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Digest: Lenny Kravitz Announces New Album; Rumors of Mick Jagger's Death are Fake

Also: Sasquatch Festival sells out, Ice Cube may join the cast of '21 Jump Street' and Borders closes 200 stores

February 16, 2011 11:40 AM ET
Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
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Lenny Kravitz Announces New Album
Lenny Kravitz will be releasing a new album titled Black and White America sometime this summer. According to Kravitz, the record will be very up-tempo and its lyrics will directly deal with his experience as a mixed-race man in America. [Billboard]

Mick Jagger is Not Dead
Despite the fact that "Mick Jagger RIP" is a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, the Rolling Stones singer is very much alive. Apparently the hoax began as the result of a tweet by radio personality Peter Rosenberg mocking the singer's recent appearance on the Grammy Awards. [Washington Post]

Sasquatch Festival is Sold Out
The Sasquatch Festival completely sold out its 100,000 tickets only one week after its line-up was announced on February 7th, a new record for the long-running event, which takes place in Washington state's The Gorge. This year's festival will include performances by Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, the Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Wilco and the Flaming Lips. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Ice Cube May Join the Cast of '21 Jump Street'
Ice Cube is in negotiations to join Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the cast of the film adaptation of the late-Eighties crime drama 21 Jump Street. Ice Cube is up for the part played by Steven Williams in the original series. [Deadline Hollywood]

Borders to Close 200 Stores
As a result of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Borders Group will close 200 of its big-box music and book stores over the next few weeks. This accounts for 30 percent of the chain's stores overall. [Billboard]

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