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Hozier Says Newport Folk Festival Was a "Huge, Huge Influence"

Hozier played last year's Newport Folk Festival, and he'll do it again this weekend at the 2015 festival, taking place July 24-26. The Irish singer-songwriter had always dreamed of playing the famed festival, and his 2014 Newport set was one of his first shows in America. "One of my first experiences [playing in America] was doing Newport Folk Festival, which for me was a huge, huge influence growing up," Hozier tells ABC Radio. Founded in 1959, the Newport Folk Festival has hosted many legendary performances, including when Bob Dylan infamously "went electric" in 1965. Watching footage of all those performances…

posted 2015/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says Working Out Makes Her Better at Rocking Out

When Taylor Swift's not on tour, she's often spotted going and coming from a gym in New York City.  But Taylor isn't spending all her time working out for vanity's sake: she feels it makes her a better performer when she hits the stage. "I think that staying in shape and training and working out more has really helped me get stronger and my endurance is higher, for sure," she tells ABC Radio. "So, let's hope that keeps up!" Taylor will definitely need endurance tonight to run around the massive stage of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, where she's performing…

posted 2015/07/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Ariana Grande Reveals Bottle Design for Debut Fragrance

Ariana Grande has revealed the bottle design for her debut fragrance, ARI. The singer posted a short video on Instagram, which shows off the faceted pink bottle with a fluffy white pom-pom attached to the top. “It smells like a dream,” Ariana’s heard saying in the clip. “So excited to finally share the bottle design for my fragrance with you babbbbbes,” she captions the video. “I'm so in love with this and absolutely cannot wait to share it with you.” ARI hits stores in September, but in the meantime, Ariana directs fans to the perfume’s official website, where they can…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

A Great Big World Releases New Love Equality Song, "Hold Each Other"

After winning a Grammy earlier this year for their Christina Aguilera collaboration “Say Something,” A Great Big World is back with a new single and lyric video. The duo -- Ian Axel and Chad King -- released “Hold Each Other,” a love song that describes both a straight and a gay relationship. The song holds special meaning for Chad, who is gay. He writes on Instagram that this song gave him the courage to speak his truth. “Yesterday was a very big day for me -- we released a new song called ‘Hold Each Other,’” he writes. “I've spent my…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Selena Gomez Launches Fall/Winter Collection for Adidas NEO

Things are going pretty well for Selena Gomez. Her new album has an official title and release date, she turned 23 on Wednesday and now her fall/winter collection for Adidas NEO has arrived. “So happy! My Fall #adidasneo collection is finally out!” Selena tweeted. “Follow @adidasneolabel to find out where to get it.” In a behind-the-scenes video of her photo shoot for the collection, she models sweatshirts, leggings, windbreakers and sporty bralets in shades of peach, navy blue and grey. The line also includes an arctic parka. You can shop the collection online at Adidas.com/Selena. Selena’s been the face of…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Releases Steamy Video for "Cool for the Summer"

The video for Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” is all about those steamy summer nights. In the newly released clip for the song about a forbidden fling, Demi is the epitome of confidence as she writhes and struts in sexy cutout tops. She cruises in a convertible packed with gal pals and ends up at a club, where she dances the night away as fellow club-goers get hot and heavy around her. "Take me down into your paradise/Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type/Just something that we wanna try/'Cause you and I/We're cool for the summer," Demi sings…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor to Star in New Skechers Ad Campaign

Meghan Trainor is all about those endorsements. The singer is teaming up with Skechers for a new global ad campaign. “I’m very excited to work with Skechers!” she says in a statement. “I’m proud to get behind a company that celebrates style and being true to yourself! The shoes are SO comfortable and stylish too. I know my fans will love this campaign.” Meghan’s first ad for the footwear company will be a new television commercial set to launch later this year. She has signed on to appear in Skechers’ global marketing and social media campaigns through 2017. Meghan joins…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Mariah Carey Announces First-Ever Show in Israel

Mariah Carey is saying shalom to Israel. The pop diva has announced she’ll be performing her first-ever concert in the country next month. In a video shown at a Tel Aviv press conference this week, Mariah says, “Shalom Israel, I will be coming to see you live on August 18, so come to see me! Shalom.” Mariah will be playing the Rishon Lezion Live Park Amphitheater in Tel Aviv. Tickets went on sale Wednesday. “It’s just a one-time concert,” The Times of Israel quoted concert promoter Lia Luzon as saying. “She was excited about Israel and was happy to come…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Apologizes to Nicki Minaj; Nicki Responds in Kind

All appears to be well between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, two days after they butted heads on Twitter and caused a flurry of online speculation. It begins with Taylor's apology to Nicki Thursday via Twitter.  “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki,” Taylor wrote.  Forty-five minutes after she posted the note, it'd been retweeted over 31,000 times. Nicki didn't take long to respond in kind.  Less than an hour after Taylor's apology, Nicki tweeted, "That means so much Taylor, thank you," followed by three heart emojis.  You'll remember…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nico & Vinz Release Lyric Video for "That's How You Know"

How do you know you’ve really messed things up? Nico & Vinz are here to tell you. The Norwegian duo released a lyric video for their new song, “That’s How You Know,” and it basically serves as a cautionary tale for screw-ups everywhere. The uncensored version of the tune, featuring Bebe Rexha and rapper Kid Ink, lays out different scenarios in which people ruin the good things in their lives -- whether it’s a guy cheating on his girl or someone wasting all his money. Nico & Vinz even put themselves into a scenario, singing, “Now Nico's unemployed and Vinz's…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

WALK THE MOON Reveals "Arresting" Story Behind Their Name

WALK THE MOON's album TALKING IS HARD -- not to mention their stage set and stage clothes -- all have a very 1980s vibe.  In fact, even the name of the band is an homage to a superstar band of the '80s. Turns out the "Shut Up and Dance" hitmakers took their name from the song "Walking on the Moon," by The Police.  Lead singer Nick Petricca tells ABC Radio, "The Police have always been a great influence for us. Just their attitude, and Sting’s sort of impossible vocal range and delivery." But there's something about that particular song, Nick…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Did Taylor Swift Almost Cancel Tour After Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis?

Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour almost didn’t happen, according to the New York Daily News. A source tells the paper Taylor nearly scrapped the entire trek after her mom was diagnosed with cancer. “When her mom got sick, she expressed that she was seriously considering not doing her tour,” the source says. “Since the very beginning her mom has traveled with her and been to every concert. Taylor didn’t want to do it alone and be worried about her mom and [be] so far away.” Taylor apparently proposed either postponing the tour or nixing it completely. But her mom, Andrea…

posted 2015/07/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR