Buzz Bites (2/18/10): Britney Wears Candie's, Lady Gaga To Help Akon Retire In Comfort

(Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Terry Richardson/Candies)

+ A while back, we chortled, chuckled and LOL'd at Britney Spears' earlier Candie's ad campaign. Well, the new set of advertisements has been released and where we once laughed, we now must respectfully nod our heads Brit's general direction because homegirl looks amazing! Spears was shot by three different high-profile photographers—Annie Leibovitz (above left), Terry Richardson (above right) and Mark Seliger. If you don't believe us, see for yourself! (E! Online)

+ I know we've all been kept up at night, worrying and praying about the financial stability of Akon's 401K. Well, our prayers have been answered. Yes, Akon is going to be able to retire with ease and in luxury. Thankfully, he will not be playing "Locked Up" on the senior citizen circuit. His patronage of a young gal who goes by the name of Lady Gaga has paved the way for a rather comfortable run of senior living. (PopEater)

+ MTV News caught up recently with blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and it turns out he's quite a busy man. Barker is currently immersed in two different projects: one is a collaboration album with DJ A-Trak, which could be seen as an extension of the work he did with the late DJ AM, and the other is a solo album, which is scheduled to feature the likes of Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Slipknot's Corey Taylor. (MTV News)

+ 3Oh!3 are back in the studio, recording their new album, Streets Of Gold, with the help of super-producers Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. When asked about new tunage, the Denver duo explained, "We're going full-ahead with the sexism and misogyny. We're trying to blaze new trails." (EW)

+ Have you seen the awesome #BecauseOfNickiMinaj trending topic on Twitter recently? In case you missed it, Idolator has compiled the greatest hits for your perusal, featuring classics like, "i failed my speech and english classes bc i said things like bestest." See? Rappers are role models. (Idolator)