Monday, January 31, 2011

Justin Bieber Graces Cover Of Love's 'Androgyny Issue'

Singer offers serious stare on magazine cover, shot by Terry Richardson.
By James Dinh

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As the release of his first full-length feature film, "Never Say Never," draws closer, the Justin Bieber takeover is shifting into high gear with yet another high-profile magazine shoot. This time around, however, there's no grin or slight smirk as the teen sensation gives a fixed stare on the cover of Love magazine's "androgyny issue."

Shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson, the Biebster takes a note from Tyra Banks as he smiles with his big brown eyes on the head-shot cover with a subtitle that reads "The Beautiful One." According to, the 16-year-old singer was shot by the famed photographer during a 90-minute break between gigs in Philadelphia. The biannual fashion mag, which also features an alternate cover with Kate Moss kissing transsexual model Lea T, is expected to hit stands on February 7.

While the accompanying interview has yet to surface, a tweet from the magazine reveals that journalist Paul Flynn spoke to the star about his legion of female fans: " 'The girls have always been screaming for me.' @justinbieber, LOVE Magazine Issue 5, out 7th Feb 2011."

In addition to Love, Bieber also appears on the cover of the February issue of Vanity Fair. In the cover story, the pop superstar opens up about the trials of teenage fame. "It's hard to really balance myself. A regular kid, if he catches the flu, he just gets to go home," Bieber said. "But I can't do that ... Everything is important. But, you know, my sanity is important, too. Even if I'm angry, I'll just put a smile on my face and fake it. I don't often fake it — what's me is me ... I know I have to give up a lot of myself, or a lot of a private life."

What do you think of Bieber's Love magazine cover?

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Reality TV star Kim Zolciak and her boyfriend Kroy Biermann were photographed outside of The Wendy Williams Show in New York City on Monday (January 31). The 32-year-old expectant mom is currently promoting the season finale of her show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Late last year, Kim was spotted smoking during her pregnancy. She denied the photographic evidence by posting the following message on Twitter: "Goood Morning! Please don?t believe all u read! I woke up to some more BS in the press!! Imagine that?!!?

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Deadmau5 Brings Dance Music To The 'Masses,' Wolfgang Gartner Says

'He has a major role in the younger generation to this music,' producer/DJ tells MTV News of his collaborator.
By Adam Stewart

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It's no secret that 2010 was a pivotal year for electronic dance music here in the States. With deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia becoming household names, the genre's momentum shows no signs of slowing down. Using a conduit of collaboration, artists such as deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) have paired up with various underground acts to further the rapid expansion of the genre.

Perhaps one of the most notable movers and shakers of the year is now-Grammy-Award-nominated producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner, who recently sat down to chat with MTV News about deadmau5 and dance music's rise to the top.

"He has a major role in the younger generation to this music," Gartner says, "but there have been certain artists that have been instrumental in helping it cross over and reach the mainstream — which I think is a good thing. I think rap artists using dance beats is a great thing. I think it just brings more people towards this music that we all love."

Thanks to several key moments, such as deadmau5 taking the helm as house DJ (well, technically "House Artist") for the 2010 VMAs, dance music has been thrown into the forefront of America's youth, a key demographic for any genre.

"Everybody knows who he is now and he's kind of exposing the masses to dance music. These little five-, six- and seven-year-old kids latch on to this 'mau5head' logo — they get into the music and he's bringing this tiny young generation into this music that probably wouldn't be exposed to it."

Gartner certainly doesn't mind the exposure either. Unless you were living under a rock for the past six months, you probably heard one of this past summer's hottest anthems, "Animal Rights," a collaborative effort brought forth by deadmau5 and Gartner.

"It was interesting because I kind of had a preconceived notion about how he would be to work [with]," said Gartner. "I think our sounds are really similar, so I figured he would work in a similar way to me, but the way that he writes music is actually completely different to me. But he achieves kind of the same sound through a completely different process."

Recorded in deadmau5's favorite Los Angeles studio — that would be rocker Tommy Lee's House — "Animal Rights" is a thumping progressive house anthem that melds Wolfgang's unmistakable harmonics and funk riffs with the driving bass line and wobbly synths that make deadmau5 one of the unique forces in the dance music world.

"[Deadmau5] writes these rich complex chord progressions and he does it by drawing these little bars on a grid, which is just amazing that you can do that and get that result," Gartner goes on to say. "It just proves you don't have to be able to play keyboards to write amazing music."

The two sound pioneers never cease to stop pushing the limits on what they are able to produce. Using drastically difference production approaches, deadmau5 and Gartner had the ability to play off each other's strengths while recording the track.

"I'd say the biggest thing is that I play everything in on a keyboard, like even my drums," says Gartner. "I play everything in live and he draws it in with notes on a mouse, which blew me away because his music is very musical."

What do you think 2011 will hold for deadmau5 and Gartner? Let us know in the comments below!

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There?s no doubt Charlie Sheen needs rehab, but it could mean tough financial times for the folks over at ?Two-and-a-Half Men.?

According to TMZ, the show?s crew is in danger of losing out on some serious dough now that the ?Hot Shots? actor will be going to rehab for three months.

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Britney Spears Tweets First Look At 'Hold It Against Me' Video

Spears posted photo of herself surrounded by microphones after video shoot wrapped on Sunday.
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What will Britney Spears look like in the video for her smash hit "Hold It Against Me"? Well, the singer gave fans a sneak peek over the weekend when she tweeted a photo of herself on set.

In the lo-res pic, Spears is shown from the shoulders up, standing with her back to the camera and her face turned toward it. The singer is in a red outfit and surrounded by a wreath of microphones.

On Saturday, she tweeted, "Day 1 of the HIAM shoot with [director] Jonas Akerlund. Such an incredible experience. I think this will be one of the best videos I have ever done." On Sunday, the same day the photo was taken she wrote, "Day 2 is a wrap! #HIAM video coming soon...."

Choreographer Brian Friedman also kept fans updated on the video shoot via Twitter throughout the weekend. "Good luck 2 @britneyspears and all of my incredible dancers," he wrote on Saturday. "You all have surpassed my expectations and I am so thankful for ur hard work!"

And on Sunday, he continued the praise, tweeting, "What a fabulous day on set of HIAM! @britneyspears killed it! She danced her ass off! Great work 2 my dancers too... Y'all slayed!"

Meanwhile, fansite reportedly obtained a call sheet for the video, which revealed that the video was shot at Paramount Studios. The sheet also indicates that sometime Lady Gaga stylist B Akerlund designed the costumes for the video and that "Project Runway" hairstylist Philip Carreon worked on the shoot.

What do you think this new photo suggests about Britney's new video? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Lil Wayne 'Like Kobe Bryant' On Carter IV, David Banner Says

'He's highly focused and very sharp right now,' MC tells XXL of Weezy.
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Lil Wayne is working on the highly anticipated Tha Carter IV, and according to his pals, he's going for greatness.

David Banner, who put his production touch on Weezy's Carter III cut "La La," recently gave an update to XXL about Wayne's progress on his ninth studio album, and compared the MC's drive to that of one of the NBA's most successful players.

"Wayne is like Kobe Bryant right now," said Banner, who Young Money authority Mack Maine said will contribute to Carter IV. "You know, as Kobe gets older all he cares about is championships. Wayne is in that zone."

Wayne is certainly making up for lost time since his eight-month prison bid. The New Orleans hitmaker has lent his crackly flow to the remix to protégée Nicki Minaj's "Roman's Revenge," appeared in Cash Money boss Birdman's "Fire Flame" remix video and popped up on DJ Khaled's star-packed cut "Welcome to My Hood." Wayne's lead single from the project, "6 Foot 7 Foot," has already been heating up airwaves, and producer Bangladesh — who also crafted his 2008 smash "A Milli" — said the Cory Gunz-assisted record showcases Wayne's lyrical acuity.

"The overall wittiness is everything I was saying about 'A Milli' when it came to be," Bang explained to MTV News in December. "He freestyled 'A Milli,' and before it was big and before we knew what it was gonna do, we all had our opinions of it. A lot of people loved it, but me being the creator of the art, I didn't see the vision that he had. I think he attacked it as a mixtape. And that was the genius of what he did and it became the biggest thing. The way he approached this one, was everything that I wanted him to do on 'A Milli.' I think he's really focusing on every, every line. It's like he's writing. It's different. It's a whole 'nother level of cleverness to it."

What do you think Carter IV will sound like? Sound off in the comments!

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'Mechanic' Star Jason Statham Talks Allure Of Playing Tough Guys

'If I do go into something else, it will be because it is good,' the action hero tells MTV News.
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Those familiar with the work of Jason Statham know that he doesn't really do "fluffy" films or romantic comedies. He is a man of action and general butt-kicking/badass-ery: see "The Transporter," "The Bank Job," "Crank" and "The Expendables," to name a few.

Statham's new film, "The Mechanic," in which he plays a trained assassin who takes the son of his former mentor (Ben Foster) under his wing, is no different. There is a lot of action and a lot of ass-kicking, just the way his fans like it.

When MTV News caught up with Statham, we asked him if he felt at all typecast, and whether he'd take on a nice-guy role in a romantic comedy someday.

"You know, it's tough, because people will always keep saying to me, 'Do you only see yourself doing action movies?' and, I don't know," Statham said. "It's very difficult because one day I might be asked to do something that is of quality in a different genre, but the films that come from different genres aren't that great," he argued. "So I end up not doing them because once you make a mistake in that area, you can't go back. So, if I do go into something else, it will be because it is good."

But Foster told us his co-star doesn't just play a tough guy onscreen, but rather makes each performance unique by infusing them with "vulnerability."

"If you're a tough guy, and Jason is, the hardest part is showing vulnerability," Foster explained. "And it's working in 'The Bank Job' and in 'The Mechanic' here, and other films. He brings a lot of quiet heart to it. And it's difficult stuff because movie viewers aren't looking for that necessarily," he said. "But Jason is always being a humanity to [something] behind the bullets."

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Natalie Portman: 63rd Annual DGA Awards

Making another stop on the awards show circuit, Natalie Portman was on-hand for the 63rd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in Hollywood, California on Saturday evening (January 29).

The expecting actress turned up dressed in black as she took to the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland while joining up alongside "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky.

Miss Portman was in attendance to support Aronofsky - who is competing against David Fincher, Tom Hooper, Christopher Nolan and David O. Russell for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010.

Talking about the nominees, Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford said, "2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the DGA, making the celebration of this year's five nominees especially meaningful. Their inspired films radiate the passion and unique vision of each of these filmmakers, who are about to become part of our Guild's rich history. My sincerest congratulations to all five nominees."


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'Bachelor' Brad Womack Talks Arrest, "Cutthroat" Women

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Brad Womack doesn't deny that he's broken some hearts in the past, but it was his criminal -- and not his romantic -- history that The Bachelor star wanted to clear up during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In an interview with Leno, 38-year-old Womack addressed OK! magazine's cover story about his arrest for driving with a fake license. "This happened 20 years ago," Womack explained. "I was a very young kid, I was trying to get into bars. I was in fraternities, and I made a fake ID. That's all it boils down to." Watch the clip for yourself below.


"It's sad that things get so blown out of proportion, but I guess scandal sells," he added. "But it was 20 years ago. It was a fake ID. I'm not condoning that by any means, but it was (just) a fake ID."

The reality star went on to admit to Leno that the license bore a different last name than Womack, but the reason for that is far from shady. "I was born Womack. I was adopted at 4 years old and changed my last name (to Picklesimer)," he said. "As soon as I got out of college, I changed my name back to Womack, because that's my name and I'm proud of it."

Womack also assured the late-night host that even though he didn’t find love his first time on the show, he's still "a hopeless romantic." "You can find love no matter what," he told Leno. That said, Womack acknowledged the competitive nature of some of the Bachelor contestants vying for his heart. "I'm watching behind the scenes at the house, and these women are cutthroat," he laughed. "Hands down, I would say women are more competitive than men."

One of those super competitive ladies is Michelle Money, the contestant Womack claimed "gave herself a black eye" and who also admitted to an affair with a married NBA player.

Despite the win-at-all-costs antics of many of the female contestants, Womack refuses to call them desperate. "I went on twice," he smiled. "I'm the desperate one."

Do you think Brad Womack will find love the second time around? Chime in below!

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The "Teenage Dreams" darling, Katy Perry took time out for a photo spread to adorn the November 2010 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. In the accompanying interview, Miss Perry chatted about music and her man, as she said, "My record is like an airplane's black box. That's where all the information is. If you want to know what happened or what my viewpoints are, it's all right there. All the walls come down in my songs. Songwriting is like an anvil lifting off my chest." As for fiance Russell Brand, the soon-to-be 26-year-old tells, "He tells me I'm the most beautiful girl in the world every day. He constantly reminds me. He never lets me forget it." Perry has also just recently released her 2011 European tour dates, with the full listing as follows: Sunday, February 20 Lisbon, Portugal: Campo Pequeno Wednesday, February 23 Milan, Italy: Palasharp Friday, February 25 Zurich, Switzerland: Hallenstadion Saturday, February 26 Munich, Germany: Zenith Sunday, February 27 Vienna, Austria: Gasometer Friday, March 4 Berlin, Germany: Columbiahalle Sunday, March 6 Offenbach, Germany: Stadthalle Monday, March 7 Paris, France: Zenith Thursday, March 10 Brussels, Belgium: Forest National Friday, March 11 Cologne, Germany: Palladium Monday, March 14 Hamburg, Germany: Sporthalle Tuesday, March 15 Amsterdam, Holland: HMH Thursday, March 17 & Friday, March 18 London, UK: HMV Hammersmith Apollo Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22 Manchester, UK: Apollo Monday, March 28 Dublin, Ireland: O2 Arena Wednesday, March 30 Nottingham, UK: Trent FM Arena Thursday, March 31 Bournemouth, UK: BIC Friday, April 1 Cardiff, UK: Cardiff International Arena Sunday, April 3 Newcastle, UK: Metro Radio Arena Monday, April 4 Birmingham, UK: LG Arena Tuesday, April 5 Glasgow, UK: SECC Hall 3 [gallery=741]


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Justin Bieber 'Never Say Never' Ad To Air During 'Glee' Super Bowl Ep

Bieber's 30-second spot will debut one week before his 3-D movie's Valentine's Day weekend opening.
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Who says that young girls don't care about Super Bowl Sunday? This year there's a big reason for tweens, teens and non-football fans to get in on the action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new spot for Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" 3-D flick will run during the super special post-Super Bowl episode of "Glee."

The 30-second commercial is set to air during the February 6 episode of the hit Fox comedy. The film opens one week later, on Valentine's Day weekend. THR further reports that the ad will be shown during "Glee" and not the Super Bowl proper since the film's target demographic is more likely to tune in to the musical TV show than the big game.

This is not the first time Bieber has teamed up with a major sporting event to support a release. During Game 3 of last year's World Series, the teen pop star debuted a mini-music video for the unplugged version of his song "Never Say Never" to promote his acoustic album, My Worlds Acoustic.

Bieber's flick isn't the only movie taking advantage of the Super Bowl's massive viewership. Several blockbusters will air commercials on Fox sometime during the evening, whether it's preshow, during the game or, in Bieber's case, postshow. It reportedly costs about $3 million for 30 seconds of airtime on the big night.

Variety reports that the movies "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Super 8," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Cowboys and Aliens," "Priest," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Just Go With It," "Battle: Los Angeles," "Limitless," "Rango" and "The Eagle" all will have commercials broadcast during Super Bowl Sunday.

Do you plan to tune in to "Glee" after the Super Bowl to watch Justin's "Never Say Never" spot? Tell us in the comments.

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Ronald Isley, Anita Baker Honored At Soul Train Awards

Rihanna, Eminem, Usher, B.o.B, Alicia Keys among winners at event celebrating 40th anniversary of classic music show.
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Only at the Soul Train Awards could you have a tribute to R&B icons such as Anita Baker and Ronald Isley alongside a segment in which rap legend Doug E. Fresh attempts to teach CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer how to do the Dougie.

It was that kind of night at the 2010 Soul Train Awards, as rookies, veterans and legends came together in Atlanta for the second annual event — which was taped November 10 and aired Sunday night on BET. The show, hosted once again by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, featured a night of performances from some of the biggest names in soul and R&B.

Host Howard told MTV News that the show is meant to be an extension of the long-running and legendary '70s TV series that brought soul, disco, R&B and rap stars into viewers' living rooms. "It reminds me of the advancement black people have made over the years because 'Soul Train' really was the beginning of that Black Power movement when we could actually see ourselves — and to have an awards show based upon that 'Soul Train' — it's headed somewhere," Howard said. "We have a black president now. The country seems to be more tolerant towards the diversity inside of it so it seems like the train is moving well down the tracks."

The awards show marked the 40th anniversary of the classic music showcase hosted by Don Cornelius, and celebrated the careers of Baker and Isley, while handing out trophies to such contemporary stars as B.o.B (Song of the Year for "Nothing on You"), Melanie Fiona (Best New Artist), Eminem and Rihanna (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for "Love the Way You Lie"), Usher (Album of the Year for Raymond vs. Raymond) and Alicia Keys (Record of the Year for "Unthinkable [I'm Ready]" and Best Female R&B Soul Artist).

Though top winners such as Trey Songz, Usher, Ciara, Eminem and Rihanna were not in the house, Blitzer graciously agreed to accept Slim Shady's award for him, joking, "Who better to accept this award on behalf of Eminem ... I know he's thrilled."

Weaving through a series of skits involving magic tricks and jovial bickering by the hosts, the performance-heavy program delivered on talent. R. Kelly opened by teasing the crowd with his classic "Bump n' Grind," then diving into his new single "When a Woman Loves" — transforming the song from a slow jam into an all-out '50s rock-and-roll epic. Ne-Yo kept the show moving with a showcase of his singles from this year, including "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million."

The tribute to Baker featured an all-star cast, with artists like Chrisette Michele, Goapele, Lalah Hathaway, Dionne Farris, Kem, Tamia, Faith Evans and El DeBarge covering a medley of the singer's greatest hits. Baker told the crowd that the biggest honor of the night for her was that real musicians were performing live with an actual band. "It's amazing because you've got children behind you singing 'Rapture' — it's lovely," she said, adding, "Let's do it again!"

Ronald Isley, co-founder and lead singer of the Isley Brothers, also received a special homage that featured Jeffrey Osborne, Freddy Jackson, DeBarge, Tank, Eric Benet, Bilal and Peabo Bryson. Isley also came out to perform his own medley of hits and was joined onstage by Chanté Moore and R. Kelly for a rendition of "Contagious," their 2002 single that featured the Isleys. In addition, Cee Lo Green closed the show with a duet on the Isleys' classic 1959 hit, "Shout."

Among the event's other highlights was Cee Lo's performance of his smash "Forget You," which took place on a golden stage that resembled a cross between Kanye's Egyptian fusion and an OK Go video, and found the singer gliding down conveyor belts while belting his number.

Erykah Badu delivered a stripped-down version of her 2010 breakout "Window Seat" that featured the singer perched on the floor over a web of lights while appearing to orchestrate the vibrations of light flickers with her hands.

Soul singer Eric Benet performed "Sometimes a Cry" — a song that Lil Wayne cited as one of his favorites while in prison — bringing down the house with a soaring falsetto that bested his studio rendition of the track.

The evening's other performers included Bruno Mars, who sang his new hit "Grenade," and Jazmine Sullivan, who did a medley of "10 Seconds" and "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)."

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Justin Bieber To Visit 'Letterman' Next Week ... Twice!

'The Late Show With David Letterman' begins and ends week with Biebs.
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David Letterman has officially caught Bieber Fever, as his late-night talk show will begin and end next week with appearances from the teen superstar.

According to CBS, Justin Bieber will visit "The Late Show With David Letterman" for a sit-down interview Monday, then return the following Friday to present the broadcast's Top 10 list. The pop star, who will also appear on Sunday's episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is making the rounds to spread the word about his new 3-D feature film, "Never Say Never," hitting theatres February 11.

This isn't the first time the pop star has visited Letterman: In March of last year, Biebs visited the show to perform his hit single "Baby."

2011 may have just started, but the teen heartthrob has already dominated magazine covers and news headlines. From his girl-crazy photo spread with Vanity Fair to his hush-hush relationship with Disney starlet Selena Gomez, Bieber shows no signs of stopping. He's also shot his second episode of "CSI" (airing February 17) and has found time in the midst of his hectic schedule to discuss some star-studded collaborations for his sophomore album.

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Usher Most Admires Justin Bieber's 'Excitement And Innocence'

Bieber's mentor tells MTV News the teen sensation has 'so much more in store for the future.'
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Tim Kash

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With so much accomplished in 2010, Justin Bieber has certainly set the bar high for 2011. But the teen singer is already gearing up for next year. Bieber will not only release his much-anticipated 3-D flick, "Never Say Never", but he has also teased that he'd like to release an album of all-new material sometime later next year.

His mentor, Usher, thinks that at this point, the sky's the limit.

"As far as music and entertainment, that's the beginning," Usher told MTV News at Sunday's AMAs, where Bieber performed and took home four awards.

"There's so much more in store for the future, or at least there's a ton of things we can do and will, and with the support of his fans who will continue to just grow and grow and grow."

At 16, Bieber has accomplished what few manage with many more years in the music business, but Usher said he wants to ensure that Bieber doesn't stop enjoying it all as his popularity continues to grow and his schedule gets busier.

Asked what he admires most about Justin, Usher said, "His excitement and innocence in it. And I don't mean that in a light way because I think that he's absolutely enjoying every moment of it, as any young man his age would, but in a different way because [of] the hard work that has gone in and led to the dream that has become a reality. And every time you have an opportunity do something incredible, I tell him to do his best and be conscious that what you're doing today should last forever and eternity."

What did you think of Justin's AMA performance on Sunday? Tell us in the comments!

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Britney Spears Going 'Harder, More Urgent' On Next LP

Claude Kelly says Brit's upcoming project will sound more like her 2007 album, Blackout.
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If edgy is what she's going for, a rumored collaboration with Gucci Mane might be one step Britney Spears is taking to ensure that her March release has the hard-edged pop sound she seems to be working on.

Songwriter Claude Kelly opened up about writing songs for the pop star's still-untitled album, which has already spawned the hit single "Hold It Against Me."

"It's way more edgy than the last album," Kelly told People.

"[It's] more in the vein of the album before." He explained that Brit and her team intend to hark back to the singer's 2007 Blackout.

As for her last album, Circus, Kelly explained that Britney's 2008 LP served a very specific purpose in the singer's pop-star timeline. "The last album was more clean pop. [Its purpose] was to reintroduce Britney to the world as the pop princess," he explained, adding that they're taking an anything-goes approach to the March album and he's still not sure what the "final product is going to be."

Kelly gave props to the production team. "She's always ready," Kelly explained. "Dr. Luke and Max Martin are running the show, and it's all about the beats. It has a heavier bass line and it's much harder, more urgent, more club. She's ready again!"

Fellow songwriter/producer Danja spoke to MTV News recently and shed some more light on the Britney album.

"I just took my track level up. I just wanted to make sure it's still hard-hitting and still that same energy that people heard, but very today's time," he said. "So we'll see. I don't know what the project will end up being, but we'll see. We did have a meeting like a year ago, and they wanted it to sound urban, hard-hitting, not so much dance, but just that similar sound."

What do you hope Britney's album will sound like? Tell us in the comments!

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Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Lyrics Revealed

Perez Hilton posts lyrics from singer's upcoming single and says album of the same name will 'change culture.'
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For fans looking for details on Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" single, out in two weeks, pal Perez Hilton gave the world a sneak peek of the tune's opening lyrics on Thursday (January 27).

Hilton posted these lyrics on his website: "Don't be a drag/ Just be a queen."

"I just posted a big surprise on my website!!!! " the gossip blogger tweeted after posting the line. "Oh, and if you're a @ladygaga fan, you REALLY wanna go to [my website] RIGHT NOW! #Leaking"

Later in the day, in another post, Hilton revealed more lyrics: "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life/ I'm on the right track, baby, I was born to survive."

His post comes hours after Gaga herself teased that she was planning to gift her fans with some of the single's lyrics, tweeting, "#thankgod4gaga is trending!? More like #thankgod4monsters! Maybe I should leak the lyrics to Born This Way today, whatdya say #leakitgaga?"

She belted out a bit of the song at the VMAs back in September. Donning her now-infamous meat dress, she sang, "I'm beautiful in my way/ 'Cause God makes no mistakes/ I'm on the right track/ Baby, I was born this way."

In his post, Hilton also revealed that he's heard the song and the album and that all of Gaga's Little Monsters won't be disappointed. "Get ready world!!!! Here she comes!!!! We've heard the song and - it MORE than lives up to the hype!!!" he wrote. "We've been holding a big secret from you all, which is we've heard the whole album. We've been there every step of the way and.... This album is going to change culture! When we can say more, we will! For now.... Don't be a drag, just be a queen!!!"

Gaga got fans hyped for the May album release of the same name on Wednesday, when she thanked them for making the song title "Edge of Glory" a Twitter trend. "Ok. Firstly, yes I love Nutella (with Banana+Wonderbread) who doesn't?" she wrote. "Secondly, I can't believe Edge of Glory was trending, sneakymonsters! Thirdly, I need a beer with my name on it cause the last 72hrs gave me a creative hangover."

Are you excited for "Born This Way"? Let us know in the comments!

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Ending the week with a sisterly outing, the Kardashian/Jenner sisters ventured out shopping in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon (January 28).

With Kim toting nephew Mason in her arms, the E! darling joined Kourtney and Kendall Jenner while perusing the racks at the Barneys of New York department store.

Tweeting about the midday doings, Kim excitedly wrote, "Eating lunch w my sisters, masey, and friends! Couldn't be yummier and happier!"

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Britney Spears' Choreographer Says 'Hold It Against Me' Video 'Kills'

Brian Friedman says rehearsals for the clip have been 'incredible.'
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Britney Spears is hard at work on her "Hold It Against Me" video. The pop diva is currently in rehearsals for the clip, set to shoot this week. And choreographer Brian Friedman couldn't be more excited to share with fans all the hard work he and Brit are putting into the video's smooth moves.

"Just finished with @britneyspears & the dancers & I'm PUMPED!" he tweeted on Tuesday. "Day 1 was INCREDIBLE! #HIAMkills!"

He previously tweeted, "Nothing beats waking up @ 7am for rehearsal! LOL not so much! Warm up dancers. ... It's Full Out! ... Thrilled to get back in the studio tomorrow and Lock in 'HIAM.' ... It's getting closer peeps!"

Friedman has said that Spears is taking some risks in this video. "This is a dance video. Rehearsals can get pretty rough," he explained. "[It's] the hardest dance track that she's ever put out. ... It's infectious. The beat gets inside of you, and just when you think you know it, it takes a turn. The song, in particular, is one of my favorite songs I've heard off the bat. I'm really excited about choreographing it."

The clip will be directed by music-video vet Jonas Åkerlund, who has a reputation for controversial clips and has worked with the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga. Spears tweeted the news, writing, "Dance, dance, and more dance. Getting ready to shoot the video for HIAM this week with Jonas Åkerlund. Super excited!"

In addition to working on the video for the track, Spears has also been seen at a recording studio putting the finishing touches on the album. Manager Adam Leber tweeted this tease for the fans, "Amazing day in the studio today. You guys should be very excited. This album is going to be incredible. Dare I say the best yet?"

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Beyoncé has never been shy about hitting the stage in stunning costumes. Her appearance has always been a mixture of showgirl sparkle and pop star razzle-dazzle. And her style is on full display in her new DVD concert special, "I Am ... World Tour."

Her mom and stylist, Tina Knowles, said that while the looks may seem a bit edgier than what fans have seen from the singer in the past, she thinks that her superstar daughter has always been ahead of the style curve.

"Well, the wonderful Thierry Mugler designed the costumes, and I actually worked on some of the dancers and the band, and it was just amazing to work with him because he is so creative," Knowles told MTV News at a New York screening of the special. "So it's just a result of her constantly evolving, but she's been edgy. It's funny for people to say she went more edgy, but she's been wearing body suits and that type of thing."

And while Knowles may act as her daughter's stylist and costume designer, she says that Bey's style decisions are all her own. "Well, we discussed her working with Thierry Mugler, and I'm the biggest fan. And so she had seen some of the fashions and she loved it," she said. "So we always discuss things, but it's her decision, it's her career."

Beyoncé, who also directed the concert special , said it gave her a better understanding of the filmmaking process. "It was hard work," she said. "I learned so much. I have a new respect for directors and I think I would like to do more of it. ... Well, I've done some co-directing for music videos [but] this was definitely a big step for me, and I'm so thrilled."

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