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2014-02-20

Pharrell Explains "G I R L" Album Title

Shortly after announcing the release date for his first album in eight years, G I R L, Pharrell Williams is explaining the meaning behind his title, which is written in all-caps with spaces between each letter. "The reason why I named it G I R L in capital letters is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird," he told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe following a performance at the Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys. "And the reason why it does is because society is a little unbalanced. And I just thought like, if I’m…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lawsuit Claims "American Idol" Stars Were Underpaid Millions of Dollars by Record Company

Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Carrie Underwood have something in common besides gaining fame via American Idol: they were allegedly also systematically ripped off by their record company. That's the claim in a new lawsuit filed Thursday in New York federal court, reports the Nashville Tennessean.  The suit was brought by 19 Recordings, the music branch of the company behind American Idol, against Sony Music, with which it had a deal to release American Idol contestants' albums. According to the paper, 19 is accusing Sony of short-changing the Idol stars on royalty payments to the tune…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Killer Queen Katy Perry Turns Men to Dust in New "Dark Horse" Video

So you wanna play with magic?  Katy Perry shows what happens to men who do in the new Egyptian-themed video for "Dark Horse," which has just debuted online. In the clip, Katy is "Katy Patra," an Egyptian queen who sails down the Nile on a lavish barge, and sits on a throne while suitors approach her bearing lavish gifts.  Unfortunately, none of them meet her expectations.  No matter how extravagant the gift offered -- from a massive diamond, to bowls of delicious snacks, to a fancy car, to an adorable pooch -- Katy Patra rejects it, and literally turns suitors…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Addresses Complaints About Racy Concerts on Twitter: "You Can't Say I Didn't Warn You"

Miley Cyrus has a message for anyone who might be up in arms over the fact that her Bangerz tour features some fairly racy content: it's not like she didn't warn people about it. On Twitter, Miley wrote "You can't say I didn't warn you. Now sit back relax & enjoy the show."  She illustrated her point with an image of herself on stage in front of a very large sign that says "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content."  "Save your complaints for the McDonalds drive thru when they forget the 'fries with that,'" she added unapologetically. As previously reported, Miley's Bangerz…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Says Win at the Brits Is the "Coolest Thing Ever," Parties with Katy Perry Afterward

You'd think after taking home a couple of Grammys, Lorde would be jaded about awards, but that's not the case at all.  After picking up the Best International Female Award Wednesday night at the Brits -- the British equivalent of the Grammys -- the 17-year-old could hardly contain her excitement on Twitter. "I JUST WON A BRIT AWARD I AM OUT THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVER," she tweeted in all caps, and then posted a photo of herself on stage accepting the trophy.  "This is me being stoked winning a [B]rit," she captioned the photo. "Look at my cute…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Adds Japan Date to Asian Leg of RED Tour

Taylor Swift has expanded the Asian leg of her RED tour slightly. The singer has added a stop in Tokyo, Japan to her previously announced itinerary, which also takes her to Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.  The Tokyo show will now be the first stop on the tour which gets underway June 1 and will wrap June 12. In 2013, the RED tour visited stadiums and arenas in North America, Australia and New Zealand. She just finished up a run of shows in London and Berlin this month. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Rents Famed Producer's House in Atlanta, Lawyers Argue Over Jailhouse Footage

Justin Bieber's reportedly interested in moving to Atlanta, but it appears as though the singer wants to try before he buys. According to TMZ, Justin is renting a huge, futuristic-looking mansion in Atlanta for the next three months.  It belongs to famed music producer Dallas Austin, who's worked with everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna, to Pink and Gwen Stefani, to TLC and Boyz II Men.  TMZ claims he plans to set up shop in the home while working on his next album project.   Austin confirmed the plan to TMZ, and added that Justin chose his home because he "grew…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Throws Shade at Another Destiny's Child Member?

Is Beyonce the queen of shade? That seems to be the question many fans are asking now that a second vintage interview has surfaced online that seems to capture the singer throwing shade at another member of Destiny's Child. In the newly surfaced clip, which was posted on Vine, Beyonce is seen sitting next to former band mate Farrah Franklin, who was only in the group for five months before getting kicked out. "When push came to shove I was able to sing and dance," the singer says as Beyonce gives her a sideways glance. Last month, Beyonce quickly became…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell's Not a Vampire, Is "Happy" About Unexpected Success of Oscar-Nominated Hit

Pharrell Williams is 40 years old, but looks much younger.  What's his secret?  Well, it's not feasting on human blood, that's for sure. During an interview with the British magazine Time Out, the interviewer informs the Grammy-winning singer and producer that people have been searching on Google for the phrase "Is Pharrell Williams a vampire?" presumably in an attempt to discover the secret behind his youthful appearance.  When the interviewer asks Pharrell point-blank if he's one of the undead, he replies, "No I am not. I’m willing to go on record as saying that I don’t drink people’s blood. How…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Blake Shelton on Cee Lo's Departure from "The Voice": "It Makes Me Sad"

Cee Lo Green's unexpected announcement Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he won't be returning to NBC's The Voice as a coach didn't just surprise his fans...it also surprised one of his fellow coaches. Informed of Cee Lo's decision by reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Blake Shelton said, "Even though I hate hearing that -- I'm hearing it right now for the first time -- I campaigned a lot for Cee Lo to stay." Referring to the fact that the show has featured a rotating lineup of coaches for the past few seasons -- the new season that begins on…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"American Idol" Recap: Top 10 Guys Sing for America's Votes

After uneven performances by the Top 10 girls on Tuesday night, American Idol's Top 10 boys from season 13 did a somewhat better job on Wednesday night.  There weren't any outright train wrecks, but judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban -- O.K., mostly Harry -- did criticize the contestants several times for such basic things as -- gasp! -- not singing in tune.  The Top 10 boys, selected by the judges from a field of 15, were Caleb Johnson, C.J. Harris, Emmanuel Zidor, Sam Woolf, George Lovett, Dexter Roberts, Alex Preston, Malcolm Allen, Spencer Lloyd, and Ben…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Cee Lo Quit "The Voice" "To Avoid Being Fired"

Cee Lo Green's unexpected announcement Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he won't be returning to NBC's The Voice as a coach may have surprised fans, but a source tells TheWrap that insiders saw it coming. "Green's decision to quit was a move to avoid being fired by NBC and producer Mark Burnett Productions," the website reports, quoting an "individual with knowledge of the situation." The move came after a fifth season during which the performer suffered "at least one meltdown," and was asked to leave the set on two occasions. In October, the "F--- You" singer was charged…

posted 2014/02/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR