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Big Boi Starts Record Label With Teenage Daughter

Also: Lil Wayne does 'MTV Unplugged'; Fleet Foxes sell big on vinyl

May 12, 2011 3:20 PM ET
Big Boi in New York City, May 11, 2011.
Big Boi in New York City, May 11, 2011.
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Big Boi Starts Label With 16-Year-Old Daughter
Outkast rapper Big Boi has announced that he is starting a new record label called Purple Kidz with his 16-year-old daughter, Jordan. Big Boi says that the label is essentially a Sweet 16 gift for his daughter, but one that he hopes will encourage her in creative pursuits. "I wanted to give my child something that she can grow and build and nurture. So I gave her her own label," he told Billboard. The label's first signing is Gabbie Rae, a 12-year-old rapper who recently appeared on The Tyra Banks Show. [Billboard]

Lil Wayne to Appear on 'MTV Unplugged'
Lil Wayne is set to become the first rapper in a decade to perform on MTV Unplugged. Weezy will tape his set for the show tomorrow, and the episode is scheduled to air on June 12th on MTV and its sister channels. [Billboard]

Fleet Foxes Sell Big on Vinyl
According to Nielsen Soundscan figures, 10 percent of the first-week sales for Fleet Foxes' second album, Helplessness Blues, came from vinyl sales. The band moved approximately 9,000 LPs, an atypically high number for the format in recent years. [Glenn Peoples]

Pete Doherty Will Not Be Charged for Death
Libertines and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty will not be charged in the death of an actor at a party he attended in London back in 2006. Investigations had indicated that Doherty was involved in a confrontation with Mark Blanco shortly before the actor fell from a balcony, which resulted in fatal injuries. Ultimately, no conclusive evidence was found to suggest that Blanco was pushed or thrown off the balcony. [BBC]

Phish, Muse, Arcade Fire Play Outside Lands
Muse, Arcade Fire, Phish, the Black Keys, Deadmau5, the Shins, MGMT, Girl Talk, the Decemberists, John Fogerty and Erykah Badu are among the major acts scheduled to perform at the Outside Lands festival at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park August 12-14. The event will also include sets by Big Boi, the Roots, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut, Big Audio Dynamite, Major Lazer and the original Meters. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Steve Albini Starts Cooking Blog
Steve Albini, the punk rock legend behind Big Black and Shellac, and the producer of classic albums by Nirvana, Pixies and PJ Harvey, recently began writing mariobatalivoice, a blog documenting meals he has prepared for his wife, Heather. Albini is mainly focused on Italian cuisine, and everything he's prepared so far looks delicious. [mariobatalivoice]

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