Plus: Swift Tour Sells Fast; Gorillaz Ponder Split

December 7, 2010 4:07 PM ET
Plus: Swift Tour Sells Fast; Gorillaz Ponder Split
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Taylor Swift's First Speak Now Gigs Sell Out in Minutes
The first dates of Taylor Swift's Speak Now tour sold at lightning speed on Monday: two Los Angeles shows sold out in two minutes and tickets at a stadium gig in Massachusetts were gone within five. The tour will include 90 shows in 19 counties, with more being added. [Billboard.biz]

Tour-Weary Gorillaz Ponder the End
Gorillaz seem to be feeling the effects of months on the road: As the group approaches the end of its world tour, the group's Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are considering finishing off the group. "I couldn't keep going at this size and pace," Albarn said of the tour. Hewlett said, "This would be a wonderful point to leave Gorillaz; at the end of this tour, I think... This tour, with these people, is a one-off. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We'll never repeat this." [Consequence of Sound]

Beastie Boys "Fight" Video to Be Continued at Sundance?
Adam Yauch — a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys — has an entry on the Sundance Film Festival lineup called Fight for Your Right Revisited, which is described as: "After the boys leave the party ... Cast: Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black." It's not clear exactly what the movie is: It could be the 1987 video continued, or a scene more like the cover of the group's 1999 retrospective, Sounds of Science — or something else entirely. [Vulture]

Carrie Underwood Cleans Up at American Country Awards
Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum were the big winners at the first American Country Awards in Las Vegas Monday night. Underwood won six awards, including Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Lady Antebellum won four awards including best Single and Artist of the Year, Album or Group. [Billboard.biz]

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