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Quickies: What Do Willow Smith And A Cockatoo Have In Common? Plus Heidi Montag Researches Strippers

  • Willow Smith visited Ellen DeGeneres’ show today and watched that cockatoo rock out to “Whip My Hair” for the first time. Her reaction is totes adorable! [Styleite]
  • Taylor Swift is developing her own fragrance for Elizabeth Arden. What do princesses and daydreams smell like? [Celebuzz]
  • A 4-year-old girl can be sued for wrongful death, rules a judge in New York. [Shine]

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Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Good Charlotte To N.E.R.D.

It’s new music Tuesday! This week, there’s a whole lotta tuneage goin’ on. Elvis Costello is offering up some ransom; Weezer tries to kill fake metal with pop scraps; N.E.R.D. got something real fresh and hot; Matt & Kim take a stroll down Sidewalks; The Autumn Defense backs off of Wilco; The High Dials turn things up; and Good Charlotte finds a rock doctor. So get those headphones on, girl, and let’s get into the groove after the jump … Keep reading »

MC Hammer Versus Jay-Z

It’s Hammer time. MC Hammer has changed his name to King Hammer and released a new video for a song called “Better Run Run.” So who should be running? Jay-Z. Apparently, Hova alluded to Hammer’s money trouble on the Kanye track, “So Appalled.” And this is Hammer’s response. Sample lyrics: “Devil said, ‘Imma give you the world’ / ‘I’ll take it, plus give me a girl’ / ‘Mr. Devil, can you give me a sign’ / He said, ‘Throw the Roc up, that’s one of mine.’” Yowch. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

What Do You Think Of The New Amy Winehouse, “It’s My Party”?

Amy Winehouse has come out of “hiatus” to spawn a new single, “It’s My Party.” The track was produced by Mark Ronson, and it’s a cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 track of the same name. So … how does it sound? Well, I’ll let you be the judge. To me, it sounds, and I hate to say this, slurry. Musically, it’s nothing new: Motown redux. Vocally, it’s kind of sad. But I’m no Simon Cowell! Tell us what you think of the latest from Miss Winehouse in the comments. The song will appear on Quincy Jones’ upcoming “tribute” album, Soul Bossa Nostra, which drops November 9. [ONTD] Keep reading »

Jay-Z Regrets His Representation Of Women In Past Lyrics

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“Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not ‘Big Pimpin.’ That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh … We have to find our way back to true emotion. This is going to sound so sappy, but love is the only thing that stands the test of time. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was all about love. Andre 3000, The Love Below. Even N.W.A, at its core — that was about love for a neighborhood.”

Jay-Z speaks to The Wall Street Journal about his new book Decoded, in which he explains his past lyrics. The song that he refers to, “Big Pimpin,” is all about having women available to him when ever he wants one. Jay makes a good point about hip hop getting back to love, but I wonder if he’ll ever regret helping to usher in this age of conspicuous consumption, greed, and ballin’ that has had hip hop by the balls for more than a decade. [The YBF] Keep reading »

Ke$ha More “Sleazy” Than Usual In New Song

Take that, Katy Perry and your whipped-cream-spewing/fireworks-exploding boobs. Two can play this game! Ke$ha, the greatest artist of our generation, has tapped into the “Jersey Shore” spirit with her new song, “Sleazy.” It’s the cliché “Your Money Doesn’t Impress Me, Dude,” girl power-ish tune that every female singer or singing group does. But because this is Ke$ha we’re talking about, the hook is “get sleazy … get sleazy … get sleazy.” I’m going to go bop my head to this ditty and fret about what it means for society if “Jersey Shore” is seed for the zeitgeist. [YouTube] Keep reading »

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