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Brittany Murphy was worried people wouldn’t take her seriously as a singer.

The actress - who died on December 20 at age 32 - provided the vocals for DJ Paul Oakenfold’s 2006 dance track “Faster Kill Pussycat” but wasn’t keen on be credited for the song.

“I said to her, ‘Why hide behind something? You have a really great vocal. People are going to be shocked and pleasantly happy with what they’re going to hear. You are not one of these actresses who are trying to sing and not doing a good job of it,’” Paul said. “I demoed three other girls on that song - and some of the girls were pretty big singers - and Brittany blew them away.”

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- who teamed with Jay-Z on “Empire State of Mind” - has named a few other artists she’d like to collaborate with.

“Working with other people is definitely something I want to do more of. I love it a lot. It takes me out of my element into a whole other world. I’d love to collaborate with and M.I.A. I think would be crazy,” she said.

Alicia has previously worked with Whitney Houston, co-writing her hit single “Million Dollar Bill,” and Jack White on the James Bond theme “Another Way To Die.”

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There was a time when worked alongside Jon Stewart as a correspondent for The Daily Show. Now, he’s got his own show. So what’s next for the funnyman? How about rapping?

On last night’s broadcast of the The Colbert Report, the host joined for a rendition of “Empire State of Mind.” Does Jay-Z have anything to worry about? Watch for yourself.

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Miley Cyrus might not be familiar with Jay-Z tracks, but she definitely knows her Poison. According to the pop singer’s mother (yes, Miley - I called you a pop star), the 17-year-old is in the process of recording a Bret Michaels-penned classic: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

Although Cyrus wasn’t even born during the band’s heydey, she says her first non-Billy Ray concert was a Poison performance in Nashville.

If the rumors are true, Michaels will even assist Miley on the song with his own guitar playing.

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Lenny Kravitz-Lenny Kravitz has shot down rumors that he may replace family friend Steven Tyler in Aerosmith. Who even thought that could be a possibility?

-Despite several years away, Eminem managed to become the top-selling artist of the decade. The Beatles’ 1 topped sales for any single album.

-A collaboration between Justin Timberlake and Jamie Foxx has just leaked. You can judge whether it’s a “Winner” for yourself here.

-She & Him, comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, will be releasing a new album next year. Volume 2 hits stores on March 23.

-The Ting Tings’ Katie White said their recent Grammy nom for Best New Artist led to her pulling a stomach muscle. There’s a reason why they say “Beauty is pain.”

Gallery: Mix Tape: Eminem Tops Decade’s Sales, Kravitz Says No to Aerosmith

“When you have a song about a telephone, there’s this limitless ebb and flow of creativity to choose from.”

If you put two names like Beyonce and Lady Gaga together, you’ll naturally expect a visual - and musical - ride. But if you thought the clip for “Video Phone” was interesting, you haven’t seen anything yet.

In this behind-the-scenes featurette, we get a look at some of the proposed costume ideas (bubble wrap? Crate & Barrel box?) never included in the final shoot and learn about a third song Gayonce will work on together.

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Gallery: Behind the Scenes on Beyonce and Lady Gaga’s Video Phone Shoot

It should go without saying that any music video involving Lady Gaga will probably be…unusual. But who expected this from ?

The minute you see the Reservoir Dogs-style open, you know “Video Phone” will be a wild ride. (It is directed by Hype Williams after all.) Men with cameras as heads? Sasha Fierce armed with futuristic outfits, a Bettie page haircut…and guns? Gaga looking…normal?

I can only imagine what other projects these two ladies have collaborated on. Well, actually - I probably can’t.

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Gallery: First Look: Beyonce and Lady Gaga Star in Video Phone


is already known for his collaborations with Justin Timberlake. Now he’s branching out and working with another Mouse product.

Hannah Montana star is now the latest artist to record with the producer/rapper/singer. The 16-year-old can be heard on “We Belong to the Music,” a duet that will appear on Timbaland’s third solo album. That CD will also feature Timberlake, Katy Perry and The Fray.

Shock Value 2 drops on November 23.

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has urged Liam Gallagher to call him about a collaboration after learning hip-hop star Snoop Dogg wants to work with Liam’s brother Noel.

Noel recently quit Oasis following a series of rows with his brother. He also clashed with Jay-Z last year after criticizing the decision to have the rapper headline the Glastonbury music festival.

“I hear Snoop Dogg might be teaming up with Noel. If that’s the case then I would love to work with Liam,” Jay-Z said. “Their music is tight and I think we could blend our styles well. When I teamed up with Linkin Park nobody expected that to work but we made a massive success of it. The same could happen with Liam. When you have two artists like us in a room just throwing about ideas you come up with something brilliant fairly easily. I don’t know what he is up to now but he can give me a call.”

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Pharrell WilliamsPharrell Williams and made an “angry” record so young people would relate to it.

The duo collaborated on “So Ambitious” and the 36-year-old Neptunes star said they deliberately give the track - which is about adults who attempt to curb younger people’s dreams - a “spiteful” edge so that it would have more appeal.

“We wanted to make a record that speaks to kids. There’s a couple of lewd words there, but I wanted to make sure that kids heard this record and felt inspired,” Williams said. “That’s why there’s a little bit of anger to it. There’s anger in his verses, there’s anger in my chorus. That’s why I say spiteful things at the top of the record. There’s anger there, because there’s heat. Because you’re young and people are telling you what you can and can’t do. Unacceptable.”

Pharrell and 39-year-old Jay-Z - real name Shawn Carter - have previously collaborated on several occasions, but “So Ambitious” was the first time they had not worked in the same place.

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