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Gisele Bundchen Gets Naked for Mert & Marcus

How do you top a topless Rihanna flaunting nipple rings? If you’re the editors of French adult magazine Lui, the cover-answer is Madame Tom Brady.

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Rihanna Graces March Vogue Cover

Rihanna is Vogue’s March cover girl.

The accompanying cover story features the sentence “Being a bad bitch in Rihanna-land is a good thing” and RiRi explaining, “More than anything, I like a jacket.” So there’s that.

This is the third time Rihanna has graced the cover of Vogue. Our favorite is still the November 2012 front, which had Rihanna provocatively proclaiming “I love to have fun.”

Live, from New York… It’s Five New SNL Faces

For this week’s print edition, The Hollywood Reporter has the double scoop on five incoming Saturday Night Live cast members. It’s the largest performer turnover since Will Ferrell ’s 1995-96 debut season.

Reporter Seth Abramovitch touches briefly on the various audition locales and performer gambits, including this post-post-modern material from Noel Wells, who is one of the five new faces:

Wells “blew everyone away,” says one attendee, with her impression of a Vine video. (She played a screaming fan at a Rihanna concert who falls and repeats the embarrassing moment again and again.)

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Pair of Music Journalists Fundraising for UNCOOL New Outlet

From Tyler Hayes, owner of the website Next Big Thing, comes word of some hip, self-effacing potential competition. Or maybe there’s room for everybody on the endlessly elastic Word Wide Web.

UNCOOL, a new long-form music journalism site, is the brainchild of local freelance writers Daniel Siegal and David Greenwald (LA Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, etc.; Siegal also writes for LAT community newspaper La Cañada Valley Sun*). In their Kickstarter pitch, the pair promise there will be “no blog posts, no news stories about Rihanna‘s Instagram…. Just great writing about music that matters.”

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Media Critic Wades Through a Very Muddy YouTube News Story Trail

As The Guardian‘s head of media and technology Dan Sabbagh reminds at the end of his brief but very fun summary of some widely disseminated upside-down coverage of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment being stripped of billions of YouTube channel views, “partial facts + total conspiracy = extra Web traffic.”

His main target is cross-town rival The Daily Mail, but there are dozens of other outlets that also got the story wrong. This despite that fact that on December 21, Billboard reporter Alex Pham laid it all out as plain as a Rihanna-Chris Brown NBA courtside sighting. There were no “fake” YouTube channel views; rather, the reason the music labels had their counts adjusted downwards was because of something much more mundane. Per Sabbagh’s wrap-up:

Universal and Sony have, since 2009, been moving their music videos away from their YouTube channels and over to Vevo, the music industry site the two companies own with some investors from Abu Dhabi. YouTube, meanwhile, thinks that is only right to count channel video views for videos that are still actually present on the channels – which means that whenever YouTube got round to reviewing the music majors’ channels on its site, a massive cut was always going to be in order…

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Oprah on OWN: ‘I’m Not Doing the Hula Yet…’

Oprah Winfrey adorns one of four different covers for The Hollywood Reporter‘s special year-end double issue hitting newsstands today. She’s part of a compilation of 2012 “Rule Breakers,” the kind of framing and terminology that editorial director Janice Min is an expert at. The content seems just that much more compelling than if it were sitting under a “Top 11″ headline, which is the total number of profiled entities.

A year ago, media critics were writing Oprah Winfrey’s OWN obituary. But with Tyler Perry on the exclusive horizon and Rihanna in the rear-view mirror, the 58-year-old mogul’s conversation with reporters Lacey Rose and Stacey Wilson suggests this holiday season’s New Year’s resolutions will be a little less panicked:

“I’m not doing the hula yet… but compared to a year ago, it feels like a sigh of relief,” says Winfrey between sips of iced tea on her sprawling estate…

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Women Occupy Seven out of The Top 10 Spots in Most Powerful List

Forbes’Most Powerful Celebrity” list is jam packed with women. In fact, women take seven out of the top 10 spots in the magazine’s report, which ranks people according to earnings and fame. Jennifer Lopez takes the number one spot and Oprah — the highest ranking media mogul on the list — is runner-up. Other women rounding out the top 10 include Rihanna (4), Lady Gaga (5), Britney Spears (6), Kim Kardashian (7) and Katy Perry (8).

We’ve seen this “female focused” trend already, when Time’s annual Time 100 list featured 38 women, more than ever before. Does this mean that 2012 is the year of the woman? Are we even allowed to write that considering Forbes counts Kardashian as “powerful?”

Probably not.

[Pic via Essence]

Betty White, 90, Joins Twitter

I think Twitter has finally jumped the shark.

The 90-year-old Betty White has joined the social networking service, likely making her one of the oldest users on Twitter in the process.

The Hot in Cleveland star is more popular than ever, racking up 40,000 Twitter followers in only five hours.

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Rihanna Defends Working with Chris Brown

During his radio show this morning, crack reporter Ryan Seacrest got pop star Rihanna to explain just what the hell she was thinking when she decided to collaborate on two songs with her violent ex Chris Brown.

And by explain, we mean babbling on about how it served the music and the fans instead of just saying “easy publicity and buckets of money.”

I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really–it made sense to do the record. Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person.

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CM Punk Challenges Chris Brown to a Fight

If making new records with the woman you assaulted three years ago wasn’t enough headlines for Chris Brown today, he’s also in the news for his Twitter fight with WWE wrestler CM Punk.

Punk tweeted on Sunday, “I would like @chrisbrown fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curb stomping that turd would be a #wrestlemania moment.”

Brown, who doesn’t need an excuse to make an ass of himself on Twitter, fell for the bait and wrote, “@CMpunk needs more followers. He’s such a leader! Not to mention the roids hes on has made it utterly impossible for him pleasure a women.”

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