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2014-08-04

"American Idol" Season 7 Finalist Michael Johns Dies at Age 35

American Idol Season 7 finalist Michael Johns died Friday at the age of 35, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. Fox, Fremantlemedia North America and 19 Entertainment posted a statement on American Idol's official Facebook page Saturday that reads, "Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyoncé releases "Flawless" Remix Featuring Nicki Minaj

In what has become typical Beyoncé fashion, the singer released a new remix of the hit "Flawless," featuring Nicki Minaj, without warning Saturday night on her official website. The song includes lyrics that appear to reference that infamous elevator fight between Jay Z and Beyoncé's sister Solange in May. Beyoncé sings, "We escalate, up in this b***h like elevators. Of course sometimes s**t goes down when it's a billion dollars on an elevator."  Bey repeats the line, laughs and throws in a "cha-ching" sound of a cash register. The remix marks the first time Beyoncé and Minaj have collaborated. Beyoncé…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Chris Brown: “I’ve Been Through a Lot in My Life”

Chris Brown appears to be trying to make peace with his recent past, and with his fans.  The rapper posted a photo on Instagram Saturday of himself in an orange jail jumpsuit, along with a reflective message in which he admits making “a lot of mistakes along the way.”Breezy writes, “I been through a lot in my life. Made a lot of mistakes along the way. But through it all I've always been true to myself and through God I've been able to take care of my family! I should regret some things but I think the lessons learned will…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Marriage, Tour Might Not Survive

The rumors have been out there for a while, but now the New York Post describes Jay-Z and Beyoncé's marriage as "rapidly imploding," and reports the couple's On The Run tour might be canceled before its scheduled finale in Paris in September. The drama is so bad, the paper claims, that an emergency meeting was held Thursday that featured the power couple, representatives from HBO, and the tour's backers Live Nation -- as well as, "no less than four lawyers." HBO is planning to do a special on the tour in September. One source tells the Post that Jay and…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Rising Star" Recap: The Top 13 Compete Against Each Another, Eight Contestants Advance

ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, continued Sunday night with seven contestants advancing to the quarterfinals after the East Coast vote and one additional act being sent through after the West Coast broadcast. Five other acts were sent home. Shameia Crawford, Joshua Peavy, April Lockhart, Maneepat Molloy, Jesse Kinch, Audrey Kate Geiger and Austin French advanced to next week's quarterfinals after the East Coast broadcast. Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast and also advances to the quarterfinals. Macy Kate, Alice Lee, Megan Tibbits, Lisa Punch and Sonnet Simmons were sent home. The top 13 acts went up against one…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jon Bon Jovi Reaches Out to Buffalo Bills Fans Worried About His Efforts to Buy Team

The latest chapter in Jon Bon Jovi's effort to become one of the new owners of the NFL's Buffalo Bills franchise is an open letter from the rocker that was published Sunday in The Buffalo News in which he tries to clarify his position and reassure fans worried the team might be relocating to Toronto. The letter, titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," marks the first time Bon Jovi has publicly discussed his intentions regarding the team. Bon Jovi writes "Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of [late Bills founder] Ralph Wilson and make the…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Christina Aguilera Shows Off Pregnant Body in New Photos

With Christina Aguilera preparing to welcome her second child, she’s decided to show off her pregnancy for all the world to see. She posed for racy photos that she’s shared with VMagazine.com. In a couple of the photos, she’s nude, though her privates are obscured. In other pics, she’s wearing a see-through white dress. Christina tells the site, "As a woman, I'm proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store.” We should warn you that the pictures -- one of which depicts Christina with…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

5 Seconds of Summer Watching Their Language While Touring with One Direction

5 Seconds of Summer has had to make a few adjustments to their act as they tour North America with One Direction. For starters, they’ve had to cut back on their cussing. In an interview with Billboard, drummer Ashton Irwin says he and his band mates “do punk jumps and all that,” but they won’t use the F-word onstage. Guitarist and singer Luke Hemmings chimes in that at a typical 5 Seconds of Summer show, “we talk a lot of s***.” Though they’re opening for 1D, the boys from Australia classify themselves as a punk act. Irwin says they're proud…

posted 2014/08/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-03

Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift to Appear at "Teen Choice 2014"

Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift have been added to the roster of celebrities who will make an appearance at Teen Choice 2014, the annual award show that allows teens to vote for their favorites in the entertainment world. Both women have also received new nominations as part of the third and final wave of nods announced Friday. Taylor is a contender for Choice Social Media Queen and Choice Instagrammer, and Ariana is up for Choice Web Collaboration. Taylor and Ariana are each represented in the Choice Fanatic Fans category, too. Voting is now open for teens at TeenChoiceAwards.com. Teen Choice…

posted 2014/08/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-02

Natalie Imbruglia Planning Covers Album for 2015

Natalie Imbruglia, best known for her 1997 hit “Torn,” has a new album planned for 2015. The Hollywood Reporter says the Australian singer will release a covers album next March. It will include her take on songs by artists such as Daft Punk and classic rock legend Neil Young. Incidentally, Natalie’s biggest hit, “Torn,” was a cover. It was originally recorded by the rock band Ednaswap. The covers project will mark Natalie’s fifth studio album and her first since 2009’s Come to Life. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014/08/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Caleb Johnson Reveals Track Listing for Debut Album

The reigning American Idol champion, Caleb Johnson, will release his debut album in less than two weeks. To whet his fans’ appetite, he’s released the track listing for the set. The album, titled Testify, will be comprised of 10 tracks, including his American Idol winner’s single, “As Long as You Love Me,” which he’s openly admitted he’s not a huge fan of. The 23-year-old North Carolina rocker co-wrote more than half of the tunes. Aloe Blacc penned one of the other songs, “Another Life.” Testify will debut on August 12. Here’s the track listing: “Sailing Away” “Save Me” “Let Me…

posted 2014/08/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-01

Dexter Roberts Explains Why He Left "American Idol" Tour

About a month ago, American Idol finalist Dexter Roberts dropped out of the show’s live tour.  A couple of his fellow contestants, including Jessica Meuse, said he was ill, but Dexter hadn’t addressed his condition publicly until Thursday. In a post on his , Dexter explained to his fans that after months of hospital and doctor visits, he has been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. His symptoms include fever, rash, headache, abdominal issues, shortness of breath and muscle pain. The country musician from Alabama said that after the American Idol finale, he went turkey hunting in Kentucky, during which…

posted 2014/08/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR