Report: Aretha Franklin Battling Cancer + More

Arthea Franklin at The Apollo Theater (Retna)
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  • Legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is battling pancreatic cancer, according to reports, although Franklin's family has said the singer is doing "OK." Last week, the singer underwent surgery for an undisclosed illness, and she is currently recovering from that procedure. [FOX 2 Detroit]

  • Beastie Boy Adam Yauch will premiere a short movie titled Fight For Your Right Revisited at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black and is described as "after the boys leave the party," suggesting it's a sequel to the Beastie's iconic video "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)." [Vulture]

  • Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis will release his solo debut Several Shades of Why on March 15, but you can pick up the lovely acoustic track "Not Enough" for free here.

  • The New Jersey parking lot festival Bamboozle will return next year on April 29-May 1. New Found Glory — performing with the Ramones' Marky Ramone — will be performing, along with Waka Flocka Flame, Boys Like Girls, LMFAO, Circa Survive, and more. [The Bamboozle]

  • Pete Yorn will reissue his 2000 breakthrough album Musicforthemorningafter next March, and will perform the record in its entirety in select cities next year. [Pete Yorn's Twitter]

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