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Sam Smith: I Want to Be the Biggest-Selling Male Pop Star in the Entire World

When most new artists have modest goals like their first album to go gold, or they want their first single to hit the top ten. Sam Smith’s are much more ambitious; he wants nothing less than world domination.

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Sam says, “I want to be the biggest-selling male pop star in the entire world.” He adds, “I really want that, but at the same time I want to keep this,” pointing to his heart. “I don’t want to lose this.” Asked if it’s even possible to have both, he insists, “I’m going to make it possible.”

Sam’s debut album In the Lonely Hour and his single “Stay with Me” are already huge hits, but the ambitious Brit says he’s already looking far down the road with an eye towards his goal. “Even right now I have the title in my head to my second album; I know what it’s going to sound like,” he claims. “I have the idea in my head for the artwork and I also have the idea for the artwork for my third album.”

The only thing that might turn Sam from his goal? Food. “I think I prefer food to singing. It’s really bad, isn’t it? Food is my favorite thing in the world,” he tells The Guardian. “I always say if I ate what I actually wanted to eat, I’d be in one of those electronic scooters because I’d be too big.”

A self-admitted former “fat kid,” Sam says he did worry that his less-than-perfect physique might keep him from being a pop star. But, he points out, “People like real life. Why do people like all this crap television out there? Because you’re looking at what you can relate to. And music should be speaking about things you can relate to.”

“That’s the key,” he adds. “I can’t relate to skinny, perfectly-sculptured, tanned men singing about gold chains and Ferraris, because I’m not that way.”

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Maroon 5 Front Man Adam Levine Is Also An Actor

Over the past two years, sometime between recording and touring with Maroon 5, overseeing a fashion line, record label and perfume brand, and serving as a coach on The Voice, Adam Levine found time to film a role in his first movie, Begin Again. Reviews of the film, which finally came out this summer, have been decent, for the most part, and Adam’s bandmate now predicts that there’ll be more movie roles for the singer in the future, despite the fact that it’ll take him away from music.

Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine thinks Adam did well in Begin Again. “I mean, I’m certainly no expert on that but I thought he did pretty good,” says James of Adam’s part in the movie: he played the cheating musician boyfriend of Keira Knightley’s character. He adds, “Y’know, I think we’ll see ‘Adam Levine, the thespian’ more and more over the next few years.”

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Nicki Minaj Surpasses MJ’s Record on Billboard Hot 100

Nicki Minaj has surpassed Michael Jackson and now holds the distinction of having the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

According to Yahoo!, Minaj has made history by logging her 51st Hot 100 entry with her new offering, “Anaconda,” which entered the chart at #19 this week. Thanks to her 20 solo hits and 31 guest feature on songs, she’s out charted MJ. Of course, Michael is credited as the lead or co-lead on all of his 50 charting songs.

“Made history today,” tweeted Minaj, “I didn’t even know I was tied with Michael Jackson with 50 Hot 100 entries on Billboard. Anaconda makes 51 and now I’m tied with Rod Stewart. God bless, and thank you.”

Nicki also holds the record for the most Hot 100 hits by a female rapper and is tied with Eminem for seventh place among all rappers.

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Bieber Cuts A Plea Deal in Miami Beach DUI Case

Justin Bieber’s Miami Beach DUI case will be resolved today in a plea deal.

Sources tell the Miami Herald the state is expected to drop the driving under the influence charge in exchange for a guilty plea for careless driving and resisting an officer without violence.

According to the report, the deal requires Bieber to attend a 12-hour anger-management course that will be conducted as a private class to avoid a fan frenzy, and also to view videos of tragic DUI cases. The singer must also pay court fines and make a $50,000 charitable donation.

The Miami Herald reports Bieber is not expected to appear at the hearing today in Miami-Dade County Court.

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Michael Jackson’s Video to Premiere on Twitter and in NYC’s Times Square

Michael Jackson fans continue to get surprises thanks to the King of Pop’s posthumous album XSCAPE.

The estate of the late singer has announced the video for the album’s latest single, “A Place with No Name,” will premiere on Twitter via the official @MichaelJackson account on Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. ET.

Simultaneously, the video will be projected on the Sony screen in New York City’s Times Square.

Video Teaser Alert: Watch a teaser of the video during Fox’s So You Think Can Dance on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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