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Digest: Ke$ha to Release New Remix Album; Justin Bieber Auctions His Hair For Charity

Also: Panda Bear announces new single; Cut Copy drops DJ mix

February 23, 2011 5:45 PM ET
Digest: Ke$ha to Release New Remix Album; Justin Bieber Auctions His Hair For Charity
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Ke$ha Remix Album Due in March
Ke$ha will release a new remix album titled I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance on March 22nd. The set will feature "The Sleazey Remix" featuring Outkast's Andre 3000 and two versions of "Tik Tok." (It will not, however, include a cover of the Electric Six hit "Dance Commander.") [Billboard]

Justin Bieber Auctions Off His Hair For Charity
Justin Bieber is auctioning off locks of his freshly cut hair on eBay to benefit the Gentle Barn, a nonprofit organization that offers a safe haven for abused farm animals and children. Bieber got a haircut earlier this week for a video shoot with Rascal Flatts. [The Daily What]

Panda Bear Announces New Single
"Surfer Hymn," the last in a series of 7-inch singles released in advance of Panda Bear's new album Tomboy, will be issued by the Kompakt label on March 14th. The track will be backed up by a remix of the A side by the U.K. producer Actress. [Pitchfork]

Cut Copy Drop DJ Mix
Cut Copy leader Dan Whitford has released a DJ mix featuring music by Liquid Liquid, Thin Lizzy, Simple Minds, Hercules and several other acts. The mix was made in anticipation of a Cutters Records party in Melbourne. [Noise In My Head]

The Watson Twins Plan Covers EP
The Watson Twins have announced that Night Covers, a new EP featuring their recordings of songs by PJ Harvey, the Black Keys, Sade, the Turtles, the Eurythmics and Bill Withers, will be released on April 18th. The band will promote the release by touring with Alexi Murdoch and Amos Lee. [Press release]

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