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Britney Spears Teases 'I Wanna Go' Video
Britney Spears has debuted 30 seconds of the video for her latest "Femme Fatale" single, "I Wanna Go." In the Chris Marrs Piliero-directed clip, Brit stands atop a car and wields a microphone as a quite literal weapon against the paparazzi. The pop star has certainly come a long way since her 2003 video for "Everytime," where she was the one being assaulted by paparazzi. Watch below (and notice a nod to Spears' film debut, "Crossroads," with a marquee reading "Crossroads 2: Cross Harder").
'Glee' Cast to Graduate
Glee creator and co-producer Ryan Murphy stopped by Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Friday (June 17) and announced that the current "Glee" cast will "graduate" after this coming season, the show's third. "We didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years," he told Seacrest. Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch will stay on as the male and female "lynchpins" of the series. Murphy and fellow showrunners Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk will cast new members of the show's titular glee club "New Directions." (On Air with Ryan Seacrest)
Justin Bieber, Usher, Adam Levine Perform at Scooter Braun's Birthday
Surrounded by some of the brightest young stars in Hollywood, Scott "Scooter" Braun celebrated his 30th birthday Saturday night (June 18) in Los Angeles. Braun, best known as the man who has guided Justin Bieber's career, was roasted by friends and serenaded by Bieber, Usher, MC Hammer, Asher Roth and Adam Levine. Dozens of celebs, from Kim Kardashian and the Hilton sisters to Mary J. Blige and Wilmer Valderama, attended the party and the Dan Band from "The Hangover" opened the star-studded show.
Avril Lavigne At Work on 'Fun' Fifth Album
Although Avril Lavigne is currently touring behind her fourth album, "Goodbye Lullaby," she has already written eight songs for her follow-up. "This record was more mellow," she says of "Lullaby." "The next one will be pop and more fun again." (NME)
OK Go Premieres New Album On Mashable
OK Go, a band best known for its clever YouTube music videos, have debuted its new live album on tech news website Mashable. The album's title, "180/365," refers to the 180 days the band spent touring in the past year, during which time OK Go recorded nearly 100-200 hours of live cuts from past albums. The album drops tomorrow (June 21), but fans can have a listen over at Mashable's site now. (Mashable)
Ellie Goulding Joins Music to Know Festival
British pop songstress (and Royal Family favorite) Ellie Goulding has been added to the lineup of New York music festival Music to Know, joining a roster that includes Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim and Bright Eyes. Goulding will perform during day one of the new two-day festival in East Hampton. (MusictoKnow.com)
(Reporting by Alec Bojalad, Jillian Mapes, Sarah Maloy and Erica Thompson)