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2015-01-14

Christina Aguilera & Gwen Stefani's Kids Make List of Worst Celebrity Baby Names

The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani could use some coaching when it comes to picking baby names, according to a new poll by the website BabyCenter. Their kids’ names made it onto a list of Top 5 Least Favorite Celebrity Baby Names of 2014. Moms were apparently not fans of Apollo Bowie Flynn, the name of Gwen’s third son with rocker husband Gavin Rossdale, who served as a mentor on the show this past season. That unfortunate moniker came in second place on the list.  It's worth noting, however, that both "Bowie" and "Flynn" are Gavin and Gwen's…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Stevie Wonder Grammy Salute TV Special to Feature Usher, Coldplay's Chris Martin & Ed Sheeran

The first performers have been announced for Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All Star Grammy Salute, a special taping February 10, two days after the Grammy Awards.  Usher, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay's Chris Martin will take the stage to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder, who's won 25 Grammys over the course of his career, and is the only artist ever to have won the Album of the Year Grammy three out of four straight years.  During the two-hour show, in addition to musical performances, presenters will explain the historical impact of Stevie's songs on music…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Talks New Album & Single, Says Motherhood's Made Her a Better Person

Kelly Clarkson's got a new single, "Heartbeat Song," out now and a new album, Piece by Piece, coming soon.  It's the first music she's made since becoming a first-time mom last year to daughter River Rose.  And she says that in addition to sharing her love for music, her baby has also managed to make her a better person. "I guess I’m annoyed by my previous self," Kelly told BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show. "Like, you have a baby and you realize like how much of a just complete...crap you were. Not, like, a complete crap but just like, you…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ella Henderson on Debut Album Chapter One: "It's the Truth"

Rising British star Ella Henderson is already a big deal back home in the U.K., but here in the U.S., she's just getting started.  This week, she released her debut album Chapter One -- featuring her hit "Ghost" -- and celebrated her 19th birthday on Monday while promoting the record in New York. Backstage at ABC's Live with Kelly & Michael, Ella told ABC News Radio about her birthday celebration. "I was working but then at the end of it, we all went to a big Italian restaurant," she said. "I was with my band, my team and everything. We…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Jessie J Added to Rock in Rio USA Festival

The first-ever U.S. edition of the Rock in Rio festival has added Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Jessie J and Bleachers to its lineup. Rock in Rio USA will be held on the weekends of May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas. The first weekend will feature rock acts, while the second weekend will focus on pop music. Bleachers will appear during the first weekend, which will be headlined by No Doubt and Metallica. The following weekend, Sam, Charli XCX and Jessie J will join the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars at the festival. Tickets go…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Vanessa Carlton Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Vanessa Carlton is a new mom. The 34-year-old singer/songwriter's husband, John J. McCauley of the alternative band Deer Tick, posted an Instagram photo of himself on Tuesday holding the new baby, along with the caption, "Sid the Kid, whoa!!!" That same day, McCauley's record company, Partisan Records, congratulated the couple in a Twitter message that read, "There's a new mama and papa on the block! Huge congrats to John McCauley and Vanessa Carlton on their baby girl!!! Welcome to the family!" Carlton tweeted, "Thanks for all the sweet wishes on our daughter. She's the quiet observer. We are in for…

posted 2015/01/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-01-13

Charli XCX to Perform at Pre-Super Bowl Concert Saluting the Troops

Charli XCX will be saluting the troops later this month with a special pre-Super Bowl concert in Arizona. The 22-year-old British singer will headline the VH1 + Papa John’s Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops on Friday, January 30, at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. Her performance will include her hits “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules.” Fall Out Boy will also be taking the stage. The event will be hosted by Nick Lachey and will stream live on VH1.com at 9 p.m. ET/PT, as well as on the VH1 App. Super Bowl XLIX takes place two…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adam Lambert Auditions for "American Idol" -- Again! -- on Thursday's Show

This Thursday on American Idol, we'll get a chance to see Adam Lambert behind the judges' table with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.  The season eight runner-up filled in for Keith Urban during auditions after Keith's father-in-law died, and he had to rush to his wife Nicole Kidman's side.  In a preview clip posted on E! Online, we see Adam giving very specific constructive criticism to a contestant.  "To hear him talk to these people while they were auditioning was really cool," notes Harry in the clip.  "He's been through the entire American Idol process. [It] gives him a…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Sends Fan a Check for $1,989 to Help Pay Student Loans

Taylor Swift continues to maintain her reputation as one of the most generous stars in the biz. The singer, who previously treated some lucky fans to “Swiftmas” gifts before the holidays last year, sent one superfan a check to help pay off her student loans. The fan, Rebekah Bortnicker, got Taylor’s attention on Tumblr after posting a video she created featuring Taylor and her celebrity besties in the intro to Friends. Taylor responded to the post with a cryptic emoji, and not long after, a FedEx package arrived for Bortnicker. The package contained a hand-written letter from Taylor, Polaroids, assorted…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Lands Indie Movie Role Opposite Paul Rudd

Selena Gomez will be co-starring with Paul Rudd in her next movie project, according to Deadline. The 22-year-old singer/actress has joined the cast of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, an indie drama being directed by Emmy winner Rob Burnett. Paul stars as Ben, the caregiver of a frustrated teen named Trevor who’s afflicted with muscular dystrophy. Selena will play Dot, a sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the two during a road trip and becomes the object of Trevor’s affection. It seems Selena and Paul are already getting to know each other. On Sunday after the Golden Globes, Selena…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Bruno Mars Wants to "Disappear" to Work on Third Album

His hit “Uptown Funk” may be the #1 song on in the country right now, but Bruno Mars told Ellen DeGeneres that he’s ready to disappear for a while. During an appearance on her show Tuesday alongside his “Uptown Funk” collaborator Mark Ronson, Bruno said he’s preparing to take some time away from the spotlight to record his next album.  "Uptown Funk" is not Bruno's song, per se: though he co-wrote it and sings on it, it's actually the lead single from Ronson's album, Uptown Special. Bruno says of his next project, “I want to start my third record and…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

One Direction Tweet Surpasses Obama as Second-Most Popular Tweet of All Time

Sorry, President Obama. A One Direction member just beat your tweet. Louis Tomlinson’s tweet about Harry Styles has officially surpassed Obama’s 2012 “four more years” victory tweet as the second-most popular tweet of all time, as measured by retweets, according to Buzzfeed writer Matt Bellassai. Tomlinson’s tweet from 2011 has more than 776,000 retweets, while Obama’s has nearly 758,000 retweets. “Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis,” the singer's tweet reads. The most popular tweet of all time is still Ellen DeGeneres’ celebrity selfie from the Oscars last year. That has been retweeted  more than 3 million times.…

posted 2015/01/13 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR