Katy Perry, One Direction Each Win Three at 2014 American Music Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesOne Direction may be British, but they dominated the fan-voted 2014 American Music Awards, which aired live Sunday night on ABC.

The five Brits performed on the show and took home three trophies, including the most prestigious one, Artist of the Year.  Pronouncing the award “so, so cool,” Liam Payne said, “It’s amazing, because we worked so hard on these last two albums…we spent a lot of time writing the music and really going down and trying our hardest to really improve and make the music better and better.” 

The group, whose new album FOUR just came out and has already hit #1 on the British charts, also won for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group, and for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, for their previous release, Midnight Memories.  “You guys have been absolutely incredible,” said Louis Tomlinson about 1D’s fans. “America has been so incredible to us, so thank you so much.”

Katy Perry also won three awards — Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Single of the Year for “Dark Horse” — but two of those awards were not presented on camera, and Katy wasn’t in the house to accept, anyway.  She sent an acceptance video from Australia, where she’s currently on tour.

Beyonce, who was also not present, won two awards, as did Iggy Azalea, who was.  The Australian rapper was the leading nominee going into the event with six nods, but ended up with just the two trophies: Favorite Rap Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap Hip-Hop Album.  The album honor was, she said, “the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life,” adding, “It means so much to me that it’s for Best Hip-Hop because it’s what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams, and it’s what helped me, when I was a teenager, to escape and get through my life, and to better times.”

Later, when she was named Favorite Rap Hip-Hop Artist, Iggy, who’s had to deny rumors about her, and defend and/or explain herself numerous times this year on Twitter, noted, “I think musicians receive so much critique, sometimes you question what you’re doing.  And this really validates that I am on the right path.”

Iggy also performed three numbers on the show:  a medley of her hit “Fancy” with Charli XCX and her current hit “Beg For It,” and then a sexy duet with Jennifer Lopez on “Booty.”

Taylor Swift wasn’t eligible for any regular awards on Sunday night because her new album 1989 missed the eligibility deadline, but she still dominated the show, opening up the proceedings with an eye-popping performance of her #1 hit “Blank Space” that featured fire — lots and lots of fire — plus a dinner table suspended in mid-air. It was basically a reworking of the song’s video, where she plays a woman crazed with jealousy.  Then, Taylor was seen numerous times dancing and singing in the front row with her buddies Lorde and Sam Smith.  Later on in the evening, she was presented with the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence by no less a legend than Diana Ross, and she used her acceptance speech to further her stance against her music appearing on online streaming services.

Speaking about her last three albums all selling over a million copies in their first weeks of sale, Taylor told fans, “What you did by investing in music and albums…what you’re saying is that you believe in the same thing that I believe it: that music is valuable, and music should be consumed as albums, and albums should be consumed as art, and appreciated.”

Sam Smith was named Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, and at the podium, the British star said, referring to his hit album In the Lonely Hour, “Last year, I wrote an album about being lonely, and tonight, I couldn’t feel further from lonely, so thank you so much.”

Overall, it was a good night for non-American acts: in addition to wins by Brits One Direction, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris — his category was presented off camera — as well as Australian Iggy Azalea, the Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer was named New Artist of the Year.  Drummer Ashton Irwin said, “This really shows that a little band from Sydney can do great things, so thanks…you guys rule!”

Country superstar Luke Bryan was named Favorite Male Country Artist and singer Brantley Gilbert won for Favorite Country Album, but the only country music performance came via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina: Garth Brooks was shown onstage live performing his new song “People Loving People.”

Ariana Grande was also shut out of any nominations or awards, but was still a big presence on the show.  She performed stripped-down versions of her smash hits “Problem” and “Break Free,” sang her latest hit, “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd, and then teamed up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for a show-stopping version of “Bang Bang.”

In fact, many of the awards were presented off camera so that the show could focus on the musical performances — there were 18 in all, from the likes of Sam Smith, Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and the evening’s host, Pitbull.

Lorde failed to win any of the awards she was up for, but her performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, was among the standouts.  She started the song from inside a white box, lit by blue and then red light, and when she emerged, she threw herself around the stage with wild abandon while her pal Taylor sang along at the top of her lungs.  At the end, she took her hand and smeared her trademark dark lipstick, in an homage to one of her heroes, legendary rocker David Bowie: that’s one of his signature moves.

While there was much speculation online about how scandalous Jennifer and Iggy’s “Booty” duet — which closed the show — would be, it wasn’t controversial at all.  Both women were adequately covered during the number, and even though they did some writhing together, colored patterned lights were projected onto them, so you couldn’t even see what they were doing in detail. 

In fact, even though several artists had the audio dropped out of their performances to cover up their cursing, nobody really wore or did anything shocking or scandalous.  Even Nicki Minaj was completely covered up in a long-sleeved white gown during her performance of the ballad “Bed of Lies,”  and while there was some writhing and skimpy costumes in many numbers, it wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before.

In retrospect, Charli XCX probably gave the wildest performance: while she sang her song “Break the Rules,” she grabbed her boobs, and then she and her backup dancers, who were dressed like goth zombies, destroyed some stage props.  One of the backup dancers, wearing a green rabbit mask, also lifted Charli up into what might be described as an extremely compromising position.


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2014 American Music Awards: The Performances

ABCWhile there were plenty of trophies given out during the 2014 American Music Awards Sunday night, the show was really all about the musical performances. There were 18 of them crammed into three hours, and here’s a rundown of who played what:

Taylor Swift opened the show with her #1 hit “Blank Space” and it was a huge production number.  It started with a scene from the song’s video — Taylor and her “boyfriend” sitting at either end of a long lavish dining table — except it was suspended in mid-air, inside a giant picture frame. When she came down to earth, Taylor moved through several different scenes set in a mansion, but she was constantly followed by dancers holding empty picture frames.  Fire was another recurring theme: at one point, she held a rose that burst into flame, and then grabbed the flame with her hand, held it for a minute, and extinguished it.  Meanwhile, a background scene showed a hill on fire, and then fire exploded everywhere as the character Taylor was portraying got crazier and crazier.  “Got a long list of ex-lovers/they’ll tell you I’m insane,” she sang, whipping off her long skirt to reveal a gold bodysuit underneath.

Charli XCX sang her hit “Boom Clap” dressed in a prom gown, on a stage surrounded by balloon arches.  Then, she segued into her song “Break the Rules” and ripped off the prom gown to reveal a two-piece rubber outfit.  Surrounded by backup dancers that looked like goth zombies, she grabbed her boobs and performed the song, ending by destroying a huge fake lollipop that said “Sucker” — the name of her album –and popping all the balloons.  One dancer wearing a green rabbit mask lifted Charli up and she wrapped her legs around his neck, in a pretty racy move for the 8 p.m. hour.

MAGIC! performed their hit “Rude” with Wyclef Jean, but the song was a bit of a train wreck: the audio seemed to disappear at one point, and Wyclef had a wardrobe malfunction with his jacket midway through.

5 Seconds of Summer performed an energetic cover of “What I Like About You,” a 1980s hit for the band The Romantics.  The song was initially most popular in Australia, which may be why the extremely young members of this Aussie pop/punk band are familiar with it.

Imagine Dragons debuted their new single “I Bet My Life,” and the effects they used were dazzling, incorporating lasers and video screens showing explosions and stars.  They were joined by a choir, and the entire performance seemed like one big onstage rave.

Sam Smith performed “I’m Not the Only One,” hitting all those falsetto notes perfectly; rapper A$AP Rocky joined him to deliver a rap interlude.

Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX performed a snippet of their #1 hit “Fancy” in a set that featured Iggy standing behind a podium at a press conference, underneath a big sign that showed a cat’s face, and then the word “Power.” If you don’t get it, we’re not going to explain it to you.  Then, Iggy segued into her current hit “Beg For It,” which featured her rapping in what looked like a giant jungle gym, with dancers and singers climbing all over it. At one point, her audio dropped out also, we assume to cover up some profanity.

Lorde‘s performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from the Mockingjay– Part 1 soundtrack, was show-stopping.  She began the number inside a white fabric box, which we only saw from the inside; the camera shot her in close-up, bathed in blue light.  As she continued to sing, the lights changed to pink, and then we got a shot of the stage: the box slowly rose to reveal Lorde, and a bunch of people dressed in white. They stood still as Lorde ricocheted around the stage, tossing her hair and putting her entire body into her performance.  At the end, she smeared her dark lipstick in an homage to her idol David Bowie, who’s done that several times in his videos.

Ariana Grande performed stripped-way-down versions of her hits “Problem” and “Break Free,” accompanied only by piano, showing that she can really, truly saaaang.  She then performed a standard version of her current hit “Love Me Harder,” joined by her duet partner, Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd.

The show’s host, Pitbull, started his performance with “Don’t Stop the Party,” and then segued into his current hit “Fireball,” surrounded by about two dozen dancers and a giant fiery half globe, reflecting the title of his new album Globalization.  Then, Ne-Yo appeared and the two performed the song “Time of Our Lives.”

Selena Gomez sang her new single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” — which may or may not be about Justin Bieber — in front of a huge video screen showing, at various times, the moon, an eclipse, body parts bound with golden barbed wire, storm clouds and a pair of angel wings.  She appeared quite emotional as she sang the ballad, and in the front row, her BFF Taylor Swift looked like she was about to cry, too.

The night’s big winners, One Direction, sang their single “Night Changes” and they showed why they were outstanding in their field…literally.  The guys performed on a stage set that made it look like they were standing in the middle of a moonlit field, complete with grass and plants, with a lonely country road running into the distance.

Lil Wayne and Christina Milian performed Wayne’s new single “Start a Fire,” and some of the audio was dropped out to cover up profanity.  That was followed by Nicki Minaj performing the ballad “Bed of Lies” with artist Skylar Grey playing piano and singing the hook.  Skylar’s great at hip-hop ballads: she also co-wrote the Eminem/Rihanna duet “Love the Way You Lie.”

Josh Duhamel introduced his wife Fergie, about whom he said, “She makes cute babies,” referring to their young son Axl Jack.  Fergie performed her new single “L.A. Love (La La)” in front of a psychedelically-colored bus, with tons of back-up dancers and a low-rider in the background.

Garth Brooks performed live via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina, doing his new single “People Loving People.”

Mary J. Blige sang her new song “Therapy,” co-written by Sam Smith, in front of a set that looked like an empty theater.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj teamed up for a version of their collaboration “Bang Bang” which brought the house down: they sang from the stage and in the audience; at one point, Jessie sang standing next to Taylor Swift, who sang along.  Video screens showed fireworks as the women kept the vocal pyrotechnics going onstage.

The show closed with Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez performing “Booty.”  While there was a bunch of booty-shaking going on, both women were adequately covered in their bodysuits, and as they writhed around, colored, patterned lights obscured much of what they were doing.  Then Jennifer stepped outside the double-decker set where they began the song to perform a big dance number that was so energetic, it felt like an aerobics class.

Here are the top five most Shazamed moments at the AMAs, according to Shazam, the song-tagging app:

1. One Direction, “Night Changes”: 52K Shazams
2. Selena Gomez, “The Heart Wants What It Wants”: 45K Shazams
3. Imagine Dragons, “I Bet My Life”: 36K Shazams
4. Pitbull, “Fireball”: 29.5K Shazams
5. Sam Smith with A$AP Rocky, “I’m Not the Only One”: 28K Shazams


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American Music Awards Winners List

Dick Clark ProductionsHere are the winners at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles:

Artist of the Year
One Direction

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock

Katy Perry

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

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
One Direction, Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country  
Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album — Country
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B
John Legend

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favorite Album Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist Latin
Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Frozen

Dick Clark Award of Excellence
Taylor Swift



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Katy Perry Confirmed as Super Bowl Halftime Performer

ABC/Richard HarbaughThe NFL on Sunday night confirmed what had been rumored for over a month: Katy Perry will headline the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.  

Katy’s performance was officially announced during NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game. The singer, who’s currently touring Australia, subsequently tweeted that her band was watching the game, and added, “Can’t wait for February 1st.”

Katy further wrote that she’s “already started testing out ideas!”

In conjunction with the announcement, Pepsi has released a comical new spot starring Katy in which she shows fans her “halftime testing facility,” where she throws out ideas for her performance.

NBC will air Super Bowl 49 live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Katy strongly hinted at her Super Bowl appearance last month, when, following a report that she would perform at the big game, she tweeted, “Ahh, Sunday…Nothing but sitting on the couch, watching my new favorite sport…,” with a football emoji.


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Charli XCX Looking Forward to Wearing “a Million Billion” Outfits at Sunday’s AMAs

Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsThe 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and Charli XCX, who’s nominated and is performing on the show, says she’s less excited about the prospect of winning, and more psyched about the prospect of wearing a series of fabulous outfits.

“Dude, you have no idea!” she gushes to ABC News Radio. “Like, I cannot wait.  I want to have, like, a million, billion outfit changes.  It’s, like, my favorite thing.  I literally can’t wait.”

Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for “Fancy,” her smash collabo with Iggy Azalea.  She says winning awards isn’t really important to her, but she’s not going to turn them down, either.

“I don’t do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever,” she tells ABC News Radio. “You know, of course, I’m very grateful but it’s just like…I’d rather be in the studio, I guess.  But of course, I’m very thankful.” 

Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show: in this case it’s her single “L.A. LOVE (La La),” and she admits it’s pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time. “Of course it is,” she tells ABC News Radio. “But that’s when I remind myself what the song’s about.  It’s about having a good time and it’s about spreading the love and I gotta take my own advice!”

5 Seconds of Summer performed on the MTV VMAs earlier this year, and they’ll be performing Sunday night; they’re also nominated.  Drummer Ashton Irwin tells ABC News Radio that the Aussie band likes attending award shows.

“I think it’s cool to see everyone,” he says. “It really exposes how unique they are, these shows, and I think that’s what I like about them, is the individuality that it expresses through the TV, which is a cool thing.  And we get to go to them, and, you know, it’s not competitive or anything, it’s more like, ‘Just be yourself’ and that’s how you got there.” 

Taylor Swift will open the show with her #1 hit “Blank Space.”  The rest of the lineup includes Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Imagine Dragons, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Lorde, MAGIC!, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and host Pitbull

Presenters include Meghan Trainor, Gavin DeGraw, Becky G, Mary Lambert, Train‘s Pat Monahan, Lucy Hale, Tracee Ellis Ross, Danica McKellar, and Ansel Elgort. The fun begins Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Here are the nominees:

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

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
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
Lorde
Katy Perry

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

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
Drake
Eminem

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
Beyoncé
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
Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary
Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist Latin
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

Top Soundtrack
Frozen
The Fault in Our Stars

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1


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Katy Perry Slams “Perverted” Australian Paparazzi for Harassing Her

ABC/Paul TrantowEarlier this year, Lorde wrote on Twitter that she felt harassed and threatened by a certain photographer in her home country of New Zealand.  Now, Katy Perry’s taken to Twitter to slam the paparazzi in Australia as “perverted” and “disgusting.”

Katy’s Down Under for her Prismatic world tour and according to Entertainmentwise.com, she was visiting a park dressed in a bikini top and shorts when she was harassed by photographers who wouldn’t leave her alone.  She then posted a screen shot of a paragraph she wrote, saying, “Australian PRESS: you should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY.”

She continued, “I was stalked by many grown men today as I tried to take a quiet walk to the beach. These men would not stop as I pleaded over & over to let me have my space. Many other people stopped to try to help but the paps continued to laugh at me & hold their barrels up and shoot.”

Katy went on to add, “They told me to make a ‘deal’ with them. Give them a bathing suit shot and they would leave me be. This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this. I will NEVER make a deal with paparazzi and I will not befriend anyone who perpetuates this kind of behavior.”

Katy then posted photos of three of the paparazzi in question, writing, “THESE ARE A FEW OF THE STALKERS.”

By the next day, though, Katy seemed to be back to her old self, making jokes on Twitter.



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Song Bruno Mars Will Sing on “SNL” Is One of the “Favorite Things That He’s Ever Done,” Says Producer

Dana Edelson/NBCBruno Mars returns to the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend for a performance with his pal, super-producer Mark Ronson.  The song they’ll be performing is “Uptown Funk,” the lead single from Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special. Ronson tells Billboard, “I know that it’s one of Bruno’s favorite things that he’s ever done.”

Ronson tells Billboard that Bruno co-wrote “Uptown Funk” and he also played drums on the album.  However, he was hard to lock down for the sessions, since he was on tour at the time.  “It was six or seven months of chasing Bruno around on tour,” says Ronson, who produced “Locked Out of Heaven” and other songs on Bruno’s album, Unorthodox Jukebox

Cameron Diaz is the host for Saturday night’s episode.  She, Bruno and Ronson star in a series of promos for the show.

The last time Bruno was on Saturday Night Live was in 2012, and he served as both host and musical guest.  He first appeared on the show in 2010.


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American Music Awards Live Pre-Show Features Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass, Gavin DeGraw, Mary Lambert

Dick Clark ProductionsBefore you tune into ABC Sunday night for the American Music Awards, you’ll be able to check out the star-studded pre-show, which will stream live at Yahoo! starting at 5 p.m. ET.

The Coca Cola Red Carpet LIVE! pre-show will feature three hours of celebrity interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and live performances.  Hosting the festivities will be Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass, Gavin DeGraw, Ariana Grande‘s brother Frankie Grande, and others.  Performances from Mary Lambert, Becky G and Ella Henderson will round out the event.

Mary Lambert, who’s a veteran of the MTV VMAs and The Grammy Awards, says she’s looking forward to her performance of her hit, “Secrets.”

“I usually have a lot of fun at award shows.  I have an awesome time,” Mary tells ABC News Radio. “And for me it’s just like a big party, and it feels really cool to be performing at an award show with, y’know, a song that I sort of ‘birthed,’ I guess.  And I’m stoked for people to see it.” 


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Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson to Perform on “Dancing with the Stars” Finale

Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsThe Dancing with the Stars season 19 finale airs on Tuesday, and the show will feature performances by some top musical talent.

Meghan Trainor will appear on the show performing a medley of “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin’,” and Nick Jonas will take the stage to perform his new hit “Jealous.”  In addition, Jennifer Hudson is teaming with English electronic duo Gorgon City to perform a song called “Go All Night.”

The remaining couples on the show are Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro and his partner Witney Carson, YouTube star Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Hough, Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, and Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas.  One couple will waltz off with the coveted Mirror Ball trophy at the end of Tuesday night’s show.


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Rixton to Release Ed Sheeran-Penned Song “Hotel Ceiling” as Next Single, Debut Album Now Due in March

Image credit: Lindsey ByrnesFollowing their hits “Me and My Broken Heart” and “Wait on Me,” Rixton‘s next single will be “Hotel Ceiling,” a track which was co-written Ed Sheeran.

A video for the song is due in January, and they’ll perform the track live January 6 on ABC’s Good Morning America.  If you pre-order Rixton’s debut album Let the Road, you’ll get a download of “Hotel Ceiling” instantly.  The album, initially due on January 6, will now be released on March 3.

On Black Friday, fans in Minnesota will be able to pre-order a copy of Let the Road with the band in attendance: on Black Friday, November 28, they’re doing a concert in the Rotunda of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Rixton will open for Ariana Grande on her upcoming North American tour, which starts February 25, and on her European tour, which starts May 15.


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