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Even when Taylor Swift is wrong, she eventually gets it right.

The pop star is no stranger to controversy, deservedly or not. But we’ve grown accustomed to Swift not only entering the fray on her own terms: penning a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, removing her music from Spotify, opining to Apple Music via Tumblr – but also entering in order to right a perceived wrong. Swift set out to correct a few misnomers with her latest album, one of which was that albums still have value.

“I’ve always been very optimistic about music sales and album sales, and to have that optimism kind of rewarded with people going out and buying the album; I was so happy about it,” Swift told me last October, the week she released 1989. “Yunno, I would look a little ridiculous if I was just going out for the last two years going, ‘No, people still care about albums!’ And then my album comes out and everybody’s like, ‘Well we don’t care about yours.’”

Over five million albums sold later, it’s clear they care. The LP has also spawned a few GRAMMY nominations, a slew of hardware at May’s Billboard Music Awards and now nine MTV Video Music Award nods. All but one of Swift’s nominations are for the “Bad Blood” music video, which premiered at the start of the aforementioned BBMAs and features Kendrick Lamar a slew of celebrities/Swift’s “squad.” The piece broke Vevo’s 24-hour view record, previously held by Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video.

But unlike “Bad Blood,” Minaj’s video didn’t receive a “Video Of The Year” look. Enter, controversy.

Minaj took to Twitter and voiced her displeasure over the snub, noting that when “’other’ girls drop a video that breaks records” and it “celebrates women with very slim bodies,” you receive a VOTY nomination.

Swift perceived the tweets as a direct jab and responded by reminding Minaj that she’s done “nothing but love and support” her, and that it’s unlike the rapper “to pit women against each other.” The “Shake It Off” singer later tweeted that she would want Minaj to join her on stage if “Bad Blood” wins.

However for once, Swift was wrong. Minaj didn’t care about “Bad Blood” and probably isn’t overly concerned with winning another Moonman. The emcee was speaking to the racial and social injustices that still exist in the music industry.

“I just think we need to have both images for girls,” Minaj told “Good Morning America” Friday. “We can’t have only one type of body being glorified in the media because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are.”

And if anyone gets that, it’s Swift, who is about as a good of a role model as you’ll find in the public for young women. According to Minaj, the two singers spoke on the phone and cleared the air. Swift also apologized on Twitter.
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“I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke,” she wrote. “I’m sorry, Nicki.”

Taylor was right. Again.

Lady Gaga and Adam Levine have fired up their respective fan bases with tweets seemingly aimed at each other about the music they create and what it should be classified as. Levine allegedly started it all by saying, “Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.”


Mother Monster wasn’t having any of it, tweeting the next day, “uh oh guys the art police is here.”


The two then volleyed subtweets at each other about pop music, song lyrics, and other forms of police. Neither pulled a Chris Brown and deleted anything from their timeline so feel free to click back if you’re curious.

The argument between the two is interesting on multiple levels. First, both Gaga and Maroon 5 are under the same record label umbrella, that which is Interscope/Geffen/A&M. This wouldn’t be Gaga’s first feud with a label mate – remember those leaked Lana Del Rey songs in which the “Summertime Sadness” singer bashed her fellow New York songstress?

But that leads us to the second point: financial interests. Gaga has a new album due out in November. Levine is currently ramping up for another season of NBC’s “The Voice.” By the way if you’re keeping score at home, “Summertime Sadness” is currently the second biggest song at pop radio.

Finally, there’s this: a clip of Levine from February, in which I broke the news to him that Gaga cancelled the remainder of the “Born This Way Ball” due to an injury.

“Sh-t… oh, man,” Levine responded. “See that breaks my heart because I don’t know her but I know that clearly she loves to perform.”

Granted this was long before “Applause” or any other material from the forthcoming ARTPOP but after her second album, some detractors had already criticized Gaga for recycling from pop’s past. In this instance, there may be more than what tweets the eye.

Some could say that it was a “good, good night” for the Republican Party on Tuesday at its national convention. Black Eyed Peas lead emcee Will.I.Am wouldn’t be one of those people. The Renaissance man took to Twitter last night and acknowledged that the GOP used The Peas’ anthem “I Gotta Feeling” during its convention in Tampa.


“The #RNC just played #igottafeeling,” tweeted Will. “I gotta feeling there ganna adopt #yeswecan next…united states not divided states #reachforthestars (sic).”

The artist supported President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and has long used his platform to push agendas that transcend music, ranging from education to the economy. But despite the message of unity in his initial comment about the Republican Party, Will followed up with a tweet to me, further explaining his stance on the song’s use.


“I didnt allow it, republicans do what ever they want…they used it without permission,” he said in an at reply to my username, “ralphieaversa.” “#igottafeeling they’re having a G.O.P.”

Will made no further comments on Twitter about the song. The artist adds his name to a seemingly ever-growing list of liberal musicians whose music is used by Republicans without permission. Earlier this year, the indie rock outfit Silversun Pickups issued a cease and desist letter to Mitt Romney’s campaign after he played the track, “Panic Switch” at a rally.

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When I first discovered the “RIGirlProblems” Twitter account, it was pushing 2,000 followers. Now renamed “RIProbz” – the page highlighting various “issues” in the smallest state has quite a large following, to the tune of over 13,000 people.

The creators of the account, a guy and girl from Barrington, RI who are trying to keep their identity a secret from their friends, joined “The Ralphie Radio Show” anonymously to talk about the popular Twitter account and some of the more re-tweeted “probz” in the Ocean State.

Another debate over the use of the “n-word” has erupted, and this time it started with a tweet from actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who took in a Jay-Z/Kanye West show in Paris.


Paltrow watched the show with producer The Dream, who initially took the heat for the… tweet, but later recanted to MTV News. Still he, along with Russell Simmons and others, have defended Paltrow’s words. The actress herself has also said she was simply stating the name of the popular Watch the Throne track, and meant no harm.

Being a middle-class white guy, I’m not about to talk in an authoritative manner about the use of a word that has had no effect what-so-ever on my life. That stated, I never use the word, in any circumstance, because to me it just doesn’t feel right.

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He’s not the first to say it, but is probably one of the youngest and may be the most suprising person to speak out given what social media has meant to his career. In a recent interview with The Source, rapper Drake claimed that Twitter and Tumblr are ruining his generation.

Kevin Evanetski was certainly surprised and taken aback by the comments, accusing the emcee of coming off as both pompous and hypocritcal in his comments.

Evanetski founded Social Yeah, a boutique social media strategy firm based in Buffalo, NY.

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Because you have no idea why you keep seeing people use #poundsigns for #noreason…

Another single from Mike Posner’s 31 Minutes to Takeoff. The Duke grad dedicates the track to Carolyne Stevens – and via e-mail he wouldn’t tell me if she was real/if that was her actual name. However, Posner later tweeted me that he’d like to discuss on-air… hmm… dope track nonetheless.

Carson Daly insists that Michael Jackson’s management wasn’t as strict as the team around Britney Spears, and that has caused Daly to turn down an opportunity to interview the “Womanizer” singer.

“I was jst TOLD my @britneyspears interview tomm on @ampradio MUST b pre-recorded & submitted 4 approval by HER mgmt b4 it can air!” tweeted Daly. “F THAT!” (sic).

Daly elaborated that Spears’ management wanted him to pre-tape the interview and submit it for not just approval, but editing as well. If he agreed to waive his right to final cut (as well as the First Amendment), then her team would send him back a copy of the interview for air.

“I’ve known and supported (Spears) since she was 15,” Daly responded to a fan’s inquiry. “This has nothing to do w her. Just her ppl,” (sic).

Daly believes that Spears might not even know what her management is doing. The singer releases her seventh studio LP, Femme Fatale, today.

So I’m sitting in the studio, watching “American Idol” – and I see the bottom two are Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone. Immediately I tweet this

Then, Abrams is eliminated and handed a mic to sing for what could be his last time. I knew something was up here

So… we’ll just call it a wash? Follow me on Twitter.