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Taylor Swift Uses Cat to Entice Fans to Buy Ed's Album, Ed Congratulates Pal Courteney Cox

What kind of Internet content do people seem to love the most? That's right, cat photos.  Taylor Swift evidently knows this, because she's using one to entice people to purchase her friend Ed Sheeran's new album. Taylor previously posted a link to Ed's album on iTunes and invited her fans to buy it by reminding them how he "played his heart out" for them when he opened for her on her tour.  Her latest attempt to increase Ed's sales numbers are Twitter and Instagram posts captioned, "If you're on the fence about buying Ed Sheeran's new album, X, allow me…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Fails to Make "Forbes'" Celebrity 100 List of Most Powerful Entertainers

Madonna is one of the biggest stars in the world...but not according to Forbes, evidently. The publication is teasing its annual Celebrity 100 list -- a rundown of the most powerful people in entertainment -- by trumpeting the fact that the Queen of Pop isn't included this year. While Madonna is still the Queen of Pop, and ranked fifth on last year's list, she's fallen off this year's list for one reason: money.  Last year, during the eligibility period for the list, she raked in $125 million thanks to her MDNA tour.  But since that ended, her earnings have plunged,…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Calls Americans "Weird," Says Half-Nude Pop Stars Aren't a Bad Influence

Lorde is one of the few female pop stars who doesn't strut around in scanty clothing, but that doesn't mean she has a problem with others doing it. In fact, she thinks parents should chill out and stop stressing that stars like Miley Cyrus are setting a bad example for their daughters. Speaking to the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine, Lorde says, "People should stop worrying about their daughters. I don’t see a female without clothing as a terrible influence. There are worse things: Shooting people. Glorifying violence.”  In fact, Lorde cites one frequently-unclothed star as an example of empowerment.…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine's "Begin Again" Co-Star Could Have Been Adele

Begin Again, the movie in which Adam Levine makes his big-screen acting debut, arrives in theaters in New York and L.A. on Friday, and opens nationwide next week.  Adam's co-star in the film is Oscar nominee Keira Knightley, but the movie's director says if things had been different, there's a chance it could have been Adele. Begin Again casts Adam and Keira as Dave and Gretta, musicians and college sweethearts who move to New York after he lands a big record deal.  After Dave cheats on her and dumps her, she's crushed, until a washed-up record executive spots her singing…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, One Direction, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea & Others Get Young Hollywood Award Nominations

Some of the hottest stars on the charts right now are in their early twenties -- including Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith -- and now they're being celebrated by the 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. Variety reports those three artists have all received nominations for this year's awards, which celebrate the "accomplishments of emerging young talent throughout the entertainment industry."  They've been recognized in the category of Hottest Music Artist, and their competition includes Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato and One Direction.  Sam is also nominated in the category of Breakout Music Artist, along with fellow Brits Rixton and…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Vanessa Carlton Pregnant, New Album Pushed Back to Summer 2015

Vanessa Carlton, best known for her 2002 hit "A Thousand Miles," is expecting her first child with husband John McCauley. The pregnancy has resulted in the delay of her next album, Liberman. Vanessa posted a picture of herself with her baby bump on Facebook. She wrote, "We're expecting a baby. It’s healthy and moving around like a champ. I’m bummed to delay the album because it's so special to me and the perfect combination of England and Tennessee. When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you…in due time!" Vanessa and…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR