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Plus: Daft Punk Talk 'Tron'; Avril Divorce Details

November 17, 2010 4:11 PM ET

Daft Punk Explain Tron Score's Classical Bent
Many fans have been surprised that Daft Punk's score for the forthcoming Tron: Legacy film seems more influenced by classical music than electronic. "Synths are a very low level of artificial intelligence, whereas you have a Stradivarius [violin] that will live for a thousand years," the group's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo said. "We knew from the start that there was no way we were going to do this film score with two synthesizers and a drum machine." [FactMag.com]

Avril Lavigne and Deryk Whibley Divorce Details
Documents detailing the division of assets and liabilities in the divorce of Avril Lavigne and Sum-41's Deryk Whibley have been published by TMZ. Lavigne and Whibley have each kept their own possessions, including guitars, drums, clothing, songwriting rights, awards and other mementoes — although she gets the Beverly Hills house. [TMZ]

Joanna Newsom Tribute Features M. Ward, Billy Bragg
M. Ward, Billy Bragg, Owen Pallett and 19 others have contributed to a Joanna Newsom tribute album bearing the cleverly Dylan-derived title Versions of Joanna. The album is due for digital release next month; all proceeds will go to Oxfam. [Pitchfork]

Knife Singer to Appear in Red Riding Hood
Knife singer Karin Dreijer Andersson will appear in Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's forthcoming film of Red Riding Hood, the director said. A new track by the singer's solo project, Fever Ray, is featured in a trailer for the film. [Pitchfork]

"The Dougie" Takes Over the Sports World
The "Dougie," a dance based on the moves described in Cali Swag District's hit "Teach Me How To Dougie," has become such a phenomenon that the Wall Street Journal has published a long examination of it, detailing how it's spread from a viral video to the sports world and beyond. [Wall Street Journal]

Plus: Strokes Wrap LP; Kid Rock Hits Road in January

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“Bleeding Love”

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