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On the Charts: Taylor Swift's big sales, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows up, The Lumineers say 'Hey'

Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.

Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)

There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.

We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

This week's music winners and losers: Rick Ross, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, and more!

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Carly Rae Jepsen and Rick Ross muscle out the competition, Ellie Goulding surges, and Phillip Phillips makes a gigantic chart leap with his Idol coronation song “Home.” Here’s your guide to who’s burning up (and flaming out) on the music charts:

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Rick Ross: The large and in charge rapper’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t became his fourth number one album, selling 219,000 copies in its first week. The sales total was the largest rap debut since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded bowed with 253,000 copies earlier this year.

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe,” which this week passed the 5 million mark in sales, logged a ninth week atop Billboard’s Hot 100. The track, the first off her just-announced Kiss (due Sept. 18), is now the longest-running number one single in 2012 over Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which held the peak position for eight weeks and is still sitting pretty at No. 6. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry scores ninth number one on Top 40, ties Rihanna for record

Trying to prove which pop star is the best in 2012 usually brings out the worst in the Internet. For proof, see every YouTube comment thread ever.

But if you’re judging by sheer quantity of radio number ones, the case is closed — and Katy Perry and Rihanna come out on top.

Perry earned her ninth number one single on the Billboard Top 40 chart this week with “Wide Awake,” the final chapter from the unfettered pop onslaught that is Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.

Perry’s sophomore album already made some chart history back when “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart last summer, making Perry is the only other artist besides Michael Jackson to have churned out five number ones from a single album.

“Wide Awake” puts Perry in the same company as Miss Where-Have-You-Been Rihanna, who also ties the record with nine number ones. That means both now beat out Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and P!nk, who have each had seven number ones on the Top 40 chart, and Beyoncé and Mariah Carey, who have both logged six. Who would have thought that the slightly awkward teenager who once starred in a Destiny’s Child tribute performance would go on to earn more number ones than Bey herself?

Also noteworthy: Perry did this in only two albums, while Rihanna reached her mark over the course of six. Make of that what you will, ravenous Internet fan club enthusiasts, but it looks like there’s no exact formula for being a pop juggernaut these days. Case in point: Rihanna received five MTV Video Music Award nominations Tuesday, with Perry following close behind with four. Both are up for the top prize, Video of the Year, for “We Found Love” and for “Wide Awake.”

In other chart dominance news, “Wide Awake” is also Perry’s 10th number one on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart. A few years ago, claiming success there would have been the big-fish-small-pond equivalent of claiming you were the greatest Candyland player in all of Iceland.

But now that electronic beats, dubsteb breakdowns, and a general appreciation for bleeps and boops are the norm in popular music, this other Perry accomplishment is probably nothing to sneeze at.

Below, enjoy that Destiny’s tribute clip Rihanna from back before the then-teenager was a pop powerhouse: READ FULL STORY

Ten things we learned about Justin Bieber from his 'Rolling Stone' cover story

Well, well — it looks like Justin Bieber’s gotten himself on the cover of Rolling Stone all over again.

So, what fun new stuff is in this issue’s story that wasn’t in the one from February of last year? For one, adulthood: Bieber’s previous RS cover labeled him “Super Boy,” but this time around, he’s deemed “HOT. READY. LEGAL.”

Of course, there are plenty more awesome tidbits in the current issue’s eight-page spread, which hits newsstands today. We went ahead and rounded up our favorite ten for you below: READ FULL STORY

Celebrate 4th of July with Katy Perry, Will Smith, and more in our Spotify holiday playlist

Even though it awkwardly sits in the middle of the week this year, the Fourth of July remains the most ideal holiday: There’s no psychological trauma surrounding giving the right gift, you usually don’t have to travel to fully enjoy it, and there’s no somber occasion that makes you feel guilty about getting a day off from work. It’s simply an excuse to go outside, put meat on fire, and watch colorful things explode.

Of course, it’s also important to crank up some music as loud as humanly possible in order to fully enjoy the Fourth of July. That’s why EW has put together a special Spotify playlist for Independence Day, which features 29 killer songs sure to upgrade your backyard barbecue. There are odes to the summer months (Will Smith’s “Summertime,” Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime,” Flaming Lips “It’s Summertime”), hat tips to the home of the brave (Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom), and some actual songs called “4th of July” by the likes of Aimee Mann, X, and Bruce Springsteen.

You’ll also find a handful of tracks about partying, one or two shout-outs to the backyard, and Sweet’s “Fox On the Run” (because you can’t have a party without “Fox On the Run”).

Check out the playlist below, and please remember to handle your fireworks carefully. Happy Fourth! READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry starting her own record label

The California Gurl is growing up.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, 27-year-old Katy Perry revealed her plans to start her own record label. Her new enterprise doesn’t have a name yet, but “I’m preparing for it now,” she assured THR.

“And when this record label does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success,” Perry said. “As people are coming to me with opportunities, I’m thinking, ‘How would I want to be treated?'”

It’s unclear where her imprint will live, but it’ll likely be at EMI, where Perry is currently signed (with Capitol Records). As one EMI executive told THR, “Katy is one of our crown jewels.”

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Katy Perry smacks Prince Charming (a.k.a. Russell Brand) in 'Wide Awake' video -- WATCH

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Katy Perry’s latest single, “Wide Awake,” is certainly a pop delight, even if its lyrics are fairly generic (“I’m wide awake/And now it’s clear to me/That everything you see/Ain’t always what it seems”).

But Perry claims the video for the song — which she’s using to promote her 3-D movie, Part of Me — is nothing short of autobiographical and explains the journey she’s been on for the last two years.

“It’s kind of like the labyrinth of my life in the last two years,” Perry said during an MTV First presentation, where she sat down with MTV’s Sway to discuss the clip. “I just wanted to tell a story about myself kind of going through this journey, maybe sometimes trying to get out of the maze. There’s good parts, there’s bad parts, and the whole time there’s the younger version of me leading me through.”

Naturally, Perry referenced the struggle that’s outlined in “Wide Awake” and alluded to the fact — but didn’t explicitly say — that much of the song describes her feelings about her recent divorce from comedian Russell Brand. “Of course there’s been a lot of things that went on last year that I had to get through and overcome and obstacles that I had to, you know, go through,” Perry explained. “I think what kept me going is just, like, the purity of my belief in music and my love for music.”

Whether or not you buy into the platitudes that Perry is selling — sure, she’s had a rough year, and a divorce is a disaster for anyone — the video for “Wide Awake” seems to be just what her fans might want from her at this point in time. There’s a fantastical, whimsical vibe to it that finds Perry teaming up with her own self as a child.

The clip launches with a snippet from the shoot for her “California Gurls” and ends with the concert tour, book-ending the two crazy years she’s spent promoting her blockbuster album Teenage Dream. There’s a genius moment where the princess-like Perry emerges from darkness to find Prince Charming — and promptly smacks him.

The only thing that would have made the moment better was if the guy had looked a little bit more like Russell Brand. Check it out yourself below:

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry win big at Much Music Awards

Oh, Canada. It’s sometimes easy to forget all the great things you’ve given us here south of your border. There’s Justin Bieber, of course, and also Ryan Gosling. And who could forget about poutine? Poutine!

Now, another great reminder: The MuchMusic Video Awards, generally considered Canada’s equivalent of the MTV Video Music Awards. It’s perhaps no big surprise that Carly Rae Jepsen came out the big winner at last night’s ceremony, nabbing three major awards.

(Fun fact: Josh Ramsay, the frontman of pop-punkers Marianas Trench, who took home several prizes as well, produced “Call Me Maybe.” Synergy!)

Katy Perry also won the “UR Fave” trophy for International Artist or Group and the International Video of the Year prize, beating out the likes of Adele, One Direction, Rihanna, and LMFAO.

Check out the full list of last night’s winners (in bold) below the jump, as well as nominees:

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2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Adele, LMFAO, and Rihanna lead Billboard Music Award finalists

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Fresh off their name-checks in the Time 100, Adele and Rihanna have more kudos to brag about. They’re leading the pack of Billboard Music Awards nominees, along with Lady Gaga, LMFAO, and Lil Wayne. Adele scored 18 nods — including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist — off the mega-sales of her album 21 and its lead single “Rolling in the Deep.” “Party Rockers” LMFAO will be in the house behind thanks to 17 nods. Rihanna could win up to 13 trophies, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne could be walking home with a lot of hardware, after netting 10 nods apiece. Usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars are also among the pool of finalists. You can view the full list here.

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