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2014-08-05

Lorde: I Was "Really Keen" to Curate Soundtrack to New "Hunger Games" Film

It was announced last week that Lorde will curate the soundtrack to the next film in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay -- Part 1. Initially, the plan was for her to be involved in the project on a smaller scale. Speaking to Billboard at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, where she performed Friday night, the New Zealand teen said she was initially approached by her publisher with the idea to contribute the song that would be played over the end credits in Mockingjay -- Part 1. She agreed, but then asked what the plans were for the soundtrack. Lorde recalls,…

posted 2014/08/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Judges Take In Auditions in Nashville

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban were in Nashville on Monday, presiding over auditions for American Idol’s 14th season, which will premiere on Fox early next year. Speaking with the media, J-Lo said it’s not easy to find great talent on the scale of Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson. She said Idol aims “for the best of what comes in the room and we try to make sure that it's going to be an awesome show…we always have great talent on the show, no matter what.” Jennifer noted that the panel had found a few people for the…

posted 2014/08/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Performs for Six-Year-Old Leukemia Patient at Boston Hospital

Taylor Swift delivered a performance on Sunday that will make your heart melt. Taylor performed an acoustic version of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" for six-year-old Jordan Nickerson at Boston Children's Hospital. According to Jordan’s Brave Page, a Facebook page dedicated to the boy, Jordan was recently diagnosed with leukemia. When he was younger, he was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has caused him physical and developmental disabilities, and battled a severe heart condition. In a video that’s been posted on YouTube, Taylor is seen performing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and…

posted 2014/08/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Fronts MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam Campaign

After unveiling the ad for her men’s fragrance Rogue Man, Rihanna has switched up her look for MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam campaign. The singer dons a bright green wig and lime green dress in the official ad, which she shared on Twitter. "All sales go to people affected by HIV/AIDS. Comin @ ya this September!!," she tweeted. The line is her latest collaboration with MAC Cosmetics, which aims to raise $40 million while promoting safe sex amongst young people with the campaign. Check out my new @MACcosmetics #VivaGlam ad. All sales go to people affected by HIV/AIDS. Comin @ ya…

posted 2014/08/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Has Ariana Grande Split from Boyfriend?

Ariana Grande and her boyfriend, Jai Brooks of the YouTube pranksters Janoskians, have reportedly split up for the second time. A source tells E! Online the 21-year-old "Problem" singer and the 19-year-old Australian broke up a month ago. "When her grandfather was dying, everyone was there for her. People flew to Florida to be with her, but Jai didn't," the source explains, adding, "Ariana just felt he wasn't there like he should have been." Things seemed okay between the two about a month ago, when Grande posted pictures on her Instagram account of them kissing. However, on Monday, Grande tweeted…

posted 2014/08/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-04

Ed Sheeran Releases Video for "Don't"

Ed Sheeran’s new video for his single, “Don’t,” features a dancer who slickly moves his way to the high life. The clip, which premiered Monday, begins with a shirtless man in a poor neighborhood sliding off a mattress. He puts on a shirt, and he dances and contorts his way through various houses until he finally ends up in a mansion, looking dapper in a suit. The video concludes with him lying on a tube in a pool, wearing a bathing suit, outside the mansion. The theme of the video is an interesting one, considering Ed wrote “Don’t” after a…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Visits Salem Witch Museum, Hangs Out with "Office" Star

Katy Perry made the most of her visit to the Boston area over the weekend. Katy, who performed at Boston’s TD Garden on Friday and Saturday, visited a couple of tourist attractions while in Massachusetts. She posted to Instagram a photo of herself at the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, wearing a cool pair of shades. In Cambridge, Katy posed in front of the Harvard Lampoon Building, the castle-like home of Harvard University’s satirical publication. In fact, she spent time with a Harvard Lampoon alum, The Office actor B.J. Novak. He’s featured in a photograph of Katy and her crew…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Gets Married at Her California Home

Sia capped off a big week on Saturday by marrying her fiancé. Us Weekly reports the “Chandelier” singer tied the knot with filmmaker Erik Anders Lang at her home in Palm Springs, California. Sia strongly hinted at the nuptials earlier in the day, when she tweeted, “Omg omg I'm so excited.” The couple got engaged in June. The Australian singer-songwriter achieved a personal milestone last week when “Chandelier” rose to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her first top-10 hit as the lead artist. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell, Ariana Grande to Perform at NFL's Season Opener in Seattle

Two of today’s hottest artists, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande, will help the NFL kick off the new pro football season in early September. The NFL has announced that Pharrell will perform live outside of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field prior to the season-opening game between the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 4. You’ll be able to catch Pharrell in action during NBC and the NFL Network’s pregame coverage. NBC will televise the game itself. Ariana will be in attendance to sing the national anthem just before kickoff. Since the game will be held…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Posting Cryptic Videos on Instagram; New Music on the Way?

Taylor Swift has posted the first of several cryptic posts on Instagram, and some fans are speculating it could all point to a new music from the superstar. In that first clip, Taylor's finger is repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor, but the button won't stay lit. The caption reads, "So, here's your first clue." We'll keep you posted on what becomes of Taylor's Instagram guessing game. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Passenger Says Tour Will Make Fans Feel They're "Part of Something Unique"

Passenger, the British singer/songwriter known for the smash hit "Let Her Go," just kicked off a headlining tour of North America this past weekend in support of his new album Whispers.  If you go to check out the show, though, be prepared for something intimate, because he performs solo -- no band involved. "I think actually it's quite refreshing for people," says Passenger, born Mike Rosenberg, talking about his choice to go it alone.  "And I think there's also a kind of respect thing, where it's just like, 'He's either bonkers for doing this or he's bold enough to get…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Season 7 Finalist Michael Johns Dies at Age 35

American Idol Season 7 finalist Michael Johns died Friday at the age of 35, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. Fox, Fremantlemedia North America and 19 Entertainment posted a statement on American Idol's official Facebook page Saturday that reads, "Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR