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2015-02-03

Missy Elliott: "I Think It's Cool New Kids Think I'm a New Artist"

Missy Elliott's surprise appearance during Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night sparked plenty of reaction on social media -- including from some younger folks who wondered, "Who is Missy Elliott?" The rapper, who hasn't released an album in a decade, is OK with the fact that there were viewers who were unfamiliar with her music. She tweeted on Monday, "I think it's cool new kids think I'm a new artist that goes to show u that I'm still on [fire] & will rip down stages 20 yrs later." Then, channeling her inner Whitney Houston, she wrote, "I…

posted 2015/02/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dr. Dre Sells His Hollywood Hills West Home for $32 Million

Dr. Dre has sold his Hollywood Hills West home for $32 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 9,696 square-foot estate, which originally went on the market for $35 million, includes six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a guesthouse, as well as a wine cellar, swimming pool and media room. It also features some spectacular views of the city. The buyer of the property is a 36-year-old private equity firm founder who plans on demolishing the existing home in order to build a $100 million mansion, according to the newspaper. Public records show Dr. Dre, whose birth name is Andre…

posted 2015/02/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele and Phil Collins Reportedly Working Together Again on Her Album

Last year, Phil Collins said in an interview that Adele had reached out to him to work on her much-anticipated new album, but then, he claimed, she blew him off because she was too busy being a mom.  Well, it seems there's no hard feelings between the two, because "Rumor Has It" Adele and Phil are working together again. The British paper the Mirror says that Phil and Adele have resumed working on music for Adele's album.  A source tells the paper, "Adele put all her work on hold for a while, so it wasn’t anything personal. It was just…

posted 2015/02/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga on Sam Smith: "I Was Sam. I Still Am Sam in a Lot of Ways"

Sam Smith is a huge Lady Gaga fan, and credits her with being partly responsible for his success.  Now Gaga, who knows that Sam is a Little Monster, tells Rolling Stone that watching him become a star has been "one of the most powerful experiences" she's had as an artist. Sam tells Rolling Stone he once faked being sick just so he could skip school and see Gaga in concert. He got caught and spent three days in detention, but for him, it was worth it. "I'd do it again in a heartbeat,” he says. “I would go to those…

posted 2015/02/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Others Read “Mean Tweets” on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

(NOTE CONTENT, LANGUAGE) Fans of Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Josh Groban undoubtedly enjoy and respect the talents of those artists, but those feelings are apparently not shared by everyone.The music stars were among a number of artists who were featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday in a music edition of the recurring segment, Mean Tweets.In the bit, celebrities read aloud on camera actual Twitter posts that are mean-spirited, but humorous when read by the targets of the insults.Smith read a tweet that stated, “Trying to use the word ‘hate’ less often. Here goes: I thoroughly dislike Sam…

posted 2015/02/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-02-02

Alicia Keys Developing Improv TV Show

 Alicia Keys has a new project in the pipeline.   The singer is creating an original series based on an improv show called Take It Personal, a production run by comedian Cipha Sounds at the UCB Theater in New York. Although the project has yet to find a network home, the funnyman spilled details on how Alicia got involved. "We get a hip-hop celebrity to tell a story and then we create a whole show based on that story, all made up on the spot. So Swizz [Beatz] did it and he loved it," Cipha tells XXL magazine. "He said his wife would love it, because it’s theater-based and acting.…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Won't Be Performing at the Grammys, but She Will Be Dancing

Taylor Swift won’t be performing at the Grammys this year, but she'll definitely be dancing in the audience. The 25-year-old took to her Tumblr page Monday to answer fans’ Grammy-related questions. “Since my whole life is wrapped up and entangled in the planning of The 1989 World Tour right now, I’m not going to be performing on the Grammys this year,” she writes. “I need this time to focus only on the tour.” While she won’t be "shaking it off" on stage, she’ll still be participating in the awards show fun. “I’m really excited to be nominated for 3 Grammys…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Super Bowl’s Most Shazamed Song Revealed

Katy Perry played some of her biggest hits during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, but not everyone was familiar with them. According to the song identifying app Shazam, Katy’s song “Firework” was the most Shazamed moment of the game overall. Six of the top 10 Shazamed songs were from the halftime show, which featured guest performers Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. Missy’s “Lose Control” and “Get Ur Freak On” were the second and third most Shazamed moments, respectively. Katy’s “Dark Horse,” “California Gurls,” and “I Kissed a Girl” also made the list. A rendition of “This Land Is…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Shares Another Video Teaser for "FourFiveSeconds"

Rihanna has shared a brief glimpse of the the completed video for "FourFiveSeconds," her collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.   In the 15-second teaser, posted on her Instagram page, a silhouetted Rihanna wears a vintage Sean John denim jacket while belting lyrics to the acoustic song against a white backdrop. "Kanye came up with the idea of doing just some real street denim, All-American look," she explained during an on-set interview in a behind-the-scenes video posted to YouTube last week. "This is actually his jacket, that is some Sean John throwback vintage jacket, that is f***ing major." The Inez and Vinoodh-directed clip will debut in coming days. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Houston Family Says Bobbi Kristina Is "Fighting for Her Life"

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, is "fighting for her life," following her hospitalization this past weekend, according to a new statement from the Houston family. As previously reported, on Saturday, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in a home in Roswell, Georgia, by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend.  She was revived by emergency personnel and taken to a local hospital.  There have since been numerous reports that her situation is quite serious.  In a statement, her father, Bobby Brown, asked for privacy, and added, "Please allow for my family to…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift & More to Appear on "Saturday Night Live's" 40th Anniversary Special

Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift are two of the big names who'll be on hand for Saturday Night Live's upcoming 40th anniversary special, which airs Sunday, February 15 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Justin and Taylor -- who both have hosted and served as musical guests on the show in the past -- will appear live and in person, along with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, as well as Kanye West, NBC confirms.  As for the non-musical names who'll be on hand, they include cast members past and present, frequent hosts such as Alec…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lawrence Scores a Platinum Single with "The Hanging Tree"

Jennifer Lawrence made no secret of the fact she was terrified to sing onscreen, but it seems like overcoming her fear paid off. The actress’ rendition of the haunting song “The Hanging Tree,” which she sang for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack, has been certified platinum for digital sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins wrote the lyrics to the song, while the music was composed by The Lumineers of "Ho Hey" fame: Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. James Newton Howard performed the instrumentation. In the film, the song is one…

posted 2015/02/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR