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Madonna: 'Kanye is the new Madonna'

The queen has spoken. Madonna declared to the New York Daily News that Kayne West is the new her. "Kayne is the new Madonna. Kayne is the black Madonna." The two collaborated on her new album, "Rebel Heart," which is out Tuesday. Madonna admitted that she and West are "comrades in the envelope-pushing genre." The Material Girl also defended herself against people who said she shouldn't wear such revealing clothing at her age, 56. "I take care of myself. I'm in good shape. I can show my (butt) when I'm 56, or 66 or 76. Who's to say when I can show my (butt)? It's sexism. It's ageism. And it's a kind of discrimination."

Bill Cosby records message in his pajamas

Comedian Bill Cosby — who has been accused of sexual assault by upwards of 30 women — released a video message to his fans Monday to promote his upcoming show in West Virginia. The video came with the tagline "I'm far from finished." The short clip shows Cosby sitting in a chair in his pajamas talking about his show.

Bob Dylan is coming back

to the Fox

Folk icon Bob Dylan will return to the Fox Theatre in Detroit on May 15 as part of his spring tour, which kicks off April 10 in Atlantic City. The 73-year-old troubadour released his latest album, "Strangers in the Night," last month. It's a collection of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra in the 1950s and early '60s. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Prices haven't been announced. Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional will play DTE Energy Music Theatre June 25. Tickets go on sale Friday. Freedom Hill also announced the first few shows of its summer concert series. Tickets go on sale Friday for Whitesnake on July 3 ($19.50-$125), Boston on July 16 ($29-$99.50) and TheBeach Boys and TheTemptations on Aug. 9 ($10-$89).

Unreleased Kurt Cobain track to be included in his documentary

The soundtrack to the new HBO documentary about Kurt Cobain will feature an unreleased song by the late Nirvana frontman. The director of "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," Brett Morgan, revealed few details, saying say the acoustic song is 12 minutes long and describes it as "mind blowing." The film premieres May 4. A soundtrack release date has not been set.

Also...

"The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon died Sunday at age 59. The animal welfare activist and philanthropist was battling cancer. Simon left "The Simpsons" after the fourth season.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Tuesday's birthdays

Chuck Norris, 75

Jon Hamm, 44

Timbaland, 43

Carrie Underwood, 32

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