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Lady Gaga to Record New Album Naked

A roundup of the headlines you should kinda sorta know
Kevin Mazur

Lady Gaga Is Recording Her New Album, "ARTPOP," While Naked The pop star thinks singing in the nude helps her voice sound stronger, according to NME. [NME]

Two Members of Pussy Riot Have Fled Russia The two left after three other Pussy Rioters were sentenced to two years in prison. [MSNBC]

The National Will Open for President Obama in Des Moines, Iowa on September 1st The “Fake Empire” rockers have worked with Obama before, once in 2008 and again in 2010. [Pitchfork]

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine Is Planning to Take a Year Off Welch says she wants at least 12 months off before recording her new album. [NME]

Tom Waits Will Appear on The Simpsons The gravelly-voiced legend will play a survivalist helping Homer prepare for the apocalypse. [Pitchfork]

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July 22: HyunA Monkeys Around

July 22: HyunA Monkeys Around

HyunA, the K-pop star who gained global recognition from co-starring in Psy's "Gangnam Style" video, is teasing her new single "Red" in a very sexy, very odd new photoshoot. The singer poses amid two hunky beefcake dudes in bathingsuits wearing humongous, furry monkey heads. It's been reported that HyunA's new EP will show a more "mature" side from the singer and while this isn't the look we were necessarily imagining, it does amp up our anticipation tenfold.

Get to know more about HyunA in our video feature here.