The week is over, and for the first time in a long time, there aren’t any awards shows demanding your attention on your days of rest. So you should feel free to catch up with any Oscar-winning films you might have missed, listen to R.E.M.’s excellent new album Collapse Into Now or simply make yourself a series of delicious omelets while watching old episodes of “Deadwood” (the latter idea probably applies to a very small percentage of you, but that doesn’t make it any less good an idea). In the meantime, click through the links below to catch up with all the greatness you might have missed on this week’s MTV Newsroom blog, including a boatload of music video premieres and a shocking number of entries about metal.
» The cast of “Dancing With the Stars” was announced earlier this week, and it’s one of the most evenly balanced groups the show has ever had.
» Trent Reznor snagged an Oscar last weekend, which means he is halfway to his EGOT.
» You know who else had a good time at the Oscars (or at least at the Vanity Fair Oscar party)? Justin Bieber, who made out with Selena Gomez and shot the breeze with Mick Jagger.
» “American Idol” now has the 13 finalists who will compete for the top prize, a field that was entirely predicted by readers of the MTV Newsroom blog.
» There were all sorts of new music videos that premiered over the course of the week, including the new Lady Gaga clip for “Born This Way.” It’s epic, of course, and features an already-beloved intro that features space births, unicorns and machine guns.
» Lil Wayne also pulled the curtain back on the video for “6 Foot 7 Foot,” which featured a tribute to “Inception” and Weezy’s severed head.
» The Strokes also stepped back into the video realm with a classy, cool clip for “Under Cover of Darkness.”
» Jennifer Lopez used her new pulpit on “American Idol” to unveil her new clip for “On the Floor.”
» Speaking of “On the Floor,” it seems to be the only song that will be able to threaten the Billboard Hot 100 dominance of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
» What did you get Justin Bieber for his 17th birthday? Did you get a card at least?
» Lupe Fiasco spent the week mostly burying his own new album, which put him in good company with Foo Fighters, Oasis, U2 and Foxy Brown.
» If you were in Paris this week, then you got to see Lady Gaga walk around in a lace catsuit.
» Do you like metal? Then you probably celebrated the 25th birthday of Metallica’s Master of Puppets in an extremely loud fashion.
» Do you really like metal? Then find out how the love affair between professional wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister began.
» Finally, don’t forget to watch Miley Cyrus host this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.” We have an inkling that it’ll be a good one.