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Report: One Direction Has Financial Stake in 5 Seconds of Summer

Ever wonder why One Direction tapped 5 Seconds of Summer to open for them when, at that point, they'd barely done any live performances?  Billboard might have the answer: 1D has a financial interest in 5SOS' success. According to the magazine, the five members of One Direction own a share of a London-based company called 5SOS LLP.  The registered partners listed for the company are the four members of 5 Seconds of Summer, and another entity called One Mode Productions.  The directors of One Mode are the five members of 1D, as well as two people in their management company.…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Leads Soundtrack for Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic

Without the permission of Aaliyah's family, Lifetime got creative with the soundtrack for the late singer's upcoming biopic. The network has revealed the first trailer for the widely-discussed film, in which Iggy Azalea's music can be heard. The rapper’s "Goddess," lifted from her New Classic debut, soundtracks the 30-second preview, where Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp channels the late Aaliyah by dancing and wearing her signature black shades, sports bra and baggy jeans. As previously reported, the network wasn't allowed to to license Aaliyah's catalog for the film, which is being created without the family's consent or involvement. The made-for-TV movie is being executive…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Wiz Khalifa Announces Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour

Following the conclusion of his Under the Influence of Music Tour, Wiz Khalifa will soon embark on another outing. The rapper has announced plans for a major North American headline trek this fall, dubbed the Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour. Beginning October 24 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, the rapper will travel to major U.S. cities -- including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and his hometown of Pittsburgh -- before wrapping up November 25 inside Chicago's House of Blues. Unlike his previous outing, Wiz Khalifa will answer fan questions at each of his tour stops.  To participate, submit questions…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

NBC Officially Confirms Taylor Swift as "Key Adviser" on "The Voice"

We've all known about it for weeks, but now NBC has officially confirmed that Taylor Swift will serve as "key adviser" on the new season of The Voice.  Much as Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season, Taylor will be the sole mentor for all of the artists on each of the four teams later this month. Taylor will appear on the show after the Battle Rounds, which begin October 13.  During that portion of the competition, each team has its own adviser:  Adam Levine has Stevie Nicks, Blake Shelton has Little Big Town, Pharrell has Alicia Keys, and Gwen Stefani…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jordin Sparks Says Playing a Mother in New Movie "Left Behind" Was "Definitely Intense"

Jordin Sparks hasn't been in that many films, but she's never played the same kind of character twice.  Her latest film, Left Behind, continues that trend, since she plays yet another type of character she's never tackled before: a mother.  The experience, Jordin says, was  "intense," especially because she had to play a mother whose child suddenly disappears into thin air. "They had sent it to me to read this specific part for this mother named Shasta," Jordin tells ABC News Radio. "And I was like, 'Well I'm not a mom.' And then I was like, 'Well,  it would be…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

5 Seconds of Summer Call 1D Tour "An Amazing Experience" that Helped Them "Grow as a Live Band"

5 Seconds of Summer will play their last U.S. gig opening for One Direction this weekend in Miami, Florida, and the Aussie band says it's amazing how they've grown as performers since they first hooked up with 1D and started traveling the globe as their warm-up act, graduating from arenas to the world's biggest stadiums. "We'd [only] played 20 shows until we did the One Direction tour last year," marvels guitarist Michael Clifford.  "So we sort of started to learn in arenas, and that really helped us as far as our performance-ship goes.  You know, we learned how to make…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Goes Paws Up for New Tattoo to "Honor My Fans"

Lady Gaga says she got some new ink as a tribute to all of her "Little Monsters." On her Instagram ccount Thursday evening, the Mother Monster showed off the piece: a tattoo of a female hand, fingers curled into the singer's "paws up" pose. In the posted pic, Gaga is shown topless, with her arm protecting her modesty, looking over her shoulder as she shows off the ink on the left side of her torso. On Twitter, Gaga posted, "I got this Tattoo to honor my fans, u are special, loyal & I'm humbled everyday how lucky I am to have you.…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

5 Seconds of Summer Sing Jimmy Fallon's Favorite Tweets During "Tonight Show" Appearance

5 Seconds of Summer was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, but the Aussie band also helped the late night host with one of his popular bits. The four-piece group, consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Luke Hemmings, guitarist Michael Clifford, bassist Calum Hood and drummer Ashton Irwin, joined Fallon for an installment of his weekly feature, "Hashtags." For the segment, viewers were asked ahead of time to tweet fall-themed song parodies of popular tunes with the hashtag "#FALLSONGS." The parodies included Blink-182's "All the Small Things," Jay Z's "99 Problems," Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran, Simon Cowell Discuss New One Direction Song Ed Wrote

Ed Sheeran's written a song for One Direction, titled "18."  Simon Cowell, who manages 1D, has now revealed more information about Ed's contribution. Speaking with Britain's Capital FM, Simon recalled that he requested a song for One Direction from Ed when the musician made an appearance on one of the Got Talent series Simon produces. He said Ed "came up to the dressing room and I went, ‘Where’s the One Direction song?’ And he said ‘I didn’t know you wanted a song from me’ and I went ‘yeah’.” Simon continued, “And then literally a week later he comes round to…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


T.I. Defends Iggy Azelea's Vision

T.I. has come to Iggy Azalea's defense after Rah Digga blasted Iggy last week for not being "real" or attempting to represent "Australian hip-hop culture." “I think [Iggy's] influence in music should be attributed to her work ethic, her artistic views, her impeccable ability to – she has a vision for herself and she will not compromise,” said Tip in an interview with Hard Knock TV. “I think she should be judged based on that rather than her creed, nationality, or what country she’s from. Those are stereotypes.” When asked if he'd categorize Iggy as a pop or rap act,…

posted 2014/10/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Says He Wants People to Have Sex to His Music, Reveals Male Celeb Crush

When Nick Jonas was in the Jonas Brothers, the group was supposed to be -- on the outside, anyway -- squeaky clean.  But now that he's a solo artist, Nick says he wants his music to inspire people to get down and dirty. Speaking to Flaunt magazine, Nick says the possibility of people having sex to his music is "amazing" and "great," adding, "It's two beautiful things colliding."  "I really try to be aware of the purpose of each song," he explains. "There are songs on my record that I want people to have sex to, and songs people can…

posted 2014/10/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Cat Olivia Is Now a Shoe Model; Taylor's New Perfume Launches This Month

Taylor Swift has attracted a lot of attention for transporting her kitten Olivia Benson from her apartment to her car in her arms rather than a cat carrier.  But now we know why Taylor had to take Olivia out of her apartment in the first place:  she was taking her to a modeling shoot. That's right: Taylor's kitty is now a model, starring in a photo spread for the singer's signature line of KEDS footwear.  According to MTV, Olivia is being used to illustrate a KEDS design called "Sneaky Cat," which features the face of a cat peering out from…

posted 2014/10/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR