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Digest: Stevie Wonder to Join Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame; Dipset's Juelz Santana Arrested in New Jersey

Also: Ex-Paramore guitarists announces new band; Blur bassist hosts food festival

February 3, 2011 12:10 PM ET
Digest: Stevie Wonder to Join Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame; Dipset's Juelz Santana Arrested in New Jersey
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Stevie Wonder Joins Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame
The Apollo Theater has announced that it will induct Stevie Wonder into its Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. The singer made his debut on the Apollo stage in Harlem when he was just 12 years old in 1962. [NY Times]

Juelz Santana Arrested on Drug and Weapons Charges
Dipset rapper Juelz Santana was taken into custody by New Jersey police yesterday on four counts of narcotic and weapon offense. The charges are the result of a 10-month investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Unit. This new legal issue may derail Santana's plans to be involved with further Dipset reunion plans in 2011. [Rap Radar]

Ex-Paramore Guitarist Has New Band
Former Paramore guitarist Josh Farro has announced that he started a new band called Novel American. Farro, who quit Paramore last year after alleging that the group was manufactured by their record label, says that his new band is mostly inspired by Jimmy Eat World,  Radiohead and Explosions in the Sky. [Guardian UK]

Blur Bassist Hosts Food and Music Festival
Blur bassist Alex James will host the Harvest festival, which will feature music by KT Tunstall as well as a farmer's market, gardening workshops and cooking classes, on his estate in rural England on September 9-12. James has become a farmer and cheese-maker since Blur became mostly defunct in 2003. [BBC]

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