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Ariana Grande Is "Everything": Scores Second #1 Album in Less than a Year

Given that it features three top-10 hits, it's no wonder Ariana Grande's new album, My Everything, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  But what's more impressive is the fact Ariana can now boast that she's racked up two number-one albums in less than a year. Ariana's previous album, Yours Truly, debuted at #1 a week after it was released on September 2, 2013.  She's the first woman since Britain's Got Talent winner Susan Boyle to have her first two albums debut at #1. Ariana is now one of only three women in the SoundScan era, which dates…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift "Shakes" Out Another Week at #1

No one has managed to shake Taylor Swift off the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 yet.  Taylor's new single "Shake It Off" remains on top for a second week, and the track also tops the Digital Songs chart for a second week, with 355,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Taylor posted a screen shot of someone on her team texting her the news, and her reply, which was a string of jumbled letters.  She captioned the shot, "When you're so excited, all reason and grammar goes out the window." Elsewhere on the chart, Meghan Trainor's "All About…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jermaine Dupri Says He Wasn't Fired as Mariah Carey's Manager

Last month, Mariah Carey parted ways with her manager and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri. Now, the hitmaker is dispelling rumors that he was fired due to the disappointing sales of Mariah's latest album, Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse. In an interview with Vlad TV, JD insists it was his decision to walk away from his management role, adding that most people assumed that Mariah let him go. "People think in their minds that that’s exactly how it has to happen," Dupri said. "It just can’t possibly be that Jermaine woke up one morning and didn’t want to do it no more."…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Unions Blast NFL's "Pay-to-Play" Super Bowl Halftime Scheme

It's looking more and more like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Coldplay or whoever else the NFL wants to perform during Super Bowl halftime next year won't have to pay for the privilege of doing so. As the Wall Street Journal first reported, the NFL had approached those three acts and offered them the chance to play halftime, with the caveat that they pay the NFL some of their future earnings.  But Deadline reports that several unions have now gone on record as condemning that plan. The AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees and the American Federation of Musicians are both against the…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Say Joint Album Is "Something Special and Different"

It's boy band heaven! Nick and Knight, the joint album project from Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, just arrived in stores, and Nick says the combination of his and Jordan's musical interests makes for a unique listening experience. "We both come from different worlds when it comes to the type of music that we like," Nick tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, I like a little bit of pop, rock...but I love everything. We love everything. We're music guys, so when we put all these things in a pot and stir it…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" Is "Billboard's" Official Song of the Summer 2014

In the end, it wasn't even a contest.  "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX has handily beat all competitors to be named Billboard's official Song of the Summer 2014. Each year, Billboard tracks the most popular songs, chart-wise, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, to determine what the real Song of the Summer is.  Not only did "Fancy" top the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, it topped the publication's Song of the Summer chart for its entire 14-week run.  The last time a song dominated that chart for the entire summer was 2010, when Katy Perry's "California Gurls"…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Says After Beyonce Compliment, "I'm Done...I Don't Need to Do Anything Else"

Since his appearance on Saturday Night Live earlier this year, Sam Smith has scored a hit album and a hit single, played to sellout crowds everywhere and duetted with Mary J. Blige.  But he says now, he's achieved the ultimate accolade:  Beyonce complimented his voice. Sam tells the British paper The Mirror that when he was at the MTV VMAs last month, "Beyonce asked to meet me, so I went in and said 'Hi.' It was amazing: she took my breath away."  He adds, "She said my voice is like butter, so I am done for life now. I don’t…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna's "Run This Town" Will Soundtrack NFL's Thursday Night Football

Rihanna is going to help kick off the football season.  CBS Sports and NFL Network have announced that her guest feature on Jay Z’s Grammy Award-winning song "Run This Town" will open each game of Thursday Night Football this year. The drum-heavy song is the perfect anthem for clashing teams and essentially asks the question, who will “Run This Town”? The music will be accompanied by the narration of actor Don Cheadle.  “This open combines one of music’s biggest stars with one of the most dynamic actors in Hollywood,” said CBS Sports’ creative director Pete Radovich. “The energy that both…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine's Childhood Inspires NBC Comedy Series

Adam Levine's career as a TV producer really seems to be taking off:  he's producing a sitcom for NBC called Kids in America which is based on his pre-fame teenage years. Deadline reports that the show, produced by Adam's company, 222 Productions, is about an "unconventional family" as "seen through the eyes of a teenager with the dream of becoming a rock star." Kids In America joins two other comedy TV projects that Adam is currently producing for NBC.  One is based on his friendship with writer/producer Gene Hong, and the other is inspired by his and Hong's experiences at…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine Impersonates Frank Sinatra, Eddie Vedder and Michael Jackson During "Tonight Show" Appearance

Adam Levine's abilities as a singer include doing musical impersonations. Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 visited NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday to promote the band's new album, V. During the visit, Fallon interviewed Levine and also got the singer to play a game with him called, "Wheel of Musical Impressions," where they had to impersonate a random artist singing a popular children's song.  Levine impersonated Frank Sinatra singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder singing "Hot Cross Buns" and Michael Jackson taking on the theme from Sesame Street.During the interview segment, Levine talked…

posted 2014/09/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Colbie Caillat Teams with Guitar Center to Mentor One Lucky Winner

Hey, aspiring musicians! How'd you like to win 25 grand, get the chance to work with one of the most famous record producers ever, perform on TV and be mentored by Colbie Caillat?  All this could be yours, if you enter "Singer Songwriter 4," an annual contest sponsored by Guitar Center. Here's how it works: starting now through November 2, you can submit an original live music performance video at GuitarCenter.com/Songwriter.  Submissions will be ranked according to social media engagement, and the top 150 ranked artists will be reviewed by famed producer Don Was, who's worked with The Rolling Stones,…

posted 2014/09/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Goes EDM, Jamie Oliver Begs Ed to Let Him Cater His Wedding

Ed Sheeran's hit "Sing" is pretty danceable, but now it seems Ed's diving into the word of dance music full force.  First, he told Billboard that he had recorded a song with top deejay David Guetta.  Now, he's revealed that he's just recorded what he calls his "very first EDM song" with Martin Garrix, the producer who brought you the hit "Animals." Ed posted a photo of himself in the studio with Martin, and wrote, "Finished up my very first EDM song with Martin Garrix, brilliant experience, looking forward to you all hearing it."  It's not clear when that will…

posted 2014/09/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR