Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige & 5 Seconds of Summer to Perform on American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsSam Smith, Mary J. Blige and 5 Seconds of Summer have been added to the list of performers at the 2014 American Music Awards.  They join a bill that already includes Charli XCX and Pitbull, the latter of whom’s also hosting the show.

It’s not clear if Sam and Mary J. will perform together but it may be a good bet, considering the two recorded a duet earlier this year, and Sam contributes to Mary’s upcoming album, The London Sessions.

Iggy Azalea leads the nominees for this year’s AMAs with six.  Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend each have five nods.

The 2014 American Music Awards will air November 23 on ABC, from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE.



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Katy Perry Takes Birthday Celebration to Morocco

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsAfter reportedly cancelling plans to celebrate her 30th birthday in Egypt, word is Katy Perry has relocated the festivities to another country in Africa.

The Hollywood Reporter had said Katy was going to party and go sightseeing with her crew in Egypt to mark her milestone birthday. However, she reportedly nixed her plans due to “safety concerns.”

Instead, Us Weekly reports, Katy will celebrate in Morocco. The magazine says she’s already arrived in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

Katy turns 30 on Saturday.


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Report: Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Vows; Shopping for Home in Paris

Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood EntertainmentIf Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it.

The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have “major problems” at one point, they’ve “worked it out.”

And now they’re looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month.

An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey and Jay plan to retire in the City of Light eventually, and that they want their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to learn French.

When Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris last month, Jay noted that the city was special to them because they got engaged there. He also mentioned that Paris is where Blue Ivy was conceived.


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Charli XCX Having Fun Singing for “Young Girls & Beautiful Gay Boys” on Tour

Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX pushed back the release date of her much-anticipated new album Sucker because her single “Boom Clap” just keeps going and going.  But the singer still launched a U.S. headlining tour, taking the risky move of performing new music that her fans weren’t familiar with.  Luckily, she says it’s paid off for her.

“I have been doing a lot of new songs and, y’know, it’s quite nerve-wracking for me because that’s the first time they’ll hear the new songs, like, me playing them live,” she tells ABC News Radio.  “There isn’t like an MP3 of them, or whatever. So I was kinda scared.”  But since she launched the tour at the end of September, she says, things have been going great.

“They all seem to really like it,” she adds. “And they all know [the songs], so that’s really cool for me. I’m so proud of this record and I can’t wait to play it live in bigger rooms next year.”

As for what kind of fans have been coming out to see her each night, Charli says, “It’s pretty much all over the map but definitely, like, the front rows, and the craziest fans, are, like, young girls and beautiful gay boys. And I’m so happy for that!”

Charli will wrap up the tour this Saturday in San Francisco, California. Next month, she’ll perform on the American Music Awards, where she’s also a nominee, and will then play a series of Christmas concerts across the country. In February, she’ll be Katy Perry‘s opening act when Katy’s PRISMATIC world tour hits Europe.

Meanwhile, Sucker arrives December 16 and “Boom Clap” shows no signs of slowing down.  Has the ongoing success of the track, which is her first big U.S. hit as a solo artist, surprised Charli?

“It really has,” she tells ABC News Radio. “You know, I’ve seen songs that I’ve written blow up and be around for a long time, but it’s very strange when it happens to your own song, and I really didn’t expect it. And I’m honored, and kinda freaked out, but it’s awesome!” 


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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Front Forever 21′s Holiday Ads

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has landed her first national ad campaign. Alongside her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, the rapper has been tapped to front the holiday campaign for clothing retailer Forever 21.

In an interview with People, Iggy revealed what it was like posing for the ads with her significant other. “As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photo shoots are hard work too,” Azalea says. “It was funny watching him have that revelation!”

Young chimed in: “It was real cool. We had great chemistry,” he says.

The pair credit their playlist for making the time fly by faster. “It was a two day shoot — by the end of it I think we’d listened to everything under the sun twice!” Azalea says, adding that the “trickiest thing is not having any clue what you’re doing!”

Although the ads have not run yet, but People has a preview of some of the pictures from the shoot.


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Meghan Trainor Matches Iggy Azalea’s Streak on Top of the “Billboard” Hot 100

Epic RecordsIt’s Lucky 7 for Meghan Trainor: her hit “All About That Bass” is #1 for a seventh week on the Billboard Hot 100.  That means she’s now matched Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” for longest-running #1 hit of 2014 by a woman.  Only Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” has spent more time on top this year: 10 weeks.

Meghan’s debut album, Title, is due in January; her follow-up song, “Lips Are Movin’” seem to be off to a good start.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran can now boast that he has his first-ever U.S. top ten hit, as “Don’t” jumps from #13 to #10.

Taylor Swift‘s latest track, “Out of the Woods,” debuts at #18, thanks to huge download sales.  This is Taylor’s 61st Hot 100 hit, according to Billboard: among female artists only Aretha Franklin has more, with 73.


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Taylor Swift Reveals Full Tracklisting for “1989″

Big Machine RecordsAfter teasing fans with song lyrics from her new album 1989, Taylor Swift has finally revealed the full tracklisting for the highly anticipated disc, posting it to Instagram.

The songs are:

“Welcome to New York”
“Blank Space”
“Style”
“Out of the Woods”
“All You Had to Do Was Stay”
“Shake It Off”
“I Wish You Would”
“Bad Blood”
“Wildest Dreams”
“How You Get the Girl”
“This Love”
“I Know Places”
“Clean”

The deluxe edition of Taylor’s album being sold at Target will come with three extra songs and three voice memos. 1989 arrives October 27.

Interestingly, many of the song titles on Taylor’s new album have already been used for previous songs.  For example, Mariah Carey has a song called “Shake It Off.”  Maroon 5 has a song called “This Love.”  Train has a song called “I Wish You Would.”  And back in the ’70s, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka had a hit with “Bad Blood.”  You can’t copyright a song title, however, so there’s no issue with it.

The full track list. #TS1989

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on



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Jessie J & Pink Score Top-10 Debuts

Republic RecordsBoth Pink and Jessie J have notched top-10 debuts with new albums on this week’s Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Coming in at at #4 is rose ave, the debut album from the musical duo You + Me.  The duo features Pink and Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green.  On her own, Pink has scored seven top-40 albums, while Green has scored two under his usual musical moniker, The City and Colour.

In a statement, Pink, who for this project is using her birth name of Alecia Moore, said, “We really had no intention for this to become what it is. We were just two friends getting together and doing what we love and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished.” 

Green adds, “I am so very thankful for my friend Alecia and the beautiful music we’ve made together. We had no idea what would come of these songs and knowing that people are listening and loving it as much as we do is humbling.“

Jessie’s new album, Sweet Talker, featuring the hits “Burnin’ Up” and “Bang Bang,” arrives at #10. It’s now her highest-charting U.S. album: her debut, Who You Are, debuted and peaked at #11 in 2011.  Her second album wasn’t released in the U.S.

It’s worth noting that U2‘s much-maligned new album, Songs of Innocence, enters the chart at #9.  While the album was downloaded 26 million times globally after the album was offered to iTunes users last month, those downloads were free, so they didn’t count toward a chart position.  The album was made widely available for purchase last week and sold 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  This is U2′s first album since the release of 1987′s The Joshua Tree not to debut in the top three.

Sam Smith‘s debut album In the Lonely Hour has risen to #6 on a 53% sales gain, following his high-profile TV appearances on NBC’s Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The #1 album on the chart is from country duo Florida Georgia Line, who scored a huge pop hit with “Cruise.” This is their first #1 album on the general Billboard album chart, as opposed to the country album chart.


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Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Win at Britain’s “Q” Awards

Credit: Christie GoodwinEd Sheeran and Sam Smith were both winners in London Wednesday at the Q Awards, presented annually by the U.K. music magazine Q.

Ed, who won Breakthrough Artist at the same ceremony in 2011, took Best Solo Artist this time around.  Backstage, he joked that his previous Q Award had “rusted” and is “falling apart,” but praised this year’s trophy as “legit.” “They put more money into it this time,” he said.

Sam was named Best New Act. Backstage, he reminisced, “I can’t believe it! I was here last year and no one knew who I was…it was one of the first things that I did, in terms of award shows, so this is odd!”

Look for both Ed and Sam to be named in this year’s Grammy nominations, which will be announced December 5.


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Katy Perry Cancels Plans for Birthday Bash in Egypt

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry was planning to spend her 30th birthday on Saturday like the Queen of the Nile, but now she’s suffering a “denial” of celebration opportunities.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katy was set to take her crew to Egypt to celebrate her milestone, and while there, had booked a schedule of parties and sightseeing, including a cruise down the Nile River.  However, news of her visit leaked out, and a source tells the publication that the singer scrapped the plans due to “safety concerns.”

The idea for Katy to travel to Egypt may have been sparked by the Ancient Egypt-themed video for her #1 hit, “Dark Horse.”

Katy is on a break from her PRISMATIC world tour, but it will pick up against November 7 in Australia, where she’ll remain until December 20. Another break will follow, and then a European leg begins February 16.  Between those two dates, Katy will presumably perform at the halftime show at the Super Bowl, though the NFL hasn’t officially confirmed that.



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