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The Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu Twitter feud over nudie music video

Sorry, John Mayer and Taylor Swift: There’s a new music beef in town.

The messy feud between Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips has a surprisingly long timeline that dates back to March, when Badu complained to Rolling Stone about the creative process behind the song “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” their collaboration off the Lips’ Heady Fwends release.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she said of the supposed collab, during which she was reportedly interrupted by Lips leader Wayne Coyne “29 times.” Continued Badu, “I was like, ‘C’mon man, just let me sing it!’”

But the show went on, and when it came time to produce a clip for the track, Coyne decided to post nude pics of Badu from the video shoot.

And then about a month ago, Coyne and Co. debuted the since-removed NSFW video, much to Badu’s chagrin. She took to her Twitter account to express her displeasure, writing, “I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video.”

Apparently looking to avoid negative and perhaps even sexism- and racism-tinged publicity (remember when Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry without her consent?), the Oklahoma psych-rock vets released the following apology:

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Morrissey on Obama: Brit-rock icon calls the President 'useless' and 'simply a set of teeth'

We’re not taking the high road on this one: Bigmouth strikes again.

The endlessly opinionated Morrissey let loose once again in a recent interview, and his targets included his homeland’s Queen and this country’s president.

The former Smiths frontmouth told MSN’s JuiceOnline that he considers President Obama to be “simply a set of teeth, and useless in every other regard,” a conclusion he reached while parsing both current events in Syria and modern forms of government in general.

“I think the age of the President or the Prime Minister is dead,” he said. “People everywhere have lost faith in politics, and rightly so. Something different needs to happen.”

“I think we were all initially swept along with the Obama win,” he continued. “But he’s proven to be simply a set of teeth, and useless in every other regard. Time and time again we see the same scenario whereby political figures only see the public as electorate, and once anyone is elected they appear to hate the people. British politics, as the world knows, is a joke. Yet it’s rarely funny.”

Speaking of Britain, you better believe Moz had something to say about the Queen’s nationwide block party:

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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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Poll: What's your favorite summer song of the past decade?

Now that the long Memorial Day weekend is officially behind us, the time has come for all of you riding around in your Jeeps and your Benzos to make a choice — that’s right, it’s time for Song of the Summer!

We at Music Mix HQ are already pumping up our EW floaties in preparation for the long, hot season of beach-ready chart-burners ahead. And in the meantime, we’re also taking a look back at the biggest summer songs from the past decade.

Limiting ourselves to the last ten years disqualifies dozens of sweaty classics, from Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” to Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” but we wanted to keep things simple. So click on and vote for your favorite:

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Eric Church takes aim at Blake Shelton, 'The Voice,' wussy rock music -- UPDATE

That Eric Church guy is a wild one.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview with the country star, we learn that the Chief chief’s hobbies include: riding around in four-wheelers while clutching loaded guns and beer, getting cowboy boots thrown at him during shows, and punching security guards.

Oh, and he also likes to talk a lot of smack.

Take, for example, Church’s assessment of today’s music industry:

“It’s become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal. That’s crazy.”

“I don’t know what would make an artist do that,” Church continued. “You’re not an artist.”

Naturally, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert (whose career began on the reality talent show Nashville Star in 2003 and who also played a part in The Voice this season) were none too pleased.

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The Wanted are sort of sorry about Christina Aguilera, now talking about Britney Spears

Sorry, but: Oops, they did it again!

(Again, so sorry.) After calling Voice popster Christina Aguilera “a total bitch” in a radio interview last week and semi-apologizing for it, the British boy band the Wanted are now gossiping about Britney Spears behind her back — literally.

The group showed up on New York’s Fresh 102.7 this morning to talk about their experiences with Spears, whom they opened for in Manchester last fall.

“We signed a confidentiality thing that we should never say anything about what happened, but let’s tell it anyway,” said the Wanted’s Tom Parker, the same dude who lobbed the B word at Xtina. READ FULL STORY

The Wanted slam Christina Aguilera, calling her scary, rude, and 'nothing special' lookswise -- VIDEO

The Wanted performed on The Voice last Wednesday — but apparently, judge Christina Aguilera wasn’t glad they came.

Members of the British boy band recently told 92.3 NOW radio host Sarah Lee that when they met Xtina, she didn’t exactly make a good impression. In fact, according to Tom Parker, she was “a total bitch” to the group. Tell us how you really feel, Tom!

After her interviewee dropped the “b” word, Lee looked shocked. But Parker stood his ground, again calling Aguilera a bitch — and then his bandmate Siva Kaneswaran chimed in, adding that he also thought the “Beautiful” singer was “quite rude.”

So what, exactly, did Xtina do? “She might not be a bitch in real life, but to us she was a bitch,” Parker elaborated. “She just sat there and didn’t speak to us, or look at us.” And according to Nathan Sykes, she gave Justin Bieber the same frosty treatment, looking at him askance when he went in for a hug. Watch him and his mates rip into Aguilera below:

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Burger King apologizes for controversial Mary J. Blige commercial

Burger King is apologizing to Mary J. Blige and her fans for releasing an ad that garnered the singer serious fan backlash. The clip featured Blige soulfully singing about the fast-food chain’s new chicken snack wraps. It immediately went viral when it was released Monday, and some in the black community said it was stereotypical.

Burger King pulled the ad Tuesday over what the company said was a music licensing issue. The company explained Wednesday the spot was unfinished.

In a statement, Blige said she understood why fans were upset. She said the ad didn’t come across the way it was planned and she would never put out an unfinished spot.

Burger King said it was released prematurely and they hope to have the final ad on the air soon.

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What is the most '90s movie soundtrack of all time?

Last weekend, I stumbled across my new favorite blog on the Internet.

It’s written by a dude named Chris who is on an ongoing quest to decide which film released between 1990 and 1999 is the most ’90s movie of all time. He uses a handful of rotating criteria, like whether or not the plot of the film could be executed using today’s technology and social customs, the extreme ’90s-ness of the fashion, the use of outdated technology (like pagers and gigantic laptops), and whether the stars of the film are inextricably linked to the decade.

“The Quest” has been going on for a year, but I was so enamored of the idea that I ran through dozens of posts in a single afternoon, internally debating the merits of the scoring system and trying to decide whether or not Angelina Jolie is tethered to any particular era (and even if she isn’t, Hackers is still a paragon of ’90s-ness).

Top scoring entries so far include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (major points based on the impossibility of the plot in today’s technological landscape), Clueless (obvious nods to several different levels of fashion as well as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones), and Encino Man (a winner just based on the presence of Pauly Shore, perhaps the most ’90s a person has ever been).

That walk down memory lane appealed to me not only because I have so many personal memories tied up in movies like Happy Gilmore, Mallrats, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but also because ’90s film soundtracks are about the only compact discs I still buy.

Whenever I’m in a used record store (especially in a city I’ve never visited), my first stop is always the soundtracks, where incredible relics like Twister and Batman Forever live in permanently unloved rotation. I’ve amassed a pretty thorough collection that acts as a remarkable summation of the times — especially the ones that were clearly curated to appeal to fans of the associated movies (and the ones that weren’t are even more mind-blowing).

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Deadmau5 calls Madonna a 'f--ing idiot' for pandering to dance crowd with drug references [Updated]

Tell us how you really feel about Madonna, AngerMau5!

During her recent appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, the 53-year-old singer went on a drug-related riff while introducing the artist Avicii.

“In my world, the words ‘music’ and ‘dance’ are not separated, okay?” Madge told the crowd.

And to prove that she’s not a narc, the pop star then asked the kids, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”

Molly, for those not as hip as Madonna, is slang for the “pure” form of MDMA (Ecstasy), a drug some associate with dance/electronic/rave/things-that-aren’t-Dave-Grohl music culture. Madonna’s latest album, of course, is titled MDNA.

None of this pleases Deadmau5. The EDM star took to Facebook to express his displeasure with Her Madjesty:

very classy there madonna. “HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???” such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra. quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY! f—ing cant smack my head hard enough right now.

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