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Lady Gaga TV Special- will.i.am Goes Solo- Justin Bieber Dreams of Jay-Z- Drake Cartoon- Kanye, Bono and Swizz Beatz- more
MTV will air their new Lady Gaga documentary, "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside," tonight at 9pm and 11pm EST/PST

(Billboard) It's rumored that Lady Gaga is angling to be the "face" of the new Google Chrome line of laptops coming out June 15. more

(NME) Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' set to knock Adele off UK albums chart peak New album on course to shift 250,000 copies in its first week more

(FMQB) After 13 weeks in stores, the new album from Adele, 21, is still reigning at #1 on the sales chart. 21 has now notched its ninth non-consecutive week at the top more

(Billboard) In the most recent episode of LeBron James' web-based animated series, 'The LeBrons,' Drake gets animated. Check out Drizzy avoid drama in his October's Very Own/All Things Fresh varsity jacket here

(BBC) Veteran talk show host Oprah Winfrey's final program is screened on Wednesday after 25 years on the air. more

(BBC) Author Jeffery Deaver unveils his James Bond novel Carte Blanche, admitting that Ian Fleming's superspy gets a tough time in the 21st Century. more

(Jam!) Courtney Love is sick of other celebrities teasing her about her troubled past and is determined to shake off her reputation as a "drug freak". more

(FMQB) Swizz Beatz tells MTV News he has recorded a new track featuring Kanye West and Bono, titled "Skyscrapers" more

(NME) will.i.am is set to release a new solo album, according to bandmate Fergie. The Black Eyed Peas singer told Holyscoop TV that the rapper had already completed the disc. more

(Billboard) Lil Boosie, aka Torrence Hatch, and two other inmates allegedly tried to sneak codeine syrup into the Louisiana State Penitentiary. more

(Billboard) Justin Bieber talks about a dream collaboration for his next record. "I would love to work with Jay-Z," the 17-year-old pop star recently said. "Just a cool fun record." more

(NME) David Hasselhoff has claimed that he once raised a boy out of a coma with his voice. more

(FMQB) The release date of Jill Scott's upcoming album, The Light Of The Sun, has been moved up one week to June 21. more


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Barry Gibb and Michael Jackson Song Goes Online
(Gibson) The elder Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, has released a video clip of Michael Jackson and himself working on a song, titled "All in Your Name," back in 2002. See the clip below.

According to Contactmusic.com, Gibb called Jackson the "easiest person to write with." Aside from posting the clip on his website, Gibb wrote: "Michael Jackson and I were the dearest of friends, that's simply what it was.

"We gravitated towards the same kind of music and we loved collaborating and he was the easiest person to write with. 'All in Your Name' is in fact the message that Michael wanted to send out to all of his fans all over the world that he did it all for them and for the pure love of music. I hope and pray that we all get to hear it in its entirety. This experience I will treasure forever." Check it out here

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Children Services Investigate Mariah Carey
(TMZ) Social workers from the LA County Department of Children and Family Services will arrive at Mariah Carey's house any moment to conduct a formal interview with the singer -- after receiving an anonymous complaint that she drank a beer while breast feeding ... TMZ has learned.

DCFS launched the investigation after someone complained Mariah drank a Guinness in the hospital after giving birth to her twins. We're told DCFS social workers will ask Mariah about the incident and interview others in the house as well.

The investigation is curious because hospital workers were closely monitoring Mariah and fully saw what was going on in her room. Sources tell us someone from the hospital told Mariah it would be beneficial to drink a dark beer -- like a Guinness -- to assist her in lactating.

We're told Mariah took the advice and drank a Guinness and in no way hid what she was doing from hospital staff -- assuming it was fine to do. more on this story

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Vh1 Bringing Back Pop Up Video
VH1 is bringing back their popular series "Pop Up Video." The show is just one of three series that the network has announced for the new fall season.

After a 10-year hiatus, VH1 has decided to bring back one of the channel's most talked about and iconic series, "Pop Up Video." The network has ordered 60 episodes of the familiar format featuring current videos, some new graphics and the beloved pop-up "bubbles" of priceless details and insights. Slated to return this fall, "Pop Up Video" will also integrate interactive elements including user polling and user-generated pop up content that will be reflected in the show. New popped music videos will also be available for viewing and sharing on VH1.com as they air on TV.

"'Pop Up Video' has stood the test of time, ranking as one of the most iconic series in recent television history. For years, people have practically begged, 'Please bring back Pop Up Video!' It's a show and format that now evokes nostalgia for VH1's young adult audience," said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. more on this story

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Scotty McCreery Wins Idol During Surprise Appearance Filled Finale
17-year-old country crooner Scotty McCreery won the title of American Idol during this season's finale on Wednesday night.

Other highlights from the finale included a surprise appearance by metal gods Judas Priest who performed two of their classics with finalist James Durbin.

Aerosmith were rumored to join their frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler for the finale but last week guitarist Joe Perry informed fans that they would not be appearing. more on this story

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Cheryl Cole Accent A Factor in Her Losing X-Factor Job?
(TMZ) Cheryl Cole was dropped from the judging panel on "X-Factor" largely because producers were concerned her English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand ... sources close to the production tell TMZ.

There were other issues too -- we're told Cheryl and fellow judge Paula Abdul had a "lack of chemistry" ... and Cheryl was more expendable.

Producers now want Cheryl to return to the UK version of the show -- but according to sources, Cheryl's royally pissed over how this situation was handled ... and may sever ties with "X-Factor" entirely. With Cheryl out, Steve Jones will be the only host on the show -- which debuts in September -- while Nicole Scherzinger fills the open seat on the judging panel. more on this story

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WWE Superstar Chyna Plans Return To Porn
(TMZ) It's been seven years since WWE superstar Chyna released her horrifying sex tape -- and TMZ has learned, she's making a triumphant return to the adult industry ... in an EXTREMELY graphic porno.

Vivid President Steve Hirsch tells TMZ, Chyna approached him months ago to breathe life into her XXX career -- demanding to work with the biggest male porn star in the business.

Steve did her one better ... and hooked her up with the TWO biggest male porn stars in the business -- Evan and Lee Stone -- and together, the threesome shot a gnarly skin flick ... tentatively called "Backdoor into Chyna." more on this story

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Busey Returning To Rehab
(TMZ) "Starship Troopers" actor Jake Busey tells TMZ that he plans to check himself in to a rehab facility for substance abuse issues next week after being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

Gary's 39-year-old son was on the boardwalk in Venice Beach yesterday ... when he explained how he woke up in an L.A. hospital this week after having "a little too much fun" with booze.

Jake says he's determined to get himself on a "straight path to clean living" -- and will take rehab seriously ... though he did not specify where or how long he will be seeking treatment. more on this story

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P-Funk for the Smithsonian
(Gibson) Parliament-Funkadelic's infamous Mothership is heading to the Smithsonian. Bandleader George Clinton has donated his influential group's spaceship stage prop to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to Rolling Stone.

Yet, the Mothership will not be the same one P-Funk employed in their concerts starting in 1976. That ship was left in a Maryland junk yard in 1982 when the group's management company was facing some big debts. The Mothership that will be housed at the Smithsonian museum will be the one P-Funk used in the '90s.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will open in Washington, D.C. in 2015. more on this story

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Gun Found at Randy Macho Man Savage Crash Site
(TMZ) Randy "Macho Man" Savage was in possession of a high-powered handgun when he crashed in Florida last week ... but TMZ has learned Savage had an active permit to carry the weapon.

MZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the gun was properly registered and legit. Lanny says Randy had recently gotten into the hobby of target shooting -- and was a pretty damn good shot.

Lanny says Randy and his wife were so passionate about the hobby -- he wasn't surprised about the discovery of the gun because the couple went shooting together all the time. more on this story

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Cops Deny Arnold Schwarzenegger Cheating Cover-up
(TMZ) Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Highway Patrol guards are coming out swinging for their former boss -- denying a report CHP officers helped cover-up his extramarital affairs ... TMZ has learned.

Retired CHP Sergeant Mark Hammond -- who was with Arnold constantly for 7 years -- says, "I can say without a shadow of a doubt as a supervisor of his protective detail that at no time did I see Governor Schwarzenegger say or do anything that could be deemed inappropriate."

Hammond goes on to say, "As a supervisor, if anything had occurred, I would have been notified, even if it was technically off the record on his private time." more on this story

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Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk And More For Concord Jazz Reissues
(conqueroo) Concord Music Group will release six new titles in the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on June 14, 2011.

The six new titles in the series are: Chet Baker: In New York * Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!! * Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco * Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans: Know What I Mean? * Bill Evans Trio: Explorations * Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass: Easy Living.

Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, generous helpings of bonus tracks (many of them previously unreleased), and new liner notes that provide historical and technical context, the series showcases some of the most pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influences on the jazz tradition is beyond measure. more on this story

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More Acts Help MTV Aid Japan
More acts have been announced for MTV Video Music Aid Japan. The additions include Tokio Hotel, Girls Generation and SHINee, One Night Only and Monkey Majik.

They join Lady Gaga, Exile and Kana Nishino at the tenth annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan (VMAJ), which is being staged as a live international music television event to benefit the Japanese Red Cross.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AID JAPAN will be broadcast live from Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture to more than 30 million households on MTV Japan, MTV Korea, MTV SEA and MTV China on Saturday June 25 at 1800 Tokyo & Seoul/1700 Singapore & Beijing.
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Little Miss Sunshine Making Bank
(TMZ) 15-year-old "Little Miss Sunshine" star Abigail Breslin earned $275,000 in ONE WEEK back in March -- just for shooting a few scenes for the upcoming flick "New Year's Eve" ... TMZ has learned.

That's $39,285 PER DAY -- and that's just her baseline salary!! According to the actress' minor contract, filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, Abigail stands to earn ANOTHER $100K if domestic box office receipts for "NYE" exceed $150 mil.

And there's more ... If for some reason Abby has to shoot additional scenes in post-production, she'll earn an additional $39,285 per day for her troubles ... on top of everything else. more on this story

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Will Smith's Kids Mentoring Michael Jackson's
(TMZ) Jaden and Willow Smith didn't just bump into MJ's kids on a movie set in L.A. this week -- TMZ has learned, it was all set up by Katherine Jackson ... to help nudge her grandchildren in a positive direction.

Sources close to Katherine tell TMZ, she believes the Smith children are prime examples of young success in Hollywood -- both extremely talented and down-to-earth -- and thinks Prince, Paris, and Blanket could learn a lot from them.

According to sources, Katherine wants to surround her grandchildren with role models like Jaden and Willow -- so she set up the meet-and-greet ... and we're told, the kids got along like a house on fire. more on this story

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Flyaway To SpringFest
Thousands of music enthusiasts of all ages will all convene in Miami Florida, this Memorial Day Weekend for the AKOO and Radio One SpringFest.

This years activities will include live performances from Rick Ross, Big Sean, Travis Porter, Keri Hilson and Miami's hottest D.J.'s all weekend long.

AKOO Clothing brand announces partnership with Radio One SpringFest in Miami, Florida during Memorial Day Weekend by sponsoring a flyaway sweepstakes where music listeners from all over the country will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to Springfest 2011 by visiting www.facebook/akooclothing

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The Situation and Ronnie Make Up After Punch Out
(TMZ) The Situation has found it in his heart to forgive the guy who punched him in the face ... and now, we're told Sitch and Ronnie are back to being friends again.

Multiple sources close to both "Jersey Shore" stars tell us ... the guys had a long talk after the altercation and "worked out their issues."

We're told the whole fight went down in the first place after Ronnie had returned from a night of clubbing with his GF Sammi. Ronnie was pretty heated over an argument he had with Sammi ... and in his rage, "turned his anger towards Mike." more on this story

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