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Digest: Soundgarden Announce Summer Tour; Santigold Releases New Song with Karen O

Also: Ozzy Osbourne pays off $1.7 million tax debt

April 14, 2011 5:15 PM ET
Digest: Soundgarden Announce Summer Tour; Santigold Releases New Song with Karen O
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Soundgarden Announce Summer Tour
Soundgarden are heading out on the road in July for a brief four-date tour. The band are set to play the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 2nd, the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia on July 13th, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver on July 18th and the Forum in Los Angeles on July 22nd. The band have promised more dates to be announced later. [Press release]

Santigold Releases New Song with Karen O
Santigold has released a new single called "GO" featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Jay-Z's new lifestyle site Life + Times. In addition to Karen O's guest spot on vocals, the electro-rock banger also features guitar by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and production assistance by Q-Tip and Switch. [Life + Times]

Ozzy Osbourne Pays Off Tax Debt
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon have paid off $1.7 million in tax debt to the U.S. government. In a statement released to the blog Perez Hilton, Sharon Osbourne explained that the family has paid its tax bill and that she is on a mission to find out why the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien on one of their Los Angeles residences. [Reuters]

Lou Reed's Manager Will Not Be Prosecuted
Lou Reed's manager Tom Sarig will not be prosecuted over a claim that he threatened to have a consultant murdered over a money dispute. The suit was dismissed yesterday by the Manhattan District Attorney's office. [Billboard]

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