Billboard Bits: Pavement, Regina Spektor, T.I., Gorillaz and More
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon.
Lo-fi rockers Pavement played their first show in ten years on their reunion tour last night (March 1) in Auckland, New Zealand, featuring songs from all five of the band's albums. The group will continue to Australia and Japan, will play Coachella in the US and then on to UK and Europe. They are set to play Sasquatch!, Roskilde, and Pitchfork Music Festivals in the summer, as well as several shows in NYC's Central Park, beginning on September 21.
After participating in Tibet House benefit at Carnegie hall last Friday, Regina Spektor will play her own benefit at Irving Plaza on March 23rd to aid Doctors without Borders' in Haiti. Tickets go on sale today (3/2). In other news, her song "Après Moi" is featured on Peter Gabriel's covers album called Scratch My Back, which is out today in the US. She will record one of his songs as well.
E-40 spoke to The All Out Show on Sirius about the time he almost had Notorious B.I.G. killed in Sacramento. In 1996, the Bay area rapper sent "some dudes" who held Biggie at gunpoint, but let him go after the two rappers had a telephone conversation.
Gorillaz released a sneak peak of the video for their first single, "Stylo." According to MTV, Bruce Willis will appear in the video as a bounty hunter who chases after the group on a deserted highway.
Atlantic Records confirms to Billboard that rapper T.I.'s Twitter account (@TIP) isn't personal, but rather a portal for the label and Grand Hustle to officially announce anything connected with T.I. T.I. himself is not on Twitter. The rep also confirmed that there will be a big announcement coming on Monday, as the Twitter says.
Chris Walla, guitarist and producer for Death Cab For Cutie, has started his own label. The new imprint, called Trans, is part of Warner Music's Independent Label Group. Walla has manned the board on albums for The Postal Service, The Decemberists and Tegan and Sara. Trans' first signing is Washington-based band The Lonely Forest, who are hit the studio with Walla to record their third LP this spring.
(Compiled by Melanie Bertoldi, Evan Nabavian and Ilya Skripnikov)