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Carlos Santana Slams Georgia for New Immigration Law
Carlos Santana on Sunday used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona for their new immigration laws. Santana received the Beacon of Change Award before the Braves-Phillies game. The Grammy-winning musician said he was representing immigrants before adding: "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves." Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state. The bill requires many employers to check the immigration status of new hires and authorizes law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of some suspects. (Full story at Billboard.biz)
Britney Spears Covers Harper's Bazaar, Talks Justin Bieber
Five years after appearing nude of the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Britney Spears appears in a white dress on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, which is being previewed online. Spears opens up about her fashion history, as well as Justin Bieber: "I think he's adorable. I just saw his movie, and I really didn't realize how big he was. He's enormous; he's just Mr. Man," says Spears of the teen star. ( Harper's Bazaar)
Brian Wilson Mulling Beach Boys Reunion
Brian Wilson is reportedly considering reuniting with the surviving members of the Beach Boys to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. "I'm considering it. I don't know yet but I'm considering it," Wilson told BBC 6 Music. "Nothing's really holding me back. I just don't know if I want to be around those guys you know. They're zany guys. They're crazy." (NME)
Willow Releases Preview of 'Rock Star' Single
Willow Smith has shared a preview of "Rock Star," her third single and the latest taste of her forthcoming debut album. Following up "21st Century Girl," the song finds Smith advising her fans, "Please don't be shocked by my age/I'm taking over the game." ( PopEater)
Bon Iver Releases New Song, 'Calgary'
Bon Iver has released "Calgary," the first single from much-anticipated sophomore album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver." Justin Vernon's folk group has also announced a performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on May 23.
Earl Sweatshirt Talks to New Yorker
Earl Sweatshirt, the Odd Future member who has been missing in action ever since the group rose to prominence, is featured as an interview subject in a new 8000-word piece in The New Yorker. The 17-year-old rapper, who has been tracked down and is living in Samoa, says that he doesn't appreciate the "Free Earl" campaign and that "The only thing I need as of right now is space." ( The New Yorker)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Associated Press)