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Taylor Swift Says Lena Dunham Helped Her Embrace Feminism

Lena Dunham apparently taught Taylor Swift a thing or two about being a feminist. In a new interview with The Guardian, the “Shake It Off” singer credited the Girls star with educating her on what feminism really means. "As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities," the 24-year-old said. "What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men." But she added that by becoming friends with Dunham and seeing “why she believes…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Takes a Spill Off the Stage

Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, but at least she had a good sense of humor about it. The Australian rapper took a tumble while performing her hit song “Fancy” at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards concert at the Avalon in Los Angeles on Friday. Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt and kept right on performing after security guards hoisted her back up. Iggy later called out the embarrassing misstep on Instagram by posting a video of the fall. She wrote, “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn.”…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jesse Kinch Is the First "Rising Star" Winner

ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded Sunday night with the four remaining contestants learning that Jesse Kinch was crowned the season-one champ, beating Austin French in the final round. Dana Williams and Audrey Kate Geiger were eliminated earlier in the night. The top four acts were seeded based on their combined East and West Coast scores throughout the season. The contestants were then paired off in two separate head-to-head duels; the first artist sang with the wall up, the second with the wall down. The winners of the two battles competed against each other to determine the winner. The…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Headed for #1 Debut; Lorde Calls Her New Album "Joyous"

The only thing Taylor Swift likely will be "shaking off" this week is an avalanche of texts and phone calls congratulating her on having a #1 debut on the Billboard singles chart. Billboard reports that Taylor's new single "Shake It Off" is likely to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to huge downloads, lots of airplay and tons of streaming.  Industry projections say the single will rack up more than 475,000 downloads in its first week overall, immediately giving it the biggest first week of any song this year.  The last song to post those kinds of…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Here's a brief rundown of additional tidbits from the MTV VMAs: --Ariana Grande opened the show with "Break Free," emerging from a rocket ship to sing it.  Nicki Minaj then sang "Anaconda" and did not get bitten by a snake.  Jessie J kicked off "Bang Bang" and both women joined her...the video premiered online shortly afterwards.  Ariana ended up winning Best Pop Video for "Problem" -- it was presented to her by her childhood crush, Jim Carrey, and his Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels. --Katy Perry won Best Female Video for "Dark Horse." She arrived at the VMAs…

posted 2014/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


MTV VMAs Winners List

Here are the winners for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California: VIDEO OF THE YEAR Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball" BEST HIP-HOP Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"   BEST MALE Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"   BEST FEMALE Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"   BEST POP Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"   BEST ROCK Lorde -- “Royals”   MTV ARTIST TO WATCH Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"   BEST COLLABORATION Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love" MTV…

posted 2014/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Miley Wins "Video of the Year," Doesn't Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

After last year's twerk heard 'round the world, what could Miley Cyrus possibly do for an encore at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards?  Take home the Video of the Year trophy in a surprise upset -- and then turn her acceptance speech into a powerful call to action. Miley's "Wrecking Ball" clip beat out much more recent and talked-about clips -- from "Fancy" to "Happy" to "Drunk in Love" -- to take the top prize of the night.  But instead of coming onstage to accept it, Miley sent an unknown young man instead.  Identifying himself as Jesse, he said…

posted 2014/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"Must-Watch" MTV Video Music Awards Air Sunday Night, "Gargantuan" Beyonce Performance Promised

The watercooler moment to end all watercooler moments took place at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, when Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and a giant foam finger twerked their way into TV history.  A year later, we're still talking about it and, according to one of the show's producers, that's exactly why you need to tune in to this year's VMAs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "It's one of those moments in popular culture, which I think is a must-watch," says VMA executive producer Garrett English about the telecast, which has been going strong for three decades. "There are…

posted 2014/08/24 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


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


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