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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

U2 pulls blind man onstage to play encore

Following their set at Nashville this week, U2 treated one fan to the experience of a lifetime. A blind man holding a sign that said he wanted to play a song for his wife was pulled up on stage for an encore performance of “All I Want Is You.” The crowd ate it up. Watch the performance below and feel better about humanity for three minutes and forty-seven seconds.

 

Spotify announces US launch

It won’t be long before US music lovers can start streaming music on Spotify, Europe’s premier online music service. Then again, it may be a while. Spotify has promised a States-based operation for some time, and the dates keep getting pushed back. But, the company made a formal announcement this week, accompanied by a US landing page asking for email addresses. GAH, that means free streams of every song ever created! Suck it, iTunes!

The Bad

Nicki Minaj mourns loss of her cousin

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to mourn the murder of her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was gunned down this week. “Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite [sic]” the pop star wrote. Police responded to a call in Flastbush in the early morning of July 4, where they found Telemaque with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Kings County Hospital. R.I.P.

Bieber cover of Vanity Fair bombs

Not everyone loves the Biebs, it seems. Justin Bieber’s lip-smacked cover (Selena Gomez strikes again) of Vanity Fair was the magazine’s worst selling issue in nearly 12 years. Ironically, the headline read “Is this the adorable, inescapable face of 2011?” Seems like some people did indeed escape it.

The Ugly

Ke$ha reveals disturbing photography hobby to NME

That Ke$ha, always freaking people out with her TMI comments. This week’s appeared in NME, where Ke$ha claimed to have a “wall of wieners” made up of her snapshots of the privates of various guests on her tour bus. Don’t worry, that’s not her only sordid interest. The pop star also revealed she likes to “pee on weird things.” Someone take this girl home to meet mom.

Disease-ridden stars cancel tour dates

Whatever was bugging Adele seems to have moved on from the soul singer and found a couple new targets to infect. Taylor Swift canceled some of her summer tour dates due to bronchitis, while Simon LeBon of Duran Duran canceled the band’s entire European tour because of throat problems. Upon hearing the news, a third-grader responded, “Ooh! Somebody’s been making out!” That third-grader was us.

Miscellany

New Kelly Clarkson single “Let Me Down” gets leaked
Beyoncé moves 317,000 copies, still tops charts
Noel Gallagher announces solo album
Katy Perry tries out planking on the 4th of July
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is engaged
Kings of Leon documentary to air on Showtime
Sting cancels Kazakhstan dates over treatment of oil workers
Fans honor fortieth anniversary of Jim Morrisson’s death
Jamie Hince from The Kills weds Kate Moss
Phish have a ball at Super Ball IX
Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne available for pre-order
Jim James and M Ward start Crème Bru-log
Pete Doherty released from prison early

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Beyoncé makes history at Glastonbury

The Glastonbury Festival has been happening every summer for the past twenty years, but not once has it had the XX chromosome combo as a headliner. Beyoncé put an end to all that this week with her headlining act, tearing through her hits and covers like Kings of Leon’s “Sex On Fire” and rocking the audience harder than all her male counterparts combined. Check out this Beyoncé “jiggle” GIF to see some of the moves you missed.

Johnny Depp joins Alice Cooper onstage in London

Those who didn’t make it to Glastonbury got a surprise in London during Alice Cooper’s show at the 100 Club. Johnny Depp joined Cooper onstage for hits “18” and “School’s Out,” using his scissorhands to man the axe. See if Johnny be good by watching the video below.

 

The Bad

Miley Cyrus almost gets hugged/mugged onstage

You can’t say that Melbourne doesn’t love their Miley Cyrus. Following her performance of “The Climb,” Miley was grabbed by an avid fan who somehow made her way onstage. Leaving Cyrus speechless is a feat in and of itself—see how it went down below.

Bieber plugs cologne to daughters of 9-11 victims

Payton and Avery Wall and their best friend Madison Robertson lost their dads on 9-11. Knowing no one could ever fill that void, the teens sought the next best thing: Justin Bieber. A letter writing campaign to the White House got the Walls invited to a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero with President Obama, who promised to see if he could hook the girls up with his friend the Biebster. Fast-forward to this week, when all three girls got to meet the pop star during a promotional appearance at Macy’s for his fragrance, “Someday.” So what did the Bieber have to say to his tenacious fans? He took the opportunity to hock his perfume. Way to make the experience meaningful, dude.

The Ugly

Courtney Love borrows/steals David LaChapelle’s car

In a sloppy celebrity version of grand theft auto, Courtney Love is reported to have irked her friend, photographer David LaChapelle, after borrowing his car to go pick up director Brett Ratner and bring him to LaChapelle’s exhibition. Well, Ms. Love ended up staying most of the night at Ratner’s place, leaving her friend stranded in the posh environs of Soho House. The humanity.

Patti LaBelle countersues West Point cadet

Here are the facts: Richard King, a cadet at West Point, scrapped with soul singer Patti LaBelle’s handlers outside George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TX. King was booted from the academy after his arrest, and sued LaBelle for damages. Now LaBelle is countersuing King, saying he started the whole fight. None of the parties were wearing “Someday” by Justin Bieber. You do the math.

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