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'Sparkle' soundtrack listing: Whitney Houston's final recordings coming July 31

When Whitney Houston passed away on February 11, there were rumors that she had been working on new music for her own solo album. Since it seems as though said rumors are little more than hopeful speculation, for now we can only assume that the tracks recorded for the upcoming soundtrack to Sparkle will be her last recordings.

The soundtrack listing to Sparkle, which comes out on July 31 in advance of the film’s August 17 theatrical release date, features a total of 11 tracks, including a pair of Houston songs (the solo track “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” and the Jordin Sparks duet “Celebrate”) and a total of seven contributions from Sparks.

Check out the entirety of the soundtrack listing below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga debuts 'Princess Die' -- VIDEO

Feel like it’s been a while since Lady Gaga did something mildly shocking? Indeed, she’s overdue!

She remedied that last night in Melbourne, Australia, where she debuted her new song “Princess Die,” which she said “may or may not be on her next album.”

With its title and suicide-centric lyrics, it’s a doozy. Take a listen to it below:

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The Spice Girls appear all in one place for the first time in four years

There was a time when the Spice Girls were inseparable. When they were busy spicing up our lives and encouraging everybody to zig-a-zig-ah, they always rolled as a unit. Then the individual members started breaking off to focus on solo careers and marrying soccer players, and eventually seeing the Spice Girls all together in one place became rarer and rarer.

Like Haley’s Comet, they’re back, though not under the oft-rumored context of another proper reunion. Rather, the five members of the group—Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger)—got together to celebrate Viva Forever, a musical based around the Girls’ music that opens on December 11 in London. They were last seen together taking a final bow on stage at the conclusion of their 2008 reunion tour, and there was a great deal of doubt that the entire team would be present for the opening of the show. But Beckham relented, and the Spice Girls all posed for photos.

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John Mayer on being the subject of Taylor Swift's 'Dear John': 'It's cheap songwriting'

John Mayer’s throat woes may keep him from singing, but it seems nothing can stop him from talking.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the reformed playboy went public with his feelings toward the Taylor Swift Speak Now track “Dear John,” a song-letter Swift wrote for the older singer, following their brief (and apparently not awesome) love affair.

“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer said of the song. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that.

“It was a really lousy thing for her to do,” continued the man who used to throw impromptu press conferences in order to speak publicly about ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston.

As for Swift, she’s previously said that the song “is sort of like the last email you would ever send to someone that you used to be in a relationship with.”

But Mayer would’ve rather dealt with this through his inbox. “I never got an email,” he said. “I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down.

Added Mayer, “I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”

He also had some choice words for the song itself: “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting. I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls—.”

Okay! So, before we all take sides, let’s give the Swift song in question another listen to hear the other side of the story:

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Madonna offends French political leader with swastika imagery

Did you think Madonna, the 53-year-old grand dame of pop, had officially left scandalous concert headlines to the youngsters?

Think again. During a tour stop in Tel Aviv last Thursday, a video montage projected during “Nobody Knows Me,” an album track from 2003’s American Life, includes an image of French political leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika emblazoned on her forehead (which, in 2012, is sort of the equivalent of flashing your middle finger at the largest television audience in history). Le Pen has not taken kindly to the association, and has threatened legal action against the Material Girl.

Check out video of the montage below.

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Nicki Minaj vs. Hot 97 feud continues -- hear Minaj discuss the station's 'disrespect' here

Nicki Minaj’s bailout on Sunday night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam caused a minor ruckus, but by Monday, everybody should have woken up with a cooler head and sent apologies all around, right?

Wrong.

On Monday, 24 hours after skipping her set at the annual hip-hop festival where she was by far the biggest star on the bill, Minaj had a lengthy conversation with Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex, whose colleague Peter Rosenberg made the on-site announcement — that “Starships” was “bulls—” and “not real hip-hop” — that drove Lil Wayne to pull his entire label roster, including Minaj, from the show.

What should have been a hatchet-burying summit ended up being a pretty contentious radio conversation. Minaj and Flex spent the first 10 minutes arguing about the timeline of events on Sunday, and who tweeted what when. Then Minaj launched into a diatribe about Lil Wayne’s life lessons. “Wayne gave me a very, very valuable lesson last night on knowing my worth,” Nicki told Flex. “After that disrespect, I still was going on that stage. And you know what? Shame on me. Lil Wayne gave me a valuable lesson on self-worth.”

It devolved from there, boiling over when the pair disagreed on whether or not Rosenberg’s comments were sexist. It’s a lengthy conversation, but the ebb and flow of the exchange is pretty hypnotic—especially when it becomes clear that Flex is just trying to make the segment longer. Give it a listen below (the person named Ebro they keep mentioning is Hot 97 station manager Ebro Darden).

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Nicki Minaj cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam headlining gig after radio DJ insults her song 'Starships'

Yesterday, Lil Wayne put everybody on notice: He is a very protective label boss, and he won’t hesitate to ruin your party if you cross one of his charges.

The 50,000 or so people who packed into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey yesterday for New York City radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam festival got a rude awakening when headliner Nicki Minaj had pulled out of the show — one of the biggest annual events on the hip-hop calendar.

It all started when Hot 97 DJ and Hip-Hop Squares host Peter Rosenberg threw down “Starships,” on the current single from Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, while introducing rapper Kendrick Lamar. “We’re all about that real hip-hop,” he told the crowd. “I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. F— that bulls—.”

Lil Wayne, who heads up Minaj’s Young Money label, jumped on Twitter to announce “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” READ FULL STORY

Beyonce's post-baby concerts: Whitney Houston tribute, Goo Goo Dolls and Lauryn Hill songs

While you were spending your long weekend sitting in beach traffic, drinking too much, and watching the New York Mets show signs of life only to tank against a team that matters, Beyoncé was taking care of business.

In her first series of shows since the birth of her and husband Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World took the stage at Revel’s Ovation Hall in Atlantic City. Boasting that she had lost 60 pounds since childbirth, Bey was in fighting shape, breezing through four nights of wickedly aggressive modern R&B.

The setting only allowed for Beyoncé, a handful of VIP attendees (including First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Sasha and Malia), and Mrs. Carter’s staggering parade of hits, including “Single Ladies,” “Run the World (Girls),” and a medley of Destiny’s Child classics.

Perhaps the most attention-grabbing moments of the night (outside of that crazy weight-loss revelation) came when she dipped into other artists’ catalogs.

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Madonna's 'Born This Way'/'Express Yourself' mashup: Peace offering, or another dig at Gaga?

Elton John. Lady Gaga. Hydrangeas. They’re all eye-catching, colorful… and, famously, the objects of Madonna’s ire. But as of Sunday, one member of that group may have been kicked off of Her Madgesty’s Enemies List.

This weekend, a camera spied Madonna during rehearsals for her upcoming world tour. It was recording as Madge finished a performance of her ’80s hit “Express Yourself” — then seamlessly segued into the chorus of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Though Gaga has claimed that she isn’t “dumb enough or moronic enough” to “have stolen a melody,” it’s tough to ignore how similar these songs sound when sung back-to-back. See for yourself:

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'American Idol': Relive Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday's 'And I Am Telling You...' duet one frame-grab at a time

Anyone who watched the American Idol finale last night got the special treat of seeing original Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday and finalist Jessica Sanchez rip into the ubiquitous showstopper “And I Am Telling You…” like two rabid wildebeasts tearing apart a wounded antelope made of air and musical notes.

It was, in a word, reality TV ridiculata at its finest. Both powerhouse divas belted and growled and made some of the craziest singing faces television has ever seen. (Holliday is the one to watch, though Sanchez held her note-pummeling own).

Below check out the 15 Best Diva Stank Faces from the finale’s most over-the-top (in the best way, ladies!) moment: READ FULL STORY

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