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Miley Cyrus and the rise of #YOLO pop

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One week ago, Miley Cyrus left the nation reeling after her performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” at the Video Music Awards. Parents watched in horror as the girl they remembered as Hannah Montana twerked in a teddy-bear leotard, gyrated on Robin Thicke‘s crotch in nothing more than a creamsicle bikini, and rubbed her nether-regions with a phallic foam finger. The whole display was provocative, pointless, and, for most viewers, shocking.

But in all actuality, Cyrus’ deliberately vexing presentation wasn’t shocking at all. “We Can’t Stop” is a natural extension of the “Can’t Be Tamed” philosophy that Cyrus has been peddling since 2010. And by the same token, the song — in its irreverent disregard of all people in the name of a good time — is the crystallization of pop music’s ideals over the past year. In the wake of fun.‘s “We Are Young,” pop has quickly become a medium that worships its own youth unabashedly. Granted, pop music has always heralded youth (tellingly, Justin Timberlake, 32, was given a legacy prize at this year’s VMAs) — but it’s never been so self-aware about it.

“It’s not just about being like, ‘We don’t care what people say,’” Cyrus said of “We Can’t Stop” during a Billboard cover shoot in June. “It’s about living for right now.” In the same interview Cyrus said the single’s edgy video was meant to resonate with young people: “I know that we all live for those nights right now. We’re all young,” she said. “I want to talk to my fans about that.” That may sound like a shallow conversation, but currently, it’s the chosen topic in much of 2013′s pop music. READ FULL STORY

How to enrage a One Direction fan in 5 steps

They’re young, they tweet, and man, are they protective of their boys.

One Direction fans are a passionate bunch. So if you happen to find yourself standing in line for One Direction: This Is Us, there are a few things you need to know. Here are five things that will really get the fans fuming:

1. Debate “Larry” vs. “Elounor”
The first thing you need to know about Directioners is that they’re divided into two camps. There are “Larry” shippers, who believe bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are in a secret romantic relationship that’s being covered up by their handlers (fans claim that Modest! Management won’t let them be photographed without the rest of the boys anymore), and there are “Elounor” shippers, who trust that Tomlinson’s real-life relationship with University of Manchester student Eleanor Calder, is, in fact, real. Engage either side about the validity of Larry and you’re asking for a heated diatribe—or a series of terrifying “I will cut you” tweets. As you’ll learn, the boys’ love lives are not your business… unless, of course, you’re sure that Louis and Harry are depending on you to expose their secret relationship to the world so they can finally be happy. READ FULL STORY

MTV VMAs 2013: 10 things you didn't see on TV

Another MTV Video Music Awards is in the rearview, and this year brought us Katy Perry’s boxing pantomime, Lady Gaga’s seashells in the flesh, and Justin Timberlake’s 20 minutes of magic.

But not every great moment was found by the television cameras, which is why EW was inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch what happened in between, and to take notes while wiping away the sweat caused by Drake’s pyrotechnics. Check out some highlights from the view inside the building.

1. DJ Cassidy provided the pre-show and between-segment entertainment inside the Barclays Center, and while nobody cared much about him as they were taking their seats, he accidentally inspired some of the night’s biggest reactions. Case in point: During one commercial break, he spun Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which inspired a pretty intense singalong even as the show was coming back on the air.

2. The stage crew working the MTV VMAs were super busy, as always: They hustled to deconstruct Lady Gaga’s elaborate set following her show-opening performance, and had to build what was essentially an entire third stage—the one that the other four members of NSYNC emerged from—over the course of a single commercial break. (It was mostly seamless.) READ FULL STORY

One Direction perform for biggest 'Today' crowd ever -- VIDEO

The boys were back — and did they bring a crowd with them! The horde of teens and at least one unemployed mother squatting in Rockefeller Center — who had to be wrangled according to NYPD crowd-control protocols yesterday, by the way — showed no signs of their literally dampened spirit this morning when Harry, Louis, (the newly engaged) Zayn, Niall, and Liam stepped onto the Today Show stage to perform their signature hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” If nothing else, click through to check out the 18,000-strong swarm that Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie both deemed “the biggest crowd we’ve ever had [in the plaza].”

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Selena Gomez has the number one album in the country

Stand aside, Jay Z — the newly-legal ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber now owns the album chart.

Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, moving about 97,000 copies in its first week. Buoyed by the top 10 hit “Come & Get It” (written, incidentally, by songwriter and Pitch Perfect star Ester Dean), Stars Dance knocked Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail from its two-week perch. It’s Gomez’s first chart-topper, though all three of her albums with the Scene have made the top 10.

The only other big debut this week belongs to Marc Anthony, whose Spanish-language 3.0 checks in at number five with 39,000 copies sold. MIchigan metalcore band We Came As Romans’ Tracing Back Roots and the Young Money Cash Money compilation Rich Gang (which features tracks by Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Tyga, French Montana, Flo Rida, and Birdman) also made top 10 debuts.

Meanwhile, expect strong numbers for One Direction when tomorrow’s new Billboard Hot 100 comes out: their new single “Best Song Ever” sold an impressive 322,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. Considering the radio support the group gets, it would not be shocking to see “Best Song Ever” debut in the top 10, perhaps even in the top five. Still, it looks like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is on its way to an eighth consecutive week as the number one song in the country. It remains the most-streamed song on Spotify, and people cannot get enough of its who-needs-clothes? video.

It’ll be interesting to see next week’s album chart, as new albums by both Thicke and the Backstreet Boys should show up in the top 10. Will the success of Thicke’s single translate to a chart-topping debut on the albums list?

One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' breaks Miley's most-viewed record

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What a shocker: Directioners really do think 1D’s latest is the “Best Song Ever”!

Yesterday, the British group’s rabid fans banded together to propel Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis’s new single to the top of the digital charts. All in all, they viewed it an astonishing 10.9 million times — making it the most-watched video in a 24-hour period in Vevo history. The record was previously set by Miley Cyrus earlier this summer; her surreal “We Can’t Stop” video racked up 10.7 million views in the day after its release.

Why did this clip get so much attention? Simple: At 6 minutes and 13 seconds, it’s a veritable mini-movie that doubles as a preview for One Direction’s actual movie, which will be released in 3-D Aug. 30. The video also features Zayn in drag, Liam in a bleached-blond wig, Harry in geek-chic glasses, and Niall and Louis in fake facial hair, fat suits, and exaggerated American accents. Oh, and then there’s the song itself — which may not really be the “best ever,” but is pretty catchy all the same.

Watch the quintet’s shenanigans below — and just try not to be charmed.

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One Direction cross-dresses, flirts and dances in new video for 'Best Song Ever'

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Fair warning: It may not be the “Best Song Ever,” but it sure is catchy.

One Direction fans, you’ve probably already seen the boy band’s latest video. (Despite debuting not even 24 hours ago, it has racked up over 9.5 million views on YouTube.) For those that have yet to surrender to the charms of five goofy guys dressing up and dancing, allow us to give you a tease: The “Best Song Ever” video, for their YOLO-ready ode to being themselves and having a great time doing it, features all of the guys (that’s Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis, for the uninitiated) playing various characters, from an in-drag secretary to a straight-out-of-Tropic Thunder Les Grossman. The ruse goes on for a few minutes, before the boys hit the chorus of “oh, oh, ohs” and just can’t help but dance.

As they are wont to do, the video also features plenty of flirty action between the guys, including a quick kiss or two: Cue the tween screams! Watch below:
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One Direction's new 'This Is Us' trailer -- from bakery jobs to world domination: Watch it here

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Cynics might say that One Direction haven’t been around nearly long enough to warrant a feature-length, theatrically-released film helmed by one of the premiere working documentarians, but those people just don’t understand the draw of Harry Styles’ hair.

The trailer for One Direction’s forthcoming This Is Us surfaced this morning, and it’s everything a One Direction fanatic could want: Adorable childhood photos, backstage shenanigans involving skateboards and pantsing, drop-ins from weepy moms, and plenty of shots of massive crowds going absolutely ape for Harry, Liam, Zayn, Niall, and Louis. Check it out below.  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift dominates the Billboard Music Awards: See the complete winners list here

Justin Bieber emerged from a spaceship. The Band Perry banged on big drums. Bruno Mars performed in a Saturday Night Fever suit. Chris Brown fought some ninjas. Our host, Tracy Morgan, challenged Psy to a “Gangnam Style” dance-off. Oh, and some people got some awards. Taylor Swift dominated this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which were broadcast on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night. She claimed eight statues, including Billboard artist of the year and top Billboard 200 album for Red. But she was kind enough to let Justin Bieber, One Direction, Gotye, and Rihanna have a few trophies as well. A full list of winners follows below.

Billboard artist of the year
Taylor Swift

Top female artist
Taylor Swift

Top male artist
Justin Bieber

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Boy-band feud alert: Did One Direction just copy Backstreet Boys' album title?

Is One Direction copying the Backstreet Boys’ style — and their titles?

In the 1990′s, boy-band feuds were a dime a dozen — back when TRL was filled with screaming girls who wanted nothing more than to be serenaded by the likes of ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees. But today, TRL is no more, and boy bands aren’t nearly the fad they used to be.

That hasn’t stopped the multiplatinum U.K. X Factor breakouts One Direction from making a whole new generation of young girls scream at ear-piercing volumes. But is One Direction borrowing a little too blatantly from the still-active Backstreet Boys?

When BSB’s AJ McClean stopped by TMZ last year, he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion on One Direction’s eerily familiar lyrics. Check out the video below:













And now, One Direction’s Liam Payne has tweeted that the official title of the band’s upcoming movie, which was known as 1D3D, has now changed to This Is Us:

Fans of the Backstreet Boys will quickly recognize that as the name of BSB’s most recent album and tour. Could this be the next boy-band feud in the making? And if the answer is yes, whose side are you on?

Read more:
Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Taylor Swift top list of Radio Disney Music Awards nominees: EXCLUSIVE
One Direction’s Harry Styles tattoos large butterfly across his chest. That’s what makes him beautiful. — PHOTO
PopWatch Confessional: Stuck on a 90′s feud — A Backstreet Boys fan talks ‘N Sync

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