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White Stripes Sales Skyrocket, Rihanna Banned

  • Sales of albums from the White Stripes have skyrocketed since the band announced their official split earlier this week. According to Amazon, the duo’s 2010 live album and documentary Under Great White Northern Lights have seen an increase of 2,644 percent on the site, while two other albums, White Blood Cells and Elephant, are Top 10 sellers. [NME]
  • Rihanna‘s sexual S&M” video, in which the pop diva sucks on a banana and simulates sex with a blow-up doll, has been banned in 11 countries. MTV is considering re-editing it for daytime play, and YouTube is requiring users to confirm they are over 18 before allowing them to view the clip. [NME]
  • Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco has unveiled the tracklist for his long-awaited second album, Lasers. The 12-song set, out March 8, features cameos from Trey Songz, John Legend, and others. [Gigwise]
  • Stylish New York City indie outfit Interpol appeared on Conan Thursday night and performed “Lights,” a brooding rocker from their self-titled Matador debut, out now. [Matador]

  • Minneapolis indie-rappers Atmosphere will return this spring with their first full-length studio album in three years. The quartet will release The Family Sign via Rhymesayers on April 12. [Pitchfork]