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2014-08-07

Early Recording of Lorde's Old Band Unearthed

Early recordings of Lorde's former band have surfaced online. Lorde fan site Lorde Web tweeted a link to a recording of the teen's band And They Were Masked.  The Auckland, New Zealand-based band -- the recording project of two friends, Morgan Allen and Toby Arrow --  released the material in 2012.Two songs on the band's album, Characters, feature a pre-stage-name Ella Yelich O’Connor taking lead vocals on the track, "Piece of Mind."The group cites The Mars Volta, Fugazi and art-rock outfit Battles as influences on its Facebook page. 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 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Calvin Harris Defends Himself Against Rumors He Has a "Ghost Producer"

Calvin Harris took to Twitter to defend himself against accusations that he is not responsible for crafting his own music. "Honest to God nothing more annoying than people telling me i have a ghost producer smh," wrote the 30-year old Scottish producer of the Internet rumors. Calvin's hist includes "We Found Love" for Rihanna and "I Need Your Love" for Elle Goulding, as well as his own "Feels So Close" and "Summer." "Working on this 16 years to be told some old guy in a secret studio must be making my records for me," he continued. "Producing is something that…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Austin Mahone Encourages Teens to Get There Safe When Driving

Austin Mahone is encouraging new drivers like himself to take extra special safety precautions on the road. Austin has partnered with the Allstate Foundation for the company's #GetThereSafe Challenge. Austin is encouraging fans to upload photos of themselves after they reach their destinations with the hastags #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app. Of course, drivers should do this after getting out of the car, and not while operating a vehicle. "I’m fairly new on the road and I wanted to tell teens that it’s cool to not be on your phone when you’re driving because it is…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Special Probed by the FCC

Her much-discussed performance at last year's MTV VMAs apparently wasn't enough to do the trick, but Miley Cyrus' July 4 weekend special on NBC has reportedly drawn the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is determining if the network violated its rules on broadcast indecency or profanity during the special, Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour. Although the special only drew two million viewers, three written complaints filed with the FCC may be enough to cause the agency to take action, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. The July 6 special featured Miley performing a sexy dance with a man…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Posts a Third Cryptic Clue

Taylor Swift's cryptic clues are coming faster now, but she still hasn't revealed any solid information about what she's teasing. The latest clue, posted on Instagram Thursday, is a screenshot of the Yahoo search engine with "clue #3" typed as the search term. Earlier this week, Taylor posted to Instagram her "first clue": a clip of her repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor. She released a second clue on Wednesday. It was a screenshot of her phone featuring her white kitten, Olivia Benson, sitting near an old-school camera on a storage shelf. Above the cat is a…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

President Barack Obama "Sings" Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"

OK, President Barack Obama isn't really singing in the latest video from the deliciously warped YouTube Channel, BaracksDub, which offers presidential covers, twice a month. But if you've ever wanted to hear Obama semi-croon the lyrics "cup of Ace, cup of Goose, cup of Cris," now's your chance.  The site's latest offering is a presidential cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." BaracksDubs scoured the commander-in-chief's clips of speeches, stumps, and press conferences to piece together the lyrics to one of the biggest songs of the summer. Previous videos of the president singing LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" and Carly Rae…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pentatonix Salute Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pizza in New Video

In celebration of the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Pentatonix has released a song honoring the heroes' favorite snack -- pizza! The a capella group's latest offering, "We Are Ninjas," is a musical ode to the Turtles latest adventure, out in theaters August 8. “The ideas is we’re kind of riffing of the Turtles,” said director Melissa Bolton-Klinger in an MTV behind-the-scenes clip. "Dark alleyway scenes, kind of West Side Story meets ninjas." The video, filmed at Paramount Studios, features the group's trademark harmonies set to some righteous closeups of the crime fighters themselves. The lyrics,"Long before our days…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce to Perform, Receive MTV's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 2014 VMAs

Beyonce has been tapped to perform at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California later this month. The network has announced the singer will also be honored with the 2014 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which is reserved for "exemplary musicians who have made an incredible and long-lasting impact on pop culture." Beyonce joins an elite list of previous Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipients, including Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Michael Jackson himself, who took home the coveted honor in 1988. Beyonce leads all MTV VMA nominees with eight nods,…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lady Gaga Shares Oxygen Mask Selfie

Are oxygen masks the new black?  They are, if you're Lady Gaga.The "Applause" singer's latest fashion accessory comes courtesy of the hospital.  Gaga was grounded in Denver due to the elevation of the Mile High City, and shared her ordeal with a selfie posted to Instagram, showing her wearing an oxygen mask. "Altitude Sickness is no Joke! #hitThatHospitalShit #artRaveDenver many true ravers crowd tonight," she wrote.Despite her ailment, Gaga was able to perform at her Wednesday night show, but was rushed to the hospital immediately after.  Gaga's Friday night date in Seattle will go on as scheduled. In other news, Gaga's…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Petition for "Weird Al" Yankovic to Perform at the Super Bowl Tops 44,000 Signatures

Would you want to see "Weird Al" Yankovic as the halftime performer at the Super Bowl? Ed Ball, a lifelong Yankovic fan, does and is the man behind a Change.org petition to have the parody artist perform at Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. He's already scored more than 44,000 signatures from people who like the idea. In his petition, Ball writes, "For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Reveals Second Clue

Taylor Swift has dropped another mysterious "clue"...but for what? Earlier this week, Taylor posted onto Instagram her "first clue": a clip of her repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor. She released a second clue on Wednesday. It was a screenshot of her phone featuring her white kitten, Olivia Benson, sitting nearby an old-school camera inside a storage shelf. Above the cat is a drawing of a city. The clock on the screenshot reads "5:00." So far, it's hard to tell what the singer is hinting at, though rumors are strong that it all ties in to new…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

For OneRepublic, "Throwing Darts" Led to "Counting Stars"

OneRepublic's debut single, "Apologize," which came out in 2007, was a huge hit -- and it only took them another six years to score a song that was just as big.  "Counting Stars" is the only OneRepublic single that's matched the chart position of "Apologize," and it's a song that revitalized their career -- and their album Native -- in a big way.  So why did it take OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder -- a guy who's written and produced huge hits for everyone from Adele to Kelly Clarkson to Beyonce -- so long to come up with another massive hit…

posted 2014/08/07 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR