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Sunday
Aug302015

Watch Aerosmith's Performance of "Walk This Way" from Band's Latest Concert Video Online Now

Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be released on Friday, September 4, but fans can get a preview of the high-def flick by heading over to RollingStone.com.  The website has posted an exclusive clip of the Boston bad boys delivering a high-octane performance of their classic tune "Walk This Way."

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 documents a headlining concert by the band from June of last year at the famed U.K. hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival.

"'Walk This Way' is a good representation of the DVD,"guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone.  "We felt like it was a memorable show and we're glad we filmed it.  To us, playing Donington is always a special event and it was more a roll of the dice since we were filming it.  Happily our fans came out and most importantly, the energy was there between us and them."

He adds, "This clip is just a taste of the power of the whole DVD."

You also can check out a trailer for Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 at the Eagle Rock official YouTube channel.

The video will be available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-LP vinyl collection and a Blu-ray/two-CD package, as well as a digital download.

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Sunday
Aug302015

WALK THE MOON Are the "Underdogs" to Win at the MTV VMAs This Weekend, Want Taylor Swift to Take the Top Prize 

RCA RecordsWALK THE MOON is nominated for Best Rock Video for "Shut Up and Dance" at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, and they'll be performing their smash single during the VMA Pre-Show.  Lead singer Nick Petricca things the band has a chance of taking home the trophy, even though they're mostly up against more established acts.

"I think we do have a chance," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we kind of see ourselves as the underdogs just kind of in every situation. That’s the attitude we take going on stage and I guess this is no different."

The "Shut Up and Dance" video was very influenced by classic '80s videos from the heyday of MTV, when the medium was in its infancy.  Nick tells ABC Radio, "I think a lot of my favorite videos from the ‘80s are wonderfully bad. They have this charm about them."

"I think the ‘80s were a time that just really celebrated weird and campy, you know, whether it’s in the music or the fashion or the videos," he adds. "And so....I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for them."

As for Video of the Year, WALK THE MOON isn't nominated, but Nick says he's rooting for Taylor Swift to take home the top prize for "Bad Blood."  Not because he necessarily loves the video, but because he's partial to Taylor, who invited him and the band to join her on stage for "Shut Up and Dance" during her current tour.

"I am pretty biased towards her," Nick laughs. "She’s just so gracious and so kind to us and seeing behind the curtain, you know, she’s just so driven and works so hard and is really, really creative, and obviously has a big hand in everything that happens, you know -- which is not the case for a lot of artists. So I would not be upset if she took it home."  

After WALK THE MOON perform at the VMA pre-show, they're back on the road for a bunch of festival appearances, including Life Is Beautiful, Austin City Limits, and the inaugural Lipton Be More Tea Festival, taking place October 24 in North Charleston, South Carolina.

WALK THE MOON's competition in the Best Rock Video category is Hozier, who's nominated for "Take Me to Church."  He tells ABC Radio that the video, which showed a same-sex couple dealing with homophobia, had a lot to do with how popular the song became.

"I think the video was definitely a very important vehicle for the song, yeah," he says. "And, it kind of captured a lot of people’s hearts and minds in a big way. It was a huge part of the song getting to where it got to, you know, around the world." 

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran lead nominees with nine and six nods, respectively. Kanye West will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET.  The preshow starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here's a full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
The Weeknd -- “Earned It”
Nick Jonas -- “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Sia -- “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding -- “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 -- “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 -- “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine -- “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon -- “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys -- “Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy -- “Riptide”
George Ezra -- “Budapest”
James Bay -- “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs -- “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd -- “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj -- “Bang Bang"

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson -- “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat -- “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna -- “American Oxygen”
Wale -- “The White Shoes”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go -- “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker -- “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J -- “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino -- “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky -- “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino -- “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, the Creator -- “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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Sunday
Aug302015

Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, The Weeknd Performing at This Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards

MTVSome of the biggest names in music will be in attendance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards tonight.

Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will all take the stage at the Miley Cyrus-hosted ceremony on Sunday night.  They'll be joining previously announced performer The Weeknd, who will showcase his chart-topping hit, "Can’t Feel My Face."

Beyonce is up for awards in five categories, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video for "7/11," as well as Best Choreography. Other nominees include Kendrick Lamar, who scored four nominations -- the rapper's "Alright" will compete for Best Hip-Hop Video against Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” and Big Sean’s “IDFWU” featuring E-40.

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran lead nominees with nine and six nods, respectively. Kanye West will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET.

Here's a  full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
The Weeknd -- “Earned It”
Nick Jonas -- “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Sia -- “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding -- “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 -- “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 -- “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine -- “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon -- “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys -- “Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy -- “Riptide”
George Ezra -- “Budapest”
James Bay -- “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs -- “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd -- “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj -- “Bang Bang"

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson -- “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat -- “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna -- “American Oxygen”
Wale -- “The White Shoes”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go -- “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker -- “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J -- “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino -- “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky -- “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino -- “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, the Creator -- “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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Sunday
Aug302015

MTV VMA Preview: WALK THE MOON, Hozier & 5 Seconds of Summer Talk Nominations 

MTVWALK THE MOON is nominated for Best Rock Video for "Shut Up and Dance" at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, and they'll be performing their smash single during the VMA Pre-Show.  Lead singer Nick Petricca thinks the band has a chance of taking home the trophy, even though they're mostly up against more established acts.

"I think we do have a chance," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we kind of see ourselves as the underdogs just kind of in every situation. That’s the attitude we take going on stage and I guess this is no different."

The "Shut Up and Dance" video was very influenced by classic '80s videos from the heyday of MTV, when the medium was in its infancy.  Nick tells ABC Radio, "I think a lot of my favorite videos from the ‘80s are wonderfully bad. They have this charm about them."

"I think the ‘80s were a time that just really celebrated weird and campy, you know, whether it’s in the music or the fashion or the videos," he adds. "And so....I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for them."

As for Video of the Year, WALK THE MOON isn't nominated, but Nick says he's rooting for Taylor Swift to take home the top prize for "Bad Blood."  Not because he necessarily loves the video, but because he's partial to Taylor, who invited him and the band to join her on stage for "Shut Up and Dance" during her current tour.

"I am pretty biased towards her," Nick laughs. "She’s just so gracious and so kind to us and seeing behind the curtain, you know, she’s just so driven and works so hard and is really, really creative, and obviously has a big hand in everything that happens, you know -- which is not the case for a lot of artists. So I would not be upset if she took it home."  

One of the artists who WALK THE MOON is up against for Best Rock Video is Hozier, who's nominated for "Take Me to Church."  He tells ABC Radio that the video, which showed a same-sex couple dealing with homophobia, had a lot to do with how popular the song became.

"I think the video was definitely a very important vehicle for the song, yeah," he says. "And, it kind of captured a lot of people’s hearts and minds in a big way. It was a huge part of the song getting to where it got to, you know, around the world."

"She's Kind of Hot," by 5 Seconds of Summer, is up for the fan-voted Best Song of the Summer award, which will be handed out during the VMA Pre-Show.  Among the competition: "Worth It," "Lean On," "Cheerleader," "Cool for the Summer," "Hey Mama" and "Bad Blood."  "If we win that'd be awesome," says lead singer Luke Hemmings.  "I think it would be a bit of a statement as well," adds guitarist Michael Clifford, "'cause this one’s about being yourself and stuff and I think that’s cool. If that’s the Song of the Summer, that’s awesome."   (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran lead nominees with nine and six nods, respectively. Kanye West will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  Britney Spears has been added to the lineup as a presenter, and the show will open with a performance by Nicki Minaj.  Other performers include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Pharrell Williams.

The pre-show will feature Taylor Swift debuting her new video for "Wildest Dreams," and Nick Jonas performing his new single "Levels."

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET.  The pre-show starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here's a full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
The Weeknd -- “Earned It”
Nick Jonas -- “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Sia -- “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding -- “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 -- “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 -- “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine -- “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon -- “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys -- “Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy -- “Riptide”
George Ezra -- “Budapest”
James Bay -- “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs -- “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd -- “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj -- “Bang Bang"

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson -- “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat -- “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna -- “American Oxygen”
Wale -- “The White Shoes”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go -- “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker -- “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J -- “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino -- “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky -- “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino -- “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, the Creator -- “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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Sunday
Aug302015

WALK THE MOON, Hozier, Arctic Monkeys & More Will Compete at Sunday's MTV VMAs 

Image Courtesy of MTVAt this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held on Sunday, WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance," Hozier's "Take Me to Church," Arctic Monkeys' "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?," Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman" and Florence + the Machine's "Ship to Wreck" will compete for the title of Best Rock Video.

"I think we do have a chance," WALK THE MOON frontman Nick Petricca tells ABC Radio. "You know, we kind of see ourselves as the underdogs just kind of in every situation. That’s the attitude we take going on stage and I guess this is no different."

Both the "Shut Up and Dance" video and the song are heavily influenced by the sounds and styles of the '80s, which Petricca believes is part of the video's appeal.

"I think a lot of my favorite videos from the '80s are wonderfully bad," he says. "They have this charm about them. I think the ‘80s were a time that just really celebrated weird and campy, you know, whether it’s in the music or the fashion or the videos. And so, I dunno, I mean I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for them."

While the "Shut Up and Dance" video is full of big colors and bigger laughs, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" video deals with a much heavier subject. The black-and-white clip shows a same-sex couple facing homophobia.

"I think the video was definitely a very important vehicle for the song," Hozier tells ABC Radio. "Yeah, definitely. It kind of captured a lot of people's hearts and minds in a big way. It was a huge part of the song getting to where it got to, you know, around the world." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Outside of the Best Rock Video category, Vance Joy's "Riptide," George Ezra's "Budapest" and James Bay's "Hold Back the River" are nominated for the Artist to Watch prize.

Several rock videos also are nominated for "professional categories," including Jack White's "Would You Fight for My Love" for Best Art Direction, Alt-J's "Left Hand Free" for Best Cinematography and Hozier's "Take Me to Church" for Best Direction.

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air Sunday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. A pre-show celebration, featuring a performance from WALK THE MOON, airs 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sunday
Aug302015

Kelsea Ballerini Already Has Her Sophomore Album Written

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini has made a big splash in the country world with her debut album, The First Time. The project has produced her debut #1 hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," as well as her latest single, "Dibs." There are plenty of more potential hits on the project, but Kelsea already has an eye towards her sophomore album.

She tells West Virginia's The Exponent Telegram, "Songwriting is something I do all the time. It was hard for me to pick songs for this album, [The First Time]. I have a lot of them. I have the next album written and ready to go.”

Look for Kelsea to be on hand at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.

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Saturday
Aug292015

Halloween-Themed "NOW" Hits Compilation Features Songs by Blue Oyster Cult, Warren Zevon, Donovan and More

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday.  NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes by a variety of pop and rock artists.

Among the tunes featured on the album are Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and Donovan's "Season of the Witch."  NOW Halloween! also includes Rob Zombie's "Dragula," Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" -- the theme to The Exorcist -- and Danny Elfman's main-title and end-title themes to Beetlejuice.  In addition, the compilation features Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' classic Halloween single "Monster Mash."

Check out the complete track list for the NOW That's What I Call Halloween! comp:

"Halloween Theme" -- John Carpenter
"Dragula" -- Rob Zombie
"O Fortuna" -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
"Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist)" -- Mike Oldfield
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult
"Devil Inside" -- INXS
"Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)" -- Jace Everett
"Werewolves of London" -- Warren Zevon
"Ghost Town" -- The Specials
"Dead Man's Party" -- Oingo Boingo
"Monster Mash" -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
"This Is Halloween" -- The Citizens of Halloween
"Season of the Witch" -- Donovan
"I Put a Spell on You" -- Nina Simone
"Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title" -- Danny Elfman
"Ghostbusters" -- Run-DMC
"A Nightmare on My Street" -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
"Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell

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Saturday
Aug292015

Halloween-Themed "NOW" Hits Compilation Features Songs by Donovan, Blue Oyster Cult, Warren Zevon and More

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday.  NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes by a variety of pop and rock artists.

Among the tunes featured on the album are Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," as well as the Rockwell hit "Somebody Watching Me," which includes a chorus sung by Michael JacksonNOW Halloween! also contains Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" -- the theme to The Exorcist -- and Danny Elfman's main-title and end-title themes to Beetlejuice.  In addition, the compilation features Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' classic Halloween single "Monster Mash."

Check out the complete track list for the NOW That's What I Call Halloween! comp:

"Halloween Theme" -- John Carpenter
"Dragula" -- Rob Zombie
"O Fortuna" -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
"Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist)" -- Mike Oldfield
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult
"Devil Inside" -- INXS
"Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)" -- Jace Everett
"Werewolves of London" -- Warren Zevon
"Ghost Town" -- The Specials
"Dead Man's Party" -- Oingo Boingo
"Monster Mash" -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
"This Is Halloween" -- The Citizens of Halloween
"Season of the Witch" -- Donovan
"I Put a Spell on You" -- Nina Simone
"Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title" -- Danny Elfman
"Ghostbusters" -- Run-DMC
"A Nightmare on My Street" -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
"Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell

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Saturday
Aug292015

Royal Blood Bassist on Reading and Leeds Set Surprises: "I Don't Want to Give It Away" 

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelYou might think that a band with only two people in it wouldn't have a lot of capacity for surprise, but Royal Blood says they're planning something special for their sets at this weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals in the U.K.

"I don't want to give it away!" bassist and vocalist Mike Kerr tells NME of the surprise. "We've made the production a bit bigger, I can say that. We're bringing loads of lights, even though it's going to be daylight. We'll make our own little sun on the stage."

Royal Blood will be playing the Main Stage at both festivals -- the same stage that headliners Metallica will play.

"Reading Main Stage resonates with me, because I've always wanted to play on it," says Kerr. "That's the dream. I even tried to get onto the Main Stage four years ago when it was closed. I snuck in after hours and got a leg up and nearly got on it, but the security pulled me down!"

After Reading and Leeds, Royal Blood will play three more shows opening for Foo Fighters in the U.K. We'll see if they'll bring their enhanced production -- and whatever other surprises may be in store -- stateside when they return for a U.S. tour at the end of September.

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Saturday
Aug292015

Rachel Platten Tops UK Chart with "Fight Song" 

ABC NewsWhile Rachel Platten's hit "Fight Song" has yet to climb higher than #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, across the pond it's another story.  The self-empowerment anthem has now topped the U.K. singles chart.

The song managed to climb to the top in just three weeks.  Rachel tells Britain's Official Charts Company, "I feel so excited and so proud that 'Fight Song' has hit Number 1...I can’t really believe it." 

She adds, "It’s amazing to me that this song that I wrote when I was going through one of the hardest times in my life is also the thing that made my dreams come true. I’m just kind of overwhelmed and really grateful.”

Explaining why she thinks the song has become so big, Rachel says, "It reminds us that those voices in our head...that tell us that we're not good enough...they're not true, and that we don't have to give up on our dreams, and that we can keep fighting for what we believe in."

Rachel wrapped up her tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri on Friday night.

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Saturday
Aug292015

Twitter Predicts Taylor Swift Will Win MTV VMA's Top Trophy 

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift is the leading nominee for this year's MTV VMAs -- her epic, star-studded "Bad Blood" clip, as well as her tongue-in-cheek clip for "Blank Space," have earned her nine nominations at this Sunday night's ceremony.  But if the winners were determined by Twitter, Taylor would already be clearing space on her trophy shelf.

According to the social media platform, an analysis of tweets about the nominees for Video of the Year, alongside words related to the concept of "winning," shows Taylor's "Bad Blood" will take home the top prize.  The runner-up?  Beyonce's clip of "7/11."

In the category of Best Female Video, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" takes the top prize, according to Twitter.  You may recall Nicki made a fuss last month when she accused MTV of not nominating "Anaconda" for Video of the Year because she doesn't have a "very slim body," like the other nominees..  It appears the two have made up, though, since she's opening Sunday's telecast.

For Best Male Video, Twitter is pointing to a victory for "Chains," by Nick Jonas.

The analyses were based on tweets between the July 21 announcement of the nominees and August 25.  The show airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Saturday
Aug292015

Solange Knowles Performs Benefit Concert for Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Today

Image Courtesy UniversalToday marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's battering of New Orleans, and Solange Knowles is among the artists featured in a day filled with special activities as part of the rebuilding celebration in that city.

Beyonce’s sister will headline a benefit concert at the House of Blues with special surprise guests. The performance is presented by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right charity, which he founded in 2007 to rebuild the city's Lower 9th Ward with affordable housing for people affected by the hurricane. The neighborhood was inundated after the city's levee system failed. Make It Right has built 109 homes and breaks ground on new homes every month. The houses are available to teachers, fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and people who lived in the Lower 9th Ward before Hurricane Katrina.

Solange lives in New Orleans, and according to Make it Right spokesperson Taylor Royle, she “embodies so much of what people all over the world love about New Orleans: creativity, enthusiasm, innovation and an experience you can’t find anywhere else, with anyone else.”

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Saturday
Aug292015

Tim McGraw Still Heavily Invested in Album-Making Process

Big Machine RecordsMore than two decades into his career, Tim McGraw is still heavily invested in the album-making process. He's currently working on his next studio album, which will feature his latest hit, "Top of the World.

"I think as an artist, part of what you do is you feel important about what you do, about your music," Tim tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It counts, and it matters to you, and that's what it feels like to me right now. It may not matter to anybody else, but it matters to me.”

Tim's next album also will feature his collaboration with daughter, Gracie, on the new song "Here Tonight." They performed the song together at Tim's Nashville concert earlier this month.

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Friday
Aug282015

The Game Announces Release Date for "Documentary 2," Reveals Cover Art

Image Courtesy Universal/InsterscopeThe Game revealed the artwork for his new album Documentary 2 and has announced the release date.

The Compton rapper posted on Instagram that the album will arrive September 25, and he debuted the cover photo -- a shot of himself bare chested in front of a barbed wire fence with “Compton” boldly tattooed across his stomach.

In his lengthy post, the rapper wrote that the album is part of the proud hip-hop history of his hometown, “After Kendrick [Lamar] dropped his album, then Dr. Dre dropped Compton then the movie doing 100 million after just 2 weeks.” He continued, “This album will add to my cities [sic] continuous legacy !!!! I'm proud to be from #COMPTON & I wish #EazyE was alive to see us flourish yet again.”

The Game also commented that the album is his way of telling the story of Compton. “This album cover represents the struggle to stay alive in a city where CRIPS & BLOODS have been at war since 1972.” He added. “It's because of you 'THE FANS' I will again get to give you my documented accounts of life here in Los Angeles.”

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To my true fans: it's been really dope to have you ridin' with me the last 10 years from the 1st Documentary til now.... I appreciate your loyalty & the patience you have displayed while waiting for me to finish #TheDocumentary2 & I am proud to give you my album cover shot by legend photographer & director @JonathanMannion (who also shot my 1st album cover) & graphic designer @CeoSelfmade for collaborating with Jonathan to bring such a classic image of me on the bridge in my hood....Cedar Block Piru in westside Compton, California... Everything about the photo shoot made me feel the exact same way I did when we were there 10 years ago & trust me when I say.... This album is better than my 1st for more than a few reasons.... But you don't have to take my word for it because you will see for yourself when it drops SEPTEMBER 25TH 2015 !!!! After Kendrick dropped his album, then Dr. Dre dropped #Compton then the movie doing 100 million after just 2 weeks..... This album will add to my cities continuous legacy !!!! I'm proud to be from #COMPTON & I wish #EazyE was alive to see us flourish yet again...... We on !!! This album cover represents the struggle to stay alive in a city where CRIPS & BLOODS have been at war since 1972 & it's because of you "THE FANS" I will again get to give you my documented accounts of life here in Los Angeles .... SEPTEMBER 25TH history will be made again #TheDocumentary2

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Friday
Aug282015

Darius Rucker Reflects on Last June's Deadly Church Shooting in Charleston

Capitol NashvilleLast June's church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina hit very close to home for Darius Rucker

He tells Rolling Stone, "My son goes to school directly across the street from Mother Emanuel. I mean directly across the street. I park in the parking lot to pick him up sometimes. That was . . . home. That was right in the heart of where we live, of our community."

In the time since those shootings, Darius says he's seen a big outpouring love in the Charleston community.

He adds, "It's just love, coming every day and every minute."

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Friday
Aug282015

Pete Townshend Featured on Upcoming Album by French Electronic Music Veteran Jean-Michel Jarre

Terry O'Neil/UMeThe Who's Pete Townshend is part of a diverse lineup of guest artists who collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the influential French electronic-music composer's upcoming album, Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine, which will be released on October 16.  The rock legend is featured on a song titled "Travelator (Part 2)."

In a new interview with USA Today, Jarre discusses why he was excited to have Townshend take part in the album.

"He was the first guy to introduce sequencers into rock music with songs such as 'Baba O'Riley,'" Jarre says.  Also, "as one of the creators of the rock opera as a genre, he has an epic approach to performance that's quite close to my approach of performances for big concerts."

In addition to Townshend, Jarre teamed up with a variety of musicians from different genres and eras, including Erasure/ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke, Tangerine Dream, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Moby, AIR, composer/director John Carpenter and classical pianist Lang Lang.

"I've wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays," Jarre explains in a statement.  "So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognizable sound."

For the Electronica project, rather than allowing the various collaborators to record their parts remotely, Jarre made the effort to join them in the studio so he could work directly with them on the tracks.

Jarre also is planning to release a sequel album, Electronica Part 2, featuring different cast of artists, sometime in spring 2016.

Here is the full track list and lineup of collaborators for Jarre's Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine:

"The Time Machine" (with Boys Noize)
"Glory (with M83)
"Close your eyes" (with AIR)
"Automatic (Part 1)" (with Vince Clarke)
"Automatic (Part 2)" (with Vince Clarke)
"If..!" (with Little Boots)
"Immortals" (with F*** Buttons)
"Suns Have Gone" (with Moby)
"Conquistador" (with Gesaffelstein)
"Travelator (Part 2)" (with Pete Townshend)
"Zero Gravity" (with Tangerine Dream)
"Rely on Me" (with Laurie Anderson)
"Stardust" (with Armin van Buuren)
"Watching You" (with 3D of Massive Attack)
"A Question of Blood" (with John Carpenter)
"The Train & the River" (with Lang Lang)

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Friday
Aug282015

Of Mice & Men Cancels Shows as Austin Carlile Continues to Recover 

Credit: Travis ShinnOf Mice & Men has canceled their appearance at the Louder than Life festival as frontman Austin Carlile continues to recover from undergoing surgery earlier this year. Carlile was hospitalized due to complications from Marfan syndrome, which he was diagnosed with as a teenager.

In addition, Of Mice & Men will not be playing rescheduled dates in San Diego and Mexico City, which were originally postponed when Carlile was hospitalized in June.

"Whilst the surgeries Austin underwent earlier this summer went well, it is important that we allow him time to recover so that we may come back in 2016 stronger than eve," Of Mice & Men writes on  Facebook.

The Louder than Life Festival, featuring Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin, will be held October 3-4 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Friday
Aug282015

Sevendust Releases Lyric Video for New Song, "Not Today"

Credit: Chris BairdAll things must end, according to Sevendust, but, luckily, "Not Today." That's the name of the latest song to be released from the band's forthcoming album, Kill the Flaw. You can listen to "Not Today," and watch the accompanying lyric video, now on YouTube.

"Not Today" is the second Killer the Flaw track Sevendust has unveiled, following the lead single, "Thank You." Kill the Flaw will be released October 2.

Sevendust's last album, 2014's Time Travelers & Bonfires, was an acoustic record featuring unplugged re-workings of some of the band's hits, as well as six new tracks. Kill the Flaw is Sevendust's first electric album since 2013's Black Out the Sun.

This fall, Sevendust will be on tour in support of Kill the Flaw with a string of headlining shows, plus dates supporting Godsmack, Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin.

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Friday
Aug282015

Babyface Explains How He Coaxed Toni Braxton Out of Retirement

Image Courtesy James Minchin III/UniversalBabyface and Toni Braxton are touring together in South Africa through September 3, and Babyface recalls how he convinced her to end her retirement.

The Grammy-winning artist, composer and producer told the South African website IOL, “It was more about trying to get her back into wanting to be in music again.” He adds, “It made sense because she had a lot of things she wanted to talk about and emotions she wanted to get out and there’s no better way to do that than through song.”

Braxton launched her career in 1993 on the La’Face label owned by Babyface, born Kenneth Edmonds, and L.A. Reid. She briefly retired in 2013, however she returned with the 2014 Grammy -winning duet album she recorded with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce. They also performed together in the Broadway musical After Midnight.

Edmonds is now completing his tenth solo album called Return to Tender Lover, a title inspired by his second album, Tender Lover, in 1989.

“I listened to Tender Lover and remembered the feeling of it,” says Babyface. “Not that I’m trying to re-do it, but I want to go back to the feeling of hopeful love -- which is what that song was about and what I want my music to be about today, being hopeful. It’s new music with the same feeling.”

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Friday
Aug282015

Twenty One Pilots, X Ambassadors, Of Monsters & Men to Play The Big Ticket Festival

Credit: Jabari JacobsThe Big Ticket has recruited a number of big-name alternative acts for its 2015 lineup. The festival's bill features Twenty One Pilots, X Ambassadors, Of Monsters & Men, WALK THE MOON, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

The Neighbourhood, Robert DeLong, Saint Motel, MUTEMATH and Glass Animals will also play the Florida festival.

The Big Ticket 2015 will be held December 6 in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit TheBigTicketFest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

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