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Digest: Rihanna Beats Elvis' U.K. Record; The Strokes Tease Fans With Bogus Album Art

Also: Evanesecence prepare new album with U2 producer Steve Lillywhite

January 10, 2011 11:45 AM ET
Digest: Rihanna Beats Elvis' U.K. Record; The Strokes Tease Fans With Bogus Album Art
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Rihanna Ties Elvis in the U.K.
Rihanna has matched a record set by Elvis Presley in the 1950s by scoring five number one singles in consecutive years on the U.K. pop chart. The singer's latest U.K. Number One hit is "What's My Name"; she previously topped the chart with 2010's "Only Girl (in the World)," "Run This Town" with Jay-Z and Kanye West in 2009, "Take A Bow" in 2008 and "Umbrella" in 2007. [Billboard]

Julian Casablancas Teases Fans With Twitpic
Last night Strokes singer Julian Casablancas teased fans on Twitter with an image of a colorful mural featuring a clown, a rainbow, a waterfall and a basketball player, claiming "check out the new Strokes album cover..." Don't get too excited, though — he's almost definitely goofing around. [Vulture]
 
Evanescence Begin Work on New Album
Evanescence have teamed up with U2 producer Steve Lillywhite for the group's third album, due at some point in late 2011. Drummer Will Hunt told the NME that while fans should not expect a total departure from their established sound, singer Amy Lee is "taking some real big risks" this time around. [NME]

Spotify Coming to Squeezebox
Spotify, a music streaming service that's currently only available in parts of Europe, will soon be available on portable Squeezebox players. This will allow users to listen to Spotify streams anywhere the service is available with wireless internet access. Spotify is likely to be introduced in the United States later this year. [Spotify]

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