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Digest: Wilco to Self-Release New Single; M.I.A. Working With Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz

Also: Green Day fans lobby for Central Park show; Fiery Furnaces singer releases solo album

April 22, 2011 10:55 AM ET
Digest: Wilco to Self-Release New Single; M.I.A. Working With Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz

Wilco to Self-Release New Single
Wilco have announced that the first release on their own dBpm Records label will be a 7-inch single for a new song titled "I Might." The 45, which includes a cover of Nick Lowe's "I Love My Label" on the flip side, will be sold at the band's Solid Sound Festival on June 24 through 26th in North Adams, Massachusetts. It will hit stores sometime in July. [Pitchfork]

M.I.A. Collaborates With Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz
M.I.A. is reportedly working on a new album with a variety of pop stars and hitmaking producers including Chris Brown, Swizz Beatz, Polow da Don and the Cataracs. Going on her team of collaborators, it would seem that M.I.A. is aiming for a more mainstream sound on the follow-up to her abrasive and divisive 2010 album, /\/\/\Y/\. [Billboard]

Green Day Fans Lobby for Central Park Show
A group of Green Day fans are campaigning for the band to perform at the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park this summer. Only a handful of artists have performed on the expansive green pasture over the past few decades, but all of them – Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Garth Brooks, Diana Ross, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Bob Marley, Carole King and the Supremes – have been superstars. [Green Day on the Great Lawn]

Central Park SummerStage Lineup Announced
The 2011 lineup for SummerStage in Central Park has been announced. The major music events this year will include concerts by the Levon Helm Band with Emmylou Harris, Florence and the Machine, Fitz and the Tantrums, Wanda Jackson, Lykke Li, Guster, Rakim and Jagged Edge. [SummerStage]

Eleanor Friedberger to Release Solo Album
Fiery Furnaces frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger is set to release her first solo album, Last Summer, on July 12th. The record, which will include songs written in her time off from the Furnaces, will be issued by Merge Records.  [press release]

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