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2014-12-03

Pharrell, Alicia Among New Inductees for the Headwear Hall of Fame

Pharrell Williams may be known as much for his trademark hats as he is for his music. So it's only fitting that he is one of the new inductees for the Headwear Hall of Fame -- yes, the Headwear Hall of Fame. Pharrell has been announced as one of six members of the class of 2015, along with fellow singers Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw, and actors Sean Connery, Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne. There are now 42 members of the Headwear Hall of Fame, which was created by The Headwear Association, an organization that promotes "headwear awareness." Last year,…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J "Really Humbled" to Be Part of 2014's British Invasion of the Charts

Back in 2011, when Jessie J scored her first U.S. hits, there weren't that many other British artists on the charts with her.  This year, when she returned, she found herself just one in a whole bunch of Brits, including Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora, Rixton and more.  And Jessie says she couldn't be happier about that. "I think it's really important to represent where you're from," she tells ABC News Radio. "The U.K. is a very small country. It fits into Texas twice. That freaks me out. So for me I know how much…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Wins Best New Male Musician Honors at Logo TV's New Next Now Awards

Sam Smith was named best new male musician at Logo TV's 2014 New Next Now Awards Tuesday night in Miami.  Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who won best new female musician honors and A Great Big World was named best new music group. The evening's live performances included Jessie J, singing her song "Burn It Up." Joe Jonas served as a celebrity DJ. Winners are selected by Logo viewers. A full list of winners is available on NewNowNext.com. The 2014 New Now Next Awards will air on Logo TV this Sunday at 8 p.m. and on MTV on December 12 at 7 p.m.…

posted 2014/12/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-02

Did Rihanna Reveal Kanye West’s 2015 Tour Plans?

Last month, Rihanna announced plans to hold an auction for her first Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation. To help draw awareness, she tweeted a link for the auction and simultaneously revealed that one of packages that will be auctioned off is the Kanye West Tour Experience, a VIP package for a night out at a tour that the rapper has yet to announce. According to the auction website, the once-in-a-lifetime experience includes front-row, VIP seating and a meet-and-greet during one of the shows on his upcoming North American 2015 tour. In addition, the high bidder will receive a limited…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys Documentary to Hit Theaters in January

It's been completed for more than a year, but now a documentary on The Backstreet Boys will finally see the light of day. The film, Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of, will arrive in theaters and on-demand on January 30.  The movie, featuring all five original Boys, was shot over two years, and is described as an "emotionally open and honest documentation of the biggest selling boy band of all time."  As such, the film will reveal "new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving," and the members will "share their lives with us and relive their…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Taylor Swift Bar Jessica Hart from Victoria' Secret Fashion Show?

Last year, after Taylor Swift appeared on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show special, one of the models, Jessica Hart, made a comment that seemingly dissed the singer.  Now, rumor has it that when Taylor returned to film this year's special in London, she did so on one condition: that Hart wouldn't be allowed to participate. The show is shooting in London this week, and a source tells the New York Daily News, "It's not been announced that Jessica is not walking, but it was a direct request from Taylor that this be the case if she were to go."  Added…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran First Artist to Go Platinum in U.K. Since 2012

Ed Sheeran's latest album X (Multiply) has officially passed the million-sales mark in the U.K., making it the biggest selling album there in quite some time. Britain's Official Charts Company says that X is the first album to sell a million copies in the U.K. in a calendar year since 2012, when Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events reached that milestone.  Ed's response to the news, according to the Official Charts Company, was, "F**kin' buzzin'!" In addition to this latest achievement, X is the U.K.'s fastest-selling album of 2014, and it spent the most time at #1 on the chart:…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Release "Spark the Fire" Video

After performing it on The Voice on Monday night, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams have now released the official video for their latest collaboration, "Spark the Fire." The colorful clip mixes live action shots of Gwen, Pharrell and people dancing in a club, with pop-up animation, including dialogue balloons, cartoon landscapes and emojis.  At various points, Gwen is surrounded by dozens of floating Pharrell heads, and vice versa. "Spark the Fire" marks the latest musical collaboration between Gwen and Pharrell.  The two Voice coaches first teamed up for 2005's "Hollaback Girl."  In a statement, Gwen says, "I am so excited…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

More About One Direction's Holiday Special

We now have more information about One Direction's first network TV special, airing on NBC December 23. The network says the show, One Direction: The TV Special, will feature a combination of documentary material, musical performances and what's being described as "comical stunts."  You'll see behind-the-scenes footage from the South American leg of their 2014 tour, as well as scenes of them recording their new album FOUR on the road.  Scenes of the band performing an intimate concert for fans at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida are also included, and in addition, you'll see the guys interviewing each other while…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Colbie Caillat Says Male Reaction to "Try" Helped Her Realize Its True Meaning

One of the biggest surprises of Colbie Caillat's year has been how a song she wrote because she was angry at her record company -- "Try" -- has become not only a hit, but a self-empowerment anthem that appeals to, surprisingly, both males and females. "What I love about 'Try' is it was kind of a little rebellion song," she tells ABC News Radio of the track, which she wrote after her record company rejected the first batch of songs she'd written for her new album.  "And now, I am getting such great feedback from not only women, but men."…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer to Headline "People Magazine Awards" Dec. 18

One's from California and one's from Australia, but two bands with the numeral "5"  in their names will be headlining The People Magazine Awards, airing on NBC later this month. Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer will provide the entertainment for the event, which will provide a snapshot of the year in pop culture.  Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Lopez are the first stars announced for the two-hour special, with more names to be added later. The People Magazine Awards will air on December 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift, Charli XCX Make "Rolling Stone's" Best Albums of 2014 List

Albums by two top female pop stars have made the top 10 on Rolling Stone magazine's Best Albums of 2014 list -- even though one of them hasn't even been released yet. The two discs are Taylor Swift's chart-topping juggernaut 1989 -- which ranks at #10 on the list -- and Charli XCX's album Sucker, which comes in at #6, though it won't be released until December 15.  The disc features Charli's hit "Boom Clap," as well as her latest single, "Break the Rules." Explaining its inclusion on the list, the magazine writes, "Charli XCX is the pop star 2014…

posted 2014/12/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR