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On the Charts: Maroon 5 takes over, Taylor Swift hits No. 1, Kelly Clarkson stuck on the 'Dark Side'

Maroon 5 have officially accomplished the rare feat of having not one but two singles in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week.

Although their smash “Payphone” is on its way down after peaking at No. 2 (this week it dropped from No. 5 to No. 7), their followup “One More Night” has wasted no time ascending the upper tiers of the chart. This week “Night” jumps 15-9, following major gains at radio and 170,000 additional downloads.

The two hit singles are driving album sales for the band’s fourth album Overexposed, which grew 59 percent to 36,000 copies this week — a $3.99 sale on Amazon also boosted sales substantially — and moved from No. 11 to No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The disc has moved 450,000 copies after eight weeks on the chart.

We’ll find out if “One More Night” can climb one spot higher than “Payphone” in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers below:

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Four unreleased Lana Del Rey songs have emerged: Hear them here

Well, this was an unexpected surprise.

The Internet has dug up four — count ‘em, four! — previously unheard Lana Del Rey songs, all as-yet unreleased. Del Rey’s major-label debut, last spring’s Born to Die, is getting an expanded “Paradise edition” rerelease this fall, so that’s likely the source of these tracks.

One of the cuts, “Ghetto Baby,” is actually a demo of a song Del Rey wrote for Cheryl Cole, but, honestly, we might prefer this version better. Then there’s “Summer of Sam,” a more fun-and-breezy number with a playful bounce and those classic braggy Del Rey lyrics (“I’m the baddest girl in NYC” and “I be murderin’ ‘em,” says the self-proclaimed gangsta Nancy Sinatra). But “Serial Killer” has the best chance of pleasing fans who love Lana for those cinematic “Video Games”-type songs, while “Ooh Baby” is probably our least favorite of the bunch, with the singer’s vocal style slipping into that faux-sex kitten whine that irked many Born to Die listeners.

Anyway, give all four of ‘em a listen below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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A$AP Rocky and Lana Del Rey star as J.F.K. and Jackie in 'National Anthem' video -- WATCH

It’s like a Brooks Brothers catalog, if Brooks Brothers catalogs included dreadlocked rappers from Harlem and blog-baiting reenactments of presidential assassinations.

As promised, Lana Del Rey’s official music video for “National Anthem” features herself as both Marilyn Monroe and as Jacqueline Kennedy (though she mostly looks like circa-1967 Priscilla Presley), while that pretty motherf—er A$AP Rocky plays none other than President John F. Kennedy himself.

The Anthony Mandler-directed clip has the two and their litter of adorable children carousing around their Hyannis Port-esque seaside estate, mashing up a version of Mad Men-era coastal elite with a present-day dice-game block party — with a dash of Grey Gardens thrown in because, you know, it’s the Kennedys.

But if you’re a student of history, then you know things simply can’t end well for A$AP’s J.F.K. character. Rocky himself might love Texas rap, but we don’t recommend he go to Dallas. Check out the absurdly epic eight-minute-long video for yourself below:

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Lana Del Rey gets a tribute from John Mayer, probably isn't dating Axl Rose

Like Jason Voorhees and Rick Santorum, Lana Del Rey never stops coming back. Every time you think she’s about to slip out of the conversation for good, she sneaks back in.

Last time, she gave herself a boost by performing “Video Games” on American Idol. This time, she got a shout out from John Mayer, the now-mute guitar hero who recorded an echo-filled, guitar-only cover of “Video Games.” It’s spare and lovely without being laborious. (If Mayer’s voice is gone for good, he can still have a career crafting instrumental versions of already popular songs).

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Lana Del Rey performs 'Video Games' on 'American Idol': Watch it here

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Are things looking up for Lana Del Rey? Her debut album Born to Die moved nine spots up the Billboard album chart this week, and her sexy video for “Blue Jeans” managed to get her back in the conversation on the Internet (even if a lot of that conversation involved allusions to Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”).

Last night, her road to redemption continued when she got on stage on American Idol and performed “Video Games” for the umpteenth time on television. Was it her finest performance of the song yet, and has she improved since the great SNL debacle of a few months ago? You be the judge below. READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey drops sexy, cologne-y new video for 'Blue Jeans': Watch it here

What’s your favorite perfume commercial? Ours used to be the magical “Someday by Justin Bieber,” but now it’s probably this new clip for “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey.

Oh, what’s that? It’s a music video featuring the same tattooed model from the singer’s “Born to Die” music video? Our bad. We were a little confused because, you know, Del Rey already had a music video for the song. (And seriously: Blue Jeans is also a real fragrance.)

Either way, the new one’s fun, too: more polished, less colorful, all Lana. Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments:

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Adele and Ed Sheeran win at U.K. music's Brit Awards

Soulful songstress Adele capped a momentous year of Grammy Awards triumph and medical woes with a double win at the U.K.’s Brit music awards Tuesday, taking prizes for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show’s host cut her acceptance speech short.

Teen-friendly English troubadour Ed Sheeran won two trophies, including British male solo artist, at an energetic ceremony in London. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' debuts at No. 2, Adele logs her 19th week on top

People constantly debate whether the phrase, “All publicity is good publicity,” actually has any credence, but in the case of Lana Del Rey, the saying has proven itself true.

After nearly six months of feverish online debate — her name! her lips! her backstory! — the divisive songstress, whose poorly received performance on SNL launched a thousand blog posts, lands high on this week’s chart. Her debut album Born to Die debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling a solid 77,000 (if not spectacular, considering its marketing budget) copies.

Impressively, Del Rey accomplished this feat without a single bona fide “hit” to her name. Although her recent video for “Born to Die” has amassed over 19 million views, she has only charted one song domestically: “Video Games,” and that only reached No. 91 on the Hot 100. Understandably, 74 percent of her album sales were digital downloads. READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey makes up for past sins on 'Letterman'

Sorry, backlash fans: Lana Del Rey wins this round.

After a certain disastrous late-night television performance (you know the one), ol’ LDR bounced back last night with an improved showing on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Once again singing her breakout hit “Video Games,” the once-wooden starlet looked to have been better oiled and more prepared for a national stage.

Also helping was the fact that the Late Show camera crew mercifully took some of the heat off of Del Rey by periodically focusing on other people, ones equipped with musical instruments and chairs.

Another possible factor for the controversial songstress’ relatively smooth outing? A confidence boost stemming from knowing that her debut effort Born to Die is in the lead for the highly coveted non-Adele top spot on the Billboard 200.

We could keep making guesses, or you could just watch the video below and rate her performance yourself:

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Lana Del Rey did fine on 'SNL,' says Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is certainly no “gangster Nancy Sinatra” (or gangster anything, really), but the lady does know how to brush that dirt off her shoulder.

Her album Born to Die finally dropped today, yet many people are still having trouble getting past her much-maligned showing on Saturday Night Live, which 22.53 percent of you thought was SNL‘s worst musical outing of all time. (Ashlee Simpson “won” the poll with 54.85 percent.)

Del Rey, however, has no idea what you’re talking about.

“I actually felt good about it. I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine,” she told Rolling Stone, presumably with a straight face. “It felt OK.”

“The cast and crew said they loved it,” she added. “I know some people didn’t like it, but that’s just the way I perform, and my fans know that.”

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