Digest: Beatles Lyrics Sheet Up For Auction; Neil Young Releases Eighties Live Album

Also: Glastonbury Festival lineup announced; Rihanna leads Billboard Awards nominations

April 14, 2011 12:35 PM ET
Digest: Beatles Lyrics Sheet Up For Auction; Neil Young Releases Eighties Live Album
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John Lennon's Lyrics Sheet to be Auctioned
John Lennon's original handwritten lyrics for the Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" will be sold at an auction at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on May 14th and 15th. The draft sheet is expected to sell for more than $200,000. [Billboard]

Neil Young to Release Eighties Live Album
Neil Young is set to release A Treasure, a live album featuring 12 tracks recorded during 1984 and 1985 on a tour with the International Harvesters on June 14th The album will include five previously unreleased recordings, including versions of "Grey Riders," "Nothing is Perfect" and "Amber Jean." [Paste]

Glastonbury Festival Lineup Announced
The full lineup for the massive 2011 Glastonbury Festival in England has been announced. In addition to previously announced headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé, the festival will include performances by Morrissey, Wu-Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green, Paul Simon, the Chemical Brothers, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, Big Boi and many others. [BBC]

Rihanna Leads Billboard Music Awards Nominations
Rihanna has been nominated in 18 categories for this year's Billboard Music Awards, including top female artist, Hot 100 artist and R&B artist. She shares some nominations with Eminem for their hit "Love the Way You Lie." He is nominated for 16 awards and Lady Gaga is up for 12. [BBC]

MTV Announces 2011 Video Music Awards
MTV have announced that their 28th annual Video Music Awards show will be held on August 28th in Los Angeles. The network has not released any further information regarding its host or performers. [Reuters]

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