Digest: Jennifer Lopez to Debut New Video on 'American Idol'; Marilyn Manson Drummer Quits After 15 Years

Also: X-Ray Spex singer diagnosed with cancer; Battles return with new album

February 24, 2011 5:40 PM ET
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Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez to Debut Video on 'American Idol'
The music video for Jennifer Lopez's new single "On the Floor" will debut during the March 3rd episode of American Idol. Apparently, one of the major perks of becoming a judge on the show is that you get to promote your latest record during one of the highest-rated programs on television. ("On the Floor" is currently the Number Two single on iTunes.) [Reuters]

Marilyn Manson Drummer Leaves Band
Kenneth Robert Wilson, also known as Ginger Fish, has announced that he has quit Marilyn Manson after playing in the band for over 15 years. Wilson says that he is departing the group on good terms to pursue other opportunities. He played on all of Marilyn Manson's records except for their 1994 debut. [NME]

X-Ray Spex Singer Diagnosed With Cancer
Poly Styrene, the frontwoman of the classic punk rock band X-Ray Spex, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Styrene has not provided any details about the severity of the cancer or her treatment. [Spinner]

Björk, Queen Turn Up on 'Sucker Punch' Soundtrack
The soundtrack for the forthcoming Zac Snyder action movie Sucker Punch will feature new remixes of hit songs by Queen and Björk, as well as reworked versions of classic tunes by the Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, the Stooges and the Pixies by artists such as Emiliana Torrini, Yoav, Emily Browning and Alison Mosshart of the Kills and the Dead Weather. [Audio Perv]

Battles to Release New Album
Electro-prog rockers Battles have announced that their second full-length album Gloss Drop will be released on June 7th by Warp Records. The record will feature guest appearances by synthpop legend Gary Numan, Blonde Redhead singer Kazu Makino and Boredoms leader Yamantaka Eye. [Pitchfork]

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