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Buzz Bites (8/10/12): Watch Jay-Z And Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Documentary


Watch Kanye West and Jay-Z’s documentary from their final days making Watch The Throne.

+ Check out the Watch The Throne documentary filmed while Jay-Z and Kanye West were completing the album. “I was more interested in the smaller moments and the quietness of what they do and why they do it… I was striving to capture the little moments in their process,” says director Robert Lopuski. Beyoncé is also featured. (MTV News)

+ Speaking of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, the couple topped Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples” list. They climbed up a notch on the list from last year. (Idolator)

Skrillex revealed in an interview that he’s been working with Kanye West. “From what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” said Skrillex, although he didn’t specify if it was for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer or Kanye’s sixth studio album. (Billboard)

+ Despite threats of violence, Madonna‘s show in St. Petersburg, Russia, still took place. Watch her impassioned speech for gay rights from the show. “The gay community here, and all around the world, have the same rights, to be treated with dignity, with respect, with compassion, with love,” she said after quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. (Billboard)

+ The late Adam Yauch, aka Beastie Boys‘ MCA, included a provision in his will that prohibits his “image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me” to be used in advertisements. (Rolling Stone)

Buzz Bites (8/10/12): Watch Jay-Z And Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Documentary

Lady Gaga Still “Woozy” After Concussion, Fires Back at Madonna’s “Born This Way” Diss?


Even a head injury ain’t gonna be a drag for this queen.

Lady Gaga took to Twitter last night to assure her Little Monsters that she’s doing all right after getting seriously clocked in the noodle onstage with a pole and suffering a concussion.

And she’s willing to offer up photographic proof, vanity be damned.

The “Edge of Glory” songstress tweeted a disheveled pic of her waking up looking pretty disoriented with what appears to be either a black eye or full makeup.

“Thank you so much for all the thoughtful messages,” she wrote. “I feel a bit woozy but a little better everyday. Very happy to be in beautiful Australia.”

Yes, Little Monsters, you can breathe easy: Mama’s on the mend.

She also poked fun at herself, adding: “Emerging from hours of sleep. Still remiss if I should go outside, with this clonker I may be of questionable styling.”

Gaga was struck with a pole onstage Sunday during the New Zealand leg of her tour. But after vowing to “finish this show,” she soldiered forth and sang another 16 songs.

Lady Gaga Still “Woozy” After Concussion, Fires Back at Madonna’s “Born This Way” Diss?  

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Review: Madonna is back with strongest record in years


Madonna, “MDNA.” Madonna is back.
That’s the simplest summary of “MDNA,” the 12th album from the 53-year-old Material Girl, which is available Monday. She spends about half the release referring to her divorce with Guy Ritchie, opening up to create her most personal, revealing set of songs ever.

“Love Spent” wonders where the love went and makes reference to the millions Ritchie received in the divorce. The insistent “I wish I could take you back” ballad “I (expletive) Up” and the rattling “Best Friend” from The “Deluxe Explicit Album” are the most direct of those songs.

But the semi-rap “I Don’t Give a (featuring Nicki Minaj)” includes this little couplet, “I tried to be a good girl/I tried to be your wife/Diminished myself,” as it re-establishes Madonna as a strong woman with a head for business, music and love.

And the dark techno “Gang Bang” is a sinister little number about a woman shooting her lover. Care to guess how she really feels?

Madonna marshals a flotilla of producers to apply their magic, most notably bringing back William Orbit from “Ray of Light” for three songs, including the ultra-catchy “I’m a Sinner.” It’s the best song on the record and spins her Catholic upbringing into its irresistible beats and hooks.

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Another gem from the deluxe version is the bouncy “B-Day Song,” a reminder of Madonna’s garage rock/girl group vocal roots that’s just fun.

Madonna’s never drifted far from the club. Nor does she here. The record opens with the pop banger “Girls Gone Wild,” which feels like vintage Madge, and swirls Daft Punk-like on “I’m Addicted” where she chants “MDNA.” That’s either a knockoff on her name or a sly reference to the club drug Ecstasy (MDMA).

Strangely, the weakest track on “MDNA” is the cheerleader pop of “Give Me All Your Luvin’ featuring Nicki Minaj and MIA” that they performed at the Super Bowl. Her “Masterpiece,” a pretty little number, came out early too, as the Golden Globe-winning theme song for her movie “W.E.”

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The regular version of “MDNA” ends with “Falling Free,” a string-filled ballad that is a declaration of independence — “we’re both free/free to go.” It’s a perfect ending to a very strong disc from, as Minaj calls Madonna, the “only one Queen.” Grade: B+

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