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2014-10-08

Meghan Trainor Tops Record-Setting All-Female Top 5, "Animals" Roars into Top 10

It's still all about the girls, 'bout the girls, 'bout the girls on the Billboard Hot 100, as Meghan Trainor's booty-shaking "All About That Bass" stays at #1 for a fifth week.  But now she's leading an all-female top five to a record-setting streak. Previously, the longest period during which all five top slots on the Hot 100 had been occupied by female artists had been four weeks.  This week, a new record is set with five.  Following Meghan at #1, we've got Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" at #2; Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" at #3; Jessie J, Ariana Grande…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, A Great Big World, American Authors & More to Play All-Star VH1 "You Oughta Know" Concert on Nov. 13

VH1 has featured a number of artists this year as part of its You Oughta Know music discovery program. Now the channel is rounding them up for one big blowout concert in New York City November 13. The bill for the show, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, includes Sam Smith, A Great Big World, American Authors, Mary Lambert, Aloe Blacc, Tove Lo, Echosmith, KONGOS, Vance Joy, Bleachers -- that's the side project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff -- and more.  Nicole Richie will host the event, which will feature an inside look at each artists' lives and careers in…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jessie J Gets Hot and Heavy in "Burnin' Up" Video

After sharing the screen with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on "Bang Bang," Jessie J goes solo for her new video, "Burnin' Up." The song features the British singer posing poolside, floating on a raft and dancing with a female crew, dressed in a variety of skimpy outfits.  When she's not doing that, she's embracing a musclebound shirtless hunk, rubbing her hands all over his back and biting his ear.  Rapper 2 Chainz, who's featured on the track, shows up to deliver his verse, but he's fully clothed. "Burnin' Up" is the latest single from Jessie J's long-awaited disc, Sweet…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift: "I'm Not Too Worried About Whether I Meet Someone"

If the first part of Taylor Swift's career was defined by whom she'd loved and lost, the current phase of her career is all about being just fine on her own. Speaking to People magazine for its 40th anniversary issue, Taylor says, "The last couple of years have been about defining life on my own terms. ...Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try. It's really been a liberating and freeing time." As previously reported, Taylor covers People's special issue, styled in a callback to…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sia Up for Australian ARIA Awards

Quite a few Australian artists have invaded the charts in the past year, and now they've been honored with nominations for the ARIA Awards, which are the Australian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Sia, whose album 1000 Forms of Fear topped the charts earlier this year thanks to the hit "Chandelier," has received a whopping six nominations, including Best Female Artist, Album of the Year, Best Pop Release, Song of the Year, and Best Video. Iggy Azalea racked up four nods, including Best Female, Song of the Year for "Fancy," Best Urban Album for The New Classic, and Breakthrough Artist.…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jason Derulo and Charli XCX to Announce American Music Awards Nominations on "Good Morning America"

Jason Derulo and Charli XCX are set to announce some of the 2014 nominations for the American Music Awards on Monday's Good Morning America. The music stars will only announce the nods in five categories.  All of the nominees will be posted on TheAMAs.com at 9 a.m., ET. The American Music Awards recognize artists in all major musical genres. In 2013, Taylor Swift earned the prestigious Artist of the Year award for a record third time. Justin Timberlake took home three trophies, while Rihanna was introduced as the first-ever AMA Icon winner by, of all people, Bill Maher. This year's…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hilary Duff Says Return to Music Is "Exciting and Cool" but "Still Scary"

It's been "So Yesterday" -- seven years, to be exact -- since Hilary Duff has released a new album, but now, after focusing on being a mom to her son Luca, acting, doing charity work and other projects, the multi-talented star has returned to music, which she says has been both "cool" and "scary." Hilary's fans, many of whom grew up on her music and her show Lizzie McGuire, are thrilled to have her back in the music world, and she tells ABC News Radio, "It's been amazing, because you never know.  After [just] two years of not singing, you're…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nick Jonas Releases New Song, "Numb"

Nick Jonas has revealed another track from his upcoming self-titled album. The single, entitled "Numb," features rapper Angel Haze and expresses the pain of a breakup. "Now you got some substitute for me but he’s not the one / You don’t know what it is you do to me / Yeah, you leave me numb," he sings on the track. Jonas released "Jealous," the first single from his solo album, on September 8. His album drops in November and he says his former Jonas Brothers bandmates - older siblings Kevin and Joe - are nothing but supportive. "They were really…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Is Begging Selena Gomez to Move to NYC

If Taylor Swift has her way, her pal Selena Gomez will soon be joining her in New York. "Taylor has been begging me to live there," Gomez told E! News Tuesday while promoting her new movie, Rudderless. "She's like, 'It's the best decision I've ever made.' Everyone always says I'm more New York when they meet me so maybe it would be good for me. I don't spend enough time there." If Gomez does make the move to the Big Apple, she said she'd love to do a Broadway show there. Swift has been living in NYC since April, when…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith Sings Beyoncé Tunes at Nashville Karaoke Bar

Sam Smith delivered two performances in Nashville Tuesday night: The first was a scheduled show at Music City's Ryman Auditorium, and the second was later that evening at a karaoke bar called Lonnies.The British singer-songwriter was spotted at the bar belting out Beyoncé songs with his back-up singers.  They sang the Destiny’s Child tune “Say My Name," and then Sam led the crowd in singing Bey’s “Flawless.” Sam’s next concert date is this Thursday at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas.  Over the weekend, he's scheduled to appear at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and…

posted 2014/10/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-07

Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Goes Platinum

Nicki Minaj has another hit single to her credit. The rapper’s latest banger, "Anaconda" has achieved platinum status for selling more than one million downloads. The rapper announced the news via Instagram, in which she also revealed that the tune is now available on iTunes in the U.K. "Just released on UK iTunes and is now certified #Platinum in America #Anaconda #PolowDaDon #DaInternz @bigjuice205 on the boards baby!!!!!! #ThePinkPrint 11.24.14,” wrote Nicki alongside a posting of the single’s racey artwork. The platinum-selling song was accompanied by her bootylicious video, which garnered more than 19.6 million views 24 hours after its…

posted 2014/10/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Post-"Voice," Taylor Swift Praises Gwen Stefani's Lipstick, Calls Pharrell a "Sorcerer of Happiness"

Taylor Swift will appear on The Voice starting October 27 as a special advisor to all the judges' teams.  But as a result of her participation in the show, she's going home with something really valuable: the chance to collaborate with coach Pharrell Williams. After working on The Voice with Pharrell -- the man behind megahits like "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" -- Taylor tells Access Hollywood, "We just kept saying, 'We have to do something together.'  And he's like, 'Call me when you figure it out!'  [And] I'm like, 'You call me if you figure it out first!'"…

posted 2014/10/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR