Digest: George Michael Covers New Order On Charity Single; Sum 41 Singer Hospitalized in Sydney

Also: Elvis Presley becomes honorary citizen of Budapest; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce new reissues

March 3, 2011 11:50 AM ET
George Michael performs on February 26, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
George Michael performs on February 26, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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George Michael Covers New Order For Charity Single
George Michael will release a cover of the New Order hit "True Faith" as a charity single on March 13th in the U.K. to raise money for Comic Relief. According to New Order bassist Peter Hook, the band gave Michael their blessing to record the song. [BBC]

Sum 41 Singer Hospitalized With Severe Pneumonia
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has been hospitalized with severe pneumonia while on tour in Australia. According to a statement on the band's website, Whibley is being treated in a Sydney hospital and the group have postponed many of their upcoming gigs. [NME]

Elvis Presley to Become Honorary Citizen of Budapest
Elvis Presley will soon by honored by the city of Budapest with a posthumous honorary citizenship and a landmark with his name out of respect to his support for the unsuccessful 1956 Hungarian revolution. The singer saluted the uprising against Hungary's Soviet government and sang a song in tribute to the revolutionaries' struggle on his final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. [Guardian]

More Nick Cave Reissues on the Way
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will continue with their plan to reissue their entire back catalog by releasing new editions of Let Love In, Murder Ballads, The Boatman's Call and No More Shall We Part on May 16th. The double-disc sets will be remastered and packaged with DVDs including a 5.1 Surround Sound mix as well as bonus video content. [Paste]

MGMT Announce Remix EP
MGMT will release Congratulations Remixes EP as a digital-only release on March 15th. The set will include new mixes by the Ed Banger All-Stars, Erol Alkan and Cornelius. [Audio Perv]

MORE: Daft Punk's 'Tron' Score Remixed; Elton John Documentary to Open Tribeca Film Festival

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