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Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift Lead Kids' Choice Nominees
Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry lead the music nominees of Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids' Choice Awards, which will be held April 2. Bieber's "Baby," Swift's "Mine" and Perry's "California Gurls" were nominated for Favorite Song along with Train's "Hey, Soul Sister." ( The Hollywood Reporter)
Rapper Lil Wayne recently jumped on Bruno Mars' former Hot 100 chart-topper "Grenade" and released the first official remix of the hit song today (Feb. 11). This new version sounds practically identical to the original, but with a 16-bar introduction by Weezy. ( Rap Radar)
Jamie Foxx Reportedly Gets Into Fight at Usher Show
Jamie Foxx reportedly got into a fistfight at the Belvedere Red party in Hollywood, when an unnamed assailant took a swing at the star. Foxx was at the party to see Usher perform, and witnesses say that Foxx managed to defend himself and get in a punch before security guards broke up the scuffle. Jamie was uninjured and calmly walked back to his car after the show. ( TMZ)
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Sued by Former Assistant
Steven Wiig, Lars Ulrich's former personal assistant, is suing the famous Metallica drummer for hours of unpaid work. Wigg claims that he used to work overtime -- often 70 up to 80 hours a week when the metal band was on tour -- and is looking for compensation. The case is scheduled to go in front of a judge on June. ( Noisecreep)
The Strokes Reveal "Angles" Album Cover
The Strokes have revealed the eye-popping album cover for their upcoming release "Angles," out Mar. 22 on RCA. The artwork on the cover was created by Guy Pouppez, a Belgian artist who died in 1993. The album's lead single, "Under Cover of Darkness," was released on Wednesday (Feb. 9). (NME)
Bob Seger Tickets Moving Quickly
Ticket sales for Bob Seger's spring tour got off to a good start on Friday (Feb. 11) -- at least close to home. Seger's March 31 show in Toledo sold out in just six minutes. A second concert was added for March 26, which is now the earliest announced date for the tour. Tickets are still available for that show as well as for the April 7 stop in Cleveland, which also went on sale Friday. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Feb. 12), for the March 29 concert in Saginaw and the April 2 date in Grand Rapids. Shows in Cincinnati (April 5) and Buffalo (April 9) go on sale Feb. 19. More Seger dates, including his Detroit area stops, are expected to be announced soon.
(Reporting by Kevin Rutherford, Jason Lipshutz, Ricardo Gomez, Kadeem Lundy and Gary Graff)