One Direction Teases Fifth Album’s Sound — Without Zayn: ‘It’s a Lot Different Than What We Did Before’

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One Direction kicks off the North American leg of the On The Road Again Tour on July 9th in San Diego, Calif.  But until that highly anticipated day is here, the band is hard at work on their follow-up to Four, which produced hits including “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes.” Cue the squeals and excitement!

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson promise the upcoming album will be somewhat of a departure from their previous studio albums – which also featured Zayn Malik, who announced his departure from the band in March.

“There’s a few different sounds on the album, not all the songs sound the same, like, same vibe. They are all kind of different,“ Niall revealed to Live Nation/ETonline in an exclusive interview. “Couple of different guitars and drums. It’s a lot different than what we did before… but, it’s cool.”

Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015

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The Billboard Music Awards will kicked off Sunday night, with Ludacris returning to co-host along with Chrissy Teigen.

Taylor Swift, who debuted her highly anticipated “Bad Blood” music video during the broadcast, won several top prizes, including best artist, best female artist top Billboard 200 artist. Sam Smith also made out well, scoring top male artist and best new artist.

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.

TOP ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me” (WINNER)

MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP MALE ARTIST
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake

Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Hits $1 Billion at the Box Office

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Disney and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron jumped the $1 billion mark at the global box office on Friday, becoming the third Marvel title to do so after The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

And it’s the eighth Disney release to surpass this threshold.

Through Thursday, the movie’s global total was $990 million, including a massive three-day China total of $69 million and a domestic total of $333 million. In North America, Joss Whedon’s Age of Ultron is on the verge of overtaking Furious 7 ($339.8 million) to become the top-grossing release of the year to date.

Age of Ultron becomes the 21st movie to gross $1 billion or more at the worldwide box office. The first Avengers, also directed by Whedon, is No. 3 on the coveted list ($1.51 billion), and Iron Man 3No. 7 ($1.22 billion).

Cannes: Miles Teller Boxing Movie Sells Worldwide

The Solution Entertainment Group has sold the world on “Bleed for This,” which stars “Whiplash” and “Divergent” star Miles Teller as boxer Vinny Pazienza, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking multiple territories.

Sony has acquired all rights to the pic, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, for Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.

The film, written and directed by Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”), will be released by Open Road Films in the U.S. following its recent $4 million acquisition at the Cannes Film Festival. The deal was brokered by CAA and WME Global.

“The film features an incredible performance from Miles Teller, who completely transforms himself into the character of legendary boxer Vinny Pazienza, and will blow audiences away with this role,” said Lisa Wilson, who is co-founder and joint partner at the Solution with Myles Nestel.

Taylor Swift to Debut ‘Bad Blood’ Video During 2015 Billboard Music Awards

TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 05:  Taylor Swift performs during The 1989 World Tour at Tokyo Dome on May 5, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images for TS)

TOKYO, JAPAN – MAY 05: Taylor Swift performs during The 1989 World Tour at Tokyo Dome on May 5, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images for TS)

The countdown is on! Taylor Swift will premiere her “Bad Blood” music video on May 17 at the start of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

The singer announced the news on Instagram on May 7 when she shared a poster for the visual in which she’ll play a character called Catastrophe. (Cat-tastrophe, get it?) The black-and-white poster features Swift in a leather jacket and fierce make-up and gives off a slight Tarantino vibe.

The tagline reads “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes,” a nod to the song’s lyrics. She reportedly shot the Jospeh Kahn-directed video back in April. Kahn also directed her video for “Blank Space.”

Box Office: ‘Avengers’ to Tower Over ‘Hot Pursuit’ for $85 Million Weekend

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron” will dwarf the competition for the second weekend in a row even after falling sharply from its $191.3 million debut.

The super-team follow-up fell short of its predecessor’s opening numbers, and it will also struggle to keep pace with its second weekend numbers. The first “Avengers” movie did a torrid $103 million in its sophomore weekend after debuting to a record-torching $207.4 million. Mid-week sales have been cooler for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The first film pulled in $18.9 million on the first Monday after opening, while the sequel generated $13.2 million on the same day. Look for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to capture first place with $85 million.

“The fall off is more than expected,” said Phil Contrino, chief analyst and vice president at BoxOffice.com. “The first one was such a big deal to see the superheroes come together for the the first time. With the sequel there wasn’t the same kind of enthusiasm.”