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Spike Jonze previews this Sunday's YouTube Music Awards, featuring Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire

Director Spike Jonze has had a busy 2013: He produced Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (currently the number one movie in the country), his next directorial effort Her is set to roll out at Christmas, and this Sunday, he’ll oversee the first ever YouTube Music Awards.

The show, which celebrates both high-octane stars and viral upstarts, will beam live from New York City’s Pier 36 and will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire. The whole thing will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and will air live (naturally) on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

But what will the show actually look like, and how will it differentiate itself from the other music award shows crowding the calendar? Jonze spoke to EW about the process of putting it together, the goals for the evening, and more.

Entertainment Weekly: How long have you been working on this show? How did you get involved?
Spike Jonze: About six months ago, YouTube approached Vice and I about creating and producing their first music awards. It seemed like such a natural thing both for them and for me. I’ve always loved YouTube and the idea that anyone can make something and put it up. There’s no gatekeeper anymore—someone can just be creative and share it.

We came up with the idea that this night should be all about making things. So we’re giving awards to people who made things this year, but we’re also trying to make the whole awards show feel like a YouTube video. It’s about being creative and making things, and one of the main parts of that is we’re making live music videos with these artists, and as opposed to artists performing on a stage to an audience, though there might be some of that too if that’s the idea. It’s more about making these live videos in front of and with the audience that is there.

So will the artists be performing in full-scripted, narrative-type videos?
Some of them will be more straightforward performance videos, but some will be more conceptual. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar to hit AMA stage

Hold your applause: Lady Gaga will perform at the American Music Awards next month.

Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, and Luke Bryan will also hit the stage for the Nov. 24 awards show in Los Angeles.

Previously announced performers include Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Imagine Dragons, and Florida Georgia Line.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead with six nominations, including artist, new artist, and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.” Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake have five nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna, and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons are both up for three awards.

The AMAs will air on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Lady Gaga releases new song 'Venus' -- LISTEN

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Lady Gaga has landed, and she doesn’t just want your applause — she wants you to take her to your planet.

Mother Monster debuted her latest single off ARTPOP over the weekend — a nearly four-minute long dance-pop song titled “Venus.” In it, Gaga belts space-themed lyrics infused with references to the planet’s mythical counterpart, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. “Let’s blast off to a whole new dimension/In your bedroom,” she sings. “Take me to your planet/Take me to your leader.”

Gaga goes on to list the names of the planets (“Mercury, Jupi-tah”) ending with Uranus and Mars, and cheekily rhyming the former with the line, “Don’t you know my ass is famous.” It’s catchy, though the extraterrestrial theme’s sure to draw comparisons to Katy Perry’s “E.T.” from 2010 — a comparison Gaga would probably like to avoid.

ARTPOP drops Nov. 11. Check out the audio for “Venus,” accompanied by an image of Gaga in metallic paint accessorized with a scorpion, below.

Lady Gaga gets galactic in snippet of new song 'Venus': Hear it here

Watch out, Venusians: Mother Monster is coming for you. (But at least she left R. Kelly at home?)

Lady Gaga teased a new 40-second snippet of the Artpop song “Venus,” and it’s looking to be a thumper worthy of its galactic name. Don’t be surprised if “Aphrodite Lady Seashell Bikini” becomes the catchphrase of the season.

Hear the new snippet in the video below:

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Lady Gaga may regret telling R. Kelly 'Do What U Want' on new single: Hear it here

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When Lady Gaga announced the full track list for her upcoming album ARTPOP, the most intriguing entry for super freaks everywhere was the song titled “Do What U Want.” It wasn’t so much that it was a particularly provocative name for a song, but more because the phrase “featuring R. Kelly” came right after.

That song has been released, along with a photo of Gaga’s be-thonged buttocks that serves as the cover art. The song, built on a totally ’80s synth throb, finds Gaga encouraging listeners to “Do what you want with my body.” Duet partner R. Kelly takes her up on that, crooning about doing shots and flying on private jets before doing what he wants with her body (in the back of a club, of course, because all the best R. Kelly verses take place in the back of a club).

Honestly, the track doesn’t quite come together (Gaga’s vocal style clashes too much with both the track and Kelly’s smooth R&B pipes), but it’s an intriguing mind-meld nonetheless. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga premieres new song 'Aura' with 'Machete Kills' themed lyric video: Watch here

Though her new album ARTPOP isn’t out until November 11, Lady Gaga will be providing her fans with an ample dose of Gagaosity in the gloriously violent new Robert Rodriguez film Machete Killswhich opens this weekend. (Though it is being marketed as her acting debut, anybody who has seen the third season of The Sopranos knows her acting roots run deeper.)

Not coincidentally, Gaga premiered a new ARTPOP song called “Aura” earlier today, complete with a lyric video that features a ton of teaser footage from Machete Kills. If you like the idea of Danny Trejo throwing knives to the beat of Gaga’s throbbing thump, then the video below should carry you through the next few days.

Give a listen to “Aura” (and watch Cuba Gooding, Jr. pull off his face to reveal Ms. Gaga) below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga unveils 'ARTPOP' cover art

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Remember Lady Gaga? The music world has been so distracted by its provocateur du jour Miley Cyrus, the Katy Perry single “Roar,” and the ascension of Lorde that it sometimes seems like Gaga’s album already came and went.

But ARTPOP, her new full-length, isn’t scheduled to hit stores until November 11, and Gaga just pulled back the curtain on the album’s cover art.

The cover was designed by artist Jeff Koons, he of giant metal balloon animals and Jay Z shout-outs fame. “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me!” Gaga tweeted when she sent out the picture of the cover. That’s not actually her on the cover—it’s a very convincing sculpture of the nude Gaga, with a signature Koons reflective-metal ball cover up her naughty bits.

ARTPOP will drop on November 11. The lead single “Applause” is currently sitting at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, and another single is reportedly coming soon. Like Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail before it, ARTPOP will also be available via an app that is set to go live soon.

What do you make of the cover art for Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP? Does it make you feel differently about “Applause” or any of the other songs she played during the iTunes Festival? Where does your anticipation level stand for ARTPOP on the whole? Has Gaga been eclipsed by Miley Cyrus as fall’s pop conversation point? Let us know all your Gaga-related thoughts in the comments. 

Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire to headline first-ever YouTube Music Awards

YouTube has announced that the very first YouTube Music Awards will take place Nov. 3, with nominations being announced Oct. 17. Nominations will be based “on the videos that the world watched and shared over the past year,” with fans voting on winners. The show, which will be live streamed on YouTube, will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire as well as “some of YouTube’s biggest stars including Lindsey Stirling and CDZA.”

It’s not clear if artists that dominated YouTube this year, such as Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, will be appearing.

“YouTube is home to both established artists and the next generation of musical talent,” said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube’s Vice President of Marketing, in a release. “From catalyzing careers and pop culture phenomena to propelling a song’s rise to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, our global community’s influence is felt across the music industry. We’re thrilled to celebrate our fans and the music they love with a whole new kind of awards show –  the first-ever YouTube Music Awards – judged by you.”

The show will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman.

Adam Levine now in a Twitter feud with Lady Gaga, sort of

For somebody who tries to spread a gospel of love and acceptance, doesn’t it seem like Lady Gaga gets herself involved in an awful lot of passive-aggressive kerfluffles on Twitter?

Having taken a barrage of beef from onetime collaborator Azealia Banks, Mother Monster has now gotten into it with Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine. On Friday, Levine tweeted, “Ugh … recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” He followed that up with the note, “I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That’s It. It doesn’t need any extra sauce.”

Though he didn’t name any names, most everybody on the Internet decided that he was taking shots at Gaga. She responded to his comments on Saturday. “Uh oh guys the art police is here,” she tweeted.

That was the last of the exchange. It seems as though both Gaga and Levine have gone back to their respective corners, with the former gearing up for the forthcoming release of both her film debut (in Machete Kills, out Oct. 11) and her new album ARTPOP (out Nov. 8).

Meanwhile, Levine will be returning to his spinning chair on the season premiere of The Voice tonight. We judge this round a draw on all cards.

Azealia Banks cyber attacks Lady Gaga over 'Red Flame' theft

Azealia Banks—who, we’ll remind you, still has yet to release her oft-delayed debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste—has decided to go back on the offensive with Lady Gaga. 

In a series of tweets, Banks took Gaga to task for jacking the song “Red Flame.” “Make sure u let them know where u got the title for red flame from. U stole that from the demo I sent u,” she said in a (since deleted) tweet at Gaga. “You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”

There are a handful of problems with this. First, it’s unclear whether or not Banks is upset that Gaga took the song “Red Flame” wholesale (was that supposed to be the collaboration between Banks and Gaga that she jettisoned from ARTPOP?) or if she’s just bummed that she’s using the title “Red Flame” (which makes even less sense, considering the ARTPOP track list has yet to be completed and Broke With Expensive Taste doesn’t contain a song with that name). Gaga did not respond to the tweets, and as mentioned, the initial message was deleted from Banks’ Twitter feed.

This isn’t the first time Banks has gotten up in Gaga’s cyber-business. Following Gaga’s show-opening, seashell-centric performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Banks took umbrage with Gaga’s adoption of mermaid couture, a non-trend that Banks has claimed as her own. (Was that the reason Gaga abandoned The Little Mermaid in favor of The Wizard of Oz?)

The saddest thing about this whole exchange? As a punctuation mark on her latest Twitter outburst, Banks tweeted, “Team Katy,” as though anybody on the Internet was still talking about the chart showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the 2013 Fall Diva Wars. Doesn’t Banks know that the real cyber juice comes from writing about Miley Cyrus?

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be released on November 8. Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste will be out eventually, probably.

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