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Jessie J And Luke James Are Now Dating: Morning Mix

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:: Earlier this year, Jessie J took back her claim of being bisexual — she said that it was just a “phase.” Well, it seems like she’s back to dating men! The Sweet Talker posted a picture on Instagram of her snuggling up with R&B singer Luke James. [Vibe]

:: U2 plans to take over The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for an entire week, beginning on November 17. The Irish rock band’s talk show residency comes after Foo Fighters‘ one-week stay on Letterman, and Metallica‘s own on The Late Late Show. [Stereogum]

:: Looks like Miley Cyrus has a new boyfriend! According to E! News, the singer has reportedly been “casually dating” (whatever that means) Patrick SchwarzneggerBut they haven’t officially claimed the boyfriend/girlfriend label. [E! News]

:: Speaking of boyfriends, Nicki Minaj allegedly smashed up the Mercedes-Benz that belongs to her ex-boo Safaree Samuels. The “Only” rapper reportedly used a baseball bat to get the job done. Classy. [Celebuzz]

:: Beyonce is 2014′s highest-paid woman in music. I mean, are we really surprised here? This year, the diva earned an estimated $115 million — which is double of what she made in 2013. Most of the money came from her extensive world tour. [Reuters]

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Taylor Swift’s Entire Music Catalog Is Removed From Spotify: Morning Mix

Such A Rebel

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:: Big Machine Label Group (a.k.a. Taylor Swift‘s record label) has swiped the singer’s entire discography from Spotify. The move was probably made to amp up her already-insane record sales, but the streaming service was none too pleased about the decision. In a statement, Spotify said: “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.” [Billboard]

:: Speaking of Taylor Swift, she recently announced her 2015 world tour in support of her 1989 LP. The UK dates suspiciously circle around the Glastonbury Festival next year, which leaves the media to speculate if the singer will be performing. Time will only tell! [Digital Spy]

:: As a follow-up to her first-ever men’s fragrance (Rouge Man) released in August, Rihanna will now have a new fragrance for her female fans. The singer announced the news of the Rouge Love perfume on Twitter, but no word yet when it will be available. [MTV News]

:: In weirder news, Ariana Grande called the police on a fan who was sending her a bevy of packages. The gifts included a 42-pound pumpkin, eight Yankee candles, an anklet from Kay Jewelers and more. The cops have warned the man (a 29-year-old named Tim Normandin from Lowell, MA) to back off the singer. And we agree — it’s just plain creepy. [TMZ]

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Whatcha Say: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga & Meghan Trainor Got Our Readers Talking

Happy Halloween! Man, was this week jam-packed with exciting news and events from the music world. Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated fifth LP 1989, while we announced a giveaway for Calvin Harris‘ forthcoming album Motion. Click here to enter until Monday, November 4!

Iggy Azalea had an interesting debut performance on Saturday Night Live, and Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint LP is now pushed back to December. We also posted our infamous pop star nude gallery for Q3, and it was quite popular! The Ibrawlator for best October album is now live as well as our Magazine Melee for November!

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Taylor Swift Teases Upcoming ’1989′ Tour: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989 is a massive hit (it’s predicted to sell just over one million copies in its first week alone), so there’s no surprise the popstar wants to take the project on the road! During her appearance on Good Morning America on October 29, she stated: “I am gonna be going out on tour very soon! We’re in the early stages of planning the actual show. I’m excited about announcing things when I can announce them, but it’s going to be happening!”[Just Jared]

:: Good news for Chris Brown! The troubled entertainer has settled two assault cases: one for charging at a man in Washington D.C. and the other for brawling with Frank Ocean‘s cousin in a parking lot last January. His total payment was $120,000. But that should be chump change for him…right? [MTV]

:: Jimmy Kimmel plans to host the 2014 Country Music Awards via hologram on November 5. But that’s not all! He’ll be hosting two shows at the same damn time: the CMAS as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live. The holograms of 2pac at 2012′s Coachella and Michael Jackson at this year’s Billboard Music Awards were creepy, so hopefully the talk show host can pull it off. [Complex]

:: Suge Knight may face 30 years to life in prison after an arrest for robbery. The rap mogul was arrested alongside comedian Katt Williams, who could serve up to seven years. [Pigeons & Planes]

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Lil Wayne Pushes ‘The Carter V’ Release To December: Morning Mix

Young Moolah Baby!

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:: It was previously announced the upcoming albums from Young Money labelmates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj would be delayed. At the time, the “Anaconda” diva was the only one to have a set date for The Pinkprint (it’s now December 15). But now, her rap counterpart has an official release. Lil Wayne was supposed to drop Tha Carter V on Tuesday (October 28), but it will be coming on December 9 as a two-part record. [Rap-Up]

:: Live Nation and Founders Entertainment plan to give NYC its first-ever country music festival. Set for June 26-28 at Randall’s Island, the event will feature artists like Dierks BentleyLuke Bryan, and Brad Paisley. [Billboard]

:: The Rolling Stones are the type of legendary rock band who cannot be touched. Which is why they have the power to sell a $5,000 coffee-table book. Titled The Rolling Stones, it will be a 500-plus-page deluxe edition book. If you’re crazy enough to buy it, it’s due in December. Or, you can just buy the standard version for $150. [Spin]

:: A$AP Rocky and his model girlfriend Chanel Iman have reportedly called it quits. The former couple were only dating for a year and cited busy travel schedules as the cause for the split. [Billboard]

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Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of October?

Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.

It’s that time again: Our “Best Of” Ibrawlator for October. Last month, true jazz lovers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga stole our readers’ hearts with their duet record, Cheek To Cheek.

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Magazine Melee: Which Pop Act Has The Best November 2014 Cover?

Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!

The chilly season has arrived, and it’s up to some of our favorite pop stars to provide us with some fashion-forward fall lewks of the cover of today’s hottest fashion and lifestyle magazines. Who will reign supreme across the November issue array?

The boys of One Direction look charming and silly as ever on the cover of Seventeen, while Rita Ora serves sultry over-the-shoulder camouflage for Teen Vogue. Charli XCX exemplifies cool on Complex, Beyoncé gives beach body for Cosmopolitan Australia and Taylor Swift stands tall in a bold print on Fashion and Jessie J shows off a shapely figure on Cosmopolitan UK. All gorgeous covers for sure, but which one’s your favorite?

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Pitbull Has Two New Reality Shows In The Works: Morning Mix

Dale!

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:: Mr. Worldwide, also known as Pitbull, will be coming to your small screen! The entertainer is getting two new reality shows: Pitbull: The Lyfe and The REAL Change ProjectThe former will focus on his music career, while the latter will be about fundraising for educators. No word on when either is set to premiere, but Harvey Weinstein is backing the projects so they must be good…we hope. [Deadline]

:: Joan Jett was honored at New York City’s Little Kids Rock Benefit Gala, which took place on October 23. The legendary musician was gifted with the “Rocker of the Year” award. Other artists who attended the gala were Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna and former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock. [Brooklyn Vegan]

:: After the whole drama between Tyga and Drake was unveiled in a recent Vibe interview, Young Money’s bossman Birdman decided to step in. During his stop at Hot 97′s radio show, the rapper said: “He might be in his feelings. And I got all love and respect for Tyga, that’s been my lil’ bro, but my intake is, I’m family oriented — either you in or you out. If you’re out, you’re an outcast to me. If you’re in, you’re family.” Well, that cleared everything up! [MTV]

:: Is there anything Pharrell can’t do? The entertainer has been named to the Apollo Theater’s Board of Directors, along with five new members. Their main duty is to develop the theater through fundraising, strategic planning and education. [Complex]

:: In other weird news, Sia plans to auction off her breath in a jar. Yes, you read that correctly. The singer will auction it during the Adelaide Film Festival. Here is what the festival organizers had to say about it: “Gorgeously and magnificently, she breathed into a jar for us. Her breath is in a Mason jar with silver sealing wax, so no one can accidentally open it. Whoever wins it will be able to break the seal— or just let it be.” Okay…? [Pigeons & Planes]

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Nicki Minaj’s “Only (feat. Chris Brown, Drake & Lil Wayne)”: Review Revue

To be fair, it wasn’t going to be easy for Nicki Minaj to trump her rump-shaking smash “Anaconda.” The hype for a follow-up to her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling hit was already at a fever pitch — but did she deliver with a worthy follow-up? Well.

The return-to-roots rap track “Only,” the third single off of the newly pushed-back The Pinkprint — certainly has its fair share of scandal-heavy lyrics worth talking about, as well as a simple, menacing beat courtesy of Dr. Luke. Was it enough to sway the critics — or the Twittersphere? Check out all the reviews, as well as some choice tweets, after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift Is New York City’s Welcome Ambassador: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift has already claimed her status as a true New Yorker (she even made a song about it), and now the singer is crowned the NYC Welcome Ambassador! Her main duty will be representing the city for incoming tourists. [MTV]

:: Sam Smith is the latest star featured in Vibe magazine, and the Brit talks about the constant Adele comparisons, Lady Gaga, his fear of coming out, and why he doesn’t like twerking. Read all about it here.

:: We’ve already made the announcement that Prince will take over the Saturday Night Live stage on November 1, but more details have come forth! The legendary entertainer will perform for eight minutes straight, a first in the 40-year history of the show. How cool is that? [via press release]

:: Boy, are those Directioners loyal! One Direction‘s fans helped their “Steal My Girl” video break the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours. The record was previously broken by Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” visual. [PopCrush]

:: Finally, there is some type of bonding in the female rap community! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Da Brat plan to reunite at this year’s Soul Train Awards. The trio co-starred on 1997′s female anthem “Not Tonight.” Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, which will air on BET and Centric on November 30. [Billboard]

:: Like Britney Spears and possibly Jennifer LopezKanye West could have been a huge Las Vegas star. But the rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. [Billboard]

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