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iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 lineup announced: Katy Perry, Elton John, and more

Elton John and Ke$ha, united at last.

Sort of: Clear Channel’s iHeartMusicFestival has released the full lineup for its annual shindig, with artists ranging from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and, yes, Sir Elton and Ke$ha slated for the show.

The festival, where Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong infamously had an onstage meltdown last year, will once again take place in Las Vegas, going down over Sept. 20-21. It’ll all be broadcast live across Clear Channel stations and then air on CW on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

This year also brings a new addition to the event: the iHeartRadio “village,” featuring the likes of Miley Cyrus, the Wanted, Avril Lavigne, and more. Take a look at the full lineup(s) below: READ FULL STORY

'American Girl' Bonnie McKee has a lot of famous friends -- watch Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Macklemore, KISS, and more make lipdub cameos

When you write hit songs for some of the biggest artists on the Hot 100, they kind of owe you one, don’t they? And it looks like Bonnie McKee may have found a way to get a whole lot of pop superstars to repay the favor. Plus: Joan Rivers.

McKee, who has written songs like Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” Ke$ha’s “C’mon,” and most of Britney’s Femme Fatale album, is the latest pop songwriter to cross over to center stage, following the footsteps of writers-turned-artists (and frequently also still writers) Jessie J, Sia, and Skylar Grey.

In the “American Girl” video released today, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kathy Griffin, Macklemore, Joan Rivers, Karmin, George Takei, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jenny McCarthy, KISS, Jason Derulo, Jewel, Tommy Lee, Sirah, Taio Cruz, Jane Lynch, and more all pop in to lipsync lines like “I was raised by a television/Every day is a competition.” McKee also sings about falling in love at a 7-11. America! Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

President Obama's inauguration playlist released -- LISTEN

President Obama’s public swearing-in will take place on Jan. 21, and the Obama team has just released an Official Inauguration Playlist by Barack Obama. The list features songs by Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, all of whom who will be performing at various inauguration events this weekend. Other guests set to perform include fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Brad Paisley and Smokey Robinson.

Surprisingly, the playlist also features “Edge of Glory,” a Lady Gaga tune that thematically is a perfect fit for the event. But instead of the Lady Gaga version, the President went with the Glee cast version. A secret Gleek? Perhaps it’s a nod to his daughters — the Glee cast will be performing at the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.

Listen to the full playlist below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher added to Obama inauguration

President Barack Obama’s final inauguration is coming up, and apparently he figured he might as well go all in.

In addition to already-announced names Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor, all of whom will perform during the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21, Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, and Brad Paisley will also be performing during the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.

In a statement, Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said, “We are honored and excited to have such a diverse, talented group of musical guests joining Americans from across the country to celebrate the 57th Inauguration.”

Plenty of other performer names have been tossed around for the series of big events, which include the inauguration, the kids’ concert, and two official inaugural balls. Those names include Nick Cannon, the cast of Glee, Marc Anthony, Smokey Robinson, and Far East Movement, though it’s unclear who of those names will be showing up where.

Perry’s spot on the bill isn’t surprising, as she played a rally for President Obama a few days before last November’s election. In one of the more head-turning fashion moments of 2012′s political discussion, she performed dressed as a ballot.

Who else do you hope shows up for the inauguration? Who would you book? And are you going to miss Aretha Franklin and her fantastic hats?

Read More on EW.com:
Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor to perform at Obama inauguration
Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen to rally with Obama day before election
Alicia Keys sued over ‘Girl On Fire’

American Music Awards: See the winners list here!

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. The singer’s mom joined him onstage as he collected the top award. He looked to his mom: “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me.”

He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him.

The 18-year-old also won favorite pop/rock album for Believe, and male artist.

He performed two songs at the award show, one stripped and another upbeat with Nicki Minaj. As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award.

Here is a full list of the winners:  READ FULL STORY

Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, and a hundred others going after Pandora in open letter

There aren’t a whole lot of things that could bind together artists as divergent as Rihanna, Journey, Brian Wilson, Camper Van Beethoven, Primus, Ludacris, and Amy Grant.

No, it’s not the weirdest Coachella lineup ever—instead, these artists (along with over a hundred more) have come together in the name of the one thing they can all agree on: They’d all like more money for their work.

Yesterday, an open letter signed by 125 musicians showed up online, asking streaming radio service Pandora why they are lobbying for a Congressional measure that would decrease the amount of royalties the company would have to pay out to artists for their songs.

“We are big fans of Pandora,” the letter reads. “That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade. Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in this new digital world.” READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry performing another free concert at Obama rally

Hopefully Katy Perry won’t have another crazy Friday night — she’ll be performing at her third Obama rally on Saturday. President Obama will join her at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin event.

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Shooter Jennings calls John Mayer a 'king douche' on Twitter

Move over, Taylor Swift, there’s another musician who despises John Mayer more than you do.

Shooter Jennings took to Twitter yesterday to bash the “Your Body is a Wonderland” singer’s guitar skills, country cred, and overall douche-y ways. The “Wild & Lonesome” rocker, who was apparently enraged by a Rolling Stone article on Mayer, also indirectly attacked Mayer’s girlfriend Katy Perry in his string of insults. The instigator offered only a semi-apology to the Twitterwerse for “sh**-talking” about Mayer’s “narcissistic drivel,” then re-tweeted Mayer’s fans’ tweets attacking him. Click below for some NSFW tweeting. READ FULL STORY

How Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift are causing a seismic shift in the music industry

The biggest debut of 2012 doesn’t belong to a glossy pop act like One Direction or Justin Bieber.

Sure, those boys have hordes of teenage girls ready to download their music at the drop of a tweet, but they’ve got nothing on the scruffy gents of Mumford & Sons, whose new disc, Babel sold 600,000 copies in its first seven days. (The next-best opening? Bieber’s Believe, with 374,000 in week 1.)

Babel‘s success (it has now led the chart for three weeks and sold 865,000 copies total) is indicative of a larger shift within the music industry. As pop music morphs into a glow-stick dance party, country acts have adopted the traditional pop sound. That leaves Mumford and the burgeoning Americana and folk genres (think acoustic guitars, banjos, and innumerable fitted tweed vests) to fill the country void. Did you get all that? Allow us to break it down. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna talks Chris Brown and Robert Pattinson in new 'Vogue'

Rihanna’s landed the cover of the new issue of Vogue, and, yes, the she does explain her scandalous relationship with a certain you-know-who: Robert Pattinson.

Oh, sorry, that’s probably not who you had in mind, but as the cover story explains, recent tabloid reports had some wondering whether RiRi and R-Patz were getting flirty via text message. When told about this, Rihanna apparently “expressed horror and pronounced it ‘the most bullsh-t ever,’ but she also seemed amused.”

Speaking of horrors: Chris Brown came up a few times over the course of the story as well. First off, Rihanna explains that she is indeed single and hasn’t been on a date in two years. (She says “no one asks.”) With that out of the way, she also confirms that she and Brown still share a friendly relationship — and that she doesn’t care what the public thinks of it. READ FULL STORY

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