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2015-02-25

Sam Smith, Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran Win Big at Brit Awards; Madonna Takes a Tumble During Her Performance

Taylor Swift and her pals Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were all big winners Wednesday at the 2015 Brit Awards in London...while Madonna narrowly escaped injury during her performance. Ed took home the night’s top prize -- MasterCard British Album of the Year -- for his album X [Multiply] and beat out recent Grammy winner Sam for the British Male Solo Artist award. But Sam won the Global Success Award and the British Breakthrough Act award. Taylor nabbed the International Female Solo Artist prize. The unstoppable trio also delivered separate performances during the night. After walking the red carpet in…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Robin Thicke Testifies in "Blurred Lines" Copyright Infringement Trial

Robin Thicke took the stand in federal court in Los Angeles Wednesday, facing the family of late R&B legend Marvin Gaye.  They've sued, claiming that Robin's 2013 smash "Blurred Lines" borrowed improperly from Marvin's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." In testimony before the court, Robin acknowledged that "Got to Give It Up" is both a classic and one of his personal favorites. Robin's co-writer and co-defendent, Pharrell Williams, was also in the courthouse Wednesday morning, but had not yet made a courtroom appearance. Earlier in the day, Janis Gaye, Marvin's second wife, took the stand to say that…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Posts Touching Message from Her Late Grandfather

Ariana Grande’s beloved grandfather passed away last year, but his words of wisdom live on. The singer posted a touching message from her grandpa on Instagram Wednesday. In the recording, her grandfather says, “Don’t let them challenge you, don’t let them intimidate you… And you do your thing. That’s the only way to do it.” Ariana tells him she loves him, and he responds, “I love you too.” The message moved some fans to tears, and many were posting words of support and comfort on Ariana's Instagram page.  Ariana, who once described her grandfather as her “favorite person to ever…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Says Being a Mom "Changed My World in the Most Awesome Way"

Kelly Clarkson’s new album drops next week, but her music career is no longer her number-one priority. That honor belongs to her 8-month-old daughter, River Rose. Mommy and baby appear together on the latest cover of People, and Kelly tells the mag how motherhood has completely changed her life. “My whole life took a big 180,” Kelly tells People. “I never thought I was going to be a mom, so it’s very much changed my world in the most awesome way.” Not only is she a mom to River, but the 32-year-old is also a stepmom to her husband Brandon…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons Score #1 Debut with "Smoke + Mirrors"

Despite being a top seller, Imagine Dragons' debut album, Night Visions, never got higher than #2 on the Billboard chart.  However, their new album, Smoke + Mirrors, has debuted at #1. The disc, featuring lead single "I Bet My Life," sold 192,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.  Night Visions, which produced three hit singles, is actually still on the Billboard 200 album chart, despite having been released 129 weeks ago. Imagine Dragons' album is the only top-10 debut this week. The rest of the top 10 is full of holdovers from the past few weeks, including…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Sounds Off on Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kanye West & Ageism in New "Rolling Stone"

Madonna covers the new issue ofRolling Stone magazine, and inside, The Queen of Pop takes on such topics as her alleged rivalry with Lady Gaga, her feelings about Taylor Swift and Kanye West, her ex-husband's disapproval of some of her more provocative stunts, and her disgust with those comments about how she should "act her age." Speaking about Gaga, Madonna says she doesn't have a problem with the singer and doesn't like the fact that "people like to pit women against each other." She explains, "The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga to Star in "American Horror Story" Season Five

After you bring the house down at the Academy Awards, what do you do for an encore?  Land a starring role in a buzzed-about TV show, that's what. Variety reports that Lady Gaga will star in the upcoming fifth season of FX's American Horror Story. While Gaga has done some acting in the past, this will serve as the singer's first big TV role.  Season five will premiere in October, and creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that there have already been clues about the upcoming season's theme, scattered throughout the fourth season, Freak Show. Gaga herself confirmed the news by…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Practiced for Six Months for Oscar Performance

Everyone agrees that Lady Gaga sounded fantastic on Oscar night performing a medley of songs from The Sound of Music.  Turns out that performance wasn't exactly effortless: the singer practiced for months to perfect her vocals. The show's executive producer, Craig Zadan, told Entertainment Tonight that Gaga "worked with a vocal coach every day for half a year to do that."  The show's other executive producer, Neil Meron, added, "She's the real deal. She can do anything. She said that if she pulls it off, it's going to change the focus of her career and she pulled it off." Sound…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Lung Infection Sends Demi Lovato to ER

Demi Lovato was reportedly rushed to a hospital in Tarzana, California, Tuesday after she experienced what TMZ is calling "significant trouble breathing." The gossip site says a friend took the "Heart Attack" singer to the ER at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with a flu-related lung infection.  Lovato, who has been working on a follow up to her hit 2013 album Demi, is reportedly still recovering at the facility, where she is receiving antibiotics. 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 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: Once-Rejected Singer Gets All Four Coaches to Turn Around

It was the second night of blind auditions on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell sat in their rotating chairs as they listened to more hopefuls and continued to build their teams. Tuesday’s show featured a returning contestant who auditioned in season five, but failed to convince any of the coaches to turn their chairs. This time, she got all four to turn around. At the conclusion of Tuesday's blind auditions, Blake added one more artist to his team, for a total of four. Pharrell added two more, bringing his total to five.…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bobby Brown Postpones Australian Tour to Spend More Time with Family

Bobby Brown has postponed an upcoming Australian tour, as his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in a Georgia hospital. A statement from the Australian ticket service Ticketek reads, "Bobby Brown’s upcoming Australian Tour featuring special guests Treach and Kay-Gee from Naughty By Nature, has been postponed to May to allow Bobby Brown to spend further time with his family." Two of the performances, originally scheduled for Sydney on March 20 and 21, have been pushed back to May 28 and 29. Bobbi Kristina Brown has been hospitalized in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January.…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sheeran vs. Smith: Which Taylor Swift Pal Will Win at the Brit Awards Tonight?

Wednesday night at London's O2 Arena -- or Wednesday afternoon, in the U.S. -- the stars will turn out for the Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammy Awards.  This year's big battle is between two hugely successful British singer songwriters: Sam Smith, who has five nominations, and Ed Sheeran, who has four.  Both men are also performing at the awards ceremony, as is their mutual pal Taylor Swift.  So who does she think will win?  She's hedging her bets. Asked to predict who'll come out on top, Sam or Ed, Taylor told London's Capital FM radio, "I mean,…

posted 2015/02/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR