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fun.'s Jack Antonoff on New Solo Project, Band's Next Album and Being an "Equality Champion"

fun.'s smash album Some Nights came out in 2012, and there's no word on when we can expect the follow-up.  But that doesn't mean the band's members are just sitting around: guitarist Jack Antonoff, in particular, has been busy co-writing songs with artists like Taylor Swift, Christina Perri and Sara Bareilles, and now he's gearing up to release his first solo project. Jack's already released the first single from that project -- it's called "I Wanna Get Better."  But he didn't put it out under his own name: it, and the album, were recorded under the name Bleachers.  Why not…

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry Make Cameos in Opening Segment of MTV Movie Awards

Taylor Swift was all over TV this weekend. One night after she popped up on Saturday Night Live, she made an appearance Sunday night in the opening sketch of the MTV Movie Awards. In the taped segment, host Conan O'Brien vowed to get 50 celebrities to make cameos in the show's open. Taylor Swift was one of the stars with whom he briefly interacted. The scene featured Taylor and Conan soaking their nails. Taylor was hoping to spend as little time with Conan as possible, but he suggested that they could "maybe hang for the day." Later in the clip,…

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Takes In the Coachella Party Scene

Katy Perry hit the Coachella festival over the weekend for some fun -- but not to take selfies. People reports that on Friday, she made an appearance at a poolside party presented by Harper's Bazaar magazine. Its source says Katy "seemed really relaxed and was having a great time." However, she refused to take a selfie, and she later tweeted, "Dear festival friends remember, selfing is a disease." She did show off her new green hairstyle in a photo that also featured a People magazine reporter. The following day, she attended the Lacoste Live Pool Party, where she chatted with…

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Already Has Tattoos of Third & Fourth Album Names; Records "The Fault In Our Stars" Song

How far ahead does Ed Sheeran plan?  Not only does he have the title of his upcoming album -- X -- tattooed on his arm, but he also has tattoos of the titles of his third and fourth albums inked there as well. Showing off his many tattoos for the Hollywood Reporter, Ed says, "Those are the four albums over the next four years."  He's got a "plus" sign for the title of his first album, +; an "x" for the new album, whose title is pronounced "multiply," and then two additional tattoos, for the next two discs after that. …

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez Honored at GLAAD Media Awards

Jennifer Lopez had a good night Saturday night in Beverly Hills at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize outstanding images of the LGBT community in the media. The ABC Family series The Fosters, which counts J-Lo as an executive producer, earned the prize for outstanding drama series. In addition, the American Idol judge was this year's recipient of the Vanguard Award. The award is presented to artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Orange Is the New Black transgender actress Laverne Cox accepted…

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Coldplay Performing on "Saturday Night Live" Next Month

Coldplay will return to Saturday Night Live next month. The band will serve as the musical guest on the NBC sketch-comedy show on May 3. The host will be another Brit: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield. Incidentally, the last time Coldplay appeared on SNL, in 2011, the guest host was another star of The Amazing Spider-Man series: Garfield's real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone. The May 3 edition of SNL will mark Coldplay's fifth turn as musical guest. Coldplay's new album, Ghost Stories, debuts May 19. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Drake Visits Cancer-Stricken Teen in Houston

Drake made one of his fans very happy over the weekend, when he visited her in Houston. Fifteen-year-old high school student Kennedy Brown is battling brain cancer. Houston's ABC affiliate, KTRK-TV, reported her story last week, with her friends encouraging viewers to use the hashtag #DrakeForKen in the hope that the rapper would visit her. Drake did just that on Saturday, posting photos on his Instagram page. In one picture, he's giving Kennedy a peck on the cheek.   Kennedy's father tells KTRK that Drake called Friday night to let him know about his visit. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter Ties the Knot in Santa Barbara

Nick Carter is now a married man. The Backstreet Boys singer on Saturday tied the knot with his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, during a sunset ceremony at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California.  Carter tweeted the news: "Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!" According to People magazine, more than 100 guests attended the nuptials. Nick's younger brother, Aaron Carter, was not one of them; his rep explains to People that Aaron had already committed to perform at a Washington, D.C., event. While Aaron had planned…

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé and Jay Z Make Surprise Appearances at Coachella

Beyoncé and Jay Z added an extra dose of star power to the Coachella festival in Indio, California, on Saturday night. Beyoncé's sister, Solange, was performing in the Gobi tent, when Bey popped up on stage to dance along to "Losing You." Later that night, Beyoncé's husband made a cameo during Nas' Coachella set to collaborate on "Dead Presidents II." Puff Daddy was also a guest of Nas during his set. Pharrell Williams' performance on Saturday night was stacked with guests. No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, who welcomed a son with husband Gavin Rossdale in late February, performed her solo…

posted 2014/04/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Rihanna, Eminem, Ellie Goulding to Perform at Tonight's MTV Movie Awards; Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, Kanye Are Nominees

The focus will be on films, but there will be plenty of music as well at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, airing this Sunday night. The big draw is Eminem and Rihanna, who'll perform their #1 duet "Monster" for the first time ever on TV.  The two acts will kick off their Monster tour August 7 in Pasadena, California.  It'll also visit New Jersey and Detroit before wrapping up August 23. In addition, Ellie Goulding and Zedd will be on hand to perform songs from the soundtrack of the movie Divergent, on which they are both featured. Among the songs…

posted 2014/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Williams Recalls Writing "Happy" in New Episode of Oprah Prime

Pharrell Williams speaks candidly with Oprah Winfrey about this infectious hit “Happy” in an all-new episode of OWN's Oprah Prime, airing Sunday. In a newly released minute-long teaser, Pharrell's asked how his Oscar-nominated song came together.  "My best songs come from two different ways.  Either when I have a really good gut feeling about something.  It's written in the shower or on a plane," the hitmaker explains. After trying to write the song several times for the Despicable Me soundtrack, Pharrell reveals that "Happy" came to him while in the shower. "Some of my best verses come from there.  Right?  And…

posted 2014/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Pops Up on "Saturday Night Live" to Support Pal Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift's now a part-time New York City resident, so she didn't have to go out of her way too much to make a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singer appeared onstage during host Seth Rogen's opening monologue, along with a few other unannounced guests: Zooey Deschanel and James Franco.  Rogen angrily insisted that he didn't need his famous friends to come by and help him out, and when he asked Taylor what she was doing there, she replied, "You're getting really upset, and when a man shows emotion, I appear!" But the real reason she…

posted 2014/04/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR