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  • James Hetfield of Metallica says the whole airport-security beard fiasco never happened. The blogosphere responds: “Oops.” (Rolling Stone)

  • UK singer MIA has received her US entry visa on the eve of a New York performance. She had been forced to cancel US appearances after being denied entry; many suspected her outspoken lyrics were to blame, but she says no. (NME)

  • Where’s your head at, indeed: Basement Jaxx are teaming up with Yoko Ono for their new album. (Yahoo! Music)

  • mojo-photo-neworder.jpgNew Order will continue without Peter Hook. Bassist Hook announced the band was splitting up last month, but fellow members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris released a statement this week saying, basically, “er, guess that means you’re not coming to practice.” (NME)

  • Annie Lennox has recruited basically every single female singer in the universe for an AIDS charity single: Fergie? Check. Maddy? Check. Dido? Check. Bonnie, Celine, Melissa, Gladys? Check, check, check, check. (Billboard)
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