Billboard Bits: Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube, Mariah Carey Declines 'X Factor' Gig
Billboard Bits: Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube, Mariah Carey Declines 'X Factor' Gig

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Rebecca Black Passes Lady Gaga on YouTube

She may not be headlining sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden or rocking the Grammy stage yet, but Rebecca Black has one-upped Lady Gaga in terms of YouTube views for her latest music video. The viral sensation "Friday" has thus far earned 30 million views on YouTube, while Gaga's "Born This Way" has been watched 22 million times. The most impressive aspect of the 13-year-old's coup: the "Friday" clip reportedly cost a mere $2,000 to make. (Tech Crunch)

Mariah Carey Declines 'X Factor' Gig

Mariah Carey will not be appearing as a judge on "The X Factor," Simon Cowell's newest talent search set to premiere this fall on Fox. Cowell reportedly offered Mariah the chance to join him and Antonio "L.A." Reid as a judge, but Carey said that she was too busy preparing to give birth to twins and writing music for a new album. ( Essence)

Spice Girl Melanie Brown Announces Pregnancy

Joining expecting Spice Girls Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, 35, confirmed that she is pregnant. Brown and film producer Stephen Belafonte have been married for four years and this will be their first baby together. "We're really thrilled. We wouldn't have planned and waited for four years to have a baby if we weren't excited and ready for it," she told Hello Magazine. ( People)

Sammy Hagar Claims Alien Abduction

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar insists in a new interview that he has been abducted by aliens. "[Aliens] were plugged into me," says the singer. "It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren't even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, 'Fuck, they downloaded something into me!' Or they uploaded something from my brain, like an experiment." ( MTV)

New Limp Bizkit Album 'Finished,' Says Durst

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst announced on Twitter that "Gold Cobra," the newest Limp Bizkit album, is "finished." The singer also posted a video he recorded as the band was wrapping up the mixing sessions at The Village recording studios in California. Although "Cobra" doesn't have an official release date yet, the album is expected to come out this summer. (NME)

Billy Bragg Cancels U.S. Tour Due to Mother's Illness

Billy Bragg recently canceled his upcoming U.S. tour in order to be with his mother, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Just days after the announcement, Bragg's mother has passed on. "After a long and active life and a short illness, my mother Marie passed away yesterday, surrounded by her family," Bragg wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for all the kind sentiments that have been expressed via twitter in the past few days." ( Spinner)

(Reporting by Katie Morgan, Ricardo Gomez, Jason Lipshutz and Kevin Rutherford)