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MAGIC! Frontman Keeps Tabs on Justin Bieber: "I Look at Him Like a Little Brother"

Before MAGIC! broke through with their summer hit "Rude," their frontman, Nasri Atweh, penned hits for other artists, including Pitbull, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber.  And Nasri, who's Canadian like the Bieb, says he's been keeping tabs on the young singer via text. "I spent probably the most time with Justin out of everyone, because I did a lot of Justin's records. I look at him like a little brother," Nasri tells Rolling Stone.  "I just text him, 'Are you cool?" He's like, 'Yeah, I'm cool.'"  But that, says Nasri, is as far as his involvement in Justin's recent problems…

posted 2014/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift on Music's Future: Surprises Are In, Autographs Are Out

Many pundits have written about how the music industry is in dire straits, as album sales continue to shrink and artists who regularly hit #1 can barely manage a top 10 debut these days.  But one person who's optimistic about the music industry -- and the future of the album as an art form -- is Taylor Swift.  In fact, she's even written an op-ed on the topic for the Wall Street Journal. "I’d like to point out that people [are] still buying albums, but now they’re buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that…

posted 2014/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Beyonce's Father Hit with Another Paternity Suit

Beyonce's 63-year-old father, Mathew Knowles, has reportedly been slapped with yet another paternity suit. BuzzFeed reports a woman named Taqoya Branscomb filed court documents in Harris County, Texas, on May 30, claiming that Bey's dad got her pregnant in 2010 and is the father of a female child born that year.  Branscomb, 30, is asking a court to order a DNA test, and is also seeking child support and legal fees. Branscomb is a former lingerie model turned real estate agent, according to TMZ. Mathew Knowles admitted in 2010 that he had a son with Alexsandra Wright. That was the…

posted 2014/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Lorde Goes to the Zoo

Just because Lorde is an internationally famous pop star doesn't mean she doesn't like to do touristy stuff.  While on the road in Australia, she spent some of her downtime communing with the animals at a local zoo in Adelaide. A message on the zoo's Facebook page posted on Monday reads, "New Zealand musical sensation Lorde visited Adelaide Zoo today ahead of her Adelaide concert. Lorde enjoyed a special tour around the zoo and met some of our weird and wonderful residents."  The zoo has posted several photos of the singer visiting with a sea lion, a huge black cockatoo…

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

Aloe Blacc to Re-Release Album with Extra Tracks

Aloe Blacc is going to get some extra mileage out of his current album, Lift Your Spirit.  He tellsBillboard that he'll be releasing a repackaged version of the disc sometime later this summer or perhaps early fall. Turns out that the "Wake Me Up" singer recorded about 40 songs for the project, so different versions of the album had different track listings depending on the country.  "We're going to get them all together and release all of the songs from across the world, so that everybody gets every song and no territory is complaining about not having any particular song,"…

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

Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen Duet at Manager Scooter Braun's Wedding

When they toured together, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen sang a duet every night, but it wasn't Carly's #1 hit "Call Me Maybe";  it was another tune.  However, the two Canadian singers did team up for a "Call Me Maybe" duet over the weekend: at the wedding of their manager, Scooter Braun. As E! Online reports, Braun married Yael Cohen, a cancer activist, in British Columbia.  On Monday, Justin posted an Instagram photo of himself posing with Yael, captioned, "Congrats Yael ;) u looked like a princess last night. And damn I can't believe Scooter found someone that puts…

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

Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" Special Is a Ratings Bust

It was announced pretty much last minute, and it aired on a holiday weekend, but still: the ratings for Miley Cyrus' Sunday night NBC special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour were not impressive. Entertainment Weekly reports that only two million viewers caught the special, which documented one of Miley's European concerts on her current tour.  The special pulled just a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, which is presumably Miley's target demographic. Miley posted a photo of a dog twerking during the performance of "Party in the U.S.A" on the special, and later was appreciative of those who did tune in, tweeting,…

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

Ariana Grande Makes History in the UK with "Problem"

Ariana Grande's hit song, "Problem," may have slipped a bit on the U.S. chart, but over in the U.K., it's made history. The British singles chart has just been revamped to include streaming as well as actual sales, and according to Britain's Official Charts Company, "Problem" is the first song ever to hit #1 on that revamped chart.  It's Ariana's first British number one as well. "Thank you so much UK, just heard the news today...love u more than words," Ariana tweeted in response.  Iggy Azalea, who's featured on the track, told the Official Charts Company, "I'm so happy. Yay!” …

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

Madonna Posts Lyrics to New Song, "Messiah"; Serves Jury Duty in NYC

Last week, Madonna posted the sheet music for a new song called "Messiah," as well as a brief video of a group of classical musicians performing a snippet of the tune.  Now, she's posted a selection of lyrics from the song. "I am the promise that you cannot keep/reep [sic] what you sow/find what you seek," go the lyrics to one verse.  "I am the sorceress down in the deep/I am the earth under your feet/I am the moon with no light of my own/You are the sun guarding the throne." The rest of the lyrics: "I heard the angels…

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

Miley Gets Tattoo of Her Dog Floyd

Miley Cyrus lost her beloved dog Floyd earlier this year, but she'll always keep his memory close to her heart -- literally. She now has a tattoo below her left armpit dedicated to Floyd, whose death she announced on April 1. She revealed the fresh ink on Instagram -- it depicts a dog with a message that reads, "With a little help from my fwends." It's a reference to the Beatles song "With a Little Help from My Friends." Late last month, Miley announced she'd added a puppy to her family, named Emu Coyne Cyrus. It appears to be named…

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

Taylor Swift Shares Photo of Herself with Emma Stone, Lena Dunham and Other Stars

Taylor Swift's holiday weekend was a star-studded affair. She took to Instagram on Sunday to post what she called a "family portrait." The photo actually features Taylor with several of her celebrity friends: singer Ingrid Michaelson, plus The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone, Girls star Lena Dunham, Sin City's Jaime King, and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr. Dunham is seen flipping the bird to the camera. Taylor has posted several other photos of her Fourth of July weekend activities. 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 2014/07/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye Goes on Rant About Fashion Industry, Reveals He Knew He’d Always Marry Kim

Kanye West, known for his long-winded rants, is at it again. This time, West interrupted his closing set at the U.K.'s Wireless Festival on July 4 with more of a rant than a rap, to a crowd that quickly went from applause to boos. Concertgoers said West freestyle ranted for more than 20 minutes on a range of topics, from alleged discrimination within the fashion industry to his marriage to Kim Kardashian. And in true Kanye style, he donned a glittery, bejeweled full-face mask during his performance at Finsbury Park in London. After finishing “Runaway, ”West, 37, paused his headlining…

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