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Madonna releases full 'Girl Gone Wild' video -- WATCH

Hints of “Vogue,” “I’m Sorry,” “Human Nature,” and “Like a Prayer” thread through Madonna’s new video for “Girl Gone Wild,” released 12 days after the Material Girl first teased it.

The black-and-white clip shows Madonna looking the best she has since at least 2005’s video for “Hung Up.” Of course there is the requisite writhing, hip grinding, a rousing dance sequence, and a smoldering mantourage. It is, in a word, awesome.

Watch below.


Madonna talks Lady Gaga, ‘Born This Way’ comparisons, and kissing Nicki Minaj -- VIDEO

Madonna has never shied away from expressing herself, and in a new interview for 20/20, she finally answers one of the zeitgeist-iest questions of early 2011 (Better late than never!): Was “Born This Way” a straight-up Madge rip-off?

According to reports, Madonna was at first complimentary to Gaga, praising her talent for both singing and songwriting. But you know the lady can never resist a good diva-off, and eventually she went in for the cold kill:

“There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it …because, obviously, I’ve influenced her…. When I heard it [“Born This Way”] on the radio… I said that sounds very familiar.”

She then said that “Born This Way” felt “reductive,” and when asked if that was a good thing or a bad thing, Her Madgesty smiled, said “look it up,” and took a sip of her tea.

Considering that she famously likes the press about as much as she likes hydrangeas, the singer handled silly questions about her 24-year-old dancer boyfriend with aplomb: “Behind the curtain, I’m just like everybody else.”

Lady Gaga has previously praised Madonna, saying, “Madonna is a wonderful influence on me.” And Madonna, previously, has been kind right back, telling Graham Norton, “When I first saw her I was really impressed by her. She was cool.” Has the diva detente been shattered now?

You can check out a preview of the interview, where she also talks kissing Nicki Minaj, below: READ FULL STORY

Tim Tebow finally gets an '80s Brat Pack anthem re-recorded in his honor: Listen to 'Tim Tebow's Fire' here

We don’t talk much about sports around here, but the crazy subculture that has sprung up around Denver Brocos quarterback Tim Tebow sort of transcends football, doesn’t it?

Whether you’re following the NFL playoffs or not (and if you aren’t, then you missed a truly riveting piece of entertainment on Sunday evening when the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a nail-biting overtime game), you are expected to have an opinion about the second-year University of Florida alumnus.

Since “Tebowing” has become an Internet phenomenon, it’s only right that Tim Tebow should receive his own triumphant anthem. John Parr has delivered on that promise with “Tim Tebow’s Fire,” a re-write of “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion),” the theme song from the 1985 Brat-Pack-Comes-of-Age film St. Elmo’s Fire.

The arrangement is largely the same as Parr’s original — which topped the Billboard Hot 100 nearly 27(!) years ago —  but switches up some of the lyrics for the sake of the titular hero.

It climaxes in the chorus, “I can see a new horizon/ Blazing on the Mile High/ I’ll be where the eagles flying higher and higher/ Gonna be your man in motion/ All I need’s my Broncos team/ Take me where my future’s lying/ Tim Tebows Fire!”

Crank up your speakers, loosen up enough to overthrow your receivers, and give “Tim Tebow’s Fire” a spin below. 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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Lady Gaga and Bette Midler's mermaid-wheelchair beef: Over before it began?

Lady Gaga has had some well-documented ups and downs since the release of Born This Way, and for every victory (one million sold!) there seems to be a half dozen slights (Rihanna is now more popular than Gaga on Facebook).

Gaga’s latest opponent? None other than Bette Midler, who saw her Ladyship take the stage in Australia in a wheelchair while dressed like a mermaid and thought it looked awfully familiar.

It turns out Midler crafted just such a character way back in the ’80s, and she named her Delores DeLago (who sounds less like a handicapped fish-woman and more like a broadly drawn John Leguizamo character, but we’ll let that slide for now).

To drive her point home, Midler took to Twitter to let Ms. Gaga know that she felt slighted: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' album leaks in full: To listen or not to listen?

It’s almost anti-climactic, really.

After months of intense pre-release buildup and more hype than Donald Trump threatening a presidential bid, Lady Gaga’s hotly anticipated album Born This Way has leaked.

It was set to drop Monday, but when the singer previewed the entire album for UK subscribers of the British newspaper Metro, even she must have known that it was going to go viral faster than Ebola. Get our first impression after the break: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga makes debut as V magazine columnist, quotes Picasso, endorses George Foreman grill

Lady Gaga is giving James Franco some serious competition as pop culture’s greatest multi-tasker.

She’s the creative director for Polaroid. She’s accepted an internship with Princess Eugenie’s hat-maker Philip Treacy. She’s exchanged tweets with Harry Reid about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Oh, and she’s the biggest pop star on the planet. (She’s even ahead of me in my Star Wars reading!)

Her latest venture? Magazine columnist. The new issue of glossy mag V features a Gaga-penned manifesto on fashion, pop culture, “body modification” and artistic thievery, with more obscure references than a trivia night hosted by Quentin Tarantino and Diablo Cody. Case in point, this name-dropping gem about her early aspirations: “I would dream of being a rock star who dressed like Mark Bolan [sic], walked like Jerry Hall, and had the panache of Ginger from Casino and the mystery of Isabella Blow.” READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga vs. Weird Al: The road to the release of his parody of 'Born This Way'

Lady Gaga has been courting controversy her entire career, to the point where the star sometimes takes heat for stuff she hasn’t even done yet.

And while she’s busy beating back people hating on her choice of album cover art, she also alienated legions of “Weird Al” Yankovic fans (or at least the two million people who follow him on Twitter).

The longtime parodist published a blog post today explaining why his new track “I Perform This Way”—a parody of Gaga’s char-topping smash “Born This Way”—is currently being given away for free and not getting a featured spot as the first single from his upcoming new album (nor is it getting a proper video treatment). Check out his version after the jump.

Update: Yankovic’s manager told the New York Times on Wednesday evening that Gaga’s camp has given permission for “Perform This Way” to appear on Weird Al’s next album.


'American Idol' to release Greatest Hits album. It's predictable. It shouldn't have been.

Kelly-Clarkson-UnderwoodImage Credit: Frederick Breedon/; Bob Charlotte/PRThe good folks at American Idol just announced they are releasing a compilation album to mark the show’s 10th anniversary this year. Fittingly, it’s called “American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits” and drops March 15.

Here’s the set list: READ FULL STORY

Is Britney Spears' new single a rip-off? The Bellamy Brothers tell EW why they think so

Bellamy-Brothers-Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos“It’s not every day you get in the middle of a Britney Spears brawl,” David Bellamy tells EW, laughing. True. But that’s where he finds himself today after taking issue with Britney Spears’ new single “Hold it Against Me,” which he feels rips off the title of the Bellamy Brothers’ 1979 No. 1 country hit, “If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold it Against Me,” which he penned. Spears’ track, produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, hit the Internet Monday, and Bellamy’s son called him from Nashville to tell him it was using “pretty much the same title.” READ FULL STORY

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