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Justin Bieber Sparks Debate Among Musicologists

“If you ever met him, you’d understand exactly what I’m saying. The other side of it is just the fact that I felt like his story is yet to be told. I think we can go get him hit records or we can teach him how to dance or put him in front of some incredible lighting or put him in the right room and allow him to be himself. But also just his musical talent — the fact that he taught himself to play guitar, the fact that he taught himself to play piano to the point where he can write and create his own songs. [I said to him,] ‘You’re a prodigy.’” —Usher on Justin Bieber [MTV]

“Bieber fever … I’m not necessarily a fan. I don’t listen to that kind of music. I like Kurt Cobain. [He] is like my dream boyfriend.” —Miley Cyrus [MTV]

“He’s brilliant — there’s just no doubt about it. He’s the best thing going in hip-hop and has been for years.” —Jack White on Jay-Z [Spinner]

“[W]hen the Danish cartoonist drew the Muhammad cartoons, the way it blew up and the way it, like, the way it was presented the first day you picked up the newspaper, it said cartoon wars, right? Didn’t it say cartoon wars? … And it was, like, my first thought was, like, oh God. Oh, we did it. You know what I mean? Like we did it.” “Well, then it said Muslims very upset over racist cartoon, and we were, like, oh, they figured us out. Oh no. … Usually when a cartoon makes people angry, it’s us. So we were actually kind of jealous.” —South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone [NPR]

“I kind of do a late-night public access show with puppets. I’m kind of a guy who’s just trying to make a little money and stay out of jail. I don’t consider myself part of that little group of late-night stars. I think my show is probably closer to Pee-wee’s Playhouse than anything else I’ve seen, and that is an aspiration. That’s a great show.” —Craig Ferguson [Parade]

“I’m so excited The Hills is finally over and I can now become a full time motion picture actress.” —Heidi Montag [People]

“She’s exactly the kind of a personality and somehow it got messed around that I had said she was too old. That’s nonsense, it wasn’t true. She’s strong and feminine. And Wonder Woman has to be accessible.” —Former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter on Sandra Bullock [Good Morning L.A. via Daily Express UK]

“I don’t know what she’s talking about when she remembers being uptight before we filmed the sexy stuff. Amanda was great. We made a lot of jokes, we laughed and then we got in bed and did it.” —Julianne Moore on Chloe [Parade]

Justin Bieber Sparks Debate Among Musicologists