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Whitney Houston's Daughter Refutes Cocaine Photographs
Bobbi Kristina, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was photographed sniffing what appeared to be cocaine. The pictures were published in the March issue of the National Inquirer, and Bobbi took to her Twitter to claim she was set up. "A former very dear person to me did this," she Tweeted. "It's really not what it looks like." ( HelloBeautiful.com, @realbkbrown)
Trent Reznor to Score, Act in Vampire Flick
Newly-minted Oscar winner Trent Reznor has signed on to score the film adaptation of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Not only will the NIN frontman and "Social Network" composer create the music for the flick, Reznor will cameo as the vampire who kills Honest Abe's mother. ( Badass Digest via NYMag)
Steven Tyler Launches AppSoLewdly iPhone App
Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler has added app entrepreneur to his resume with the release of the iPhone app "Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly," available now on iTunes. The $3 app lets users access exclusive content provided by Tyler, such as never before seen photos, self-made videos, and "Tylerisms," defined as "noises from his head like a digital sound box." Content will be culled from his daily life, activity on the "American Idol" set and into the recording studio. (Full story at Billboard.biz)
Bob Dylan's April Gig in China Delayed By Chinese Government
China is reviewing an application from Bob Dylan to stage concerts in the country, a year after the American folk legend's planned concerts in Beijing and Shanghai were canceled, an official at the Ministry of Culture said Thursday. The application was pending and the ministry's decision would be posted on the ministry's official website, an official said. Dylan may be considered a controversial act in China because of his association with protest movements in the U.S. in the 1960s. Dylan is confirmed for a slew of other Asian dates, according to his official website, including Hong Kong on April 12 and Singapore on April 15. (The Assoaciated Press; full story at Billboard.biz)
My Morning Jacket To Release New Album This Spring
In anticipation of the release of their sixth studio album, "Circuital," rockers My Morning Jacket will release six weekly downloads of live recordings from their 2010 week of shows at New York venue Terminal 5. The first download is available today (March 3). On the sixth week, the band will release a song from the new album, which is set for release this spring.
MGMT to Release Remixes EP
MGMT is set to release "Congratulations Remixes EP" on March 15, a 3-song EP of remixes from tracks off its last album, "Congratulations." The title track is an Erol Alkan remix of "Congratulations," and the rest of the EP includes remixes from other well-known DJs.
(Reporting by Antony Bruno, Jillian Mapes and Katie Morgan)