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Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, and a hundred others going after Pandora in open letter

There aren’t a whole lot of things that could bind together artists as divergent as Rihanna, Journey, Brian Wilson, Camper Van Beethoven, Primus, Ludacris, and Amy Grant.

No, it’s not the weirdest Coachella lineup ever—instead, these artists (along with over a hundred more) have come together in the name of the one thing they can all agree on: They’d all like more money for their work.

Yesterday, an open letter signed by 125 musicians showed up online, asking streaming radio service Pandora why they are lobbying for a Congressional measure that would decrease the amount of royalties the company would have to pay out to artists for their songs.

“We are big fans of Pandora,” the letter reads. “That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade. Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in this new digital world.” READ FULL STORY

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

Nicki Minaj vs. Hot 97 feud continues -- hear Minaj discuss the station's 'disrespect' here

Nicki Minaj’s bailout on Sunday night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam caused a minor ruckus, but by Monday, everybody should have woken up with a cooler head and sent apologies all around, right?

Wrong.

On Monday, 24 hours after skipping her set at the annual hip-hop festival where she was by far the biggest star on the bill, Minaj had a lengthy conversation with Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex, whose colleague Peter Rosenberg made the on-site announcement — that “Starships” was “bulls—” and “not real hip-hop” — that drove Lil Wayne to pull his entire label roster, including Minaj, from the show.

What should have been a hatchet-burying summit ended up being a pretty contentious radio conversation. Minaj and Flex spent the first 10 minutes arguing about the timeline of events on Sunday, and who tweeted what when. Then Minaj launched into a diatribe about Lil Wayne’s life lessons. “Wayne gave me a very, very valuable lesson last night on knowing my worth,” Nicki told Flex. “After that disrespect, I still was going on that stage. And you know what? Shame on me. Lil Wayne gave me a valuable lesson on self-worth.”

It devolved from there, boiling over when the pair disagreed on whether or not Rosenberg’s comments were sexist. It’s a lengthy conversation, but the ebb and flow of the exchange is pretty hypnotic—especially when it becomes clear that Flex is just trying to make the segment longer. Give it a listen below (the person named Ebro they keep mentioning is Hot 97 station manager Ebro Darden).

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