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Britney Spears: I’m Working On New Album “Slowly But Surely”

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Britney Spears Album Billboard

Britney Spears reveals she’s working on a new album, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be released anytime soon. Spears, who is still in the middle of her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, tells Billboard she is “gonna do [a new album] slowly but surely.”

Katy Perry On Taylor Swift Feud Rumor: If Someone Tries To “Defame My Character, You’re Going To Hear About It”

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Katy Perry Billboard Super Bowl

Katy Perry responds indirectly to rumors of a Taylor Swift feud while talking about her plans for the Super Bowl Halftime Show in Billboard. Last year, after Swift claimed a “straight-up enemy” had tried to “sabotage” her arena tour, Perry tweeted the Mean Girls reference, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.” When Billboard asks her about it now, Perry declares, “If somebody is trying to defame my character, you’re going to hear about it.”

Kendrick Lamar Says End Of World Is Near: “We’re In The Last Days”

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Kendrick Lamar End of World

Kendrick Lamar talks about police brutality, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and the end of the world in a revealing Billboard cover interview. “I pride myself on writing now rather than rapping,” he tells the outlet, explaining how he hopes to transcend the “sport” of rap. “My passion is bringing storylines around and constructing a full body of work, rather than just a 16-bar verse.”

Kenny Chesney: Men In Country Music “Objectify The Hell” Out Of Women

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Kenny Chesney Sexist

Kenny Chesney is not interested in continuing to put out music that treats women as objects. In a Billboard cover story, the massively popular country performer explains, “Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she’s in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate — they objectify the hell out of them.” Chesney says, “Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that — I probably did. But I’m at a point where I want to say something different about women.”

Usher: I’m “Not Happy” With All Of Justin Bieber’s Choices, Will “Punch Him”

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Usher Justin Bieber Interview

Usher and Justin Bieber’s friendship may be unconditional, but the Grammy winner admits in a new interview that he hasn’t approved lately of all of his protégé’s decisions.

Usher tells Billboard, “I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made.”

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Taylor Swift Named 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year

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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard Woman of the Year for 2014.

The singer will be honored at Billboard’s 9th annual Women in Music Awards event on December 12.

Jason Aldean On Cheating Scandal: “It’s Been 2 Years Of This Sh*t — Get Over It!”

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Jason Aldean Cheating

Jason Aldean has had massive success as a country star — but he’s still dogged by his 2012 cheating scandal.

“It has been two years of this sh*t — get over it, already!” he says in a new Billboard cover interview, regarding the media and fans’ reaction to his relationship with Brittany Kerr, the woman who ended his marriage.

Chris Brown: What Jail Was Like For Me

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Chris Brown Billboard

Chris Brown opens up to Billboard about what jail was like and whether people will ever stop talking about him and Rihanna.

“When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case,” he tells the outlet. “As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level or elevate. But as long as you have your head on straight, it shouldn’t matter what people want to say.”

Ariana Grande’s A Freak: ‘My Mom Thought I Might Grow Up To Be A Serial Killer’

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Ariana Grande Billboard Cover Story 2014

Ariana Grande opens up about family, fame and freakiness in a new Billboard cover story.

“I think people see me as a little cutesy thing, but I’m literally the most sardonic person you’ve ever met,” she tells the magazine.

It all started when she was “a very weird little girl.”

Hilary Duff Opens Up About Mike Comrie: “Maybe We’re Not Meant To Be Together — Or Maybe We Are”

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Hilary Duff Mike Comrie Interview

It’s not exactly clear where Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie stand these days, but their split is apparently providing great musical inspiration.

On Thursday’s Billboard Pop Shop podcast, Duff didn’t clarify the state of their relationship, but did reveal that her new album will explore some of her mixed feelings.

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