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How Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift are causing a seismic shift in the music industry

The biggest debut of 2012 doesn’t belong to a glossy pop act like One Direction or Justin Bieber.

Sure, those boys have hordes of teenage girls ready to download their music at the drop of a tweet, but they’ve got nothing on the scruffy gents of Mumford & Sons, whose new disc, Babel sold 600,000 copies in its first seven days. (The next-best opening? Bieber’s Believe, with 374,000 in week 1.)

Babel‘s success (it has now led the chart for three weeks and sold 865,000 copies total) is indicative of a larger shift within the music industry. As pop music morphs into a glow-stick dance party, country acts have adopted the traditional pop sound. That leaves Mumford and the burgeoning Americana and folk genres (think acoustic guitars, banjos, and innumerable fitted tweed vests) to fill the country void. Did you get all that? Allow us to break it down. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna talks Chris Brown and Robert Pattinson in new 'Vogue'

Rihanna’s landed the cover of the new issue of Vogue, and, yes, the she does explain her scandalous relationship with a certain you-know-who: Robert Pattinson.

Oh, sorry, that’s probably not who you had in mind, but as the cover story explains, recent tabloid reports had some wondering whether RiRi and R-Patz were getting flirty via text message. When told about this, Rihanna apparently “expressed horror and pronounced it ‘the most bullsh-t ever,’ but she also seemed amused.”

Speaking of horrors: Chris Brown came up a few times over the course of the story as well. First off, Rihanna explains that she is indeed single and hasn’t been on a date in two years. (She says “no one asks.”) With that out of the way, she also confirms that she and Brown still share a friendly relationship — and that she doesn’t care what the public thinks of it. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna announces new album 'Unapologetic,' releases racy album cover

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Well, the lady likes to stay busy.

For the seventh time in seven years, Rihanna will release a new album. RiRi first gave her Twitter followers a sneak peek of her next release’s nudie cover art this morning, and now the singer has officially announced that Unapolgetic will hit streets Nov. 19 — almost exactly one calendar year after Talk That Talk.

What do you guys think — are you excited for another Rihanna winter? Does her first single “Diamonds” (and her recent Chris Brown boomerang) help or hurt her case?

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj tied for most American Music Awards nods -- Full list

Let’s hope everyone can keep it civil for a night.

The nominees for the 40th American Music Awards were announced today, and the list looks more or less how you might expect it to. With four nods a piece, reigning hip-hop queens Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the list, and even go head to head in the “Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock” category. Other big nominees include Drake, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and Usher, who each snagged three chances to take home those coveted pyramid-shaped trophies.

In addition to your usual Top 40 hang-abouts, there’ll be some new faces at the Nov. 14 ceremony: EDM artists. In response to the the genre’s growing popularity, the AMAs have added a new category honoring your favorite EDM artist of the year (winners are determined by online voting, which begins Tuesday). The category’s inaugural nominees include David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and good ol’ Skrillex; Taylor Swift, of course, was not eligible this year, as her dubstep masterpiece just missed the deadline.

Take a look at the full list below and let us know how you think the AMAs are looking this year:

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Chris Brown explains Rihanna situation: 'I'm not trying to be a dog'

In the ancient Greek myth about Prometheus, the trickster Titan steals fire from the gods of Olympus to deliver to humankind. As punishment, Zeus chains the immortal Prometheus to a rock and compels a bird of prey (sometimes an eagle, other times a vulture) to eat his liver, which always grows back the next day. It’s a vision of eternal torment, just like Sisyphus pushing a boulder endlessly up a hill or George Orwell’s immortal image of a boot stomping on a face for all eternity.

We are all Prometheus, and Chris Brown is the liver that keeps growing back. READ FULL STORY

Can we please stop being shocked by Chris Brown now?

This week, social media lightning rod and occasional recording artist Chris Brown found himself at the center of another controversy. This time around, it was speculation that his new neck tattoo was some sort of sociopathic nod to Rihanna because the image depicted a woman’s face that may or may not resemble the infamous police photo of his onetime girlfriend’s bruised and battered face that was leaked following his 2009 assault on her.

Brown’s rep was quick to step in and deny the connection, releasing a statement that said, “His tattoo is a sugar skull and a MAC cosmetics design he saw. It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported.” Brown himself wrote on Twitter, “I am an artist and this is art.” (Though not, as far as we can tell, the kind of art that at all resembles the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls his rep speaks of.)

Yes, we’re writing about him here once again. But people of the Internet, I implore you: Can we please stop being shocked every time Brown does something insensitive? READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown shows off new neck tattoo, denies it's Rihanna's face

Image credit: Jeff R. Bottari/Getty Images

UPDATE: Chris Brown’s new tattoo is not an image of Rihanna or an abused woman, his publicist told EW. It’s a MAC cosmetics design of a skull associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Tattoo artist Peter Koskela said Brown brought him the design, below, to convert into a tattoo.

Brown recently revealed this fresh ink and many speculated that it was of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna three years ago and the image on his neck resembles injuries the songstress suffered during the altercation, including a black eye and bruised lip. Following the arrest, Brown has been working with various domestic violence intervention and prevention organizations.

The two stars have since reconciled and have allegedly dated on and off since the incident: The pair shared a kiss during last Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards and Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey during a televised interview last month, “I do miss miss him sometimes.”

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Rihanna Instagram'd a NSFW-ish picture of her new tattoo: See it here

You already knew that Rihanna lit it up at last night’s Paralympics closing ceremony, but did you see what she did before that? If you follow her on Instagram, you most likely did.

RiRi used the photo-sharing app to publicly upload a topless picture of her latest tattoo, and accompanied the image with a message:

Goddess Isis- Complete Woman – Model for future generations- #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart #1love

Interesting! Almost as interesting as the picture itself (above), which features the aforementioned Isis — the Egyptian goddess of motherhood, magic, and fertility, not to be confused with Archer‘s International Secret Intelligence Service  — drawn snugly under the singer’s bosom. As her message suggests, she got the tattoo in honor of her late grandmother.

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Rihanna, Coldplay, and Jay-Z come together for Paralympics closing ceremony -- VIDEO

Millions tuned in to the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London last night, and today, three performers from the hours-long finale still have people buzzing.

Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Coldplay all took the stage during the event and filled the stadium with colorful pageantry, stadium-pleasing songs, and tons of pats on each other’s backs. The three artists are all friends as well as collaborators, of course, so there was a lot of plenty of shared love: Chris Martin’s crew backed RiRi for “We Found Love,” Hova helped infuse Coldplay’s “Paradise” with swag, and the whole cadre came together for Jay’s “Run This Town.”

If you missed it last night, you can check out the cooperative performances for yourself with the videos below:

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The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

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