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2014-10-23

Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, A Great Big World & More Up for NewNowNext Awards

Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, A Great Big World, Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas are among the musical nominees for Logo TV's NewNowNext Awards.  The awards not only celebrate what's happening right now, they're also designed to introduce fans to what will be the future of popular culture in the coming year. In addition to music, the NewNowNextAwards also cover movies, TV and theater.  Because Logo is targeted towards the LGBT community, nominees are often gay-friendly, or gay themselves.  In the music category, for example, nominees Mary Lambert, Sam Smith and Chad from A Great Big World are openly gay.  Another…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX Says Lorde Recruited Her for "Hunger Games" Soundtrack via Instagram

Lorde says that she personally reached out to all the artists featured on the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack via social media to ask them to be part of the project.  Charli XCX confirms that's true, but says she nearly missed the invitation because of it. Speaking to The Insider, Charli says that Lorde "actually messaged [me] on Instagram and I didn’t see it because I didn't know you could message people on Instagram. So, I think she thought I was ignoring her for ages because I never got back to her but then we figured it…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie Says Son Can "Turn Up," Wants Him to Be a Miami Dolphins Fan

Fergie is busy at work on her upcoming album, due out next year, but she's also been focused on being a mom to her one-year-old son, Axl Jack. On Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she stopped by to promote her latest single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," Fergie hinted her son may have a career in entertainment in his future. "His dad brings him in during my dance rehearsals, you know, for the video," Fergie said.  "And Axl will start [dancing] and I'm like, 'Turn up! Turn up! Turn down for what?' Until he goes...he does this little, this little,…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Las Vegas to Celebrate Britney Spears Day November 5

Britney Spears' Las Vegas show Piece of Me has taken the city by storm.  Now the city is planning to honor her for her achievement. The Las Vegas Sun reports that November 5 will be proclaimed Britney Spears Day in Las Vegas, and the star will be presented with an official proclamation and the key -- not to the city, but to the Las Vegas Strip.  Britney herself confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, "#BritneyDay in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can't wait to celebrate with you Vegas  See y'all there??" Britney will also celebrate with fans that…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Wins Big at Britain's MOBO Awards, Says He Wants to Work with John Legend

After picking up a trophy for Best New Act at Britain's Q Awards on Wednesday afternoon, Sam Smith went on to score four more at yet another award ceremony in London that same night. Sam won Best Male and Best R&B/Soul at Britain's MOBO Awards, which stands for Music of Black Origin. His album In the Lonely Hour was named Best Album, while his song "Stay with Me" was named Best Song. Other winners included Jessie J and Beyonce. According to the BBC, Sam said of his wins, "I came last year and really wanted to win best newcomer but…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Says Taylor Swift's "One of the Few" Music Biz Friendships She's Kept

Demi Lovato may have had a falling out with her former BFF Selena Gomez -- she indicated in an interview that they grew apart -- but she's proud she still has Taylor Swift in her life. Speaking to ET Canada, Demi says of Taylor, "She's one person that I feel like, one of the few people I've maintained a friendship with in this industry. [Fame] just changes people and it's hard, because you have incredible friendships, and people change." According to ET Canada, when asked about Taylor's recent statement that it's sexist to dismiss her as someone who "just writes…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

On "Ellen," Taylor Swift Talks Irrational Fear of Sea Urchins, Reveals How to Render Adam Levine Helpless

Taylor Swift appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to discuss her new album and her debut Monday night as a mentor on The Voice, but in a series of advance clips, she also discusses her deepest, darkest fears, both of which are somewhat irrational. The first of Taylor's irrational fears has to do with sea urchins.  When Ellen tries to argue that sea urchins are just sitting there minding their own business, Taylor counters, "They're sitting there waiting to completely injure you!" "OK, like, if you're in the Caribbean, you're like, 'This water's so beautiful, it's amazing,' and…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Announce North American & European Dates for On the Road Again Tour

One Direction has revealed European and North American dates for its On the Road Again 2015 stadium tour.  The North American leg of the outing begins July 9 in San Diego, CA.  Tickets go on sale November 1 via LiveNation.com. The tour comes in support of the band's new album, Four, which is due November 17.  In a statement, Niall Horan says, "We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine Calls His Wife "The Best Dressed Woman Out There"

Adam Levine's wife Behati Prinsloo is a model, so of course she's going to have some sort of style.  But Adam thinks that when it comes to getting fashion right, there's nobody who can touch her. During an interview with Refinery29 about the newest holiday designs for his clothing line, The Adam Levine Collection, the Maroon 5 singer was asked to name the best fashion advice his wife ever gave him.  "Well, I’m...really lucky because my wife happens to be — in my opinion — the best dressed woman out there," he says. "Obviously, I’m biased, but I just feel…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige & 5 Seconds of Summer to Perform on American Music Awards

Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and 5 Seconds of Summer have been added to the list of performers at the 2014 American Music Awards.  They join a bill that already includes Charli XCX and Pitbull, the latter of whom's also hosting the show. It's not clear if Sam and Mary J. will perform together but it may be a good bet, considering the two recorded a duet earlier this year, and Sam contributes to Mary's upcoming album, The London Sessions. Iggy Azalea leads the nominees for this year's AMAs with six.  Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend each have…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Charli XCX Having Fun Singing for "Young Girls & Beautiful Gay Boys" on Tour

Charli XCX pushed back the release date of her much-anticipated new album Sucker because her single "Boom Clap" just keeps going and going.  But the singer still launched a U.S. headlining tour, taking the risky move of performing new music that her fans weren't familiar with.  Luckily, she says it's paid off for her. "I have been doing a lot of new songs and, y'know, it's quite nerve-wracking for me because that's the first time they'll hear the new songs, like, me playing them live," she tells ABC News Radio.  "There isn't like an MP3 of them, or whatever. So…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Vows; Shopping for Home in Paris

If Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it. The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have "major problems" at one point, they've "worked it out." And now they're looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month. An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey…

posted 2014/10/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR