go against the Navy's core values. "Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values," Freedom LIVE posted on its official Facebook page. "Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Oscar Winner Helen Mirren Calls Miley a "Brilliant, Clever Girl"; Will Miley Cover a Classic Tune?

Hey, everyone who thinks that Miley Cyrus has no class: one of the classiest women in Hollywood thinks she's just awesome. Speaking to the Times of London, Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, who has twerked in public several times, says she's got nothing but love for the mistress of twerking herself.  "I did a chat show with her three or four years ago and I was so impressed with her,” Mirren says of Miley. “She’s so smart. Brilliant, clever girl. And confident. I was a huge fan immediately. I love her ‘f*** you’ attitude.”  No word on how Miley feels…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas to Release Solo Album November 11; Books Tour, TV Appearances

The Jonas Brothers officially broke up last October, and now Nick Jonas is moving on.  He'll release a self-titled solo album on November 11; the first single, "Jealous," will be available for download on Monday.  The album's available for pre-order now. Speaking about "Jealous," Nick says, "[It's] is a song anyone can relate to within any sort of relationship or friendship. I can’t wait for my fans to hear it.”  In the song, Nick sings, "No disrespect it's my right to be hellish/It's my right to be jealous/'Cause you're too sexy beautiful and everybody wants a taste/That's why/I still get…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Coaches Visit "Ellen," Newlywed Adam Levine Reveals He's Obsessed with Saying "Wife"

You wouldn't think that a ladies' man like Adam Levine would take to married life very easily, but it appears he's got no problem being tied down to his new bride, Behati Prinsloo.  In a video previewing his upcoming appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Monday, Adam reveals that he's in love with that very special word: "wife." Asked if it's exciting for him to say "my wife," Adam tells Ellen, "Yeah, I abuse that word right now a lot.  Like, I'll say it for no reason. I'll say, 'Where's my wife?' and she'll be, like, right there! Wife…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chris Brown Covers "Billboard"; Discusses Rihanna, Jail & Life Lessons

Chris Brown graces the cover of latest issue of Billboard magazine, in his first formal print interview since he was released from jail last June. The singer candidly discusses various topics, ranging from redemption to being a role model -- to whether he foresees a time where his relationship with Rihanna isn't mentioned anymore, following his 2009 assault of her. "When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case," Chris tells the publication.  "As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Marks 12th Anniversary of Winning "American Idol"

No matter how famous Kelly Clarkson gets, she'll never forget where she comes from.  The singer celebrated Throwback Thursday yesterday by posting this message on Twitter and Facebook: "12 years ago today I won the first season of American Idol. Thank you to all the fans that got me here :)."  She included a photo of herself in a confetti shower, being embraced onstage by all the other American Idol season one contestants soon after her name was called. Kelly's immediate success following her win was the proof that American Idol could actually deliver what the show's tagline promised --…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chris Brown on Billboard Cover; Discusses Rihanna, Jail & Life Lessons

Chris Brown graces the cover of latest issue of Billboard magazine, in his first formal print interview since he was released from jail last June. The singer candidly discusses various topics, ranging from redemption to being a role model -- to whether he foresees a time where his relationship with Rihanna isn't mentioned anymore, following his 2009 assault of her. "When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case," Chris tells the publication.  "As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level…

posted 2014/09/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR