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News Ticker: Beck, "Rock Band 3," Phil Collins, Kings of Leon

March 11, 2010 8:28 AM ET

  • Beck's next Record Club project will feature St. Vincent, the Liars and Os Mutantes, Pitchfork reports, though it's unclear which classic album they've tackled.

  • If you've already mastered Rock Band 2, there's good news on the horizon: Rock Band 3 will be out in time for the 2010 holidays. A statement on the game's Facebook page promises the new title will "innovate and revolutionize the music genre once again." Green Day: Rock Band will arrive June 8th.

  • In addition to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis next week, Phil Collins will be honored at June 17th's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York with the Johnny Mercer Award.

  • Kings of Leon's Tap Tap Revenge game Kings of Leon Revenge is being unleashed today for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game features 10 songs including "Use Somebody," "Notion" and "Sex on Fire." Check out a preview on YouTube.

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