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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

“Super Bass” sensation Sophia Grace meets Ms. Minaj

If yours isn’t one of the 7 million-plus views of Sophie Grace Brownlee’s rendition of “Super Bass” on YouTube, well, shame on you. The 8-year-old UK lass and her hype-man—her 5-year-old cousin—deliver such a passionate cover of Nicky Minaj’s hit that Ellen DeGeneres invited both girls to her show to met Ms. Minaj in the flesh. Check out the YouTube video, then the girl’s freakout on Ellen below. It’s adorbs, people.

Black Keys announce real album with fake web site

Some might think it enough to simply announce their new album with a press release, but not the Black Keys. No-ho-ho, these guys created a fake Web site to promote their upcoming release, El Camino. Which is kind of cool, except in this alternate cyber reality, there are no El Caminos or Black Keys. Just some old vans sold by Mr. Show’s Bob Odenkirk. Well, we’ll take what we can get.

The Bad

Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh dies

Very sad news this week for music. Boston-based musician Mikey Welsh was found dead in a hotel room in Chicago, the result of a suspected drug overdose. Welsh was most famous for his stint in Weezer, appearing on the band’s Green Album. Welsh went on to play with Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Nate Albert in the Kickovers and later became a celebrated artist. In a tweet posted by the artist on September 26, Welsh seems to predict his untimely death, writing, “Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend.” Welsh was 40 years old. R.I.P.

Beyoncé accused of ripping off choreography

Beyoncé raised some eyebrows back in May after it was discovered that her multimedia performance at the Billboard Music Awards copied a similar performance by Italian pop star Lorella Cuccarini. Now Jay-Z’s baby mama is under scrutiny again for lifting choreography from Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in her new video for “Countdown.” Some enterprising soul has already created a split screen, which we present for your consideration below.


The Ugly

Lil Wayne discusses problems with sizzurp in new PSA

The death of Steve Jobs last week hit us all hard, especially Lil Wayne. The rapper created a 30-minute public service announcement where he praises Job’s pioneering spirit, and then rambles on for another twenty-nine minutes about the evils of sizzurp, skateboarding, tattoos and his underfed koi fish. Read the highlights here.

Freaks and geeks

What’s scarier, Katy Perry’s skeletal disguise or a collection of Britney Spears paper mache heads? And the correct answer is, Christina Aguilera.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Listen to Bjork’s Biophilia in full

Bjork’s multimedia masterpiece, Biophilia, won’t be officially out until next week (October 10 in the UK and October 11 here in the States) but that doesn’t have to stop you from experiencing it this very minute. The album is streaming in its entirety at NPR. Head over and have a listen.

Alicia Keys composing songs for Broadway play

Alicia Keys is adding two new titles her name: Broadway composer and producer. The pop star is writing the score to the play Stick Fly, opening on Broadway on November 18. See how big lights inspire Keys by watching the promo below.

The Bad

Ke$ha scars Andrew W.K. with dirty tattoo

Andrew W.K. likes to party hard, and Ke$ha brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack, so you know no good can come of putting them in a room together. W.K. found this out the hard way, winding up with an infection and a scar after letting the pop singer tattoo him. He’s not sweating it though, saying the scar is “cooler than the tattoo.” He also declares Ke$ha’s song structures as “brilliant,” which makes us think the infection may have spread to his brain.

Broken Social Scene, Gorillaz go bye-bye?

Broken Social Scene’s Kevin and Damian Albarn, the brains behind Gorillaz, both announced they may be retiring their bands. Drew described BSS as going on an “indefinite hiatus,” while Albarn cryptically tweeted “The End is Nigh” in regards to the Gorillaz ten-year anniversary. To this we can only say: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

The Ugly

Diddy goes off on Grey Goose drinkers

P. Daddy, Diddy Puffs, or whatever his name is, showed his ugly side this week during a party for his vodka brand, Cîroc, at Atlanta’s Club Compound. When Puffy-P-Daddy-Did espied a patron drinking Grey Goose he took advantage of his microphone and multiple bodyguards to verbally berate and threaten the man. But, in a heroic twist, T.I. picked up his mic and used his clout to call Duff Paddy out, saying the hip-hop mogul had too much money to act like that. Watch both the cause and effect below.

Justin Bieber incites Peruvian threats

Not everyone hearts the Biebs. The pop star has received Facebook threats warning him not to play his scheduled concert in Lima under penalty of death. Bieber’s fans got all a-twitter on Twitter, using the hash tag #BiebsStayOutOfPeru to express their concern. Will Bieber listen to their pleas to be cuidado? Or will he nunca say never?



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