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2014-12-04

Demi Lovato Joins Jessie J Onstage for "Bang Bang"

Two vocal powerhouses came together onstage Wednesday night:  Jessie J and Demi Lovato joined forces for a live version of "Bang Bang." While performing at a Christmas show in California, Jessi brought Demi onstage to sing the Ariana Grande part of the hit collabo.  Neither woman, though, attempted to do Nicki Minaj's rap on the tune. Later on Instagram, Jessie posted a photo of herself and Demi, which was captioned, in part, "been wanting to sing with you forever! Tonight was special."  She also tweeted, "WOW!!! @ddlovato is a dream to be on stage with!!! Thank you girl!!! You sang…

posted 2014/12/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha's Mother Files Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

In October, Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke, accusing him of abuse. Luke then claimed in his own suit that the singer was only attempting to extort him. Now, there's a new development: Kesha's mother is pursuing legal action against the producer, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald. ABC News Radio obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed by Pebe Sebert, who claims that "in an effort to torment and harass" her, Luke sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her daughter. Sebert states that she's been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of Luke's alleged…

posted 2014/12/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Opening Act Vance Joy Says He Was a Fan Before He Got the Gig

Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy has been gaining fans all year thanks to his catchy hit "Riptide," but what really put him front and center was the announcement that he'll be the opening act for Taylor Swift's upcoming tour in support of her smash album 1989.  While his music and her current stuff don't seem to have much in common, Vance says he was a big fan of Taylor's even before she tapped him for the gig. "I was actually, I'm a big fan of her, just because I feel like her personality...I feel like she's realized herself as a performer…

posted 2014/12/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Perform on Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special

Mariah Carey helped usher in the Christmas season Wednesday night by performing "All I Want for Christmas Is You" live on the NBC special Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Mariah was originally scheduled to tape her appearance Tuesday night, but was unable to, due to what she said was a situation "beyond my control." The special, which was hosted by Matt Lauer and other members of the Today show, also featured Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performing a duet of "Winter Wonderland."  Bennett and Gaga recently released a duet album titled Cheek to Cheek. The Christmas special also featured Sara Bareilles…

posted 2014/12/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

PSY's "Gangnam Style" Video Breaks YouTube Counter

PSY's the limit on YouTube. His ultra-popular "Gangnam Style" video essentially broke YouTube's view counter this week, now that it's been watched more than 2.153 billion times. Not to bore you with specifics, but YouTube's counter had been set up to "only" reach the number 2,147,483,647. YouTube offered a technical explanation in a statement: “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. 'Gangnam Style' has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!” The "Gangnam Style" video was…

posted 2014/12/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

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