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2014-07-01

Macklemore Wants to Save Seattle's River

Macklemore is an advocate for human rights, but he's an environmentalist as well. He's joined the fight to clean up the Duwamish River, the only river that runs through his hometown of Seattle, Washington. On his websitem Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, writes about how over the years, the river has become contaminated with toxic levels of waste, making it one of the most polluted and the most dangerous in the U.S.  He adds that the life expectancy for those who live in the neighborhood nearest the river is eight years less than that of Seattle overall, and 13 years less…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Will Meet You, Greet You and Feed You for $3,500

How much would you pay to meet Lady Gaga, and share a gourmet meal with her?  The singer is offering special "Ultimate Little Monster Experience" packages for some upcoming dates on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour, and they cost thousands of dollars. Offered in partnership with the website IfOnly.com, these VIP experiences include a backstage tour of Gaga's stage, wardrobe area and sound booth, plus a meet-and-greet with Gaga over a gourmet dinner whipped up by her favorite chef, Art Smith.  You'll also get a photo session with the star, and, of course, premium seats to her concert.  The…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Robin Thicke's #AskThicke Twitter Session Turns Nasty

Robin Thicke has an album to promote, so the decision to participate in a Twitter Q&A seemed like a good idea, right? Well, unfortunately for Thicke, the singer was subjected to unrelenting questions about his "rapey" lyrics in "Blurred Lines" and accusations of borderline harassment toward his estranged wife Paula Patton. The singer partnered with VH1 for the Twitter session, which started off with safe questions like why did he name his album after Patton. Thicke sarcastically replied, "Because 'Beatrice' didn't have the same ring to it." He also added that the project was the most emotionally challenging album he's…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga Headed to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...Sort Of

They haven't been around long enough to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are all being celebrated by the Cleveland institution. Those four artists, as well as Fall Out Boy, singer Grace Potter and rockers The Black Keys are part of a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called Right Here, Right Now, which celebrates today's popular music artists.  The exhibit features personal items and clothing from each artist, and tells the artists' stories through interactive displays that allow visitors to both see…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo to Guest Judge 200th Episode of "So You Think You Can Dance"

Jason Derulo is known as much for his dancing skills as he is for his hit singles, so it's only appropriate that he'll be a guest judge on Wednesday night's edition of So You Think You Can Dance.  Tonight's SYTYCD is a milestone: it's the show's 200th installment.  Each of the top 20 finalists will be paired with another finalist specializing in the same style, and work with famous choreographers to create a routine that showcases their genre. In addition to judging, Jason and Snoop Dogg will also perform Jason's latest hit, "Wiggle."  So You Think You Can Dance airs live…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicole Scherzinger Reveals Struggle with Bulimia in British "Cosmopolitan"

Nicole Scherzinger's been out of the spotlight in the U.S. for a bit, but in the U.K., she's been much more visible, thanks to her recently-concluded stint a judge on the British version of X Factor, and her romance with British Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.  But in the new issue of Cosmopolitan's British edition, the former Pussycat Doll opens up about her struggle with an eating disorder that she says left her "broken." In the magazine's cover story for August, Nicole, who just turned 36, reveals that in her twenties, she suffered from bulimia. "It is such a horrible…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande's "Epic Team-Up?" Nicki Minaj and Jessie J

Talk about female vocal star power: Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj have all gotten together on one song. When Ariana announced details of her new album, My Everything, she teased that a bonus track on the deluxe edition would feature an "epic team-up," and this is the single. It's called "Bang Bang," and in addition to appearing on Ariana's disc, it'll serve as the first single for Jessie's upcoming album, which is due this fall.  The single arrives July 29. Jessie's debut Who You Are, featuring the hits "Price Tag" and "Domino," was a hit.  Her second album,…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A Great Big World: Turning Japanese?

A Great Big World has been on tour in the U.S. for a while now, but they're ready to pack up and head across the pond for a series of shows overseas.  While they've done promotional stuff abroad, they've never performed there, and the duo says they're psyched, especially for one tour stop in particular. "I think both of us are most excited about Japan," A Great Big World's Chad Vaccarino tells ABC News Radio.  In fact, his bandmate Ian Axel says he's going to go that extra mile to impress the fans there. "I'm gonna learn 'Say Something' in…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine & His Girl Have a Very Bad Night in New Video for Maroon 5's "Maps"

Adam Levine may be just about to get married, but in the new video for Maroon 5's "Maps," he plays a cheating boyfriend whose behavior has deadly consequences. The clip opens with Adam in a hospital emergency room, where he runs into an operating room and sees a girl lying on a table, bloody and badly injured, while doctors work frantically to save her.  He asks, "What happened to her?" and then we flash back in time to Adam speeding to the hospital in his black Porsche.  Now, flash back again to the girl we saw on the table: she's…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, Usher, Ricky Martin Among "People's" Hottest Bachelors

Since People's reigning Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine, is getting married in the next month, the magazine has now turned its attention to the sexy single celebrities out there.  Among those who've made the magazine's new list of Hollywood's Hottest Bachelors: Usher, Sam Smith and Ricky Martin. Usher, a divorced father of two, is praised by People for his rock-hard abs and his cooking skills.  He's also given to sexy pronouncements like, "A kiss is everything. You can always tell there's something great about a person from the way they kiss...the wetter, the better." Sam, who's 22 and openly gay,…

posted 2014/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR