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Lady Gaga gets a fern named after her

Just call it The Adventures of FernGaga.

Lady Gaga is a well-known fan of monsters, but now even plants are getting involved with her army of music and social justice. Botanists at Duke University have honored the pop star by naming a new genus of ferns, and 19 species within the genus, after her, E! reports.

“We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression,” Kathleen Pryer, director of Duke’s herbarium and professor of biology, told E! READ FULL STORY

'Castle,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Scandal': Which TV couple has the best music theme?

There’s some outstanding music on TV right now — the proof lies in EW’s own TV Jukebox. But not all great TV music has words, and for that proof, I ask you to listen below to three instrumental scores that I can’t seem to get out of my head. Nor would I want to.

The music cues below — from Scandal, Once Upon a Time and Castle — were all brought to my attention in the last year or so because they accompanied scenes with three of my favorite TV couples (respectively, Fitz/Olivia, Snow/Charming, and Castle/Beckett) and continue to be part of these couples’ stories in this current TV season. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every time I hear them featured over a brand new scene, they are the cherry on top of the moment.

In fact, if asked, I probably couldn’t possibly pick a favorite among them, but that said, I invite you to do so. I’m very curious which comes out on top in your book. READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne croons 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' at Giants-Cardinals playoff -- VIDEO

Weezy may not be a human being, but he sure sings like one — and not one with a particularly strong voice. The rapper took to the field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park last night, cheering on the home team with an endearingly off-key rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Though Lil Wayne is originally from New Orleans, he does have a connection to the Boys from the Bay — he’s friends with Giants second baseman Ryan Theriot, another Louisiana native.

So what if he wasn’t exactly Whitney at Super Bowl XXV? What matters is that Wayne had a good time:

Judge for yourself by watching below.

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Katy Perry and autistic tween Jodi DiPiazza perform 'Firework' -- VIDEO

Grab a hankie: Your eyes may get a wee bit misty when you watch the following clip from Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars, a celeb-packed benefit that airs Sunday night.

The annual charity event raises money for autism education programs — programs like the one that helped New York tween Jodi DiPiazza, who was diagnosed with autism shortly after her second birthday. Though Jodi’s parents once feared that their daughter would never speak, she’s now thriving at New York City’s Mannes College The New School for Music Preparatory Division, where she studies piano and voice.

At Night of Too Many Stars, Jodi got the chance to join her idol, Katy Perry, for a performance of Perry’s inspirational hit “Firework.” Their duet is undeniably moving — especially at the end, when Jodi gives Perry a gleeful embrace, then pulls away to pump her tiny fists. The singer was certainly affected by the experience: “I will never forget last night,” she tweeted the day after the taping. “It was the most important moment thus far of what I do.”

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Aaron Carter says Justin Bieber's new video reminds him of 'Aaron's Party'. Which tween idol do you prefer?

Hey, Justin. Hey, it’s Aaron. I can’t come out tonight.” I need to talk about your video.

On Monday, Aaron Carter tweeted, “Justin Bieber’s new video reminds me of my video for Aaron’s Party.” Carter is referring to Bieber’s new self-directed video for his duet with Nicki Minaj, “Beauty and the Beat.” While the two videos are different — and Carter certainly didn’t say it was a rip-off — he’s got a point. For anyone who was the right tween age for “Aaron’s Party,” the “Beauty” video was bound to bring back a few PG-rated house party memories. (Although Carter’s party never had the star grinding against Nicki Minaj).

Because we at PopWatch will take just about any excuse to look back at that 2000 (!) hit, we broke down some intel regarding teen pop idols then and now.

Number of Albums Sold:
Bieber:
1.5 million (for Believe)(doesn’t include digital downloads)
Carter:
1.5 million (for Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) ) READ FULL STORY

Stevie Nicks has harsh words for Nicki Minaj, apologizes for her remarks

Think Stevie Nicks is as gentle and soft as one of her ethereal shawls? Think again. Fleetwood Mac’s ex-frontwoman is rock royalty — and she’s not afraid to lay a verbal smackdown on someone who hasn’t paid her dues. Update: Nicks has apologized for the remarks she made about Minaj — see her full statement below.

Nicks had some choice words for Nicki Minaj after hearing about the rapper’s fight with Mariah Carey on the set of American Idol. “How dare this little girl!” she told The Daily — Minaj is in her late 20s; Nicks is 64 — adding, “If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.” READ FULL STORY

iPhone, meet your match? Samsung announces Galaxy Music smartphone

It’s a communication contraption! It’s an mp3 player! No — it’s Samsung’s new smartphone, a mobile device designed specifically for music lovers. The Galaxy Music boasts a host of features sure to please audiophiles — dual stereo speakers, built-in FM radio, a state-of-the-art Sound Retrieval System meant to mimic 5.1 surround sound, and SoundAlive technology, which “intelligently makes automatic adjustments to sound quality by analyzing the source.” Sounds simultaneously Jetsons awesome and 2001: A Space Odyssey terrifying.

The Galaxy Music runs on the Android 4.0 operating system — adorably called Ice-Cream Sandwich — making it a great option for anyone who loves music but doesn’t want to be led to their death by Apple Maps. But even those who have sworn off physical Apple products will likely be using iTunes to populate their shiny new Samsung phones; it’s going to be tough for any other tech company to encroach on Apple’s musical monopoly.

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Happy Thursday! We chat with Rebecca Black about bullying and her new sound

“Gangnam Style” may have stolen Rebecca Black’s YouTube crown — but the 15-year-old Californian doesn’t begrudge PSY his success. “I love that song!” she told EW enthusiastically earlier this week. “I have it on my phone. We rock out to it all the time.”

But all things considered, Black doesn’t have much time for rocking out. She’s too busy performing in concert, recording new songs, and otherwise trying to spin her viral video stardom into a legitimate music career. In her spare time, she’s also speaking out against bullying on behalf of a new campaign called “Be Good To Each Other.” Black — along with other celebs like gymnast Nastia Liukin and Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish — designed an anti-bullying t-shirt that’s being sold throughout October, also known as National Bullying Prevention Month. All proceeds from the shirts will be donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Clearly, Black knows a thing or two about being teased; her “Friday” music video made her a national punchline everywhere from late night TV to, uh, this magazine. So as the teen’s new campaign began, we chatted with Rebecca over the phone about dealing with “Friday” backlash, facing ridiculous rumors, and trying to launch a music career in spite of it all. Warning: Do not read if having “fun fun fun fun” stuck in your head doesn’t sound like, well, fun.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Since it’s 11:37 a.m. in California right now, I’m guessing you’re not in school. Are you homeschooled?
REBECCA BLACK:
Yeah. There was a lot of press out there about, you know, “Rebecca Black gets homeschooled [because of] bullying.” But I wouldn’t say that I began homeschooling because of bullying. There’s so much time involved in this industry, and I just found myself missing lots of school. And yeah, there are a few mean kids at school, but…

Even if bullying didn’t directly lead to your leaving school, you’ve obviously faced a ton of negative attention. Can you take me through your experience with bullying?
It was pretty much right off the bat.  READ FULL STORY

Dead Sexy: Pop culture's greatest ghost sex moments

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Ghost sex: all the kids are doing it!

Okay, maybe not, but some kids are doing it. Now that Ke$ha has come out of the supernatural closet by telling the world about her sexual ghost encounter, we realized that there’s been a lot of pop-culture instances of such relations.

Here are some of our favorite incidents of ghost sex:

Ke$ha in “Supernatural”: She says the song is “about experiences with the supernatural, but in a sexy way.” Sample lyrics include “Boy, this love is supernatural/Can you feel it,” which is a good question — can one feel ghost sex? We’re not sure, but maybe giving the song a listen will help:

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'The X Factor': Listen to Britney Spears and Don Philip's 1999 duet, then weep for humanity

Update: Annie’s full recap is live.

Here’s Britney Spears’ duet with 32-year-old vocal coach and X Factor contestant Don Philip — “I Will Still Love You,” off her debut album, 1999’s …Baby One More Time. Something …drastic has happened to Don’s voice since then. Ugh, life. It’ll getcha.

We didn’t get many details on why current Don is such a mess, but the guy’s clearly been through hell and, thanks to the “magic” of a network television production team in search of a buzzy premiere moment, has made it back to one of the gates of hell — The X Factor audition stage!

Britney was so distraught after Don walked away that Simon had to interrupt his Skittles consumption to come over and hover over/console her.

What a difference 12 years can make. Listen to Britney and Don here: READ FULL STORY

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