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2015-02-25

Sheeran vs. Smith: Which Taylor Swift Pal Will Win at the Brit Awards Tonight?

Wednesday night at London's O2 Arena -- or Wednesday afternoon, in the U.S. -- the stars will turn out for the Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammy Awards.  This year's big battle is between two hugely successful British singer songwriters: Sam Smith, who has five nominations, and Ed Sheeran, who has four.  Both men are also performing at the awards ceremony, as is their mutual pal Taylor Swift.  So who does she think will win?  She's hedging her bets. Asked to predict who'll come out on top, Sam or Ed, Taylor told London's Capital FM radio, "I mean,…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rixton Ready to "Get the Audience on Their Side" While Opening for Ariana Grande

Last year, Rixton broke out big with "Me and My Broken Heart" and did plenty of live dates all over the world.  But tonight, they're starting what may be their most prestigious live gig yet: opening for Ariana Grande on her hotly-anticipated Honeymoon Tour.  Their mission: having fun and winning over Ariana's fans every night. "I think it’s just about stepping up now and showing people that, you know, we are a live act and we do write and play all our own stuff," lead singer Jake Roche tells ABC News Radio. "So I think it’s just about having as…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-02-24

Taylor Swift Succeeds Katy Perry as Woman of the Year at "Elle" Style Awards

If there really is a burning rivalry between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, it just got a little more fuel.  Taylor has usurped the title of Woman of the Year from Katy at this year’s Elle Style Awards. Katy won the honor last year. Taylor arrived at the awards ceremony in London Tuesday dressed in a sexy green dress with a slick, straight hairstyle. She was presented the award by her pal Sam Smith, who was named Musician of the Year at the event. Both Taylor and Sam are set to perform at the Brit Awards on Wednesday. For months…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tove Lo Lines Up Talk Show Appearances to Promote New Single "Talking Body"

Tove Lo will be bringing her latest single, “Talking Body,” to the talk show circuit with back-to-back TV appearances next month. The Swedish singer will perform the song on The Late Show with David Letterman on March 23, followed by a performance on Good Morning America the next morning. She’ll stick around New York City for one more day to perform a special show at the Highline Ballroom on March 25. Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET. Before her New York appearances, Tove Lo will attend South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. She has…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Says She Was Joking About People Not Collaborating with Her; Releases Title Track of New Album

Kelly Clarkson would like the media to stop portraying her like some sort of music industry pariah. The singer wrote on Twitter Tuesday that she was only joking when she told BBC Radio 1 that no one wants to collaborate with her. “Ok, I was making a joke about people not singing with me!” she tweeted. “The press is really twisting this comment just FYI! No big deal. New story please.” During her interview, Kelly said, "I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no. I'm not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele’s "21" Notches Fourth Year on "Billboard" Chart, NBC Exec Explains Why She’d Be the Ultimate "Voice" Coach

No doubt about it, Adele has staying power. According to Forbes, her album 21 has officially spent four straight years on the Billboard 200 chart. People have been steadily snapping up the album, which spawned hits like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," since it came out in 2011. Of the 208 weeks the album has been on Billboard’s tally, only 24 have been outside the top 100. This week it was at number 89. So far, the Grammy award-winning album has sold more than 11 million copies in the U.S. It was certified diamond -- or ten…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Makes Himself a Target in New Promo for Comedy Central Roast

Justin Bieber’s new promo for his Comedy Central Roast makes him even more of a target than the one that saw him pelted with eggs. In the clip, the 20-year-old singer is shown getting a huge bullseye tattooed on his back by Jeffrey Ross, one of the channel's top Roastmasters. “How does it look?” he asks the tattoo artist. “It’s f**cking perfect,” the guy responds. Comedians will aim their insults at Justin when the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber airs on March 30. Kevin Hart will be hosting the special. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Releases "Towards the Sun" Single from "Home" Soundtrack

Rihanna continues to surprise fans with new music. Although we'll will have to wait until later this year for her eighth album, Rih has just released the new song "Towards the Sun," lifted from the soundtrack to DreamWorks animated movie, Home. "And you know I’ve been burned/You see me lose control/It’s not worth my soul," she sings on the pulsing track, now available via digital retailers.In Home, Rihanna voices a young girl,opposite Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who provides the voice of an alien.  The film hits theaters March 27. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Donates $50K to New York City Schools

Last year, Taylor Swift pledged to donate proceeds from her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City public schools. And now she’s delivered on that promise. According to New York political publication Capital, officials have confirmed that Taylor made a gift of $50,000 to the Department of Education. The 25-year-old singer has yet to announce the donation publicly and her reps were unavailable to comment on what percentage of the song’s proceeds were donated, or whether she plans to make further donations. While her contribution may sound like a generous sum, it’s but a drop in the bucket…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says She Posted Bikini Shot to Foil Paparazzi

Remember last month when Taylor Swift surprised everyone by posting a photo of herself wearing a bikini that exposed her belly button?  It turns out she didn't do it to shock the world: she did it to stop the paparazzi from making money off of her. Appearing on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show with host Nick Grimshaw and her BFF Ed Sheeran, Taylor explained that she and the members of the group HAIM were on vacation in Hawaii and were having a great time, in part because they weren't being stalked by photographers.  But at one point, Taylor revealed, she…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Covers Christina Aguilera on BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge"

A few seasons ago on The Voice, Ed Sheeran served as a mentor to Christina Aguilera's team.  Now he's paid tribute to Christina by covering one of her songs for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, which features top artists putting an acoustic spin on other singers' hits. After Ed's initial selection for the show was "banned," as he wrote on Twitter, he selected Christina's 2002 single, "Dirrty." It was the first single released from Christina's album Stripped, and was her bid to change her image from a bubblegum teen pop star to a more mature, edgy, sexual performer.  The song's…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

LMFAO's Redfoo Joins "Dancing with the Stars" Cast

A while back, Redfoo of "Party Rock Anthem" duo LMFAO was a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, he's a contestant on the show. Redfoo, whose birth name is Stefan Gordy, will compete on the upcoming 20th season of the hit ABC reality show; his pro partner will be Emma Slater.  LMFAO has been on hiatus since 2012.  Since then, Redfoo's released solo music and also served as a judge on The X Factor Australia. Since Redfoo is the youngest son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., it's possible we'll see him dance to some Motown classics…

posted 2015/02/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR