TAYLOR SWIFT TAKES IT ALL OFF
Taylor Swift had five costume changes during her video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The clip was shot in one take, which meant she had to get changed during the shot. Taylor said she had to throw “all modesty out the window” for the costume changes to make things work. Did you like the finished product? See the video once more over at MTV.com.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG OSCAR CATEGORY EXPANDS BACK TO FIVE NOMS
The Academy Awards have changed the rules regarding the Best Original Song category. This past year, only two songs were nominated for the Oscar: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, which won the award, and “Real in Rio” from Rio. Songs from Elton John, Madonna and P!nk, did not make the cut, which led to a lot of complaints. According to Billboard, after a few years of using a scoring system to choose the nominees, a new voting procedure has been developed. Now voters will watch clips of the films featuring the songs and will vote for five songs. The top five most-chosen songs will be nominated for the award. There are some other stipulations that could cut back on nominees. If there are 25 or fewer qualified songs submitted, the branch's executive committee can recommend to the board that nominations be limited to three. And if there are nine or fewer qualifying works, the committee can recommend that no award be given that year. Last year, 39 songs were submitted in the category, so barring a dramatic decline in the number of songs under consideration, the category should be able to field five nominees.
KATY PERRY GOES RED ON COVER OF FRENCH MAGAZINE
Katy Perry graces the September cover of the French magazine L'Officiel. On the cover, the singer shows of her new fiery red hair. The 27-year-old superstar loves to drastically change her hair color using wigs and has dyed her hair various shades of blonde, pink, blue, purple and more over the years.
ONE DIRECTION RELEASE COVER ART FOR TAKE ME HOME
One Direction have release the cover art for their second album, Take Me Home. According to Billboard, the effort will arrive in stores on November 13th. The record features production from Dr. Luke and Toby Gad, as well as Ed Sheeran. The band’s debut album, Up All Night, has sold over 1.1-million copies, making it the second best-selling album of the year behind Adele’s 21. One Direction will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Center on Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern.
- TIDBIT: Last week, the band announced that a new single, titled "Live While We're Young," will arrive on October 1st. Preorder for the album is available today (9/3).
- TIDBIT: Louis Tomlinson revealed the album name on Wednesday on Twitter, writing, "So pleased to tell you that our new album is called 'take me home' can't wait for you to hear it! More news soooon! #takemehome."
KINGS OF LEON’S JARED FOLLOWILL UNVEILS NEW SIDE PROJECT
While Kings of Leon has been on hiatus, bassist Jared Followill has been keeping busy with a side project called Smoke & Jackal. Followill has teamed up with Nick Brown of Mona to record a six-track EP titled EP1, which is scheduled for release on October 15th. If you’re curious as to what the project sounds like, you can check out the first single, “No Tell,” at SmokeAndJackal.com.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA ON COLLABORATING
Christina Aguilera is back to coaching on The Voice this fall, but she’s also coming out with a new album, which will include her new single, “Your Body.” You can expect some collaborations on the effort. Cee Lo Green, is rumored to have a cameo on her new album. We’ll keep you updated on her new effort. The Voice premieres September 10th at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.
MATCHBOX TWENTY IS BACK!
Matchbox Twenty have just released their first album since 2007. North is in stores today and every song on the album is new. Drummer Paul Doucette told Rolling Stone that the title refers to the band finally finding their way with the direction they wanted to take with the album. Singles from the album include “She’s So Mean,” “Overjoyed” and “Put Your Hands Up.”
LINKIN PARK PUTTING FANS IN NEW VIDEO
If you’ve ever wanted to appear in a music video today’s your luck day. Linkin Park is producing a new interactive video for their song, “Echo,” in which the pictures from your Facebook profile are integrated into the video’s storyline. If you’d like to appear in the video, head over to LostInTheEcho.com and log into your Facebook account. You’ll be asked for permission for the video application to access your photos, just press yes to accept and sit back and enjoy your 15-minutes of fame.
MUMFORD & SONS AND MUSE AT SNL!
Mumford & Sons and Muse will perform on Saturday Night Live this season. Mumford will appear on the September 22nd show, which will be hosted by Premium Rush star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Muse will share the stage with “James Bond” star Daniel Craig for the October 6th episode. Two days after SNL, Mumford will hop the pond to England for the iTunes Festival, which is the same day (9/24) the band will release their highly-anticipated album, Babel, on September 24th.