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News Ticker: Big Boi, Sirius XM, Game, Band of Horses

April 14, 2010 9:37 AM ET

Big Boi tells the BBC info on OutKast's upcoming music is "top secret" but allows "something is brewing." Andre 3000 produces a "crazy, bananas" track on his colleague's solo disc, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty.

Satellite radio company Sirius XM added 171,000 new listeners in the first quarter of 2010, according to the Hollywood Reporter, bringing its grand total to 18.9 million subscribers.

Cali rapper Game is returning on June 15th with R.E.D. Album, a new disc featuring production by Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams. Justin Timberlake guests on second single "Ain't No Doubt About It."

Band of Horses have unveiled a new video for "Laredo," off their May 18th album Infinite Arms. Watch it after the jump.

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“American Girl”

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