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Taylor Swift releases single 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', announces new album 'Red'

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift took to the Internet on Monday night to make a much buzzed-about announcement via live web chat with her fans, and as pretty much everyone guessed, the starlet announced the release date of her fourth album, Red, which will be available for purchase on Oct. 22.

But that’s not all she did. Swift also answered questions — rather eloquently, I’d say — about her upcoming album, and gave us a first listen to her brand new single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is already the No. 1 song on iTunes. But more on that in a minute.

Swift, clad in a red dress and red lipstick, started the chat off by explaining her album’s title: “All the different emotions that are written about on this album are all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I’ve experienced in the last two years. All those emotions — spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that — in my mind, all those emotions are red. You know, there’s nothing in between. There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings.”

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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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John Mayer on being the subject of Taylor Swift's 'Dear John': 'It's cheap songwriting'

John Mayer’s throat woes may keep him from singing, but it seems nothing can stop him from talking.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the reformed playboy went public with his feelings toward the Taylor Swift Speak Now track “Dear John,” a song-letter Swift wrote for the older singer, following their brief (and apparently not awesome) love affair.

“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer said of the song. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that.

“It was a really lousy thing for her to do,” continued the man who used to throw impromptu press conferences in order to speak publicly about ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston.

As for Swift, she’s previously said that the song “is sort of like the last email you would ever send to someone that you used to be in a relationship with.”

But Mayer would’ve rather dealt with this through his inbox. “I never got an email,” he said. “I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down.

Added Mayer, “I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”

He also had some choice words for the song itself: “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting. I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls—.”

Okay! So, before we all take sides, let’s give the Swift song in question another listen to hear the other side of the story:

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John Mayer talks girlfriends, Gosling, and surgery on 'Watch What Happens Live'

Johnny Depp’s hobo doppelganger John Mayer dropped by the Bravo clubhouse last night to appear on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.

The singer, whose Born and Raised hit stores this week, displayed an intense self-awareness that verged on caginess at times. Which is not to say he wasn’t the same goofy guy who wrote about candy lips and bubblegum tongues 10 years ago (witness his doffing of a bedazzled Xtina-style hat).

So what did he have to say about his string of famous ex-girlfriends, the world’s second Sexiest Man Alive, and his recovery from the past year’s vocal troubles?

Andy Cohen wasted no time getting to the juicy questions during his dreaded Plead the Fifth segment. First question: “Shag, Marry, Kill — Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson?” Mayer pled the fifth, insisting in his next question that he doesn’t consider any of his famous exes “the one that got away.”

Then things got real. Because he used his free pass on the first question, Mayer had to name a fellow celebrity with whom to “dip in the man pond.” Mayer qualified, “Full immersion?” That’s affirmative. READ FULL STORY

2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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CMT Music Award Nominations: Little Big Town must win for 'Fix You' cover -- VIDEO

Nominations for June 6’s CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, with Carrie Underwood leading the pack with five nods, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received four.

See the full list below, which also includes three nominations a piece for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Thompson Square.

If there’s one category we feel strongly about, it’s CMT Performance of the Year, which honors the best live performance that aired on a CMT show, series, or special. Little Big Town has to win for their cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert. It starts at 2:40 in the clip below; you’re guaranteed to get chills. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift pen song for 'Believe'

Apparently Taylor Swift wasn’t too upset about getting Punk’d by Justin Bieber recently. The post-teen princess teamed up with the Canadian wunderkind to write a song for his next album, Believe. Per MTV News, Swift will be a little bit country to Bieber’s a little bit zebra pants, though there’s no word on whether she provided vocals on the track, à la Hunger Games megahit “Safe and Sound,” or if she’ll simply take a writing credit.

Swift joins a roster of heavy hitters on the collab, including Kanye West and Drake. Said Bieber, “With my music, it doesn’t only stay in a box. It’s so out there. Everything is so different and that’s why I’m so happy with this album.” “Boyfriend,” Bieber’s first single from Believe, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the singer recently sent shivers down the spines of his followers when news of collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction hit the Internet. READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best hosts: They’re no Brad and Carrie, but Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire (or is it just Reba these days?) maintained a playful rapport and charming competitiveness throughout the telecast. During the opening bit, Blake nailed Taylor Swift’s trademark suprised face while joking about her upcoming perfume. “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I smell this good!” he imitated as he put his hands to his cheeks. Reba roasted Blake a bit for his old mullet (never forget!), and in return, Blake offered a few barbs about her age — although she’s looking mighty fine at 57! Blake’s humor just ever so slightly delved into the mean territory (I could have done without the Randy Travis and Tim Tebow jokes), but he still garnered big laughs throughout the night. Why is it that country music award shows seem to be the only type that prove hosts can actually be funny? My guess is that they don’t take themselves so dang seriously! READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: And the winners are...

Below, check out the winners of  the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards:

Song of the Year: “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band

Album of the Year: Four the Record by Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

Vocal Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

Single Record of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

New Artist of the Year: Scotty McCreery

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift

To see the entire list, including industry, radio, and instrumentalist awards, check out the complete winners list at the official ACM website.

Two new 'Hunger Games' tracks leak -- LISTEN

Though The Hunger Games soundtrack won’t officially hit stores until Tuesday (you can find our lead review in the new issue of EW out this Friday), two new tracks from have leaked.

Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open” counters the ethereal sound of her Civil Wars’ collab “Safe & Sound,” expressing the fiery side of Katniss with lyrics like “Everybody’s waiting for you to break down.”

Meanwhile, Kid Cudi’s “The Ruler and the Killer” is an appropriately grimy-gothic mood piece with a pounding, arena-ready beat. Listen below: READ FULL STORY

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