Back in 2009, I listed The Hidden Cameras in my top albums list of the year. That was mostly due to gay frontman Joel Gibb who, despite being a tough interview, manufactured a beautiful package of songs in their album Origin:Orphan. The indie folkster teams up with R.E.M. on the band’s new single, “It Happened Today,” providing back ups for the also-out frontman Michael Stipe. The single is part of R.E.M.’s upcoming album Collapse Into Now, which is slated for a March release. I love it when the gays team up with each other. The song itself is reliably R.E.M. and a decent but not overwhelming intro to the band’s 15th studio release.

The video below doesn’t show the band at all, but is reminiscent of George Michael’s “Praying for Time” video where the lyrics are the stars — literally.

In Lady Gaga news, she finished off 2010 by teasing fans with her tweet with this Twitpic and the release dates for her next album Born this Way and its title track release. There’s speculation that she’s releasing the single to coincide with the Grammys where she would likely debut the song. That might mean we’ll get to hear at least that song in her March 14 concert when she returns to American Airlines Center.