Lady Gaga, Kris Allen, The Backstreet Boys And Tokio Hotel: This Week’s Deep Cuts

The chill in the air is enough to convince us that fall is actually here. So rather than hitting the backyard barbecue, it’s time for leaf peeping, pumpkin carving and watching college football. But before you wrap up the last of your work for the week and hit the nearest hay ride, be sure to check out everything you might have missed this week on the MTV Newsroom blog, from the deep dirt on Lady Gaga to some pre-emptively rejected Kris Allen album titles.

» Before Lady Gaga was a fashion-forward hit machine, she was just a New York University student desperately trying to eat a salad without hurting anybody.

» Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell forced the group to bow out of a bunch of promotional dates because he caught swine flu, but that didn’t stop us from celbrating the release of the group’s new album This Is Us.

» On “Dancing with the Stars,” Debi Mazar and Tom DeLay both did the loser shuffle. Meanwhile, Chuck Liddell is gaining some serious skills, but the competition is still Mya’s to lose.

» Kris Allen’s debut album doesn’t have a title yet, and MTV News’ Jim Cantiello wants him to know what not to do.

» In other correspondent news, James Montgomery wrote some lovely things about Pink — so lovely, in fact, that she tweeted her gratitude.

» Phish announced more tour dates and started teasing their Halloween show, which will unfortunately not feature a performance of Primus’ Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

» Dirty-minded pop songstress Katy Perry and potty-mouthed VMA host Russell Brand have been spotted together in Paris. We’re not going to take credit for getting them together, but we’re sort of taking credit for getting them together.

» We had a contest to celebrate the release of Tokio Hotel’s new album Humanoid, and the winner will receive an autographed T-shirt and a personalized video message from the band!

» Slim Thug felt the heat of the recession. Luckily, “The Daily Show” was there to help.

» Superstar boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather stopped by the Newsroom to talk some smack about “Sugar” Shane Mosley, big up some rappers and spar with MTV News’ Tim Kash. (OK, not that third thing.)

» Selena Gomez loves Fefe Dobson so much that she covered one of her songs, all because she always dreamed about being a blonde.

» You know what the United States did this morning? We killed the moon! Take that, you guys!

» And finally, just remember: The only horrorcore you should trust was made by RZA and Prince Paul.