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The Lady Before She Went Gaga


In the same New York City dive bar that broke Bob Dylan, here’s Lady Gaga way back in 2006, performing in—gasp!—normal clothes. Heck, some of the dudes in her backing band look like crunchy granola Phish heads. That ho really has bleached and bedazzled herself to the hilt over the past few years. But this video proves the Lady rocked, even back then, without all the awesome glitter crap.

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Coming Soon To A Record Store Near You: John and Mackenzie Phillips Duets!

Holy inappropriate, Batman. It hasn’t even been 24 hours since “One Day at a Time” actress Mackenzie Phillips sat down on Oprah‘s couch and tearfully confessed that she had an incestuous relationship with her dad, John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas’ fame, for more than a decade that culminated in a pregnancy and subsequent abortion. And already, the keeper of John Phillips’ estate, a lawyer named Jeffrey A. Greenberg, has made a strange announcement. No, he hasn’t come out and said anything about the allegations. But he does want us all to know that he’ll be releasing an album of songs recorded by John and Mackenzie Phillips in the ’80s, when John decided to revive the Mamas & the Papas with Mackenzie and a few original bandmates. The album will be called either “Papa John and Friends” or “Many Mamas, Many Papas” and won’t be out until early next year, though Greenberg is looking to release a single soon. “Obviously, [John is] not around now to speak to any of this,” says Greenberg. “People will make up their own minds. I was a huge fan of his and my object is to hopefully make people aware of John’s music and his talent. In a perverse way, I guess, if there is a way to make lemonade out of the lemons, that would be good.” I don’t know, this album sounds pretty exploitative to me. And that photo above kind of turns my stomach. [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Pearl Jam To David Gray

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week Pearl Jam gets de-grunged, Basement Jaxx bring down the house, Sean Kingston burns it on the dance floor, and David Gray belts out some tunes, just for you. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »

Face-Off: Jay-Z Trounces Elvis’ Record For #1 Albums

Now that Jay-Z‘s new album, The Blueprint 3, has reached #1 on the Billboard chart, a whole huge deal is being made about how Jay has surpassed Elvis‘ long held record for the most #1 albums. Guess that was definitely worth coming out of retirement for. But, uh, how does Jay-Z stack up to Elvis in other regards?
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Watch These Sexy Censor Bars Dance!


This is an oldie but a goodie. In 2008 this video was released by the BPA — or the Brighton Port Authority — a musical project put together by Fatboy Slim. This track is a collaboration between him, David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal, and the video is an amazing example of putting censor bars to good use. Happy Friday! Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Scarlett Johansson To Kid Cudi

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin! And honey, there are some pretty sweet releases this week. ScarJo and Pete Yorn make up a breakup, Muse finds resistance is futile, Megadeth unleashes the beast, Drake shows us “Degrassi” is greener on the other side, Mason Jennings raises his family record, and we’re over the moon about Kid Cudi. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »

Quickies: Susan Boyle’s Single Has Been Leaked & Prince Harry’s Girl Did Jack Osbourne

  • Susan Boyle‘s first single was leaked. [The Sun] — To tell you the truth, I’ve never listened to a whole performance by this woman, and I don’t plan to even though she has an album.
  • Elton John can’t adopt a boy from the Ukraine because he is too old and isn’t traditionally married. [Fox News] — He could pull a Madonna and buy himself a child from another country instead.
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    Kanye West Rains On Taylor Swift’s MTV Video Music Awards Parade


    The MTV Video Music Awards were on for less than 30 minutes when … CONTROVERSY. The first category of the night was “Best Female Video,” and Taylor Swift won for “You Belong With Me” over Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” and Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face.” Taylor started giving her “I’m just a country singer” acceptance speech, when Kanye West entered from stage left. He grabbed the mic out of Taylor’s hands and said, “I congratulate you Taylor, but I gotta say … Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.” Keep reading »

    Speech Debelle & 4 Other Foreign Female Singers On Our Radar


    Remember how I couldn’t shut up about fine rhymin’ Speech Debelle? Well, the Lauryn Hill of England, as I dubbed her, has just been awarded the Mercury Prize, basically THE music prize in the U.K. So, basically, Speech is the shiznit, officially. But lucky for us, she’s not the only lady shakin’ up the international music industry. Here are some other foreign female crooners you should check out.

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    Perez Hilton, Soon-To-Be Music Mogul?

    Being the inexplicable impresario of online gossip isn’t enough for Perez Hilton. Now he wants to be a music tastemaker, too. First step: founding his own record label, Perezcious Music, a subdivision of Warner Music Group. (Get the name, everyone? It sounds like “precious.”) The first person he got to sign on the dotted line was French singer Sliimy, who gained slight notoriety for his cover of Britney’s “Womanizer.” Soon after the deal was done, Perez asked celebs like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to tweet “Who is Sliimy?” to build buzz. Now, Perez is starting a 20-town music tour called “Perez Hilton Presents,” featuring Ladyhawke, Ida Maria, Semi Precious Weapons, and (use your psychic powers … ) Sliimy. “I think I am providing a very cool experience that folks may not have had access to otherwise,” he told CNN. “I like good music period. The artists on my bill are quite eclectic, from all over the world, representing all genres from singer-songwriter to glam rock, to pop, to dance and rock.”

    So, will you be seeing “Perez Hilton Presents”? Inside rocking out or outside brandishing picket signs? Keep reading »

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