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2014-06-04

Paramore "Shocked" by Success of Their Biggest-Ever Hit, "Ain't It Fun"

Paramore has been having a pretty good year: they scored a big hit with "Still Into You" and then singer Hayley Williams racked up another hit with "Stay the Night," her collaboration with Zedd.  But Hayley says the runaway success of the band's current single, "Ain't It Fun," has taken the entire band by surprise. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us."  In fact, "Ain't It Fun"…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Talks Music with Kids at Detroit Charter School

Madonna was in Detroit on Tuesday, chatting music with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy. The Michigan native posted photos on Instagram of her visit to the free public charter school, which opened last year. In one picture, Madonna is kneeling on a mat in front of four kids; she writes, "Discussing Michael Jackson vs. Pharrell Williams! Watch out! Detroit is coming back !!!!! #revolutionoflove." The caption of another photo reads, "Sharing stories with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy! Very impressed by [school founder] Kyle Smitley and her team doing what they can to bring education back to the…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Mariah's New Album Has Disappointing First-Week Sales

As many industry sources predicted last week, Mariah Carey's latest album did not debut with big sales. Hits Daily Double reports Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse sold only 57 thousand copies for the week ending Sunday -- good enough for a #3 chart debut, but far below Mariah's usual sales numbers. The sales total for the album will officially be announced Wednesday. Billboard previously stated that Elusive Chanteuse was on track to become Mariah's lowest sales debut for a non-holiday studio album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Her previous low mark was for 1991's Emotions, which…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Donates $50K to Philadelphia Children's Hospital

Taylor Swift has donated 50 thousand dollars to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The money will be used to create programming for cancer-stricken teens receiving treatment at the hospital's cancer center -- including a "high-tech music therapy cart" that will allow them to create and produce music. Lamia Barakat, the director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center, says in a statement, “Taylor Swift’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients.” Barakat adds, “We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Jennifer Lopez's Relationship with Casper Smart in Trouble?

Jennifer Lopez's relationship with Casper Smart has apparently seen better days. A People magazine source claims the couple is "still together, technically, but no idea for how long."   What's the issue? A few months ago, the insider says, the two "hit a rough patch," but Jennifer was making an effort to work through their problems. However, they're now facing rumors that Casper sent racy messages to another person. Another People magazine source says, "There were issues that pre-date these new reports," without elaborating. The second source adds, "She has a really busy three weeks and doesn't have time to…

posted 2014/06/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-03

ABC's "Rising Star" Promises "Instant Gratification," No Results Show

Everyone likes watching reality singing competitions, but everybody hates having to sit through an entire results show just to find out who got eliminated and who's moving on.  But ABC's new competition, Rising Star, is removing the results show from the equation, according to the four music stars who are appearing on it. In a new trailer, the show's panel of "experts," who include country star Brad Paisley, rapper/actor Ludacris and Kesha -- plus the show's host, Josh Groban -- explain how Rising Star works.  During each episode, you'll watch contestants perform live in front of a massive wall of…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Posts Prismatic Tour Preview Video for U.S. Fans; Is She Back with Old Flame?

Katy Perry's Prismatic world tour has been underway for a while now, but only overseas.  It doesn't hit North America until later this month, but Katy's getting fans hyped by releasing a new video featuring highlights of the show. "Does it look like we are having fun... cause we are," she tweeted, adding a link to the video.  "Can't wait to see you [America]." In the video, which is set to her latest single, "Birthday," you see Katy onstage performing all her hits.  You can't hear her sing, but you get a good look at all of her many costumes,…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Model Pal Says Singer Has "No Time for Boys"

Despite the attempts of gossip blogs worldwide to link Taylor Swift romantically with someone -- anyone, it often seems -- the singer isn't currently in a relationship.  And that, according to one of her BFFs, is due to a lack of time. Asked by US Weekly magazine if she'd ever played matchmaker for Taylor, her friend, Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss, said, "I've been traveling. She's been traveling. No time for boys!"  However, Karlie, who shared a California road trip with Taylor earlier this year, thinks she's a wonderful person who anyone would be lucky to hang with. "She's true…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Promises "Something Different" on New Tour Leg

Lorde announced a new U.S. tour leg this week, and she says even if you've already seen her live, you should come back and check her show out again, because it'll be all new. "For those of you who saw me first time, this is gonna be something different," she tweeted. "I can't wait to show you what I got planned." Lorde is also excited about the fact that she's teaming up with a service designed to prevent ticket scalping.  "There is a small sign up process but it's 4 u," she tweeted.  "You have to sign up to receive…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake to Perform Exclusive NYC Show on July 10

If you're a Justin Timberlake fan, there's good news and bad news.  The good news: JT is going to do an intimate show in New York City next month.  The bad news: it's only open to Citi AAdvantage MasterCard cardholders. Tickets for the July 10 show at the Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale June 11 at 12 p.m. ET via PricelessAccess.com.  You can also enter a contest to win a trip to New York to attend the concert, but again, you have to be a cardholder.  Finally, you can bid on a package that includes airfare and concert tickets, but…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5 to Release New Single, "Maps," June 16

We'll get our first taste of Maroon 5's new album, V, on June 16, when the group releases the album's first single, "Maps."  V will arrive September 2, and features production from Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Shellback, as well as the return of keyboard player Jesse Carmichael, who's been on hiatus from the group for the past few years. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be seen on the big screen on June 27 when his first movie, Begin Again, arrives in theaters.  He'll also be back on The Voice for season six this September. Follow @ABCNewsRadio…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Says Benedict Cumberbatch Pulled Out of Starring in His "Sing" Video

Ed Sheeran's video for "Sing" is pretty entertaining, since it features a hard-partying puppet version of himself, as well as a guest appearance by Pharrell Williams.  But according to Ed, the clip was originally supposed to star someone even more compelling: red-hot British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Ed tells the British paper The Telegraph that he thought that the Cumberbatch appearance was a sure thing, but it was not to be.  "He was locked on for it, I had dinner with him twice," the singer explains. "His U.K. agent said yes. Met up…

posted 2014/06/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR