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2014-08-31

Train Plays the Hits, Previews New Album at Atlantic City, NJ Concert

"Tonight is gonna be a lot of fun for us," Train frontman Pat Monahan told the crowd at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Borgata Hotel & Casino Saturday night. "Are you ready?"  The enthusiastic crowd's answer was yes, and the band obliged by playing their hits, digging deep into their back catalog, and previewing one-third of their new album Bulletproof Picasso, due September 16. The Atlantic City date was one is a series of one-off shows in the run-up to the special album release concerts Train plans to do in September in L.A., New York and San Francisco.  Still, the band…

posted 2014/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-30

John Legend Teaming Up with Country Star Lee Ann Womack for "CMT Crossroads"

Katy Perry did it not long ago....now it's John Legend's turn to sing with a country star for the CMT series Crossroads. John is teaming up with Lee Ann Womack, best known to pop fans for her 2000 Top 20 hit "I Hope You Dance."  The two will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping scheduled to take place in Franklin, Tennessee -- just outside of Nashville -- before the special premieres in September. This won't be John's first foray into country: in June, he performed his smash "All of Me" at the…

posted 2014/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-29

Usher Announces All 26 Cities for The UR Experience

After announcing several cities earlier this week, Usher has revealed all 26 destinations for his upcoming The UR Experience tour. Among the twenty-six cities are Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Memphis, Tampa and Miami. Performance dates and venues will be announced at a later time. The upcoming trek will support Usher's eighth studio album, rumored to be titled UR, slated for a fall release. 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 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Thanks to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," Super-Producer Max Martin Moves Up in Record Books

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is the singer's second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  But it's the 18th number one hit for her collaborator, super-producer Max Martin, and that means he's moved up in the record books. According to Billboard, there are now only two songwriters in history who've written more #1 hits than Max Martin, and they were both in The Beatles.  Paul McCartney's tops, with 32 number ones, and the late John Lennon is second, with 26 chart-toppers.  Martin used to be in a tie with Mariah Carey with 17, but "Shake It Off" has now moved…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Why "Bang Bang" Nearly Gave Ariana Grande a "Heart Attack"

Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj hit the top 10 with their three-way diva-off, "Bang Bang," which they performed together live for the first time this past weekend at the MTV VMAs.  But according to Ariana, the idea of the collaboration was something that was sprung on her with no warning -- so much so, she says, that she nearly had a heart attack. In an interview posted on the Grammys website, Ariana explains that initially, she recorded "Bang Bang" as a solo number. "I recorded it and it was great and I loved it and I didn't really…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy's VMA Date Riff Raff Slams Sam Smith for Alleged Photo Diss

It's not enough that Riff Raff got to go to the MTV VMAs with Katy Perry in matching denim outfits: apparently he feels he needs to be in every photo with her too.  He's attacked Katy's pal Sam Smith on Twitter for allegedly cropping him out of a photo snapped at the ceremony. Sam posted a photo on Instagram of Katy, Charli XCX and himself, and captioned it, "So amazing to see my girl @charli_xcx last night!! Smashing it so hard." He added the hashtag "#STORTFORD" because that's where the school both he and Charli attended -- in different years…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

5SOS's Calum 'Fesses Up to Naked Photos

Usually when you ready about naked photos of a celebrity online, they're fakes -- or at least, the celebrity claims that they are fakes.  But 5 Seconds of Summer's Calum Hood has now confirmed that the online shots that supposedly show his junk are, in fact, 100 percent him. TMZ reported that Calum showed his stuff on Snapchat, but the video was then reposted -- by whom, we don't know -- as a Vine, and of course, it's now gone viral.  While you can't see Calum's face, the bass player 'fessed up on Twitter, writing, "Least ya know what it…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Dosing Woman with Ecstasy

Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to secretly giving a woman the drug Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant in the summer of 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced on Friday.  The singer's plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer's attorney.  Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation; he also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.  In…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus Says She's Not a "Pop...Dumb-Dumb," Insists that Elvis Presley Twerked

Miley Cyrus covers the new "Rebels" issue of V magazine, and inside, she talks to designer Karl Lagerfield about some popular misconceptions about her. "I know that I'm not a pop...dumb dumb," she tells Lagerfield. "I know that I'm not. I'm a lot more than someone who just goes and shakes her a** onstage."  That being said, though, Miley says she knows that she's being deliberately provocative most of the time, and likes to watch the reactions to what she does. "I think it's kind of funny to mess with people and rile them up, because I'm actually the most…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Make Your Own Maroon 5 Artwork and Win Tickets to Their Tour

If you're feeling creatively inspired by Maroon 5 and the impending release of their next album, you may want to check out a new contest. Maroon 5 and CreativeAllies.com have partnered on a contest that asks fans to submit illustrated artwork inspired by Adam Levine and company and their new album, V. One winner will receive two tickets to any show on the band's upcoming tour, plus 500 bucks. Even better, that person's artwork will be printed on 500 limited-edition copies of V. One runner-up will earn a Maroon 5 prize pack. For more info, check out CreativeAllies.com. Maroon 5…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date for "The Pinkprint"

Nicki Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," has successfully whetted the appetites of fans who are anxiously awaiting the release of her next album, The Pinkprint. According to Billboard, the rapper's third studio album will be strategically released on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday, November 28. Nicki issued her debut album, Pink Friday, during the holiday rush back in 2010 and sold 375,000 copies in its first week. In related news, her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling tune jumped from #10 to #1 on Billboard's  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, the third time she's appeared atop that chart, following…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake Scores Most-Watched Concert Ever on Yahoo!'s Live Channel

On July 15, Yahoo! launched its Live Channel, which featured a live concert streaming every day from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, John Legend, Daughtry and more.  But Justin Timberlake's just set the all-time viewing record so far for the fledgling service. JT's concert last Sunday, August 24, in Reykjavik, Iceland was the #1 viewed event on the channel, not to mention the largest concert event in the history of Iceland. If you missed it, you can watch four songs from the concert -- including "Mirrors" and "Cry Me a River" -- on Screen.Yahoo.com through September 25.…

posted 2014/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR