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2014-07-25

Taylor Swift Pleases Photo-Snapping Fans in NY's Central Park

Taylor Swift wrote recently that autographs are obsolete, and all people want from her these days are photographs.  It's no surprise, considering how accommodating the superstar is when fans request them. The New York Daily News reports that when Taylor was strolling in New York's Central Park recently, she was spotted by excited fans, all of whom wanted a picture with her.  She obliged them, and even waited patiently for one to get out a rowboat in one of the park's lakes so she could pose with her. That same day, the News reports, Taylor, who was wearing sky-high pink…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fun. Guitarist Jack Antonoff Likens His Bleachers Project to a "Parallel World"

There are differences between fun. and Bleachers, says guitarist Jack Antonoff, not only in how the music sounds but how it is created. In this week's episode of Billboard.com's Pop Shop Podcast, Antonoff told co-hosts Jason Lipshutz and Keith Caulfield that the members of fun. contribute to a collaborative process.  His side Bleachers project, however, is "way lonelier," explaining that it's "just living with the ideas in my head and trying to figure out what's working and what isn't. ... It's like a parallel world." Antonoff added, "The project wouldn't exist if it was too similar.  If that was something…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ricky Martin: Coaching "The Voice" Around the World

After serving as a coach on the Australian version of The Voice, Ricky Martin is now going to be fulfilling that role in a completely different country: Mexico. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this version of the show will debut its fourth season on Mexico's Televisa network on September 7.  The other coaches include Italian singer/songwriter Laura Pausini, and two Latin stars: Yuri and Julion Alvarez. On the Australian version of The Voice, Ricky replaced Keith Urban, who left to judge American Idol. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sia Explains Why She's Avoiding Fame & the Spotlight: "That's Just Not Something I Want"

Sia saw her album 1000 Forms of Fear debut at #1 recently, and she's got a big hit on the charts with "Chandelier."  But even though her music's everywhere, the Aussie singer/songwriter's image is not.  She won't show her face in interviews, she doesn't appear on the cover of her album, she posed for the cover of Billboard with a bag over her head, and in her publicity photos, she's wearing a bag as well.  So what's the deal? "I don't want to be famous," she tells ABC News.  "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kesha Admits She Once Broke Into Prince's House

Kesha's had no problem getting people to listen to her music since going all the way to #1 with her song "TiK ToK" in 2010, but there was a time in her career when she had to resort to desperate measures. The Rising Star expert visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and explained how after moving to Los Angeles when she was 17 years old, she broke into her idol Prince's house to deliver a CD with some of her songs on it. Kesha told Fallon sneaking into the "Purple Rain" singer's home was actually pretty easy.…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

The Story of My Life: One Direction to Release Autobiography on September 25

One Direction just celebrated their fourth anniversary as a group, but how well do you really know Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall?  Well, get ready to become a lot more familiar with the lads, because they've just announced their official autobiography. Called Who We Are, the book will arrive in stores September 25, and in an Instagram video announcing the project, the band promises it'll give you the real scoop.  "You've been with them through every step of this story," says the video. "This is how it feels to be inside the world of One Direction. This is Who…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Jammed with Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges on "The Giver" Movie Set

Taylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.  Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming. Bridges is also a musician who's recorded a few albums and toured.  He told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, "Taylor was so terrific. Our scenes we had together, a lot of [them] were at a piano. So, we [both being] lovers of music, we talked a…

posted 2014/07/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-07-24

Iggy Azalea Is New Host of MTV's "House of Style"

MTV's fashion show House of Style is coming back with a "Fancy" new host: Iggy Azalea. The channel is officially reviving the show, which first started back in 1989 with original host Cindy Crawford.  The new series debuts on August 4, and according to MTV, Iggy says it'll be "wild, crazy, fun and fascinating, all at the same time."  The eight-episode run will, as usual, focus on the intersection between fashion and music, with behind-the-scenes looks at designers, visits to video sets and shopping excursions. Iggy will also host a House of Style VMA fashion special on August 26 at…

posted 2014/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Previews Her Verse on Ariana/Jessie J Collabo "Bang Bang"

Ariana Grande is currently mourning the passing of her beloved grandfather, but the idea of her new single may be the one thing that's cheering her up. Next week, "Bang Bang," her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, arrives, and Nicki is getting fans hyped by releasing a snippet of her verse on Instagram. In the rapid-fire verse, Nicki spits, "Get a ride in the engine that could, Go!/Batman Robin it/ Bang bang cockin’ it/ Queen Nicki dominant/Prominent/ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari/ If they test me they sorry." As previously reported, "Bang Bang" will be a track on…

posted 2014/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, Usher to Perform on "Fashion Rocks" TV special

Fashion Rocks, a star-studded concert event, will return for the first time in about five years on September 9.  This year's show will air on CBS, live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz and Usher, among others. Ryan Seacrest will host the show, which also will feature sets by Afrojack, Duran Duran, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS, Rita Ora and country stars Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.  More artists, as well as celebrity presenters, will be announced soon. The show's executive producer said in a statement, "Fashion Rocks is…

posted 2014/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Unveils PSA for "Make Roar Happen" Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric Video

During the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers' lives easier.  Now, she's debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called "Make Roar Happen." Staples, which is sponsoring Katy's tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers.  Many teachers don't have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead.  DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don't have to do that. In the PSA,…

posted 2014/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall

American Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall.  Now we know the dates. The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates. Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com. The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle. American Authors is currently touring…

posted 2014/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR