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Alanis Morissette talks to Billboard about her spontaneous tribute Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong on late-night TV this week, saying the troubled star has "been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that set it up for him to fail is a travesty."
Gotye says that he has received some pressure to release the title track to "Making Mirrors" as the album's next U.S. single, but Wally De Backer tells Billboard that he'd like to go in a different direction.
Imagine Dragons, whose debut album, "Night Visions" dropped earlier this week, are nominated for their first ever MTV Video Music Award at tonight's ceremony. They share the Best Rock Video nom for their single, "It's Time" with The Black Keys, Coldplay, Jack White and Linkin Park. While the band -- who got their start three years ago playing at casinos across the Vegas Strip -- feel honored to be nominated, they are certain that they stand zero chance of bringing home a "Moonman."
With the rise in popularity of electronic dance music, it seems like everyone is a DJ these days. While music fans may be into it, the mainstream DJ community hasn't exactly embraced newcomers like Paris Hilton trying their hand behind turntables, as seen by the anti-DJ Paris tweets sent by the likes of Deadmau5 following her Brazilian Pop Music Festival debut.