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2014-04-18

"American Idol" Recap: Dexter Is Eliminated

American Idol said goodbye to Dexter Roberts on Thursday night. The 22-year-old country musician from Fayette, Alabama, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse. For his swan song, Dexter took on Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man," which he previously performed last month, when the top 12 tackled songs that reminded them of home. On Wednesday night's "competitors' picks" performance show, Dexter covered Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water." The half-hour results show began with a cameo from Kevin Bacon, who stars in the Fox drama The Following. The top six will return to the American Idol stage next…

posted 2014/04/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-04-17

See Jason Derulo & Jordin Sparks Perform New Duet Live for the First Time

Jason Derulo's new album Talk Dirty includes plenty of upbeat tunes, but there also are tender moments, like "Vertigo," a romantic duet with his girlfriend Jordin Sparks.  Now, you can watch the two lovebirds perform the song live. A new video posted on Jason's YouTube channel shows the two performing the song live for the first time, for a Walmart Soundcheck performance.  There are no flashy special effects or costumes: the two simply sing the tune, which is basically about getting busy, while staring into each other's eyes.  "Ladies come and go but you got something different/Had me so addicted…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend Executive-Producing Documentary-Style Dance Movie

John Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Deadline reports their upcoming project will mix two movie subgenres -- dance movies and found footage -- to create a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation."  John will serve as an executive producer, while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut. The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Perform in a Parking Lot

Grammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have filled concert venues around the world, but next month, you'll be able to see them perform in a mall parking lot for free. No, the duo hasn't fallen on hard times: they're teaming with Microsoft for a special promotional appearance.  Access Atlanta reports that the software giant is opening a new store in the upscale Perimeter Mall, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, and it's enlisted Macklemore & Lewis to perform at the grand opening next month. The free show will take place in the parking lot of the mall at 8:30 p.m.…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film

John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through. Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut. The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus Postpones Two More Concerts, Rails Against Rumors: "Stop Scaring My Fans"

Miley Cyrus, still hospitalized due to her severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic, has been forced to postpone two concerts: one in Kansas City, MO, and one in Nashville, TN. The April 18 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena has been rescheduled to August 7.  A note on the venue's website says, "Miley continues to be hospitalized due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. All tickets for the show will be honored on the new date." The April 19 show at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville has been postponed to August 9.  Meanwhile, Miley is furiously tweeting her displeasure at the…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

LMFAO's Redfoo to Guest-Judge "Dancing with the Stars" Monday Night

It's hard to imagine a member of LMFAO doing anything on the dance floor except shufflin', but the duo's Redfoo will be sitting at the judges' table Monday night on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Monday night's theme is Party Anthems Night, so the man behind the smash hit "Party Rock Anthem" is an appropriate choice to guest judge the show.  In addition, Redfoo actually has experience as a reality show judge, having served in that capacity on the Australian version of The X Factor. While LMFAO hasn't broken up, Redfoo and his nephew and band mate Sky Blu have…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Should Bruno, Katy, Pharrell, Lorde & Taylor Make the "Time" 100?

Each year, Time magazine compiles the "Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world.  While that list is chosen by Time's editors, readers are allowed to vote for stars of music, TV and film who they believe have changed the world in the past year.  Voting's open now, and among those up for the honor are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lorde. Time is offering readers the chance to choose among 18 of the world's most popular stars and one top songwriting duo: the husband and wife team who wrote the songs for the…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings

Lorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand -- but she's decided to give away all the prize money. According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde's album Pure Heroine won this year's Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year.  The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees. In an acceptance…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Scores Biggest Hit to Date with "Sing," Explains Why He Defied Warnings Not to Play Madison Square Garden

Looks like the fans are enjoying Ed Sheeran's new sound: his new single "Sing" has already become his biggest U.S. chart hit. Billboard reports that "Sing" has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #15.  That already tops the British star's previous high mark of #16, which is where "The A Team" peaked back in January of 2013.  "Sing" also sold an impressive 123,000 copies in its first week on sale.  The Pharrell Williams-produced "Sing" is the first single from Ed's sophomore album x, pronounced "multiply," which is due out in June.  He shot the video for the track this…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: The Top Seven Perform "Competitors' Picks"

American Idol's top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing "competitors' picks." Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants. It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show. Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus' Allergic Reaction Explained

Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in Missouri this week due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her camp has since shed more light on what exactly is bothering her. A rep for Miley says in a statement the singer obtained a prescription for an antibiotic known as cephalexin to treat a sinus infection that was diagnosed last week. She subsequently suffered an allergic reaction to the drug.  Cephalexin is also sold under the brand name Keflex. The rep says such a reaction can last from five to 27 days. The statement adds, "She…

posted 2014/04/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR