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    WATCH: Kanye West's New "Power" Video

    Kanye West just dropped what he calls a "moving painting" for "Power," the lead single off his untitled, forthcoming album -- and in typical Kanye fashion, it's extravagant, dramatic, and a smidge confusing. Check it out below. The clip, only 90-seconds long, opens with a close-up on 'Ye, emphasizing the white in his eyes. As the camera pulls out, he's surrounded by royalty -- pillars, beautiful women (with horns!), and lots of gold -- and wearing a necklace that's so big, we think Flava Flav should check his jewelry box and make sure nothing's missing. Finally, two men leap towards Kanye, brandishing swords, and right before they attack, the clip ends. The suddenly Twitter-crazed Kanye tweeted that the clip was "not a video" but instead a "moving painting" -- whatever that is. What do you think of the new Kanye West clip? Is it a video? A portrait? A "moving painting"?

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    Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, More Talk Prop 8

    On Wednesday, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8 -- the California ban on same-sex marriage -- stating it violates constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. The decision will go into effect on Friday. Musicians everywhere flooded Twitter with commentary -- here are some of the best tweets: What are your thoughts on the Prop 8 decision? Sound off in the comments section.

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    WATCH: Janelle Monae's Personal New Video

    R&B darling Janelle Monae just released her new clip for "Cold War" via Pitchfork, and unlike her previous videos, which leaned on extensive dance sequences (see "Tightrope"), this one is much more stripped down -- literally. Check it out below! The video opens with an above-the-neck camera shot of a bare-shouldered Monae. She sings, staring directly into the camera, appearing more and more emotional as the song progresses -- think D'Angelo's famous "Untitled" video, but a bit more PG rated. "This is a cold war," she pleads through tears. "Do you know what you're fighting for?" "Cold War" is the second single off her stellar album, The ArchAndroid, one of the best albums of 2010, so far. She also kicks off an extensive fall tour with Of Montreal on September 13 at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Check out dates here. What do you think about Janelle Monae's new video?

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    LISTEN: Good Charlotte Release New Track

    To fans anxiously waiting for Good Charlotte's long-delayed fifth studio album, Cardiology, due October 26 -- there's good news! The wait is (kinda) over. The pop-punk rockers just released a stream of their first single "Like It's Her Birthday" via their website. Listen below! The track blends a combination of old and new Good Charlotte: It's a fast paced party song, but rather than "The Anthem"-style distorted electric guitars, the group uses synthesizers to create the upbeat sound. "She's so wasted, acting crazy," vocalist Joel Madden sings. "Making a scene, like it's her birthday." On the group's website, guitarist Benji Madden wrote that the group released "Like It's Her Birthday" to show appreciation of their patient fan base: "We always put a song on every record that's there just for fun and this is that song. Hope you guys like it!

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    Interpol Add U.S. Tour Dates

    After kicking off their first tour in two years earlier this summer (read SPIN's review here), Interpol have added 13 more dates in the United States this fall -- starting on October 18 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. See the new dates below. The former SPIN cover boys, touring for the first time since the departure of longtime bassist Carlos D, are making the trek in support of their self-titled fourth album, which drops September 7. The tour's current leg hits Richmond, Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia, and Atlantic City in the coming days, and wraps August 21 in Miami -- click here for the full itinerary.

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    Rihanna's First Film Role: 'Battleship'

    Rihanna will make her feature film debut in Battleship, an upcoming live-action movie based on the board game (yes, the board game, as in "You sank my battleship!"), produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), also starring TV hunks Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman on True Blood) and Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights). The story's details are scarce right now, but according to Variety the plot will revolve around a planet defending itself with air, land, and sea combat against a superior force. So, it's just like playing Battleship against your older brother, and trying to stop him from cheating. The film is aiming for a 2012 release. Rihanna did some acting most recently in the video for "Love The Way You Lie," her chart-topping collabo with Eminem.

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    U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical Finally Rehearsing

    After a year full of financial woes and struggles, initial rehearsals for the new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music by Bono and the Edge, are finally underway and producers are hoping for a November opening date, the New York Times reports. The Julie Taymor-directed (The Lion King, Across The Universe) Spider-Man is one of the most expensive musicals ever staged, costing a whopping $50 million, the Times reports. The preview performances were set to begin this past February, but the show's producers had trouble raising the cash needed and were forced to postpone. Reeve Carney (of the rock band Carney) plays the web-slinger Peter Parker and is swinging from building to building with excitement. "Wow, man, I can't wait for the world to see this thing... It's finally happening!" the actor/musician tweeted.

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    WATCH: T.I.'s New Pro-Women Vid

    T.I. just released the new video for his single "Got Your Back," featuring Keri Hilson -- and this one's for the ladies. Check it out below! The video tells the story of a man sentenced to prison and how it affects his current relationship -- a fitting subject, as T.I. was released in March from his nine-month stint for a weapons charge. The clip for "Got Your Back" depicts a man and woman enduring each part of the incarceration process, from the courtroom trial to saying goodbye to a prison visit. "Pop a bottle, get a couple wine glasses," the Atlanta rapper spits above rumbling bass. "Fill 'em up and lift 'em up let us toast to the future / Here's to us, no here's to her." At the end, T.I.'s real-life fiancée Tomeka "Tiny" Cottle makes a cameo, throwing her hand on the rapper's shoulder in support. In related news, T.I.

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    Director on Cobain Biopic: "Raw and Chaotic"

    Oscar-nominated writer-director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) has spoken out about his Kurt Cobain biopic, currently in development, which he promises won't be a typical Hollywood version of the late Nirvana frontman's life and career. "It'll be raw and chaotic, which is what Cobain's life was like," Moverman told Ryan Gilbey, a film writer for the U.K.'s Guardian. "People know the shortcut version -- he took a lot of heroin, wrote 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' became the biggest rock star in the world and killed himself. Those known things about him are to me the least interesting." The Israeli director, who earned his Oscar nod for co-writing the non-traditional Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There (which used six actors to depict six different periods in the musician's life), promises a more straightforward take on Cobain.

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    LISTEN: Jeff Tweedy Plays New Staples Song

    Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy produced gospel legend Mavis Staples' September 14 release You Are Not Alone, as well as wrote a pair of its songs, including the title track. The album version, on which the two duet, recently dropped online. But Tuesday, Tweedy's solo version of the track hit the web, and boy, oh boy, does the Chicago rocker have soul. Listen below. In his version, Tweedy goes solo with an acoustic guitar, singing the tune's lyrics of reassurance and love in his scratchy, life-worn voice. "I want to get it through to you," he sings. "You're not alone." In contrast, Staples' version is slower but equally powerful. Over an alt-country groove, she sings, "A broken dream / A broken heart / Isolated and afraid." (The 70-year-old roseto fame as lead singer for the chart-topping Stax group the StaplesSingers.) Which version of "You Are Not Alone" do you like best?

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