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Miley Cyrus responds to pot-smoking controversy following EMAs

As your newsfeed has no doubt informed you several hundred times by now, Miley Cyrus sparked a J onstage Sunday night during MTV’s European Music Awards.

In the wake of the fresh batch of hand-wringing over her Just Being Miley, Cyrus took to Twitter to lay out her case. “Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, MTV finds themselves in the good graces of a group that typically condemns them: The Parents Television Council. That group applauded MTV for editing out the footage of Cyrus smoking when the show was rebroadcast on Stateside MTV.

“Last night MTV made a responsible decision and they executed it perfectly,” PTC President and M.I.A. nemesis Tim Winter said. “It is unclear whether MTV’s actions suggest stricter content guidelines for its TV-14 programming, or whether this is just an example of the old saying that ‘even a broken clock is right twice each day.’ We certainly hope it is the former. We applaud MTV for taking responsible actions to eliminate the drug use from its U.S. broadcast, and we urge them to make that a uniform policy for all of its programming.” READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey releases new single 'The Art of Letting Go': Hear it here

It’s not quite right to call Mariah Carey’s upcoming 14th album “long-delayed,” since it hasn’t really had an official spot on the calendar to miss since the single “Triumphant (Get’Em)” arrived last summer.

The single that followed, this February, “Almost Home,” was reserved for the soundtrack to Oz The Great and Powerful — though the date did seem to draw closer with the Miguel-assisted May jam “#Beautiful,” which made it to no. 15 on the Hot 100.

The album we now know is called The Art of Letting Go still doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a new single — the title track, no less. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the song has a nice throwback vibe to it (think “Vision of Love”), but also doesn’t really have a chorus, which sort of makes it a toss-up. Tip of the hat to the line, “Go to Mimi on your contact/ Press delete” though.

Listen below via Carey’s Facebook: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga wears a hover dress, performs 'ARTPOP' songs at Brooklyn artRAVE

At long last, we have arrived at the official release of Lady Gaga’s brand new album ARTPOP. And to celebrate, Gaga threw herself a party at a giant warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on New York’s industrial waterfront.

Dubbed the artRAVE, Gaga’s fete featured performances of every track from the new album (she opened with “Aura,” that same way that ARTPOP does), the unveiling of new pieces by large-scale artist Jeff Koons ( including the massive sculpture that appears on ARTPOP‘s cover) and Marina Abromovic (previously seen staring down Jay Z and getting Gaga to traipse naked through the woods), and one of Gaga’s most spectacular entrances yet via a “flying dress” called “Volantis” that was essentially a wearable dirigible.

Check it out in action below.

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Lorde celebrates her 17th birthday with Tumblr post about being 'a weird little screwball'; spends another week at number one

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If you happen to run into Lorde on the streets of New York today, go ahead and give her a cupcake; today is her 17th birthday.

Actually, she can probably afford her own festive pastries — her smash song “Royals” is once again the number one song in the country. That’s six weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, which gives “Royals” the second-longest run in that spot this year. (She still has a long way to go to match the 12 weeks that “Blurred Lines” scored, though she did pass Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” both of which netted five weeks.)

To celebrate her birthday, Lorde took to Tumblr, and got thoughtful: READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus live dates announced -- Bangerz Tour will kick off Valentines Day 2014

All in a day’s twerk: Pop music’s reigning troublemaker announced on Wednesday that her Bangerz Tour will begin next February 14 in Vancouver, B.C. and wrap April 24 in Uniondale, NY, with additional dates to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 16, click here to preorder, and find the full list of dates below:
February 14 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena
February 16 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 20 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 22 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
February 24 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
February 25 San Jose, CA SAP Center
February 27 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
March 1 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 4 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
March 6 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 7 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
March 9 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
March 10 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
March 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
March 15 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
March 16 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 18 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
March 20 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 22 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
March 24 Orlando, FL Amway Center
March 25 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 29 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
March 31 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
April 2 Boston, MA TD Garden
April 3 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
April 5 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
April 7 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
April 8 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 10 Washington, DC Verizon Center
April 12 Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
April 13 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
April 15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
April 16 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
April 18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 19 Louisville, KY KFC YUM! Center
April 22 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 24 Uniondale NY Nassau Veterans War Memorial Coliseum

Charts: Arcade Fire open on top, Eminem set for huge debut

Back in 2010, Arcade Fire scored their first number one with The Suburbs, an album that would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Canadian collective is back on top with their follow-up Reflektor, which opens its sales life at the top of the Billboard 200 with 140,000 copies sold. That’s a solid number, though its slightly below the kickoff week for The Suburbs, which picked up 156,000. 

Of course, Arcade Fire only spent a single week at number one last time around — The Suburbs was dethroned by Eminem’s Recovery, which had returned to the top of the chart in its eighth week of release. It looks like history will be repeating itself: Eminem’s just-released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is on track to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 units this week, which would easily give Slim Shady his 11th chart-topper and the second-biggest opening of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

That would also be right on pace with the opening week of Recovery, which opened with 741,000 copies sold. Of course, he’ll fall well short of the premiere week for 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP, which hit a staggering 1.76 million copies. Em will even fall short of the first Marshall Mathers LP‘s second week, which saw it do another 800,000. Still, Slim Shady has shown remarkable durability despite shifting cultural allegiances and mixed reviews.

Eminem also finds himself on top of the Digital Songs chart this week, with “The Monster,” his Rihanna-assisted single, selling 373,000 downloads. READ FULL STORY

Janelle Monae postpones tour dates for vocal rest

Fans hoping to Dance Apocalyptic with Janelle Monae in Anaheim, San Diego, and Phoenix will have to wait a little longer — Monae has postponed those three shows on her tour.

“Starting today, I am under strict doctor’s orders for mandatory vocal rest,” Monae wrote on her official website. “Not doing so could possibly result in damage to my vocal cords.”

There have been no dates rescheduled as of yet, though at the moment Monae intends on being in Dallas this Saturday for her concert at the House of Blues. She’s on her biggest headlining tour yet in support of her just-released new album The Electric Lady. And because Monae is Monae, she even stuck to her kooky script while announcing her postponements:  “But alas, apparently even the most expertly designed android breaks down sometimes and must recharge,” she wrote.

Katy Perry says her 2014 tour for 'Roar' will be 'less cartoony' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Katy Perry’s tour for Teenage Dream was an epic escapist odyssey that turned stadiums and arenas around the globe into her own personal Candyland. When she hits the road in 2014 in support of her chart-topping latest, Roar, what will she do to keep her game elevated?

“The tour is going to be fantastic,” Perry told EW while Tim Stack followed her halfway across the Earth for the cover story in the current issue. “I always try to take it to the next level. I think people will realize what the tour is going to be like when they listen to the music.”

Perry promises that the new show will definitely incorporate material from Roar, but she’ll always make room for her catalog of older hits. “There’s nothing worse than going to a concert of an artist and not hearing your favorite songs,” she said.

As for the concept and the stage design, Perry is tight-lipped, but she does offer one intimate tease. “Let’s just say I’m going to be very close to people,” she said.

Check out the rest of Perry’s thoughts about her upcoming tour in the exclusive video below. For more on EW’s whirlwind tag-along with Katy Perry, check out the current issue.

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Justin Bieber walks off stage following a bottle throwing incident

As a steady parade of cage fighters and The Simpsons have taught us, crazy things happen in Brazil. When you’re Justin Bieber, things get even crazier—and play out in real time on social media.

The 19-year-old pop star, who traveled to Brazil to headline a concert at Arena Anhembi in Sao Paulo on Saturday night, was just wrapping up “Boyfriend” when he was struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd. He left the stage and did not return; the lights came up a half hour later signaled that the evening was officially over.

This was, alas, not his only Brazilian incident. Page Six reported that on Friday night, Bieber was spotted and photographed exiting Centaurus, a notorious brothel in Rio de Janeiro. Other reports noted that Bieber had been asked to leave the establishment for violating undisclosed house rules. This report came only a day after a Panamanian newspaper reported that Bieber picked up a prostitute in Panama City.

It’s not all bad news: the singer did get through Sunday night’s concert in Rio without incident, and capped off his weekend by releasing “Bad Day,” which you can listen to below or purchase on iTunes. It’s a spare, pretty ballad that is better than the Daniel Powter song but not quite as good as the R.E.M. one of the same name.  READ FULL STORY

Spike Jonze previews this Sunday's YouTube Music Awards, featuring Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire

Director Spike Jonze has had a busy 2013: He produced Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (currently the number one movie in the country), his next directorial effort Her is set to roll out at Christmas, and this Sunday, he’ll oversee the first ever YouTube Music Awards.

The show, which celebrates both high-octane stars and viral upstarts, will beam live from New York City’s Pier 36 and will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire. The whole thing will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and will air live (naturally) on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

But what will the show actually look like, and how will it differentiate itself from the other music award shows crowding the calendar? Jonze spoke to EW about the process of putting it together, the goals for the evening, and more.

Entertainment Weekly: How long have you been working on this show? How did you get involved?
Spike Jonze: About six months ago, YouTube approached Vice and I about creating and producing their first music awards. It seemed like such a natural thing both for them and for me. I’ve always loved YouTube and the idea that anyone can make something and put it up. There’s no gatekeeper anymore—someone can just be creative and share it.

We came up with the idea that this night should be all about making things. So we’re giving awards to people who made things this year, but we’re also trying to make the whole awards show feel like a YouTube video. It’s about being creative and making things, and one of the main parts of that is we’re making live music videos with these artists, and as opposed to artists performing on a stage to an audience, though there might be some of that too if that’s the idea. It’s more about making these live videos in front of and with the audience that is there.

So will the artists be performing in full-scripted, narrative-type videos?
Some of them will be more straightforward performance videos, but some will be more conceptual. READ FULL STORY

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