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2015-05-24

"American Idol" Nick Fradiani to Sing Tonight at PBS' National Memorial Day Concert

Sure, you can be a success by just appearing on American Idol and not winning -- just ask Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson.  But winning the title gives you the chance to do some pretty cool stuff.  For example, newly minted American Idol Nick Fradiani is going to sing the national anthem at the 26th annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing on PBS, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET. "That’s a humbling thing right there," he tells ABC Radio. "I still can’t believe that. I’m just so honored to be…

posted 2015/05/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-05-23

Justin Bieber, Pink, Taylor, Kelly Clarkson & More Featured in "People" Mag's "Body Moments of the Year"

People magazine's current issue is all about the "Most-Talked About Bodies," and naturally, pop stars -- who are among the most scrutinized individuals in the world -- appear on the list. In the section called Hollywood's 10 Hottest Bodies, we find Taylor Swift and Beyonce.  Taylor is praised for her "long and lean" body, and for dressing fairly modestly for a celebrity.  As for Bey, she gets props for showing off her "Flawless" body in a barely there Givenchy gown at the recent Met Gala in New York City. For the section called Body Moments of the Year, Justin Bieber…

posted 2015/05/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-05-22

Nicki Minaj Releases Video for "The Night Is Still Young"

Last week, Nicki Minaj gave fans a glimpse into the visual for "The Night Is Still Young," her newest single from The Pinkprint album. Now, the full-length version has surfaced online. In the Asian-inspired clip, which premiered on Tidal, the rapper switches back to her pink wig and shows off her dance moves in a see-through pink dress and floral boots by Marc Jacobs. An over-sized moon attracts everyone to dance the night away while Nicki rides the back of a bike with fiancé Meek Mill. The new visual follows a string of recent videos from Nicki including "Feeling Myself" with…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Costumes Came from a Sex Shop; Taylor on Track to Make $100 Million This Year

Want to dress like the kick-butt characters in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video? You may have to visit a Los Angeles sex shop to do so. Shawn Gentry, director of operations for The Stockroom, tells the New York Post’s Page Six that the erotic boutique lent Taylor and her pals $13,000 worth of sexy clothing for the video shoot. The flesh-colored latex dress Taylor wears in the first scene of the video retails for $235, and Selena Gomez’s black latex blouse retails for $360 and comes in more than 30 colors. Shawn expects the store may be able to capitalize…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Says She Has “Blind Ambition,” but Keeps Her “Moral Compass”

You know those stars who say they never expected to be famous? Katy Perry isn’t one of them. She freely admits that she always knew she’d be successful. “Yes, I always knew it, it was blind ambition,” she tells Australia’s The Daily Telegraph. “This is what I am doing. Nothing and no one is going to get in my way. I’ve always had that mindset. My creative faucet doesn’t stop. I like putting all the things, all the lessons I have learned, and all the things I’m inspired by into songs.” And even though she’s come a long way from…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey Reveals a Backstage Peek of Las Vegas Show

Mariah Carey is in the thick of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where she's performing her Mariah #1 to Infinity show. Despite the glamorous stage show, the singer says not all is glitter and butterflies. Backstage, she says "a lot of funny things" happen. "I'd rather not call them to the attention of the world, but let's just say behind the scenes, backstage, everybody's grabbing, everybody's taking your clothes, you're standing there and you're at the mercy of the people backstage so you have to have a great team with you," she explained on Friday's Live with Kelly and Michael.…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith is Using an App to Help Him Speak

Sam Smith is finding ways around his post-surgery talking ban. His friend and music producer, Jimmy Napes, tells the BBC Sam is using an app to help him speak after undergoing vocal cord surgery last week. "He's got an app that speaks for him and it's like Stephen Hawking, where you type something in, except it's in a girl's voice -- which is hilarious,” Jimmy says. Aside from having to stay silent for the next couple of weeks, Jimmy says Sam is doing well and getting some rest. The singer had the operation at Boston's  Massachusetts General Hospital last Thursday.…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo Says It Would Take “A Miracle” to Get Him Back Into a Relationship

His ex-girlfriend Jordin Sparks may have moved on with rapper Sage the Gemini, but Jason Derulo tells Billboard it would take “a miracle” to get him back into a relationship. The singer has been single since he and Jordin broke it off last fall after dating for three years.  While at first the split appeared to be amicable, Jordin has since publicly hinted at some lingering bitterness. She implied Jason had leased, not bought, the BMW he gave her as a gift. He responded by posting the bill of sale on Instagram, a post he's since deleted. “I do get…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Eminem Teases Single from Southpaw Soundtrack in New Ad

Eminem not only serves as an executive producer on the upcoming flick, Southpaw, but he also will contribute to the official soundtrack. The rapper has recorded a song called "Phenomenal," which will be the first single from the film, starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal. A clip of the song can be heard in a commercial for Beats by Dre, in which Em raps: "When you feel like you’re running out of fuel / I’ll show you how to use doubter’s fuel / I am phenomenal." Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Southpaw follows Gyllenhaal's character, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Katy Perry's Next Album Coming in 2016

Good news, Katy Perry fans. The singer’s manager reportedly revealed that Katy’s next album will be released next year. According to Indian website Radio and Music, manager Steven Jensen spoke about Katy’s intentions for her new album at the All That Matters music and entertainment conference in Singapore this week. “She plans to release her next album by 2016,” he was quoted as saying. Jensen also hinted that after the new album is released, Katy would likely tour Asia again, and include dates in India. Katy's winding down her long-running Prismatic World Tour in October. Her last album, Prism, was…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas & Jason Mraz to Appear on New Season of "Guitar Center Sessions"

Nick Jonas and Jason Mraz will both be featured on the upcoming season of DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions. The show features intimate live performances and interviews with different artists, and is hosted by music journalist Nic Harcourt. Its nine-episode 10th season will debut on May 29. Nick will be featured on the June 26 episode, while Jason will appear on the July 24 episode. This season will also feature Lifehouse, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and country icon Dwight Yoakam. Guitar Center Sessions airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's Video Co-Star Hailee Steinfeld Will Now Compete with Her on the Charts

There were a few famous singers in the cast of Taylor Swift's new all-star video for "Bad Blood," but now there's another one.  Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld -- aka "The Trinity" -- has just signed a recording deal with Republic Records to make her own album, and she'll be turning to you-know-who for advice. Hailee, who at age 14 earned an Oscar nod for her role in True Grit, is now 18 and is one of the featured singers in the smash hit movie Pitch Perfect 2.  She's currently in the studio working on her debut album.  The label's co-founder…

posted 2015/05/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR