Digest: Early Kanye West Beats CD Surfaces Online; Enrique Iglesias May Not Do Britney Tour

Also: Stephen Colbert promises to sing Rebecca Black's 'Friday' for charity

March 29, 2011 5:55 PM ET
Digest: Early Kanye West Beats CD Surfaces Online; Enrique Iglesias May Not Do Britney Tour
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Kanye's Early Beat CD Surfaces Online
DJBooth.net has unearthed a set of CDs featuring early tracks by Kanye West. The first disc of the set can be streamed on the site now. The tracks don't sound too much like the West of today, but certainly illustrate how far he has come as a producer. [DJ Booth]

Enrique Iglesias May Not Do Britney Spears Tour
Enrique Iglesias has reportedly dropped out of the joint tour with Britney Spears that was announced earlier today on Good Morning America. Nevertheless Billboard's sources say that negotiations are under way that could result in the tour going on according to the original plan. [Billboard]

Stephen Colbert Will Sing Rebecca Black's 'Friday' For Charity
Stephen Colbert has promised that if Jimmy Fallon's fans can donate a collective $26,000 to the Donors Choose charity by Friday, he will come on Late Night and sing Rebecca Black's viral hit "Friday" with Fallon's house band the Roots. As of now, Fallon's fans have donated over $10,000. [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]

Justin Bieber Song Sparks Lawsuit Over Royalties
Vance Tate and Thomas Oliveria have filed a lawsuit claiming that they are entitled to 10 percent of the publishing royalties to the Justin Bieber tune "One Less Lonely Girl." The songwriters are seeking damages for breach of contract, fraud, conversion and copyright infringement. [Billboard]

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