Jeff Daly/NBCLet's get one thing straight: One Direction isn't breaking up. But that doesn't mean the guys can't do a few things on the side here and there. For example, Zayn Malik has recorded a song with a top British producer...and 1D's label boss Simon Cowell doesn't have a problem with it.
Naughty Boy, best known in the U.S. for the song "La La La," which featured a then-unknown Sam Smith on vocals, tells the British paper The Sun, "Zayn is going to feature on my next album. We’re making music and having fun. This is just like a side gig and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it."
"It’s a good time for Zayn to showcase what he really can do," he adds. "I don’t think that is being fully exploited within the band because there are five people and it needs to be balanced out. They all have something to show the world as individuals. They can always come back together and do their thing. I don’t think they will ever split up."
Naughty Boy, whose last album featured Sam, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Emeli Sande, tells the Sun that Simon Cowell is fine with the lads branching out.
"Simon’s very happy with the song and supports the whole thing....I know Simon loves every one of them and wants them to stay together," reveals the producer. "I still think there’s nothing wrong with trying different things. They are all experimenting and dabbling but I think the band will be together for the next 20 years.”
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Dana Edelson/NBCWith a baby on the way, it seems Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are closer than ever. Justin posted the sweetest birthday message for his pregnant wife Tuesday.
The singer and dad-to-be uploaded a cute photo of the smiling couple to Instagram, along with the caption, “Happy Bday to the sweetest, most GORGEOUS, goofiest, most BAD-ASS chick I know. You make me smile 'til it hurts. I love you like crazy! --Your Huz.”
Jessica, who turned 33 Tuesday, is reportedly due to give birth in April. Last week, Justin surprised her on the New Orleans set of her new movie The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. And over the weekend, the two were spotted on a cozy double date with Jessica’s co-star Mary Steenburgen and her husband Ted Danson.
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Credit: Harper SmithEver wonder just how much a smash hit song is worth? The ongoing copyright infringement suit over "Blurred Lines," is offering a glimpse at hit music finances, and yes, it's big money.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, an accounting statement revealed in court shows that the biggest song of 2013 generated more than $16.6 million in profits, of which Thicke received more than $5.6 million. Pharrell, who co-wrote, produced and appeared on the song, earned more than $5.1 million from it; while T.I.'s guest verse was worth more than $700,000 to him.
Testimony is proceeding in a Los Angeles court in a suit brought by the family of Marvin Gaye accusing Thicke and his co-writers of plagiarizing Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for "Blurred Lines."
In addition to seeking a big chunk of the $16 million that "Blurred Lines" has earned, the Gaye family is seeking some portion of Thicke's touring profits as well as damages of as much as $40 million arguing that "Blurred Lines" has reduced licensing value of "Got to Give It Up."
Thicke also has a second song to defend -- the family is also alleging that Thicke's "Love After War" misappropriated Gaye's "After the Dance."
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Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsNoel Gallagher, formerly of British superstar rockers Oasis, has been randomly attacking pop stars in a variety of interviews lately...and his latest targets are Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift.
Noel, who earlier this year went after Ed Sheeran, saying, "I can’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran sells out Wembley stadium,” disses Adam Levine and crew in a new interview with Vogue magazine.
"As long as the music’s good, nobody cares about what you f**ing wear," says Gallagher, as part of a discourse on music and fashion. "If your songs are OK, then your songs will seem better if you look good -- like those f**wits from Maroon 5. The tattoos take your mind off the fact that they’re s**t. OK?"
Later on in the interview, Gallagher gets another dig in: he says, "Stagecraft is beneath me. That guy from Maroon 5 -- he needs stagecraft."
As for Taylor, he attacks her in an interview with Rolling Stone. When the magazine says that many have praised her songwriting skills, Gallagher scoffs, "Who says that? Her parents?" When the Rolling Stone writer responds, "Lots of people," Gallagher says, "Who's 'people?' Name these people. You're f**ing lying. She seems like a nice girl, but no one has ever said those words, and you f**king know it."
Also in the Rolling Stone interview, Gallagher also puts down One Direction. He calls them "lovely lads," but adds, "I have difficulties with people who don't write their own songs, who've got a team of songwriters who work for your record label."
But when the interviewer points out that One Direction actually does co-write many of their own songs, and adds that may of the biggest and most legendary Motown stars had a team of writers at their record label providing them with material, Gallagher doesn't buy it.
"If you're trying to insinuate that what's going on now is akin to what was going on at Motown -- what, were you out late eating magic mushrooms?" he says. "Not equivalent. Not in the slightest."
Gallagher currently has a solo career. With Oasis in the '90s, he scored hits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova."
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