Digest: Big Boi Recording With Modest Mouse

Also: Roger Daltrey touring 'Tommy' without Pete Townshend; Dr. Luke and Max Martin honored by ASCAP

April 28, 2011 12:40 PM ET
Digest: Big Boi Recording With Modest Mouse
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Big Boi Teams Up With Modest Mouse
Outkast rapper Big Boi has announced in a series of tweets that he is in the studio working on new music with Modest Mouse. No details about the collaboration have been revealed, but Big Boi has indicated that the recording will be for the Portland, Orgeon band's next album. [Pitchfork]

Roger Daltrey to Tour the Who's 'Tommy'
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has announced plans to head out on a tour of the band's rock opera Tommy without its composer and Who mastermind Pete Townshend. The tour, which begin at Ragley Hall in Alcester, England, will feature Townshend's son Simon on lead guitar. [Guardian]

Dr. Luke and Max Martin Honored by ASCAP
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin were given the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year prize at the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers award ceremony yesterday. The duo was honored for its contribution to enormous hits such as Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok." [Billboard]

Donnie Wahlberg Finds Fan a Kidney Donor
Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block has successfully found a donor for a fan in urgent need of a kidney transplant. The donor was located thanks to a chain of events set in motion by the singer retweeting a plea from the fan. [US Weekly]

Josh Groban Prepares Summer Tour
Singer Josh Groban is about to head off on his first global arena tour in four years. Groban will kick off his summer jaunt with a performance at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on May 12th and wrap up his North American leg at New York's Madison Square Garden on November 14th. [Press release]

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