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Apple Unveils iPad 2
At a special press event today in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the next generation of the iPad, dubbed the iPad 2. The new iPad is thinner, lighter, faster, and more powerful that the first-generation device. Other new features include front and rear cameras and a gyroscope, and it comes in both black and white colors. (Full Story at Billboard.biz)
Beyonce Donates Gadhafi Money to Haiti Relief Efforts
Beyonce's publicist has confirmed that the singer has donated the money she made for certain performances toward Haitian earthquake relief efforts after learning that Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi has been a third-party promoter of the shows. Earlier this week, Nelly Furtado announced that she also donated $1 million that had come from Gadhafi. ( Rolling Stone)
Justin Bieber's Hair Auctioned for Over $40,000
A lock of Justin Bieber's hair which he cut off last month was sold for $40,668 on eBay after being put on sale last week. The money will be donated to the Gentle Barn Foundation, an animal rescue organization, and the winner of the auction will meet Bieber during the pop star's next appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." ( People)
Russell Simmons to be Honored at GLAAD Awards
Russell Simmons will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at the GLAAD Media Awards, which will take place in New York on Mar. 19. The co-founder of Def Jam Records will be celebrated for his vocal support of LGBT issues.
The Monkees Announce First Live Performances in a Decade
To celebrate their 45th anniversary, original Monkees members Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Torkare will launch a 30-city tour on June 3 in Atlanta. "We need to share this music once again as people want to hear music from times that made them happy," says Jones, who will perform with the band for the first time in a full decade.
M83, Moby Remix Daft Punk's "Tron: Legacy" Score
Four months after Daft Punk issued their score to Disney's "Tron: Legacy," electronic music heavyweights like M83, Moby and Com Truise will contribute to the remix album "Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D," which will be released April 5 on Walt Disney Records. ( Pitchfork)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Kevin Rutherford)