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Since its initial release in 1984, the fundraising single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has become a Yuletide tradition. For its 30th anniversary, Bob Geldof has once again enlisted a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty to participate. It’s the fourth version recorded overall. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

When the latest version was announced, Adele was rumored to be involved. Sadly, the “Rolling In The Deep” singer was nowhere to be found during the studio session. However, there were still plenty of stars who lent their vocals for the charity single. Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, One Direction, Emeli Sandi were just a few who donated their time. Veterans Bono and Chris Martin once again supported Geldof. They participated in the first version and Band Aid 20 respectively.

Check out the new video below. I’m a little surprised Rita Ora received so much camera time and on the flip side, so little for One Direction and Sam Smith.

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When Bob Geldof and Midge Ure initially organized UK singers for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money to relieve those affected by the famine in Africa, they couldn’t have possibly predicted that the charity single would become a holiday staple. Not only did it become a Yuletide favorite, but it also inspired similar efforts from American and Canadian artists with “We Are The World” and “Tears Are Not Enough” respectively.

Since it’s initial release back in 1984, Geldof has released a couple of other recordings to celebrate different anniversaries. One was released in 1989 and 2004 to celebrate the single’s fifth and 20th anniversary. To coincide with it’s 30th year, Geldof is planning the fourth recording. He’s enlisted Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth to produce the latest cover. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

As per usual, a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty have been asked to participate. Sam Smith, Adele, One Direction, Jessie Ware, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Sinead O’Connor, Queen‘s Roger Taylor, Fuse ODG, Jimmy Napes, Foals, Underworld and Bono will all take part. The U2 frontman also lent his vocals for the original recording. The new version is scheduled to drop on Monday, November 17. Until then, check out the three other previous recordings to refresh your memory. Nothing beats the original in my opinion.

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The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23. One artist whom you’ll most likely see on stage accepting an award is Iggy Azalea. The Aussie femcee leads the pack with six AMA nominations.

Iggy is up for Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) and New Artist of the Year. Trailing close behind with five nods each are Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Lorde follows next with four.

Nominations and winners are based on public polls and data from music sales. Fans can vote both on AMAvote.com and on Twitter once per day. Check out all the nominees below.

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To say this Beach Boys cover is star-studded would be an understatement. Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Lorde and a slew of others take on the 1960s classic “God Only Knows.” The new rendition is to help promote the launch of BBC Music.

“All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough,” Brian Wilson has said of working with the stars. “I’m just honored that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

Other famous faces contributing to the song and appearing in the sensational music video are Elton John, Florence Welch Stevie Wonder, Jamie Cullum, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl and the Beach Boys’ very own Brian Wilson. Proceeds from sales of the single are going to BBC’s Children in Need foundation. Check out the visual below.

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One Direction Walks Down A Pier In New Video

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If watching One Direction walking pensively down a pier with their hair blowing in the wind is a dream come true, your prayers have been answered. Other than a few cool camera tricks where the guys morph into each other, that’s pretty much the narrative of their new music video. I should also mention that there is an attempt at parkour. ‘Attempt’ being the operative word.

You & I” is the fourth single lifted off their Midnight Memories LP. Their previous single, the title track, was their lowest UK charting track in years. It barely cracked the Top 40 at No. 39. Across the pond, it fared a bit better, peaking at No. 12. Is 1D fever cooling down? It’ll be interesting to see how their ballad charts now that the accompanying visual has been released. Check it out below.

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One Direction Makes Midnight Memories In New Clip

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Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard is one of my favorite songs from the 80s. It appears that Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson also love the classic track. “Midnight Memories” which they help co-write bears striking similarities to Leppard’s heavy metal opus.

The visual for the title track off One Direction’s third studio album has finally surfaced. I was hoping for a cheeky nod to Leppard’s music video given how closely both songs sound alike. Sadly, it’s just 1D being 1D :(

What kind of midnight memories do the boy band create in the clip? Apparently a memorable night for 1D includes raiding a kebab establishment, flirting with grannies riding red scooters and going on a boat joyride. Check out all their hijinks in the video below.

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DoSomething.org just released their annual Top 20 list of “Celebs Gone Good” and once again Taylor Swift is apparently the most giving celebrity in Hollywood. She topped last year’s list with her record $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum- the largest sum ever given to the country organization. This year, the nonprofit cites Swift’s recent Winter White Gala in London, a benefit for homeless youth, a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony which she gave on her 24th birthday as some of her do-gooding work. Not to discredit Taylor’s goodwill, but once again I’m surprised she’s the numero uno charitable celebrity out there. Right?

With their volunteer work in Ghana for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and donation to cancer research, the boys of One Direction also made the list this year. Chime for Change and Goodwill activist Beyoncé, Reach Out Worldwide founder Paul Walker, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the Top 5.

The most surprising thing about this year’s list is the absence of some individuals who made the Top 5 last year but are nowhere to be found in the Top 20. Channing Tatum and Lady Gaga, according to DoSomething.org, aren’t as charitable this year. I’m really curious to know how the nonprofit tabulates their results. Check out the rest of the list below.

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Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.

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