Linkage: Levon Helm Dies At 71, Occupy’s May Day Event Gets A Lineup

The Band’s Levon Helm has lost his battle with throat cancer. He was 71 and with music in his bones well into the end. [NYT]

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is back, still with the steel drums but minus the band mates. "Tanto" is the first song off of his first solo EP, Sunburn, which is scheduled for a May 21st release. [Fader]

Never mind what Wikipedia says, Waka Flocka Flame’s middle name is actually "James." [Interview]

Madonna revealed on a British talk show this morning that what she really wanted for her Superbowl halftime show was to perform with a mother’s favorite Adele, but because Adele was having "her throat problem or throat operation or something," she was instead stuck with wild-eyes Minaj and the rabble-rousing M.I.A. [Page Six]

Worry not if you missed last weekend’s Brooklyn Zine Fest, the event was successful enough that organizers are already working to make it an annual thing. [Capital]

Weekend One of Coachella was the most well attended in recent years and also, apparently, the most rowdy: 134 arrests have already been made, up from last year’s 48, and there is still a weekend of festival to go. Stay safe, kids. [Spin]

Das Racist, Dan Deacon and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello have all signed up to play Occupy’s May Day rally in Union Square. Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, David Byrne and The Roots have also been invited the event that organizers are calling "Occupy Wall Street’s biggest action ever," but have yet to confirm. [D+T]

And to keep things all in perspective, Gloria Steinem doesn’t know what Girls is. [Vulture]

Morning Links: Paparazzi Confuse Debby Harry for LiLo, Waka Flocka Flame Plays With Puppies

● Paparazzi were shocked to find that the sunglass-wearing platinum blonde they caught outside the Mercer Hotel on Sunday morning was 66-year-old Debbie Harry and not, in fact, the 25-year-old Lindsay Lohan they thought they were shooting. [PageSix]

● Kim Kardashian’s color-coded closet is very pleasing to the eye. [Us]

Downtown Abbey-heads, brace yourself! Beloved Dowager Countess, Dame Maggie Smith, has yet to sign on for the fourth and possibly fifth season. [DailyMail]

● Jessica Simpson has already begun embroidering the "nontraditional" name she’s chosen for her still nascent baby girl on things. “We’re sure,” she says of her choice.  [PageSix]

Jersey Shore‘s The Situation has launched a gossip website, Named Sitch News. The site has so far covered The Situation’s Jersey crew with a light touch — musicals, ab creams, etc. — but who’s to say we can’t expect a good Snooki scoop someday soon? [SitchNews]

● Waka Flocka Flame put his shirt back on and picked up a puppy for his second round of PETA ads. "Pick with someone your own size," he says. Awww! [RapRadar]

● The beautiful 1954 red vintage Chistian Dior gown Natalie Portman wore to the Oscars sold in an online auction for $50,000. [PageSix]

Morning Links: Taylor Swift Brings Out T.I. in Atlanta, Possible Tupac Sex Tape Surfaces

● T.I.’s first post-prison performance was an unlikely guest spot at Taylor Swift’s Atlanta show last night. As it turns out, the girl’s got edge. [Rap Radar] ● Waka Flocka Flame was slugged in the face by a former protege during a charity being held at a bowling alley. The rap game’s stressful. [TMZ] ● When it became clear he wouldn’t be making his Toronto show, Russell Brand likened the Canadian border patrol to Nazis and blamed them for denying him access into the country. In reality, Canada could care less about the comedian; he was just late because of plane problems. [THR]

● Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez are truly the best friends a girl could want. Demi Lovato says they called her every day while she was in treatment for an eating disorder. “Those two girls, they meant the world to me,” she says. “They still do.” [NYDN] ● TMZ thinks they’ve found a short Tupac sex tape, which opens up all sorts of weird questions about postmortem sexiness. [TMZ] ● Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner fancies himself to be most like Mad Men adwoman Peggy Olson. He also sees a lot of Don Draper in himself, but because he writes about “consequences,” he says, “I really don’t fantasize about being him.” [NYT]

Morning Links: Natalie Portman Names Son Aleph, Waka Flocka Flame to Quit Rap

● Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied have named their now one-month-old son Aleph, as in the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. [People] ● Jennifer Aniston used the movie The Breakup to get over her real-life breakup with Brad Pitt. “It was just a beautiful story about a couple breaking up. And I was slightly familiar on the topic and the issue,” she tells James Lipton in an upcoming episode of Inside The Actors Studio. [HollywoodLife] ● Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker sit atop this year’s list of Hollywood’s highest paid, followed by Jenn Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz. Mature Hollywood makes it rain. [LAT]

● “Blogger Bebe Zeva Is Featured in a Video,” reports the New York Times. [NYT] ● Waka Flocka Flame says he’s out of rap by year’s end, says rap game stressful. [RapRadar] ● Snooki’s new boyfriend is much greener and more vegetal than her last. [TMZ]

Morning Links: David Lynch’s Secret Room, Waka Flocka Flame Actually Poses Nude

● Miley Cyrus has got it pretty bad for Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill, so bad she’s been sending him lots of “coy text messages.” And they seem to be working! Jared, who “thinks she’s very pretty,” just “loves showing off his texts from Miley,” says an insider. [PopEater] ● White House-crashing Real Housewife of DC, Michaele Salahi, was kicked out of Celebrity Rehab because she’s only really addicted to fame, and Dr. Drew would rather not figure out the cure to that one just yet. [Radar] ● The internet is getting a new “sensory experience” today! Sometime between 1:23 p.m. and 1:38 p.m. (PST) today, David Lynch is set to launch “a secret room filled with music,” also known as a digital music store with sounds and music from his past. [NYT]

● Lady Gaga is keeping her paws up and pulling out of her partnership with Target, citing their corporate donations to anti-gay politicians as a conflict of interest. Born This Way will look much better on the shelves of WalMart, anyways. [The Advocate] ● Facebook and Warner Brothers have signed a deal that will allow you to stream full movies on Facebook for three dollars or “30 Facebook Credits.” May all your stream-and-stalk dreams come true. [EW] ● Well, looks like this actually happened. Waka Flocka Flame posed naked for PETA, save for his carefully draped ice. Be as you wish to seem, Waka. [NYDN]

Morning Links: Waka Flocka Flame Takes Heat, ‘Friday Night Lights’ Star to Play Wonder Woman

● Kourtney Kardashian might be engaged to her longtime boyfriend/baby daddy Scott Disik. Or she might not be. Or they might just be waiting until their new show gets approved to make everything official. [HuffPost] ● Waka Flocka Flame’s tour bus came under heavy gunfire last night while parked outside a stereo shop in North Carolina. Supposedly, Waka’s security returned fire, and art became life. [TMZ] ● Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats of the L.A. rap crew Odd Future, preformed on Jimmy Fallon last night, horrifying both the host and his guests with an awe-inspiring (and impressively FCC-friendly) performance of “Sandwitches.” Sweet dreams, America! [Pitchfork]

● David E. Kelley has found his Wonder Woman in Adrianne Palicki, of Tyra Collete Friday Night Lights fame. [TVLine] ● The company whose billboard was tagged by Banksy is upset, and rightly so! Just imagine what that Mickey Mouse could have gone for in auction. [TMZ] ● Is America ready for alien sex? If Kanye West is involved, we will settle for nothing short of extra-terrestrial copulation. We’re gonna go ahead and say Katy Perry’s new single, “E.T.,” might break the radio this spring. [Rap-Up]

Waka Flocka Flame Is the New Face of PETA

“Animals should be treated the same as you would a kid. Would you want someone just to walk up and skin your kid? Hell no!” And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Waka Flocka’s stance on the ethical treatment of animals. The Atlanta rapper, well-known for his thoughtful lyrics and his sensitivity in the face of parody, will star in PETA’s latest ‘Ink, Not Minks’ campaign. Along with Pink, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey, Waka will tell the entire fur-wearing world that it’s way cooler to be tattooed than to be covered in animal trimmings.

PETA’s recent ads featured a slew of celebrities including Taraji P. Henson and Chad Ochocino — who went nude for the cause — and now it’s Waka’s turn. The next time Kelis has a “bone” to pick with PETA, she can reach out to him for mediation before things get ugly.

Morning Links: Kim Kardashian Can’t Dance, Charlie Sheen’s Bender Becomes Porn

● Rumor has it that fallen news star Keith Olbermann has landed at Current TV, Al Gore’s little cable news channel that only ever sort of was. The new job would come with a much more limited audience, but with welcome breathing room for the fiery anchor. [NYT] ● “I had enormous boobs that I didn’t know what to do with,” admits Katy Perry in the March issue of Elle. But now she’s older and much more competent. [Elle] ● “Welcome to America,” said Prince, after kicking Kim Kardashian offstage for not dancing. [VV]

● This sounds like blasphemy, but apparently SATC producers are gearing up an adaptation for the prequel The Carrie Diaries, and looking to hand over the roll of Carrie Bradshaw to Blake Lively. [Grazia] ● Porn star Kasey Jordan, most notable to the general public for getting wild with Charlie Sheen, is working on an XXX-rated retelling of “Sheen’s last wild party.” Let the truth be told! [Radar] ● Brick Squad rapper Waka Flocka Flame has signed on to be a face in PETA’s upcoming “Ink Not Mink” campaign, because, as his publicist makes clear, it’s the right thing to do: “Would you want someone just to walk up and skin your kid? Hell no!” [XXL]

Morning Links: Ricky Gervais Officially Blacklisted, Kanye West Comes Out of the Closet

Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta let life imitate art when she showed up half-naked and stumbling-drunk to the Chateau Marmont after Sunday night’s Golden Globes. [TMZ] ● Leighton Meester and her Country Strong costar Garret Hedlund were said to be “making googly eyes at each other all night.” Come on, come on, come on — give in to it. [Us] ● “Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure. For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated,” says an anonymous member of the HFPA. Who’s the sore looser? ]PopEater]

● Man of endless controversy, Kanye West has supposedly signed on to play a jazz band member in a film that involves a gay sex scene. Will Smith, Jay Z, and Oprah are backing the movie, and the script has supposedly won 9 awards, so who knows. [MTO] ● Brick Squad rappers Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane want a reality show. “We just ordinary people with a crazy Rock N Roll lifestyle,” says Gucci. We couldn’t agree more. [PopDust] ● Bill O’Reilly and his producer/stalker, Jesse Watters, crashed a Snooki book signing to invite the reality star to the O’Reilly Factor to talk about “Obamacare, Afghanistan, the Jersey Shore…” — just the punditry America needs. [Mediaite]