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Lady Gaga to kick off 'Born This Way' tour with live concert for 'Good Morning America'

Good morning, America: Lady Gaga announced today that she will kick off her summer tour with a Good Morning America performance on May 27.  Mother Monster will perform live—none of this pre-taped Britney business—in Central Park during Memorial Day weekend before embarking on her Born This Way summer tour.

Some of you might be confused that an artist currently on tour is already talking about kicking off another one. To clarify, it seems that the workaholic Gaga will wrap her Monster Ball Tour in April and wait at least a few weeks—so lazy!—before hitting the road again with her traveling Born This Way circus.

You can watch GMA’s announcement video here, which involves a weighty-voiced narrator listing off Gaga’s accomplishments, both great and small. (Over one billion YouTube views is truly impressive, but describing 31 million “likes” on Facebook as “passionate” seems an unnecessary inflation.) And will you be watching the real thing on May 27? Tell us in the comments section, below.

Read more on EW.com:
Lady Gaga to receive special award at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards

Gaga hatches ‘Country Road’ version of ‘Born This Way': Listen to it here

Malaysia censors’ ‘Born This Way’ over gay-friendly lyrics

Longtime collaborator Linda Perry defends Christina Aguilera: 'She's a different little bird'

Producer Linda Perry—she’s conjured hits for Pink and Gwen Stefani, among others—has come to the defense of Christina Aguilera, for whom she helmed the 2003 smash “Beautiful,” noting that the recent flack her musical collaborator has endured is nothing new for Xtina.

“Christina’s always had the bad rap,” says Perry of the star, who has been roundly criticized in the press for her under-performing album Bionic and film debut Burlesque and that absent-minded National Anthem. “As far as I’ve known her, everybody’s always given her a hard time. She’s a different little bird.”

Perry wasn’t trying to stir up sympathy for the full-throated pop star, though. In fact, according to Perry, Aguilera “definitely doesn’t care” what critics have to say about her. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift sails past 20 million sales mark: Who are her closest peer competitors?

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Country superstar, actress, and girlfriend-with-a-built-in-expiration-date Taylor Swift has yet another feather to put in her beret—the 21-year-old has now sold over 20 million albums.

That’s a milestone most artists have to wait for far longer than a breezy six years—and usually they have more than three proper albums under their belt. That makes the blonde country music juggernaut one of the top-selling artists to emerge from the 2000s.

So who are her nearest songstress competitors? The Alpha American Idol Kelly Clarkson is just ahead of Swift with 23 million albums sold worldwide, but the Fearless singer is leading fellow country chanteuse Carrie Underwood by four million records on the global stage.

So congrats, Taylor. You belong to millions of us.

Read more on EW.com:
Taylor Swift is EW’s Entertainer of the Year

Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly split: We write her break-up song!

Taylor Swift loves Nicki Minaj, raps ‘Super Bass’

Taylor talks to EW about ‘Speak Now’

Katy Perry's 'E.T.' video feat. Kanye West: Watch the bizarro sci-fi fest here!

Post-apocalyptic landscape, Kanye West floating in zero gravity, the kiss of a woman turning a robot into flesh-and-blood… it can only mean one thing: Katy Perry is officially in orbit for her “E.T.” music video.

This spacey, robotic jam might not have been an album highlight, but thanks to Kanye West’s verses concerning his commitment to alien sex, the song is currently a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as fodder for this awesomely bizzare sci-fi video, which impressively resists any obvious Spielberg references. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Simple Plan feat. Rivers Cuomo, 'Can't Keep My Hands Off You': Stream it here -- EXCLUSIVE

Punk-pop veterans Simple Plan are back—and they’ve got Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo on their side.

EW has the exclusive stream of their collaboration “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You.” You can listen to it here: READ FULL STORY

Rihanna speaks out on Chris Brown: 'We don't have to talk ever again in my life'

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If anyone thought Rihanna’s move to relax the restraining order against Chris Brown meant the R&B diva was open to reconnecting with her abusive former boyfriend, they can think again.

“It doesn’t mean we’re gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge,” Rihanna told Rolling Stone in her cover story.

The singer says she agreed to modify the court order for purely professional reasons. READ FULL STORY

Rebecca Black recording 'LOL' single to follow 'Friday'; Miley Cyrus is not a fan

Although deciding whether to sit in the front or back seat of a car has proven difficult for viral video star Rebecca Black, she isn’t showing any indecisiveness when it comes to the next step in her career. The 13-year-old Californian is already working on a follow-up single to her much-parodied “Friday” music video, called “LOL.”

When we spoke with her the funfunfun enthusiast was just beginning to vet song choices, and apparently in the week since then, she’s already commenced working on numerous tracks in an Orange County studio, although she remains unsigned.

An Internet-borne slang term certainly seems an appropriate title to succeed a song that the web community catapulted from a kid’s vanity project to an unavoidable viral sensation. READ FULL STORY

Drake-approved R&B upstart The Weeknd: Why all the blog frenzy over an unknown?

Chances are you’ve either heard the Weeknd is the greatest thing to happen to R&B since the “Single Ladies” dance, or you don’t even know who he is.

If you haven’t heard of the Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfay), it might have something to do with the fact that his self-released debut was released only a week ago. Prior to that, he had a handful of songs floating around YouTube.

But ever since the Weeknd’s House of Balloons appeared as a free online download, his music has gathered the kind of media attention publicists usually offer blood sacrifices for: Fellow Canadian Drake has repeatedly Tweeted lyrics and linked to the mixtape, and an ensuing flurry of positive reviews tore through the online blogging community, including an 8.5 rating from tastemaker Pitchfork.

Listen to the slightly NSFW “Wicked Games” after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears performs on 'GMA' from San Francisco: Does she still have it?

Britney Spears’ Sunday concert from San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium aired on Good Morning America today. (She was originally slated to perform in front of the historic Castro Theatre, but weather concerns moved her show indoors and out of the famous gay-borhood).

After the ABC morning show rounded up the news of our confusing world (from the U.S. military involvement in Libya to a gorilla choosing March Madness brackets) the GMA hosts took us to something much easier to comprehend: the pure pop power of Britney. Opening with lead single “Hold It Against Me” from her seventh album Femme Fatale — which drops today — the 29-year-old pop princess took her throne (literally) onstage while flanked by leather-clad male dancers/servants. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

The Flaming Lips release a song called 'Is David Bowie Dying?': Do they know something we don't?

Not that the Flaming Lips need to explain their general weirdness to anyone, but the indie-psych stalwarts gave us pause with the title to their recently released song.

“Is David Bowie Dying?” is the first song on a very limited-release EP (only 1,000 copies) that is already available online, naturally. The tune — which is a collaboration with chillwave maestro Alan Palom of Neon Indian — is a neat little foray into eerie, atmospheric electronica that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a Throbbing Gristle record or the second half of Bowie’s “Heroes.” You can listen to it here: READ FULL STORY

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