Digest: Coldplay to Headline Glastonbury Festival; HBO to Air Lady Gaga Concert Special

Also: Death Cab For Cutie announce new album; Slash auctions off belongings for charity

February 15, 2011 11:55 AM ET
 Coldplay perform at the Royal Court Theatre on December 19, 2010 in Liverpool, England.
Coldplay perform at the Royal Court Theatre on December 19, 2010 in Liverpool, England.
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Coldplay to Headline Glastonbury Festival
Coldplay have been announced as the headliner of the second day of the Glastonbury in England on June 25th. The band previously headlined the festival in 2005 and 2002. [BBC]

HBO to Air Lady Gaga Live Show
HBO will air a Lady Gaga concert special on May 7th. The broadcast will feature footage from Gaga's February 21st and 22nd shows at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. [TV Line]

New Death Cab For Cutie in May
Death Cab For Cutie have announced that their seventh album Codes and Keys will be released on May 31st. In interviews, the band have suggested that the record will be more focused on keyboards and electronic elements than previous Death Cab releases. [Pitchfork]

Slash to Sell Car and Guitars in Auction
Slash will be selling a wide variety of his belongings – including guitars, dinosaur models, jewelry with skull imagery and a Corvette – at an auction in Los Angeles next month. The guitarist plans to donate a large chunk of the proceeds to charity. [Reuters]

Spider-Man Musical Sales Go Up
Despite incredibly poor reviews, ticket sales for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark went up by three percent last week. It could just be a matter of a rising tide lifting all boats, though – sales on Broadway were up overall in that time period. [Reuters]

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

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