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Lady Gaga hops onto documentary bandwagon with photographer Terry Richardson

Music docs: they’re so hot right now! Perhaps that’s why Lady Gaga gave all her Little Monsters a very special Christmas present yesterday by announcing that her “Cake” collaborator Terry Richardson is making a film documenting Gaga’s life, as well as “the creation of ARTPOP” — Gaga’s upcoming album — and the artist’s devoted fanbase.

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Jack White slams Lady Gaga in Esquire UK: 'All image with no meaning' -- UPDATE: White clarifies his comments in a formal statement

In a move that will surprise approximately no one, rock messiah Jack White has expressed his distaste for Lady Gaga. The former White Stripes frontman told Esquire UK, “I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice.”

He added, “It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3.” READ FULL STORY

Shooter Jennings calls John Mayer a 'king douche' on Twitter

Move over, Taylor Swift, there’s another musician who despises John Mayer more than you do.

Shooter Jennings took to Twitter yesterday to bash the “Your Body is a Wonderland” singer’s guitar skills, country cred, and overall douche-y ways. The “Wild & Lonesome” rocker, who was apparently enraged by a Rolling Stone article on Mayer, also indirectly attacked Mayer’s girlfriend Katy Perry in his string of insults. The instigator offered only a semi-apology to the Twitterwerse for “sh**-talking” about Mayer’s “narcissistic drivel,” then re-tweeted Mayer’s fans’ tweets attacking him. Click below for some NSFW tweeting. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam headlining gig after radio DJ insults her song 'Starships'

Yesterday, Lil Wayne put everybody on notice: He is a very protective label boss, and he won’t hesitate to ruin your party if you cross one of his charges.

The 50,000 or so people who packed into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey yesterday for New York City radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam festival got a rude awakening when headliner Nicki Minaj had pulled out of the show — one of the biggest annual events on the hip-hop calendar.

It all started when Hot 97 DJ and Hip-Hop Squares host Peter Rosenberg threw down “Starships,” on the current single from Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, while introducing rapper Kendrick Lamar. “We’re all about that real hip-hop,” he told the crowd. “I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. F— that bulls—.”

Lil Wayne, who heads up Minaj’s Young Money label, jumped on Twitter to announce “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” READ FULL STORY

Drake and a hedge-fund billionaire, sitting in a (Twitter) tree: Today in viral weirdness

Ever wonder how the other 1 percent lives? Thanks to Drake and Texan oil tycoon-turned-wind enthusiast T. Boone Pickens, we now know that the megarich are just like us — and by just like us, we mean that they also have free Twitter accounts.

The Canadian Degrassi star-turned-rap star and the swift-boating billionaire recently exchanged a high-profile series of tweets concerning the most obvious thing they have in common: obscene wealth.

It all began when the oft-confessional Drake tweeted the late-night/early-morning lament, “The first million is  the hardest.”

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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

Axl Rose on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama: 'I hope you'll forgive me'

It’s telling that the biggest stories coming out of last weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony were about the people who weren’t there. Rod Stewart (being inducted for the second time, this go-round as a member of Faces) called in sick, as did Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Meanwhile, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose seemed to be in fine health, but declined to show up with his old band for various reasons.In the aftermath of Rose’s open letter to fans, there were a handful who called him out as a whiner who put himself about the greater legacy of his group.

There were also plenty who felt he was doing the right thing, and in a follow-up statement posted to Twitter, Rose thanked those who supported him and even issued something of an apology to the city of Cleveland for raining on their rock parade.

“With such a generous outpouring of solidarity from fans, media outlets, writers and other artists, I’m truly humbled, blown away and unbelievably relieved,” Rose wrote. “To be honest, I thought it would go the other way and was just hoping to weather the storm. As I said, I sincerely didn’t want to disappoint anyone.”

In the letter’s most interesting passage, Rose brings up a lot of questions about the Hall that forced him to keep them at arm’s length. “I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially ‘rock’ enough to be in the Hall?” he wrote. “This isn’t an attack. These are genuine issues I don’t have enough verified information on to have more than rough ideas. Certainly not enough information to make any judgments about.”

Check out the full text of Rose’s letter below. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus takes heat on Twitter following perceived slight of Jesus

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Miley Cyrus has once again felt the dark side of Twitter.

In the latest instance of people taking everything said by teenagers on the Internet way too seriously, Cyrus tweeted a photo of theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, which also contained a quote from Krauss about the origins of matter.

Krauss says that the particles that make up the human body all came from destroyed stars, and he presents his case poetically with the following quote (which was also a part of Cyrus’ tweet): “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”

That’s the sort of vaguely controversial thing you find in most every high school yearbook, but the statement really rankled many of Cyrus’ Twitter followers—specifically those who took profound offense to the “forget Jesus” part of the quote. “You seriously believe that crap? It’s so ridiculously stupid. Go to hell,” one person tweeted at her, while another added, “So are you no longer a Christian? Forget Jesus??? Seriously? What has happened to you out there in the famous world? What????”

This comes only a week or so after Cyrus received death threats on Twitter, to which she responded, “I wont tolerate someone telling me 2 die. I think Twitter needs to take some responsibility and make it a safe environment!” Though Cyrus did not formally address the reactions to the Krauss quote, she did later tweet, “We could all: Love More.”

She also re-tweeted the news about governor of Maryland signing a marriage rights bill into law (which similarly had to have rankled the fundamentalists who keep Cyrus in their feeds), and also noted, “God I LOVE Kid Rock. Bawitdaba” (which had to have excited Mitt Romney).

Though she has been held up as a paragon of Christian values at various points in her career, Cyrus’ actual faith seems like the same sort of all-love hodgepodge that tends to come from 19-year-olds with possibly illicit hobbies (she does quote Buddha at the top of her Twitter page, after all).

What’s your take? Is this a tempest in a tea pot, or should Twitter be better about policing threats and hate speech? Or should Cyrus follow her own advice from two years ago and get off Twitter entirely?

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Bruce Springsteen joins the efforts to find a missing Boston College student

Bruce Springsteen‘s latest anthem is called “We Take Care of Our Own,” and the legendary musician is doing his part to help in the search for a missing person. Springsteen’s eldest son is a senior at Boston College, where fellow student Franco Garcia has been missing since being last seen at an area bar on Feb. 22. The rocker’s official Twitter sent out a post on Wednesday that read, “Help find Boston College student Franco Garcia. Last seen 2/22/12 in Brighton, MA. Call 617-796-2100 with any info” and attached the official missing person’s poster for Garcia. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's post-Grammys media maelstrom: What does it say about us?

By now, the world is well aware that Chris Brown’s two performances and televised win at Sunday night’s Grammys marked his first appearance on the show since he was forced to miss the 2009 ceremony after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

His showing there seemed to confirm that this guy was a superstar, at least in the minds of the people curating the Grammys, and that everything he had done—from the initial assault to his various temper tantrums—was water under the bridge.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was defensive about the amount of attention Brown’s appearance garnered: “If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into,” he said the following day. “That’s really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals. Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris’ musical work this past year.”

Show producer Ken Ehrlich also defended Brown. “I just believe people deserve a second chance,” he said to ABC News Radio on Feb. 7. “The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” (No really. He said that.) READ FULL STORY

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