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Digest: 50 Cent Releases Violent New Freestyle; Shirley Manson Sings Song From Serj Tankian's Rock Musical

Kings of Leon guitarist to become a dad; Broken Bells announce new EP

March 1, 2011 5:45 PM ET
Digest: 50 Cent Releases Violent New Freestyle; Shirley Manson Sings Song From Serj Tankian's Rock Musical
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50 Cent Releases New Freestyle
50 Cent put out a new freestyle today titled "6 Out of 6 (Get Gully)". The track, which was produced by Cardiak, features some very violent lyrics, including a line in which he asks his enemies if they would prefer his "knife or the razor." [Rap-Up]

Shirley Manson Releases Song For Rock Musical
Garbage singer Shirley Manson has recorded a song for Prometheus Unbound, a political rock musical penned by Spring Awakening author Steven Sater and System of a Down's Serj Tankian. The song, titled "The Hunger," is now available as a single in the iTunes store. [Playbill]

Kings of Leon Guitarist to Become a Dad
Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill and his wife Johanna Bennett are expecting their first child. The baby is due sometime this spring. [Celebrity Babies]

Broken Bells Announce New EP
Broken Bells -- the duo featuring producer Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer -- will release a new four-song EP titled Meyrin Fields on March 29th. The disc will include two new tracks along with two previously released non-album songs. [Paste]

Reba McEntire Joins County Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Association announced today that Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and Bobby Braddock will be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. All three will be inducted in a ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum later this year. [Billboard]

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