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2016-03-09

Justin Timberlake Hangs with The Weeknd and Magician David Blaine

It’s not an illusion: Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd hung out with magician David Blaine this week. The unlikely trio apparently enjoyed a night out together and Justin posted a selfie on Instagram to commemorate the outing. “This dude, [David Blaine] is THE BEST IN THE BIZ,” he writes. “Me and [The Weeknd] are TRIPPIN' right now!!!! Known him since I was 19 and he still blows me away with his talent!” The Weeknd shared the same photo on his own Instagram page, captioning it, “OG’s” -- which stands for “original gangsters.” Forget David Blaine’s magic tricks. The real question…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift to Play U.S. Grand Prix in October

Taylor Swift has been tapped to deliver a special performance at this year’s U.S. Grand Prix. The Formula 1 event will take place at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas the weekend of October 21-23. Taylor will perform on track’s Super Stage on Saturday of that weekend, the day before the big auto race. “It will be a one-off show,” COTA chairman Bobby Epstein tells Forbes. “Her only show in 2016. We think we can bring in 100,000 new people and put on the biggest show.” According to Forbes, Taylor’s fee will be one of the highest…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink Seemingly Criticizes Kim Kardashian; Amber Rose Comes to Kim’s Defense

After Kim Kardashian hit back at critics of her nude photo yesterday, it seems Pink decided to share her opinion on the matter. In a Twitter post Tuesday night, the singer praised women who use their brains and not their bodies to gain success. "Shout out to all of the women, across the world, using their brains, their strength, their work ethic, their talent, their ‘magic' that they were born with, that only they possess,” she writes. “It may not ever bring you as much ‘attention' or bank notes as using your body, your sex, your t*** and a****, but…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber, WALK THE MOON, Lukas Graham, Madonna & More Releasing Special Discs for Record Store Day

Record Store Day is April 16, and while it's mostly rock acts who are prepping exclusive vinyl releases for sale that day, a few pop acts have goodies for their fans as well. Justin Bieber will be releasing a 12-inch picture disc version of his smash album Purpose.  It has the original album cover on one side and an exclusive Justin Bieber image on the back.  There will only be 7,000 copies made available. WALK THE MOON is putting out a double vinyl version of their new live album You Are Not Alone (Live at the Greek). James Bay is…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Got the Oscar, but Lady Gaga Got the Sales

Sam Smith may have won the Academy Award last month for Best Original Song, but Lady Gaga bested him where it counts: on download sales. Billboard reports that after Sam won the Oscar for "The Writing's on the Wall," sales of the James Bond theme increased 466 percent: according to Nielsen music, the song sold 22,000 downloads the week following the ceremony.  But Lady Gaga's nominated song, "'Til It Happens to You," had a much larger increase. Following Gaga's powerful performance of the song, from The Hunting Ground documentary about campus rape, sales increased from 2,000 downloads the previous week…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

DNCE's Joe Jonas Say He and Bro Nick Are "Super Supportive" of Each Other's Careers

The Jonas Brothers are no more, but Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas are still ruling the musical landscape.  After a bunch of Nick's solo hits made their way up the chart, Joe's new band DNCE is enjoying huge success with their debut single, "Cake by the Ocean."  But don't think that the two bros sit around trying to one-up each other when it comes to chart positions and download sales -- that's not the way they roll. "There’s no rivalry," Joe tells ABC Radio. "It’s super supportive and I think for both of us, we’ve spoken about this for so…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice": Christina Aguilera Duets with New Team Member

It was the fourth night of the blind auditions Tuesday night on NBC's The Voice. Once again, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams sat in their rotating chairs and listened to artists hoping for a chance at a record deal. The episode ended with Christina duetting with her latest artist on "I Put a Spell on You." Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode: Tamar Davis, 35, was a member of Girls Tyme, a group that eventually evolved into Destiny's Child. She's also traveled with Prince on tour. Christina and Blake battled for her services. Christina…

posted 2016/03/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-03-08

Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Dr. Luke "Blackmailing" Comments, Luke's Rep Cites Book by Her Label Head in Response

After telling an Australian radio show that her record label once “blackmailed” her into working with Dr. Luke, Kelly Clarkson is now clarifying her comments.   "Want to clarify that my current regime at @RCARecords is not the same one who forced me to work w/Dr. Luke," she tweeted today. "[CEO] Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!" In an interview with Australia’s KIIS 1065 this week, Kelly was asked to weigh in on Kesha’s recent legal battle with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, a man Kesha claims raped and abused her, claims he has denied. Kelly claimed the…

posted 2016/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Debuts "Team" Artwork

Iggy Azalea has released the artwork for her new single, “Team.” The cover art features a stylishly distorted image of the Aussie rapper wearing a white baseball cap and a colorful top. “Hi everyone.... #10DaysTilTEAM so i thought i should share the ArtWork with you all,” she tweeted. Iggy announced this weekend that the song would be arriving sooner than its original March 21 release date. “I have a small droplet of good news,” she tweeted. “Def Jam has decided to move my single date FORWARD (only a few days but yay) to March 18.” “Team” is the lead single…

posted 2016/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Liam Payne Seemingly Confirms New Girlfriend on Instagram

Guess this makes it official. One Direction’s Liam Payne shared an Instagram post today that seemingly confirms his relationship with X Factor U.K. judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. He posted a photo of Cheryl and wrote, “Happy [International Women's Day] to my favorite woman in the world. hope I make you as happy as u make me.” He also added a couple of kissy-face emojis for good measure. They've reportedly been dating for the last two months. Liam also posted a photo of the two of them together last week, with just a smirking emoji as the caption. Liam and Cheryl go…

posted 2016/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

expand Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Dr. Luke "Blackmailing" Comments, Luke's Rep Cites Book by Her Label Head in Response

After telling an Australian radio show that her record label once “blackmailed” her into working with Dr. Luke, Kelly Clarkson is now clarifying her comments.   "Want to clarify that my current regime at @RCARecords is not the same one who forced me to work w/Dr. Luke," she tweeted today. "[CEO] Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!" In an interview with Australia’s KIIS 1065 this week, Kelly was asked to weigh in on Kesha’s recent legal battle with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, a man Kesha claims raped and abused her, claims he has denied. Kelly claimed the…

posted 2016/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Brett Ratner Says He Didn’t Play Matchmaker for Mariah Carey and James Packer

Mariah Carey didn’t need her longtime pal, director-producer Brett Ratner, to play matchmaker for her and fiancé James Packer. Brett tells People magazine the couple’s relationship happened “organically.” "Mariah's my friend; she's always around," he explains. "James is my partner." Brett and James run RatPac Entertainment together. Brett adds, "They hung out as friends first so that was a beautiful thing and beautiful way to get together with somebody. And I'm happy to be in the middle of it!" Mariah and James, an Australian billionaire, first met in 2014 and began dating last summer. In January, James proposed with a…

posted 2016/03/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR