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Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year

Chalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain's Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014. Sam's debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S. In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, "To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Becomes the Face of Roberto Cavalli

Nicki Minaj has landed a new endorsement. The rapper has become the new face of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign. In tribal-inspired images shot photographer Francesco Carrozzini, Minaj exudes the "strong sensuality" that Cavalli was seeking for his campaign. "I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," Cavalli said in a statement. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Carly Rae Jepsen to Return in 2015 with New Single

After ruling 2012 with "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen took some time off from music to star on Broadway in Cinderella.  But it looks like she's planning a comeback for 2015. According to her record label's promotional website, Carly Rae has a new single coming in 2015 called "I Really Like You."  It's listed alongside other new singles coming next year, from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Rixton, Selena Gomez, Madonna and Zedd, among others. Speaking to ABC News Radio earlier this year, Carly Rae talked about the new music she'd been making, saying, "I'm definitely excited to surprise…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train, Ella Henderson Join "New Year's Rockin' Eve" Lineup

Yet another batch of performers for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced.  The Hollywood Party portion of the show will now include Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train and Ella Henderson, as well as country star Brantley Gilbert. They join previously-announced performers One Direction, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Jason Derulo, Rixton, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor on the show, which will be hosted by Fergie on the West Coast, and Ryan Seacrest live from New York's Times Square.  As previously reported, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, MAGIC! and Florida Georgia Line will perform live in Times…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Perform Songs from "Cheek to Cheek" During "Tonight Show" Visit

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, visited The Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about their recently released chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, and perform two numbers. Bennett, 88, recalled a piece of advice he received from a New York City cab driver years ago, who declared, "All you entertainers are lousy." Bennett said when he asked the driver what he meant, the cabbie explained, "It's not like the old days...Once [entertainers] used microphones...everyone's a phony...You have to sing without a microphone." The legendary crooner told Fallon he took the cabbie's advice, and to this day, he ditches the microphone every time…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift on Facing Opposition to Releasing 1989: "The Biggest Struggle Turned into the Biggest Triumph"

Taylor Swift is one of the cover stars of The Hollywood Reporter's "Rulebreakers" issue, and inside she talks about the opposition she ran into when she tried to break some rules by switching genres with the release of her mega-selling album 1989.  Asked what her biggest challenge of the year has been, Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter it was convincing her team that releasing a pop album was the right move for her.  "I's get kind of called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who would sit down and…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5's Guitarist Teases New Wedding Crashers-Themed Video, Talks "Animals" Clip Controversy

Last week, word came that Maroon 5's video for their new single, "Sugar," would feature scenes of them crashing real-life weddings.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says this plan -- showing up unannounced at actual couples' nuptials -- could have gone horribly wrong, but amazingly, it didn't. "I will say that it couldn't have gone any better," James tells ABC News Radio.  "Basically, we approached the grooms. So the grooms knew about the surprise, but it was a surprise for the brides. And we were behind a screen and we start playing the song, and the screen drops, and everyone…

posted 2014/12/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Selena Gomez Didn't "Throw a Fit" at Taylor Swift's Birthday Party

Despite a report, it appears that Selena Gomez did not, in fact, "throw a fit" at Taylor Swift's birthday party last week. US Weekly reported that at the party, Selena "got emotional" over Justin Bieber, and shouted, "No one understands me! My boyfriend doesn't even understand me," while the other partygoers just "stared" at her.  However, Selena's rep tells Gossip Cop, "There is not one ounce of truth," to the story, and the website reports that nobody who attended the bash witnessed the alleged incident. The party, which took place in the wee hours of December 13, featured a star-studded…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Tove Lo Cancels Shows, Needs Vocal Cord Surgery

Tove Lo will open for Katy Perry in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday and Saturday night, but then she plans to return home to Sweden to take care of a serious matter: she needs surgery on her vocal cords. Tove wrote on Instagram, "Excited to be here and play my last two shows on the #PrismaticWorldTour before heading home for my surgery. Such an amazing year I've had. Feels very epic to end it on the other side of the world.. In a place I've never been." On Tuesday, she posted a lengthy message on Twitter explaining that she has…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch the Trailer for Backstreet Boys Documentary "Show 'Em What You're Made Of"

A trailer for the upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of is now online, and it shows the group discussing everything from their early beginnings to their troubles with Lou Pearlman, the man who first put them together. The documentary, which arrives in theaters and on VOD on January 30, features AJ McLean saying, "From 1999 til about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world...then, it just stopped." In the trailer, we see scenes of the group recording in the studio in the present day, discussing Pearlman's financial misdeeds, and talking about how they had…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Notches Fifth Week at #1 with "Blank Space"

Taylor Swift's now been filling in the blank space on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.  Her single, "Blank Space," has now remained at #1 longer than her two previous #1s, "Shake It Off" -- which topped the chart for four weeks -- and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which spent three weeks in pole position. Helping to keep Taylor on top was her performance of the song at the Victoria's Secret 2014 Fashion Show.  Another artist who appeared on that show with her also benefited from the exposure:  Ed Sheeran, who sees his new…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"

After you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC. The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Ariana Grande performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas." In addition, X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an…

posted 2014/12/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR