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Katy Perry sings ballad version of 'The One That Got Away' on 'X Factor': Your opinion is desired

Let’s debate: Katy Perry performed a slowed-down version of her new single “The One That Got Away” on the U.K X Factor last night… and sounded surprisingly good.

Rocking a new pink hairdo and wielding a guitar, the emotional, stripped-down performance was a success for Perry, who is obviously more known for her radio hits than her live-performance chops.

But give the lady some credit:  she sounds better here than she does on the recorded version of the tune. I could have done without the back-up wails, but otherwise, she should definitely add this version into her rotation.

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Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne win big at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011

It was another big year for Chris Brown at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Only this time around, the rapper/singer wasn’t in attendance — though he tweeted a thank you message.

Brown, who appeared via a pre-recorded video (watch below), won three awards, alongside his “Look At Me Now” collaborators Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, including Best Hip-Hop Video, People’s Champ Award, and the Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (which, as it turns out, is not so much about candy, as it is musical collaborations.)

Busta Rhymes, who was named the winner of the Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse, accepted the trophies on their behalf. Lil Wayne, who was also absent from last night’s show, walked away with two of his own BET Hip Hop Awards for both Best Live Performer and Lyricist of the Year. Click below for Brown’s video and a complete list of the night’s winners, including awards for Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Waka Flocka Flame. READ FULL STORY

Mos Def and Talib Kweli premiere new Black Star song on 'The Colbert Report': Watch here!

Back in 1998, a pair of then relatively unknown rappers released Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, one of the most beloved hip-hop albums of that decade. Though both Mos and Kweli have had a great deal of individual success since then, neither has been able to capture the post-Native Tongues majesty of their collaboration.

Luckily, they’ve decided to dust off Black Star, and spent the summer re-creating their stellar debut as part of the Rock the Bells Tour. The pair returned to television on last night’s episode of The Colbert Report. Kweli and Def (who is now known as Yasiin Bey, which is something we’re just going to have to get used to) chatted with the host, admitting they don’t really understand the term “underground rap.” (“Does it mean we never rise above sea level?” joked Bey.) They also debuted a brand new song called “Fix Up,” which captures much of the same intense ’round-the-way energy the duo put forth on their debut.

But the big highlight came in a web-exclusive performance of “Astronomy (8th Light),” one of the cornerstone tracks from Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day two: Lady Gaga takes over the show

Leave it to Lady Gaga to co-opt a music festival featuring dozens of top-line pop stars and make it her own.

The Lady appeared on stage as the final performer last night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stayed on stage for well over an hour—much longer than any of the other acts. “They told me I was only allowed to play for 45 minutes,” she told the crowd. “But I think you’re all pretty drunk so you probably don’t know what time it is, do you?”

And it’s true: No one was complaining when she served up hit after hit, including “Judas,” “You and I,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance,” which basically blew the roof off the arena.

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On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day one: Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, and Jay-Z

When you think about it, there’s really only one way to kick off a pop music festival: with the gyrating, electro, pulsing sounds of the Black Eyed Peas, of course.

The foursome opened the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night with laser lights, a cadre of jailbird-themed backup dancers (in a word: divine), and one of their signature songs, “Boom Boom Pow.”

It’s almost needless to say, but the party-rocking vibe the show’s producers were no doubt hoping for coalesced perfectly, as the crowd spiraled into dancing through songs like “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Don’t Stop the Party,” “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and the perfect set-ender: “I Gotta Feeling.” (Personally, I was hoping for “Shut Up,” but no one ever seems to be into that song as much as me.)

Of much interest — at least to me — was Fergie’s delightful getup, which included glittery knee-high boots and onesie, and fascinating, gold fingernail/cap things that contributed to her overall drag queen look. She was Vegas to a T! (Then again, she always kind of is.)

The tone was set from the first act: This show was definitely all about the hits, and the 12,000 fans in the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena seemed to get just what they wanted. From top to bottom, the show was quite the Vegas production with huge screens flanking the stage, more than one confetti blast (the first one came at the almost-still-daylight time of 8:01 p.m., no joke), and, yes, Ryan Seacrest as host.

He first appeared after the Black Eyed Peas left the stage to introduce the show: “This weekend,” he said, in a trademark way that’s both overly dramatic and overly bombastic, “all roads lead to Vegas.” Well, all roads carrying the biggest pop stars, at least. And it was during this interlude that he announced something that made the crowd go completely wild: Lady Gaga—already confirmed to be performing during the festival—would appear on Saturday night with Sting. In two words: Instant death!

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Selena Gomez's performance of 'Love You Like A Love Song' on 'The Tonight Show': Watch it here

Last night’s episode of The Tonight Show operated in a business-as-usual fashion, delivering host Jay Leno’s tired riffs about the day’s news, a vaguely interesting conversation with X Factor judge Simon Cowell (who said that Nicole Scherzinger is wackier than Paula Abdul because at least Paula knows she’s crazy), and a show-closing performance of “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez (whose fans would have been up way past their bedtimes in order to catch her).

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Paramore debuts new song 'Renegade' at New York City concert: Watch it here

What does teen spirit smell like? Well, it has many scents—some pleasant, others not so much.

On a rainy Wednesday night in New York City, scores of damp youngsters piled into Terminal 5 to see punk group Paramore as they celebrated the 15th anniversary of their record label Fueled By Ramen.

In a black sleeveless shirt and pants patching her blazing red hair, lead singer Hayley Williams so sweetly raged the night away. Songs like “That’s What You Get,” “Ignorance,” and an encore of “Misery Business“– where Williams brought up a dirty-blond Pennsylvanian fan to scream the “Oh, it was never my intention to brag” hook– drove the crowd wild.

Mix loud live Paramore tunes with adolescent energy and you get an odor that smells something like a herd of steamy, wet German shepherd puppies.

One cut that particularly made them bark and their shaggy heads bop was a new song they performed. Williams cautiously introduced it.

“This next song, we have never, ever, ever played before. And sometimes this happens and it goes wrong,” she began after changing into a leopard tank top. “I just need you guys to have fun anyways. We’ll be putting this song online for you guys to have as soon as we can, as soon as possible. We’re working on it. It’s called ‘Renegade.’”

Watch them perform it after the jump:

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Dave Grohl still doesn't care for 'Glee' on 'Chelsea Lately': Watch it here

If Dave Grohl didn’t love being in a rock band as much as he did, he totally could have his own talk show.

The former Nirvana drummer and longtime Foo Fighters frontman is open, biting, honest, and always hilarious, whether it’s in an award-winning video or as a guest on Chelsea Lately.

Grohl did the latter last night, and his eight-minute conversation with host Chelsea Handler (which you can watch below) was not entirely revelatory, but it was almost unbearably charming.

Grohl hit on a bunch of topics, including his band’s win at the VMAs (he joked that had Cloris Leachman not been present, he would have been the oldest person at the show), the dearth of “real” rock bands, his group’s approach live (“We don’t sound like the record, we sound like five dudes beating the s— out of our instruments”), and his stance on Glee (“As a rock musician, why should you have to say ‘OK Glee, take my song and turn it into a f—ing musical?”). Check out their conversation below. READ FULL STORY

Lenny Kravitz brings 'Black and White America' to New York City's Terminal 5: EW on the scene

Lenny Kravitz’s band is no letdown in the cool department.

The crew’s lone lady sports a shaved head and taps her shoeless feet while shredding her guitar. The horn section follows suit. One member rocks well tailored, yet unkempt dreads. Another, like his lead man, has a mini ‘fro. While the second guitarist resembles Sideshow Bob—but in a “I’d hang out with him” way. All look like if weapons replaced their instruments, they’d be equally capable of defending our planet from the end of days.

Kravitz is captain, of course. And last night at New York City’s Terminal 5, he and company tore it down. The twenty-year veteran dropped his ninth album, Black and White America, Tuesday and he was the evening’s headliner of the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert.

Ever the sex symbol, he made ladies squeal upon his arrival. In sunglasses, a fitted black shirt, leather pants, and boots, Kravitz wasted no time getting to his classics. Watch him perform “American Woman” after the jump:

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Justin Bieber hops on Drake's 'Trust Issues,' believes what he's got with girlfriend Selena Gomez is real

That Selena Gomez must be real special to her boyfriend Justin Bieber. So much so that the teen pop stud covered his Canadian homeboy Drake’s woozy love song “Trust Issues” to sing about how there’s only one girl (presumably Selena) he can rely on not to break his heart.

‘You’re the only one/ ‘Cause I don’t trust these women/ They might have me slipping,” Bieber croons. The lyrics are a slight remix to Drake’s more aggressive “I don’t trust these b—-es.”

Either way, the message is the same: She’s the one for him. They certainly looked happy together last night at MTV’s 2011 VMAs. The Biebs gave Gomez a kiss after winning the Best Male Video award for “U Smile.”

The idea here isn’t an unfamiliar one. Stories of rich guys fearful of gold diggers and groupies come a dime a dozen.  This one’s no “Billie Jean,” either But I do appreciate the sentiment.

Rarely do men admit their fears and also profess their love for one lady on the same record. I hope this is the lane Justin’s traveling down on his next album. At 17, there’s some maturity here.

And on a more basic level, I’m glad his voice is growing as he ages. It’s rough being a star at such a young age mostly because nature and time are undefeated. There’s a chance that the sweet voice that sang “Baby” could’ve died during the transition from tighty-whities to boxers.

Anyway, listen to the track after the jump.

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