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Perry posts photo of herself 'planking' in fins shortly after Gaga teases a mermaid-themed video.
By Jocelyn Vena
Of all the potential beefs in the music industry, mermaids didn't seem like the most likely of instigators. But that may change. Shortly after Lady Gaga teased that her mermaid alter ego, Yuyi, might be 'born' in her next music video, Katy Perry tweeted a photo of herself dressed as a mermaid.
'PROPER planking FTW! #itswhatArielwoulddo,' she wrote on Twitter, showing off her second entry into the Internet phenom of planking, in which people post photos of themselves lying face down, with their arms at their sides, in awkward locations.
In the photo, Perry is done up in full mermaid attire: She's wearing a purple wig with a starfish hairpin, a shimmering aqua-and-pink mermaid tail with a matching bra top. She's surrounded by shiny paper acting as water and a bridge prop looms in the background. There's been no word on the official purpose of the photo shoot.
While Gaga hasn't commented on any mermaid similarities, her creative director,
Laurieann Gibson, did make reference to it on Twitter just hours after Perry tweeted the photo of herself. "Proud of my artist #1 in the world @Ladygaga her vision& passion. even though they try to steal a tail there's only 1 Mermaid, Swim On!!!" Gibson wrote.
Gaga has certainly been trying to make her mermaid phase happen for some time now. She initially introduced fans to Yuyi on Twitter earlier this summer and donned mermaid attire for her performance on 'Le Grand Journal.' Though she apparently nixed the rumored mermaid treatment for her 'Edge of Glory' video, she told a Taiwanese talk show last week that Yuyi is 'in incubation' and may appear in the video for her yet-unannounced fourth Born This Way single.
Of course, neither Gaga nor Perry would be the first pop star to think of using the mythological creatures for their sets. In Madonna's black-and-white clip for 1989's 'Cherish,' directed by the late fashion photographer Herb Ritts, Madonna splashes in the waves with mermen. Mermaids are popping up elsewhere in pop culture, too, as a major plot point in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and in several new novels, including an upcoming book by 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer.
Why two mermaids are too much, in Bigger Than the Sound.
By James Montgomery
All valid questions, to be certain, and yet ... maybe it's time we stop asking them. With all due respect to the Queen B, Ms. Minaj and the Magnificent Mariah (or any of the myriad of pop stars who have sought to reinvent themselves over the years), it is entirely possible that we have finally reached the point of no return. And as such, perhaps we should to retire the alter-ego idea entirely.
This has nothing to do with my feelings about alter egos, second selves, or even doppelgängers, since, as a general rule of thumb, I am in favor of them, especially when they involve rock music (Ziggy Stardust!), comic books (Superman!) and/or professional wrestling (the Undertaker!) But it has everything to do with mermaids. Or, more specifically, the fact that, at this very moment, two of the biggest pop stars on the planet are attempting to foist mermaid alter egos upon us ... and neither seems to have a problem with that.
It all started last month, when Lady Gaga pulled on a fishtail and became Yuyi the Mermaid for a performance on French TV. In theory, this was all right with me, considering A) Yuyi will apparently be featured in her next music video and B) I have never been wronged by a mermaid, mostly because they are mythological creatures. The event that made me reconsider my feelings actually occurred earlier this week, when Katy Perry took to her Twitter account to post a photo of herself, mid-plank, dressed as Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid.'
Not surprisingly, this angered Gaga's little monsters (and Laurieann Gibson), but I'd suggest that their outrage was misguided. They shouldn't be mad at Perry for going mermaid, they should be mad at pop stars in general. Because, really, if we've reached the point where they can't even come up with original alter egos any more, well, then perhaps it's time to do away with the concept altogether.
And yes, I realize that mermaids are inexplicably hot right now, what with their inclusion in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and Stephenie Meyer's upcoming book, in which they will apparently devour men or something. Still, have we officially run out of alter egos? Shoot, Gaga has already been a motorcycle, a space mother, and Mary Magdalene ... and that's just since she released Born This Way. And Katy? She's currently working another alter ego, an orthodontically enhanced teen named Kathy Beth Terry. Couldn't one of them be a centaur? Joan of Arc? Abraham Lincoln?
Apparently not. And since we've apparently reached the alter ego's event horizon, I'm proposing a five-year moratorium on any and all split personalities. Let's all just chill a bit ... give the batteries some time to recharge. You may think I'm being reactionary, but deep down, you know I'm right. I don't want to live in a world where our pop stars have been reduced to dueling mermaids, simply because there were no other alternatives. And I'll be damned if I'm going to sit idly by and watch as the good name of Chris Gaines is dragged through the mud. Especially by mermaids.
Have our favorite pop stars taken the mermaid trend too far? Sound off in the comments!
Gaga's page reportedly suspended due to copyright complaint over a Japanese TV show clip.
By Gil Kaufman
Lady Gaga has long been the Queen of YouTube. Her videos have racked up more than a billion views on the site and fans have flocked to it in droves to post their home-brewed takes on her outfits, fashion, music and videos.
But little monsters who were looking for their daily fix of Gaga on Thursday (July 14) were likely disappointed when they went to Mother Monster's YouTube account and found the following message, 'This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy.'
According to Time Out Tokyo, Gaga's official YouTube account was suspended because she posted footage from her recent appearance on the Japanese show 'SMAP x SMAP,' on the Fuji TV network. The widely-circulated video of the 10-minute performance in which Gaga sang a medley of songs from Born This Way resulted in a takedown request from Media Interactive Inc. on Tuesday.
The video features Gaga performing on a fog-enshrouded set with the popular Japanese boy band SMAP, and the issue appears to involve Gaga's failure to secure the digital rights to display their performance on her YouTube account. In the clip, Gaga emerges from an ornate box wearing a an elaborate black dust mask and sings 'The Edge of Glory' before sitting down at a piano housed in a giant bejeweled hand sculpture for a solo take on 'You and I' that morphs into the album's title track.
The 'Born This Way' performance features the members of SMAP standing and posing behind Gaga, joining her dancers in some high-energy choreography and singing light backup duties on the hit track.
Spokespeople for Gaga and YouTube could not be reached for comment at press time.
On Monday, Gaga tweeted her excitement about the SMAP performance, writing, 'My performance+cooking show appearance on SMAP SMAP is airing now in Japan. Kawaii Monsters!' A week earlier, she Twitpic'd a sepia-toned photo of her with the group as well.
Mother Monster's HBO special will vie for honors at September 18 awards show.
By James Montgomery
On Thursday morning (July 14), her 'Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden' HBO special picked up five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, top-lined by a nod for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. In that category, Gaga will face off against the annual Kennedy Center Honors telecast and a trio of rather, uh, unique challengers: Carrie Fisher, Bette Midler and Pee-Wee Herman, each of whom earned noms for their respective HBO specials.
The 'Monster Ball' special also earned a nomination for Outstanding Directing (Gaga's creative director, Laurieann Gibson, picked up the nod), and three technical noms: Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Lighting Design/ Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special; and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special. In each of those categories, Gaga will take on the usual spate of awards telecasts (the 83rd Academy Awards, the 53rd Grammy Awards, etc.), not to mention comedians Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K., each of whom earned nods for their comedy specials.
Elsewhere, Gaga's favorite show, 'Glee,' was among the most-nominated programs, landing a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series. Stars Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer also earned nominations, as did guest stars Kristin Chenoweth, Dot-Marie Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Will you be rooting for Gaga on Emmy night? Tell us in the comments!
Gaga sang 'Edge of Glory' and talked about her difficult early years.
By Gil Kaufman
For months, Sirius radio host Howard Stern has been bellyaching about how Lady Gaga seemed to be talking to everyone except him. So, when the singer stopped in to chat on Monday morning (July 18), the notorious radio host made sure to make the most of it, indulging in one of his show's longest celebrity chats in recent memory, a nearly 90-minute ramble in which he got Gaga to talk about fame, fashion, sex, drugs and rock and roll.
For the most part, the interview hit many of the highlights of Gaga's now-legendary rise to superstardom: her childhood fascination with piano, the first song she ever wrote, her move to Manhattan as a teenager and the one-year ultimatum her dad gave her after she dropped out of college. But she also revealed a bit more about her offstage self and the inspirations behind some of her most beloved tunes.
'I really don't give a f--- about money at all,' Gaga said when Stern tried to get the singer to dish on how much money her album sales and tours have grossed. In fact, she said she still lives in a tiny Brooklyn apartment and has only bought two things with her newfound riches: heart surgery and a car for her dad. 'The Monster Ball was really expensive and the next show will be really expensive and I will pay for it,' she said of the 2012 extravaganza that she's planning.
There was, however, one topic even the famously prying Stern couldn't goad Gaga could into talking about: her love life.
'What boyfriend? ... Who's Jean Luc?' she joked when Stern asked about what her closest friends call her offstage. (Even her parents call her Gaga at this point, she said, especially when they're mad at her.) 'It's hard to find a boyfriend who doesn't mind a good tuck,' she added, throwing more fuel on the fire of the absurdly tenacious Internet rumors about her gender.
'My first love is music,' she explained, though when Stern asked whether she had been intimate with anyone recently, she laughed, 'I got laid last night ... the guys who are here are my best friends in the whole world. You're talking about Luc Carl; he's been my best friend since I was 19.'
Gaga stressed that Carl is still her best friend, sidestepping the boyfriend issue once again — and that he's going to launch a Sirius satellite radio show soon.
One of the stories Stern was predictably fascinated with was the fact that Gaga's first piano teacher was a stripper who danced at one of the radio host's favorite New York gentleman's clubs, Scores, leading him to wonder if he'd ever gotten a lap dance from Gaga's instructor.
Back in the day, in fact, before she was famous, Gaga said she used to dance on fire escapes and pretend she was a star, an image she re-created for her 'The Edge of Glory' video. But those pre-fame days were also difficult, as she toiled at waitressing jobs and turned to drugs when she felt lonely, something she now really regrets. 'To any little sweethearts that are listening ... don't touch [cocaine], it's the devil.'
Though she's best known for writing her own songs, Gaga discussed the two tracks she's written for Britney Spears, 'Quicksand' (which appeared on the Circus album), and 'Telephone,' which Spears recorded, but never released. Asked if it bummed her out that 'Telephone' was rejected by Spears, Gaga said, 'Hell no! Frickin' Britney Spears sang my record! I was doing back flips and ordering drinks!'
After describing how she came up with 'Born This Way' while in the shower, Gaga pulled out her BlackBerry and played a number of early demos of her songs, including the first, vocals-only take on 'Highway Unicorn,' her first pass on the chorus to 'Judas' and a snippet of a bouncy new song she wasn't ready to unleash yet. She also described how 'Marry the Night' was inspired by the moment when she decided that she was not willing to become another one of those California club people after spending some time on the Left Coast early in her career trying to fit in. ' 'No thanks ... see you later, it's been nice in the sun,' and I went back to New York and I married the night,' she said of why she would never move to Cali, preferring the divey, shots-and-pool-table bars in her native city.
'Do I feel like a powerful person in show business? Yeah,' she said when Stern wondered if she will use her newfound powers in the industry for good or evil.
The appearance also featured a performance of 'Glory,' with Gaga prefacing with a story about how it was inspired by her grandfather's passing, the first death of a close family member she'd ever experienced. 'When my grandma was saying goodbye [to my grandfather], there was something so intense that happened for me that I saw ... as sad as the moment was, they both were acknowledging that they had really won in life because they had each other,' she said of the 60-year marriage of her grandparents.
On the day her grandpa died, Gaga said she and her father sat down at the piano in their home and traded shots of tequila and she told her pops, 'Grandpa's about to cross over into his glorious moment. It's hard now because he's on the edge.' Right then, Gaga said she began playing piano and the song just tumbled out of her. She recorded it and played the emerging tune for her grandfather that day over the phone, and she's convinced he could hear it. He passed just hours later.
"It's about also knowing in your heart that you may never reach that glorious moment until you die, so live life on the edge — halfway between heaven and hell — and let's all dance in the middle in purgatory," she said before playing an affecting solo piano version of the tune.
And, in honor of Stern's notoriously luxurious locks, she also performed the Born This Way tune 'Hair,' explaining that it was inspired by her rebellious teenage Grateful Dead phase, when her mother would sneak in and chop off her gross, dread-y hair in her sleep to keep her looking neat and clean.
MTV News goes straight to the source to discuss recent pop-culture mermaid trends and beefs.
By Jocelyn Vena
Beyoncé declared her love for mermaids during her MTV special 'The Year of 4,' while Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler have all dressed up like the mythical sea creatures onstage or in videos. Madonna has surrounded herself with mermen during a past tour, and mermaids also show up in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and in several new novels, including a forthcoming book by 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida is famous for its mermaid shows, so MTV News decided to go right to the source and get a real-deal mermaid on the phone. It's no surprise that 'mermaid' Carli Goodworth told us it's officially the Year of the Mermaid.
'It used to be really popular, like, 60 years ago and everybody was all about mermaids, and now today, it's coming back again,' Goodworth told MTV News. 'The stars are starting to use it, and the people from outside are loving it, and hopefully it'll draw more people to our attraction as well.'
So why are pop stars taking on mermaid alter egos? Goodworth said the public persona of mermaids has shifted from the cute and cuddly Disney version to the more accurate version of mermaids who are mysterious, dangerous and sexy.
And the mermaid trend hasn't been free from controversy: There has already been beef between fans of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, accusing the pop stars of lifting the idea, and then between Lady Gaga and Bette Midler, who did the mermaid-in-a-wheelchair routine decades before Gaga did.
'It's becoming so popular,' Goodworth laughed about the mermaid beefs. 'I think it's awesome. We're used to the few people around here, because we are known as the mermaid country, and it's neat to see all these other people battling it out to be the only mermaid. It's just different.'
Being that Goodworth has performed as a mermaid for quite some time now, she's happy to see other people getting excited about it. 'We love mermaids, so it's fun to see other people doing stuff with mermaids besides us,' she said, adding her advice: 'Be creative, do your own thing, really do your research.'
What do you think about the pop-culture mermaid trend? Let us know in the comments!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Two-day fest, set for September 23-24 in Las Vegas, also features the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and others.
By James Montgomery
It's being billed as 'the biggest live music event in radio history' (whatever that means), and so, the organizers of the brand-new iHeartRadio Festival have pulled out all the stops, delivering a lineup that's appropriately loaded with some of the biggest stars in the business.
Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler are just some of the acts set to appear at the inaugural I Heart Radio fest, scheduled for September 23 and 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They'll be joined on the bill by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Lopez, David Guetta, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson and John Mayer (to name just a few).
Organizers promise that even more artists will be added to the bill as the summer stretches on. The eternally busy Ryan Seacrest will host the event, which will stream live online and via mobile devices at iHeartRadio.com, and across the websites of all Clear Channel-owned radio stations.
If you'd prefer to be there in person, you can get a first crack at tickets by liking iHeartRadio on Facebook. The pre-sale ends at 1 a.m. ET this Saturday, with tickets going on sale to the general public later that same day (at 1 p.m. ET) through Ticketmaster.com.
Of course, given that this is a radio fest, Clear Channel is also giving listeners plenty of chances to win a free trip to Vegas for the event. For more information on how you can score yours, check out iHeartRadio Music Festival's official site.
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Gaga says that her mermaid alter-ego, Yuyi, 'is in incubation' and may be born in her next clip.
By Jocelyn Vena
Lady Gaga is still doing her part to make mermaids the next big thing in mythological creature trends. Though she went with a lo-fi, '80s-esque video for 'The Edge of Glory' instead of her rumored 'fishy' theme, there's a chance she could go under the sea for a different clip.
'The relation of the video to my real life, as well as to my dream of the future, is really what makes it so special,' she said on the show. 'Part of what Born This Way is all about is choosing to live halfway between reality and fantasy at all times, and how anyone can do that. So this video really, really challenges that idea and also celebrates it. And it's very exciting.
'I will also say that Yuyi is in incubation, for anyone who knows what that means,' she added, referring to the name she's given to her mermaid alter ego that she first unveiled during her performance for France's 'Le Grand Journal' in June. 'Yuyi may just be born in the next video.'
Gaga teased that her next single would surprise fans during a Twitter Q&A last week, leading to many a guessing game and wish list.
'I don't want to ruin the surprise! It's very unexpected. Working on the video now,' she said. 'Next single coming in a bit.'
A rep for Gaga has not responded to MTV News' request for comment regarding the next single.
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Suit claiming singer profited from inflated shipping and sales tax is 'without merit,' rep says.
By Gil Kaufman
Just days after a Michigan-based law firm filed suit against Lady Gaga over claims that the singer's charity overcharged fans for the shipping costs of her Japan-boosting bracelets and made money on the earthquake relief effort, a spokesperson for Mother Monster said the legal action was 'misguided.'
The suit from 1-800-LAW-FIRM alleges that the $5 bracelets — which Gaga rushed out shortly after the devastating March earthquake and tsunami — had an unnecessary $3.99 shipping cost and sales tax added on and that Gaga made money on them after promising that all proceeds would go to benefit disaster victims.
'I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/Donate here and ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters,' Gaga tweeted on the day the earthquake struck.
According to E! Online, Gaga's publicist issued a statement on Tuesday responding to the claims.
'This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan,' read the statement, which was issued days after Gaga performed in MTV Japan's concert
to raise funds for earthquake relief. "The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements. Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster."
By the end of March, Gaga — who unveiled her new panda-inspired look while visiting Japan this week — announced that she had donated more than $1.5 million from the sale of the bracelets to video game maker Zynga's relief effort fund.
The lawsuit is seeking class-action status and possible refunds for fans who bought the bracelets.
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Katy Perry, Pitbull, Chris Brown and Adele also found support from MTV.com readers.
By James Montgomery
Now that school's out and folks are slathering on the sunscreen, we figured it was time to take the temperature of the annual Summer Jam Sweepstakes — the race to dominate the airwaves (and your tanning playlist) during the long, hot months of the year.
So last week, we published our initial rankings in the race for the Summer Jam crown, a list that was topped by Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," with Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" following close behind. A whole host of other big-name stars — like Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Adele, to name just a few — also made the cut, along with some dark-horse candidates (like Foster the People, Maroon 5 and David Guetta) who are determined to make this competition close.
Of course, our rankings had you talking too — in fact, the conversation in our comments section got so huge (we even heard from a Hall of Fame third baseman!) that we've decided to spotlight some of the best back-and-forth right now. What's your pick for the Song of Summer 2011? Here's what you had to say:
"This has been Katy's decade so far! She made pop music fun again." — Tuffy Luvvy
" 'Lighters' by Eminem, Royce and Bruno Mars all the way, baby! It's a long-shot, I know. I think Katy Perry will get it, but you never know." — lilbittaflava
"I like Katy, but 'I Wanna Go' from Britney sounds more like a summer song." — Aaron
"Britney Spears! 'I Wanna Go' just makes my summer great!" — Melissa Goulart
"Britney Spears all the way! 'I Wanna Go' all the way! I'm still in love with Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything,' and his album is amazing. Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass' is sick, love it!" — RyanJaggerz
" 'The Edge of Glory' is a glorious pop anthem-masterpiece, no need for it to be crowned as a 'jam.' Adele's 'Rolling' is heart-touching, breathtaking and also a masterpiece." — Spyros Venturis
" 'Moves Like Jagger' by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera is amazing!" — SuperZonic Jbsz
"Oh I couldn't believe when I saw them, thank you so much MTV for putting them on the list ... I love them, talking about of course FOSTER THE PEOPLE YEAHHHHHHH." — hotalejandro
" 'Tonight Tonight' by Hot Chelle Rae! I could party to that every day of the summer." — WhatShouldIDo?
"You guys forgot about New Boyz ft. Chris Brown, 'Better With the Lights Off,' and Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz, 'Outta My Head.' " — booklady
"All these songs have that 'I've heard it all before' sound to them. Nothing special about any of the songs on the list. A lot of the 'artists' on this list would be better off working a mop at a Waffle House. It's Kanye's fault." — Mike Schmidt
What do you think? Share your Summer Jam picks in the comments below!
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Strong sales by female artists have put industry in positive territory for first time since 2004.
By Gil Kaufman
Beyoncé may have been on to something with that whole 'Run the World (Girls),' business after all. Though Queen B's single didn't set the world on fire, in the first half of 2011, a number of her fellow divas — Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry — have helped the music business achieve something it hasn't been able to in nearly eight years: positive growth.
According to figures released on Wednesday by Nielsen SoundScan, overall album sales rose 3.6 percent to 221.5 million during the first half of this year. That marks the first time since 2004 that sales have been in the black for an industry that has suffered a decade-long slide thanks to rampant Internet piracy and slumping album sales as a result of fans cherry-picking singles on iTunes and other download services.
As we continue to hash out which songs will win this year's Summer Jam crown, a number of the female contenders are among the artists who've helped turn the sales tide, including Perry, Nicki Minaj, Adele and Gaga. (Eminem hasn't been a slouch either, thanks to his smash comeback Recovery, which recently passed the 1 million album download mark.)
Adele has already moved more than 2.5 million copies of her breakout hit 21 since February, along with 4.1 million single downloads of 'Rolling in the Deep,' while Gaga's Born This Way has shifted more than 1.5 million units. Perry has been doing her part as well, scoring a string of hit singles, including 'E.T.,' which has sold more than 4.1 million digital units this year.
Britney Spears' tourmate Minaj has the year's ninth best-selling album so far with her debut, Pink Friday, with 1.4 million in sales to date, 556,000 of which have come in this calendar year.
Like Nicki, Rihanna has helped boost numbers this year with an album that came out in late 2010. Loud has sold more than 1.3 million copies to date, 598,000 of which came in 2011.
According to Billboard, the ladies aren't alone, as British folk rock revivalists Mumford & Sons have been doing some heavy lifting too, selling 982,000 copies of their album Sigh No More so far this year. Country singer Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party has also done its part, moving 763,000 units, as has Bruno Mars' debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which has sold 686,000 copies.
It's unclear at this point if the trend can sustain itself through the rest of the year. But with strong summer tour sales by Perry and rescheduled dates from Adele on the horizon, not to mention the promise of new albums from Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Willow Smith, Rick Ross, Coldplay, and 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery, the industry may just be able to breathe a (small) sigh or relief for the first time in a long time.
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