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2014-12-19

Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay

Remember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey. The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year.  Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy to Perform on People's Choice Awards

A former People's Choice Award winner and a current nominee will both perform on the 2015 People's Choice Awards telecast, airing January 7 on CBS. Iggy Azalea, who's up for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, will take the stage, and so will Fall Out Boy, who won the award for Best Alternative Band at this year's ceremony.  Fall Out Boy is promoting their forthcoming album, American Beauty/American Psycho, which comes out January 20.  Iggy's promoting her Great Escape tour, which kicks off in April in Fresno, California. Among the other music nominees for this year's awards: Sam Smith,…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora, Christina Perri & Aloe Blacc Sing on "Christmas in Washington," Tonight on TNT

TNT's annual Christmas in Washington special is about as American a show as you can get: it's taped in our nation's capital, with President Obama and his family in attendance.  That's why Rita Ora feels so honored that she was invited to perform on this year's show, which airs Friday night. The "Black Widow" singer tells ABC News Radio, "I think I'm holding the flag for the Brits right now. I'm really honored. I feel so kind've blessed to be in a situation where I can entertain not only the president but just the people of Washington." "Christmas is my…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Amy Adams Fangirls over One Direction in New "Saturday Night Live" Promos

Amy Adams unleashes her inner One Direction fangirl in a series of new Saturday Night Live promos. The actress will be hosting the show this weekend, and the British boy band will be the musical guest. In one of the promos, Adams suppresses the urge to scream around the guys. In another, she hangs a strategically-placed mistletoe and tries to get the guys to kiss her. “You said we have to kiss you,” Harry Styles points out. To which Liam Payne adds, “Otherwise, we can’t do SNL.” The last promo features the band members holding Adams. “Should we, uh, put…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and 5 Seconds of Summer Perform on the First People Magazine Awards

The first-ever People Magazine Awards, which took a look back at the year in pop culture, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC Thursday. The evening also included performances from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5. The two-hour special was hosted by Nick Cannon, who managed to sneak in a joke about splitting with his wife Mariah Carey after six years of marriage. "I've been told that I have graced People from time to time. A little small mention here and there," the America's Got Talent host told the audience, adding, "I don't…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Says New Album Will Be "Uplifting" and "Empowering"

Kelly Clarkson hasn't released an album of all-new material, non-holiday material since 2011's Stronger, but she'll have a brand-new record coming out in 2015.  What will it sound like?  Well, she describes it as "uplifting" and "empowering" and says that, music-wise, it's got "a little bit of everything." At a Nashville press conference on Thursday to talk about the benefit concert she's holding on Saturday, Kelly was asked to describe the album, and at first, she decided to make a joke.  "It's amazing. And you're going to love it," she cracked. "You're gonna be like, 'This is right on up…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-18

Watch Maroon 5, Gwen & Pharrell, Plus 5SOS, Perform on Tonight's "People" Magazine Awards

If you're upset that The Voice is over for the season, just turn on tonight's People Magazine Awards. It'll be like it never ended. On the show, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC, you'll see Maroon 5 perform, and Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams teaming up for their collaboration "Spark the Fire," Gwen's new single.  5 Seconds of Summer, who have a new live album out, also are on the bill. Nick Cannon hosts the show, which will look back on the year in pop culture.  Other stars attending include Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling,…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry, John Legend Among the Most "SoundHound’ed" Artists of the Year

First we had the list of the most Shazamed artists of the year, based on the popular song-tagging app.  Now we've got the list of the most SoundHound’ed artists of the year, based on a similar app that identifies not only recorded songs, but songs that you sing or hum. According to SoundHound, the song most people were curious about was "All of Me" by John Legend, followed by Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," Pharrell Williams' "Happy," MAGIC!'s "Rude," "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry.  Others in the top 10: Meghan Trainor's "All About…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Minaj: "I Am the Greatest Female Rapper"

Nicki Minaj is the greatest female rapper of all time, if you ask her. “I am the greatest female rapper, and it’s humbling because the people make you that,”  Nicki explained during a recent interview for Elliott Wilson's CRWN Internet inteview series. “I wanna let the hip-hop culture know I take this serious.” She adds that she brings something to the table that no other female rapper has. "The word of the day is skill," she says. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released Monday and is projected to become her third #1 on the Billboard album chart following her  previous…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year

Chalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain's Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014. Sam's debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S. In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, "To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Becomes the Face of Roberto Cavalli

Nicki Minaj has landed a new endorsement. The rapper has become the new face of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign. In tribal-inspired images shot photographer Francesco Carrozzini, Minaj exudes the "strong sensuality" that Cavalli was seeking for his campaign. "I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," Cavalli said in a statement. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen to Return in 2015 with New Single

After ruling 2012 with "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen took some time off from music to star on Broadway in Cinderella.  But it looks like she's planning a comeback for 2015. According to her record label's promotional website, Carly Rae has a new single coming in 2015 called "I Really Like You."  It's listed alongside other new singles coming next year, from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Rixton, Selena Gomez, Madonna and Zedd, among others. Speaking to ABC News Radio earlier this year, Carly Rae talked about the new music she'd been making, saying, "I'm definitely excited to surprise…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR