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One Direction, Charli XCX, Meghan Trainor to play 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Taylor Swift is about to have some company from the West Coast when New Year’s Rockin’ Eve comes around.

One Direction, Charli XCX, and Meghan Trainor have been added to the lineup for Dick Clark’s New York’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, broadcast from the Billboard Hollywood Party. Swift will perform live from Times Square with Ryan Seacrest as host in the bi-coastal event. READ FULL STORY

Meghan Trainor talks 'All About That Bass' (and all about Beyonce, Swift, and Bieber)

By now you probably know that Meghan Trainor is “All About That Bass.” The irresistible hit single, a body-positive polemic dolled up in a poodle skirt, has turned the Nashville wannabe into a pop star in four months flat: It’s notched more than 120 million views on YouTube, and has spent five weeks and counting perched atop the Billboard Hot 100. Not bad for a 20-year-old from Nantucket, Mass., who moved south to write songs. “I don’t feel like a famous pop star yet,” she tells EW. “I still get super nervous. I’m like, ‘Fake it till you make it!’ Or ‘Pretend you’re Beyoncé right now!’ That almost works.”

If she keeps this up, it won’t be long before up-and-comers are pretending they’re Meghan Trainor. But until then, the singer has a simple request: Can she please get paid now?

EW: “All About That Bass” is No. 1 in 25 countries. Have you splurged on anything yet?
MEGHAN TRAINOR: I mean, you don’t see money at first. I’m like, “Where the money is?” I still have the same exact bank account.

How did the line “I’m all about that bass, no treble” originally come about?
[Producer Kevin Kadish] had written “Bass, no treble,” and I was in my phase of saying, “I’m all about that Mexican food!” [Laughs] That was my slang. So I was like, “I’m all about that bass, no treble.” He said, “I can’t figure out what to relate it with.” And I was like, “Booty!” Once we started writing it, I remember his smile when he said “skinny bitches.” That’s when we looked at each other like, “We’ll never make a dime off this, but I’m fine with that.”

You wanted to sell it to another artist?
We pitched it as songwriters, and no one wanted it. The only one who liked it, I think, was a person on Beyoncé’s team. But it couldn’t work for her, because… obvious reasons.

What do you mean?
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Nick Jonas, Jessie J to perform at Nickelodeon's HALO Awards

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For the past five years, Nickelodeon’s HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards has honored kids who do good in their communities. The young honorees receive scholarships and grants for their chosen organization — and a chance to see performers like Nick Jonas and Meghan Trainor live.

Jonas and Trainor are just two of the chart-toppers featured at this year’s awards: Jessie J, Echosmith, and The Vamps will also perform at the show, hosted by HALO Awards creator Nick Cannon. READ FULL STORY

Hot 100 recap: Meghan Trainor beats Taylor Swift for the top spot

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After nine weeks of climbing, Meghan Trainor’s breakout single “All About That Bass” has finally reached the top spot on the Hot 100, moving up from No. 2 last week. It’s a big deal for a promising young artist and one of the more charming contenders for Song of Summer title, but the bigger news might be who she beat for the position: Taylor Swift, whose “Shake It Off” slips to No. 2 after just two weeks at No. 1.

“Shake” easily debuted there thanks to a half million in sales and 50 million YouTube plays in its first week out, but its reign atop the chart was almost noticeably brief compared to other recent number ones. Magic!’s “Rude” spent six straight weeks there before “Shake” knocked it out, and Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy” spent seven. Swift’s sworn enemy Katy Perry spent four weeks at No. 1 at the beginning of the year with “Dark Horse,” while Pharrell’s colossal “Happy” held the position for an impressive 10 weeks. Even John Legend’s milquetoast “All of Me” held the spot for a week longer than “Shake.”

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Pop phenomenon Meghan Trainor talks her viral hit 'All About That Bass'

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With its throwback soul beat, its body-positive message couched in a cute metaphor, and its dance-filled, candy-colored video, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” couldn’t have been better designed to go viral. Two months after it was quietly released online, “Bass” has become a straight-up pop phenomenon—racking up YouTube views, inspiring an untold number of online tributes, and rocketing up the Hot 100, where it’s currently sitting at a respectable number 28.

The genre-mashing 20-year-old songwriter—an avowed fan of Caribbean music who’s written for country megastars Rascal Flatts—talked to EW about her overnight success, the inspiring responses she’s been receiving from fans, and where she’s going from here. READ FULL STORY

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