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Lady Gaga Bashes New York Times Fashion Critic
For someone who owes a great deal of her popularity to media hype, Lady Gaga isn't the biggest fan of professional critics, particularly New York Times fashion vet Cathy Horyn. In her recent column for V magazine, the singer argues that the opinions of the masses (Twitter, blogs, etc.) have essentially replaced those of critics, especially ones like Horyn who've rubbed her the wrong way. Perhaps one day artists and critics can come to a truce and for all -- and figure out this whole social media thing while they're at it. (V via Gawker)
Aretha Franklin Performing at Obama's Labor Day Rally
Aretha Franklin had so much fun singing at home she's going to do it again during the holiday weekend. The Queen of Soul plans to perform three of her "signature songs" -- including "Chain of Fools" -- at President Barack Obama's Labor Day Rally on Monday (Sept. 5) at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Franklin also performed at then-candidate Obama's 2008 rally at Hart Plaza, and she sang at his inauguration the following January in Washington, D.C. The Labor Day appearance follows Franklin's successful homecoming concert on Aug. 25 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.