Fall Out Boy Announces New Album, “American Beauty/American Psycho”

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementAfter months of secrecy and speculation, Fall Out Boy has announced some details about their forthcoming album. The new record, FOB’s sixth studio effort, will be called American Beauty/American Psycho and will be released on January 20.

American Beauty/American Psycho will be available for pre-order starting December 15. Those who pre-order the album from iTunes will get an instant download of its hit single, “Centuries,” as well as the title track and another song to be named later. The full track list for American Beauty/American Psycho has yet to be announced.

Since FOB released ”Centuries” in September, the single has occupied a spot in the top 10 on both Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs chart.

American Beauty/American Psycho will be the follow-up to 2013′s Save Rock and Roll, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Dating back to their breakthrough album, 2005′s From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy has notched four straight top-10 appearances on the chart.

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Justin Bieber Tops “Forbes’” List of Highest-Earning Celebs Under 30; One Direction, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars Included

Ben WattsIf you think Justin Bieber‘s career is over, think again: the singer still raked in enough cash to topForbes’ list of the Highest-Earning Celebs Under 30.  In fact, musicians like Justin take nine of the 10 spots on the list.

During the 12-month period that Forbes considered — between June 2013 and June 2014 — the Bieb raked in an estimated $80 million, mostly due to the last dates on his world tour.

Second on Forbes’ list is One Direction, with an average age of 21. They took in $75 million during that same time period, thanks to touring and album sales.  At age 24, Taylor Swift is third on the list, with earnings of $24 million thanks to touring, albums sales and big-bucks endorsements.   Number four on the list is Bruno Mars, who just squeaks in at age 29.  He made $60 million, mostly due to the 118 tour dates he played during Forbes’ time frame.

Rihanna is #5 on the Forbes list.  At age 26, she earned $48 million during the time period monitored.  Miley Cyrus is #6, with $36 million, Lady Gaga is #8, with $28 million, while superstar deejay and producer Avicii is in at #9, with $28 million.  Electronic musician Skrillex rounds out the top 10 with earnings of $18 million.

The only non-musician in the top 10 is Jennifer Lawrence, who’s in at #7.

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5 Seconds of Summer to Release “LIVESOS” December 15

Capitol RecordsThey previewed it Sunday night on the American Music Awards. Now 5 Seconds of Summer will release a live disc, LIVESOS, on December 15

The 15-track collection documents the band’s past year on the road: it was recorded live during their U.S. concerts in 2014.  In addition to live versions of “She Looks So Perfect,” “Amnesia” and “Good Girls,” you’ll also find covers of Green Day‘s “American Idiot,” and a live and studio version of The Romantics‘ ’80s classic “What I Like About You.”  The lyric video is posted now on YouTube.

If you buy LIVESOS on iTunes, you’ll get a bonus track called “Kiss Me Kiss Me.”  The deluxe edition, available only at Target, features the bonus track “Don’t Stop.”

In a statement, 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin says, “Playing is the thing we have been most passionate about from the beginning. All we want is for our fans to come to the shows, rock out and have one of the best times they’ve ever experienced. Also, when a room is full of you guys from all different walks of life, you can let it go when you come to the shows and be free to be yourself.”

5SOS’ headlining tour begins July 17 in Las Vegas.

Here’s the tracklisting for the standard edition of LIVESOS:

1. “18
2. “Out Of My Limit”
3. “Disconnected”
4. “Amnesia”
5. “Beside You”
6. “Everything I Didn’t Say”
7. “Long Way Home”
8. “Heartache On The Big Screen”
9. “American Idiot”
10. “Teenage Dream”
11. “Good Girls”
12. “What I Like About You”
13. “End Up Here”
14. “She Looks So Perfect”
15. “What I Like About You” (Studio Mix)

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Initial Dates for The Script’s 2015 Summer U.S. Tour on Sale Now

Columbia RecordsAfter releasing their new album No Sound Without Silence, The Script have put initial dates for their 2015 U.S. tour on sale.  Mary Lambert will be joining the band for the trek, which kicks off May 26 in Boston.

Right now, the Irish trio has shows scheduled through June 7 in St. Louis, but more dates are expected to be announced.

Meanwhile, the group has also released a video for “No Good in Goodbye,” one of the standout tracks on No Sound Without Silence.

This past summer, the band toured with OneRepublic and American Authors.

Here are the tour dates:

05/26 — House of Blues, Boston, MA
05/27 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
05/30 — Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, NV
05/31 — Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
06/02 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
06/03 — Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
06/05 — State Theater, Minneapolis, MN
06/06 — Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL
06/07 — The Pageant, Saint Louis, MO

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Miley Cyrus Celebrates 22nd Birthday with Party and Pizza Cake

RCA RecordsIt seems Miley Cyrus had a blast at her 22nd birthday party Saturday night.

Sources tell People magazine the singer’s Happyland-themed bash at Metropolitan Nightclub in West Hollywood included a photo booth, blow-up dolls and performances by Las Vegas entertainers Beacher’s Madhouse. Miley posted a photo on Instagram of her enjoying a massive pizza cake at the party.

The “Wrecking Ball” singer dressed in a neon pink and lime green cut-out dress and was “in great spirits” the entire night, according to one source. Her new beau, Patrick Schwarzenegger, was celebrating alongside her. “They were cute and affectionate together,” says the source.

According to another insider, the party wrapped around 2 a.m.

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Katy Perry Lashes Out at One Particular “Sicko” Paparazzo

ABC/Paul TrantowThe Australian paparazzi allegedly wouldn’t leave Katy Perry alone, so now she’s turning the tables on them – and one photog in particular.

In a Twitter post Saturday, the pop star singled out infamous paparazzo Jamie Fawcett as one of the men who confronted her at a Sydney nudist beach last week even as she pleaded for privacy. Perry claimed Fawcett stripped naked as he snapped the photos and she threatened to release her own pics of his “tiny penis” and “rather large gut.”

“Ur a true sicko for taking pictures of us while being naked,” she tweeted.

On Friday, Perry began her rant against the Australian press. “Australian PRESS: You should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY,” she wrote in a Twitter post.

Perry, who is down under for her Prismatic world tour, said that instead of giving her space as she tried to have a quiet walk on the beach, the paparazzi attempted to make a deal with her. She said they told her if she gave them a bathing suit shot they would leave her alone. “This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this,” she wrote.

Fawcett is reportedly notorious for getting too close for comfort with celebrities. In 2005, he was accused of bugging Nicole Kidman’s Sydney home. He denied the allegations but was ordered to pay $1 million in compensation.

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Iggy Azalea Releases Lyrics to “Reclassified” Tracks

Grand Hustle/Def JamAs the American Music Awards unfolded on TV Sunday night, Iggy Azalea‘s Facebook page posted lyrics to the new tracks on her just-released album, Reclassified.

The songs include collaborations with Ellie Goulding, “Heavy Crown,” and Jennifer Hudson, “Trouble.” The lyrics are featured on photos from the booklet that comes with Reclassified.

Reclassified, which dropped early Monday, is a reissue of Iggy’s successful debut album, The New Classic.

Iggy won a couple of awards Sunday night at the AMAs in Los Angeles: favorite album — rap/hip-hop for The New Classic and favorite artist — rap/hip-hop.

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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

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

Dick Clark Award of Excellence
Taylor Swift

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