Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Cee Lo Green Thanks Volunteer Firefighters
Cee Lo Green, in conjunction with a Duracell campaign, has reworked his mega-hit "F**k You" in honor of volunteer firefighters, dubbing the lyrically reworked track "Thank You." Watch the video below, and download "Thank You" for free over via Duracell's Facebook page. (Rap-Up)
The Cure to 'Reflect' on Classic Albums
As part of Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House, the Cure will perform their first three albums -- "Three Imaginary Boys," "Seventeen Seconds" and "Faith" -- in a one-time experience called "The Cure 'Reflections.'" The performance will be filmed on May 31 and June 1. "Vivid is an exceptional event, and we are very excited to be taking part," says frontman Robert Smith. "We have played a lot of memorable shows in Australia - we first performed here in 1980, and this will be our seventh trip - but it will be our first time onstage in the Sydney Opera House, and we want to do something unique to mark the occasion."
Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample
Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the plaintiff has standing to pursue a lawsuit, even if it's grounded upon a quirky bit of Egyptian copyright code. Read the full story at Billboard.biz.
Jackie Evancho To Unveil New Songs on QVC
Eleven-year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho will premiere songs from her first album, "Dream with Me," on the QVC network beginning next Tuesday (May 10). The album, specially packaged with a bonus DVD, will also become available through QVC beginning Tuesday, more than a month before its street date.
Joker to Release New Single 'The Vision'
Dubstep phenom Joker will return with a new single, "The Vision," on May 16 through 4AD. The single's A-side will feature vocals from British singer Jessie Ware. (Pitchfork)
Blue Man Group Holds 'Instrument Contest'
Blue Man Group and Scholastic partnered for an "instrument National Contest" that invited students in grades 5-9 to invent an original musical instrument made with repurposed objects. Part of Blue Man's concept is the development and construction of instruments, and in this case, over 400 kids from around the country responded with instruments made from everything from zippers to buckets.
Judges included Steve Van Zandt, Path Metheny and Nile Rogers, who, from over 400 entries, chose 15-year-old 9th grader Chase Rudlsill from South River High School in Maryland as the winner. Rudlsill made a "Bass Guitar Drum that uses a bucket and tuned rubber bands and, most importantly, according to a press release, "sounds cool."
As part of the prize package, Rudlsill and his family will travel to Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort where the new instrument will be featured during a Blue Man performance May 12. Rudlsill and the teacher who sponsored him, Deborah Lesko, will each get awarded $5,000.
(Reporting by the Hollywood Reporter, Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes and Leila Cobo)