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Will Madonna be putting Lady Gaga in her set?

Plus: Pattinson nixes Hunger Games rumours, Juliana Down snag Audi gig, Kim Kardashian says airline stole her stuff and Lindsay Lohan wanted for tanning bill.

Lady Gaga and Madonna. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
Lady Gaga and Madonna. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

A video of Madonna rehearsing for her MDNA Tour is making the rounds on the internet. In it, she sings her 1989 hit Express Yourself, then mashes it up with the Lady Gaga song Born This Way. When the latter was released last year, several critics said it's stunningly similar to Express Yourself. Lady Gaga has long expressed her admiration for Madonna, calling the pop star an inspiration. "When I heard it on the radio, I said, that sounds very familiar," Madonna said in an ABC News interview in January. "It felt reductive. I can't really be annoyed by it because, obviously, I've influenced her." Madonna performs on Sunday and Monday at the du Arena on Yas Island.

Pattinson kills Hunger Games rumour

The web was also abuzz with rumours Robert Pattinson might play the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel, Chasing Fire. When Pattinson read the news on Monday, he called his agent. "He was like: 'No, no one's going to offer you that part,'" Pattinson told USA Today. "I was like, thanks for the reassurance." Pattinson was in Cannes for David Cronenberg's new film Cosmopolis. The young fans of Twilight may be surprised by its extreme physical violence. The 26-year-old actor is not worried: "If some 12-year-olds went to go and see that - it's incredible," he said. "That people are screaming outside for this, the most bizarre movie - it's amazing." * AP

Dubai band Juliana Down named Audi ambassadors

The Dubai-based rockers Juliana Down have been named the Middle East brand ambassadors for the car manufacturer Audi. They are the first band from the region to sign with a major label, Sony Music, and have supported acts such as Guns N' Roses and Maroon 5. Their latest album Empires shot to number three in the Virgin Megastore charts on its release.

Kim Kardashian cries airline theft

Kim Kardashian has accused British Airways of removing items from her luggage on a flight back to the US. "Shame on you," the reality star posted on Twitter on Monday. "Very disappointed in British Airways for opening my luggage and taking some special items of mine. Some things are sentimental and not replaceable. There's no sense of security and no trust!" Kardashian did not reveal what had been taken. The BBC reported that British Airways is investigating the claims.

Lindsay Lohan chased over tanning bill

A Las Vegas tanning salon is going after Lindsay Lohan for racking up an unpaid bill of more than US$40,000 (Dh147,000) between 2007 and 2009. A judge earlier ordered Lohan to settle the bill, to no avail. According to TMZ, the salon Tanning Vegas is moving the case to California, where Lohan is based.