Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
‘Glee’ To Take On R.E.M. Next Week
A week after taking on the songs of Britney Spears, “Glee” will feature a performance of R.E.M.‘s 1991 hit “Losing My Religion” on the episode set to air Tuesday at 8 P.M. ET. Cory Monteith’s character Finn Hudson will be performing the track, which has already been released online. (Vulture)
Nicki Minaj, Ciara Speak Out About Teen Suicide
Nicki Minaj and Ciara are among the celebrities who have provided encouraging words to their homosexual fans following recent news stories about an influx of suicide by gay teens due to bullying. “I would encourage my gay fans to be fighters and to be brave… Suicide is never the answer and I know that things always get better,” says Minaj in an interview. Ciara also posted a video on YouTube with Lala Vasquez telling her gay fans to stay hopeful. (MTV News)
Gorillaz Bringing Lou Reed and Mos Def to Madison Square Garden
Gorillaz have announced that Lou Reed and Mos Def will join De La Soul, Bobby Womack and other special guests at the group’s Oct. 8 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Gorillaz will also make their debut performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Oct. 7.
Travie McCoy Addresses Katy Perry’s ‘Circle The Drain’
Travie McCoy had a biting tone when he finally addressed ex-girlfriend Katy Perry‘s track “Circle The Drain,” which is about their tumultuous relationship, in a recent interview. “I look at it like this: I’m just stoked that she finally has a song with some substance on her record,” McCoy said. (MTV)
Radiohead Recorded Music for Edward Norton Film
Actor Edward Norton has announced that Radiohead has provided “sound experiments” for “Stone,” his latest movie also starring Robert De Niro, and will hit theatres October 8. According to Norton, band members Johnny Greenwood and Thom Yorke impressed director John Curran with their ambient musical experiments. (Pitchfork)
Cee Lo Takes Back Ownership of ‘F–k You’
Although Bruno Mars helped produce Cee Lo Green‘s bleep-filled single “Fuck You” and could have possibly contributed lead vocals, Green has downplayed the possibility of Mars performing the song himself. According to Cee-Lo, the song only works because he’s on it and that “I am a fuck you.” (NY Mag)
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes, Emma Gaedeke and Palika Makam)