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2014-10-28

New David Guetta Album Includes Ryan Tedder, Sia, John Legend, The Script, Nicki Minaj, Nico & Vinz & More

David Guetta's upcoming album Listen features a slew of famous names, some of whom are re-teaming with the French deejay for a second go-round. Both Sia and Nicki Minaj -- David's collaborators on the hits "Titantium" and "Turn Me On," respectively -- return for appearances on Listen.  Nicki is featured on a track called "Hey Mama," which also includes contributions from Afrojack.  Sia sings on two tracks: "Bang My Head" and "The Whisperer."  The list of collaborators includes a bunch of other well-known acts: Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, The Script, John Legend, Emeli Sande and MAGIC!, among…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Taylor Swift Wax Figure Unveiled in Washington, D.C.; 1989 on Track for 900K Sales

Even though it often seems she is, even Taylor Swift can't be everywhere at once.  Good thing she's got two new wax figures of herself making their debuts this week at Madame Tussauds.  On Monday, a new figure of Taylor was unveiled at Madame Tussauds' Hollywood location.  On Tuesday, a completely different figure made its debut at the museum's Washington, D.C. location.  The figure shows the singer wearing high heels, a ruby-red sequined top and black shorts, and she's holding her "Taylor" acoustic/electric guitar.  Her hair is in bangs, but it's longer, not her recent, shorter 'do. Taylor's had a…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Drops New Single, Delays "The Pink Print" Until December

Nicki Minaj has good news and bad news for her adoring fans. As promised, the rapper has released her latest single, "Only," featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.  However, she has delayed the release of her upcoming album, The PinkPrint. According to Billboard, Nicki's third album will now arrive on Monday, December 15;  the set was previously slated for a November 24 release. Meanwhile, on the explicit "Only," Minaj calls out her haters and dispels rumors at the same time. "I never f**ked Wayne/I never f**ked Drake/ All my life, man, f**k's sake," she raps on the song, produced by Dr.…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Clean Bandit Reveals Who Inspired Romantic Lyrics of "Rather Be"

Clean Bandit's breakout smash "Rather Be" is a very romantic song, but the group says when they wrote it initially, they never planned for it to be a love song.  In fact, it was their co-writer -- who isn't even the band -- who turned the song into a tribute to his future wife. The members of Clean Bandit wrote the music for "Rather Be," but the lyrics were written by one member, Jack Patterson, and another guy called Jimmy Napes.  "He's a lyricist. He wrote [Disclosure's hit] 'Latch' and other songs," says Clean Bandit's Grace Chatto. "And we've kinda…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Doesn't Want to "Jinx" His Possible Grammy Nomination

Sam Smith has been racking up the awards -- and the award nominations -- in recent weeks, both in the U.S. and the U.K.  But the soulful British singer says he can't quite bring himself to think about that one award that trumps them all: the Grammy. Asked by Vibe magazine if he cares what musical category the Grammys would put him in, should he receive a nomination, Sam laughs, "Not at all!"  He then adds, "I don’t even want to think about it too much because I don’t want to jinx anything, but if that did happen, that would…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: Taylor Swift Advises Artists as Knockout Rounds Begin

Taylor Swift's whirlwind promotional blitz for her new album, 1989, brought her to The Voice on Monday night. She served as an adviser for all four teams, helping out the artists as they prepared for the latest stage in the competition, the Knockout Rounds. Taylor played an active role in rehearsals, suggesting to each contestant ways they can improve. Occasionally, she would even demonstrate by singing a few notes of the artist's song choice, as she did when Team Gwen member Bryana Salaz practiced Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack." The Voice made sure to sneak in a plug or two for…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry's Birthday Celebration Included a Trip to Paris

Katy Perry's overseas birthday celebration included her oft-rumored boyfriend, Diplo. After spending time in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Katy flew with the DJ and others by private jet to Paris on Saturday, when she officially turned 30. An insider tells E! News that the crew dined at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, adding, "They were inside for about two and a half hours. Katy looked happy but tired as she was yawning." Katy and Diplo went their separate ways the next day, with Diplo heading to South Korea for a performance. Katy's birthday festivities came amid a new…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-27

Bruno Mars to Play Rock in Rio, Red Hot Chili Peppers Benefit Event

Bruno Mars is the latest performer to be confirmed for the first Rock in Rio U.S.A. music festival, taking place this May in Las Vegas.  Bruno will join No Doubt, Taylor Swift and John Legend at the event, which will take place over two weekends: May 8-9 and May 15-16.  Bruno will perform on May 16, the same day as John Legend.  Bruno is a familiar face in Las Vegas, thanks to the mini-residency he did at that city's Cosmopolitan hotel. Before that, though, you can see Bruno perform live if you can get yourself to L.A. this weekend.  Remember…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shakira Launches Web Series Tied to New Baby Toy Line

After announcing that she was partnering with Fisher-Price for a line of baby toys, Shakira has now premiered the first in a 12-part web series tied to the new line of products. Among the topics that Shakira, who has one son and is now pregnant with her second child, discusses in the series: what it means to her to be a mother, how motherhood has changed her and the importance of talking to your baby. Shakira's line of toys can now be ordered at Amazon.com, but they won't be available until mid-November or early December. The products include a "piano…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West Turns Down $4.5 Million Vegas Deal?

Kanye West commands top dollar for his performances, but even when presented with a multi-million dollar offer, he isn't afraid to turn it down, according to a report.   TMZ says the rapper turned down a $4.5 million contract in Vegas, which would have earned him the title of highest paid Sin City performer, surpassing Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. He would have been obligated to perform three shows a week for three weeks at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, earning him $500,000 for each show. There's no word in the TMZ report about why Kanye’s turned down the…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde, Lena Dunham & Selena Gomez Gush over Taylor Swift's New Album, Join the TS "Cozy Cult"

Taylor Swift isn't the only one encouraging her fans to go out and buy her new album 1989 -- her famous friends are also beating the drum for her. First up: Lorde.  "OMG 1989 IS OUT WHAT A DAY," she tweeted. "So proud of my sista. my favourite [song] is 'Style' (and also 'Blank Space') (and also all of them)."  Lorde also posted a photo of herself and Taylor on the beach together, and added, "i first heard style driving down the pacific coast highway and it was EVERYTHING i chair-danced so hard you have no idea." Another of Taylor's…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sinead O'Connor Attacks Miley Cyrus for Dressing Like a "Stripper"

Sinead O'Connor got into a feud with Miley Cyrus last year, and it looks like the '80s star is starting up again with Miley. On her website, Sinead has posted a photo of Miley onstage with a bunch of money stuffed in her mouth, and written an essay that starts with these words: "Urgent! Does Anyone Know the Whereabouts of this Girl’s Parents?" Sinead then adds, "...Because they appear to be missing in action."  She goes on to write, "In short, no human being on earth would be photographing, filming or watching my child-like looking daughter dressed as a stripper…

posted 2014/10/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR