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2014-08-19

Ed Sheeran Already in the "9th or 10th Year" of His 10-Year Plan

Three years ago, savvy Ed Sheeran established a 10-year plan for his career trajectory, laying out all the goals he hoped to accomplish in the next decade.  But things have been going so well for him that he now claims he's six years ahead of schedule. Speaking to USA Today, Ed explains, "If I'm honest, I'm on the ninth or 10th year of what I thought I'd achieve. So I am having to make different goals."  Among those goals?  "I'd like to move into stadiums. I don't think America's there yet. I think some places in Europe, that's the next…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend’s Breaking Through Launches YouTube Star Search

Back in April, John Legend announced that he was teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Now, the singer is seeking talented dancers for the film. Legend has partnered with DanceOn, the multi-channel YouTube network co-founded by Madonna, to create a platform for aspiring dancers to submit their audition videos.  Applicants are encouraged to make a video that showcases their best dance moves for the chance to attend a live event held in Los Angeles on August 29, which will be included in the movie. "We partnered with DanceOn…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says New Single, "Shake It Off," Addresses Our "Take-Down Culture"

Not only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, "Shake It Off," she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989, to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity in their lives. "The message in the song is a problem I think we all deal with, and an issue we deal with on a daily basis. We don't live just in a celebrity take-down culture, we live in a take-down culture," Taylor said on Tuesday's Good…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears Does the Ice Bucket Challenge

Britney Spears has joined the countless other celebs who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In an Instagram video posted Monday, the pop star accepted the challenge from her little sister Jamie Lynn and had a bucket of ice water tossed over her head. In turn, she nominated Adam Sandler, boyfriend David Lucado and friend Robin Greenhill. The Ice Bucket movement has steadily picked up speed since it began last month. According to the ALS Association, more than $15 million has been raised to help fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. 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 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Has One Simple Goal: "I Want to Be the Biggest-Selling Male Pop Star in the Entire World"

When most singers first start out, they usually have modest goals: they want their first album to go gold, or they want their first single to hit the top ten -- maybe they'd like to do a headlining tour.  But Sam Smith's goals are a bit more far-reaching than that:  he wants nothing less than world domination. Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Sam says, "I want to be the biggest-selling male pop star in the entire world."  He adds, "I really want that, but at the same time I want to keep this," pointing to his heart.  "I…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-18

Ne-Yo Eyes November Release for "Non-Fiction" Album

Ne-Yo has finally settled on a release date for his long-awaited upcoming album, Non-Fiction. The disc will arrive November 11.  The singer made the announcement in the caption to an Instagram post in which is he pictured balancing on a teetering chair during a photo shoot. "Life is about balance….finding and maintaining it…. #photoshoot #NONFICTION 11.11.14," he wrote in the caption. The set, which will include his latest single, "Money Can’t Buy" featuring Jeezy, will mark his sixth album, following up 2012′s R.E.D. 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 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Wouldn't Smile on "House of Style?"

Is Iggy Azalea turning into a full-blown diva?  Maybe, according to a production source on MTV's House of Style. The source tells The Hollywood Reporter that during a shoot in the Versace store in Beverly Hills on August 9, Iggy, the show's host, "walked in with her entourage and wouldn't take her sunglasses off the whole time we were in the store shooting her." "She had a complete scowl the whole time and never cracked a smile -- unless the cameras were on," dishes the source. "And the minute they stopped, it was back to scowling."  Iggy also failed to…

posted 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

MAGIC!, Jennifer Hudson Added to "Fashion Rocks" Lineup

The star-studded lineup for the CBS special Fashion Rocks has just gotten bigger.  MAGIC! and Jennifer Hudson are the latest stars to be added to the bill for the September 9 event, which will air live from Barclays Center in New York City. As previously reported, the show, which highlights the relationship between fashion and music, will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and feature performances by KISS, Jennifer Lopez, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Usher, Duran Duran, The Band Perry and other stars.  Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at BarclaysCenter.com. 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…

posted 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Neon Trees to Launch First Things First Tour Sept. 29

Neon Trees have announced a new tour dubbed the First Things First tour, which will get underway in Bakersfield, CA September 29. The tour, in support of the band's current album, Pop Psychology, will wrap up November 8 in Sioux City, IA.  It'll include stops at Mexico City's Corona Festival on October 12, and the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas October 24.  Tickets go on sale August 22.  Among the opening acts is the hot new band, Echosmith. In addition, Neon Trees' first single from Pop Psychology, "Sleeping with a Friend," has just been certified gold for sales…

posted 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's New Pop Album, "1989," Coming Out October 27 Featuring New Single, "Shake It Off"

Taylor Swift unveiled her brand-new single, "Shake It Off," during her global Yahoo! live stream Monday. The song was co-written with her frequent collaborators Max Martin and Shellback with the challenge of breaking completely new musical ground for her. It's about controlling her reaction to what people may say about her, and Taylor danced around with her invited guests in New York City."Shake It Off" is the lead single from her new album, 1989, in stores October 27. The project is titled for the year Taylor was born, and she says it was inspired by late '80s pop music. The…

posted 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde's Handwritten Lyrics to "Royals" Fail to Sell at Auction

Lorde's "Royals" may have been a chart-topping, Grammy-winning hit, but it turns out fans -- at least those in her home country of New Zealand -- weren't prepared to break the bank to own a memento of it. Lorde and her producer Joel Little put a "Royals" lyric sheet -- handwritten by Lorde and signed by the both of them -- up for auction on a New Zealand site called TradeMe, in hope of raising money for Play It Strange, a trust that funds music programs for young people.  Unfortunately, while it attracted bids of more than four thousand dollars,…

posted 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Colbie Caillat to Release Full-Length "Gypsy Heart" Album September 30

She's already given us a preview with her EP, Gypsy Heart -- Side A.  Now Colbie Caillat will be releasing her full-length album, Gypsy Heart, September 30. The album, her fourth, will be available for pre-order on September 2.  On August 27, she'll launch an intimate headlining tour in Denver, CO, which will wrap up September 28. Gypsy Heart features production from Babyface, and songwriting collaborations with David Hodges and Colbie's frequent collaborator, Jason Reeves.  The video for "Try," Colbie's self-empowerment anthem that was released on Gypsy Heart -- Side A, has racked up 20 million views. 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…

posted 2014/08/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR