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Jeff Bridges to Release T-Bone Burnett-Produced Album
Actor Jeff Bridges, who won an Oscar playing a country music legend in the film “Crazy Heart,” has signed with EMI’s Blue Note Records and is set to release his debut album in late summer. Bridges will be collaborating with legendary producer T-Bone Burnett, whom Bridges previously worked with on “Crazy Heart.” Having met more than 30 years ago, the two have now formed a relationship musically. “It’s a relationship that’s really inflamed my music,” Bridges said in a release.
In her new memoir A Helluva High Note, former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi reveals she was molested as a child. She says the abuse started when she was 11 at the hands of a family friend’s son. Years later, she experienced more pain when she was date-raped in 2000 by a “fairly known producer.” (Full story at HollywoodReporter.com)
Elton John and Matthew Morrison Duet Released
Elton John and “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison have released their duet, which is a mash-up of John’s “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” and “Rocket Man,” which appeared on his classic 1972 album “Honky Chateau.” While the collaboration was announced last year, the song is finally available for purchase on Amazon as of today (Apr. 19). The song will be featured on Morrison’s debut album, which is set to be released in May. Listen to a two-minute preview of the track below. (Ryan Seacrest)
Arcade Fire to Release Deluxe Edition of ‘The Suburbs’ June 27
Fresh off a highly praised Coachella headlining set, Arcade Fire announced that they will release two unreleased tracks — “Speaking in Tongues” and “Culture War” — on a deluxe edition of “The Suburbs” set for release June 27. The deluxe edition of the Grammy-winning album will also include a DVD of Spike Jonze’s short film “Scenes From the Suburbs,” as well as a making-of documentary. (Pitchfork)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes and Jazmine Gray)