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'The Big C' star Gabourey Sidibe: What's On My iPod

You likely recognize her from her Oscar-nominated turn as the title character in 2009′s Precious, but Gabourey Sidibe also stars in Showtime’s cancer comedy The Big C, currently in its third season.

On C, Sidibe plays Andrea Jackson, a mouthy student who takes a class from — and becomes close with — the show’s lead character, Cathy (Laura Linney). The actress acts, of course, but one of her other serious passions is music. “I think it’s because my mom’s a singer,” Sidibe recently told EW. “I’ve always had this relationship with music where it’s everything. It’s not just a hobby. It’s not just a thing in my life. It’s everything, whether it’s a profession or not. It’s not my profession, but I grow wary of talking about acting.”

With that in mind, EW checked in with Sidibe about what she’s rocking out to on her iPod, and she happily chatted about her picks, offering up her favorite jams from Jessie J, Flo Rida, Tyler the Creator, Childish Gambino, and more.

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Nicki Minaj debuts in new Pepsi commercial: Watch it here

If Nicki Minaj wasn’t, um, vivid enough for you in her recent “Starships” video, Pepsi has you covered.

The soda brand continued its long relationship with pop stars by debuting a new, summery commercial featuring Minaj and a remixed version of her song “Moment 4 Life.”

Hewing closely to the song’s title, the ad features a pair of telegenic cutups who find themselves moving through a world completely frozen in time. Naturally, they use the extraordinary opportunity to rob banks, loot, and play mean pranks on their rude neighbors.

Just kidding! Well, kind of: they mess up an ongoing beach volleyball game, steal expensive clothes from a fashion show, and sneak into a Nicki Minaj concert.

Check out all the hijinks in the extended-cut video below:

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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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Gotye softens his stance on 'Glee' cover

Hey, remember all those things Gotye said about Glee‘s rendition of “Somebody That I Used to Know”? He takes it all back! Sort of.

Gotye took time to clarify his comments during a performance at L.A. alternative station 98.7 yesterday afternoon. Speaking to radio D.J. Kennedy (yes, that Kennedy), Gotye covered his tracks by explaining, “The nature of using reverb and space in a recording can change your perception of how a sound appeals to you.”

“This xylophone hook in my song is kind of dinky not just in the cover version but the original song,” he continued, before joking: “That becomes the Glee cover I hated and Darren Criss is an asshole.”

The singer went on to compliment the way the show handled his hit. “I thought it was really clever to transpose the song to two guys,” he said. “It was a great idea.”

So, in short: Gotye’s thinks his own song has dinky qualities, Kennedy is still a thing, and Glee always wins.

More on EW.com:
Gotye thinks ‘Glee’ botched his song
Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following ‘SNL’
‘Saturday Night Live’ recap: Josh Brolin hosts and Gotye sings while Steven Spielberg, Kimbra, and the Brotee crash the party

Gotye thinks 'Glee' botched his song

Things we know Gotye doesn’t like: cardboard boxes, dinkiness, and Glee‘s version of his #1 single “Somebody That I Used to Know.” 

The Belgian-born Australian artist criticized Darren Criss and Matt Bomer’s cover of the runaway hit, telling the Sunday Herald Sun that the show “made it sound dinky and wrong.”

“They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals,” the singer admitted. “But the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned.”

“And the rock has no real sense,” he continued. “Like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Gotye song reached the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 in its fifteenth week on the charts — which was the week directly following the Glee episode. (Then again, he did appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live that week as well.)

The Glee version, meanwhile, debuted at 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at 10 on the Digital Songs chart. READ FULL STORY

Watch Jessica Stroup of '90210' get moody in a new video from Eight and a Half -- EXCLUSIVE

No, it’s not that weird Fellini film you used to tell people in college you’d seen before.

Eight and a Half is a Canadian indie band made up of members from fellow north-of-the-border groups like the Stills and Broken Social Scene; you may recall their cool video for the single “Scissors” from last winter.

And, gee, wouldn’t ya know it: Eight and a Half also have a new self-titled album out today! To celebrate, we’ve got a fun new clip for their song “Go Ego,” featuring the actress Jessica Stroup of 90210 (the CW version, natch).

Watch Stroup tip-toe around building ledges, nurse hangovers on couches, and not wear shoes in the video below:

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Watch Odd Future hunt for booty in a 'Loiter Squad' sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE

Tyler, the Creator and his Odd Future buddies are on the hunt for the most dangerous game of all: booty.

For those who haven’t noticed, the Billboard-charting, increasingly fun-loving hip-hop collective premiered their goofy 15-minute variety show Loiter Squad on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim recently.

The third episode of the show debuts this Sunday at 11:30 p.m., but we have an exclusive preview right here.

In a send-up that echoes Will Ferrell’s satiric “Bitch Hunter,” Tyler and the gang get maced in the face while fellow member Lionel Boyce becomes “Lionel: The Booty Hunter.” Check it out below:

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Burger King pulls Mary J. Blige ad, faces outcry over 'racist' overtones

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After catching a lot of heat for what many perceive to be its racist overtones, a Burger King commercial starring Mary J. Blige has been taken off the air.

The ad, which debuted this week and reportedly earned Blige a cool $2 million, features the R&B star soulfully singing the virtues of the fast-food chain’s new chicken wrap. (Jay Leno, David Beckham, and Selma Hayek appear in similar ads as part of a larger attempt to rebrand the fast-food giant).

In the clip — see it here — MJB, clad in a black leather jacket and shades, stands in a disco-lit BK franchise and croons, “Crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing wrapped up in a tasty… flour… tortilla.”

While the company released a statement saying “The Mary J. Blige advertisement has been pulled due to a licensing issue. BURGER KING® expects to have the Blige ads back on air soon,” some see it as a confirmation of the ad’s negative stereotypes.

The blog Madame Noir criticized Blige’s performance as “buffoonish,” and ad writer Thembisa S. Mshaka says the issue stems from “the tone-deaf representation of black women in advertising” that perpetuates “the stank, sassy, abrasive but entertaining ‘soul sista’ ” stereotype.

Mshaka goes on to compare Blige’s Burger King ad with those of her peers:

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Greg Laswell's charming new stop-motion video for 'Back to You': Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Even if you have never listened to a Greg Laswell album, you’ve almost certainly heard his songs. The San Diego-based singer-songwriter’s compositions have been featured in a number of TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, and Parenthood.

His new album, Landline, out April 24, includes duets with Laswell and a quartet of females: Ingrid Michaelson (Laswell’s wife), Sia, Elizabeth Ziman (of Elizabeth & the Catapult), and Sara Bareilles.

Ziman appears on the single “Back to You,” which has just been blessed with a stop-motion music video that stars a candle, a lamp, and an intervening owl.

Check out the exclusive world premiere of Greg Laswell’s “Back to You” below. READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien reveals his workout mix: Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend, Thin Lizzy and more

When it comes to physical fitness, there’s one man who comes to most people’s minds: Bon Iver.

But it’s looking like the Grammy-winning musician has some competition from an unlikely rival, Conan O’Brien.

In his residency as Rdio’s Guest DJ, the late-night host has curated his ideal workout mix tape.

While it’s not as long or varied as, say, President Obama’s Spotify mix (unsurprisingly, two of O’Brien’s 16 selections involve Jack White), Conan’s tape is full of sturdy choices.

And a few surprises: Who knew CoCo would get pumped up to Naughty by Nature deep cuts? Not us!

Take a look at Conan’s playlist below, and give it a listen here:

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