Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Britney Spears Walks Down the Aisle at Miami Wedding
Britney Spears attended a low-key wedding over the weekend — but don’t worry, this isn’t Jason Alexander Pt. 2. Spears was a bridesmaid at the Saturday wedding for her assistant, Brett Miller, in Miami. “It was a nice wedding and low-key, even with Britney in attendance,” a guest reported. “Britney didn’t want the ceremony to be about her and wanted it to be Brett’s day, so she stood off to the side a lot and was at the end of the line for the wedding.” (Us Weekly)
The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ Comes to Rock Band
Grab your five-button guitar, keep your eyes glued to the flat screen and get ready to rock out to what is arguably the greatest record ever made: The Clash‘s classic 1979 double album “London Calling.” Harmonix Music Systems, the creators of Rock Band gaming franchise, announced the Clash’s touchstone recording will be available for download on Feb. 1 in the Rock Band 3 music store. The game can be played with Xbox 360, PlaySation3 and Wii. (Billboard.biz)
Ricky Martin To Launch First U.S. Tour In Three Years
Ricky Martin will launch his 2011 Musica + Alma + Sexo world tour with three dates — March 25-27 — at Puerto Rico’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico. In Martin’s first leg of his U.S. concert tour, his first stint in the country in over three years, the singer will play 22 dates in 19 cities, mainly in arenas. Martin’s tour is in support of his new album, “Musica + Alma + Sexo” (Feb 1/Sony), and he is expected to tour in Europe and Latin America before returning to the United States for a second leg of his tour in the fall. (Billboard.biz)
PJ Harvey Signs Publishing Deal With EMI, New Album On Vagrant Records
EMI Music Publishing today announced it signed a global co-publishing deal with British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. The announcement comes two weeks before Harvey’s eighth studio album (and first with Vagrant Records), “Let England Shake,” arrives on Feb. 14. EMI Music Publishing represented Harvey previously between 1992 -2001. (Billboard.biz)
Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl to Soundtrack Rebecca Minkoff Runway Show
Designer Rebecca Minkoff will debut her first runway show during New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Friday, Feb. 11. The New York-based designer announced that the collection’s muse, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, along
with Sean Lennon, Muhl’s boyfriend and collaborator in the band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, will provide the live soundtrack throughout the show.
(Reporting by Andy Gensler, Leila Cobo, Jillian Mapes and Kevin Rutherford)