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Lil Wayne Releasing ‘Carter IV’ on June 21
After originally pegging “Tha Carter IV” with a May 16 release, Lil Wayne will release his much-anticipated next album on June 21, according to Young Money president Mack Maine. “”He’s still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist … changing a few lines,” Mack Maine says. In the meantime, fans can enjoy the album’s artwork, which was released this week. ( MTV)
In a new promo video for his forthcoming album “Goblin,” Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator plays 53-year-old golfer Thurnis Haley and is shown rocking a fake mustache and Tiger Woods-esque getup. “My wife gets mad at me. All I do is golf!” Tyler says in the clip before letting loose an uncomfortably long laugh.
Beats By Dre Partners With Chrysler
Jimmy Iovine’s quality audio quest is going on the road – literally. At the New York Auto show, Beats By Dre and car manufacturer Chrysler unveiled a partnership that will bring the Beats audio technology into the 2012 Chrysler 300S. Under the deal, the Beats team helped Chrysler’s engineers design and tune the car’s 10-speaker audio system, much like it did with Monster’s engineers to create the its line of headphones or with HP to tune the speaker system in certain types of laptops. (Full story at Billboard.biz)
Morrissey has finished writing his 600-page memoir and will likely publish the book through Penguin Books’ “Classics” series. “I’m really not that interesting, so I don’t know why I’ve written so much,” says the former Smiths singer. ( Spinner)
Kris Kristofferson has joined the lineup for the 2011 Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California. The musician-actor takes over the slot vacated by Loretta Lynn, who backed out of the event due to a recent knee surgery. ( THR)