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2014-10-29

Coldplay Recorded New Song for Angelina Jolie's New Drama, "Unbroken"

A new Coldplay song is on the horizon. The inspirationally-titled "Miracles" is set to appear on the soundtrack for Angelina Jolie's new drama, the equally inspirational Unbroken. Coldplay wrote and recorded "Miracles" specifically for the film's soundtrack. Directed by Jolie, Unbroken tells the true story of Olympian and World War II soldier Louis "Louie" Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell, who was  captured during WWII and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. The soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records December 16. Unbroken opens in theaters Christmas Day. Before the soundtrack comes out, Coldplay will release their new concert film and live…

posted 2014/10/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga's New H&M Holiday Campaign Ad to Premiere Nov. 25

Lady Gaga and her duet partner Tony Bennett are the stars of H&M's new holiday campaign, and the extended version of the commercial they shot together will premiere on the clothing retailer's website on November 25. The ad features the two artists performing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," from their album Cheek to Cheek. The director of the commercial says, "We were inspired by the glitz, glamor, and opulence of the 1940's Big Band era. The mood is one of festive celebration shot through with a strong sense of fashion and an underlying humor.…

posted 2014/10/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pink Says She's Not Abandoning Her Pop Persona: "I Like Flying Around on Stage"

For Pink's latest musical project -- a folk-influenced acoustic album that she recorded with her friend Dallas Green under the name You + Me -- she's been going by her birth name, Alecia Moore.  But she says fans shouldn't worry: Pink the Pop Star will be back. “I love pop music,” she tells the British paper The Guardian. “I like flying around on stage. I have such a good time. People say, ‘Why’s she always in the f***ing air?’ Because I’m having more fun than you.  F**k you.” Well, that's certainly the Pink we know and love. But as she explains,…

posted 2014/10/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J Talks Going "Bang Bang" Without Ariana & Nicki: "I Miss Them"

Jessie J's spent most of this past month making TV appearances in support of her new album Sweet Talker, and that means she's been performing her hit single "Bang Bang" without her musical partners in crime, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.  While many artists would probably be happy not to have to share the spotlight, Jessie says she actually misses having them onstage with her. "It makes me realize how loud I am in comparison to Ariana," Jessie laughs, talking about performing 'Bang Bang" solo. "Her voice is so soft and sweet and buttery, and I'm like, 'SHE MIGHTA LET…

posted 2014/10/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: Knockout Rounds Continue with a Steal by Gwen

The Voice staged its second night of the Knockout Rounds on Tuesday night. Once again, Taylor Swift dispensed advice to the artists during rehearsals. Artists from Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams' teams competed during the episode. The contestants on Team Blake Shelton didn't make an appearance. The one-hour broadcast began with a face-off between Team Gwen's Taylor John Williams and Troy Ritchie. Troy chose the OutKast hit "Hey Ya!" At Taylor Swift's suggestion, he performed a slow, acoustic version of the first verse before abandoning the guitar and singing the rest of the song as OutKast did a…

posted 2014/10/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Chats with Letterman About "Secret Sessions," Being an NYC Ambassador

Late Show with David Letterman was Taylor Swift's latest stop on her 1989 media tour Tuesday night. One of the topics of discussion was Taylor's "1989 Secret Sessions," in which she previewed the album for fans at her homes in Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville and Rhode Island, plus a hotel room in London, prior to its release this week. An incredulous Letterman asked her what the screening process was, and the singer explained how she plucked devoted fans from social media to take part in the sessions. Letterman wondered, "That sounds great, but how do you get them…

posted 2014/10/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-28

Ariana Grande Says She Worked with Lorde on "Hunger Games" Song

When the track listing for the Lorde-curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 was announced, the fifth track was left untitled, and it was credited only to "various artists." Well, Ariana Grande has all but confirmed that she's one of those artists. During a Livestream chat with fans on Tuesday, Ariana revealed that she recorded a song with Lorde and DJ/producer/rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo for the soundtrack. She described it as an "interesting" and "different" song. Charli XCX and Tove Lo are two of the other artists on the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, which is due…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pitbull to Star in Not One but Two Reality Shows

Things just got real with Pitbull.  Deadline reports that the rapper will be the star of not one but two reality TV shows. Mr. Worldwide is teaming up with The Weinstein Company for the two projects.  The first, called Pitbull: The Lyfe, will give fans an up-close-and-personal look at his world tour, his recording sessions and his life behind the scenes.  The second series is called The REAL Change Project, and it involves Pitbull teaming with other celebrities for a good cause. On The REAL Change Project, Pit will work with people like Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rita Ora's First Reaction to "Black Widow" -- "This Is the F***ing Song!"

Rita Ora graces the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and inside, the Albanian-born British singer talks about relationships, sex and her hit with Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow." "As soon as I heard it, I was like 'This is the f***ing song,'" Rita tells Cosmo about "Black Widow."  "Katy Perry co-wrote it, [so] it felt nice to have all the women involved." Rita's single before "Black Widow" was "I Will Never Let You Down," which was written and produced by her now-ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris.  It reached #1 in the U.K. but stalled in the U.S., amid controversy that…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

London Mayoral Candidate Wants to Erect Statue of Adele in the Capital

In London, England, there are hundreds of statues of notable people, from military heroes to great writers to former monarchs.  But one London mayoral candidate says it's time to erect sculptures that honoring some of our modern-day British heroes...like Adele, for example. According to the Evening Standard, the candidate, David Lammy, wants to honor current cultural icons who hail from London's outer boroughs.  He said in a speech at a university, "Walk through Central London and you’ll pass statue after statue celebrating iconic Londoners. But why are these mostly limited to Zone One?"  "Zone One" is a reference to the…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New David Guetta Album Includes Ryan Tedder, Sia, John Legend, The Script, Nicki Minaj, Nico & Vinz & More

David Guetta's upcoming album Listen features a slew of famous names, some of whom are re-teaming with the French deejay for a second go-round. Both Sia and Nicki Minaj -- David's collaborators on the hits "Titantium" and "Turn Me On," respectively -- return for appearances on Listen.  Nicki is featured on a track called "Hey Mama," which also includes contributions from Afrojack.  Sia sings on two tracks: "Bang My Head" and "The Whisperer."  The list of collaborators includes a bunch of other well-known acts: Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, The Script, John Legend, Emeli Sande and MAGIC!, among…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

New Taylor Swift Wax Figure Unveiled in Washington, D.C.; 1989 on Track for 900K Sales

Even though it often seems she is, even Taylor Swift can't be everywhere at once.  Good thing she's got two new wax figures of herself making their debuts this week at Madame Tussauds.  On Monday, a new figure of Taylor was unveiled at Madame Tussauds' Hollywood location.  On Tuesday, a completely different figure made its debut at the museum's Washington, D.C. location.  The figure shows the singer wearing high heels, a ruby-red sequined top and black shorts, and she's holding her "Taylor" acoustic/electric guitar.  Her hair is in bangs, but it's longer, not her recent, shorter 'do. Taylor's had a…

posted 2014/10/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR