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2015-02-19

Iggy Azalea Is Taking Time Away from Twitter

Iggy Azalea is taking a hiatus from social media.  The rapper announced that she has turned over her Twitter account to her management team, after unflattering images from her Hawaii vacation with her boyfriend Nick Young surfaced online. "Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol," she wrote. "I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a perve with long distance lense hiding out taking pictures, everyone deserves peace." Her decision seemingly goes beyond the paparazzi snaps; she's also frustrated with all…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons' New Album "Smoke + Mirrors" Features "a Lot of Conflict," Says Singer

Almost three years after their breakthrough debut album, Night Visions, was released, Imagine Dragons is back with their much-anticipated sophomore release, Smoke + Mirrors. As frontman Dan Reynolds tells ABC News Radio, that time gave the band an opportunity to examine what their fame has brought them. "Lyrically speaking, there's a lot of kind of conflict in the record," Reynolds says. "As the lyricist, I really was writing a lot about deciding what things were real in my life, [and] what was false." That time of reflection is expressed in the music of Smoke + Mirrors, too. "I feel like…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Could Be a "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Model, Says Pal Gigi Hadid

Taylor Swift has some famous model pals, but could she pose with the best of them? According to her swimsuit model friend Gigi Hadid, the answer is most definitely yes. When asked by People whether Taylor has what it takes to be a Sport Illustrated swimsuit model, Gigi enthusiastically responds, “Yes! Oh my God, that would be so fun. She should do it. Yeah, she’s hot.” But being that Taylor tends to favor high-waisted 1950s-style bathing suits and has a thing about not showing her belly button in public, we’d say it wouldn’t be your typical SI photoshoot. Last month,…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mark Ronson Is OK with Being "the White Guy in the Bruno Mars Video"

"Uptown Funk!," the smash hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, is spending a seventh week on top of the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running #1 hit of Bruno's career.  Technically, "Uptown Funk!" is credited to Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, but Mark says he's totally OK with taking a back seat to his famous pal. Speaking to Time magazine, Mark says, "Definitely 90 percent of the people who discover the song wouldn’t have had any idea who I was before."  That's despite the fact that Mark's a multiple Grammy-winner who's released several albums, and co-wrote or produced…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Says Scrutiny of Her Looks Has "Never Really Gotten Me Down"

Like most women in the music industry, Kelly Clarkson's gotten her fair share of criticism over the years for the way she looks.  But she says pressure to conform to some kind of perfect body type isn't anything that really concerns her, because she knows her talent is what's important. While appearing on the British TV show BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Kelly was asked how she feels about the scrutiny she and other female singers are subjected to when it comes to their physical appearance. "Well, I don’t think that stops at just our industry. I think that’s in general,"…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor and Kanye Meet Up at NYC Restaurant

The good vibes between Taylor Swift and Kanye West that we saw at the Grammys have carried over from L.A. to New York. The two met up at a restaurant in the Big Apple on Tuesday, and it was arranged by Kanye, according to an Us Weekly source. The insider says, “They ended their feud at the Grammys and are fine now.” That may be an understatement. Kanye recently told Ryan Seacrest on the American Idol host's radio show that he's planning to collaborate with Taylor. Taylor and Kanye were also in the same room on Sunday night, when both…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Showcase Round Performances Include a Sing-Off

Wednesday's edition of American Idol featured the first part of a two-night, all-new showcase round of solo performances by the remaining 48 contestants at the House of Blues Los Angeles.  The hopefuls performed in front of a live audience that included Idol judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. A total of 24 contestants -- 12 guys and 12 ladies -- will advance to the next round. Performances by two contestants were so evenly matched Wednesday, the judges decided to settle the deadlock with a sing-off that sent one singer home and the other on to the top…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio Spend Valentine's Weekend Together in NYC?

There's been another Leonardo DiCaprio-Rihanna sighting. This time, the two spent Valentine's Day together in New York City, according to Us Weekly. Rihanna, 26, and DiCaprio, 40, were spotted on Friday night clubbing at a couple of popular Manhattan hotspots known for attracting celebrities, 1 OAK and Up and Down. The following night, they caught Paul McCartney's surprise concert at Irving Plaza. An insider tells the magazine that Leo and Rihanna spent their time at McCartney's concert "whispering and staring into each other's eyes." The source says the pair stood very close to one another as they took in the…

posted 2015/02/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-02-18

Details of Lady Gaga's Heart-Shaped Engagement Ring Revealed

Now that we’ve fully recovered from the blinding sparkle of Lady Gaga’s huge heart-shaped diamond engagement ring, we can talk details. Gaga’s boyfriend, Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, popped the question on Valentine’s Day with a Lorraine Schwartz-designed sparkler. According to Us Weekly, Gaga and Taylor first met with the jeweler in mid-January to shop for rings. A source says Taylor bought and paid for the ring, but Gaga was part of the whole process. While the diamond is obviously the focal point, the band has meaning too. It’s shaped with a T and S for their initials. Gaga’s birth…

posted 2015/02/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Album Scores Biggest Soundtrack Debut Since 2009

Not only did a lot of people check out the movie Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters over the last few days, but a lot of people also downloaded the movie's star-studded soundtrack. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, featuring artists like Annie Lennox, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Sia and Ellie Goulding, debuts at #2 on the Billboard chart with 258,000 in first-week sales and streams, 210,000 of which came from sales.  That's the biggest debut for a soundtrack since 2009, when Michael Jackson's This Is It debuted at #1 with 373,000 copies sold.  But as Billboard notes,…

posted 2015/02/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

fun. Frontman Nate Ruess Teases New Solo Single, "Nothing Without Love"

fun. frontman Nate Ruess teased his new solo single, “Nothing Without Love,” with a simple video snippet Wednesday. The 30-second clip posted to YouTube features the Grammy-winning singer performing the stripped-down ballad while floating in water with his head barely above the surface. “I am nothing without love/I’m but a ship stuck in the sand/Some would say that I’m all alone/But I am, I’m nothing without love,” he sings. The single arrives February 23, and his solo debut album will be released later in the year.  fun., which also includes Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost, recently announced they were taking…

posted 2015/02/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith & Charli XCX Among Nominees for 2015 mtvU Woodies Awards

Sam Smith and Charli XCX are among the nominees for this year’s mtvU Woodies Awards – the awards show where college students pick the winners. Sam and Charli are facing off for the biggest award of the night, Woodie of the Year. They’re also going head-to-head in the Cover Woodie – Best Cover Song – category. Sam was nominated for his rendition of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know,” and Charli for her cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”   Also nominated in that category: Ed Sheeran, Sia and Grouplove for their cover of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love”; Kiesza…

posted 2015/02/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR