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Jack White announces solo album, debuts new song 'Love Interruption': Hear it here

We’ve seen Jack White do a lot of things. First came the White Stripes, of course, and then the seemingly endless list of side projects and collaborations, some (the Raconteurs, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, the Dead Weather, John C. Reilly) better than others (okay, mostly just Insane Clown Posse). We’ve even seen the man take home an elephant head!

This spring, though, we’ll get see him do something new: go solo.

White announced today that he’ll be releasing his solo debut Blunderbuss on April 24 via Third Man Records, the label-record-store-recording-studio he runs out of Nashville.

“I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time, but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name,” White says of the new album. “These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”

And if his album’s very, very good lead single is any indication, Blunderbuss will be worth the wait. Check out the short, strummy “Love Interruption” below:

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M.I.A. gears up for Super Bowl with a new(ish) single, 'Bad Girls'

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M.I.A. had a pretty chill 2011, but her 2012 is already starting to look sufficiently bonkers.

Not only is the artist formerly known as Maya slated to be joining Madonna and Nicki Minaj at this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, but she and her co-conspirators will also see their collaboration track “Gimme All Your Luvin” premiere on American Idol this Thursday. That single, MDNA‘s first, will be properly released Friday.

But first, M.I.A. has her own single to debut. “Bad Girls” hits the streets tomorrow, but the song — reworked from her late-2010 mixtape Vicki Leekxis streaming now. Plus, this Friday she’ll unveil the new single’s video, courtesy of the director behind her controversial “Born Free” video.

In other words: there’s going to be a lot of M.I.A. on your internets this week! Consider yourself warned.

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Did Disney inadvertently spark a possible Joy Division reunion?

Getting members from defunct bands to reassemble can be a tricky business, but Disney may have found “A Means to an End.”

It began when the company riffed off of Joy Division’s 1979 classic Unknown Pleasures for a new t-shirt, altering the black-and-white pattern from the album’s iconic cover art to resemble Mickey Mouse’s distinctly shaped head.

After garnering much attention online, the shirt was discontinued by Disney, and now the ones in circulation fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay.

But the fracas may also inspire a 3/4ths reunion for the beloved post-punk band.

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50 Cent agrees to tweet nude pics of himself if the Giants lose the Super Bowl

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If you don’t already have a team to root for in this year’s Super Bowl, and depending on how you feel about the guy who brought the world “Candy Shop,” you might want to pick up a Patriots jersey this week.

Why? Because 50 Cent’s crotch says so.

Following in the great football tradition of taking pictures of your junk to send out into the world, the “Outta Control” rapper recently raised the Super Sunday stakes by making an unusual bet: to tweet a picture of his private parts if the New York Giants lose.

The wiener wager was prompted by an overeager Twitter follower with the handle MyBestAssets, who tweeted at Fiddy:

“Lets bet. If the Giants lose the Superbowl, u must post ur [d---] on the twitter. If they win, I’ll post my boobs & face on here. Bet?”

After careful consideration, the rapper — whose penchant for Twitter flirtation is well documented – replied with the following:

“Ok”

OK! Don’t mess this one up, Tom Brady!

But Fiddy isn’t just putting his dignity on the line, either. He also told rapper and Cash Money CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams that he would throw a cool million dollars behind Eli Manning’s team, having already scored a half million bucks betting on Big Blue in the playoffs.

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Snoop Dogg launches Celebrity Charity Week on ‘The Price Is Right,’ knows the cost of bird seed: Watch it here

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.”

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Megaupload ringleader Kim Dotcom working on an album, presumably so he can steal it from himself

In less than a week, Megaupload figurehead Kim Dotcom (yep, that’s his real name) has gone from mysterious non-entity to everybody’s favorite eccentric Internet celebrity. The story about his crazy action movie capture—which saw him decamp to his panic room with a sawed-off shotgun—has given way to his other interests, which include collecting expensive cars (nearly $5 million in sweet rides were seized upon his arrest, including a pink 1959 Cadillac and a 2010 Mercedes-Benz CL63 that had a license plate that read “HACKER”), acquiring art, sending threatening e-mails to his neighbors, and acting goofy in various videos online.

Music, however, is apparently the thing that really drives him. READ FULL STORY

The Music Mix recommends: Elle Varner

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Beyoncé will probably be out of commission for a while craddling The Chosen One her first-born, so where’s an R&B-loving fan to get their ear candy in the meantime? Enter L.A.-bred soultress Elle Varner and her laid-back fusion of pop, hip-hop and soul.

Varner caught my attention this summer when her infectious “One Wanna Give It To You,” featuring J. Cole, landed on the Billboard R&B Charts. If it were possible for Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott to make a baby, they might have produced this songbird’s smoky tones and funky vibe.

The 22-year-old daughter of two music-industry parents literally has it in her bones — so its no wonder she signed a record deal soon after graduating from NYU.

Until her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, comes later this year we’ll have to settle for her new mixtape Conversational Lush, out today, and of course playing this adorably retro video on repeat: READ FULL STORY

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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MegaUpload indictment: File-sharing site still shut down by the Justice Dept., but so-called 'CEO' Swizz Beatz appears to be in the clear

When the federal government shut down popular file-sharing site Megaupload on Thursday, the war over Internet piracy seemed to sweep its first famous casualty into the line of fire.

In a widely circulated report, Kasseem Dean (known better to the world as either Swizz Beatz or Mr. Alicia Keys) was referred to as the company’s CEO, and there were expectations that he would be one of the targets of the case.

But according to the 75-page now-unsealed indictment, Dean is not involved with the suit, and his name does not appear anywhere in the document. There are seven targets, four of which have already been apprehended, including owner Kim Dotcom. None of them are Dean.

And though there were rumors that Dean had been some sort of “silent partner” in the business, Megaupload’s lawyers said that the hip-hop mogul’s involvement in the company had been greatly exaggerated. “He was in conversations to be named CEO,” attorney Ira P. Rothken told the New York Daily News. “His involvement in the company was highly attenuated. There were discussions and he was involved in a promotional video and in brainstorming future projects, but not much else.”

In fact, Rothken told the Washington Post, “My understanding is that there wasn’t actually a CEO of the company.” And Forbes noted, “If [Dean] was involved, it wasn’t on the books.” READ FULL STORY

Celebrities mourn Etta James via Twitter, internet

The legendary Etta James succumbed to leukemia this morning, and people all over are remembering the singer’s 73 years of life in different ways.

Beyonce, who famously played the star in 2008′s Cadillac Records — and ran into some static with the older star later — took to her website with the following statement:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

For many, Twitter provides a natural outlet to mourn and pay tribute. Celebrities as varied as Questlove, Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, and Nancy Grace have already tweeted about James; we’ve included many of them below: READ FULL STORY

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