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Malawi vs. Madonna: Singer stripped of VIP status, accused of making 'poor people dance for her'

The nation of Malawi has expressed itself — and it isn’t too happy with Madonna, who recently capped a weeklong visit to the country where her children David and Mercy (both 8 years old) were born.

When Madge, her four kids, and her entourage first arrived in the African nation on Monday, they were treated as VIPs — given heavy security, the right to breeze past checkpoints, and, presumably, a wide berth from any and all hydrangeas.

By the time they returned to Malawi’s Kamuzu International Airport on Saturday, things had changed. The Telegraph writes that the music icon and her crew saw their VIP status revoked. (According to Global Philanthropy Group president Trevor Neilson, the story is “a complete fabrication.” He told EW via e-mail, “Madonna hasn’t been stripped of any status.”)

“There was a directive that Miss Louise Ciccone… and her children should use the ordinary passenger terminal on their way to their jet,” an airport source told the paper. “Each and every person on her entourage went through the normal security checkpoints…. All their luggage went through security screening which never happened before.” Adding insult to injury, “We told them we can’t open the VIP lounge without authorization.”

According to Malawi’s chief immigration officer, visitors can be afforded VIP treatment only if authorities are notified of their visit in advance; Her Madgesty apparently neglected to follow this protocol.  READ FULL STORY

Norway schools cave to Justin Bieber tour and reschedule midterms

Norway, like, really likes Justin Bieber — which would usually be a useless sentiment (don’t we all?) except that five different Norwegian schools have rescheduled midterms so as not to conflict with the pop star’s oncoming “Believe” tour.

Five schools have moved their midterm exams up a week to allow students to go to the concert on April 16 and 17, Norway’s Ministry of Education and Research announced yesterday. “I am concerned that students should be concentrating when they take tests and midterms,” the country’s education minister Kristin Halvorsen told the Associated Press. READ FULL STORY

Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean wrote a rejected Justin Bieber song

Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator has a new album out today called Wolf, but he’s more interested in talking about a missed opportunity from last year.

In a conversation with Billboard, Tyler noted that he and Odd Future cohort (and Grammy winner) Frank Ocean collaborated on a song for Justin Bieber’s 2012 album Believe, but the track was ultimately rejected.

“I’ve got so many beats and songs, but no one’s giving me a chance yet,” he said. “I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He’s one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter.”

Even without the Odd Future contributions, Believe still had top-shelf writing and production from luminaries like Hit-Boy, Diplo, Drake, Rodney Jerkins, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Tyler’s quest to make his impact on the teen pop world may come later this year, as he worked on the forthcoming Miley Cyrus album on music produced by Pharrell Williams.

What would the Bieber/Odd Future collaboration have sounded like? In an ideal world, the Canadian Sensation would have recorded a spiritual sequel to Ocean’s “Crack Rock.”

Read More on EW.com:
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Justin Bieber fires back on Instagram — he’s tired of the ‘countless lies,’ LOLs all over the place
Odd Future’s ‘Loiter Squad’ returns to Adult Swim: Watch an EXCLUSIVE clip!
Tyler, the Creator premieres new single and video, announces album details

Boy-band feud alert: Did One Direction just copy Backstreet Boys' album title?

Is One Direction copying the Backstreet Boys’ style — and their titles?

In the 1990′s, boy-band feuds were a dime a dozen — back when TRL was filled with screaming girls who wanted nothing more than to be serenaded by the likes of ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees. But today, TRL is no more, and boy bands aren’t nearly the fad they used to be.

That hasn’t stopped the multiplatinum U.K. X Factor breakouts One Direction from making a whole new generation of young girls scream at ear-piercing volumes. But is One Direction borrowing a little too blatantly from the still-active Backstreet Boys?

When BSB’s AJ McClean stopped by TMZ last year, he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion on One Direction’s eerily familiar lyrics. Check out the video below:













And now, One Direction’s Liam Payne has tweeted that the official title of the band’s upcoming movie, which was known as 1D3D, has now changed to This Is Us:

Fans of the Backstreet Boys will quickly recognize that as the name of BSB’s most recent album and tour. Could this be the next boy-band feud in the making? And if the answer is yes, whose side are you on?

Read more:
Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Taylor Swift top list of Radio Disney Music Awards nominees: EXCLUSIVE
One Direction’s Harry Styles tattoos large butterfly across his chest. That’s what makes him beautiful. — PHOTO
PopWatch Confessional: Stuck on a 90′s feud — A Backstreet Boys fan talks ‘N Sync

Justin Bieber fires back on Instagram -- he's tired of the 'countless lies,' LOLs all over the place

Here are the three most important things we learned from Justin Bieber’s since-deleted Instagram manifesto this morning, published in response to his recent whirlwind of negative attention:

Justin Bieber is sick and tired of the “countless lies in the press right now.”

Justin Bieber is not going to rehab.

Justin Bieber is “laughing out loud.”

The singer deleted the post hours after uploading it, but not before getting his message across: We, the lying press, have been too hard on Bieber, with the lying and the lies. We have also been telling his family that he is going to rehab. (For which we should actually feel pretty terrible.) “If Anyone believes i need rehab thats their own stupidity lol,” he wrote.

But Bieber is a forgiving pop deity: “I’m writing this with a smile on my face and love in my heart. Letting u know first hand how I feel rather than have these story linger. I’m a good person with a big heart. And don’t think I deserve all of this negative press I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am and my hard work doesn’t stop here.”

The statement feels rushed and refreshing in equal measure, especially after multiple reports about paparazzo near-misses and trips to the hospital and Worst Birthdays Ever.

Now we can all just ignore that last part where he implies that Lindsay Lohan is poorer than he is and/or prepare for her response via Vine. Stay tuned.

Read more:
Justin Bieber cancels Portugal show due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’
Justin Bieber plans to get back on stage one night after being hospitalized
Justin Bieber apologizes after London crowd waits almost 2 hours for concert

Mark Wahlberg talks potential Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch reunion: 'We might'

If iPhones weren’t everywhere I turned, I’d think it’s actually 1995.

First, all five Backstreet Boys reunite, then Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, and New Kids on the Block go on tour. Before I can turn around, LL Cool J is rapping at the Grammy’s, and now I hear that it isn’t completely crazy to think Oscar-nominated Mark Wahlberg could once again send around some “Good Vibrations” as the Grammy-nominated Marky Mark.
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Kelly Rowland and Michael Bolton duet on 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' -- VIDEO

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Kelly Rowland is continuing her really very good 2013 — surviving being shot out of an air cannon at the Super Bowl (safety first!), seeing a major sales bump post-Bowl (not too shabby), cohosting the Oscars’ red carpet (great)  — with a Michael Bolton duet, for his newest release Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville.

The pair have teamed up on the title track, which began as a classic hit for Marvin Gay and Tammi Terrell before becoming that thing the Sister Act 2 cast sang along to over the credits.

Honestly, we do have a few quibbles: Michael B.’s vocal tone is nice, all smooth-like and manly, but it tends to overwhelm the song’s original give-and-take. Also: Why does the instrumentation sound like’s it’s been kicked up two notches?

Also: Why does Rowland (shock, gasp) sound Auto-Tuned during a few of her vocal runs?

Take a listen below. Greater or less than “Kisses Down Low”? READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber becomes most-followed person on Twitter

Miracles happen when you Beliebe.

As of today, Bieber has surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed individual on Twitter.  Currently, Bieber has 33,340,747 followers; Gaga, in the number two spot, has 33,334,564. But there’s no hard feelings from Mother Monster. The lady who was the first to pass 10, 20 and then 30 million followers tweeted at Bieber last week, “So proud of @justinbieber and all the Beliebers! I’m only happy to see your fans growing in size, you all deserve it! Monsters support you!”

As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Here are just a couple of the things Bieber has recently put out there in the twitterverse: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga wears gun bra in concert -- PHOTO

Lady Gaga’s choice of wardrobe is causing a stir — again.

The singer wore a top with guns coming out of her chest in concert last Friday. Gaga has done it before (most famously on the cover of Rolling Stone), but this is the first time she’s donned that look after the Newtown tragedy last month. (EW reached out to her rep, who did not return a request for comment.)

As EW previously reported, Sharon Osbourne — midway through a feud with Gaga regarding her daughter Kelly and bullying — asked on The Talk for Gaga to make different wardrobe choices. “Don’t wear guns, don’t allow your fans to use the word “guns” on your website, on your Twitter,” Osbourne said yesterday. “Don’t do it. Have it stopped. One word from her, they will stop.”

Read more:
Sharon Osbourne, guns, and Lady Gaga — VIDEO
Sharon Osbourne responds to Lady Gaga: “Stop wearing fur”
PBS shows to examine Newton school shooting

Ke$ha, Iggy Pop mock Rick Santorum on 'Dirty Love' collab: Hear it here

“It’s Iggy Pop!”

That’s the first thing Ke$ha says on “Dirty Love,” her newly leaked duet with the storied Stooge. And she’s not wrong: Iggy cuts loose on the breezy little rave-up, throwing up jokey lines like “Cockroaches do it in garbage cans… Santorum did it in a V-neck sweater.” Between this and Dan Savage, the poor Pennsylvanian who hasn’t held office in five years just can’t catch a break!

Of course, there’s even more frivolity going on in the song. Take in Ke$ha’s empty calories with the video below:

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