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The Good

Freddie Mercury gets Google Doodled on 65th birthday

This week marked the 65th birthday of Freddie Mercury, and the late Queen front man was on the minds of many. Katy Perry, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump all posted videos on YouTube. Google devoted its Google Doodle to an animated tribute to the tune of “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Does it take the cake for best birthday present? You decide.

Lady Gaga, Nas record 9/11 tributes

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. To commemorate the occasion, MTV’s parent company, Viacom, has teamed with artists and celebrities to launch “What will you do to remember?” The campaign asks citizens to pledge what they will do to pay tribute to the victims of September 11. Watch Lady Gaga, Nas and Pauly D make their tributes below.

The Bad

Is Rihanna firing Jay-Z?

Rumors are circulating that Rihanna is none too pleased with the amount of attention Beyoncé and her baby bump have been getting from her RocNation management team, which has begun unofficially sponsoring Jay-Z’s missus. It also doesn’t help that Rihanna is suing her manager’s sister for a real estate deal gone sour. Now that it’s raining more than ever, is Rihanna gonna stick it out till the end? Time will tell.

Billie Joe Armstrong booted off plane

Billie Joe Armstrong and his baggy pants were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight this week. Reportedly the Green Day frontman was approached by a flight attendant who asked him to hike up his sagging jeans, then had him booted when he responded with le sarcasm. Armstrong took to Twitter to vent his spleen, and Southwest responded tout suite with an apology for treating the singer like Dookie.

The Ugly

Madonna hates hydrangeas

Oh, are those hydrangeas for Madonna? ABORT YOUR FOOLHARDY MISSION, YOU IMBECILE! Madge loathes hydrangeas—everyone knows that. Except this guy, who gave the singer a big bunch of them and incurred her wrath. What a jerk.

MCR fires drummer for stealing

In a post called “Just The Facts” My Chemical Romance announced they had parted ways with their drummer, Michael Pedicone, after they caught him stealing from them. “We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation,” the post reads. The band is replacing Pedicone ASAP so they can play all their fall tour dates.


Discourse & Dischord

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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