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2015-03-09

Jason Derulo Returns with New Single, "Want to Want Me"

Jason Derulo's first music release following his breakup with Jordin Sparks is anything but a heartfelt plea for a reunion.  Jason's new song is called "Want to Want Me," and it's all about him getting hot and bothered over some girl and rushing over to her house, where she opens the door wearing "nothing but a smile."  It's the first track from his upcoming album, and is available to purchase now via iTunes. "Want to Want Me" and the new album is the follow-up to Jason's album Talk Dirty, which spun off a string of hits, including "The Other Side,"…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Mayer on Taylor Swift Drama: "We’re Rich People Who Get to Live Out Our Dreams. Let’s Just Stop It."

It sounds like John Mayer wants to finally put the Taylor Swift drama to rest. More than five years after the two had an alleged short-lived romance, John spoke about the “Shake It Off” singer with Ronan Farrow for an MSNBC interview. “We have to be able to talk about Taylor Swift professionally,” he said, when Ronan attempted to broach the subject. He said he thinks Taylor’s recent push against Spotify is “really cool” and he’s accepted the fact that she has more star power than he does. “Nothing bothers me anymore,” he said. “There are going to be times…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Battle Rounds Begin with Mentors Meghan Trainor, Lionel Richie, Nick Jonas & Ellie Goulding

The next phase of The Voice starts Monday night: now that the Blind Auditions are over, it's time for the Battle Rounds...and that means it's time for this season's mentors to join the coaches' teams and start working with the contestants.  This year, Ellie Goulding advises Team Adam, Nick Jonas works with Team Christina, Lionel Richie -- who worked with Team Christina in season two -- mentors Team Pharrell, and Meghan Trainor's with Team Blake.  Amazingly, it wasn't that long ago that Meghan was contemplating trying out for The Voice herself. "My publisher wanted me to do The Voice," Meghan…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith & John Legend Record "Lay Me Down" Duet for Charity

Sam Smith and John Legend have teamed up to record a duet of Sam’s song, “Lay Me Down,” for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity.  Smith and Legend recorded the single, from Sam’s debut album In the Lonely Hour, earlier this year in Los Angeles for use as the official Red Nose Day song.  The session was itself was recorded and incorporated into the song’s official video, which is streaming now on VEVO.  Sam and John will also perform “Lay Me Down” live this Friday, March 13, during the Comic Relief -- Face the Funny live BBC One telethon from…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Why Is Tom Hanks in Carly Rae Jepsen's Video? It Was His Idea

Carly Rae Jepsen's video for her comeback single "I Really Like You" appeared late Friday night, and as promised, it stars Tom Hanks, who's shown lip-syncing the song while traveling to the video set and then dancing in the streets of New York City with Carly Rae.  While you might wonder just how hard the "Call Me Maybe" singer had to beg the Oscar-winner to appear in her video, the answer is "not at all"...because it was Hanks' idea. It turns out that Hanks is friendly with Carly Rae's manager, Scooter Braun, and one night over dinner, Scooter shared with…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Does Kelly Clarkson Have Inside Information About Adele’s New Album?

Nobody knows anything for sure about what Adele's new album is going to sound like...except, perhaps, Kelly Clarkson. In a new interview, she reveals what appears to be some inside information about the British star's eagerly anticipated project. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Kelly talks about how many artists seem to be hopping from genre to genre these days, and says she plans to record a country album in the future.  In the middle of the conversation, she says, "…Even Adele I heard is doing something more country-influenced with this next record." Kelly doesn't go into detail about where…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Claims Nick Gordon Is Under Investigation for Attempted Murder

Bobby Brown's sister claims in a Facebook post that Nick Gordon is under investigation for attempted murder, after her niece and his partner, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home in late January. Leolah Brown addressed her post to Dr. Phil McGraw, who staged a supposed intervention with Gordon for an episode of his TV show airing Wednesday. Brown writes, "Nick Gordon is under investigation for the attempted murder of my niece Bobby Kristina Brown. We have strong evidence of foul play. Until this investigation is completed by law enforcement, I would ask that…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Joined Onstage by Big Sean at Detroit Concert

Ariana Grande's concert in Detroit Saturday doubled as a date night for the singer and boyfriend, Big Sean. He joined the "Love Me Harder" singer for a couple of songs, according to Billboard. Big Sean, 26, took the stage and rapped as Ariana, 21, appeared above him on a cloud-shaped platform singing "Best Mistake," from her 2014 album, My Everything. The Detroit-based rapper returned three songs later and shared the stage and a kiss with Ariana as they performed "Right There," from her 2013 album, Yours Truly, according to Billboard. "I love y'all," Big Sean told the hometown crowd at…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Air from Kanye West's Yeezus Tour for Sale on eBay?

There's plenty of Kanye West memorabilia available on eBay, but now in addition to CDs and concert t-shirts, there's air purportedly from his 2013-14 Yeezus Tour that's now available for purchase. Over a dozen clear plastic bags purportedly containing air from Kanye's concert stops have turned up on the online auction site with "Buy It Now" prices ranging from $100-$1,500. Amazingly, several of the listings even have actual bids. As of Sunday, one of the listings had a bid of $3,999.98. On Saturday, Consequence of Sound reported someone in Pennsylvania was selling a bag with a bidding price up to $60,100,…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" Marks 200th Week on the "Billboard" Album Chart

Congratulations are in order for Katy Perry: her album Teenage Dream has just passed its 200th week on the Billboard album chart. Teenage Dream was released in 2010 and debuted at #1.  It's only the 25th album to spend that many weeks on the chart since 1991, when the so-called "Soundscan Era" of collecting music sales data began.  Among the others discs that have hung around for that many weeks: Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Taylor Swift's Fearless, and Nirvana's Nevermind. Teenage Dream's sales are close to three million and it's only the second album in history to spin off…

posted 2015/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-03-08

Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Other Influential Women Sign Letter Declaring, "Poverty Is Sexist"

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have joined actresses Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron as well as a number of business leaders and activists in calling on two world leaders to help empower women and end extreme poverty. The stars signed a letter from the international campaigning and advocacy organization ONE, co-founded by U2 singer Bono, calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South Africa’s Minister of Health Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the way on the issues. Germany and South Africa are hosting summits this June that will address women's empowerment. The letter, the release of which coincided with International Women's Day…

posted 2015/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Close to Overtaking The Beatles in Overall "Billboard" Hits

It's hard to believe, but Taylor Swift is poised to overtake The Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Taylor's song "You Are in Love," from the deluxe edition of her album 1989, was just made available on iTunes for download, and thanks to its sales, the song has entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #83.  This means in her career, Taylor has now scored 68 entries on that chart.  There are only nine musical acts in history who've had more, and next on the list is The Beatles, with 71.  If Taylor keeps releasing individual tracks from 1989, it…

posted 2015/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR