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Lady Gaga Responds to Failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal
After the proposed repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was filibustered in Senate again yesterday, outspoken DADT critic Lady Gaga expressed her frustrations in a post on her website. "There was a debate today, we just didn't get to watch it," Gaga said. "Instead, it has been customary now for antiquated procedures and partisan politics to take precedence over debate, America's needs, and today, sadly, over the needs of US troops."
Beyonce 'Knows Exactly What She Wants' for New Album, says Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo offered new hints about Beyonce's upcoming fourth album, saying that she has a clear vision for her next effort. "The thing about working with Beyonce is that she definitely has her own agenda... She's an artist that knows exactly what she wants to do," says Ne-Yo, who revealed on Twitter earlier this month that he was working on the album. Last week, Sean Garrett said that the singer's next album will be her "biggest album ever." (MTV)
Phoenix, GZA added to CMJ Lineup
Phoenix, GZA, Neon Indian and Freddie Gibbs were among the acts added to the CMJ Music Marathon lineup today. The groups have joined previously announced artists Ghostface Killah, Surfer Blood and others at the festival, set to run throughout New York City Oct. 19-23. (CMJ)
Kid Cudi 'Scared Straight' From Night in Jail
Kid Cudi says that spending a night in jail during the summer following a domestic dispute was an eye-opening experience for him. "I had a newfound respect for T.I. and [Lil'] Wayne," says Cudi. "I was scared straight, going through the shakes, having no food, being held captive." (RapRadar)
Kanye West Responds to Obama's Negative Remarks
Kanye West responds to President Obama's alleged remarks of the rapper being a "jackass" for interrupting Taylor Swift's speech during last year's MTV VMAs in the cover story of the new issue of XXL. "Obama has way more important stuff to worry about than my public perception," says West. "And if he said that to relate to the room or lighten the room up and the whole mood, then I'd be more than happy to be the butt of all of his jokes if it in the some way helps his overall mission." (Karen Civil)
Selena Gomez Denies Romance with Justin Bieber
In an interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" today (Sept. 22), Selena Gomez denied having any romantic involvement with fellow teen pop star Justin Bieber. "He's like my little brother. That's weird to me," said Gomez. The singer also told Ellen about her unusual pre-concert ritual of drinking olive oil to coat her throat before performances. (People)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes and Walter Frazier)