The end of summer is officially here, which means it’s time to tack an extra day onto this weekend. But fret not, as the MTV Newsroom blog will be back on Tuesday to start counting down to the Video Music Awards as well as the release of “The Beatles: Rock Band.” Until then, hit up a barbecue, crack open a cold beverage and let the summer wind blow through your hair one final time in 2009. In between rounds of volleyball in the pool, gorge yourself on the highlights from this week’s dispatches.
» Whitney Houston paid a visit to “Good Morning America” and turned in a performance that can only be described as … complicated.
» DJ AM was memorialized in Los Angeles this week. Many of his friends came forward to mourn, including the Black Eyed Peas.
» Paramore’s Hayley Williams suggested that if you’re headed back to school, you should really pick up some vests designed by Miley Cyrus.
» Speaking of Cyrus, she really does have an amazing Twitter.
» In VMA news, it was announced this week that the cast of “New Moon” will be there to present an extended version of the trailer to their upcoming movie. In order to prepare, you should watch a Backstreet Boy turn into a werewolf.
» This week’s big lesson: The only reason to have 19 children is if you’re developing a Polyphonic Spree tribute act.
» Jay-Z certainly made the rounds, hitting up a Grizzly Bear concert with wife Beyoncé, stopping to give details on his September 11 concert to MTV News correspondent Tim Kash and taking a spin through all of his old album covers.
» Madonna released the new video for “Celebration” this week, which inspired us to dig into the archives and unearth this crazy piece of tape featuring Jim Cantiello as a safari guide.
» TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe told us the band is taking a break for a year to work on other stuff.
» Beyoncé celebrated her 20th birthday. Did you remember to sign the card?
» We laughed when Missy Elliott got hit in the head with an umbrella in at 2006’s version of the show, but what are your favorite “WTF?” VMA moments?
» Finally, the NFL season kicks off next Thursday, which gives the Miami Dolphins plenty of time to sign Willy Zoom (also known as Will.I.Am).