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Lady Gaga's first album was Green Day's 'Dookie' -- what was yours?

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Lady Gaga has a new album, out today.

Born This Way finally arrived in stores physical and digital this morning—and is practically free on Amazon.com—and tonight, you can get inside Gaga’s elaborately-coiffed head via the special Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, a documentary special airing on MTV this Thursday at 9 p.m.

The hour-long show goes inside Gaga’s home life, her experiences growing up, and her early brushes with fame. In the exclusive preview clip below, Gaga reveals her early musical inspirations—including the first album she ever bought with her own money. Follow the jump to find her video confession, and to tell us about your own first-album experience:

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Twilight Singers bring effortless cool to New York show

If the very definition of cool is not caring whether or not you look cool, then Greg Dulli is Steve McQueen.

The Twilight Singers‘ frontman and mastermind (probably still best known for his ’90s alt-rock band Afghan Whigs but also recognizable to devotees as one half of the Gutter Twins, his tag-team effort with former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan) spent the entirety of his band’s 90 minute set at New York City’s Webster Hall oozing a casualness that only the true badasses are able to pull off. Dressed all in black, he ambled around the stage, switching from guitar to keyboard and back again, all the while leading his tight band through blasts of rugged R&B and squalling guitar rock.

Don’t let the swagger fool you, though. When it comes to performing, Dulli was spot on, ripping through passionate late-night anthems like “Forty Dollars” and “King Only.”

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Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary: Watch the teaser here, and learn how they chose their name

Pearl Jam have been close with director Cameron Crowe for years (they even appeared in his 1992 movie Singles), and as part of their year-long 20th anniversary celebration—which also includes the release of deluxe reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy—Crowe is releasing a long-in-the-works documentary.

The short trailer for PJ20 (which you can watch after the jump) features vintage archival footage of the group discussing how they just changed their name to Pearl Jam. Originally, the group was called Mookie Blaylock, after a former NBA point guard (there’s even a shot of a marquee that touts Mookie Blaylock as the opening act for Alice In Chains).Legal issues forced them to change the name to Pearl Jam, and they’ve run with it ever since.

There’s a lot of terrible early ’90s fashion and plenty of goofing around in a van, which means that the film itself, scheduled to get released later this year, should reveal a lot about one of the most interesting and enduring bands in the world. Check out the brief teaser for yourself.

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Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay top Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary lineup

The last big festival of the summer is also the last to announce its lineup, but Lollapalooza always manages to bring it. In 2010, the three-day event featured the only festival appearance by Lady Gaga as well as comeback sets by the Strokes and Soundgarden.

This time around, the headliners include Eminem (who will also be turning in a set at Bonnaroo), Foo Fighters (somehow making their Lollapalooza debut) and Coldplay (who will likely use the opportunity to preview some new songs from their upcoming fifth album).

The 2011 version of Lollapalooza, which will again run in Chicago’s Grant Park over what is always one of the hottest weekends of the year (pack your sunscreen!), will also include appearances by My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, A Perfect Circle, Bright Eyes, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, Cage the Elephant, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and dozens more.

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Lauryn Hill's Moving Target tour lands in Los Angeles: Old-school songs with new-school flavor

Lauryn Hill’s latest tour, Moving Target, finally made its way to Los Angeles on Monday night, following a weekend appearance at the Coachella Festival in Palm Springs.

The singer hit up downtown’s Club Nokia for a healthy dose of songs pulled from several realms of her musical history, including her time with the Fugees, her Grammy-winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and even a little tribute to Bob Marley. [Note: The photo shown here isn't of Hill on Monday evening, because press photos were not made available.]

Hill opened her concert—which, despite reports of extreme tardiness in the past, started only about 20 minutes after the scheduled time—by declaring to the crowd: “If it’s okay with you, we’d like to do some classic music.” And classic music she certainly did, launching with her Miseducation hit “Everything Is Everything,” before rolling into Refugee Camp All-Stars’ “Sweetest Thing” and weaving back to Miseducation with “Lost Ones.”

But to be honest, her use of term “classic” should be interpreted loosely, especially when you consider how Hill, wearing an oversized dress and suit jacket, performed the songs. While she certainly sang the lyrics to the aforementioned tunes, they were only recognizable as the songs we’re familiar with at certain, fleeting points. Not that that’s a bad thing—Hill’s voice is still deep and luscious as it ever was but anyone hoping for a tour through the recorded versions of her songs will be sorely disappointed.

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Britney Spears says: 'Femme Fatale is my most upbeat and mature album yet.'

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With the release of Britney Spears’ much-anticipated seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, less than three weeks away, the pop diva is beginning her round of promotional interviews. Of course, she’ll be doing the Good Morning America thing on Tuesday, March 29, the day the album hits stores. But one of her first print/online interviews is with Out magazine in a story called “Britney E-Mails Her Heart.” The story is slugged that because, as you might guess, the interview was done entirely via email. (Her handlers are obviously still keeping her close, which is no fun.)

Since email interviews allow the subject to really think about what he or she is saying—and the luxury of having a publicist read over and edit anything before it goes back to the journalist—this particular interview didn’t yield the juiciest of quotes of anecdotes. But, what the hell! We’ll bite! She talks her new album, the album she thinks changed the world (you’ll be surprised!), which Golden Girl is her favorite, and lots more. Here are a few of our favorite bits from Britney’s chat with the gay magazine:

When you were starting out, whose career did you want to mold after yours? “Madonna. No question. She is an amazing entertainer. Besides Madonna, I also admire Sarah Jessica Parker’s career and her shoe collection?”

Are there any of your songs that you wish you hadn’t recorded/you don’t really love? “No. All my songs are f—ing amazing.”

How is Femme Fatale different from your other albums? I think Femme Fatale is my most upbeat and mature album yet.

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Blink 182's Travis Barker talks new album, tour: 'It's definitely coming close'

blink-182Image Credit: Simone Joyner/Getty ImagesNot only is the long-awaited Blink-182 album almost-kinda-nearly finished, but drummer Travis Barker says the band might actually hit the road for a full tour—not just the short run of overseas dates they announced last November.

“We are talking about taking Kid Cudi out for an amazing tour we may have planned for later this year,” Barker told MTV News.That’s coming on the heels of Barker saying the band’s new album—their first in eight years—will be finished in “June or July.”

“Here’s the thought process for the album,”said Barker, who will also release his solo outing Give the Drummer Some on March 15. “Build 20 songs, pick 12 we love, and then concentrate on those 12 songs until they’re done, and then our album’s finished. And it’s definitely coming close … I think it’s where you would think Blink would be right now if you left off with our last album with us, and you follow each of our careers, and you know what we’ve done [since].”

Either way, June or July is still far enough from now for us to feel like we wouldn’t bet the mortgage on its summertime arrival. But what do you think, Blink fans? Tell us in the comments section, below.

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More on EW.com:
Travis Barker reveals star-studded guest list for solo debut
Blink 182 announce first arena tour in seven years

Jennifer Lopez's forthcoming album 'Love?': Producer RedOne spills on the sound

Jennifer-LopezImage Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesAmerican Idol judge Jennifer Lopez’s long-gestating album Love? is currently slated for a March 29 release, and one single, the Pitbull-infused, “Lambada”-riffing “On the Floor” has already hit radio (although not the Billboard charts in the U.S….yet). So we’ve gotten a taste of what’s possibly to come, but what’s up with the rest of the forthcoming album? Lopez is reportedly using music that she recorded for the album back when it was in the works at Sony and songs that she’s newly recorded with producers Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, and RedOne. Which is interesting considering RedOne came down the red carpet at Sunday evening’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he spilled some details about what to expect when Love? drops next month. “I did  about half of the album and I am one of the executive producers with LA Reid,” Red One told EW. “The first song, ‘On The Floor,’ is already blowing up and the rest is even better. Lots of dance songs.”

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Blink 182 announce first arena tour in seven years

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Long-dormant pop-punk giants blink 182 will be bringing all their small things to big stages next summer, according to a recent announcement.

The band’s Mark Hoppus blogged the news on bompa.com of five upcoming U.K. showdates for July 2011, including London’s 02 Arena, with the message “Yes indeed!!!  Going back on tour this summer, after the release of the new album. Lots more dates to come, and not just in the UK.  These are just the first we’re announcing. Stoked!”

Are you ready for the band’s return, and their first album since decidedly darker and more experimental self-titled release?
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More on blink 182 from EW.com:

Travis Barker’s solo debut to be packed with A-list rappers. Excited yet?
Tom DeLonge on Angels and Airwaves’ free ‘Love,’ the blink-182 reunion, and more: The Music Mix Q&A

Billy Corgan slams Pavement, calls them 'the death of the alternative dream'

BILLY-CORGANImage Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesDespite all his rage, he is still just a rat in a 140-character-limit cage.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and general unstoppable quote machine Billy Corgan took to his official twitter.com/billy# page over the weekend, unleashing a series of persnickety butterfly-winged tweet bullets after receiving the news that he would be sharing a festival bill with the recently reunited Pavement at Brazil’s Planeta Terra Festival next week.

Below, his thoughts, presented in unexpurgated real-time form:

1:50 PM Just found out SP is playing with Pavement in Brazil. It’s gonna be 1 of those New Orleans type funerals

1:51 PM I say that because they represent the death of the alternative dream, and we follow with the affirmation of life part.

1:53 PM funny how those who pointed the big finger of ‘sell out’ are the biggest offenders now…yawn. they have no love

2:00 PM by the way, we’ll be the band up there playing NEW songs because we have the love xx

It’s so Mothra vs. Godzilla, if Mothra’s band had no other original members, and Godzilla kind of never cared about Mothra in the first place! Or as my colleague Simon says, “It’s like Billy just finally got around to hearing the third verse of ‘Range Life” … again.

But what do you think, readers—should this (generally one-sided) feud continue, or should they meet up backstage in Sao Paulo, have a pitcher of caipirinhas, do some capoeira, and finally call it a truce?

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More from EW.com’s Music Mix:
Matador 21 in Las Vegas: three nights of all-star indie rock with a heavy dose of Gen-X nostalgia
Billy Corgan ‘blacks out’ on stage
Pavement at Central Park: Oh, stormy night

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