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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg laugh in the face of the apocalypse

The world’s is supposed to end tomorrow, but no one’s said what time. Let’s hope we all get to watch at least the first half hour of the season finale of Saturday Night Live. Justin Timberlake is hosting, and Lady Gaga is performing. Talk about going out with a bang. Check out the promos below.

Pearl Jam celebrates twenty year anniversary

Hard to believe it was twenty years ago that we were all wearing flannel, combat boots, and saying things like, “Mom, Eddie Vedder is in Pearl Jam not Nirvana—GAWD YOU’RE SO EMBARRASSING.” To celebrate the two decades that have passed since Pearl Jam’s breakthrough record, Ten, the band is releasing a book and a documentary by Cameron Crowe and embarking on a tour. Maybe by their thirtieth anniversary we’ll have finally decoded the lyrics to “Yellow Ledbetter.”

The Bad

Cali Swag District rapper M-Bone killed in drive-by shooting

In a violent death all too similar to Tupak Skakur and Biggie Smalls, rapper M-Bone was killed outside of a liquor store this week, the victim of a drive-by shooting. The rapper was one-fourth of the hip hop group Cali Swag District, who rose to fame with their dance hit “Teach Me How To Dougie.” M-Bone was in his hometown of Inglewood, CA, at the time of his death. No arrests have been made. R.I.P.

Oprah knocked off her power throne by Lady Gaga

Oprah hasn’t even finished her farewell tapings, and already she’s been dethroned by Lady Gaga on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities list. Gaga earned $91 million in 2010, has 32 million Facebook fans, and 10 million Twitter followers. Oprah can console herself with the fact that she still made more than three times Lady Gaga’s income last year. Here’s a $1,000 bill—wipe those tears away and go have lunch with Gayle.

The Ugly

Nicki Minaj dumps Diddy as manager

After only a year together, Nicki Minaj has fired Diddy and James Cruz as her managers. The rapper is now reportedly working with Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua at Hip-Hop Since 1978, who also steer the careers of Drake and Lil Wayne. Looks like Diddy knows about “making the band,” just not managing it.

Rihanna and Chris Brown following each other on Twitter

This week many of Rihanna and Chris Brown’s fans were aghast to discover the two had begun following each other on Twitter. Rihanna promptly (and harshly) put her most vocal critics in their place, tweeting, [sic] “its f—kin twitter not the alter! calm down.” Note to self: Never criticize Rihanna.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Johnny Depp recording with Steven Tyler

Johnny Depp and Steven Tyler have been hanging out in the studio lately, Depp told “Extra” this week. In between heated arguments on who looks better in scarves and earrings (come on, you know it’s come up) the two have started recording material. “It’s a dream come true,” Depp says. Jack Sparrow’s dream came true this week, too—Kanye West just launched a new line of scarves.

Snoop Dogg and Charlie Sheen release single, prove there is no God

We reported a while ago that Snoop Dogg, Rob Patterson and Charlie Sheen had absconded to the studio. Now the fruit of their labor has been released, and it’s a lemon. “Winning” makes “Friday” by Rebecca Black sound like Beethoven. We’re still not sure why Sheen gets a credit on this—it sounds like a collaboration between Snoop Dogg, a porn star and a garbage disposal. Here’s the only upside—all sales of the single go to Torpedoes Against Tornadoes, benefiting victims of the Alabama tornadoes. We hope the organization puts that $15 to good use.

The Bad

Lady Gaga releases video for “Judas”

If you have an aversion to bikers, Bollywood, or blasphemy–beware. Here’s “Judas.”

Adele’s ex asks for cut of 19 royalties

Adele’s ex-boyfriend has some serious chutzpah. After providing her with enough heartache to write an entire album, he then had the nerve to ask her for a cut of her royalties for providing the emotional fodder for her chart-topping record. Adele responded, “Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.” Snap.

Jay Leno outs J-Lo as backup dancer for NKOTB

Losing her a few cool points, Jennifer Lopez’s past as a backup dancer for New Kids On The Block was revealed by Jay Leno. Check out her totally dope dance moves below.

The Ugly

Whitney Houston not banned from Prince concerts, still embarrassing

Rumors circulated this week that Whitney Houston had been banned from Prince concerts after her incessant requests to join him on stage and her embarrassing behavior in the audience with her daughter Bobbi Kristina at a show this week. Well, Houston may be embarrassing, but she’s not banned. Prince’s people released a statement, saying [sic], “Whitney Houston is always welcome at Prince shows 4 all of eternity.” But after her performance with Chaka Khan, she may not be welcome back on stage.

Billie Joe Armstrong one-ups outraged parent

A letter written by an overbearing parent to a punk band used to giving the one-finger salute is seldom effective. Billie Joe Armstrong received such a letter from an angry mother complaining about the lyrical content in of Green Day’s songs. She enclosed a trashed cassette tape in the envelope to Armstrong (related story: Cassette tape? Really?) The letter, and Armstrong’s zingy response can be read here.



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