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2014-06-30

Why Ed Sheeran Won't Trash Hotel Rooms

Ed Sheeran's a world-famous pop star with plenty of money and screaming fans in every city, but that doesn't mean he has to be obnoxious about it.  In fact, he says at this point in his career, something he's learned from his pal Taylor Swift is that you always have to be on your best behavior -- because, frankly, being a jerk is bad for business. "It's the time of being polite," he tells Parade magazine.  "Radio stations aren’t going to play you[r] [songs] if you show up late. You have to be respectful and do your job." "You can…

posted 2014/06/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-29

Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Usher to Perform; Rihanna, Justin Timberlake to Compete at This Sunday's BET Awards

This year's BET Awards show will be full of star-studded performances. Hosted by Chris Rock, the annual ceremony airs live on the network, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET.  Viewers can expect Robin Thicke, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Drake and pop legend Lionel Richie to all take the stage the 14th annual ceremony, taking place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. While most artists are keeping their performances under wraps, John Legend has announced that he'll sing his new single, "You and I," from his latest album, Love in the Future.  Rapper…

posted 2014/06/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-28

Katy Perry Chows Down, Dips Candles, Rides Coasters at Dollywood

When Katy Perry goes on tour, she likes to take her band and crew to local attractions for some fun.  She did just that on Thursday, when she took everyone on a trip to Dollywood, the theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. A spokesperson for the theme park tells ABC News Radio that Katy, along with her dancers, friends and band members, rode the park's numerous roller coasters, including the Thunderhead, Tennessee Tornado and Wild Eagle; she rode that last one twice.  She and the gang played carnival games and watched demonstrations of…

posted 2014/06/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Latch" Duo Disclosure Shocked to Learn that Sam Smith Wasn't a Girl

In addition to his own top 10 hit "Stay with Me," Sam Smith is also featured on the hit "Latch" by the British electronic duo Disclosure.  The duo says they were amazed by Sam's voice when they first heard it, and when they met him, they were amazed by the fact that he was a guy. Disclosure -- brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence -- grace the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine.  In a video interview they did with the publication, Howard Lawrence says he and his brother first heard Sam on a song he'd written called "Lay…

posted 2014/06/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-27

Sam Smith Gets Seal of Approval from Elton John & Ryan Tedder

If you're a young British artist, you know you've really made it when you get the thumbs up from Elton John.  That's something that rising British star Sam Smith experienced earlier this month -- though he wasn't aware of it at first. According to Entertainment Weekly, while he was in New York City promoting his debut album In the Lonely Hour, which just entered the Billboard chart at #2, Sam noticed that he'd missed a call three days previously.  "I finally listened to the voicemail, and it was some man going on and on about about much he loved the…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Uses Cat to Entice Fans to Buy Ed's Album, Ed Congratulates Pal Courteney Cox

What kind of Internet content do people seem to love the most? That's right, cat photos.  Taylor Swift evidently knows this, because she's using one to entice people to purchase her friend Ed Sheeran's new album. Taylor previously posted a link to Ed's album on iTunes and invited her fans to buy it by reminding them how he "played his heart out" for them when he opened for her on her tour.  Her latest attempt to increase Ed's sales numbers are Twitter and Instagram posts captioned, "If you're on the fence about buying Ed Sheeran's new album, X, allow me…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Madonna Fails to Make "Forbes'" Celebrity 100 List of Most Powerful Entertainers

Madonna is one of the biggest stars in the world...but not according to Forbes, evidently. The publication is teasing its annual Celebrity 100 list -- a rundown of the most powerful people in entertainment -- by trumpeting the fact that the Queen of Pop isn't included this year. While Madonna is still the Queen of Pop, and ranked fifth on last year's list, she's fallen off this year's list for one reason: money.  Last year, during the eligibility period for the list, she raked in $125 million thanks to her MDNA tour.  But since that ended, her earnings have plunged,…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Calls Americans "Weird," Says Half-Nude Pop Stars Aren't a Bad Influence

Lorde is one of the few female pop stars who doesn't strut around in scanty clothing, but that doesn't mean she has a problem with others doing it. In fact, she thinks parents should chill out and stop stressing that stars like Miley Cyrus are setting a bad example for their daughters. Speaking to the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine, Lorde says, "People should stop worrying about their daughters. I don’t see a female without clothing as a terrible influence. There are worse things: Shooting people. Glorifying violence.”  In fact, Lorde cites one frequently-unclothed star as an example of empowerment.…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Levine's "Begin Again" Co-Star Could Have Been Adele

Begin Again, the movie in which Adam Levine makes his big-screen acting debut, arrives in theaters in New York and L.A. on Friday, and opens nationwide next week.  Adam's co-star in the film is Oscar nominee Keira Knightley, but the movie's director says if things had been different, there's a chance it could have been Adele. Begin Again casts Adam and Keira as Dave and Gretta, musicians and college sweethearts who move to New York after he lands a big record deal.  After Dave cheats on her and dumps her, she's crushed, until a washed-up record executive spots her singing…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande, One Direction, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea & Others Get Young Hollywood Award Nominations

Some of the hottest stars on the charts right now are in their early twenties -- including Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith -- and now they're being celebrated by the 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. Variety reports those three artists have all received nominations for this year's awards, which celebrate the "accomplishments of emerging young talent throughout the entertainment industry."  They've been recognized in the category of Hottest Music Artist, and their competition includes Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato and One Direction.  Sam is also nominated in the category of Breakout Music Artist, along with fellow Brits Rixton and…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Vanessa Carlton Pregnant, New Album Pushed Back to Summer 2015

Vanessa Carlton, best known for her 2002 hit "A Thousand Miles," is expecting her first child with husband John McCauley. The pregnancy has resulted in the delay of her next album, Liberman. Vanessa posted a picture of herself with her baby bump on Facebook. She wrote, "We're expecting a baby. It’s healthy and moving around like a champ. I’m bummed to delay the album because it's so special to me and the perfect combination of England and Tennessee. When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you…in due time!" Vanessa and…

posted 2014/06/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-06-26

Miley Cyrus Bringing Bangerz Tour to NBC

We're not sure how she's going to get it past the censors, but Miley Cyrus is bring her racy Bangerz tour to network television. NBC will air a two-hour special, Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour on Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET.  It was filmed during Miley's concerts in Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, and according to NBC, it'll feature "an exclusive peek on how she engages with her crew and fans" during her shows. The North American leg of Miley's tour wraps up in August in Chicago.  Whether or not some of the more X-rated moments of the tour…

posted 2014/06/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR