• Yesterday Was Thursday, and Today It Is the One-Year Anniversary of 'Friday'

    Yesterday Was Thursday, and Today It Is the One-Year Anniversary of 'Friday'

    Do you remember where you were when you learned Kurt Cobain had died? Sadly, we don't, and it's a memory lapse that has plagued us for the past 18 years. And in a bit of twisted irony, we know exactly where we were when we first heard "Friday," the informative song by amateur tween singer Rebecca Black via something called Ark Music Factory. The song came out a year ago today, but the Internet blew it up a full month later. And thank God they did, because it let people like Rob Sheffield muse, "I love the part when she’s kicking it in the back seat between two friends and she sings, 'My friend is by my right!' Friend on the left? Totally dissed. Life is cold, friend on the left." We salute you, random girl who should never have stumbled into our world who earned a spot atop our list of 2011's most contagiously viral musical web sensations.

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    Bret Michaels Pimps 'Every Rose' For 5 Billionth Time

    Everyone has a soft spot for "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the 1988 Poison power ballad frontman Bret Michaels wrote about a girlfriend who done him wrong — especially Bret Michaels. The song was clearly the band's most successful hit, and their only single to reach No. 1. However Michaels has been mercilessly pimping this song since his revival as a reality-TV personality on VH1's Rock of Love in 2007. That means for the last five years we have been in the all-"Every Rose" phase of his career. Bret sang the song on his STD-infested show about a billion times. He covered it with Miley Cyrus. He sang it on American Idol. He sang it for Regis (awww). He covered it with his daughters for Kidz Bop with proceeds donated to a diabetes charity (double awww). And now he will be singing it, again, as a duet with Loretta Lynn (per Rolling Stone).

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    Good Sport: Madonna, M.I.A., and Minaj Play Ball in 'Give Me All Your Luvin' ' Video

    Madonna is not a woman who likes to share her spotlight, so the fact that she surrendered the aesthetic of her new video for "Give Me All Your Luvin' " to promoting her upcoming appearance at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show and asked M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to appear on the track is no small feat. The Madonna- and Martin Solveig-produced song — the first single from March 26's M.D.N.A. — channels the retro vibe of her Austin Powers single "Beautiful Stranger" through the "Mickey" filter (Tony Basil is even rocking a similar cheerleader chic look in its single cover). But Madonna has a little additional firepower here: Minaj contributes a blitzkrieg 16 referencing "boy toy" and her own alter ego Roman, while M.I.A.

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    Steven Tyler Still Most Quotable Member of Aerosmith

    Steven Tyler has long been Aerosmith's mouthpiece for extremely obvious reasons. However today he has a little friendly competition in the amusing quote department from guitarist Joe Perry, who defended his longtime bandmate's squawky rendition of the National Anthem in an interview with Canada's National Post (via Blabbermouth). "That song is a bitch," Perry said. "They should just get one guy, like an opera singer, who delivers the song exactly the same way when you see the American flag or the Canadian flag, so no one messes with it. Why can't somebody interpret it the way that they want?" That's not exactly on the same level as some of Tyler's best gems — remember, when he slipped offstage and broke his shoulder in 2009 he issued a statement reading, "I was doing the Tyler shuffle and then I zigged when I should have zagged ... AND I slipped, and as I live on the edge ...

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    Perry Farrell Has Become Stefon

    Did Perry Farrell morph into Saturday Night Live's lovably eccentric nightlife correspondent Stefon overnight, or was a slow evolution over the past decade? Jane's Addiction will be premiering a new video for The Great Escape Artist's "Underground" today on Vevo in a few hours (we'll add it here when it's live It's live!). And this is how Farrell has described the clip: "There are Siamese Gargoyles, séances, card games and a man in a white fedora who was also on the cover of In Through the Out Door." Somebody please tell us John Mulaney wrote that. John, we're here, call us. Also notable: The "explicit" version of the "Underground" video will premiere on Playboy.com Friday. Explicit, you ask? "People get made love to and murdered in the backrooms while the band plays on," Perry explains.

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    Elton John's Husband Non-Apologizes to Madonna

    Elton John and his husband David Furnish were sore nominees and sore losers at last weekend's Golden Globe Awards. Before the show began, John pegged Madonna's odds of defeating him for Best Song at no "fucking chance." Then, when she did beat him (ahem), Furnish published the unfriendly Facebook comment, "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism. And her critisism [sic] of Gaga shows how desperate she really is." The couple picked up a surprising amount of bad press for their behavior, leading Furnish to return to Facebook to write, "Wow! What a tempest in a teapot. My comments regarding The Golden Globes have been blown way out of proportion. My passion for our film 'Gnomeo & Juliet' and belief in Elton's song really got my emotional juices going.

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    Prove My Love: Amanda Palmer on Covering 'Violent Femmes'

    Friday night at Australia's MOFO festival, Amanda Palmer will be leading a full performance of the Violent Femmes' self-titled 1983 debut — the one that starts with the one-two-three-four punch of "Blister in the Sun," "Kiss Off," "Please Do Not Go," and "Add It Up." Her backing band? Fellow Dresden Doll Brian Viglione, two gifted members of PJ Harvey's touring outfit (Mick Harvey and John Parish), and festival curator Brian Ritchie, who also happens to be the Femmes' founding bassist. "Brian Ritchie, who I met last year at the MOFO festival, called me Saturday morning, and he said, 'I've got a cancellation. Will the Dresden Dolls play a second set?' " Palmer tells SPIN. Thinking it'd be a little weird for the Dolls to return to the stage, she started brainstorming.

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    Santigold Goes Hard at Brooklyn Comeback Show

    It's been four years since 2008's Santogold, which thirtysomething Santi White recognizes is eons in music-biz years. "It's been a long time, but you are guys are still here," she marveled three songs into a bogglingly tight set at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night in New York, a gold crown perched on an angle atop her head. "We are so, so happy to be back — and we are back. This is just the beginning." White said she was ecstatic to be back onstage and she looked it, too, grinning her way through 18 songs ranging from Santogold favorites "Creator," "L.E.S.

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    Madonna Crafts Perfect Lady Gaga Soundbite

    Last April, when the world collectively ruled Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sounds extraordinarily similar to Madonna's "Express Yourself," Madonna cheekily uploaded her 1989 performance of the song at the MTV VMAs to her official YouTube account. Lady Gaga, backed into a corner, still told Jay Leno Madonna and "her people" e-mailed their "love and complete support" of "Born This Way" — a fact Madonna's team failed to confirm. So how does Madonna really feel about the controversy a year later? She's had plenty of time to craft the perfect soundbite and she finally got her Jerk Store moment in an upcoming interview with Newsweek during her media blitz for her film W.E.: "I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was...

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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Return With Searing Set at Toubin Benefit

    "The world is a fucking unstable place," Tunde Adebimpe grumbled into his microphone Friday night in Brooklyn. It wasn't a random complaint: TV on the Radio's frontman was onstage with side project Stabbing Eastward at a benefit for local DJ Jonathan Toubin, a well-known New York personality who was the victim of a freak accident in Oregon on December 8. Jon Spencer led the crowd in a "Jon-a-than" chant near the end of Heavy Trash's swaggering punkabilly set as concertgoers picked up I Heart JT T-shirts to help pay for Toubin's mounting medical bills.

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