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The Good

British boy band invasion—it’s on

Teenage girls, you already know this so move on. The rest of you old timers, listen up. The British Invasion is back, but this time it’s taken an NSYNC twist. Meet The Wanted and One Direction—two English boy bands that are, like, totally amazing. The Wanted just played The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and may have gotten arrested. And One Direction, well, they just topped the Billboard charts. No biggie. Watch The Wanted’s performance of “Glad You Came” below—we promise we’re not tricking you into watching a Ron Paul clip.

Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson cover “You’re So Vain”

Maybe a sign of the apocalypse, maybe just an innocent musical collaboration, but Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson are doing a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.” The two friends (what?) have collaborated on the track for Manson’s upcoming album Born Villain, due out on May 1. Wonder how the The Antichrist and Captain Jack Sparrow sound in harmony? You only have to wait another five weeks to find out.

 

The Bad

Lil Wayne cited for messy yard

When you hear that Lil Wayne is in trouble for grass, your mind immediately goes to the illegal kind. But turns out he’s in trouble for, literally, grass. The lawn around his Louisiana mansion has grown unruly and neighbors in his gated community ain’t having it and have issued the rapper a citation. Nothing screams “déclassé” like a mansion with unkempt landscaping.

Madonna debuts “Girl Gone Wild” video

Madonna looks great for her age. We grant her that. But we find ourselves agreeing with Mr. Ostroff here that Madge has definitely been co-opting cool—first from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and now from herself twenty years ago. Madonna’s new video recalls “Vogue” with its black and white shots of taut, gyrating gay men, but also Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and maybe even Michael Jackson’s “Scream.” Even if it’s derivative, “Girl Gone Wild” offers some good eye candy. Watch it below.

The Ugly

Justin Bieber takes a beating

All you folks who haven’t contracted Bieber fever will love this cover of Complex Magazine, wherein the young pop prince is shown beaten to a pulp. If you listen very closely, you can hear the cries for revenge of millions of Beliebers. Watch your back, Complex.

Lana Del Rey gets gagged in “Blue Jeans” video

Lana Del Rey released her video for “Blue Jeans,” and it reeks of a perfume ad. You know, black and white footage of smoky lovers swimming around, and, uh, gagging each other. Still, the song is boss. Check it out below.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Madonna gets backup for Super Bowl halftime show

Elton John has already advised Madonna to “lip-synch good” at the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend, so clearly some people have low expectations for her performance. Madonna’s no fool, though. She’s recruited M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to join her on her new single, “Gimme All Your Luvin’.” The technicolor onslaught of these two ladies is sure to draw attention away from whatever her mouth is doing. Well played, Madge.

OK Go teach us about primary colors

Ever wondered what primary colors were? If your answer is “yes,” then our education system has really failed you. But fear not, because OK Go are here with another stop-motion masterpiece. Watch them rock the color wheel for “Sesame Street” below.

The Bad

Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, dies

Very sad news for lovers of disco, bell bottoms and line dancing. Don Cornelius, creator and host of the dance show Soul Train passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head this week at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was seventy-five. With Soul Train, Cornelius helped introduce black culture to millions of Americans during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Thankfully, we still have videos like the one below to remind us of Cornelius’s legacy. R.I.P.

Leslie Carter, sister to Aaron and Nick Carter, dies


Leslie Carter, the sister of Nick Carter and Aaron Carter, passed away this week in upstate New York. Carter was a singer in her own right, contributing her song “Like Wow!” to the Shrek soundtrack in 2001. She was twenty-five. No details have been released about the cause of death. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Taiwan pokes fun at Lana Del Rey

Poor LDR. Everyone’s taking a pot shot at her. First Juliette Lewis, now Taiwan. Next Media Animation just released this animated chronicle of the singer’s trials and tribulations. Keep your chin up, Lana. You may be a strange bird, but we still love you.

Newt Gingrich sued by Survivor

When Newt Gingrich used Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” to pump up audiences at his rallies, he pumped up the band … with rage. This week Survivor announced plans to sue Gingrich for using their music without permission, and ruining the movie Rocky for everyone.

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