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2015-01-14

Vanessa Carlton Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Vanessa Carlton is a new mom. The 34-year-old singer/songwriter's husband, John J. McCauley of the alternative band Deer Tick, posted an Instagram photo of himself on Tuesday holding the new baby, along with the caption, "Sid the Kid, whoa!!!" That same day, McCauley's record company, Partisan Records, congratulated the couple in a Twitter message that read, "There's a new mama and papa on the block! Huge congrats to John McCauley and Vanessa Carlton on their baby girl!!! Welcome to the family!" Carlton tweeted, "Thanks for all the sweet wishes on our daughter. She's the quiet observer. We are in for…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-13

Charli XCX to Perform at Pre-Super Bowl Concert Saluting the Troops

Charli XCX will be saluting the troops later this month with a special pre-Super Bowl concert in Arizona. The 22-year-old British singer will headline the VH1 + Papa John’s Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops on Friday, January 30, at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. Her performance will include her hits “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules.” Fall Out Boy will also be taking the stage. The event will be hosted by Nick Lachey and will stream live on VH1.com at 9 p.m. ET/PT, as well as on the VH1 App. Super Bowl XLIX takes place two…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Lambert Auditions for "American Idol" -- Again! -- on Thursday's Show

This Thursday on American Idol, we'll get a chance to see Adam Lambert behind the judges' table with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.  The season eight runner-up filled in for Keith Urban during auditions after Keith's father-in-law died, and he had to rush to his wife Nicole Kidman's side.  In a preview clip posted on E! Online, we see Adam giving very specific constructive criticism to a contestant.  "To hear him talk to these people while they were auditioning was really cool," notes Harry in the clip.  "He's been through the entire American Idol process. [It] gives him a…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Sends Fan a Check for $1,989 to Help Pay Student Loans

Taylor Swift continues to maintain her reputation as one of the most generous stars in the biz. The singer, who previously treated some lucky fans to “Swiftmas” gifts before the holidays last year, sent one superfan a check to help pay off her student loans. The fan, Rebekah Bortnicker, got Taylor’s attention on Tumblr after posting a video she created featuring Taylor and her celebrity besties in the intro to Friends. Taylor responded to the post with a cryptic emoji, and not long after, a FedEx package arrived for Bortnicker. The package contained a hand-written letter from Taylor, Polaroids, assorted…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Lands Indie Movie Role Opposite Paul Rudd

Selena Gomez will be co-starring with Paul Rudd in her next movie project, according to Deadline. The 22-year-old singer/actress has joined the cast of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, an indie drama being directed by Emmy winner Rob Burnett. Paul stars as Ben, the caregiver of a frustrated teen named Trevor who’s afflicted with muscular dystrophy. Selena will play Dot, a sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the two during a road trip and becomes the object of Trevor’s affection. It seems Selena and Paul are already getting to know each other. On Sunday after the Golden Globes, Selena…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Wants to "Disappear" to Work on Third Album

His hit “Uptown Funk” may be the #1 song on in the country right now, but Bruno Mars told Ellen DeGeneres that he’s ready to disappear for a while. During an appearance on her show Tuesday alongside his “Uptown Funk” collaborator Mark Ronson, Bruno said he’s preparing to take some time away from the spotlight to record his next album.  "Uptown Funk" is not Bruno's song, per se: though he co-wrote it and sings on it, it's actually the lead single from Ronson's album, Uptown Special. Bruno says of his next project, “I want to start my third record and…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Tweet Surpasses Obama as Second-Most Popular Tweet of All Time

Sorry, President Obama. A One Direction member just beat your tweet. Louis Tomlinson’s tweet about Harry Styles has officially surpassed Obama’s 2012 “four more years” victory tweet as the second-most popular tweet of all time, as measured by retweets, according to Buzzfeed writer Matt Bellassai. Tomlinson’s tweet from 2011 has more than 776,000 retweets, while Obama’s has nearly 758,000 retweets. “Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis,” the singer's tweet reads. The most popular tweet of all time is still Ellen DeGeneres’ celebrity selfie from the Oscars last year. That has been retweeted  more than 3 million times.…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Terminally Ill Fan Passes Away One Day After Visit from Eminem

Eminem literally satisfied a dying wish for a terminally ill fan, whom he visited on Sunday evening. However, although Em's visit helped raise his spirits, 17-year-old Gage Garmo passed away on Monday afternoon, according to TMZ. Garmo lost his battle to osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, just 24 hours after the rapper agreed to a low-key visit to Garmo's home in Michigan, located just 20 minutes from where the rapper lives. During their time together, Garmo and Eminem hung out and chatted for an hour. A candle light vigil was held by friends and family members at Rochester…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Full Track Listing for "Fifty Shades of Grey" Soundtrack Includes Sia and More

We were teased with tracks from The Weeknd, Beyonce and Ellie Goulding, and now we’re being treated to the full track listing from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. In addition to The Weeknd’s “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” Beyonce's "Haunted" and "Crazy in Love," and Ellie’s “Love Me Like You Do,” the album includes a brand-new recording from Sia, "Salted Wound," as well as classics from The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra, and songs by AWOLNATION and Skylar Grey. The  Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack will be available in stores and online on February 10. The movie adaptation…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson, American Authors to Perform at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Concert Series

Kelly Clarkson just released her new single, "Heartbeat Song," and revealed the title of her new album, Piece by Piece.  Now, she's announced a live concert for next month. Kelly is one of the many performers at this year's Mardi Gras concert series at the Universal Orlando theme park in Florida, which runs on select nights from February 7 to April 18.   She'll be appearing February 21; other acts in the series include American Authors and Jessie J.  Admission to the shows are free, with your admission to the theme park. Visit UniversalOrlando.com for more information. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran & More Announced as First Grammy Performers

Madonna hinted at it a few weeks ago, and now it's a reality: she'll be performing at the Grammy Awards this February.  The Queen of Pop, who appeared on the Grammys last year singing with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, isn't nominated this year, but she's a seven-time Grammy winner. In addition, Ed Sheeran, who has three nominations this year, including Album of the Year, will perform.  This isn't his first time on the Grammy stage: a previous nominee, a couple years ago, he duetted with Elton John, whose company manages his career.  Ariana Grande, who has two nominations this year,…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio Make Out at the Playboy Mansion?

Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio are generating a lot of online buzz after they were spotted partying together and reportedly kissing at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles last Saturday. The 40-year-old Wolf of Wall Street star and the 26-year-old singer were partying with fellow celebrities, including model Naomi Campbell, rapper 50 Cent, and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson. One party-goer tweeted, “Just saw Leo and Rihanna make out while ‘pour it up’ was playing," according to Us Weekly. TMZ quotes one source who claims they also saw DiCaprio and Rihanna kissing. However, another insider tells Us Weekly the makeout…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR