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Taylor Swift's 'Red' Scores Biggest Sales Week in a Decade

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Taylor Swift's Red Scores Biggest-Selling Week for Album Since 2002
Country-pop megastar scores highest-selling week since Eminem's The Eminem Show [Billboard]

Simon Cowell Will "Push" Britney Spears to Perform During "X Factor" Finals
The Walking Insult also tries to broker a duet between Obama and Romney [THR]

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Bass Up For Auction
Guitar is expected to get $25,000 - $40,000 next month [NME]

Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City Sued for "Good Time"
Alabama singer sues "Call Me Maybe" singer and others for copyright infringement [Billboard]

Cat Power May Cancel Tour Due to Bankruptcy, Medical Concerns
"Heart broken. Worked so hard. Got sick day after Sun came out & been struggling to keep all points of me in equilibrium," writes singer-songwriter [Pitchfork]

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August 22: Remembering MJ

August 22: Remembering MJ

Director, Spike Lee, shares a behind-the-scene photo of the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, during the taping of "They Don't Care About Us" in Brazil. The 1995 music video shows Michael dancing through the streets of Brazil pleading for human rights. "Help us celebrate Michael Joseph Jackson's 56th Born Day" Lee adds.