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2014-12-10

Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga & More to Appear on "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly"

New Year's Eve with Carson Daly airs December 31, and since it's on NBC, and Carson Daly's hosting it, it's no wonder three out of the four Voice coaches will appear on the show. Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton will all be performing on the show; in fact, Pharrell and Gwen will perform together.  Lady Gaga will also appear, along with her favorite duet partner, Tony Bennett, singing material from their #1 album, Cheek to Cheek. Also on the bill is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who's also a singer and songwriter.  He just released a Christmas album,…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Avril Lavigne Thanks Fans for Prayers After Alluding to "Health Issues"

Avril Lavigne apparently is suffering from a health issue that's so far undisclosed. A Twitter fan account for the 30-year-old Canadian star posted a screenshot of a direct message conversation with Avril.  When asked if she's been working on new music, Avril wrote, "I feel bad because I haven’t been able to say anything to the fans to let them no [sic] why I’ve been absent. I’m torn as I’m quite private…. I’m not feeling well. I’m having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers.” A rep for Avril confirmed to Billboard that the exchange was authentic,…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How Would You Describe Taylor and Beyonce? Facebook Says "Perfect" & "Flawless"

Taylor Swift and Beyonce both made Time magazine's initial list of nominees for its Person of the Year, but while Taylor made the shortlist, Beyonce did not advance.  Still, as part of its Person of the Year coverage, Time decided to find out how users of social media feel about its candidates by asking Facebook to compile a list of the most popular words used in posts describing them.   The surprise is how much crossover there was in the way people describe both pop superstars. Time reports that the results of the Facebook research reveals that, of the top 10…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Avicii, Robin Thicke, Gotye, Passenger Make Shazam's New "Hall of Fame"

Each year, the song-tagging app Shazam releases its list of the year's most-Shazamed songs.  Now, it's established a Hall of Fame to reward those artists whose songs have been tagged more than any other. The #1 most-Shazamed song of all time is "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, featuring the vocals of Aloe Blacc.  It's been tagged more than 19 million times.  Also in what Shazam is calling the "Platinum" level in its Hall of Fame: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams, with more than 18 million tags.  "Somebody That I Used to Know," by Gotye and Kimbra,…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Won't Make It to Lance Bass' Wedding

'N SYNC reunited at the MTV VMAs in 2013, but there won't be a full reunion of the group at Lance Bass' upcoming wedding to Michael Turchin on December 20, unfortunately. Speaking to E! Online, Lance says, "Of course, the boys are going to be there," but adds, "Unfortunately Justin's not going to be able to go because that's his last date on tour and I had no idea he'd be touring right next to Christmas. He'll be the only guy not able to make it that day." Well, at least Lance knows Justin isn't just making up some excuse:…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier Provide Soundtrack for Victoria Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria Secret Fashion Show special aired Tuesday on CBS. The evening also included musical performances from Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier, as supermodels in lingerie strutted their stuff. Swift, who also performed at last year’s event, performed twice on the show. In the opening segment, “Dream Girls,” Taylor, dressed in a sexy white nightie and robe sang “Blank Space,” from her album, 1989. Sheeran had expressed concern earlier about looking like a “very awkward Englishmen” if he had to sing just holding a microphone, but he did have his guitar with him as he performed his…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Tops Facebook's List of Most-Mentioned Entertainers in 2014

Beyonce tops the list of most-mentioned entertainers on Facebook this year, according to the social network.  The "Drunk in Love" singer is followed by Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. Jimmy Fallon, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Pitbull, John Legend and Kim Kardashian round out the rest of the top ten.Facebook's Year in Review website also compiled a list of the most-discussed songs of 2014. Coming in at number one is Pharrell's "Happy," followed by Legend's "All of Me" and "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith. "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon and Frozen's "Let It…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: The Top Three Are Revealed; Ousted Contestants Vie for a Wildcard Spot

Host Carson Daly opened Tuesday night's installment of The Voice by announcing that Team Adam Levine’s Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew, and Team Blake Shelton’s Craig Wayne Boyd have all advanced to next week's final.  The selections were based on viewers' votes. The last member Gwen Stefani’s team, Taylor John Williams, and Team Adam’s Damien were sent home. The last members of Pharrell Williams' team were eliminated last week. However, Damien and Taylor John Williams, along with every other top 12 contestant previously eliminated from the competition, got a chance Tuesday to perform one last time for a shot at…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Says Success of "Jealous" Has "Blown Away All My Expectations"

After the Jonas Brothers broke up in 2013, not many people could have predicted that Nick Jonas would reinvent himself as a totally ripped, frequently-unclothed dude singing R&B flavored pop.  But he did, and the result was his first solo top 10 hit: "Jealous."  Even Nick is surprised at how well the song has done, saying he's just been "blown away" by the reception. "Yeah, I think it's incredible to be able to step out on my own, y'know, [and] see not only the fans that were there before, but a whole new group of fans [who] have kind of…

posted 2014/12/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-09

Justin Timberlake Won't Make It to Lance Bass' Wedding

'N SYNC reunited at the MTV VMAs in 2013, but there won't be a full reunion of the group at Lance Bass' upcoming wedding to Michael Turchin on December 20, unfortunately. Speaking to E! Online, Lance says, "Of course, the boys are going to be there," but adds, "Unfortunately Justin's not going to be able to go because that's his last date on tour and I had no idea he'd be touring right next to Christmas. He'll be the only guy not able to make it that day." Well, at least Lance knows Justin isn't just making up some excuse:…

posted 2014/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Tops List of YouTube's Top Trending Music Videos of 2014

Katy Perry's video for "Dark Horse" was an Egypt-tastic extravaganza of costumes, special effects and Flamin' Hot Cheetos,  so it's no wonder it racked up so many views on YouTube.  The site has named it #1 on its list of Top Trending Music Videos of 2014. It's racked up more than 700 million views since it was first posted in February. The rest of the Top Trending Music Videos of 2014 come from mostly female artists, with just two guys -- Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias -- thrown into the mix. Here's the list: 1.    Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse…

posted 2014/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor Says Grammy Win for Record of the Year Would Be "Ridiculous"

A year ago, nobody knew who Meghan Trainor was.  Now she's got two Grammy nominations -- Record and Song of the Year -- for her breakout hit "All About that Bass," which topped the charts for eight weeks this year.  When asked which category she'd rather win, Meghan tells Billboard that one of them seems pretty unimaginable for her. "I’ve always been a songwriter, my whole life, and that’s where I’ve worked the hardest,” says Trainor of the Song of the Year category, which awards songwriters only.  But she says if she won Record of the Year -- where the…

posted 2014/12/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR