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2015-08-31

Andy Grammer Joins ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

Honey, he's good...but is he a good dancer?  We'll find out soon, because Andy Grammer has joined the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Andy appeared on the show twice last year, and told ABC Radio at the time that competing on the show was something he hadn't ruled out.  He even said he'd talked about it to his good friend Gavin DeGraw, who was on the show a few seasons back. Rumor has it Andy was called in at the last minute because Full House star Jodi Sweetin had to back out due to filming commitments. The cast…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Avicii's Sophomore Album, "Stories," Coming in October

Avicii is ready to share his stories. The Swedish DJ-producer is releasing his second album, Stories, on October 2. Avicii, birth name Tim Bergling, says his sophomore effort “refines what I didn’t feel was perfect last time.” He adds, “I think there are more layers to the songs than before, and every song has been written on acoustic guitar, so the structure is different.” This time around, he also enlisted the help of Gavin DeGraw, country star Zac Brown and rapper Wyclef Jean. Zac’s vocals are featured on the song “Broken Arrows,” while Wyclef contributed on a track Avicii describes…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rob Thomas, A Great Big World, Adam Lambert, American Authors & More to Perform at "Live in the Vineyard"

Live in the Vineyard, a twice-annual music, food and wine festival, has expanded its lineup for fall of 2015. The exclusive event, scheduled to take place in California's Napa Valley November 5-8, will feature performances from Rob Thomas, American Authors, American Idol champ Nick Fradiani, A Great Big World, Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert, as well as James Bay, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. The festival features plenty of music, as well as food and wine by top chefs and wine makers.  Unfortunately, you can't purchase tickets to the festival; you can only win them. …

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Drops Details on Her New Free Album, "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz"

If you watched the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, you saw host Miley Cyrus perform her new song, “Doooo It!”, to close out the show, with Miley also revealing the song -- and the new album it’s from -- are both available online now, for free. And indeed they are -- if you can get into Miley’s new website to download them. The new album is titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which is also the address of the website.  As of Monday morning, however, there was apparently so much traffic on it, it was difficult if not…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Avril, OMI Join Taylor Swift Onstage in San Diego

The parade of guest stars on Taylor Swift's 1989 tour continued Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego. Taylor invited Avril Lavigne onto the stage for a performance of Avril's first hit, "Complicated." Taylor shared a photo of the moment on Instagram, with the caption, "Taylor hearts Avril." Taylor also welcomed OMI for a rendition of his summer hit, "Cheerleader." You can find fan-shot footage of both performances on YouTube. After making an appearance at the MTV VMAs Sunday night, Taylor will resume her tour Friday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Taylor hearts Avril. ???? A photo…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

MTV VMA Winners List

Here's the full list of winners for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which was broadcast Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:VIDEO OF THE YEARTaylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”BEST MALE VIDEOMark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”BEST FEMALE VIDEOTaylor Swift -- “Blank Space”BEST HIP HOP VIDEONicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”BEST POP VIDEOTaylor Swift -- “Blank Space”BEST ROCK VIDEOFall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”ARTIST TO WATCH Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”BEST COLLABORATIONTaylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGEBig Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Has an African Safari Romance with Scott Eastwood in "Wildest Dreams" Video

Lions and tigers and Taylor, oh my! Taylor Swift premiered her new video for “Wildest Dreams” during the MTV Video Music Awards’ pre-show last night and it was filled with, well, wild animals.The follow-up to her “Bad Blood” BFF-fest featured Taylor as an Elizabeth Taylor-esque actress -- complete with brunette wig -- as she films an Out of Africa-style romance with Scott Eastwood. They kiss, they fight, they soar above the savannah in an airplane -- but things are more than just make-believe for Taylor’s character, who harbors real feelings for her hot co-star. A note at the end of…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Drops Surprise New Album, Kanye Says He’s Running for President During Outrageous MTV Video Music Awards

As host of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus promised us a wild ride -- and that's exactly what we got. During last night’s jam-packed ceremony, Taylor Swift put feuds to rest, Miley announced a surprise new album, and Kanye West declared he’s running for president in the year 2020. And as predicted, Miley gave the censors a run for their money as she donned outrageously racy outfits, cursed frequently and openly discussed her well-known pot smoking habit.The night’s first major moment happened right off the bat. Taylor, who’s used to bringing out surprise guests during her concerts,…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Janet Jackson's Unbreakable World Tour Kicks Off Tonight; Producers Offer Insight into Forthcoming Album

Janet Jackson is back.  Her Unbreakable World Tour begins tonight in Vancouver, Canada, supporting her forthcoming album of the same name, Janet's first since 2009.  The massive, 69-show tour, which will see Janet hit North America, Hawaii and Japan, will wrap up March 9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Although no release date has been announced for the album, it's expected this fall.  Now her long time producers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, are revealing inside details about the making of the much-anticipated album. For one thing, the pair tell Entertainment Weekly, the album and tour were conceived simultaneously. In fact,…

posted 2015/08/31 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-08-30

MTV VMA Preview: WALK THE MOON, Hozier & 5 Seconds of Summer Talk Nominations

WALK THE MOON is nominated for Best Rock Video for "Shut Up and Dance" at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, and they'll be performing their smash single during the VMA Pre-Show.  Lead singer Nick Petricca thinks the band has a chance of taking home the trophy, even though they're mostly up against more established acts. "I think we do have a chance," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we kind of see ourselves as the underdogs just kind of in every situation. That’s the attitude we take going on stage and I guess this is no different." The "Shut Up…

posted 2015/08/30 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-08-29

Twitter Predicts Taylor Swift Will Win MTV VMA's Top Trophy

Taylor Swift is the leading nominee for this year's MTV VMAs -- her epic, star-studded "Bad Blood" clip, as well as her tongue-in-cheek clip for "Blank Space," have earned her nine nominations at this Sunday night's ceremony.  But if the winners were determined by Twitter, Taylor would already be clearing space on her trophy shelf. According to the social media platform, an analysis of tweets about the nominees for Video of the Year, alongside words related to the concept of "winning," shows Taylor's "Bad Blood" will take home the top prize.  The runner-up?  Beyonce's clip of "7/11." In the category…

posted 2015/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Rachel Platten Tops UK Chart with "Fight Song"

While Rachel Platten's hit "Fight Song" has yet to climb higher than #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, across the pond it's another story.  The self-empowerment anthem has now topped the U.K. singles chart. The song managed to climb to the top in just three weeks.  Rachel tells Britain's Official Charts Company, "I feel so excited and so proud that 'Fight Song' has hit Number 1...I can’t really believe it."  She adds, "It’s amazing to me that this song that I wrote when I was going through one of the hardest times in my life is also the thing that…

posted 2015/08/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR