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Courtney Love Reminds Lana Del Rey That The “Heart Shaped Box” Is Hers

Courtney Love hasn’t said one way or another if she liked Lana Del Rey‘s Nirvana cover. But she’s insistent that one thing be clear before Del Rey goes on with the cover: that the song was originally written about Love’s very own, so-called heart shaped box. Kurt Cobain‘s once wife Tweeted — Twitter being her chosen vehicle for all thoughts unhinged and some things so true — and then deleted two messages @-ed to the attention of Del Rey that said: “you do know the song is about my Vagina right? “ and “so umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you? lol xc.” Well then! Cobain’s lyrics are charged with meaning and myth, and thankfully we have Love to defend what truths may be among them.

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Ryan Lochte Gets Gold And Then A “Call Me” Of His Own

Maybe it’s too soon to call, but our money is on Carly Rae Jepsen winning the 2012 London Olympics MVP, as “Call Me” fever has been spiriting medal winners Canadian and otherwise. Last week, the so-far winning U.S. Olympic swim team won our affection with a spirited, lip-synch to the song that just won’t quit. And now, the team’s breakout star has earned himself a “Call Me” cover as good as his gold.

Ryan Lochte upset Michael Phelps in the 400m IM on Saturday, and emerged from the pool one of the most fawned over U.S. Olympians this round. He atop the podium, the internet went ahead and declared him “King of the Pool” with this hilarious “Call Me Lochte” paradoy. “It’s hard to swim right by Phelps, baby/ But this is my year, so call me Lochte,” the rework riffs, swapping the original’s indecisive “maybe” for the more confident kiss-off of a winner. Is it too late to change the national anthem? Because this seems to be working. Read more…

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Tuned In: See Emeli Sandé’s Olympic Opening Ceremony Performance That NBC Cut

Our You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé performed the “calming and reflective pause” at Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony in London, before the parade of nations and the storm of sporting that has followed. One of only a handful of performers, and the only female vocalist, Sandé stood as a vision in a blue floor-length dress in the center of it all. She sang a moving rendition of “Abide With Me,” a heavy hymn written her fellow Scotsman Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, while a troupe of dancers performed a dance choreographed and led by Akram Khan below her. The moment is thought to have been a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London, and it appropriately pulsed with emotion. If you were watching the ceremony on NBC, though, you missed it, as it was cut from the broadcast in order to make time for Ryan Seacrest’s Michael Phelps interview (or, maybe to keep things American). Watch the quietly stunning performance above, and listen to Sandé’s “Abide With Me” below. Read more…

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Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Mix On The Voice

The competition show talent shuffle continues today, with word that Billie Joe Armstrong has signed on to The Voice as a mentor on Christina Aguilera‘s team. The Grammy winning Green Day frontman explained in a statement accompanying the announcement that he chose The Voice because it is “not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover.” Which is to say that it is, by his figuring, as close to punk as these sorts of shows come. Aguilera’s not exactly Kathleen Hanna or even Haley Williams, but that’s not really been Armstrong’s thing for a while now, and he assures that the two are having fun together. And if this means more “Longview” on the tube, well, we’ll go ahead and look the other way. Read more…

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Covers to Catch: Lana Del Rey Does Nirvana, Kelly Clarkson Does Katy Perry

It’s Friday, and the internet has so kindly graced us with two worthy covers to drive us into the weekend:

Last night in Sydney, Lana Del Rey gave Nirvana‘s “Heart Shaped Box” a stormy and orchestral cover. Nirvana has come to be considered sacred territory, just ask Miley Cyrus, who took serious flack for her “Smells Like Teen Spirit” cover, but Lana’s haunting voice makes for an interesting tribute. Her obsession with fame is not without understanding of Kurt Cobain’s obsession with escaping fame, and her belts of “Hey, wait, I’ve got a new complaint” feel almost as tortured as Kurt’s devastating originals, and she somehow managed to make the brutal “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black” line sound feminine and delicate. This was a risk, but it seemed to work.

Kelly Clarkson‘s cover of Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” was far less of a stretch, and great nonetheless. Read more…

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Matchbox Twenty Risk Third-Degree Burns For That “She’s So Mean” Girl

Though Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette have been doing this for years now, it’s still not easy. VH1 News caught up with the boys from Matchbox 20 on the set of the video for the first single off of their fourth studio album, North, and Thomas confessed that he still “feels silly” sometimes. “She’s So Mean” is the classic pop-song ode to a guilty-pleasure girl, the kind who invites you to the club than leaves with her friends, who “makes you so blind but you don’t mind.” Like “a drug,” Thomas says. “Everybody’s been in that relationship.”

Not everybody, though, would risk actual third-degree burns for it, like the guys did for their fiery new video. “Psh-sha, forget that, we’re just going to set him right on fire,” Thomas joked of their fire marshal mandated fire retardant gear. “I’m just going to take a Bic to his leg and light him up.” They sure don’t call them matchbox for nothing!

Watch the full interview above, and check out the racy “She’s So Mean” lyric video below. North is out September 4th. Read more…

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Tuned In: No Doubt Shake Up Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Steady on the comeback, No Doubt returned to late night last night with a stop on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and not that he ever seems otherwise, but Jimmy seemed extra excited to have them. The band’s return has so far been amazing in that they haven’t seemed to age a bit — their energy is still high and they miraculously all look exactly as they did the last time they had new music to promote ten years ago. Last night’s performance of “Settle Down” was more of the same — Gwen’s 90’s mall-swag was especially turned-up, her studded harem pants tucked into her patent leather Docs — except for the fact that they all wore blazers, because they are adults now. They aren’t buttoned-up, though, and everyone looked and sounded great as they spun around the stage. Comebacks are never easy and not often successful, but it seems evident that No Doubt’s return was a great idea. We can’t wait to hear what else they’ve got when Push And Shove drops out on September 25th.

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Last Lap: Green Day Wrote A Song About Amy Winehouse

The track will close their upcoming album ¡Dos! And appropriately so, according to Billie Joe Armstrong, who feels connected to the fallen star though they never met. “It’s interesting because if you think about ¡Dos!, it’s a party record, and so at the end of it ‘Amy’ kind of comes across as the consequences of the party,” he says. Intriguing! [NME] Read more…

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Madonna Is Now Defending Her Use Of Nazi Imagery On MDNA Tour

Madonna is the queen of scandal, to be sure, but nipples and tears past pale in comparison to this latest MDNA tour controversy. Despite the criticism and legal threats drawn, Madonna refuses to remove the swastikas — including one superimposed onto French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen (as seen at 1:05) — or Hitler imagery from the video projection that accompanies her “Nobody Knows Me” tour performance. Rather, she’s defending the offending footage. As Madge explained in an interview with Brazil’s Fantastico, the American Life track is about “how much we judge people before knowing them,” and she therefore feels that the inclusion of controversial imagery fits her message about “the intolerance that we human beings have for one another.” “Music should be about ideas, right? Ideas inspire music, right?” she said. That’s a slippery slope of logic. Do you think she’s has taken it too far this time?

Madonna Defends Her Use of Nazi Symbol [ArtsBeat]

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Katy Perry Probably Should Date John Mayer

The ink on her divorce papers has only just dried, and rumors of a relationship with Florence + The Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd have already come and gone. And now, word is it that Katy Perry has taken-up with John Mayer. According to reports, the two were all handhold-y at the Soho House on July 19th, just three days after Perry’s split from Russell Brand was made official. It could all be nothing, or just an experiment in what could have been, but — with apologies to Mayer, and if we’re not too terrible to say — we sort of hope that there is something to these rumors. Read more…