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2014-05-29

Sam Smith Says Debut Album Is About Guy Who Didn't Love Him Back

Sam Smith’s upcoming debut album, In the Lonely Hour, is a deeply personal one. He says it was inspired by a heartbreaking experience. The British musician explains to The Fader, "In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back." He adds, "It’s all there now, and I can move on and hopefully find a guy who can love me the way I love him." In the Lonely Hour will be released June 17. He recently announced a U.S. tour; you can check out the dates at SamSmithWorld.com.…

posted 2014/05/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Forced to Cancel Concert Dates Due to Bronchitis

Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her Wednesday night concert in Seattle, Washington, as well as an upcoming performance in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday, due to a severe case of bronchitis. On Wednesday, the 28-year-old pop diva tweeted a picture of Ursula, the Sea Witch, the character from Disney's The Little Mermaid who steals Ariel's voice. It was captioned, "I'm devastated I'm unable to perform this week. Ursula took my mermaid voice I've come down with horrible Bronchitis." Gaga followed that up a few minutes later with the message, "My deepest apologies to Seattle and Vancouver, we'll reschedule those…

posted 2014/05/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-05-28

Madonna Among List of Highest-Grossing Touring Artists Since 1990

Today's music charts may belong to younger artists, but when it comes to successful tours, it's the veteran acts that rule.  Billboard Boxscore has compiled a list of the top 25 music stars whose tours have raked in the most money since 1990, and the tally is dominated by artists over the age of 40, and many of whom are older than 50. Madonna is fourth on the list, having grossed 1.14 billion dollars from 1990 to 2014.  In that span, she’s put on 382 concerts, with nearly 9.7 million fans in attendance. Bon Jovi, Elton John and Celine Dion…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Apple to Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics

Earlier this month, there were initial reports that Apple was looking to acquire Beats Electronics and Beats Music, founded in 2008 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Now it's official.  Apple has announced that the companies are being acquired for a total of $3 billion.  The deal is expected to close by the end of September. The deal is the most expensive acquisition in Apple’s 38-year history and includes the subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, maker of Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. "We have known these guys forever," Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said in a statement.…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rixton Announces Summer Tour

Rixton will be touring the U.S. this summer in support of their debut EP, Me and My Broken Heart, which features the hit single of the same name. The British band will hit the road for the Broken Heart Tour, which begins July 30 in Boston. The tour concludes in Los Angeles on August 23. T. Mills will serve as the opening act. Rixton will release their first full-length album later this year. Here are the tour dates: 7/30 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club8/2 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza8/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Theatre of Living Arts8/6 --…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Joins The Beatles in Rare Chart Milestone

Iggy Azalea has achieved a rare milestone with her current hit, “Fancy.” The song is now #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, replacing John Legend’s “All of Me,” which was on top for three weeks. The Australian rapper is also featured on the #2-ranked song, Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” She is just the second artist to occupy the top two spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously with their first two hits on the chart. The only other act to accomplish the feat is The Beatles. Not bad. She expressed her excitement via Twitter. "Well I'm very pleased, last year seemed…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tom Ford: Rihanna's Instagram More Influential than Fashion Reviews

Rihanna has yet to reinstate her Instagram account, but she maintains her grip on the fashion world with her social media influence, according to designer Tom Ford. Ford, recent recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, says the social media influence of Rihana and other celebrities has supplanted traditional fashion reviews. "Something new is happening that I'm just clueing into now -- this probably won't go down well --but customers don't care any more about reviews or hard-copy publications," he said during an interview with Style.com. "They care what picture Rihanna just Instagrammed while she's…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jena Irene Headed to Prom with Caleb Johnson Tonight

Tonight’s a big night for American Idol runner-up Jena Irene. She will be going to her high school prom near her hometown of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her date: the contestant she lost to on last week’s American Idol finale, Caleb Johnson. Earlier in the day, Jena was in New York, where she explained to ABC News Radio why she invited Caleb to the dance. She recalls that weeks ago, as she and Caleb grew close, her mom encouraged Caleb to escort her daughter to the prom. Caleb agreed, but Jena assumed the whole thing was a joke. Then, she says,…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

OneRepublic Kicks off "Feel Good" Summer Tour Tonight; Opening Act Plans to Stalk Ryan Tedder

Riding high on the global success of their smash song "Counting Stars," OneRepublic kicks off a major summer tour tonight in their hometown of Denver, Colorado, and they're bringing along The Script and American Authors as opening acts.  OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder says he guarantees a great night out, and promises new treats for fans who've seen the band before. "It's gonna be a feel-good tour. I mean, that's the best way to put it," Ryan tells ABC News Radio. "There's not a better time. The summer, outdoors, amphitheaters. People are gonna leave the concert buzzing."  Plus, Ryan says, fans…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Caleb Johnson Says Jena Irene's Prom Will Be "Fun" and "Awkward"

Exactly one week after being crowned the new American Idol champion, Caleb Johnson is headed to the prom.  Caleb will escort runner-up Jena Irene to her high school prom not far from her hometown of Farmington Hills, Michigan, on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old North Carolina rocker insists that Jena did not invite him as a joke. He further tells ABC News Radio he’s looking forward to the event: “It's going to be a lot of fun, it's going to be awkward, it's going to be funny, we're going to have a blast.” Caleb says he’s not sure if they will…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Teaming Up with Spike Lee on Live Stream of Apollo Theater Concert

Pharrell Williams’ latest collaboration is with director Spike Lee. Lee will direct a live stream of the “Happy” singer’s concert at the Apollo Theater in New York City next Tuesday, June 3.  The stream is part of the “American Express Unstaged” live music series. In a statement, Pharrell says of Lee’s involvement, “I know with his direction, this will be a really special experience.” You can see Pharrell on the Apollo stage by logging on to AMEXUnstaged.com next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time. In the days leading up to the show, you can visit the website to watch videos…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Gets Out of Jury Duty with Doctor's Note

Madonna was expected in a New York City court on Tuesday potentially to serve jury duty, but she was a no-show.  She had a valid excuse, though. A source tells ABC News that a doctor's note was presented to the court on her behalf, indicating that she was unwell.  Madonna will be assigned a future date on which she will be scheduled to appear in court for jury duty. Madonna has a residence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In 2008, Madonna fulfilled her civic duty in a Beverly Hills court after hosting a post-Oscars party. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2014/05/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR