Plus: 'Glee' Christmas Album Announced, Weezer Tour Rider Revealed

October 24, 2010 12:45 PM ET

'Glee' Plan Christmas Album
Fresh from their The Rocky Horror Glee Show , Glee announced plans to release a new LP called Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album on November 16th, ahead of the holiday-themed episode airing December 7th. The Glee squad will take on standards like "Jingle Bells" and "O Holy Night." [Reuters]

Weezer's Tour Rider Revealed
High-quality chocolates, a meditation room and vegetarian cuisine are among the highlights in Weezer's tour rider. Other Rivers Cuomo revelations: He has a strong aversion to Styrofoam and blueberry and black raspberry jams. [The Smoking Gun]

Devo Postpone U.S. Tour
The reunited Devo were forced to postpone the final leg of their U.S. tour after guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh suffered a serious hand injury that required immediate surgery. Mothersbaugh severed a tendon in his right thumb but is expected to make a full recovery following surgery, rest and therapy. However, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale have not ruled out performing in some capacity at this weekend's Moogfest.[Consequence of Sound]

Citigroup Banker Testifies in EMI Trial
A Citigroup banker accused of misleading Terra Firma CEO Guy Hands into overbidding on EMI took the stand yesterday in a trial over whether Terra Firma should be reimbursed for acquiring the beleaguered major label. [Billboard.biz]

Animal Collective to Curate All Tomorrow's Parties
Animal Collective will serve as curators of the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Minehead, UK in May of next year. Thus far, the band has recruited Gang Gang Dance, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Meat Puppets and Broadcast to name a few. [ATP]

Joe Jackson Denied Michael Jackson Estate Bid
As expected, considering he wasn't named an executor in Michael Jackson's will, Joe Jackson was denied by a California judge in his attempt to seek control over his late son's estate, and challenge the executors that were named in Jackson's last will. [AP]

Plus: U2 announce first Nashville show in 29 years, Metallica plot another live EP and more.

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