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Digest: 'Spider-Man' Cited For Safety Violations; Christina Aguilera Sued Over Sample

Also: Flaming Lips release new music inside a life-size gummy skull; Dolly Parton donates books to Scottish kids

March 7, 2011 10:25 AM ET
Digest: 'Spider-Man' Cited For Safety Violations; Christina Aguilera Sued Over Sample
Jacob Cohl

'Spider-Man' Cited For More Violations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark for three severe workplace safety violations, with a proposed fine of $12,600. The citations come from four incidents last year which resulted in injuries for actors in the production. [NY Times]

Christina Aguilera Sued Over Sample
A company called TufAmerica is suing Christina Aguilera's label Sony Music, claiming that her 2004 hit "Ain't No Other Man" contains an uncleared sample from "Hippy Skippy Moon Strut" by Dave Cortez and the Moon People, a 1968 Latin soul tune they own. [TMZ]

The Flaming Lips to Sell Music in Gummy Skull
The Flaming Lips have announced that they will be releasing an upcoming EP in the form of a USB flash drive encased in an edible life-size gummy skull complete with a gummy brain. The as-yet untitled EP will contain three new songs. [Pitchfork]

Dolly Parton Gives Books to Scottish Children
Dolly Parton has launched the Imagination Library, a project with the Scottish government that will provide children with one free book every month until their fifth birthday. The project was inspired by a similar campaign in the U.S. initiated by Parton's Dollywood Foundation. [BBC]

Robyn to Headline Logo Awards Show
Swedish pop star Robyn has been announced as the headliner of the Logo network's NewNowNext Awards on April 11th. The ceremony will also include performances by Oh Land and Wynter Gordon. [EW.com]

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