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Hear Justin Bieber Hop On Maejor Ali's 'All About That Bass' Remix

Lorde, One Direction & Fergie Playing 2014 American Music Awards

Taylor Swift Will Headline 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Anna Kendrick Says the Music Industry 'Seems Like the Wild, Wild West'


Hear Justin Bieber Hop On Maejor Ali's 'All About That Bass' Remix

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"I'm all about that bass, no treble/We gonna take it to a whole 'nother level," the Biebs proclaims on this new version of Maejor Ali's remix.
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" has reigned atop the Hot 100 chart for five weeks, and its smash hit status has invited a slew of viral videos and musical tributes to the debut single. Now, a pop superstar is hopping aboard: Justin Bieber is now on a new version of hip-hop/R&B producer Maejor Ali's remix of "All About That Bass,"

On the new version of the remix, Bieber can be heard crooning along to the hook that helped make Trainor's song the biggest in the country, eventually declaring, "I'm all about that bass, no treble/We gonna take it to a whole 'nother level." As Maejor Ali lays down some electrifying synth stabs and crackling beats over "All About That Bass," the Biebs spits, "We know that shit ain't real/We know it's Photoshopped!"

Maejor Ali — best known for his production work for Trey Songz, Keri Hilson and Iggy Azalea among others, and for serving as the lead artist on the Bieber/Juicy J single "Lolly" last year — released a solo version of his "All About That Bass" remix in August, and says that he's more than happy to have his famous pal along for the ride two months later.

"I'm excited to bring a hood yet house twist to such a catchy song," says Ali. "I first put this song out as a production remix on my own. Not soon after it went out Meghan heard it, then Justin heard it, and shortly after they asked me to pull my version down so that the collaboration could happen. And that's the dopest part."

Bieber and Trainor both made Billboard.com's annual 21 Under 21 list last month — check out where the respective pop stars rank on this year's tally.

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Lorde, One Direction & Fergie Playing 2014 American Music Awards

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Lorde may never become a royal, but at the 2014 American Music Awards, she's set to share the same stage as Britain's most popular band and The Dutchess.

The soon-to-be-18-year-old singer will headline this year's AMAs along with One Direction and Fergie, both of whom have new albums on the horizon. Fergie will perform her new single "L.A. Love" while 1D will play a song from their impending album Four.

Lorde hasn't announced a sophomore album yet, but she is the creative curator of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack. Fingers crossed she brings Miguel & Chemical Brothers to perform their Hunger Games collabo.

Lorde is up for four AMAs this year, while Iggy Azalea leads the pack with six noms. Previously announced performers include 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and Charli XCX.

Pitbull is set to host the Nov. 23 ceremony, which will be broadcast live from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre.

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Taylor Swift Will Headline 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

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Ever since "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift has been living out what might be her biggest year yet as an entertainer. Now she's planning to wrap 2014 up the way so many others will: in New York City's Times Square. A new press release says Taylor will give "a performance of her hit songs for over 1 million fans in Times Square live on ABC's telecast of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The special, which Seacrest has hosted for the past nine years, will feature "five and a half hours of music."

"Each year New Year's Rockin' Eve continues its iconic legacy by delivering incredible performances from the year's hottest artists, and this year is no exception," says Seacrest, who is also the show's executive producer. "We already have secured an unprecedented number of music acts, culminating with a Times Square performance by Taylor, the biggest superstar in music today."

Hyperbole on Seacrest's part? Nah. Predictions have Taylor's first-week sales for 1989, her impending fifth album, climbing to 800,000 or 900,000 copies. If so, it'll be the biggest sales week since Justin Timberlake put out the first part of The 20/20 Experience in March 2013 to the tune of 968,000 copies sold. Billboardrecently found the new record to be Taylor's "best work … an album that finds Swift meeting Katy and Miley and Pink on their home turf and staring them down."

Fans wondering what to expect from the New Year's Rockin' Eve gig might take a peak at Taylor's Thursday night performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she did "Shake It Off" and "Out of the Woods" right on Hollywood Boulevard for 15,000 fans.

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Anna Kendrick Says the Music Industry 'Seems Like the Wild, Wild West'

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Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit.

"I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree," the bubbly actress said during a recent interview.

Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back. The outfit from Kate Spade New York's holiday collection is featured in the company's upcoming advertising campaign starring Kendrick. But don't call the 29-year-old a model.

"If I had for one moment considered it modeling, I probably would've had a freakout," she said.

Instead, Kendrick approached the photo shoot like a film role and got into character by discussing back stories with older male models on the set.
"Weirdly it felt a lot more like my day job than it did like modeling," she said, adding "eww!" with a grimace as she spit out the M-word. Along with the ads, Kendrick teamed with the brand for its 2015 "The Year of Adventure" campaign where she will collaborate on film and social media projects.

In a recent interview, Kendrick discussed her foray into fashion, having a Cinderella moment in "Into the Woods" (due out at Christmas) and her next big adventure.

AP: What's it like being a spokesmodel?
Kendrick: Kate Spade has really embraced me being me, which is great because it would be a lot harder to not be. So you know I'm glad that they don't mind a little quirk and a little sass.

Did you have a favorite look from the holiday campaign?
think my favorite was this white swing dress that shows off your shoulders and has this beautiful embellished collar. That was just really fun to be in and that was the first shot that we did that day. And just playing with my male models for the day was so much fun, just sort of twirling around in this white dress.

Where do you get your sense of style?
(My mom) was always a fan of just really elegant, sophisticated pieces. I mean we grew up in Maine, so we didn't have a lot of call for black tie or anything, but I think I definitely got that sensibility from her.

You starting working with Kate Spade while playing Cinderella in Disney's "Into the Woods." What was it like balancing those worlds?
Well, these clothes are a lot more comfortable because (costume designer) Colleen Atwood is a genius, but she does not care if you can't breathe. ... The costumes in that movie are so exquisite and they're completely authentic. ... It's lots of layers and somebody had to help me get dressed every morning because you can't do up a corset yourself. So I felt like I was actually in `Downton Abbey.'

You have three upcoming musicals: "Into the Woods," "The Last 5 Years" and "Pitch Perfect 2." Coming from a musical theater background, is this your dream come true?

I was so excited when it started to feel like people are going to make movie musicals again. So I mean it wasn't my master plan, but I'm really happy that that is a trend that is happening and I hope it stays.

Your hit single "Cups" from the first "Pitch Perfect" film sold nearly 3 million tracks. Would you like to record an album?

Hell no. The music industry seems scary to me. I mean the film industry is crazy enough so the music industry to me seems like the wild, wild West. Like I would just never dare.

The campaign is called "The Year of Adventure." Are you the adventurous type?

I feel like I have some adventuring to catch up on because I've been leading this incredible, busy, beautiful life through my work. So I'm hoping to actually be with friends and family this year and maybe go someplace where I don't have to make a movie for 14 hours a day.

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