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Britney Spears on Gay Marriage: 'I Think Everyone Should Be Treated Equally'
In her e-mail interview turned cover story for OUT Magazine, the "Femme Fatale" herself revealed her views on other pop stars, plastic surgery and gay marriage, among a myriad of other topics. Spears called Christina Aguilera "truly talented," expressed her admiration for Madonna, and said regarding gay marriage, "I think everyone should be treated equally." When asked how she'd feel if one her sons turned out to be gay, she said, "I love my boys no matter what." Good news for Britney's gay fanbase, which is among one of the strongest in the music world. (OUT)
Devo to Charlie Sheen: Join Our Band
In a recent interview, Gerald Casale of '80s rockers Devo said that he would be "honored" if Charlie Sheen joined his band. Citing singer Mark Mothersbaugh's tendency to avoid heavy touring, Casale said that they would let Sheen sing "any of our songs that he wanted to sing," calling the actor "brilliant" and "a philosopher of our devoted culture." No word on if Sheen has a response. (SanDiego.com)
Gorillaz to Release 'The Fall' in April
"The Fall," the newest release from cartoon band Gorillaz, will see a physical release this April. The album, which was released digitally to the band's fan club last Christmas Day, will be released on vinyl April 16, and then on CD and by digital download April 19. "The Fall" was reportedly recorded in the midst of the band's recent North American tour last fall.
Big Boi to Give 2000 Fans Tickets to SXSW Show Via Foursquare
OutKast rapper Big Boi is giving fans a chance to win tickets to his show at Austin's SXSW Festival via foursquare and sponsor Pepsi Max. 2000 fans will receive a pair of tickets to his show at the Seaholm Power Plant on Mar. 14 at 8 p.m. just by following Big Boi and checking in at SXSW using the location-based social media site. (foursquare)
Selena, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz To Appear on U.S. Postage Stamps
Latin music icons Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Selena, along with Argentine tango legend Carlos Gardel and Brazilian archetype Carmen Miranda, will appear on a new U.S. postage stamps collection called the "Latin Music Legends (Forever)" series to be issued next week. The diverse artists were chosen by the U.S. Postal Service for their "lasting impact on American music." (Full story at Billboard.biz)
The Decemberists Send Letter Supporting Public Radio, Internet Access to Oregon Congress
Portland rock band the Decemberists dipped their toes into the political realm today (March 9) with an open letter addressed to the Oregon State Congress. In the letter, the five-piece announces its support of public radio and open internet access, noting that non-commercial radio and internet were and are pivotal to the band's success. Oregon's Congress has considered cutting funds to public radio and reducing open internet access. (FutureofMusic.org)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Kevin Rutherford and Judy Cantor-Navas)