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Madonna zings Lady Gaga: 'Imitation is the highest form of flattery'

“I’m going to dedicate this next song … to Lady Gaga.”

Uh-oh! The last time Madonna began a sentence like that onstage, she ended up taking a catty swipe at nemesis Elton John. And as it happens, she went on to give Gaga — a noted Elton John partisan — the same treatment when dedicating the song “Masterpiece” to her at an Atlantic City concert last Saturday.

“You wanna know something? I love her,” the Material Girl said of Mother Monster. “I love her. I do love her.” But wait for it… “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” Zing!

But Madge followed up her backhanded compliment by prophesying that “one day, very soon, we’re going to be on stage together. Just you wait. You think I’m kidding? I love Lady Gaga.”


Singles Swap: EW picks new music you'll love

Welcome back to the online edition of Entertainment Weekly‘s Singles Swap. Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love:

Lady Gaga: “Born This Way”
Blond art-pop babe leads be-yourself brigade, borrows swagger from Madonna.

Diamond Rings: “I’m Just Me”
Blonde art-pop boy also touts self-esteem, borrows synthesizers from Depeche Mode.


Taylor Swift in tears, Axl gone AWOL, Britney breaking out in a rash: MTV's top exec tells EW the stories behind the wildest moments in VMA history

Last week’s MTV Video Music Awards may have suffered from disappointing ratings (this year’s viewership was only half of last year’s all-time high 12.45 million) and a dearth of big wow moments, but there’s no shortage of bonkers events to look back on in the show’s past.

In fact, we recently caught up with MTV Music Group President Van Toffler to discuss some of the wildest, wooliest, and most unforgettable water-cooler moments from the VMAs’ nearly three-decade run — and got some previously unpublished revelations on everyone from Britney Spears (did you know that she wasn’t actually Madonna’s first-kiss choice back in 2003? Or that her 2001 snake-charming had a seriously unfortunate side effect?) to Kanye’s infamous speechus interruptus. Read on (with video links in the headers, when available).

Kanye Storms the Stage and Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)
Toffler: “There’s no way any of us could have predicted that — we didn’t orchestrate it. He came with a bottle of alcohol, so he was in a festive mood to begin with. But we all were in shock in the [production] truck when he walked up on stage and took the mic from Taylor. I remember turning to one of the producers and going, ‘Do we not have security?’ [But] we don’t put those big bulky guys on camera in front of the talent. Maybe this guy thought Kanye belonged on the stage.

I said to our line producer, ‘You need to go talk to Kanye and probably have him exit the building, and I will go deal with Taylor.’ And she was about to perform right after that break! She was a champ. I would be lying if I said she and her mom weren’t crying when I saw them, but she pulled it together. This was one of the most absurd VMA moments for me, having to talk to her and her mom, and they’re crying and upset, and this was her first time on the VMAs, and she had been used to working on country shows with polite artists. This was a little bit more chaotic than she was used to. And then I walked back behind the stage to find Beyoncé crying about the incident. Ultimately I talked to her and her dad and then went back to Taylor after her performance, and an hour later Beyoncé brought Taylor back out so she could have her moment.

It all played out okay in the end, but there was a lot of drama in between. Beyoncé had the wisdom to bring Taylor out on stage, and Taylor stayed to have her moment instead of leaving.”


Lady Gaga's new album 'ARTPOP' will be a 'multimedia experience'

Ever in a race to outdo herself, Lady Gaga has revealed that her new album ARTPOP will be “a multimedia experience.”

The singer posted the news on her website on Wednesday, promising that fans can expect to “immerse” themselves in the new album more fully than ever before thanks to a downloadable app.

ARTPOP will be released as an iPad, iPhone, mobile and computer compatible application that is completely interactive with chats, films for every song, extra music, content, Gaga-inspired games, fashion updates, magazines, and more still in the works!” she wrote.

She added that the app will be constantly updated as she finds new things to upload.

“You inspired me to create something that communicated with images, because you do, you communicate with me and each other with .gifs and pictures, and artwork, graphics all day 24/7,” she continued.

“I’m hoping you will all continue to grow together and stay connected through your creativity.”

ARTPOP will be released in early 2013.

Readers, what would you like to see on the app?

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Lady Gaga’s bodyguard hits a fan — VIDEO

Lady Gaga's bodyguard hits a fan -- VIDEO

Memo to Lady Gaga fans: don’t approach the ARTPOP diva too quickly.

While walking through her hotel in Bucharest, Romania yesterday, an excited fan holding a pen and paper jumped toward Gaga as she was exiting the lobby. Her bodyguards weren’t happy about the sudden movement. The suits promptly slammed the man against the wall, leaving him prostrate on the floor as Gaga greeted the crowd outside.

So Gaga experts, is there a little big monster in this situation? And if so, was it the overzealous autograph seeker (who did sort of sprint into the middle of Gaga’s hallowed sphere), or the ultra-reactionary bodyguard (who was pretty much doing his job)? READ FULL STORY

Sir Elton John on Madonna: 'She looks like a f-king fairground stripper'

As sure as water is wet and as sure as there will always be an England, Elton John will always hate Madonna.

The two stars’ longtime feud was revived last night when John appeared in an interview with Australia’s Channel 7, where he proceeded to lob a bevy of nasty insults at his rival.

“She’s such a nightmare” John said of Madge. “Her career is over, I can tell you that. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t happen to a bigger c—.”

But you better believe Sir Elton wasn’t done there: “And she looks like a f—ing fairground stripper.” Hey-O! Music Mix has never been to a fairground that had strippers, but we’ll go ahead and assume that that was an insult.

If you’re wondering why John’s letting loose on Madonna, he did drop a big hint: “She’s been so horrible to Gaga,” he said, referring of course to Lady Gaga — his son Zachary’s godmother.


Lady Gaga sued by toymaker for $10 million

Lady Gaga has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit by a toy manufacturer that claims the pop star and her crew reneged on a Gaga doll that had been in the works, the NYDN reports.

MGA Entertainment had planned on releasing the doll around Christmastime but alleges that at the last minute, Gaga, as well as her management and licensing companies, asked for the toy’s voice-chip to be removed, thus delaying the item’s release date. MGA says that Team Gaga had in bad faith “engaged in intentional and deliberate delays” so that the doll could debut in 2013, which would be timed closer to the release of her upcoming perfume and next album.

The company also cites a $1 million advance given to Gaga’s licensing company, Bravado International, for the rights to produce a doll in the singer’s likeness. It’s apparently the largest advance the company’s ever doled out, “because Lady Gaga is not only an A-list celebrity, but one of the few elite recording artists working today,” MGA says.

Gaga’s spokesperson says that while Gaga’s lawyers have yet to see the suit, they’re confident they’re in the right.

Lady Gaga previewed new music on a car stereo in New York last night: Watch it here

Hey, Little Monsters — want to hear new music from Lady Gaga? Just wander the streets of New York.

The Born This Way star gave fans in Gotham a preview of her dancey new song by playing it on her car stereo last night. Gaga fans flocked to the SUV (and to Twitter), praising the new material.

“Amazing!” one fan at the scene shouted in the video that eventually found its way onto YouTube.


It’s a bit difficult to discern if those assessments are fair based on the grainy video below, but check it out anyway and let us know what you think:


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:


Lady Gaga suffers concussion after being hit by a pole in concert: VIDEO

It was a strange weekend for international pop stars.

Not long after Madonna had a “slip” in Istanbul, Lady Gaga had her own headline moment in New Zealand when she was hit in the head by a pole in the middle of a performance there.

The video below show a backup dancer fiddling with the stage props and accidentally striking the singer, who reportedly suffered a concussion but returned to the stage after a brief break to finish the concert.

Gaga’s makeup artist Tara Savelo later reassured fans that Gaga was recovering well via Twitter:

“Gaga has a concussion but she is going to be okay.She wants u to know she loves u. I’m taking care of her.cant believe she finished the show”

So now that you know she’s doing fine, you won’t have to feel (too) guilty about watching footage of the mishap below:


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