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Jessie J: Co-writing 'Party in the U.S.A.' paid my rent for 3 years

With her Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj-assisted pop diva posse cut “Bang Bang” one of the biggest songs of 2014, Jessie J has finally become a legitimate pop star in America after years of underperforming records. While she was working toward her breakthrough the singer paid her bills as a songwriter for hire, not unlike Charli XCX, Tove Lo, and Sia—composers who also made the quantum leap into American pop stardom in 2014. Her biggest success from behind the scenes is “Party in the U.S.A.,” which she originally wrote for herself but gave to Miley Cyrus after her label nixed the idea of putting it on her own album.

Although Jessie wasn’t able to make the song a hit on her own, “Party”—which she co-wrote alongside Dr. Luke and veteran songwriter Claude Kelly—still paid off. In a new interview she tells the UK edition of Glamour, “‘Party in the U.S.A.’ paid my rent for, like, three years. Actually it was longer than that. That’s where I get most of my money. I write songs. I’m a singer. I love doing endorsements and stuff, but that’s all added on.”


Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

The Flaming Lips have a Beatles obsession. On last month’s With A Little Help From My Fwends, the experimental psych-rockers teamed with Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and many more to cover every song off 1967’s classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now they’ve partnered with Yoko Ono to cover John Lennon solo cut “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for All Is Bright, a 40-track Amazon Prime holiday compilation. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus retires from twerking, tries to take on the Nae Nae

Miley Cyrus has moved on to the newest dance craze du jour: the Nae Nae.


Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne on the band's new Beatles cover album, late nights with Miley, and why he doesn't love weed


In the three decades since Oklahoma psych-rock icons the Flaming Lips formed, they’ve made no secret of their love for twee, trippy antics. They’re particularly infamous for their over-the-top live shows, in which they perform in Martian or animal costumes and shower the audience with confetti while singer Wayne Coyne rolls over the crowd in a giant plastic bubble.

The Lips are fond of experimentation offstage as well, recording not just 13 studio albums but a slew of limited-edition releases and collaborations, including 2010’s song-for-song cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and a 2011 EP that was stored on a flash drive inside a gummy human skull. They’ve also dabbled in film, with projects like the bonkers 2008 holiday film Christmas on Mars and an inscrutable, NSFW five-minute short film, released earlier this year, called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.” In it, Miley Cyrus smokes a joint, a nude woman is sprayed with glitter, and Coyne sings from within a massive cardboard rainbow.


Hear Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips' trippy 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' cover

When the Flaming Lips finalized their star-studded Sgt. Pepper tribute album, With a Little Help From My Fwends, last month, more than a few feared Miley Cyrus would take a wrecking ball to her contribution, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” Now the Lips have released the track, which also features Moby, along with pre-ordering details. READ FULL STORY

Watch Miley Cyrus hand over her VMA acceptance speech for a good cause

At last year’s Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus made headlines for twerking on Robin Thicke and sticking out her tongue. This year, the pop singer kept it tame and gave her one moment in the spotlight to someone else: A homeless man named Jesse.

Cyrus won the Video of the Year award for “Wrecking Ball” but instead of walking up to the stage to claim the Moonman for herself, she sent Jesse up as she cheered for him from the sidelines. “My name is Jesse, and I’m accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States, who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now,” Jesse started. “I know this because I am one of these people.” READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus concert banned in Dominican Republic

Miley Cyrus is going to have to keep her tongue out of the Dominican Republic.

The government commission of the Caribbean island is banning the crotch-grabbing singer’s Sept. 13 concert for her, well, frequent crotch grabs, among other signature Miley antics that have gone against the country’s morality laws, which are punishable offenses. Tickets have ranged from $27 to $370 so ticketholders in the Dominican Republic will just have to hope for a refund and comfort themselves with a twerk and a foam finger. (Too risque?)

Pharrell and Miley Cyrus team up for puzzling 'Come Get It Bae' video


Pharrell’s new video for “Come Get It Bae” brings up a lot of questions: Why does the video start out by stating “beauty has no expiration date,” only for the multiple dancers in the video to all look to be in their thirties or younger? Why is Pharrell filming the dancers? Shouldn’t he be singing?


Video: Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips star in a super-trippy short film

Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, both fans of recreational drug use as well as being bottomless pits of need for attention, have become tight buds—which only makes sense. Over the weekend, Cyrus and Coyne partied together in Los Angeles, culminating in getting matching tattooed portraits of Miley’s deceased dog Floyd, who she has previously paid tribute to in the form of a giant inflatable stage prop.

Today, they followed that up by releasing a new video they made together. “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain” isn’t exactly a music video but rather a very brief psychedelic heist movie scored by what seems to be a heavily deconstructed version of a Flaming Lips track that harkens back to the band’s early years as a face-melting acid-pop band, well before they smoothed out enough of their lysergic edge to find mainstream success. Cyrus, who was bedridden at the time due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics, plays the custodian of JFK’s brain, which holds “the original formula for the drug LSD,” according to Coyne, which is stolen by a naked blonde woman. The Flaming Lips play rainbows and mushrooms.

Moby, Santa Claus, and “a lesbian Bigfoot” also make appearances in the five-and-a-half-minute short. NSFW for nudity, drug use, and Miley loudly dropping F-bombs.


Avicii tops Spotify's inaugural Top 25 Artists Under 25 list


Spotify listeners really, really like Avicii.

The EDM star leads Spotify’s first-ever Top 25 Artists Under 25 list, a ranking of the most influential young music-makers. The streaming service looked at No. 1 hits, volume and growth of streams and shares, and viral chart success from the last year to compile the results.

Avicii easily took the top spot — the 24-year-old Swedish DJ’s track “Wake Me Up” is the most-streamed song in Spotify history. He’s also the first artist under 25 to reach one billion streams on the site. READ FULL STORY

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