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2015-01-27

Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram Accounts Hacked

When you’re as high profile and as active on social media as Taylor Swift is, you’re bound to get hacked. That’s exactly what happened to the pop star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts on Tuesday.Hackers infiltrated her Twitter account first, sending two tweets out to her 51.4 million followers. The tweets, as seen in screencaps obtained by The Verge, asked her fans to follow @lizzard, the purported “leader” of the Lizard Squad hacker group, and @veriuser. Shortly after the tweets went out, Taylor’s Instagram account was taken over. A photo was posted urging her 20.2 million followers to follow someone with…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Wants to Start His Own Rat Pack

He may have been flanked by a group of dapper men in suits for his “Like I Can” video, but Sam Smith wants to lead his own Rat Pack for real. The 22-year-old singer told GQ he’s going through a bit of a Frank Sinatra phase at the moment, and that he’d love to start a modern-day club like the one that included Frank, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. back in the 1960s. Sam's connection to the New Jersey crooner goes way back,. “Come Fly with Me” was the song Sam sang at his first-ever singing lesson when he…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5 to Perform on "The Victoria's Secret Swim Special"

If you're still recovering from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that aired in December, prepare your heart for the sight of more scantily-clad models frolicking to the sound of chart-topping pop hits.  The Victoria's Secret Swim Special, set to air on CBS next month, will feature a performance by Maroon 5.  No big surprise, since one of the models featured on the special is Behati Prinsloo, wife of Maroon 5's Adam Levine.  The special was taped in Puerto Rico, and will show the Angels modeling their sexy swimwear as they go underwater, trek through the jungle, and talk about how…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kiesza Announces New Single, Tour Dates

This “Hideaway” singer is not about to hide away any time soon. Kiesza just announced her second single, as well as dates for her first major North American tour. The 26-year-old Canadian’s follow-up single will be “Sound of a Woman,” off her debut album of the same name. She’s hitting the road this spring with special guest Betty Who. The Sound of a Woman tour is set to kick off March 30 in Atlanta and wrap up five weeks later, on May 7 in Montreal. In addition to the tour dates, Kiesza will also be performing at some festivals. She’ll…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

MAGIC! & Kiesza Top Juno Awards Nominations

The 2015 Juno Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, and MAGIC! leads the pack.The “Rude” group from Toronto nabbed five nominations, including Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Breakthrough Group of the Year. “Hideaway” singer Kiesza, a fellow Canadian, follows close behind with four nominations, including Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  Other Canadian nominees include Avril Lavigne, Nickelback -- whose lead singer Chad Kroeger is married to Avril -- and Sarah McLachlan.  Also nominated is You + Me, the side project of Pink and singer-songwriter Dallas Green.  Pink's not Canadian, of course,…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Is Hiring

Iggy Azalea is launching her first arena tour in the spring, and she's looking for talent. “I’m in the hiring stage at the moment, if you’re looking for a job," she jokes to Billboard.  “I’m just getting into auditioning dancers, putting together the band, that sort of thing, so I’m not really in the fun stage yet of designing.” Azalea says she's looking forward to creating the show once she has found the right team. "After that, I’ll get to do the fun stuff. The costumes and set design, musical transitions and all those fun things will start to happen next month,”…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ne-Yo Talks New "Absolutely True" Album "Non-Fiction," Says Rihanna's New Song Is "Incredible"

The expression "based on a true story" truly applies to Ne-Yo's new album Non-Fiction, which is in stores today.  He says all the songs on the album were either based on things that have actually happened to him, or to his fans.  While he didn't give his fans credit for sharing their stories with him, he says he was so specific that, if he wrote about you, you'll definitely know. Ne-Yo collected information from his fans by asking them to share their stories with him via social media. "Every story is absolutely a true story," he ABC News Radio. "I…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera to Open NBA All-Star Game

Christina Aguilera has joined the entertainment lineup for this year's NBA All-Star Game, which takes place February 15 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Christina will open the show with what's described as a "New York-inspired performance."  She'll be joined by the legendary Rockettes, the dance troupe from New York's Radio City Music Hall.  The game airs live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. As previously reported, Ariana Grande will perform at halftime during the game. 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 rights reserved.

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Talks "Gay Icon" Status, Smoking Weed and Partying with Taylor Swift; Joins "Scream Queens" Cast

Now that Nick Jonas has ditched his squeaky-clean, purity-ring-wearing, tween idol identity, he’s free to speak candidly about everything from his gay fanbase to smoking weed, which he does in the new issue of Rolling Stone.  As he puts it, "My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago." The Jonas Brother-turned-solo star spoke to Rolling Stone about re-launching his career and becoming a bonafide sex symbol. Thanks to his hit song "Jealous" and his racy, ab-baring photos, Nick's sparked a successful second act for himself, and gained a lot of new fans in the process. Gay fans in…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Will Prince Make a Surprise Appearance at the Grammys?

Prince hasn't been announced as a performer at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, but he may just show up as a surprise guest, a source tells Us Weekly. The 56-year-old Purple Rain" singer “has something very, very special in the works,” according to the source. Prince popped up unannounced earlier this month at the Golden Globe Awards to present Best Original Song honors to John Legend and Common for their song “Glory,” from the film Selma. Prince released two albums in 2014, including, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with 3RDEYEGIRL. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chris Brown Delays Start of Tour

(NOTE LANGUAGE) Chris Brown was scheduled to launch his Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz and Tyga Tuesday night in Hampton, Virginia, but the singer announced Monday he's postponing the opening dates in order to complete his court-ordered community service. Brown stated in an Instagram post that the 25-date tour was being postponed for "a couple weeks." Brown wrote: "I would first like to apologize to all the fans and people who have been supporters of me and all the music over the years. The beginning of the BTS tour has been moved to later dates now. The judge…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-26

Nathan Sykes, Formerly of The Wanted, Goes Solo

Nathan Sykes, formerly of the British boy band The Wanted, is officially launching his solo career. The 21-year-old spoke about his new musical direction in an interview with U.K. fashion publication Hunger TV. “From being one fifth of a group to being a soloist, there is always the chance to surprise people as they are only now seeing 100% of me for the first time,” Nathan says.  “It’s like a second, first impression and whereas I don’t necessarily think it’s important to change people’s perceptions, I do think it’s exciting that people won’t just see me as ‘the young one…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR