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2014-07-21

Phillip Phillips Claims Record Label Said If He Recorded "Home," They'd Leave Him Alone

Phillip Phillips has gone on record as saying initially, he didn't like his debut single "Home," which has become the best-selling single ever released by an American Idol alum.  Now, he claims his record label essentially offered him a musical bribe to cut that single. According to the Virginian-Pilot, Phillip claims that when he was making his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, his record label offered him a deal: if he would only cut the folk-rock flavored songs "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," he could do whatever he wanted with the rest of the album. …

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons' Singer Says Second Album Will Be as Eclectic as Their First

In between concert dates, Imagine Dragons has been working on their second album in their hometown of Las Vegas, and singer Dan Reynolds says they've been "having a lot of fun."  He also says fans can expect a mix of sounds and styles -- just like on their best-selling 2012 debut, Night Visions -- because they don't want to write "themselves into a box." The hit singles from Night Visions -- "It's Time," "Demons," "Radioactive" and "On Top of the World" -- all sounded very different from one another; at times, it was hard to believe all those songs were…

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys Postpone First-Ever Shows in Israel Due to Mideast Violence

The Backstreet Boys were due to play three sold-out shows this month in Israel, but the band has now postponed those concerts due to the ongoing violence in that region. They were due to play a venue in the Tel Aviv area, but a note on the group's website reads, "Due to the security situation, we regret to announce that the BSB shows planned for July 29-30-31 at Ra'anana Amphitheater have been postponed. To assure the safety of the audience in the events, we will schedule new dates during spring 2015." In a message to fans, the group said, "This…

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Teases "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Her Instagram Page

Beyonce may have dropped a hint that she's somehow involved with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  A teaser for the film's trailer, due Thursday, has been posted on the singer’s Instagram page. The brief clip shows a silhouette against a window, a finger tapping, a skirt slowly being pulled up and what sounds like a slowed-down version of Bey's hit single, “Crazy in Love,” playing in the background. Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. The adaptation of EL James' erotic novel will open in theaters next Valentine’s Day. Follow @ABCNewsRadio…

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Rising Star" Recap: Three Contestants Advance After More Duels, West Coast Viewers Save One Other

ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, continued its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing and two other acts being sent home after the East Coast vote. Two contestants were chosen to go head-to-head; a coin toss determined which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The next contestant then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark…

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Farrah Franklin Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was arrested in South Carolina for disorderly conduct on Sunday.   Franklin was booked into the Horry [OR-ree] County Detention Center in Conway and released on $280 bond. It's unclear what led to the arrest, but the 33-year-old singer posted a picture on Instagram just hours before and appeared happy.  TMZ claims sources tell them alcohol was involved in Franklin's arrest. This is Franklin's second arrest for disorderly conduct. She was busted in Los Angeles three years ago, and sources tell TMZ website alcohol was involved then, too. Farrah claimed at the time she was the…

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5, Pharrell Among Headliners for UK iTunes Festival

Maroon 5 and Pharrell Williams are just two of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England. Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, David Guetta and Calvin Harris have also been named headliners for the eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com. As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device. Earlier this year, Apple held its first-ever U.S. iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas,…

posted 2014/07/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-20

Sexiest Man Alive Now Off the Market: Adam Levine Marries Behati Prinsloo in Mexico

Adam Levine has turned in his player card: he's now a married man.  The Maroon 5 frontman tied the knot with model Behati Prinsloo at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico on Saturday, according to People magazine. About 275 friends and family members -- including Robert Downey Jr. and Maroon 5 bandmates Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine -- watched Adam and Behati say their vows at the rustic resort.  Behati donned a custom-made Marchesa gown, according to People.  US Weekly reports that the guest list also included Adam's childhood friend Jonah Hill, as well as Jason Segal and model Candice…

posted 2014/07/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

English Professor Gives Taylor Swift's "Wall Street Journal" Op-Ed a B-Minus

Taylor Swift made waves not long ago by penning an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music business.  Most people focused on Taylor's optimism about the industry, but now, her actual writing ability has been put under a microscope. Entertainment Weekly invited Margo Mifflin, a professor of English at the City University of New York, to "grade" Taylor's essay and point out any flaws.  Professor Mifflin's opinion?  "She has a strong, effervescent writing style," she told the magazine. "But the piece has serious focus problems. It skids all over the place."  She gives Taylor…

posted 2014/07/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-19

Sexiest Man Alive Now Off the Market: Adam Levine Marries Behati Prinsloo in Mexico

Adam Levine has turned in his player card: he's now a married man.  The Maroon 5 frontman tied the knot with model Behati Prinsloo at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico on Saturday, according to People magazine. About 275 friends and family members -- including Robert Downey Jr. and Maroon 5 bandmates Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine -- watched Adam and Behati say their vows at the rustic resort.  Behati donned a custom-made Marchesa gown, according to People.  US Weekly reports that the guest list also included Adam's childhood friend Jonah Hill, as well as Jason Segal and model Candice…

posted 2014/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Alicia Keys Signs with Pharrell's Manager

Alicia Keys has changed up her management team. After four years, the singer has parted ways "amicably" with Will Botwin at Red Light Management and she's now being co-managed by two industry veterans at Maverick. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is now being handled by Ron Laffitte -- whose clients include Pharrell Williams -- and Guy Oseary -- who’s been assisting Madonna’s career for nearly a decade. Now that she's restructured her camp, the singer is focusing on recording her sixth studio album, which will follow 2012’s Girl on Fire. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine "Won't Shut Up" About How Cool Gwen Stefani Is, Says Band Mate

Adam Levine won't just be working with Gwen Stefani on the new season of The Voice: he's also collaborated with her musically, recording a duet with her for Maroon 5's upcoming album V.  And Adam's band mate thinks that the singer is positively starstruck by the No Doubt frontwoman. Billboard reports that the song Gwen joins the band on is called "My Heart Is Open," and that it was co-written by singer/songwriter Sia, whose album 1000 Forms of Fear just debuted at #1 on the magazine's album chart.   Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Sia was a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team…

posted 2014/07/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR