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2014-09-09

Lady Gaga Says She'll Cover Up for Dubai Concert

Lady Gaga will perform in Dubai on Wednesday, marking her first live show in the United Arab Emirates.  If you're wondering how her trademark outrageous onstage dress will go over in the conservative country, no worries -- the singer says she'll respect local customs and dress modestly for her performance. The Hollywood Reporter says Gaga, who generally strips down to nearly nothing when she's onstage, said at a press conference Monday night that she'll tone things down in Dubai.  "I respect the culture here, and this show will be appropriate for all the fans here in Dubai," she told reporters.…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith & Ariana Grande Love Each Other's Music; Sam Gets MTV EMA Nomination

It's safe to say that two of the best voices in pop music right now belong to Ariana Grande and Sam Smith.  Unsurprisingly, they're fans of one another, as they demonstrated on Twitter recently. It started with Sam, who tweeted, "Listening to this @ArianaGrande album. Holy s**t it's good."  Ariana retweeted Sam's comment and added, "u are incredible! Thank u so so much." In other Sam Smith news, he's received a nomination for the MTV European Music Awards, in the category of Best U.K. & Ireland act.  His competition includes One Direction, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran, plus a yet-to-be-named…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Working on New Album

Demi Lovato recently launched a world tour, but before she hit the road, she found time to get in the studio and start creating some new music for her fans.  Demi told MTV that she's been working on a new album, explaining, "I think that I’ll be so extremely busy with the world tour it won’t come out for a while, but I have started, and have worked on some stuff that is really amazing, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.” She describes the album's sound as "more organic," and adds, "I’m ready to take it to…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Another Boy for Shakira?

Looks like Shakira will be surrounded by men in her house.  Her parents apparently told Hola! magazine -- the Spanish version of Hello! -- that their daughter is expecting another boy.  Shakira and her partner, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan in January of 2013. The magazine quotes Shakira's parents as saying the new arrival will be "another baby boy. A playmate for Milan."  According to them, the couple has yet to select a name for the new baby. In other Shakira news, she's releasing a new fragrance.  According to her Twitter feed, it's called Rock by Shakira, and…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Usher Teams with Scholastic to Encourage Young Readers

Usher has partnered with Scholastic to launch the "Open the World of Possible" initiative, which is designed to encourage children to find joy in reading. The children’s publishing giant has tapped the singer to perform and host a live webcast, "Bigger than Words," which will stream live from the Scholastic headquarters in New York City on November 6 at 1 p.m. ET. "I established New Look, a charitable organization to assist young people to become leaders and to instill in them a belief that they can create change in their communities and around the world," says Usher in a statement. "I’m…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd on "Break Free:" Ariana Grande "Lives That Song"

"Break Free," Ariana Grande's collaboration with Zedd, has become a massive hit.  While it's Ariana's first attempt at EDM, Zedd says she really got into the song...and its empowering lyrics as well. "The lyrics changed a little bit when she put her thing on it," Zedd tells ABC News Radio. "And I'm pretty sure if she wasn't comfortable with the lyrics, she wouldn't sing it. And I think the parts that she wasn't very comfortable with, she changed. And I mean, she lives that song!" While Ariana and Zedd have performed "Break Free" together onstage, they didn't record it together…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Katy Perry Respond to Taylor Swift Feud Rumors?

Ever since Taylor Swift's new Rolling Stone cover story went online, people have been speculating about who inspired one of the songs she talks about in the story -- a put-down of an unnamed female artist.  Now, there's some evidence that it might be Katy Perry to whom Taylor was referring. Taylor told Rolling Stone that she wrote a song called "Bad Blood" about this particular artist, with whom she had a "frenemy" relationship.  "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," Taylor explains. "She would come up to me at awards shows and say something…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé and Jay Z Crash Wedding During Italian Vacation

Beyoncé and Jay Z gave one new bride a gift she'll never forget when they crashed her wedding in Portofino, Italy, this past Saturday. Eyewitnesses tell Us Weekly that Beyoncé, dressed in a floral print bikini and straw hat, posed for pictures with the bride, who wore a long-sleeved lace gown and a big smile on her face. The 33-year-old singer and the 44-year-old rap mogul are vacationing in Italy to celebrate Queen Bey's birthday, which was September 4. They're also relaxing a little bit before finishing up their On the Run tour in Paris later this month. Accompanying the…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Says Tony Bennett "Really Saved My Life"

Lady Gaga's beyond excited about the upcoming release of Cheek to Cheek, her duets album with Tony Bennett.  That's not just because she enjoys singing the kind of jazz standards that are featured on the record -- it's because she feels that Bennett has "saved her life." Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, Gaga says of the legendary crooner, "He has made me so happy in the way that I really needed to feel. He’s really, like, saved my life. He really has." Explaining her comment, Gaga tells the paper, "I really love music, and I really love being…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariska Hargitay Responds to Pic of Taylor Swift’s New Kitten, Olivia Benson

A few months ago, Taylor Swift introduced her fans to her adorable new kitten. “Meet Olivia Benson,” the singer captioned the Instagram photo of the white, blue-eyed kitty sitting in her lap, staring up at her. After nearly one million “likes” on the photo, the real Olivia Benson -- rather, the actress who plays her on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay -- has weighed in on Instagram. Next to a photo of her wearing a collar with a tag that says “Olivia Benson,” Hargitay wrote: “@taylorswift this came in the mail.” Hargitay then had a little hashtag fun: “#WrongAddress…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Avicii Tables Tour Dates Due to "Health Issues"

Avicii has "tabled" his upcoming tour dates and promotional activities for health reasons. His reps say the DJ, whose birth name is Tim Bergling, is staying off the road until further notice so he can fully recuperate from "lingering health issues" related to surgeries that removed his gall bladder and appendix earlier this year. Avicii will recuperate at home in his native Stockholm, Sweden, before preparing for the release of a new album next year. Avicii's upcoming tour dates had included performances in Las Vegas the next two weekends. 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 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-09-08

Maroon 5 Breaks Chart Record with "Maps"

Maroon 5's new single "Maps" just hit #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart, breaking a record in the process. That achievement makes Maroon 5 the band with the most number ones in the history of the Adult Pop Songs chart, which has been around for 18 years.  Adam Levine and crew have now racked up nine #1s on that chart, sailing past Katy Perry and Pink, who each have eight. Later this week, the band will likely be celebrating another #1: their new album V is on course to debut on top of the Billboard album chart with…

posted 2014/09/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR