Billboard Bits: Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Interpol, Blur and More
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Lil Wayne has been caught with unauthorized electronics in his jail cell, according to a Village Voice report. A search turned up headphones and a charger, and prison officials found his iPod in a neighboring cell. Its an infraction for the incarcerated rapper, who is serving a year for gun possession.
Katy Perry, whose latest single "California Gurls" is just starting to cause a stir, has been named No. 1 on Maxim's 2010 Hot List. A photo gallery of Maxim's picks for the year's 100 hottest women was released yesterday.
Carlos D, the famously mustachioed bass player for post-punk revivalists Interpol, has left the band "to follow another path, and to pursue new goals," according to MTV News. The band is auditioning for a replacement, who will join Interpol on stage as they open for U2 later this year.
Billy Corgan's latest incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins has a new bassist. Nicole Fiorentino -- who has played with bands like Veruca Salt, Spinerette, and Twilight Sleep -- will join 20-year-old drummer Mike Byrne as the band embarks on a world tour later this year.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn says the band may still yet record new material, according to NME. Albarn saifd he hoped the band would go into the studio and record the occasional single, but not to expect an album anytime soon. "I love the no pressure aspect," he said.