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Burger Chain Posts, then Deletes, Nasty Tweet About Madonna

During her recent promotional blitz for her new album Rebel Heart, Madonna has spoken a lot about ageism and her frustration with it.  So it's no wonder fans are up in arms about what Umami Burger, a fast food chain, said about her in a very nasty tweet. The tweet's since been deleted, reports Billboard, but of course, a screenshot's been captured.  The burger chain apparently shared a photo of a poster from its Costa Mesa, California location.  The caption read, "Heyyy @Drake, our Costa Mesa location has a solution," while the poster itself featured a head shot of the…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol's" Joey Cook Talks Quentin Incident, Twitter Save & Wedding Hair Color

The infamous confrontation between American Idol contestant Quentin Alexander and judge Harry Connick Jr. went down a week ago, but the show is using that tense moment in a promo to promote tonight's episode...and the show's mentor is not happy about it. A fan brought the promo to Scott Borchetta's attention, saying it was in "bad taste" and "horrible," and asking, "Does this help anyone?"  Borchetta responded, "I agree," and added, "NOT BASHING QUENTIN! I APPLAUD HIM. HE'S A GREAT ARTIST. I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THIS PROMO IS CUT - MAKES IT LOOK WORSE THAN IT WAS." During the…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears to Debut New Single, "Pretty Girls," with Iggy Azalea on "Billboard" Music Awards

Six-time Billboard Music Award winner Britney Spears will get some help from Iggy Azalea when Britney debuts her new single, "Pretty Girls," featuring Iggy, with a live performance on the Billboard Music Awards next month. Britney and Iggy join the list of big names who'll be taking the stage at this year's ceremony, which already includes Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend.  Other artists confirmed for the Billboard Music Awards are Hozier, Sam Smith, Fall Out Boy, and Nick Jonas.  The show will be hosted by Ludacris and John Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen. The 2015 Billboard Music…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry's Request to Trademark "Left Shark" Design Rejected

Katy Perry is trying to register a design for "Left Shark" -- inspired by the costumed dancer who wasn't quite in sync with a second "shark" during the singer's Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year -- but she's hit a roadblock. Her application to the U.S. Trademark Office was examined by David Collier, who determined that not enough evidence was submitted to indicate consumers would associate the "Left Shark" design with Katy's performance, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Katy's also looking to register the phrase "Left Shark." On that front, Collier seeks clarification on the kind of products to which…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Recap: Team Adam Down to One Artist

Adam Levine has only one artist remaining on his Voice team, following Tuesday night's results show. Joshua Davis is the sole survivor of Team Adam, having earned the instant save from viewers. His teammate, Deanna Johnson, was eliminated, as was Rob Taylor, a member of Christina Aguilera's crew. Joshua performed the Tom Petty tune “I Won’t Back Down” in his successful attempt to convince viewers to save him via social media. Deanna sang Martina McBride's “Help Me Make It Through The Night," and Rob covered the Otis Redding classic “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.” Blake Shelton still has…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Madonna Featured in "Variety's" New York Women's Impact Report

Taylor Swift has adopted New York City as her home, and she’s made quite an impact in the Big Apple since doing so. The singer, along with Lady Gaga and Madonna, has been included in Variety’s 2015 New York Women’s Impact Report. The report recognizes the year’s most influential women in entertainment, media, business and culture in New York City. “Hundreds of fresh-faced twentysomethings move to New York every week, but few get to announce their arrival via the opening track on the bestselling album of the year,” Variety writes of Taylor. “Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ may have drawn…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran First Artist Ever to Tour Australia & New Zealand Stadiums Solo

Just a couple of years ago, Ed Sheeran was opening for Taylor Swift when she toured stadiums around the world.  Now, Ed's doing it himself, and has just announced a bunch more stadium shows in Australia and New Zealand...and will set a record in the process. According to the concert promoter, Ed will be the first musician to do a tour of Australia and New Zealand stadiums entirely solo.  It'll just be him, his voice, guitar and loop pedals.  Conversely, when Taylor toured stadiums, she had a full band and dancers. Ed recently finished a March/April arena tour of those…

posted 2015/04/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


No Doubt's Adrian Young Says 2015 Is "About Playing Festivals"

This past weekend in Washington, D.C., No Doubt headlined the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event along with Train, Fall Out Boy, Usher and more.  This summer, the band will continue on the festival circuit, including headlining spots at Rock in Rio USA, New Orleans JazzFest, and the BottleRock Festival. Though a full-scale tour isn't on their summer schedule, any live dates at all are a welcome sight for No Doubt fans after the band postponed their 2013 tour. "This year is about playing festivals and then we'll see where that takes us," drummer Adrian Young tells Billboard of No Doubt's…

posted 2015/04/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Geeks Out over "The Hobbit" Set Visit

Who knew that Sam Smith was such a fan of the Hobbit films?  He's crammed his Instagram account full of photos of his visit to the movies' set in New Zealand, declaring it the "Best day of my life." Sam posted a slew of pictures of himself visting Hobbiton, the part of Middle Earth where Hobbits like Bilbo Baggins, the main character in the Hobbit films, and Frodo -- the main character in the The Lord of the Rings -- live.  "THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING," he wrote, adding,  "I feel like Frodo." Posing in front of the door to Bag…

posted 2015/04/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rihanna Teases Interlude Called "James Joint"

Rihanna continues to tease us with new music. On Tuesday, the singer released a short interlude called "James Joint," lifted from her upcoming album. In the minute-long cut, posted on her official website, Rih Rih sings about her love of weed. "I’d rather be smoking weed whenever we breathe/Every time you kiss me/Don’t say that you miss me/ Just come get me," she coos. Her eighth album, which is being executive produced by Kanye West, is due sometime this year. 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 2015/04/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Denies Texting During Off-Broadway Show

Despite being spotted by witnesses and called out by the show’s star, Madonna insists she was not texting during a performance of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton over the weekend. Madonna took in the show Saturday evening and was reportedly seen tapping away at her phone throughout the second act.  But the singer’s rep tells Us Weekly that the reports of her texting have been greatly exaggerated. “It's not true,” rep Liz Rosenberg says. “She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation.” An attendee,…

posted 2015/04/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson's Starting His Own Record Label

Not content to be part of the biggest boy band on the planet, One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is becoming a music mogul: he's starting his own record label. The British paper The Sun reports that the label will launch later this year as an imprint of 1D's label Syco, run by Simon Cowell.  Louis tells The Sun, "It’s absolutely great to be working with Syco on a label. This is something I’ve wanted to do for some time, and to be given the opportunity to potentially give new artists a platform is an incredible feeling." He adds, “I hope to…

posted 2015/04/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR