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Digest: Katy Perry Launches Tour; Willow Smith and Jay-Z on 'Annie'

Also: Iggy Pop drummer killed in hit-and-run

January 20, 2011 11:00 AM ET
Digest: Katy Perry Launches Tour; Willow Smith and Jay-Z on 'Annie'
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Katy Perry to Launch California Dreams Tour
Katy Perry has announced the details of her California Dreams summer tour. The singer has scheduled 38 dates thus far, beginning with a concert on June 7th in Atlanta. The North American leg of the tour will feature the Swedish pop star Robyn and the Welsh group Marina and the Diamonds as opening acts. [Billboard]

Will Smith Wants to Remake 'Annie' With Daughter and Jay-Z
According to Variety, Will Smith is in talks with Sony to produce a remake of the musical Annie with his daughter, nascent pop star Willow Smith, in the lead role. Jay-Z, who scored a hit with "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" sampling the musical, is attached to collaborate on the music. [Variety]

Iggy Pop Drummer Killed in Hit-and-Run
Alex Kirst, the drummer for Iggy Pop and the glam rock band the Nymphs, was killed in a hit-and-run car crash in the California desert. Kirst, who was 47, was struck down while walking along Date Palm Road in Cathedral City, California. [Billboard]

Macy Gray Asks Fans If She Should Cancel Shows in Israel
Macy Gray reached out to her fans on Facebook about whether or not she should scrap her planned performances in Tel Aviv for the "disgusting" way the Israeli government treats Palestinians. The singer says she is torn between pressure from some fans to boycott Israel and a desire to perform for her fans in the country. She has yet to reach a decision. [Reuters]

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