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'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies
Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the Coasters' official website reads, "Carl had been ill with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia for some time." Gardner, whose voice leads Coasters classics like "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy" and "Charlie Brown," co-founded the band in 1955 and remained the only original member throughout the Coasters' numerous incarnations. (thecoasters.com)
'Glee' Wants Bruce Springsteen
They've had Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John and Idina Menzel, and now the minds behind "Glee" are hoping to snag Bruce Springsteen for season three. Although they haven't asked him and writing for the next season hasn't even started, executive producer Ian Brennan wants The Boss to join the show as a motivational speaker. Maybe Mr. Shue will bring him in to pull the New Directions out of their post-Nationals slump. (E!)
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Heads to Big Screen
Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman for Green Day, will make his live-action silver screen debut in the film adaptation of "American Idiot." Armstrong will play St. Jimmy, the same role he played for numerous performances of the "American Idiot" stage musical. The movie will be directed by Michael Mayer (director of the stage show as well) and is due out in 2013. (THR)
Drake, Lil Wayne to Perform at BET Awards
Young Money's own, Drake and Lil Wayne, are teaming up to perform at the 2011 BET Awards, hosted by Kevin Hart. Others to perform include Chris Brown, who is the top contender at the show with six nods, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott. The legendary Patti LaBelle will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Don't' forget to tune in on June 26 at 8 pm EST.
Frank Ocean to Help 'Watch the Throne'
Odd Future member and R&B artist Frank Ocean mentioned via his Tumblr blog that he'll be collaborating with Kanye West and Jay-Z, presumably on their upcoming joint album "Watch the Throne." No official release date has been announced for "Watch the Throne," but West tweeted in January that it will be released during the summer. Ocean's exact words to his five years-ago-self: "You're on a plane right now to the east coast to work with Kanye West & Jay-Z. It's all working out kid." (Frank Ocean's Tumblr via New York Magazine)
Jessie J Hospitalized After Stage Fall
This weekend in London, Jessie J was injured when she fell off the stage during a rehearsal for the Capital FM Summertime Ball in London. The star tweeted, "I'm gonna be singing tomorrow at STB even if I have to crawl, be carried or wheeled onto stage!" And true to her word, she was released from the hospital and performed last night (June 12) at Wembley Stadium. (NME)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Erika Ramirez, Alec Bojalad and Sarah Maloy)