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-MTV's Video Music Awards were last night, and the show (always so entertaining in retrospect, so tedious in every other respect) ended up being good for something pretty much right away: another episode in the increasingly reliable web series, "Linda Holmes Says It Better," in which NPR's own Monkey See blogger gives us the last word on a pop culture scandal. Linda took on the most inevitable moments from the VMAs — performances by Taylor Swift and Kanye West — of two anemic new songs that both seem to comment on that completely insignificant moment of awkwardness in last year's VMAs that I'm sure I don't have to explain beyond saying I'mma let Linda finish: "Both [West and Swift] suffer from a bizarre disorder where what is supposedly intended as a gesture of generosity toward someone else inevitably spins out into a celebration of self." [Monkey See]
-One more bit of "news" from the VMAs: Lady Gaga wore a dress made of meat and announced that her next album will be called Born This Way. This is so awesome I'm tired of it already.
-Disturbed scored the number one album in the country on the Billboard 200 with "Asylum," the band's fourth album in a row to top the album chart in its first week of release. [Billboard]
-Rich Cronin, a member of the '90s boy band LFO, died Wednesday. Cronin, who had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2005, wrote LFO's 1999 hit, "Summer Girls". [Associated Press]
-Willow Smith, the nine-year-old offspring of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith (her brother Jaden is the new Karate Kid), released a single called "Whip My Hair" and announced that she would put out an album on Jay-Z's Roc Nation label. Jay-Z and the Pinkett-Smith family previously collaborated as producers on the Tony-winning musical Fela!. [Billboard]