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Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter
As she prepares to join Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Maroon 5's Adam Levine as a singing coach on NBC's "The Voice," Christina Aguilera has finally joined Twitter under the handle @TheRealXtina. "Thanks for the welcome to Twitter. I'm getting the hang of this," the singer wrote early today (Mar. 23). "Never thought I'd say the word "hashtag". Pandora's box has been opened." "The Voice" is set to premiere April 26. (@TheRealXtina)
Selena Gomez & The Scene Announce Summer Tour
Selena Gomez & The Scene announced their summer tour dates with openers Allstar Weekend, which will include 27 dates in 20 states. "Cannot explain how excited I am to finally be putting on a full tour for all of you," Gomez wrote on Twitter.
Nicki Minaj Working On New Album with Mystery Guest
Apparently Nicki Minaj is already working on the follow-up to her 2010 debut album "Pink Friday." The female MC says that she has a number of pending collaborations, including a verse handed to a mystery female artist that is supposed to "rock some boats." ( MTV)
Bon Iver's Sophomore Album Slated for June
Acclaimed folk artist Bon Iver will release its second album in June. The follow-up to 2007's "For Emma, Forever Ago" will include contributions from experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz. The album will also include what Bon Iver's Justin Vernon calls "a Civil War-sounding heavy metal song," and a children's choir. ( Pitchfork)
Alan Jackson Signs with Capitol/EMI Nashville
Country music star Alan Jackson has signed with Capitol Records/EMI Nashville, the label announced today. Jackson's new music will be released as a joint venture between Capitol/EMI Records Nashville and Alan's Country Records, which Jackson formed in 2002. ( Billboard.biz)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Katie Morgan and Ricardo Gomez)