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VMAs fashion: Katy Perry and Riff Raff pay tribute to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake

Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff attended the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards dressed in outfits that Katy said were a tribute to the coordinated-denim bonanza Britney Spears and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake wore to the 2001 American Music Awards. READ FULL STORY

Celine Dion postpones Vegas show, cancels Asia tour

Céline Dion has announced plans to cease performing for the time being, postponing her Las Vegas show and canceling her planned tour of Asia.

According to People, Dion has decided to postpone all of her show-business engagements indefinitely in order to spend more time with her family. (Dion’s husband, René Angélil, had a tumor removed from his throat last December.) In a statement, Dion told People, “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support.”

BBC Radio names Ed Sheeran most important singer of 'black' music, faces backlash

BBC Radio station 1Xtra has voted British crooner Ed Sheeran the most important British artist in urban music—and in the process, has sparked an online debate about a “power list” that predominantly features white artists in a genre of music created by black artists.

1Xtra—which describes itself as “the UK’s leading black music station”—released its list of the most “important UK artists in the scene” on Friday. Sheeran topped the list of approximately 20 artists, submitted by radio listeners and chosen by 1Xtra DJs on variables such as “sales statistics, plus more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the wider industry.”

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Justin Bieber apologizes for second racist video: 'I need to take responsibility for those mistakes'

Justin Bieber is issuing apologies more frequently than he’s dropping new music these days.

The pop star offered another public mea culpa Thursday, this time for a second unearthed video featuring the star using racial slurs. In the clip, a 14-year-old Bieber sings a racist parody of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl” in which he talks about killing black people and joining the KKK, and repeatedly uses the N-word. READ FULL STORY

DJ Tiesto cancels Venezuela show over unrest

Dutch DJ Tiesto, one of the world’s most popular purveyors of dance music, says he is canceling a show in Caracas because “it’s no time to party.”

The show had been scheduled for April 4, at the Metropolitan University in the capital city of Caracas.

A darling of Las Vegas and the Spanish party island Ibiza, Tiesto said he would reschedule as soon as possible because he’s always played great shows in Venezuela.

Tiesto is the world’s highest-paid DJ, according to Forbes, pulling down about $250,000 for a three-hour set.

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Lady Gaga's mom defends charges that Born This Way charity spent millions on overhead and donated only $5,000

Cynthia Germanotta has gone on the record about reports that daughter Lady Gaga’s foundation has spent millions on expenses like its website and publicity instead of charity grants, insisting that the Born This Way Foundation “carries out its work directly.”

“It is important for us to set the record straight regarding Born This Way Foundation’s mission and how the organization allocates its funds. … First and foremost, we are an organization that conducts our charitable activity directly, and we fund our own work,” wrote foundation co-founder and president Germanotta in an op-ed published March 12 by the Huffington Post. “We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities, and were never intended to be.”

The defensive op-ed comes just days after ShowBiz411.com wrote a scathing article about the foundation’s spending, revealing that the foundation spent just $5,000 of its $2.1 million in net assets. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus goes topless in 'Adore You' artwork

She’s just being Miley, y’all! Cyrus is going wigged and topless on the new cover art for her single Adore You.

The 21-year-old singer took to Twitter on Tuesday to share the photo of herself reclining and looking into the camera as she promoted the  newly-released remix of Adore You featuring French DJ Cedric Gervais.

The release of the image comes just days after Cyrus launched her Bangerz tour in Vancouver, where the former Disney star showcased a number of costumes in keeping with her post-Hannah Montana proclivity for onesies and gymnast-style leotards.

To be clear, Cyrus going topless is not new: the 21-year-old posed without a shirt for the March issue of Vogue Germany in a Marilyn Monroe-style spread, complete with bleach blonde hair and red lips. The style chameleon also skipped torso garments for the W magazine’s March cover. And of course, made this. But Cyrus denies that going topless – or indulging in any so-called antics – are part of a bigger manifesto.

“You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement,” Cyrus divulged to MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who interviewed her for W. “Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”

Check out the video of the remix for Adore You  – which features alternate scenes of  Cyrus  lounging in bed and writhing around in a bath tub – below. READ FULL STORY

Meet the man behind the 'awesome' sounds of 'The Lego Movie': DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh

“I kind of wrote two scores,” Mark Mothersbaugh admits to EW, who spoke to him about providing the music for this week’s surprise box office champion The Lego Movie. But it wasn’t indecisiveness; the former frontman of ’80s new wave icons DEVO and now prolific film and television composer knew he had to push the musical boundaries as aggressively as the animators were pushing the visuals.

“We were looking for sounds that created a universe for the LEGOs that was unique,” he said. “I started assembling a sonic palette off of old analog synths that I used with DEVO and newer circuit bent things that I got in the past three or four years and then just kind of borrowing from electronic music through the years.”

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Lady Gaga makes the right moves with 'Manicure,' 'Swine' -- hear her new music now

Nearly a week ago, I wrote that it wasn’t too late for Lady Gaga, who was threatening to go over the handlebars of her promotional cycle—pressuring fans to buy multiple copies of “Applause” and artificially inflate the video views, unleashing followers on Perez Hilton, making whatever the heck that video was with Marina Abramovic.

Well, six days can seem like one meeeellion years in pop, at least when they include an especially spicy Video Music Awards. So how’s Gaga got her nuttiness working for her right now? She managed not to do anything ill-advisedly wackadoo during her opening slot at the VMAs—unless you count the pre-recorded boos she had cued up for when she revealed her soon-to-be-stripped-off nun’s get-up, which presumably symbolifies (to coin an appropriately ridumbulous term) the controversy she thinks defines her.

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MGMT's best song in ages, 'Your Life Is a Lie,' gets a great video -- WATCH

We all know MGMT have a fame-and-fortune complex: When F&F beckoned, they responded with the snidely-titled Congratulations, which our then-critic called an “odd little sonic onion … [that] studiously avoided any obvious pop hook.”

Their third album, which comes out September 17, is self-titled, so it could be about anything. “Alien Days,” a space-out from the album that was released as a Record Store Day cassingle (LOL), suggested we were in for more of the same. But their bracing new single, “Your Life Is a Lie,” hints at an MGMT under new management.

Two minutes long and rather rude, “Your Life Is a Lie” is more or less the sound of a band pulling its head out of its ass. It’s got a gnarly, looping garage-rock drive, and more niceties than you’d expect from such a quickie: cowbell, an almost comically buzzy high-end, some kind of something solo that you could (yes) call spacey, and a magnificent hook.

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