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Ben Watts; Jeff Daly/NBCEd Sheeran has written a number of tracks for One Direction. So how does he feel about Zayn Malik’s sudden departure from the group? The singer told Australian radio show Hughesy and Kate he supports Zayn’s decision.
"I think whatever makes him happy. The most important thing in life is to be happy, and if he was unhappy in that situation then, yeah, don't stay in it," he said. "You don't want to make yourself unhappy just to earn money, that's not what life's about. You're meant to enjoy life, and if he wasn't enjoying his life then fair play to him."
Ed does note that Zayn’s situation is very different from his own. "I think the difference between me taking a break and him taking a break is he has four other people to worry about," Ed said. "I'll definitely take a break, but it won't be a noticeable break because no one will be like, 'He's left the band.'"
Zayn’s departure was announced Wednesday, and the 22-year-old spoke out about his decision for the first time Friday, in an interview published in the U.K. newspaper The Sun. Sayn said he felt bad about letting the fans down, but at the same time he feels like he’s “doing what’s right.”
According to Billboard, Zayn’s label management team is already positioning him for a future solo career. He’s signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records as a group member, and also individually. There’s reportedly a “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal that allows the act to continue as a foursome, and offers the label the option to pick up Zayn’s contract as a solo artist.
However, Zayn leaving could mean less money for the remaining members of the group -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album contract signed in 2013. The contract reportedly outlined that if one or more of the guys leave during that time period, each member could be paid less because they're likely to be less viable.
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Eric Ryan Anderson for BillboardStarting next month, Hozier will be a familiar face at music festivals around the world -- from Australia's Byron Bay to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to California's Coachella, Tennessee's Bonnaroo and England's V Festival. But it's unlikely that those shows will be more memorable than Hozier's very first festival experience, during which he passed out.
Speaking to Billboard for its new cover story, Hozier says he was 16 when he attended his first music festival as a fan. "I waited in the pit for hours to see James Brown," he recalls, referring to the late Godfather of Soul. "My back was breaking, and I was fainting throughout the day. I got to be in the front row, and it was incredible."
Hozier, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says that he never expected that he would end up playing to thousands and thousands of fans at festivals around the world, including Coachella, which he calls "one of the big mother" festivals.
"I'd made a conscious decision to write music for a much smaller audience. I did not think it would resonate with mainstream culture," he tells Billboard.
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Gregg DeGuire/WireImageKaty Perry has dyed her hair just about every color in the rainbow, but now she’s back to black and will be staying that way for a while. She tells E! News she’s keeping it dark for a reason.
"It's black I'm in mourning because this tour is almost finished," she says at the premiere of her EPIX concert special, Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour.
Katy may be sad to see the tour end, but she’s definitely ready for some down time. "I think it's time for me to have a nap, a little sleeping beauty for a second," she says.
The expansive world tour began in May of last year and she's still got the Asian leg to complete before she can take a break. Katy tells ETOnline she’s taking precautions to stay in good health for the remainder of the tour dates.
“I am looking after my health, which is most important, because if I get sick, then I can’t play a show,” she says. “Thankfully, I have not gotten sick -- where is the wood I can knock on?”
She credits her health to a diet that includes lots of kale, dried fruits and probiotics.
Katy also shoots down rumors that she's a diva while on the road. “I’m sorry, if you lived on the road every single day and you were in and out of a different hotel, like don’t you want a comfort?” Perry says. “Don’t you want sliced turkey and some baby wipes?”
Katy’s concert special premieres on EPIX Saturday as part of the network’s Free Preview Weekend. While her hair may be black now, she still gets her color fix by donning quite a few crazy wigs during the two-hour production.
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Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Meal. Pepperoni. Little Tuna.
They're all words that might easily be taken for foods a woman craves while she is pregnant. But in fact, they are among the nicknames given to unborn children across the country.
The app Ovia Pregnancy, a fertility tracking product by Ovuline that has more than two million users in the U.S., recently released data revealing some of the most unusual terms of affection for unborn babies in all 50 states.
“Baby nicknames are one of the first emotional connections a mother has with her unborn baby,” said Ovuline’s chief product and marketing officer, Gina Moro Nebesar. “By giving her baby a cute nickname, can laugh with their partners over questions like, 'How's little Peanut doing today?' Or in the case of Minnesota users, 'How's Fish Stick doing today?' Creating pet names is a very human thing to do.”
Upon registering with the app, users are asked to give their baby a nickname, which is how Ovuline came to learn what might otherwise be a private moniker.
While the top three nicknames were Bean (8,024), Peanut (34,516) and Baby (37,862 entries) -- the default option -- Ovuline was curious whether any nicknames were unique to states or popular in certain regions. So a data team comprised of Nebesar, senior data scientist Isabella Patton, and software developer Christina Kelley culled through 630,000 data points related to baby nicknames, then used a filtering process to isolate 56,093 unique, rare nicknames entered by users in each of the 50 states.
The results were not strictly related to snacks. Sweet Thang was called out as North Carolina's most unusual nickname, while South Dakota parents chose the more humorous Buttkiss.
“The most surprising things about the results were the specific regional differences in Ovia Pregnancy users' baby nicknames,” Nebesar told ABC News. “Some were expected, like ‘Baby Pineapple’ in Hawaii or ‘The Lone Ranger’ in Texas. But we also found broader regional trends beyond the state. For example, entire regions tend to enjoy creating unique names with similar base words, like ‘sugar’ in the South, ‘bean’ in the Northeast, and ‘bug’ in the Northwest."
So is there any chance that labels such as “Tiny Beep” and “Sugalump” will stick with the child through to adulthood? Possibly.
“These children will all likely get more official names once they’re born,” said Nebesar. “But their mothers will probably always call them by this very first one.”
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