Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsRemember that Saturday Night Live parody "Swiftamine," where the announcer cracked that Taylor Swift is "always wearing a 1950s bathing suit?" Well, one design detail of those kind of suits is that they don't reveal your belly button. In fact, Taylor is almost always photographed in high-waisted ensembles that completely cover her navel. Why won't she show it off?
"I don’t like showing my belly button," explains Taylor in the new issue of Lucky magazine. "When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing -- you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery."
Cultivating an air of mystery seems to be an ongoing theme with Taylor: she recently said that's why she only wanted to show half her face on the cover of her latest album, 1989.
"As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced," she laughs. "They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.”
You can read more with Taylor in the December/January issue of Lucky.
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.
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.
Pamela Litky/Columbia RecordsThis year's edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays will include the musical talents of Train, Rixton, Jennifer Hudson and more.
As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care. Celebrity presenters, some of whom have had their own adoption experiences, or who are involved in children's issues, will also be part of the show.
Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, Ashley Monroe -- who duetted with Train on their single, "Bruises" -- Jillian Michaels, and country duo Dan Shay. It airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Peter Kramer/NBCAlthough he reportedly inspired a few songs on Taylor Swift's latest album, 1989, her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles didn't help her celebrate the album's success by sending her roses. Lots of them.
Australia's New Weekly magazine claimed the One Direction member sent Taylor 1,989 roses after her album did so well on the charts, but Harry says it must've been someone else.
"I know about the rumor. I don't know anything about the roses," he said, laughing, on Friday's Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I think it might have been someone else and I may have falsely taken [credit]."
Taylor and Harry split in 2013. Harry was allegedly the inspiration for the song "Out of the Woods" and, perhaps, other songs on 1989.
RCA RecordsMiley Cyrus has recorded a new version of the Melanie Safka tune "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma" for a new indie movie called Free the Nipple, according to Variety magazine.
The film, directed by Lina Esco, centers on female activists who challenge censorship laws by going topless in public.
Esco met Cyrus while co-starring with her in the 2012 movie LOL. Esco showed Miley an early cut of Free the Nipple over the summer, after which Miley agreed to her musical contribution.
Cyrus previously performed an acoustic version of "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma" back in 2012. However, Esco tells Variety this version is "more rock 'n' roll," adding, “It’s very Johnny Cash. Her [Miley's] voice is so raw, and the song is so raw.”
Last year, Miley bared her chest in a Twitter photo in support of the film.
Free the Nipple opens in theaters and on video on demand December 12.
ABC/Fred LeeThe American Music Awards are this weekend, but Taylor Swift already knows she's taking home a trophy.
The singer will be presented with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the ceremony Sunday night. Named after the late broadcasting legend who created the AMAs, the award was created to recognize an artist who achieves a "groundbreaking feat" or creates a "landmark work." In this case, Taylor will be honored for her record-setting album sales. She's the only artist in history to have had three albums debut with more than one million in sales in their first week.
Clark's widow, Kari, said in a statement, "The first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special. He would be thrilled to know she is the first artist to receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.”
Taylor will also have the honor of opening the show with her #1 hit, "Blank Space." The AMAs air Sunday night at 8:00 ET on ABC.
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.
ABC/Lou RoccoOneDirection joined Jimmy Kimmel for what he billed the “cutest selfie ever” on his ABC late-night show Thursday night.
It was certainly a colorful snapshot. Initially, it was going to be just 1D and Kimmel standing in front of a Candy Land-esque background. But then, Kimmel invited his nephew to join them -- plus the “world’s cutest dog,” a “unicorn pony,” kittens in a teacup, twin ballerinas, a baby dressed as a cherry, and Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo. Kimmel donned bunny ears, too.
Before they snapped the selfie, 1D chatted about the American Music Awards, which they’ll attend this Sunday. Liam Payne said it’s “nerve-racking” to be around fellow pop stars at such music ceremonies.
One Direction was plugging their new album, Four.
It was actually a pop-filled night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night. Britney Spears appeared in a new edition of “Mean Tweets,” and Jessie J was the musical guest.
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 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
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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 tellsNYLON. "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.
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, Will.i.am, David Guetta, Nicole Scherzinger, Danny O'Donaghue from The Script, Lance Bass, MAGIC! 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 Imagine.Unicef.org 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.
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 nextmonth.
The rapper is confirmed to perform on the December 6episode 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 2014American Music Awards, where she will debut her newsingle“Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey. That show airs Sunday, November 23, beginning at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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
Capitol RecordsThis weekend at the AMAs will be all about that bass, and not just because Meghan Trainor's a nominee and a presenter. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea are teaming for a special performance of their duet "Booty" on the show, which airs Sunday night on ABC. It'll be the first time they've performed the track together on TV.
TMZ reports that ABC censors are concerned that J-Lo and Iggy will take things a bit too far, so they've laid out some ground rules: the women aren't allowed to rub their butts together, and they can't wear clothing that shows off too much of their, uh, assets. TMZ claims, though, that the censors haven't ruled out spanking, if the two women want to do that.
Other performers on the show Sunday night include Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Imagine Dragons, Charli XCX, Sam Smith, Fergie, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Lorde, MAGIC!, One Direction and Pitbull. The fun begins Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.