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On the scene: Britney Spears in Las Vegas -- let the 'Piece of Me' residency begin

You can say a lot of things about Britney Spears — but you can’t say she doesn’t work, bitch.

Pulling off a 90-minute, 23-song tour de force is no easy task. And Spears, with the help of a bevy of fantastic backup dancers, fulfilled her promise to her fans at the opening of her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Friday night to “bring the cheese” — in a good way. To those hoping for some sort of schadenfreude disaster, you won’t find it here; Spears speeds through her hits and some new songs off her latest album, Britney Jean, with great energy, slick choreography, and about four different hairstyles, not to mention the seven costume changes.

The show owes more to Cirque du Soleil and her own ’90s-era videos than it does to Celine Dion, but will it be enough to draw a younger audience to Las Vegas for the next two years? The show opens as Britney descends to the stage from a huge sphere — the first of several high-flying stunts in the 90-minute performance — and launches into ‘Work B**ch,” with Spears clad in a sparkly nude bodysuit, reminiscent of her outfit in 2004′s “Toxic” music video. You can almost make out her six pack from the audience; that is to say, she looks amazing. It takes her a few songs to look completely comfortable on stage, but by the middle of “3″ she’s given a brief shoutout to the crowd and gotten in sync, just in time to launch into “… Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again,” clad in black and donning a short brown wig, letting us know this was new Britney revisiting old Britney — we weren’t going to get a red leather body suit or the heart thump dance move tonight.

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On the scene: Prince electrifies the Mohegan Sun Arena

Over the course of his long, storied, and downright weird career, Prince has proven he can make just about any room his home—from the teeny (dig his epic sets at New York’s tiny City Winery earlier this year) to the gargantuan (he played the greatest Super Bowl halftime show of the modern era in 2007—sorry, Beyoncé).

But the Purple One’s ideal stomping ground is an arena, which he proved yet again Friday night (December 27) when he stampeded through the first of three shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Those rooms are intimate enough for Prince to individually invite women onto the stage to dance with him, but also large enough to contain his royal histrionics.

Decked out in an all-yellow suit and situated behind a microphone stand bearing the glyph that once stood in place of his name, Prince treated the first night of his three-night stay like an old-school soul review. “We’re just gonna jam tonight,” he told the crowd while introducing the New Power Generation, and he lived up to his word. The early part of Prince’s two and a half hour set featured him teasing out extra-long versions of staples both classic (“Let’s Go Crazy”) and modern (“Musicology”), and vacillating between being a living avatar of James Brown and the greatest descendent of Jimi Hendrix.

The most remarkable thing about seeing Prince live is the fact that the guy is a ridiculously great guitar player (or, as one bearded dude said to another during the solo that highlighted “Something In the Water (Does Not Compute),” “That motherf—er can shred!”). His guitar heroics showed up early and often, especially on the slowed-down, Zeppelin-ized version of “Let’s Go Crazy.”

When he wasn’t melting his six-string, he was holding court as the ringmaster of a sprawling funk band whose numbers seemed to keep multiplying (there were at least 18 other musicians on stage). READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga wears a hover dress, performs 'ARTPOP' songs at Brooklyn artRAVE

At long last, we have arrived at the official release of Lady Gaga’s brand new album ARTPOP. And to celebrate, Gaga threw herself a party at a giant warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on New York’s industrial waterfront.

Dubbed the artRAVE, Gaga’s fete featured performances of every track from the new album (she opened with “Aura,” that same way that ARTPOP does), the unveiling of new pieces by large-scale artist Jeff Koons ( including the massive sculpture that appears on ARTPOP‘s cover) and Marina Abromovic (previously seen staring down Jay Z and getting Gaga to traipse naked through the woods), and one of Gaga’s most spectacular entrances yet via a “flying dress” called “Volantis” that was essentially a wearable dirigible.

Check it out in action below.

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Miley Cyrus lights up onstage at MTV European Music Awards -- VIDEO

Remember when you were so emotionally disturbed by Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the VMAs you wanted to remove your eyeballs with a rusty spoon? Or the time you rushed your family down to your homemade bomb shelter after viewing her “Wrecking Ball” video? Nope, me neither. But, as previously reported, earlier today the pop star continued her year of Offending People Who Enjoy Being Offended By Things Miley Cyrus Does when she lit up what most definitely did not look like a cigarette at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, birthplace of the marijuana-dispensing coffee shop and Kirk Douglas (although only one of those facts seems relevant to this story).

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Justin Bieber walks off stage following a bottle throwing incident

As a steady parade of cage fighters and The Simpsons have taught us, crazy things happen in Brazil. When you’re Justin Bieber, things get even crazier—and play out in real time on social media.

The 19-year-old pop star, who traveled to Brazil to headline a concert at Arena Anhembi in Sao Paulo on Saturday night, was just wrapping up “Boyfriend” when he was struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd. He left the stage and did not return; the lights came up a half hour later signaled that the evening was officially over.

This was, alas, not his only Brazilian incident. Page Six reported that on Friday night, Bieber was spotted and photographed exiting Centaurus, a notorious brothel in Rio de Janeiro. Other reports noted that Bieber had been asked to leave the establishment for violating undisclosed house rules. This report came only a day after a Panamanian newspaper reported that Bieber picked up a prostitute in Panama City.

It’s not all bad news: the singer did get through Sunday night’s concert in Rio without incident, and capped off his weekend by releasing “Bad Day,” which you can listen to below or purchase on iTunes. It’s a spare, pretty ballad that is better than the Daniel Powter song but not quite as good as the R.E.M. one of the same name.  READ FULL STORY

James Taylor forgets which song is our National Anthem at the World Series

In case you were not aware, the World Series kicked off this week, pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a war of attrition over which squad has the more loathsome fan base.

Big-time baseball means big-time musical guests, and while Mary J. Blige knocked out “The Star-Spangled Banner” without a hitch during Wednesday night’s game, things got a bit more complicated in Boston last night before Game 2. Legendary folkie and Massachusetts resident James Taylor answered the call to provide musical accompaniment, though following his introduction as the singer of the national anthem, he stepped up to the microphone and began singing “America the Beautiful” instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

It’s easy to forgive the mistake, as he was on the hook to sing “America the Beautiful” during the seventh-inning stretch (which went off without a hitch). And it’s entirely possible he was going jazz on the whole thing and threw a riff in there because he was feeling it (though probably not).

In the end, he made it through “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody went home happy (except for Red Sox fans, who watched their team throw the ball all over the field during a brutal three-run inning that tied the World Series at a game apiece). The series heads to St. Louis this weekend, so here’s hoping that Nelly and the St. Lunatics will take over anthem duties.

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Katy Perry performs tracks off 'Prism,' answers fan questions at iHeartRadio album release party

Katy Perry celebrated the release of her newest album, Prism, last night by throwing a party at the new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles — and unleashing live performances of “Dark Horse,” “By The Grace Of God,” “This Moment,” “Unconditionally,” and of course, “Roar” for a room of very happy Katycats.

Things we learned during the Q&A, hosted by Mario Lopez: The most famous person in Perry’s phone is Miley Cyrus. (“I think she’s the most famous person in the world right now!”) Her favorite song to belt out in the car is Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” The strangest thing she’s ever been asked to autograph? a scan of someone’s brain.

And the weirdest thing in her purse: She once carried around locks of hair belonging to Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift in an otherwise empty bag.Turns out Perry, who shared a dressing room with both singers the first time she attended the Grammy Awards, asked Cyrus and Swift for snips to commemorate the occasion.

“I put bows in it and popped them both into my purse and carried those around for a while.” said Perry before adding almost as an afterthought that now everyone knows she’s “a freak.” READ FULL STORY

Arcade Fire tricks the crowd at 'secret' show in Brooklyn

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In retrospect, it should’ve been obvious. The stage at the Bushwick warehouse where Arcade Fire was supposed to play their “secret” show did seem awfully small, especially for such an unwieldy band. But that didn’t deter scores of fans, dressed up in their mandatory formal wear and/or costumes, from positioning themselves towards the small stage for roughly two hours, waiting for the Montreal indie-rockers to appear.

At around 9:30pm, James Murphy (former LCD Soundsystem frontman, current Arcade Fire producer) took the stage to apologize to the audience. “We can only get three members for right now,” he said. “I’d like to introduce the Reflektors!” A trio of figures wearing giant papier-mache heads jumped onto the stage, took their instruments, and began noodling around lifelessly. Hmm.

They abruptly exited the stage, and just as they did, a giant curtain on the far west side of the venue lifted and revealed another stage — the real one, more than large enough to accommodate the seven members of Arcade Fire. Thanks to the bait-and-switch move, people who thought they were at the front of the audience found themselves suddenly in the back. This caused a swarm of fans to race from one stage to the other as the band — performing under the name the Reflektors, which lines up with the title of their upcoming album  – launched into their new single called (you guessed it) “Reflektor.”

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Watch Lorde make her American TV debut on Fallon -- VIDEO

Lorde! She’s happening, and she’s happening hard.

The 16-year-old New Zealander’s left-field hit “Royals” is maintaining its presence in the Top 10, her stellar debut Pure Heroine hits the U.S. this week, and last night she put on a mini-set on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, her first American TV appearance .

She performed “Royals” first, and then treated the crowd to a special bonus performance, of “White Teeth Teens.” You can watch both below:

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On the scene: Madonna performs at NYC art gallery, covers Elliott Smith and more in NYC

The invitation said “Join us as we set in motion the global platform ArtForFreedom, inspired by Madonna and Steven Klein’s film,” and promised a showing of a video collaboration with BitTorrent and Vice.

But of course, dozens of celebrities and journalists and wet-eyed superfans don’t typically trawl Manhattan’s West Side Highway at 11pm on a Tuesday night in search of a video, no matter how snazzy the branding is.

Below, eight things that happen when one of the most famous women on the planet puts on a surprise performance-art show at a downtown gallery:

1. The entrance to the giant-white-box space is hung with a thick curtain of industrial metal chains, endangering reams of beautiful-people dental work. Beautiful people are immediately soothed with cocktails, served by silent men in gas masks.

2. Sean Penn strides in with security detail, reminding us fondly of this. MC + SP 4eva!

3. Wandering Winkelvii; leathery Lohan.

4. Madonna arrives in a blast of flashbulbs and gives an impassioned, not entirely cohesive speech defending the freedom of artists– including Pussy Riot and Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei – to make art without persecution. She admits that she is “kind of nervous… I think it’s because I care so much about this.” READ FULL STORY

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