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Lady Gaga Talks “Telephone” Clip, MTV Confirms Video Not Banned

Three days after Lady Gaga unveiled her epic nine-and-a-half-minute video for “Telephone,” the clip has blown up online, scoring more than 15 million views on YouTube. Gaga is also managing to spark some controversy over the racy clip, which is packed with campy sex and violence: CNN reported this weekend that MTV had banned the clip from its airwaves. But an MTV programming manager clarified the network’s stance on Twitter, saying that the video was airing on MTV’s AMTV, the early-morning slot that runs music videos from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. A rep for MTV confirms that “Telephone” is in rotation on the channel, telling Rolling Stone, “The CNN report is completely false. The video has been airing on our channel since Friday morning.” MTV said the clip is airing on MTV from 2:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. as well as MTV Hits, MTV Tr3s and

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Lady Gaga called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS radio show this morning to discuss her upcoming North American tour and provide some behind-the-scenes info about the “Telephone” mini-movie. Admitting Beyoncé’s first reaction to the treatment was, ” ‘What’s in your head, girl!?’ ” Gaga explained her costar completely surrendered to the concept. “She was very courageous in this video,” Gaga said. “Can you imagine me saying to her, ‘OK, now Beyoncé, you have to call me a very bad girl and feed me a honey bun’? She trusted me because she liked my work and because she knew I loved her. It ended up being a masterpiece.”

But the “Telephone” video isn’t all about sex. Gaga offered details on the clip’s larger meaning, saying she intended the video to be a “commentary on being overfed communication and advertisements and food in this country.” She added, “It became about transsexual women at the beginning of the video and making fun of American hallmarks with soda cans and cigarettes and mayonnaise” and revealed she recalls her own mother using soda cans as hair rollers when she was a kid.

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Telling Seacrest she appreciated how the video debut was a pop culture event — it premiered on E! Thursday night with much media fanfare — Gaga said, “I have a vow to myself to desperately serve show business until I die. I believe in it so much, and I’ll have to think of even more exciting ways to do it the next time around.”

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Pearl Jam, Casablancas Bring Double Dose of Rock to “SNL”

Six months after releasing their latest disc Backspacer, Pearl Jam returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend as musical guest, performing two tracks from the record: the hushed ballad “Just Breathe,” which featured a string quartet, and the up-tempo rocker “Unthought Known” (watch them both after the jump). The band seemed to be in a good mood throughout — Eddie Vedder was all smiles after wrapping up their second performance — and the group took time to cameo in a send-up skit of The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which drew big laughs.

But the show’s biggest highlight was the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas’ guest appearance in the Lonely Island clip for “Boombox.” In the digital short, Andy Samberg and Casablancas show up at a buttoned-up country club, the streets of New York and a retirement home, where they switch on their ghetto blaster and demonstrate music’s awesome power to get stuffy people dancing and old people horny. Casablancas delivered the hook, singing in a high, pinched voice about how a “boombox can change the world.” Before the show aired, he gave fans a heads up about his cameo on his Twitter and posted photos from the set.

Though he’s not yet Justin Timberlake — whose “Dick in a Box” and “Motherlover” both became viral sensations — Casablancas has been showing off his appreciation for SNL in the past few months. In November, the singer released a cover of “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” which was originally performed by cast members Horatio Sans, Chris Kattan, Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan.

The Strokes are currently at work on the follow-up to 2006’s First Impressions of Earth. Casablanacas has also revealed the band will be one of the headliners at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

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Lady Gaga Announces Massive Summer Monster Ball Arena Tour

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Lady Gaga first announced the idea for her Monster Ball tour in October 2009, after her planned Fame Kills trek with Kanye West was canceled, and she debuted the live spectacle a month later. The singer revamped the show into a massive arena show for its European kick-off in February. And now the pop diva is upping the ante once again, announcing an ambitious 31-date summer tour that launches June 28th in Quebec. The tour will make stops at arenas in Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Detroit and other major U.S. and Canadian markets. Tickets for most dates go on sale this Friday, March 19th, through Live Nation; special guests will be announced shortly.

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Gaga — who describes the tour as the first ever “pop-electro opera” — told Rolling Stone last year the idea for the show is rooted in futuristic stage drama. “The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera. Imagine if you could take the sets of an opera, which are very grand and very beautiful, and put them through a pop-electro lens. The design of the show is very, very forward, very, very innovative. I’ve been thinking about ways to play with the shape of this stage and change the way that we watch things.”

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As Rolling Stone reported from her first U.S. Monster Ball date, Gaga’s show features extreme wardrobe changes, the singer tackling numerous instruments and all of her biggest hits from The Fame and its reissue follow-up The Fame Monster. When the show returned in England, Gaga added a new narrative (she and her pals race to a party) and a 40-foot animatronic sea monster.

Last week, Lady Gaga made headlines by premiering her new video for “Telephone”, which co-stars Beyoncé and features a Quentin Tarantino-inspired narrative of sex, violence and product placement.

Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters invade Radio City: photos from the crowd.

Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour Dates:

June 28 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 1 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 4 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
July 6 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 11 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
July 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
July 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
July 20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
July 22 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 28 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
August 3 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
August 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
August 16 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
August 19 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
August 21 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
August 23 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
August 26 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
August 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
Sept. 4 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Sept. 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
Sept. 7 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sept. 8 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Sept. 16 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Sept. 18 – Charlotte, NC @Time Warner Cable Arena
Sept. 19 – Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center