Digest: Radiohead's Tokyo Rumor; Bruno Mars Sentenced for Drugs

Also: Kanye West and Mary J. Blige headline Essence Music Festival; Waka Flocka Flame questioned about shootout in Charlotte, North Carolina

February 17, 2011 10:30 AM ET
Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Nick Pickles

Mysterious Radiohead Tweet Teases Possible Tokyo Concert
Earlier today Radiohead tweeted a time and location in Tokyo that could be a pre-release event for their new album The King of Limbs, which will be released digitally on Saturday. The tweet was written out in Japanese characters but when translated seemed to be instructing people to come to Hachiko Square Shibuya, a busy pedestrian area in Tokyo, at 6:59 p.m. tomorrow. Fans are speculating that the band may perform a free concert in the square. [NME]

Bruno Mars Sentenced For Cocaine Possession
Bruno Mars plead guilty to cocaine possession in a Las Vegas court, but will not be jailed for the crime. Instead, the singer will be placed on 12 months' probation, pay a $2,000 fine, attend drug counseling and perform 200 hours of community service. [Reuters]

Kanye West, Mary J. Blige Headline Essence Music Festival
Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and Jill Scott have been announced as headliners of the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. The event, which will run from July 1st-3rd at the Louisiana Superdome, will also include performances by Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, and George Clinton with Parliament-Funkadelic. [Billboard]

Waka Flocka Flame Questioned By Police About Shootout
Waka Flocka Flame and three other men were questioned by police yesterday about a shootout outside a car stereo store in Charlotte, North Carolina. The rapper was at the shop upgrading the sound system of his tour bus. Waka's involvement in the incident is unclear. [Billboard]

Simon Cowell Signs 10-Year-Old Girl
Simon Cowell has signed 10-year-old YouTube sensation Heather Russell to a record contract. Cowell developed an interest in the young Canadian singer after her song "Every Step Of The Way" hit YouTube in July. [Belfast Telegraph]

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