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M.I.A. goes after Gaga; Usher beats Bieber, Nicki Minaj drops off Rihanna tour; Wilco gets its own fest

Gaga/M.I.A.M.I.A. does not care for Lady Gaga. Not that you asked.

- "She's not progressive, but she's a good mimic." That's M.I.A. talking about Lady Gaga in a recent interview with NME. She wasn't directly asked about Gaga but a larger question TV-talent shows and the Internet destroying the myth of pop stars. More M.I.A.: "None of her music's reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know?" Ouch.

- In the battle of mentor and protege, mentor wins. For one week, at least. At most, almost certainly. Usher scored his third straight Billboard No. 1 album by selling 329,000 copies of "Raymond v Raymond" in its first week of release. Hot on his heels was Justin Bieber, who fell to the No. 2 spot but actually moved more units in week number two, a rarity for an album that debuts at the top of the charts.

- That Rihanna/Ke$ha/Nicki Minaj summer tour? Scratch Nicki Minaj's name off. According to a tweet yesterday, she's dropping off the tour to finish up her album. This saves Chris Richards a few hours sitting in stopped traffic on the way to Jiffy Lube Live, at least.

- What's the opposite of a Rihanna/Ke$ha show? Why a Wilco at which all the Wilcos get to take center stage with their various side projects. It's called Solid Sound Festival, it will be held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art from Aug. 13-15 and will feature Glenn Kotche's On Fillmore, The Nels Cline Singers, The Autumn Defense featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen's Pronto. Plus Wilco, of course.

By David Malitz  |  April 8, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Usher, Wilco  
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Lady Gaga "sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music" says MIA. Maybe she should get with the times by ripping off 30-year-old Clash tunes instead...

Posted by: jalister | April 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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