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Lady Gaga's mom defends charges that Born This Way charity spent millions on overhead and donated only $5,000

Cynthia Germanotta has gone on the record about reports that daughter Lady Gaga’s foundation has spent millions on expenses like its website and publicity instead of charity grants, insisting that the Born This Way Foundation “carries out its work directly.”

“It is important for us to set the record straight regarding Born This Way Foundation’s mission and how the organization allocates its funds. … First and foremost, we are an organization that conducts our charitable activity directly, and we fund our own work,” wrote foundation co-founder and president Germanotta in an op-ed published March 12 by the Huffington Post. “We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities, and were never intended to be.”

The defensive op-ed comes just days after ShowBiz411.com wrote a scathing article about the foundation’s spending, revealing that the foundation spent just $5,000 of its $2.1 million in net assets. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy': Listen now to haunting 'Don't You Want Me' cover -- EXCLUSIVE

The March 6 episode of Grey’s Anatomy finds TV’s most amorous doctors dealing with the hospital’s new non-fraternizing policy, so it makes sense that one of the songs we’ll hear in the hour is Young Summer’s slow, moving cover of the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” We’ve got your exclusive full-length stream below. The track is available now on iTunes. READ FULL STORY

Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi on 'Game of Thrones' Mixtape

According to the Wall Street Journal, HBO decided that their prize pony Game of Thrones might pull in more of an “urban” crowd if they could connect the show to rappers. Rappers totally sell stuff to “urbans,” right?

Yes, HBO’s analysts confirmed this for them. Game of Thrones has a viewership of 14.3 million, so there’s bound to be some hip-hop stars in there. Sure enough, Common, Big Boi, Daddy Yankee and a handful of other names agreed to make a mix tape of Game of Thrones-themed songs called Catch the Throne. (No word from HBO on how much this project is costing them.)

The 10-song compilation will be released online this Friday.  Good news for skeptical fans, all the songs will be free downloads. WSJ already gave a sample of Wale’s lyrics: “I’m tellin’ whoever messin’ with me/I can bring you that Khaleesi heat/Use my King, knack for words, as an actual sword/I can decapitate a rapper…” Ah, memories.

Rollin' with the homies! Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX are like way into 'Clueless'

I’m like totally buggin’ — Tuesday brought us this gem of a Clueless tribute video! Australian rap mistress Iggy Azalea and British raver child Charli XCX have painstakingly styled the music video for their track “Fancy” after the classic 90’s flick Clueless. Not an homage, but like an actual recreation of scenes. Where was I when they were signing extras for this video??!

R. Kelly drops his 'White Panties'

R. Kelly — everyone’s favorite World Cup opening act (remember when that happened?) — revealed to V Magazine that he is planning a followup to Black Panties. It will be called White Panties. Because, of course.

But we can’t throw too much shade at Kells since Black Panties did debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last year. Kelly said that this new album is going to be “a whole other level” and the sound will be in the vein of his early work: “Everyone has been asking me when I’m going to do another baby-making album, because that’s what started me out. I’ve been all around the world musically, in every genre. I can write ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ and I can write ‘Bump ’N’ Grind.’ Now is the time to bring it back around.”

For those of you waiting with baited breath for more Trapped in the Closet, (I mean, cliffhanger. Is he still in there?) Kelly said what every fan was dying to hear: “One chapter led to another, and the next thing you know I have all of these chapters and now I have a leash on it. I can walk it wherever I want. I have a lot of characters. I have 57 more chapters that I haven’t released yet that are going to be released. This thing is forever.” So now you know.

Coldplay release another new song, announce album release date and preorder

After last week’s surprise single “Midnight” dropped, Coldplay has officially announced that their new album, Ghost Stories, will be released May 19th. The band also revealed another new single, “Magic.” (Is Coldplay cashing in on the YA fantasy frenzy again?)

The new track is a moody love song with simple lyrics, “Still I call it magic when I’m next to you/and I don’t, it’s true/I don’t want anybody else but you.”

Both songs will be on Ghost Stories, and will likely appear in the band’s upcoming headlining set at the iTunes Festival in Austin later this month. If you’re a fan, you can get the instant download when you pre-order the album on iTunes. . Check out the complete track list:

1. Always In My Head
2. Magic
3. Ink
4. True Love
5. Midnight
6. Another’s Arms
7. Oceans
8. A Sky Full Of Stars
9. O

 

 

David Crosby postpones shows after heart surgery

Rock performer David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows.

Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery. READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot members detained at the Olympics

A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one of her bandmates were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.

Local activist Semyon Simonov told The Associated Press the Pussy Riot members were accused of theft and nine people were held in all. READ FULL STORY

Macklemore talks about losing a friend to drugs, keeping his sobriety and more in MTVU special -- watch a clip here EXCLUSIVE

It’s a pretty good week to be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

As much as the duo might be high on life (and Grammy fumes) right now, Macklemore has always been open about his past issues with substance abuse, and in a special , he talks specifically about losing a friend to addiction, and the advice he has for ones who are struggling.

The  interview is part of “The Other Side,” an initiative launched by mtvU and The Jed Foundation’s “Half Of Us” campaign to help students deal with prescription drug abuse on college campuses.

Watch the two clips exclusively here:
Losing A Friend

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Pete Seeger dies at 94

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Pete Seeger, the iconic folk singer who dedicated his decades-long career to using music to fight for peace and justice for all, died Jan. 27 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 94.

Beginning in the 1940s, Seeger played an instrumental role in the rise of folk music as a popular form. On his own and as a member of the Weavers, the banjo-playing New Yorker followed in the footsteps of legends like Woody Guthrie, bringing traditional songs sung by common Americans to a wider audience as well as composing soon-to-be-classic original tunes like “If I Had a Hammer.” Seeger became a nationwide star in 1950 when the Weavers’ cover of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene” became a No. 1 smash.

Yet Seeger’s blossoming career was nearly cut short forever in 1955 when he refused to testify before Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s notorious House Un-American Activities Committee about his associations with the leftist movement. Seeger’s subsequent blacklisting severely limited his ability to make a living through music. Seeger didn’t give up in the face of such crude intimidation, though — not then, not ever. Instead, he redoubled his musical activism, working hard to rally fellow citizens in support of labor unions and civil rights. READ FULL STORY

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