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Taylor Swift to Perform on the MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show. E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist. Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month. The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight. 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 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

5 Seconds of Summer Announces 2015 Tour; Tops "Billboard" 200 Album Chart

5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring North America with One Direction, but next summer they plan to launch their own headlining trek. The Australian band has announced the Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, which will see them visit 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The tour will begin July 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, and will conclude about two months later in West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets will go on sale to the public August 9 on LiveNation.com, but Citi card members will have access to a pre-sale beginning August 5. The announcement of 5…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Colbie Caillat's "Try" Inspired by Label's Request for Her to Be Poppier & Sexier

Colbie Caillat's song "Try" -- especially its video, where she and other women go makeup-free -- is getting a lot of attention for its powerful message about women not bowing to pressure to look or act a certain way.  But Colbie initially wrote the song after a major dispute with her record label about the direction of her music. "I recorded an album, I was so proud of it.  It had a kind of style...free-spirited, acoustic, happy -- more like my old stuff," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And they wanted that changed, and they wanted it to be more…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Bang Bang," Collabo with Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande, Debuts at #1 on iTunes

It leaked online a day early and the reviews so far are mixed, but that clearly hasn’t affected early sales of “Bang Bang.”  The much-anticipated collabo between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, has debuted at #1 on the iTunes singles chart. The single wasn’t scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but the label offered it up late Monday following the leak. As previously reported, "Bang Bang" -- co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin -- will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album, My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Discusses Her Grandfather, Falling Out of Touch with Her Dad

Before her grandfather passed away last week, Ariana Grande expressed in an interview with Seventeen magazine how much he meant to her. Speaking with Seventeen for its September issue, Ariana said that insecurity “has been the hardest thing” she’s had to overcome. She said that in order to get past the insecurity she feels, she focuses on “what’s important.” The 21-year-old “Problem” singer continued, “My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day.  I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Hilary Duff Releases Video for New Single, "Chasing the Sun"

Hilary Duff is caught daydreaming in the video for her comeback single, “Chasing the Sun.” In the clip, Duff is an office worker who’d rather be at the beach. She has fantasies about having fun outdoors -- and she embarrasses herself in front of her colleagues as a result. “Chasing the Sun,” which was co-written by Colbie Caillat, is available for purchase now on iTunes. It’s the first single off Hilary’s upcoming studio album, which will be released this fall. The currently-untitled project will be her first album with RCA Records, as well as her first full-length release since 2007’s…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Gavin DeGraw Unveils "Dolphin Tale 2" Song

Gavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube. “You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.” “You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sarah McLachlan Reveals Who Inspired “Angel”

Everyone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty.  In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician. Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996.  "I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote.…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry Has the Most-Watched Music Video on YouTube This Year

YouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one. Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views. Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million. Here are the rest of the…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Reports: Orlando Bloom in Scuffle with Justin Bieber at Restaurant

Apparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets. TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?" According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani; Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time. Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Has Cameo in "Fast & Furious 7," Vin Diesel Says

Iggy Azalea is now a “Fancy” movie star.  The rapper has landed a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 movie.The film’s star, Vin Diesel, was doing promotion for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie when an interviewer with France’s Skyrock FM asked the actor which songs he’d like to dance to the most: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” “Well, Iggy Azalea,” the actor replied, adding, “I just worked with her two weeks ago.  I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this. We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has…

posted 2014/07/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featured on New Single from Seattle Band

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut. The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist. Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent…

posted 2014/07/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR