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Katy Perry, John Mayer reveal romantic 'Who You Love' cover art

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The couple who sings together, smolders together.

At least that’s how it looks for Katy Perry and John Mayer. The two unveiled the cover art for their duet “Who You Love” from Mayer’s recent album Paradise Valley, showing them posing seductively in a black-and-white photo. Perry is draped across the couch, gazing at the camera from behind Mayer, who sits on the floor in the foreground strumming his guitar.

“‘Who You Love’ is here,” Mayer tweeted with the photo Tuesday. “Proud of this song, proud of this artwork, proud of this girl.”

Of course, Mayer’s not one to shy away from crooning sweet melodies with his Celebrity Ladyfriends. Remember 2010’s “Half of My Heart” with Taylor Swift? Swift did, and (allegedly!) chronicled their doomed relationship with the takedown “Dear John.”

Perry, on the other hand, told EW that her beau inspired the soaring love ballad “Unconditionally,” her second single off Prism. “It’s just a simple message about loving someone and accepting them,” she said. “You don’t have to be so self-conscious, you don’t have to fear, because essentially, everybody has their stuff.”

It certainly seems that way — a black-and-white photo means a black-and-white relationship in pop star world, right? In the meantime, if you need a refresher, listen to their duet below: READ FULL STORY

AMAs 2013: See the complete winners list

Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus made big splashes on the red carpet and on stage, but it was Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake who each continued to break out of their respective genres Sunday night, taking home American Music Awards across several categories. Rihanna was honored with an AMA Icon Award (at only 25!) and country stars Lady Antebellum took away the night’s biggest country category prize.

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Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy to perform at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Well, these weren’t three things I planned on hearing in the same sentence today: Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy and lingerie.

Both artists will be performing on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (lingerie status, unknown), joining the ranks of past performers like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Rising indie pop band A Great Big World, and Neon Jungle, a U.K. girl group who just finished touring with Jessie J, are also on the VS Fashion Show lineup, scheduled to take place this Wednesday at the Lexington Armory in New York.

Jack Sussman, Executive VP Specials and Events at CBS, said of choosing Swift: “If a mad scientist were asked to create the perfect combination of the beauty of a Victoria’s Secret Angel with the ultimate talent and creativity from today’s music scene, the answer would be simple — Taylor Swift.”

Sure, Swift will look right at home with tall, svelte Angels like Adriana Lima and Karlie Kloss, but will she strut down the runway with them like Rihanna did in 2012? Maybe not, but she probably has an easier height differential to deal with than Fall Out Boy.

The Victoria Secret Fashion Show airs December 10th at 10:00 p.m. on CBS.

CMA Awards: Best and Worst of the Broadcast

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

Best “Suck it, haters” Taylor Swift moment ever: So not only did George Strait, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, and Rascal Flatts — all people for whom Swift opened at the start of her career — come out onstage to present the 23-year-old with the Pinnacle Award, there was also a video including kind messages from Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Carly Simon, Julia Roberts, and Ethel Kennedy, among others. Watch it below. It’s might have been the best acceptance speech of Swift’s career, as she paid respect to each of the artists onstage with her.  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift assembles country supergroup for CMA performance -- VIDEO

Taylor Swift assembled her very own country-music Avengers at tonight’s CMA Awards, putting a twist on the title track from her hit album Red with the supergroup.

Swift was joined by Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Eric Carken, who played and sang backup for the relative rookie. Swift teased earlier this week that the performance would be “life-alteringly cool,” and we’re pretty sure country fans would concur. Watch the “Red” performance below:
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Eminem, Taylor Swift top YouTube Music Awards

Crying babies, Win Butler’s Kanye moment, a faked double suicide, face painting, a makeup-free Lady Gaga in plaid and a trucker’s cap. There were all kinds of unexpected moments on the first YouTube Music Awards—which you can watch in full here—as imagined by Spike Jonze and carried off by the odd couple hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts.

Eminem, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the winners during Sunday night’s live webcast from New York. But the awards were sort of beside the point as Jonze and others directed live videos with Eminem, Gaga, M.I.A. and rapper Earl Sweatshirt, and Schwartzman and Watts careened about the soundstage with only notecards to point the way. READ FULL STORY

Voting now open for first ever YouTube Music Awards

You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.

The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).

The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.

Check out the nominees below, vote over at YouTube, and tune in for the ceremony on Nov. 3.
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Taylor Swift goes 80s bubblegum on new single 'Sweeter Than Fiction' -- LISTEN

Whip out your pink tux and pierce your left ear — Taylor Swift wants to take you to a 1980s prom.

The pop-country star (and future The Giver actress) teamed up with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff to pen “Sweeter Than Fiction,” a New Wavey track for the upcoming British biopic One Chance, which tells the story of Paul Potts, the down-on-his-luck store clerk who became an opera-singing sensation after winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2007.

Swift sings from the point of view of a longtime fan who believed in a performer’s talent long before anyone else did. “I’ve seen you fall, I’ve seen you crawl on your knees, eh eh” she sings during the opening verse. “I’ve seen you lost in a crowd, seen your colors fade.” The song’s main subject doesn’t mire for too long, though, and the tone of the lyrics quickly shifts to match the fizzy musical arrangement. “There you’ll stand ten feet tall, and I will say, ‘I knew it all along,'” Swift beams in the chorus. “I’ll be one of the many saying, ‘You made us proud.'”

The track, which will play over the end-credits of One Chance, is uplifting without being hokey and sweet without being cloying. It’s as light and airy as cotton candy — and just as addictive, too. Give it a listen below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift sets songwriting record

Taylor Swift has set a record with the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

The organization announced Tuesday that it would name Swift as its songwriter/artist of the year. This is her sixth win, beating out five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. READ FULL STORY

How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre's identity crisis

Are you aware that Nashville is currently embroiled in an outright civil war?

The country music genre has gone through quite a transformation in the past couple years, adopting the electric guitar sounds of nearly-defunct rock radio, the rap-infused cadences and AutoTune normally reserved for hip hop, and, most controversially, the pop elements left behind as that genre gravitated toward electronic dance music. And attitudes have become ever more contentious between traditional and modern-country fans in 2013. Lately, the frustrations have reached a boiling point.

The straw that broke the camel’s back arrived two weeks ago, when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan’s No. 1 single “That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” That remark caused Jason Aldean to hop on Instagram and tell Brown, “trust me when I tell u that nobody gives a shit what u think.” The country community quickly took sides in the debate, and the resulting feud has catapulted country music’s identity crisis straight into the spotlight.

These days, pop-country is more popular than ever — but also more despised than ever. Stars like Brown, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan have begun publicly expressing unhappiness with their format, which this year has become an increasingly homogenous platform for men (a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood was the only solo female in the Top 20) singing about trucks and beers and girls and then more trucks.

Tensions have been brewing all year long (and really, much longer than that) — and there’s been no shortage of public feuding among the genre’s A-list. As country fights to figure out what it should look and sound like, its biggest stars are airing some very honest (and sometimes harsh) opinions. Here’s a timeline of country’s wild, crazy, and sometimes mud-slinging year:

January 23: Blake Shelton calls classic country fans “old farts” and “jackasses”
While speaking in a GAC special, The Voice coach angered thousands of elderly country fans when he remarked, “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.” The comment caused a controversy that endured for weeks and helped spark this year’s debate about traditional-country vs. pop-country.
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