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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.

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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

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

Ke$ha covers Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right,' totally doesn't embarrass herself

In the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, the writers of the music section will be calling out a notoriously awful and ill-advised cover as one of the worst songs of the year (no spoilers here; you’ll have to read our Best & Worst of 2011 issue to find out what it is).

Covers can deadly, especially when the recording involves a pop star taking on a revered piece of rock history. But leave it up to eternal curveball Ke$ha to make us eat our words.

Amnesty International is celebrating its 50th birthday with a compilation called Chimes of Freedom, a four-disc affair that features a whopping 76 covers of Bob Dylan songs. The entirety of the compilation is currently streaming for free on the organization’s Facebook page, with the proper album hitting stores on January 24.

The lineup is all over the place, with a handful of the usual suspects (Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Pete Seeger) and some more unusual choices (Adele, Jack’s Mannequin, Airborn Toxic Event, Bad Religion). But the real head-turners are the people from the pure pop universe, including Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, Darren Criss, and Ke$ha.

The twist is that Ke$ha’s cover of Dylan’s venerable talking blues “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is actually pretty good. She slows it way, way down and turns it into a slow-burning and devastating torch song, shifting the tone away from Dylan’s flippant indignation into incredible sadness. Give it a listen below. READ FULL STORY

Madonna debuts new song 'Masterpiece' -- and we might like it

Madonna has been off the musical radar for a while, but she’s getting an early start on her expected reign over 2012. She’s officially performing at the Super Bowl, and there’s also a new song called “Masterpiece” that is slated to be included on both her upcoming new album as well as the soundtrack to her film W.E.

The version streaming online sounds a little hollow, but overall “Masterpiece” is an uncluttered presentation that recalls the Material Girl’s outre mid-’90s period, which saw the birth of an eclectic batch of hits like “I’ll Remember” and “Take a Bow.” Both of those songs share a certain vibe with “Masterpiece,” which has the same kind of moody, direct energy and sound. Madge’s voice sounds particularly sharp, without distracting digital correction.

All in all, it’s pretty gorgeous, and quite a ways away from the four-on-the-floor club tracks that have littered her previous two albums Hard Candy and Confessions on a Dance Floor. Give “Masterpiece” a spin here.

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Justin Bieber premieres his 'The Christmas Song' featuring Usher

We’re just eight days away until the Justin Bieber Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, changes everything, and with such little time to go, it’s no wonder tracks are popping up all over.

This morning, Usher called in to On Air With Ryan Seacrest to premiere his duet with Bieber, the song that often also goes by the title “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.” Click over to listen to the track, and check out this behind-the-scenes vid that went up over the weekend: READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton debuts his 'Footloose' cover: Hear it here

Kick off your Sunday shoes, kids—Blake Shelton has gone Footloose.

The country superstar, who recently nabbed a CMA Award nomination for Entertainer of the Year, has premiered his new song, a faithful cover of Kenny Loggins’ classic fist-pumper “Footloose,” on The Boot. The song will appear on the soundtrack of the Footloose remake, which hits theaters on October 14.

Shelton doesn’t change up the track too much, but he does give it a slightly twangy country twist. “There’s really only one way to approach it,” he explains, “a fun, uptempo, catchy version just like Kenny Loggins did.” Well, mission accomplished!

Listen to the song below: READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets his grunge on: Watch his live cover of 'Lithium' here

At this point, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt” is basically synonymous with “sexy version of an unsexy dude”—he’s given us sexy brainiac, sexy heartbroken dumped guy, sexy cancer patient, and even sexy awkward preteen alien (OK, I apologize for that last one).

On Tuesday night at Seattle’s Neptune Theater, Gordon-Levitt proved he can just as convincingly pull off “sexy unwashed grunge god,” too.

Gordon-Levitt showed off his formidable musical talents with a live cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium”—a crowd favorite, of course, in late frontman Kurt Cobain’s home state—at a concert promoting his collaborative production company, hitRECord.

“Now and then it’s nice to just do something that’s not for the record, that’s just for tonight,” the actor said, just before unleashing his rendition. “I just wanna play this song, in this town.”

Watch Gordon-Levitt’s impressively true-to-form cover of “Lithium” below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga calls Madonna comparisons 'completely ridiculous' in NME interview

One of the big gripes about Lady Gaga’s chart-topping single “Born This Way” has been that it sounded just a little too much like Madonna’s 1989 classic “Express Yourself” (there’s also a lot of TLC’s “Waterfalls” in there, but let’s deal with one bite at a time).

But should you run into Gaga on the street—undoubtedly wearing football pads and a small animal on her head—it’s best not to bring up the Material Girl, because she’s clearly a little sensitive about it.

“I don’t think… I swear to you. I am not stupid enough to put out a record and be that moronic,” Gaga told British music magazine NME. “I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded. What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about.”

(Gaga has since apologized for her derisive use of the word “retarded,” stating, “To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional. An honest mistake requires honesty to make. Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today.”)

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