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Ariana Grande's Manager Posts Twitter Rant Defending Her

If Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, jumped on Twitter to defend the Bieb every time he got into trouble, his fingers would never leave his keyboard.  But he couldn't stand idly by and listen while people started spreading rumors about one of his other artists, Ariana Grande. It all started when Ariana performed at the fundraising TV special Stand Up 2 Cancer this past Friday night.  Rumors flew that she was being a total diva on set, insisting that photographers only shoot her from her left side, stating that she'd refuse to answer certain questions, and storming off in a…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bono Says U2 Was Paid by Apple for Free Album Giveaway

U2 is offering its new album, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes. But the band has still cashed in on the release. U2 frontman Bono tells Time magazine he and his band mates were paid by Apple for the giveaway, though he wouldn't say how much. He says, “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.” As for why U2 went the digital route to debut their new songs, Bono declared, “The charts are broken,” meaning there are many ways for listeners to consume music nowadays. Songs of Innocence was posted on iTunes Tuesday afternoon, following Apple's…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Britney Spears Launches New Lingerie Collection in NYC

Unfortunately, Tuesday's New York City launch of The Initimate Britney Spears Collection -- Britney's new line of lingerie and sleepwear -- did not feature the star prancing down the runway in a bra and panties.  But there were more than enough scantily clad women onstage to make up for that. The unveiling of Britney's collection took place at, of all places, the New York City Public Library, in a beautiful room with a glass dome, with a white carpet, white chairs and chocolates with Britney wrappers for everyone.  The curtains on the stage parted to reveal a room done up…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

U2 Releases New Album, "Songs of Innocence," as a Free Download on iTunes

As had been rumored, U2 made a not-so-surprise appearance Tuesday afternoon at a Cupertino, California Apple corporate launch event for the new Apple Watch and iPhone 6.  There, the band made news of its own: their .long-in-the-works new album is now available, right now, free on iTunes. The album, Songs of Innocence, was made immediately available for free download to half a billion iTunes store customers and users of the Music app on iOS devices.  According to the band's website, the album will be released in a physical edition on October 13 together with a 24-page booklet. Also available will…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Says She'll Cover Up for Dubai Concert

Lady Gaga will perform in Dubai on Wednesday, marking her first live show in the United Arab Emirates.  If you're wondering how her trademark outrageous onstage dress will go over in the conservative country, no worries -- the singer says she'll respect local customs and dress modestly for her performance. The Hollywood Reporter says Gaga, who generally strips down to nearly nothing when she's onstage, said at a press conference Monday night that she'll tone things down in Dubai.  "I respect the culture here, and this show will be appropriate for all the fans here in Dubai," she told reporters.…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith & Ariana Grande Love Each Other's Music; Sam Gets MTV EMA Nomination

It's safe to say that two of the best voices in pop music right now belong to Ariana Grande and Sam Smith.  Unsurprisingly, they're fans of one another, as they demonstrated on Twitter recently. It started with Sam, who tweeted, "Listening to this @ArianaGrande album. Holy s**t it's good."  Ariana retweeted Sam's comment and added, "u are incredible! Thank u so so much." In other Sam Smith news, he's received a nomination for the MTV European Music Awards, in the category of Best U.K. & Ireland act.  His competition includes One Direction, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran, plus a yet-to-be-named…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Working on New Album

Demi Lovato recently launched a world tour, but before she hit the road, she found time to get in the studio and start creating some new music for her fans.  Demi told MTV that she's been working on a new album, explaining, "I think that I’ll be so extremely busy with the world tour it won’t come out for a while, but I have started, and have worked on some stuff that is really amazing, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.” She describes the album's sound as "more organic," and adds, "I’m ready to take it to…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Another Boy for Shakira?

Looks like Shakira will be surrounded by men in her house.  Her parents apparently told Hola! magazine -- the Spanish version of Hello! -- that their daughter is expecting another boy.  Shakira and her partner, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan in January of 2013. The magazine quotes Shakira's parents as saying the new arrival will be "another baby boy. A playmate for Milan."  According to them, the couple has yet to select a name for the new baby. In other Shakira news, she's releasing a new fragrance.  According to her Twitter feed, it's called Rock by Shakira, and…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Usher Teams with Scholastic to Encourage Young Readers

Usher has partnered with Scholastic to launch the "Open the World of Possible" initiative, which is designed to encourage children to find joy in reading. The children’s publishing giant has tapped the singer to perform and host a live webcast, "Bigger than Words," which will stream live from the Scholastic headquarters in New York City on November 6 at 1 p.m. ET. "I established New Look, a charitable organization to assist young people to become leaders and to instill in them a belief that they can create change in their communities and around the world," says Usher in a statement. "I’m…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd on "Break Free:" Ariana Grande "Lives That Song"

"Break Free," Ariana Grande's collaboration with Zedd, has become a massive hit.  While it's Ariana's first attempt at EDM, Zedd says she really got into the song...and its empowering lyrics as well. "The lyrics changed a little bit when she put her thing on it," Zedd tells ABC News Radio. "And I'm pretty sure if she wasn't comfortable with the lyrics, she wouldn't sing it. And I think the parts that she wasn't very comfortable with, she changed. And I mean, she lives that song!" While Ariana and Zedd have performed "Break Free" together onstage, they didn't record it together…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Katy Perry Respond to Taylor Swift Feud Rumors?

Ever since Taylor Swift's new Rolling Stone cover story went online, people have been speculating about who inspired one of the songs she talks about in the story -- a put-down of an unnamed female artist.  Now, there's some evidence that it might be Katy Perry to whom Taylor was referring. Taylor told Rolling Stone that she wrote a song called "Bad Blood" about this particular artist, with whom she had a "frenemy" relationship.  "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," Taylor explains. "She would come up to me at awards shows and say something…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé and Jay Z Crash Wedding During Italian Vacation

Beyoncé and Jay Z gave one new bride a gift she'll never forget when they crashed her wedding in Portofino, Italy, this past Saturday. Eyewitnesses tell Us Weekly that Beyoncé, dressed in a floral print bikini and straw hat, posed for pictures with the bride, who wore a long-sleeved lace gown and a big smile on her face. The 33-year-old singer and the 44-year-old rap mogul are vacationing in Italy to celebrate Queen Bey's birthday, which was September 4. They're also relaxing a little bit before finishing up their On the Run tour in Paris later this month. Accompanying the…

posted 2014/09/09 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR