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At 22-years-old Taylor Swift is certainly a woman now. The country singer looks absolutely gorgeous and grown up in her latest photo shoot for Vogue. The fashion magazine enlisted the “You Belong To Me” singer for their February 2012 issue. Shot by famed-photographer Mario Testino, Swift channels her inner boho chic rock star persona for the cover and accompanying photo spread in the publication.

Taylor can attribute her new sassy look to Fashion Director Tonne Goodman. He did a fantastic job of transitioning the superstar from country teen queen to an edgy pop star sprinkled with rock star flare. In my opinion, she looks like a modern day Stevie Nicks. Swift not only looks grown up but sounds it as well. For her interview, conducted by Jonathan Van Meter, she talks candidly about fame, red flags from potential suitors and heartbreak.

Speaking of which, she revealed she’s currently writing a song about a hard breakup that left her devastated. She’s notoriously written about John Mayer, Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner in the past. Luckily for the latter, his song was flattering compared to the other two. Does this mean, this upcoming track is about Jake Gyllenhaal? The two dated briefly in 2010. Check out a few memorable quotes from her interview below along with more pictures snapped by Mario Testino.

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Okay, I have spent the better half of the morning listening to the same song on repeat thanks to @mitchmckamey who sent me the first song released from the upcoming The Hunger Games film soundtrack. I am eagerly anticipating the official release of the upcoming movie in March and hadn’t even THOUGHT about the soundtrack until today! Naturally I was wildly excited when I logged into Facebook today and saw that Mitch had posted the first track on my wall, aptly stating, “This is perfect, no?”

My instant response (before even listening because I’m crazyballs like that) was YES! I have now listened to the song ten times in a row and quickly realized I need to share this gem with every other fan! The artist came as a bit of a surprise, being one of the biggest female pop musicians of the year. I definitely thought the movie would have an indie/hipster feel to its soundtrack, or even a harder, rock/metal sound. Imagine my surprise (and unbelievably glee) when I heard this stripped down artist performing a duet with an up-and-coming band…

Find out who the artist is and listen to the song after the jump.

Who’s The Top-Earning Woman in Music For 2011?

In: Donovan, Music

Adele topped both Rolling Stone and Billboard’s year end charts. Rihanna reigned supreme on Facebook’s year end lists. While topping those lists are all well and good, everyone wants to be number one when it comes to earning bank. As Cuba Gooding Jr. said in “Jerry Maguire“… SHOW ME THE MONEY. Both Adele and Rihanna earned some decent moolah in 2011, but fell short compared to the Top 3 earning women in music. Check out what how much of your money these female superstars raked in.

10. Alicia Keys and Britney Spears ($10 million each)
9. Adele ($18 million)
8. Celine Dion ($19 million)
7. Carrie Underwood ($20 million)
6. Pink ($22 million)
5. Rihanna ($29 million)
4. Beyonce Knowles ($35 million)

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Tonight, the American Music Awards took over ABC with an evening full of honors and performances that were bound to knock the socks off of all of us. The show kickstarted with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. While Nicki missed her notes on the first line of her song, she quickly recovered and continued to rock the house. She moved into Superbass where she was joined by two men on stilts who shot cryo guns. Not my favorite performance of the night but definitely a good way to start the show.

Queen Latifah got everyone ready for the night by introducing the first award which was only a catalyst for the many performances the night would see. From Justin Bieber’s illuminating Christmas track to Chris Brown’s high tech and visually stunning number, my all time favorite performance of the night goes to Jennifer Lopez who worked it out with a little help from FIAT. However, whoever locked the car door is definitely fired. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch the performance below).

The awards didn’t go without their drama either especially when it comes to Artist of the Year. Donovan predicted that Katy Perry would take home the trophy even though Adele had a rocking album with 21. The winner may shock you. But, I won’t reveal any spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet. So, check out all the winners and re-watch all the performances below.

Check out all the performances and the winners after the jump.

2011 American Music Awards: My Predictions

In: Donovan, Music

Beyonce’s song “Run The World (Girls)” may have not been a huge hit, but it has proved prophetic… at least for this year’s American Music Awards. The 2011 AMAs air tonight on ABC and the females certainly are represented. They dominated in the big categories. Four out of the five nominees for the top award, “Artist of the Year“, were all women. For “Best Pop Album“, Gaga, Rihanna and Adele are duking it out without a man in sight.

British songbird Adele lead the field with four nominations. After the year she’s had, she definitely deserves the accolades. Right behind Adele with three nominations a piece were Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. Scoring two nominations each were Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. For the fifth year, winners were determined by online voting. Check out my predictions below and see if you agree. I wonder how many I’ll get right this year.

check out the nominations and my predictions after the jump

Taylor Swift is the next music star to join the wave of celebrities endorsing their own fragrance. She recently announced that she would be releasing her own perfume called Wonderstruck this coming October. If your a fan of Swift, you may recognize the title of the scent. It’s from a line in her song Enchanted. The line goes, “I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home.” That basically sums up the concept for the creation of the fragrance Taylor explains.

“A fragrance can help shape someone’s first impression and memory of you,” Swift says in a press release. “It’s exciting to think that Wonderstruck will play a role in creating some of those memories.”

The perfume should be pretty sweet and fresh with quite the array of notes. It’s being described as the “flawless beauty of freesia, apple blossom and raspberry” with “a sweet surprise of blissful vanilla … airy, sun-drenched honeysuckle and white hibiscus … golden amber and sandalwood … with lush peach.”

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It’s been 20 years since the landmark feminist film, “Thelma & Louise“, hit theaters and became part of pop culture history. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis’ iconic driving scene has been parodied numerous of times over the years. Plus the film gave us a sizzling cameo by a young Brad Pitt. Not only did he seduce Geena Davis, but he turned on many women (and gays) all over the world the minute he showed up on the screen.

The film’s stars who both earned Oscar nominations for their memorable roles, were in Toronto on Tuesday June 7th to attend an event to honor the film. Meanwhile in the United States, two of today’s hottest country stars recreated scenes from the movie. The footage will be part of the CMT Music Awards airing on CMT on Wednesday June 8. Hopefully Taylor Swift and Shania Twain don’t drive their convertible off the cliff.

Reportedly, Swift filmed another segment with Glee’s Chord Overstreet that will also air on the award’s show. For you Twain fans wanting new music, your wish is coming true. She’ll be premiering her new single “Today Is Your Day” on the final episode of her OWN show, “Why Not? With Shania Twain” scheduled for June 12.

see pics of Taylor and Shania’s homage after the jump

Billboard 2011 Awards Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

After a five-year hiatus, the Billboard Music awards came roaring back. I, myself, haven’t seen it yet as I’ve been out of town, but from what I’ve read it was an amazing show. Due to low ratings, the magazine took a break from producing a telecast show. They still gave out their yearly awards, just not in a grand public manner. Since it was a dawn of a new era, the show bumped up their normal Fall broadcast to a Spring date. Thus creating a perfect platform to promote upcoming concerts, movies, CDs and other projects. Plus with the warmer weather, it gave the ladies a chance to show off more skin in revealing outfits. I’ve picked a few of my favorite and not-so-favorite looks from the red carpet. Check them out below and be sure to cast your votes.

Destiny’s Child Fashion Smackdown

Beyonce was on hand to receive Billboard’s first ever Millennium Award. In other words, let’s create a brand new award so Beyonce can show up and pimp out her new projects. Her former band mates may have been there to support her, but both Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams stole the show with their red carpet looks. Rowland looked sexy in a tight hot pink body-hugging dress, while Williams put her spin on the little black dress. Backup no more. WERK, ladies.

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