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‘Glee’s’ Matthew Morrison to Duet with Gwyneth Paltrow on Solo Album
Matthew Morrison is set to duet with Gwyneth Paltrow on his self-titled solo album, out May 10. Morrison and Paltrow, who have recently heated things up on “Glee,” will cover “Over the Rainbow,” which Morrison used as his audition piece for the show and later performed on its season one finale. “People kind of know me for that song now,” Morrison said. “I wanted to do a duet with a female. I thought that was a good song to do, and we really did a different arrangement of it. It’s a lot of strings, and it’s beautiful.” ( Entertainment Weekly)
David Bowie’s 2001 Lost Album ‘Toy’ Leaks Online
“Toy,” the unreleased lost album from David Bowie, has finally seen the light of day — via a leak. The album leaked online 10 years after a contract dispute between Bowie and Virgin Records shelved the album in 2001. “Toy” has subsequently spread to a number of file-sharing websites, sought out by fans longing for a listen of the storied record. (Spinner)
Bon Jovi Touring Juggernaut Continues With $30 Million Grossed So Far in 2011
Bon Jovi continues packing houses more than a year into the biggest tour of the band’s nearly 30-year career, having grossed close to $30 million and sold more than a quarter million tickets since resuming the trek Feb. 9, according to 15 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore so far this year. The current tour will be the highest-grossing and highest-attended of the band’s career and among the top 10 highest-grossing tours of all time. ( Read the full article at Billboard.biz)
Foo Fighters To Appear On ‘SNL’ April 9
Promoting their upcoming album “Wasting Light,” the Foo Fighters will perform on “Saturday Night Live” on Apr. 9. With actress Helen Mirren’s debut as the night’s host, this will be the band’s sixth time on the show. Also scheduled to appear earlier in the month (on Apr. 2) is British superstar Elton John, in his first “SNL” appearance since 1982. John will be joined by his “The Union” collaborator and friend Leon Russell as the show’s musical guest. (MTV)
Cher Not Making Country Album
Despite earlier rumors that Cher would be doing a country album, the timeless singer is instead heading in the opposite direction — with her dance record standby. While it was confirmed by Cher’s rep that a country album was originally in the works, the rep stated that it “no longer is. It will be a dance-oriented album.” Cher is no stranger to dance music, with “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from her film “Burlesque” recently hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club chart. ( Hitfix)
En Vogue’s New Album, TV Series Sans Dawn Robinson
According to a statement from En Vogue’s rep, Dawn Robinson is still a part of female R&B group En Vogue, but in a diminished capacity. Robinson, an original member of the group, will not participate in the act’s forthcoming TV series nor perform on their upcoming new album. Instead, Robinson will continue to pursue a solo career. “I love and support Cindy, Max and Terry and when available, I am still touring with them indefinitely,” Robinson said in a statement.