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2014-08-23

Nico & Vinz Share Their Picks for Song of the Summer

Here in the U.S., "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz is definitely one of the songs of the summer, even though in Europe, where the duo is from, it was a hit last summer.   When asked to name their own picks for Song of the Summer, Nico & Vinz chose two additional songs that were also hits in Europe last year, but are now big here. "I like the Clean Bandit song, 'Rather Be,'" Nico tells ABC News Radio, while Vinz votes for "Latch."  "[It] was, of course, a huge song last year," he says. "But it's really picking…

posted 2014/08/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2014-08-22

New Maroon 5 Song "Animals" Featured in New KIA Commercial, Download It for Free

Maroon 5's new single "Animals" isn't officially released yet, but you can download it for free, for a limited time only, thanks to KIA. The song, "Animals," is featured in the new commercial for the KIA Soul EV, along with the company's famous dancing hamsters. If you visit Kia.com/KiaSoul, you can download the track for free, but only until early next week. In the commercial, scientist hamsters in a lab are designing the Soul EV, KIA's first electric car, but the scientists' pet mouse accidentally gets in the way of the high-tech equipment.  After everything goes ZAP, we see the…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Report: Mariah & Nick's Divorce Getting "Ugly," Mariah "Devastated" After Nick's Comments to "The Insider"

Any hope of an amicable divorce between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon appears to have vanished, following Nick's comments to the TV show The Insider.  It seems Mariah is not pleased -- to put it mildly -- that Nick went off script and yapped to the show that the two are now living apart. A source tells E! News that Mariah is "devastated" about Nick's comments because "they had agreed to work on a statement together."  Adds the source, "A joint statement was being prepared when he went and gave those quotes to The Insider." "She can't believe he went…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Four of Five One Direction Members Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On Friday, Harry Styles became the latest member of One Direction to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but he then nominated a pretty odd group of people. In his video, Harry is standing on the ground while the camera shoots him from above, from what looks like a walkway.  An unseen person then dumps a bucket of water on Harry's head, but not before he nominates super-powerful music executive Irving Azoff, Kanye West and Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon.  In the video's caption, he also nominates Ben Winston, who directed 1D's videos for "Best Song Ever," "Story of My Life"…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

MAGIC! Gets "Rude" in NYC's Central Park for "Good Morning America's" Summer Concert Series

It was a MAGIC!-al morning in New York City's Central Park on Friday, as the Canadian reggae-pop band took the stage on ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.  During the show, the group performed their hit "Rude," which has been #1 for six weeks, and their new single, "Let Your Hair Down," plus the album track "No Way No" and a reggae-fied cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."  Afterward, lead singer Nasri told ABC's Robin Roberts about his journey from behind-the-scenes producer and hit songwriter, to frontman of his own chart-topping band. "I had reached…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Katy Perry & Pal Kacey Musgraves Throw Roller Skating Party in Minnesota

During downtime on her Prismatic tour, Katy Perry has been enjoying the local attractions in the cities she visits, such as water parks and amusement parks.  On Thursday night, she and her opening act, Kacey Musgraves, went retro, strapping on roller skates and hitting the rink in Burnsville, Minnesota to celebrate Kacey's 26th birthday. Katy and Kacey documented their time at the rink on Twitter and Instagram.  Kacey posted a photo of herself wearing a party hat; she's with Katy, who's wearing huge light-up eyeglasses.  "Gettin' our 8th grade on..," she captioned the photo.  Kacey also posted a photo captioned…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video Director Denies Rapper's Accusations It's "Offensive"

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" video is a fun romp that features the singer attempting -- and failing -- various styles of dance while looking adorkable and awkward.  Yet the imagery in the video -- which includes scenes of black female hip-hop dancers twerking -- has been derided as "offensive" by one prominent rapper.  Now, the video's director, Mark Romanek, is saying that nothing could be further from the truth. The rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, tweeted the day the video premiered, "haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert

Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing in the Dominican Republic on morality grounds. The Buenos Aires Herald reports that the September 13 concert, scheduled for the country's capital of Santo Domingo, has been canceled by the local government, because Miley's performances "go against [the Dominican Republic's] morals and customs," and she uses "language and images which encourage sex and violence."  The government also accused her of wearing "unsuitable costumes," inciting "lesbian sex," and using "inappropriate objects in public." Tickets for the show had been on sale since July. 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 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zedd Hopes Frantic Dancing -- and Hayley's Hair -- Lead to MTV VMA Win This Sunday

Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards will be a big one for DJ and producer Zedd: not only will he and Ariana Grande perform their hit collaboration "Break Free" on the telecast, but he's up for two Moonmen himself, for the video for his hit with Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night."  The clip has earned nominations in two categories: MTV Clubland Award and Best Editing. "It was special for me because I've never done anything like it," Zedd says of the "Stay the Night" video, which features quick cuts of himself and Hayley, interspersed with cuts of a couple doing…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Fergie Says New Solo Album's Coming "Before the End of the Year"

Fergie's looking forward to celebrating her son Axl's first birthday next week, but she's got something even more exciting on the horizon: the very long-awaited follow up to her first solo album, The Dutchess. That record, which came out in 2006, was hugely successful and spun off a slew of hits, like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "London Bridge" and "Glamorous."  Since then, Fergie has released several albums and done  a number of tours with the Black Eyed Peas, putting plans for a second solo album on the back burner.  Since Axl was born, though, she's turned her attention back to…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Lorde Wants to Win "the Coolest-Looking Award" Sunday Night

Since she burst onto the music scene last year, Lorde's won her fair share of awards, including two Grammys.  But she says she'd really like to take home at least one trophy at this Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, because she thinks it's so cool looking. Lorde will be a presenter on the VMA telecast Sunday night, and her "Royals" video is nominated in two categories: Best Female, and Best Rock.  If she wins, she'll take home a shiny silver "Moonman" trophy.  Asked by the New Zealand Herald what she thinks her chances are, she says, "I don't know…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kelly Clarkson Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in First Post-Baby Appearance

Kelly Clarkson has posted a video of herself taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, making her first appearance since the birth of her daughter, River Rose, in late June. The 32-year-old took the challenge along with her husband, Brandon Blackstock, in what appears to be her backyard.   In the video, a nervous Clarkson worries she might not be able to lift the heavy bucket over her head. The two finally take the plunge. "Oh my God, that's so cold!" Clarkson shrieks, after being drenched. The video ends with her running around the yard and her hubby saying, “Cut.” They…

posted 2014/08/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR