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Questlove on the Iggy Azalea debate: 'Hip-hop is a contagious culture'

Most people recognize Questlove as The Roots’ drummer and Jimmy Fallon’s sidekick, but as of Wednesday night, he will also be the executive producer of SoundClash, a new music show coming to VH1 and Palladia. In honor of this venture, in which he gets top artists to play different renditions of their hits and/or cover other performers’ work, Time talked with the artist about the music of summer, and specifically, where he falls on the cultural appropriation debate surrounding Iggy Azalea.

When asked if he was pro- or anti-Azalea, Questlove said he can see both sides. “I’m caught in between,” he said. “And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out—’Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism.

“You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture,” Questlove continued. “If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

For Questlove, the Azalea conversation is about more than just her music. It’s also about where she’s from. And she isn’t the only Australian artist Questlove’s currently listening to. “I don’t think it’s a mistake that a lot of of my favorite artists are coming from Down Under,” he said. “A lot of them [are] more soulful than what we’re dealing with now. When you think soul music and Aretha Franklin and the Baptist-born singer, that’s sort of an idea in the past. As black people, we’re really not in the church as we used to be, and that’s reflected in the songs now.”

Though he’s still on the fence about the simmering Azalea controversy—”I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the internet, but I’mma let Iggy be Iggy,” Questlove said—he was able to come to a decision on whether her hit “Fancy” should be labeled the song of the summer. “The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say,” he explained, again acknowledging the debate. “Part of me hopes she grows out of that and [sings] with her regular dialect—I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”

Ke$ha enters rehab for eating disorder

Singer Ke$ha today announced she has entered rehab, seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

In a statement, the “Timber” singer said she plans to spend 30 days in treatment.

Her full statement is below:

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder…to learn to love myself again. exactly as I am.”

Just three days ago, Ke$ha released a music video for her single, “Dirty Love,” which was also the singer’s directorial debut.

Selena Gomez cancels Australian tour to 'spend time' on herself

After wrapping her Stars Dance tour in the U.S. and Europe on Nov. 26, Selena Gomez is ready for some time off.

According to People, Gomez has canceled her 2014 Australian tour to take some time to herself. The singer reportedly released a statement saying, “My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”

Beyonce releases surprise album

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Beyoncé has delivered the ultimate holiday surprise.

Just after midnight on the east coast, the singer suddenly dropped a brand new 14-track self-titled studio album  on iTunes. That’s right — without any pre-promotion. (Read Nick Catucci’s review here.)

As if this bombshell — which, in her Instagram announcement, she described as a “visual album” — needed anything else, each song also comes with a music video and the download of BEYONCÉ will also score you three additional videos.

Here is the full track list. Notably, there’s a duet with husband Jay-Z and a cameo from daughter Blue Ivy:

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Miley Cyrus lights up onstage at MTV European Music Awards -- VIDEO

Remember when you were so emotionally disturbed by Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the VMAs you wanted to remove your eyeballs with a rusty spoon? Or the time you rushed your family down to your homemade bomb shelter after viewing her “Wrecking Ball” video? Nope, me neither. But, as previously reported, earlier today the pop star continued her year of Offending People Who Enjoy Being Offended By Things Miley Cyrus Does when she lit up what most definitely did not look like a cigarette at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, birthplace of the marijuana-dispensing coffee shop and Kirk Douglas (although only one of those facts seems relevant to this story).

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Who's that girl? EW talks to Prince protege (and bank-commercial star) Andy Allo

Most people don’t want to watch commercials — there are whole technologies devoted to the pursuit of ad-free television consumption.

So how did a Wells Fargo cad with no celebrities, CGI, or nerds making out with models rack up almost two million views on Youtube? READ FULL STORY

Violent Femmes talk reunion, Central Park show

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When the organizers of Coachella reached out to the Violent Femmes to play this summer’s event, it had been six years since the much beloved indie-rock trio had performed a show, in part because of intra-band tensions.

“It was an offer that came to us through our booking agent,” singer-guitarist Gordon Gano tells EW. “I think he said in a communication, ‘I know there’s no chance in hell but I’ve got to let you know that there’s this going on.’ But we thought, ‘Yeah, alright, let’s see if we can get together and do this.'”

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Beyonce is 'Standing on the Sun' again: Hear the leaked version here

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In the two months since Beyoncé debuted a chunk of her new song “Standing on the Sun” in an H&M ad, much has happened: Kanye West released an album, Jay-Z announced a new one of his own, and Kim Kardashian gave birth to two directions. One thing that didn’t happen, though? A full version of “Standing on the Sun” — until today, according to reports.

Full of tropical-island vibes and lazy-summer swagger, this newly leaked (and perhaps unofficial and unsanctioned) version of the song seems strategically timed to soundtrack that beach/lake/Ecuadorian getaway you’ve been planning for Fourth of July weekend.

But will it? Take a listen below and find out:

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Pussy Riot doc director says band member on hunger strike has not been hospitalized

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that Pussy Riot member Maria “Masha” Alekhina had been hospitalized on the seventh day of a hunger strike at the penal colony in the Urals where she is imprisoned. But according to Maxim Pozdorovkin, co-director of the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, that is not the case.

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Stone Temple Pilots file lawsuit against former lead singer Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots have filed a lawsuit against their former lead singer Scott Weiland to stop him from using the band’s name or music to further his own career and accusing him of attempting to sabotage the band’s new single, “Out of Time.” Weiland and the group split up in February with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington now taking lead vocals in STP.

Weiland then released an open letter to fans on his official website stating that the band has no right to tour and call themselves STP without Weiland’s involvement. Wrote Weiland, “First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.”

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