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Simon says Tyler's a fine replacement

Former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell says he's happy that Steven Tyler will take his place, The Associated Press reports. Cowell says, "I always said it had to be someone who wasn't better looking than me and they achieved it." He poked fun at Tyler before collecting the Founders Awards at the International Emmy Awards in New York on Monday night. Cowell said the Aerosmith frontman seems like a nice guy, and Randy Jackson told him they were having a lot of fun. Cowell says the role of judge is something that Tyler wants to do and that "it's a fun job. You got to take it like that. You can't take it too seriously."


Swift to kick off tour in February

Taylor Swift will be hitting the road again early next year with an ambitious schedule that includes 19 countries on four continents, AP reports. Swift announced plans for an 87-date tour yesterday that includes six stadium dates in the United States. The tour kicks off Feb. 9 in Singapore, then moves on to several European dates in March. The U.S. leg starts May 27 in Omaha, Neb. Swift will then hit Australia and New Zealand later in the year.

Millions of Beatles' iTunes songs sold

The initial Beatles sales figures are in: more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Nov. 16, Billboard.com reports. In the United States, the best-selling album was "Abbey Road" and best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun."

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