10 Things To Know Now: Lady Gaga Channels Madonna, Lil’ Kim Challenges Nicki Minaj And More

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This has been like the biggest week ever for my two favorite music things: (a) DIVAS and (b) INDIE ROCK. Won’t you join me in my revelry as I recount the internet’s latest and greatest?

1.) You’ve been hearing about it all week long, but here’s the definitive proof: Lady Gaga‘s new single, “Born This Way,” does sound alarmingly like Madonna‘s “Express Yourself.” But Madge is cool with it, so NBD. (BuzzFeed)

2.) I’m not going to say that Weezer sold out, but here is a video of their version of the State Farm jingle. Yes, as in the insurance company. (Stereogum)

3.) This cat had a hard time finding a home because he looks like the Dark Lord, a/k/a, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, aka Lord Voldemort from the “Harry Potter” movies. I wish he didn’t, but it is what it is. (AOL)

4.) Don’t know if you  heard, but a little band called Radiohead, or as I like to refer to them, THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME, are putting out an album on Saturday. You can preorder it online for $9. (The King Of Limbs)

5.) In other seminal-indie-rock news, the Flaming Lips have released a single in 12 parts that can only be heard when each part is played simultaneously on 12 different iPhones/computers. I don’t have 12 friends (sad face), so you’ll have to let me know if it’s any good. (Pitchfork)

6.) The big hip-hop beef this week comes courtesy of Lil’ Kim seemingly beheading Nicki Minaj on the cover of her new mixtape Black Friday. But then Nicki got on Twitter and was like “whatever.” And then Kim was like, “It’s not even a beef unless someone gets shot.” (Billboard)

7.) Remember that song “Barbara Streisand” from the minds of Legendary NYC house producer/DJ Armand Van Helden and legendary hip-hop/electro DJ A-Trak, who together form the outfit Duck Sauce? Now you can “duck sauce” a version of the song with your name. (Urlesque)

8.) Britney SpearsHold It Against Me” video premieres tonight on MTV and MTV.com at 9:55 p.m. ET (right before “Jersey Shore”), and I’ll just say I’ve already seen it — working at MTV kind of rules that way — and BRIT LOOKS FIERCE. MTV News will be doing a live chat discussing the video starting at 11 p.m. ET on MTV.com, and you should definitely not miss it. (MTV)

9.) HEADLINE: Drunk Baby Trashes Bar, Gets Offered ‘Jersey Shore’ Spin-Off (Ninemsn)

10.) So that anchorwoman who forgot how to talk, who then everyone started to freak out over because they thought she had a stroke? Turns out, she didn’t have a stroke. It was a headache. (ABC, LA Times)