Shaun's Music Minute 7-26-17

The MTV VMA Nominations Are Here              

The nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, and things look a little different this year. As they did with their movie and TV awards, MTV has dropped the gender specific categories, like Male Video and Female Video, and instead is handing out one award for Artist of the Year. They’ve also added a category for songs that fight injustice, dubbed the Fight Against The System award. 

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar nabbed the most nominations this year with eight, including one for Artist of the Year, followed by Katy Perry and The Weeknd, who each nabbed five. The Weeknd is also nominated for Artist of the Year, along with Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Lorde.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are set for August 27th at 8 pm live from The Forum in Inglewood, California. 

Ed Sheeran’s Album Beats Out “Star Wars” In The UK              

Ed Sheeran’s latest album “Divide” is so popular in the UK that it’s even beating “Star Wars.” 

According to UK data, Ed’s album is 2017’s biggest selling entertainment product in the UK so far, selling over two million units. That number is high enough to beat out the home cinema release of “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” by close to 885,000 units.

Of course, the album is certainly the biggest music release of the year so far. The next closest competitor is Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s debut “Human,” which has moved almost 700,000 units.

OneRepublic Covers Oasis              

OneRepublic has tackled the Oasis classic “Champagne Supernova" for the London episode of Spotify’s music and travel series “Music Happens Here.” The band recorded the cover of the tune, from Oasis’ “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory,” at the iconic Abbey Road studios in London.

“’Champagne Supernova' is like a once-in-a-lifetime record,” frontman Ryan Tedder says in the upcoming episode. “It's just a classic."

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