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    Justin Bieber's 'Spaceship' Confounds 101 Freeway

    TMZ has always had friends of questionable scruples at the LAPD, but today we applaud whatever ties the two organizations have because the batch of 911 calls they've turned up surrounding Justin Bieber's high-speed escape from dogged paparazzi in significantly less cool cars down the 101 freeway in Los Angeles last Friday is nothing short of a Summer Friday blessing. Monday, the leak of Bieber's own 911 call kicked off the ridiculousness.

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    Frank Ocean Hasn't Touched a Copy of 'Channel Orange' Yet

    A lot of people have been talking about Frank Ocean this week, but aside from the occasional tweet or errant Tumblr post, Ocean hasn't done a whole lot of yapping since his confessional coming-out blog post and channelORANGE release. But a press push for such a high-profile record has to start sometime, and it did yesterday, when Ocean hopped on the phone with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe to talk — when he was given a chance, anyway; chatterbox Lowe over here — about its evolution. Perhaps the most surprising revelation to emerge from the interview: despite the fact that it's poised for a huge debut on the charts next week, Ocean has yet to touch a physical copy of channelORANGE.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Releasing Singles Before Record Biz Collapses Around Them

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Releasing Singles Before Record Biz Collapses Around Them

    Throughout their world tour supporting I'm With You over the past few months, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have promised to shower fans with 18 previously unreleased singles before the end of the year. In an interview with Billboard drummer Chad Smith revealed the tracks will arrive as digital downloads and vinyl seven-inches because the band was passionate about getting the music directly to fans as quickly as possible. "We just wanted them to come out because we just really like them," he said, noting he didn't want them to "get lost." If the band hadn't pushed for the singles' release, they "would've waited for the Warner Bros. box set in, like, 2020, if there's even a record company around then," he added.

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    Celebrate the Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary by Watching Their First Gig (Sort of)

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first-ever gig at the Marquee Jazz Club in London. The band today is "a very different group than the one that played 50 years ago," Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone, which is true. The Stones that played that first very short set in 1962 were comprised of Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones on guitar, Ian Stewart on piano, Dick Taylor on bass guitar, and, according to Richards' memoir Life, Mick Avory (who, two years later, signed on with the Kinks) on drums. Their quick-and-dirty five-song set list is one that more or less stood the test of time: They recorded all but one of them, and have continued to play several well into the 21st century. Relive the show you probably weren't at but would've killed to see the only way the Internet era knows how — the power of YouTube videos, of course. 1.

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    Truckin': Go Behind No Doubt's 'Settle Down' Video

    Now that they've promised their first album in over a decade has a name and is indeed coming out this fall, No Doubt are tormenting fans, including Lady Gaga, already itching to hear new material with a seemingly exhaustive parade of teaser videos (a habit they share with fellow 1990s rockers Green Day).

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    Santigold, Japandroids, A$AP Rocky Join Fun Fun Fun Fest Bill

    Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest has revealed who will be joining the reuniting Run-D.M.C. as well as Against Me!, Baroness, and Danny Brown. This year's event will also welcome A$AP Rocky, Santigold, P.i.L., Refused, Japandroids and more to the riverside stages at Auditorium Shores November 2-4, per CoS. Seminal L.A. punk outfit X will be there, too, to perform their 1980 album Los Angeles in its entirety. If that's not your jam, there'll also be something called Altercation Punk Rock Comedy Hour, which is literally punk-rock-related stand-up (founded by New York native J.T. Habersaat) and has appeared on FFF stages before.Passes for the three-day fest go on sale today at 10 a.m. Central (that's 11 a.m.

  • Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Won't Be Sold at Target

    Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Won't Be Sold at Target

    Whether Frank Ocean's expedited digital release of channelORANGE will perform well on the charts next week is more or less a no-brainer at this point, however there are still controversies surrounding its arrival. Comments Ocean's manager Christian Clancy made on Twitter yesterday kicked speculation into high gear when he accused Target of declining to carry the physical record not only because of its surprise iTunes digital pre-release (which, as Billboard reports, was planned from the beginning) but also because of its sticky history with anti-LGBT rights campaigns. "Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive," Clancy wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

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    Courtney Love, Professional Defendant: Breaking Down 5 Recent Legal Snafus

    Did you know that over 625,000 civil cases are filed in New York City Small Claims Court every year? While it's likely that Courtney Love is responsible for roughly 400,000 of those, it's also just as likely that at least 100,000 of them are those filed against the Muppet-hating Hole frontwoman. Yesterday afternoon, her former administrative assistant Jessica LaBrie joined the long line, most recently populated by her allegedly defamed lawyers, to sue Love, this time for wrongful termination, wage dispute, and breach of contract. As the AP reports, LaBrie claims that her year spent from 2010 to 2011 working for Love was ended abruptly after she complained "she was owed thousands in unpaid wages and expenses for business trips" and that she "suffered from headaches, insomnia and other medical conditions as a result of Love's conduct." What conduct, you ask?

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    Who Charted? Bad Reviews Don't Stop Team Breezy

    First!: Sadly, despite the media's efforts (including ours) to dissuade people from buying his new album, Worst New Music honoree Chris Brown tops this week's Billboard 200 albums chart with the debut of Fortune. The full-time singer/part-time club destroyer's fifth studio album, while decidedly terrible, sold 134,000 copies. Take comfort, though, in the fact that this is less than half the sum of the first-week sales for his last record, the Grammy-winning F.A.M.E. (it pulled in 270,000 copies) and barely a third of Justin Bieber's Believe debut at No. 1 last week. 2 Through 10: Katy Perry's Teenage Dream got a 99-cent Amazon MP3 promotion on Tuesday of last week (the day before everyone spun "Firework" at their Fourth of July parties), which helps her snag No. 2 with 80,000 copies sold; so did Gotye's Making Mirrors (No. 6 with 44,000), fun.'s Some Nights (No.

  • Spike Lee Digs Out Unseen Footage for Michael Jackson 'Bad' Doc

    Spike Lee Digs Out Unseen Footage for Michael Jackson 'Bad' Doc

    What does a seminal pop record get for its 25th birthday when it's already receiving an elaborate box set and a billion soda cans? Clearly, a Spike Lee-directed documentary. Michael Jackson's Bad is the focus of a film by the late singer's friend, whose movie about that 1985-1987 era, as the Stool Pigeon reports (via THR), is already in post-production. It's the second time Lee has worked with old Jackson footage since the King of Pop's death in June 2009, having already directed the video for "This Is It." "We have footage in this documentary that no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff," Lee shared in an interview earlier this week.

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