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2015-01-27

Iggy Azalea Is Hiring

Iggy Azalea is launching her first arena tour in the spring, and she's looking for talent. “I’m in the hiring stage at the moment, if you’re looking for a job," she jokes to Billboard.  “I’m just getting into auditioning dancers, putting together the band, that sort of thing, so I’m not really in the fun stage yet of designing.” Azalea says she's looking forward to creating the show once she has found the right team. "After that, I’ll get to do the fun stuff. The costumes and set design, musical transitions and all those fun things will start to happen next month,”…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ne-Yo Talks New "Absolutely True" Album "Non-Fiction," Says Rihanna's New Song Is "Incredible"

The expression "based on a true story" truly applies to Ne-Yo's new album Non-Fiction, which is in stores today.  He says all the songs on the album were either based on things that have actually happened to him, or to his fans.  While he didn't give his fans credit for sharing their stories with him, he says he was so specific that, if he wrote about you, you'll definitely know. Ne-Yo collected information from his fans by asking them to share their stories with him via social media. "Every story is absolutely a true story," he ABC News Radio. "I…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera to Open NBA All-Star Game

Christina Aguilera has joined the entertainment lineup for this year's NBA All-Star Game, which takes place February 15 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Christina will open the show with what's described as a "New York-inspired performance."  She'll be joined by the legendary Rockettes, the dance troupe from New York's Radio City Music Hall.  The game airs live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. As previously reported, Ariana Grande will perform at halftime during the game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement (s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter- wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Talks "Gay Icon" Status, Smoking Weed and Partying with Taylor Swift; Joins "Scream Queens" Cast

Now that Nick Jonas has ditched his squeaky-clean, purity-ring-wearing, tween idol identity, he’s free to speak candidly about everything from his gay fanbase to smoking weed, which he does in the new issue of Rolling Stone.  As he puts it, "My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago." The Jonas Brother-turned-solo star spoke to Rolling Stone about re-launching his career and becoming a bonafide sex symbol. Thanks to his hit song "Jealous" and his racy, ab-baring photos, Nick's sparked a successful second act for himself, and gained a lot of new fans in the process. Gay fans in…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Will Prince Make a Surprise Appearance at the Grammys?

Prince hasn't been announced as a performer at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, but he may just show up as a surprise guest, a source tells Us Weekly. The 56-year-old Purple Rain" singer “has something very, very special in the works,” according to the source. Prince popped up unannounced earlier this month at the Golden Globe Awards to present Best Original Song honors to John Legend and Common for their song “Glory,” from the film Selma. Prince released two albums in 2014, including, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with 3RDEYEGIRL. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chris Brown Delays Start of Tour

(NOTE LANGUAGE) Chris Brown was scheduled to launch his Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz and Tyga Tuesday night in Hampton, Virginia, but the singer announced Monday he's postponing the opening dates in order to complete his court-ordered community service. Brown stated in an Instagram post that the 25-date tour was being postponed for "a couple weeks." Brown wrote: "I would first like to apologize to all the fans and people who have been supporters of me and all the music over the years. The beginning of the BTS tour has been moved to later dates now. The judge…

posted 2015/01/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-26

Nathan Sykes, Formerly of The Wanted, Goes Solo

Nathan Sykes, formerly of the British boy band The Wanted, is officially launching his solo career. The 21-year-old spoke about his new musical direction in an interview with U.K. fashion publication Hunger TV. “From being one fifth of a group to being a soloist, there is always the chance to surprise people as they are only now seeing 100% of me for the first time,” Nathan says.  “It’s like a second, first impression and whereas I don’t necessarily think it’s important to change people’s perceptions, I do think it’s exciting that people won’t just see me as ‘the young one…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Mraz Announces Additional Dates for YES! World Tour

Jason Mraz has added more dates to his ongoing YES! world tour. The new dates kick off March 9 in Ames, Iowa and continue with shows throughout the month in Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. The run of intimate U.S. shows will be followed by two special concerts in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China. As previously announced, Jason will make stops next month in England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and South Africa. The singer/songwriter began his YES! tour in 2014 with the intent of performing at smaller venues across the globe. He’s expected to…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Imagine Dragons to Perform In-Flight Concert

Imagine Dragons will be giving flight to their new album. The band has teamed up Southwest Airlines for the Destination Dragons promotion, which gives fans a chance to win tickets to intimate club dates with Imagine Dragons and to "Live at 35" -- a special in-flight performance taking place at 35,000 feet during a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia. Beginning February 3, fans can enter to win a grand prize package including travel to Las Vegas to attend the Imagine Dragons show on February 23, prime seating on the "Live at 35" flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta,…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Says She Thought Grammy Nod Was a "Joke"; Is Working on New Album

Despite the success of her album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus was totally shocked when she found out she was nominated for a Grammy. “I thought it was a joke,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “My friend was in my room and said, 'Hey! You just got nominated for a Grammy,' and I was like, ‘You're kidding… there’s no way.’ I Googled and I was like, 'Oh yeah! I am, I actually am!'” She doesn’t put much stock in winning, though. “I'm pretty mellow with that kind of stuff,” she said. “I'm not a pessimist but I'm just saying I won't be crying…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine to Perform on the Academy Awards

Adam Levine isn't nominated for an Oscar, but he'll be performing at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Adam will sing the Oscar-nominated song "Lost Stars" on the telecast, which airs on ABC February 22 at 8 p.m ET with host Neil Patrick Harris.  Adam sang the song in the movie Begin Again, which cast him as a musician who dumps his girlfriend, played by Keira Knightley, after finding fame.  Keira's character is a singer/songwriter, who writes the song for Adam's character as a present, and then feels betrayed when he releases a "commercialized" version of it that she doesn't like.…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Phillip Phillips Files Lawsuit Against "American Idol" Producer 19 Entertainment Over "Oppressive" Contract

In a move that could have far-reaching implications for past, present and future American Idol contestants, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has filed a major lawsuit against show producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies, claiming he was “manipulated” into accepting jobs since winning the competition series. Phillip filed his petition with the California Labor Commissioner on January 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His post-Idol allegations include being forced to perform for free to promote JetBlue, one of American Idol’s sponsors. He also claimed he didn't even know the title of his last album before it was…

posted 2015/01/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR