- 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.
Move over, Justin Bieber - there's a new internet sensation in town.
Korean singer/rapper Psy's popular music video for his song "Gangnam Style" just reached close to 818 million views, surpassing Bieber's for his song "Baby," which previously held the title for the most watched YouTube video (his count is currently around 804 million). The "Gangnam Style" music video (shown above) sees Psy singing his song in a combination of typical music video locations (near the pool, around some dancing, scantily-clad women) to some funny situations (a closing elevator, a bathroom stall).
Since Psy's video became an internet hit, he has performed on Saturday Night Live and with Madonna and MC Hammer.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Miley Cyrus has filmed her new video with a porn star. The former Hannah Montana star hired Jessie Andrews - who was named Best Actress at this year's Adult Video News Awards - for the lead role in the promo for her latest song "Decisions."
Miley collaborated on the track with DJ Borgore, who wrote the song about his ex-girlfriend Jessie, and the pair decided it would make sense to ask the X-rated performer to appear in the video.
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)"
Madonna has decided against wearing a Muslim bridal dress in her new music video over fears for her safety.
The 54-year-old singer was planning to don a "Terror Bride" outfit - a combination of a traditional Iraqi bridal veil and a US soldier's uniform - in the video for upcoming single "Superstar" as a statement against oppression against women and war, but her advisors convinced her to ditch the political stunt because of the outrage it would be likely to cause.
"Madonna had the outfit ready to go. She was really proud of it and said it was her 'Terror Bride' costume. She had paraded around in it and said she was going to wear it in her next music video. At first when people started telling her it was madness she just brushed it off. But when they mentioned that her actions could put her life at risk she decided to ditch it from her video and certainly won't be wearing it on stage," a source said.
The Celebration hitmaker - who is a devotee of Jewish offshoot religion Kabbalah - had already tried the costume on, and while she is said to be "really disappointed" about not wearing the outfit, she hasn't ruled out donning the attire in a music video at some point in the future.
Nas pays tribute to the late Amy Winehouse in his new music video.
The tragic singer - who died last July aged 27 - appears from beyond the grave by singing in the rapper's latest song "Cherry Wine," with her image projected onto a brick wall. The tribute ends with a black and white image of Amy with the words, "In memory, Amy Winehouse (1983 - 2011)," and Nas believes the track came directly from "God and Amy."
"It was chilling. A feeling of bitter sweetness, wishing that she was here. The director was genius. My main concern was being able to put her in the video in a respectful way," Nas told The Daily Star.
Nas has hit back at critics who claim he was cashing in on Amy's death by using her image: "I'm gonna write for my sister, that's what we do. If what had happened to her happened to me I would have expected the same from my friends."
Lindsay Lohan will appear in Lady Gaga's next video.
The controversial actress is set to star in the promo after with her new friend Gaga, who she spent time with at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood recently. "Lady Gaga and Lindsay caused a stir last month when they had their 'sleepover' at the Chateau. And now it turns out that Lindsay will be starring in Gaga's new video from her upcoming album," a source told The New York Post.
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