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CMA Awards: Best and Worst of the Broadcast

The real winners were announced Wednesday night at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best “Suck it, haters” Taylor Swift moment ever: So not only did George Strait, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, and Rascal Flatts — all people for whom Swift opened at the start of her career — come out onstage to present the 23-year-old with the Pinnacle Award, there was also a video including kind messages from Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Carly Simon, Julia Roberts, and Ethel Kennedy, among others. Watch it below. It’s might have been the best acceptance speech of Swift’s career, as she paid respect to each of the artists onstage with her.  READ FULL STORY

Jason Mraz to perform in Myanmar to help fight human trafficking

Jason Mraz will make history next month when he performs in Myanmar to raise awareness about human trafficking. Mraz will headline a free outdoor concert on Dec. 16 at People’s Square in Yangon, at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is believed to be the first international artist to perform an open-air concert in the country. The show includes local acts and is hosted by MTV EXIT, the music channel’s initiative to raise awareness about human trafficking and exploitation.

“That’s pretty exciting,” Mraz said of the history involved, “and I’m going there with an enormous amount of gratitude and respect, and I hope we can actually make a difference. I hope it’s also a testament to the songs. I’ve always wanted my songs to be about healing and self-empowerment, and if this is the way MTV is acknowledging that, then I am incredibly grateful.” READ FULL STORY

Jason Mraz gets emotional on 'VH1 Storytellers': Watch the sneak peek here -- EXCLUSIVE

For this week’s season premiere of VH1 Storytellers, Jason Mraz showed up with his guitar and his beanie — but forgot to bring a tissue.

In an exclusive preview clip of this Friday’s episode, we see the singer getting emotional as he shares with the audience the songwriting process behind “I Won’t Give Up,” the lead single off his recent album Love Is a Four Letter Word.

“I meant to bring a handkerchief,” Mraz tells the crowd as he wipes a tear from his face.

Nonetheless, he powered through. “I was really bummed out,” he explained. “But the song was coming out whether I like it or not.”

And in the end, he’s glad it did: “Now every day I get to sing this song, and it’s my mantra.”

Mraz’s VH1 Storytellers visit premieres this Friday, but you can watch his intimate performance of “I Won’t Give Up” — and find out what choked him up — in the exclusive sneak peek below:

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Album Sales: Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' debuts at No. 1; The Wanted can't compete with One Direction

After records with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, Jack White released his first solo record this week  — and earned the first no. 1 album of his career.

Blunderbuss entered the Billboard 200 at the top with sales of 138,000. That was enough to put him ahead of new debuts from Lee Brice, Kip Moore, and The Wanted, whose EP couldn’t overtake the seventh-week sales of “rivals” One Direction.

Here’s how the chart shook out:

1. Jack White, Blunderbuss, 138,000
Although the former White Stripes mastermind has had eight albums reach the Top 10, his best chart position until now came in 2007, when The Stripes’ Icky Thump debuted (and peaked) in second place.

2. Adele, 21, 84,000
After 62 weeks on the chart, Adele’s blockbuster album, the fourth-best selling in the last ten years, has now sold over 8.9 million copies and is still going strong. Even if it trails a bit in the months to come, it’s pretty much guaranteed to reach diamond certification for sales of 10 million copies. Whether any other album can ever reach those heights remains to be seen; only three albums have sold more in the last decade: Norah Jones’s Come Away With Me (10,797,000), Eminem’s The Eminem Show (10,049,000), and Usher’s Confessions (9,968,000).

3. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee, 78,000
In its fifth week, Lionel Richie’s country collaboration album dipped from 1 to 3 and has now sold an impressive 612,000 copies. Perhaps Richie’s renewed cachet in the music biz is why he suddenly realized he has too many “personal scheduling conflicts” to be a part of ABC’s summer reality series Duets. (John Legend has stepped in to replace him.)

4. One Direction, Up All Night, 50,000
The U.K. boy banders’ breakout, which started with 176,000 copies in March, ticked up from 5-4 this week. After seven frames on the chart, the group’s debut has sold 541,000 copies. While their single “What Makes You Beautiful” has been downloaded less than The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” (1.8 million vs. 2.2 million downloads), they have the clear bragging rights when it comes to album sales.

5. Lee Brice, Hard 2 Love, 46,000
The country singer’s sophomore release improved upon his 2010 debut, Love Like Crazy, which peaked at No. 44 in 2010. His single “A Woman Like You” recently hit No. 1 on the Country Songs chart.

6. Kip Moore, Up All Night, 37,000
That’s right, there’s another Up All Night on the chart — and it beat The Wanted, too! The “Something ‘Bout a Truck” singer  launched his debut country album into sixth place. “Truck” currently sits at No. 9 on the Country Songs chart.

7. The Wanted, The Wanted, 34,000
Maybe calling Christina Aguilera a “total bitch” wasn’t such a hot idea. The British boy band’s seven-song EP (their U.S. debut) didn’t sell as well as many prognosticators expected, especially given the blockbuster success of their Ibiza-tinged single “Glad You Came.” Although the single hasn’t left the Top 5 of the Hot 100 for the past nine weeks, their self-titled collection sold less than 1/5th of One Direction’s Up All Night first-week sales (they clocked 176,000). Perhaps The Wanted will go the route of acts like the Black Eyed Peas, whose dancey singles set radio and iTunes on fire, but don’t move many albums. Or perhaps fans are just waiting for a full-length album to pull the trigger. We’ll find out when the band release their LP in the fall.

8. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 32,000
In its fourth week, Minaj’s sophomore set fell from 6 to 9 (-33 percent) and has now sold 413,000 total copies. But with her newly released video for “Starships,” sales may stabilize in the weeks to come.

9. Gotye, Making Mirrors, 32,000
His breakthrough single “Somebody That I Used To Know” (featuring Kimbra) is still selling strong, returning to the No. 1 spot on the Hot Digital songs chart this week. The Belgian-born, Australia-raised star has now spent four weeks in the Top 10.

10. Jason Mraz, Love Is A Four Letter Word, 29,000
After a No. 2 debut last week, the super-chill “I Won’t Give Up” singer’s album suffered a 71 percent drop.

What do you think of this week’s chart? Did you pick up any of these albums?

More on EW.com:
Album sales: Lionel Richie triumphs again, Jason Mraz grabs second place
Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following ‘SNL’

Album sales: Lionel Richie triumphs again, Jason Mraz grabs second place

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Richie’s on a roll!

It initially debuted under Madonna’s MDNA three weeks ago, but Lionel Richie’s country duets album Tuskegee is now entering its second straight week at No. 1. (Madonna, on the other hand, is slumming it at No. 29 at the moment.)

Tuskegee‘s continued success meant a silver sales medal for Jason Mraz, whose latest effort Love Is a Four Letter Word settled for second in the battle of the soulful singer-songwriters.

Speaking of which, Adele continues her reign by remaining in the top three; of all the albums in the top ten, 21 experienced the lowest drop in sales (-3%) from the previous week.

Also premiering on the charts this week is Train’s California 37, which landed modestly at No. 4 — a career high for the band. Following them are those lovable British rascals One Direction, whose debut album is still whipping the kids into a frenzy.

Atlanta rapper Future also charted a debut this week with Pluto, his first studio album. It scored some 40,000 sales to rank at No. 8, while a Jack Johnson-led live album featuring guests like Eddie Vedder and Willie Nelson rounded out the top ten by snagging 26,966 in sales in its debut week.

Check out the full chart below for more figures:

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Jason Mraz, 'Live Is a Four Letter Word' four-song EP stream -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Artist Formerly Known as Mr. A to Z recently climbed to No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the in-it-till-the-end ballad “I Won’t Give Up,” the lead single from his upcoming Love Is a Four Letter Word, due April 17.

In the meantime, he’ll be filling the gap with Live Is a Four Letter Word, a four-song digital-only EP. It will be available on iTunes Feb. 28, but you can stream it here first (you may want to keep your office headphones in for the NSFW “You F—ing Did It”).

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