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The Good

Students cover Neko Case to save school

Here’s a heartwarming story to carry us into the icy embrace of January. Two students at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School, one of Ontario’s oldest public schools, tried to raise awareness after it was announced the school would close its doors for good. Showcasing the merits of PCVS’s arts program, these two girls posted this stunning cover of Neko Case’s “Star Witness.” Case herself got a case of the weepies when she saw the video. Now it’s your turn!

Drake surprises karaoke singer

Next time you request Rihanna’s “What’s My Name” from the karaoke man, scan the crowd to see if Drake is in attendance. Apparently he sometimes magically appears at the incantation, “Oh na na, what’s my name?” See for yourself below.

The Bad

Chris Martin ejects trespasser from garden

After a merry prankster scaled his fence and began belting out bad renditions of Coldplay songs on his front lawn, Chris Martin had no choice but to tell the man he was “doing it wrong” and then ask him to leave. Note to serenader: Watch John Cusack in “Say Anything” to see how it’s done.

Drake and D12 go tat for tat

After seeing a his name tattooed across a fan’s forehead, Drake must have been inspired to get his own idol permanently inked. Photos surfaces that reveal the rapper’s sporting an Aaliyah tat on his back. Whose art is better? Fan’s, Drake’s or maybe dark horse Bizarre with his new tattoo of Nicki Minaj?

The Ugly

Sinead O’Connor splits from husband of sixteen days

Here’s a life lesson. If you decide to marry a drug counselor, it’s best not to take him on a wild goose chase for narcotics on your wedding night. Sinead O’Connor ended her marriage of sixteen days after such a gaffe. Her search for marijuana to celebrate her nuptials ended in a bad neighborhood with a bag of crack and a scared hubby. Read all about disaster night here.

Steven Tyler’s off the market

Aw, snap. Steven Tyler’s sweet lips are off the market. The singer announced his engagement to girlfriend Erin Brady this week. Reportedly, Steven’s family is none too keen on the future Mrs. Tyler, saying she is “just not nice.” Wonder if she got coal for Christmas.

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The Good

Michael Bublé Christmas duets on SNL

There’s no better way to introduce this SNL Christmas skit starring Michael Bublé other than quoting Jay Pharoah’s Kanye West: “You ride a donkey, I ride a Mercedes. Jesus, I’m so much better than you.” Enjoy.

Senior citizens flash mob to Glee’s “Last Christmas”

Sure, they move a little bit slower than your average flash mob, but these senior citizens are carrying tanks of oxygen, people. Enjoy this performance of Glee’s version of “Last Christmas” in all its geriatric glory.

The Bad

Jon Bon Jovi rumored to be dead

If hearing that Jon Bon Jovi died this week felt like a shot through the heart and you were livin’ on a prayer that the rumors were untrue, then you can breathe easy. Turns out it was just a random death hoax. If you don’t believe us, here’s proof.

Rihanna slams Dutch magazine over “disrespectful” story

After Dutch fashion magazine Jackie dubbed Rihanna the ultimate, ahem, “n**gabitch,” the pop star took to Twitter to read the editor the riot act. “I hope you can read English, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights,” she wrote. The editor, Eva Hoeke, apologized on Rihanna’s Facebook page, and then resigned. Read all about it here.

The Ugly

Nicki Minaj disses Lil Kim with “Stupid Hoe”

The war between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj just got taken to a new level. Kim’s violent cover for her mixtape, Black Friday, was the first blow. Now, Nicki has parried with her new tune “Stupid Hoe.” Sample lyrics: “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer, come on bitch, you see where Brad [Pitt] at.” Come on ladies, leave Jennifer Aniston out of it.

Miley Cyrus goes off on fans

Miley Cyrus stopped to sign a couple autographs while on vacation, and when her boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, tried to help steer her away, the natives got restless. Watch the showdown below.

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The Good

Jason Segel performs “Man or Muppet”

Jason Segel didn’t have to stretch too far to portray his puppet-loving character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Turns out the actor is a bit of a Muppet enthusiast. In this video from the new Muppets movie, Segel tackles the existential quandary, “Am I a Muppet or a man?” Enjoy.

Katy Perry stars in SNL digital short “Best Friends”

Two best friends who love Cornish hens. What could go wrong? Throw in a meth-addled bum, a mad scientist, a time machine and a game of Russian roulette. Ladies and gentleman, Katy Perry and Andy Samberg in the SNL digital short, “Best Friends.”

The Bad

R Kelly sets sail on a concert cruise

R Kelly’s book may not be coming out until next year, but the R&B singer isn’t resting on his laurels. Kelly will be performing on the “Love Letter Cruise,” a six-day cruise of the Caribbean offered by Concert Cruises next October. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind on the high seas y’all. Read more about this floating fiasco here.

 

Barry Manilow goes under the knife

Barry Manilow underwent surgery for bursitis of the hip and torn leg muscles this week. The sixty-eight-year-old singer blamed his bum appendages on jumping around to Copacabana for thirty years.

The Ugly

Woman gets Drake forehead tattoo

Probably the only thing funnier than the thought of someone walking around with a Drake tattoo on her forehead for the rest of her life is the interview that Vice did with the woman’s tattoo artist, Kevin Campbell. “The funny thing is, I didn’t know who Drake was, I figured it was her hood or some sh**, not some goofnugget R&B dude.” That’s only one of many gems Campbell drops. Read the whole treasure trove here.

Deadmau5 not dead

There always seems to be a rumor going around that Deadmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, is dead. This time a prankster altered the DJ’s Wikipedia page to say Deadmau5 died as a result of alcohol poisoning on December 11th. The death rumor didn’t piss Zimmerman off so much as the uncreative method of his demise. The artist wrote on his Facebook page, “I thought we had all agreed on acid spitting koalas skydiving and volcano.” Oh well, maybe next time.

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The Good

Maroon 5, Kanye West, more rock Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Hot babes and rock stars go together like bras and diamonds. Proof: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which paired leggy models in glittery skivvies with live performances by Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5. Adam Levine managed to squeeze in a smooch with his girlfriend, model Anne Vyalitsyna on the runway. Aw/barf. Watch the highlights below.

John C. Reilly teams up with Jack White

If you loved John C. Reilly’s crooning in Walk Hard, you’ll be pleased as punch to hear he’s teamed up with Jack White to release a couple country classics. You can head over to White’s Third Man Records site to hear “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar” and “I’ll Be There If Ever You Want.”

The Bad

Stanley Hudson keeps it simple (and sleazy)

Stanley Hudson, the chubby grump from The Office isn’t known for much more than grumbling about Dunder Mifflin. But in this new video, actor Leslie David Baker reveals another side to his personality—stone cold lothario. Watch Stanley live large with the ladies in “2 Be Simple.”

Miley Cyrus cops to being a stoner

We all suspected that Miley Cyrus liked the wacky tobaccy, but now we have proof. During her birthday party this week, the former Hannah Montana told a crowd of friends and fans, “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake.” And, like a true stoner, she said it into a mic in front of a bunch of iPhones that captured it all. If you want to see for yourself, head over here.

The Ugly

Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation under investigation

Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation is in hot water for allegedly using charity funds for things other than Haiti relief. According to a story by the New York Post, of the $16 million raised, only $5.1 million was used for emergency relief efforts. Jean called the Post’s allegations “misleading, deceptive and incomplete.” Read more about the ruckus here.

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The Good

Justin Timberlake attends Marine Corps Ball

Corporal Kelsey DeSantis had some serious arm candy at the Marine Corps Ball this year. Justin Timberlake accompanied the twenty-three year old as her date, and was so moved by the evening that he blogged about it. During a video about Pearl Harbor, World War II and September 11, the “Motherlover” singer confessed he almost cried … himself a river.

Google Music launches

This week Google unveiled Google Music, a cloud-based service that lets users upload their music, purchase new music on Android Market and access their library on multiple devices. And look out iTunes, cause Google Music lets you listen to the whole song before buying it, and then lets you share it with your friends. Sharing is caring, Apple. For more about Google Music, go here.

The Bad

Lil B releases “I Got AIDS”

Making bold and controversial statements is nothing new for Lil B. He named his last album I’m Gay (I’m Happy) after all. Now the rapper has released a song called “I Got AIDS.” And though it appears he’s making light of a terrible disease, Lil B made sure to include a public service announcement for safe sex along on his YouTube page. If his message is sincere and not a gimmick, then we’re gay (we’re happy).

Paul Simonon arrested for occupying oil rig

Clash bassist Paul Simonon revealed this week that he was jailed for two weeks in June for boarding an oil rig with Greenpeace and demanding to see the rig’s emergency response plan. You can hear Simonon describe his daring caper in the video below.

The Ugly

Courtney Love melts down, strips down in Brazil

Courtney Love played the SWU Festival in São Paulo, Brazil, in her typical fashion, meaning she completely lost her mind. After yanking off her top, Love unleashed her ire on an audience member holding up a picture of her late husband Kirk Cobain. Then Dave Grohl got a piece of her mind. Let’s hope most of the members of the audience didn’t speak English.

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The Good

Portlandia: Season 2 to feature gads of rock stars

Clear your schedules or set your DVRs on January 6. Portlandia is coming back for round two, and this time Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are recruiting some of their famous musician buds for some hi-larious cameos. Johanna Newsom, Isaac Brock, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark are all scheduled to make funnies. Check out the new promo below.

The Bad

R. Kelly strikes again

Famous for penning lines like “OK cool, climax, just get off of my legs” and “I like the crotch on you,” it’s obvious that no one will be handing R. Kelley the Nobel Prize in Literature anytime soon. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the rapper’s first tome: Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me. We repeat, the name of his book is Soula Coaster. And, judging by the cover, it’s about R. Kelly trying to levitate while being attacked by an army of microphones. This one’s going to be a real page-turner—if it ever sees the light of day.

Heavy D dead at forty-four

Sad news for hip hop fans this week. Rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, died suddenly inside his Beverly Hills home on Tuesday. The cause of death is thought to be pneumonia-related respiratory issues. Heavy D and the Boys rose to fame in the early ‘90s with hits like “Now That We Found Love” and the theme song to the TV show In Living Color. The self-proclaimed “overweight lover” was forty-four. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Avril Lavigne involved in bar brawl

Avril Lavigne got roughed up at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles along with her boyfriend, Brody Jenner. Apparently Lavigne got into a verbal altercation with a female patron, which led to fisticuffs with an angry mob. The singer tweeted her injuries the next day, saying, “Black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not OK to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer.”

Pitbull countersuing Lindsay Lohan

Lawsuit? Two can play this game, sayeth Pitbull. The rapper is countersuing Lindsay Lohan, who is taking him to court for defamation of character. You know, for saying he had it “locked up like Lindsay Lohan” on his song, “Give Me Everything.” Pitbull claims it’s a totally legit lyric considering the venerable Ms. Lohan’s multiple jail stints. Snap.

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The Good

Halloween brings out the freaks

It’s hard to say who had the best Halloween costume this year, but it’s pretty easy to say who had the worst. Gwen Stefani made a beautiful Cinderella, Beyoncé was an adorable honeybee and Jessica Simpson cleverly announced her pregnancy with her glam-mummy getup. Chris Brown and his spandex-clad Halloweiner, on the other hand, we could have done without seeing.

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake perform “History of Rap Part 3”

This clip doesn’t need much of an introduction, other than, “Welcome to Awesometown.”

The Bad

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel split

After a mere two years of marriage, indie rock power couple Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel announced their separation this week. Their rep says the split is “mutual and amicable.” The next album with Death Cab For Cutie will surely be filled with poignant songs of heartache, making it sound like, well, every other Death Cab album in existence.

Woman claims Justin Bieber is her baby daddy

Justin Bieber got slapped this week … by the law. The seventeen year old was named as the father of a three-month-old baby boy in a California paternity suit. The mother, twenty-year-old Mariah Yeater, says she was asked by Bieber’s bodyguard to join the singer backstage after a concert in LA. Yeater says that after a thirty-second encounter, Bieber left her in the family way. A spokesperson for the pop star told Us Weekly, “It’s sad that someone would fabricate, malicious, defamatory AND demonstrably false claims.” You know what else is sad? Thirty seconds. But then again, this maybe-baby-daddy is still just a baby himself.

The Ugly

Nicki Minaj and maid get into brawl

The details are still fuzzy, but reports say that Nicki Minaj got into a fight this week with a maid who she had fired a week earlier for going through her trash and removing a photograph, then asking Minaj to autograph it. The maid, or maybe someone else, returned to Minaj’s house and demanded she “not be treated like an animal.” Words and physical contact, or maybe not physical contact, ensued. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything else, or don’t hear anything else.

Rihanna hospitalized in Sweden

Rihanna had to cancel her concert in Malmo, Sweden, after being hospitalized in Monday for severe exhaustion and the flu. The singer tweeted a photo of her arm, hooked to an IV with the message “Sorry Malmo.” At least she’s in a country with excellent healthcare.

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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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The Good

Wayne Coyne marries couple onstage at Osheaga

With a Muzak version of “Do You Realize” playing in the background, Wayne Coyne married two fans (dressed for the occasion as Dorothy and a lion) just before their last song at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. “By the power of the Flaming Lips, the universe and LSD, I now pronounce you man and wife,” Coyne proclaimed during the brief ceremony, before kicking into a rousing rendition of the song. Knowing Coyne’s expertise with fetuses, we wonder if the couple will keep him in mind when they decide to expand their family.

Bruce Springsteen dances in the dark

This one’s just for the lolz. Somehow this outtake reel for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” video found the light of day this week. Just a man, his muscles and his suspenders. Dancing. In the dark. Enjoy.

The Bad

Kings of Leon cancel tour amid speculation

You know it’s a bad show when the lead singer of the band tells you he’s going to go vomit and drink a beer, then never returns. Such was the case when Kings of Leon played Dallas this week, abruptly cutting their concert short when Caleb Followill walked offstage. The fiasco was followed up with an announcement from management that the rest of the band’s tour dates would be canceled due to Followill’s exhaustion and vocal stress. The plot thickened when Jared Followill tweeted that the issues were actually much deeper than “not drinking enough Gatorade.” Rumors are now swirling that Followill’s family is urging him to go to rehab. With Amy Winehouse’s death fresh in everyone’s mind, let’s hope he doesn’t say no, no, no.

Meatloaf collapses onstage

Kings of Leon aren’t the only ones with problems. During a concert in Pittsburgh, Meatloaf lost consciousness and took a tumble. It still wasn’t enough stop him from performing his hit “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Apparently “that” means canceling your show after fainting. Meatloaf says the incident was due to an asthma flare up. Not to be a jerk and exploit the poor man when he’s most vulnerable, but here’s a video of the whole thing.

The Ugly

Introducing Maddie Spears

There’s something very unsettling about hearing a three year-old sing lyrics about the room getting sexy, but when it comes from a member of the Spears family, you take it with a grain of salt. Maddie Spears delivered a cover of Aunt Brit-Brit’s “Up ‘N Down” on YouTube. After Britney’s onstage lap dance for her boyfriend, Jason Trawick, we’re nervous about little Maddie’s follow-up performance.

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The Good

Björk releases Michel Gondry-directed video for “Crystalline”

Biophilia, Björk’s eighth LP and first “app album,” isn’t descending upon planet Earth until September, but the artist is keeping fans happy by releasing a series of iPad apps for each track. If it’s all too futuristic for you, don’t despair. The Icelandic singer/composer also released a good old-fashioned music video for her cosmic single “Crystalline,” directed by Michel Gondry. Check out the intergalactic splendor below.

Jay-Z and Kanye West announce new name, release first track


Don’t call them Jay-Z and Kanye West. Don’t you dare. They go by The Throne now, and The Throne just released the first track off their upcoming collaboration, “Watch The Throne.” It’s called “Otis,” and it’s pretty much just Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” with The Throne taking turns spitting lyrics over top. Decide whether it’s cool or convoluted by listening to it on Jay-Z’s Life + Times blog.

The Bad

Amy Winehouse laid to rest

What a week. Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment last Saturday. The soul singer was 27—an unlucky age for musicians. After her autopsy proved to be inconclusive, Winehouse was laid to rest in London on Tuesday. Her funeral was attended by celebrities like Kelly Osbourne and Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse’s GRAMMY-winning breakthrough album, Back to Black. In the days since her passing, musicians ranging from Rihanna to Katy Perry and George Michael have expressed their shock and grief. M.I.A. paid tribute to Winehouse with the release of “27,” which you can listen to here. We’re posting the video of Winehouse’s last public appearance, just days before her death, which shows her happily dancing along to her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield’s performance of “Mama Said.” She was a tornado in a beehive, a rare talent whose demons cast a long shadow over her life, but never over her legacy. R.I.P., Amy.

Anthony Kiedis in tears over Justin Bieber

Anthony Kiedis has dealt with addiction, a father who was a drug dealer, and the loss of his best friend to heroin, but none of that has hardened him to the point where the image of a teenage girl crying over Justin Bieber doesn’t reduce him to tears. In an interview with Q Magazine he admits to getting misty over parts of the Bieber documentary “Never Say Never.” It seems the power of Bieber compels even a Red Hot Chili Pepper. All hail.

The Ugly

Justin Bieber and his dad get matching tattoos

What’s more disturbing—Justin Bieber opting for a matching tattoo with his dad, Justin Bieber’s dad opting for a matching tattoo with his son, or the fact that the elder Bieber doesn’t wear sunblock but does wear a soul patch and a gold chain. Trick question—it’s all disturbing.

Mariah Carey unleashes the diva on HSN

Mariah Carey’s first public appearance after having twins and giving them silly names was this little visit to HSN studios to hock her clothing and accessories lines. Mimi’s megalomania and micromanagement sends the show off the rails. If she sold one pair of earrings after using her allotted time to ramble on about swollen pregnancy feet and her stretched out body, we will be shocked, dahling.

Miscellany

Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale fined for drunk and disorderly conduct
Are Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan engaged?
Bob Dylan’s grandson, Pablo Dylan, launches hip-hop career
Lauryn Hill gives birth to sixth child
Gene Simmons proposes to longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed
Phil Collins doesn’t like music
Dan Peek, founding member of America, dead at 60
Adam Levine and Stevie Nicks perform “Leather and Lace” at Hollywood Bowl
Kelly Rowland to star on A&E miniseries, Bag of Bones
Feist to release new album “Metals” on Oct. 4
Nicky Minaj fined for sailor mouth in Jamaica
Kathy Griffin sings “S&M”

 


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