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Monday
Aug172015

A Great Big World Says New Single "Hold Each Other" Felt "As Emotional" as "Say Something" 

Joseph Llanes/Epic RecordsAfter scoring a Grammy earlier this year for their smash hit "Say Something," A Great Big World has returned with a touching new single, "Hold Each Other."  The song is attracting attention because the lyrics acknowledge both hetero and homosexual relationships, but A Great Big World's Ian Axel says that's not the only reason they chose it for the first release from their new album.

"I feel like most people know us for 'Say Something' and that’s a song that I’m singing that Chad’s not singing on," Ian tells ABC Radio, referring to his musical partner, Chad King.  "And A Great Big World is Chad and I, and we sing on most of the songs that we write, and this one felt as emotional to us [as 'Say Something'] when we were writing it."

Chad says that the song is one of the final ones they wrote for their new album.  Initially, the lyrics were, "Something happens when I hold her," but then Ian realized that Chad, who's openly gay, shouldn't have to sing those words.

"Ian was like, 'Chad, you can’t sing, "Something happens when I hold her,"' because that’s what all the choruses were," Chad tells ABC Radio.  The solution?  Change Chad's part to, "Something happens when I hold him."

"When we changed it to 'him,' it felt like the song was lifted to a different level, to a different thing," recalls Chad.

"I feel like Chad...takes a lot of the emotional weight in the song and his chorus makes me cry," Ian adds.  "And we had a meeting with our label and we played them a bunch of songs and we were hoping they’d resonate with this one and they did."

The song is resonating with fans as well. Some have told A Great Big World that it helped them come out to their family, or that it made them feel less alone in the world.

"Hold Each Other" will appear on A Great Big World's second album, due later this year. 

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Monday
Aug172015

AXS TV to Salute Led Zeppelin on Labor Day with Multiple Screenings of "Celebration Day"

Image Courtesy of AXS TVThis Labor Day will be a Led Zeppelin "Celebration Day" over at AXS TV, as the high-def network is planning to pay tribute to the band on the 47th anniversary of its first concert with a special block of programming.  AXS TV will play the British rock legends' 2012 concert film Celebration Day four times back to back on Monday, September 7, starting at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.

Serving as host of the special will be Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who stepped in for his dad at the band's 2007 reunion show in London that was filmed for the Celebration Day movie.  Jason will share stories about growing up with his famous father, and about his experiences playing with the group at the historic concert.

Celebration Day documents Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007, reunion concert at London's O2 Arena.  It features singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, along with Jason, ripping through a set of the band's classic songs, including "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock and Roll," "Kashmir" and the epic "Stairway to Heaven."  The show was organized as part of a tribute to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

"It's a great privilege and an honor to be even in the same breath as my father," says Jason.  "To get a chance to play with these peers, with the band as well, you're gonna see what was truly one of the greatest days of my life."

After the 11 a.m. ET screening, AXS TV will air Celebration Day again at 1:15 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. ET and 5:45 p.m. ET.

Led Zeppelin's very first concert took place on September 7, 1968, in Gladsaxe, Denmark, although the band was actually still billing itself as The Yardbirds at the time.

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Monday
Aug172015

Dolly Parton Open to Guest-Starring on "Grace & Frankie"; Developing "Jolene" TV Movie

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Dolly Parton hasn't seen Grace and Frankie, the new Netflix series featuring her 9 to 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, but she's still open to joining them for a guest appearance.

Parton says, "I told them whenever I get a little block of time, I'd love to come be on the show."

Grace and Frankie has gotten great reviews and earned Tomlin an Emmy nomination for the first season.  Dolly is proud of her friends' success, and says they've been looking for something to do together since 9 to 5 was such a monster hit in 1980, but time isn't on their side anymore.

Parton says with a laugh, "It's not gonna be 9 to 5.  It's gonna be The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Older, or it's going to be 95 instead of 9 to 5."

Dolly's currently working on Coat of Many Colors, the first of a series of TV movies based on her songs as part of a deal with NBC.  The network will premiere that movie this holiday season, and producers have announced plans to follow it up with a TV movie version of Parton's 1973 hit song, "Jolene."

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Monday
Aug172015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith, Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Reba are among the American country stars nominated for The British Country Music Awards. The winners will be announced Sunday, October 25 in London.

In anticipation of his new album, Wild Ones, coming out Friday, August 21, Kip Moore has launched the #GetWild campaign. When a certain number of #GetWild hashtags have been used on Twitter, a video and location will be revealed. Clues will then lead to a landmark in select cities where you can find a one-of-a-kind prize.  Go to KipMoore.net for all the details.

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Monday
Aug172015

PHASES Embrace Being "Psyched" on "I'm in Love with My Life"

Credit: Vincent PeriniGiven that the members of PHASES come from bands such as Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, The Like and Phantom Planet -- groups not exactly known for writing particularly uplifting songs -- it's a bit surprising that their single is called "I'm in Love with My Life." The upbeat, life-affirming track will be featured on PHASES' upcoming debut album, For Life, which will be released on September 18.

"I love that the most controversial thing we could do in our world was just be psyched," frontwoman Z Berg tells ABC Radio.

"I'm in Love with My Life," certainly has a bit of a goofy vibe, which is exacerbated once you know the origin of the song's eponymous line. As it turns out, the track's title came from a sitcom-like misunderstanding between drummer Jason Boesel and guitarist Alex Greenwald.

"I was in the kitchen eating olives, and I said something about the olives -- I don't remember what -- and Alex misheard me as saying, 'I'm in love with my life,' which is not what I said," Boesel explains. "But it got him very excited so he just started singing that phrase over [For Life song] 'Spark' at the time, and then every other thing that we worked on until it finally fit."

Even without the absurdity of its background story, PHASES were a bit concerned with writing such an overwhelmingly positive song like "I'm in Love with My Life."

"We first kind of heard that and it sounded like a joke to us because it's ridiculous," Berg adds. "But then we were just like, 'This is kind of awesome!' I mean, besides the fact that it's kind of a silly sentiment, it's also one that I think is pretty rad and apropos and that I feel all the time."

Of course, with a song this inspiriting, there's the question of whether the band is being "ironic." Boesel says that the PHASES are being sincere with "I'm in Love with My Life," even if it does come with "a little bit of a wink."

"I think it's genuine but there's an acknowledgement that it's such a purely kind of saccharine statement," he tells ABC Radio.

Berg, Boesel and the rest of the band are currently focused on PHASES, which will be touring in support of For Life alongside Lights this November. As for Boesel's old band, Rilo Kiley, the drummer believes that a reunion might be possible.

"I would say it's likely at some point, but there are no current plans," Boesel say of a potential Rilo Kiley reunion. The band hasn't released an album together since 2007's Under the Blacklight.

"Everybody likes each other," he adds. "We're all doing our own stuff, obviously, but I think that's a real possibility."

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Monday
Aug172015

Watch The Offspring Perform "Coming for You" Live on "Guitar Center Sessions" 

Credit: Sam JonesThe Offspring's episode of Guitar Center Sessions aired last month, but in case you missed it, you can watch the band power through their new single "Coming for You" now via Bloody-Disgusting.com.

Other episodes of this season's Guitar Center Sessions included performances by The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Silversun Pickups and Lifehouse.

"Coming for You" is The Offspring's first new song in three years. The single reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

The Offspring is currently working on their 10th studio album, which will feature "Coming for You." The currently-untitled album will be the followup to 2012's Days Go By.

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Monday
Aug172015

Lil Wayne Reportedly Hired Drake to Ghostwrite, Says Karrine Steffans

ABC/Randy HolmesMeek Mill may have called out Drake for enlisting a ghostwriter, but it seems Drizzy isn't the only one getting assistance in the studio. Former video vixen turned author Karrine Steffans revealed that Drake ghostwrote for her ex-boyfriend, Lil Wayne.

"Wayne told me that Drake had written some things for him," Steffans says to VladTV. "I was in the studio with Wayne listening to something that Drake had written 'cause Wayne can't write like that. He'll be honest about it. He only writes a certain way."

She continued to point out the irony in Meek exposing Drake for hiring Quentin Miller, an artist who allegedly laid down reference tracks for the Toronto rapper. 

"Everyone has reference tracks," Steffans says of the situation. "An artist will write something, leave it 'cause he doesn't have time, go do something else, come back in a day or two and someone's laid down the reference track to show them how that song can fit on top of that beat. Then, they go in there and they do it their own way, little better, put their twist on it, but no man is an island. It takes a village to create an album."

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Monday
Aug172015

Avant Promises Real R&B on Comeback Album, "The VIII"

MO-B Entertainment/CarolineAvant is serving up pure R&B on his upcoming album The VIII, which means The Eighth, arriving later next month. The singer tells ABC Radio his first single, "Special," embodies what's lacking in most relationships today.

"The whole nature is like find that person that has all these different elements," Avant says, referring to the special qualities we should look for in a spouse.  "Then you can say, 'Well, this is the person I want to marry right here.' Because right now, I think that we're just with people because they might look good, but if you think he look good then everybody else does too, and that's fine, but you got to find that connection and I think that connection is what's missing."

Following the success of 2013's "You & I," the singer also explained why his thirteen-song project doesn't include his frequent collaborator, KeKe Wyatt.

"I didn't do any duets with my girl KeKe because I wanted people to focus on Avant again," he says, "I have to do a duet album with her, you know and we're going to get that done.

As for what people can expect of the offer, Avant declares, "My focus was to get R&B going in the right direction again so that's one of my main things."

The VIII will be released on September 25 via MO-B Entertainment/Capitol Music Group.

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Monday
Aug172015

Tim McGraw Sings with Faith Hill, Chris Janson and Daughter Gracie at Saturday Night Nashville Show

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw brought his Shotgun Rider tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Saturday with a few family members and special guests joining him onstage throughout the night.

Faith Hill got a huge reaction when she walked out to perform "It's Your Love" with Tim. Given the rash of divorces in the country community this summer, the crowd was thrilled to see Tim and Faith together and looking very much in love. Faith sounded great for the performance, and we hear she's got some new music of her own coming out soon.

 

@thetimmcgraw and @faithhill doing alright. Now we need her to use her voice!!!! Sing girl!

A photo posted by Hunter Kelly (@nashvillehk) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:23pm PDT

 

Tim and Faith's oldest daughter, Gracie, joined her dad to perform a new song called "Here Tonight." Look for the collaboration to show up on Tim's new studio album, due out later this year.

 

@thetimmcgraw and his daughter Grace singing their new song from his upcoming album!!

A photo posted by Hunter Kelly (@nashvillehk) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:05pm PDT

 

Tim also brought out country newcomer Chris Janson to perform a duet of Chris's top 10 country hit, "Buy Me a Boat," which Tim says is one of his favorite songs on the radio right now. After the performance, Tim introduced the U.S. veteran receiving a mortgage-free home thanks to Tim's ongoing work with Operation Homefront and Chase. In keeping with the theme of "Buy Me a Boat," Tim also gave away a truck and a boat to one lucky audience winner. On top of that, Tim donated the equivalent dollar amount of that truck and boat to Operation Homefront.

Tim later sang "I Like It, I Love It," with his special guest Billy Currington. Opener Chase Bryant also came out to help Tim out on "Felt Good on My Lips." Tim's new single, "Top of the World," and classic McGraw hits like "Down on the Farm," "Indian Outlaw" and "Live Like You Were Dying" rounded out the set list.

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Sunday
Aug162015

Taylor Swift Welcomes Julia Roberts & Music Legend Joan Baez Onstage

John Medina/LP5/Getty Images for TASTaylor Swift's 1989 tour has featured an endless parade of guests, from sports stars to models and actresses to musicians. But Taylor really upped the ante on Saturday night by welcoming three guests: an Oscar-winning actress, a bona fide music legend and a currently-hot girl group.

At Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California Saturday night, Taylor performed her hit "Style" while Julia Roberts and iconic singer/songwriter and social activist Joan Baez danced onstage.   Both women wore jeans and Taylor Swift tour t-shirts. "These two women are my heroes. What an honor," Taylor tweeted.

That same night, Taylor welcomed British girl group Little Mix to the stage, and they performed the group's current hit "Black Magic." Of note: Taylor used to date One Direction's Harry Styles, and Little Mix member Perrie Edwards was, until recently, engaged to former 1D member Zayn Malik.

The previous night in Santa Clara, Taylor performed with another girl group, Fifth Harmony.

Taylor's guests on the 1989 tour have included everyone from football star Russell Wilson and tennis icon Serena Williams, to Andy Grammer, Nico & Vinz, WALK THE MOON singer Nick Petricca, country singer Sam Hunt, Jason Derulo, Lorde, Lena Dunham, Rachel Platten, Nick Jonas, Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, Heidi Klum, and models Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo aka Mrs. Adam Levine and Karlie Kloss.


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Sunday
Aug162015

Pop Evil Releases Hometown-Inspired Song

Credit: Dean BradshawPop Evil's latest song is called "Ghost of Muskegon," which refers to frontman Leigh Kakaty's Western Michigan hometown. Kakaty came up with the lyrics to the song while visiting the infamous prison Alcatraz after realizing that he had escaped his own "cell" -- his hometown -- to achieve success with Pop Evil.

"I felt trapped in West Michigan," Kakaty tells MLive.com, which also premiered "Ghost of Muskegon." "It was my own kind of jail cell -- all the dreams I had, watching bands on TRL, and they're all from big cities. I said, 'I want to do that. I have something to say,' but everything was far out of reach."

"Ghost of Muskegon" will appear on Pop Evil's forthcoming album, Up. The record's lead single, "Footsteps," currently sits in the top-three at Active Rock radio.

Up will be released on August 21.

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Sunday
Aug162015

"Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me" Documentary Getting Released Digitally on Tuesday and on DVD in September

Virgil FilmsGlen Campbell…I'll Be Me, the 2014 documentary about pop-country star Glen Campbell's farewell tour and his battle with Alzheimer's disease, will be released as a digital video this Tuesday, August 18, and will be available as a DVD on September 1.  The film follows Campbell throughout the 151-show trek he launched in 2011, and documents his and his family's struggles as his disease progresses.

The movie, which was directed by James Keach, includes live performances, behind-the-scenes clips and video highlights from throughout Glen's career.  It also features interviews and appearances by various famous musicians and other celebrities, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2 guitarist The Edge, Sheryl Crow, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Steve Martin and songwriter Jimmy Webb.

In June, Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me aired on CNN as part of the cable network's CNN Films series, and became the most-watched installment of the franchise, with more than 2.7 million people viewing the flick on its premiere date.

"The legacy Glen Campbell and his incredibly courageous family share in this film is one of the most important movies I have been blessed to have worked on," says Keach.  "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me will forever inspire me as a filmmaker and a man.  Glen is a real life hero on and off the stage."

The movie also will be available via various video-on-demand outlets starting on September 1.

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Sunday
Aug162015

The Yardbirds Expand Fall US Tour; Announce Lineup Change

Trevor Heath/Brian MalloyThe Yardbirds have expanded their upcoming fall U.S. tour to include 15 dates, and also have revealed that, due to scheduling conflicts, longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick will no longer be joining the band on the trek.  The tour, which kicks off with a previously announced October 30 show in Norfolk, Connecticut, now is mapped out through a November 22 performance in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Taking Slick's place in The Yardbirds is Johnny A, who previously has played in J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf's solo group.  Early this year, the British blues-rock legends, which continue to be led by original drummer Jim McCarty, announced a complete overhaul of its lineup.  The band brought in Slick, singer/guitarist John Idan, journeyman bassist Kenny Aaronson and ex-Ram Jam singer/harmonica player Myke Scavone.  Idan previously played with The Yardbirds from 1992 to 2009.

Here is the full list of confirmed dates for The Yardbirds' fall U.S. trek:

10/30 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
10/31 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Cafe
11/1 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre
11/2 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
11/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Harrah's Casino
11/7 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah's Casino
11/10 -- Laughlin, NV, Harrah's Casino
11/12 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coachhouse
11/13 -- Hermosa Beach, CA, Saint Rock
11/15 -- Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club
11/18 -- Rockville, MD, Strathmore
11/19 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
11/20 -- Boston, MA, Larcom Theatre
11/21 -- Plymouth, NH, Flying Monkey
11/22 -- Northampton, MA, Iron Horse

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Sunday
Aug162015

Teen Choice Awards Air Tonight, Nominees Include Taylor, Maroon 5, 1D, Meghan, Nick, Bruno & More

FOX5 Seconds of Summer, Rachel Platten, Little Mix, Flo Rida and Robin Thicke are all performing on tonight's Teen Choice Awards, which air on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.  Britney Spears, Fifth Harmony and Rita Ora are among the presenters.

Taylor Swift is one of the leading nominees, with nods for Choice Summer Tour, Choice Summer Song, Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Summer Music Star: Female and Best Party Song, among other categories.

Ludacris is hosting the show, and even though he's collaborated with a few of the nominees, he's not playing favorites. 

"I try not to be biased man, " he tells ABC Radio, adding, "I just want to see the person who worked the hardest and wants it the most win."  He promises the show will be "a hell of a lot of fun," with  "a lot of great energy."

Here are the musical nominees:

Choice Male Artist
Jason Derulo
Nick Jonas
Shawn Mendes
Pitbull
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith

Choice Female Artist
Iggy Azalea
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group: Male
5 Seconds of Summer
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Choice Music Group: Female
Cimorelli
Fifth Harmony
Haim
Icona Pop
Little Mix
The Barden Bellas

Choice Song: Female Artist
Kelly Clarkson – “Heartbeat Song”
Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea – “Pretty Girls”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”

Choice Song: Male Artist
Nick Jonas – “Jealous”
Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down”

Choice Song: Group
5 Seconds of Summer – “What I Like About You”
Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink –“Worth It”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
One Direction – “Steal My Girl”

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Justin Bieber
Jason Derulo
Andy Grammer
Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Little Mix
Maroon 5
One Direction

Choice Music Breakout Artist
Andy Grammer
Little Mix
Tove Lo
Rachel Patten
Meghan Trainor
The Weeknd

Choice Summer Song
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink, "Worth It"
Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky, "Good For You"
Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer"
Omi, "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)"
Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Choice Love Song
Fifth Harmony, "Sledgehammer"
Little Mix, "Black Magic"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"
One Direction, "Night Changes"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"

Choice Break-Up Song
Selena Gomez, "The Heart Wants What It Wants"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
Ed Sheeran, "Don't"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now?"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Meghan Trainor, "Lips Are Movin"

Choice Party Song
One Direction, "No Control"
Rihanna, "B**** Better Have My Money"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Walk the Moon, "Shut Up and Dance"
Zedd featuring Selena Gomez, "I Want You to Know"

Choice Music: Collaboration
David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, "Hey Mama"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"
Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, "Pretty Girls"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do" from Fifty Shades of Grey
Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz, "You're So Beautiful"
Jessie J, "Flashlight" from Pitch Perfect 2
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps, John Deluca & Jordan Fisher, "Gotta Be Me" from Teen Beach Movie 2
Shawn Mendes, "Believe" from Descendants
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again" from Furious 7

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
Flo Rida featuring Robin Thicke & Verdine White, "I Don't Like It, I Love It"
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money"
Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds"
Silento, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Choice Rock Song
George Ezra, "Budapest"
Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
Imagine Dragons , "I Bet My Life"
Twenty One Pilots, "Tear In My Heart"
X Ambassadors, "Renegades"

Choice Music: Next Big Thing
Clark Beckham
Kalin and Miles
Skate Maloley
Bea Miller
Neon Jungle
Spring King

Choice Summer Tour
5 Seconds of Summer, Rock Out With Your Socks Out
Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa, The Boys of Zummer Tour
Ariana Grande, The Honeymoon Tour
One Direction, On the Road Again Tour
Ed Sheeran, X World Tour
Taylor Swift, The 1989 World Tour

Choice International Artist
2NE1
5 Seconds of Summer
Girls Generation
Little Mix
One Direction
Super Junior

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj
The Weeknd
Kanye West

Choice Country Artist
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Hunter Hayes
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Song
Luke Bryan, "Kick the Dust Up"
Florida Georgia Line, "Sippin' On Fire"
Hunter Hayes, "21"
Sam Hunt, "Take Your Time"
Megan & Liz, "That Ghost"
Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"

Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Cara Delevingne
Fifth Harmony
Selena Gomez
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Male Hottie
5 Seconds of Summer
Justin Bieber
Ryan Guzman
Austin Mahone
Zayn Malik
One Direction

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Sunday
Aug162015

Dustin Lynch Working to Build a Career That Will Keep Him "Around for a Long Time"

John Russell/CMADustin Lynch is putting in the hard work to build a career that lasts for decades. That means he's going non-stop playing shows on Luke Bryan's Kick the Dust Up tour before launching his own headlining tour this November.

Dustin tells Oregon's Register-Guard, "I don't want to be a flash in the pan. I want to be somebody who's around for a long time, like [George] Strait."

Since George was on the road for 30 years before retiring from touring, Dustin wouldn't be able to even think about parking his tour bus until 2040.

"I can only hope to be around that long," Dustin says. "I'm sure going to try."

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Sunday
Aug162015

Ludacris Looks Forward to Hosting the Teen Choice Awards 

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Ludacris will take on hosting duties for this weekend's 2015 Teen Choice Awards. The rapper tells ABC Radio that he had a sentimental reason for accepting the chance to emcee the upcoming ceremony.

"My older daughter just turned 14 and this is a part of her birthday celebration, it's the reason that I chose to do this," Luda says. "So she'll be kind of like behind the scenes and checking out the whole show and I just really want to make her happy, that's all."

The rapper also spoke on the nominees and how much competition there is this year, and even though he's collaborated with a few of them, Luda says he just wants to see the best person win.

"No, I try not to be biased man, may the best person win, I think is the best way to see. Sometimes you get surprised and you just learn about what the fans really want or the behind the scenes stuff and how people vote, it's just interesting to see so I'm definitely not biased. I just want to see the person, who worked the hardest and wants it the most, win."

After hosting the Billboard Music Awards, the rapper adds that he's mainly looking forward to the energy on Sunday.

"I just love the energy of teens all by themselves, I was just telling somebody teenagers don't have any responsibility they don't have to pay no damn bills, you know they don't have stuff to worry about and it's just about having fun, so I think that's part of the element that I'm most excited about is having some of that energy because wouldn't it be so great just to not have any damn responsibilities at all."

So why should people tune in? Luda replies: "Man, because Ludacris is one of the hosts, that's the best thing you need to know and it's going to be a hell of a lot of fun and a lot of great energy, so make sure you check it out!"

Nearly every currently charting singer you can think of has received at least one nod in a variety of categories, ranging from Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song, to Choice Smile, to Choice Male & Female Hottie.  Among them: Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Sam Smith, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Kanye West and many more.

The 2015 Teen Choice Awards air live on Fox, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

Here are the some of the music nominees:

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist
Ed Sheeran
Jason Derulo
Nick Jonas
Pitbull
Sam Smith
Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Iggy Azalea
Rihanna
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Iggy Azalea
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj
The Weeknd
Wiz Khalifa

Choice Song: Female Artist
Ariana Grande -- "One Last Time"
Britney Spears Featuring Iggy Azalea -- "Pretty Girls"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj -- "Bang Bang"
Kelly Clarkson -- "Heartbeat Song"
Meghan Trainor -- "All About That Bass"
Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off"

Choice Song: Male Artist
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk"
Ed Sheeran -- "Thinking Out Loud"
Nick Jonas -- "Jealous"
Shawn Mendes -- "Stitches"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber -- "Where Are You Now"
Sam Smith -- "Lay Me Down"

FASHION

Choice Female Hottie
Cara Delevigne
Fifth Harmony
Miley Cyrus
Rihanna
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Choice Male Hottie
5 Seconds of Summer
Austin Mahone
Justin Bieber
One Direction
Ryan Guzman
Zayn Malik

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Sunday
Aug162015

Andy Grammer on "Really Sweet" Teen Choice Award Nominations: "It's...an Incredible Moment" 

Frank Micelotta/FOXAndy Grammer's actually been making records since 2009, but Sunday night, one of the two Teen Choice Awards he's nominated for is Choice Music Breakout Artist.  Then again, it's only been in the past few months that he's scored the biggest hit of his career with "Honey, I'm Good," and these are his first award nominations that reflect that.  Andy says he's thrilled, especially because teens are the ones deciding who wins.

"It’s a really incredible moment to have everybody really paying attention right now. It is really sweet," he told reporters in Nashville this week. "And it is cool to know it’s coming from the teenagers, especially with this message of this song." 

While Andy's been handling his new-found fame pretty well, he says what amuses him about the whole thing is that he doesn't really feel "famous."  "I’s such a funny thing ‘cause you’re like the same person," he told reporters. "These things, these award shows and fame and all that is so transitory from city to city. I’ll go somewhere like Boston, where I do really well, and if I walk down the street it’s like, 'Andy Grammer, what’s up? Oh my God!'"

He adds "And then the next night you’re in a different city and you couldn’t get me arrested!"

"I’m definitely loving it. I’m trying to like not let it go too much to the head," Andy continues. "One of my dad’s best [pieces of] advice to me when I was going into high school...I’m, like, about to get dropped off and he goes, 'All the cool kids continually change, so be nice to everybody.' I’m like, 'Got it, ok.' And I’ve really like applied that to the music industry as well."

"But to deny that it feels really great to be getting some recognition right now, I’d be lying," he laughs. "It’s great; it’s awesome."  Andy's also up for Choice Music Star: Male at Sunday night's awards, which air on Fox.

WALK THE MOON, another band who's been around for a while but has scored their first massive hit in the past few months, has also received a nomination: their single "Shut Up and Dance" is up for Choice Party Song.  Lead singer Nick Petricca tells ABC Radio that it really means a lot to him that the awards are based on votes from actual teens, and not guys in suits.

"That is maybe the highest honor for me. I think it’s amazing," he says. " Music has such an amazing impact and it’s so important to us and it was so important to me growing up, so it’s an honor."  

Ludacris hosts the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed on Fox.  Andy Grammer's pal Rachel Platten will perform "Fight Song" on the telecast, and Britney Spears is among the presenters.

Here are some of the musical nominees:

Choice Male Artist
Jason Derulo
Nick Jonas
Shawn Mendes
Pitbull
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith

Choice Female Artist
Iggy Azalea
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group: Male
5 Seconds of Summer
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Choice Music Group: Female
Cimorelli
Fifth Harmony
Haim
Icona Pop
Little Mix
The Barden Bellas

Choice Song: Female Artist
Kelly Clarkson – “Heartbeat Song”
Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea – “Pretty Girls”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”

Choice Song: Male Artist
Nick Jonas – “Jealous”
Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down”

Choice Song: Group
5 Seconds of Summer – “What I Like About You”
Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink –“Worth It”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
One Direction – “Steal My Girl”

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Justin Bieber
Jason Derulo
Andy Grammer
Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Choice Summer Music Star: Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Little Mix
Maroon 5
One Direction

Choice Music Breakout Artist
Andy Grammer
Little Mix
Tove Lo
Rachel Patten
Meghan Trainor
The Weeknd

Choice Summer Song
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink, "Worth It"
Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky, "Good For You"
Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer"
Omi, "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)"
Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Choice Love Song
Fifth Harmony, "Sledgehammer"
Little Mix, "Black Magic"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"
One Direction, "Night Changes"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"

Choice Break-Up Song
Selena Gomez, "The Heart Wants What It Wants"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
Ed Sheeran, "Don't"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are You Now?"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Meghan Trainor, "Lips Are Movin"

Choice Party Song
One Direction, "No Control"
Rihanna, "B**** Better Have My Money"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Walk the Moon, "Shut Up and Dance"
Zedd featuring Selena Gomez, "I Want You to Know"

Choice Music: Collaboration
David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, "Hey Mama"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber, "Where Are You Now"
Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, "Pretty Girls"
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do" from Fifty Shades of Grey
Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz, "You're So Beautiful"
Jessie J, "Flashlight" from Pitch Perfect 2
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps, John Deluca & Jordan Fisher, "Gotta Be Me" from Teen Beach Movie 2
Shawn Mendes, "Believe" from Descendants
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again" from Furious 7

Choice Rock Song
George Ezra, "Budapest"
Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
Imagine Dragons , "I Bet My Life"
Twenty One Pilots, "Tear In My Heart"
X Ambassadors, "Renegades"

Choice Summer Tour
5 Seconds of Summer, Rock Out With Your Socks Out
Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa, The Boys of Zummer Tour
Ariana Grande, The Honeymoon Tour
One Direction, On the Road Again Tour
Ed Sheeran, X World Tour
Taylor Swift, The 1989 World Tour

Choice Country Artist
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Hunter Hayes
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Song
Luke Bryan, "Kick the Dust Up"
Florida Georgia Line, "Sippin' On Fire"
Hunter Hayes, "21"
Sam Hunt, "Take Your Time"
Megan & Liz, "That Ghost"
Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"

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Sunday
Aug162015

WALK THE MOON's Nick Petricca Says Teen Choice Award Would Be the "Highest Honor" 

FoxThe Teen Choice Awards will be held this Sunday, and WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance" is among the nominees for Choice Party Song. The fact that actual teens vote for the awards is a big deal for frontman Nick Petricca.

"That is maybe the highest honor for me," Petricca tells ABC Radio of a potential Teen Choice Awards win. "I think it's amazing. Music has such an amazing impact and it's so important to us and it was so important to me growing up, so it's an honor."

While WALK THE MOON competes for Choice Party Song against pop stars like Taylor Swift and Rihanna, the Choice Rock Song category pits Twenty One Pilots' "Tear in My Heart," Imagine Dragons' "I Bet My Life," Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman," Hozier's "Take Me to Church" and X Ambassadors' "Renegades" against each other.

Fall Out Boy is a multiple nominee, earning nods for Choice Music Group: Male, Choice Summer Tour and Choice Song: Group for "Centuries," while Imagine Dragons also is up for Choice Music Group: Male. Additionally, Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" is nominated for Choice Break-Up Song.

The 2015 Teen Choice Awards will air Sunday, August 16 on Fox.

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Saturday
Aug152015

R. City's Debuts Video for "Locked Away," Featuring Adam Levine

Brian Bowen Smith/NBCR. City's new video for “Locked Away” is out now.  Adam Levine sings the chorus on the reggae-tinged tune, and appears in the clip as well.

The video, which premiered on ETOnline, features scenes of tough life moments, including a father shipping off to the military, a young woman getting arrested and a couple struggling to pay their bills.

Adam, who sports a shaved head in the video, sings in the chorus, "If I got locked away/And we lost it all today/Tell me honestly/Would you still love me the same?"  Though he's in the video, he and the members of R. City -- brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas -- have yet to meet in person.

Theron and Timothy  say the song is based on real life: their dad was in jail for five years, but their mom stood by him until he was released.

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Saturday
Aug152015

Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani to Perform Disney Classics on "We Love Disney" Album 

Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani are both featured on We Love Disney, a new album compiled of modern artists tackling Disney classics. Patrick Stump and company will cover "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" from The Jungle Book, while the No Doubt frontwoman takes on "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie.

The closing track on We Love Disney is "It's a Small World," which will be performed by the "We Love Disney Artists," which presumably refers to all of the bands and singers on the album.

We Love Disney will be released on October 30.

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