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News Ticker: U2, Waka Flocka Flame, Patti Smith, Smashing Pumpkins

March 18, 2010 8:25 AM ET

 

  • U2 will release their Artificial Horizon remix album as a triple-vinyl set on May 14th. According to the album's site, Trent Reznor, Justice and Hot Chip are among the 13 producers who reworked songs from Pop to No Line on the Horizon.

     

     

  • Waka Flocka Flame has been arrested for violating his probation by traveling outside of Georgia. MTV News reports the rapper will be held in a Houston jail pending a hearing in several weeks.

     

     

  • Patti Smith will receive the ASCAP Founders Award and perform at the group's 27th annual Pop Music Awards on April 21st in Los Angeles.

     

     

  • Smashing Pumpkins will launch Record Store Day on April 17th with a special performance in L.A. hosted by Rocket Science Ventures and Amoeba Records. Fans will be able to pre-order Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor exclusively at indie record shops on the 17th as well.

 

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