Digest: David Bowie Releases 'Golden Age' App and EP; The Cars Announce Spring Tour

Also: Mary J. Blige to put out new album in September; Adele breaks Madonna's U.K. chart record

April 4, 2011 6:45 PM ET
Digest: David Bowie Releases 'Golden Age' App and EP; The Cars Announce Spring Tour
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David Bowie Releases New App and EP
David Bowie is set to release a new app and remix EP for "Golden Years," his 1975 single from the album Station to Station. The app will provide its users to access the song's original multi-tracks in order to create their own remixes which they can share with friends. The official remix EP will include mixes by KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez, Jeremy Solo, Eric J Lawrence and Chris Douridas. Both the app and EP will hit stores on June 6th. [Press release]

The Cars Announce North American Tour
The Cars have announced the first leg of their tour in support of their new album Move Like This. The dates include: 5/10 in Seattle, WA @ Showbox @SODO 5/12 in Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium 5/13 in Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre 5/15 in Denver, CO @ The Fillmore 5/17 in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 5/18 in Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre 5/20 in Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy 5/23 in Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 5/25 in New York City, NY @ Roseland 5/26 in Boston, MA @ The House of Blues. [Press release]

Mary J. Blige to Release Album in September
Mary J. Blige's tenth album My Life II: The Journey Continues is set to hit stores on September 20th. The record, a sequel to her 1994 breakthrough, will feature production by Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Stargate. [Billboard]

Adele Breaks U.K. Chart Record
Adele's new album 21 has topped the U.K. pop chart for 10 consecutive weeks, topping Madonna's record for the longest run at Number One in the nation's chart history for a female solo artist. If she can continue to hold the spot for another three weeks, she will beat Bob Marley for the longest-running Number One album in U.K. history. [Guardian]

Das Racist To Curate 'Live Music Show'
New York City rap crew Das Racist has been tapped to curate an episode of The Live Music Show, a web series on the online television site Network Awesome. The group have selected a set of live performances that they have found online for the episode, including footage of MGMT covering the Talking Heads and Bizzy Bone performing on the Muary Povich Show. [Pitchfork]

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