One Direction Announces First “Four” Single, “Steal My Girl”

RJ ShaughnessyLast week, when One Direction announced their new album Four, they released one of the songs from the album, “Fireproof,” as a free download for their fans.  But that’s not the album’s official first single — according to a tweet from 1D’s Liam Payne, it’s a track called “Steal My Girl.”

According to the band’s official website, the single will be available on September 29 everywhere but the U.K., where it’s coming out October 12.  If it’s anything like “Fireproof,” it’ll be a huge success: Billboard reports that the song sold 1.1 million downloads in 24 hours.

1D’s official Twitter account also posted the artwork for “Steal My Girl.”  According to Billboard, the song was co-written by Liam and Louis Tomlinson, along with four other co-writers.

Four is due November 17 and may follow the band’s previous three albums in debuting at #1 on the Billboard chart.

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Are Beyoncé and Jay Z Expecting Their Second Child?

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentAfter weeks of speculation that Beyoncé and Jay Z are splitting, there’s a new, more positive rumor about the couple: they’re expecting their second child.

Jay himself sparked the pregnancy talk at his and his wife’s On the Run concert in Paris on Friday night. During a performance of his song “Beach Is Better,” he changed the lyric “I replace it with another one” to “pregnant with another one.”

The parents to two-and-a-half-year-old Blue Ivy were certainly lovey-dovey the next night in Paris, for their On the Run finale. Jay proclaimed to an emotional Bey, “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to share the stage with you. I couldn’t dream for anything else…to be in this stadium with the woman I love, who I believe is the greatest entertainer of our time.”

The Paris concerts will be chronicled in an HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, premiering Saturday.

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Nico & Vinz on Upcoming Debut Album “Black Star Elephant”: “We’re Just Telling Our Story”

Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsOriginally scheduled for release this week, Black Star Elephant, the U.S. debut album from Nico & Vinz, will now arrive October 14.  The Norwegian duo, who scored big this summer with “Am I Wrong,” say they’ve “blended” every aspect of their unique background to create it.

“They can expect an album that is basically the best music we made,” says Vinz when asked to describe what fans can expect from the new music.  “And it’s in line with ‘Am I Wrong’ and just that whole vibe.”

The title of the album, Black Star Elephant, combines the symbols of the two African countries where the duo’s parents hail from, and that combination is heard in the music as well.

“You know, we blended the urban influence we got. We blended our heritage coming from Norway and Ivory Coast, as well as Ghana, and also just us being Scandinavian so we just blended that in,” Vinz explains to ABC News Radio.  “We’re just telling our story. So we’re looking forward to making people…get to know us more.”

Nico & Vinz appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to perform “Am I Wrong,” but they’ve got a brand-new single called “In Your Arms,” which has a similar feel to that top 5 hit. 

Asked if the duo feels any pressure to follow up the global success of “Am I Wrong,” Nico tells ABC News Radio, “No, because I think we just make music that comes straight from our hearts like we did with ‘Am I Wrong,’ and that’s exactly what we did with ‘In Your Arms’ as well.”  He laughs, “So if it works, cool, if it doesn’t, we did our best, you know?”  

After their appearance on Ellen, the duo will head to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, to perform a free show and hold an autograph signing at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe there.  That takes place on Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

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Taylor Swift Invites Frat Boys Who Danced to “Shake It Off” to Her Tour Next Year

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaTaylor Swift really appreciates her fans.  Exhibit A: she’s just invited a whole fraternity’s worth of guys to her tour next year, thanks to an adorable lip-dub video they made to her hit “Shake It Off.”

The clip was made by the brothers of Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu at Kentucky’s Transylvania University.  In the clip, all the boys, some dressed in wacky outfits, dance in and out of their dorm rooms and down the hall, lip-synching to “Shake It Off” in one take. The whole thing was a stunt to drive people to their fundraising page for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk fund. 

Taylor was so impressed that she tweeted a link to the video and wrote, “I’m personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it’s on me. Nailed it, bros!”

One brother responded by posting a screenshot of Taylor’s tweet, and adding, “This is quite simply the best day of my life.”  Another tweeted to Taylor, “we accept,” while yet another chimed in, “So…now all I need is a date to ‘s concert.”  When one suggested that he ask Taylor herself, he replied, “Already asked her to our formal.”

That particular dude probably won’t have a problem getting a date — many females went all Hunger Games on him, tweeting, “I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE.”

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Listen to Miley Cyrus Cover a Led Zeppelin Song

Tyrone Lebon/RCA RecordsAfter covering The Beatles, Miley Cyrus is taking on another classic British rock band.

On Friday, Miley posted to Soundcloud her own version of the Led Zeppelin song “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” from the band’s 1969 self-titled debut album, though Miley titles it “Baby I’m Gonna Leave You.”

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” isn’t a Zeppelin original. It was written by folk singer Anne Bredon in the late 1950s, then recorded and released by Joan Baez in 1962.

As previously reported, Miley collaborated with The Flaming Lips on two Beatles covers — “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life” — for the band’s upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album. With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released October 28.

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“Voice” Coaches Defend Their Show: “I Never Had a Gwen Stefani…to Tell Me Anything When I Was 15 Years Old”

Smallz & Raskind exclusively for BillboardSince it began, the big criticism about The Voice has been that it hasn’t created any music stars: it’s simply made the show’s coaches — from Adam Levine to Shakira to Blake Shelton to Christina Aguilera — even more rich and famous than they were before.  But now, the coaches say that even if the contestants don’t become stars, they’re still receiving something very valuable from their time on the show: advice.

Adam, who said in 2012 that The Voice has to produce a star in order to “continue to be taken seriously,” is now singing a different tune.  He tells Billboard that the show is really more about helping prospective singers to be “as well-equipped as possible for reality, which starts the minute that confetti falls and people continue with their careers.”

The new coach, Pharrell Williams, agrees, telling Billboard,I just don’t like that we’re talking about this from the defense, as if there’s something wrong [with the show]. I never had a Gwen Stefani, or an Adam Levine, or a Blake Shelton to come in and tell me anything when I was 15 years old.”

As for his tenure on the show, Pharrell says that while he’s on board for this fall season, which starts September 22, he won’t be coming back for the spring, because he’s too busy producing artists like Ed Sheeran and fellow newbie coach Gwen.  “I consider this another great musical endeavor,” he says.  “This is a studio session to me.”

As for Gwen, the mom to two older boys and six-month-old son Apollo, tells Billboard, “In my life and my career, yes, I could just go back in and try to make another record right now with No Doubt, and see what happens while I’m in between breast-feedings and up all night. But this really shakes it up for me. This is inspiring in a whole new way.”

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Becky G Joins Demi Lovato’s Tour This Weekend, Says She “Connects to People Like Nobody Else”

Catherine Asanov/RCA RecordsThis fall, Becky G is the go-to-girl for big pop stars who are looking for opening acts.  She’ll be warming up crowds for Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Katy Perry in the next month or so; her stint on Demi’s tour starts this Sunday in Miami and runs through September 28, wrapping in San Diego, California. 

Becky says she’s excited to be part of Demi’s world tour because she admires how Demi makes her audiences a part of her show. 

“I love Demi because…talk about somebody who who can connect to people like nobody else!” Becky tells ABC News Radio.  “Demi talks to her fans. Like, she talks to the crowd, she talks to them as if they’re were just her friends. She has conversations with them. It’s not just always like a staged show.”

“I appreciate artists like that, who can just be really honest and genuine, and that’s what’s really nice about Demi,” she adds.

Becky’s warm-up gig with Jason Derulo’s tour begins October 21 in New Jersey.  Her dates with Katy Perry are October 10 and 11.

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Adam Levine on Going Solo: “Why Would I Want to Do That?”

Peter Kramer/NBCWith all of Adam Levine‘s extracurricular activities — his work on The Voice, his fragrance and clothing lines, his TV production deal and his budding acting career — it’s hard to remember that the man’s day job is being the lead singer in Maroon 5.  But he considers it his #1 priority and has no desire to stop any time soon.

“Maroon 5 are a lot stronger than we have been in the past,” he tells the British paper The Sun.  “We know what we are good at and that’s pop music…Maroon 5 embrace that and are successful and we don’t think it’s uncool; we just go for it.”

As for all his outside activities, Adam says the band doesn’t mind: in fact, he says they’re the ones who convinced him to do a fragrance.

“I came in to the guys and said, ‘They want me to do a fragrance, how lame is that?’” he tells The Sun. “But the band said, ‘What are you talking about, man? That is awesome! You should do it’. So I said OK.”

Maroon 5 is even OK with Adam acting, even though he’s not sure if he’s going to pursue it in the future. 

“I don’t know. Maybe. I’m just looking forward to getting out on the road with my band,” he says.  “It’s like when people ask if I am going to do a solo record. Why would I want to do that? I’m in Maroon 5 with my buddies, and that makes me a lucky guy.”

Maroon 5 will kick off a tour in support of their #1 album V on February 16 in Dallas.

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Madonna’s New Album Not Coming ‘Til 2015

Cliff Lipson/CBSMadonna has been documenting every step of the creation of her new album on Instagram, but unfortunately, we’re not going to hear it this year.  Billboard reports that the Queen of Pop doesn’t plan to release the record until 2015.

Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary tells the publication that the pop star has indeed been in the studio with top producer and rumored Katy Perry boyfriend Diplo, but would only say the singer is “having a lot of fun.”

According to Madonna’s Instagram feed, she’s also collaborating on the album with producer and deejay Avicii, as well as some top pop songwriters, Alicia Keys and Martin Keirzenbaum, the head of Cherrytree Records.  He told Billboard, “It was a real privilege to write with Madonna…we ended up writing about seven songs…we just wrote songs the old-fashioned way, just playing the piano and singing. … I don’t know what she’s gonna use from the sessions, but it was a tremendous honor.”

Madonna’s last album was 2012′s MDNA, which debuted at #1.

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One Direction to Celebrate Release of New Album in Orlando, FL

Credit: RJ RJ ShaughnessyOne Direction will travel to Universal Orlando Resort in Florida in November to celebrate the release of their fourth album, FOUR.  On November 17, the day of the album’s release, the band will perform on NBC’s Today show, live from Orlando.  The public will be able to view the concert free at Universal’s CityWalk.

According to, Universal will celebrate the event by featuring One Direction songs on its Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.  There will also be a One Direction version of its nighttime show, Cinematic Spectacular.  In addition, the park’s on-site Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel will feature a 1D theme on November 17, and guests will receive a specially recorded wake-up call from Niall, Harry, Louis, Liam, or Zayn.

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