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June 2010

On the Record Radar: Bruno Mars & Travie McCoy (not together)

Bruno Mars So, how about this Bruno Mars guy who has been featured on hot tracks by B.o.B. (Nothin' On You) and Travie McCoy (Billionaire, see below)? Is he always going to be the other guy?

Bruno has an EP of his own called It's Better if You Don't Understand. Guest rappers include B.o.B. and Cee Lo. He's is really Peter Hernandez and was born and raised in Hawaii. He's also a producer. You dig?

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Gaga crossdresses in Japanese Vogue (apparently)

SHOWstudio Lady Gaga is posing as a man in the September issue of Vogue Hommes Japan, according to sources all over the web that have posted the pics online.

The Daily Mail says the photos were taken in London by photographer Nick Knight and arranged by regular Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti.

Formichetti posted the images on her blog, and "mysteriously" lists the model's name as  "Jo Calderone." Perez Hilton seems to have pointed out that Jo is actually Gaga, (regularly refers to Gaga as his "wife" and called Jo his "husband"), not that she was fooling anyone.

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Hetfield and Mustaine perform TOGETHER. No, really!

Well. As the Fark.com header hat lead me to this video pointed out, Hell must have frozen over.

Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield shared a stage in Romania Bulgaria and even sang together. It's the beefing metalheads' first time appearing together since Dave got kicked out of Metallica in 1983.

Foundrymusic.com says that on June 22, 2010, the members of the metal "Big Four" – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax -- joined one another on stage at the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria for a cover of the Diamond Head classic Am I Evil? Also on vocals is Joey Belladonna from Anthrax.



**Vid was removed from YouTube. Thanks Pickz. I got this one for now from Daily Motion....

Page Plagiarist?

Getty Images Jimmy Page sued over Dazed and Confused - 40 years later.

American folk-singer Jake Holmes is suing Led Zeppelin, claiming he wrote their classic song Dazed and Confused. According to several news sources, including the Guardian, More than 40 years after Zeppelin released the song, Holmes, is pursuing Jimmy Page and Zeppelin's labels for at least $1 million in damages.

In the suit, Holmes cited a 1967 copyright registration for Dazed and Confused, renewed in 1995. Holmes released his version in 1967 on his debut album.

Interestingly, that Holmes wrote the song seems to be a fact accepted by many -- see the Dazed and Confused Wiki page -- and the Guardian says the connection between Holmes and Page is no secret.

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Chris Brown's breakdown. Real or BS?

Getty Images So, you might have heard that Chris Brown broke down during his Michael Jackson tribute at this year's BET Awards. Some are hailing the moment as a comeback for Brown and a true display of emotion, while others (like this lady from the Boston Herald) are dismissing it as a calculated play for sympathy.

You might recall that Brown was banned from the show last year, in the wake of his beating the tar out of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. But the crowd seems full of goodwill toward the beleaguered star in this video as he breaks down and bawls during Man in the Mirror.

Your thoughts? Real or phony? I'm anxious to know what you think.

See the video below:




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Hear the track Drake is accused of ripping off

Getty Images Drake is being sued for copyright infringement by Playboy Enterprises. The suit, according to the CP, alleges his breakout smash Best I Ever Had samples a '70s hit owned by the company.

CP says that in a lawsuit filed June 24, Playboy alleges Drake's mixtape hit contains Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds' 1975 soft-rock tune, Fallin' in Love. And it sure does sound that way. I would be very surprised to learn it's NOT a sample and that they're not just quibbling over ownership. You can hear both tracks below.

The suit names Drake – a.k.a. Aubrey Drake Graham -- as well as Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group.

Best I Ever Had isn't on Drakes chart topping debut Thank Me Later, But it did reach #2 in the U.S. last summer.

CP says, "The lawsuit demands that "all infringing works be recalled and destroyed."

Your first thought might be, bah, as if THAT's ever going to happen. But I am reminded of a certain incident involving the Verve's Bittersweet Symphony. The 1997 song has lyrics written by Richard Ashcroft, but it is now credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, following a lawsuit claiming that the song was plagiarized from the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song The Last Time.

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Caption This Justin Bieber pic

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Hi all and welcome to this week's Caption This! contest. See last week's winner here.

OK. This week's subject is the one and only Justin Bieber. It is last Thursday and he is on stage at the Sun National Bank Center on June 24, 2010 in Trenton, New Jersey. He is also delivering a (rather impressive, we must admit) kick to another person who happens to also be on the stage. Why? Who is this person? It's probably a dancer but maybe not, right? We weren't there. How do we know? Maybe it's some guy who jumped on stage to steal the Bieb's thunder and the Bieb is showing him what's what. Maybe Bieb is mad that the guy showed up wearing the same pants as him. You tell ME. Now get to captioning.

The winner will get his or her caption posted on this blog! It's superawesome! Yeah! Get to it.

Bieb Kick<<Your caption goes here!! The winner will be posted July 5!!>> 

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Caption This! winner. Congratulations mojo.

Caption This Brick

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's Caption This! contest. We have a winner and his or her name is mojo. Congratulations mojo. Your caption is posted below. You made me laugh out loud because when I was little I totally believed that if you ate watermelon seeds a watermelon would grow inside you. I also believed that there were spider in bananas that could crawl up your nose and lay eggs inside your brain - that's what my brother told me - and up until five years ago I thought the Boston Tea Party was a tea party. My point? I'm gullible and don't know anything about anything. But this isn't about me. It's about YOU! Go do something nice for yourself, mojo, and pretend I did it for you.* Not too nice. It's just a caption contest, after all.

Now everyone head over here and caption this week's pic.

*This contest actually has no prizes and we do nothing for you.

John Mayer and Mike Sorrentino I told you not to eat those watermelon seeds

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Jimmy Kimmel feat. Drake: Tweet Tweet

Jimmy Kimmel has come a long way since his days as Ben Stein's ridiculously dressed sidekick. He dated Sarah Silverman, got his own TV show and then got to F*** Ben Affleck  (NOT SAFE FOR WORK!) and become president of the Handsome Men's Club. Now he's rapping with the world's biggest rapper (of the moment). Move over Dos Aquis dude (Thanks commenter for pointing out that it's actually "Dos Equis." Oops. I don't speak Spanish or drink beer).

Kimmel and Drake have a "similar flow" as Jimmy puts it, so they put their heads together to create this awesome jam out of celebrity Tweets. I see a hip hop career in J Kim's future.

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Vince Neil arrested for DUI

Getty Images Motley Crue's Vince Neil was arrested early this morning (Monday) in Las Vegas on a drunken driving charge. This is according to AP, TMZ, Entertainment Weekly and other news sources.

At last report, the singer was being held at the Clark County jail, awaiting a court appearance.

That seems to be about all the information anyone has. If it's true, it's, of course, disgusting. Even more so than the average celebrity DUI (they seem to think they're above drinking and driving laws) since Neil was infamously sloshed and behind the wheel in 1984 when he crashed his de Tomaso Pantera, killing Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley, a.k.a. Razzle. He was only given 30 days in jail at the time, which may be why he didn't learn anything from the experience.

We just saw him in Toronto last Thursday at a launch party for his album Tattoos and Tequila – also the title of his new memoir (making Mick Mars the only original Crue member who hasn't published a book, I think). Vince also has his own tequila line, Tres Rios, and earlier this month opened the Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Vince's spokesperson has yet to comment on anything.