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BBC Radio names Ed Sheeran most important singer of 'black' music, faces backlash

BBC Radio station 1Xtra has voted British crooner Ed Sheeran the most important British artist in urban music—and in the process, has sparked an online debate about a “power list” that predominantly features white artists in a genre of music created by black artists.

1Xtra—which describes itself as “the UK’s leading black music station”—released its list of the most “important UK artists in the scene” on Friday. Sheeran topped the list of approximately 20 artists, submitted by radio listeners and chosen by 1Xtra DJs on variables such as “sales statistics, plus more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the wider industry.”

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Justin Bieber apologizes for second racist video: 'I need to take responsibility for those mistakes'

Justin Bieber is issuing apologies more frequently than he’s dropping new music these days.

The pop star offered another public mea culpa Thursday, this time for a second unearthed video featuring the star using racial slurs. In the clip, a 14-year-old Bieber sings a racist parody of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl” in which he talks about killing black people and joining the KKK, and repeatedly uses the N-word. READ FULL STORY

Second video of Justin Bieber using racial slurs emerges

Days after Justin Bieber apologized for using racial slurs in a video shot when he was 15, a new clip of the pop star saying the N-word has leaked.

In the new footage, a 14-year-old Bieber looks into the camera and sings a racist parody of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl.” He repeats the line “one less lonely n—-r,” laughing. “There’s gonna be one less n—-r/if I kill you/I’ll be part of the KKK,” he sings.

TMZ released the footage, saying Bieber and his team want the video made public “because he wants to own what he did.” The website reports that the singer, now 20, told mentors Usher and Will Smith of the videos and that he immediately regretted making them. Usher “took him into a room and showed him historically racist videos to drive home how hurtful these words can be,” according to TMZ.

EW’s requests for comment from Bieber’s reps were not immediately returned. READ FULL STORY

Video of young Justin Bieber telling racist joke leaks

A video of 15-year-old Justin Bieber telling a racist joke and using the n-word has been leaked by a British tabloid.

Available to Sun+ subscribers, the clip shows the young pop star sitting with friends when he begins his joke: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?”

“Don’t even say it,” someone warns. His punchline, which he repeats several times while making chainsaw sounds: “Run, n—-r.”

Sun+ claims Bieber tried to buy the video “for a huge sum of money” to keep it from going public. It was reportedly recorded during the making of his 2011 concert documentary, Never Say Never.

Enter TMZ, which has now posted the video for everyone to see. That site claims they obtained the footage four years ago, but decided not to publish it “in large part because he was 15 and immediately told his friends what he did was stupid.” TMZ reports that Bieber is “frustrated and sad” that the video has been released, and that he will soon address it. READ FULL STORY

Macklemore denies concert costume was a Jewish stereotype

Macklemore decked himself out in a strange getup for a surprise performance at the EMP Museum in Seattle on Friday. Nothing out of the ordinary about that. Except instead of his usual “Thrift Shop” fare, he wore an oversized fake nose, black beard, and black wig. As everyone on Twitter has already pointed out, the costume appears to be a caricature of a Jewish man. Seth Rogen certainly thought so: READ FULL STORY

Did One Direction rip off their 'You and I' video? Australian act Clubfeet says yes

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Intercontinental tween-pop superstars One Direction aren’t exactly considered the most visually compelling act out there, unless you’re counting the remarkable bit of bio-engineering that is Harry Styles’ hair.

But last week, they premiered a brand new video for their single “You & I” featuring a bunch of pretty impressive cloning effects. The only problem? They appear to have ripped off the idea wholesale.

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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

Justin Bieber caught on camera mistreating Argentine flags

Argentines are expressing outrage over the latest scandal to emerge from Justin Bieber’s wild tour through Buenos Aires, saying the way he treated the Argentine flag shows he has no respect for his fans or the country.

Videos from Saturday night’s concert show how Bieber reacted when fans tossed two Argentine flags onto the stage. Most musicians on world tours usually hold up the flags in appreciation to their fans.

Not Bieber. The videos show him treating the flags like dirty rags, using his shoes and then a microphone stand to sweep them off the stage.

Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun tweeted that Bieber will be back to Argentina. He might want to think carefully on that: Insulting Argentina’s flag is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.

Miley Cyrus responds to pot-smoking controversy following EMAs

As your newsfeed has no doubt informed you several hundred times by now, Miley Cyrus sparked a J onstage Sunday night during MTV’s European Music Awards.

In the wake of the fresh batch of hand-wringing over her Just Being Miley, Cyrus took to Twitter to lay out her case. “Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, MTV finds themselves in the good graces of a group that typically condemns them: The Parents Television Council. That group applauded MTV for editing out the footage of Cyrus smoking when the show was rebroadcast on Stateside MTV.

“Last night MTV made a responsible decision and they executed it perfectly,” PTC President and M.I.A. nemesis Tim Winter said. “It is unclear whether MTV’s actions suggest stricter content guidelines for its TV-14 programming, or whether this is just an example of the old saying that ‘even a broken clock is right twice each day.’ We certainly hope it is the former. We applaud MTV for taking responsible actions to eliminate the drug use from its U.S. broadcast, and we urge them to make that a uniform policy for all of its programming.” READ FULL STORY

Eminem on SiriusXM's Town Hall: 'I'm in this game to press buttons and spark conversation'

For a relative recluse, Eminem sure gets around when it’s time to do business. In the lead-up to the release of his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, out today, Mr. Mathers was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, stopped in to spit “Rap God” and collect a prize at the YouTube Music Awards, and finished up his New York media tour with a long conversation on his own SiriusXM station Shade 45. 

In the latest entry in SiriusXM’s Town Hall series, Eminem sat down with host Sway for a lengthy chat about the rapper’s early days (Sway first met him way back in the mid ’90s when he was co-hosting The Wake Up Show on KMEL out of Oakland), his new album, his inspirations, and the controversy that constantly follows him around. He was a little elusive in spots, ducking questions about his daughter and his relationship with his mother despite the fact that thoughts about them both appear on MMLP2. “What I said on the record is what I have to say about that,” he told Sway when asked about being the father of a teenager. “There’s no need for me to elaborate on it. I’m just gonna leave that part of my life out from now on.”

But when confronted with a question from a fan in the studio about his controversial lyrics, he laid out his goals head-on. READ FULL STORY

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