DC5 Singer Dies Before Rock Hall Induction

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The Dave Clark Five were a key component of the British Invasion that swept America in the early ’60s. Following in the Beatles’ footsteps, they launched a string of hits up the charts that included certified stompers such as “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” and “Anyway You Want It.” This year, on March 10 to be exact, the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s sad to report that singer Mike Smith won’t be there. He died in Britain yesterday at the age of 64. Billboard reminds that the band was a powerhouse in its heyday, selling 50 million albums. Check Smith and the guys singing their smash ballad “Because” above. After the jump we’ve thrown the theme from their movie, “Catch Us If You Can.”

VH1 Classic will air the entire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction show on March 10. Here’s a list of the other inductees.
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Surprise Star in Gnarls Barkley’s “Run”

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Like we told you yesterday, we got the brand new Gnarls Barkley video for you. You didn’t get us anything? That’s OK. We just want you to enjoy Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse tearing it up on this cable access-goes-Museum of Modern Art clip. Extra points if you can figure out who the host is. Hint: he brought something back a little while ago, and he’s not only inducting Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he’s helping her with her new album Hard Candy.

Britney’s Life Would Make Anyone Insane

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Yeah yeah, we love to call her nuts too, but let’s be real: if you lived in Britney Spears‘ shoes for 24 hours, you’d be batsh*t crazy in no time. Considering what the girl goes through, it’s a miracle she’s not way worse. Maybe we’ve just warmed up to Brit again now that her dad Jamie’s got her on the straight and narrow, but seriously, let’s give her some room to heal and get back to her regular ol’ Cheeto-guzzling ways. Then we can harass the crap out of her!

Take for example, the video above, in which poor little BritBrit is smothered by photogs – and some freak in a wig – galore while trying to get back into her Starbucks routine (we particularly enjoyed the moment she freaks out on her bodyguard). Haven’t we seen this? occurrence a billion times before? The girl gets her daily 2200 calorie intake from one giant drink. Move on! Then, earlier in the day Britney was allowed to see her sons again (woohoo!), but was stalked from above by the ever-present paps. Maybe we should all agree to give the girl some space to get back to “normal.” Do we really want to be responsible for driving her to walk into gas station bathrooms barefoot again?

Friday: Mariah Wants Your Attention

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mariahcarey.jpgNicole Richie: Broadway Bound?
The starlet is considering take up the lead in the musical Chicago as part of her ongoing quest to make Paris Hilton jealous of her way-more awesome life.? [Us]

Britney?s Babies Debut New Hairdos
We don’t know what’s worse – the fact that this is “news” or that we’re reporting it. But hey, the kids look great!? [Us]

Mariah?s Latest Sexy Outfit

We’re a sucker for Mimi’s outfit choices, especially when she dresses like a glamorous hooker out for a walk in the snow.? [DListed]

A PussyCat Doll Quits the Group!
What heartbreaking news! If only we could tell the Dolls apart and figure out the identity of the defector.?? [ONTD]

Heath?s Docs Investigated About Deadly Meds
Clearly even though Heath has passed, the drama surrounding his death will live on forever.? [Us]

Gnarls Barkley: Get Ready to “Run”

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It’s been too long since we last heard from Gnarls Barkley — when they release their album Odd Couple this April, it’ll have been 23 months since the monster, “Crazy”-inducing St. Elsewhere dropped. (But who’s counting?) Thankfully, the most inventive pair in hip-hop are back with their new single “Run,” and we’ll premiere the video tomorrow. To tide you over, they snuck us a couple of images from the video.

Take the jump to see another shot from the video, and come back tomorrow to watch the video!

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WTF is Rihanna Wearing?

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We just had to ask. The reigning pop princess wore this leather contraption in concert last night in Dublin, Ireland. No wonder Chris Brown is all up in her stuff these days – this is some serious dominatrix goodness! Someone grab an umbrella and cover her up.

[All images: Getty]

Kelly Rowland: Getting Nekkid for Fame?

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kellymain.jpgIt must be hard being in a band with Beyonce. She gets all the attention, the good clothes, the best spot in photos, and then when she jets off for her fabulous solo career the other girls are left trying to make it on their own. Such is the sitch for former child of destiny Kelly Rowland, whose album Ms. Kelly flopped when released last summer. It’s schedule for a re-release at the end of March (peep her new single here), and the singer is rumored to be attempting to drum up some press with a Playboy shoot. The best part? She’s trying to make it all happen behind the back of her manager, Beyonce’s papa!

It’s all just internet buzz for now, but we’ll keep you posted if the rumors become reality. Until then, here are some pics of Ms. Kelly – fully clothed of course – for your enjoyment.

[All images: Getty]

Pete Knocks Up Ashlee to Save the Earth

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We like to think we have a sense of humor and “get” stuff, but this video, posted by Pete Wentz on his blog, makes no sense. In it, Pete concludes that he needs to take up the cause of illegal music downloading, and so he and his girlfriend Ashlee Simpson make a baby in protest. Get it? It’s some sort of sarcastic commentary on celebrity causes, apparently. Ashlee even makes a cameo, complete with a baby belly and a bag of Cheetos that is almost certainly a diss aimed at Britney Spears. Obviously the video’s a masterpiece, because everyone knows the Fall Out Boy bassist and his girlfriend are geniuses. Just listen to their music! We’re probably just too dumb to understand their hilarious, high-brow art form and message.

Of course some other people took the whole thing literally and assumed Ashlee was indeed knocked up. She’s not, obvs, but she might be engaged! The singer was spotted with some bling on that special finger, and she’s confirmed that it is a promise ring from her main man (Pete, not her dad). And you know what that means – a promise of more terrible videos to come!

Thursday: Chris & RiRi’s Permament Love

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ririchrisbrown.jpgChris & Rihanna Sport Matching Ink
Did the couple get the same star tattoos on purpose, or is it just a coincidence? Either way, it’s adorable!? [SandraRose]

Jessica Alba Teased as a Kid for her Big Chest
Yes, even the pretty people suffered when they were little. We still don’t feel that bad for her.? [P6]

LAPD Confirms Brit BFF Investigation
How long is it going to take the police to realize they should totally arrest Sam Lutfi just for being super creepy?? [TMZ]

Kate & Owen are Doing It Again
But won’t Justin Timberlake get jealous?!? [Us]

Jessica Simpson Sings for Troops
The singer/actress/cheeseball is heading to Kuwait to perform for our men and women in uniform.? [Us]

Gossip Break: Meet Nicole’s Little Diva

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nicolepeople.jpgLittle Harlow Richie Madden is so cute, you almost forget her mom was driving on the wrong side of the freeway this time last year.? [DListed]

Everyone pray that Britney’s womb is free of Adnan’s seed!? [JustJared]

Look at this – it’s Rihanna and Chris Brown getting frisky on vacation in the Jamaica.? [P6]

Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson are back together. So can we blame her baby bump on him?[P6]

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are publishing a book about their celeb influences which we will never read.? [People]

Don’t bother watching the next season of The Hills – all the good stuff is right here in this trailer.? [People]