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Thieving and Streaming? Spotify Paid Gaga Just $167 for a Million Spins of "Poker Face"

The new song streaming service taking the internet by storm might be a bad deal for the people writing the songs.

Spotify, the Swedish-owned music streaming service that took Europe by storm before recently landing in America, is being heralded on Twitter and music blogs as a wonderful addition to any music fan's life. But it turns out it might be a different story for the musicians themselves.

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Now and Then: "The Boy Is Mine" Vs. "Telephone"

Nineties divas Brandy and Monica go head-to-head with current pop queens Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, in the third round of our "Now and Then" series.

In our week-long series, Now and Then, GOOD writers each choose a beloved piece of pop culture from back in the day and pit it against its modern-day equivalent, with a fresh pair of adult eyes. May the best zeitgeist win.

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Preserving Lady Gaga's Meat Dress

Lady Gaga's meat dress has been taxidermied and embalmed for public display. Does it matter that we don't know what its message was?

Last September, Lady Gaga wore a meat dress onstage to the MTV Video Music Awards. Afterward, though, the perishable dress, some 40 lbs of matambre, was left in limbo. As the dress' designer, Los Angeles' Franc Fernandez told Meatpaper:

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Thirteen-Year-Old Rebecca Black's Lyrics vs. Katy Perry's Lyrics

When you make fun of Rebecca Black, you make fun of a little kid.


By now you've undoubtedly seen the music video for the Rebecca Black song "Friday." Though initially uploaded to YouTube a month ago in an attempt to jump-start the California-based Black's singing career, the blandly bouncy, low-budget tune set the 13-year-old up for global public humiliation.

Though "Friday" has now been seen almost 14 million times, it's likely that most of those viewings have been ironic, with writers around the world posting the video and asking if it's "the worst song ever" or if Black herself is "a joke." There's also a healthy market for ironic remixes of "Friday," with professional producers and DJs taking Black's admittedly rough source material and turning it into everything from dubstep tracks to metal songs.

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Bono vs. Lady Gaga: Who Is More Influential Online?

When it comes to influence online, popularity and reach are not the same thing. So who gets the crown? And how does it apply to you?



When it comes to social networking and the internet, popularity is, apparently, not the same thing as influence. A new study by social-media maven Brian Solis and researchers at Vocus has pitted meat-dress-wearing Lady Gaga, who has 6.5 million Twitter followers and counting, against U2's Bono, one of the most recognizable men in the world by face and voice, and a big-time philantropist and activist. The goal? To figure out what makes an online influencer (slash, to figure out who is more influential between these two pop stars).

It's an interesting study relevant to all of us with an online life, obviously—not just to famous people. Among the key findings:

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