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Lana Del Rey makes up for past sins on 'Letterman'

Sorry, backlash fans: Lana Del Rey wins this round.

After a certain disastrous late-night television performance (you know the one), ol’ LDR bounced back last night with an improved showing on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Once again singing her breakout hit “Video Games,” the once-wooden starlet looked to have been better oiled and more prepared for a national stage.

Also helping was the fact that the Late Show camera crew mercifully took some of the heat off of Del Rey by periodically focusing on other people, ones equipped with musical instruments and chairs.

Another possible factor for the controversial songstress’ relatively smooth outing? A confidence boost stemming from knowing that her debut effort Born to Die is in the lead for the highly coveted non-Adele top spot on the Billboard 200.

We could keep making guesses, or you could just watch the video below and rate her performance yourself:

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Bjork discusses 'Biophilia,' elves on 'Colbert Report'

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Everyone knows Stephen Colbert is the toughest interview in town — not even Iceland’s adorable quirk-princess Björk is off the hook when she shows up in his studios.

After delving into the background and composition of her new album-slash-app Biophilia, the million-dollar satirist cut to the heart of the matter, asking the Umlauted One: “Can I lick the album?”

Björk, under her technicolor hairdo, replied positively: “You should give it a go!”

The two also got to talking about her native land’s most intriguing feature: elves.

Colbert wanted to know if the good people of Iceland really believe in elves. Spoiler alert: they do. She then went on to highlight the merits of her people’s traditions and note that elves represent their close relationship with nature. “It’s all about respect,” she told Colbert.

Check out the full interview below:

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Beastie Boy Mike D disses 'NYT' puzzlemaster Will Shortz on 'Colbert Report' -- VIDEO

As far as hip-hop beefs go, it’s no Drake vs. Common, but it’s certainly more fun.

First, some background: New York Times puzzle guru Will Shortz was called out this week by freelance writer Julieanne Smolinski for misusing the word “illin” in a recent crossword, leading the two to cross swords via e-mail.

“The clue for 28 down reads ‘Wack, in hip-hop,’ and the answer provided is ‘ILLIN,'” Smolinski wrote. “These are not the same things, at all!”

Shortz fired back with this defense: “According to the Dictionary of American Slang, edited by Robert L. Chapman,’illin” means ‘stupid, insane.’ ‘Wack’ is defined as ‘worthless, stupid.’ The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, by Tony Thorne, defines “illin'” as ‘bad, uncool,’ and says it is a buzzword in the rap and hip-hop cultures. It seems to me that’s roughly the same as ‘wack’ in the sense of worthless or stupid.”

Added the Timesman, “So it seems to me the clue is fine.”

But it doesn’t seem fine to Mike D of the Beastie Boys, who took to The Colbert Report to settle the score on rap’s nerdiest feud once and for all.

How does it all end? Let’s just say Shortz might need to check himself. Watch the tweedy Beastie work out the finer points of hip-hop grammar in the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul

Last night, Kelly Clarkson got an impromptu lesson on the impact of Twitter and the secret past of Ron Paul. The “Stronger” singer’s evening took a pretty intense left-hand turn when, only an hour after letting the world know that she was enjoying making cinnamon rolls with her niece, she decided to sound off on her love for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” she wrote of the oft-lampooned Libertarian. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”

That particular expression of appreciation did not sit well with Clarkson’s 925,000 followers, many of whom began to take Clarkson to task for her endorsement. It began with relative civility, but as most things on the Internet (and especially on Twitter) tend to do, it got out of hand with alarming speed. READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears engaged

Following up on rampant online buzz, People is reporting that Britney Spears is engaged to Jason Trawick, the agent she’s been officially dating since May of last year.

Spears previously hinted at big news in a tweet: “OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!! Xxo”

No word yet on whether or not Trawick’s proposal was anything like the time Brit got the Titanic necklace from that astronaut. (That really happened, right?)

Spears has been married twice before: Once to old friend Jason “I Wasn’t In Seinfeld” Alexander in a blink-of-an-eye Vegas hitching, and once to an underground Brazilian rapper who later starred in Celebrity Fit Club. What was his name again?

Mazel tov, Brit. Here’s hoping you finally found someone who will e-mail your heart on the regular.

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Jimmy Fallon spoofs Justin Bieber's 'Baby' drama: watch video here

It’s not his baby!

After the news broke yesterday that Justin Bieber is reportedly the father of a newborn, “Baby” spoofs were inevitable.

So thank God for Jimmy Fallon and his “(It’s Not My) Baby,” on last night’s Late Night. Fallon once again rocked the Biebs’ signature hairdo and did a pretty great imitation of his shuffling dance steps and repeated pop ‘n locks. The best part? Black Thought of The Roots providing the Ludacris-esque backup to Fallon’s Bieber.

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Justin Bieber explains his speeding ticket, makes Jay Leno eat sushi on 'The Tonight Show': Watch it here!

Today marks the release of Justin Bieber’s new album Under the Mistletoe – collection of Bieberized Christmas songs featuring some all-star guest appearances from the likes of Mariah Carey, Usher, and Boyz II Men.

To celebrate its release, Bieber sat down on Jay Leno’s couch on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show. (Apparently, he dressed up as Joan Jett for Halloween.) While his late-night patter still needs a little work, he did manage to tell a handful of funny anecdotes during his conversation with Leno.

First and foremost, he discussed his customized Cadillac, which he calls the Batmobile. According to Bieber, the eye-catching vehicle managed to attract at least one unwanted admirer: a police officer looking to give Bieber a ticket for speeding.

In the evening’s funniest exchange, Bieber tells Leno that when he got pulled over, he didn’t know he was driving too fast (he had gone through a construction zone), so when the cop asked him if he knew why he pulled him over, Bieber answered, “Is it because you like my car?”

Check out both parts of Bieber’s sit-down with Leno below. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna cancels Sweden show, blames exhaustion

Organizers say Rihanna was forced to cancel a show in the Swedish city Malmo at the last minute after falling ill. Live Nation spokesman Kristofer Akesson says Rihanna didn’t feel well Monday and tour organizers contacted a doctor who concluded the singer was suffering from severe exhaustion and “was not capable of carrying out the concert.”

The singer apologized to fans on Twitter and posted a picture of her arm attached to an intravenous drip. Akesson says Rihanna is now in Stockholm and said he expects her to perform there as scheduled Tuesday evening. Organizers are trying to find a new date for the show in Malmo.

Scotty McCreery sings the national anthem at the World Series, Zooey Deschanel to bat clean-up

Last night at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals bested the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the opening game of the 2011 World Series. The biggest baseball event of the year kicked off with the usual pomp and circumstance, featuring a cameo appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama and a national anthem performance by American Idol winner and Billboard chart-topper Scotty McCreery.

Luckily, McCreery’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sharper than his unfortunately-tinted World Series jacket, and he also managed to overcome a bit of a technical snafu at the beginning (the first step to a great performance is to turn on the microphone).

It’s still a little bit jarring hearing that voice come out of McCreery’s face, but he managed to sidestep the usual pitfalls the come associated with the song. He’s had plenty of practice, as he performed it before a North Carolina State football game just a few weeks ago.

For those of you not interested in baseball (which is a shame, because this is the most evenly-matched Series in recent memory) but definitely concerned with music and patriotism, Fox announced the rest of the planned anthem singers for the three sure-thing games remaining.

It’s an especially country-tinged lineup: Trace Adkins will take the microphone before tonight’s game, with Ronnie Dunn holding it down before Saturday night’s game in Arlington, Texas. The most intriguing performance will come Sunday night in Texas, where New Girl star and She & Him member Zooey Deschanel will take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” before game four.

Check out Scotty’s performance below, and let us know who you’d like Major League Baseball to book to sing the national anthem should the World Series extend beyond four games. Anybody else hoping that St. Louis’ own Nelly gets the chance to bellow about the rockets’ red glare? READ FULL STORY

Dixie Chicks headline concert for Texas wildfires relief

Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a thunderous crowd Monday night that “there was zero hesitation” when the band was asked to perform with fellow country stars to raise money for victims of recent wildfires in her home state of Texas. She and her band mates joined Willie Nelson, George Strait and other musicians during a mega-concert in Austin that raised more than $500,000. A fire that started Sept. 4 in Central Texas’ Bastrop County destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed two people, marking the most devastating of the numerous fires that have scorched about 6,000 square miles in Texas in the last year.

Maines told the crowd she was worried that without homes, “you all might not look lovely.” But she told them they all looked fantastic. “When they called us to do this show, there was zero hesitation,” she said. “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.” READ FULL STORY

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