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My Chemical Romance Responds to Glenn Beck's 'Propaganda' Accusations
Conservative pundit Glenn Beck has targeted My Chemical Romance as his latest enemy, calling out the February "Glee" performance of the band's song "Sing" on his Fox News talk show last week. "Pay attention to the lyrics," Beck said of "Sing," which was recently re-released as a charity single for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. "This is propaganda… It's an anthem saying 'Join us.' How can you and I possibly win against that?" Now the band's leader, Gerard Way, has responded via a blog posted on MCR's website on Saturday (Apr. 30): "Think the word Glenn Beck was looking for was 'subversion' not 'propaganda,' because I don't know what it would be considered propaganda for - truth? sentiment?" (MyChemicalRomance.com via MTV)
Pitbull to Release 'Planet Pit' Album June 21
Pitbull will release his latest, titled "Planet Pit," on June 21. The album, which is led by first single "Give Me Everything" (released Mar. 22), will feature guests including Marc Anthony, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland and Sean Paul. Producers on the album include Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, David Guetta, RedOne and Afrojack, among others.
Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean Among First CMT Awards Performers
Country star Jason Aldean is not only the top nominee at this year's CMT Music Awards, he'll also be performing. Fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland are also among the first performers announced for the show. It will air live on Wednesday, June 8, from Nashville. Read the full story over at Billboard.biz.
Listen to Vin Diesel's Youthful Attempt at Rapping
An audio clip of actor Vin Diesel's early attempts at rapping have surfaced on SoundCloud. As the description on the file explains: "Fragments of an aborted recording session at Battery Sound NYC in 1986 which brought together fledgling rapper Mark Sinclair--today better known as the actor Vin Diesel--and avant composer/dance music maven Arthur Russell in a project midwifed by Gary Lucas, who discovered Mark Sinclair rapping and break-dancing on the streets of the West Village, and greenlighted by Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records and Barry Feldman of Upside/Logarhythm records." Listen over at SoundCloud. (Village Voice)
Spotify Adds iPod Integration, MP3 Download Service
Music fans in Spotify's seven markets now have two fewer reasons to use iTunes. On Wednesday Spotify added features that allow its users manage their iPods from within the Spotify software. A post at the Spotify blog says the feature was added because "iPod integration was [users'] biggest request." Read the full story over at Billboard.biz.
'The Big C' Soundtrack with Staple Singers, Sara Bareilles, Franz Ferdinand to Benefit Stand Up To Cancer
Profits from sales of "The Big C" soundtrack will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The Epic Records soundtrack to the Showtime series will include the Staple Singers, Franz Ferdinand and Sara Bareilles and will be released on June 7, the same day the show's first season is released on DVD and digitally. Read the full story over at Billboard.biz.
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Phil Gallo, Glenn Peoples, and the Associated Press)