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2014-10-27

Sam Smith's Future Career: Barista Florist?

Sam Smith is ruling the music world right now, with sold-out shows, hit singles and awards and nominations galore. But he says in the future, he's looking forward to settling down, and even getting into the world of retail sales. Speaking to Teen Vogue magazine, Sam, who has said he's never been in a "real relationship," reveals, "The idea of having a house, a kid, a husband, and a dog...I love that."  But he adds, surprisingly, "I also really want to open a coffee and flower shop one day, probably in Italy." Sam struggled for years to make it and…

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

Imagine Dragons Release New Single, "I Bet My Life"

It's time for a new Imagine Dragons song. The Las Vegas quartet has released "I Bet My Life," the first single from their upcoming second album, which is due out in 2015. Fans will be pleased to know the band hasn't lost its penchant for writing big, sweeping choruses. "This song is about the relationship I've had with my parents throughout the years," says frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement. "At times it's been strained and difficult, but in the end, 'I Bet My Life' celebrates the bond that we still hold on to."     "I Bet My Life" is streaming…

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

Taylor Swift to Return to Times Square for "Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015"

Taylor Swift rang in 2013 by performing live in New York City's Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  This December, she'll be making a repeat trip to the Crossroads of the World. Taylor will perform live on ABC in Times Square December 31 as part of New Year's Rockin' Eve. She'll be just one of many performers that night, both in Times Square and on the West Coast. Once again, Ryan Seacrest will host the show, and lead the traditional countdown to midnight. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Taylor's…

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

Beyoncé Partners with TopShop for New Active Wear Line

Beyoncé is taking her fashion sense to the street.  She’s partnered with British-based retailer TopShop to launch her own line of active wear that’ll be sold internationally. Described as a 50/50 joint venture, officially dubbed Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd. -- Parkwood is Beyonce’s production and management company -- the brand will include clothing, footwear and accessories to encompass dance, fitness and sports. “I could not think of a better partner as I continue to grow the Parkwood business,” Beyoncé says in a statement announcing the partnership.  “I have always loved TopShop for their fashion credentials and forward thinking.  Working with…

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

Taylor Swift's Requirements for First Official Pop Album 1989: "Energy," "Electricity" & "Sharpness"

Unless you've been in a cave for the past six months or so, you know that Taylor Swift's new album 1989 officially arrives on Monday.  She's said numerous times that the disc -- titled after the year of her birth -- was inspired by late-'80s pop music, but Taylor reveals that she didn't set out to make a record like that: it just kinda ended up that way. "The 1989 album title hit me actually, the night of the Grammys this year," she explains. "I went home and ate a bunch of In-N-Out Burger and sat around with my backup…

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

Sia Thrilled with Jim Carrey's "Saturday Night Live" "Chandelier" Dance Performance

One of the highlights of Saturday Night Live last weekend was a skit in which host Jim Carrey tries to win a Halloween costume competition by dressing up, and then dancing like, the little girl in Sia's famous video for "Chandelier."  One viewer in particular enjoyed the skit: Sia herself. The notoriously-private Australian singer jumped on Twitter Saturday and Sunday to comment about how happy she was with the skit, which featured Carrey and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon both dressed as little Maddie Ziegler, who wears a nude-colored leotard and a blonde bob wig in the "Chandelier" video while…

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

Kelly Clarkson & Taylor Swift Gush on Twitter After Kelly Covers "Shake It Off"

Earlier this month, Kelly Clarkson covered Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" during a North Carolina concert performance.  At her concert in Buffalo, NY over the weekend, she threw in another cover: Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" -- and Taylor was quite appreciative. During the concert, Kelly told the audience, "This is a church song. This is a soulful song. This is one of my favorite songs out right now."  As the audience cheered, she laughed, "You think you know it, but you don't -- it's not Sam Smith!"  She then launched into "Shake It Off," but turned the first verse…

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

2014-10-26

Adele Sends Lady Gaga Flowers in Lieu of Attending UK Shows; Full Gaga & Bennett Tour Coming?

Lady Gaga's on tour in the U.K. right now, performing in support of her album ARTPOP, and one famous British fan regretted missing her concerts so much that she's sent Gaga a special gift. Gaga posted on Instagram a photo of a bouquet of white roses, along with a message card that reads, "Love you mermaid, sorry I can't make any of the shows." It's signed "Adele." "What a doll," Gaga commented. " Sending me flowers, such a classy girl Adele and a phenomenal mother we'll miss laughing with you!" Meanwhile, the Gaga fan site Lady Gaga Daily is claiming…

posted 2014/10/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-25

Happy 30th Birthday, Katy Perry!

Katy Perry turns 30 Saturday, and according to reports, she'll be spending her big day with her friends and her crew in Morocco -- and possibly scarfing down a cake covered in Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip frosting.  But whether or not the singer actually feels 30 is a different matter. "I still feel 13 on the inside," Katy told People magazine back in July. "I think you see a lot of my [inner] child in the show onstage.  I tweeted the other day, 'Sometimes it's hard being a child in this adult body.'"  But Katy did say that she had…

posted 2014/10/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Copes with Jim Carrey's Hip-Hop Humor in "Saturday Night Live" Promos

Iggy Azalea is the musical guest for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jim Carrey, and she can’t hold her laughter as he assumes the identity of rapper “J. Care” in one of the show's video promos. With a chest full of gold chains, Carrey has the TV crew roaring as his gold grill drops out of his mouth while he was “dropping mad rhymes and jokes.” Azalea announces, “It’s going to be a Halloween-themed party bash,” and he tells her what is really scary is, “Trying to love me.” The Dumb and Dumber To star also has fun…

posted 2014/10/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-24

Usher on Justin Bieber: "I'm Not Happy with All the Choices [He's] Made"

Usher is usually diplomatic when it comes to his one-time protege Justin Bieber and the Biebs' recent troubles.  But in his new cover story for Billboard, the singer admits he's not that pleased with Justin's behavior lately. "Our relationship is more man-to-man now," he tells Billboard. "He's making his own decisions and it's important to show support. I can say I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I'm supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I'll punch him in the f***ing chest when I need to,…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Croon "Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS Tonight

Even if you didn't get tickets to see Lady Gaga on her current tour, you can check her out on PBS tonight.  Debuting tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett star in Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, a presentation of PBS' Great Performances series.  Taped at New York City back in July, the special finds Gaga and Bennett running through the material on their #1 standards album Cheek to Cheek.  But just because it's an album of jazz duets doesn't mean it's sedate:  Gaga runs through a variety of crazy costumes and wigs while singing with the 88-year-old…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR