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2014-10-24

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Croon "Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS Tonight

Even if you didn't get tickets to see Lady Gaga on her current tour, you can check her out on PBS tonight.  Debuting tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett star in Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, a presentation of PBS' Great Performances series.  Taped at New York City back in July, the special finds Gaga and Bennett running through the material on their #1 standards album Cheek to Cheek.  But just because it's an album of jazz duets doesn't mean it's sedate:  Gaga runs through a variety of crazy costumes and wigs while singing with the 88-year-old…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Sells Out NYC's Madison Square Garden & the Forum in L.A.

A year ago, nobody in the U.S. knew who Sam Smith was.  Now, he's managed to sell out shows in two of the country's most prestigious venues. Sam put tickets for his U.S. tour on sale on Friday, and quickly sold out shows in New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The British vocalist is quite excited about it.    He tweeted: "MY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW JUST SOLD OUT IN 30MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," followed by, "Sold out my first ARENA in LA!!!!" A second show has been added in L.A. on January 29.  Sam's tour kicks…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay to Perform at First-Ever BBC Music Awards

Just what we need: another music awards ceremony.  The first-ever BBC Music Awards will take place December 11 in London, the BBC announced, with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Clean Bandit, and Calvin Harris among the artists scheduled to perform.  "It's an incredible lineup and we're honored to be part of it," said Coldplay's Chris Martin. Awards will be handed out in categories like Best British and Best International Artist of the Year, and the fan-voted Best Song of the Year.  The show will air live on BBC Radio 1 and 2.  So far, there are no plans to simulcast…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde -- Big Surprise -- Wins Best New Zealand Act at 2014 MTV EMAs

The 2014 MTV European Music Awards will be held on November 10, but some preliminary winners have already been announced.  Lorde is one of them. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lorde has been named Best New Zealand Act at the MTV EMAs.  She now has the opportunity to compete against artists from many different countries in the Worldwide Act category.  That winner will be announced when the show airs on MTV from Glasgow, Scotland on November 10.  Among the competition: Justin Bieber, representing Canada, and Fifth Harmony, representing the U.S. Voting for the final 10 nominees in the…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah & Nick's Kids Unaffected by Their Parents' Split, Says Nick

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage may be on the way to being over, but their split hasn't affected their twins at all, according to Nick. Appearing on Friday's Meredith Vieira Show, Nick said of twins Moroccan and Monroe -- affectionately referred to as "dem babies" -- "They're just happy. They love mommy.  They love daddy."  That's because, as Nick explained, the kids are used to one of their parents or the other being gone for long periods of time. "We have always been people who have been on the go, coming and going, their life hasn't changed one bit,"…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction, Danny DeVito Get Surreal in the Desert with "Steal My Girl" Video

One Direction's video for "Steal My Girl" has just been released, and it shows once again that the guys definitely do not take themselves too seriously. In the clip, Niall, Liam, Zayn, Harry, and Louis emerge from their trailer in the desert on the set of their video shoot, wondering where the director is.  That's when the pretentious director, played by actor/director DannyDeVito, pulls up in a car and starts talking about how he's going to help the guys take it to "the next level," declaring, "We're here in the name of art.  We're here to commit ourselves to a…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys Set Sail Today on 2014 Fan Cruise: "It's a Blast," Says Nick Carter

Every year, it seems, another act announces that it's starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it -- very successfully -- for several  years now.  This year's installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans.  According to Backstreet's Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise. "You have to engage," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don't really necessarily get. And we put on shows…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams to Perform on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special

For the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up. Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and will also reveal the nominees for the Grammys' prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations -- 82 out of a…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

PETA Upset at One Direction for Using Chimp & Other Wild Animals in "Steal My Girl" Video

One Direction's new video for "Steal My Girl" premieres Friday, but it's already causing controversy among animal rights activists.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- PETA -- is upset because the group is featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals in the clip. PETA has sent letters to One Direction and their video production company, requesting that they cut any of the scenes with the chimp, and asking them to pledge to never again work with "captive exotic animals"; the group suggests that 1D could use computer-generated animals instead. In the letters, PETA says that chimps in the…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Visits "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to Plug New Album, Perform Two Songs

Taylor Swift appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to plug her new album and perform two songs at an outdoor stage in front of nearly 15 thousand fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard outside Kimmel’s studio. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter told Kimmel she’s “more confident” about this album than she’s been about any of her previous releases. Taylor said it’s a “really nice feeling” to have but added, “it’s almost like you’re releasing this thing into the world that you spent two years with, and it’s just been mine for two years and now it’s everybody elses.”Taylor joked that it’s like…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Releases New Song Off "Reclassified"

Iggy Azalea on Thursday released one of the new songs that will be featured on Reclassified, a reissue of her debut album, The New Classic. On the track, titled "Iggy SZN," she raps, "Simmer down b***h, it’s Iggy SZN." Reclassified will include a handful of other new tunes, including a collaboration with Ellie Goulding titled "Heavy Crown." It's due out November 24. You can catch Iggy on TV this weekend when she performs on NBC's Saturday Night Live. 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 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Chris Brown Appears in Court for Progress Evaluation

Chris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report related to his probation in the Rihanna assault case. A judge increased Chris' community labor from three days to four to ensure he'll complete his requirement by the end of his probation in January, according to TMZ. Chris' therapist wrote a letter to the judge saying that Chris has been following his "medication management." 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 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR