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Digest: Miley Cyrus Video to Become a Movie; Timbaland Reaches Out to Demi Lovato

Also: Justin Bieber returns to 'CSI'

January 12, 2011 11:50 AM ET
Digest: Miley Cyrus Video to Become a Movie; Timbaland Reaches Out to Demi Lovato

Miley Cyrus Video to Become Movie
The video for Rock Mafia's song "The Big Bang," which features Miley Cyrus and Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers, is going to be expanded into a feature-length film. It's hard to tell from the video exactly what the plot could entail, but it seems to be something of a romantic comedy. [E! News]

Timbaland Writes Song for Demi Lovato
Timbaland has written a song for troubled teen star Demi Lovato. In a video clip posted to YouTube, the producer addresses Lovato, currently in rehab for undisclosed issues, telling her that he is very impressed by her talent before playing a bit of an unfinished track intended for the singer's comeback album. [TaleTela]

Justin Bieber Returns to 'CSI'
Justin Bieber is set to reprise his role as a young terrorist in a forthcoming sweeps-season episode of CSI. In his previous appearance on the program, his character was sent to prison. This episode is said to wrap up the character's storyline. [Vulture]

Bobby Robinson Dead at 93
Bobby Robinson, a Harlem music impressario and producer who was involved in the early success of artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Grandmaster Flash, has died at the age of 93. Robinson was a fixture of the Harlem scene for decades, and owned a long-running music shop in the neighborhood. [NY Times]

Basshunter Accused of Sexual Assault
Basshunter, a Swedish dance-artist-turned-reality-TV-star in Britain, has been accused of sexually assaulting two fans at a gig in Fife, Scotland. Basshunter, born Jonas Erik Altberg, was released on bail and denies the charge. [BBC News]

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