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Digest: U2 and Rihanna to Appear on Benefit LP For Japan

Also: David Bowie Releases Birthday Concert Album, The Strokes and Pulp to headline Reading and Leeds festivals, Pusha T releases new mixtape

March 21, 2011 5:55 PM ET
Digest: U2 and Rihanna to Appear on Benefit LP For Japan
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U2, Rihanna to Appear on Japan Benefit Album
U2 and Rihanna are expected to be among the artists featured on a digital-only compilation album from Universal Music that will raise money for the Japanese Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan. The set is expected to hit digital stores by the end of the week. [Reuters]

David Bowie to Release Live Birthday Album
David Bowie will release Birthday Celebration - Live in NYC 1997, a concert album featuring guest performances by Foo Fighters, Billy Corgan, Lou Reed, Frank Black and Robert Smith of the Cure, on April 26th. The show was put on to celebrate Bowie's 50th birthday. [Paste]

Pulp, The Strokes to Play Reading and Leeds Festivals
The initial lineup of both the Reading and Leeds festivals in England were announced today. Pulp and the Strokes will headline one day of both festivals, and My Chemical Romance and Muse will headline one day each. The bill for both festivals will include sets by The National, Interpol, Odd Future and Jane's Addiction. [Pitchfork]

Pusha T Releases Mixtape
Pusha T, one of half of the rap duo Clipse, released a solo mixtape today titled Fear of God. The set includes collaborations with Kanye West, the Neptunes, 50 Cent and Rick Ross. [Pusha-T]

Soulja Boy Mourns Brother
Soulja Boy announced on Twitter today that his younger brother died in a car accident on Sunday. The bereaved rapper tweeted "at home crying my eyes out I can’t believe my Lil bro is gone." [Oh No They Didn't]

MORE: Lil Wayne's New Album is Coming in May; Lady Gaga is Censored in Malaysia

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