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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian: A brief history of their sweeping romance, in rap

As you may have heard by now, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are involved in an international conspiracy to gross you out.

The frenzy began yesterday, when Yeezy got rather forthright concerning matters Kardashian on his confessional DJ Khaled collab “Theraflu.”

But that song isn’t the first time the rapper has called out Kim in song. It’s the third! So, in the spirit of America’s newest sweethearts (sorry, Jay and Bey!), here’s a roundup of each instance West has included his current girlfriend in his lyrics.


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What is the most '90s movie soundtrack of all time?

Last weekend, I stumbled across my new favorite blog on the Internet.

It’s written by a dude named Chris who is on an ongoing quest to decide which film released between 1990 and 1999 is the most ’90s movie of all time. He uses a handful of rotating criteria, like whether or not the plot of the film could be executed using today’s technology and social customs, the extreme ’90s-ness of the fashion, the use of outdated technology (like pagers and gigantic laptops), and whether the stars of the film are inextricably linked to the decade.

“The Quest” has been going on for a year, but I was so enamored of the idea that I ran through dozens of posts in a single afternoon, internally debating the merits of the scoring system and trying to decide whether or not Angelina Jolie is tethered to any particular era (and even if she isn’t, Hackers is still a paragon of ’90s-ness).

Top scoring entries so far include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (major points based on the impossibility of the plot in today’s technological landscape), Clueless (obvious nods to several different levels of fashion as well as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones), and Encino Man (a winner just based on the presence of Pauly Shore, perhaps the most ’90s a person has ever been).

That walk down memory lane appealed to me not only because I have so many personal memories tied up in movies like Happy Gilmore, Mallrats, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but also because ’90s film soundtracks are about the only compact discs I still buy.

Whenever I’m in a used record store (especially in a city I’ve never visited), my first stop is always the soundtracks, where incredible relics like Twister and Batman Forever live in permanently unloved rotation. I’ve amassed a pretty thorough collection that acts as a remarkable summation of the times — especially the ones that were clearly curated to appeal to fans of the associated movies (and the ones that weren’t are even more mind-blowing).

So naturally, I started thinking: What ’90s movie soundtrack is the most ’90s? READ FULL STORY

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp finally release song together — and it's a Carly Simon cover

When Marilyn Manson recently released his new single “No Reflection,” we wondered whether he was still scary — or even relevant.

Likewise, one could ask a similar question about Johnny Depp: Is he still cool?

We’re not sure, but we do know that Captain Jack is teaming up with the “Beautiful People” singer to release a duet cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” which fans(?) will be able to hear on Manson’s upcoming album Born Villain.

If the project sounds like some oddball, Jack White-meets-ICP-style pairing, think again — Depp and Manson are actually real-life buddies who attend movie premieres together and stuff.

They’ve even been known to go to each other’s houses to compare their funky hat collections. OK, fine, we can’t say for sure that that’s actually true… but we also can’t say for sure that it’s not true.

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Keith Richards apologizes to Mick Jagger for slamming him in autobiography

Is Keith Richards going soft in his autumnal years? According to Rolling Stone magazine, the guitarist has apologized to his band mate Mick Jagger for criticizing him in Richards’ bestselling 2011 autobiography Life.

The rare mea culpa appears in a forthcoming documentary about the band’s now half century-long career. “It was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be,” Richards says in the film, “but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.”

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Rihanna explains Chris Brown collaboration: 'It's music and it's innocent'

Chris Brown is one of the hottest R&B artists out there — at least according to Rihanna.

After igniting a firestorm of criticism (and in some cases praise) for her with decision to work with Brown last month on two remixes that they dropped simultaneously, Rihanna is finally speaking out.

The singer called into On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning to explain why she asked Brown to guest on her single “Birthday Cake.” READ FULL STORY

Rihanna feuding with Chris Brown's girlfriend? Let's examine the evidence

Is she a good Twitter girl gone bad? Rihanna has taken to the 140-character site to offer up a steamy image of herself on Wednesday — in which she strikes a strategically covered-up topless pose with the message, “Where have you been all my life?!”

The post has sent already-wagging tongues into overdrive, wondering if this is just another part of her alleged feud with Chris Brown’s current girlfriend, model Karreuche Tran.

Last week, the songstress tweeted a feasibly harmless but potentially offensive picture of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in hoop earrings and shades with the caption, “Ima make you my b****.” Rihanna’s followers made the obvious link to Tran, who is half-Vietnamese.

Then, when one of Rihanna’s followed asked her to save him some rice cakes, she responded with, “Kinda DRY.” Was it all a thinly veiled dig? Maybe. Maybe not.

On her “Birthday Cake (Remix)” single with Chris Brown, she does sing, “Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake / Cake worth sipping.” And anyone who has ever eaten a rice cake knows that yes, they can be dry.

While we were busy decoding Rihanna’s twitpic game, Karreuche retaliated with Nicki Minaj lyrics on her Facebook. “I win you loose!!! [sic] *nicki voice* I mean I got him, you got pictures of him” with a friend posting adding, “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. C’mon, you see where Brad at.” Jab? Again, maybe. Maybe not.

Karreuche tweeted that she doesn’t even have a Facebook page, but that retreat didn’t seem to phase Rihanna, who fire back song lyrics from Minaj’s rival, Lil Kim: “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s—, comin in dis game on some modeling s—!”

Is this a full-on feud? It’s all still a mystery. Either way, it’s clear these two won’t be trading friendship bracelets and braiding each others’ hair anytime soon.

What do you think? Is this a war of words or is just some silly social-media back-and-forth?

Read more:
Rihanna and Chris Brown release simultaneous remixes, guest on each others’ new tracks 

The-Dream says Rihanna asked to collaborate with Chris Brown  

Miranda Lambert tells Chris Brown to ‘take notes’ during ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ performance 

K'Naan and Nelly Furtado's 'Is Anybody Out There' video looks lovely, tells a shoddy story: Watch it here!

Like Katy Perry’s “Firework” or Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” K’Naan’s new single “Is Anybody Out There” has a love-yourself, screw-the-haters message.

It made sense, then, that K’Naan, Furtado, and director Chris Robinson (Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life,” Jay-Z’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”) would tell an “It Gets Better”-style story in the video for the track, which just premiered today. Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Target takes jokey Whitney Houston greeting card off shelves

How soon is too soon?

It can be hard to tell sometimes when the joke came before the soon. Such is the case with a Whitney Houston-themed greeting card carried by Target before the diva’s Feb. 11 death and still on shelves that read:

“Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”

The card has since been removed from Target’s shelves, the retail giant announced. The company also released a statement, saying:

“It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously. The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

But by no longer carrying the fairly distasteful, barely humorous card, Target has actually rocketed the item’s value, indirectly creating a rare new slice of Whitney Houston memorabilia. It shouldn’t be long ’til the card shows up on eBay.

What do you think, reader? Is the card just crass enough to be pulled from Target’s shelves now, or so crass that it should never had made it into the store in the first place? Let us know where Target falls on the bullseye.

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Michael Jackson's last album featured voice impostor, according to his daughter

Since the release of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Michael, one question persisted: is it really him?

Many have speculated that MJ soundalike Jason Malachi actually performed vocal duties on at least some parts of the record, presented as a compilation of unreleased Jackson tracks. And as it turns out, one of Michael’s own children reportedly has her doubts.

According to TMZ, Jackson’s daughter Paris expressed her misgivings during a recorded video chat she had with her friends in 2010.

“It’s not him … the whole album isn’t even him!” TMZ says Paris Jackson said when asked why the main voice on “Hold My Hand” didn’t sound exactly like the King of Pop. “Go online … go on YouTube and look up Jason Malachi. That’s him [on the song]!”

The site alleges as well that Paris insisted on tape, “I should know if it’s him or not because he would sing to me all the time.”

TMZ claims that the video chat in question “is being shopped to various media outlets,” and that offers are on the table. Until the video itself surfaces, we’ll have to examine this longstanding claim by comparing “Hold My Hand” to one of Malachi’s more well-known songs:

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Madonna vs. Joe Francis on 'Girl Gone Wild' -- title fight?

Yesterday, Madonna unleashed the lyric video for “Girl Gone Wild,” the latest single from her forthcoming  MDNA.

And there is a boy, apparently, who is not so wild about it: Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis says he threatened legal action if the single was released with its original plural title.

He appears to have been satisfied, though it’s unclear how thoroughly. In a statement, Francis said that the shift from “Girls” to “Girl” was “an immediate solution for [Madonna's label Interscope] to thwart any injunctive relief.”

“Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song,” he continues. “But this is still infringement as far as the law is concerned and we have been in touch with Madonna’s representatives in an effort to resolve this issue.”

However, according to longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary, Francis is shoveling bull. READ FULL STORY

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