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Lady Gaga charms GMA silly with 'Wizard of Oz' performance -- watch it here

Lady Gaga hasn’t made it easy for herself: She’s got a manic drive to combine pop culture homage, conceptual fashion, gay-positive messaging, audience misdirection and general Gaga-brand weirdness that—as she sets it to music—constantly threatens to pile up into a bunch of self-serious signifiers.

But when it works, it works, as Gaga’s performance on Good Morning America proved earlier today. The homage, to The Wizard of Oz, was classic, recognizable to anyone, and preloaded with an adult subtext beneath the childlike wonder.

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Hear Jason Derulo's new single 'Marry Me', which he wrote for Jordin Sparks

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Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks aren’t engaged yet, but if Derulo’s new single “Marry Me,” the second track from his upcoming Tattoos, is any indication, that may change soon.

The song, which debuted on On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning, is a sweet mid-tempo ballad in the same vein as Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” that imagines a romantic proposal: “We’ll forever be in love, so there ain’t no need to rush,” Derulo tells his lady. “But one day I wont be able to ask you loud enough. I’ll say, ‘Will you marry me?’” It’s all as fizzy and romantic as a glass of wedding champagne.

EW caught up with the couple, who’ve been dating since 2011, at last night’s VMAs red carpet, where Derulo joked that the song was about, “Just this random girl that I met,” alongside an amused Sparks. The Idol alumnus explained that she’s known she was the muse for a while, actually, since she discovered he’d written the song “about a year and a half ago.”

“It was still really early on in our relationship,” she says, “so to hear something like that was really special.”  Still, she laughs, “When he was going throughout the process with his record, I was like, ‘Is “Marry Me” still on there? It better be on there. Is “Marry Me” still on there?”

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Miley Cyrus fires off 'Bangerz' album cover and new track 'Wrecking Ball' -- listen now!

If you thought Miley Cyrus was going to commission trap-rap-style packaging for Bangerz, you were completely wrong. (Although I appreciate the impulse.) Last night Miley tweeted the cover to her album (due Oct. 8), and if anything, it seems inspired by the famous cover of Duran Duran’s Rio, which was made by the quintessential American artist Patrick Nagel. Meanwhile, she released the mega-ballad “Wrecking Ball,” which should have Katy Perry quaking in her boots.

First, the cover: As you can see above, it shows the title in neon and includes palm trees, which will make many people think of Miami Vice (the TV show) and the 1980s (even though there was a lot more to the ’80s than neon and palm trees … and Miami Vice). There’s no reason why Miley would want to evoke that decade—she was born in 1992, and as I alluded to above, recently she has taken inspiration from contemporary rap.

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Lady Gaga is ready for your 'Applause' -- hear her new single now

Lady Gaga fans, you may now stand up and cheer: “Applause” is upon us—one week early, and just hours after Katy Perry released the first single, “Roar,” off her fall album.

In Katy’s new song, which sounds like “Brave” by Sara Bareilles (more generally, I also hear Pink), she is a woman promising to “roar.” In Gaga’s new song, which sounds like something you might hear in a very accessible Berlin sex dungeon, she is a star demanding that you clap for her.

Of course, this being Lady Gaga, there are layers—she’s critiquing fame (we’re guessing). Although there’s surely nothing ironic about the music, which pounds and pounds until it finally achieves an almost pleasant climax. And yes, you can literally hear the sounds of applause:

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Miley Cyrus pulls an all-nighter, makes stretch pants PG-13 in 'We Can't Stop' video -- watch it here

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Miley can’t stop, y’all.

She can’t stop smashing french-fry skulls; she can’t stop twerking with giant teddy bears; she can’t stop stretching the limits of white stretch pants or tonguing Barbies in swimming pools or watching her friends cut their “fingers” off till Pepto-Bismol oozes out like pink, medicinal blood.

And she won’t stop — watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West's 'Yeezus': It's out there, so what do you think?

He may be a God, but even He can’t beat the Internet.

Though it doesn’t come out in stores until Tuesday, Kanye West’s hotly-anticipated Yeezus has found its way onto the Interwebs. Now that it’s out there in the universe, the great conversation can begin: Is this a dramatic departure for ‘Ye? How does it sit alongside his other work? Is it the angriest rap album of all time? Is it good?

After a handful of listens, a lot of what you’ve heard is true: It’s definitely aggro and raw, though those sounds tend to take up the album’s first half. The B-side, honestly, sounds a lot more like the Kanye we’re used to: Unfiltered, internal, and funny. In fact, that album-closing track “Bound 2″ is essentially a throwback tribute to the cats who dug College Dropout (at one point, he refers to the song as “prom s—”).

But what do you think? Sound off on Yeezus in the comments below, and stay tuned for the full in-depth review care of EW’s Ray Rahman coming Monday.

Read More on EW.com:
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ video teaser: Watch it here
The unbearable narcissism (and ‘complete awesomeness’) of Kanye’s big ‘Yeezus’ interview
Governors Ball, Day 3: Kanye West debuts new songs, disses radio, demands croissants
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ listening party last night in New York City: On the scene

Kelly Clarkson goes country on new single, 'Tie It Up': Hear it here!

Kelly Clarkson’s dabbled in country before — remember her 2010 duet with Jason Aldean? — but her latest single, the let’s-get-married come-on “Tie It Up,” isn’t dabbling. It’s straight-up country, with a straight-up blues-country beat.

Clarkson sent out the single’s cover art online and then debuted the song at CMA Fest, reportedly telling the audience, “I’ve been nervous all day because I wanted to be good for you!” She shouldn’t have worried: “Tie It Up” is feisty genre fun, while still making room for the typical Clarkson wail. It’s a vision of commitment that’s worth committing to.

Watch her performance after the jump:

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Nine Inch Nails' new single 'Came Back Haunted' arrives: Hear it here!

If you haven’t been getting enough Trent Reznor in your diet, you have no excuses.

Not only did Reznor’s band How to Destroy Angels put out a pretty great (and criminally overlooked) album earlier this year, Trent is also on the new Queens of the Stone Age album …Like Clockwork. But of course, most Reznorphiles were waiting for the official return of Nine Inch Nails, which has finally come in the form of the single “Came Back Haunted.”

The track, which surfaced last night as the download for those pre-ordering NIN’s new album Hesitation Marks, which will be released on September 3. Hesitation Marks is available for pre-order at iTunes now, and you can hear “Came Back Haunted” below.

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Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop': Hear it here

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Miley Cyrus is slow-jamming her way through the summer.

Recently she did the blissed-out hook on Snoop’s “Heartbreaks and Ashtrays.” Now, she’s singing “We all so turned up/Yeah, gettin’ turned up/Yeah yeah yeah” on “We Can’t Stop,” the first single from her own upcoming album — but the volume’s only halfway and Cyrus sounds like she was asleep right before the beat started.

And yet: the song is smartly stupid and (dare I?) infectious, with follow-along lyrics — like Ke$ha on Benadryl. Take a listen below:

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Justin Bieber gets booed, demands to be taken seriously. Should he?

Is there anything more strange (or more exciting) at an awards show than a powerful heckle?

Statuette ceremonies are habitually such self-congratulatory group hugs that there’s rarely any room for dissent, so when the boos come out, it tends to stop the Internet in its tracks.

Last night’s Billboard Music Awards incident surely wasn’t the first time Justin Bieber has been booed, but even though he was wearing dark shades, it was clear he was shaken by the reaction. He pointed out to the crowd that he was still only 19 years old (even if it feels like we’ve had him in our lives for no less than four decades now), and that his level of success justified his victory.

But then he took a stand, letting loose with this instantly-infamous statement: “I really just want to say, it really should be about the music. It should be about the craft that I’m making. This is not a gimmick, I’m not — I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of.”

Let’s make one thing clear: Justin Bieber would like you to talk about him because you like songs from Believe and not because he has monkey problems,  a blog-catnip on-again/off-again relationship with another pop star, and sometimes attacks photographers on the street. He wants to be known as an “artist,” whatever that means. He is not tabloid fodder nor a meme victim. He should be taken seriously.

And he’s right: Justin Bieber should be taken seriously. READ FULL STORY

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