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  • Researchers attempt to encourage breeding in captive sharks by playing them music. Justin Timberlake turns them on; Britney Spears, not so much. (Towleroad)

  • Courtney Love says crazy stuff on her MySpace page! I know, can you believe it? This time it’s about, er, cupcakes. (Defamer)

  • Idolator offers the first installment of its Top 100 Greatest R&B Songs Ever, complete with videos. Hey look: “Oh Sheila!” (Idolator)

  • I know I just posted a link to an Alan McGee rant, but he’s just so adorably ornery! This week: bands that were over-hyped. (UK Guardian Music Blog)
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