- Although online music service Spotify won't divulge approximate numbers, the company claims that Daft Punk has set the new record with their song "Get Lucky" for the biggest streaming day for a single track - a title previously held by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."
- Perhaps weirdly influenced by her new role as a mother, Beyonce shocked Serbian concert-goers by somewhat-flashing them with a glittery leotard complete with bare faux-boobs.
- Those attending the Americanarama Festival of Music ought to be extra-ecstatic for the concert this summer, as Bob Dylan just signed on to perform on the tour alongside My Morning Jacket and Wilco.
- Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has spoken out about Beyonce's initially unauthorized cover of "Back to Black," which is featured in the upcoming film The Great Gatsby.
R.E.M. enlisted the help of Hollywood's resident Renaissance man James Franco to helm their latest music video for "Blue," off of their upcoming (and final) album Collapse into Now. Seen above, the video is a non-narrative ode to Hollywood - both its beautiful and dark sides - which features Lindsay Lohan, fashion photographer Terry Richardson, and Franco himself in drag.
In addition to "Blue," lead singer Michael Stipe has asked a selection of filmmakers to each produce a music video for a track off of the upcoming album.
Read More | R.E.M.'s YouTube
A documentary about Kurt Cobain is being made.
The late Nirvana star's wife, Courtney Love, has approached filmmaker Brett Morgan about the project, which has reportedly been in the works since 2007. Brett told The New York Post, "Courtney is the one that brought me into this. We've been trying to find the right time to put this film together and the time is now."
Brett - who directed a recent film about The Rolling Stones, Crossfire Hurricane - also explained how the movie will not be a straight documentary about the singer and guitarist, who committed suicide in 1994, but made in an "autobiographical" way. "Kurt was not only an amazing songwriter and musician, he was an incredible artist and filmmaker. So we are going to do the movie sort of like a third-person autobiography - as if Kurt was around and making a film about his life," he added.
Native American fans of No Doubt have protested against the band's latest music video for their song, "Looking Hot," prompting the group to pull it from YouTube.
The ska-rock band addressed complaints about the video - which sees the band don Native American and cowboy garb - on their website:
"As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history.
Read More | E! News
WARNING: The above video contains explicit language.
In the midst of her parents' divorce, Ashlee Simpson seems to be taking comfort in her art as she offered up a teaser from the music video of her upcoming single, "Bat for a Heart." The 28 year-old mother-of-one seems to have upped her sex appeal for her fourth album, as she writhes around in lingerie and barely-there attire while dropping the F-bomb in the chorus of the song. She also seems to have taken some makeup cues from Taylor Momsen, caking on black eyeliner over her eyes.
The full video for the song will be released on November 21.
Read More | Daily Mail
Lady Gaga has blasted Die Antwoord over Twitter. The "Born This Way" singer was outraged at the South African duo's new song "Fatty Boom Boom" which makes fun of the pop star and her eccentric stage performances.
The video features a man dressed in Gaga's iconic meat dress taking a violent sightseeing trip around Johannesburg, before giving birth to a prawn and being mauled by a lion on the street. The 26-year-old singer hit back at the controversial rappers in a tweet which parodies their song lyrics, saying, "i fink u freaky but you don't have a hit. hundred thousand tickets sold in SA. #thatsmys**t... i guess its not a good idea to tell someone you're a fan. never mind! we get it, you're not a little monster. (sic)"
Revenge, for Lady Gaga, is a dish best-served stylishly.
In her latest music video off of Born This Way, "Marry the Night" tells the tale of how her initial record label -- Def Jam -- dropped her after only 3 months and of her subsequent "breakdown" and recovery. Of course, in this Gaga-directed video full of Cheerio love, Black Swan nods, and general craziness, reality can't hold a candle to Gaga's world. After all, as she states in the video, "It's not that I've been dishonest. It's just that I loathe reality."
Is it too much, or does it leave you wanting more?
Read More | People
Pop star Lady Gaga took home four awards from the MTV EMAs in Belfast, Northern Ireland last night. The eccentric singer, who performed while sitting on a moon sculpture, picked up gongs in four out of the six categories she was nominated for to win Best Female, Best Song and Best Video for "Born This Way," and Biggest Fan, a brand new award that celebrates artists with the most committed fanbase.
Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and 30 Seconds to Mars each won two awards with "Baby" hitmaker Justin winning Best Male and Best Pop, Jared Leto's band picking up Best World Stage and Best Alternative gongs and Bruno taking home awards for Best Push and Best New Artist.
The surprise win of the night went to Korean boyband BigBang, who beat off competition from acts including Britney Spears to take home Best Worldwide Act while Eminem picked up the Best Hip Hop artist. Katy Perry was presented with the award for Best Live Act and Linkin Park were voted as Best Rock, while Jessie J presented a moving video tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, runner-up and winner of American Idol’s season 10, croon “Whenever You Remember” in the final Ford music video of the season. Hear them, and view clips of all the Top 13 Idols, above.
Get all the recaps from the tenth season of the show -- read all our American Idol 10 posts.
Lady Gaga delivered lots of laughs on Saturday night during her appearance on SNL, but her performance of “Judas” reminded watchers that she’s got some serious dance moves as well. Follow the jump to see her second performance of the night…
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