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2016-08-28

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Air Sunday Night: A Look Back

The MTV Video Music Awards air tonight, live from New York's Madison Square Garden.  Because the show is always about what's happening right now this minute in music and pop culture, it's hard to believe that it has actually been going for more than 30 years. Here are some fun facts about the show: --The first VMAs were held at Radio City Music Hall on September 14, 1984 and were hosted by Dan Akroyd and Bette Midler.  Other stars who've hosted in the past: Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, Christian Slater, Roseanne Barr, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Dana Carvey,…

posted 2016/08/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-08-27

MTV Exec Says They're "Counting On Artists" to Get Political at MTV VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards have given us plenty of controversial moments, but this year, show organizers hope that in addition to the usual wardrobe malfunctions and onstage feuds, the stars will throw politics into the mix. "By all means, in a political year, we’re counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what’s going on in the world," says MTV executive Erik Flannigan.  But of course, he admits they're also counting on big musical moments, like one from performer Britney Spears. "I think she knows what her history…

posted 2016/08/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2016-08-26

Nick and Demi’s Pal Chord Overstreet Releases Debut Single, “Homeland”

Chord Overstreet, the first artist signed to Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato’s record label, released his debut single today. The guitar-driven ballad, called “Homeland,” was written as an ode to the small town outside of Nashville where Chord grew up.“’Homeland’ was inspired by all the times I feel homesick,” the singer explains in a statement.  “I was thinking about where my dad taught me to drive in the small town where I'm from.  I’ve gone back there recently, and although everything in the near surroundings has been built and grown, my small town remains the same.”Chord got his big break…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

First Look: Mariah Carey on "Empire"

This fall, the third season of Empire returns -- and none other than "The Voice" herself, Mariah Carey, will make a guest appearance on the show.  In a new trailer, Mimi is shown in two scenes as a singer named Kitty. "You always got a trick up your sleeve," Mariah says to Cookie in one portion of the video.  Further in the trailer, she sings next to actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in the television drama.   The five-time Grammy winner has worked with Empire's creator, Lee Daniels, before, with roles in his films Precious and The Butler.    FOX's Empire returns September 21 at 9 p.m. ET.   Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Adele’s Nicki Minaj Rap on “Carpool Karaoke” Wins TV Moment of the Year Award

Adele’s rapping skills were good enough to win her an award. The singer picked up TV Moment of the Year at the Edinburgh International TV Festival for her rendition of a Nicki Minaj rap during her episode of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” She flawlessly recited Nicki’s verse in the Kanye West hit “Monster” for the segment, which aired in January. Her “Carpool Karaoke” went on to become the most popular “Carpool Karaoke” on Twitter, as well as the most viral late-night video since 2013. Even Nicki approved of Adele’s rapping. "Pull thru, QUEEN!!!!! #Adele," Nicki tweeted. "#Monster the attitude &…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana Grande Debuting New Music Video for “Side to Side” This Weekend

Coinciding with her scheduled MTV Video Music Awards performance Sunday, Ariana Grande is debuting the music video for her latest single, “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj. The video will premiere on Guess.com, the website for the iconic clothing brand GUESS. Ariana will be wearing GUESS’ new athletic line in the clip, and viewers will have the chance to shop looks inspired by her outfits in the video.The music video premiere will help launch GUESS Music, a joint project between GUESS and Republic Records that aims to bring together the worlds of fashion and music. Ariana and Nicki are set…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sean Paul on "Cheap Thrills" Team-Up with Sia: "My Mom Is a Big Fan"

Before he hooked up with Sia for some "Cheap Thrills" -- their #1 collaboration -- the last time Sean Paul was #1 on the pop charts was a decade ago.  He tells Billboard it was an "amazing feeling" to be back in the spotlight. "For the ten years that I was not being on those charts you would hear the question: ‘Where have you been? You went away.' No. I'm always in the studio. I'm always touring," the reggae star tells Billboard. "Maybe I'm not on the big shows that you see on your TV, but I'm always touring. That's…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Usher's New Album, "Hard II Love," Has a Release Date

Usher dropped by ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night to promote his new film, Hands of Stone, but while there he made a big announcement regarding his new album. The singer revealed that his latest effort, Hard II Love, is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Scheduled to be released September 16, it's comprised of 15 tracks. The complete track listing has not yet been revealed on iTunes. Hard II Love is the follow-up to Usher's 2012 disc, Looking 4 Myself. While you await the album's release, you can check out Usher in Hands of Stone, in which he plays boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard opposite Edgar Ramirez's Roberto Duran. Usher noted the…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Gives $50,000 to Baton Rouge Food Bank

Taylor Swift has already donated a million dollars to Louisiana flood relief.  Now she’s opened her checkbook once more to help out the residents of Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Food Bank posted a photo on their Instagram Thursday showing the staff holding a sign that reads “Thanks, Taylor!” “@taylorswift donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank!” the photo’s caption reads. “The #laflood destroyed our warehouse but we are going to shake it off!” The Salvation Army thanked Taylor as well, tweeting, “Thank you @taylorswift13 for helping us serve the #LouisianaFlood survivors by donating to our relief efforts!…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams Ask Court to Overturn "Blurred Lines" Verdict

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have made a filing in an appeal of the copyright infringement verdict in the "Blurred Lines" case. An opening brief filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday calls for either the verdict to be overturned or a new trial. Lawyers contend that jurors were only supposed to consider whether or not Thicke and Williams improperly copied notes from the sheet music to Marvin Gaye hit "Got to Give It Up" for their song, "Blurred Lines." "What happened instead," according to court documents, "was a cascade of legal errors warranting this court's reversal or vacatur…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Bieber Helps Rumored Girlfriend Sofia Richie Celebrate Her 18th Birthday

Justin Bieber helped his rumored girlfriend Sofia Richie celebrate her 18th birthday in a West Hollywood club on Wednesday night. "Justin arrived with his guy friends around 10 p.m. Sofia joined him later and they stayed until after 1 a.m.," an clubgoer tells People magazine. "They sat separately and had big groups with them." The entertainment magazine reports that a day earlier, the model posted a Snapchat from a doctor's office and complained, "Of course I'm sick [the] day before my birthday.. Anything else want to go wrong?" That reportedly didn't stop her from dining with friends that night.  The 22-year-old…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Which MTV VMA Best New Artist Nominee Says His VMA Nod Is "Kind of Bizarre"?

The Best New Artist nominees for Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards include four actual newcomers, and a guy whose first VMA nomination came seven years ago: Joe Jonas. As a member of the Jonas Brothers, Joe got his first VMA nods in 2008, but since he's in a new band, DNCE, he's eligible again. "It’s kind of bizarre to be nominated for Best New Artist, ‘cause I feel like I’ve been around for a minute. But that’s I guess a good thing," he tells ABC Radio. "It’s showcasing that this is a new experience for me." The "Cake By…

posted 2016/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR