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Taylor Swift Makes History- Paul McCartney and Beyonce for Thanksgiving- Beanie Sigel / 50 Cent Song- Kanye West Has Made Hip-Hop Gay Friendly and more
It's been Taylor Swift's year, and Wednesday was her night as she became the youngest person and the first solo female act in a decade to win the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award. more. AP also has a full list of winners here

TV network ABC says Paul McCartney and Beyonce will star in back-to-back one-hour specials Thanksgiving night. more

A few weeks ago, former Roc-A-Fella member Beanie Sigel released a diss song titled "What You Talkin Bout (I'm Not Your Average Cat)," aimed at then label head and friend Jay-Z. Now, the Philadelphia-raised rapper gives Billboard.com readers an exclusive snippet of his upcoming track, "I Go Off," featuring his rumored soon-to-be boss, 50 Cent. here MTV also claims to have an exclusive of it as well. So it doesn't appear to be that exclusive after all, unless they are each a different 30 seconds but that would just be silly. MTV's "exclusive"

Carrie Underwood's "Play On" bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, shifting 318,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more

MTV had this gem: Until the demise of the Fame Kills Tour, Kanye West had been planning to hit the road with Lady Gaga, one of the gay-friendliest pop stars out there today. So it doesn't really come out of left field to have Fergie credit him, along with her cohorts in the Black Eyed Peas, for helping make the world of hip-hop a little more open to alternative lifestyles. more

Cheryl Cole is to duet with rock band Snow Patrol at this week's Children in Need's charity concert. The X Factor judge will sing Martha Wainwright's lines from the Snow Patrol song Set The Fire To The Third Bar more - more on this story

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Britney Spears Lipsynchs for Her Fans Not The Critics?
(BBC) Britney Spears has spoken out over the miming row that has surrounded her first Australian tour, acknowledging it had created some "controversy".

The star said: "Some reporters have said they love it and some don't. I came to Australia for my fans."

Australian media suggested some fans left after three songs due to Spears's miming and "lacklustre" performance at Perth's Burswood Dome. - Her response is tame compared to this one

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Norah Jones TV
Norah Jones kicked off a run of TV appearances last night, November 11, on CBS Late Show With David Letterman with a performance of "Chasing Pirates," the lead single from her forthcoming album The Fall, which will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17.

Jones has also announced performances on ABC Good Morning America (November 16), Comedy Central The Colbert Report (November 18) and ABC The View (November 23). Interview segments on ABC News Nightline, CNN Headline News, and NPR Morning Edition are also slated to air during the week of release. The Fall is currently streaming in its entirety as part of NPR Music's "Exclusive First Listen" series until November 17.

"Chasing Pirates" has already been heating up the airwaves. The video received its world premiere on VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown on October 31 and has since been put into rotation on both VH1 and mtvU. The single has also been embraced in multiple radio formats, already cracking the Top 5 at AAA, Top 10 at Smooth Jazz, Top 25 at AC, and is going for adds at Hot AC this week. - more on this story

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Maxwell and Sugarland Performing at Grammy Nominations Concert Live
Three-time Grammy winner the Black Eyed Peas, six-time Grammy-nominated Maxwell, and Grammy winner Sugarland are the first performers announced for "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music's Biggest Night."

Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J once again is set to host the one-hour special, which takes place live on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Club NOKIA in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 9 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. The special also marks the second time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. Last year's airing of the show reached more than 8 million viewers and led to a double-digit upswing in viewers for the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast earlier this year. - more on this story

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Athlete Set New Album Release
Since bouncing to prominence seven years ago with the spirited, electro-tinged, indie-pop of their Mercury-nominated debut, Vehicles And Animals, Athlete have established themselves among the UK's finest songsmiths.

The southeast Londoners have sold more than a million copies of their three hit albums (the other two being 2005's Tourist and 2007's Beyond The Neighbourhood); packed out venues across the world; picked up an Ivor Novello award; and topped both the UK's album and airplay charts.

Athlete is now set to return with their finest work to date, Black Swan, which will be released on February 2nd on Original Signal Recordings in the U.S. - more on this story

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Souls of Mischief Return With Montezuma's Revenge
Legendary Oakland hip-hop group Souls of Mischief are preparing to release Montezuma's Revenge, their first album in almost a decade. The album, to be released on December 1st, was produced by the renowned Prince Paul.

After a nine-year hiatus, Souls of Mischief have reassembled to create a hotly anticipated new full-length album. While they may be best known for their debut album (and its title track) 93 'til Infinity, Souls of Mischief have been producing highly regarded albums and putting on wildly popular live shows for more than fifteen years.

After so long, it would be forgiven if fans assumed that the Souls had broken up, but those paying attention would tell you that A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai never stopped collaborating. Whether through their shared venture Hieroglyphics or on each other's solo albums, the legendary emcees have clearly lost none of their verbal chemistry. Souls' trademark juxtaposition of complex, multi-syllabic lyricism against laid-back Cali flow remains as strong as it was in 1993. - more on this story

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Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez
Felt, the notorious collaboration between MCs Slug and Murs are releasing the third installment of their tributes to B-list actresses on Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez next week (Nov 17th) on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

With production handled by Definitive Jux artist Aesop Rock this time around, "Felt Chewed Up" offers another glimpse of the dynamic and unique production which complements the trademark wit Slug and Murs are known for.

- stream it here

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The Sweet Remains Song Writer Finalist
Folk-pop trio The Sweet Remains have been announced as Top Twelve Finalists in The New York Songwriters Circle 2009 Songwriting Contest.

The band's dreamy escape song 'Easy', from their debut CD 'Laurel & Sunset', is the nominated track they'll perform it live at a finale event at The Bitter End in NYC on November 18th.

If 'Easy' is selected among the Top Five on the 18th, the band will return to The Bitter End on November 19th for another round of performances. - more on this story

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Simple Minds Launch Live USB Sticks
Simple Minds today announced they will issue their forthcoming 'Graffiti Soul' UK tour entirely on USB sticks directly after each concert.

Each USB stick will come with an individual serial code number. Fans who attend the forthcoming UK tour dates, which kicks off at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on November 30th, will be able to purchase the live recording USB sticks directly after the concerts and can download the encores once they install the memory stick into their USB port on their computers. To download the encores, the user can automatically hyperlink to www.concert-online.com and can enter the serial code clearly marked on their USB concert stick.

Effectively, fans will be able to purchase a memory stick for all eight of Simple Minds' UK concerts, and what's more, every concert will feature a different selection of Simple Minds songs. No two concerts will have the same set list. - more on this story

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Jern Eye Video Interview
Riding high from his awe inspiring performance at Audible Treat's showcase at Southpaw in Brooklyn, Jern Eye caught up with the folks at Ignantwitted right after the show for a candid interview touching on topics ranging from his group Lunar Heights, his sophomore album Vision, and much more.

Ignantwitted has done interviews with various emcees including Saigon, Cormega, Exile, and Kay Slay to name a few and their list of questions was extensive and equally intuitive. When asked how he was enjoying NYC after his first performance there, Jern responded, "NYC is hip-hop, everywhere you look is hip-hop, this is the mecca for that music and it feels good for a California kid to be out here repping." Other topics touched upon are the actual origins of Jern's name, where Jern reveals that it was a spin-off from his graffiti tag name from back in the day.

The interview also ventures into the development of Vision, changing the game one track at a time, and of course thanking the fans for all the love and support. Make sure to check out the video and Jern Eye's new album, Vision, is now available everywhere via MYX Music Label. - Watch the video here

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