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2014-12-03

Taylor Swift #1 Again with "Blank Space," Selena Gomez & Bruno Mars in Top 10

Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" is #1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100.  The song, the second official single from Taylor's 1989 album, replaced her previous #1, "Shake It Off," at the top of the chart. Taylor's pal Selena Gomez sees her new single, "The Heart Wants What It Wants," jump to #6 on the chart.  It's now tied with "Come & Get It" as Selena's highest-charting Hot 100 hit.  The song's chart performance was fueled by her emotional performance of it on the American Music Awards. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars is back in the top 10 as "Uptown…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora, Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc to Perform on TNT's "Christmas in Washington"

This year's TNT concert special Christmas in Washington will feature a diverse group of musical performers, including Rita Ora, Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc, country star Hunter Hayes and Hootie & the Blowfish singer and solo country star Darius Rucker. The annual special, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, will air Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The concert, which will be taped at the National Building Museum in Washington on December 14, will be attended by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, among other distinguished guests. 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 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Head of Taylor Swift's Record Label Confirmed as New "American Idol" Mentor

Goodbye, Randy Jackson; hello, Scott Borchetta.  As had been rumored, Borchetta, president and CEO of Taylor Swift's record label, Big Machine, has now been confirmed as American Idol's new mentor. Borchetta, famous for discovering Taylor at the age of 14, also boasts such talent as Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line on his label.  The winner of American Idol season 14 will join the Big Machine roster as well. According to Fox, the mentor role this season has been "re-imagined and stepped up" so that Borchetta could contribute starting during Hollywood Week.  In a statement, he said,…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lawrence, Pop Star? Oscar Winner Has Top 12 Hit with "The Hanging Tree"

Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful, talented and funny...and now she has a hit single.  J-Law's rendition of the haunting ballad "The Hanging Tree," from the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, has debuted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The song sold more than 200,000 downloads in its first week, according to Republic Records, which released the movie's soundtrack.  The song is available on the soundtrack, and on the score album. "The Hanging Tree" was written by Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games novels, and Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, though it's credited…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Addresses "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Controversy, Will Perform Live Tonight

Mariah Carey was scheduled to tape her appearance on NBC's holiday special Christmas in Rockefeller Center on Tuesday night, but TMZ reported that she showed up so late that the network told her "no thanks."  Now, the star is addressing that report on Twitter. Addressing the people who had gathered last night at New York's Rockefeller Center in hopes of watching her performance, Mariah tweeted, "Last night's situation was beyond my control. I apologize to all that showed up, you know that I would never want to disappoint you." She added, "You've kept me here, in your hearts, and I…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Eminem, Rick Ross & Beyonce Debut High on Billboard 200 Chart

The Billboard 200 chart saw three new top ten debuts this week: Eminem's Shady XV, Beyonce's Beyonce: More Only EP and Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire.According to the publication,  Em's compilation album opened at #3 selling 148,000 units in its first week. Rozay's latest effort secured the #7 position, moving 74,000 copies. Both totals exceeded early estimates. Shady XV is the second top 10 compilation from Shady Records;  Hood Billionaire is Ross' seventh consecutive top 10 studio album.Elsewhere, Beyonce: More Only -- a digital-only release featuring just the new bonus material that appears on the deluxe "Platinum Box" reissue of her self-titled…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Say "Cheek to Cheek" Tour Will Be "Incredible"

After recording their #1 album Cheek to Cheek together, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are hitting the road to perform songs from it. "Yeah, we're just sold out throughout the world, all of next year, in all of Europe. I'm looking forward to it," Tony said on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "I'm really excited. It's incredible," Gaga added. Lady Gaga, who traded in pop songs for jazz standards, said it was Bennett who gave her the confidence to switch genres.  "I've been singing jazz since I was a baby," she revealed. "When I was meeting Tony and spending time with…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend, Katy Perry Among "Most Shazamed" Artists of 2014

Which songs this past year did music fans absolutely have to know more about?  Just ask Shazam.  The music-tagging app has released its annual list of the most Shazamed songs and artists of 2014 and surprisingly, two artists who are pretty well known are at the top of the list. John Legend was the #1 most Shazamed artist in the U.S. for 2014, and his #1 hit "All of Me" was the most Shazamed song.  Number two on the artist list is Katy Perry, followed by Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, OneRepublic, British electronic duo Disclosure, MAGIC!, Jason Derulo, and…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Gets "Awesome" Love Advice from J-Lo

Jennifer Lopez's love life has been rocky, to say the least, with one broken engagement and three divorces.  Still, Meghan Trainor says that the American Idol judge gave her some amazing advice when it comes to romance. Meghan tells USA Today, "I [met] Jennifer Lopez after the AMAs and she was the coolest human ever. She was awesome, she was exactly what I wished she was.”  Meghan says she actually felt comfortable enough to ask the star about men, and she loved the answer she got. "I told her, ‘How do you get men to actually talk to you and…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Fancy" Is Vevo's Most-Viewed Video of 2014

All the views have been tabulated and the results are clear: Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is Vevo's most-viewed video of 2014.  Debuting back in March, the clip, inspired by the '90s movie Clueless, has racked up more than 380 million views worldwide. Number two on Vevo's "Most-Viewed" list is Meghan Trainor's clip for "All About that Bass," followed by Katy Perry's Egypt-astic extravaganza for "Dark Horse." Of Vevo's "Top 10 Most-Viewed" clips of the year, seven are by women, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Sia.  Here's the full rundown: 1. Iggy Azalea (feat. Charli XCX), "Fancy"2. Meghan Trainor,…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's "1989" Returns to #1 on "Billboard" Album Chart

The love for Taylor Swift's new album doesn't show signs of stopping.  1989 returns to the top of the Billboard album chart this week, racking up a fourth non-consecutive week at #1.  After five weeks in stores, the album has sold 2.5 million copies. Ironically, Taylor, who is not in favor of streaming music services, tops the first installment of Billboard's newly revamped album chart, which now takes into account on-demand streaming and digital track sales, in addition to regular album sales.  How does it work?  Well, now, ten digital track sales from an album is equal to one album…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Releases New Song, “All Things Go”

Nicki Minaj has released a new song called "All Things Go," from her upcoming album, The Pinkprint, which she says will be her most personal project to date. Without holding anything back, the rapper details having an abortion, accepting a marriage proposal, and losing her cousin to violence.  She even foresees taking her unborn child to preschool in seven years."I know its sudden, look at what we've become/I just want you to know that I did it all for you," she raps on the track, which was produced by Boi-1da, Vinylz, and Alen Ritter and co-written by Ester Dean. Shortly…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR