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2014-07-16

"No Truth" to Rumor that Adele Has Confirmed Album and World Tour for 2015

The Internet was ablaze on Wednesday with the news that Adele had confirmed that she's prepping a new album and a world tour for 2015.  Except, she didn't. The Twitter account for the World Music Awards posted the following information on Tuesday: "#adele confirms 2015 Tour After The Release Of Her New Album ‘25’!"   However, Adele herself hasn't tweeted anything of the sort, and her record label hasn't announced anything either.  In addition, the chairman of Beggars Group, the parent company of Adele's label, tells Billboard that there is "no truth in this." As for why the World Music…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Who's That Girl? Sia Debuts at #1 with "1000 Forms of Fear"

An artist who promoted her album without ever showing her face publicly has managed to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart. Sia, the Australian artist best known for writing Rihanna's #1 hit "Diamonds," and for co-writing and singing on both David Guetta's "Titanium" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," has scored her first #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart with her latest disc, 1000 Forms of Fear. While Sia technically "made the rounds" promoting the disc and its single, "Chandelier," she did it in a unique way.  She appeared on the cover of Billboard magazine -- with a…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Mraz Announces Unique September "Tour" of All Five New York City Boroughs

Jason Mraz’s newalbum, YES!, was officially released Tuesday, and with it came the announcement of more tour dates for the U.S. and Canada.  Now he’s revealed a special New York City residency as well. Mraz made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Big Apple’s most iconic landmark: the Empire State Building.  Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Mraz and his tour partners, Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs -- Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx -- beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping the 22 and 23 at Radio City Music Hall in…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train's Goals for the Future: Be "Cool & Hip," Play "Saturday Night Live"

In their long career, Train has won three Grammys, performed all over the world and sold over 10 million albums worldwide.  However, they still have a few goals they have yet to achieve -- like finally being cool, for example. In Train frontman Pat Monahan's most recent podcast, a regular interview series that he calls Patcast, he sat down with guitarist Jimmy Stafford -- the only other founding member of the band remaining -- and the other members of the group to discuss their experiences.  When he asked Jimmy about his goals for their new album, Bulletproof Picasso, the guitarist…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Whitney Houston Biopic Reportedly Will Feature Her Music, Not Her Voice

Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will feature some of the singer's big hits, though it won't be Whitney's voice, or the voice of former America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, the star of the movie, we'll be hearing. A Lifetime rep tells E! Online the honor will go to R&B singer Deborah Cox. The rep says "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," but Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks." Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, will be making her directorial debut with the biopic, which will reportedly focus…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Whitney Houston Biopic Reoortedly Will Feature Her Music, Not Her Voice

Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will feature some of the singer's big hits, though it won't be Whitney's voice, or the voice of former America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, the star of the movie, we'll be hearing. A Lifetime rep tells E! Online the honor will go to R&B singer Deborah Cox. The rep says "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," but Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks." Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, will be making her directorial debut with the biopic, which will reportedly focus…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Was Rihanna's "FreePalestine" Tweet an Error?

Rihanna tweeted a message praying for peace and an end to the conflict in the Middle East on Tuesday, but not before she created a small controversy of her own. A tweet that appeared on Rihanna’s account on Tuesday morning stated, "#FreePalestine." However, she deleted it eight minutes after it was posted because it reportedly was published in error, a source tells TMZ. The source explains that Rihanna was reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, when she clicked on a link.  Then, all of a sudden her fans were asking her why she was pro-Palestine. The source says, "She deleted it…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cher Lloyd May Be Singing with Demi, But She's Got Her Own Album Too

Earlier this year, Cher Lloyd toured with Demi Lovato, and now the two women are tearing up the charts with their new collabo, "Really Don't Care." After observing Demi on the road, Cher says she's a big fan of the former X Factor judge's ability to cast off her inhibitions when she's rocking the crowd. Pronouncing her experience on the road with Demi "amazing" and "really, really good," Cher, a former X Factor U.K. contestant, tells ABC News Radio, "I think she just lets loose, and has a good time and I really appreciate that." While "Really Don't Care" is…

posted 2014/07/16 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-15

"Weird Al" Thrilled that Every Artist He Wanted to Spoof on New Album Agreed to It

Many times in his career as pop music's best-known parodist, "Weird Al" Yankovic has been turned down by artists who won't let him make fun of their hit songs -- James Blunt and Eminem are just two who said no.  But he says with his new album Mandatory Fun, the likes of Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Pharrell Williams were all totally down for him to spoof their hits. "I was very lucky --  this is my first album in a long time that didn't have any actual drama," "Weird Al" tells Billboard. "It seems like my last few albums have…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Sends Roses & Thank You Note to Broadway Stars Who Paid Tribute to Him

If you can't get tickets to see Justin Timberlake's current tour, the next best thing might be hearing his music sung by professional Broadway performers.  That's what happened Monday night in New York City, as the stars of shows like Pippin, Cinderella, Newsies, The Book of Mormon and Hedwig & the Angry Inch got together for Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake  -- and JT himself couldn't have been happier. As Playbill reports, the show's producer Corey Mach showing a bouquet of roses and a note which Justin sent to him and the cast.  According to Mach, there were four dozen roses, and…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Is "Closest Thing Today...to Michael Jackson," Says Fun. Guitarist

Taylor Swift is a great songwriter: that's a fact.  But is her talent comparable to that of Michael Jackson?  According to one of her Grammy-winning pals, yes. Taylor is good friends with actress Lena Dunham and her boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff; she and Jack teamed up to write the Golden Globe-nominated song "Stranger than Fiction" from the movie One Chance.  Now, in a new interview in GQ magazine, Jack compares Taylor to the late King of Pop. "I think Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters ever," Jack tells the magazine. "Taylor Swift is cool, because she's the…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ellie Goulding: Taylor Swift Tells Me to Suck It Up

Ellie Goulding says having two other chart-topping female singers as friends -- Katy Perry and Taylor Swift -- is a good thing not just because they're musicians too, but because they totally get what it takes to be a global pop star these days. Speaking to Glamour UK, Ellie says, "We're friends because they understand the predicaments. They see what is and isn't real. I'm not anywhere near their level of fame, but if I say, 'Oh God, Taylor, this happened,' she'll be like, 'Girl, that's nothing.' [Like a] suck it up kind of thing!" "I have strong female characters…

posted 2014/07/15 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR