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Weekend Debrief: Katy vs. Taylor vs. Everybody

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* Katy Perry hosts the 2017 VMAs this Sunday
* Singer released new music video just as Taylor Swift announced new album
* Spend the weekend catching up on the most buzzed-about pop culture news of the week

Is the cold war between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift starting to thaw? Are the two superstars still locked in a competitive battle for fans and chart domination? Do we really still care?

At the end of the day, good music is good music, regardless of whether there are sensational headlines to accompany it. This weekend, we’re tuning in to see Katy Perry host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, while also eagerly listening to Taylor Swift’s new single. Because who says you have to pick sides? As for McGregor vs. Mayweather, well… that’s another story.

1. Watch Katy Perry at the VMAs 

Not only is she hosting, but the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer is also nominated herself for five Moonmen (or shall we call it, Moonwomen?) awards for her latest album, Witness. 

With Perry preparing to host the VMAs and embark on her international “Witness” tour, we’re taking a look back at the superstar’s albums, which have collectively sold more than 100 million units worldwide. Which one tops our list? Read on to find out.

Image courtesy Katy Perry Instagram

Katy Perry's Albums, Ranked

  

2. Taylor Swift Announces New Music

Not to be outdone by her alleged rival, T. Swift unveiled the title for her sixth studio album on Instagram this week. “Reputation” will be released on November 10, while its lead single debuted today. How will the new stuff hold up against her first five studio albums? We’ve got a few ideas...

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Taylor Swift Albums, Ranked

  

3. Katy Perry Releases Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Video

Not to be outdone by Taylor (see a pattern here?), Katy released her long-anticipated video for “Swish Swish” on Thursday, with more than 20 jaw-dropping celebrity cameos. The basketball-themed video features Perry and her team, “The Tigers,” facing off against “The Sheep.” Celeb appearances are aplenty in this video, with actors, musicians, athletes and social media stars forming the lineup for both teams. There’s even a “half-time show” performance from Nicki Minaj, who is featured on the track. See the full list of celebs here.

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Watch the Swish Swish Video

  

4. The 10 Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies of All Time

There are other people besides Katy and Taylor making headlines this week. Samuel L. Jackson’s latest film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, debuted at number one at the box office this week. In honor of the film’s debut we’ve rounded up our picks for the ten best Samuel L. Jackson movies. Do you agree with our list?

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Stream: The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies

  

5. Mercury In Retrograde: Here’s How to Cope

Chalk up all this weird pop culture posturing to mercury being in retrograde. People can’t be held accountable for the decisions they make during this time! With things seemingly shifting in opposing directions, here’s what you need to know to be prepared… until mercury sorts itself out again next month.

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How to Deal With Mercury in Retrograde

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