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  • Why Taylor Swift's OK with Being Single: "No One Gets Hurt This Way"

    Miller Mobley for BillboardMuch has been made of the fact that Taylor Swift isn't currently in a relationship, and that her album 1989 is -- as she tells Billboard for its new cover story -- "not about boys."  Taylor says this way, she doesn't have to worry about any emotional drama, either in her real life, or in her music.

    "I don't have anyone whose feelings are on the line except for me," she tells Billboard about her current single status. "If I was in love with someone right now, I don't know how I would handle everyone else weighing in on our stories, because when you're in a relationship there are a lot of secrets and a lot of sacred moments that you don't want to divulge."

    "I, however, am 24, perfectly happy being alone, and one of the reasons I'm perfectly happy being alone is that no one gets hurt this way," she adds.

    While she's not hanging out with boys, Taylor is surrounding herself with girls: famous female friends like Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham and Lorde, just to mention a few.  She tells Billboard that she's glad that all her pals have so much going on in their own lives that they don't freak out over the fact that they're hanging out with her.

    "You'll notice a lot of celebrity-type people tend to surround themselves with people whose lives revolve around them...and it's because those celebrities need to be fawned over," she explains.  "I feel uncomfortable being the No. 1 priority in my friends' lives -- I want to be there to make their lives more fun, if they need to talk, to be there for spontaneous and exciting adventures, but I don't want friends who don't have a life outside of me."

    "The one thing they all have in common is that they love what they do," she says of her BFFs. "They have me in their life because they want me in their life, not because they gain from it."

    Taylor will receive the Woman of the Year honor from Billboard on December 12 in New York City.  It's her second time winning that award.


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  • Grammy Song of the Year Nominees Revealed

    NARASThe nominees for the prestigious Grammy category of Song of the Year have been revealed. Unlike Record of the Year, this award goes to the songwriters only.  This year, though, all the nominees were co-written by the artists who recorded the songs, so they'll all take home a trophy if they win. 

    Here are the nominees:

    Song of the Year
    "All About that Bass," Meghan Trainor, songwriters Megan Trainor & Kevin Kadish
    "Chandelier," Sia, songwriters Sia and Jesse Shatkin
    "Stay with Me," Sam Smith, songwriters Sam Smith, James Napier & William Phillips
    "Take Me to Church," Hozier, songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne
    "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift, songwriters Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster


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  • Grammy Nominees for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Revealed

    NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today. Here are the nominees in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category:

    Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
    Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
    Night Songs, Barry Manilow
    Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
    Partners, Barbra Streisand with Various Artists


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  • UK Study Says Lyrics to Elton John's Songs Among the Most Sophisticated in Pop

    ABC/Randy HolmesDid you ever listen to an Elton John song and think, "Wow, I wish I understood what he was singing about?"  That may be because, according to a new study, the lyrics to the Rocket Man's songs are among the most sophisticated of all British pop stars.

    The study, conducted by British tabloid The Mirror, reportedly used algorithms designed to measure the difficulty of school textbooks to analyze song lyrics by acts ranging from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Coldplay and Def Leppard. The study found that it requires 9.3 years of education to fully understand Elton's lyrics, which are not, it should be noted, written by Elton himself, but by his songwriting partners.

    Think we're kidding?  One of Elton's songs, with lyrics by Tom Robinson, is called "Sartorial Eloquence." Do you know what that means? Yeah, we don't either.

    The only British act with lyrics more sophisticated than Elton's, says the paper, is '80s New Wave act Depeche Mode, whose lyrics require 10.3 years of education to understand.

    The British act with the least sophisticated lyrics was deemed to be Led Zeppelin. They had an average readability score of only 4.4.


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  • Grammy Best New Artist Nominees Revealed

    NARASThe nominees for the prestigious Grammy category of Best New Artist have been announced and they stretch across multiple musical genres, including pop, rap, alternative rock and singer/songwriter.  Here they are:

    Best New Artist
    Iggy Azalea
    Bastille
    Sam Smith
    HAIM
    Brandy Clark


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