Plus: Diddy Gives Song to T.I.; ‘Idol’ Covers Beatles

December 10, 2010 1:40 PM ET
Plus: Diddy Gives Song to T.I.; ‘Idol’ Covers Beatles
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T.I.'s "Castle Walls" Was a Gift From Diddy
In a newly released interview conducted before he returned to prison November 2, T.I. revealed that "Castle Walls," the Christina Aguilera collaboration on his new LP No Mercy, was originally a Diddy-Dirty Money song. "Puff, he acknowledged it, 'Yeah, this is my record, but you know what? I think this is a better fit for you," T.I. recalled. "I think this speaks volumes to where you are, what you going through,' " [MTV News]

Jonny Greenwood Scores Norwegian Wood
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, who has composed film scores for There Will Be Blood and Bodysong, has completed one for the Japanese film Norwegian Wood, based on the Haruki Murakami book. Samples are available on Amazon Japan. [The Playlist via Prefix]


Andrew W.K. Has His Way With "Silent Night"
Outsized singer/pianist/partymaster Andrew W.K. has served up an unhinged cover of "Silent Night" in a special holiday edition of the A.V Club's "Undercover" series. [A.V. Club via Vulture]

David Gilmour's Stepson Apologizes for Climbing War Memorial
Charlie Gilmour, the 21-year-old stepson of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave, issued an apology for climbing onto a war memorial during the anti-tuition demonstrations in London on Thursday. Gilmour called it a "terrible insult" to the memory of the country's war dead. "Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment," he wrote. [Associated Press]

Idol Contestants to Cover Beatles for Judges
Approximately 60 American Idol contestants will head to Las Vegas and perform Beatles covers for judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, according to Entertainment Weekly. The show's producers are also considering other ways to increase coverage of the contestants, including what sounds like a Real World style treatment of the activity inside the Idol house. [Entertainment Weekly]

Rihanna, Aguilera to Duet With X Factor Contestants
Finalists on British reality show The X Factor will duet with a star-studded lineup of collaborators, including Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams and Will.i.am, for the show's season finale on Saturday. [MTV News]

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