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Kanye West In Talks to Produce Justin Bieber Songs
Kanye West may be the latest victim of Bieber Fever -- and it's so bad that he even wants to collaborate with the teen idol. Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, revealed during a live audiochat this week that the two have "had a call… about a song they're trying to work on together. Kanye wants to produce a bunch of new songs for his new album." (Consequence of Sound)
Amy Winehouse To Debut New Material This Weekend
For the first time since 2008, Amy Winehouse is set to perform live shows, in which she will be debuting new material, according to her backing singer Zalon. The first show, a performance at the Summer Soul Festival at the Il Divino Florianopolis, kicks off Saturday (Jan. 8), and will be followed by an additional three shows throughout Brazil later this month. (NME)
Usher Working on New Genre Called 'Revolutionary Pop'
Making little sense, Usher recently said that he is creating a new genre of music called "Revolutionary Pop," which apparently inspired him to style his hair in a fauxhawk. "I'm working on a new genre of music -- Revolutionary Pop -- which combines several music genres to create a new sound experience," said the R&B singer. "I love that people are talking about the new hair, it represents who I am now and the creative movement of Revolutionary Pop." ( StyleList)
Chilean Miner Visits Elvis' Graceland
While trapped in a Chilean mine for 69 days, Edison Pena would sing songs by one of his idols, Elvis Presley, to pass the time. Now, he is in Memphis and touring Graceland, the singer's longtime home. Pena was visibly moved as he moved throughout the home, where he will cut a cake Saturday (Jan. 8) to celebrate what would have been Elvis' 76th birthday. ( AP)
iTunes Festival Announces First Three Acts for Summer 2011
Out of more than 60 acts, Linkin Park, Duran Duran and Rumer were the first acts to be announced for the 2011 iTunes Festival line-up. With 31 consecutive nights booked exclusively for the festival at the legendary rock venue The Roundhouse in central London, the rest of line-up will be announced via e-mail alerts between now and July. (iTunesFestival.com)
Kings of Leon Defeat Prince Harry in Ping-Pong
When it comes to ping-pong, not even a member of Britain's royal family can stop the Kings of Leon. At London's O2 Arena, the Tennessee rock act met up with Prince Harry for a match -- and in the end, the Kings emerged victorious. "I'm not sure what the etiquette is when you play a prince at table tennis," drummer Nathan Followill said, "but hey, I'm a king, aren't I? A king trumps a prince." ( Spinner)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Kevin Rutherford, Jazmine Gray and Ricardo Gomez)