Kurt Cobain Honored, Bloc Party End Hiatus + More

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Kurt Cobain / Kele Okereke (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty, Cobain; Annabel Staff/Redferns, Okereke)
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  • On the 17th anniversary of his death, Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, WA unveiled a statue on April 5 to commemorate the Nirvana frontman's life. The memorial, designed by local artist Lora Malakoff, is a 13-foot concrete replica of his iconic Fender Jag-Stang guitar, which is inscribed with lyrics from Nirvana's "On a Plain." [Spinner]

  • After a two year hiatus that found singer Kele Okereke going solo and guitarist Russell Lissack and bassist Gordon Moakes forming side projects, Bloc Party are getting back together. Lissack says the British post-punkers have already written songs, and will hit the studio in September to record and rehearse. [Spinner]

  • Jay-Z has launched a lifestyle site called Life + Times, which includes the rappers' picks for favorite new music, artists, designers, and more. [Life + Times]

  • Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry is recovering in a London hospital after being admitted for an undisclosed ailment. A spokesperson said the singer is undergoing health tests as a precautionary measure and that reports that he suffered a heart attack are false. "He has been feeling unwell and is having tests," the spokesperson said. [The Daily Mail]

  • MTV has launched a new awards ceremony called O Music Awards, which will honor the digital music space, from the best artist feeds on Twitter to the funniest rock'n'roll hashtag memes. Fans can vote for their favorites via Facebook and Twitter; the winners will be announced on April 28. [O Music Awards]

  • The sons of late rapper Nate Dogg are looking to record an album featuring West Coast hip-hoppers like Game, DJ Quik, and Snoop Dogg. Little Nate and Nigel are still in the writing phase, but they say their plan is to "try to be just like [Nate]." [Billboard]

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