Give a round of you-know-what to Lady Gaga’s striking new single artwork.
+ Lady Gaga unveiled the official artwork for “Applause” (out Aug. 19), the lead single off of ARTPOP (out Nov. 11) to Women’s Wear Daily. In the publication’s accompanying interview, the 2013 VMA performer says of the dramatic image: “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage… Something more human, something more honest.” (MTV News)
+ Taylor Swift brought a legendary icon onstage during last Saturday’s “Red” Tour stop in Foxborough, Mass. Carly Simon joined the VMA nominee to perform Carly’s classic “You’re So Vain.” (Just Jared Jr.)
+ Donda’s House, a nonprofit founded by Kanye West and Rhymefest, has just launched “Got Bars?”, a free music writing program in Chicago for at-risk youth. Rhymefest will also serve as an instructor for the new program. (Pitchfork)
+ Mark your calendars, Smilers: Miley Cyrus is set to star in a one-hour documentary this fall, filmed and presented by MTV. The special will trace the making of her new album, along with the “We Can’t Stop” singer’s transformation over the last couple of years. (MTV News)
+ Watch TLC perform “No Scrubs” during their set at last Friday’s Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA. Founding members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins were joined by Lil Mama, who plays the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s forthcoming biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” (Rolling Stone)
+ David “Kidd” Kraddick, host of the syndicated “Kid Kraddick In The Morning,” passed away Saturday during a charity golf event near New Orleans. He was 53. Hearing the news, Kelly Clarkson tweeted: “Oh Man, I just heard Kidd Kraddick died! He’s my childhood dj. What a sad day. His poor family. He was nice 2 me from the beginning.” (Billboard)
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