Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc, Earth, Wind & Fire Perform on "Christmas in Washing


Kevin Mazur/WireImageTNT's annual Christmas in Washington special, airing tonight, features performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, British pop star Rita Ora and Christina Perri.  Christina was extremely excited about the chance to participate, because Christmas music is her favorite thing ever."I mean, I couldn't have really said yes quick enough. It wasn't even an option," she tells ABC News Radio. "It's such an honor and so magical and Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Like, I'm obsessed with Christmas music and when I found out I could sing a Christmas song it just made so much sense. I'm just really really excited to be here." Christina really does love Christmas music, having released a holiday EP a few years ago called A Very Merry Perri Christmas, and the song she's performing tonight is one of the tunes she covered on that project."I'm singing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It's one of my top five favorite Christmas songs," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted to do something very elegant. That's what this night is about. We're here in Washington. I wanted to wear a pretty dress and...my specific thing I love doing is ballads, and so I just wanted to sing a really beautiful, classic, Christmas song."As for why Christina's obsessed with Christmas music in the first place, she says, "Christmas music was the first music I ever sang. So as a child like -- when everyone says, 'When did you know you wanted to be a singer?' I don't really know the moment I decided it, but I know that when I was 3 I dressed up in a matching outfit with my brother and we sang Christmas carols for my whole family. So Christmas is always number one."Christina normally goes home to see her family in Pennsylvania on Christmas, but she says this year will be different. "I'm not making it home for Christmas this year. I'm spending it with my boyfriend because he's working and would've been alone, which is a first for me," she tells ABC News Radio. "So I'm going to have a more of a romantic Christmas than I will a family Christmas. But I've never missed a Christmas before so for 28 Christmases I've been at home. So this will be my first time away, but I've definitely have sent a present for every single Perri in my family."As for Aloe Blacc, he'll be doing "Noel" and "The Christmas Song," telling ABC News Radio, "All of the selections that I'm singing tonight are based around my favorite Christmas caroler, Nat King Cole."  The "Wake Me Up" singer, who just received a Grammy nod for his album Lift Your Spirit, says he'll be spending his holidays in Los Angeles this year; every other year, he goes to Sydney, Australia, where his wife is from.  But he says he's excited to be in D.C. for tonight's show."It's really an honor," he says. "It's great to be here and to get to grace the whole nation in such a beautiful time of year with these songs that we all know from our childhood." The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.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

Idina Menzel's Alter-Ego Proclaimed "The Name of the Year"


ABC/Adam TaylorEach year, BabyNameWizard.com selects a name that captures what's happened in pop culture over the past 12 months.  But the website's selection for 2014 isn't really a name, it's a mistake...albeit a mistake that made a certain singer a household name.The 2014 Name of the Year, according to the site is "Adele Dazeem."  That, of course, is what John Travolta called Idina Menzel on March 2, the night of the Academy Awards, when he introduced her performance of "Let It Go."  As soon as it happened, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people adopting the name as their handle or their alias.  "Adele Dazeem became the official fake name of the fake name era," says the website.Next, Slate.com created an "Adele Dazeem Name Generator" that allowed visitors to "Travoltify" their own names, and it reportedly became the most popular article in the site's history.  Then, "Adele Dazeem" became a verb that meant "to say a name wrong in a high-profile setting," leading to headlines like "The names most in danger of getting Adele Dazeemed this Oscar season," and "At the Emmys, Gwen Stefani Adele Dazeem'd The Colbert Report."Of course, all this was great for Idina, who suddenly found her unusual name on everybody's lips.  Since then, "Let It Go" has become her first top 10 hit.  She received an award from Billboard, released a hit holiday album and has scheduled a world tour for 2015.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 

Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and 5 Seconds of Summer Perform on the First Pe


Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsThe first-ever People Magazine Awards, which took a look back at the year in pop culture, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC Thursday.The evening also included performances from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.The two-hour special was hosted by Nick Cannon, who managed to sneak in a joke about splitting with his wife Mariah Carey after six years of marriage."I've been told that I have graced People from time to time. A little small mention here and there," the America's Got Talent host told the audience, adding, "I don't know why, it's not like anything interesting has happened in my life in 2014."Stefani, who earlier won the Style Icon of the Year award, teamed up with her fellow Voice coach Pharrell for their new single, "Spark the Fire."5 Seconds of Summer performed their cover of The Romantics' "What I Like About You," from their album She Looks So Perfect.Maroon 5 performed their hit, "Animals."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 

Kelly Clarkson Says New Album Will Be "Uplifting" and "Empowering"


RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson hasn't released an album of all-new material, non-holiday material since 2011's Stronger, but she'll have a brand-new record coming out in 2015.  What will it sound like?  Well, she describes it as "uplifting" and "empowering" and says that, music-wise, it's got "a little bit of everything."At a Nashville press conference on Thursday to talk about the benefit concert she's holding on Saturday, Kelly was asked to describe the album, and at first, she decided to make a joke.  "It's amazing. And you're going to love it," she cracked. "You're gonna be like, 'This is right on up there with John Lennon, Imagine. [I] guaran-damn-tee it!"Then, she backtracked, just in case anyone thought she was serious."It's not Imagine. Sarcasm!" she laughed.  "But we can aim!"Then, getting serious, Kelly said of the new album, "It's an uplifting record. I've always been a person about empowerment and doing empowering songs. There's empowering songs on the record and there's a lot of positive on there."But Kelly has switched back and forth between pop and country in the next couple of years, what can we expect as far as the genre?"There's all kinda of genres," said the Nashville-based singer. "I'm obviously affected by the community I live in so there's a little bit of everything. It's a great record."No word yet on a release date for Kelly's album, which will be her first regular studio album since getting married and becoming mom to daughter River Rose.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  

Idina Menzel's Alter Ego Proclaimed "The Name of the Year"


ABC/Adam TaylorEach year, BabyNameWizard.com selects a name that captures what's happened in pop culture over the past 12 months.  But the website's selection for 2014 isn't really a name, it's a mistake...albeit a mistake that made a certain singer a household name.The 2014 Name of the Year, according to the site is "Adele Dazeem."  That, of course, is what John Travolta called Idina Menzel on March 2, the night of the Academy Awards, when he introduced her performance of "Let It Go."  As soon as it happened, Twitter and Facebook exploded with people adopting the name as their handle or their alias.  "Adele Dazeem became the official fake name of the fake name era," says the website.Next, Slate.com created an "Adele Dazeem Name Generator" that allowed visitors to "Travoltify" their own names, and it reportedly became the most popular article in the site's history.  Then, "Adele Dazeem" became a verb that meant "to say a name wrong in a high-profile setting," leading to headlines like "The names most in danger of getting Adele Dazeemed this Oscar season," and "At the Emmys, Gwen Stefani Adele Dazeem'd The Colbert Report."Of course, all this was great for Idina, who suddenly found her unusual name on everybody's lips.  Since then, "Let It Go" has become her first top 10 hit.  She received an award from Billboard, released a hit holiday album and has scheduled a world tour for 2015.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 

Michael Buble Donates Nearly $200K to British Music Therapy Charity


Warwick Saint/Warner Bros.Michael Buble just wrapped up a tour of the U.K., and he didn't just leave behind a lot of satisfied fans: he left a bunch of cash behind for a good cause.Michael has donated one pound from every ticket sold to his shows in the U.K. -- a total of 125,000 pounds -- to the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. That amounts to $195,700.  Michael is a supporter of the charity, which presented him with its highest honor, the Silver Clef Award, in 2012. The donation will help Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people across the U.K.  Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Michael said of his donation, "I came up with this a year ago after I played the O2 arena [in London]. My manager wanted to book the tour for 2014 and I said I’d only do it if we give back too. The U.K. has been so great to me and I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth was."He added, "I’m lucky I can help a lot of beautiful young people.”In a statement, the charity said, "Thank you so much to Michael, from the bottom of our hearts. What a lovely surprise to receive this donation just before Christmas, which will allow us to help even more people throughout 2015 and beyond."Michael will resume his tour in January, when he travels to the Far East and South Africa.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

The Bee Gees & George Harrison to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Aw


Courtesy NARASThe Bee Gees and late Beatle George Harrison are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Those artists and the rest of the honorees will be recognized at the Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony, an invitation-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and prolific record producer Richard Perry. Mann & Weil wrote hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "On Broadway," "Here You Come Again," "Never Gonna Let You Go," "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration," "Running with the Night," and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place."  Perry has worked with artists like Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Ringo Starr and more."This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8.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

Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year


Capitol RecordsChalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain's Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014.Sam's debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S.In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, "To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”  He also tweeted that he was "completely speechless" over the achievement.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

Elton John Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at Bonnaroo Festival


Joseph Guay. T/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this summer to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.Platinum subscribers to Elton's fan club, the Rocket Club, will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival, recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock," "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)" and more.  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."The download also includes a special message from Elton.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.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

Train, Nico & Vinz Join "New Year's Rockin' Eve" Lineup


Dick Clark ProductionsYet another batch of performers for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced.  The Hollywood Party portion of the show will now include Train and Nico & Vinz, as well as country star Brantley Gilbert, former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas and British pop star Ella Henderson.They join previously-announced performers One Direction,  Rixton, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor on the show, which will be hosted by Fergie on the West Coast, and Ryan Seacrest live from New York's Times Square. As previously reported, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, MAGIC! and Florida Georgia Line will perform live in Times Square, while Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will join the festivities from Nashville.  Elton John will perform remotely from Brooklyn, New York.The fun gets underway December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift on Facing Opposition to Releasing "1989": "The Biggest Struggle Tur


Courtesy The Hollywood ReporterTaylor Swift is one of the cover stars of The Hollywood Reporter's "Rulebreakers" issue, and inside she talks about the opposition she ran into when she tried to break some rules by switching genres with the release of her mega-selling album, 1989. Asked what her biggest challenge of the year has been, Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter it was convincing her team that releasing a pop album was the right move for her.  "I get kind of called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who would sit down and say, 'Are you sure you want to call the album 1989? We think it's a weird title,'" she recalls, adding that they also asked her, "Are you sure that you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you have cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?"Taylor, though, stuck to her guns."Answering all those questions with, 'Yes, I'm sure,' that was, I think, something that really frustrated me at the time -- like, 'Guys, don't you understand, I promise, this is what I'm dying to do!'" she explains, but notes, "The biggest kind of struggle turned into the biggest triumph when it worked out."Taylor also broke some rules this year when she decided to pull her music from Spotify.  She faced criticism for the move, but she also got a lot of unexpected support.As she tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I didn't think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn't occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying 'thank you.'"Other celebrities featured in the publication's "Rulebreakers" issue include Angelina Jolie and Chris Pratt.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 

Taylor Swift on Facing Opposition to Releasing 1989: "The Biggest Struggle Turne


Courtesy The Hollywood ReporterTaylor Swift is one of the cover stars of The Hollywood Reporter's "Rulebreakers" issue, and inside she talks about the opposition she ran into when she tried to break some rules by switching genres with the release of her mega-selling album 1989. Asked what her biggest challenge of the year has been, Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter it was convincing her team that releasing a pop album was the right move for her.  "I's get kind of called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who would sit down and say, 'Are you sure you want to call the album 1989? We think it's a weird title,'" she recalls, adding that they also asked her, "Are you sure that you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you have cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?"Taylor, though, stuck to her guns."Answering all those questions with, 'Yes, I'm sure,' that was, I think, something that really frustrated me at the time -- like, 'Guys, don't you understand, I promise, this is what I'm dying to do!'" she explains, but notes, "The biggest kind of struggle turned into the biggest triumph when it worked out."Taylor also broke some rules this year when she decided to pull her music from Spotify.  She faced criticism for the move, but she also got a lot of unexpected support.As she tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I didn't think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn't occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying 'thank you.'"Other celebrities featured in the publication's "Rulebreakers" issue include Angelina Jolie and Chris Pratt.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 

Maroon 5's Guitarist Teases New Wedding Crashers-Themed Video, Talks "Animals" C


Lisette M. Azar/CBXLast week, word came that Maroon 5's video for their new single, "Sugar," would feature scenes of them crashing real-life weddings.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says this plan -- showing up unannounced at actual couples' nuptials -- could have gone horribly wrong, but amazingly, it didn't."I will say that it couldn't have gone any better," James tells ABC News Radio.  "Basically, we approached the grooms. So the grooms knew about the surprise, but it was a surprise for the brides. And we were behind a screen and we start playing the song, and the screen drops, and everyone was just really stoked. And I think it's really going to be one of our best videos yet." No word yet on when that video will premiere.  Meanwhile, the video for the band's current hit "Animals" caused some controversy earlier this year, because it cast Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine as a creepy stalker who hangs around -- literally -- in a meat locker -- when he isn't sneaking into the bed of a woman played by his wife Behati Prinsloo.  The clip was condemned by an anti-sexual assault group, who called it " a dangerous depiction of a stalker's fantasy — and no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance.""Yeah, a little bit," says James when asked if he was surprised at the controversy.  "We've made so many videos that we were stretching a little bit to try something new and we sort of approached it like a little mini-movie. So yeah, I was a little surprised from all the controversy. But I think it certainly wasn't our intention to offend anyone."Meanwhile, "Animals" itself has become a massive hit, even outpacing "Maps," the band's first single from their album V.  James says unlike the controversy over the video, the single's success hasn't been a surprise."Well, I always believed in it as a song. I always kinda felt like it was the biggest song on the record,"he tells ABC News Radio. "It just has one of those undeniable ear worms in it that you can't kinda sort of get rid of. And I really love the production."  Fans will hear both "Sugar" and "Animals" when Maroon 5 kicks off their big tour this February. First, though, they'll ring in 2015 with two shows in Las Vegas on December 30 and 31.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

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Perform Songs from "Cheek to Cheek" During "Tonight S


PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentTony Bennett and Lady Gaga, visited The Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about their recently released chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, and perform two numbers.Bennett, 88, recalled a piece of advice he received from a New York City cab driver years ago, who declared, "All you entertainers are lousy."Bennett said when he asked the driver what he meant, the cabbie explained, "It's not like the old days...Once [entertainers] used microphones...everyone's a phony...You have to sing without a microphone."The legendary crooner told Fallon he took the cabbie's advice, and to this day, he ditches the microphone every time he performs in a concert hall.Lady Gaga shared the story of how the unlikely duo came up with the idea of recording an album together after Bennett happened to catch her singing some standards at a charity event."I was singing that night and I decided to sing some standards, because you know, there were a lot of rich people in the audience," she told Fallon. "So I was singing some songs and then after the show was over, they said Mr. Bennett would like to meet you and I said, 'Oh, I can't believe that Tony Bennett watched me sing a standard. What was I thinking?"Bennett obviously liked what he heard, because, according to Gaga, "We met backstage...and he asked me right then and there to make a record, and I said, 'Yes.'"Later, the duo performed a couple of songs from their Cheek to Cheek album: the title track and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."Fallon later posted a web exclusive of Gaga singing the Cole Porter song "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye."    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 

Stevie Wonder Is a New Dad


UN Photo/JC McIlwaineCongratulations are in order for Stevie Wonder, who's become a dad for the ninth time.A rep for Stevie tells Us Weekly that the legendary singer and his girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, have welcomed their second child together, a baby girl named Nia.The rep explains the child's name in Swahili means "purpose," which is "one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa."Stevie, 64, told ABC's The View last month that he would name his new daughter Nia.Prior to his relationship with Bracy, Stevie was married to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris for 11 years; they have two kids.  He also has children with his exes Yolanda Simmons and Melody McCulley, but none with his previous wife, the late Motown singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright.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 

Watch the Trailer for Backstreet Boys Documentary "Show 'Em What You're Made Of"


Francesca FoleyA trailer for the upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of is now online, and it shows the group discussing everything from their early beginnings to their troubles with Lou Pearlman, the man who first put them together.The documentary, which arrives in theaters and on VOD on January 30, features AJ McLean saying, "From 1999 til about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world...then, it just stopped."In the trailer, we see scenes of the group recording in the studio in the present day, discussing Pearlman's financial misdeeds, and talking about how they had to go to Europe to start their career because at the time, the American music scene had no interest in boy bands.There's also behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals, plus scenes of the group onstage and, of course, screaming fans. "We've seen the best and worst of each other," says AJ.  "20 years is a long time, for anybody, let alone...a buncha dorks jumping around onstage, singing and dancing."The documentary's title comes from a song on the Backstreet Boys' most recent album In a World Like This.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  

Confirmed: Elton John Will Marry Partner David Furnish This Weekend


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.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

Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"


Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney ParksAfter you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC.The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train, meanwhile, will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas."In addition,  Ariana Grande will be seen performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an Open Door," from Disney's Frozen, while YouTube star Lexi Walker will perform her acclaimed version of Frozen's "Let It Go."There will also be plenty of Frozen-themed festivities, including appearances by Elsa and Anna, as well as some touching reunions of real-life families.  The show is set to air at 10 a.m. ET but will vary depending on your location; check your local listings.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

Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time" Album to Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame


Capitol Records/UMe/Business WireNick of Time, the 1989 album that revived Bonnie Raitt's career, is one of the inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015.  Each year, the Recording Academy recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit "qualitative or historical significance."  This year's list features 27 inductees spanning from 1909 to the late 1980s, and Nick of Time is among them.The album, which reached #1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell five million copies, was the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 10th album, and the one that really made Bonnie Raitt a star.  It contains the hits "Thing Called Love," "Have a Heart" and the title track, and won three Grammys, including Album of the Year.  Bonnie has said, "I think it may be the best record of my career."Also on the list of inductees this year: ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Chic's "Le Freak," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," and classic albums by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson.The new additions to the Hall of Fame will be acknowledged during the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which will air February 8 on CBS. In conjunction with the new class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, a special collector's edition book featuring in-depth details about the recordings will be made available for purchase soon online at GrammyStore.com, as well as at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and at various retailers.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

Joey Fatone Is Now Confirming that Justin Timberlake's Going to Be a Dad


Tom Munro / RCA RecordsWhile he previously alluded to it, Joey Fatone is now coming right out and saying it: his 'N SYNC band mate Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are indeed expecting their first child.Speaking to In Touch Weekly  magazine, Joey says, "He told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it!”Neither Justin nor Jessica have publicly confirmed the pregnancy.  Joey says that they're ready for parenthood, though, telling In Touch, "Jessica is awesome, and Justin is a kid at heart. [They’ll have] fun.”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