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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

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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.

And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of October. More »

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

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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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Iggy Azalea’s Debut Performance On ‘Saturday Night Live’: Review Revue

Over the weekend, Iggy Azalea made her debut on the Jim Carrey-hosted Saturday Night Live. The diva took to the legendary stage to perform her current hits: a medley of “Fancy” and the Rita Ora-assisted “Black Widow,” and “Beg For It” — her latest song with Danish singer .

Azalea held her own with confidence and ease, but it was MØ’s feature that had everyone talking — but not in a good way. In our recap of the night’s performance, we wrote: “…Iggy returned to the stage for the live introduction of her catchy, very “Fancy”-sounding follow-up “Beg For It”, joined toward the end by MØ, who…well, seemed to experience some technical difficulties.” MØ has since apologized on Twitter.

Did other critics enjoy the rapper’s performance? Find out after the jump! More »

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′: Review Revue

Welcome to 1989!

After what’s seemed like a full year’s worth of promotional duties packed into the past one or two months, Taylor Swift‘s first official foray into pop music has finally arrived.

The sparkling set, which includes #1 smash “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and her effervescent ode to the Big Apple “Welcome To New York,” is already on track to becoming one of the year’s highest sellers (if not the highest seller), but how does it stack up among music critics ’round the world?

Check out what the critics are saying after the jump. More »

Whatcha Say: Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey And Jennifer Lopez Got Our Readers Talking

What a week in pop!

With 1989 just days away, it’s been all Taylor Swift all the time: From “Welcome To New York,” to Target commercials, to secret sessions and everything in between. So! Much! Taylor! But Tay’s not the only artist with new stuff out: Gwen Stefani made her grand comeback with “Baby Don’t Lie”! Plus, Sound Of A Woman siren Kiesza kept us dancing through the week, while Jessie Ware came in for a softer approach on the gorgeous Tough Love.

At the same time, Mariah Carey notched yet another achievement with her current China tour and Jennifer Lopez is all-but-confirmed for Vegas.

Around here, we premiered t.A.T.u. darling Lena Katina‘s “Who I Am” video, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Madonna‘s under-appreciated Bedtime Stories and spoke to Jasmine V and Kiesza. Phew!

As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments after the jump. More »