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Digest: Nicki Minaj to Tour with Britney Spears; Jethro Tull's Music to Be Performed in Space

Also: Jeff Buckley biopic in the works; Syd Barrett painting stolen from gallery in London

April 11, 2011 12:10 PM ET
Digest: Nicki Minaj to Tour with Britney Spears; Jethro Tull's Music to Be Performed in Space
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Nicki Minaj to Tour with Britney Spears
Nicki Minaj has officially announced that she will be the opening act for Britney Spears' upcoming arena tour in support of her new album Femme Fatale. Minaj is currently on the road with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross on the I Am Music II tour. [TMZ]

Jethro Tull to Perform With Astronaut
Catherine Coleman, a United States astronaut aboard the International Space Station, will honor the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight tomorrow by performing via video link with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. The two will play a version of "Bourée" with Coleman playing flute in space and Anderson providing accompaniment on Earth. [Guardian]

Jeff Buckley Biopic to Film Later This Year
Filmmaker Jake Scott will helm a biopic of Jeff Buckley that will be shot later this year. The movie will tell the story of Buckley's career as a musician up until his tragic death at the age of 30 in 1997. Scott and Buckley are both the sons of famous artists – Buckley's father was the folk singer Tim Buckley, and Scott's father is the director Ridley Scott. [Deadline Hollywood]

Syd Barrett Painting Stolen in London
A painting by the late Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett was stolen from the IG Gallery in London on Saturday. The gallery has offered a reward for its return. [BBC6MusicNews]

Annie Lennox to Receive Silver Clef Award
Annie Lennox will be presented with the Silver Clef prize for outstanding contribution to music at this year's Nordoff Robbins awards luncheon. Previous winners of the prestigious award have included David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Sting. [BBC]

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