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2015-07-08

One Direction Launches New Initiative to Change the World

One Direction wants to change the future. The band just launched a new initiative, action/1D, which aims to give the younger generation an opportunity to influence major global decisions. “Action/1D is part of action/2015, a group of organizations from all over the world calling on world leaders to make the right decisions for all of our futures,” the initiative’s website declares. “In 2015 we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the world for the better.” In a video message to fans explaining the new campaign, Harry Styles says that world leaders will be gathering at two historic summits in September…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Leads Second Wave of Teen Choice Music Nominations

ABC/Fred LeeIn the second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominations announced today, Taylor Swift nabbed the most music nominations with six nods. Taylor is up for Choice Summer Music Star: Female, competing against her pal and “Bad Blood” video co-star Selena Gomez. Her 1989 Tour is also nominated for Choice Summer Tour, along with Ed Sheeran’s X [Multiply] World Tour, One Direction’s On the Road Again Tour and Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour. “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, is nominated for Choice Summer Song, Choice Break-Up Song and Choice Music Collaboration, while “Blank Space” is up for the Best Party…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Demi Lovato Replacing Ariana Grande at MLB All-Star Concert

Demi Lovato has stepped in to replace Ariana Grande at the MLB All-Star Concert this weekend. According to a statement from the league obtained by E! News, Ariana dropped out of the event because she’s recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed this week. Ariana tweeted about her dental surgery Monday, writing, “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. been real. (i feel like a**).” "I'm so excited to be headlining the MLB All-Star Concert," Demi said in the statement. "I hope my fans in Cincinnati are ready to get ‘Cool for the Summer!'" Before MLB confirmed that Ariana was pulling…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Meghan Trainor to Appear on New Ryan Seacrest TV Show

Meghan Trainor is among the celebrities who've been tapped to appear on Ryan Seacrest’s new reality show. Knock Knock: Live, set to premiere July 21, will surprise people across the country with chances to win big prizes. Ryan will host the show live from Los Angeles, while his team of co-hosts -- including former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler and singer-actress Adrienne Bailon -- will travel to various locations throughout America and arrive at unsuspecting contestants’ doorsteps. Contestants could win anything from a paid-off mortgage to a visit from their favorite celebrity. Meghan will be part of one such surprise…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water...Katy Perry Brings Back "Left Shark"

Left Shark lives on! Katy Perry isn’t ready to let go of her Super Bowl mascot just yet. In honor of Discovery Channel's wildly popular Shark Week, the singer has teamed up with the accessories store Claire’s to create a Left Shark phone case. The iPhone case is modeled after her shark-costumed backup dancer, who became an unexpected Internet celebrity after dancing awkwardly during Katy’s Super Bowl halftime performance this past February. "GUYS," Katy tweeted. "In celebration of #SharkWeek I created this #LeftShark phone case w/@ClairesStores #doesntbiteprotectorofphones." The case is silver and glittery, and features a plastic replica of the…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

How Uma Thurman Feels About Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman"

Fall Out Boy's latest hit "Uma Thurman" was partially inspired by the actress who memorably danced with John Travolta in the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction, but the band says they just didn't feel right about using her name unless they cleared it with her first. "We wanted to call the song 'Uma Thurman' and we just reached out to make sure that -- I dunno what the legalities of it are -- but we just wanted to kind of do the right thing," Fall Out Boy bass player Pete Wentz tells ABC Radio. "And she was cool with it.…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Donates $50,000 to 11-Year-Old Fan with Cancer

Taylor Swift proved once again she'll go to great lengths for her fans, by donating $50,000 to an 11-year-old girl battling cancer, according to E! Online. The youngster, Naomi Oakes, had planned to attend Swift's August 18 concert in Phoenix with a friend, but had to cancel after being diagnosed with leukemia two weeks ago, and learning that she'll need aggressive treatment requiring a six-to-nine-month hospital stay. Naomi's family decided to post a video on YouTube this past Sunday telling Naomi's story and of her love for Swift in an attempt to reach the singer. The clip notes that Naomi…

posted 2015/07/08 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

2015-07-07

Alicia Keys Named Brand Ambassador for New Levi's Jeans

We’ve got the skinny on Alicia Keys’ new skinny jeans campaign. The singer has officially been named Levi’s brand ambassador for their updated women’s denim line, The New York Times reports. Alicia says she was attracted to the project because of the brand’s recent overhaul, which aims to make their jeans more comfortable and flattering to all body types. According to the Times, the new jeans have an almost yoga-worthy amount of stretch -- something Alicia, who recently gave birth to her second child, appreciates. “It’s so much better because the stretch is really comfortable,” she tells the paper. “You…

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

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" Still No. 1 on Songs of the Summer Chart

In the race to be crowned Song of the Summer, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth seems to be the clear frontrunner. The song has been number one on Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart for the past five weeks. Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, came in just below “See You Again” on this week’s chart. It’s held onto the number two spot each week, and could prove to be a strong contender in the battle for the Song of the Summer title. Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” is at number three, WALK THE MOON’s “Shut…

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

Nathan Sykes Covers the Meghan Trainor-Charlie Puth Duet, "Marvin Gaye"

Nathan Sykes recently put his soulful spin on the Meghan Trainor-Charlie Puth duet, “Marvin Gaye,” during a live session with U.K.’s Capital FM. In his acoustic cover, he sings a mash-up of the pop song and the 1973 Marvin Gaye track that inspired it -- "Let's Get It On." Nathan’s rendition already has received praise from Charlie Puth on Twitter. “@NathanSykes dude you have such a good voice it’s ridiculous…love the ‘Marvin Gaye’ cover xx,” he writes. It wasn’t the first time Nathan sang a Meghan Trainor duet. Back in April, he joined Meghan on stage at her Birmingham, England…

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

Taylor Swift Helps Teen Boy Choose Prom Outfit

Taylor Swift knows a thing or two about style -- it is the title of one of her songs, after all. And the pop superstar recently used her fashion knowledge to help a teen boy decide what to wear to prom. The teen Tumblr user asked for advice on whether to wear a regular tie or a bow tie to his big high school dance. He posted a selfie wearing each option. And because Taylor never turns down the chance to connect with her fans over social media, she gave him her honest opinion. "I like the tie but honestly…

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

Sam Smith Hints Ellie Goulding Could Be Singing James Bond Theme

Could Ellie Goulding be singing the theme to the new James Bond movie, Spectre? Sam Smith seems to think so. In a recent interview with U.K.’s Capital FM, Sam squashed rumors that he’ll be singing the song, but hinted that Ellie might. “People seem to think I’m doing it but I have no idea what’s going on,” he said. “I’m being deadly serious. I think I would know by now.” But, he added, “I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it; it's definitely not me.” She’s certainly a plausible prospect, but according to U.K.’s The Mirror, her management has…

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