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Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, David Bowie Top Pop Moments Poll

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Veteran stars including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie have proved they are still top of the pops by leading a poll of the biggest music moments of 2013.

The Brown Sugar hitmakers’ headlining set at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival in June — their first ever appearance at the event — came first in the U.K. survey.

The death of Lou Reed in October was voted second, and Bowie’s surprise release of a new album in March has come third. The top five was rounded out by British pop stars McFly and Busted forming supergroup McBusted, and Adele scooping an Academy Award for her Skyfall theme.

Miley Cyrus’ headline-grabbing twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards in August just scraped into the top 10 at number seven, and British boyband JLS’ split announcement only managed ninth place in the survey for free music streaming service Blinkboxmusic.com.

Hit boyband One Direction only managed one entry – their movie One Direction: This Is Us came in at a lowly number 20.

Blinkbox boss Rowan Adams says, “Whilst most Brits think it hasn’t been a golden year for pop, the same can’t be said for seasoned pros the Rolling Stones, who claim the biggest music moment of 2013. The question is, will we be talking about One Direction’s Glastonbury show in 50 years’ time?”

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Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, NE-YO and OneRepublic to Perform on Fall Finale of "The Voice"

Lady Gaga will perform her current single “Do What U Want,” from her latest release, “ARTPOP.” R. Kelly is originally featured on the song, and he and Lady Gaga shared the stage when she appeared on the Nov. 16 telecast of “Saturday Night Live.” Dion will duet with NE-YO on the song “Incredible” from her new album, “Loved Me Back to Life.” OneRepublic will perform the song “I Lived” from its recent album, “Native.”

Other high-profile performers are set to be announced over the next few days.

An original single by OneRepublic founder Ryan Tedder, who serves as the in-house songwriter-producer on “The Voice,” will be written specifically for the new champion and sung at the show’s conclusion.

Lady Gaga is a musical and cultural icon, having sold more than 27 million albums and 130 million singles worldwide. She has won five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to “ARTPOP,” which was released in November, Lady Gaga’s albums have been huge successes, spawning major tours and TV specials. Her debut album, “The Fame” (2008), sold more than 15 million albums and “Born This Way” broke the iTunes record for the fastest rise to No. 1 on its release day.

In 2013, Time magazine named Lady Gaga the second most influential person of the decade. She is one of the biggest forces in social media with more than 60 million likes on Facebook and over 40 million followers on Twitter. She is also a global activist and philanthropist, having been an outspoken supporter of many important issues including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, body image issues and youth empowerment.

Dion has sold more than 220 million albums around the world and is one of the most successful performers in pop music history. She has been awarded five Grammy Awards, including record of the year and best female pop vocal performance for “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998, and album of the Year and Best Pop Album for “Falling Into You” in 1996.

“Loved Me Back to Life,” which has been a top seller across the globe, is Dion’s first English-language album in six years. She recently booked 35 more dates for the spring/summer of 2014, continuing her long-standing residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dion is well known for selling out the Colosseum in an historic initial five-year run where sold more than 3 million tickets.

NE-YO is a three-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor who has sold over 10 million records worldwide and earned three Billboard No.1 albums over the past five years. NE-YO has written songs for Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie, amongst others. With roles in “Stomp the Yard,” “Battle” Los Angeles” and “Red Tails,” NE-YO continues to build his brand not only as a musician but as an actor. He currently serves as VP of A&R at Motown Records.

OneRepublic took the world by storm in 2007 with their debut release “Dreaming Out Loud.” The album included the smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s “Waking Up,” produced three singles: “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” OneRepublic released their third studio album, “Native,” in March where it debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The set includes hits “If I Lose Myself,” “Feel Again” and new single “Counting Stars,” which is currently at No. 3 in Top 40 radio.

The band has toured the world, headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe and opening for Bon Jovi and U2.

Monday’s edition of “The Voice” is the season’s #1 reality show and #4 series overall on the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 with a 5.0 rating, 13 share (rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game show). In total viewers, Monday’s “Voice” is averaging 14.8 million persons, an increase versus one year ago (13.6 million) of 8% or 1.2 million persons, while Tuesday’s edition is up 14% or more than 1.7 million viewers (14.0 million vs. 12.3 million). “The Voice” has led NBC to adult 18-49 victories among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox on 10 of 11 Mondays so far this season.

“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who executive produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Says Miley is a ‘Real Artist Now’

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Billy Ray Cyrus has jumped to the defense of his daughter Miley in his first TV sit down since her provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.

The Achy Breaky Heart singer pulled out of a planned interview with CNN newsman Piers Morgan in the days after Miley’s racy routine in New York hit the headlines and became a major talking point.

The pop star stripped to her underwear onstage at the Barclays Center and performed Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke while making suggestive facial and hand gestures and grinding her performance partner’s crotch.

Then, days later she debuted her video for new song Wrecking Ball, in which she rides a metal ball and chain while completely naked.

Miley’s dad honored his commitment to appear on news show Piers Morgan Tonight on Thursday, and told the host he’s proud of his daughter no matter how much she shocks.

He said, “She’s just Miley. She’s an artist, she’s real. I think that what’s happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound, she’s evolving as an artist herself… All of what everyone is calling controversy now, that’s still my Miley.”

And he urged viewers to step back and realize what the 20 year old has achieved since turning her back on her Disney character  Hannah Montana.

He added, “What a risk, just the fact that she went and cut her hair off – that was huge. She could have stayed Hannah Montana forever and made a great living doing that, but she’s more of an artist than that and she wanted to evolve and she had to take her time.

“She’s very very smart and she’s had all of this thought out in advance… Miley has been around a lot of the greats like Dolly who have (gone) through that continual process of reinvention. Miley’s smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of Hannah Montana, it really takes something extremely drastic, which, when you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate, but there’s no middle of the road for passion.

“She knows the charts, she set a path, she knew what she wanted to do. In today’s world, the shock factor is tremendously higher than it used to be.”

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MTV DEBUTS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TRAILER FOR “KE$HA: MY CRAZY BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

MTV last tonight debuted the trailer for the highly anticipated docu-series “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life during the premiere of Real World: Portland. “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” will debut on MTV on Tuesday, April 23 at 11pm and will air internationally on MTV channels around the world beginning in May 2013.The series follows music superstar Ke$ha (Ke$ha.Artists.MTV) as she navigates the madness and euphoria of her professional and personal life while recording a new album and traveling the globe. Additionally, Ke$ha will perform at “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” premiering Monday, April 15th at 10pm ET/PT on Logo.

“The wait has been killing me…I’m so excited for all of my ANIMALS around the world to see the trailer for My Crazy Beautiful Life,” said Ke$ha. The series documents my highs and lows during two of the wildest years of my life. It’s my unique journey…and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.”

“Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” is an intimate, no-limits documentary series taking us inside the world of multi-platinum recording artist Ke$ha as she faces the biggest personal and professional challenges of her life. Shot over the course of two years by her filmmaker brother, Lagan Sebert, the series provides unprecedented behind the scenes access to Ke$ha’s life and her coming of age as an artist and young woman. The audience views this incredible journey in real time, and because of the sibling bond of trust, and unprecedented access, there are no filters and no walls, it’s all real and raw.

With the show having been shot over the course of two years, viewers will actually witness the emotional and physical change that comes with fame. Throughout the series, Ke$ha strives to meet the expectations set by her initial success, while attempting to find love and have normal relationships while also growing more famous. The show explores family bonds, love, friendship, and the passion of an artist expressing herself thru song. “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” will present a truly authentic perspective on what it’s like to be a global pop-sensation in their prime.

“Ke$ha: My Crazy, Beautiful Life” marks the latest in long existing relationship between Ke$ha and MTV, which has included a New Year’s eve performance in 2012, appearances on MTV Video Music Awards, 10 on Top, and O Music Awards. During the course of her career, Ke$ha has been nominated for 4 VMA awards including best new artist and best pop video.

Lady Gaga Brings Forward "Born This Way’s Much Anticipated Release

Lady Gaga has brought forward the release of her much-anticipated new track Born This Way – because she “can’t wait any longer” for fans to hear the song.

The eccentric singer gave fans a tantalising tease of the tune at the MTV Video Music Awards in September (10) by debuting a few lines.
She was set to officially unveil the track at Sunday’s (February 13) Grammy Awards – but she’s decided to give her loyal following the chance to hear Born This Way on Friday (February 11) instead.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, “Can’t wait any longer, single coming Friday.”