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Taylor Swift debuts '22' video, has more fun than you -- VIDEO

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Technically, as of three months ago today, she is an old and wizened 23.

But this morning, Taylor Swift released the video for her latest single, “22,” on Good Morning America. The video, in typical T-Swift tradition, is a heavily encoded tribute to the greatness of awesome Sisterhood Parties, partially done like an Instagram photo.

Luckily, it also has the good fortune to be accompanying one of the best songs off of Red — watching Swift and her posse dance around in fedoras and shoot confetti guns to that delightful stompity-stomp melody is almost hypnotic:

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Taylor Swift has some harsh words for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler [UPDATES: Fey and Poehler respond]

Peter Lindbergh, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Peter Lindbergh, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Good ol’ Taylor Swift graces the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, and the 23-year-old “22” singer had a lot of things to get off her chest.

One of those things was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Golden Globes jokes. If you recall, the pair made a crack about Swift’s dating history, with Fey telling the singer to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.”

Here’s what Swift had to say about all that: “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”

So, um, maybe don’t gift Swift a copy of Bossypants for Christmas? (The quote, if you’re wondering, is from Madeleine Albright.)

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Watch One Direction's Harry Styles get hit in the groin by a shoe -- VIDEO

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An audience member at One Direction’s show in Glasgow threw not one, but two shoes at Harry Styles — and the second one hit him where it hurts.

And before you make the obvious Taylor Swift joke, Buzzfeed beat you to it.

Watch the video here. You probably want to turn the volume low:

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Music sales up internationally for the first time since 1999

It’s no secret that the music industry has not had the greatest 21st century. Back in 1999, labels collected over $28 billion in sales, the biggest peak in history. (That’s a lot of copies of …Baby One More Time.) When the calendar turned over, the deluge began, and the combination of widespread broadband Internet access, innovations in file sharing technology, and a general devaluation of the product led to steady declines in sales. Pirates were partially to blame, but so were music executives who were slow to adapt to the brave new world.

But perhaps the industry has found bottom. According to a report put out by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, music sales were up 0.3 percent in 2012. That’s not much of a gain from the year before, but it’s better than losing more blood. All told, the industry brought in $16.5 billion in sales.

Most of that increase, unsurprisingly, comes from the steady increase in people willing to pay for digital music. Download sales were up nine percent over 2011 and accounted for 34 percent of the overall pie. More and more income is also coming in care of streaming services, whose subscription fees now make up 10 percent of all music sales internationally.

Of course, when you dive deeper into the numbers, there’s some obvious top-heaviness. READ FULL STORY

Eric Church leads with 7 ACM nominations

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They don’t call him Chief for nothing: Eric Church is the top nominee at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

The rising country music star has seven nominations for the April 7 awards show in Las Vegas. Hunter Hayes is next with six, followed by Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert at five apiece.

Swift and Lambert are up for the academy’s top honor — entertainer of the year — with Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Swift is going for her third straight win in that category.

Shelton and Bryan will co-host the broadcast, to air live on CBS from the MGM Grand. READ FULL STORY

Hear Samuel L. Jackson perform Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

 Django Unchained star Samuel L. Jackson — who had a viral hit last year with his salty Go the F*** to Sleep audiobook — is back at it with a growling, get-these-snakes-off-my-plane reading of the lyrics of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Because he’s a secret TSwift fan? Because the song is really a piece of veiled historical commentary on the Confederacy’s attitude toward the Union in Django‘s antebellum South? Who’s to say. All we know is the hijinks went down on London’s 95.8 Capital FM station, and as you can imagine, Jackson’s version sounds like less of a cutesy kiss-off than a Pulp Fiction-style “Say what again” double dare, complete with a few new Tarantino-esque lines at the end. Check out the clip below:

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Golden Globes Best Original Song nominees -- LISTEN

Excited for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the Golden Globes this Sunday night? Join the club. But beyond the fun hosts, there is a ton of entertainment to look forward to during Sunday’s live event: Movies (Lincoln or Les Misérables?!), TV (Will Homeland repeat their Emmy wins?) and even music, with Best Original Song bringing star power in the form of Adele, Taylor Swift and Hugh Jackman. Listen to all five nominees below, and pick your favorite going into the broadcast.

Interestingly, of the Golden Globe nominees, only Skyfall and Les Misérables’ songs were nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar yesterday, which may point to their odds at the Globes — although there have been plenty of Oscar/Globes differences before. Will Swift emerge victorious? Will the Les Mis crew get another award? Spoiler alert: This is yours to lose, Adele.

Listen to all the nominees below:

1.) “For You,” from the movie Act of Valor. Music and lyrics by Monty Powell, Keith Urban. 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 and Worst 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, and the other best singles of the year

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One encouraging trend that ran throughout 2012 was the egalitarian nature of hit singles. Whether you were a Joni Mitchell-loving Canadian Idol survivor, an Australian with a bruised ego, or a bunch of Florida emo survivors high on Queen, the music world fully embraced you as long as your inescapable earworms continuously delivered thrilling results.

Check out EW’s list of the 20 greatest singles of the year below (as they appear in the current issue of EW, which is on newsstands now), and be sure to check out this specially-curated VEVO playlist that takes you through the year that was one glorious pop hook at a time.

BEST

1. Carly Rae Jepsen, ”Call Me Maybe”
Before the countless YouTube lip dubs, the nine weeks at No. 1, and the 1,000th time you heard it at a BBQ, there was just a song: a purple-ink love letter with a tiny voice whispering about wishing wells and ripped jeans like it was a secret she wanted you to keep forever. It might have been the soundtrack of your summer, or you might’ve rolled your eyes at parties but then secretly put it on your workout mix. But every time it played, life sounded just a tiny bit different. Better maybe. Adam Markovitz READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst 2012: The year in country music

Ah, what a year in music it’s been! Here at EW, we’ve been in retrospective overdrive, looking back at the best and worst albums, singles, lyrics, and soundtracks that 2012 had to offer.

But since I’m already primed to hop onto a plane and head home down South for the holidays, I thought it might be fun to take let my music tastes do the same and take a deep-dive into the country music world. Here’s my take on the year that was — country music style:

BEST: Little Big Town The hard-working quartet has always had the respect of Nashville for their on-point harmonies and sumptuous live performances, so it was nice to see them find true mainstream success in 2012. “Pontoon” was a fresh, tongue-in-cheek summer smash that motorboated all the way to No. 1.

BEST: Eric Church With a sand-papery voice, a trademark baseball cap (which have now officially replaced cowboy hats), a drink in his hand, and some genuinely great melodies, Eric Church joined country’s A-list this year. “Springsteen” was a wide-open crossover hit that gave his confidently country disc Chief the mainstream appeal it deserved. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Chief won the CMA Award for Album of the Year, either. READ FULL STORY

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