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Beyonce Shows What She’s Got Up Top in Out Magazine (photos!)

Beyonce is all about the power in the new issue of Out magazine and that includes sexual power. She’s like a hydroelectric power plant when it comes to the sexual energy she generates in topless photos. “There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,,” she tells the magazine. Needless to say, women face significant hurdles even today....

Zucchero Sojourn to Cuba Yields New Latin, Cuban, Tex-Mex Album

When I heard that one of my favorite artists, Grammy-nominated Italian blues-rock singer Zucchero, had released a new album called La Sesion Cubana, produced by Don Was no less, I knew it was going to be a terrific project. Turns out the album had been a long-time dream. “My music comes from blues, from soul and from gospel,” Zucchero says. "This project is a trip from New Orleans to Cuba via Mexicali. Latin, Cuban and Tex-Mex sounds and rhythms melt together dancing. Hasta l’asta siempre."...

Katy Perry D-Cups Not Real But Still Spectacular… in Wax (photos!)

Katy Perry is forever locked in a beaming grin wearing a cotton-candy skirt and a revealing red sequined body suit at Madame Tussauds in London. Her wax was officially unveiled today (Apr. 2) and attention appears to have been paid to details. Katy’s figure pays homage to her candy-colored Teenage Dream years, although she’s moved away from that image recently. She's now enshrined in six cities. ...

Chris Brown Enlists Lil Wayne, Tyga for New ‘Loyal’ Video (watch!)

Chris Brown may be cooling his heels in jail, but his feet are red hot in his new video for “Loyal.” Lil Wayne and Tyga get things going before Brown steps in to rap about his problems with disloyal “bitches” and “hoes.” The song was produced by Nic Nac and will appear on Brown’s long-awaited sixth studio album X from RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment....

Paul Simon, New Wave’s Sting Find Harmony in Diverse Styles

Folk-rocker Paul Simon and Sting from ’70s new wave rock band The Police seemed like an odd couple if there ever was one. But the legendary wordsmith and king of pain were positively intriguing on their recent tour. I caught their second show at Madison Square Garden in New York City earlier this month as part of a 21-date tour that just wrapped in Florida....

Vanessa Hudgens, YLA Turn It On to Beyonce in HOT Video (watch!)

Vanessa Hudgens gets it on with her girls, that is girl group YLA in a sexy dance routine to Beyonce’s song “Younce” it what appears to be a growing collaboration between the actress and some of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-comers. YLA is represented in the video by Noreen Juliano, Chelsea Corp, Laura Jayne, and Michelle “Jersey” Maniscalco....

Lorde Makes History: NYC Debut at Roseland Ballroom (video, photos)

Lorde, the New Zealand pop sensation who stormed the charts last year with her hit song “Royals,” seemed a fitting opening act for the Roseland Ballroom’s final month as a concert venue. Lorde, 17, one of music’s hottest up-and-coming artists, made her New York City debut at the ballroom, making her one of the last acts in its 58-year history. Lady Gaga, a native New Yorker, will close out the venue with seven shows, starting March 28 through April 7....

Nicki Minaj Splish-Splashes Naked in Selfie Shower Pics (see!)

Nicki Minaj must have been feeling frisky in the shower and decided to let her fans in on her fun. She posted a series of racy selfies on Instagram yesterday (Feb. 5) that showed her naked and wet, but not too revealing. The 31-year-old rapper appears to be taking a page out of Rihanna’s playbook, teasing fans with sexy photos to keep them interested....

Pink Sings Tribute to Judy Garland at The Oscars (video, photos!)

Singer Pink belted out a special tribute to Judy Garland at the Academy Awards last night going big with a rendition of “Over the Rainbow” from Garland’s classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore, has one of the biggest and most versatile voices in music. Although the 34-year-old singer is known for her physicality and acrobatic performances, she was all glamour when she took the stage....

Kanye West Taps Hype Williams for Yeezus Tour Movie (See Teaser!)

Kanye West is king of the world. He’s got a phat baby mama, a blockbuster tour and now a new tour movie. He’s teamed with Hype Williams to create a Yeezus Tour concert movie. Check out the new trailer! West released his sixth studio album released last June, and it’s as close to a hip-hop masterpiece as the rapper may ever produce....

Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones Show Off Swagger in Abu Dhabi (photos)

Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones still showed lots of swagger at a huge concert on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They literally set the stage on fire as the iconic band tore through 19 songs, from classics to their latest tunes. The concert was the opening act of their On Fire tour as the band celebrates its 50th Anniversary making music....

Sex & Music: Even Katy Perry Pole Dances in New Video (watch)

Katy Perry must be feeling the heat from rivals. While she’s no Miley Cyrus, she somehow finds a way to pole dance in her sexed up new video for her hit song “Dark Horse.” She plays a queen in ancient Egypt, a theme that is drawing some shade for its similarity to Michael Jackson’s 1997 video for his song “Remember the Time.”...

Bruce Springsteen Plays Epic Aussie Concerts With Local Band Covers

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band staged another epic concert in Sydney, Australia last night (Feb. 19) as part of the band’s tour down under. As promised, he rocked covers of local bands. It’s the band’s most extensive tour down under yet and follows their Wrecking Ball tour last year, the first in Australia in more than a decade....

Britney Spears Forgets to Lip-Sync As Track Plays in Vegas (watch!)

Britney Spears surprised fans when her voice boomed out of the sound systems during her Vegas show while she held the microphone at her side waving to the crowd. Oops! To say Britney is an automaton going through the motions may be an overstatement, but you have to wonder whether the price of admission to her Las Vegas residency is worth it....

Scott Shannon, Pioneering Radio Figure, Abruptly Departs WPLJ

Scott Shannon, one of the founding fathers of New York pop music radio, abruptly announced his retirement last week in New York City. Is this another case of commercialism triumphing over independent programming? Could be. Shannon has been a pillar of New York radio since 1984 when he took New York’s Z100 radio station from “worst to first,” in a mere 73 days....

Mariah Carey Croons Topless in New ‘You’re Mine’ Video (watch!)

Mariah Carey released a new video for her newest single, “You’re Mine (Eternal)” and let’s cut right to the chase–she appears naked. The video is set in a rain forest and Mariah shows off her hot body. Since giving birth to twins in April 2011, Mariah has progressively shed weight and has returned to her svelte pre-pregnancy weight....

Miley Cyrus Striptease Lands MTV in Hot Water, Again (photos, video)

Miley Cyrus spiced up her MTV Unplugged special with a sexy striptease and some heavy grinding with Madonna, rousing the ire of parents’ groups, again, because the network caters largely to an impressionable teen audience. The event was supposed to be low key, with musicians playing acoustic instruments instead of jarring amplified guitars, keyboards and drums....