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2015-01-21

New Kids on the Block: "We Were Obsessed" with Tourmates TLC

When a bunch of different acts hit the road together, they're not always friends...and sometimes, they don't even like each other's music.  But that's definitely not the case with The Main Event, this summer's tour featuring New Kids on the Block, TLC and Nelly.  In fact, both New Kids and TLC have quite the mutual admiration society going. "We were obsessed with them," the New Kids' Joey McIntyre tells ABC News Radio.  "I mean one of the amazing things about TLC is that of course girls love them, but guys love them too. When they hit the scene and exploded,…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Meghan Trainor Among Mentors for New Season of "The Voice"

The coaches on The Voice have lined up the mentors who will help their artists during the battle rounds in the upcoming season. The mentors have not been officially announced yet, but Us Weekly is reporting that Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding and Lionel Richie will appear on the eighth season of the NBC singing competition. Meghan reportedly will help Blake Shelton's team; Nick will lend his expertise to the team led by returning coach Christina Aguilera; Ellie will join Adam Levine's crew; and Lionel will serve as mentor for Pharrell Williams' artists.  Lionel was previously an advisor for…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend to Perform at Nina Simone Documentary Premiere

John Legend will pay tribute to the late singer, songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone with a performance of her tunes following the premiere of the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday, Deadline.com reports. “In the sixties, when Nina Simone had her political education, music was inextricably intertwined with the movement for civil rights,” notes the film's director, Liz Garbus, adding, “Today, John Legend is one of the few artists carrying that torch -- his passionate commitment to social justice, education and human rights is rare and inspirational." "I’m…

posted 2015/01/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-20

Weird Al Announces Dates for Mandatory World Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic is taking his special brand of musical comedy on the road. The parody singer announced dates for his 2015 Mandatory World Tour Tuesday. The tour will make stops in more than 100 cities throughout North America, Europe and Australia, and feature tunes from his number one album, Mandatory Fun, the first #1 disc of his long career. Special pre-sale tickets will be offered at WeirdAl.com starting Tuesday, January 27.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 30. The tour is set to kick off May 12 with a 5-night run at Planet…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX and Rita Ora Get Inspired by Thelma & Louise for "Doing It" Video

Charli XCX and Rita Ora get inspired by Thelma & Louise in the new music video for their single “Doing It.” The terrifically tacky vid opens with the women robbing a convenience store in British-flag ski masks, then taking off in a Barbie-pink pickup truck. The two British pop stars speed through the Wild West, sing in front of a phone booth on the side of the road, and sip on fruity drinks as they watch male strippers tackle a mechanical bull. The colorful romp concludes with Charli, clad in a sexy pink cowgirl outfit, dancing with a bunch of…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie Opens Up to "Allure" About Attending Couples Therapy

Fergie has been married to Josh Duhamel for six years, but that doesn’t mean things have come easy. As she tells Allure magazine, they have to work on it. In a cover story for the mag’s February issue, Fergie says she and Josh attend couples therapy. They’re both unashamed about seeking help. She said Josh is “not afraid” and that “he doesn’t feel like he’s not man enough” for therapy. Fergie said the couple, who are parents to 14-month-old son Axl, has found ways to work around her touring and his acting schedules. "My husband and I made a two-week…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Covers "ESPN: The Magazine", Says Super Bowl Will Make Her "Tingly Inside"

Katy Perry is performing at one of the biggest sporting events of the year, so who better to be featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s third annual Music Issue? In the issue, Katy and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt swap stories about making their dreams come true -- which, for Katy, includes her highly-anticipated Super Bowl halftime show. "Honestly? I feel like I've out-dreamt my dream," she saYS. "I don't get nervous about much, but I'll definitely be a little tingly inside that day." And while J.J. talks about the feeling he gets when fans chant his name…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gwen Stefani Performing First Solo Concert in 6 Years

Gwen Stefani is hitting the stage solo. The No Doubt singer is planning her first headlining solo concert in six years, according to The Los Angeles Times. The intimate show is set to take place February 7 at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, and is part of the singer’s recently launched partnership with MasterCard. Tickets to the concert go on sale to MasterCard cardholders Wednesday, January 21, at noon. Gwen’s as-yet-untitled album, her first solo collection since 2006’s The Sweet Escape, is expected to arrive early this year. The Voice judge also is rumored to be working on new material…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber to Be Subject of Comedy Central Roast

Justin Bieber's been providing comedians and talk show hosts with fodder for jokes for several years, but now it's going to be organized.  The Wrap reports the Bieb will be the subject of the next Comedy Central Roast. According to The Wrap, Comedy Central executive Ken Alterman said that the roast was Justin's idea, and added, "We just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened.” The roast will be taped in L.A., THOUGH No airdate has been announced. Justin has already shown he has a sense of humor about himself, starring in videos…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Reportedly Buys Mansion Close to His Parents' Home

Ed Sheeran is on the road a lot, but when he’s home, it seems he just wants to be close to his family. According to U.K. tabloid The Sun, the 23-year-old singer just bought a six-bedroom house in his home county of Suffolk, England, not far from where his parents live. “Ed has worked hard to get to where he is so he can afford to splash out on a house, and family is really important to him,” a source said. “He’s always seen Suffolk as the place he’ll set up for the rest of his life. He knows music…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Among Stars with the Most Brand Power

As you probably could have guessed from their various endorsement deals, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are among the top 20 celebrities with the most brand power. U.K marketing and advertising magazine The Drum reports that Taylor and Katy are two of the most bankable stars when it comes to attracting sponsors and advertising. If their face or name is attached to a product, consumers are more likely to purchase it. Taylor has been a CoverGirl spokesmodel and has endorsement deals with Diet Coke and Keds sneakers. Katy also had a stint as a CoverGirl, and has promoted brands like…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Records Duet with One Direction's Harry Styles

Meghan Trainor is making beautiful music with One Direction's Harry Styles, literally. Meghan told the British paperThe Sun that she and Harry have written and recorded a collaboration.  "It’s real!" she said. "It’s a duet. It’s a beautiful song we wrote together on my ukulele. We even recorded a rough demo together with our vocals together. It’s a cute acoustic love thing. It’s one of the first cool things I got to do with a pop star." The song is called "Someday Maybe." Meghan said she was impressed with Harry's songwriting talents. "He’s an incredible writer...I was worried he’d just…

posted 2015/01/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR