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Major Lazer's Diplo Says "Lean On" Is About "Beautiful, Violent" Relationships

"Lean On," by Diplo's side project Major Lazer, has become a top-five hit.  One of the more memorable lines from the song comes in the chorus when MO, the female vocalist on the track, sings, "Blow a kiss/fire a gun."  What does that mean?  The superstar deejay and producer says it's all about how relationships can be both "beautiful" and "violent." "I think for the most part it’s open to interpretation," Diplo tells ABC Radio. "The song is about love and how you lost somebody, and how it changed. And I think that when you’re in a relationship with somebody,…

posted 2015/08/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR


Maroon 5 Announces Latin American Tour Dates for 2016

Maroon 5 is heading to Latin America. The band will be touring Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil early next year. The 12-stop trek will kick off in Mexico on February 26. They’ll play three dates in the country before heading to Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago, Chile. Adam Levine and Co. will finish things off with seven shows across Brazil, ending in Rio de Janeiro on March 20. Fans in Colombia are already in a frenzy over the news that Maroon 5 would be returning to the country after an eight-year hiatus. According to Billboard, Adam Levine…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Does Zedd Think One Direction Plagiarized His Song?

Amid all of the rumors swirling since One Direction announced they’re going on hiatus next year, comes what appears to be a plagiarism accusation from DJ-producer Zedd. Zedd seems to think the boy band ripped off his song “True Colors” with their new single “Drag Me Down.” He posted a video on Instagram showcasing a similar-sounding line melodic phrase on the words "all my life" from both of the songs. Zedd didn’t caption the video, but instead included a shocked face emoji. This isn’t the first time 1D has been hit with copycat claims. Their hit "What Makes You Beautiful"…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

"The Voice" Coaches Get Psychedelic in New Season Nine Promo

Things are getting trippy for The Voice coaches this season. A new promo for season nine features Adam Levine riding a unicorn and Gwen Stefani sprouting butterfly wings. In the clip, which premiered on Access Hollywood, the coaches are given virtual reality headsets that transport them into a psychedelic, animated world. When they hear someone singing in the distance, Adam, Gwen, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams all fight to get there first. But little do they know the headsets make them look completely crazy to anyone watching them -- namely host Carson Daly and a group of stunned tourists. The…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Video Surpasses One Billion Views on Vevo

She’s all about those clicks. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” video has officially surpassed one billion views on Vevo. “1 BILLION I thought this video MIGHT get 20,000 when it first came out,” Meghan writes on Instagram. “Now a year later...WOW! Thank you to everyone who helped in the making of this video and who helped me start my career! I love you all so much.” The pastel-colored visual for the body-positive anthem features Meghan dancing with some curvy beauties as she sings about bringing booty back. In June, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" video reached the one billion milestone…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ed Sheeran Launches YouTube Channel for His Record Label; Details of Upcoming TV Cameo Revealed

Ed Sheeran launched his own record label, Gingerbread Man, not long ago, but now he's set up a YouTube channel to show off the artists he's signed. In a self-aware welcome message posted on the channel, Ed says, "I hope you enjoy everything that we put out, so subscribe underneath wherever you do that, and comment and say something nice...or nasty."  He adds, straight-faced, "You know, there’s a lot of Internet trolls out there, on YouTube, but I’ve never met them. Have you?" Ed's first signing is an artist named Jamie Lawson, who Ed's toured with in Australia, the U.K.…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Iggy Azalea Says Her Collaboration with Demi Lovato Won't Be a Single

Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato are definitely collaborating on a song, but if you were hoping the track would be a single, it sounds like you’re out of luck. In a recent Twitter Q&A with fans, Iggy says while the collabo will appear on Demi’s new album, it won’t be released as a single. The Aussie rapper also says she won’t be featured on any other artists’ songs for the time being. “No, im not doing any features until my own stuff is out,” she tweets. “demi is the exception to that because shes my close friend.” Demi will also…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel to Receive Award for Work with LGBT Youth

Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel are being recognized for their efforts to improve the lives of LGBT youth. The couple will receive the Inspiration Award at GLSEN’s annual Respect Awards in October. GLSEN -- which stands for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network -- describes themselves as the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming school environments for all students. It’s currently in its 25th year. The organization’s executive director, Dr. Eliza Byard s ays in a statement that Justin and Jessica “are two vocal and committed allies to the LGBT community who are…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Kanye West to Receive Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs

Kanye West will be the recipient of a coveted award during the MTV Video Music Awards, taking place this weekend at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The network announced that West will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his impact and groundbreaking videos over the span of his career.  He joins a short list of entertainers who have previously been presented with the award, including Justin Timberlake in 2013 and Beyonce from last year. While its not been confirmed if he will perform, the rapper's last showcase during the ceremony was in 2013 when he played "Blood on the…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

1D Producer Says “Anything Can Happen” During Band’s Hiatus

One Direction recently confirmed they’ll take a break next year, but made sure to clarify they're not breaking up. In an interview with Billboard, though, 1D producer Julian Bunetta says the band’s next album could potentially be their last. “There was a feeling of, ‘Well, we’re going to take a break, and anything in the world can happen during that time off,’” says Bunetta. “It’s the first time of there being some uncertainty, of not having things planned out beforehand, since they were 16 years old. There was definitely a vibe of making [the album] the best it can possibly…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Brings Alanis Morissette on Stage for "You Oughta Know" Duet

At the third of five sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center Monday night, Taylor Swift continued to dazzle the crowd with some megawatt guest stars. Among those special guests was Alanis Morissette, who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough album, Jagged Little Pill. Alanis joined Taylor on stage to perform a rocking duet of her 1995 breakup anthem “You Oughta Know.” “She defined the music of her decade,” Taylor said as she introduced Alanis. “She inspired a generation of confessional female singer-songwriters who all of a sudden felt like you could actually say these raw feelings that…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Justin Timberlake to Be Inducted into Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Justin Timberlake hasn't been around long enough to be eligible for the Rock and Roll of Fame, but this fall, he'll be honored by his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. October 17,  Justin will be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, alongside such legends as Scotty Moore, who played guitar for Elvis Presley; R&B duo Sam & Dave; and the late country star Charlie Rich.  Justin will be in some very good company: previous inductees include such musical pioneers as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Otis Redding. Justin was born in Memphis, and has paid tribute to…

posted 2015/08/25 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR