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The Good

Freddie Mercury gets Google Doodled on 65th birthday

This week marked the 65th birthday of Freddie Mercury, and the late Queen front man was on the minds of many. Katy Perry, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump all posted videos on YouTube. Google devoted its Google Doodle to an animated tribute to the tune of Don’t Stop Me Now. Does it take the cake for best birthday present? You decide.

Lady Gaga, Nas record 9/11 tributes

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. To commemorate the occasion, MTV’s parent company, Viacom, has teamed with artists and celebrities to launch What will you do to remember? The campaign asks citizens to pledge what they will do to pay tribute to the victims of September 11. Watch Lady Gaga, Nas and Pauly D make their tributes below.

The Bad

Is Rihanna firing Jay-Z?

Rumors are circulating that Rihanna is none too pleased with the amount of attention Beyoncé and her baby bump have been getting from her RocNation management team, which has begun unofficially sponsoring Jay-Z’s missus. It also doesn’t help that Rihanna is suing her manager’s sister for a real estate deal gone sour. Now that it’s raining more than ever, is Rihanna gonna stick it out till the end? Time will tell.

Billie Joe Armstrong booted off plane


Billie Joe Armstrong and his baggy pants were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight this week. Reportedly the Green Day frontman was approached by a flight attendant who asked him to hike up his sagging jeans, then had him booted when he responded with le sarcasm. Armstrong took to Twitter to vent his spleen, and Southwest responded tout suite with an apology for treating the singer like Dookie.

The Ugly

Madonna hates hydrangeas

Oh, are those hydrangeas for Madonna? ABORT YOUR FOOLHARDY MISSION, YOU IMBECILE! Madge loathes hydrangeas”everyone knows that. Except this guy, who gave the singer a big bunch of them and incurred her wrath. What a jerk.

MCR fires drummer for stealing

In a post called Just The Facts My Chemical Romance announced they had parted ways with their drummer, Michael Pedicone, after they caught him stealing from them. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation, the post reads. The band is replacing Pedicone ASAP so they can play all their fall tour dates.

Miscellany

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The Good

Fallon and Timberlake get insane in the membrane with History of Rap 2

Jimmy Fallon had Justin Timberlake back on his show this week, and the two reprised their History of Rap schtick with the help of back-up band The Roots. Watch the two comedians tackle Kurtis Blow, Salt ˜N Pepa, DMX, Cali Swag District and more to the delight of the audience.

The Beastie Boys action figures battle in new video

Last time Spike Jonze teamed up with The Beastie Boys for a video, the result was the indelible video for Sabotage. Their newest video collaboration for Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win, is just as funny. Watch the Boys’ plastic alter egos get in on the action below.

The Bad

Rebecca Black releases My Moment

Rebecca Black wants to be taken seriously as an artist. Personally speaking, we’re not there yet. So her sophomore effort, an über earnest ballad called My Moment, feels a little icky. Documentary-style videos of career highlights usually happen after you’ve actually made it (See Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters or Bon Jovi’s Dead or Alive). This video of a guitar novice trying to play Sweet Child O’Mine over some suggestive moaning is less painful to watch, but if you simply must assault your eyes and ears, do so at your own peril below.

Stage collapses on Cheap Trick during Ottawa Bluesfest

Cheap Trick was in the middle of their set at the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday, when the stage came crashing down around them. But don’t worry”daddy’s alright, mommy’s alright and the band members are alright. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist incorporating some of the lyrics to Surrender.) Check out the wreckage below.

The Ugly

J-Lo and Marc Anthony call it quits

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced the end of their seven-year marriage this week. We definitely didn’t see it coming after their COMPLETELY AWKWARD public appearance at the GRAMMY Awards back in February. Re-experience the mutual contempt below.

Flaming Lips release new songs in gummy form

You know what pairs well with gummy fetuses? Flash drives. So goes the absurd logic of Flaming Lips. The band is planning to release three new songs, but here’s the catch: They’ll be on flash drives floating inside fetus-shaped gummy candies. If it feels wrong to bite into anything remotely resembling a baby, by all means, cut into it with a knife. We’re sure the music will be worth it the guilt.

Miscellany

Blake Shelton nabs Number 1 spot on Billboard with Red River Blue
MTV Video Music Award nominees announced
Trey Songz to star in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D
Katy Perry will voice Smurfette in new Smurf movie
Demi Lovato and Ryan Phillippe are or aren’t dating
Jay-Z and Kanye West album Watch The Throne drops August 1
Bette Midler thinks Lady Gaga’s mermaid in a wheelchair routine is a little fishy
Bruce Springsteen plays Clarence Clemons tribute show
Adele, Elbow, PJ Harvey nominated for Mercury Prize
Ja Rule sentenced to two years behind bars for tax evasion
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez crash wedding
Atlantis crew gets wake-up call from Beyoncé