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'Saturday': Rebecca Black releases follow-up song to 'Friday' -- VIDEO

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Rebecca Black is back — and she’s brought a friend!

While zombie apocalypses have been in vogue this year, we seem to have forgotten that there still exists an as-yet-unvanquished threat to our sanity: Black, the 16-year-old viral video star who became a buzzy (perhaps a light way of putting it) overnight sensation in 2011 with her so-bad-it’s-bad music video “Friday”, has returned with a follow-up song that picks up, well, exactly where her previous calendar-related musical entry ended. Black is joined by fellow YouTube star Dave Days, who has built a very respectable reputation for himself with his parodies and covers of popular songs.

Saturday” finds Black and her entire partying-partying-yeah! crew picking up the messy pieces of a crazy Friday night fete, replete with discarded solo cups, passed-out teenagers aplenty, and a portable poker set that’s oh so askew. Soon, the kids hit the beach and throw another house party, singing their hearts out about their big weekend plans: “This Saturday we gonna party all night/ one we will remember for the rest of our lives./This Saturday we gonna do it bigger than/ we ever have before, I don’t want this Saturday to end!/ I don’t want this Saturday to end!”

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'Oh Sweet Lorraine': A 96-year-old man's love song for his late wife jumps into the iTunes Top 10

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Take a quick look at the Top 10 songs on iTunes today, and you’ll see all the usual suspects: Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Eminem.

But take a second look, and you may notice a short little lullaby called “Oh Sweet Lorraine” that’s currently the ninth most downloaded song in the country. Where’d it come from?

Well, from an unlikely source: Fred Stobaugh, a 96-year-old Illinois man with no previous musical experience, who lost his wife of 73 years, Lorraine, in April. On a whim, the widower entered a songwriting contest that he saw advertised in a local paper with a love song he’d written for his bride.

Green Shoe Studio, the company running the contest, couldn’t accept his handwritten entry (the competition was digital-only), but they were so touched by his story that they decided to produce his song — and a short documentary about it — anyway. That video, which was posted in July, recently went viral, and the exposure has sent “Oh Sweet Lorraine” soaring up the charts. READ FULL STORY

This is what happens when you irritate Rihanna in concert -- VIDEO

YouTube’s most-viewed artist was recently caught on tape whacking an overzealous fan with a microphone during a performance in Birmingham, England.

As “We Found Love” blared, the singer left the stage to interact with fans on the ground, touching their hands as she walked past the concert’s first row. When one attendee apparently refused to let go of RiRi, she responded with a quick, decisive mic hit. All the while, Rihanna’s voice continued to emerge from the venue’s speakers; perhaps she was using some sort of British wizard magic.

The video is lo-fi, to say the least — and annoyingly, an ad pops up during the money shot. Still, you can tell that Rihanna’s move was deliberate, though it’s tough to say where she hit the fan and whether the smacked one ended up being injured.

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Jessica Simpson's high school 'Chorus Line' performance demands to be seen -- VIDEO

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Before the babies, before the tabloids, before the vilified blue jeans — even before Tony Romo and John “sexual napalm” Mayer and Nick Lachey and the multi-million dollar shoe empire, Jessica Simpson was just a regular high school gal in a red leotard performing “The Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line.

Now that footage of her theatrical moment has hit the net, it’s pretty much required viewing. Simpson tweeted the video yesterday, adding, “The ultimate #tbt” (That’s Throw Back Thursday for those of you who don’t hashtag your lives), and it’s a pretty potent reminder that, while Simpson was never a pop star of Britney or Christina proportions, she still had some serious pipes. And those dance moves weren’t too shabby, either!

Go ahead, make your day better and give it a watch: READ FULL STORY

Psy is anything but a 'Gentleman' -- VIDEO

Two days after we reacted to the music for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” follow-up “Gentleman,” the official music video has hit YouTube. Given that the utter ridiculousness of “Gangnam Style” is exactly what propelled the K-Popper to global fame, it’s natural to wonder whether the clip for “Gentleman” could possibly measure up. Judge for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown rants about women at Hollywood club performance

R&B singer Chris Brown, 23, performed at the Emerson Theatre in Hollywood early Thursday morning and went on another one of the rants he’s increasingly known for. In a video posted on TMZ.com, Brown gave the audience a lecture on how a man should keep a woman in her place.

“You gotta say that one thing to her… don’t make me have to tell you again, that’s my p—y, baby! so you better not give it away!” he said in a spontaneous speech to the crowded nightclub. “So every person in this motherf–king building, if you got a bad b—h you better say that s–t to her, or she might f–k another n—a.”

Watch the full video, via TMZ, here:

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'Harlem Shake' hits No. 1 on iTunes following viral explosion

Two weeks ago, few people had ever heard New York producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” a frenetic dance thumper stuffed with trancy synths and lion roars that was released last May. But now that the track has gone viral thanks to its ubiquitous meme-status, it’s gained legitimate traction on the chart.

Yesterday, Baauer climbed all the way to the top of iTunes’ all-genre “Top Songs” list, and despite the fact that “Harlem Shake” has been temporarily displaced by One Direction’s “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks),” it’s still ahead of powerhouse sellers like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Rihanna’s “Stay.” Plus, once the Directioners have all bought their fave boy band’s song, which should take approximately an hour, “Harlem Shake” will likely return to No. 1.

It’s unclear whether sales for “Harlem Shake” are driven by buyers who want to use the song to make their own 30-second-long videos (earlier this week, YouTube reported that over 4,000 “Harlem Shake” videos were being uploaded every day) or if they’re true fans of the song, which does fit into the current wave of EDM and super-producer/DJ-driven pop.

When EW reached Baauer’s reps, they said he was not interested in commenting on the meme, which got its start on Jan. 30 when vlogger Filthy Frank included it at the top of a compilation video. Three days later, he isolated the “Harlem Shake” portion of the video. It has since received nearly 10 million views. READ FULL STORY

Will 'One Pound Fish' be the new 'Gangnam Style'?

Between Nicole Westbrook’s “It’s Thanksgiving,” Double Take’s “Hot Problems,” and Gnesa’s “Wilder,” 2012 gave us no shortage of awesomely terrible Auto-Tune extravaganzas.

It’s rare that these YouTube novelties ever transcend the punchline status, but PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and Rebecca Black’s “Friday” have both demonstrated that viral exposure can turn a song into a legitimate mainstream hit  — whether you like it or not.

Now, it appears that a track called “One Pound Fish” by Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a Pakistani fishmonger living in Britain, is vying to become the latest international phenomenon.

Earlier in 2012, Nazir, who’s now popularly known as the £1 Fish Man, created a simple street-side song in order to attract customers to his stand in the Queens Market in London. When a bystander filmed Nazir singing his ditty in April, he experienced a small taste of internet fame after the video went viral.

Warner Music quickly moved in and offered Nazir the chance to record a techno-version of the song and shoot a snazzy/chintzy music video, which places him in front of scantily-dressed Bollywood-style dancers.

Surprisingly (or not), it’s already earned over 12 million views in less than four weeks: READ FULL STORY

Someone already wrote Taylor Swift and Harry Styles' breakup song, and it's perfect -- VIDEO

Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles are dating now, but let’s be real: they’re going to break up. I’m sure of it. You’re sure of it. Anyone who has thought about Taylor Swift for even one minute over the past five years is sure of it. This is just what she does. Swift kisses and kisses and kisses, and then she tells (with varying degrees of coyness) on her multi-platinum albums.

But thanks to American Idol Season 9 alum Tim Urban (straight outta left field, I know!), we no longer have to wait for Swift’s inevitable confessional about Harry Styles on her inevitable fall 2014 album. Urban’s written one for her, and it’s hilariously, almost unbelievably on-point. Seriously, is he her secret ghost writer?

The opening couplet had me on board right away. “He was the wrong direction with a beautiful face,” Urban sings. “He made me smile on those December days.”

I mean, that’s just classic Swift, right? But it was the sassy kiss-off at the end of the chorus that sealed the deal for me: “There won’t be a next time for him/ And he can keep his accent.” Ahhhh, how is this not already a real Taylor Swift song?!

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You haven't heard 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' until you've heard DMX's version -- VIDEO

What’s his name? It’s DMX — and he just dropped a f—load of Christmas cheer on all y’all.

During a recent visit to New York’s Power 105.1, the rapper was asked to put his own spin on the timeless Christmas tune “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Dark Man X complied, waving away a lyrics sheet and reciting the song from memory so excitedly that he sped ahead of his accompaniment.

By the time DMX got past the preamble, he was ad-libbing and sing-rapping like some sort of enchanted hip-hop elf — leaving the radio station with a version of “Rudolph” that deserves to become a classic.

Even Ja Rule has to admit that DMX killed it. Watch here:

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