Billboard Bits: Katy Perry Plots 2011 Tour, Marilyn Manson's 'Alice' Film in Jeopardy
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Katy Perry Plans 2011 Tour, Says Next Video is 'Touching'
On the MTV VMAs red carpet, Katy Perry said she has plans to tour behind "Teenage Dream" in 2011, MTV reports. "I hope that it's going to engage all of your senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch," Perry said of the tour. While the singer could not reveal what the third single to "Teenage Dream" would be, she said that the video for the song would be "touching." ( MTV)
Marilyn Manson's Lewis Carroll Biopic Shut Down?
Marilyn Manson's directorial debut, "Phantasmagoria: The Visions Of Lewis Carroll," has reportedly been put on hold, possibly indefinitely, due to backlash against its violent, sexual trailer, according to NME. The biopic, which stars Tilda Swinton and Lily Cole, focuses on the dark side of the "Alice in Wonderland" author. ( NME)
Brandon Flowers Expecting Third Child
Brandon Flowers and wife Tana announced today that they are expecting their third child, People reports. The Killers frontman, whose solo debut "Flamingo" was released today, has two sons, Ammon, 3, and Gunnar, 1. ( People)
Lady Gaga Gets Unicorn Tattoo
Lady Gaga has apparently tattooed a unicorn with "Born This Way," the name of her upcoming album, tied around its horn on her thigh. The pop star announced the title after winning Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs.
New Pornographers Cancels Gig Because of Band Name
Although the New Pornographers specialize in inoffensive indie-pop, the group had to cancel an Oct. 15 show at Michigan's Calvin College because of its band name, Spinner reports. Affiliates at the Christian college had received complaints, and said in a statement that "the irony of the band's name was impossible to explain to many." ( Spinner)
Costello, Mellencamp and Elton Join T-Bone Burnett Shows
Elton John, Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp will perform alongside T-Bone Burnett for the producer's two Speaking Clock Revue shows, Rolling Stone reports. Neko Case will also perform with the artists in Boston on Oct. 16, while My Morning Jacket's Jim James will take the stage with the legends in New York on Oct. 26. (Rolling Stone)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Jillian Mapes)