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tUnE-yArDs channels 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse' for 'Water Fountain' music video

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Here’s your mid-week nostalgia fix, courtesy of tUnE-yArDs.

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, that wonderfully weird cult kids show of the late ’80s, serves as inspiration for the band’s “Water Fountain” music video, and it’s quite charming.  While not an exact recreation of Pee-Wee Herman‘s sweet digs, the play land coming from the brains of  tUnE-yArDs’ frontwoman Merrill Garbus and director Joel Kefali pays technicolor homage to that Sphinx-topped abode of yore. There are puppets, a cooking segment, and even a Chairy-like couch and dancing robot, a la Conky. Take a look:
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Justin Bieber apologizes for visit to controversial shrine honoring Japanese war criminals

Once again, Justin Bieber is making headlines for a photo he posted on Instagram. Luckily, this one has nothing to do with Anne Frank or urinating. It does, however, involve World War II. Intriguing, right?

While visiting Tokyo, the young Biebs paid a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. As you may know, the Yasukuni Shrine is a big point of dispute between China and Japan, because it honors Japan’s fallen WWII soldiers — including those who committed major atrocities in Asia during the war. So when Bieber posted a photo of himself bowing his head at the entrance to the shrine with the caption, “Thank you for your blessings,” he offended many of his Chinese fans.

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A serious attempt to explain Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' music video

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So Avril Lavigne has made a new music video, about which there are several dozen completely accurate, utterly withering comments to make. She’s trying to out-Miley Miley; she’s aiming for Gaga but barely achieving Xtina; Kesha wants her dollar sign back; this is literally just “Hollaback Girl.”

There are serious questions about whether it’s offensive (expressionless Asian dancers, Tokyo-as-prop) or offensively obvious (this one’s for you, large Japanese fanbase!). There are even more serious questions about the title, “Hello Kitty,” which is also like half of the lyrics, and which everyone agrees is a double entendre. READ FULL STORY

From Michael Bay to Eminem, here are creators who've (sort of) apologized for their work

When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.

That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do rappers often have to apologize for certain lyrics? Yes. Are there controversial moments in television episodes that get addressed immediately? Of course. But looking back at an entire season of television or a film and saying “sorry” to fans is a rarity in this business. And in honor of Aaron Sorkin’s recent apology to fans of The Newsroom, we’ve rounded up some other notable apologies. And you know what? We’re not sorry about it.

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Is Gwen Stefani a good fit for 'The Voice'? -- POLL

The Voice has had its fair share of megastar mentors, starting with original quartet Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. And the reality contest has been able to keep up its twice-a-year schedule by cycling out some of those judges with the equally star-powered Shakira and Usher.

So it comes as no surprise that Gwen Stefani might be the next superstar to join the NBC show. TMZ reports that it’s a done deal, while The Hollywood Reporter says the No Doubt singer is simply in talks, but NBC wouldn’t confirm the news when EW reached out for comment.

Whether the addition pans out and Stefani indeed replaces Aguilera in season 7 — which begins taping in June, airs in the fall, and includes another new judge in Pharrell Williams — let’s talk about what we think of the idea. There’s no question that she has an impressive career, both with No Doubt and as a solo artist, but how well do we know her personality? The Voice panel has thrived on the dynamic between the mentors, most notably with Blake and Adam’s bromance and Christina’s tension with the others. Where will Gwen fit in? It’s also worth noting that Stefani has worked with one of her potential chair-mates: Pharrell (with The Neptunes) produced her breakout solo single “Hollaback Girl,” and she contributed vocals to his 2005 solo single “Can I Have It Like That.”

So what do you think? Vote in our poll, and leave your thoughts in the comments section below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift crashes superfan's bridal shower -- VIDEO

Fun fact for fans: If you invite Taylor Swift to your bridal shower, she just might come.

Swift posted a YouTube video Wednesday chronicling her visit to Columbus, Ohio, to surprise superfan Gena Gabrielle at her bridal shower. “I’ve never been to a bridal shower,” Swift tells the camera in her video blog — so why not?

Gena’s reaction to her idol walking into an Ohio banquet hall is priceless (preview her facial expression in the freeze frame above). Swift quickly makes herself at home, posing for selfies with the guests and giving hugs all around. Enjoy the cuteness below: READ FULL STORY

Pharrell Williams sheds some 'Happy' tears with Oprah -- VIDEO

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but seeing Pharrell Williams cry makes me happy!

On Sunday night’s episode of Oprah Prime, the Grammy-winning singer sat down with Ms. Winfrey to discuss the global success of his Oscar-nominated hit song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Williams got emotional after watching a compilation of fan videos from around the world of people singing and celebrating with his song. Obviously, they were tears of happiness, but it’s hard not to get a little choked up yourself watching Pharrell. Oprah did! Watch part of the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon and Stevie Nicks re-create 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' -- VIDEO

When the incomparable Stevie Nicks made an appearance on The Tonight Show Wednesday, playing one or two of her hits just wasn’t going to be enough for Jimmy Fallon. The musically-inclined host planned something much more memorable — re-creating the music video for “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Nicks’s 1981 duet with Tom Petty.

Fallon assumes Petty’s role — shaggy blond wig, floral shirt, and all — while Nicks proves she’s still got it, not to mention a sense of humor. Here’s Fallon’s version:

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All the compliments to Beyonce in her 'Out' cover story, ranked

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By now, we all know that Beyoncé woke up flawless. And, apparently, that lyric isn’t an exaggeration.

Bey’s on the latest cover of Out magazine, and Out magazine really wants us to know that Beyoncé is great. Flawless, even! Although the cover story’s author wasn’t able to snag an in-person interview with the Queen, he did get to talk to her team — all of whom had nothing but glowing things to say about their boss. No, really: The overarching theme of the profile is “Beyoncé is perfect.” (Given the subject matter, maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise.)

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I miss you, S Club 7: Remembering the Brit-pop group's 20 best songs

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Do you know what today is? It just happens to be the 15th anniversary of Miami 7, a little TV show about a cheery pop band that premiered in Britain in the spring of ‘99.

When S Club 7 in Miami came to the States on Fox Family (yes, Fox Family) a few months later, I had no idea who these people were or whether they were famous in Britain. Back then, children couldn’t look up transcontinental artists on Wikipedia, and there was certainly no Encarta entry for S Club 7. But for whatever reason, I accidentally grew to love this utterly random show about seven British band members who go live in Miami for some reason. By they time the group got the hokey second series S Club 7 in L.A. a year later, in which they rented a Venice beach house from the demon girl in The Exorcist, I was completely hooked on this absurdly optimistic and painfully happy band.

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