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


ABC/Randy HolmesKaty 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 CMT Awards with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. Fans can enter CMT's Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.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

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


PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentOn 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.Justin's world tour continues in Melbourne, Australia on September 18.  He'll travel through Australia and New Zealand before returning to North America on November 20.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

Is Madonna Slamming Lady Gaga & Ex-Husband on New Album?


Credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna's written plenty of material for her new album, but according to a British tabloid report, two songs in particular -- which may or may not make the final cut -- appear to be vicious take downs aimed at both Lady Gaga and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.According to the British tabloid The Sun, which got a look at the lyrics to a song called "Heartbreak City," Madonna sings -- allegedly about Guy -- "You said I was your queen/I tried to give you everything and now you want your freedom/You got just what you came for/a bit of fame and fortune and I'm no longer needed."  She also supposedly sings, "You tore me into pieces/You didn't have no damn reason" and "I curse the day we met/This memory is haunting me/I wish I could forget."Of course, these lines, if legit, could be about conceivably anyone in the past thirty years who Madonna feels has taken unfair advantage of her, or treated her badly, or used her for her fame and money.However, the lyrics of another song, "Two Steps Behind Me," if legit, seem specifically aimed at Lady Gaga.In that track, according to The Sun, Madonna sings, "You’re a copycat, Where is my royalty?/You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that/But stealing my recipe, it’s an ugly look/Did you study me hard enough? You’re never gonna be, you’re just a wannabe me."The lyric add, "In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can’t be me/You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you’ll always be two steps behind me.”While in the past, Madonna and Gaga seemed friendly, even appearing on Saturday Night Live together, the Queen of Pop was dismissive of Gaga's hit "Born This Way," which she considered to be a ripoff of her own hit "Express Yourself."  To illustrate that point, she performed the two songs as a mash-up every night on her MDNA tour.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

Sara Bareilles Joins Jason Mraz Onstage in L.A.


Sonja Flemming/CBSSara Bareilles has known Jason Mraz and his musical collaborators, the band Raining Jane, for a long time, so it's no surprise that she popped up onstage with them Thursday night when Jason's latest tour hit L.A.'s Pantages Theater.Sara joined Jason and the Janes for a version of the Carole King song "Beautiful," which she performed at the Grammy Awards earlier this year with Carole King herself.The North American leg of Sara's Little Black Dress tour recently wrapped up; the Australian leg will get underway September 20, and she'll continue on to New Zealand and Asia.

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


Peter Kramer/NBCIf 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 will release V on Tuesday, September 2. They have a series of TV appearances lined up to promote the album, including the Today show on Monday, The Tonight Show on Tuesday and America's Got Talent on Wednesday. Those are all NBC shows, as is The Voice, on which Adam returns as a coach later in September.In addition, Adam will stop by The Daily Show on Thursday, and he and his band will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 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

Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Dosing Woman with Ecstasy


Image Courtesy Mattias Clamer/Atlantic RecordsCee 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 addition, he must register as a controlled-substance offender. Cee Lo is due back in court March 2 for a progress report hearing.Last October, Green was accused of slipping the drug to an unidentified 33-year-old woman while the two were eating at a Los Angeles restaurant during the evening of July 13 and the early morning hours of July 14, 2012, after which the pair went back to the woman’s hotel. 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

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


Big Machine RecordsTaylor 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 him up.Not sure what other #1 hits Max Martin has written?  Here's a refresher, thanks to Billboard:Britney Spears, "…Baby One More Time," 1999'N Sync, "It's Gonna Be Me," 2000Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl," 2008Pink, "So What," 2008Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You," 2009Britney Spears, "3," 2009Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls," 2010Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream," 2010Pink, "Raise Your Glass," 2010Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me," 2011Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T.," 2011Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," 2011Katy Perry, "Part of Me," 2012Maroon 5, "One More Night," 2012Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," 2012Katy Perry, "Roar," 2013Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse," 2014Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off," 2014Follow --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 

Festival in Honor of Michael Jackson's Birthday Under Way in His Indiana Hometow


CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson would have turned 56 on Friday. To celebrate the birthday of the late pop icon, a three-day festival is being held in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. One of the locations of the festival, which began Thursday, is his birth home.Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, says the Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts is an event designed for his many fans. She says, "Since Michael passed, fans have been coming from all over the world to see the house where Michael Jackson was born. So, I knew I had to do something then."One of Michael's siblings, Rebbie Jackson, said it is emotional for her to return to the home, but she is enjoying the festival.The festival offers music and food. As part of the event, the non-profit group will give away several renovated homes to deserving families.Michael died in 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.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

Jason Mraz Wants to Retire...in Three Years?


Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz's life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he's on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide.  That's why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he's planning on hanging up his guitar.According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who's 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called "#Retiredat40."  If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then "check out for a while." "I'm just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes," Jason tells the paper.So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this?  According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child -- he didn't mention with whom.  He wouldn't necessarily stop making music, either.  According to the Times, for every album he's released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he wanted. He'd also like to make a Christmas or gospel album.While he's waiting to retire, Jason says he's content with where he is in his career. "People aren't walking around with my Trapper Keeper," he tells the paper. "I'm not on their newsstands on their People magazines. But people might hear me on the radio or while they're on their jog or in the kitchen baking. I'm totally great for that."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  

25 Years Later, Richard Marx Recalls How He Tried to Give Away His Biggest Hit


Credit: Deborah AndersonTwenty-five years ago this week, Richard Marx's hit "Right Here Waiting" was spending its third week at the top of the Billboard chart.  While the song, from his album Repeat Offender, wasn't his first number one -- it was his third consecutive chart-topper, in fact -- but it is the biggest and best-selling hit of his career.   Pretty ironic, considering it's a song he initially had no interest in cutting in the first place."I'm so honored that that song has taken on a sort of iconic life that it has," Richard tells ABC News Radio. "I didn't even want to record it. I tried to give it away. I tried to give it to Barbra Streisand."However, Streisand rejected the song, and Richard remembers exactly what the diva told him when she turned it down."'I'm not gonna be right here waiting for anybody!'" is what Richard says Streisand told him. "Which is classic. We joke about it to this day. And she said, 'I still wouldn't record that song. I don't care how big how it was. I'm not right here waiting for ANYBODY.' And I love that about her. She actually asked me to rewrite the lyrics, because she loved the melody so much."As a result, despite his reluctance,, Richard says, "I got talked into recording it, or just recording it to see how it would sound, and then once we did that, even I was like, 'OK, this needs to be on the record.'"To what does Richard owe the appeal of "Right Here Waiting?"  He says there's a simple explanation...literally."I think it's the melody and the lyric, and I think it's the simplicity," he tells ABC News Radio. "One of the most common things I have said to me about that song is, 'That's the first song I ever learned how to play on the piano.' It is so painfully simple. When I wrote that song, for at least a few days, I started thinking, 'This has to be something else. There's no way this melody isn't something else.'"Twenty five years on, that simple song is still his most enduring composition.  In fact, back in May, when Ryan Seacrest decided, for the first time ever, to sing on American Idol, "Right Here Waiting" was the song he chose.  And according to Richard, before he went on, Ryan was quaking with fear."I said, 'Dude, nobody expects you to be great, just have fun,'" Richard recalls he told Ryan.  "But he said, 'I want to be good.' So he was really, really nervous, he kind of lost his place.""I thought it was great," laughs Richard. "I thought the whole thing was really fun!" Richard will kick off a tour in October in support of his latest album, Beautiful 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

ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week


Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.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

Who's the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You


ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star?  Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it's....Mariah Carey.Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits -- was Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.  Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift -- comes in on Time's chart.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 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"; "Sex and Candy"


Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.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

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" Is the Perfect Song for Kids About to Tackle "The Real


ABC/Lou RoccoIt's the time of the year when recent high-school graduates head off to college for the first time, and according to Paramore front woman Hayley Williams, the band's latest hit "Ain't It Fun" should be on their required listening list.The song by the Nashville-based rock/pop group is about getting a big dose of reality and suddenly having to make your own way --as the lyrics say, "So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?/Ain't it fun/living in the real world?" Hayley wrote it about being on her own for the first time when she moved to L.A. to record the band's latest album, but its sentiment is something new college freshmen can definitely relate to."I feel like the message is sarcastic but also inspiring enough for younger people who might be getting into the world for the first time on their own," Hayley explains. "I know it really helped me through a transitional phase in my life, so maybe it's also connecting with younger people in that way too."The song has been connecting with a lot of people in a big way, in fact: Paramore's been together ten years, but "Ain't It Fun" is their first top 10 hit. "I don't think you should ever just assume that a single's gonna be your big hit, or be a success," Hayley says. "But this one, by far, has just shocked all of us." While Paramore has had several pop hits, such as the ballad "The Only Exception," "Ain't It Fun" is a different sound for the band: it's very funky and soulful. "It's the kind of song that I've always wanted to sing in Paramore," says Hayley. "I grew up listening to a lot of R&B and pop and soul and so it's kind of cool that we were able to write a song that sort of infuses a little bit of that energy into what we do as a band."Paramore is finishing up a major summer tour this weekend.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: "Selling Millions of Records Doesn't Make Me Feel Cool"


ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua Taylor Swift's new #1 hit "Shake It Off" is an invitation to do your own thing and not worry about fitting in or looking cool. Easier said then done, right?  Well, as Taylor explains in a newly released outtake from the song's video, even she doesn't feel cool, and she's a massive superstar."A lot of people who I think will relate to the song are people who are dealing with not ever really feeling cool with themselves because other people make them feel like they don't fit in," Taylor says.  "When, one thing I've learned in this whole process is, you can get everything you want in life without ever feeling like you fit in.""Like, selling millions of records doesn't make me feel cool," she insists. "It makes me feel proud, and like I have a lot of people on my side and I worked really hard, but I don't think it's the most important thing in life to fit in."OK, Taylor, so what is the most important thing in life?"To dance to the beat of your own drum," she says. "And to look like you're having more fun than the people who look cool [and] like they fit in!"In the outtake, you can see Taylor filming the "cheerleader" section of the video, and explaining that she trained for the grueling three-day shoot by running non-stop  -- "which I hate," she adds -- to build up her cardio.  No wonder she was photographed all summer coming out of the gym.Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"


Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Stevie says most of the songs on the album were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the nineties.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.Stevie previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. Fans are also being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- she's featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.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

Colbie Caillat Unveils Track List for "Gypsy Heart"


Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has revealed the full track list for her new album Gypsy Heart, but it's a bit anticlimactic, since we already knew about five of the 12 songs.The list shows that the first five tracks on the album are the songs included on her EP Gypsy Heart -- Side A, which she released in early June.  In addition to her current single "Try," there's "Live It Up," "Blaze," "If You Love Me Let Me Go" and "Never Gonna Let You Down."The rest of the album's songs are as follows:"Land Called Far Away""Nice Guys""Floodgates""Just Like That""Break Free""Never Getting Over You""Bigger Love"As previously reported, Gypsy Heart is the album that Colbie made with after her record company rejected the first batch of songs she wrote for not being "poppy" and commercial enough -- an experience that partially inspired the song "Try."  She then went back into the studio with a variety of collaborators, including Babyface, and came up with a whole new selection of songs.Gypsy Heart will be out September 30.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

Bruno Mars & Beyonce In, Lady Gaga & U2 Out in Poll of America's Top-10 Favorite


John Paul Filo/CBSWhen it comes to music, Americans apparently prefer an English accent.  A new unscientific Harris poll reveals The Beatles are America's favorite musician or band.The online poll of over 2300 Americans found that the Fab Four are #1 on the list, followed by the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.  Beyonce,who wasn't even on the list the last time the poll was conducted back in 2010, places third this time around.  Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are also new to the list, debuting at #4, while country icon George Strait is #5.Yet another newcomer to the list: Bruno Mars, who debuts at #6.  Rounding out the top 10 are four artists who all tied for the #7 spot: Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Garth Brooks, and Celine Dion.  Only Celine was on the list in 2010.Whose fortunes have fallen?  Artist who were in the top 10 in 2010 but failed to make the list this year include Lady Gaga, U2, the late Frank Sinatra, and country stars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Alan Jackson.Breaking down the poll demographically, we find more men cited The Beatles as their favorite band, while women chose Beyonce.  Among younger fans aged 18-37, it's Beyonce, while Gen-Xers aged 38 to 49 say Metallica is their top group.  Baby Boomers, aged 50-68, choose the Beatles, while those 69 and over say country icon Willie Nelson is their favorite.When it comes to politics, there's one thing on which all parties can agree: when asked to name their favorite musical acts, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all chose The Beatles, while Republicans also chose Willie Nelson, and Democrats also chose Bruno Mars.  East Coast and West Coast respondents, as well as Southerners, chose the Fab Four as well, while Midwesterners voted Bruno Mars as their #1 pick.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 Scores Biggest Sales Week of the Year with "Shake It Off"; Debuts a


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's "Shake It Off" has shaken up the Billboard Digital Songs chart with a massive debut.The song, the first single from Taylor's upcoming album, 1989, has not only debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it tops the digital songs chart with first-week sales of 544,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the biggest sales week for any song this year, and the fourth-biggest debut sales week in history. The only songs that started with more downloads in their first weeks are Flo Rida's "Right Round," with 636,000; Katy Perry's "Roar," with 557,000; and Taylor's own "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," with 623,000 copies.  That song became Taylor's first #1 on the Hot 100; "Shake It Off" is now her second.What's more, "Shake It Off" is only the 22nd song in history to debut at #1 on the Hot 100.  Considering that in the chart's 56-year history, there have been 1,038 number-ones total, that's pretty notable."Shake It Off" is Taylor's 60th song to chart on the Hot 100.  Only one female artist has racked up more: Aretha Franklin, with 73.Taylor's reaction to her achievement? She tweeted multiple exclamation marks while linking to the Billboard article.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

Did Mariah's Poor Album Sales Contribute to Split with Nick?


Def Jam RecordingsMariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon recently confirmed that the two are living apart, and now a source tells People magazine that their six-year marriage "has been bad for a while."  One big issue, it's claimed, is the poor performance of Mariah's recent album."When things don't go well career-wise, sometimes you turn on your other half," the source tells People, referring to the disappointing sales of Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse. The source also notes that while Mariah "can be very down-to-earth and hilarious, she can also be high-maintenance."According to People, Mariah is staying with the couple's three-year-old twins in their New York apartment, while Nick has been "living in hotels."  A second source tells the magazine that their split "could get contentious" because "there is a lot to fight over."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