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Eddie Vedder finds Romney's comments 'very upsetting'

A lot of people took umbrage at Mitt Romney’s recently leaked comments, and Eddie Vedder is one of them.

“It’s very upsetting to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of such a ginormous amount of the population,” the Pearl Jam frontman said at a fundraiser for the president in Tampa yesterday. Vedder went on to tell the Obama donors that were Romney elected president, “none of those 47 percent of people would have a voice.”

And he has reason to be upset, too: the singer was once a 47%er himself. Vedder recalled the government training program that helped prepare him for his massively successful career as… a security guard.

Well, kind of — it was that gig that funded his artistic ambitions. “It was that job that allowed me to also afford the guitars and tape recorder and microphones I needed to let me afford keep working on music,” Vedder said. “It was also the job I reluctantly left to move up to Seattle for less pay, in order to join a band. It all worked out.”


Kevin Hart at the VMAs: How did he do?

Last year at the VMAs, Bieber-sized comedian Kevin Hart stole the show with his ceremony-opening comedy routine.

This year, MTV made him the emcee for the whole event.

During his opening monologue, Hart didn’t really skewer any celebs — except for Russell Brand (“Two years! How did that happen?” he asked of the Brit’s multi-year VMA hosting gig) — but he did offer his take on various pop culture events of the last few months.

On Drake and Chris Brown’s bar brawl: “Here’s what you don’t know about Drake,” said Hart. “Drake is from Canada. He loves to recycle…” Hart explained that the only reason Drake allegedly threw a bottle across the bar was because he was trying to throw it into a recycling bin. When it allegedly hit Chris Brown, Hart says that Drake explained he was aiming for “the bin,” but Brown heard him say, “Bitch.”

On Snooki’s new baby, Lorenzo: Hart said he was glad Snooki finally gave birth, since she’d had her baby “in the oven” for so long. Not that the heat should matter too much. “You’ve been cookin your skin for a while,” quipped Hart.

On Kristen Stewart’s cheating scandal: Hart joked that, following Kristen Stewart’s alleged affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, a new dwarf joined the block. “Look, we’ve got Sleepy, Grumpy, Adultery,” he said. Still, Hart said that people shouldn’t be too hard on her: “Everybody’s mad at Kristen Stewart for making a mistake… If she did, so what? It’s over. Move on.”

All in all, it wasn’t a particularly funny opening. Hart mostly told stories — like his fairly lame account of why Frank Ocean came out — but kept light on jokes. Still, he’s indisputably excited to be there, and kept the opening brisk, which is always good. Plus, the guy gets major points for willingly standing next to the towering Dwight Howard.

Readers, what’d you think?

The 10 most Owl City-ish lyrics on the new Owl City album

Don’t be fooled by the beachy vibes of Owl City’s hit single “Good Time” — frontman/mastermind Adam Young is way less interested in the shore than he is in amateur astronomy.

At least that’s how it seems on his brand new album, The Midsummer Station, which was released today and has already hit No. 1 on iTunes.

Owl City, who formerly topped the Hot 100 with “Fireflies,” his trenchant exploration of twinkly lightning bugs, has developed an even stronger penchant for nature-based melodrama on Station, and it seems the celestial themes have completely taken over his writing. Skies burst, rainbows glitter, stars shine, people shine — everything shines, perhaps, but the melodies.

Check out  Young’s most over-the-top lines below: 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.


Drake: 'Surface R&B doesn’t work any more'


Kanye West isn’t the only rapper who can boast about graduation.

In a new interview with Canadian magazine Now, Drake revealed what his summer calendar will look like once he’s done throwing his hometown of Toronto a new music festival, OVO Fest.

“I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school,” he said, hopefully while one-strapping his Jansport backpack and frantically rustling through his Trapper Keeper. (Music Mix sat alone at the cafeteria.)

“I only have one credit left,” Drake added. “I’m really excited about that.”

And we are too! After all, we all basically went to high school with him for so many years.


Madonna facing lawsuit in France over swastika imagery

Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” ways are finally catching up with her.

As we reported earlier, the rampant nipple-flashing pop legend previewed a video in Tel Aviv that featured images of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wright Front National Party, with a swastika imposed over her head. As one would imagine, Le Pen did not take kindly to it, threatening Madge by saying, “If she does that in France, we’ll be waiting for her.”

Well, guess what: Madonna did that in France, and Le Pen was waiting for her — with a lawsuit. At a show in Paris’ Stade de France, the singer indeed let the video rip in front of 70,000 concert-goers, which you can see in the video below:


Black Keys, Danger Mouse suing Pizza Hut, Home Depot for using song in commercials

The Black Keys may have named their most recent album after an old Chevrolet model, but that doesn’t mean they’re open to pimp just any company.

The Ohio garage duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have filed separate copyright infringement lawsuits against Home Depot and Pizza Hut for wrongly using their music in commercials, the AP reports.

Home Depot, the suit claims, used portions of the band’s hit “Lonely Boy” in a power-tools ad without the artist’s permission, while Pizza Hut allegedly pulled a similar stunt with “Gold on the Ceiling.” According to the AP, Brian Burton (a.k.a. Black Keys producer Danger Mouse) is also suing the companies.

“The experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement,” said Black Keys spokeswoman Mary Moyer in a statement. On top of requesting cease-and-desist orders, the band (which has previously allowed their work to be used in ads for Cadillac and Suburu) is also seeking more than $75,000 in damages from each party.


Lil Wayne defends pulling Nicki Minaj from Hot 97's Summer Jam

As the controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj’s flap with Hot 97 DJ Pete Rosenberg begins to die down, her friend and boss Lil Wayne has finally stepped out to offer his side of the story.

In case you’ve forgotten, Minaj was slated to play Hot 97’s Summer Jam earlier this month, but Wayne — the head of her Young Money label — pulled her out after Rosenberg said Minaj’s single “Starships” wasn’t “real hip-hop” on the radio.

Things heated up after that, but now after weeks of silence, Wayne spoke to MTV about his decision. “That’s a female,” the “Lollipop” rapper explained. “First and foremost, Nicki Minaj is a female. I don’t know what anyone else believes, but I believe females deserve the ultimate respect at all times no matter, when or where or how.”

“As soon as she called me and told me she felt disrespected, I just declined everything,” Weezy continued. “I pulled her from the show because … no person that works with me will be disrespected in my presence as long as I’m on this planet.”

Watch the interview below:


Jamie Lynn Spears performs song about Britney -- VIDEO

Is this a recently unearthed Britney-Spears-circa-2002 video?

Surprise! It’s not — it’s actually little sis Jamie Lynn, now 21, who bears a double-take-worthy resemblance to her famous older sister. And Britney was certainly on the younger Spears’ mind last night, when Jamie Lynn performed an original track, “I Look Up to You,” at a club in Nashville.

With lyrics such as “They took away your innocence/We forgot our strong defense,” the song can easily be read to be about everyone’s favorite not-that-innocent pop star.

Check out the concert footage below:


Chris Brown's camp has reportedly given NYPD 'physical evidence' implicating Drake in bar fight

The bottle-throwing fight heard ’round the world is still raging on.

Last we left the back-and-forth over how and why (and if) Chris Brown and Drake got into a 4 a.m. bar brawl that resulted in Brown getting cut in the face, we’d been told by sources that A) Drake was not involved in the fight and B) Meek Mill was involved in the fight.

But twist! TMZ reports that Brown’s lawyer has apparently presented the NYPD with “physical evidence” which allegedly shows Drake was involved in the melee (also known in the rap world as snitching), while Brown himself spoke with detectives. He is being treated as “a witness and a victim,” cops told TMZ.

Drake’s camp is cooperating with police as well, but they’ve remained largely silent since releasing their Drake-absolving statement yesterday.


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