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Digest: Willow Smith's New Single; Kanye West Pulls video From YouTube

Also: Eminem is most-liked artist on Facebook; Beastie Boys announce date for new album

February 25, 2011 11:05 AM ET
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Willow Smith
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Willow Smith to Debut New Single on Monday
"21st Century Girl," Willow Smith's follow up to her smash hit "Whip My Hair," will debut Monday morning on On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. The song will be available the next day in the iTunes store. The 10-year-old star is set to perform the song for the first time on an upcoming episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. [Rap-Up]

Kanye West Pulls Video From YouTube
Kanye West has removed the video for his new single "All of the Lights" from YouTube out of concern that its flashing lights will cause epileptic seizures. It is unclear whether West and his label intend to rerelease the video, which had more than 5 million views before being taken off YouTube. [E!]

Beastie Boys Announce Release Date For New Album
After several delays related to Adam Yauch's battle with cancer, the Beastie Boys will release their new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 on April 19th. The new disc will include guest appearances by Nas and Santigold. [NME]

Eminem is Most-Liked Artist on Facebook
Eminem has eclipsed Lady Gaga as the most-liked living artist on Facebook. According to Famecount, the rapper recently hit 28,883,000 likes, just ahead of Gaga's 28,872,000. He is on track to surpass Michael Jackson's 29.1 million likes. [Reuters]

Iron and Wine Extends US Tour
Iron and Wine have added more dates to their tour in support of their recently released album Kiss Each Other Clean. As of now, the band will play 29 shows in the United States between April and June, including stops at the Sasquatch and Bonnaroo festivals. [Pitchfork]

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