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After two years stuck in the runner-up slot, Oprah Winfrey returns to the top of the heap. For the fifth time ever, the 59-year-old mogul tops Forbes annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities. Unlike most lists from the publication, this list isn’t solely based on earnings and net worth. Rather, a combination of press mentions, social media power and naturally cha-ching is used in their formula. For the first time ever, a marketability score has been added to the mix.

Last year’s top dog, Jennifer Lopez, drops to No. 12. No doubt in part to her leaving American Idol. Even though she received less press mentions and lost that salary, abandoning that sinking ship was a wise career move. Even with J. Lo’s absence, six of the Top 10 spots are occupied by women. Check out the entire Top 100 list below.

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Call me a sap, but this has to be the most adorable thing ever. At the very least the cutest clip from Taylor Swift. The 23-year-old country singer just debuted the music video for her duet with Ed Sheeran. “Everything Has Changed” is the latest single lifted from Swift’s 4X platinum-selling fourth studio album, Red.

The concept of the music video is fairly simple, but it’s absolutely engaging. The rom-com-like clip features two kids resembling a mini Taylor and Ed. From eating lunch together in the playground to pretending to text each other on their fake iPhones, every scene is too cute for words. I found myself silently “awwwwwwwing” practically every other second. My favorite scene though is when the girl lays her head on his lap while he reads Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. Totes adorbs.

In an M. Night Shyamalan-like twist ending, we find out that Swift and Sheeran are actually the parents of the two inseparable best friends. Watch the video below and try to catch all of Taylor and Ed’s quirks in their mini doppelgangers.

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2013 Billboard Awards: Five Takeaways

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It’s a long weekend up here in my neck of the woods, ergo the delay of posts today. Sufficed to say, a good time was had by all yesterday and I’m paying the price now. Watching last night’s Billboard Music Awards today was the perfect remedy to bring me back to life. After seeing Taylor Swift walk away with eight awards, I had to share my five takeaways from the event held in Las Vegas. Find out what they are below.

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2013 Billboard Music Award Nominations Announced

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The 2013 Billboard Music Awards air live on Sunday, May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. The acts competing in all the categories have been revealed. Leading the way with a whopping 11 nominations each is a three way tie between Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5. Right on their tails is Rihanna with 10 nods. Not too far behind are Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction with nine and eight nominations respectively.

The nominations are based on Billboard’s music charts from February 27, 2012 to February 24, 2013. Winners are determined by taking into account album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. This year’s event is hosted by Tracy Morgan. Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miguel, and Prince are among the scheduled performers announced so far. The latter will be on hand to receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award. Check out the nominations in the major categories below.

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Fifth Harmony Delivers Some Taylor Swift Realness

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I was a little worried no more amazing acoustic YouTube performances were in store for us after each girl picked a song for the group to cover. Thankfully, the girls eased my worries by uploading another kick-ass one. This time, they take on the title track from Taylor Swift’s current album, Red. Fans of Fifth Harmony know this is their second time covering Swift. 5H, then briefly known as 1432, sang “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” while on The X Factor. This cover of “Red” is much better.

As happy as I am to hear Ally, Dinah, Camilla, Normani and Lauren show off their covering prowess, I want to hear some original music from them. Emblem3 already has a new single out (“Chloe“) and Season 2 winner Tate Stevens is streaming his entire debut album over at Amazon. At this rate, 9th place finisher Beatrice Miller who recently signed with Simon Cowell’s Syco Records and Disney’s Hollywood label will probably have new music out before them. Are you getting as impatient as me? Check out 5H’s Swift cover below.

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No matter who you are, regardless of star status, everyone has their fair share of fans and haters. Celebrities just have more than most. Star magazine compiled a list of twenty celebrities who have more people loathing them, than adoring them. Check out which controversial singers, self-promoting reality TV stars and pretentious actors made the list.

Naturally, Chris Brown made the cut. Ever since assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009, he’s been on many people’s hit list. His seemingly lack of remorse and douchey attitude hasn’t helped redeem his image. Surprisingly, the R&B singer lands at No. 20. Believe it or not, there are 19 other personalities more hated than him.

Kim Kardashian, whom I loathe, and mom-ager Kris Jenner only placed at 11th and 10th respectively. Anne Hathaway with her perceived faux humility and humbleness during the Oscar awards season earned her a No. 9 slot. Not even cheating Kristen Stewart with her surly and less-than-thrilled expressions snagged the top spot. She came up short in the runner-up slot. Find out who the “Most Hated Celebrity In Hollywood” is below and the rest of the Top 20.

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Elle Magazine’s 2013 Women In Music

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A few days ago, I shared Elle magazine’s 2013 Women In Music issue featuring Adele on the cover. In addition to her, this year the fashion publication honors 12 of the record industry’s top singing sensations. Five of them have uncovered, but you’ll have to pick up the May 2013 issue to find out the other seven. The ones revealed include Alicia Keys (above) and HAIM- a sister trio which Nic recently featured. Check out the others featured in the issue below.

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Pepsi has Beyonce and now Diet Coke has Taylor Swift. No disrespect to T Swizzle, but where did sexy lawn mowing man Andrew Cooper go? I’d rather see him sweating up a storm than Swift sipping on the beverage. I’m sure I’m not alone.

“Taylor is a true artist, deeply involved in the full creative process, from writing to production to release,” said Stuart Kronauge, general manager, Sparkling Beverages, Coca-Cola North America.

The 23-year-old singer’s “Music That Moves” commercial debuted during last night’s airing of American Idol. The 30-second spot centers on Taylor writing her youth anthem 22. It shows her penning the track backstage of her concert, at her hotel room and at a cafe. Those scenes flip back and forth with clips of Swift’s fans singing the track. The ad, filmed in Nashville, is part of Diet Coke’s “Stay Extraordinary” ad campaign. Check out her new commercial below.

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