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Daily Digest: Gorillaz Play Final Show; 'Spider-Man' Is Back On

Plus, The Grammys honor the Ramones, Dolly Parton and Julie Andrews

December 23, 2010 1:25 PM ET
Daily Digest: Gorillaz Play Final Show; 'Spider-Man' Is Back On
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Gorillaz Play Final Show, Release Surprise New Album
Damon Albarn announced that the Gorillaz show in Auckland on Tuesday was most likely the band’s final live performance, or at least the last concert by the all-star collection of musicians who comprised the group on their 2010 world tour. The touring band, which occasionally featured stars such as Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed and Mos Def, regularly included the Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, Bobby Womack, Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, De La Soul and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. This is hardly the end of the Gorillaz, though. Albarn is set to release a new Gorillaz album titled The Fall directly to fan club members on Christmas Day, with a physical release to follow sometime in 2011. [NME]

Spider-Man Will Return Tonight
Following the cancellation of two shows yesterday and the addition of new safety measures, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will stage another performance on Broadway tonight. The musical, which is directed by Julie Taymor and includes music by U2’s Bono and the Edge, was forced to cancel yesterday’s shows after stunt double Christopher W. Tierney fell 30 feet and suffered broken ribs and internal bleeding on Monday. [USA Today]

Grammys Honor Ramones, Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews For Lifetime Achievement
The Recording Academy will award the Ramones, Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, the Kingston Trio, the Juilliard String Quartet, Roy Haynes and George Beverly Shea with lifetime achievement Grammys at a special ceremony in February. The diverse group of artists is being recognized for their influence and innovation in their respective genres. [LA Times]

Sony Launches New Music Subscription Service
Qriocity, a cloud-based music subscription service that offers its users access to six million songs from the collective Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI Music catalogs, launched yesterday in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The service, which streams in a way similar to Pandora but can be upgraded for play-on-demand listening, will be usable on a range of Sony devices including the Playstation 3, cell phones, Blu Ray players and Vaio computers. Though the service will work on smart phones using Google’s Droid operating system, it will not be compatible with Apple’s iPhones. Sony plans to introduce Music Unlimited around the world over the course of the next year. [LA Times Blog]

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