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The 10 most ridiculously cleaned-up lyrics on 'Kidz Bop 26'

Okay, whose bright idea was it to include “Timber”—a celebration of binge drinking, debauchery, and girls “like Miley Cyrus, clothes off/Twerking in their bras and thongs”—on the 26th Kidz Bop compilation, which hits stores today?

The world may never know; Kidz Bop declined EW’s request for an interview. (Cue “Someone Like You” from Kidz Bop 21.) From listening to the full album, though, one thing’s clear: Someone had a lot of fun cleaning up these lyrics to make them nominally kid-friendly. In the case of “Timber,” that means nixing the entire first verse—the one about twerking—and changing “one more shot, another round” to “one more dance, another town.” But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Kidz Bop lyrical changes aren’t just about scrubbing out curse words, sex, and drug references—they also nix mentions of anything remotely violent or ethically questionable. And sometimes, they change stuff just for the hell—er, heck—of it. Need proof? It’s going down: READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey pushing new, 'interactive' 'melodic beverage' called Butterfly

Have you ever wanted to know what the “magic of Mariah Carey” tastes like? If so, the Elusive Chanteuse may have just the thing for you.

At a press conference in New York City Tuesday, Mariah Carey debuted her new non-alcoholic pink-colored beverage Butterfly, which has been described as a “melodic beverage inspired by the magic of Mariah Carey.” Butterfly comes in a curvy pink bottle, and, based on Carey’s presentation on Tuesday, is meant to be enjoyed from a champagne flute. The beverage will be available at Walgreen drugstores nationwide. READ FULL STORY

Macklemore apologizes for wearing costume, says it wasn't meant to seem anti-Semitic

Macklemore published an apology on his website for the seemingly ethnic costume he wore to a performance on Friday. In the blog post, he says again that it wasn’t his intention to “mimic any culture, nor resemble one” with his outfit choice. The costume was a disguise so that he could sneak into the venue for a surprise show at the EMP Museum. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus teams with Flaming Lips for Beatles cover at Billboard Awards

Miley Cyrus was out of commission for a spell, which kept her away of eye-popping costumes and attention-grabbing headlines for a few weeks. (How did the Internet not sink into the ocean due to a dearth of Cyrus-related material?)

But now she’s back, touring Europe, happily grinding against anatomically correct blow-up dolls, and dropping in on Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards via satellite to deliver a cover of the Beatles’ “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” with some help from the Flaming Lips.

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That One Time When Miley Cyrus Rode A Penis Balloon -- Warning: NSFW

This weekend in London, Miley Cyrus rode (among other things) a giant inflatable penis onstage at the nightclub Heaven. She must be fully recovered from the “severe allergic reaction to antibiotics” that caused her to cancel the rest of her Bangerz Tour. After seeing these pictures I feel like I could use a round of antibiotics.

She was at Heaven’s G-A-Y night last Friday to celebrate a friend’s birthday. According to MTV News, as part of a toast she spouted this into the mic: “Everyone’s a little bit gay. Some of us just a little bit more than others.” She also insinuated that if your intended partner doesn’t want to get down — gay or otherwise — to “sprinkle something in their drink. That’s what I always do.” Er…no. Never do that.

See the NSFW photo below: READ FULL STORY

Wu Tang's 'secret' album has a new featured guest: Cher

Cher will appear on two tracks off of Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album” The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. (Hear a snippet here).

I imagine the conversation that led to this decision went something like this: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry plays dress-up in music video preview, maybe makes awkward anti-Semitic gesture -- VIDEO

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Katy Perry really wants our attention, and she’ll do whatever she can to get it. Even if that means making a video that might be a tiny bit racist.

In a preview for Perry’s upcoming “Birthday” music video, the singer put out a clip in which she poses as various birthday party performers — a dancer, a princess, a clown. Spoiler: It’s weird. Super weird:

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Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi on 'Game of Thrones' Mixtape

According to the Wall Street Journal, HBO decided that their prize pony Game of Thrones might pull in more of an “urban” crowd if they could connect the show to rappers. Rappers totally sell stuff to “urbans,” right?

Yes, HBO’s analysts confirmed this for them. Game of Thrones has a viewership of 14.3 million, so there’s bound to be some hip-hop stars in there. Sure enough, Common, Big Boi, Daddy Yankee and a handful of other names agreed to make a mix tape of Game of Thrones-themed songs called Catch the Throne. (No word from HBO on how much this project is costing them.)

The 10-song compilation will be released online this Friday.  Good news for skeptical fans, all the songs will be free downloads. WSJ already gave a sample of Wale’s lyrics: “I’m tellin’ whoever messin’ with me/I can bring you that Khaleesi heat/Use my King, knack for words, as an actual sword/I can decapitate a rapper…” Ah, memories.

The Oscar music snubs: no love for Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, 'Llewyn Davis' or Coldplay

Check to make sure the rivers haven’t turned to blood and all first-borns aren’t suddenly afflicted with pox, because the impossible has happened: Taylor Swift was not nominated for an award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ passing on Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (from the film One Chance) is easily one of the most high-profile snubs from this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and seemed like an obvious pick for an invite on Oscar night, if only because people love giving Taylor Swift gold trophies (and also because it would have brought some much-needed youth to the Oscar party).

Instead, the contenders in the Best Original Song category are U2′s “Ordinary Love” (from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Karen O’s “The Moon Song” (Her), Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Despicable Me 2), Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone But Not Alone” (from the deeply obscure Christian film of the same name), and the song “Let It Go” from the Disney blockbuster Frozen, which is performed by Idina Menzel and written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. (It’s the writers, not the performers, who take home the gold.)

The race seems to be down to the Golden Globe winner and sentimental favorite “Ordinary Love” (which would be as much an award for the late Nelson Mandela as it would be for U2) and the sales juggernaut “Let It Go” (which has propelled the Frozen soundtrack to the top of the mainstream album chart and elevated it to gold status). “Happy” and “The Moon Song” are much longer shots, but both are both cool choices crafted by deeply respected members of the music world.

Of course, that leaves “Alone But Not Alone,” one of the most inexplicable Oscar nominations in the history of the awards. The film barely exists, and the song itself is a dreary dirge of a hymn that sounds like it should be played in the midst of a sleepy Sunday morning mass. It has virtually no chance of winning, and its legacy will be as a bizarre curiosity in a category notorious for them.

It would be a less shocking inclusion if the Oscar nomination shortlist (75 songs in all) didn’t contain so many markedly stronger options. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z addresses Barneys controversy on new Rick Ross collab 'The Devil Is a Lie'

You can press pause on Beyoncé now—and be grateful Bey hasn’t convinced everyone to quit releasing teaser tracks off upcoming albums.

This one’s from Rick Ross, whose Mastermind will arrive early next year, and Jay Z, and it is so wonderfully good: Equal parts Rozay roll and blaring Blueprint soul—a jubilant celebration of two rappers who at this point can only really have fun with tales of crack dealing.

Although Jay Z also addresses the recent, quite real issue of his continued partnership with Barneys after “shop-and-frisk” lawsuits were brought against the department store: “See what I did to the stop and frisk?/Brooklyn on the Barneys like we own the bitch/Give the money to the hood, now we all win/Got that Barneys floor lookin’ like a V.I.M.”

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