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Chris Brown/Frank Ocean incident unlikely to affect Grammys

Four years ago, Chris Brown went from famous to infamous in the pre-Grammy incident heard ’round the world.

Today it felt a little like deja vu all over again. Some time last night or early this morning, Brown was involved in yet another physical altercation with yet another centerpiece of the Grammy Awards (which are just under two weeks away).

Based on various reports, the incident between Brown and Frank Ocean was not nearly as disastrous as the one with Rihanna, but it still left Ocean with a cut finger and Brown with another mark on his image. So will another violent altercation effect his presence at music’s biggest night?  READ FULL STORY

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons added to Grammy lineup

Considering there are a total of 81 categories at the Grammy Awards and only a small fraction of those actually get handed out during the telecast, the main events of any given Grammy show are the performances. What other reason did anybody have to tune into last year’s show other than to watch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and Nicki Minaj’s British-accented exorcism?

This year’s batch of performers is starting to build, and it begins with some massive acts. Rihanna, Taylor Swift, fun., Mumford & Sons, and the Black Keys have all been confirmed to perform live at the 55th Grammy Awards, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Mumford, fun., and the Black Keys are among the most nominated artists at this year’s show (Mumford and fun. each have six, while the Black Keys have five plus one more Producer of the Year nod for Dan Auerbach). Rihanna and Taylor will walk into the building with three nominations each, though Swift likely would have collected more had her latest album Red come out in time for consideration (pencil her in for at least a half-dozen noms in 2014).

Now that we know some of the people who will definitely be performing, the speculation can begin about what those artists will perform and who they might invite along. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The EW music awards

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in music below!

Best Son of Mumford (American Idol Edition)
Phillip Phillips, “Home”

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Sia does 'Diamonds,' which she wrote for Rihanna: Watch the video here

Rihanna is having a solid week, which means Sia Furler is too.

As you probably know, the Australian singer and songsmith actually wrote and produced Rihanna’s top Unapologetic single “Diamonds,” and now she’s actually singing the thing herself. She, along with Stargate, performed the No. 1 song at yesterday’s Norweigan-American Achievement Award ceremony in New York. (Stargate, it should be noted, was the night’s honoree.)

Sia, of course, has been on quite the streak lately, lending her talents to successful singles like Flo Rida’s “Whistle” and David Guetta’s “Titanium,” both of which also made the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Take a listen to Sia’s “Diamonds” rendition in the video below and let us know how you think it compares to Rihanna’s: READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Rihanna wins her first No. 1 with 'Unapologetic,' Adele hits 10 million

Maybe all those topless tweets are working?

The first-week sales figures for Rihanna latest record are in, and the news is good: Billboard reports that Unapologetic has landed at No. 1 this week, a career first. The album — her seventh in seven years — brought the singer her strongest sales week ever, with 238,000 copies sold.

This breaks Rihanna’s streak of having the most No. 1 hit songs without a No. 1 album. (Last week, her latest single “Diamonds” became her 12th to top the Hot 100, passing Whitney Houston to become the artist with the fourth-most top singles.)

“We are so proud and happy to deliver Rihanna her first #1 album in the U.S.,” Island Def Jam president Steve Bartels said in a statement. “Taking an unusually short runway and turning it to an advantage — like the unprecedented 777 Tour — is a testament to the teamwork, ingenuity, ethic, and belief in the legacy of this artist that showed in every single hand that touched this project.”

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Rihanna apologizes to press for her mutiny-plagued 777 'round-the-world media tour

Rihanna’s strange, eventfully eventless 777 tour — seven cities in seven days with a plane full of fans and reporters — comes to an end today, culminating with a show in New York tonight.

And as the plane unloads its unhappy hostages, horror stories from the journey are emerging at breakneck speed. Endless waits on buses and tarmacs and in windowless holding pens, nude on-board mutinies, bad food, too much alcohol and too little Rihanna. Even Third Reich detention centers came (distastefully) into play. “Bedlam,” it seems, is the most common word used to describe the experience overall.

The most notable incident, of course, was that streaker — Australian DJ Tim Dormer, willing to sacrifice his dignity for the sake of giving the bored, exhausted journalists something, anything to write about. He’ll no doubt become a mini-meme (a fake Rihanna Plane Streaker Twitter, perhaps?), and has already become the subject of press interviews. You can watch the video of the event below:

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Rihanna and Eminem get 'Numb': Hear the leak here

Let the Unapologetic era begin.

Now that Rihanna’s seventh album in seven years is hitting streets, people are getting a jump on assessing the record’s other, non-Chris Brown collaborations — particularly the Eminem track, “Numb.”

Fans expecting something in the vein of “Love the Way You Lie” will likely be disappointed. The trippy track is built around a syrupy, slowed-and-throwed beat and a distorted vocal sample from Kanye West’s oldie-but-goodie hit “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” The song trudges along for two-plus warped minutes before Eminem jumps in, spiking the cut with a quick but effectively weird verse.

Give “Numb” a listen below and let us know what you think: READ FULL STORY

American Music Awards: See the winners list here!

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. The singer’s mom joined him onstage as he collected the top award. He looked to his mom: “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me.”

He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him.

The 18-year-old also won favorite pop/rock album for Believe, and male artist.

He performed two songs at the award show, one stripped and another upbeat with Nicki Minaj. As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award.

Here is a full list of the winners:  READ FULL STORY

Rihanna's Chris Brown collab 'Nobody's Business' leaks: Hear it here

Wondering what the Rihanna-Chris Brown collaboration from next week’s Unapologetic will sound like? Thanks to today’s leak, the wait is ova.

Give it a listen in the video below:

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Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, and a hundred others going after Pandora in open letter

There aren’t a whole lot of things that could bind together artists as divergent as Rihanna, Journey, Brian Wilson, Camper Van Beethoven, Primus, Ludacris, and Amy Grant.

No, it’s not the weirdest Coachella lineup ever—instead, these artists (along with over a hundred more) have come together in the name of the one thing they can all agree on: They’d all like more money for their work.

Yesterday, an open letter signed by 125 musicians showed up online, asking streaming radio service Pandora why they are lobbying for a Congressional measure that would decrease the amount of royalties the company would have to pay out to artists for their songs.

“We are big fans of Pandora,” the letter reads. “That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade. Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in this new digital world.” READ FULL STORY

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