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    Dr. Dre Working on Concept Album About "Planets"

    Finally, after more than a decade at work, Dr. Dre has promised that his new album Detox will drop in 2010. What took him so long? Well, the rapper-producer has been splitting his time on another project: an instrumental hip-hop album ... based on the solar system. Gangster. In an interview with Vibe, the multi-platinum hip-hop artist said that he has been working on the album -- tentatively titled The Planets -- for "about two years now." He added that the tracks are inspired by the "personalities of each planet," and are his "interpretation of what each planet sounds like." The album will have to be released in "surround sound for Saturn to work." Wow. Wow. It's a little... new age-y for the gangsta rap pioneer, right? Right. He thinks so, too. "I don't even know if I should be saying this, but fuck it," he said. In the interview, Dre also dished on Detox.

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    Prison Interview: Lil' Wayne on New Album, Eminem

    Lindsay Lohan and Snooki may be roaming free once again, but another celebrity, rapper Lil' Wayne, is still behind bars. However, that isn't stopping him from giving interviews! The New Orleans native -- who has 93 days left on his bid at New York's Rikers Island for gun charges -- called into the Big Apple's Hot 97 radio station to chat with host Funk Master Flex about an array of topics, including how he's spending his time in jail, his pals Eminem and Drake, and his next full-length album, Carter IV. But why call? "I don't have nothing else to do but talk to you," Weezy joked. The rapper told Flex that he has spent his days reading letters from fans, and expressed gratitude for their support: "It's been more than amazing. I promise that I can't explain the love and support I've been getting from my fans.

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    Lady Gaga Protests Arizona Immigration Law

    While "big rock and rollers, big pop stars, [and] big rappers" urged her to boycott Arizona in protest of the state's controversial immigration law, SB1070, Lady Gaga brought her Monster Ball tour to the state's capital anyway on Saturday night, opting to address the issue from the stage. "The nature of the Monster Ball is to actively protest prejudice and injustice and that bullshit that is put on our society," Gaga said. "I will not cancel my show, I will yell and I will scream louder, I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will peaceably protest this state." The performer also praised the country's immigrant population -- "Without all of you immigrants this country wouldn't have shit" -- before shouting out to her "deepest and most loyal friends ...

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    LCD Soundsystem Tour with Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells

    Lace up your dancin' shoes! LCD Soundsystem will return to the road this fall in support of their new album, This is Happening, and they're bringing along a few like-minded friends: British dance floor igniters Hot Chip and Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells. The tour kicks off September 24 in Philadelphia and will hit cities across the U.S. through October with stops at festivals including Austin City Limits and Maryland's Virgin Mobile FreeFest. While Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells will split opening duties on select dates, all three will share a bill for one show: October 15 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. More shows will be announced soon via LCD's web site. Check out the full list of U.S. dates below, then tell us if you're excited to see frontman James Murphy and Co.

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    WATCH: New Video from the Roots with John Legend

    The end of the world, according to the Roots, looks a lot like post-World War II Europe, only worse. Shot in dusty, dulled, almost-black-and-white, the band's video for new song "The Fire" is a nightmarish five minutes of kidnapping, cannibalism, and murder, all set to the track's haunting groove and John Legend's vocals: "You don't say good luck / You say don't give up." Directed by hip-hop video regular Rik Cordero, the film's plot centers around a splinter cell of military officers traveling the countryside, kidnapping young men and killing pretty much anyone they feel like. The theme is survival -- the enslaved young men struggle on, despite cannibalistic cookouts and frequent point-blank executions.

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    Arcade Fire's Butler Lauds Bono, President Bush

    Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler is praising fellow rocker Bono not just for his infamous political philanthropy, but for "engaging" with former president George W. Bush in a discussion of American AIDS relief policy. Although the U2 singer's collaborations with Bush had been criticized by fans and bandmates alike, Butler applauded Bono's dedication in a new NME piece. "As much as people slag Bono, I will forever give him credit for engaging with George W. Bush when he was president," Butler said. "Even though it was a deeply unpopular move, even in his own band ...

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    EXCLUSIVE: Beck Guests on Trippy New Video

    Ever wonder what would happen if Michael Scott from The Office dropped acid and wandered out into the woods? Observe for your edification: The video for "Grape Aerosmith," off Black Moth Super Rainbow songwriter Tobacco's album, Maniac Meat, starring Beck on lead vocals! Watch it exclusively below."Grape Aerosmith" is one of two tracks on Maniac Meat, which came out in May, that feature Beck. A chance meeting between Shaun Koplow, the manager of Anticon, Tobacco's label, and Brian LeBarton, Beck's musical director, helped get the collaboration in motion."Brian mentioned that Beck had listened to [Tobacco's 2008 album] Fucked Up Friends, and actually knew who I was," Tobacco tells SPIN.com. "We worked long distance -- Beck wrote his own lyrics and did his own vocal treatments.

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    EXCLUSIVE SONG: Travis' Fran Healy Goes Solo

    Fran Healy, the charming lead singer of Britpop mainstays Travis, will release Wreckorder, his first solo album, October 5. The star-studded affair features collaborations with Neko Case and Paul McCartney -- and a stirring lead single, "Buttercups." Hear it below! Like much of Healy's work with Travis, "Buttercups" is based on a personal tale of a misstep in love (although he's now happily married). "'Buttercups' came from an experience in my art school days when a girlfriend turned her nose up at some picked flowers I brought," Healy tells SPIN.com. "I couldn't afford fancy roses and thought these would be even better and more romantic. She didn't think so. That relationship didn't last long.

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    WATCH: Amanda Palmer Covers Radiohead

    Former Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer has released an EP of Radiohead covers entitled Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. It's what fans of both Radiohead and the ukulele have been waiting for! In all seriousness, though, the tiny, tinny instrument lends itself surprisingly well to Radiohead's complex songs. With help from backup singers and the occasional appearance of other instruments (mainly piano), Palmer's takes on hits such as "Idioteque" and "Fake Plastic Trees" are a credit to the caliber of both the original songs and her creativity. The EP includes versions of "Fake Plastic Trees," "High and Dry," "No Surprises," "Idioteque," "Creep," "Exit Music (For a Film)," and a special digital-only bonus track of "Creep" live in Prague.

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    WATCH: Klaxons Debut New Video

    British nu-rave band Klaxons have released a video for "Echoes," the first single off their August 23 release Surfing the Void, and other than the moon itself, the quartet couldn't have picked a more fitting location for a song about "echoes from the other world." Watch below. The video -- shot with longtime creative director-collaborator Saam Farahmand -- finds the London lads performing in Egypt's White Desert, an otherworldly setting that bolsters the apocalyptic, sci-fi feel of the song's spooky synths, frantic guitars, and chanting vocals. "Echoes" is the second track to leak from Klaxons' Surfing the Void. The first, "Flashover," which debuted in May (listen here), was the band's first new music since their 2007 debut Myths of the Near Future.

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