Billboard Bits: Rihanna's New Tattoo is a Typo
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Rihanna Receives Typo'd Tattoo
Rihanna's latest tattoo contains an unfortunate grammatical error, according to PopEater. The singer's latest ink is placed on the side of her neck and reads "rebelle fleur," a French phrase that presumably means "rebel flower." The words would be reversed in a correct translation, however, and the tat should read "fleur rebel." ( PopEater)
Kanye West Working With Bon Iver?
Kanye West may be working on new music with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, according to Spinner. Vernon apparently flew out to meet the rapper and work in his Hawaii studio. The collaboration may be included on West's as-yet-untitled fifth album, tentatively due Nov. 16. ( Spinner)
Interpol Drummer Dishes on Bassist's Departure
Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino told EyeWeekly that the band is not on speaking terms with former bassist Carlos D, who left the band in May. "I haven't spoken to him in ages… If you relate it to a romantic relationship -- when you spend 10 years together and you finally break up, you're not gonna be on the phone every day," said Fogarino. Interpol have tapped David Pajo and Secret Machines frontman Brandon Curtis to take Carlos' place on the tour supporting their self-titled fourth album, due Sept. 7 on Matador. (EyeWeekly)
Jay Sean Back From 'Down' Time
Pop/R&B singer Jay Sean will release fourth album "Freeze Time" on Nov. 2 via Cash Money/Universal Republic. The disc follows up 2009's "All or Nothing," which spawned Hot 100 chart-topper "Down." The album's first single, "2012 (It Ain't the End)" featuring Nicki Minaj, was released last week.
Ting Tings Ready Comeback Single
British pop duo the Ting Tings will release new single "Hands" on Oct. 11, according to NME. The single was mixed by Calvin Harris and will precede their sophomore disc, tentatively titled "Kunst" and due later this year. (NME)
Peter Gabriel Kicks Off 'Guitar Center Sessions'
Veteran rocker Peter Gabriel will be featured on the inaugural episode of "Guitar Center Sessions," a television special sponsored by instrument retailer Guitar Center and DIRECTV. "Sessions," which will showcase exclusive performances and conversations with musicians, debuts Aug. 21 on DIRECTV's The 101 Network and is currently airing on the video service's 3D channel, n3D. Gabriel is promoting the show by offering his performance of "Here Comes the Flood" as a free download on Guitar Center's website.
(Reporting by Monica Herrera and Jason Lipshutz)