News Ticker: Arcade Fire, Phish, D'Angelo, The Dramatics' Ron Banks

March 8, 2010 8:21 AM ET

  • Arcade Fire have booked their first 2010 live date: a spot headlining Dublin's Oxegen Festival, NME reports. Jay-Z, Muse, Broken Social Scene, Vampire Weekend and the Black Eyed Peas are also confirmed for the event, which takes place July 8-11th.

  • Phish are jumping into the lucrative 3-D game with an upcoming movie that'll have fans strapping on paper glasses. A new Website Phish3Dmovie has launched, but the band isn't offering up any concrete details yet. Rumor has it the movie will feature footage from last year's Festival 8.

  • D'Angelo has been arrested for solicitation, the New York Post reports. The R&B singer reportedly offered an undercover policewoman $40 for oral sex in New York's West Village at 2:30 a.m. Saturday night and was arrested. In a statement released today, D'Angelo's publicist says the singer will plead not guilty and reports he is "is in good health and extremely excited about his forthcoming new album."

  • The Dramatics' Ron Banks has died at age 58 of a heart attack, Reuters reports. Banks was a founding member of the soul vocal group who are best known for their 1971 hit "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get."

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