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The Good

Madonna gets backup for Super Bowl halftime show

Elton John has already advised Madonna to lip-synch good at the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend, so clearly some people have low expectations for her performance. Madonna’s no fool, though. She’s recruited M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to join her on her new single, Gimme All Your Luvin’. The technicolor onslaught of these two ladies is sure to draw attention away from whatever her mouth is doing. Well played, Madge.

OK Go teach us about primary colors

Ever wondered what primary colors were? If your answer is yes, then our education system has really failed you. But fear not, because OK Go are here with another stop-motion masterpiece. Watch them rock the color wheel for Sesame Street below.

The Bad

Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, dies

Very sad news for lovers of disco, bell bottoms and line dancing. Don Cornelius, creator and host of the dance show Soul Train passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head this week at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was seventy-five. With Soul Train, Cornelius helped introduce black culture to millions of Americans during the ˜70s and ˜80s. Thankfully, we still have videos like the one below to remind us of Cornelius’s legacy. R.I.P.

Leslie Carter, sister to Aaron and Nick Carter, dies


Leslie Carter, the sister of Nick Carter and Aaron Carter, passed away this week in upstate New York. Carter was a singer in her own right, contributing her song Like Wow! to the Shrek soundtrack in 2001. She was twenty-five. No details have been released about the cause of death. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Taiwan pokes fun at Lana Del Rey

Poor LDR. Everyone’s taking a pot shot at her. First Juliette Lewis, now Taiwan. Next Media Animation just released this animated chronicle of the singer’s trials and tribulations. Keep your chin up, Lana. You may be a strange bird, but we still love you.

Newt Gingrich sued by Survivor

When Newt Gingrich used Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger to pump up audiences at his rallies, he pumped up the band ¦ with rage. This week Survivor announced plans to sue Gingrich for using their music without permission, and ruining the movie Rocky for everyone.

Miscellany

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Weird Al Yankovic, Steven Tyler and Alice Cooper ring in NYE

Lots of big names played shows on New Year’s Eve, but no stage packed more star power into a smaller square footage than this one in Maui. Watch the holiday’s oddest trifecta play Come Together below.

Justin Timberlake off the market

NOOOOOOOO!!!! That’s us quoting every woman (and a fair share of dudes, too) who heard the rumor that Justin Timberlake got engaged to Jessica Biel this week. Let’s hope he put a ring in the box this time.

The Bad

Rihanna and Chris Brown spark speculation

Tweeps following Chris Brown and Rihanna picked up on some heat waves this week when Brown tweeted a cryptic Love U more than u know!” followed a minute later by a similar tweet from Rihanna that read “I’ll always love u #1LOVE.” This wouldn’t be so weird if not for the fact that Chris Brown’s mother, Joyce Hawkins, tweeted this, which Rihanna seemed to respond to a minute later with this. You can read more about the antics of these two crazy kids here.

Miley Cyrus punks Khloe Kardashian

Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne got Khloe Kardashian good for an upcoming episode of Punk’d. The two invited Kardashian over for a girl’s night, where a delivery boy accidentally zips up his ¦ well, just watch the clip.

The Ugly

Sinead O’Connor’s marriage back on

Sinead O’Connor has continued her tradition of over-sharing. After announcing last week that her marriage was over, the singer announced this week that it was back on with a bang. Her tweet was too TMI even for us, but if you simply must know what it said, you can read it here.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand split

After only eighteen months of marriage, loveable wack-jobs Katy Perry and Russell Brand are headed to splitsville. Brand filed for divorce this week, citing irreconcilable differences. Rumor has it the split is mutual, but Brand filed the paperwork due to Perry’s very religious beliefs. R.I.P., teenage dreamers.

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