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March 2010

Erykah Badu gets naked at Amerykahn landmark, causes controversy

Getty Images Erykah Badu is causing a little controversy with her latest video, Window Seat.

In the clip (see it here), which hit the web Monday, Erykah gets out of a car and walks through Dallas's Dealey Plaza, the assassination place of John F. Kennedy, while stripping down to her altogether.  At the end, you hear a shot and she falls to the ground, within feet of where Kennedy went down.

According to the Dallas Morning News, people are upset about it, though it's not entirely clear whether they're bothered by the public stripping or the JFK reference, or both.  John Crawford, president of the nonprofit Downtown Dallas, told the paper, "It's in poor taste and poor judgment, in my opinion."

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Lady Gaga in the running to provide next Bond theme

Getty Images Lady Gaga is in the running to provide the next Bond theme song. A source apparently told the UK Sun, "Bond bosses are all huge Gaga fans. Her sound and sense of drama make her the top choice.

Gaga has the look as well as the voice to tackle a thundering ballad. She's a great songwriter too. This is perfect on every level."

I love that: she has "the look" to tackle a thundering ballad. Thank goodness right? Because you can't tackle a ballad without the right "look."

Also submitting a demo, says the Sun, is Michael Buble.

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Aguilera says eff you if you don't like it. What else is new?

Bionic Aguilera Christina Aguilera has released her new single on her website, after a big countdown. The album drops in June and features collaborations with artists like Polow Da Don, Sia, Tricky Stewart, Le Tigre, Hill & Switch, Ladytron and Linda Perry.

Chistina apparently said (via her website), "I am so excited for my fans to hear the new sound. It is something I don’t think anyone will expect."

Not Myself Tonight, from the upcoming album Bionic, appeared on March 30. On it, Christina sings, "I'm doing things that I normally won't do. The old me's gone I feel brand new. And if you don't like it f*ck you." Well, she's clearly not referring to her in your face, defensive attitude. She's been carrying that massive chip on her shoulder since the late 90s.

So far this single sounds exactly what I would expect, which is probaly great if you're a fan. Hear the song here.

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New MGMT video, with aliens

Here's the new MGMT video for their single Flash Delirium, of the album Congratulations. There's a whole lot of weird going on here -- singing tracheotomy, alienectomy, iron lung and dude with big breasts – and the director appears to have a soft spot for David Cronenberg.

What peeps in the music biz are tweeting

It's a slow newsweek so we look at some of the things music stars have tweeted over the course of the past 7 days. What we got:

justinbieber says: "MTV DAIRY about to hit the west coast. Wonder if Snoop Dogg is gonna be watching...that would be cool"
Is this a new show in which The Bieb starts milking cows and churning his own butter? And, while we now think this is an AWESOME idea, the best we've heard all week, why would it be of particular interest to Snoop?

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Jared Leto wants your disease

Actor/rocker Jared Leto's band 30 Seconds to Mars performed a cover of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance on BBC's radio 1 this week, perhaps in honour of Gaga's 24th (cough *yeah right* cough) birthday. Their version is, of course, a rock/post grunge take. Angsty! And Ballad-y.

The Los Angeles band was on Fearne Cotton's Live Session show where acts traditionally cover another artist's song. Hear it below. Tell us what you think. Who did it better? Gags or Leto?

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Caption contest winner! Congratulations to Deb Porter. Yay.

Thanks so much to all of you who participated in our first ever Caption contest. Your entries were awesome, if very fart-joke heavy.

And, without further ado, we present your winner! Deb Porter, of we don't know where!Congratulations Deb! We salute you. Your entry was clever, referential and, importantly, fart free! See the caption below. And everybody get ready to caption the next pic, posted here! 

Getty ImagesWe were both running to the stage, ran into each other,
and now I'm in this little body!!??

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Caption this Boy George and Adam Lambert pic

THIS ENTRY IS CLOSED AS OF APRIL 5 . See the winner here.

Now for your next picture. The subjects: American Idol runner up turned glam superstar Adam Lambert and 1980s glam superstar turned bizarre drug casualty Boy George. Together! The pair met at a London party to promote George's new single, Amazing Grace, and apparently a mutual admiration society was formed, after which they called each other "lovely" and "sweet" on their respective Twitter accounts.

The prize: A sense of wellbeing and smug self satisfaction PLUS a chance to see your name and caption posted on this very blog! It doesn't get any better than that!

Get to it. The winner will be posted on Monday, April 5th. Keep it clean or I'll have to turn on the moderation and you won't be able to see your posts. And that's no fun for anyone. Do you really want to hurt me? You have been warned. We can't wait to see how smart you can be.

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Metro leaves the station

Getty Images Rock band Metro Station have split up. The band was fronted by Miley's less famous and much more tattooed half brother Trace Cyrus.

The band formed in 2006 and had a hit with that 80s-influenced, catchy synth-pop/rock song Shake It. More recently the song Where's My Angel landed on the soundtrack to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Fellow founder Mason Musso (alliterative!) announced earlier this year that they were working on plans to launch a reality TV show featuring the band then rumour began that they had opted to take an "indefinite hiatus" instead, prompting break up speculation.

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Ben Folds makes Chatroulette video in response to that other viral video

Ben Folds Last week a video surfaced on YouTube of a guy in glasses and a hoodie, surfing Chatroulette, playing the piano and ad-libbing sngs about the random strangers he encountered on the site. He kind of looked and sounded like Ben Folds and so, people started wondering if it was Ben Folds. It wasn't. It was a guy who calls himself Merton. Merton is too shy to perform in front of audiences, as he'll tell you all about here in a separate interview video, so, instead, he surfs the web and performs in front of random strangers to whom he is also a stranger.

Merton's original video, which has since been removed (WHY???), became a viral sensation and the most popular video of all time on YouTube. Ben Folds got wind of it and decided to spoof the guy spoofing him with a Chatroulette video of his own, recorded during a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, in front of 2000 people. It's called Chatroulette Piano Ode to Merton.m4v.

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