Digest: Replica of Graceland Opens in Denmark; Lil Wayne's Bodyguards Accused of Impersonating Cops

Also: Lady Gaga to perform at MTV Japan fundraising; Village Voice replaces Siren Festival with 4Knots Festival

April 15, 2011 1:55 PM ET
Digest: Replica of Graceland Opens in Denmark; Lil Wayne's Bodyguards Accused of Impersonating Cops
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Graceland Replica to Open in Denmark
A replica of Elvis Presley's Graceland estate is about to open in Denmark. The building, which is nearly identical to the original in Memphis, will feature nearly 6,000 pieces of Presley memorabilia. [BBC]

Lil Wayne's Bodyguards Face Charges
Two of Lil Wayne's bodyguards are facing charges for impersonating police officers at a nightclub in Bloomington, Indiana. Police say the two men led a caravan of tour buses in a car with flashing red and blue lights and a blaring siren. [Billboard]

Lady Gaga to Appear at MTV Japan Event
Lady Gaga has been confirmed as a performer at MTV Japan charity event on June 25th. This fundraising event is being held instead of the network's annual Video Music Awards Japan ceremony. [Billboard]

Village Voice Ends Siren Festival
The Village Voice has pulled the plug on its annual Siren Music Festival at Coney Island in Brooklyn after 10 years. The free weekly will replace the event with the 4Knots Music Festival at Manhattan's South Street Seaport in Manhattan on July 16th. No performers have been announced. [Daily Swarm]

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