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Last Lap: Fiona Apple’s New Album Title Is 23 Words Long

Fiona Apple’s New Album Title Is 23 Words Long
Fiona Apple has seconded herself, announcing the name of her new album which — while not as long as the eight line poem that denoted her sophomore effort, When The Pawn… — is healthily fleshed out with 23 words. The title: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Try saying that fast three times. [Idolator]

Kanye West Unveils His Second Fashion Collection In Paris
Kanye‘s second collection is stronger and more concise than his first, but whispers of something borrowed… Givenchy, maybe? Suspicious that pal Riccardo Tisci was spotted front row? Kanye really is a jack of all trades but apparently only a master of music. [Stereogum]

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Last Lap: Blondie’s Debbie Harry Butchers A Nude Version Of Herself And Pulls Out Its Red Velvet Cake Heart

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Butchers Herself On Stage
Well not herself, but a nude replica of herself. Blondie‘s Debbie Harry took a knife to a nude model of herself on stage at a recent show. The veteran rock star then stuck her hand in the replica’s chest and pulled out a heart, not of glass, but of red velvet chocolate cake. [NME]

Super-Wealthy Rock Stars Are Allegedly Receiving Government Kickbacks
With all the turmoil around New York’s Occupy Wall Street protests today, a report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn stating that stars like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies strikes us as sort of a no-brainer, but interesting nonetheless. [The Daily Caller]

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Last Lap: Radiohead Announce US Tour Dates For 2012 And The Internet Goes Crazy

Radiohead Announces US Tour Dates For 2012
The Internet is abuzz today with hysteria over Radiohead‘s just announced 2012 US tour. Hot off the heels of the band’s spontaneous sell out show in New York in September, we’re predicting a savage tussle for tickets. [Spin]

Nicki Minaj Will Perform At Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Nicki Minaj to save the day! With Cee Lo Green pulling out of performing at the famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Nicki Minaj has stood to attention, and will now be performing alongside Maroon 5 and Kanye West. [Idolator]

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Diva Battles: Diana Ross Vs. Debbie Harry

“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we’ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don’t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

First up: Diana Ross and Debbie Harry battle it out below the jump!

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Desperately Seeking Broadway

Dss In the latest screen-to-stage move, ’80s cult fave Desperately Seeking Susan is being turned into a West End Musical. Downtown icon Debbie Harry of Blondie fame has penned one new song for the play, “Moment of Truth,” and the score will include Blonide hits “Tide Is High,” “Heart of Glass” and “One Way Or Another.” The film, which epitomized New York’s East Village culture at the time, was Madonna‘s acting debut and remains one of her only tolerable film performances. The play opens October 12th at London’s Novello Theater.