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Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Will.i.am, 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, Will.i.am, 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 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.

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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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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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Jennifer Lopez to Team with Iggy Azalea for "Booty" Duet at AMAs


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.

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Lorde Says Nicki Minaj Was Supposed to Contribute to "Mockingjay" Soundtrack


Republic RecordsLorde enlisted the services of several major artists for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack: Charli XCX, Tove Lo and Miguel, to name three. But she suffered a few rejections while working on the album as its curator.

In an interview with TheFader.com, Lorde says she was turned down by "so many people." She continues, "When I first approached the project, I thought I would choose 15 artists and they'd be the 15 artists I was with three months later, but obviously it evolved like crazy."

The New Zealand teen then notes that Nicki Minaj initially was supposed to make a contribution. She says, "Nicki was going to do a thing, which was going to be amazing, but she's obviously super-deep in her album, which is going to be awesome and even if I couldn't get a song I'm happy we're going to get a new Nicki Minaj album to listen to at the gym for six months."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack was released Monday. The movie opens Friday.

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Meghan Trainor Wrote Her New Single in Eight Minutes


Epic RecordsSome artists struggle for years to write a hit song, but things come a little easier for Meghan Trainor.  She says she dashed off her new single, "Lips Are Movin'," in under ten minutes.

Meghan co-wrote "Lips Are Movin'" with Kevin Kadish, the same guy she worked with on her #1 hit "All About That Bass."  "[It] was the last song I got to write with him for the album.  And...it was the fastest song I've ever wrote in my life.  We wrote it in eight minutes," Meghan says. "I kind of freaked out 'cause I looked at the clock, I was like, 'Wait a second, did we start this eight minutes ago?' And we freaked out and realized, 'Yeah!'"

Meghan says recording the song was almost as fast. "I was out [of the studio] in like a half-hour or something ridiculous," she claims.

As for what inspired the song, which like "All About That Bass" is sassy and contains elements of doo-wop, Meghan says it's about a real person.

"We wrote it about a person that we worked with that we caught lying a couple times," she explains.  "And we were like, 'We don't want to just write a song about someone lying...let's relate it to a boy cheating on me, 'cause everyone's been through that.'" 

"I've also been through that," she adds. "It sucks!"

"Lips Are Movin'," the video for which just debuted yesterday, is on Meghan's upcoming debut album, Title, due January 13.  She'll appear on this year's American Music Awards, airing this Sunday night on ABC.

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Taylor Swift Is First Woman in History to Replace Herself at #1 on "Billboard" Hot 100


ABC/Fred LeeIn the 56-year history of the Billboard chart, no female artist has ever replaced themselves at number one...until now.  Does it surprise you to learn that Taylor Swift's the one who's done it?

The singer's new single, "Blank Space" jumps from #13 to #1, replacing her previous hit "Shake it Off" at the top of the chart.  "Blank Space" is now Taylor's third #1 hit on the chart overall.  Her new album 1989 has now produced two number one hits.  It's the first album by a woman to do so since Adele's 21.

In addition, Taylor's only the 10th artist in the history of the chart to replace themselves at #1.  Among the others: the Beatles, Boyz II Men, Usher and The Black Eyed Peas.

As for why "Blank Space" zoomed to #1, the release of the song's funny, buzzy video,  in which Taylor plays a woman who goes insane from jealousy, definitely had something to do with it, since streaming now counts towards chart position.

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One Direction Heading for #1 Debut with "FOUR"


Syco/Columbia RecordsPoetic justice? Taylor Swift is likely going to be replaced at #1 by the guy she used to date...and who may or may not have inspired some songs on her new album.

Billboard reports that One Direction's new album FOUR is on course to debut at #1 on next week's Billboard chart, which would give the group its fourth #1 album in less than three years.  If it does so, it'll knock Taylor's 1989 album out of the top slot, where it's spending a third week.

Taylor's ex, Harry Styles, is, of course, a member of 1D, and Harry was allegedly the inspiration for the song "Out of the Woods" and, perhaps, other songs on 1989Us Weekly reports that following their breakup in early 2013, the two are now pals.

Industry experts predict that FOUR will sell more than 420,000 copies in its first week, and if it does so, it'll rack up the second-biggest first-week sales of any album of 2014.  Taylor's album 1989 is, of course, the record-holder, moving 1.287 million copies when it came out last month.

1D's three previous albums -- Up All Night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories -- all debuted at #1.

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Eminem's "Shady XV" Album Snippets Leaks Online


Aftermath/Shady/InterscopeNext week will see the release of Eminem's compilation album Shady XV, but fans now can hear snippets of the project before its release.

The preview was posted on YouTube and features explicit material from Em, like “Guts over Fear” featuring Sia and “Twisted” featuring Skylar Grey, as well as songs from Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf.

The two-CD compilation arrives November 24, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

Here's the Shady XV  track list:

DISC 1

Eminem -- “ShadyXV”
Slaughterhouse -- “Psychopath Killer” (feat. Eminem and Yelawolf)
Eminem -- “Die Alone” (feat. Kobe)
Bad Meets Evil -- “Vegas”
Slaughterhouse -- “Ya’ll Ready Know”
Eminem -- “Guts over Fear” (feat. Sia)
Yelawolf -- “Down”
D12 -- “Bane”
Eminem -- “Fine Line”
Skylar Grey, Eminem and Yelawolf -- “Twisted”
Eminem -- “Right for Me”
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick -- “Detroit Vs. Everybody”

DISC 2

50 Cent -- “I Get Money”
D12 -- “Purple Pills”
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself”
Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his, and Stat Quo -- “Cry Now (Shady Remix)”
Yelawolf -- “Let’s Roll” (feat. Kid Rock)
Slaughterhouse -- “Hammer Dance”
50 Cent-- “P.I.M.P.”
Eminem, 50 Cent, Ca$his and Lloyd Banks -- “You Don’t Know”
D12 -- “My Band”
Obie Trice -- “Wanna Know”
50 Cent-- “Wanksta”
Obie Trice -- “The Setup” (feat. Nate Dogg)
50 Cent-- “In Da Club”
D12 -- “Fight Music”
Yelawolf -- “Pop the Trunk”

Bonus
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself” (Original Demo Version)


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Paramore Unveil Expanded Digital Version of "Paramore"


Image Courtesy of Fueled by RamenParamore has announced Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe -- a 29-track expanded digital version of the band's self-titled fourth album. Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe will include a collection of unreleased material, including a new version of "Hate To See Your Heart Break," featuring duet vocals from former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams, plus a 2012 demo, "Tell Me It’s Okay." The release will also include eight live tracks from Paramore's show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado.

Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe will be released on November 24. The original Paramore album was the band's first record to hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200, and gave them their first-ever top-10 single, with "Ain't It Fun."

A few weeks after the release, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams will accept the first ever Trailblazer award at Billboard's Women in Music Awards gala, scheduled for December 12 in New York City.

Here is the track list for Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe:

“Fast In My Car”
“Now”
“Grow Up”
“Daydreaming”
“interlude: Moving On”
“Ain’t It Fun”
“Part II”
“Last Hope”
“Still Into You”
“Anklebiters”
“interlude: Holiday”
“Proof”
“Hate to See Your Heart Break”
“(One Of Those) Crazy Girls”
“interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore”
“Be Alone”
“Future”
“Hate to See Your Heart Break” (feat. Joy Williams)
“Escape Route” (Bonus Track)
“Native Tongue” (Bonus Track)
“Tell Me It’s Okay” (Self-Titled Demo)
“Still Into You” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Decode” (Live at Red Rocks)
“The Only Exception” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Brick by Boring Brick” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Let the Flames Begin” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Part II” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Proof” (Live at Red Rocks)
“Ain't It Fun” (Live at Red Rocks)

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"People's" Sexiest Man Alive Issue Features Levine, Timberlake, Derulo, Legend, 1D's Harry & Niall & More


Art Streiber/NBCAs of today, Adam Levine is no longer People's Sexiest Man Alive: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known for playing Thor in the Marvel series of superhero films, including The Avengers, has claimed the honor for 2014.  So how is Adam taking the news that he no longer holds that title?

"Very well," laughs People staff editor Antoinette Coulton. "Y'know, it's a year officially, but people talk about this even after the year is up.  So I'm sure he wishes Chris well. He's in the issue as well, as our outgoing guy, and he's having fun with it."

Adam doesn't have much to complain about: in the year since he took the title, he won The Voice again, appeared in a movie, topped the charts with Maroon 5, and got married.  In the new Sexiest Man Alive issue, on stands Friday, he's featured in a segment called "Facing Their Fears," where hot stars are asked what scares them the most.  Adam says, "Death. Because I love my life."

John Legend is also featured in the segment, and Coulton says John reveals his greatest fear is a recurring dream in which "he's in college and he never gets to class on time and he never earns his degree -- even though he does have his degree."

A feature called Sexy at Every Age features One Direction's Harry Styles, and Jason Derulo among sexy men in their twenties, Justin Timberlake among sexy men in their thirties, and Prince and Lenny Kravitz among sexy men in their fifties.

"Anyone who saw his latest performance on SNL, would think that Prince, through the decades?  He's a mainstay," Coulton says of putting the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on the list.  As for JT, Coulton says, "I think he made that transition from boy band member to full-fledged musician and he made it seamlessly. There's no scandal. He looks great and we love him for that."  

A few other musicians featured in the issue: Adam Levine's Voice buddy Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani's rocker husband Gavin Rossdale, Drake, Adam Lambert -- in a segment called "From Geeky to Gorgeous" -- and Enrique Iglesias, Calvin Harris and 1D's Niall Horan, in a segment highlighting the countries that have produced the sexiest men.

In addition, Nick Jonas and Usher are among those starring in People's "Sexiest Moments of the Year": Nick for that magazine spread in which he appeared half-naked, showing off his ripped bod, and Usher for a photo in which he's shown in his underwear making breakfast.

You can drool over all these hot guys when People's Sexiest Man Alive issue hits newsstands on Friday.

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Justin Timberlake Now Part Owner of Audio Technology Company


Tom Munro/RCA RecordsIn addition to being a global pop superstar and sometime actor, Justin Timberlake has a financial interest in several interesting enterprises, such as the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, MySpace, a clothing line, a tequila brand and, now, an audio technology company.

Justin has joined the company AfterMaster Audio Labs as an owner, and according to the company, he'll play an "integral role" as the company prepares its big launch into the marketplace.  So what does the company do?  It "provides revolutionary technology and sound to the digital audio processing world" via a "revolutionary sound innovation." 

Apparently, if your device has this technology on it, music and other audio will sound louder, clearer, deeper and fuller.  You can listen to samples on the company's website.

In a statement, Justin says, "I’m thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking company. The first time I heard audio, post AfterMaster, I knew that I had to be a part of this company and that we had something revolutionary on our hands.”

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Taylor Swift to Perform on "The Voice" Nov. 25


Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift will debut her new single "Blank Space" on this Sunday night's American Music Awards, live on ABC.  But if you want to see her sing it a second time, tune into The Voice Tuesday night.

Taylor, who served as a mentor on the show during the Knockout Rounds, will return to sing "Blank Space" on the NBC reality show.  It's the latest release from her smash album 1989.

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Rihanna Says Her New Album Is Coming "Very Soon"


ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna fans will be excited to know that their favorite singer's next album will arrive "very soon," according to Ri Ri.

"That's my hope," she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "I'm really excited about the music that we've been working on, so I can't wait for people to hear it."

While she didn't go into further detail about the highly anticipated project, the singer spoke about supporting in the fight against AIDS at the premiere of Andrew Jenks' new documentary It's Not Over.

"This documentary, It's Not Over, is really gonna be educational for the youth [with] what's going on and how they're affected by HIV/AIDS all over the world," she said.

It's Not Over premieres on Netflix and Pivot today, November 19.

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Meghan Trainor's New "Lips Are Movin'" Video Bends the Rules


Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is out with the video for her new single "Lips Are Movin'," and she's teamed with technology company HP to promote the song and video throughout the holidays.

Meghan and "Lips Are Movin'" will be featured in the global holiday campaign for a new HP Pavilion computer; it's part of the company's #BendTheRules campaign.  She and HP also worked together on the video, which is being billed as the first-ever music video created by social "influencers" -- that is, the most influential people on Vine, YouTube and Instagram from around the world. 

These so-called "influencers" worked as the video's actors, choreographers, dancers, glam squad and behind-the-scene photographers.  Even Barkley the Pom, the world's most famous pomeranian pooch, got in on the action.

The brightly colored clip features Meghan singing and dancing in front of a variety of backdrops in a variety of outfits, while people dance, and paint and move scenery around behind her.

Meghan will be a presenter at this Sunday night's American Music Awards on ABC, where she's up for New Artist of the Year.

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Lady Gaga Says New Tattoo Didn't Hurt as Much as Achieving Stardom Did


Inez and VinoodhLady Gaga has gotten yet another tattoo -- by some counts, her 17th -- and documented the process step-by-step on Instagram.

The tattoo, in Gaga's left armpit, reads "Mother Monster," and she had it done at 3 a.m. in the morning in Manchester, England.  On Twitter, she explains that the ink was inspired by the anniversary of the release of her album The Fame Monster.  She tweeted to her fans, "feel more complete w/ my new tat, a declaration that I'm always with u, thanks for a killer summer. And for everything."

She added, "Someone asked me if my mother monster tattoo hurt. I said not as much as is hurt to get here."  She then added the hashtag "#ItsALongWayToTheTopIfYouWannaRockNroll," which is the title of a song by the legendary rock band AC/DC.

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Jessie J to Perform, Charli XCX, Nick Jonas & Meghan Trainor to Appear on NewNowNext Awards


ABC/Adam TaylorJessie J will be burning up the stage at this year's NewNowNext Awards, which will air December 7 on Logo TV.

The singer will perform her current hit, "Burnin' Up" on the awards show, which honors the best new musicians, actors, movies, TV shows and more.  Joe Jonas will serve as the celebrity DJ, and his brother Nick Jonas will also appear, as will Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX, Jennifer Hudson, A Great Big World, Lance Bass and others.

The NewNowNext Awards, originating from Miami, airs December 7 at 8 p.m. ET on Logo TV.

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"The Voice" Recap: Artists from Pharrell and Blake's Teams Are Eliminated


Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists Tuesday night.  Team Pharrell‘s Sugar Joans and Team Blake’s Jessie Pitts were eliminated.

Joans and Pitts, along with Team Gwen's Ryan Sill, found themselves ranked as the bottom three, based on viewer votes.

Ryan was saved by the fans in the final moments of the show.  Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer's first name.

Jessie sang Sara Bareilles' "Gravity"; Sugar belted out Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"; and Ryan took on "More Than Words," by Extreme.

Joans and Pitts may be gone, but not necessarily for good. Host Carson Daly announced a new element to the show that will give them another chance to get back in the competition. After the final three are announced later in the season, every top 12 contestant eliminated before the finals will get a chance to perform again. The artist with the most viewer votes will become a fourth "wild card" finalist.

Daly also announced that the coaches will be bringing on Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy as star advisers next week to help them out with their teams.

Tuesday's one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Gwen and Team Blake. Gwen joined her artists for a rendition of Blondie’s "The Tide Is High," while Blake and his crew took on Elton John’s “Sad Songs (Say So Much).”

The evening also included a performance by U.K. recording artist Ella Henderson performing her debut single, “Ghost.”

The live rounds resume next Monday night on NBC.

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Zayn Malik Reunites with One Direction After Brief Absence


RJ ShaughnessyOne Direction fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief. UsWeekly reports Zayn Malik reunited with the group for a performance in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, one day after he skipped a Today show appearance due to an alleged stomach bug.

Immediately after he joined bandmates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne on stage, the hashtag #ZaynIsBack was spreading throughout Twitter.

On Monday, fans lashed out at Matt Lauer after the Today show host implied Malik's absence may have been due to substance abuse problems. "Is it something more serious than just a minor illness?" Lauer asked Malik's bandmates. "There have been rumors of substance abuse. What's going on?"

Payne assured Lauer there was nothing else going on. "No, he's just got a stomach bug," he said. "He's okay. He's just at home. He just needs to rest. He's okay."

Later, Malik expressed his displeasure with Lauer's implications. "I'm really angry and upset by what was said on the Today show," the 21-year-old told The Sun. "I was really ill at the weekend, that's why I couldn't fly to America."

One Direction's fourth album, aptly titled Four, was released Monday.

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