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Katy Perry and Russell Brand Prep For Wedding In India
Katy Perry and fianceé Russell Brand arrived in India earlier this week and are rumored to be getting married in the country this weekend. Family members of both Perry and Brand have also touched down in the city of Jaipur, including Perry's parents and Brand's mother. Perry said on Twitter yesterday that the "greatest gift [you] can give us is respect & [love] during this private X." (@katyperry, MTV)
The Flaming Lips Playing 'The Soft Bulletin' on New Year's
The Flaming Lips announced on Twitter that they will ring in 2011 by performing classic album "The Soft Bulletin" on New Year's Eve in their native Oklahoma City. "Tickets will go on sale very soon," according to the Twitter post. (@theflaminglips)
Robyn Reveals 'Body Talk Pt. 3' Details
Robyn will be releasing part three of her "Body Talk" trilogy on Nov. 22 on Cherrytree Records. "Body Talk Pt. 3" will feature five songs from "Pt. 1" and "Pt. 2" as well as five new songs, including "Time Machine," which was produced by Max Martin. The Swedish pop star will also be performing "Hang With Me" (featured on both "Pt. 1" and "Pt. 2") in an upcoming episode of "Gossip Girl." ( Pitchfork)
Mumford and Sons Attacked By The Fall Singer
Mark E. Smith, lead singer of veteran punk group The Fall, has admitted to pelting Irish group Mumford and Sons with a bottle during a performance at Dublin's Electric Picnic festival last month. "We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible... so I threw a bottle at them," says Smith, calling the group 'the Sons of Mumford.' ( Quietus via The Daily Swarm)
Rare White Stripes Song Sold At Auction
"Lafayette Blues," an early single by The White Stripes, was auctioned off for $18,000 last week. The single, described by Jack White's imprint Third Man Records as "the holy grail for White Stripes collectors," was originally released in 1998 on Italy Records. (Consequence of Sound)
Joanna Newsom Not Appearing On 'The Simpsons'
Indie-folk songstress Joanna Newsom has released a statement denying the internet rumor that she wil lend a voice to a character on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons." "Regrettably, the awesome rumor of my upcoming cameo on 'The Simpsons' is unfounded," she says. "I remain, however, steadfast as always in my commitment to the character of Lisa, whom I have of course had the privilege of voicing for the last twenty-one years, in my dreams."
(Reporting by Walter Frazier, Megan Vick and Jason Lipshutz)