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2014-10-04

Katy Perry to Be ESPN's Guest Picker for "College GameDay" on Saturday

Katy Perry, football fan?  The singer will be on hand Saturday on ESPN to be the network's guest picker for College GameDay, as Ole Miss takes on Alabama. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Katy will be in Oxford, Mississippi Saturday with ESPN, live from The Grove -- the legendary tailgating area in the center of the University of Mississippi campus.  She's performing in Memphis, TN on Sunday and has Saturday off, so why not take in a football game?  In addition, the paper reports that Katy's manager, Bradford Cob, is a 1996 graduate of Ole Miss, and she was once photographed…

posted 2014/10/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-10-03

Wake Me Up When It's All Over: Avicii Slowly Healing from Major Health Problems

Superstar deejay/producer Avicii was forced to put the brakes on his career last month due to health problems that have persisted since he had major surgery in March. Six months later, he's still not quite 100%. As Billboard reports, Avicii, born Tim Bergling, had his gall bladder and appendix removed in March.  September 8, he canceled all his tour dates so that he could continue to heal from the ordeal.  He tells Billboard, "Since my operation, I'd just been going and going. I was dropping weight. I needed to take a break." Bergling has actually been under the weather since…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran's "X" Is Britain's Best-Selling Album of 2014 to Date; Ed Hangs with "Game of Thrones" Star

2014 has seen an influx of British artists on the chart, from Clean Bandit and Charli XCX to Sam Smith and Rixton.  But when it comes to album sales, nobody can touch Ed Sheeran. The U.K.'s Official Charts Company reports that Ed's latest album X is the best-selling album in Britain so far this year.  Released in June, X spent eight weeks at #1, set a record as the fastest-selling album of 2014, and has now shifted more than 634,000 copies.  In a statement, Ed said, "I’m so happy people have been enjoying my album so much -- great to…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele's "21" Poised to Reach 11 Million Mark in Sales

In a climate where albums struggle to sell a million copies, Adele's 21 just keeps on going...and going. Yahoo! Chart Watch says that by the end of Sunday, the Grammy-winner's 2011 album will hit the 11 million mark in U.S. sales.  That prediction is based on the fact that last week, the album's sales stood at 10,999,000, and it's been selling a steady 3,000 copies per week. Released in February of 2011, the album spent 24 weeks at #1 and produced three #1 hits: "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain."  It also won…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

PETA: Maroon 5 Video Filled with Raw Meat & Animal Blood Doesn't Go Far Enough

Seems like everyone's got an opinion about Maroon 5's new video for "Animals," which shows Adam Levine stalking a woman, and hanging around -- literally -- in a meat locker filled with sides of beef while smearing blood on himself.  The latest to weigh in on the topic is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and surprisingly, they kinda like it. "Actually, we think Adam does a very convincing job of making slaughterers look deranged," says PETA Senior V.P. Lisa Lange in a statement to ABC News Radio.  The organization also says it loves Adam's wife, Behati Prinsloo, who…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sarah Silverman Fishes for Compliments from Adam Levine in New "SNL" Promos

Maroon 5 returns to Saturday Night Live this weekend as the musical guest, and they've teamed up with host Sarah Silverman for a series of humorous promos. In the first, frontman Adam Levine tells Sarah, "We're such huge fans of your work."  To which she replies, "Aww, don't be nervous!  I'm just a person."  When Adam argues, "I'm not nervous," she replies, "No, you're nervous." "I'm not," Adam insists.  "Tell your face," she shoots back." In the second promo, the tables are turned, as Sarah tells Adam, "You are beautiful."  When he replies "Thank you!" she prompts him, "And....?," looking…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: One Direction Has Financial Stake in 5 Seconds of Summer

Ever wonder why One Direction tapped 5 Seconds of Summer to open for them when, at that point, they'd barely done any live performances?  Billboard might have the answer: 1D has a financial interest in 5SOS' success. According to the magazine, the five members of One Direction own a share of a London-based company called 5SOS LLP.  The registered partners listed for the company are the four members of 5 Seconds of Summer, and another entity called One Mode Productions.  The directors of One Mode are the five members of 1D, as well as two people in their management company.…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Leads Soundtrack for Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic

Without the permission of Aaliyah's family, Lifetime got creative with the soundtrack for the late singer's upcoming biopic. The network has revealed the first trailer for the widely-discussed film, in which Iggy Azalea's music can be heard. The rapper’s "Goddess," lifted from her New Classic debut, soundtracks the 30-second preview, where Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp channels the late Aaliyah by dancing and wearing her signature black shades, sports bra and baggy jeans. As previously reported, the network wasn't allowed to to license Aaliyah's catalog for the film, which is being created without the family's consent or involvement. The made-for-TV movie is being executive…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Wiz Khalifa Announces Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour

Following the conclusion of his Under the Influence of Music Tour, Wiz Khalifa will soon embark on another outing. The rapper has announced plans for a major North American headline trek this fall, dubbed the Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour. Beginning October 24 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, the rapper will travel to major U.S. cities -- including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and his hometown of Pittsburgh -- before wrapping up November 25 inside Chicago's House of Blues. Unlike his previous outing, Wiz Khalifa will answer fan questions at each of his tour stops.  To participate, submit questions…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

NBC Officially Confirms Taylor Swift as "Key Adviser" on "The Voice"

We've all known about it for weeks, but now NBC has officially confirmed that Taylor Swift will serve as "key adviser" on the new season of The Voice.  Much as Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season, Taylor will be the sole mentor for all of the artists on each of the four teams later this month. Taylor will appear on the show after the Battle Rounds, which begin October 13.  During that portion of the competition, each team has its own adviser:  Adam Levine has Stevie Nicks, Blake Shelton has Little Big Town, Pharrell has Alicia Keys, and Gwen Stefani…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jordin Sparks Says Playing a Mother in New Movie "Left Behind" Was "Definitely Intense"

Jordin Sparks hasn't been in that many films, but she's never played the same kind of character twice.  Her latest film, Left Behind, continues that trend, since she plays yet another type of character she's never tackled before: a mother.  The experience, Jordin says, was  "intense," especially because she had to play a mother whose child suddenly disappears into thin air. "They had sent it to me to read this specific part for this mother named Shasta," Jordin tells ABC News Radio. "And I was like, 'Well I'm not a mom.' And then I was like, 'Well,  it would be…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

5 Seconds of Summer Call 1D Tour "An Amazing Experience" that Helped Them "Grow as a Live Band"

5 Seconds of Summer will play their last U.S. gig opening for One Direction this weekend in Miami, Florida, and the Aussie band says it's amazing how they've grown as performers since they first hooked up with 1D and started traveling the globe as their warm-up act, graduating from arenas to the world's biggest stadiums. "We'd [only] played 20 shows until we did the One Direction tour last year," marvels guitarist Michael Clifford.  "So we sort of started to learn in arenas, and that really helped us as far as our performance-ship goes.  You know, we learned how to make…

posted 2014/10/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR