Green Day Begin Work on New Songs

Also: Coldplay release new single on Friday; Slayer put new record on hold

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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during his final performance in "American Idiot" on Broadway at the St James Theater on April 24, 2011 in New York City.
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Green Day Begin Work on New Songs
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has revealed to his fans on Twitter that the group is hard at work on a set of new songs. "There's a ton of new songs. The direction is fresh and hi energy. Feels great," the frontman tweeted this morning. The band has not announced any specific plans for the new material. [BJAofficial]

Coldplay to Release New Song on Friday
Coldplay are putting out a new song titled "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" on Friday. The track will stream on the band's official site and be available for purchase as a digital single. Coldplay have already released the lyrics for the song, which includes the couplet "don't want to see another generation drop / I'd rather be a comma than a full stop." [Stereogum]

Cheryl Cole Bumped From British 'X Factor' Too
British pop singer Cheryl Cole, who was originally set to be a judge on the American version of Simon Cowell's singing competition The X Factor but was dropped at the last minute in favor of Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, has been let go from the U.K. version of the show as well. Cole has been replaced on the British version with former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland. [Billboard]

Young Jeezy Drops New Mixtape
Rapper Young Jeezy released a new mixtape titled The Real is Back over Memorial Day weekend. The set includes collaborations with Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Freddie Gibbs and Slick Pulla. [Fader]

Slayer Put New Music on Hold While Guitarist Recovers
Slayer have told Billboard that they have no plans to record new material without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is suffering from necroticizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria syndrome contracted from a spider bite. The band will continue to play concerts with temporary guitarist Gary Holt. [Billboard]

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