Taylor Swift’s Busy Week: Ellen, The ARIA Awards, Fifi & Jules and TODAY Performances

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All fall Taylor Swift has worked hard — like, her face on pizza boxes and every magazine and in your pharmacy and on your television every day hard — to promote Red‘s release, and even though she has already moved more albums than everybody not named Adele this year, she’s still keeping on working hard. This week alone she made stops at the 2012 ARIA Awards, on Fifi & Jules and TODAY in Australia, and then back stateside today on Ellen. Whew! We’re exhausted just thinking about Taylor’s schedule, but we’re definitely not tired of watching her perform. In these weeks since Red‘s release she’s been really good at mixing up her song choice, alternating between “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Begin Again,” “Red,” “State of Grace” and “I Knew You Were Trouble,” new to the mix after last week’s American Music Awards.

All that in short: Taylor stays being all over our televisions and we stay being interested. Here’s a quick rundown of this week in Taylor Swift televised performances.

Trouble, ohhh!

Rick Ross Needs 100 Black Coffees (Or: Black Coffins) In His New Song For Django Unchained

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Rick Ross a caffeine feign? Not exactly (not that we know of, at least), though it sure sounds like the Bawse is in need of a wake up in his song for Quentin Tarintino‘s Django Unchained that’s called “100 Black Coffins.” The song — which was produced by the film’s star, Jaime Foxx, and to which Tarintino contributed the idea for the chorus — is a big and clanking thing that comes complete with spaghetti western whistles and Ross calling for what sounded to us on first listen like 100 black coffees. Ross in a cowboy hat and boots to match, rubbing sleep from his eyes and calling on French to pour him 100 black coffees makes for a great image; but alas it was we who needed those black coffees, because what he actually wants is 100 black coffins to put 100 bad (and, presumably: dead) guys in. Anyways, be it coffee or coffins, Ross puts on a good show here. Maybe Tarintino can find a roll for the Bawse next round?

 

Check out the rest of the soundtrack’s tracklist behind the jump.

The 10 Most Iconic Fashions From Michael Jackson’s Thriller Era

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Thirty years ago today, at the age of 24, Michael Jackson became the King of Pop with the release of Thriller. It’s the album that produced hits like “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” and “PYT (Pretty Young Thing),” plaques on plaques on plaques and that jacket. You know the one — that jacket that he wore in the seminal “Thriller” video, the one cut from candy apple red and black leather and with angular and alien-like shoulder plates. That jacket has since been sold on auction for cool $1.8 million dollars to a Texan gold trader who called it “the greatest piece of rock and roll memorabilia in history.” We wouldn’t dare disagree, especially on this day, but we must ask also: what of those ankle-cut jeans? Those patent leather shoes? The shades? Jackson’s Thriller sartorial is much more expansive than that one jacket, and so to celebrate thirty years, we thought we would break down some of our favorite looks that he rocked during that time.

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See also: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Turns 30: How The Video To “Thriller” Changed The Game

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Turns 30: How The Video To “Thriller” Changed The Game

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There will never be another musical genius like Michael Jackson. Now that that’s out of the way, today marks the 30th anniversary of MJ’s classic sixth studio album, Thriller. One album produced greats like “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” As usual he outdid himself with a project draped in smooth vocals, feel-good lyrics and melodic instrumentation. But aside from the album’s greatness, Thriller is etched in history books for one reason: the video to “Thriller.” Read more…

Chris Brown Reveals ‘Love Is Something I’m Still Learning’ In XXL Cover Story, And We Say, “Obviously!”

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Chris Brown Tells XXL 'Love Is Something I'm Still Learning'

He’s young, in love and a superstar. Chris Brown is unpredictable. In the past week alone he’s made headlines for deleting his Twitter account after a nasty exchange with comedian Jenny Johnson and matching his and her rolex watches. The “her” obviously being his boo–we think it’s safe to call her that–Rihanna. Now he’s leaving the public scratching their heads over a photo Rihanna posted to Instagram last night. Read more…

Florence Welch Joins The Rolling Stones For “Gimme Shelter”

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Last night, as advertised, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine dropped in on The Rolling Stones to help at their “50 and Counting” anniversary tour stop in London. The pop powerhouse blew new wind to the song the Stones’ half-century old hit, and then blew us and Mick Jagger (who thanked her when it was done, raving also “I loved that!”) away. We’re surprised there weren’t actual sparks flying between she and Jagger when they got into a walk/wail-off at the last round of “It’s just a kiss away’s.” And fortunate for us, some camera-wielding concert goer was kind enough to upload the moment so all the rest of us might also get to enjoy it on this Friday!

The Stones’ “50 and Counting” tour lands stateside next week for shows in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

Watch Florence Welch sing “Gimme Shelter” with The Rolling Stones [CoS]

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Friday Face-Off: Queen vs. Hall & Oates

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It’s the last day of no-shave November. Despite the good cause the tradition is for, some of us are glad it’s over. Face it, guys, facial hair does not look good on all of you (ahem, Jay Cutler). But, when done right, it can be epic like the Titans of nose ticklers facing off this week: Queen‘s Freddie Mercury vs. Hall & OatesJohn Oats. Can’t decide who has the better crumb catcher? Check out our thoughts on both while we get the shaving cream ready.

Vote for Freddie Mercury’s chevron-style ‘stache or John Oates’ broomstache after the jump.

50 Cent Calls French Montana The “New Ja Rule,” Does That Mean He’s Going To End French’s Career?

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What’s beef? Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep. Beef is when your moms ain’t safe up in the streets. Biggie tried to warn you.

50 Cent cleans up well in a suit, but a button down shirt nor his rather large networth will change one thing–he’s from the streets. A guy like 50 lives for beef, for whatever reason. Throughout his career it’d be easier to list the rappers he hasn’t had a problem with opposed to the long list of his enemies. French Montana, his latest target, may soon regret saying 50′s name in an interview which sparked the feud. Read more…

And The Highest Paid Musician Of 2012 Is….Dr. Dre?

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The Forbes list of the highest paid musicians is out and if you’re not familiar with the finances of your favorite artists, there might be some surprises in there. Firstly, everyone’s favorite non-practicing self-proclaimed Dr. Dre is at the top of the list. Why? His album is forever delayed! Ah but you forget: Actual music doesn’t pay that much anymore.

Dre’s bundle of cash ($110 million to be more specific) is mostly due to the overwhelmingly popular Beats By Dre line of audio electronics–Forbes reports: “He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.” So if Dre’s long-awaited, many-times-pushed-back album never actually comes to fruition, you know who to blame. Blame HTC and the millions of people rocking those Beats headphones across the globe. Those bragging rights that come from hip-hop songs about cars and clothes and girls? Dre doesn’t need them anymore.

Just who else was in the top 10?