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Foo Fighters to Release Covers Album for Record Store Day
Four days after releasing their seventh album "Wasting Light," Foo Fighters are releasing a covers album in honor of 2011's Record Store Day. The album, titled "Medium Rare," will feature covers of songs such as Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar," Cream's "I Feel Free" and Paul McCartney and Wings' "Band on the Run." "Medium Rare" will be released on vinyl April 16. (NME)
Nick Lachey Debuts New Basketball Tune
Nick Lachey debuts a new song this week, though chances are it won't be going to radio. The song, titled "Last One Standing," was written specifically for the NCAA's Big East Conference basketball championship. The Cincinnati native will perform "Last One Standing" at Saturday's men's basketball championship. ( MTV)
All-Star Benefit Concert Feat. Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper Aids Tucson Victims
Veteran rockers Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby and Graham Nash led an all-star benefit concert in Tucson on Thursday night (Mar. 10) that paid tribute to victims of the shooting rampage there in January. The show was organized by Browne and Cooper to raise money for a foundation to promote civility in the wake of the shooting, which left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Other performers included blues stars Sam Cooke, Keb' Mo' and a host of local talent. (Reporting by Reuters)
Jewel Unhurt in Texas Car Accident
Jewel has sustained no injuries following a car crash this morning in Texas. The singer, who announced she was pregnant two months ago, was not injured when her car was hit by a volunteer fire truck in Stephenville. According to the singer's rep, Jewel was taken to the hospital, where tests concluded that both the singer and her baby were fine. ( TMZ)
Chef Mario Batali: Gwyneth Paltrow 'Faking' Nervousness on Stage
According to pal, "Food Network" chef Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow was "faking" her nervous look at the recent Country Music Awards. "I think it looked good that she looked a little nervous at the Country Music Awards," Batali says. "I thought she was playing nervous. She's a talented actress." ( NY Mag)
AOL Releases App 'Play," Calls It the 'Instagram For Music'
In what looks like an almost identical app to SountTracking, AOL launched Play, an app for Android mobile phones that lets users listen to music and share it with others. Whereas SoundTracking founders call their app a sort of music "postcard," AOL is calling Play an "Instagram for music." The app lets users tag songs played that are either stored on their phone or streamed from Rdio and then share what they're hearing at any time via the app, Twitter and Facebook. (Full story at Billboard.biz)
(Reporting by Reuters, Antony Bruno, Jillian Mapes and Kevin Rutherford)