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The Good

Gwen Stefani performs onstage with Prince

Prince is known to drag celebrities up onstage during his concerts for sometimes awkward interactions (See: Kim Kardashian). But for his show in LA at the Forum, he went straight for the pros, inviting Gwen Stefani up to sing “So Far, So Pleased.” Then, to add even more “aww” to the evening, Stefani’s husband, Gavin Rossdale, jumped up on stage to join in the dance party. Check out the Bush frontman’s sweet shimmy below.

Trinity Orchestra plays Daft Punk’s “Discovery”

Trinity Orchestra, the only student-run orchestra in Ireland, played Daft Punk’s “Discovery” for a concert way back in February, but it took them a couple months to get it up on YouTube. The footage is worth the wait. This is their encore—a Daft Punk medley that will have you shouting, “One more time!” by the end.

 

The Bad

Stars tweet about death of Bin Laden

Funny things happen when stars become pundits. Twitter exploded with celebrity commentary after the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death on Sunday. The emotions ranged from jubilant to cynical to kind of stupid. Katy Perry borrowed from “Team America,” tweeting, “AMERICA F–K YEAH, HERE TO SAVE THE MOTHER F–IN DAY YEAH!” The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne echoed the sentiment with “Ding dong the witch is dead.” Chuck D was less than impressed, saying, “One f—in dude in a cave, gimme a break please would some UFO come down and straighten this human race out, even if you gotta devour us.” Lily Allen was peeved that the news overshadowed her birthday, while Timbaland added his eloquent musings: [sic] “Dang they killed him 4real.” Proving just how skewed the universe has become, Snoop Dogg displayed the most common sense of all, tweeting, [sic] “Let the troops bac home n lower gas prices let’s live happily ever after!” Doggfather for president.

Mariah Carey gives birth to ridiculous baby names … and twins

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed their twins this week, and promptly gave them some silly names, in keeping with the long-honored tradition of celebrities. They chose to name their son, Moroccan, after the décor of a room in their house. Their daughter is named Monroe, after President James Monroe. Kidding. She’s named after Marilyn, duh.

The Ugly

Justin Bieber gets egged in Sydney

Some brave souls decided to egg Justin Bieber during his concert in Sydney this week. None of their arsenal actually hit the singer, but that likely won’t save them from the wrath of Bieb’s fanbase, known to fly off the handle for the smallest infraction involving their golden god. Watch your back, guys.

My Chemical Romance “propaganda” angers Glenn Beck

Saying that Glenn Beck did not like it when Glee featured My Chemical Romance’s “Sing” would be an understatement. The conservative talk show host called the lyrics “propaganda” and warned his viewers that, “Our whole culture … is set up for you and the values you grew up on to lose.” Singer Gerard Way just wishes Beck would get the lyrics to the song right before reciting them on air. You can read his humorous response here.

Miscellany

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

EMI’s charity auction for Japan raises $940,000

A jacket worn by Chris Martin on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida Tour, a 1987 Ferrari owned by Daft Punk and a cupcake trampoline from Katy Perry’s current California Dreams Tour were just a few items that raised a chunk of change for EMI’s charity auction for Japan. Held on eBay, the auction raised $470,000, which was matched by EMI to the tune of $940,000. Biggest seller? An original Birkin bag used by Jane Birkin, which fetched a whopping $163,000. Possibly the most irrelevant item up for bid? A day on tour with Simple Minds—which would be great, you know, if it were 1985.

Dude Photoshops Justin Bieber on other dude’s photos

Oh that David Thorne. Always up to something. When his colleague, Simon Dempsey, went to lunch, David snuck into his file of stock images and Photoshopped Justin Bieber’s face onto the lot of them. Heated emails, name calling and a formal complaint ensued. We hope HR called David into the office and gave him a promotion simply for creating Bieber Beans.

The Bad

50 Cent debuts new comedy site

50 Cent launched a new comedy site, ThisIs50Comedy.com, hosted by G-Unit comedian Young Jack Thriller. So, it’s definitely a site, but we’re not sure about the “comedy” part. The first video is a tour of Thriller’s house, where he points out all the places where he, uh, “has relations” and then shows us where he poops. (Spoiler alert—it was a toilet.) We love NSFW as much as the next guy, but Thriller is crass without being original. Next.

Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex dies from breast cancer

Influential punk icon Poly Styrene, real name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, succumbed to breast cancer this week. The singer rose to fame in the band X-Ray Spex before embarking on a solo career. She was 53. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Will.i.am says condoms are a turn off

You know what turns Will.i.am off? Finding condoms in a woman’s house. Or not finding baby wipes. So said the Black Eyed Peas front man to Elle Magazine.

You know what turns us off? Most of his lyrics, especially these.

Lil B receives death threats after announcing album title

Bay area rapper Lil B is getting it from both sides after announcing he’ll name his next album “I’m Gay.” GLAAD is a little ticked because Lil B is not, in fact, gay. Then there are wild homophobes who are ticked at the thought that he might indeed be gay. Lil B told MTV News that he’s received death threats after making his announcement, despite the fact he meant gay as in “happy.” People, the dude has a song called “I’m Miley Cyrus.” Isn’t that a more culturally divisive claim?

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