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2015-02-02

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

Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour Concert Special to Air on EPIX

Fresh off her meme-worthy Super Bowl halftime performance, Katy Perry will premiere a two-hour concert special on EPIX next month. Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour will air Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.  “After over 100 shows and counting on The Prismatic World Tour, I’m thrilled to now be partnering with EPIX to share this incredible show with everyone at home in the U.S.,” Katy says in a statement. “If you thought the 12 1/2 minutes at the Super Bowl were a feast for the eyes, imagine what you’ll get in this 2-hour show!” EPIX is airing the special…

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

Harry Styles Enjoys Star-Studded 21st Birthday Bash in L.A.

One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles rang in his 21st birthday with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles Saturday night, People reports. The party took place at Lola’s Bar in Beverly Hills. Sources said Adele, Adam Levine and on-again couple Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence were among the famous faces in attendance. Harry’s new gal pal, Victoria’s Secret model Nadine Leopold, was also there, in addition to rumored old flames Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Kimberly Stewart. Harry's One Direction bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson partied with him too, according to The Sun. Zayne Malik and Niall Horan reportedly were…

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

Kelly Clarkson Reveals John Legend Duet, Track Listing & Album Cover of "Piece by Piece"

Kelly Clarkson has released the track listing and artwork for her new album, Piece by Piece.  She's also revealed the mystery duet she's been teasing is with John Legend, on a song titled "Run Run Run." Kelly had hinted that her duet was with a male artist with whom she's worked before.  Indeed, the two appeared together on the short-lived ABC singing competition series Duets, along with Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles of the country group Sugarland.  Piece by Piece is due March 3.  The album will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, February 3.  A deluxe version of the…

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

Katy Perry Could See Big Album Sales Boost After Super Bowl Performance

While Katy Perry said last week that her Super Bowl performance on Sunday was all about music, and not about selling anything, she could end up with a hefty sales increase for her album catalog nonetheless, based on past post-Super Bowl activity. Billboard took a look at the last five years of Super Bowl halftime show performers to determine how the performance affected the sales of their most recent album at the time. For the most part, sales received a post-show bump. Last year, Bruno Mars’ album sales received a huge boost after his halftime show performance. Unorthodox Jukebox jumped…

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

Why Hozier Made His Mom Paint His Face Out of His Album Cover

Hozier's self-titled debut album has risen high on the charts thanks to his Grammy-nominated hit "Take Me to Church."  But the Irish singer/songwriter says the cover of the album -- which shows him standing in a room with a landscape painted where his face should be -- would've been different...if he'd let his mom have her way. Hozier's mom, Raine Hozier-Byrne, is an artist, and he used her paintings for the cover of his first two EPs, as he told BBC Radio 1.  "I'm not gifted visually, but she has these fantastic painting that I've always loved, and [I] asked…

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Photo Proof: Katy Perry & John Mayer Hung Out Together After Super Bowl

Want proof that Katy Perry and John Mayer are back together?  Just check Missy Elliott's Instagram. The rapper, who was Katy's special guest during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, posted a photo of herself with Katy and John, captioned, "After party Super Bowl with @johnmayor [sic] and @katyperry." Neither Katy nor John have acknowledged their rekindled romance publicly. After party Super Bowl with @johnmayor @katyperry pic.twitter.com/eeg0x26ALA— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 2, 2015 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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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

Taylor Swift Taps Her Pals HAIM as 1989 Tour Opening Act

No wonder Taylor Swift's been seen hanging out with the Grammy-nominated sister group HAIM these days: they're going to open for her on her upcoming 1989 World Tour. Taylor revealed the news on Instagram and Twitter, writing, "The girls and I got to talking and I'm overjoyed to announce that @haimtheband will be joining The 1989 World Tour!! TOURING W/ SQUAD YESSSS."  She added that she'd be doing a "celebratory dance" to HAIM's song "Forever." So far, HAIM will be guests in seven cities on Taylor's tour, starting July 10 and running through September: East Rutherford, NJ; Washington, D.C.; Chicago,…

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

Bobby Brown Asks for Privacy Following Daughter's Hospitalization

Bobby Brown is asking for privacy after his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was hospitalized over the weekend. In a statement released Sunday, Bobby said, “Privacy is requested in this matter. Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time.” His attorney added, “The report that Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken to the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia is accurate. No additional information will be forthcoming.” On Saturday, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was taken to a hospital…

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

Super Bowl 49: Katy Perry Lights Up Halftime Show

Katy Perry was on fire Sunday night for her Super Bowl 49 halftime performance at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Katy entered the field wearing a flame-inspired costume reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, and riding a large, robotic lion with glowing red eyes. It was the perfect setup for the first song of her performance, "Roar," the chorus of which begins, "I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire, 'cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar, louder, louder than a lion." Katy joined dancers dressed…

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