News Ticker: Trent Reznor, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher, Mark Ronson

March 25, 2010 8:50 AM ET


  • Trent Reznor returned to his once-abandoned Twitter to post a photo from the studio with the caption "Last day of the session!" No word on when the new music will be released, and the 33 1/3 book about the making of Pretty Hate Machine has been delayed until likely early fall, Clevescene reports.



  • Lady Gaga has made history, becoming the first artist to score one billion video views. Mashable reports Twilight and Soulja Boy are close behind according to Visible Measures' figures.



  • Liam Gallagher's clothing line Pretty Green is coming to America. The collection, which includes limited-edition T-shirts, jeans and footwear, will be available to U.S. residents starting today online.



  • Mark Ronson is offering up his producing chops for charity. He'll produce a track for the highest bidder at the Artists for Peace and Justice auction, which benefits Paul Haggis' group that fights for peace and social justice around the globe. UPDATE! Jamison Ernest won the auction, and Ronson is set to produce a track for his band Yellow Fever.


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