Buzz Bites (8/19/11): Belgium Stage Collapses During Smith Westerns Set; 5 Confirmed Dead, 70 Injured

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+ Smith Westerns‘ stage collapsed yesterday during a hailstorm at Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival. Reportedly five people died, and more than 70 were injured. Pukkelpop announced it’s canceled the remainder of the festival. It’s the second deadly stage collapse this week. (Billboard)

+ In case you missed it (for shame!), Lady Gaga revealed she’s opening the VMAs, made her TV video debut for “Yoü And I” and answered fan questions live on MTV last night. Peep Buzzworthy’s photos and story, behind-the-scenes VMA promo footage and more. (MTV News)

+ Toronto’s The Weeknd dropped a new mixtape called Thursday. It’s the Drake-endorsed Weeknd’s second from a trilogy. The third drops in the fall. More makeout music! (Rap-Up)

+ The battle of the Perry’s: Artist Linda Perry, who’s written innumerable hits for artists such as Christina Aguilera and Pink, dissed Katy Perry (no relation) in an interview. Says Linda Perry, “Who wants a f***ing Katy Perry record?” Meee-OWW! (Neon Limelight)

+ Janet Jackson gets (sorta) candid about lip synching vs. singing, wardrobe malfunctions, and performing “Scream” sans brother Michael Jackson: “The energy of the song is fierce but it makes me smile inside when I hear him, when I hear his voice.” (ONTD)

+ Fans who couldn’t get their hands on Britney Spears “Femme Fatale” tickets can watch it in November on Epix. Shot in 2-D and 3-D, it will feature footage from her Toronto show. (ONTD)