Billboard Bits: Madonna Gifts Malawi Orphans, Lil Wayne's Love Interest

Madonna performs during her Sticky and Sweet Tour on July 14, 2009 in Milan, Italy.

Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.

Madonna Sends Christmas Gifts to Malawi Orphanages

Madonna did her part to help out the less fortunate this holiday season, sending packages of toys, new and used clothing and sweets to 25,000 orphans at six orphanages in Malawi, Africa. The gifts also reportedly came with a handwritten note from the singer, which read, "To my Malawi children on Christmas and Boxing Day. I wish I was with you. See you soon, M." Malawi is the home country of Madonna's adopted daughter Mercy, as well as the focus of the singer's charity, Raising Malawi. (Us Weekly)

Bob Dylan Mistakenly Involved in Pizza Prank, Perpetrator Found

There's no denying Bob Dylan is a legend, and until recently, some Amherst, Mass. folks thought he was a pizza prankster as well. Dylan's name was used in a cruel joke involving pizza on Nov. 20, when a man ordered 178 gourmet pizzas while posing as a roadie for Bob Dylan. The man, who flashed a backstage pass from a nearby Dylan show that had just ended, ordered nearly $4,000 in pizza, only to be a no-show. Now a surveillance camera has helped police track down the pizza poseur who momentarily shamed Dylan's camp, and he will reportedly repay some of the costs. (Spinner)

Lil Wayne Spotted With New Love Interest

Lil Wayne was spotted during the long holiday weekend with a supposed love interest outside Miami's Setai residences. Sporting a bandana over his mouth, Weezy reportedly rode with the young woman in her modest Toyota Camry, while he chaffered Rolls-Royce followed. (NY Post)

Michelle Branch to Return to Pop Roots on 2011 Album

After exploring country territory with her band the Wreckers, Michelle Branch will return to her pop roots on her next solo album. "This record is more in the vein of my first record, which I would say was a pop record," she said. Branch, who has plans to record the album in January and hopes for a summer 2011 release of the album, revealed the details during a live webcast recently. (Ustream)

The Ting Tings to Go Darker on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Ting Tings fans can expect a darker side of the U.K. electropop duo on its upcoming sophomore album, "Kunst." "…I think this album has a dark side to it, more so than the first one," said Jules De Martino, one half of the group. He cites recording in Berlin as an inspiration for the album. (NME, Yahoo)

Demi Lovato Leaves Rehab to Spend Christmas With Family

Demi Lovato got her wish this Christmas: to spend the holiday with her family, outside of rehab. The Disney star, who checked into a treatment center for "emotional and physical issues" approximately two months ago, was able to leave the facility on Christmas. She returned later in the evening after spending time with her family. (People)

(Reporting by Jillian Mapes)


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