<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift handily tops both Music Power Rankings and Billboard's charts this week

Justin Bieber, Adele and Psy also make the top 10

1. Taylor Swift: Her new single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” sets a new record for digital downloads by a female artist selling 623,000 copies. It also sets the record for digital download sales by  a wedding crasher.

2. American Idol: If only the actual contest to find the season’s best singer was half as scintillating as the competition to find the new judges.

3. Dee Snider: The Twisted Sister frontman tells Paul Ryan’s campaign to quit using “We’re Not Gonna Take It” on the stump, following Silversun Pickup’s throwing a cease and desist letter at Mitt Romney’s campaign for using “Panic Switch.”   On the bright side, the Republicans snag Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Oak Ridge Boys to perform at the convention... if a little tropical storm named Isaac doesn’t ruin the grand old party’s party before then.

4. Psy: the latest viral video sensation is about to hit the mainstream as the South Korean rapper’s “Gangnam Style” will have surpassed 50 million views on YouTube by the time you click here.  “Hey sexy lady,” it’s hilarious, silly fun that sounds like it was made in Psy’s bedroom. We feel a new dance craze coming on. Will K-Pop finally explode here?

5. Adele: Within a few weeks, “21”will accomplish the near impossible: surpass 10 million in sales in the U.S. And it may do so without having never fallen out of the top 10 since its release in February 2011. That Adele, she’s such a stage 5 clinger.

6. Muse: British recovered nicely from the round drubbing it rightly received for its awful Olympics track with “Madness,” a subtle turn that shows all is forgiven if you get it right the next time. This time they stick the landing.

7. Bob Marley: The world’s largest dead superstar continues to make news as his “Legends” greatest hits set reaches a new peak on the Billboard 200 28 years after its initial release, climbing to No. 18. One love, one heart.

8. Justin Bieber: The Biebs is headed to Springfield to play his animated self on “The Simpsons.”  We hope Maggie crushes on him so hard. They’re about the same size.

9. Dispatch: The beloved group’s first new studio album in more than a decade comes out. Good news for fans of real live music created by human beings.

10. Chavril: Admit it, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger’s engagement feels like a sign of the apocalypse, doesn’t it?
 

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<p>Trey Songz' &quot;Chapter 5&quot;</p>

Trey Songz' "Chapter 5"

Trey Songz easily sings his way to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200

Could this be the last week in the top 10 for Adele's '21?'

With sales three times that of his closest competitor, Trey Songz will easily debut at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with “Chapter 5.”

The title will also be the only album to surpass the 100,000 tally, as it is on track to sell up to 135,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.

Former chart topper “Now 43” will remain at No. 2 with sales of around 50,000 copies. This week’s No. 1, 2 Chainz’ “Based On A T.R.U. Story” drops to No. 3.

In addition to Songz’ set, three other albums will crash into the Top 10: DJ Khaled’s “Kiss The Ring” will likely start at No. 4 with sales of 40,000-45,000; contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North at No. 8 with “The Struggle” with sales of up to 30,000; and Owl City with “The Midsummer Station” at No. 9 with sales of up to 28,000.

Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” will likely stay at No. 5 and Justin Bieber’s “Believe” at No. 6. Rick Ross’s “God Forgive, I Don’t” looks poised to fall from No. 3 to No. 7.

Adele’s “21” will likely drop two places to No. 8. Could this be its last week in the Top 10? The title has never dropped out of the top 10 since its February 2011 release.

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<p>Enrique Iglesias</p>

Enrique Iglesias

Listen: Enrique Iglesias likes you, really, on new song 'Finally Found You'

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You go girl... wait, what?

We’re not sure it’s much of a compliment when Enrique Iglesias tells his loved one, “You know I won’t drop you like everyone else does” on his new song "Finally Found You," but apparently it is since he later vows that there are only two choices to make “either you’re coming with me or I’m coming with you.”

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<p>Grace Potter and the Nocturnals</p>

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

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Watch: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals see 'Stars' in new video

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Band heads north for Vermont festival with Avett Bros., Galactic

After going all “Where The Wild Things Are” on us for their dark fairy-tale like video for “Never Go Back,” Grace Potter & The Nocturnals take a much more low-key approach for the video for “Stars,” the new single from “The Lion The Beast The Beat.”

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<p>Steven Tyler and Joe Perry</p>

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

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Listen: Aerosmith turns up the rock on new tune 'Lover Alot'

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Veteran rock band bullets through track from forthcoming album

That’s what we were waiting for: Aerosmith released “Lover Alot,” a new tune from “Music From Another Dimenson.” today and it’s the kind of streamrolling rocker that made the band great.

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Alicia Keys is on fire about new album, 'Girl On Fire'

Alicia Keys is on fire about new album, 'Girl On Fire'

No, the 'Hunger Games' reference was not intentional

Alicia Keys looks hot on the cover of her new album, “Girl On Fire.”  Clad in all black and looking like a cross between Cat Woman and The Avengers’ Black Widow, Keys looks ready to take on the world. And apparently she is: she tells  Entertainment Weekly that “the powerful feeling is what it’s all about.”

Out Nov. 27, the album “represents a new me in every way,” she says.

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<p>One Direction</p>

One Direction

One Direction plans November album release

First single, 'Live While We're Young,' out in October

One Direction is definitely striking while the boy band iron is hot.  In November, the British quintet will release a new album, less than eight months after its debut, “Up All Night,” came out in the U.S.

That album, which is the top-selling album in the U.S. released by an act in 2012,  is in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 23 weeks after its debut. It has sold more than 1.1 million copies.

The still-untitled album will be preceded by “Live While We’re Young,” the appropriately-titled first single, which comes out Oct. 1. Sevan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk wrote the tune; they are the same team responsible for the band’s breakthrough U.S. smash, “What Makes You Beautiful.” Also contributing to the new album are Dr. Luke, Ed Sheeran, Tom Fletcher, and Toby Gad.

As you’ll recall, One Direction already put tickets for is Spring 2013 U.S. tour on sale more than a year in advance. The U.K. portion includes nine shows at London’s O2 Arena.

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Watch: Katy Perry's fascinating behind-the-scenes videos for 'Wide Awake'
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Watch: Katy Perry's fascinating behind-the-scenes videos for 'Wide Awake'

Get answers to how did they do that scene?

Katy Perry’s video for “Wide Awake” has been out for a minute, but now you can go behind the scenes of the MTV Video Music Award-nominated clip.

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<p>Dee Snider</p>

Dee Snider

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Dee Snider tells Paul Ryan, 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

Twisted Sister frontman tells VP candidate to cut it out

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has joined the Silversun Pickups in telling the Republican presidential ticket to back off.

Snider issued a statement today after it came to his attention that Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president,  Rep. Paul Ryan, is using “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during campaign stops.

“I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song "Were Not Gonna Take It" as recorded by my band Twisted Sister,” Snider said in a statement released to Talking Points Memo campaign reporter Benjy Sarlin. “There is almost nothing on which I  agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.”

That’s more than the Silversun Pickups had in common with Romney. Last week, the LA-based alternative group issued a cease-and-desist letter to Romney’s campaign after it used their song, “Panic Switch.” A Romney campaign spokesperson responded that “Panic Switch” was “not a song we would have played intentionally.” 

 

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<p>Lisa Simpson and The Bieb</p>

Lisa Simpson and The Bieb

Justin Bieber heads to 'The Simpsons' to shake up Springfield

Will the teen idol play himself?

Justin Bieber is coming to Springfield. The teen idol will appear as himself on an episode of “The Simpsons” that airs in 2013.

Bieber tweeted about that he did a voice over for the show, declaring it “swaggy.”  Then “The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean gave more details to Entertainment Weekly: “He tries to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in and they won’t admit him,” Jean said. “Draw your own conclusions.” Hmmmm. Who will have the bigger crush on him? Lisa or Milhouse?

The episode is called “The Fabulous Faker Boy,” which might give us more of a hint about the plot. Among the other famous names who will appear as voice guests on the 24th season of the animated show are Natalie Portman, Steve Carrell, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway, and Edward Norton, according to EW. The new season premieres Sept. 30.

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