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Morrissey Puts On A Cat Hat, And Our Other 5 Favorite PETA Campaigns Featuring Musicians

Excuse us, Morrissey, but it looks like you’ve got a little something stuck up there…

Former The Smith‘s singer Morrissey donned a feline in hopes of helping to curb animal over-population. In an accompanying statement he explains that, “Despite the fact that they’re incredibly intelligent, animals unfortunately haven’t yet worked out how to slip on a rubber,” and that over-breeding leads to too-full shelters. “Please do the right thing,” the vegan and animal rights activist begs, encouraging pet owners to spay or neuter their animals while a real, live cat sits atop his head. The whole thing’s a little confounding and pretty silly, but it did get our attention just as a good ad should.

Controversial as the PETA may be, we can’t help but love their ads, Morrissey’s being only the most recent. Click through to see our five favorites that feature musicians:

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Tuned In: R. Kelly Was “Feeling Single” Last Night On Jimmy Fallon

Is it warm in here? R. Kelly showed off his new and improved vocal chords last night with a make-up appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sounding straight Sinatra, he wooed the crowd with a soulful performance of his ode to bachelorhood “Feeling Single.” Kells kept things simple in dark shades and all black everything else, save for his sweet voice, which is thankfully back in fine form after last month’s scare. “Feeling Single” is exactly the sort of classic jam we crave in the late night, soft enough to lull you to sleep or steamy enough to inspire your late-late night. Feeling single can feel pretty good.

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The Lumineers “Ho Hey!” In The Streets In The Debut Episode Of CMT’s Concrete Country

Looks like we’re not the only ones hooked on July and August’s VH1 You Oughta Know artists The Lumineers! Our sister station, the Country Music Channel, tapped the roots-revivalist trio for the kick-off episode of their gritty new online performance and interview series called Concrete Country. The band played their debut hit “Ho Hey,” along with “Classy Girls” and “Stubborn Love,” live from the streets of Nashville while traffic and pedestrians passed behind them. “We used to play that song at an open mic at the Metal Arc in Denver, and sometimes people would talk very loudly so I would scream ‘Ho!’ and ‘Hey!’” Jeremiah Fraites joked of the bustle. “It was a good song to get people’s attention.”

Green River Ordinance, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yarn and Trampled by Turtles will follow in their footsteps later this summer with Concrete Country episodes of their own, and surely all with as much enthusiasm to their toe-tapping.

The Lumineers on Concrete Country [CMT]

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Mariah Carey Has Signed On As American Idol Judge

Mariah Carey is back to business, and officially on board to judge American Idol‘s twelve season. Today Fox president Kevin Reilly confirmed the good news before dialing Mariah up on her cell phone to tell the star himself. “I’m so excited to be joining Idol,” she gushed, thrilled no doubt by the opportunity to put her industry experience to work, as well as the reported $12 million-plus salary she will be earning.

There has been much debate as to who could possibly fill the seats left open by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler‘s exit. Not only does that someone have to be worthy of brassy Idol judges past, he or she will also have to stand their own against The X Factor‘s Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on The Voice. Mariah and her five-octave vocal range should do just the trick. We only worry that, as it did for Lopez, who left “to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love Idol so much,” judging will slow down her recently announced return to music. Otherwise, we’re thrilled to have a diva of her caliber back in the spotlight on the regular.

And our apologies to Aretha Franklin, who was hoping to earn a seat — the diva quotient for this season has likely been reached. However, the scramble is not over yet, and as for the others whose names have been bantered about — like Idol‘s own Adam Lambert — Tyler’s and possibly Randy Jackson‘s seats still remain to be filled.

Mariah Carey Joins ‘American Idol’ [EW]

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Young The Giant Take Us Behind The Scenes At Firefly Music Festival

To Pitchfork two weekends ago for Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, and then back again for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flo at Lollapolooza next. Summer’s busy festival season draws fans to corners of the country far and wide with line-ups that bundle all their favorite acts into one great go. But what does it take to get those artists here and there and onstage, week in and week out? VH1 News caught up with California indie rockers Young The Giant at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival this past weekend to see. There’s their big-red bus decked with beer cubbies (“It’s like living on a submarine”), friends (“It’s like working summer camp”), and dressing rooms stocked with soda pop and candy (although one day, they hope to find “a room filled with tiny wolverines, like Mariah Carey and her puppies). And most of all there is the crowd. “When we can get the audience to kind of move around and dance and just look happy? That’s pretty much it,” says drummer Francois Comtois. Read more…

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Carly Rae Jepsen Defers On Song of the Summer, Chooses “We Are Young” Instead Of “Call Me Maybe”

If early front-runner Carly Rae Jepsen was rooting for her own “Call Me Maybe” for Song of the Summer, we wouldn’t have held it against her. Big Sean has got her back, and she would hardly be alone in her vote. But when we caught-up her last night on the red carpet at of the Teen Choice Awards she instead deferred the title to a fellow nominee. “I mean, I have a lot of songs that I love about summer,” she offered diplomatically before admitting, that this time around, she’s really into the fun.‘s indie-pop anthem “We Are Young.” She also showed some love “for sure” for No Doubt, who returned to the stage last night. “I want to shake their hands, say thank you for the amazing music,” she gushed. No shame in either choice!

It’s nice that, even though there were Summer Song and Breakout Artist boards waiting for her, Jepsen is still feeling all “I-just-met-you” about her quick rise to fame. “I’m not quite used to it yet,” she said, looking and sounding truly demure in a satin-white blazer and palm-tree covered skirt. “But I don’t think I ever want to become used to it, because it’s really fun to be here and be like, ‘Ah! This is crazy!’”

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Mariah Carey Is Poised For A “Triumphant” Return

Mariah Carey is poised for a “Triumphant” return next month — August, for an august diva like she! — with the help MMG comrades Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Mimi shared the good news yesterday on Twitter, where she explained also that, “I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it. When you hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics.” An intriguing tease, as she sure has had quite the year or two between Dem Babies and her husband Nick Cannon’s health issues. It’s not like she needs a reason to sing it out, but if it gets her back to the studio? We’ll always be here to listen, Mimi.

Mariah has worked with Ross in the past on that “Touch My Body (Remix)”, and she bares an impressive catalog of rap collaborations past — who could forget that Bad Boy Remix of “Honey” or Jay’s verse on “Heartbreaker”? It’s exciting to see her hooking up with two of today’s biggest gets, but we worry that her comeback might get lost in the bunches of other Maybach Music branded singles currently dominating radio waves. We won’t worry too much, though, because Mimi’s no mere hook-girl, and one of her trade mark vocal runs and a twinkle of that whistle register will be quick to remind us of why she always “Triumphs.”

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President Obama Thinks You Should Know “What Makes You Beautiful.”

President Barack Obama is getting good at this. Like he did with Carly Rae Jepsen and the Biebs’ before, he nails this lip-dub of One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful.”  It’s nice to hear him say things like, “You’re insecure, don’t know what for,” and not think it a testament to his national security acumen so much as an ode to his lovely FLOTUS or an inspiring missive for his electorate. A commander-in-chief and a teen-dream, we suggest he keep this charming act up — it will be hard to forget he thinks we’re beautiful come voting day!

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Tuned In: No Doubt Make A Big Return At The Teen Choice Awards

Any actual teens tuned in last night were just kids the last time No Doubt hit the Teen Choice Awards, but it was no matter as Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheater was buzzing with excitement for the iconic band’s return to the stage. And they didn’t disappoint, as they were in fine form performing their new single “Settle Down” for the first time live. The entire crew was dressed in black and white, and the rest of the act was kept simple, as well. Their return was spectacle enough. Gwen held court with a big (probably L’Oreal Paris lined) smile and all her usual swag, seeming perfectly at home back on stage, bouncing around and singing at the same time. Two kids and many years later, she’s still hella fine for real. Nothing’s gonna knock that girl down.

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