Ed Sheeran to Debut New Single on “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” & Release It on Vinyl for Record Store Day

Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran will be joining his pal Taylor Swift on this year’s Victoria Secret Fashion Show special, airing December 9 on CBS.  Now, he’s announced that he’ll be debuting his new single during that program.

Ed’s new single is the one he released a video for several weeks ago: “Thinking Out Loud.”  It’s the third official single from his album X (Multiply).  The video, which shows Ed ballroom dancing, has already racked up 40 million views.  Ed’s also announced that he plans to release a vinyl single version of the song for Record Store Day, taking place Black Friday, November 28.  The 7″ vinyl single is backed with a live version of his song “I’m a Mess.”

If you’d like to buy something other than music on Black Friday, Ed’s got you covered there too.  He took to Twitter to invite people to purchase jewelry crafted by his mom.  “My mum makes the coolest jewellery, and Christmas is coming, go onto and have a look,” he wrote. “She ships worldwide.”

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Nicki Minaj Covers Complex, Reveals Baby Plans

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Nicki Minaj has landed another magazine cover and this time she’s gracing the front page of Complex. In the accompanying article, the rapper candidly discusses plans to start a family after her fifth album, The Pinkprint.

“I have to put out all six of my albums, contractually,” she tells the publication.”After the fifth, I’ll probably have my baby. I wonder if I’m going to be one of those women who balances my child with a career. I always said, ‘When I have my baby, it’s going to be all about my baby.’ I don’t want the child feeling like they don’t have all of my attention, so I always said, ‘I’m going to take a little break.’ But we’ll see.”

As she gears up to drop The Pinkprint on December 15, Nicki reveals that the project will be the most personal to date. “The album is a dope balance of vulnerability and strength, of inspiration and of not being politically correct,” she said. “It’s the best of both worlds. It’s tapping into both sides.”

The full interview is available online now.

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Lorde Addresses So-Called “Feud” with Diplo: “He’s a Big Brother to Me”

Andrew WhittonIf you think that Lorde and producer Diplo must be at each other’s throats thanks to the insults they’ve traded on Twitter in the past week or so, think again.  Lorde says she and Diplo, born Wes Pentz, have nothing but love for one another.

It all started when Diplo joked online about a Kickstarter fund to “buy Taylor Swift a booty.”  Lorde responded by saying that while he was at it, he should start one to enlarge his tiny, uh, manhood.  He responded by accusing Lorde of acting like a teenager — which she is — and body-shaming him.  Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Diplo is allegedly dating Katy Perry, and Taylor and Katy allegedly are in a feud.

But speaking to Fader, Lorde explains that everything was a big joke.  “I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid s**t,” she explains. “Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, ‘Hey man…’ We do still love each other, hopefully.”

Explaining why she felt confident enough to diss Diplo online, Lorde tells Fader, “I’ve been notoriously quiet my whole life. So it wasn’t until I started to be able to run a board meeting and direct people in the way I wanted things to go that I gained confidence as a leader. As a businessperson, I got confident in saying, ‘Hey, this is whack.’”

Lorde and Diplo actually worked together on a track on the new Hunger Games soundtrack, and earlier this week, he asked her on Twitter if she was going to attend the premiere with him.  She said she couldn’t but told him to have fun.

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Nicki Minaj to Perform at 2014 American Music Awards

ABC/Fred LeeLooks like Lil Wayne isn’t the only Young Money member confirmed for the 2014 American Music Awards. Nicki Minaj has just been added to the line-up as well.

The rapper is expected to perform her new single, “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Gray, for the first time on live television. In addition, Nicki will hit the stage with Ariana Grande and Jessie J for their chart-topping collaboration “Bang, Bang.”

As previously reported, Wayne will showcase new song called “Start a Fire” featuring his label mate and rumored girlfriend Christina Millan. Other performers includes Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Sam Smith and the evening’s host, Pitbull.

The American Music Awards will air live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday Nov. 23 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin Says Katy Perry Partly Inspired “A Sky Full of Stars”

Michael Becker / FOXMost people might not think the music of Katy Perry and that of Coldplay have anything in common, other than the fact both are very popular.  But now, Coldplay’s Chris Martin has said that Katy’s music actually had a hand in inspiring the band’s latest hit, “A Sky Full of Stars.”

In a roughly five-minute video created for Beats by Dr. Dre, Chris says, “I’ll tell you the truth — I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry.  A lot of her songs have the same chord sequence the whole time. Your body feels comfortable with them, and then the melody’s changing on top, so there’s a groove you really get into, and then also, you’re kept interested. That’s an amazing way of doing songs.”

Chris says he then realized that a lot of other songs do the same thing, such as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” “There’s a simplicity to that…I needed to find a sequence that I could just play for ages and ages,” he explains.  “And then one just came out, and I was like, ‘That’s it!  That’s it!”

Chris says he also wanted a song that was inspired by the world of EDM.  “You go see an EDM thing and people are so together and having the best time,” he explains. “And I was like, “F**k it, I love that stuff. I wanted to have a song that comes from that world, in terms of, ‘I’d really like to jump up and down to this, but we don’t really know what we’re doing.’  So I said, ‘Let’s call Avicii.‘”  Chris jokes that the Swedish producer and deejay charged them “12 million dollars” to work on the track.

“It’s the most important song we’ve ever had lyrically, because every time I sing it I’m like, ‘Yeah that’s how I want to live my life,” Chris adds.

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New “Do They Know It’s Christmas” Charity Track Is UK’s Fastest-Selling Single of 2014

VirginMost of the people downloading it probably weren’t born when the original came out in 1984, but the new version of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” recorded to raise money to fight Ebola, is off to an impressive start.

Britain’s Official Charts Company says the song, featuring acts like Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Bono, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, Rita Ora, Bastille and more, is now the fasting-selling single of 2014 in the U.K., moving 206,000 copies since it was officially released for download Monday.  The original 1984 version sold 200,000 copies in two days — and keep in mind, there we no digital downloads then.

The charity single has now smashed the previous record-holder for fastest-selling single this year, held by Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” which sold 163,000 copies when it was released back in January.  In fact, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has scored the biggest debut sales week of any single in the U.K. since 2011.

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Ariana Grande, MAGIC! to Perform on American Music Awards; More Presenters Announced

Dick Clark ProductionsAriana Grande, MAGIC!, Lil Wayne and Wyclef Jean are the latest artists announced as performers on the American Music Awards, airing this Sunday night on ABC.

Ariana will perform a medley of her hits on the show, including “Problem,” “Love Me Harder” and “Break Free,” and will also join Jessie J to perform “Bang Bang.”  Lil Wayne will team with Christina Milian for his new single “Start a Fire,” while Wyclef Jean will collaborate with MAGIC! on both their hit “Rude” and his single, “Divine Sorrow.”

In addition, a huge list of presenters has been confirmed for the show, including Meghan Trainor, Gavin DeGraw, Becky G, Mary Lambert, Train‘s Pat Monahan, Lucy Hale, Tracee Ellis Ross, Danica McKellar, and Ansel Elgort.

The performers list for the AMAs also includes Imagine Dragons, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Fergie, Charli XCX and more.

Tune in to the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Bruno Mars to Perform at Vegas Nightclub on New Year’s Eve

Courtesy TRYSTBruno Mars‘ New Year’s Eve plans are set. He’s scheduled to perform at a celebration at the Tryst Nightclub in Las Vegas on December 31.

Jermaine Dupri is also on the bill.

Tickets can be purchased on tryst.wantickets.com.

It was previously announced that Zedd will headline a New Year’s Eve party at another Wynn-owned establishment in Vegas, XS Nightclub.

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1D’s Zayn Malik “Angry & Upset” at Matt Lauer’s Questions About His “Today” Show Absence

Jeff Daly/NBCWhen One Direction performed on NBC’s Today show Monday without Zayn Malik, rumors started popping up online that there was something seriously wrong with him.  After the group told Today’s Matt Lauer that the reason Zayn missed the show was because he was ill and couldn’t travel, Lauer asked them to comment on those rumors…and now Zayn is hopping mad because of it.

Zayn told the British tabloid The Sun, “I’m really angry and upset by what was said on the Today show. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America. As soon as I’m feeling better I’m going to join the guys and carry on with the promotion for the album. I was gutted to have to miss album release day. But I’m going to be back as soon as I can.”

When Lauer asked the group, “Where is Zayn?” Liam Payne responded that they’d only found out that morning that Zayn had a “tummy bug” and couldn’t make it.  Lauer continued, “Obviously, there’s been a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting overnight, there’s been a lot of action on social media about him.  Is it something more serious than just a minor illness?  There have been rumors of substance abuse. What’s going on?”

“No, he’s just got a stomach bug…he’s at home, he just needs to rest. He’s OK,” responded Liam.

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“The Voice” Recap: The Top 12 Take the Stage

Trae Patton/NBCThe top 12 artists on The Voice returned to the stage Monday night for the second week of the live playoffs.

Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams were on hand to critique all of the singers.

Sugar Joans of Team Pharrell opened the two-hour broadcast with her take on Al Green‘s “Take Me to the River.” Adam said Sugar is always in 12th gear. Blake commented that he always looks forward to hearing Sugar sing. Pharrell said Sugar covered new terrain with this performance.

Team Gwen’s Ryan Sill was up next with Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.” Adam said Ryan’s voice was “so perfectly beautiful.” Both the Maroon 5 frontman and Pharrell urged him to pursue a career in rock music. Gwen said Ryan has come so far in a short amount of time.

Blake assigned the Swedish House Mafia hit “Don’t You Worry Child” to Jessie Pitts, who put her own spin on the song. Adam suggested to her that she continue to explore the big part of her voice and not be afraid to take chances. Blake said Jessie reminds him of his wife, Miranda Lambert, in that they both have the ability to make a song their own.

Team Adam’s Damien took on “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Hollies. Pharrell said Damien’s last run in the song felt like a great Southern church performance. Adam expressed how proud he was of his artist.

DaNica Shirey of Team Pharrell tackled Radiohead‘s first hit, “Creep.” Gwen called DaNica a “freak of nature” as a vocalist. Adam said the performance was not what he was expecting, in a good way. Pharrell added that DaNica was amazing.

Taylor John Williams covered the Bread song “If” for Team Gwen. Adam called it the perfect song choice for Williams. Gwen said it stripped away her artist’s fanciness and demonstrated what his voice is really like.

Team Blake teen Reagan James took on the Lenny Kravitz tune “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over.” Pharrell praised her for making the song her own. Adam detected some nerves from Reagan, but he still liked the performance.

Team Pharrell’s Luke Wade sang “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Adam observed that Luke was super-nervous, but he recovered like a pro. Pharrell added that Luke rose to the occasion.

Matt McAndrew belted out the Hozier single “Take Me To Church” for Team Adam. Blake and Adam said they had problems hearing his vocals, but they complimented him anyway. Pharrell said he can’t wait to hear the album Matt will record once Matt’s time on The Voice ends.

Blake gave his protégé Craig Wayne Boyd the George Strait classic “You Look So Good In Love.” Gwen noted that Boyd comes off as a natural on the stage. Pharrell said Boyd delivered a clean performance. Blake said he was very excited after hearing his artist perform.

Chris Jamison of Team Adam offered his rendition of the recent Nick Jonas release “Jealous.” Pharrell said it was “100 percent” Chris’ best showing to date. Adam said Chris may be cute, but he is a talented singer, too.

For the final performance of the night, Team Gwen’s Anita Antoinette entertained the coaches with “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. Adam called it an important song, mentioning that former Voice winner Tessanne Chin once sang it on the show. Gwen described the performance as “authentic” and “beautiful.”

Two of the artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. “Ghost” singer Ella Henderson will make an appearance.

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