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'Glee' covers Britney Spears and Paramore: Hear it now!

The much-ballyhooed Britney Spears episode of Glee airs next week and we’ve got our first tease of the music we’ll be hearing. So what Spears classics will the New Directions folks be tackling? From the leaked montage, it appears the lucky songs are “Toxic,” “…Baby One More Time,” “Stronger,” “I’m a Slave 4 U,” and “Me Against the Music.”

Plus, the episode features the Paramore tune, “The Only Exception.” Glee star Lea Michele has actually had her eye on covering Paramore for a while now. Says Michele, “I’ve wanted to do Paramore since the beginning. The song that I’m doing  is actually my ringtone.” Hear a snippet of each below, including Michele’s cover of her ringtone…

What do you think of these Glee covers, Music Mix-ers? Are they doing Britney and Paramore justice?

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Miley Cyrus' 'Can't Be Tamed' video: Has our little tween star flown the coop?

miley-videoMiley Cyrus has released the video for her new single, “Can’t Be Tamed,” and one thing is clear: The Disney star is flying the coop. No, for reals! The video, which you can view here after the jump, finds our beloved Hannah Montana ensconced in full bird regalia, rocking deep smoky eyes, and being announced as “Avis Cyrus, the rarest creature on earth.” Yes, she’s a bird—a huge-winged bird!—throughout. Which made me feel like she should instead be intoning the words “can’t be caged”—she sits in a cage for much of the clip—instead of “can’t be tamed.” Right? Because birds are not so much tamed as they are caged, right? But anyway, enough of me rattling on about it for the moment, just watch the avian madness here:


Britney Spears' 'Telephone' demo: Producer confirms it's her

Britney-TelephoneImage Credit: Lauren Dukoff; Kevin Mazur/“Telephone” producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins has confirmed that a widely circulated leak is, indeed, Britney Spears’ rough demo of what would later become Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s hit single. “I really don’t know who leaked the version,” Jerkins said in a live online video chat noted by MTV News. “It was an early demo stage of the version. It wasn’t even a mixed version. I would never leak something without Britney’s approval, without [her manager] Larry Rudolph, without Jive Records. That’s just not how I get down.”

The alleged “Telephone” demo hit the Web this weekend, occasioning much hubbub and speculation about its authenticity. Was that really Britney’s voice singing the words we associate with Gaga and Beyoncé? The producer’s comments answer that question pretty definitively. Jerkins also included a teasing mention of Spears’ future plans, promising to “put 200 percent of my focus into writing a new smash for Britney’s new album.” Spears’ label, Jive Records, has not responded to EW’s repeated requests for comment on this story.

What do you think of this revelation? Are you looking forward to Britney Spears’ next album?

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'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy on an all-Britney Spears episode: 'I'm interested'

Good news for Britney Spears and Glee fans: series creator Ryan Murphy tells EW that an all-Britney episode of the hit Fox musical, an idea floated by Spears’ manager via twitter on April 21 after Tuesday’s all-Madonna Glee, is actually being considered. Says Murphy, “I’m interested in the Britney Spears idea. I’ve always loved her. I’m entertaining it. I think young kids would like that.” Murphy also says that he’s contemplating doing similar hour tributes to Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, and, even, Courtney Love! “I actually ran into Courtney Love the other day and talked to her,” says Murphy. “She’s interested. I would love to have the kids do a Courtney Love episode one day.” But he stresses that with all of these artists it really all comes down to the music and how it fits in the Glee universe. “The key is the songs in the catalogue have to have a certain degree of theatricality,” says Murphy.

With the “Power of Madonna” soundtrack set to debut at #1 next week and dominating the iTunes download charts, Murphy says Madonna has been more than pleased with their treatment of her tunes. “She said how much she loved the episode,” he admits.  “She thought it was brilliant and she’s so pleased. Her daughter got to watch it with her and loved it. [Madonna’s] a smart cookie. I mean that introduced her music to an entire new generation.”

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Photo Credit: Carin Baer/Fox; Spears: Mark Liddell

Britney Spears (or at least her manager) wants an all-Brit episode of 'Glee.' Do you?

Glee-Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/Fox; Kevin Mazur/WireImageBritney Spears’s manager, Adam Leber, was tweetering away last night, trying to rustle up enthusiasm for an all-Britney episode of Glee. “Do you guys want to see a Britney Spears episode of GLEE? Thoughts?” he wrote. Then he went straight for Twitter’s big money, the trending topic: “#BritneySpearsGLEE” Then he moved on to discussing her kids eating mashed potatoes, which is neither here nor there.

After this week’s Madonna-centric episode of everyone’s favorite weekly songfest, are you ready to see more stars get their own hour-long jukebox musical? What Spears songs should the cast tackle? (Sue Sylvester singing “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,” anyone?) And what other artists deserve a spotlight episode?

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Happy Birthday, Britney! Why we're still addicted to you when we know that you're ... 28

It’s amazing to think the Princess of Pop, who has been with us for so long, is only just entering her late twenties. I remember when she debuted in 1998 with “…Baby One More Time,” I was a 13-year-old boy allegedly into rock music, but when my younger sister bought the album and I heard “(You Drive Me) Crazy” for the first time, my facade crumbled.

Who could deny the cowbell rhythm and delirious chorus of that song in good conscience? And—late ’90s nostalgia bonus!—the video features a very young, adorable Adrian Grenier and with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, err, Clarissa, err, Melissa Joan Hart.

In the decade since then, Britters has fulfilled a lot of roles—naughty Catholic schoolgirl fantasy, Justin’s partner in dynamic denim, great dancer, one-minute wife to a high school friend, wife-ier wife to a goofball, shaved-head meltdown case, lazy dancer, two-time mother, Slave 4 us—but no matter what she does, we still pay attention to her.

I could never understand using the word “comeback” with Britney (which has been thrown around many times), because when her every move is news for over a decade, what’s there to come back from? READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson tops 2009 Google and Yahoo search; beats Gaga, unseats Britney

Top engines Google, Yahoo, and Bing have revealed their most popular search terms this year, crowning the late King of Pop the king of online inquiries in 2009.

According to cnet, web traffic worldwide surged 11 percent immediately after his death in June—so much so that Google initially thought it was an attack on its service—and continued for weeks, making him only one of two individual entertainers on their Fastest Rising global searches (Facebook, Spanish social network Tuenti, Twitter and New Moon all came ahead of Lady Gaga in the top 10, though she beat Windows 7).

On Google Zeitgeist’s strictly-entertainment list, Eminem took the no. 3 position, Beyonce no. 5, and Gaga’s “Poker Face” lyrics landed at no. 10, while Amy Winehouse grabbed the booby prize (pun!), taking no. 5 on the Fastest Falling global searches.

Jackson also unseated four-years-running champ turned fifth-place finisher Britney Spears on Yahoo, and helped bump Miley Cyrus out of the top 10 altogether, though she still took the highest spot for most-searched Twitter, thanks to her now-famously-defunct account (Taylor Swift’s tweets grabbed third, behind Lance Armstrong).

What do you think these results say about the Year That Was, readers? Who will storm the list in 2010 (Justin Bieber? Ke$ha? Unknown Idol idols to come?), and who will fall off entirely?

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Britney to Satan (via Twitter): Just kidding!

Britney and Beelzebub, sittin’ in a tree, T-W-E-E-T-I-N-G? Fine, word police, that’s one too many letters. But no—though she may believe in certain sexual combinations not implicitly approved by the Christian Coalition, la Brit is not, despite recent updates on her Twitter page, an actual minion of Satan.

She is, however, an unusually frequent victim of devilishly tech-savvy computer goblins; this is at least the third successful hacking of her official account in the past year, following last January’s unprompted gyno update (“Hi Yall! Brit Brit here, just wanted to update you all on the size of my vagina. Its about 4 feet wide with razor sharp teeth”) and a less hilarious incident in June announcing the pop star’s death.

Seriously, Britney is Down Under right now, but not that far, y’all; what’s a girl to do? As of now, her page has removed the offending tweets and posted the following message: “Britney’s twitter account was just hacked. The situation has been resolved and we apologize for any offense the hacker’s messages caused.”

But who do you think is responsible, dear readers? Some unknowable, nefarious internet overlords? Or perhaps the tragically de-Twerted Miley Cyrus?

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Britney Spears lip-synching controversy: (not) shock of the decade?

By now, the “revelation” of Britney’s lip-synching on her current Circus tour is about as newsy as Jon Gosselin picking himself up a new lil’ silk-screened something at the Ed Hardy mega-mart.

So why has it grabbed so many headlines this past week? The story came to a head in Australia, where Circus‘s 14-date Down Under leg has been met with widespread media derision, calls by politicians for laws forcing prominently placed disclaimers in the case of a lip-synched performance, and even fan walkouts. Word spread that dozens of disgruntled concert-goers—most of whom paid from $97 to $1500 AUS per ticket—left the pop superstar’s Friday-night show in Perth, spurred by Spears’ “crap” performance and repeated miming of lyrics. Watch a clip, below:

“We were led to believe the lip-syncing was necessary because her dancing was so good, so rigorous, she couldn’t possibly sing,” writes entertainment journalist Rebekah Devlin, who gathered the testimonials of disappointed fans. “But her moves were sloppy and stiff, as well as out of time.”

Spears’ Australian promoter vehemently denied the claims, saying,”Britney is aware of all this and she’s extremely upset by it. She’s a human being. I’m embarrassed, with such a big international entourage here with Britney, to be part of the Australian media when I see that kind of totally inaccurate reporting.” And her manager Adam Leber likewise responded with a post on Spears’ Twitter page: “Its unfortunate that one journalist in Perth didn’t enjoy the show last night. Fortunately the other 18,272 fans in attendance did. – Adam.”

Even John Mayer, in Australia to promote his new album, joined the fray, tweeting, “If you’re shocked that Britney was lip-syncing at her concert and want your money back, life may continue to be hard for you.”

What do you think, Music Mixers—is the expectation of live performance what you pay to see with Britney, or is it the spectacle? Having attended a tour date in New York earlier this year—and watched the clip from the Perth show above—the saddest thing to me is how little Spears herself seems to enjoy being up there; she often looks distracted, overwhelmed, and frankly, like she’d rather be somewhere else. If she doesn’t want to be there, should we?

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Britney Spears '3' music video: Welcome to the steam room

After the debut of Adam Lambert’s new single, it seemed like maybe we’d tapped out the gift-giving gods of the music world today. But no, they just keep giving! Hello, the video for Britney’s new single “3” just landed on, and it’s H-O-T!

Literally, there’s steam included. (And it lands on the second anniversary of Blackout, no less.)

The recipe for said hotness? Honestly, not a whole lot. Truly, the video is sparse. But there’s not much to the single besides trite, ridiculous advocation for a ménage a trois anyway, so why would the video go any deeper? All we gots are a parade of barely-there outfits. Muscled backup dancers. One horizontal pole. Steam. A pair of sultry, lacy black tights. And a super low-cut swim suit with fun sunglasses. Stir together and voila!

As I was watching here in the office, one of my less-Britney inclined EW colleagues walked by, stopped for a minute to watch, and said: “That’s Britney Spears… now?” Yes surely, folks! It’s Britney now. Super sexy. You can debate about whether a mother of two should be writhing around in such a way, but what’s the point? Just enjoy:


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