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2014-08-20

Sara Bareilles to Perform During "In Memoriam" Segment at This Year's Emmy Awards

Sara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards. Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy.  She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year.  Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal. It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana, Jessie & Nicki to Perform "Bang Bang," Sam Smith Added to Lineup at MTV VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday, and a whole slew of stars have just been added to the lineup. First of all, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj will deliver the first performance of their hit "Bang Bang" live on the show. That's not just the first TV performance: it'll literally be the first time all three women have ever sung the song together in public. The video for the clip will premiere after their performance at BangBang.MTV.com. Next, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut at the VMAs.  He's nominated for Artist to…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train, Meghan Trainor, Matt Nathanson to Perform at Live in the Vineyard Festival

Train, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9. The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs.  Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times. In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival]…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is "Mind-Blowing to Me...It's So Above My Comprehension"

Taylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly.  But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking. In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop.  She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Largest-Ever Collection of Madonna Memorabilia Going on the Auction Block This Fall

Over the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills. Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online.  The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Hudson’s Half-Brother Arrested in Stabbing Incident

The half-brother of Jennifer Hudson is facing felony charges after allegedly stabbing a man in Michigan, WWMT.com reported. Stephen Angelo Simpson, 45, is accused of stabbing a man several times at an apartment complex in South Haven Charter Township early Tuesday and then fleeing the scene. Police said the victim is the boyfriend of Simpson’s estranged wife. He is expected to recover. Simpson, who reportedly has a history of domestic violence, is expected to be charged with first-degree home invasion and attempted murder. Jennifer's former brother-in-law, William Balfour, was convicted a few years ago in the 2008 murders of her…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-19

Katy Perry Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Madonna

Katy Perry picked a convenient place to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge: at a water park. While visiting the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City on a break from her Prismatic tour, a bikini-clad Katy posted a video in which she perched on a mock pirate ship and announced that she'd accepted the challenge of dumping ice water over her head to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.  Among those who'd nominated her: actress Zooey Deschanel, who many feel is Katy's lookalike, and Girls star Allison Williams. After being doused by two buckets of…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson Among Marie Claire's "20 Women Changing the World"

Can a pop star change the world?  According to Marie Claire magazine, the answer's yes.  The magazine's current issue highlights "20 Women Changing the World," and some top female singers are included on that list. Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Jennifer Hudson are all featured on the list, alongside people like Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria.  Alicia is included because of her work with her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps families in Africa and India fight HIV/AIDS.  J-Hud is there for establishing her charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after her murdered nephew. …

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell's Hat Going on Display in Washington, D.C.

Over the past year, Pharrell Williams' hat -- that huge brown one that he wore to the Grammy Awards -- has become almost as famous as he is.  Now, you'll be able to see it up close and personal, when it goes on display in a Washington, D.C. museum. As you might remember, the fast food chain Arby's, whose logo is a large hat that's very similar to Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood-designed topper, joked about the resemblance during the Grammy Awards via Twitter, and that tweet was retweeted more than 80,000 times. Arby's later purchased the headgear from the singer for…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to Appear on HSN; "Cheek to Cheek" Track Listing Revealed

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are pulling out all the stops to promote their upcoming album of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek.  Not only will the two be starring in PBS concert special in October, but they've just announced they'll appear on HSN next month. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek is a one-hour HSN Live music special airing September 13 that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their new album, including unreleased footage of Gaga and Tony in the recording studio.  During the special, you'll be able to pre-order an HSN exclusive deluxe…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Announces First-Ever Tour of New Zealand, Promises "Bull Terriers & Bathtubs" for US Dates

While she's performed all over the world in the last year, Lorde has never done a headlining tour of her own country -- but that's about to change. The singer has announced she'll do her first-ever headlining tour in New Zealand in late October and early November.  So far, four all-ages shows have been announced in New Zealand's four major cities. In a statement, Lorde says, "I've been itching to do a New Zealand tour...Kiwi audiences are the best, and I'm so happy to be playing the final shows for Pure Heroine here. It's only right I come full circle,…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: NFL Asking Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna to Pay to Play the Super Bowl

When artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions.  But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League are asking stars to pay to play. According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay.  But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income"…

posted 2014/08/19 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR