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Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Is this why MIA flipped the bird at Super Bowl? (+links)

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MIA knew exactly what she was doing when she raised her middle finger during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show - she was drumming up publicity for her new music video, out today. That, along with plenty of other cool links, is included in nzherald.co.nz's daily wrap of the top 10 best links on the web today.

1. MIA is in big trouble for her "middle finger malfunction" at the Super Bowl. But if everyone complaining about her raised finger took a deep breath, they'd realise all they're doing is giving the Brit-hop star more publicity as she builds up to release a new album. MIA's a smart cookie, so she almost certainly planned it all along. Here's the video for Bad Girls, which is kind of like a three-minute version of Fast and the Furious as made by jihadists. In other words, it's great. And it's funny, cos I drove to work this morning with my car up on two wheels like that. (Pitchfork)

2. Lana Del Rey was mocked mercilessly for her warbling performance on Saturday Night Live a week or two back.

Now, even SNL is mocking her, with Kristen Wiig pulling off a perfect piss-take of the year's most controversial star. (YouTube)

3. Ladyhawke stars as a magazine photographer shooting models in her new video for recent excellent single Black White & Blue. Looks like a terrible job. Why would anyone want to do that? (Twitter)

4. The Shins are back with the B-side to their recent comeback single Simple Song. I think I like September, an acoustic ditty that sounds like The Shins of old, better than the A-side. (Stereogum)

5. New movie trailer alert: Here are new one-minute clips from The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Battleship and The Lorax. Stop chopping those truffula trees down, ASAP. And if that's not enough for ya, check out the random appearance from Bruce Willis at the end of GI Joe 2: Retaliation. (YouTube)

6. Bon Iver is about to hit New Zealand for a highly anticipated and sold out show at the Wellington Town Hall as part of the International Arts Festival. Here's his recent performance on Saturday Night Live. Is it the falsetto that people love him for? (Uproxx)

7. If you can handle listening to an entire album from "freeky" South African rap-joke group Die Antwoord, head over here to listen to the new album Ten$ion. Is Ke$ha going to sue for inappropriate use of her dollar sign?

8. Here's another new track from PNC that dropped fresh today. Take It All features guest appearances from local rappers Jordache, David Dallas, Louie Knuxx and Percieve and will be on his upcoming album Under the Influence. He's just getting better and better. (Twitter)

9. Check out the trippy new vid for recent single Paddling Out from Swedish synth-popsters Miike Snow. We've all overdosed on milk and danced like a moron. Don't deny it. And stop laughing. (PMA)

10. Have you seen The Black Keys video for Gold on the Ceiling? No? nzherald.co.nz has the local exclusive, so go watch it now. (nzherald.co.nz)

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Chris Schulz

Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

A subscription to RTR Countdown magazine as a teenager kick started Chris’ inspiration to become an entertainment reporter. After finishing a grad-dip at journalism school, he discovered the magazine no longer existed. So he instead begged for a reviewing job at Rip It Up, then took over a local news website’s entertainment section in 2004 when no one else wanted to do it. It’s as much a surprise to him as it is to those around him that he’s been doing entertainment reporting ever since, utilising his diehard love of popular culture (specifically music, TV, movies and games). His career highlights including interviewing heroes like Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, discussing the best sheep-docking techniques with Courtney Love, and breaking his nose during a Shihad concert. The last thing left on his entertainment reporting bucket list is to ride a rollercoaster with Dave Grohl, something he’s hoping to achieve in the next 12 months.

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