Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. Rapper Common pledges to stop “disrespecting homosexuality” and using the N-word in his music, after being approached by gay fans and, uh, Oprah, respectively. “I wanted to show a step for myself toward improving on certain things,” he said, in an apparent attempt to imitate the sentence structure of Miss Teen South Carolina. Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood: Okay, we’re done recording our album, now we just have to “decide what we should do with it.” Let us listen to it, maybe? French singer/actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is recovering after brain surgery to remove a hematoma suffered during a water skiing accident. Gainsbourg, the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, released her album 5:55 earlier this year, a collaboration with Air, Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon. The AP says music videos are going low-budget, due to less cash on hand at the record labels, or maybe people just like treadmills and Zach Galifianakis.