by Play Now
Music News
Subscribe To This Feed

MTVBetween the boob-flashing, cursing and beef-quashing, Sunday night's MTV VMAs also featured some great musical performances.  Song-tagging app Shazam has a list of the most Shazamed moments of the telecast, and surprisingly -- or perhaps unsurprisingly -- the #1 performance on the list was the one that was all about the music, not the spectacle.

Tori Kelly's performance of "Should've Been Us" was #1 on Shazam's list, followed by Twenty One Pilots' collaboration with A$ASP RockyMacklemore & Ryan Lewis' epic performance of "Downtown" came in third.

Here's the full list:

1.      Tori Kelly – "Should’ve Been US"
2.      Twenty One Pilots with A$AP Rocky – "HeavyDirtySoul," "Lane Boy," "M’$" and "L$D"
3.      Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis – "Downtown"
4.      The Weeknd – "Can’t Feel My Face"
5.      Justin Bieber – "What Do You Mean?"

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Sunday night's show was a huge hit...on social media, at least.   According to Deadline, Nielsen Media has determined that the show was the most tweeted non-sports program since October 2011, when the company started tracking Twitter TV stats.  According to Nielsen Media, 2.2 million people sent 21.4 million VMA-related tweets, and those tweets generated 676 million impressions -- which means that's how many people saw the tweets.  It marks a 69 percent increase from last year's show. 

The most tweeted moment?  Kanye West's announcement that he's running for president in 2020.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Cliff Lipson/CBSAdele is rumored to finally be releasing her new album in November, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be touring any time soon. According to reports from U.K.’s The Mirror, Adele would rather be at home with her young son.

Apparently, some of the biggest concert organizers in the world are offering the singer tens of millions of dollars to tour in support of the new album, but she’s prepared to turn them down. She has yet to line up any gigs for 2016.

“The album may be coming out, but at this moment in time there are absolutely no concrete plans for a tour,” a source says. “In fact people at the label admit they are clueless whether Adele will tour at all.”

The source adds, "Firstly it’s understood she is not keen to travel around the world with her son as she adores her quiet family life away from fame and fortune. Also ever since her throat surgery there has been discussions about how much strain she would have to put her vocal chords under during a lengthy tour.”

Adele hasn’t performed live since 2013. If she does agree to tour, promoters think demand could be so high that they could charge upwards of $150 per ticket and still sell out arenas across the globe.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing her flawless performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Tori Kelly has announced a headlining U.S. tour for this fall.

The trek, in support of her debut album Unbreakable Smile, will begin September 23 in Wallingford, Connecticut and will conclude in Searcy, Arkansas  November 7.

If you’re a member of Tori's fan club, you can grab tickets starting Wednesday, September 2, at Fahlo.me/ToriKelly. You’ll also have the chance to snag a limited number of VIP bundles, which include a ticket, admission to a meet-and-greet with Tori, and one merchandise item. Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale to the general public in most markets Friday, September 4.

Here is the complete list of Tori's tour dates:

9/23 -- Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale
9/24 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
9/25 -- Montclair, NJ, Montclair State University
10/3 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theater
10/5 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
10/6 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
10/9 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/28 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
10/29 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz at North Carolina State University
11/1 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
11/5 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
11/6 -- New Orleans, LA, The Civic Theatre
11/7 -- Searcy, AR, Benson Auditorium -- Harding University

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Tom Munro / RCA RecordsDuring his rambling Video Vanguard award acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Kanye West claimed he saw Justin Timberlake break down in tears when he didn't win the album of the year Grammy for FutureSex/Lovesounds. It left us all wondering if that story was true.

While Justin didn’t respond to the claim directly, he did tweet about Kanye’s random shoutout. “Kanye is so cute, y’all,” Justin tweeted, before adding, “Jokes, you guys…Jokes. #chill.”

Justin later wrote, “Btw... I JUST watched my man 'Ye's FULL speech... He always has a point. And I support it. #truth”

Kanye mentioned Justin in the middle of his criticism of awards shows. "I just, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose," Kanye said. "Gnarls Barkley and the 'Sexyback' album... Justin, I ain't trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears bro. And I was thinking like, he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are as entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?"

The rapper concluded his speech by announcing that he's running for president in 2020.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesWhile her alleged rival Taylor Swift cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend in Los Angeles, Katy Perry was reportedly across the country having some fun of her own.

According to New York Post’s Page Six, Katy threw a bachelorette party for a pal at New York’s “Queen of the Night” burlesque show. And a witness says Katy wasn’t shy about interacting with the performers.

“Katy and her group took tequila shots and selfies all night,” the source says. “Katy made sure the bachelorette was…spanked by one of the performers. And as the instigator, Katy set an example, getting spanked, not once, but twice.”

Who needs Miley Cyrus’ raunchy antics when you can make your own?

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas gave a debut live performance of his new single “Levels” at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show last night, and shortly after, he premiered the sexy video for the song.

The visual features Nick in an industrial warehouse surrounded by scantily clad women. In various scenes, they dance on top of oil drums, tires and chairs. Nick also sings in an elevator -- which makes sense, since the first line of the song is, "Get on my elevator/Baby we're going up."

“It continues to set me up as a solo artist,” Nick told MTV News prior to the video’s release. “It gives me a better idea of the looks I’m trying to go for. I want people to think when they watch my videos and music. I’m excited. I think it’s going to be one of my strongest videos.”

Nick added, “The song kind of cuts a new path for me, musically, it touches some of the soul elements, but also has that funk side. I think the video needed that as well -- something really fresh.”

“Levels” is the first single from Nick's in-progress sophomore album.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsFollowing his emotional performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Justin Bieber debuted the music video for his new single “What Do You Mean?”

In the cinematic clip, Justin has a steamy bedroom makeout session with a beautiful girl, gets kidnapped by a group of masked attackers…and then somehow ends up at a party in a skate park. The video co-stars John Leguizamo.

The Biebs performed the new song, as well as “Where Are U Now,” at the VMAs, and seemingly broke down in tears at the end of his performance.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Sherwin LainezHoney, 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 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars will be a very musical one this year.  In addition to Andy, it will include Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and R&B legend Chaka Khan.

Honey, he's good! Please join us in welcoming @AndyGrammer to #dwts. https://t.co/qubm780HzN

— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) August 31, 2015

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Ben WattsLive 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.  Find out how by visiting LiveIntheVineyard.com.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

PRNewsFoto/PRMD Music/Island RecordsAvicii 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 as “an old school reggae protest song.”

On Friday, Avicii released a double single from the album: “For a Better Day”/”Pure Grinding.” “For a Better Day” is an uplifting piano-driven track, while “Pure Grinding” explores hip-hop, soul and electronic sounds.

Stories is Avicii follow-up to 2013’s True, which included the smash single “Wake Me Up” featuring Aloe Blacc. The new album is now available for pre-order.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Courtesy ID PRIf 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 impossible to access it.  What we do know, however, is the album features a whopping 23 tracks in all, including “Doooo It!”  It was also created in collaboration with rock band Flaming Lips and their frontman, Wayne Coyne

You might remember back in March 2014, when Miley teamed up with Flaming Lips to do that trippy cover of The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”  “Trippy” is a word that definitely applies to Miley’s new album as well -- if you’ve seen the video for “Dooo It!,” you already know that.  A statement from Miley’s label says the album was indeed inspired by Miley’s dead pets: specifically, when she lost her dog and her fish one after the other, and then a friend lost her pet cat. 

Miley’s mourning resulted in an “artistic catharsis” for Miley, the statement says, that inspired her to adopt a new persona, with Dead Petz also the name of the “vanguard musical collective supporting Cyrus in her latest transformation.”

Here’s the track list for Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz:

1. “Dooo It!“
2. “Karen Don't Be Sad“
3. “The Floyd Song (aka Sunrise)“
4. “Something About Space Dude“
5. “Space Bootz“
6. “F***** F***** Up“
7. “BB Talk“
8. “Fweaky“
9. “Bang Me Box“
10. “Milky Milky Milk“
11. “Cyrus Skies“
12. “Slab of Butter (Scorpion)“ (featuring Sarah Barthel of Phantogram)
13. “I'm So Drunk (intermission)“
14. “I Forgive Yiew“
15. “I Get So Scared“
16. “Lighter“
17. “Tangerine“ (featuring Big Sean)
18. “Tiger Dreams“ (featuring Ariel Pink)
19. “Evil Is but a Shadow“
20. “1 Sun“
21. “Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz“
22. “Pablow the Blowfish“
23. “Twinkle Song“

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Black Doll Inc.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, Jam says, in the final stages of working on the album, Janet would show up at the studio after working all day at rehearsals for the stage show.

The producers, who were behind Jackson’s biggest hits, including “That’s The Way Love Goes," “Again” and “All for You,” say Unbreakable's lead single, "No Sleeep" featuring J. Cole, was something of an accident.

“’No Sleeep’ was basically called that because it was like five in the morning, and we had just completed a day of work and I was still awake, so I was playing around with some different stuff and came up with the skeleton of it,” Jam remembers.  The track sat on his computer, half remembered until Lewis came across it and played it back.  "Janet said, ‘Ooh, what’s that?’ I told her it was a track I did like two months ago," Jam says. "Janet loved it -- just the feeling that she got when she heard it is the feeling she wanted the fans to have. Just a warm, welcoming, sensual feel. But it was almost forgotten.”

Jam also says the album may surprise some long-time fans.  “I think it’s totally different from any of her other albums,” he says. “But it feels like her. At the end of the day, I go back to that. The thing about this album is there’s a lot of different places that it touches, but at the end of the day, it’s pure Janet.”

Here are Janet's Unbreakable World Tour dates:

8/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
9/2 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
9/4 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
9/5 -- Grande Prairie, Canada, Revolution Place
9/7 -- Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre
9/8 --  Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
9/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
9/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
9/15 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
9/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
9/18 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/20 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
9/23 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
9/24 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
9/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
9/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
9/29 -- Memphis, TN, Fedex Forum
9/30 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
10/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, AXS at Planet Hollywood
10/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, AXS at Planet Hollywood
10/13 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
10/17 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
10/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
10/21 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/22 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena
10/25 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/29 -- St Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
10/30 -- Omaha, NE, Centurylink Center
11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
11/3 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
11/4 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
11/6 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
11/12 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
11/13 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
11/15 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
11/19 -- Osaka, Japan, INTEX Center
11/21 -- Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena
11/22 -- Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena
1/12 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
1/13 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
1/15 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
1/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
1/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Arena
1/21 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
1/23 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
1/24 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
1/27 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
1/29 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
1/30 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
2/1 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
2/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
2/5 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/6 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
2/17 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
2/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
2/22 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
2/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
2/29 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/4 -- Winston-Salem, NC, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3/6 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
3/8 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
3/9 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Michael Tran/FilmMagicAs 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, this time was the surprise guest. She joined Nicki Minaj on stage for the show’s opener. The two sang a bit of Nicki’s “The Night Is Still Young,” before breaking into Taylor’s “Bad Blood,” thus proving once and for all that they have buried the hatchet after last month’s brief Twitter feud.

But another feud seemed to be brewing between Nicki and the evening's host. After Nicki won the award for Best Hip Hop Video for “Anaconda,” she called out Miley for the comments she made in a New York Times interview last week. In the interview, Miley was asked her thoughts on the Nicki/Taylor Twitter spat, and said she thought Nicki was "not too kind."

“And now back to…this b**** who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley what’s good?” Nicki said as she "finished" up her speech: her rant seemed to continue after her mic was seemingly cut off.

Miley responded by first claiming her comments were misinterpreted, but then, in a dig that seemed to imply Nicki is often a sore loser, Miley noted she has never complained about losing a VMA.

Many believed the heated on-stage confrontation was rehearsed, but that remains to be seen.

Later in the night, Taylor appeared on stage with another former nemesis: Kanye. She presented him with the Video Vanguard Award, the VMA's equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. “I first met Kanye six years ago  -- at this show actually!” Taylor said, in reference the VMA ceremony in which Kanye infamously interrupted her acceptance speech.

Before bringing Kanye to the stage, she did a callback to that moment. “I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye has had one of the greatest careers of all time!” she said.

The rapper then took the stage to chants of “Kanye! Kanye!” and allowed the audience to give him a lengthy applause before launching into an impassioned, rambling speech that questioned the validity of awards shows and announced his future presidential bid.

There was so much going on this year that the actual awards nearly got lost in the shuffle. Only six moonmen statues were presented during the broadcast, and not surprisingly Taylor’s bestie-filled “Bad Blood” was crowned Video of the Year. She also took home Best Female Video for “Blank Space.”

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson nabbed Best Male Video for “Uptown Funk,” an award presented to them by Britney Spears. Rapper Fetty Wap, who wasn’t in attendance, received the Artist to Watch award and Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend took home the Best Video with a Social Message trophy for “One Song Can Change the World.”

The evening’s standout performances included The Weeknd’s performance of his hit “Can’t Feel My Face,” during which he danced amid fiery pyrotechnics; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing their new single “Downtown” on the actual streets of downtown L.A.; Demi Lovato’s sexy debut VMA performance of “Cool for the Summer,” featuring a guest appearance by Iggy Azalea; and Pharrell Williams giving a performance of “Freedom” seemingly inspired by Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.”

Plus, Justin Bieber -- who sported a new hairdo on the red carpet -- moved himself to tears after delivering his VMA comeback performance: a medley of his Skrillex/Diplo hit “Where Are U Now” and his new single “What Do You Mean?”

As the night wound down, Miley teased the night’s final performance from behind a curtain backstage -- and accidentally flashed her nipple before the East Coast censors could catch it. That special finale turned out to be a performance from Miley herself. She was introduced by participants of her Happy Hippie Foundation’s #InstaPride campaign, and she sang a new anthem called “Dooo It!” She was joined on stage by a bunch of colorfully dressed drag queens, as well as The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.

"Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I love peace, but I don’t give a f***, I ain’t no hippie," she proudly proclaimed in the song.Miley ended the night on a -- ahem -- high note with her big announcement: her new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, is now available online for free.

The VMA broadcast is already drawing condemnation from some quarters.  The Parents Television Council issued a statement late Sunday night, declaring in part, "MTV and [Miley] Cyrus could both be forces for something positive, but tonight’s VMA partners relied on exposing millions of children to graphic, inappropriate and far-too-frequently offensive content.”

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Michael Tran/FilmMagicLions 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 the video informs us that the wild animal theme was for a good cause. All the proceeds from the video are being donated to wild animal conservation efforts through the African Parks Foundation of America.

Just minutes after the video premiered, Taylor joined Nicki Minaj -- with whom she had a brief Twitter feud last month -- to officially bury the hatchet with a surprise joint performance to open the VMAs.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Charley Gallay/LP5/Getty Images for TASThe 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 by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Aug 30, 2015 at 12:41am PDT

 

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

MTVHere'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 YEAR
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”

BEST POP VIDEO
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Fall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change the World”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
OK Go -- “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)

BEST DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

MTVWALK 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 and Dance" video was very influenced by classic '80s videos from the heyday of MTV, when the medium was in its infancy.  Nick tells ABC Radio, "I think a lot of my favorite videos from the ‘80s are wonderfully bad. They have this charm about them."

"I think the ‘80s were a time that just really celebrated weird and campy, you know, whether it’s in the music or the fashion or the videos," he adds. "And so....I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for them."

As for Video of the Year, WALK THE MOON isn't nominated, but Nick says he's rooting for Taylor Swift to take home the top prize for "Bad Blood."  Not because he necessarily loves the video, but because he's partial to Taylor, who invited him and the band to join her on stage for "Shut Up and Dance" during her current tour.

"I am pretty biased towards her," Nick laughs. "She’s just so gracious and so kind to us and seeing behind the curtain, you know, she’s just so driven and works so hard and is really, really creative, and obviously has a big hand in everything that happens, you know -- which is not the case for a lot of artists. So I would not be upset if she took it home."  

One of the artists who WALK THE MOON is up against for Best Rock Video is Hozier, who's nominated for "Take Me to Church."  He tells ABC Radio that the video, which showed a same-sex couple dealing with homophobia, had a lot to do with how popular the song became.

"I think the video was definitely a very important vehicle for the song, yeah," he says. "And, it kind of captured a lot of people’s hearts and minds in a big way. It was a huge part of the song getting to where it got to, you know, around the world."

"She's Kind of Hot," by 5 Seconds of Summer, is up for the fan-voted Best Song of the Summer award, which will be handed out during the VMA Pre-Show.  Among the competition: "Worth It," "Lean On," "Cheerleader," "Cool for the Summer," "Hey Mama" and "Bad Blood."  "If we win that'd be awesome," says lead singer Luke Hemmings.  "I think it would be a bit of a statement as well," adds guitarist Michael Clifford, "'cause this one’s about being yourself and stuff and I think that’s cool. If that’s the Song of the Summer, that’s awesome."   (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran lead nominees with nine and six nods, respectively. Kanye West will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  Britney Spears has been added to the lineup as a presenter, and the show will open with a performance by Nicki Minaj.  Other performers include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Pharrell Williams.

The pre-show will feature Taylor Swift debuting her new video for "Wildest Dreams," and Nick Jonas performing his new single "Levels."

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET.  The pre-show starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here's a full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
The Weeknd -- “Earned It”
Nick Jonas -- “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Sia -- “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding -- “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 -- “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 -- “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”
Florence the Machine -- “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon -- “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys -- “Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy -- “Riptide”
George Ezra -- “Budapest”
James Bay -- “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs -- “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd -- “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj -- “Bang Bang"

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson -- “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat -- “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna -- “American Oxygen”
Wale -- “The White Shoes”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go -- “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker -- “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J -- “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino -- “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky -- “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino -- “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, the Creator -- “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC NewsWhile 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 made my dreams come true. I’m just kind of overwhelmed and really grateful.”

Explaining why she thinks the song has become so big, Rachel says, "It reminds us that those voices in our head...that tell us that we're not good enough...they're not true, and that we don't have to give up on our dreams, and that we can keep fighting for what we believe in."

Rachel wrapped up her tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri on Friday night.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Big Machine RecordsTaylor 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 of Best Female Video, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" takes the top prize, according to Twitter.  You may recall Nicki made a fuss last month when she accused MTV of not nominating "Anaconda" for Video of the Year because she doesn't have a "very slim body," like the other nominees..  It appears the two have made up, though, since she's opening Sunday's telecast.

For Best Male Video, Twitter is pointing to a victory for "Chains," by Nick Jonas.

The analyses were based on tweets between the July 21 announcement of the nominees and August 25.  The show airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran is the one who introduced actress Courteney Cox to her fiance, Johnny McDaid of the band Snow Patrol.  So it's no wonder that the Friends star fully expects Ed to entertain guests at their upcoming wedding.

Speaking to the British tabloid The Sun, Courtney says, "We are certainly grateful to Ed for introducing us. I can’t imagine him not playing something at the wedding. It’ll be a musical night.”

So how did Ed hook Courtney up with Johnny?  Well, he lived in Courteney's pool house while he was making his album, X, and Johnny was one of his collaborators on the project, co-writing several tracks, including the hit "Photograph."

Johnny's band Snow Patrol is best known for their 2006 hit "Chasing Cars," which blew up after it was featured on Grey's Anatomy.

Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Keyword Search


On Facebook

Music News

q92 Polls
What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
College Football Season
Anniversary
Spring Break
Birthday
Divorce
Super Bowl
Summer Vacation
Holiday Season
2016
Other
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)
Name:
Email:
Your email address is never published.
View Results
LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services