Katy Perry, One Direction Winners at “Billboard” Touring Awards

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry and One Direction were winners at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards, which honors achievements in concert tours over the past year.

One Direction’s Where We Are tour took home the prizes for both Top Tour and Top Draw — the trek has grossed more than $290 million.  In addition, the band’s management firm was named Top Manager.

Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour was named Top Package for its eclectic lineup of opening acts, which has over the year included Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sara, Becky G, and Ferras.

Country duo Florida Georgia Line was named Breakthrough Touring Act at the show.

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Miley Cyrus Contributes Song to “Free the Nipple” Movie

RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus has recorded a new version of the Melanie Safka tune “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” for a new indie movie called Free the Nipple, according to Variety magazine.

The film, directed by Lina Esco, centers on female activists who challenge censorship laws by going topless in public.

Esco met Cyrus while co-starring with her in the 2012 movie LOL. Esco showed Miley an early cut of Free the Nipple over the summer, after which Miley agreed to her musical contribution.

Cyrus previously performed an acoustic version of “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” back in 2012. However, Esco tells Variety this version is “more rock ‘n’ roll,” adding, “It’s very Johnny Cash. Her [Miley's] voice is so raw, and the song is so raw.”

Last year, Miley bared her chest in a Twitter photo in support of the film.

Free the Nipple opens in theaters and on video on demand December 12.

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Taylor Swift to Receive Inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence at AMAs Sunday

ABC/Fred LeeThe American Music Awards are this weekend, but Taylor Swift already knows she’s taking home a trophy.

The singer will be presented with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the ceremony Sunday night.  Named after the late broadcasting legend who created the AMAs, the award was created to recognize an artist who achieves a “groundbreaking feat” or creates a “landmark work.”  In this case, Taylor will be honored for her record-setting album sales.  She’s the only artist in history to have had three albums debut with more than one million in sales in their first week.

Clark’s widow, Kari, said in a statement, “The first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special. He would be thrilled to know she is the first artist to receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.”

Taylor will also have the honor of opening the show with her #1 hit, “Blank Space.”  The AMAs air Sunday night at 8:00 ET on ABC.

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One Direction Takes “Cutest Selfie Ever” with Jimmy Kimmel

ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction joined Jimmy Kimmel for what he billed the “cutest selfie ever” on his ABC late-night show Thursday night.

It was certainly a colorful snapshot. Initially, it was going to be just 1D and Kimmel standing in front of a Candy Land-esque background. But then, Kimmel invited his nephew to join them — plus the “world’s cutest dog,” a “unicorn pony,” kittens in a teacup, twin ballerinas, a baby dressed as a cherry, and Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo. Kimmel donned bunny ears, too.

You can check out the end result on Kimmel’s Twitter feed.

Before they snapped the selfie, 1D chatted about the American Music Awards, which they’ll attend this Sunday. Liam Payne said it’s “nerve-racking” to be around fellow pop stars at such music ceremonies.

One Direction was plugging their new album, Four.

It was actually a pop-filled night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night. Britney Spears appeared in a new edition of “Mean Tweets,” and Jessie J was the musical guest.

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Beyoncé’s Leaked Song Sparks New Rumors of Marital Problems

Nick Farrell/Sony MusicThe Beyoncé platinum edition box set of her self-titled album doesn’t come out until next Monday, but two tracks have already leaked online, and one of them is reigniting rumors her marriage to Jay Z is in trouble.

One of the new songs, “7/11,” was leaked on Wednesday, and on Thursday, a snippet of another tune, titled “Ring Off,” hit the Web. It’s only 15 seconds long and was quickly removed, but the title and lyrics are enough to suggest the song is about giving up on a relationship.

In the clip, Bey sings, “I wish it didn’t hurt at all, I don’t know how I got here, I was once the one who had his heart. Until you had enough, then you took that ring off. You took that ring off. So tired of the lies.”

The two-CD, two-DVD set includes the two new songs, as well as four remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z.

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American Music Awards Producer Promises Show Will Open With “Huge Wow”

Dick Clark ProductionsThe 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show’s executive producer says that if you don’t tune in as soon as the show starts, you’ll be missing something “huge” and “outrageous.”

“Don’t tune in late ,’cause if you tune in late you’re gonna miss something that’s outrageous,” AMA Executive Producer Larry Klein tells ABC News Radio. “Trust me. Don’t come into the show at 8:10.  Don’t do that. You better start at eight o’clock, ’cause I ain’t holdin’ nothin’ back…it’s gonna open up with a huge ‘wow.’  And it’s gonna go for three hours and end with a big ‘wow.’”

With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, MAGIC!, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and many more, it’s no wonder that the show will be a huge production, and Klein says the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances. 

“The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock,” he says. “And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into a, one three-hour cohesive show.  That’s a challenge.”  But when it works, Klein says, viewers will have a perfect depiction of what’s going on in music right now.

“I think what we’re doing is just representing what pop culture is in today’s world.  Period,” Klein tells ABC News Radio. “Listen to any radio station — I don’t care what the station is — the songs you hear on those radio stations, you’ll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them.”

With all this talk of the performances, it’s hard to remember that trophies will be handed out as well, but as Klein says, that’s really not the main attraction — and it never has been, as per instructions from its creator, the late Dick Clark.

“We’re an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, ‘We’re an entertainment show.  Entertainment first, awards second,’” says Klein. “Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch.  It’s the world’s biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show.  I always think of it as 18 little mini-series in a three-hour show.”

The show will be hosted by rapper Pitbull, and Klein explains why he’s such a great host.

“He brings energy like you can’t imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don’t think he’s doing that for television,” laughs Klein. “I hang out with Pit a lot, he’s one of my best friends: we’re at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we’re driving in a car, he has that same energy.  So, please, you gotta understand, what you see on stage — he’s like that 24/7!”

The American Music Awards air live this Sunday night on ABC.  Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons
One Direction

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country  
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Mary J.  Blige

Favorite Album Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary
Sara Bareilles
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist Latin
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
The Fault In Our Stars

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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Phillip Phillips Unpacks a Magical World in New Video for “Unpack Your Heart”

Nick WalkerThe new Phillip Phillips video for his song “Unpack Your Heart” has been released, and it brings viewers into the singer’s whimsical fantasy world.

The video opens in an empty room with Phillip playing guitar. Phillip is alone next to a simple, cardboard box with a heart on it, until suddenly, the box bursts open and the room comes to life, filling with mountains, trees and a castle.

The room then disappears all together, transporting Phillip into a magical, colorful, outdoor world, with a castle, rainbows, clouds, dancing toys and fireworks.

The video ends with everything climbing back into the cardboard box, leaving the singer alone in the room with his guitar.

“Unpack Your Heart” is the second single from Phillip’s album Behind the Light.

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Lorde Wins Six Trophies at New Zealand Music Awards

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Considering that she’s probably the most famous New Zealander on the planet right now, it’s not surprising that Lorde cleaned up at the New Zealand Music Awards this week.

The Dominion Post reports that the singer took home six trophies, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for Pure Heroine, Single of the Year for “Team,” Best Female Solo Artist, Highest-Selling Single for “Royals” and let’s not forget the International Achievement Award.

“SIX,” Lorde tweeted, adding, “thankyou, new zealand. such a special night for [my producer Joel Little] and i. pure heroine loves you too.”

Last year, Lorde won four trophies at the ceremony.  She can add these 10 trophies to her collection of two Grammys, an MTV VMA and a Brit Award, among other honors.  She may pick up additional hardware at this Sunday’s American Music Awards, where she’s performing and is nominated in two categories.

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Report: Rihanna Close to Signing Deal with Puma

Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna could be expanding her brand very soon. The singer is reportedly negotiating a deal with Puma to design a collection of sneakers and sportswear for the German company.

According to the New York Daily News, the singer could potentially sign a seven-figure deal for a “lifestyle” line.

“She is going to have her own coordinator to go to at Puma who only handles her, and they’ll have a junior coordinator helping them,” an insider reveals. “The focus is shoes, but she will also be helping with pants and tops.”

If all goes as planned, Ri Ri will be contractually obligated to no longer wear rival brands, like Adidas.  “She will have to slowly start to incorporate Puma into her wardrobe,” said the source. “She will be wearing all Puma gear in shoots and out and about.”

It’s unclear when the deal will will be completed, but the source continues, “She is in 100% and wants to do this.”

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One Direction, Nicki Minaj & Charli XCX to Appear on “Saturday Night Live”

Cal AurandOne Direction will have the honor of closing out Saturday Night Live’s current season.  On December 20, the group will perform on the last episode of the year, with Amy Adams as guest host.  It’ll be the group’s third appearance on the show.

On December 13, it’ll be an all-British edition of SNL, as Charli XCX makes her debut on the show as the musical guest.  It’ll be hosted by Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

On December 6, Nicki Minaj will serve as the musical guest, appearing on SNL for the second time.  James Franco will be the host for that show.

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