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Digest: Paul Simon and Foo Fighters Headline Festival; Cee Lo Opens For Prince

Also: Carson Daly to host new music contest show

February 2, 2011 11:25 AM ET
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Paul Simon and Foo Fighters Headline Hangout Festival
Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and Cee Lo Green have been announced as headliners at the second Hangout Festival, which will be held on the beaches of the Gulf Shore in Alabama on May 20-22. The festival will also include performances by the Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Primus and Drive-By Truckers. [Billboard]

Cee Lo Opens For Prince in Manhattan
Cee Lo Green has been announced as the opening act for Prince at the last of the singer's set of concerts at Madison Square Garden on February 7th. Six days later Green will perform on the Grammy Awards – reportedly with Gwyneth Paltrow and "the Jim Henson Company Puppets." [Brooklyn Vegan]

Caron Daly Hosts New Singing Competition
Carson Daly has made a deal to host The Voice, a new singing competition on NBC. The show, which will begin in the spring, is based upon the popular Dutch series The Voice of Holland, which itself is very similar to the American Idol franchise. [Billboard]

A Perfect Circle and Korn Play the Rock on the Range Festival
A Perfect Circle, Korn, Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold have been named as the headliners of the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. This year's event, which will also include sets by Danzig and Staind, will take place at the Columbus Crew Stadium on May 21-22. [Billboard]

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