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Taylor Swift channels U2 on new track 'State of Grace': Hear it here

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If Taylor Swift has made one thing clear in the lead-up to her fourth album Red, it’s that her genre is nigh impossible to pin down.

First came the outright pop of her first no. 1 Hot 100 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Then came the plaintive, slow country sound of “Begin Again.” After that, we got more pop and sonic vocals with “Red.” And last week brought the dubstep-laden “I Knew You Were Trouble.” So obviously the next logical step was… Brit rock? READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift drops new single 'I Knew You Were Trouble': Hear it here

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“Ready to hear more about my romantic misadventures????”

That’s the teaser Taylor Swift tweeted yesterday in anticipation of the newest cut off of Red, “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

The song, which Swift previewed on Good Morning America yesterday morning, has the same kind of defiant pop-radio oomph that made her fourth album’s other big breakup banger, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” a number one.

But “Trouble” comes with an added twist: a smattering of dubstep, discernible each time the song’s chorus kicks in, an element that we’d been warned Red would contain.

Take a listen to the new track in the video below:

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Taylor Swift releases 'Red' tracklist, previews new song

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Today, scores of Taylor Swift fans are seeing Red — its tracklist, that is.

The country-bred pop star unveiled the contents of her upcoming fourth studio album, due Oct. 22, and gave fans an idea of what topics the disc’s 16 tracks might tackle. At first glance, it looks like a lot of the songs might be about — surprise! — boys, though her stance changes depending on the tune (or boy, presumably). The Max Martin-produced smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” for instance, is immediately followed by a number titled “Stay Stay Stay,” which should definitely send mixed signals to whichever guy was unlucky enough to get on Swift’s bad side.

Take a look at the complete track list below:

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Taylor Swift explains her personal rainbow of emotions on 'Red'

Yesterday Taylor Swift unveiled the title track of her upcoming fourth album Red on Good Morning America, and if you pinned me down, I’d say the pop track is really quite vermillion. Or perhaps tangerine.

What, you don’t attribute a color to every song you hear?

Then you and T-Swift are never ever ever going to be friends — this girl has a color chosen for everything! (To be fair, I do the same thing. I was debating this weekend whether Mumford & Sons’ new album is dark green or rich burgundy.)

According to the chorus of “Red,” here’s how Swift remembers a recent relationship:

Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red

Those are the only colors the song — which Swift says is all about “intense emotion” — brings up, which kind of let me down. I feel like if we’re going with a color theme for a whole song, we need more splashes than just red, blue, and dark grey — I mean, is dark grey REALLY a color? How about some yellow and green? Weirdly, I’m being serious — I kept waiting for some other hue to pop up, and it never did. Now I feel totally mauve, you know?

Check out the track below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber has been scalping his own tickets, says Nashville TV station

Hey Justin Bieber fans in Tennessee, did you have trouble scoring tickets to your boy’s upcoming show? You’re not alone.

According to documents obtained by Nashville’s NewsChannel 5, of the nearly 14,000 tickets available for Bieber’s forthcoming show at the city’s Bridgestone Arena, only 1,001 — or roughly 7% of the total — were actually allocated for sale to the general public.

So where did the rest of the tickets go? That’s where the information gets pretty damning. About 6,000 were held for American Express customers, who had access during a special pre-sale. Another 3,000 were held for members of Bieber’s fan club, who pay a fee for the opportunity to buy those seats. 500 went to Ticketmaster’s “Platinum Exchange” program, and another 900 were chopped up for various VIP packages.

But the smokingest gun is this: An entire block of seats was reserved for Bieber’s tour, and some of those tickets are currently available on resale site TicketsNow for $216 each.

The bottom line is that not only are only seven percent of the available tickets available for actual face value, but the Bieber camp is actually scalping his own ducats.

He’s not alone: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's new track 'Begin Again' isn't a break-up song

It’s more a post-break-up song, if we’re being technical. They’re very different things.

Swift previewed “Begin Again” on Good Morning America on Monday, and she will play a snippet of a new song on GMA every Monday until the Oct. 22 release of her fourth album, Red. A few hours later, “Begin Again” got an early release on iTunes, where it’s already shot to No. 1, thereby becoming the first single to dethrone “Gangnam Style” in a week.

Compared to her smash pop single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and her sad, sweet lullaby for a cancer victim “Ronan,” Swift’s new song is by far the most country thing that we’ve heard off of Red so far. READ FULL STORY

Ed Sheeran unveils 2013 headline tour dates, gives EW exclusive performance video -- Watch it here

Breakout British folkie/T-Swift’s favorite ginger duet partner Ed Sheeran is bringing his A Team to the U.S. with his biggest headlining tour to date.

The 18-city trek kicks off on Jan. 17 at the House of Blues in Houston, and includes stops at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and the Hollywood Palladium. Sheeran’s current road trip—VH1’s You Oughta Know Tour, which continues through mid-October—is already fully sold out, with many shows being moved to larger venues.

Sheeran will also appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Oct. 4 to perform his current single, “The A Team,” currently climbing the charts (it also has more than 43 million views on YouTube).

Fans will get even more of Sheeran when Taylor Swift’s new album, Red, arrives Oct. 22.

But for now, check out this exclusive video of Sheeran performing his percussive “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” live at London’s Shepard’s Bush Empire, and find the tour’s full itinerary after the jump:

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On the Charts: Matchbox Twenty earn first No. 1, Imagine Dragons take flight, Alicia Keys not yet 'On Fire'

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Straight up, what did you hope to learn about here?

Oh, you wanted some chart news? Well, then you’re in the right place.

Sixteen years after the release of their debut album, Matchbox Twenty earned its first number one album on the Billboard 200 this week. Their latest set, North, sold 95,000 copies in its first seven days. The album’s success is a  testament to the rockers’ loyal fans, considering the disc’s lead single “Shes So Mean” peaked last week at No. 40 on the Hot 100.

The Rob Thomas-led crew formerly found massive success with their 1996 debut Yourself or Someone Like You, which peaked at No. 5 but was certified 12x platinum (oh, the how the music industry has changed…). North won’t likely reach those heights, but the No. 1 spot is still an impressive honor for the nostalgia-fueled act.

Time will tell whether fellow 1990s stalwarts Green Day and No Doubt can match Matchbox Twenty’s resilience, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift in tears, Axl gone AWOL, Britney breaking out in a rash: MTV's top exec tells EW the stories behind the wildest moments in VMA history

Last week’s MTV Video Music Awards may have suffered from disappointing ratings (this year’s viewership was only half of last year’s all-time high 12.45 million) and a dearth of big wow moments, but there’s no shortage of bonkers events to look back on in the show’s past.

In fact, we recently caught up with MTV Music Group President Van Toffler to discuss some of the wildest, wooliest, and most unforgettable water-cooler moments from the VMAs’ nearly three-decade run — and got some previously unpublished revelations on everyone from Britney Spears (did you know that she wasn’t actually Madonna’s first-kiss choice back in 2003? Or that her 2001 snake-charming had a seriously unfortunate side effect?) to Kanye’s infamous speechus interruptus. Read on (with video links in the headers, when available).

Kanye Storms the Stage and Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)
Toffler: “There’s no way any of us could have predicted that — we didn’t orchestrate it. He came with a bottle of alcohol, so he was in a festive mood to begin with. But we all were in shock in the [production] truck when he walked up on stage and took the mic from Taylor. I remember turning to one of the producers and going, ‘Do we not have security?’ [But] we don’t put those big bulky guys on camera in front of the talent. Maybe this guy thought Kanye belonged on the stage.

I said to our line producer, ‘You need to go talk to Kanye and probably have him exit the building, and I will go deal with Taylor.’ And she was about to perform right after that break! She was a champ. I would be lying if I said she and her mom weren’t crying when I saw them, but she pulled it together. This was one of the most absurd VMA moments for me, having to talk to her and her mom, and they’re crying and upset, and this was her first time on the VMAs, and she had been used to working on country shows with polite artists. This was a little bit more chaotic than she was used to. And then I walked back behind the stage to find Beyoncé crying about the incident. Ultimately I talked to her and her dad and then went back to Taylor after her performance, and an hour later Beyoncé brought Taylor back out so she could have her moment.

It all played out okay in the end, but there was a lot of drama in between. Beyoncé had the wisdom to bring Taylor out on stage, and Taylor stayed to have her moment instead of leaving.”

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New Taylor Swift song 'Ronan': Hear her tribute to a young cancer victim

Taylor Swift’s celebratory breakup jam “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” has been lodged in the No. 1 spot on iTunes for the last three weeks, but over the weekend, the track was finally dethroned… by another Taylor Swift song.

The pop-country star debuted her new song “Ronan,” a sad, spare lullaby co-written with a mother who lost her 4-year-old to cancer last year, at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on Friday.

Though Swift is known for her autobiographical songwriting, this one finds her playing the role of a grieving mother: “Race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs/I love you to the moon and back,” she sings wistfully.

Give “Ronan” a listen below: READ FULL STORY

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