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Simon Cowell and One Direction

Simon Cowell is "too excited to sleep" about One Direction's success in the US.

The British boy band are currently on tour in America and the success and screaming girls which have followed them has left their mentor suffering sleepless nights. "He's really, really excited about the reaction we've had out here and has said he's not sleeping ­properly because he keeps thinking about us and how it's going. He's far too excited to sleep. Which is quite cool," said the group's Louis Tomlinson.

The group - who's debut album Up All Night is tipped to top the US charts tomorrow - were initially told it would take them much longer to crack the difficult US market, but microblogging site Twitter has helped them gain fans.

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Katy Perry in Last Friday Night video

Katy Perry says she "owes" fans after equaling a US chart record.

The 26-year-old singer thanks fans after her latest song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" topped the Billboard Hot 100, making it the fifth track from her Teenage Dream one album to top the charts - a record initially set by Michael Jackson with the singles from his 1987 album Bad.

Upon hearing the news, Katy Tweeted, "What a way to wake up! SO proud to announce that the little-engine-that-could of a song 'LAST FRIDAY NIGHT' is officially #1 & made HISTORY! & u know, I couldn't have done it with out ya, really I owe u guys BIG... so take this moment to give yourself a high FIVE!!! #allbecauseofu (sic)"

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George Michael-Will singer George Michael have a new career as a reality show judge? The former Wham singer was reportedly offered a deal by Simon Cowell to appear on the U.S. version of The X Factor.

-Aretha Franklin returned home earlier this week after undergoing surgery in Detroit. According to her cousin, the Queen of Soul -- who is rumored to have pancreatic cancer -- is hoping to be back "on stage, late spring or early summer."

-Train's "Soul Sister" was iTunes' best-selling single of the year. Katy Perry's "California Gurls" ended 2010 in second place while Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" placed third on the list.

-Funk legend George Clinton has accused the Black Eyed Peas of illegal sampling. He is suing the group for using "(Not Just) Knee Deep" in remixed versions of their song "Shut Up."

Gallery: Mix Tape: George Michael and The X Factor, George Clinton vs. Black Eyed Peas

Lil Wayne Red Cap

is to be handed a court summons in jail. The rapper - currently incarcerated at New York’s Riker’s Island prison on weapons charges - faces a fresh legal battle after his expected release on November 4, as a producer has launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against him.

Michael ‘Mali Boi’ Bradford is claiming for unpaid royalties he believes he is due for creating the beat to Wayne’s single ‘Mrs. Officer’. He says he came up with the rhythm five years before it was reworked by Deezle, who is credited as the producer of the track. Deezle is also reportedly launching legal action, saying he has not been paid royalties for the 2008 single, from Wayne’s breakthrough ‘Tha Carter III’ album.

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Glee Logo has surged ahead of The Beatles to earn the most Billboard Hot 100 chart appearances by a non-solo act.

Six songs hit the chart this week for a total of 75 numbers from the hit musical series, surpassing ’ seemingly unbreakable score of 71.

The King himself, Elvis Presley, still reigns supreme as the biggest chart-topper of all time, with 108 songs on the list.

James Brown holds fast to second place with his jaw-dropping 91 hits.

Read More | Yahoo! News

Gallery: Glee Breaks Beatles Billboard Record

Eminem Award

“I don’t think I’ve actually stopped to think about it. I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don’t understand what people think the big deal is about me. It’s a very strange relationship that I have with fame.”

-Rapper Eminem on his success and being crowned the best-selling artist of the last decade.

(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)

Read More | Billboard via Just Jared

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“Thriller” may have been the video most fans wanted to watch, but it surprisingly wasn’t the song most people wanted to play, play, play.

According to Billboard, it was a tune that Jackson did with that ranks as the late singer’s best hit. “Say, Say, Say” topped a list of 50 tracks followed by “Billie Jean” and “I’ll Be There.”

The list, which was compiled to help commemorate the upcoming anniversary of Michael’s death (June 25), took a number of factors into consideration to determine a track’s performance in the Hot 100. (You can read the full explanation behind the inverse point system here.) Although “Billie Jean” spent more weeks at #1, the Jackson/McCartney collaboration lasted longer on the charts.

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Kelly Clarkson on American Idol-Billboard claims Kelly Clarkson, not Carrie Underwood, is still the most successful American Idol to date. Chris Daughtry comes in third.

-Country music artists are being impacted by the devastating floods in Nashville. Equipment from Brad Paisley’s tour has been destroyed, Kenny Chesney’s home will likely be condemned and the Grand Ole Opry House is collecting water.

-Big & Rich’s John Rich claims he wouldn’t “pass judgment on any friend” - like singer Chely Wright - if they were gay. So he just likes using the word “deviant”?

-The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” has topped Flo Rida’s “Low” to become the best-selling digital single in history. Boom Boom Pow!

-Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson will be reuniting for a new Wilson Phillips tour and Christmas album. Oh, yes - the dream is still alive.

Gallery: Mix Tape: Kelly Clarkson Tops Idols, Wilson Phillips Returns

has once again worked his magic, releasing the 2009 United State of Pop mashup of the top 25 Billboard hits of the year. If you’ve never seen his work and are a music fan, you’ll want to take a look. Serious props need to be given to Earworm for the way he is able to take 25 different tracks and put them together into something that not only sounds cohesive, but is something you’d want to listen to multiple times. This years version is a mashup of the following tracks:

  • The Black Eyed Peas - BOOM BOOM POW
  • Lady Gaga - POKER FACE
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis - JUST DANCE
  • The Black Eyed Peas - I GOTTA FEELING
  • Taylor Swift - LOVE STORY
  • Flo Rida - RIGHT ROUND
  • Jason Mraz - I’M YOURS
  • Kanye West - HEARTLESS
  • The All-American Rejects - GIVES YOU HELL
  • Taylor Swift - YOU BELONG WITH ME
  • Featuring Justin Timberlake - DEAD AND GONE
  • The Fray - YOU FOUND ME
  • Kings Of Leon - USE SOMEBODY
  • Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo - KNOCK YOU DOWN
  • Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - BLAME IT
  • Featuring Rihanna - LIVE YOUR LIFE
  • Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie - KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
  • Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - DOWN
  • Miley Cyrus - THE CLIMB
  • Drake - BEST I EVER HAD
  • Beyonce - HALO
  • Katy Perry - HOT N COLD

If you’re interested, we’ve got the videos for the 2008 and 2007 (my personal favorite) United State of Pop mashups for you after the break.

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Garth Brooks-Apparently retirement didn’t sit with Garth Brooks very well. The country singer began a lengthy stay as the Wynn Hotel’s headliner this weekend.

-Can Jennifer Lopez stay on her feet this time? Find out when the “Louboutins” singer and Mary J. Blige perform on So You Think You Can Dance’s season finale this Wednesday.

-Def Leppard’s former manager, Trudy Green, is suing the band and their accountant for non-payment. Love hurts.

-Billboard recently charted the top One-Hit Wonders of the decade. Somebody out there is having a really “Bad Day.”

-Speaking of the decade, Newsweek chose their Best Albums of the past ten years. Anyone else surprised by the Kelly Clarkson mention?

-Although they already have two children together, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and his girlfriend, Jill McCormick, are finally getting around to that wedding thing. The longtime couple became engaged a week ago.

Gallery: Mix Tape: Garth Brooks Hits Vegas, Def Leppard is Sued