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2015-01-07

New Sia Video for “Elastic Heart” Features a Caged Shia LaBeouf & the Return of Maddie Ziegler

How do you top a music video like “Chandelier”? Bring back pint-sized dancing sensation Maddie Ziegler and have her cage fight with Shia LaBeouf, of course. That’s the basic gist of the video for Sia’s latest single, “Elastic Heart.” Maddie, clad in a dirtied-up version of her leotard from “Chandelier,” faces off against a bearded, shirtless Shia in what looks like an oversized bird cage. The two behave like, well, caged animals. Maddie spins and gestures wildly; Shia crawls on the ground and climbs the cage. All the while Sia’s vocals soar over a Diplo beat. Maddie is small enough…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Topples Taylor with "Uptown Funk," Breaks 19-Week Female Lock on the Chart

Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" has been totally funked up.  "Uptown Funk," Bruno Mars' collaboration with super-producer Mark Ronson, has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, toppling "Blank Space" after a seven-week reign.  In doing so, Bruno and Mark now become the first male artists in 19 weeks to top the Hot 100. "Uptown Funk is # 1 in the country!!!!!!! Hooligans we did it!!!!!" Bruno tweeted, using the collective name for his fans. He added, "Thank you to all the amazing Funk and Soul bands that have come before us to pave the way for a song like this…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson to Release New Single "Heartbeat Song" on January 12

Fans already figured it out from her clues on Twitter, but now Kelly Clarkson has made it official:  her new single is called "Heartbeat Song" and it'll arrive January 12. The news was posted to her Twitter account, along with the line "Kelly Is Back" and a brief video showing a graphic of a heartbeat. The song will be the first single from Kelly's forthcoming new album, which she says will be pop, but influenced by a variety of genres.  It will also include a duet with a mystery male artist. Giving clues to the title of the song on…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Will Kick Off New Season of "VH1 Storytellers" with Live Dublin Performance

Ed Sheeran is kicking off a new season of VH1 Storytellers later this month with an intimate live performance from Dublin, Ireland. The British singer-songwriter will be performing -- and telling stories about his songs -- at the 400-seat club Whelan’s, because it’s the venue where he first saw the artist that made him want to pursue music: Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. "It's amazing to come back to perform at a place that means so much to me personally," says Ed.  "I was only about 11 or 12 years old when I saw Damien play at Whelan's, and that night…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy & Fall Out Boy to Perform, Maroon 5, Katy, Taylor & Sam Smith to Compete on Tonight's People's Choice Awards

Music will be a big part of tonight's People's Choice Awards, which air at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. Iggy Azaela and Fall Out Boy will both take the stage for performances, as will country group Lady Antebellum.  The nominees include Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande, as well as Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Charli XCX, and One Direction.  So everyone who's hot, basically. Tonight's show is co-hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney, the stars of Mom.  Ben Affleck will receive the Favorite Humanitarian award, for his work with the…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Still #1 with "1989"

Taylor Swift closed out 2014 on top of the Billboard album chart, and she's starting 2015 in the same place.  Taylor's album 1989 is spending an eighth non-consecutive week at #1 on the chart.  The disc is now her longest-running chart-topper since Fearless spent 13 weeks at #1 in 2008 and 2009. Elsewhere on the chart, the rest of the top ten includes albums by Taylor's BFF Ed Sheeran, Irish singer/songwriter Hozier, One Direction, Ariana Grande, and the soundtracks to Guardians of the Galaxy and Into the Woods.  Billboard notes that soundtracks tend to sell well in January because everyone…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Reveals Material Girl Spring Fashion Campaign, Featuring Zendaya

Madonna has unveiled the new ad campaign for Material Girl's spring collection, starring Zendaya as the brand's spokesmodel. The “Record Riot” ad campaign features the 18-year-old singer, actress and former Dancing with the Stars contestant showing off the junior line’s new Active collection, and the spring apparel and footwear collections. The snaps were taken at the Bleeker Street Music store in New York City’s West Village and mark Zendaya’s second campaign for the brand. “Zendaya personifies the Material Girl, she loves to have fun and is constantly experimenting with trends,” Madonna and her daughter Lourdes said in a statement. “Her…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellie Goulding Debuts Sexy New Song from "Fifty Shades of Grey" Soundtrack

It's not even out yet, but Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the series of erotic novels by E.L. James, is likely to be one of the steamiest movies of the year, so it deserves a sexy soundtrack.  Ellie Goulding has obliged with her contribution, "Love Me Like You Do," which is out now. The upbeat song, produced by Max Martin, was written specifically for the movie, and features Ellie summing up the point of view of the movie's young ingenue, Anastasia Steele, as she sings, "I'll let you set the pace/'Cause I'm not thinking straight/My head spinning round/I can't…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Returns for a 14th Season Tonight with "Really Good," "Really Surprising" Contestants

Is this the year that American Idol stages a big comeback?  We'll find out, starting tonight, as the 14th season of the once-legendary Fox reality competition premieres at 8 p.m. ET. Last year, viewers were positive about the show's new judging panel, featuring Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, all of whom are returning this year.  But still, USA Today reports that for season 13, ratings were down for the third year straight, and for the first time, the show was out-gunned by NBC's The Voice.  In addition, the debut album from last year's winner, Caleb Johnson, wasn't…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Phillip Phillips on Why He Won't Mentor "American Idol" Contestants: "I'd Feel Like They Were Just Going to Slap Me"

American Idol returns for a 14th season on Wednesday night with judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., and new mentor Scott Borchetta, the guy who made Taylor Swift a star.  Last year, Idol alumni also appeared on the show to work with the contestants, but season 11 winner Phillip Phillips says don't look for him to return in a mentor role: he can't, and won't, do it. "No! I don’t have good things to say about even myself, even my work," Phillip told ABC News Radio when asked if he'd like to do what Adam Lambert, Chris…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Report Says Meghan Trainor Is Not Dating Nick Jonas' Assistant

Earlier this week, E! News claimed that Meghan Trainor is seeing Nick Jonas' assistant, Cory Andersen. However, a new report claims that's not the case. An Us Weekly source says the talk that Meghan is involved with Cory is a "joke," insisting, "They are not seriously dating." The source adds that Meghan and Cory have met and "been cool with each other but that's all it is right now." E! News had cited a source who said that while the two may not necessarily be dating, "they are definitely seeing each other." The rumor was partly fueled by Cory posting…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dr. Dre Accused of "Corporate Betrayal" in Beats Lawsuit

Dr. Dre has been sued by audio cable company Monster, which claims it invented the technology behind the wildly-popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and is the victim of "corporate betrayal." The lawsuit, filed in California on Tuesday by Monster and its CEO, Noel Lee, alleges that Dre, his Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine, and their firm concealed Monster and Lee's roles in designing and engineering the headphones, and improperly took control of Beats by Dr. Dre products before selling the brand to Apple for 3.2 billion dollars last year. The complaint alleges that Dre's primary contribution to the brand…

posted 2015/01/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR