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Digest: Kylie Minogue Announces Tour Inspired by 'Spider-Man'; Paramore Singer Shares New Demo

Also: Taylor Swift tops chart in dire week for album sales; Britney Spears breaks radio record

January 12, 2011 4:30 PM ET
Kylie Minogue leaving her Chelsea home on January 10, 2011 in London, England
Kylie Minogue leaving her Chelsea home on January 10, 2011 in London, England
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Kylie Plans Extravagant Tour Inspired by 'Spider-Man'
Kylie Minogue has announced that a "technologically advanced and extravagant stage" inspired by Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be the focal point of her upcoming Les Folies world tour. The show will include ten dancers, eight acrobats, and 30 fountains as part of an elaborate water show. Hopefully Minogue and her crew will have better luck with the stunts in their show than the Spider-Man musical has in its brief yet accident-prone run on Broadway to date. [Guardian U.K.]

Paramore Singer Shares New Demo
Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams shared a brief a cappella snippet of a new song called "In the Mourning" on her Tumblr blog yesterday. According to Williams, the song is intended to be fleshed out by Paramore on their forthcoming fourth album. [Idolator]

Taylor Swift Tops Chart in Worst Week For Album Sales Since 1991
Taylor Swift's Speak Now has the dubious distinction of being the lowest-selling Number One album — with 52,000 sold — for a week since 1991, the most dire week for record sales in the 20-year history of Nielsen SoundScan's sales charts. [Billboard]

Britney Spears Breaks Radio Record
The hype for Britney Spears' new single "Hold It Against Me," which leaked on Monday and was officially released on Tuesday, has resulted in the track breaking a record for first-day airplay on American radio. The song is also currently the Number One track in the iTunes store. [EW.com]

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