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Justin Bieber Tops Forbes’ List Of Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30: Morning Mix

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:: Congratulations are in order for Justin Bieber! The 20-year-old singer tops Forbes’ list of the highest-paid celebrities under 30 list, earning $80 million over the past year. One Direction took second place with $75 million, while Taylor Swift landed in the third position with $64 million. [Just Jared]

:: Festival lovers, get your DVRs ready! Bonnaroo, the annual popular music event in Tennessee, will air a Thanksgiving special today (November 27). A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving premiere on VH1 at 9 p.m. EST with footage from the festival’s past 13 years. Guests include Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jack White and more! [Consequence of Sound]

:: Sia was the lady of the night at the ARIA Awards, which went down on November 25. The singer took home four awards, including Best Female Artist and Best Video for “Chandelier.” [PopJustice]

:: One Direction have reportedly split from their tour manager, Paul Higgins. A source stated, “There have been issues behind the scenes for a while, and they’ve finally come to a head leading to Paul’s relationship with the band coming to an end.” [Just Jared]

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Joni Mitchell Reveals She Axed Biopic Starring Taylor Swift: Morning Mix

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:: Two years ago, former country starlet Taylor Swift was picked to play folk legend Joni Mitchell in the film adaptation of Girls Like Us (a book about the singer, Carole King, and Carly Simon). Well, Mitchell is now coming forth to reveal that she was the reason the movie never came to life! “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes,” she said. “There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.” [Rolling Stone]

:: Nicki Minaj has always seemed to be a little diva-ish, but now it is being revealed that she allegedly has an attitude problem! During Sunday’s American Music Awards, Access Hollywood‘s Liz Hernandez ranted on Twitter about the rapper’s actions: “Never in the workplace has someone been so disrespectful to me as Nicki Minaj yesterday. I feel embarrassed to have supported her as a fan.” [PopDust]

:: In today’s sad news, Fifth Harmony‘s Camila Cabello and Austin Mahone have called it quits! The girl group singer explained in an interview, “We’re actually not together anymore. Hey, things happen…I need some mistletoe action.” The former couple were dating for a year before the announcement. [Ryan Seacrest]

:: Kurt Cobain fans rejoice! An HBO documentary is in the works about the late singer of famed grunge band, Nirvana. Titled Montage Of Heck, the project will be executively produced by his daughter Frances Bean. Look out for it sometime next year. [Stereogum]

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Demi Lovato & Miley Cyrus Are No Longer Friends: Morning Mix

Our Disney Hearts Are Broken

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:: Sad news die-hard Disney fans! Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus have ended their BFF friendship. The singer revealed in a recent radio interview that she and the BANGERZ wild child can no longer relate to each other. “It’s life, and people change, and, you know, I don’t have anything in common with her anymore, and I wish her all the best,” Lovato said. [Just Jared]

:: In more sad news, Queen Latifah‘s talk show (launched in Fall 2013) has been cancelled due to low ratings. It will continue to air throughout this season, but then will be pulled off the air. [Huffington Post]

:: Well, this is an interesting bit. Eminem now has his own ice cream flavor! Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, a parlor in NYC’s East Village, has concocted a special flavor just for the rapper. It is made with “Motor City ingredients,” like Michigan cherries, Sanders hot fudge and Vernors ginger ale — sounds yummy! [SPIN]

:: Remember that oh-so-sexy and unforgettable Nick Jonas crotch grab in Flaunt magazine (click here if you need a refresher)? Well Poppa Jonas doesn’t seem to mind it! At the 2014 American Music Awards, the “Teacher” singer stated: “My dad responded and was like, ‘You know you get that from me, right?’ So he was actually really proud.” [Crushable]

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American Music Awards 2014: Review Revue

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American Music Awards 2014: The Performances
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The 2014 American Music Awards, a.k.a. one of the biggest nights in music, aired yesterday (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater! The three-hour telecast was jam-packed with major honors (like Taylor Swift winning the Dick Clark Award For Excellence) and fun performances from everyone’s favorite artists — including Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and many more!

One Direction had the best night ever, taking home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year. But what did other critics think were the biggest highlights from the 2014 AMAs? Find out after the jump! More »

Jordin Sparks To Release ‘#ByeFelicia’ Mixtape: Morning Mix

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:: Jordin Sparks spent her weekend on a mixtape called #ByeFelicia, as in Ice Cube’s best Friday line-turned-enduring meme. Her new music is out Tuesday. [Instagram]

:: B.o.B. revealed that he will be featured on Jodeci‘s comeback album, for the lead single “Nobody Wins.” Meanwhile, he says there’s a “strong possibility” that he will also be on Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V. [Rap-Up]

:: 5 Seconds of Summer will release its first live album, LIVESOS, on December 15. The 15-song set follows this year’s No. 1 self-titled debut and is available for pre-order now. [Billboard]

:: Rick Ross earned a new fanbase of USA Pears, after he revealed that he ate pears to get #RossFit (“Shoutout to all the pear”). “On behalf of our 1,600 pear growers from the Northwest region, we are pleased that Rick has mentioned the health benefits of pears,” a spokesperson said. [Modern Farmer]

:: Actress Katherine Heigl revealed that she used her friend John Mayer to nab her now-husband Josh Kelley. “[O]ver the phone, because he was on tour, I was like, ‘Josh, I’ve got to be honest. I just want to know where we stand because if not, I might try to pursue something with John,’” she said. Not only was she lying, but Mayer had no idea. [E!]

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Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, One Direction And The Year 1994 Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Did you have a good week? Same. As always, a whole bunch of pop happenings went down in the past few days — including the release of One Direction‘s highly anticipated fourth studio album, FOUR! (And yes, it’s already on track to having the second highest-selling opening week sales of 2014…just below Taylor Swift, of course.)

Plus, Sia announced her new “Iko Iko” cover for her husband’s Kickstarter project, Pentatonix gave us their “Mary, Did You Know?” visual and we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Lady Gaga‘s Fame Monster EP. (Time flies when you’re cheek to cheek!) And, in case you haven’t seen it yet, we took a time machine back to the grand year in music that was 1994 and counted down the Top 50 best songs, with interviews from acts like Ace Of Base, Haddaway and Lisa Loeb. Check it out!

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Nick Jonas Confirms He’s No Longer A Virgin: Morning Mix

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:: Listen up ladies — Nick Jonas is no longer a virgin! The “Teacher” singer confirmed the news during his appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, saying: “I’m an adult in all ways and comfortable with who I am.” If only he was single! [VH1 Celebrity]

:: Legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at the age of 83. He was famous for making classic films like The Graduate and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?  Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, and was one of a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Queen Latifah is set to host this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will take place on December 11 in Oslo, Norway. The entertainer stated: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children’s rights to education.” [Billboard]

:: Taylor Swift isn’t the only musician who is getting close with their fans! As part of his upcoming album promotion, J. Cole is playing the full record inside of his biggest fans’ homes. How cool is that? [Miss Info]

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Lady Gaga’s Former Talent Scout Wins $7.3 Million In Lawsuit Against Music Producer: Morning Mix

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:: Wendy Starland, a talent scout who helped to find Lady Gaga, just won a major lawsuit! She filed against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari, claiming that he failed to share the profits in discovering the “female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes.” Starland is now walking away with $7.3 million in her pocket! [Billboard]

:: It turns out that Bono‘s injuries from his cycling accident are very serious. The U2 frontman suffered from various fractures — including a facial one, a shoulder fracture and one on the humerus. He had to undergo five hours of surgery. [Billboard]

:: Justin Timberlake just got even richer! The singer is now the co-owner of audio technology company, AfterMaster. The business focuses on re-mastering and enhancing the quality of songs. [Entrepreneur]

:: Watch out, #Directioners! Taylor Swift is still friends with her ex-boyfriend, One Direction‘s Harry Styles. The pair split last year, but have recently been talking again. Maybe their conversations began with the songs she wrote about him on 1989? [Just Jared]

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Jessie J And Betty Who To Perform At 2014′s NewNowNext Awards: Morning Mix

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:: Jessie J and Betty Who are set to perform at this year’s NewNowNext Awards — Logo TV’s annual awards show. Joe Jonas will also provide his DJ talents at the ceremony, which airs on the network live from Miami on December 7 and December 12 on MTV. [MTV]

:: One Direction‘s Zayn Malik is not happy with Matt Lauer! During the band’s recent appearance on the Today show, the host asked the members if Malik’s no-show was due to substance abuse problems. The singer responded, saying “I’m really angry and upset by what was said. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.” [Celebuzz]

:: Taylor Swift is always super nice to her fans, and the singer is now playing Santa! She has been sending early Christmas presents to some lucky members of her fanbase, which are personalized with handwritten notes. How sweet! [MTV]

:: Looks like Lorde and Diplo have ended their beef  (if they were actually bickering in the first place). The producer/DJ wrote to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator on Twitter, asking if she’ll go to the Los Angeles film premiere. [MTV]

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Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1′ Soundtrack: Review Revue

When it was announced that Lorde would be curating the soundtrack for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, it seemed to be a perfect fit. The Pure Heroine singer and the film’s main character, Katniss Everdeen, are both a little dark, mature for their ages and very confident. Once the album’s guest artists were revealed, the OST became quite anticipated — and it has proven itself to be an awesome record.

From the mega-tracks like the Stromae/Pusha T/HAIM/Q-Tip/Lorde feature on “Meltdown,” Charli XCX‘s showing her delicate side on “Kingdom” and Lorde’s haunting “Yellow Flicker Beat,” the Mockingjay soundtrack is incredibly versatile while remaining true to the movie’s plot. But did the soundtrack appease the music critics? Read on after the jump to see what they all had to say! More »