Kanye West, World Cup And Lady Gaga’s Tour: This Week’s Deep Cuts

There’s a long Independence Day weekend ahead, which means that you should be spending the next few days enjoying the outdoors, taking a road trip, lounging by the pool or watching Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin pound the snot out of each other in Las Vegas. But no matter what you do this three-day weekend, just remember to be safe and enjoy yourself. Before you do any of that, be sure to check out all the awesomeness you might have missed this week on the MTV Newsroom Blog.

» The week began with the BET Awards, which saw Chris Brown weep, Alicia Keys salute Prince and Kanye West return to the stage with an awesome piece of Egyptology bling.

» The MTV World Cup of Rock continues throughout the weekend with the quarterfinal rounds. Who will advance to the semifinals? Only you can decide, so get voting!

» Lady Gaga launched the latest leg of her tour in Montreal, and since she’s breaking out even more props and effects on stage, we can expect live naval battles pretty soon.

» Eminem’s new album Recovery debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart, cementing himself alongside Jay-Z as one of the most dominant rappers in pop history.

» How did Eminem manage to sell so many copies in one week? One devoted fan offered up his theory.

» How did you celebrate Canada Day? Did you watch a bunch of videos from Justin Bieber, Sarah McLachlan and the rest of our favorite Canadians?

» Speaking of Canada, the country’s finest hip-hop export got a tribute from a devoted reader in the form of a high-speed video of a portrait of the rapper.

» Bret Michaels is supposed to meet with the producers of “American Idol” soon, but even if he doesn’t get Simon Cowell’s old job, we hear Conan O’Brien needs a band leader.

» Here’s a bit of math for you: Rob Zombie + professional wrestling x ladder matches = pure greatness.

» “So You Think You Can Dance” heated up this week with yet another female going home and a healthy dose of guy-on-guy action.

» You know what excites All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth? Jamming with Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins on “Jumper.”

» Finally, do yourself a favor and check out James Montgomery’s list of the best albums of the year so far, and don’t forget to pretend that OK Go is on said list.