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Lady Gaga Debuts ‘Born This Way’ Video

Lady Gaga - Born This Way Video Still

Lady Gaga has unleashed the video for Born This Way onto the world and in true Gaga fashion it’s strange, fun and just plain cool.

Directed by fashion photographer Nick Knight and in conjunction with the Haus of Gaga creative team and choreographer Laurieann Gibson the video uses the same rebirth theme that Gaga has been touting since the Grammy’s with heavy visual effects.

According to Gaga:

“This is the manifesto of Mother Monster,” and  “Thus began the beginning of the new race. A race within the race of humanity, a race which bears no prejudice, no judgment, but boundless freedom.”

Here’s the video:

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Willow Smith Releases New Single Online, Goes Viral

Willow Smith - Stage Closeup

“21st Century Girl” the newest single from Will Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith has reached the web, several months after her first viral hit “Whip My Hair” debuted.

The danceable song is catchy and in this writers opinion not as annoying as Whip My Hair. At 10 years old Willow is already being compared to superstars including Rhianna and we’re sure she’ll just get better as she matures and finds her own voice.

Her new single debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s show on Monday morning and just like her first single it’s already spread across the web at breakneck speeds.

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Gregory Brothers Add Their Autotuned Flair To Oscars 2011

Oscar Movies Posters

The Gregory Brothers, the guys who brought us the Antoine Dodson auto-tuned viral hit “Bed Intruder” have put their skills to use once again, this time targeting the 2011 Oscar awards show.

The brothers have mixed together several movies, including hits; The Social Network, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.

Here’s the full auto-tuned special:

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Glee To Debut Two Original Songs During March 15 Show

Entire Glee Cast Posing For Camera

The cast of Glee have performed songs from such popular artists as Madonna, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, even Michael Jackson but that apparently isn’t good enough for show creator Ryan Murphy who plans to debut two original songs when the series airs  on March 15.

Columbia Records on Tuesday announced that the tracks will debut during the show and also released the name of the songs “Loser Like Me” and “Get It Right.” Both songs will also be part of the Glee: The Music, Volume 5 CD which will premiere before the show on March 8.

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Jive Records Tears Up David Archuleta Contract

David Archuleta No Longer With Jive Records

David Archuleta started out his post-American Idol career with a disc, an appearance on i-Carly and a loyal fan base, but that fame has quickly come to an end for the 19-year-old singer.

Archuleta’s first album, released nearly 3 years ago went platinum, however his follow-up record, last September’s The Other Side of Down has sold just 67,000 copies to date.

Upon release of the album David said:

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Lady Gaga Concert To Air On HBO May 7

Lady Gaga - HBO Music Special - May 7

Lady Gaga will be taking her crazy live act to the HBO screen on May 7.

The Fame Monster who’s shows are full of weird costume changes, piano only sets, blood, dancing and just about everything else conceivable will air footage from two of her concerts for the special.

The shows being aired are Gaga’s New York home coming shows which will take place at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22nd.

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Grammy’s 2011: Complete Winners List

Grammy Awards

While the actual airing of the 2011 Grammy Awards showcased a handful of winners, there are actually dozens of awards that are handed out before the show.

The list of winners shown below comes from E! and contains all of the nights big winners, both aired and unaired:

Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
Record of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Song of the Year:
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

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Justin Bieber Loses ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy To Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

If you’ve been following the career of Justin Bieber you would almost certainly think he was a shoe-in for the “best new artist” Grammy at this years awards show, after all he’s sold millions of albums, has fans around the world and heck even his hairdo has become a pop phenomenon, however that wasn’t enough to keep Esperanza Spalding from robbing the Biebs of the award.

Esperanza took the title at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with her jazzy songs and bass playing abilities, proving that sometimes even the Academy wants “real” musicians to take home top honors.

Kanye West didn’t go all Taylor Swift at this show either, saying of the “Best new artist” nod:

“Damn… I can’t find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award… Don’t wanna say the wrong thing.”

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Van Halen Guitar Donated To Smithsonian

Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Guitar Replica

A guitar played by Eddie Van Halen was donated this week to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The “Frank 2″ guitar was donated to the museum on Monday and was used by Van Halen during the 2007-2008 North American tour with David Lee Roth as lead singer.

The guitar, colored in red, white and black is a replica of the original “Frankenstein” guitar that Van Halen originally used when touring, tours that spanned more than 30 tours.

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Glee Announces Summer Tour Dates For 2011

Glee Cast

Wanna make sure you get your fill of Glee during the summer months? Fox’s popular TV show has announced various cities they will be touring in Summer 2011.

Unlike their massive 5 city tour in 2011, the group of singers has extended their campaign in 2011 to 16 cities throughout the US and Canada.

The tour will kick off May 21 in Las Vegas and then travel throughout several large US locations.

Here’s a full list of the Glee Summer 2011 Tour Dates:

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Lady Gaga “Born This Way” Single To Debut On Friday

Lady Gaga Born This Way Photo

Lady Gaga fans this Friday will have reason to celebrate as pop’s current top female performer will debut her new single Born This Way.

The song, one of the mostly highly anticipated of 2011 was originally set to debut this coming Sunday, however Gaga announced via Tweet on Monday that she would push out the single a few days early.

Gaga was suppose to debut the song at the 2011 Grammy’s but decided that popular demand meant she should push it out earlier to the airwaves.

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Christina Aguilera Messes Up National Anthem Lyrics, Says She’s “Devastated”

Christina Aguilera National Anthem Mess up at Super Bowl

While her singing was great, Christina Aguilera messed up the actual lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner at this years Super Bowl, a fact that she says has left her “devastated.”

Aguilera’s issue came when she sang:

“O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming” where she instead sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming…”

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‘American Idol’ 10th Anniversary Album Drops On March 15

American Idol 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits Album

After 10 years on the air, the team at American Idol are preparing to launch a “greatest hits” CD. The Album, titled American Idol 10th Anniversary – The Hits will reach stores on March 15.

The tracks chosen for the CD include the “best of” from various past winners including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard and nine others.

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Britney Spears “Femme Fatale” Cover Revealed, Album Debuting Soon

Britney Spears Femme Fatale Album Cover

Britney Spears fans should be getting excited right now, the pop queen has announced that her new album, titled Femme Fatale will drop on March 15 and in celebration of that announcement the pop singer has released the cover art (pictured above) for the album.

The album is the 7th Studio for Spears and in celebration of her release Spears tweeted the following message on Wednesday:

“This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way! I love you all!”

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White Stripes Break Up, Rock And Roll Fans Weep

White Stripes Breakup

Jack and Meg White have called it quits. The White Stripes are ending their highly acclaimed run of rock and roll, a career that formed in 1997 when the dynamic duo first started performing together.

In a joint statement Jack and Meg said:

“We will make no further new recordings or perform live.”

Jack White in the last several years has been focusing his energies on bands The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs while building his record label Third Man Records.

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Glee Star Lea Michele and Maroon 5 To Play Super Bowl Pregame Show

Maroon 5 Black and White Group Photo

Glee star Lea Michele and band Maroon 5 have both been tapped to play the Super Bowl XLV pregame show on February 6.

Lea will singer a rendition of America The Beautiful while Maroon 5 will perform a song as well, joining already confirmed singers Keith Urban and Christina Aguilera.  Xtina will close the pregame show by singing the American National Anthem.

The show starts at 6PM at Cowboys Stadium and will air live to the largest sports viewership of the year.

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Black Eyed Peas Hosting Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party

Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Performers For Halftime Show

The Black Eyed Peas will be very busy on Super Bowl Sunday, they will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, arguably the most stressful of musical performances, while also hosting the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party.

The party will also feature producer-DJ David Guetta and various Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models, including: Christine Teigen, Anne V., Julie Henderson, and Genevieve Morton.

The event will take place at The Tower Building in the Fair Park section of Dallas.

According to the Miami Dolphins owner:

“As an NFL owner and a football fan, I cannot be more excited to join forces with Sports Illustrated for the hottest party of the season,” while adding, “It will be the kick-off to an amazing weekend in Dallas and we can’t wait to get it started.”

The Super Bowl this year with a Christina Aguilera pre-game show will kickoff @ 6PM on FOX.


Lyrics For Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’ Song Released

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

When most singers want to tease us with a new song they release 30 seconds of that song and then make us wait. Lady Gaga on the other hand has decided to forgo the music all together and just release the lyric sheet for her new song Born This Way.

Gaga will release her new album this May and in anticipation of that release she decided some lyrical exposure was needed.

Word on the street is that Gaga will debut the new song at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13. In the meantime here are the lyrics:

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Jimmy Buffett Taken To Hospital After Stage Fall

Jimmy Buffet Falls Off Stage

Laid back singer Jimmy Buffett was rushed to an Australian hospital after the singer fell head first off stage during a performance.

According to concertgoers, the singer may have been temporarily blinded by flashing lights, causing him to stumble from the edge of the stage in the middle of a song on Tuesday night.

The fall was described as a “massive face plant” which left Buffett motionless on the ground and bleeding from the head. After an ambulance picked up the singer, fans were told to go home.

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