Two of the Most Frightening Words in the English Language? 'Creed Reunion'; MGMT's French Kiss
Headlines: Remember when everybody hated Creed, except for the 11 million people who bought "Human Clay"? Well, Scott Stapp and the boys have reunited for an album and tour that's due to touch down at an as-yet-unnamed D.C.-area venue on Aug. 21. Let the hating begin anew! ... MGMT and France's UMP party have $ettled their dispute over the use of "Kids" at political rallies. Says MGMT: "Thank you France for the wonderful food." ... While there's still no word on the fate of Virgin Mobile Festival, most of the other major music fests are proceeding as planned. The latest to announce a 2009 lineup is Austin City Limits, whose headliners are Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band and the Beasties. Also on the 130-act, three-day bill, which just might be the most eclectic among all U.S. festivals: Kings of Leon, John Legend, Levon Helm, Sonic Youth, Lily Allen, Passion Pit, K'Naan, Preservation Hall, Raul Malo, Sara Watkins and the Zac Brown Band. ... There will, however, be no JVC Jazz Festival this year, what with the Japanese electronics company having pulled its sponsorship. ... Matador lost a bunch of its vinyl masters when a pressing plant went under and dumped its holdings. "We lost everything," a label rep says. ... De La Soul is working it out for Nike. ... Prince makes an admission: "I was born epileptic. I used to have seizures when I was young." ... Americana great Buddy Miller is recovering just fine after that February heart attack. Key quote: "The first month was rough; then it got better. I [felt] like I'd been beaten with baseball bats by a couple of the Sopranos, but I'm doing good." ... Sixteen Pearl Jam songs will be featured on the two-part season finale of "Cold Case." ... Joel Madden was forced to cover his tats before boarding a British Airways flight. ... Oasis isn't actually breaking up. ... Miley and her famous former flame, Nick Jonas? Just friends. ... The Spiv wonders whether Stephen Malkmus got tangled up in rock-and-roll because he grew up in Stockton, Calif., which is, like, a faux Mississippi Delta. (Short answer: No.) ... Lil Wayne promises "more electricity, more more more power, more everything, more me" on his upcoming "Rebirth." Meanwhile, Cool & Dre, who are among the album's producers, think Weezy's SNL performance was an all-timer. Says Dre: "The way he was performing, I can only compare him to Freddie Mercury or Jim Morrison, guys that put it all out onstage."
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