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Cee Lo Records 'Thank You' for Volunteer Firefighters

Also: Morrissey announces new album; Walker Brothers founder dies

May 9, 2011 12:35 PM ET
Cee Lo Green performs in Washington, DC, April 30th, 2011.
Cee Lo Green performs in Washington, DC, April 30th, 2011.
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Cee Lo Sings 'Thank You' for Firefighters
Cee Lo Green has recorded "Thank You," a new version of his hit single "Fuck You," as a tribute to volunteer firefighters. It's very, very sweet. The song can be downloaded for free from Duracell's Facebook page. [Duracell Facebook]

Morrissey Announces New Album
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Front Row program, Morrissey revealed that his 10th solo album has been completed, though he currently does not have a label. The singer did not mention the album's title or when he hopes it will hit stores. [Stereogum]

John Walker Dead at 67
John Walker, a founding member of the Walker Brothers, has died at the age of 67 on Saturday after a six-month battle with liver cancer. Walker, born John Maus, sang and played guitar in the non-related trio with Scott Walker (né Engel) and Gary Walker (originally Leeds). The Walker Brothers, who relocated from California to the U.K. in the mid-Sixties, scored a string of hits in that decade, including "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore." [BBC]

Groupon Partners With Live Nation
Groupon and concert promotion juggernaut Live Nation have teamed up to create GrouponLive, a resource for consumers to find tickets for events at a group discount. The service is scheduled to launch in time for the summer concert season. [Billboard]

Bon Iver Launches Summer Tour
Justin Vernon's project Bon Iver will promote their second full-length album, Bon Iver, with a string of tour dates through July and August.  The band will kick off its tour on July 22nd at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee and wrap up with two shows in New York City – the first at the United Palace Theater in Manhattan on August 9th and the second at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn on August 10th. [Pitchfork]

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