More Top Stories: Roger Waters, Kanye West

August 10, 2010 2:00 PM ET

Roger Waters has approved a Canadian band called Blurred Vision to rework The Wall's "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" as an anthem for young Iranians. Blurred Vision, led by two exiled Iranian brothers, changed the lyrics of the Floyd hit from "Hey teacher…" to "Hey, Ayatollah, leave those kids alone" to reflect the Iranian youth's resentment of the Iran government, who have made it illegal to listen to rock music. [AP]

After infamously stealing the microphone from Taylor Swift at last year's VMAs, Kanye West will reportedly take the stage again to perform at MTV's annual award show on September 12th in Los Angeles. [Us Weekly]

Book your plane tickets for Indio, California now: Coachella has revealed next year's festival will take place on April 15-17, 2011. [Coachella]

With reports that Jennifer Lopez has not yet inked her name on a contract to become an American Idol judge, Nick Cannon is doing some last-minute lobbying to get his wife Mariah Carey one of the vacant seats at the Idol judges' table next season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Libertines have scheduled a warm-up show at London's HMV Forum on August 25th ahead of their big reunion gigs at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals. [Spinner]

A viral spoof of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" that relocated Jigga's New York anthem to Newport, Wales has been taken down after EMI claimed the filmmakers infringed on its copyright. [BBC]

Linkin Park's new single "The Catalyst" debuted at Number One on Nielsen's Rock Songs chart, making it the first track to debut atop the chart since its creation back in June 2009. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Alanis Morrisette has revealed she is pregnant with her first child with husband Mario "Souleye" Treadway. [Us Weekly]

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Band of Horses, the BoDeans, Amos Lee and Robert Francis have signed on for this year's Farm Aid benefit, which takes place on October 2nd in Milwaukee. Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will headline the event. [Chicago Tribute]
Belle and Sebastian have titled their upcoming album Belle and Sebastian Write About Love. The band has not yet announced a release date. [Pitchfork]
Check out the new, controversy-free video for M.I.A.'s single "XXXO," an eye-popping concoction of Bollywood influences, tech-happy terminology and old school Geocities sites. [YouTube]

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