"The Big Four" Metal Fest Coming To California
For one day this spring, metal will come to Indio, California's Empire Polo Fields, normally home to the Coachella music festival. On April 23, "The Big Four" -- Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax -- will play together for (as of now) the only time in the U.S. Tickets go on sale Friday (Jan. 28) at 10 a.m. PST via Ticketmaster.com. (Spin)
Vanessa Hudgens Steals Britney Spears' 'Candies'
Vanessa Hudgens is the newest spokeswoman for Candie's, with a new advertising campaign featuring Hudgens in sundresses, ruffled bikinis and sunglasses. Hudgens takes over for former spokeswoman Britney Spears, who tweeted, "So fun being a Candie's Girl! Look out for the @Candiesbrand pics of their new girl, Vanessa Hudgens!" Candie's merchandise is sold exclusively at Kohl's. According to Vanessa, the "super cute" clothes and accessories are "everything a girl could ever need!" (Just Jared)
Academy of Country Music to Honor Reba, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
The Academy of Country Music will honor Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood at "Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country," a tribute concert set to be taped in Las Vegas on April 4, with the special to air on CBS at an unspecified date. Additional honorees and performers will be announced in the coming days. Ticket sales are to benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy's charity.
Liverpool University's Beatles Course Produces First Grad
A former Miss Canada contestant is the first graduate of Liverpool Hope University's degree program dedicated to studying the music of the Beatles. Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy graduated Wednesday from "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" course, which analyzes the band's music and its impact on Western culture. (Yahoo)
Patti Smith, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke Writing Books
Source: Billboard.com | Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Kevin Rutherford and Katie Morgan | January 26, 2011 6:00 EST