Ahead of releasing “Younger Now,” Miley Cyrus took a phone call with NME for a now-published interview that decodes her latest personality change and clarifies some of her most standout statements of the year—like how she didn’t end up leaving the country after 45 was elected and what she really thinks about “Wrecking Ball.”
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Katy Perry is opening up again about her feud with Taylor Swift in a new cover story with NME. The Manchester bombing had Katy trying to sing “Kumbaya, My Lord” but it looks like she’s lost that loving spirit. Now, Katy is explaining why things with Taylor still haven’t blown over.
“Well, James Corden makes me and the whole world feel very safe,” Katy said. “No one has asked me about my side of the story, and there are three sides of every story: one, two, and the truth.” So what is the truth?
“I mean, I’m not Buddha — things irritate me,” Katy explained. “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”
The “Like I Would” singer opens up about creating his debut album and working with his current producer Malay after his fall out with Naughty Boy. “With Naughty Boy, look, we just didn’t get on. And we’ll leave it at that,” he says about their Twitter feud. He then adds, “Malay is all about the music. He can tell you what the screw is in a microphone that gives it that tinny sound. He’s that kind of guy.”
Zayn wrote all the lyrics himself on the album, something he never could have done while with One Direction. He told NME “he always knew he’d end up as a solo artist – he auditioned as one, after all – and that being in the studio is what he lives for.”
Being in a boyband catering to teenage fans also put restrictions on the type of music he could make. Once free from that mold, he kicked off his solo career with a steamy video for his first single “Pillow Talk,” featuring his current girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid. His new album has a unique voice, with influences ranging from The Beatles to local rappers from his home town, and even music from his Pakistani heritage.
If you’re wondering how he manages to blend these different sounds together in a way that makes it all work, Zayn confesses “It helps sometimes with the creative process, if you’re smoking a good weed.”
See photos from the shoot and behind-the-scenes video below.
(Photo credit: 1D_Swiss_Team Twitter account)
In this week’s issue of NME, Zayn Malik chats about his decision to part ways with One Direction and his relationship – or lack thereof – with his former bandmates.
Zayn recalled the day he decided to leave One Direction. “I don’t know how I knew, but I just did, ” he says about realizing it was time to move on. Since that day, nearly a year ago, he reveals that he’s tried to reach out to his former bandmates “but nobody’s reached out.” However, he does mention how he keeps in touch with Liam Payne. Continue Reading →
Alessia Cara spoke with NME and revealed that she wants to be the kind of artist Amy Winehouse used to be. “As an artist, she was able to capture people with just her voice and guitar and it looked so effortless,” she says. She then adds, “That’s all I ever wanted to do: put out music from the heart that people could relate to.” Continue Reading →
In a new interview with NME, Taylor Swift opens up about her VMA feud with Nicki Minaj for the first time in months…sort of. In July, Taylor called Nicki out on Twitter for her comments about “women with very slim bodies,” thinking it was a personal attack against her. The tweets kicked off a tense but brief exchange, with Taylor eventually conceding she was in the wrong and then hugging it out with Nicki.
Taylor hadn’t made any further comments about it and managed to dodge the eventual feud between Nicki and Miley Cyrus. It’s been over a month now and it seemed like most people had moved on. But in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine interview, Nicki was pretty vocal about still holding a grudge against Miley.
NME asked Taylor about her role in the feud. “I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. She went on to explain that in the future, we can expect the “Wildest Dreams” singer to keep her comments out of social media. “I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone’s management, I get their number and I text them. It’s an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015.”
The full article will be available in the print version of the free magazine on October 9th.
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