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2014-12-21

Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor Recall Worst Christmas Gifts Ever

With the kind of year that Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor have had, they don't need to rely on anyone to get them Christmas gifts -- they can just buy whatever the heck they want.  But there was a time in the past when, just like regular folks, both stars suffered through lousy Christmas gifts courtesy of clueless relatives. Speaking to Billboard magazine, Sam says his worst Christmas present ever came from his dad, but that's just because he wasn't exactly clued in to little Sam's interests.  "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11," he tells…

posted 2014/12/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-20

Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album "Rebel Heart," Album Coming in March

Following the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album, titled Rebel Heart.  The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually.  More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive during the first week of March. The songs that are available are "Living For Love," "Devil Pray,"  "Ghosttown," "Unapologetic B***h," "Illuminati" and "B***h I’m Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj.  She also appeared on Madonna's last album, MDNA. In…

posted 2014/12/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded "Miracle on Broadway" Concert Saturday Night in Nashville

Kelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes Grammy nominees Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore, as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride. Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock. Kelly says with a laugh, "I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say…

posted 2014/12/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-12-19

Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Nicki Minaj continues to outdo herself on the charts. The rapper's "Only" has climbed from #10 to #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, marking her fourth #1 on that list. That's the most #1's for a female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally. Onika only had to step over a handful of female rappers who have multiple #1's, including Missy Elliott, Da Brat and Iggy Azalea. The song, which features Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, also has furthered her collaborators' rankings: the song gives Drizzy his 12th leader on the chart,…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith First to Chart on "Billboard" Hot 100 with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has been around for 70 years, but it took Sam Smith to bring it to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. The British singer's melancholy version of the song has just debuted at #90 on that chart.  Of course, various versions of the tune have appeared on the publication's Holiday chart, but never onthe Hot 100, alongside the other current hits of the day.  Sam debuted his version of the song on the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas, during which he learned he'd been nominated for Album of the…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera Developing ABC Family Show About Las Vegas Entertainers

Christina Aguilera is getting into the TV business, beyond her appearances on The Voice. Deadline reports that the singer is executive producing and helping to develop a dramedy for ABC Family which is focused on a group of Las Vegas entertainers who fall in and out of love.  Tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs, the show is described as being similar to Love, Actually in the way that the characters' lives intertwine.  Another executive producer on the project is her fiance, Matt Rutler, the father of her baby girl Summer Rain. Christina returns to The Voice for season eight early next…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's 25th Birthday Helps Her Top "Social 50" Chart for First Time Since Last Year

Since Taylor Swift is everywhere, has millions of fans and is very active online on Twitter and Instagram, you'd think she'd be #1 on Billboard's "Social 50" chart, which ranks the most popular artists on social media, every other week.  But it turns out it took a milestone birthday to send her to the top of that chart, which she hadn't visited since last year. According to Billboard, Taylor's #1 on the chart thanks to her epic 25th birthday party in the wee hours of December 13, whose guest list seemed to include every famous person in the world...all of…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Breaks Ticket Sales Records on Australian Leg of Prismatic World Tour

Katy Perry Prismatic world tour recently wrapped up its Australian leg, and to say it was a success is something of an understatement. Katy's show broke a record at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, selling 89,500 tickets over six shows.  That beats the previous record, set by One Direction, of 81,542 tickets sold across seven shows in 2013.  Katy received a special bronze star plaque, as well as a bicycle, to commemorate her achievement. The plaque will be mounted on the arena's entryway. Katy got the bicycle because she enjoys biking around the various cities where she tours.  This…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Watch Rixton, Train, Jennifer Hudson on "A Home for the Holidays" Tonight

Rixton, Train and Jennifer Hudson are among the performers on this year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing tonight. As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care, as well as a segment on the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., waiting for a "forever family." Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, country star Ashley Monroe -- who duets with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- and country…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay

Remember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey. The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year.  Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy to Perform on People's Choice Awards

A former People's Choice Award winner and a current nominee will both perform on the 2015 People's Choice Awards telecast, airing January 7 on CBS. Iggy Azalea, who's up for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, will take the stage, and so will Fall Out Boy, who won the award for Best Alternative Band at this year's ceremony.  Fall Out Boy is promoting their forthcoming album, American Beauty/American Psycho, which comes out January 20.  Iggy's promoting her Great Escape tour, which kicks off in April in Fresno, California. Among the other music nominees for this year's awards: Sam Smith,…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora, Christina Perri & Aloe Blacc Sing on "Christmas in Washington," Tonight on TNT

TNT's annual Christmas in Washington special is about as American a show as you can get: it's taped in our nation's capital, with President Obama and his family in attendance.  That's why Rita Ora feels so honored that she was invited to perform on this year's show, which airs Friday night. The "Black Widow" singer tells ABC News Radio, "I think I'm holding the flag for the Brits right now. I'm really honored. I feel so kind've blessed to be in a situation where I can entertain not only the president but just the people of Washington." "Christmas is my…

posted 2014/12/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR