Billboard Bits: AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Weird Al, Devo, ABBA And More
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon.
AC/DC still hasn't released a greatest hits collection, but the upcoming soundtrack for the "Iron Man 2" film is pretty much the next best thing. The Australian rockers' 15 tracks make up the entire musical accompaniment to the Marvel action flick. According to The Wrap, the debut video from the album features the group's song "Shoot To Thrill" and was filmed live last month in Buenos Aires during the band's Black Ice World Tour.
ABBA, the top selling Swedish pop quartet that rules the charts in the 70s and 80s, is getting its own museum in London. According to the New York Times' Arts Beat, Abbaworld is scheduled to open in on Wednesday, offering 25 rooms and more than 30,000 square feet of ABBA-related fare. Among other attractions, fans will have the opportunity to sing and dance alongside an animated version of the band.
Akron, Ohio's most famous new wave band, Devo, has been confirmed as one of the headlining performers at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The "Whip It" group joins an all-star lineup at Whistler mountain's medal ceremonies including Feist, Usher, Our Lady Peace and the Fray.
"Weird Al" Yankovic has inked a development deal with the Cartoon Network and will create his own live action television movie. "It needs to be fine-tuned a bit more and it hasn't been officially green-lit yet, but it's gotten some very positive buzz at the network," Yankovic revealed on his blog. According to B & C, Yancovic would also direct the project, though the earliest it could shoot would be fall 2010, because of his tour schedule.
Bob Dylan has booked his first gig ever at the White House, Spinner reports. The "Blowin' in the Wind" singer will perform as part of "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" along with Natalie Cole, John Mellencamp and Smokey Robinson, among others, who will perform songs from the Civil Rights era. Hosted by President Barack Obama and his family, the show will take place in the White House East Room and PBS will broadcast the concert on Feb. 11.
(Compiled by David J. Prince)