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Taylor Swift Turns NYC's Jingle Ball Into a Birthday Party

December 13, 2014

What were you doing the moment you turned 25? Probably not preening onstage at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, performing the Number One song in the country. But at last night's Z100 IHeartRadio Jingle Ball, birthday girl Taylor Swift was the undisputed...

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AC/DC Post Big Sales Debut for 'Rock or Bust'

December 10, 2014

LET THERE BE ROCK (BUT NOT ON SPOTIFY): I'd say AC/DC is following Taylor Swift's lead in keeping its new Rock or Bust (and its entire catalog, for that matter) far away from Spotify, but the hard-rock veterans have been stiff-arming digital-music...

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Taylor Swift Regains Top Spot After Chart Change

December 4, 2014

Not sure why, but Billboard didn't include the overall music sales numbers in its chart story this week — so we're left to assume albums remain down around 12 or 13 percent and tracks are still down 13 percent. We'll see next week if this data...

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Hear a Giddy Mash-Up of 2014's Biggest Hits

December 3, 2014

Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift complement each other perfectly in DJ Earworm's giddy, just-released "United State of Pop 2014" mash-up. As usual, the California producer's annual pop mega mix combines 25 of the biggest hits...

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One Direction Outsell Taylor Swift for New Number One Spot

November 26, 2014

With Black Friday upon us this week, the blockbusters have finally kicked in — will Taylor Swift and One Direction make a dent in the numbers? Album sales ticked down another notch this week to down 12 percent year-over-year (as opposed...

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Joni Mitchell Nixed Taylor Swift-Starring Biopic

November 25, 2014

In April 2012, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to portray folk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book that focuses on the impact of Mitchell, Carol King...

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Watch Taylor Swift's Theatrical 'Blank Space' Live Debut

November 23, 2014

Taylor Swift kickstarted the 2014 American Music Awards Sunday night with a dazzling live debut performance of 1989's "Blank Space." Swift gave a live recreation of the video, opening the track seated at an elegant dinner table before...

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Dave Grohl Weighs in on Spotify Controversy

November 14, 2014

After weeks of heated debate about Spotify over Taylor Swift's decision to remove her discography from the streaming service, Dave Grohl has weighed in. "Me personally? I don't fucking care," the Foo Fighters frontman told Digital Spy. "That's...

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Kim Kardashian's Bottom Tops The Everything Index

November 12, 2014

Welcome to another installment of Rolling Stone's "Everything Index," where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, some of whom even managed to remain fully clothed. Let's just get this out of the way: Kim Kardashian's butt-baring stunt for...

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Taylor Swift Video Director Details Interactive App

November 11, 2014

Embarking on villainous terrain isn’t the only surprise to come with Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" video. Fans can now engage with an app created around the story and never-before-seen extras the star pulled for the experience. Helmed by...

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Taylor Swift’s Label Head Explains Spotify Removal

November 8, 2014

Taylor Swift's decision to remove her music this week from Spotify is a "big fist in the air" that other prominent artists are sure to follow, says her longtime record label president. In the week she sold 1.3 million copies of her new...

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9 Reasons You Can't Miss the 2014 CMA Awards

November 5, 2014

There are several things you can count on during the CMA Awards telecast Wednesday night, chief among them that there will be awards handed out and God will be thanked. But for the past 47 years, as country music's biggest night has been getting even...

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The Everything Index: The New Lightsaber Cuts Us Deep

December 3, 2014

Welcome back to Rolling Stone's "Everything Index," our weekly ranking of pop culture's power players. We're not gonna lie: Between the Force Awakens lightsaber (are you serious with that crossguard?!?), the continued existence of the Kardashians and...

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Lorde Once Posed as Taylor Swift's Manager

November 26, 2014

"Our next guest made her U.S. TV debut on our Late Night show last year and since then has become one of the most popular artists in music," host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing Lorde on Tuesday night's Tonight Show. The teenage New Zealand...

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American Music Awards 2014's 20 Best and Worst Moments

November 24, 2014

The butts have it! The 42nd American Music Awards brought out booty, booty, booty, rockin' everywhere — as well as the latest crop of teen pop, a few doses of punk attitude and even more reasons for us to love Taylor Swift. Though...

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Billy Joel to Taylor Swift NYC 'Snoots': 'Let Her In'

November 17, 2014

When Taylor Swift was named New York City's tourism ambassador last month, the backlash was, well, swift. Critics questioned how much the 24-year-old singer-songwriter could know about the city, given that she's only lived there for over a year,...

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On the Charts: Taylor Swift's '1989' Continues Reign

November 12, 2014

I've been enjoying that tiny, but significant, uptick in overall album sales the last two weeks. After Taylor Swift's 1989 came out, they've been down just 13 percent, slightly better than the 14 percent that's marked sales for most of this year....

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Spotify Founder Fires Back at Taylor Swift

November 12, 2014

One week after Taylor Swift withdrew her entire catalog from Spotify, dismissing the music-streaming service and calling it "a bit like a grand experiment," the company's founder is fighting back. "We're getting fans to pay for music again,"...

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Watch Taylor Swift Get Revenge in 'Blank Space' Video

November 10, 2014

One of the first images of Taylor Swift in the video for 1989’s second single, "Blank Space," is a sinister version of herself sitting on a massive bed in black lace. The image is far removed from "Love Story" Swift, where the singer wore...

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Taylor Swift Shuns 'Grand Experiment' of Streaming Music

November 6, 2014

Days after Taylor Swift pulled her discography from Spotify, the pop star has explained the rationale behind the decision. In an interview with Yahoo, the singer fielded a question asking her to speculate on how differently her latest record, 1989, would...

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