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Digest: Lady Gaga, Rihanna Had Most-Played Videos on MTV in 2010; Swizz Beatz Gets Mashed Up With Fela Kuti on New Mixtape

Also: The New Pornographers to tour with the Walkmen; Jónsi releases new live record

February 1, 2011 6:10 PM ET
Digest: Lady Gaga, Rihanna Had Most-Played Videos on MTV in 2010; Swizz Beatz Gets Mashed Up With Fela Kuti on New Mixtape
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Rihanna and Lady Gaga Had Most-Played Videos on MTV Last Year
 The single most-played clip was Rihanna's "Rude Boy" with over 20,000 plays, but Lady Gaga scored more big hits than anyone with "Bad Romance," "Telephone" and "Alejandro" all landing in the network's Top 10 videos. Eminem and Rihanna's hit "Love the Way You Lie", Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" also placed in the Top 10. [Press release]

Swizz Beatz Gets Mashed Up With Fela on New Mixtape
Swizz Beatz has released a new mixtape comprised entirely of mash-ups of his productions with the music of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. Highlights include a seamless blend of the Beyoncé single "Get Me Bodied" with Kuti's "No Agreement" and Eve's "Tambourine" set to the rhythm of "African Woman." [Monster Mondays]

The New Pornographers to Tour With the Walkmen
Canadian indie pop supergroup the New Pornographers have announced that they will be teaming up with winter-obsessed New York City rockers the Walkmen for a brief tour of the Midwest in April. The first of their dates together will be at the Vogue in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 22. [Pitchfork]

Jónsi Releases New Live Set
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi just put out a concert album titled Go Live last year, but that has not stopped the Icelandic singer from releasing Jónsi Live at the Wiltern this week in the iTunes store. The show, which was recorded in Los Angeles by NPR in October, is available as both audio and video. [Pitchfork]

MORE: U2 Might Release Album in May; Gucci Mane Teams Up With U.K. Producers on Mixtape

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