Digest: Snoop Dogg Announces 'Doggumentary'; Spike Jonze Turns Arcade Fire Video Into Short Film

Also: Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme says he almost died in surgery

January 19, 2011 11:10 AM ET
Digest: Snoop Dogg Announces 'Doggumentary'; Spike Jonze Turns Arcade Fire Video Into Short Film
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Snoop Dogg to Release 'Doggumentary'
Doggumentary, Snoop Dogg's 11th studio album, is scheduled to hit stores on March 29th. The rapper will be promoting the record with his Get Wet tour, which will hit several large theaters along the west coast and through the midwest. The tour began last night at the Fillmore in San Francisco. [AudioPerv]

Spike Jonze Debuts Short Film Based on Arcade Fire Video
Scenes from the Suburbs, a short film by Spike Jonze spun out from his video for the Arcade Fire song "The Suburbs," will debut at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. According to Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, the short is "a science-fiction B-movie companion piece" to Jonze's music video. [Pitchfork]

Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Nearly Died
In an interview with the NME, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme says that he technically died during a surgery on his knee last year, but doctors were able to save his life. Homme was bedridden for three months, but was just recently given permission from his doctors to begin work on his band's next album. [NME]

Mötley Crüe Singer to Serve Time
Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil will serve a two-week sentence in a Nevada jail for drinking and driving near the Las Vegas Strip in his Lamborghini last summer. Neil will also serve two weeks of house arrest. [Yahoo! News]

Diddy to Get Grime Education
Diddy is about to get a crash course in the U.K. grime scene courtesy of London-based rapper Skepta, who will give the rap impresario a "guided tour" of the British urban music subculture. Diddy's immersion in British rap may be filmed for a documentary. [Guardian UK]

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