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2014-04-22

A Great Big World Debut "Already Home" Video, Starring "Glee's" Darren Criss

A Great Big World has other songs besides "Say Something," y'know. The duo has just debuted the new video for their next single, "Already Home," and they've tapped some well-known actors to play the starring roles: Glee's Darren Criss and Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr. The fact that Darren is starring in the duo's video is something of a "full circle" moment, since the way many of us first heard of A Great Big World is when their song "This Is the New Year" was featured on Glee's fourth season.  In the video, Darren and Jessica play a couple who live…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Turned Down "Titanium" Because She Didn't Want to Be a "Motivational Speaker"

Even if you don't know Sia Furler's name, you know her voice: she's the one who sings lead on David Guetta's smash hit "Titanium."  Now, in a new interview, Sia reveals that the song wasn't originally intended for her to record -- in fact, Katy Perry was among those who turned it down. Sia tells The New York Times that when she wrote the song -- it took her 40 minutes -- and sang on the demo, she thought she was crafting it for David Guetta to give to Alicia Keys.  After it was done, David tried to get other…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Robin Thicke to Guest-Star on "American Dad"

Robin Thicke is about to add "voice actor" to his resume: he'll be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of the Fox animated show American Dad. On the May 4 episode of the Seth MacFarlane-created show, Roger bets an annoying coffee-shop musician that he can outplay him.  Robin plays that annoying musician. In a cool twist, Robin's famous dad, Alan Thicke, also guest-stars in the episode, as himself. American Dad airs on Fox at 7: 30 p.m. ET/PT as part of the networks Sunday night "Animation Domination" lineup. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Is Adele Planning a "Comeback" Concert?

Other than her performance at the Academy Awards in early 2013, it's hard to think of the last time Adele performed live for a big audience.  But if one British tabloid report is to be believed, she'll be hitting the stage later this year for a big "comeback" concert. The British paper The Sunday Express claims that Adele's new album is due in October, and she wants to celebrate it by performing a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. A source close to Adele tells the paper, "This is the most exciting and promising news fans have had from Adele…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hawaii Governor Proclaims "Bruno Mars Day," State Legislature Honors Him, Too

On Monday night, Bruno Mars wrapped up three big concerts in his home state of Hawaii, and Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie honored their local-boy-made-good by proclaiming "Bruno Mars Day" throughout the Aloha state. The proclamation of Bruno Mars Day -- April 21, 2014 -- notes Bruno's many accomplishments, and states that his "talent for combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics has helped him emerge as one of Hawaii's most popular artists." In addition, the Hawaiian legislature honored Bruno backstage at his concert with a special certificate, according to the Hawaii Reporter.  "Bruno Mars, a young man born…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Postpones Australian Tour Due to Illness

Illness has forced Lorde to postpone a tour of Australia that was scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 24.The Australian promoter Frontier Touring issued a statement saying Lorde will return to her native New Zealand for “immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year.”The 17-year-old singer also released a statement through Frontier Touring, saying, “It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Talks New Video, Green Hair on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Katy Perry shared info on her upcoming video for her single "Birthday" during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night. Katy revealed that she went undercover as five of the world's "worst birthday entertainers" for the clip. She explained, "I was sick of making...gorgeous music videos where I'm like sexual." Jimmy Kimmel quipped, "People are sick of that, yeah." Some footage from Katy's undercover adventures aired on the show, including a scene in which she played an androgynous character, "Kriss the Clown," who's on parole and who inadvertently causes a car crash during a party. The lyric…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Missing Jay Z Recordings at Center of Alleged Extortion Plot

Some Jay Z recordings that disappeared more than a decade ago have reportedly turned up, as part of an alleged extortion plot that has come to light. TMZ reports Chauncey Mahan, a producer who worked with Jay between 1998 and 2002, was in possession of the recordings, which belonged to Jay's Roc-A-Fella Records and went missing in 2002.  Mahan allegedly contacted Live Nation, which has a relationship with the rapper, and said he would put the recordings up for auction unless he received a 100-thousand-dollar "storage fee" to relinquish them. Both sides reportedly agreed on a 75-thousand-dollar amount, but on…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: The Live Round Begins

The Voice launched its live round on Monday night, with the 12 remaining artists taking the stage for solo performances. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were there to offer their two cents. Here's what happened during the two-hour show: Team Usher's Bria Kelly opened the broadcast with a risky song choice: Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Adam said it was a tall order to take on that hit, but she brought angst and something different to it. However, both he and Shakira wished Bria sang it in a higher key. Usher said he felt the passion and fire…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Despite Claim, Photographer Did Not Hear Madonna's New Album

Hey, did you hear?  Madonna's album is totally done...and a famous photographer has heard it!  Except...it's not, and he didn't, and the whole thing is a lie. That's according to the Queen of Pop's rep, who tells ABC News Radio that an Instagram post from fashion photographer Mert Alas, in which he claimed to be listening to the star's album, is nonsense. Alas is one half of the photography duo Mert and Marcus; together, they directed Madonna's 2012 video for "Girl Gone Wild."  Alas posted a photo of Madonna, and captioned it, "In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

As Neon Trees Release New Album, Singer Says His Coming Out Has Been "Entirely Positive"

This week, Neon Trees is out with their brand-new album Pop Psychology, and lead singer Tyler Glenn is out, period.  The singer recently revealed in a much-publicized Rolling Stone article that he is gay.  While some of the songs on the album, including the first single "Sleeping with a Friend," directly address Tyler's situation, he said he didn't set out to make an album solely about that. "As I was writing, I didn't know I was going to come out, you know. It was a process," he tells ABC News Radio. "And for me, it started out as writing a…

posted 2014/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-04-21

Little Mix Sets First North American Headlining Tour

Little Mix is launching their first headlining tour of North America. The British girl group, best known for their hit "Wings," will kick off the trek on September 10 in Boca Raton, Florida, and wrap things up October 11 in Toronto. You'll be able to get a preview of the tour on June 17, when the group performs on NBC's Today show summer concert series.  Tickets go on sale April 26 but Citi cardmembers can get pre-sale tickets starting on Tuesday via CitiPrivatePass.com. Little Mix is touring behind their second album, Salute, and current single, "Move."  Earlier this year, they…

posted 2014/04/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR