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Katy Perry scores ninth number one on Top 40, ties Rihanna for record

Trying to prove which pop star is the best in 2012 usually brings out the worst in the Internet. For proof, see every YouTube comment thread ever.

But if you’re judging by sheer quantity of radio number ones, the case is closed — and Katy Perry and Rihanna come out on top.

Perry earned her ninth number one single on the Billboard Top 40 chart this week with “Wide Awake,” the final chapter from the unfettered pop onslaught that is Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.

Perry’s sophomore album already made some chart history back when “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart last summer, making Perry is the only other artist besides Michael Jackson to have churned out five number ones from a single album.

“Wide Awake” puts Perry in the same company as Miss Where-Have-You-Been Rihanna, who also ties the record with nine number ones. That means both now beat out Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and P!nk, who have each had seven number ones on the Top 40 chart, and Beyoncé and Mariah Carey, who have both logged six. Who would have thought that the slightly awkward teenager who once starred in a Destiny’s Child tribute performance would go on to earn more number ones than Bey herself?

Also noteworthy: Perry did this in only two albums, while Rihanna reached her mark over the course of six. Make of that what you will, ravenous Internet fan club enthusiasts, but it looks like there’s no exact formula for being a pop juggernaut these days. Case in point: Rihanna received five MTV Video Music Award nominations Tuesday, with Perry following close behind with four. Both are up for the top prize, Video of the Year, for “We Found Love” and for “Wide Awake.”

In other chart dominance news, “Wide Awake” is also Perry’s 10th number one on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart. A few years ago, claiming success there would have been the big-fish-small-pond equivalent of claiming you were the greatest Candyland player in all of Iceland.

But now that electronic beats, dubsteb breakdowns, and a general appreciation for bleeps and boops are the norm in popular music, this other Perry accomplishment is probably nothing to sneeze at.

Below, enjoy that Destiny’s tribute clip Rihanna from back before the then-teenager was a pop powerhouse: READ FULL STORY

Rihanna, Drake lead 2012 VMA nominations with five each, Lady Gaga snubbed

It’s the year of Rihanna and Drake at the MTV VMA awards.

The two-time collaborators (and on-and-off exes) lead all nominees with five a piece, including Video of the Year.  And for added drama, they’ll both be competing against Chris Brown in separate categories; Rihanna goes head-to-head with Brown for Best Choreography and Drake faces Brown for Best Male Video wearing one of his famous Drake shirts. (Rihanna is also featured guest in Drake’s heavily nominated “Take Care” as well as Coldplay’s “Princess of China,” which has two nominations.)

Runner-up Katy Perry earned four nods, while The Throne’s Jay-Z and Kanye, Beyoncé, Coldplay, M.I.A. and Frank Ocean all walked away with three.

Left off the list entirely? Last year’s pseudo-host Lady Gaga — even though both her “Marry the Night” and “Yoü and I” videos were eligible.

This year’s ceremony will take place on Sept. 6 at the Staples Center in L.A. See the full list of 2012 VMA nominees after the jump:

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iHeartRadio fest lineup announced: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, and more

Want to see a wide array of FM hitmakers in one place? Then Clear Channel has your back.

The broadcasting giant has announced the lineup to its annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, scheduled to take play Sept. 21-22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The artists on the lineup come from a broad array of genres, and most of them are heavy-hitters: Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, and Shakira are all on the ticket so far.

Other scheduled performers include: Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, No Doubt, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk, deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, and Calvin Harris.

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Police suspected of selling bruised Rihanna photo won't face charges

Two Los Angeles police officers won’t face criminal charges alleging they leaked a photo of pop star Rihanna’s bruised and beaten face after she was assaulted by singer Chris Brown, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. An internal report by prosecutors says that after a three-year investigation, they didn’t have enough evidence to show celebrity news website TMZ paid the accused officers for the photo, and that became an obstacle in charging them.

The Associated Press report obtained a copy of the March 28 report on Thursday after its contents were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Officers Blanca Lopez and Rebecca Reyes may still get fired. They are slated to appear before disciplinary panels in August. READ FULL STORY

British pop star and U.K. 'X Factor' judge Cheryl Cole won't try to crack the U.S. market, she says

U.K. singer and near-miss-U.S. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole revealed Tuesday in an interview with London’s Daily Star that she has no plans to break into the U.S. pop music scene, crushing the dreams of her Stateside “soldiers” (you can’t be a pop star in 2012 without naming your fan base).

Cole is a star to millions outside the U.S. who know her as a member of Girls Aloud, a U.K. girl group formed through the reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Here, she’s mostly known for being unceremoniously booted from the American version of The X Factor and replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger only weeks before the show’s debut. Little reason was given for cutting Cole, who was a judge on the original U.K. edition of the show and had already taped initial audition rounds in the U.S. — other than the fact that Cowell said she looked “uncomfortable” on the panel.

Since then, Cole has been working on her her third studio album, A Million Lights, due June 18 in her home country. This week, she also announced a string of fall tour dates to support the album, but not a single one finds Cole crossing the pond to promote the album here.

It’s a shame, really. If Rihanna can find success with “We Found Love,” Cole’s new single certainly has it what it takes. “Call My Name,” also produced by Calvin Harris, is loaded with hypnotic synths and a humming, subwoofer-rattling bass line. More importantly, its video features a kick-ass dance routine that involves the kind of booty shaking, crotch grabbing, and hard-to-follow footwork that Stateside pop stars’ hits are habitually made of: READ FULL STORY

Weird guy with weird mustaches goes viral with weird Rihanna lip-sync video: Watch it here -- VIDEO

Who is Mattstache Ferguson, and what does he want from us?

We’re not sure, but here’s what we do know (thanks to his Twitter account): He’s a New Jersey resident, faculty in an American studies/comm department, a history nerd, a “student affairs professional,” and — these last two are probably the most important — a YouTube lip-syncer and facial hair enthusiast.

Intrigued? Of course you are, it’s Friday. See six of his variously facial-haired heads lip-sync Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” at you in this already-trending clip:
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Chris Martin and Rihanna ninja up for 'Princess of China' video: Watch it here

Notice how we said Chris Martin and not Coldplay? That’s because none of the other band members appear in the latest clip for the Mylo Xyloto single. But, hey, at least someone besides Rihanna showed up this time!

Other things that appear: Rihanna’s arms, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-y (or at least Kung Fu Panda-y) moves, and a near-miss of a make-out session.

Take a look at it in the video below:

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Florence + the Machine gets David LaChapelle for new 'Spectrum' video: Watch it here

Somebody has finally convinced David LaChapelle to direct another music video, and it isn’t Rihanna.

After a five-year break from the music-video game, the coveted photographer and director (along with his trusted choreographer John Byrne) has delivered arresting visuals for Florence + the Machine’s “Spectrum,” the newest single off the band’s Ceremonials.

The clip offers your eyeballs such theatrical imagery — leaping ballerinas, topless pharaohs,  art-deco sets — that Florence Welch’s scene-stealing red hair is one of the video’s tamer elements. Check out the “Spectrum” video for yourself:

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Chris Brown calls Rihanna his 'old b---' in new freestyle; she unfollows him on Twitter

Need to get something off your chest? Apparently “Theraflu” is the solution.

The song wherein Kanye West debuted his romance with Kim Kardashian was recently appropriated by Chris Brown, who lets loose in a few freestyle verses — and Rihanna’s not happy about it.

At one point on the track, Brown woos us with the lines, “Don’t f— with my old bitch, it’s like a bad fur / Every industry n—– done had her / Shook the tree like a pumpkin just to smash her / Bitch is breaking codes, but I’m the password.”

The identity of this “old bitch” is up for interpretation, obviously, but Rihanna (who, in the past, has been romantically linked to Drake, Justin Timberlake, and Josh Hartnett) seemed to have a hunch. After Breezy debuted the song on his Twitter, RiRi tweeted, “Aw, poor dat #neaux1currrrr” and promptly unfollowed Brown’s Twitter account.

How did Brown respond? By unfollowing her back, of course, and also tweeting, “Assumptions! I didn’t say any names so if u took offense to it then its something you feel guilty about.”

Hmm. We dunno, maybe listening to the song below will help clear things up? Let’s give it a shot:

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Rihanna gets tribal in 'Where Have You Been' video: Watch it here

Rihanna: Armed again!

After making a splash with her numerous limbs in last week’s “Princess of China” clip, RiRi returns today with a similarly arm-y new video for the Talk That Talk banger “Where Have You Been.”

In it, Rihanna takes a Beyoncé-ish approach by anchoring exotic, variously costumed dance numbers. Themes range from tribal bonfire to that unfortunate rave scene in The Matrix Reloaded, but our favorite part comes at the 3:30 mark, when Rihanna’s inner Hindu goddess comes out once again.

Check it all out in the video below, and let us know what you think down in the comments:

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