Melissa Goldstein

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    Watch: Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi" Video

    Whether you love Lady GaGa, or want to see her get pushed off a balcony, the pop star's music video for her new single "Paparazzi" has something for everyone. The video surfaced online late last week on uber-fan Perez Hilton's website, several days ahead of its scheduled UK premiere. Directed by Jonas Äkerlund (whose has collaborated with the likes of Madonna and Prodigy), the new clip sees GaGa as a sort of Princess Diana-meets-Madonna figure: The eight-minute video follows a murderous plotline in which GaGa plays a tortured (but savvy) starlet who, though relentlessly preyed upon by photogs, has the last media laugh. It opens with a steamy sequence in which Gaga and her beau, played by actor Alexander Skarsgård (a.k.a. tragic Orange Mocha Frappuccino enthusiast Meekus from Zoolander), are seen getting it on in the bedroom a luxe mansion.

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    Baby Watch: Brandon Flowers and Jennifer Hudson

    Following last week's news that My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is the proud new fatherto a baby girl, comes word of two more high-profile musical offspring on the way. Rumors of Jennifer Hudson's pregnancy (aided by recent photos that make it pretty obvious) were confirmed when the Chicago Tribune reported that the star was recently the guest of honor at a baby shower held at a relative's Chicago home. Singer/actress Felicia Fields attended the festivities, characterizing the shindig as "a nice time" and describing the color theme as neither blue nor pink: "They don't know [the gender]," she explained. Meanwhile, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and his wife Tana are expecting their second child [via People.com]. The couple became parents in 2007 with the birth of son Ammon.

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    The Gossip Are Back -- Live From London

    The Gossip's Beth Ditto kicked off her band's sold-out return show at London's Scala Thursday night with a victory leap.

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    Depeche Mode's Gahan Has Tumor Removed

    Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan had a low-grade malignant tumor removed from his bladder, but is expected to make a full recovery and restart his band's world tour June 8 in Leipzig, Germany, according to a statement posted on the band's website. "At doctors' orders Dave Gahan must take a break until June 8, to ensure that he makes a full recovery," the band said. "Dave Gahan sincerely thanks his fans for their support, understanding and patience. Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused." The band called off a string of European dates on their tour (supporting the recently-released Sounds of the Universe) after Gahan was hospitalized with what was believed to be a severe case of gastroenteritis before a May 12 gig in Athens, Greece.

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    Chris Brown: "I Ain't A Monster"

    R&B singer Chris Brown has taken to YouTube to make his first public comments since his alleged assault of pop star Rihanna in February. The message of the video blog: Brown is not a monster, but rather, is someone who is friends with Shaq and Bow Wow, enjoys bowling, and has a new album to promote. "I just wanna say 'what's up?,' because I ain't been out there in a minute," Brown says in the clip, which, according to MTV, was filmed at NBA star Shaquille O'Neal's house (in his private bowling alley, no less). He then cuts straight to the chase: "The new album is gonna be coming soon. We working on it right now.

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    My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way Welcomes Baby

    Anyone familiar with Gerard Way's band My Chemical Romance and their proclivity for the concept album (see: 2006's The Black Parade)knows the guys are suckers for a theme. So when Way's brother and bandmate Mikey Way announced via Twitter yesterday that Gerard and his wife, Lindsey, had welcomed their first baby, a girl, and named her Bandit Lee Way (all of which, plus the newborn's birth weight of 6 lbs., 5.6 oz., has been confirmed to SPIN.com by the band's publicist), it seemed likely that there was some sort of explanation behind it. Because, you know, those emo types love to plant personal meaning wherever they can -- and their kids' names are no exception. Just ask Bronx Mowgli Wentz! And then we recalled something Gerard Way said -- while talking about the band's next album -- about how the group really digs that "classic, late-'70s" vibe in their music.

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    White Stripes' White Wedding Surprise

    Those White Stripes. They really know how to keep us guessing. First the whole Chinatown-style "are you family members or are you lovers?" mystery, and now this. Earlier this month, news surfaced that Meg White was due to get hitched to Jackson Smith (son of Patti Smith). But it should come as no surprise that there was more to the story -- as a recent post to the band's website revealed. It turns out the pair took a double-team approach to their nuptials. Raconteurs/Dead Weather bassist Jack Lawrence and his girlfriend Jo McCaughey also took the plunge alongside White and Smith.

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    Jacko Love: Yeah Yeah Yeahs & Peter Bjorn and John!

    Look no further than the new music vids from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Peter Bjorn and John for evidence that Michael Jackson is back. Exhibit A: For the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new video for dancefloor-filler "Heads Will Roll," the band does its usual, our-hipness-runneth-over thing (Ms. O rocks a Ziggy Stardust's girlfriend get-up, Nick Zinner plays a lighty-uppy synthesizer). But things take a Jacko twist when a double-jointed werewolf with serious "Billie Jean" moves takes center stage. It's all very Footloose finale until he turns on the crowd and a confetti-filled massacre ensues. Spoiler alert: Even when she's torn limb from limb, Karen O can still close the deal.Watch here: Exhibit B: Peter Bjorn and John's video for "It Don't Move Me" sees a father-son duo bond over a shared love of "Thriller" video choreography.

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    Kanye: No Auto-Tune for Jay-Z

    Kanye West might not be the first person you think of as the go-to-guy for an Auto-Tune-free production. But apparently West's love for the voice-altering technology (which allowed him to "sing" on his 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak) won't be part of his production duties for Jay-Z's new album. That's right: He's banned the software on Jay-Z's forthcoming release, Blueprint 3 -- even venturing to call it an "anti-Auto-Tune album." "We actually removed all the songs with Auto-Tune off of his album make the point that this is an anti-Auto-Tune album, even though I released an album that has all Auto-Tune," West told MTV.com. "I like Auto-Tune, so I do it, but you want the other thing -- like you'll wear a suit to a wedding and gym shoes to a basketball game.

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    Amy Winehouse Booted From Quincy Jones Tribute Album

    After yet another blown gig, it appears that the only thing that Amy Winehouse is headlining this summer is her very own cancellation-palooza. The latest: Uber-producer Quincy Jones has rescinded his invitation to Winehouse to record a song for a tribute album being compiled in his honor. Winehouse had signed on to hit the studio with producer Mark Ronson to record a cover of Lesley Gore's sultry, Jones-produced 1964 hit "You Don't Own Me." But after waiting a year to hear a sample from the track and receiving nothing, Jones has revoked his invitation for Winehouse to appear on the record. "The frustrating thing is what there is of the track sounds really good, but it looks like no one will ever get to hear it," a source told London tabloid The Daily Mirror.

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