Mike Starr, ‘American Idol’ And Foo Fighters: This Week’s Deep Cuts

Another busy week in the MTV Newsroom has come to a close, though the news certainly won’t be stopping just because there are a few days off. In fact, the world will almost certainly remain focused on the cataclysmic tsunami that has swept over the eastern coast of Japan (and the fallout that will come because of that disaster). So before you do your part in the recovery effort and reach out to those in need, be sure to catch up with everything you might have missed on the MTV Newsroom blog this week, including the saga of late former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, the new Foo Fighters video and a whole lot of “American Idol” madness.

» The rock world mourned the passing of former Alice in Chains member and “Celebrity Rehab” participant Mike Starr, who passed away at the age of 44.

» The week opened with a return to one of the MTV Newsroom blog’s favorite television shows, as “The Celebrity Apprentice” came back around for another round of psychosis.

» A number of high-profile albums hit the street this week, including R.E.M.’s latest album Collapse Into Now, which will feature one video for each song on the album.

» Lupe Fiasco also released his long-awaited third album this week, and even though Lupe himself felt lukewarm about it, the critics had a much more enthusiastic reaction.

» Charlie Sheen still dominated a certain segment of the news this week, as he was officially fired from “Two and a Half Men.” That opens the door for a replacement, but who will that be?

» In “American Idol” news, the Top 13 competed for survival, and all but Ashthon Jones survived to see the next round.

» James Durbin had another great week on “Idol,” delivering an impressive rendition of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Durbin is a stellar performer — something he and the Rock have in common.

» Ever notice how much Lil Wayne is like “Weird Al” Yankovic? You don’t? Move along, then.

» The Strokes debuted a new song on “Saturday Night Live,” further compounding the buzz they have been building for their big comeback album Angles.

» Britney Spears’ new single “Till the World Ends” busted onto the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” remains at the top of the heap.

» Foo Fighters released a new video for “Rope,” and MTV News was there for the unveiling.

» Finally, don’t forget that MTV’s Musical March Madness kicks off on Monday (March 14). Lots of bands think they can win — including the boys from Linkin Park.