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Miley Cyrus Lashes Out at Katy Perry

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Months after lashing out at Sinead O'Connor on Twitter, Miley Cyrus has now sunk her teeth into another female musical artist -- this time, pop superstar Katy Perry. It all started on Feb. 22, at Cyrus' Bangerz tour show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the "Wrecking Ball" singer spotted Perry in the front row, hopped offstage and leaned in for a quick kiss. Apparently the kiss was a little too hot-and-heavy for Perry, who declared in a new TV interview during her trip to Australia, "I just walked up to her to give her a friendly girly kiss. You know as us girls do. And then she like tried to move her head and go deeper and I pulled away. God knows where that tongue has been!"

Those recent comments were spotted by Cyrus and tweeted out as a captioned photo on Thursday afternoon (Mar. 6), with Cyrus adding her own thoughts on the matter. "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT [tongue emoji] been," Cyrus quipped, referring to Perry's ex-boyfriend, John Mayer (who has also dated Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston and other female celebs).

Minutes later, Cyrus posted a drawing of Perry and herself locked in a passionate kiss, with the caption, "Dontchyouuuu act like you didn't lurvvvvv it." Perry has yet to respond on Twitter. While Cyrus' arena tour began last month, Perry's PRISMATIC trek kicks off in May. Both pop superstars enjoyed No. 1 hits last fall ("Roar" for Perry, "Wrecking Ball" for Cyrus), with Perry earning another with "Dark Horse" earlier this year.

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Learn From Queen Bey's New Album

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Without question, Beyoncé is for the ladies first. For more than a decade now, she's made music that's assisted in powering their self-esteems, sent bad boyfriends to the left, and made them sweat out their hairdos on the dance floor. Sure, she's had little nuggets here and there for the fellas. But now on her self-titled fifth solo album, Bey's got more than a little bit for men to keep their ears open for, without "Whoa, you're playing that?" stares from their buddies.

Today, one week after "Beyonce" shook the Internet awake at midnight by quietly releasing it on iTunes with no preceding promo, the set is available physically at just about all major retailers (except for Target). It's a solid listen for both sexes, Billboard Critics' Pick of 2013 even.

As usual, there are jams for her girls. The difference this time, though, is that there's much more dialogue directed to and for men - lessons even. A close listen to "Beyoncé" reveals ways to show that special lady in your life you care, tools men can use in the bedroom and more. Here are five things you can learn from "Beyonce."

Communicate: "Are we gonna even make it?" Beyonce asks on "Mine," fearful of her relationship with husband Jay Z, feeling not so queen-like after having their first child. She mentions that they've been spending a lot of time apart. Surely, a showbiz couple has a rough time scheduling time for even the most important people in their lives. And the distance has their convos going a bit sour. "'Cause if we are, we're taking this a little too far," she sings. They're still together. And if this shot above from their "Drunk in Love" video is any indication, they're doing okay. When in doubt, talk it out.

Appreciate Her: "I cooked this meal for you naked," sings Beyonce on "Jealous." Look at her in the video still just above these words - cold and alone. On the track she follows up the statement by mentioning that she's nearly done with a bottle of alcohol she intended on having with her man. And with him nowhere to be found, she's dug out her "Freakum Dress" and is about to go hang out with a former boy toy to talk about their good old days. See how she's dressed in the "Freakum Dress" vid?

Yeah, don't be the dirtbag boyfriend/husband that misses naked dinner with your lady without any kind of notice. That's a huge loss. Be thankful.

Be Spontaneous: Sure, the bedroom likely is where the bulk of the physical loving goes down in a conventional relationship. But as Beyonce sings on a few songs, hopefully the kink doesn't end there. On "Partition" she raps about getting it in with her man in their luxury car as their unwitting chauffer cruises to a party. "Handprints and footprints on my glass," she says of their window-fogging activities. "He Monica Lewinsky'ed all on my gown," B' adds later. Oh.

Feeling the effects of hubby Jay Z's D'Usse cognac on "Drunk in Love," the couple gets cooking in a more unconventional room in their house. "We woke up in the kitchen saying, 'How the hell did this shit happen?'" she recalls. The lesson here? Spice things up.
Please Her: In the spirit of the holiday season, know that it's better to give than receive (hopefully what goes around comes around, though). On the Pharrell Williams and Timbaland-produced "Blow," one of several naughty cuts on "Beyonce," Bey' sweetly asks her guy, "Can you lick my skittles/ That's the sweetest in the middle."

The inquiry may pass a reader or two's eyes as a simple rainbow candy reference. But it's more than that. We're talking oral affection here, folks. She's all about getting it and is not a bit bashful. "Pink is the flavor," Beyonce continues, "Solve the riddle." Well, that's not much of a toughy. Just know if you do it well, the chances that she'll eventually ask for that "daddy long stroke" (Beyonce's words!) are high.

Love Conquers All: Yeah, the "Love conquers all" sentiment isn't a new one. But it never gets old. Just listen to how Beyonce sings of the way Jay Z makes her feel on the Pharrell-produced "Superpower." "When the palm of my two hands hold each other," she starts. "That feels different from when your hands are in mine." In a reserved yet supremely confident tone, she continues to say his love makes her feel as strong as a shark or bear. You want her to feel that strength. With Wonder Woman at your side, who's going to slow y'all down?

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Christina Perry's New Music

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Christina Perri continues to release new music from her forthcoming "Head or Heart" album, with the singer-songwriter dropping the new album track "Burning Gold" on Tuesday (Mar. 11).

"I'm setting fire to the life that I know," Perri declares on the chorus of the mid-tempo pop-rock track. Whereas current single "Human" is fragile and emotionally piercing, "Burning Gold" flashes its defiance in a handful of compact hooks, even taking a moment to showcase a ukulele solo during the bridge.

"Head or Heart" arrives on April 1 on Atlantic Records, and the "Jar of Hearts" singer will appear on "The View" and on "The Late Show with David Letterman" later in April. "Human" has sold 323,000 downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while the album track "I Don't Wanna Break" was also featured on the recent "Girls Volume 2" soundtrack.

Three days after the release of "Head or Heart," Perri will embark on a North American tour, beginning Apr. 4 in Denver. Birdy will serve as her opening act.

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Danielle Bradbery Returns To High School

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Last week was a "Back To School" week for Big Machine recording artist Danielle Bradbery. The teenage songstress, whose "Heart Of Dixie" single is currently sitting at No. 14 on the Country Radio Airplay chart, visited five high schools across the nation to help bring the message of awareness of music education to school leaders, parents, and students. Teaming up with the Give a Note Foundation and Disney Performing Arts, Bradbery boarded a bus at Disneyland in Anaheim on March 2. The former winner of "The Voice" hit schools in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee before wrapping up this past Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bradbery, 17, hopes the tour's message will inspire America's students. "This is a great way to reach kids my age and show them that the skills they learn in music can help them to be successful in life. Through music, I've learned the value of persistence and working hard to make my dreams come true, and I look forward to sharing that with students and others during the tour," said Bradbery.

"Studying and making music, whether it's playing an instrument or singing or composing, is one of the most valuable ways kids can spend their time," said Jane Balek of NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and Give a Note Foundation, "Music education reinforces 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking – all qualities kids need to be successful in their schoolwork. In addition, the inherent benefits of learning music, including emotional awareness, reflective learning, and development of 'grit,' are things that help students grow into successful and productive citizens."

At each stop, Bradbery took part in an interview on stage, and also performed at each of the schools. Billboard caught up with the rising star at Antioch High School near Nashville on March 6. She said that being involved with the program is something she feels strongly about – and she gets as much out of it as the students. "I feel like this whole program is awesome," she said. "As much as It gives back to the students, it makes me feel good."

Earlier in the week, Bradbery paid a visit to a school she knows very well – Cypress Ranch High School in Houston – where she attended before her career took off. When asked what it felt like being on the stage inside the auditorium rather than the seats, she said it was a very different feeling.

"I always sat in the auditorium and watched things happen on stage, and would think to myself that I didn't know how I could ever do that," she said, smiling. "Now, that I'm up there and giving advice to students now on a whole other level, it's surprising to me. I never thought I would get to this point."

What has been the highlight of her career rise thus far? She said she's enjoyed each step, but getting to establish relationships with some of her idols has been a dream come true. "Meeting the artists that I have been a big fan of forever. It's cool to be face to face with them and get advice from them."

Next week, Bradbery will head out on the road as an opening act on Hunter Hayes' first arena tour – with the first date coming March 20 in Pikeville, KY. She's counting down the days. "It is exciting. I can't wait to see how that's going to play out, and see how the crowd reacts. We start rehearsals really soon, and it will be a week full that we put a lot into, and we'll be really prepared."
She's also enjoying watching the continued success of "Heart Of Dixie," saying that "It's doing great, which is really exciting. I don't think it will ever be something I get used to. It's going to take a while for it all to sink in."

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