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If the Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't plugged in during the Super Bowl, does it matter?

Sunday night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was reasonably entertaining, if unremarkable. Still, that didn’t stop it from being the most watched halftime show in history, beating out the numbers for more memorable performances by Madonna and Beyoncé.

Inevitably, close watchers of the broadcast noticed that neither Flea’s bass nor Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar appeared to be plugged in to anything. It was first pointed out by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, who tweeted “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING” during the show. Photo evidence seemed to back him up, and though there was a stirring online debate about whether or not the Peppers could have been using wireless transmitters, Reid set the world straight. “There were NO wireless packs,” he tweeted. “Which would be a nightmare given the huge amount of wireless channels. They leave NOTHING to chance.”

His last point is the most pertinent: For a show in an outdoor stadium that size, and with so little time to turn everything around, prerecording in those settings has been the norm for decades. Vocals are a little easier to deal with, but it’s near-impossible to wrangle multiple instruments thanks to delay and echo-related complications. (People were also pointing out that Mars’ horn section wasn’t actually making noise either.) And it’s not like a completely different group of musicians recorded “Give It Away” for the Chili Peppers—in these situations, they usually record a version live to perform to.

Not that there’s been much outrage over the revelation that Flea was playing air bass. Remember when Beyoncé lip-synced “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody lost their minds? READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus responds to pot-smoking controversy following EMAs

As your newsfeed has no doubt informed you several hundred times by now, Miley Cyrus sparked a J onstage Sunday night during MTV’s European Music Awards.

In the wake of the fresh batch of hand-wringing over her Just Being Miley, Cyrus took to Twitter to lay out her case. “Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, MTV finds themselves in the good graces of a group that typically condemns them: The Parents Television Council. That group applauded MTV for editing out the footage of Cyrus smoking when the show was rebroadcast on Stateside MTV.

“Last night MTV made a responsible decision and they executed it perfectly,” PTC President and M.I.A. nemesis Tim Winter said. “It is unclear whether MTV’s actions suggest stricter content guidelines for its TV-14 programming, or whether this is just an example of the old saying that ‘even a broken clock is right twice each day.’ We certainly hope it is the former. We applaud MTV for taking responsible actions to eliminate the drug use from its U.S. broadcast, and we urge them to make that a uniform policy for all of its programming.” READ FULL STORY

James Taylor forgets which song is our National Anthem at the World Series

In case you were not aware, the World Series kicked off this week, pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a war of attrition over which squad has the more loathsome fan base.

Big-time baseball means big-time musical guests, and while Mary J. Blige knocked out “The Star-Spangled Banner” without a hitch during Wednesday night’s game, things got a bit more complicated in Boston last night before Game 2. Legendary folkie and Massachusetts resident James Taylor answered the call to provide musical accompaniment, though following his introduction as the singer of the national anthem, he stepped up to the microphone and began singing “America the Beautiful” instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

It’s easy to forgive the mistake, as he was on the hook to sing “America the Beautiful” during the seventh-inning stretch (which went off without a hitch). And it’s entirely possible he was going jazz on the whole thing and threw a riff in there because he was feeling it (though probably not).

In the end, he made it through “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody went home happy (except for Red Sox fans, who watched their team throw the ball all over the field during a brutal three-run inning that tied the World Series at a game apiece). The series heads to St. Louis this weekend, so here’s hoping that Nelly and the St. Lunatics will take over anthem duties.

Watch Taylor sing below: READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine now in a Twitter feud with Lady Gaga, sort of

For somebody who tries to spread a gospel of love and acceptance, doesn’t it seem like Lady Gaga gets herself involved in an awful lot of passive-aggressive kerfluffles on Twitter?

Having taken a barrage of beef from onetime collaborator Azealia Banks, Mother Monster has now gotten into it with Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine. On Friday, Levine tweeted, “Ugh … recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” He followed that up with the note, “I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That’s It. It doesn’t need any extra sauce.”

Though he didn’t name any names, most everybody on the Internet decided that he was taking shots at Gaga. She responded to his comments on Saturday. “Uh oh guys the art police is here,” she tweeted.

That was the last of the exchange. It seems as though both Gaga and Levine have gone back to their respective corners, with the former gearing up for the forthcoming release of both her film debut (in Machete Kills, out Oct. 11) and her new album ARTPOP (out Nov. 8).

Meanwhile, Levine will be returning to his spinning chair on the season premiere of The Voice tonight. We judge this round a draw on all cards.

Azealia Banks cyber attacks Lady Gaga over 'Red Flame' theft

Azealia Banks—who, we’ll remind you, still has yet to release her oft-delayed debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste—has decided to go back on the offensive with Lady Gaga. 

In a series of tweets, Banks took Gaga to task for jacking the song “Red Flame.” “Make sure u let them know where u got the title for red flame from. U stole that from the demo I sent u,” she said in a (since deleted) tweet at Gaga. “You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”

There are a handful of problems with this. First, it’s unclear whether or not Banks is upset that Gaga took the song “Red Flame” wholesale (was that supposed to be the collaboration between Banks and Gaga that she jettisoned from ARTPOP?) or if she’s just bummed that she’s using the title “Red Flame” (which makes even less sense, considering the ARTPOP track list has yet to be completed and Broke With Expensive Taste doesn’t contain a song with that name). Gaga did not respond to the tweets, and as mentioned, the initial message was deleted from Banks’ Twitter feed.

This isn’t the first time Banks has gotten up in Gaga’s cyber-business. Following Gaga’s show-opening, seashell-centric performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Banks took umbrage with Gaga’s adoption of mermaid couture, a non-trend that Banks has claimed as her own. (Was that the reason Gaga abandoned The Little Mermaid in favor of The Wizard of Oz?)

The saddest thing about this whole exchange? As a punctuation mark on her latest Twitter outburst, Banks tweeted, “Team Katy,” as though anybody on the Internet was still talking about the chart showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the 2013 Fall Diva Wars. Doesn’t Banks know that the real cyber juice comes from writing about Miley Cyrus?

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be released on November 8. Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste will be out eventually, probably.

Drake responds to Amanda Bynes sex tweet: 'It's a little weird and disturbing'

Back in March, onetime Lucille Ball cypher and current professional crazy person Amanda Bynes unleashed what is undoubtedly the greatest tweet in the short history of Twitter: Apropos of nothing, she announced, “I want @drake to murder my vagina.”

A month later, she decided that he was ugly. How did Drake process Bynes’ shifting enthusiasm for him?

Very calmly but with profound confusion, as it turns out. In an interview with XXL, Drake was asked about the tweets and said, “I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about. If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.”

So to recap: Even if Bynes still wanted Drake to end the life of her birth canal, he wouldn’t be into it, and in fact would be skeptical that such a request was actually legitimate. Thanks, Internet!

Meanwhile, Bynes remains in involuntary psychiatric hold in California, and Drake’s new album Nothing Was the Same will be out in September.

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