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Ke$ha condemns documentary, works with the Flaming Lips, still covered in glitter

Despite being one of the first people to bring back Andre 3000, spending the bulk of her summer on tour, and unleashing a crazy video that starred unicorns and the Dawson, Ke$ha had a relatively quiet 2011 (or at least in comparison to the year prior, when “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug” dominated all charts all the time). Such will not be the case in 2012, as you will have more Ke$ha than you ever knew what to do with.

As noted in EW’s 2012 Forecast issue, Ke$ha is hard at work on a new album, which she promises will focus on more of a rock sound and offer up more “vulnerability” than her previous party-focused work. That should hit some time in the second half of the year, though you won’t have to wait that long to hear her. She has already contributed to the just-released charity tribute album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, where she turned in a surprisingly sturdy, stripped-down version of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” As Melissa Maerz noted in her review of the album, “Ke$ha gets the song’s heartbreak right; you can actually hear her sobbing between verses. If there’s ever a reason to believe the girl’s capable of deeper feelings than ‘vaguely hungover,’ this is it.”

You know who else recognizes Ke$ha’s many layers? READ FULL STORY

Occupy Wall Street is getting an album featuring Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Devo, and more

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What do Willie Nelson, Devo, and Third Eye Blind have in common?

Other than being giants of their respective musical eras (yeah, we said it; just try not to sing along to this), they all support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

They and many other artists will be contributing music to the benefit compilation Occupy This Album: A Compilation of Music by, for and Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the 99%. Proceeds from the wordily titled record will go “directly towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement,” The Wrap reports.

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Miley Cyrus' Bob Dylan cover 'You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go' -- Watch the new video here

Anxious to hear Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, the massive, 76-track Tribute Album for a Good Cause from Amnesty International?

No worries — Miley Cyrus has got your back.

In conjunction with Amnesty International, the nose-ringed 19-year-old has released the official video for her country-fried cover of Dylan’s “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go.”

The song, off 1975′s Blood on the Tracks, loses some of its original spunk and humor (not to mention harmonica), but Cyrus does a decent job with her safe reading of the folk favorite.

Check out the video below to see for yourself:

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Matthew McConaughey returns to his 'Dazed and Confused' character in Butch Walker's new 'Synthesizers' video: Watch it here

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You know what we love about Dazed and Confused? Matthew McConaughey gets older, but David Wooderson stays the same age.

After a nearly twenty-year hiatus, McConaughey has reprised the stoner comedy’s lingering high school graduate in Butch Walker’s new video for “Synthesizers,” off his album The Spade.

The collaboration came out of mutual admiration, and probably a dash of nostalgia. “When it comes to classic characters, Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Wooderson’ took the cake…and the high school girls with him,” Walker says.

Added McConaughey, “If you love Dazed and you loved Wooderson, you’ll see this and you’ll probably get the tickle box pretty quick.”

So how’s the iconic burnout holding up these days? Find out in the video below:

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No Doubt, Nicole Scherzinger Twitter accounts hacked by Ron Paul supporters

Is Kelly Clarkson a trendsetter?

Eyebrows were raised when No Doubt, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, and political punks Rise Against all expressed their support for Ron Paul via Twitter yesterday.

But it didn’t take long for said eyebrows to return to their proper positions, as it was revealed that the artists’ feeds had actually been hacked by Ron Paul supporters.

“Today We Officially Endorse Ron Paul 2012,” said a tweet from No Doubt’s verified account early in the day. “If you actually read what Ron Paul is saying, you will discover that for the first time in your life a politician is not lying to you.”

The band later issued a correction, writing, “Our Twitter account was hacked last night. No political endorsements at this time. Love, No Doubt.”

“We were hacked,” echoed Rise Against’s Twitter account, whose apparent endorsement tweet included a link to a Ron Paul donation page. “As you would all assume, We DO NOT support Ron Paul.”

Scherzinger, rather than clarify that she was duped, simply deleted the planted tweet.

Yet it’s time to re-raise those tired eyebrows, because the techno-political plot thickens: All of the hacked artists in question are signed to Interscope.

Could there be something more sinister going on, or does the label just assign the same password (probably “password”) to all of its artists?

Either way, our eyebrows are getting a serious workout today. Readers, what are your conspiracy theories? Leave them in the comments below.

Read more on EW.com:
No Doubt says first album in 10 years will now be their first album in 11 years
Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only celeb showing support for a presidential hopeful

Jack White acquires a $12,500 elephant head, drives hard bargains on 'American Pickers': See the clip

Wonder what Jack White’s been up to lately?

As viewers of the History Channel’s American Pickers know, the ex-White Striper, vinyl revitalizer, and  Insane Clown Posse collaborator has been busy bartering for stuffed elephant heads.

The show recently went down to White’s Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville to unload the exotic animal segment, buy some of Jack’s vintage wares, and meet Tempest, the world’s oldest burlesque dancer.

“I really do love animals,” White — whose fourth White Stripes album, as many fans know, bears (ha!) the title Elephant – tells the cameras. “And I love the majesty of taxidermy.”

But does he love its majesty enough to fork over the $12,500 sticker price for a stuffed pachyderm, or will he be able to wheel and deal his way to a lower price? READ FULL STORY

Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she's ditching 'Idol' for the 'Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn't actually affect her sales

Sorry, Seacrest: Kelly Clarkson is making a Breakaway from American Idol.

The singer and first Idol winner will serve as a mentor on the next season of The Voice, the New York Post reports. The episode will air in the spring and feature the “Mr. Know It All” songstress giving tips to contestants under Voice coach Blake Shelton’s wings.

Could this mean that Idol is officially square now, eclipsed by newcomers like The Voice and The X Factor?

“The thing I love about The Voice is that they’re more mentors — they’re not judges,” Clarkson said of Idol‘s hotter, younger sister in an interview last September. “I would never really want to be a judge, just because I don’t want to break people’s hearts.”

Added Clarkson, “I so want to audition for The Voice and see if I can get the chairs to turn around!”

Elsewhere, Billboard reports that the Ron Paul bump that supposedly lifted Clarkson’s sales ended up being a bit of a hoax.

While her most recent album Stronger did in fact experience a rise in the charts, it actually dropped in sales — just not as steeply as other albums, likely due to a big promotional push from the Apple iTunes Store.

Read more on EW.com:
Kelly Clarkson sees sales pick up following Ron Paul endorsement
Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only celeb showing support for a presidential hopeful

Cee Lo Green apologizes for changing lyrics to John Lennon's 'Imagine,' kind of

Cee Lo Green is no stranger to edited lyrics, but now he’s on the other side of the coin.

Earlier this week, the singer caught flack for changing the words to — and, as his detractors pointed out, the message of — John Lennon’s “Imagine” during his New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square, where he sang “all religion is true” instead of the late Beatle’s “and no religion too.” Cee Lo took to his Twitter to apologize, writing:

 “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what you wanted that’s all.”

Yet Green then quickly retook to Twitter to unapologize, apparently — the tweet can no longer be found on his account (though he left a tweet about listening to the Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” intact).

We’re not sure what inspired his change of heart, so until we have a Taiwanese-animated reenactment explain it to us, we’ll only have the original document to go on: READ FULL STORY

George is the Beatle most horrified by Ke$ha

A rabble-rouser on Buzzfeed got thousands of people outraged today with this list of 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music. The one below struck me as the most visually disturbing. Why didn’t Photoshop melt down as a drunk and disorderly Muppets extra was placed next to The Beatles? Does the answer lie in the space between Ke$sha’s boobs? So many questions.

I’ve come up with a way to cope, though: Imagine that all of the Beatles are facially reacting to the horror show at their right. Ringo is being so polite and cautious about it, probably because he’s the closest to the danger. John is willfully oblivious, while Paul looks just slightly more dead inside than Ke$ha. George wins this stinkface competition by a long and winding mile. (I feel like he’d also take the most convincing Facebook self-portraits in iPhoto. I hate myself!)

See? It’s easy if you try. Feel better now? [Buzzfeed]

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Ashanti to replace Fergie in the Black Eyed Peas? Not so fast. But we have a few ideas...

There has been quite a bit of internet talk over the past few days about the future of the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie will possibly be exiting the group to focus on family, and a few sources have whispered that R&B diva Ashanti would be taking her place as the resident lady Pea in the group.

However, a rep for the Black Eyed Peas tells EW that those rumors are categorically untrue. That’s a bummer for Ashanti, since those salad days of cooing over Ja Rule tracks are well behind her.

As for the Black Eyed Peas, their future is uncertain. It’s easy to forget that the group started out as a backpacker hip-hop trio that produced two relatively well-received albums (1998′s Behind the Front and 2000′s Bridging the Gap). However, those albums weren’t the commercial powerhouses that subsequent releases were once Fergie joined the fold for 2003′s Elephunk, which began the run of über-ubiquitous hit singles that continues through today.

So it’s probably in their best interest to have a little estrogen in the group, but with Fergie taking time off and Ashanti apparently not in the running, who could take on that all-important role? Here’s a quartet of wildly speculative ideas. READ FULL STORY

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