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2014-10-25

Happy 30th Birthday, Katy Perry!

Katy Perry turns 30 Saturday, and according to reports, she'll be spending her big day with her friends and her crew in Morocco -- and possibly scarfing down a cake covered in Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip frosting.  But whether or not the singer actually feels 30 is a different matter. "I still feel 13 on the inside," Katy told People magazine back in July. "I think you see a lot of my [inner] child in the show onstage.  I tweeted the other day, 'Sometimes it's hard being a child in this adult body.'"  But Katy did say that she had…

posted 2014/10/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Copes with Jim Carrey's Hip-Hop Humor in "Saturday Night Live" Promos

Iggy Azalea is the musical guest for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jim Carrey, and she can’t hold her laughter as he assumes the identity of rapper “J. Care” in one of the show's video promos. With a chest full of gold chains, Carrey has the TV crew roaring as his gold grill drops out of his mouth while he was “dropping mad rhymes and jokes.” Azalea announces, “It’s going to be a Halloween-themed party bash,” and he tells her what is really scary is, “Trying to love me.” The Dumb and Dumber To star also has fun…

posted 2014/10/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-24

Usher on Justin Bieber: "I'm Not Happy with All the Choices [He's] Made"

Usher is usually diplomatic when it comes to his one-time protege Justin Bieber and the Biebs' recent troubles.  But in his new cover story for Billboard, the singer admits he's not that pleased with Justin's behavior lately. "Our relationship is more man-to-man now," he tells Billboard. "He's making his own decisions and it's important to show support. I can say I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I'm supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I'll punch him in the f***ing chest when I need to,…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Croon "Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS Tonight

Even if you didn't get tickets to see Lady Gaga on her current tour, you can check her out on PBS tonight.  Debuting tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett star in Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, a presentation of PBS' Great Performances series.  Taped at New York City back in July, the special finds Gaga and Bennett running through the material on their #1 standards album Cheek to Cheek.  But just because it's an album of jazz duets doesn't mean it's sedate:  Gaga runs through a variety of crazy costumes and wigs while singing with the 88-year-old…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Sells Out NYC's Madison Square Garden & the Forum in L.A.

A year ago, nobody in the U.S. knew who Sam Smith was.  Now, he's managed to sell out shows in two of the country's most prestigious venues. Sam put tickets for his U.S. tour on sale on Friday, and quickly sold out shows in New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The British vocalist is quite excited about it.    He tweeted: "MY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW JUST SOLD OUT IN 30MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," followed by, "Sold out my first ARENA in LA!!!!" A second show has been added in L.A. on January 29.  Sam's tour kicks…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay to Perform at First-Ever BBC Music Awards

Just what we need: another music awards ceremony.  The first-ever BBC Music Awards will take place December 11 in London, the BBC announced, with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Clean Bandit, and Calvin Harris among the artists scheduled to perform.  "It's an incredible lineup and we're honored to be part of it," said Coldplay's Chris Martin. Awards will be handed out in categories like Best British and Best International Artist of the Year, and the fan-voted Best Song of the Year.  The show will air live on BBC Radio 1 and 2.  So far, there are no plans to simulcast…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde -- Big Surprise -- Wins Best New Zealand Act at 2014 MTV EMAs

The 2014 MTV European Music Awards will be held on November 10, but some preliminary winners have already been announced.  Lorde is one of them. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lorde has been named Best New Zealand Act at the MTV EMAs.  She now has the opportunity to compete against artists from many different countries in the Worldwide Act category.  That winner will be announced when the show airs on MTV from Glasgow, Scotland on November 10.  Among the competition: Justin Bieber, representing Canada, and Fifth Harmony, representing the U.S. Voting for the final 10 nominees in the…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah & Nick's Kids Unaffected by Their Parents' Split, Says Nick

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage may be on the way to being over, but their split hasn't affected their twins at all, according to Nick. Appearing on Friday's Meredith Vieira Show, Nick said of twins Moroccan and Monroe -- affectionately referred to as "dem babies" -- "They're just happy. They love mommy.  They love daddy."  That's because, as Nick explained, the kids are used to one of their parents or the other being gone for long periods of time. "We have always been people who have been on the go, coming and going, their life hasn't changed one bit,"…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction, Danny DeVito Get Surreal in the Desert with "Steal My Girl" Video

One Direction's video for "Steal My Girl" has just been released, and it shows once again that the guys definitely do not take themselves too seriously. In the clip, Niall, Liam, Zayn, Harry, and Louis emerge from their trailer in the desert on the set of their video shoot, wondering where the director is.  That's when the pretentious director, played by actor/director DannyDeVito, pulls up in a car and starts talking about how he's going to help the guys take it to "the next level," declaring, "We're here in the name of art.  We're here to commit ourselves to a…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Backstreet Boys Set Sail Today on 2014 Fan Cruise: "It's a Blast," Says Nick Carter

Every year, it seems, another act announces that it's starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it -- very successfully -- for several  years now.  This year's installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans.  According to Backstreet's Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise. "You have to engage," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don't really necessarily get. And we put on shows…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams to Perform on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special

For the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up. Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and will also reveal the nominees for the Grammys' prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations -- 82 out of a…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

PETA Upset at One Direction for Using Chimp & Other Wild Animals in "Steal My Girl" Video

One Direction's new video for "Steal My Girl" premieres Friday, but it's already causing controversy among animal rights activists.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- PETA -- is upset because the group is featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals in the clip. PETA has sent letters to One Direction and their video production company, requesting that they cut any of the scenes with the chimp, and asking them to pledge to never again work with "captive exotic animals"; the group suggests that 1D could use computer-generated animals instead. In the letters, PETA says that chimps in the…

posted 2014/10/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR