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Lorde Says Says She's the "Black Sheep" of Her MTV VMA Categories

When last year's MTV VMA Award nominations rolled around, Lorde's hit "Royals" was just starting to make its way up the charts, and was still several months away from becoming a nine-week #1 smash, so she didn't receive any nods.  This year, of course, she's one of the biggest stars on the planet, and has now received two VMA nominations: Best Female, and Best Rock, both for the "Royals" video.  But the New Zealand teen doesn't think she's got much chance of winning. "Wowzer ... vma nominations!" Lorde tweeted, adding, "OMG i am the black sheep of both my categories…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Shakira Becomes Most Liked Celebrity on Facebook, Ever

Shakira has 100 million reasons to love her fans.  The singer has just become the most "liked" public figure in Facebook history, with 100 million friends overall. In a new Facebook video, Shakira says, "100 million friends on Facebook!  I mean, that is incredible.  Thank you so much for your support, for your loyalty, for your love.  It's really unbelievable! Thank you so much!" In a statement, she added, "I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it's one that's purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe. Social media and specifically Facebook has…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Beyonce Fashion Exhibit to Debut at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Beyonce's stylish ensembles will be showcased in a new fashion exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The leather body suit that the singer wore during her 2013 Super Bowl performance, among other items, will be on display at the exhibit, opening Tuesday, July 22 inside the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in the institution's Legends of Rock section. The singer's stylist, Ty Hunter, remembers that she wanted her Super Bowl look to be "funky, edgy, and feminine." He adds, "A lot of different designers came to Beyoncé with sketches, but in the end Russian designer Rubin…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Trespasser Sentenced to Probation

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to probation on willful trespass and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a series of incidents outside Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion. According to Rhode Island's Westerley Sun, Daniel P. Cole, also has been ordered to have no contact with the star. He was arrested in March after attempting to drive onto Taylor's property despite a standing no-trespass order issued in December 2013. Officers say the man resisted arrest, but he claims he only swore at them a few times when they asked him to get out of his truck and show his hands. Prior…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Clean Bandit Announces First North American Tour in September

British electronic band Clean Bandit has announced their first-ever North American tour, set to kick off September 15 in Toronto. The tour will support the release of their debut Big Beat/Atlantic Records album, New Eyes, which features the international hit single, "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne. Clean Bandit made their U.S. live debut last week with sold-out gigs in Los Angeles at the Roxy and at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  The group also made its first television appearance on NBC's Today. “Rather Be” is now the longest-running #1 in the history of the U.K.’s Official Streaming Chart,…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Maroon 5 Guitarist Reveals Best Man for Adam Levine's Wedding, Says Singer Is "Really Excited"

All of the details of Adam Levine's wedding to model Behati Prinsloo haven't been made public, but most reports claim the two will tie the knot Saturday, perhaps in Mexico.  Adam's Maroon 5 bandmate, guitarist James Valentine, says he's surprised his friend isn't sweating the idea of giving up his bachelorhood. "I think he's really excited," James tells ABC News Radio. "I mean he's...I expected him to be more nervous. They're very amped up. They're very happy. It's going to be really fun." In an interview with the Australian radio station 2DayFM, James spilled the beans on who the best…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Leads Second Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations; MKTO Booked to Perform

The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominations has been announced, and in the music categories, Iggy Azalea leads among the newly announced categories with five nods, including Choice Single Female Artist, where she'll be competing against Katy Perry, Lorde, Frozen star Idina Menzel and Iggy's "Problem" collaborator, Ariana Grande. Iggy's also up for Choice Summer Song, Choice Summer Music Star, Choice R&B/Hip Hop song and Candie's Choice Style Icon.  One Direction picked up a double nomination in the categories of Choice Single Group and Choice Break-Up Song. The X Factor alums will compete against their U.S. counterparts, X Factor's…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Nineteen-Year-Old Kanye West Freestyles in 1996 Video

Kanye West had some pretty impressive rapping skills, even at 19 years old. A nearly two-minute video surfaced on YouTube Thursday, showing the rapper back in 1996 demonstrating his freestyle skills while hanging out with some friends at the Fat Beats record store in New York City. In the clip, West raps about his technique, name-checks Alanis Morissette, and discusses growing up in his hometown of Chicago, among other things. The video was uploaded by Fat Beats general manager DJ Eclipse. In the description, he writes, “What took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19 year old kid…

posted 2014/07/18 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Lady Gaga's Former Personal Assistant to Write a Tell-All Book?

Lady Gaga's former "hood rat" assistant can now add another title to her resume: author. Jennifer O'Neil, the ex-assistant who sued Gaga, claiming she was owed $393,000 for 7,168 hours of overtime, is writing a tell-all book, Fame Monster, to be published by Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books, according to The New York Post's Page Six.  The deal reportedly could be worth up to $1 million, though there's no firm publishing date and the manuscript has not been turned in. O'Neil, who worked for Mama Monster on the 2009-2011 Monster's Ball tour, filed her complaint in 2011, claiming she…

posted 2014/07/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Zayn Malik Not Secretly Married, Says Rep

One Direction fans, you can all calm down: Zayn Malik did not secretly get married. The hysteria started when Zayn posted a photo on Instagram of him wearing what appears to be a wedding band on his ring finger. The singer made his account public for the first time on Tuesday, and his very first image sent his followers into a panic that he had married his girlfriend, Perrie Edwards, without letting them know first. A spokesman denied that the jewelry in question was a wedding band, and was in fact his engagement ring, according to The Daily Mail. Zayn…

posted 2014/07/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Go Behind the Scenes of Train's "Angel in Blue Jeans" Video

In Train's latest video, for the single "Angel in Blue Jeans," singer  Pat Monahan plays the bad guy to actor Danny Trejo's hero.  It's a role reversal for Trejo, who is known for playing villains in action films, and that is exactly what Monahan thought was so cool about the clip. "This song to me and the video, they sound and look like a Quentin Tarantino vibe," Pat tells Entertainment Tonight. "I'm a bad guy. I think my face is really good at being a bad guy and it's great 'cause Danny, who usually is a bad guy, ends up…

posted 2014/07/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Pharrell Williams Out, Nico & Vinz In on Bruno Mars Summer Tour

Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz have been tapped for the remainder of Bruno Mars' "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" this summer. The "Am I Wrong" hit makers will join the tour at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa July 24. Nico & Vinz will take over for Aloe Blacc, whose last night on the tour is July 20 at the Times Union Center. Previous special guest star Pharrell Williams bowed out of the tour after two nights at Madison Square Garden due to scheduling conflicts. Bebe Rexha will appear on July 23 for just one date at the Bell Centre…

posted 2014/07/17 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR