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Originally posted 11/21/2013 02:15PM
It feels good to be back – and a little odd.
One Direction will perform on Thursday's X Factor, but band member Liam Payne says the experience obviously differs from when they headed to the top on the U.K. version of the hit competition series.
"It's quite strange being back on X Factor because you kind of know what the contestants go through and know what to expect next also," Payne told PEOPLE backstage after Wednesday night's show. "You know all the emotions they're going through."
Originally posted 11/21/2013 09:00AM
Los Angeles, and the rest of America, will enjoy a taste of Nashville when the lights go down at the Nokia Theater this Sunday for the 2013 American Music Awards.
Taylor Swift and Hayden Panettiere – the Nashville-bred singer and ABC's Nashville star – will be among the presenters at the show, PEOPLE has learned.
Chris Daughtry, Dave Grohl and Emma Roberts will also take the stage to present at the ceremony, which brings together the top-selling musical artists across all genres.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 02:25PM
It doesn't get much better than being serenaded by Adam Levine – but getting an insider's listen at the songs that make him swoon comes in a close second.
PEOPLE's newly named Sexiest Man Alive, 34, who is the first-ever musician to earn the coveted recognition, gave PEOPLE a list of his 11 sexiest song picks.
It doesn't sound like he gets down to any of his own music – Maroon 5 didn't make the cut – but he includes everything from R&B classics by Marvin Gaye and Al Green, to '80s pop hits by Chris Issak and Bruce Springsteen.
Read on to hear Levine's personally selected tracks:
Originally posted 11/20/2013 11:00AM
Yes, he made the list of PEOPLE's Sexiest Men Alive, but rapper Pitbull has a message for all the guys out there: You, too, can be sexy.
The rapper (real name: Armando Christian Pérez) tells PEOPLE that you don't have to look like a movie star to be attractive to the opposite sex.
"I think being sexy is about more than just looks," he says. "In fact, I think you can be sexy without being good-looking."
Pitbull, who will host the American Music Awards on Nov. 24, agreed to share some of his tips for sexiness for the average guy.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 08:40AM
Talk about a joyride.
Kanye West didn't have to look far for a costar to ride shotgun with him in the music video for his new song "Bound 2": fiancé Kim Kardashian, who helps turn up the heat in the road-trip-themed clip.
In the video, which the rapper debuted Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, West, 36, and Kardashian, 33, hop on a motorcycle together while vistas of landscapes and all sorts of natural scenery whiz by behind them.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 05:45PM
Taylor Swift may be famous for calling out ex-boyfriends in her lyrics, but the pop star says that not every date is song-worthy.
"I only write songs about crazy love," Swift says in New York Magazine. "If I go on two dates with a guy and we don't click, I'm not writing a song about that. It didn't matter in the emotional grand scheme of things. There's a lot that goes on in daily life that isn't really worth turning into a verse and a chorus."
Songwriting doesn't always come easily for Swift, 23, who sometimes worries that her wellspring of ideas has dried up. The singer, like many artists, seems to go through peaks and valleys of inspiration, even within the course of a single day.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 09:00AM
Will Kanye West's next album be titled Ivy League?
Probably not, but the rapper, 36, did stop by Harvard's School of Design Sunday, in advance of his "Yeezus" concert in Boston, to address a packed lecture hall as part of the "DONDA Design Lecture Series," E Online reports.
"I really do believe the world can be saved through design," said West, in a video from his lecture that was posted on Facebook.
Originally posted 11/15/2013 04:55PM
Only a few years ago, reigning CMA female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert was opening for Keith Urban.
Both stars now headline their own tours, but the two pair back up on Urban's latest single, "We Were Us," debuting Friday at 7:30 p.m. on his Facebook page, followed by a chat with the musician.
"Getting to work with Keith in the studio was awesome," Lambert, 30, says. "He's been someone that's inspired me along the way."
Originally posted 11/12/2013 06:30PM
With new albums from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus over the last few months, fans of pop music have been able to get their fix largely thanks to the radio.
But for readers looking to veer in a different direction from Top 40, PEOPLE.com has put together an eclectic mix of recently released tracks. The artists range from ambient-sounding Tycho, who has a mellow vibe perfect for fall – to the nu disco sounds of Galactik Knights, who will have you longing for a summer dance party.
Click after the jump for the playlist, and also be sure to let us know of web any songs you think we should check out, or artists we should look into. Please sound off in the comments below.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 02:00PM
Daughtry's new album, Baptized isn't being released till Nov. 19, but the band is giving fans the chance to listen to it online a week early.
The album, which features the singles "Waiting for Superman" and "Long Live Rock & Roll," is being streamed on Vh1, but you can listen to it right here!
It's the first new music from the band (which has undergone some lineup changes) in two years.
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