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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Nicki Minaj Returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Next Month

ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj has become the latest hip-hop star to take over Saturday Night Live this season. The rapper is scheduled to appear on the sketch comedy show next month.

The rapper is confirmed to perform on the December 6 episode alongside host James Franco.  It’ll be her second time on the show. She previously appeared on SNL back in 2011.

Viewers can expect Nicki to showcase material from her upcoming album The Pinkprint, slated for a December 15 release.

In the meantime, fans will get to see Nicki in all of her glory during the 2014 American Music Awards, where she will debut her new single “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey.  That show airs Sunday, November 23, beginning at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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Taylor Swift Items Going on Display at Grammy Museum

ABC/Lou RoccoTaylor Swift has plenty of Grammys on display at her house, and now the Grammy Museum is putting some of her personal items on display in its house.

The Taylor Swift Experience will open at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on December 13, which just happens to be Taylor’s 25th birthday.  The exhibit, on view through May of 2015, will feature interactive experiences, home videos, handwritten lyrics and personal photos, offering an “in-depth look at the multi-platinum selling artist as a singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and style icon.”

Among items that will be on view in the exhibit:

-Early childhood reading books
-Never-before-seen family and childhood photos
-Tour costumes from her RED Tour
-Handwritten lyrics for “22″
-Her 2009 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse”
-Official props used in the music video for “Shake It Off”
-Dresses worn by Taylor in her music video for “Mean”
-The dress Taylor wore in the music video for “Teardrops on My Guitar”
-The banjo used during her performance at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012

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Katy Perry, Adam Lambert,, David Guetta & More Team for Charity Version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

PRNewsFoto/Coty Inc.Are you tired of all-star charity videos yet?  Here comes another one.  In support of the 25th anniversary of UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, a bunch of musicians and celebrities from all over the world have come together to help create the world’s largest charity sing-along with a version of John Lennon‘s classic song, “Imagine.”

In addition to watching the video for the song, which features stars like Katy Perry, Adam Lambert,, David Guetta, Nicole Scherzinger, Danny O’Donaghue from The Script, Lance BassMAGIC! frontman Nasri and Lennon himself, you can get in on the act. 

By downloading a special app, you can you can record your own version of “Imagine,” as well as personal messages about what you imagine a better world for children would be like. Then, share the recording with the hashtags #EVERYVOICECOUNTS and #IMAGINE.  Visit for more information.

David Guetta will gather up those recordings and produce a multi-lingual “world” version of “Imagine.” Contributors who do their own versions of the song have the chance to have their voices and their videos used in the new version, which will be released close to New Year’s Eve.

Non-musical stars who are featured in the video include Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Idris Elba, Scott Foley, Seth Green, Taye Diggs, Patricia Arquette, Dianna Agron, Nina Dobrev and Amy Brenneman, among others.

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Charli XCX Admires Beyonce’s Feminism, Wants Her Female Fans to Go Wild

NYLON/Zoey GrossmanCharli XCX is not only the cover girl of the new issue of Seventeen magazine, she’s also the cover girl for the new December/January issue of NYLON.  Inside, she speaks about the female celebrities she looks up to, starting with Beyonce.

“I admire women like Beyonce for putting themselves on the line and having visuals that say ‘feminism,’” she tells NYLON. “I’m not knocking anyone, but in terms of male media, for them to want to listen to anything about feminism, it has to come from someone they think is stereotypically beautiful — which is, I guess, a tiny bit progressive.  But at my shows — especially for the girls–I want them to feel like they are empowering themselves by being wild and doing whatever the f***k they want.” 

Among the “wild” things that her fans do, Charli reveals, is chucking feminine hygiene products onstage during her shows.  “I get tampons thrown on the stage as well [as bras and panties],” she reveals, adding, “Not used. They’re clean, but there’s gonna be a used one at one point, and I’m ready for it.”

Some of the other female celebrities Charli admires include director Sofia Coppola, about whom she says, “I was very inspired by the atmosphere that she creates — subtle but so kitsch — while writing my first record.”  She calls Coppola her “girl crush,” and also uses that term to describe Girls creator and star Lena Dunham. “She’s such a voice,” she says.

However, it’s a male star that her dad advised her to emulate. She tells NYLON, “My dad always used to say to me, ‘If you become successful, make sure you try and be like Tom Hanks — he just looks like a really nice guy.’”

You can read the full interview with Charli when the new issue of NYLON hits newsstands December 2.

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