Morning Links: Kanye West’s Excellent-to-Awesomeness Scale, Lady Gaga’s New Video Is Very Long

● Kanye West and Jay-Z have begun the slow roll out of their behind the Throne series, and are streaming the first episode for free. "I am on a pursuit of awesomeness," says Kanye of his method. "Excellence is the bare minimum." [NahRight]

● Brad Pitt was thoughtful in his counseling of a man who said he had contemplated suicide ahead of a Moneyball event in California. "Look, man, life is up and down, it’s a vicious cycle, but you have to go through it and deal with that,’” Pitt told him. [NYDN]

● Like Christmas come early, VH1 has announced that they’ve got a TLC Biopic in the works. [Vulture]

● "It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loathe reality," explains Lady Gaga at the beginning of her 14-minute-long video for "Marry the Night," wherein she also predicts that the color mint will be huge next spring. [Gawker]

● "She’s not," offered Lindsay Lohan, when asked if Courtney Love would be coaching her clean. [Gossip Cop]

● Like scores of artists before her, Taylor Swift says she does her best work under the still of moonlight. “Usually songs hit me in the middle of the night and I end up writing [them] before dawn, so there’s no time to call somebody," she tells Billboard. [Page Six]

● Recent changes in representation (although notably not management, as was initially reported) have spurred rumors that Drake wants out of Young Money. Could it be?  [MTO]

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