Universal Bought EMI + Jason Segal Joined Twitter = Today's Eight Items or Less

Gary Pini
1. Universal bought EMI for $1.9 billion.  Already the world's largest record company, Vivendi's Universal Music Group is not getting the publishing half of EMI.  That is now expected to go to Sony for close to the same price.

2. Acclaimed French photographer and graphic designer (and PAPER contributor) Jean-Paul Goude opens a retrospective exhibition today at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris.  It's up until March 18, 2012.  (Hat tip to Marc in Paris)

3. Check out the amazing 3D LEGO Army created with chalk on the streets of Sarasota, Florida, this week by a Dutch team known as Planet Streetpainting.

4. And, speaking of LEGOS,  look out for the fantastic new book The Cult of LEGO (No Starch Press, Inc.) by John Baichtal and Joe Meno.  It covers everything from the history to robotics to LEGO gatherings and more.  This book is a must-have for all fans.

5. Kerrang! magazine picks their 50 heaviest albums of all time.

6. Former EMI and current Universal recording artist Katy Perry (see #1) wants babies.  "If it doesn't hurt the first time... I'll keep popping them out," the singer told Ellen DeGeneres. Also, here is her new music video for "The One That Got Away."

7. The actor Jason Segal joined Twitter earlier today.

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