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Katy Perry plays dress-up in music video preview, maybe makes awkward anti-Semitic gesture -- VIDEO

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Katy Perry really wants our attention, and she’ll do whatever she can to get it. Even if that means making a video that might be a tiny bit racist.

In a preview for Perry’s upcoming “Birthday” music video, the singer put out a clip in which she poses as various birthday party performers — a dancer, a princess, a clown. Spoiler: It’s weird. Super weird:

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Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi on 'Game of Thrones' Mixtape

According to the Wall Street Journal, HBO decided that their prize pony Game of Thrones might pull in more of an “urban” crowd if they could connect the show to rappers. Rappers totally sell stuff to “urbans,” right?

Yes, HBO’s analysts confirmed this for them. Game of Thrones has a viewership of 14.3 million, so there’s bound to be some hip-hop stars in there. Sure enough, Common, Big Boi, Daddy Yankee and a handful of other names agreed to make a mix tape of Game of Thrones-themed songs called Catch the Throne. (No word from HBO on how much this project is costing them.)

The 10-song compilation will be released online this Friday.  Good news for skeptical fans, all the songs will be free downloads. WSJ already gave a sample of Wale’s lyrics: “I’m tellin’ whoever messin’ with me/I can bring you that Khaleesi heat/Use my King, knack for words, as an actual sword/I can decapitate a rapper…” Ah, memories.

The Oscar music snubs: no love for Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, 'Llewyn Davis' or Coldplay

Check to make sure the rivers haven’t turned to blood and all first-borns aren’t suddenly afflicted with pox, because the impossible has happened: Taylor Swift was not nominated for an award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ passing on Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (from the film One Chance) is easily one of the most high-profile snubs from this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and seemed like an obvious pick for an invite on Oscar night, if only because people love giving Taylor Swift gold trophies (and also because it would have brought some much-needed youth to the Oscar party).

Instead, the contenders in the Best Original Song category are U2′s “Ordinary Love” (from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Karen O’s “The Moon Song” (Her), Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Despicable Me 2), Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone But Not Alone” (from the deeply obscure Christian film of the same name), and the song “Let It Go” from the Disney blockbuster Frozen, which is performed by Idina Menzel and written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. (It’s the writers, not the performers, who take home the gold.)

The race seems to be down to the Golden Globe winner and sentimental favorite “Ordinary Love” (which would be as much an award for the late Nelson Mandela as it would be for U2) and the sales juggernaut “Let It Go” (which has propelled the Frozen soundtrack to the top of the mainstream album chart and elevated it to gold status). “Happy” and “The Moon Song” are much longer shots, but both are both cool choices crafted by deeply respected members of the music world.

Of course, that leaves “Alone But Not Alone,” one of the most inexplicable Oscar nominations in the history of the awards. The film barely exists, and the song itself is a dreary dirge of a hymn that sounds like it should be played in the midst of a sleepy Sunday morning mass. It has virtually no chance of winning, and its legacy will be as a bizarre curiosity in a category notorious for them.

It would be a less shocking inclusion if the Oscar nomination shortlist (75 songs in all) didn’t contain so many markedly stronger options. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z addresses Barneys controversy on new Rick Ross collab 'The Devil Is a Lie'

You can press pause on Beyoncé now—and be grateful Bey hasn’t convinced everyone to quit releasing teaser tracks off upcoming albums.

This one’s from Rick Ross, whose Mastermind will arrive early next year, and Jay Z, and it is so wonderfully good: Equal parts Rozay roll and blaring Blueprint soul—a jubilant celebration of two rappers who at this point can only really have fun with tales of crack dealing.

Although Jay Z also addresses the recent, quite real issue of his continued partnership with Barneys after “shop-and-frisk” lawsuits were brought against the department store: “See what I did to the stop and frisk?/Brooklyn on the Barneys like we own the bitch/Give the money to the hood, now we all win/Got that Barneys floor lookin’ like a V.I.M.”

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Lady Gaga stares into our souls in 'ARTPOP' YouTube film

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“This album is a celebration…My pain exploding in electronic music…It’s heavy, but after I listen to it, I feel happy again. I feel lighter,” Lady Gaga waxes meaningfully at the start of her new short film, An ARTPOP Film Starring Lady Gaga. Part commercial, part music video, and part fashion shoot, the film is directed, like much of her recent images and videography, by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez & Vindoodh.

In the clip, she dances, cries, rubs dirt on herself, whips her hair back and forth, and even makes out with her wig’s mannequin head. But Gaga spends most of the video staring straight at the camera, rocking every look from Blue Steel to Le Tigra.

The video also serves as a survey of the latest looks in Gaga’s arsenal, which includes everything from the Gilding Primal Instinct teeth cuff bracelet/grill to the long white dreadlocks previously rocked by the Merovingian’s henchmen in Matrix Reloaded.

Watch the two-minute, thirty-eight second music video film here:

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Lady Gaga: I'm 'too beautiful' on the cover of 'Glamour'

At the Glamour Women of the Year awards Monday night, Lady Gaga bit the hand that, well, made her its most recent cover girl.

“The picture, which I’m very grateful for and very happy to be on this cover, I felt it was too beautiful,” she said of the cover shot. “I felt my skin looked too perfect, and my hair looked too soft. This is not usually how I dress or how I carry myself.”

Instead, she proposed another candidate: Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani education activist and also one of Glamour‘s honorees. “You’re so inspiring, so young and so brilliant,” Mother Monster told Yousafzai. “If I could forfeit my Glamour cover, I would give it to Malala.”

Gaga explained her rejection of the cover by saying that the image fails to empower women.

“I believe my true mission is to inspire young people to fight back against forces that make them feel like they’re not beautiful or important,” she said. “I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning.”

Is Garth Brooks plotting a return to country music? It sure looks that way

After a full decade spent (mostly) out of the spotlight, Garth Brooks, country music’s all-time best-selling artist, appears to be throwing his cowboy hat back into the ring.

The star, 51, who has had six albums earn Diamond certification for sales exceeding 10 million copies, famously stepped away from his career in 2001 to focus on raising his three daughters from his previous marriage to college sweetheart Sandy Mahl — and to enjoy Oklahoma life with fellow country star Trisha Yearwood, whom he married in 2005.

Brooks has often said that he would not record or perform new music full-time until his youngest daughter turned 18. (Though he did send the forgettable single “More Than A Memory” to country radio in 2007 to promote his Greatest Hits collection.) That daughter, Allie, is now 17 years old and set to graduate high school in 2014.

Perhaps that explains why Brooks emailed his fans last week with the cryptic message “The sevens have aligned. It has begun… Thank you for believing… love, g,” and why his website currently features little more than a storm cloud and the words “It has begun…” fading in and out on the right-hand side. The vague memorandums sent the Nashville rumor mill spinning with speculation that Brooks is prepping a major career comeback. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake will 'Take Back the Night' with upcoming single -- VIDEO

Pop quiz time! “Take Back the Night” is:

a) an internationally held event that aims to help end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual abuse

b) the name of the foundation that oversees Take Back the Night events

c) the name, apparently, of a Justin Timberlake song

d) all of the above

(Do you need me to tell you the answer?)
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Watch The-Dream's really NSFW new video, already banned by Youtube for being too sexy

Like you expected any less from a video for a song called “Pussy.”

As a producer, The-Dream has helmed gigantic hits for some of the biggest female stars in the business — Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Britney’s “Me Against the Music.” As a solo artist, though, his focus on women is a little more … anatomically specific.

If you have an open-plan office and you’d like to get fired immediately, go ahead and maximize your screen starting around the one-minute mark: READ FULL STORY

Snoop Lion really was a P.I.M.P.

There are a lot of things that we wouldn’t be surprised to learn about Snoop Lion, but after all these years, to learn that his rap about being a motherf—ing P.I.M.P. was really true is shocking. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Mr. Lion admits that he was in fact a pimp in his heyday.

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