News Ticker: Britney Spears, The Shins, EMI Catalog, Nick Oliveri

August 7th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

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  • Contrary to a message posted on her own Website, Britney Spears will not be performing at this Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, MTV News reports. She will, however, be appearing to pick up the trophy for the Ultimate Choice Award.

  • Shins leader James Mercer told Rolling Stone keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval left the band over creative differences, but Sandoval is telling the Portland Mercury (via Pitchfork) he was straight-up fired. “If James really had complete say in it, he would have killed the Shins.”
  • Variety reports that BMG is considering buying EMI’s ample catalog, valued at approximately $80 million, which includes songs by the Beatles.
  • Former Queens of the Stone Age member Nick Oliveri will guest on Slash’s upcoming solo album, but first he’ll release Death Acoustic on October 6th. The solo project is the result of 12 months of home-studio recording, and a press release says Oliveri will tour after its release.

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