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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

 


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