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Lorde rules a city of her own in 'Team' video: Watch it here

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Lorde’s “Royals” is indisputably one of the biggest and best songs of the year — but if it has a shortcoming, it’s that its video is a pretty low-fi affair.

Such is not the case for the clip for Lorde’s latest single “Team,” which just arrived this afternoon. It’s not bombastic by any stretch, but it does place Lorde and her band of teenage friends in the same beautiful ruins she sings about in the track’s chorus.

She took to Facebook to explain her vision behind “Team.”:
“This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen,” she writes. “I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. Enjoy.”

What have we learned? That Lorde has way better dreams than you do. Check out what her subconscious delivered to her below: READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus' Entertainer of the Year is Pharrell Williams

Miley Cyrus had quite a year. As she told Entertainment Weekly, she planned on 2013 being the best year of her life, and she certainly lived up to that lofty goal. Cyrus is one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year, and when asked who she would pass that honor on to, she agreed with one of EW’s picks.

“I really think Pharrell [Williams] is the entertainer of the year,” Cyrus told EW. “Not only for what he did on my record but for what he did in the music industry in general with ‘Blurred Lines’ and Daft Punk.” Indeed, Williams contributed “#GETITRIGHT” to Cyrus’ album Bangerz and provided lots of guidance for her sonic reinvention.

In Williams, Cyrus found a kindred spirit. “He and I were kind of on the same path, and I think that’s why he and I connected,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus to take over MTV tomorrow for her 21st birthday -- see the teaser video here

What did you do when you turned 21? Was it a brief but torrid affair with tequila, or was it a quiet night at home racked by college graduation-related panic?

No matter how hard (or little) you raged, its unlikely that you commandeered a cable network when you arrived at legal drinking age. But apparently that’s what you get for the girl who has everything, as MTV will be handing the controls over to Miley Cyrus tomorrow, which is Cyrus’ birthday.

Starting at Noon, Cyrus will lord over an eight-hour block of programming that will begin with 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments, a compendium of the star’s time on the channel and a retrospective look at how she has evolved live on cable TV.

The day will include an extra-long version of the Miley: The Movement documentary from earlier this year as well as episodes of Cyrus’ favorite MTV shows Awkward. and Snooki and JWOWW. There will also be a smattering of music videos, and probably 10,000 spins of Cyrus twerking at this year’s Video Music Awards.

If the clip below is any indication, 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments might be fun. In it, Cyrus flashes back to a question she took about tattoos on TRL back in 2008. The now-tattooed Cyrus reveals that she might not have been 100 percent telling the truth in ’08, and lays out her needle philosophy below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga stares into our souls in 'ARTPOP' YouTube film

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“This album is a celebration…My pain exploding in electronic music…It’s heavy, but after I listen to it, I feel happy again. I feel lighter,” Lady Gaga waxes meaningfully at the start of her new short film, An ARTPOP Film Starring Lady Gaga. Part commercial, part music video, and part fashion shoot, the film is directed, like much of her recent images and videography, by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez & Vindoodh.

In the clip, she dances, cries, rubs dirt on herself, whips her hair back and forth, and even makes out with her wig’s mannequin head. But Gaga spends most of the video staring straight at the camera, rocking every look from Blue Steel to Le Tigra.

The video also serves as a survey of the latest looks in Gaga’s arsenal, which includes everything from the Gilding Primal Instinct teeth cuff bracelet/grill to the long white dreadlocks previously rocked by the Merovingian’s henchmen in Matrix Reloaded.

Watch the two-minute, thirty-eight second music video film here:

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Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' earns the number one spot, Eminem holds on

All’s well that ends well, as they say: After a multi-platform promotional blitz, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP is the number one album in the country this week. Billboard reports that Gaga’s new album sold about 258,000 copies in its first week of release, giving her the second chart-topping debut of her career.

As previously discussed, it’s a long way from the numbers she did with Born This Way back in 2011,though it still gives her the third biggest debut for a woman in 2013 behind Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz.

ARTPOP narrowly bested Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which sold 210,000 copies in its second week of release. Three other albums made their debuts in the top 10 this week: Now 48 (no. 3 with 114,000), the Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2 (no. 7, with 37,000), and Jhené Aiko’s Sail Out EP (no. 8 with 34,000). READ FULL STORY

Backstreet Boys 'Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)' music video features shirtless Brian, AJ

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After wrapping their North American and Japan tour, but before launching their 2014 European leg, the Backstreet Boys are taking the time to show us, quite literally, what they’re made of.

The Boys took to their Facebook page to release their latest music video for the song “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of) off their album, In A World Like This. The song, which was written by Kevin and AJ, is dedicated to their kids. (Other than Nick, they’re all dads now.)

“The inspiration for AJ and I writing this song was our children,” Kevin said in a release. “The innocence and wonder in their eyes is so precious. I want them to keep it forever and I want to rediscover it within myself. No limits … No fear.”

And keeping in theme with “no limits,” the video features a shirtless Brian and AJ. They will not be limited or restricted by clothing, and I for one, support their decision.

Watch the video for “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)” below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga will close New York's legendary Roseland Ballroom

No, she’s not some sort of evil developer looking to turn it into a parking lot in a terrible ’80s teen movie. Rather, Gaga—a born and bred New Yorker—will have the honor of sending the historic New York concert venue Roseland Ballroom to its Viking funeral with a series of shows.

Gaga will do a mini-residency at Roseland Ballroom on March 28, 30, 31 and April 2. Tickets for all the shows go on sale this Monday, November 25, at 10 AM Eastern.

Roseland Ballroom has been a staple of music performance in New York since the 1920s and will be closing its doors following the Gaga shows next year. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s new album ARTPOP will be debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 this week, though it’s limping there.

Why isn't Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' getting a sales boost from her 'SNL' appearance?

On Saturday night, Lady Gaga joined the relatively exclusive club of people who have served as both the host and musical guest in a single episode of Saturday Night Live.

Critically, she was a relative success, delivering a steady-if-unremarkable stream of sketch moments and sounding mostly excellent on the oft-tricky SNL music stage. The show was rewarded with its highest ratings of the season, and the estimated audience of between eight and nine million viewers is the highest since Justin Timberlake’s double-down episode back in March.

And yet Gaga’s new album ARTPOP is only third on iTunes’ download chart, trailing both Eminem and One Direction. And the two singles she performed on Saturday’s show are languishing on the singles chart—the R. Kelly-assisted “Do What U Want” sits outside the top 10 at 14, and “Gypsy” is all the way down at 72.

Under normal circumstances, an appearance on SNL tends to provide a healthy boost to an artist, especially one with a brand new album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis saw their record sales jump up 83% in the week following their SNL performance earlier this year, Of Monsters & Men experienced a 74% increase, and Alabama Shakes rocketed from the 40s into the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

So where’s Gaga’s boost? It’s the latest in a series of negative developments surrounding the sales of ARTPOP. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry announces first batch of 2014 'Prismatic World Tour' dates

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Clear your calendar, bust out your leopard-print boxing robe, and give Juicy J a call; Katy Perry is coming to a town near you in 2014.

Following the release of her latest album, Prism, Perry is hitting the road early next year for what she is calling the Prismatic World Tour. So far, only a handful of dates in the U.K. have been unveiled, though Perry promises this is merely the tip of the candy iceberg. “DON’T WORRY – more GLOBAL tour dates coming soon! I can’t wait to get closer to ALL of you than ever before!” she tweeted.

Icona Pop will serve as the opening act across the first 11 concerts, which means they’ll be having a busy new year –they’re also booked to open up Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, which launches in February.

When EW spoke to Perry about the tour, she played it relatively close to the vest, but did hint at what fans might be in store for. “I always try to take it to the next level,” she told EW. “I think people will realize what the tour is going to be like when they listen to the music.” And like her tweet, she promised some sort of intimacy. “Let’s just say I’m going to be very close to people,” she said.

What could she mean? Will she be performing on multiple stages throughout venues, thus creating a handful of front rows? Is she going to spend the entire show hopping into 18,000 laps a night? Check out the full list of U.K. dates below: READ FULL STORY

This week in singles: New songs by Justin Bieber, Disclosure and Nile Rodgers, Angel Olsen, and more

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And on the sixth Music Monday, Bieber laid back in the cut. The latest song from his weekly series (leading up to the Christmas release of Believe, the movie) may not be the best one yet—“Heartbreaker” comes closest to “Cry Me a River”—but it’s the eeriest of the frankly downbeat, uniformly pretty collection. The line “females like to run their mouths” might be a deal-breaker coming from the weekend-warrior Justin seen in the tabloids, but hearing it from The-Weeknd-wannabe Justin on record, it actually starts to make sense. Behold the man-boy Bieber. READ FULL STORY

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