Digest: Dashboard Confessional Extend Tour; Kinks Release Reissues

Also: Simon Cowell offers $5 million prize to 'X-Factor' winner; 'Glee' cast to launch arena tour

February 8, 2011 4:40 PM ET
 Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional performs on February 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional performs on February 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.

Dashboard Confessional Extends 10th Anniversary Tour
Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba has announced a new leg of his tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut album Swiss Army Romance. As with previous dates on the tour, Carrabba will perform the album in its entirety, as well as an assortment of other Dashboard Confessional tunes.The new leg will begin on March 24th in Tempe, Arizona. [Dashboard Confessional]

The Kinks Reissue Seven Albums
The Kinks will be reissuing seven albums over the course of 2011, with each record padded out with a second disc full of rarities, outtakes and demos. The first wave, including their debut album, Kinda Kinks and the Kink Kontroversy, is due out on March 29th. [NME]

Simon Cowell Promises $5 Million Prize
Simon Cowell issued a statement promising that the winner of the American version of his singing competition The X-Factor will get a $5 million contract, which would be the largest guaranteed prize in the history of American television. The show is set to debut on NBC on March 27th. [Guardian]

New 'Glee' Tour is Coming Soon
The new 16 date tour featuring the cast of Glee will begin on May 21st in Las Vegas. Whereas the original Glee tour was staged in large theaters, the new jaunt has the cast performing in arenas. [Billboard]

Britney Spears Album Gets Release Date
Britney Spears' seventh album Femme Fatale now has an official release date. The record is scheduled to hit stores on March 29th. [Press release]

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