Taylor Swift Shines On 23 International Editions of ‘Cosmopolitan’ December Issue

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Taylor Swift talks living single in 23 (yes, 23) editions of Cosmopolitan‘s December issue. So, while songs off her fifth album 1989 deal with fleeting memories of an ex, Swift emphasizes how she isn’t interested in dating and couldn’t be happier. “People will say, ‘Let me set you up with someone,’ and I’m just sitting there saying, ‘That’s not what I’m doing. I’m not lonely. I’m not looking,’” she says. “I completely feel you on that, oh my God. They just don’t get it.”

The magazine describes Swift as “this girl’s girl,” who debates with friends like Girls creator Lena Dunham over the double standards of dating between males and females. As she also proved with her recent secret listening sessions, this sense of relatability is still key to Swift’s appeal. It’s why her first “documented, official pop album” has felt like a personal victory to fans, with an estimated 1.2 million copies sold during its first week. More »

Madonna Took The Ultimate Shameless Selfie With Kanye West

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It’s no secret that Kanye West is a humbly vain person, as is the Instagram-loving Madonna. So when the two stars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime selfie, the result was just magic! Both artists attended the Keep A Child Alive‘s 11th Annual Black Ball in NYC last night (October 30), and found time to share their best Blue Steel poses. The pop legend posted the picture on her Instagram, with the caption: “Self Obsession much? #unapologeticbitches”

Madonna has also been cooking up some tunes with Nas. The rapper shared a photo of himself and Madge in the studio, with the singer licking his face (classy). But can you imagine what that collaboration will sound like? She is working hard on her forthcoming thirteenth (!!) studio album, and has been spotted in the studio with music superstars like Alicia Keys, Avicii and DiploNatalia Kills and MNEK have also discussed their experience working with Madonna on the new project.

View all the Instagram photos in full below. More »

Iggy Azalea Will Also Perform At The 2014 American Music Awards

Along with leading the pack with the most nominations, Iggy Azalea will also grace the stage as a performer at the 2014 American Music Awards! The “Beg For It” diva is up for six nods at the ceremony, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and Favorite Female Artist.

Other artists set to perform are Lorde, One Direction and FergieSam Smith5 Seconds Of Summer and Mary J. Blige. Pitbull will have double duties, as he’ll host and perform. The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.  View the entire list here. More »

Jennifer Lopez Talks Being Abused “Mentally, Emotionally, Verbally” In New Memoir


Jennifer Lopez has been a tabloid fixture thanks to her high-profile relationships with Puff Daddy, Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony, among others. (See her “Jenny from the Block” video for proof.) However, she has yet to open up about these relationships as she apparently has in her forthcoming memoir True Love, out November 4. “I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally,” she says, according to PEOPLE.

While Lopez doesn’t say who was responsible for such abuse, she did mention that Anthony, her third husband and the father of her two children, found True Love to be revealing. “He read it and said, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize you were going through this whole journey,’ ” she says. “We try to be supportive of each other. We feel that’s the best thing for our kids.” Anthony had filed for divorce in 2012, shortly after the couple’s seventh wedding anniversary.

See a trailer for True Love below. More »

Kendrick Lamar Performs “i” As Part Of NBA’s Season Kickoff

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We Love K. Dot!

Kendrick Lamar‘s triumphant single “i” is the official anthem for the 2014-2015 NBA season, so of course the rapper had to perform it for their annual kickoff event! It marked one of his first live presentations of the song, with the recent one being at this year’s We Day Toronto.

The concert was held outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where Lamar got the crowd hyped as they jumped in the air with energy. “i,” produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album. More »

Lorde Covers ‘Billboard,’ Talks Working With Kanye West For ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ Soundtrack

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Lorde talks how she took charge of the third Hunger Games soundtrack in Billboard‘s November issue – highlighting the meetings, cold calls and the artistic risks. She emphasizes that she wouldn’t have been satisfied with making an EP, as suggested by Lionsgate — the Hollywood studio behind the franchise. She also says that with Mockingjay – Part 1, she fulfilled a personal career goal of hers. “I’d really wanted to A&R a record,” she says to Billboard. “And I basically got to do that.”

All of this helps to portray Lorde as a singular artist, someone who would actually pair The Chemical Brothers with Miguel (“This Is Not a Game”) and feature Q-Tip, Pusha T, HAIM and herself on the same song. What’s also memorable is how she revealed that yes, she still gets nervous. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza,” Lorde says of reaching out to personal idol Kanye West. “I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” More »

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Legal Round Against Marvin Gaye’s Estate

Robin Thicke‘s chart-topping “Blurred Linessingle, his collaboration with Pharrell, has sparked immense controversy ever since its released in March 2013. The main focus of the drama came from the Marvin Gaye‘s children, who filed a copyright infringement suit against the two stars. They claim the song rips off their father’s 1977 classic R&B hit  “Got To Give It Up”.

The events got even more messy this September, when court documents revealed Thicke lied to media outlets about co-writing the song. Now, Billboard is reporting that Judge John Kronstadt ruled yesterday (October 30) that the estate “made a sufficient showing that elements of ’Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ’Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”  More »

Broods Perform “Mother & Father” On ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’: Watch

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Broods stopped by Last Call With Carson Daly last night (October 30) to perform their latest tune, “Mother & Father.” The New Zealand-bred duo sung to an energetic crowd at Los Angeles’ El Rey theater, as they captivated the audience with the moody single. Afterwards, they performed another song from their album — “Four Walls.”

“Mother & Father” is off Broods’ debut album, Evergreen, which was released on October 7. View their performance up top, and catch “Four Walls” after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Teases ‘The Pinkprint’ With New Trailer: Watch

Nicki Minaj‘s forthcoming third LP The Pinkprint was pushed back from its original November 24 date, to December 15 — and the Barbz were quite disappointed. So in order to satisfy her fans, the rapper released mini trailers for the album on Instagram last night (October 30).

The two Khalil Kavon-directed clips are a mash-up of Minaj’s recent videos (“Pills N’ Potions,” “Anaconda,” “Lookin’ Ass”) with cut-aways to a thumb being fingerprinted in pink ink.

Watch the Instagram teasers after the jump! More »

10 Scary-Good Halloween Costumes Inspired By Music Videos

When you’re out going bump in the night this Halloween, resist the temptation to go the full I-G-G-Y. As hot as you’d look in geisha-white face paint, a Twitter feud with Snoop and a thirsty lacefront, you’ll just be one of a hundred. Stand out among the crowd by rocking a more unexpected music-video-inspired costume. Whip up one of these deep-cut outfits, send us a picture and let all the sexy people beg for it by asking, “Who dat? Who dat?”

H-A-P-P-Y Halloween!