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Digest: Slipknot's Corey Taylor May Be Velvet Revolver's New Singer; Demi Lovato Leaves Rehab

Also: Electronic music pioneer Milton Babbitt dies at 94; Ricky Martin announces tour

January 31, 2011 11:50 AM ET
Digest: Slipknot's Corey Taylor May Be Velvet Revolver's New Singer; Demi Lovato Leaves Rehab
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Slipknot Singer May Join Velvet Revolver
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor is being coy about rumors that he is the most likely candidate to replace Scott Weiland as the frontman of Velvet Revolver. When contacted by Billboard, Taylor refused to confirm or deny the reports, but strongly hinted that an announcement was forthcoming. [Billboard]

Devi Lovato Out of Rehab
Pop singer Demi Lovato has completed a 90-day in-patient treatment at a rehab center in Illinois. Lovato entered treatment following a meltdown while on tour with the Jonas Brothers last year. It is unclear whether or not she will return to work on her Disney Channel sitcom Sonny With a Chance. [L.A. Times]

Electronic Music Pioneer Milton Babbitt Dead at 94
Avant-garde composer and early synthesizer pioneer Milton Babbitt died on Saturday at the age of 94. Babbitt is best known for blending electronic sounds with vocal performances in the works "Vision and Prayer" and "Philomel" in the Sixties. [NY Times]

Ricky Martin to Launch New Tour
Ricky Martin has announced that he will begin his Musica + Alma + Sexo tour in Puerto Rico on March 25. The world tour will span 22 dates in 19 cities in Europe and Latin America, plus his first shows in the United States in three years. [Billboard]

Macy Gray Plans Two New Albums
Macy Gray has told Billboard that she plans to record and release two albums in 2011, with one focused on jazz and the other on arty rock music. Gray, who released an album titled The Sellout last year, has been very productive in the studio with producer Hal Wilner. [Billboard]

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