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On second thought, Gotye doesn't really hate what Glee did to his beloved single, "Somebody That I Used to Know."

A few days after referring to that show's cover of the track as "dinky and wrong," Gotye clarified the meaning behind his comments to Los Angeles alt-rock station 98.7 .

"I thought it was really clever to transpose the song to two guys," the artist said. "It was a great idea."

So why did he refer to the version as dinky?

"This xylophone hook in my song - it's kind of dinky not just in the cover version but the original song," he said, being critical of himself and adding that his original words were turned into "the Glee cover I hated and Darren Criss is an asshole."

The track, of course, is everywhere in pop culture these days. Over the past few weeks, contestants on American Idol and a contestant on The Voice have covered "Somebody That I Used to Know."

What did you think of the Glee rendition?

 

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The CMT Music Awards announced its nominations this morning, and Carrie Underwood led the way with five nominations.

Carrie Underwood on Grammys Stage

Video of the Year
Jason Aldean -- "Dirt Road Anthem"
Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter -- "You and Tequila"
Toby Keith -- "Red Solo Cup"
Lady Antebellum -- "We Owned the Night"
Miranda Lambert -- "Over You"
Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood -- "Remind Me"
Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield -- "Easy"
Blake Shelton -- "God Gave Me You"
Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars -- "Safe & Sound"
Carrie Underwood -- "Good Girl"

Male Video of the Year
Jason Aldean -- "Dirt Road Anthem"
Luke Bryan -- "I Don't Want This Night to End"
Eric Church -- "Drink in My Hand"
Toby Keith -- "Red Solo Cup"
Blake Shelton -- "God Gave Me You"
Keith Urban -- "Long Hot Summer"

Female Video of the Year
Sara Evans -- "My Heart Can't Tell You No"
Miranda Lambert -- "Over You"
Martina McBride -- "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"
Kellie Pickler -- "Tough"
Taylor Swift -- "Ours"
Carrie Underwood -- "Good Girl"

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Gotye has been everywhere over the last few weeks.

He performed on Saturday Night Live. His breakout single, "Somebody That I Used to Know" was covered on American Idol and Glee.

And while the artist is clearly thrilled with his success - "I wrote the song and everything else has been a series of surprises," Gotye tells Great Britain's The Sunday Mail - he isn't enthralled with how the Fox comedy tackled his track.

"They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense, like it's playing to you from a cardboard box," the artist said of the above cover by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer.

Talking to The Sunday Herald Sun, Gotye added the Glee version made his song "sound dinky and wrong."

Ouch! You tell us: is Gotye's assessment accurate? Or should be be grateful to Glee for giving the single such exposure?

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Mark your calenders, Beliebers. And... ummm... Pittbullers.

NBC has released the schedule for The Today Show summer concert series, and it's highlighted by Justin Bieber performing on Friday, June 15, just a few days prior to his new album release.

Justin Bieber on Daybreak

We've listed the full slate of appearances below:

May 18: Usher
May 25: Pitbull
May 31: The American Idol champion and runner-up
June 1: The Band Perry
June 8: Chris Brown
June 15: Justin Bieber
June 22: Kenny Chesney
June 29: Maroon 5
July 6: Flo Rida
July  13: Zac Brown Band
July 20: Hot Chelle Rae
August 24: Train
August 31: Jason Mraz with special guest Christina Perri

Who are you most excited for?

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Selena Gomez did more than just kiss Justin Bieber this week. Although, let's face it, that had to be the highlight, right?

On Wednesday night, the singer filmed a a VEVO GO Show behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live studios in Hollywood, debuting a new video for the track "Hit the Lights" and then surprising attendees with a live performance. She later wrote on Facebook:

“Thanks to everyone who came out to The El Captain today for the premiere of the new video for ‘Hit the Lights’ so amazing surprising you all with a live show!!!”

Check out the video now:

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American Idol featured a pair of contrasting performances on its latest results show.

Indeed, prior to narrowing down the season 11 field to six contestants - did you agree with the elimination of Colton Dixon? - former series winner Kris Allen took to the stage, sat behind a piano and calmly belted out a version of the first single off his new album.

Later, following a tribute to Dick Clark, LMFAFO also entertained the audience, but this group did so in a slightly different manner than Allen. Case in point: there were dancing zebras on stage. And a lot of yelling.

Watch the group's rendition of "Sorry For Party Rocking" now.

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Demi Lovato showed fans in Peru a very different side of herself last night.

No, not the side without makeup. All Twitter followers were treated to that glimpse a few days ago.

Instead, went all hip hop on these South American attendees, briefly covering the Kanye West/Jay-Z track "Niggas in Paris" off their collaborative album, "Watch the Throne." Even Demi couldn't take herself totally seriously while spewing out the rhymes, but she performed the track better than we could have!

Watch now:

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Levon Helm, the legendary drummer for The Band, died today. He was 71.

"Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon," his rep confirmed.

"He was surrounded by family, friends and fellow band members and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul."

Earlier this week, Levon's wife Sandy and their daughter announced on his official website that he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer."

Levon Helm Dead

The Arkansas-born Helm played in a rockabilly band in the late 1950s before moving up to Canada and joining guitarist Robbie Robertson and three other musicians to form what would become Bob Dylan's back-up band in the mid-1960s.

Later called simply The Band, the group featured Helm's drums and vocals on songs like "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

Their final concert, filmed by Martin Scorsese, was The Last Waltz in 1976.

In their message to his fans, Levon Helm's wife and daughter said:

"Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life filled with joy and celebration ... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage."

"We appreciate all the love and support and concern."

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Who knew Carly Rae Jepsen's song “Call Me Maybe” would be a viral craze?

The unofficial music video featured Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale. Now Katy Perry is getting into the act with a homemade version of her own.

Perry's vibrant purple hair is on display as she and her friends sing, dance and rock out to the song by the pool, making their lives look way more fun than ours.

Anyway, live vicariously through Katy and Carly Rae's infectious hit below!

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Jay-Z, Diddy and 50 Cent released "I Get Money (The Forbes 1-2-3 Billionaire Remix)" in '07, a celebration of their inclusion atop Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.

Five years later, the same three artists are in a more exclusive group - the Forbes Five, a list of hip-hop's wealthiest moguls - though no longer 1-2-3 in that order.

Which of the three earns the most? And who else made the Top 5?

DIDDY DIRTY MONEY

Diddy is the closest to becoming a billionaire, with a net worth of $550 million. The Bad Boy Records founder has been a mainstream mainstay for 15 years.

Thanks to his knack for self-promotion and outside business deals with Ciroc vodka, Sean John, Enyce, Blue Flame and other tech startups, he gets money.

A lot of it. And he's not even done. Diddy signed a deal with Comcast to launch cable channel Revolt in 2013. He'll own the channel outright. Cha-ching.

Jay-Z is #2 at $460 million. Unlike his fellow Forbes Five members, he still churns out music and goes on tour, most recently with pal Kanye West.

He sold his Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007, signed a 10-year $150M deal with Live Nation in 2008, and co-owns the New Jersey Nets.

There's also his 40/40 Club chain, his ad firm Translation, cosmetics company Carol's Daughter and other businesses too numerous to list. Very rich.

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