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Jamie Lynn Spears performs song about Britney -- VIDEO

Is this a recently unearthed Britney-Spears-circa-2002 video?

Surprise! It’s not — it’s actually little sis Jamie Lynn, now 21, who bears a double-take-worthy resemblance to her famous older sister. And Britney was certainly on the younger Spears’ mind last night, when Jamie Lynn performed an original track, “I Look Up to You,” at a club in Nashville.

With lyrics such as “They took away your innocence/We forgot our strong defense,” the song can easily be read to be about everyone’s favorite not-that-innocent pop star.

Check out the concert footage below:

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Weird guy with weird mustaches goes viral with weird Rihanna lip-sync video: Watch it here -- VIDEO

Who is Mattstache Ferguson, and what does he want from us?

We’re not sure, but here’s what we do know (thanks to his Twitter account): He’s a New Jersey resident, faculty in an American studies/comm department, a history nerd, a “student affairs professional,” and — these last two are probably the most important — a YouTube lip-syncer and facial hair enthusiast.

Intrigued? Of course you are, it’s Friday. See six of his variously facial-haired heads lip-sync Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” at you in this already-trending clip:
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Madonna's 'Born This Way'/'Express Yourself' mashup: Peace offering, or another dig at Gaga?

Elton John. Lady Gaga. Hydrangeas. They’re all eye-catching, colorful… and, famously, the objects of Madonna’s ire. But as of Sunday, one member of that group may have been kicked off of Her Madgesty’s Enemies List.

This weekend, a camera spied Madonna during rehearsals for her upcoming world tour. It was recording as Madge finished a performance of her ’80s hit “Express Yourself” — then seamlessly segued into the chorus of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Though Gaga has claimed that she isn’t “dumb enough or moronic enough” to “have stolen a melody,” it’s tough to ignore how similar these songs sound when sung back-to-back. See for yourself:

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Pepsi will bring back Michael Jackson's silhouette for new cans. Will you drink the King of Pop's pop?

As part of a new partnership between Pepsi and Michael Jackson’s estate, one billion cans of America’s second-favorite soda will feature a special edition “Michael Jackson Bad 25″ design based on the pop legend’s silhouette.

The marketing move is part of the brand’s new “Live for Now” campaign, which will feature other Jackson-related tie-ins including live events, music, and “opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise,” touts a press release. The deal coincides with the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s iconic “Bad” album and tour, and Sony Music plans to release new mixes from the album — although it’s hard to imagine what hasn’t already been done to MJ’s music on YouTube.

“We are thrilled to bring Michael and Pepsi back together, as they were in 1988, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BAD album and tour and to put Michael on one billion Pepsi cans — perhaps a Guinness record,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate. The double Johns refer, of course, to the 1988 mash-up of pop star and pop soda that resulted in this classic commercial:

Considering the widespread appeal of both Jackson’s oeuvre and the Pepsi brand, the partnership is suitable, but given the potentially distasteful trend of raising the dead via holograms, something tells me that we’ll soon see much more than just MJ’s silhouette popping up.

Read more:
Pepsi and Michael Jackson back in business
Album sales: ‘Hunger Games’ becomes first soundtrack since ‘Michael Jackson’ to top chart
Melanie Amaro wants EVERYONE to have a Pepsi (except for Sir Elton John) — VIDEO

Backstreet Boys: Kevin Richardson set to return

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Big news today in the Backstreet Boys world — and by that I mean the tiny little universe where time stands still that I have created inside the fours walls of my office: Kevin Richardson is coming back (all right!).

After leaving the group in 2006, the oldest Backstreet Boy (the one you didn’t realize you missed until you heard the remaining four guys sing “I Want It That Way” without him) announced over the weekend that he’s returning to the group. [Cue totally subdued, mature adult screams.]

The band first dropped the news over the weekend to a crowd in London, and posted a video of the announcement on their site; Richardson later confirmed via Twitter. According to the band, Richardson and the rest of the Boys will soon be headed back into the studio to record a new album.

Reached by time machine for comment, 12-year-old me says she’s “thrilled.”

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This week in Twitter: Justin Bieber taunts non-babymama, Nicki Minaj says goodbye

Twitter is a remarkable technology — allowing us to keep up with the made-up thoughts of a hologram and reduce all art to pithy put-downs and puns. It also provides access to the pyches of some of the biggest starts on the planet—including Justin Bieber, who had a weird little run with his smartphone on Sunday.

In the midst of what he referred to as a “Random Twitter Hour,” Bieber wrote, “Dear mariah yeeter…we have never met…so from the heart i just wanted to say…” with a link to this odd audio clip from the Borat movie.

Yeater is, of course, the woman who accused Bieber of impregnating her somewhere in the bowels of L.A.’s Staples Center after a concert. The paternity suit was withdrawn after Bieber took a DNA test proving he was not the father of Yeater’s infant son.

The rest of his “Random Twitter Hour,” which goes out to some 21 million followers, was indeed random, featuring such nuggets as “Why does David Ortiz look like Robocop?” and simply, “My loins.”

Meanwhile, you can no longer re-tweet Nicki Minaj’s random thoughts, because the platinum rapper has shut down her account. READ FULL STORY

Tupac's hologram was developed by Oscar-winning effects people, cost a ton of money, has a Twitter account

For a lot of hip-hop fans, Tupac Shakur never really died.

Some legitimately believed that, like Elvis before him, Shakur actually faked his own death to duck out of the spotlight. For others, tracks like “California Love” and “I Get Around” simply lend him a less literal kind of immortality.

Of course, that was before the man himself “materialized” on stage at the closing night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and stole the entire Coachella conversation. “Tupac hologram” almost instantly became one of the most-searched phrases on the Internet, and now more information is emerging about the exceptionally weird technological trick pulled off by headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hologram was crafted by the Digital Domain Media Group, the visual effects house co-founded by James Cameron and responsible for cutting-edge film tricks in movies like Titanic, Tron: Legacy, the Transformers series, Real Steel, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. READ FULL STORY

Tupac lives (as a hologram) at Coachella!

We’ll have the full run-down of ups and downs from the final day of the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival shortly, but the biggest news from Sunday night’s festivities was Tupac Shakur’s return to the stage.

Though the legendary rapper was murdered in 1996, Shakur stole Sunday night’s weekend-closing set by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Appearing as a hologram (as previously rumored), Shakur (or rather, his pixel-mongering image) materialized for the purpose of filling in his verse on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” as well as taking a solo on “Hail Mary.”

It was a pretty impressive bit of scene-stealing, if only because that stage also saw drop-ins from superstars like Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, and 50 Cent. Check out Tupac’s ghost performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” below. READ FULL STORY

Rock Hall responds to Axl Rose's open letter about induction

Ever since the mysterious cabal that lords over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Guns N’ Roses would be part of this year’s induction class (first ballot!), the big question has centered around the giant cornrowed elephant in the room: Would Axl Rose, who parted ways with the other members of his legendary band long ago and has been carrying on with the name that is legally his for way longer than the proper lineup was together, show up?

Initial indications seemed hopeful. The other Gunners all seemed to feel that a full-on reunion was a possibility, and many of the old grudges appeared to have been settled. The Hall even assigned Green Day to handle Guns’ induction, a decision that makes no real musical sense but did give them the most high-profile spot on the ceremony’s card.

However, after much speculation and only a few days before the induction ceremony this weekend in lovely Cleveland, Rose has announced that not only is he not showing up to the party, but he has no interest in being a part of their little club either. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Nicki Minaj scores big debut, Madonna posts record drop

The chart road divided this week for two of the three participants in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. On the one side, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded easily grabbed the top spot on the latest Billboard album chart, moving 253,000 copies in an extremely respectable opening week. It’s her first debut at number one, though her 2010 debut Pink Friday did find the upper plateau several months after its release thanks to the late surge of “Super Bass” in early 2011.

The success of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is easy to see, as Minaj went on a media blitz that included a free surprise concert in Times Square and the continued success of the single “Starships” (which currently sits at number five on the Billboard Hot 100).

That’s all good news for Minaj, whose album has been met with mixed critical reactions but seems to be capitalizing on its everything to everyone approach. The outlooks is less rosy for Madonna, whose latest album MDNA posted the single biggest second week sales decrease for a number one debut since SoundScan started tracking official sales in 1991. READ FULL STORY

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