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Did Katy Perry just take a dig at Beyonce? You be the judge

Don’t expect Katy Perry to pay tribute to Beyonce anytime soon. Though the singer just performed a cover of Kanye and Jay Z’s “N—s in Paris,” when it comes to Jay’s better half, she’s apparently got some reservations.

The same day Perry performed her rendition of the track during a visit to BBC Radio 1, she purportedly made a dig at Beyonce and Shakira’s 2007 hit “Beautiful Liar.” Perry let her feelings about the song slip while discussing a possible collaboration with Rihanna. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry covers 'N---s In Paris': Watch it here!

Katy Perry’s collaborations with rappers so far have been pretty fruitful — the Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls” and the Kanye West-abled “E.T.” both ended up in the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier today, she proved that she might have learned a thing or two from her collaborators.

While visiting BBC Radio 1, Perry put a New York Yankees hat on top of her electric-blue hair and ripped into a cover of “N—-s in Paris,” from West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne. It was slowed down slightly and re-arranged so that it could be played by her band, and nixed most of the bad words.

The energy level is way lower than the original, though Perry seemed really focused on getting all the lyrics out (and it’s a lot of lyrics).”This is about to get embarrassing,” she said before ripping into the first verse. You can be the judge of that below. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West turns unsuccessful booty call into seven-minute live riff: Hear it here

As we all know by now, Kanye West doesn’t like it when things don’t go his way. But we also know that when life hands Yeezy lemons, he AutoTunes them into sour, pulpy, seven-minute-long lemonade.

During a recent show in Melbourne, Australia, West decided he had more to add to his performance of the downbeat 808s and Heartbreaks track “Say You Will.”

A lot more: In an impromptu narrative thread that lasted longer than the song itself, the rapper chronicles his attempts to seduce an ex-girlfriend over the course of a night.

Why? Because, in his words, “ain’t no sex like an ex.” Yet sadly, after so many text messages and white wines, Ye’s confessional tale doesn’t end in his favor.

Hey, at least he got a new song out of it! Listen to the memorable riff in the below:

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This week in ridiculous tour riders: Kanye West and M.I.A.

Whatever you thought of M.I.A.’s Super Bowl outing, one thing is for certain: it could’ve gotten weirder.

The web’s premier celebrity-shamer The Smoking Gun has dug up a copy of what it claims is M.I.A.’s tour rider, and it’s a bit of a doozy, even by M.I.A.’s high-doozy standards.

On the list? Let’s see, we’ve got some bottles of Vitamin Water, a few trays of European cheese and “quality chocolates,” a high-speed internet connection.

Hmm, anything else? Oh yeah, we almost forgot about the three women between the ages of 20 and 25 to dance on stage wearing full-body burkas. And the burkas should be provided by the venue, naturally.

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Today in music beefs: Chris Cornell vs. Kanye

Another week, another Kanye controversy.

Yesterday, fans at Australia’s Big Day Out fest became understandably upset when West showed up 45 minutes late to his own performance, and they expressed their discontent by chanting “bulls—” in Yeezy’s direction.

But not all of the jeering came from the audience. West’s delayed, allegedly ballerina-filled performance happened to bleed into the Soundgarden show a stage over, irking frontman Chris Cornell.

The “Black Hole Sun” singer let himself rip, telling his audience:

“Sounds like there’s children playing music there. Retarded children, retarded as in held back. There’s no other word for it.”

Your move, ‘Ye! Though you may have to grab the baton from angry advocacy groups for the mentally disabled.

Read more on EW.com:
Kanye West’s twitter is back! And yes, it’s pretty much amazing
Neil Young on music today: ‘I don’t like it’
Review: Kanye West & Jay-Z, Watch the Throne

Watch vintage footage of teenage Kanye rapping -- VIDEO

Teen Kanye RapsHe wasn’t born on the throne.

But according to a newly unearthed video of a 19-year-old Kanye West performing in his native Chicago, he was already on his way in 1996.

“I never been tookin’ out / I got emcees lookin’ out,” raps the nascent Louis Vuitton Don, sporting the kind of tucked-in polo ensemble that became the sartorial signature of his earlier days.

The NYC-flavored jam definitely fits the era, and West had seemingly yet to nail down a musical identity. Yet, as we recently learned in another vintage video, it would be eight years (if not sooner) before ‘Ye started infusing into his verses the Chicago-style consciousness that colored his 2004 debut The College Dropout.

But enough with the talking — watch the video for yourself below, and let us know what you think of Junior Yeezy:

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Rihanna crowned best-selling digital artist of all time

How does one sell nearly 50 million downloads in six years? By releasing nearly 50 million singles in six years.

Hyperbole aside, Nielsen Soundscan revealed that Rihanna is now the top-selling digital artist of all time (time here being about as old as the iTunes Store), having moved 47.5 million digital tracks since her 2005 debut.

This gives her a safe lead ahead of runners-up the Black Eyed Peas, who have 42.4 million digital tracks under their Tron belts, and Eminem, who ranks third with 42.29 million.

The Grammy-winning singer’s previous accomplishments include eclipsing Madonna to become the fastest artist to produce 20 Hot 100 top-10 singles, which she pulled off with “We Found Love.”

Of course, one might say RiRi breaks a lot of records largely by making a lot of them. Since 2005, the Barbadian chart beast has released six studio albums and an astonishing 27 singles — more than the BEPs and Eminem combined in the same amount of time.

The full list is below; see if you can count how many of them haven’t collaborated with Rihanna before: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West's twitter is back! And yes, it's pretty much amazing

We were starting to think that Kanye had forgotten about his favorite 140-character creative outlet.

But thankfully, he’s back. It appears as though he’s at his tweetiest when he’s idle; after a long run of only-occasional peeps while he was on the road with Jay-Z promoting Watch the Throne, last night he inexplicably rolled out a mind-boggling statement of purpose on a cornucopia of topics.

Really, it’s worth it to read through the entirety of his idea dump, but just in case you don’t have the time to parse out everything Mr. West had to say, here are some of the highlights:

Kanye ne parle pas Francais: “Early 2011 … I moved to Paris and opened a small design studio… the language barrier was quite difficult…”

Meet George Jetson, his boy Kanye: “I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson movie and someone on the call yelled out.. you should do a Jetsons tour!”

Fashion is a longtime passion that may or may not have once been derailed by Taylor Swift and a bottle of cognac: “I’ve been working at this for 8 years now …from the first offers to do urban clothing lines that I turned down… To begging Bape to do my line and never making any real headway… To having an office in LA that was shut down after the “MTV” moment along with my tour with GAGA”

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The 10 top music-video directors of 2011: Watch their best clips here

Looking back at the best music videos of 2011, one thing leaped out: All of the best clips were made by the same six or seven people.

So rather than call out individual entries for their greatness, we’re going to reward the directors who put together the best portfolios this year. Anybody can make one excellent video, but it takes serious jiujitsu to knock out three great ones. That left a lot of awesome videos on the table (all apologies to excellent entries like Foo Fighters’ “Walk,” Beyoncé’s “Countdown,” and Ke$ha’s “Blow”), but this is a pretty good sum-up of the year in music videos.

1) Spike Jonze
Jonze only stood behind the camera for two videos this year, but they were both game-changers. Beastie Boys’ “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” was a sandbox revelation that was way better than the actual feature film based on GI Joe, while Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” turned that pair’s obsession with commercialism into a bombastic brand of Americana. Pour one out for the fallen Maybach, and raise your glass to Jonze, who proved that no amount of directing polarizing adaptations of beloved books for children can take away his four-minute spark. READ FULL STORY

Grammys: Who got snubbed?

Here ‘Ye, here ‘Ye! Or don’t: Kanye West may have lead the pack with seven nods when the 54th annual Grammy nominations were announced on Wednesday, but the rapper, whose album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  topped countless critics’ end-of-year lists, was snubbed in the Album of the Year category, as well as every major category except Song of the Year. Academy voters were most comfortable relegating West to genre categories like Best Rap Performance.

Taylor Swift (for Speak Now) and Beyoncé (for 4) were also overlooked for Album of the Year. (Taylor’s probably doing a very different kind of surprised face right now.) Despite a grand roll-out that included multiple videos and the big VMAs reveal of her baby earlier this year, poor Bey scored only two nominations, both in fairly minor categories: “Party,” her collaboration with Andre 3000 (and, frankly, not the best song on 4), earned a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration nod, while “I Am…World Tour” is in the running for Best Long Form Video. Does this mean we won’t be able to see Beyoncé shake her best tassled maternity dress onstage this year?

And That Song that’s been playing on the radio, in your car, at the grocery store, at the gym, and in your head for the better part of 2011? Sadly, Foster the People went largely unrecognized for “Pumped Up Kicks,” which will no doubt anchor many Best Singles of 2011 lists. Passed over for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, even the Best New Artist category, the group was left to compete only for Best Alternative Album.

Of course, that leaves more space for the big surprise of the night: rave kingpin Skrillex. Racking up five nominations, and taking up a slot in the Best New Artist category that could’ve been filled by, say, Fleet Foxes, Foster the People, or the Civil Wars, he may soon be famous for more than just being the Most Hated Man in Dubstep.

Readers, what’s your take? Find our extended gallery of snubs and surprises here.

More on EW.com:
Grammy nominees list 2012
Trey Parker and Robert Lopez on ‘Book of Mormon’ Grammy nod
On the scene at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert: Best and worst moments

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