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Nicki Minaj Says “Anaconda” Is About Women “Taking Back the Power”

Mark Seliger/GQNicki Minaj’s bootylicious “Anaconda” video has stirred controversy over its sexual content.  However, the queen of Young Money says the clip is really about female empowerment. “At first, I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no,’” Nicki says in the November issue of GQ. “It’s always about the female taking

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Meghan Trainor to Perform with Blake Shelton’s Wife on CMA Awards

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor may have topped the pop charts for the past six weeks, but she’s a resident of Nashville, Tennessee and has written songs for country artists in the past. It’s no wonder, then, that she’s booked an appearance on next month’s Country Music Association Awards. Meghan will sing with country superstar Miranda Lambert,

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Justin Timberlake to Close 20/20 Experience Tour with Filmed Shows in Las Vegas

Dana Edelson/NBCJustin Timberlake plans to wrap up his epic 20/20 Experience World Tour in spectacular fashion, with two big shows in Las Vegas on January 1 and January 2, both of which will be captured on film. The shows at the MGM Grand Garden arena will be filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker

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Meghan Trainor’s Debut Album, "Title," Will Arrive January 13

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor‘s debut album Title now has a release date: January 13.  If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive a free download of her brand-new single “Lips Are Movin’,” along with the tracks that appeared on her previously released EP: “Dear Future Husband,” “Close Your Eyes,” the title track and, of course, “All About

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Jason Derulo Says Jordin Sparks Breakup Will Inspire New Songs

Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo is busy on a U.S. headlining tour, so he won’t be seeing the inside of a studio any time soon, but when he does, he says he definitely plans to write some songs inspired by the breakup of his relationship with Jordin Sparks. Asked if he would use their split after

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Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith’s "Stay with Me" in Concert

Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson‘s still on maternity leave from pop stardom, but she steps out every now and then for the occasional gig.  Over the weekend, she performed at a Microsoft-sponsored concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, and while there, she showed that she’s well aware of what’s hot and happening in music right now. At the

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Lorde Premieres "This Is Not a Game," Another New Song from "Mockingjay" Soundtrack

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde is in charge of the soundtrack for the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay — Part 1, and she’s just revealed one of the songs that will be featured on it, in addition to her own single “Yellow Flicker Beat.”  She’s on the new song two, but so are two other

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Taylor Swift Derides "Sexist" Criticism of Her Relationship Songs

ABC/Jon LeMayIt’s true Taylor Swift writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.  But plenty of male artists also write songs about their love lives, yet they don’t seen to come in for the kind of criticism that Taylor does.  And that, says Taylor, is sexist. Speaking to the Australian radio station 2DayFM, Taylor says, “You’re gonna have

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Study “Beyonce Feminism” and “Rihanna Womanism” at University of Texas

Richard Harbaugh/ABC; Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin. The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism”

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Jessie J Nixed "Superhero" Movie Roles, Part in "Kick-Ass 2" Due to "Ridiculous" Schedule

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsMost pop stars would jump at the chance to be involved in a major Hollywood movie, but Jessie J says she’s turned down several attractive acting offers…because she was just too busy. Speaking to the British paper The Daily Star, Jessie says, “I’ve been offered superheroes. I was also offered a part in

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The Fray’s Joe King Marries "Vampire Diaries" Star Candice Accola

Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesHe and his girlfriend got engaged back in May of 2013, but now Joe King, guitarist for The Fray, has finally said “I do.”  E! Online reports that he tied the knot with Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola in New Orleans on Saturday. Joe posted a photo of himself and Candice dancing together

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Ariana Grande to Perform with Country Group Little Big Town at CMA Awards

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande is going country.  The singer will team up with the country group Little Big Town at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, which will air next month on ABC. So far, there’s no word on which song the two acts will perform together.  In recent years, pop stars have

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Pitbull Returns as Host of American Music Awards

PRNewsFoto/NickelodeonMr. Worldwide is still the host with the most.  After making his debut last year, Pitbull will once again host the American Music Awards, airing November 23. In addition to hosting, Pitbull will also perform on the show, which takes place the day before his new album, Globalization, hits stores. In a statement, the rapper

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Gavin DeGraw Initially Thought Releasing His New Best-Of Album Meant His Career Was Over

James Minchin III/RCA RecordsGavin DeGraw‘s been making records for more than ten years now, so it’s not surprising that his record company approached him to put together a greatest hits compilation: Finest Hour: the Best of Gavin DeGraw arrives in stores Tuesday.  But Gavin says initially, he didn’t like the idea, because he thought it

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Coldplay Announces Release Date for "Ghost Stories Live 2014"

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsColdplay‘s new concert film and live album, Ghost Stories Live 2014, will be released November 24 on CD/DVD and digital formats. Shot in Los Angeles by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale, the film documents the band’s intimate March 2014 performance of Ghost Stories two month’s prior to the album’s release. “The Ghost

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Taylor Swift Reveals First Song on "1989": "Welcome to New York"

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has revealed the first track on her new album.  “The first song on 1989 is a song called ‘Welcome to New York,’” she explained on Monday’s Good Morning America.  “And I wanted to start the album with ‘Welcome To New York’ because New York has been an important landscape and location

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"American Idol" Season Seven Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead at 32

FOXJoanne Borgella, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol, died Saturday of cancer. She was 32. An announcement was made by her family on her Facebook page. It reads in part, “With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne.” Borgella, a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey,

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Gwen Stefani Releases New Single, “Baby Don’t Lie”

Interscope RecordsGwen Stefan released her new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” late Sunday night. In the song, from her upcoming solo album, Gwen sings, “You love me good sometimes/But there’s something behind those eyes, those eyes/That you can’t disguise, disguise/Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby don’t lie/I don’t want to cry no longer/Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby

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Birthday Girl Katy Perry May Shame Betty Crocker Into Reinstating Her Favorite Frosting

Capitol RecordsKaty Perry‘s turning 30 on October 25, but instead of pondering what reaching this milestone truly means to her life and career, she’s preoccupied with making sure her birthday cake is perfect.  Luckily, the folks at Betty Crocker seem willing to reverse their product plan to make it happen. “YO @BettyCrocker,” Katy tweeted to

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Can Taylor Swift Move a Million…Again?

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift’s last two albums — Speak Now and Red — both sold over a million copies in their first weeks of release.  That’s an almost unheard-of feat these days — and one that any artist, including Taylor herself, is unlikely to repeat. Billboard reports that digital sales are down 11.5% for the

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