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Pink Floyd to release first album in 20 years

A fresh Pink Floyd album is on the way – 20 years after the band last released new material.

Spokesman Doug Wright confirmed Monday that “The Endless River” will be released in October.

The album is described as consisting of “mainly ambient and instrumental music” based on 1993-94 recording sessions for Pink Floyd’s previous album, “The Division Bell.”

“The Endless River” features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died in 2008. Roger Waters, who left the group in 1985, is not involved.

Gilmour’s wife, writer Polly Samson, tweeted that the album “is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”

The psychedelic superstars sold millions of copies of albums including “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” They last performed together at the 2005 Live 8 charity concert.

Injury will pause ‘Star Wars’ filming

Harrison Ford’s injury will cause production on “Star Wars: Episode VII” to be suspended for two weeks.

Disney announced Sunday that shooting would be halted for two weeks in August to adjust the production schedule after Ford’s injury. The 71-year-old broke his leg in June during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside of London.

Disney had said earlier that Ford’s injury wouldn’t cause any delays. The studio said Sunday that “Episode VII” is still “on track” to wrap in the fall and be released in December 2015.

‘Cats’ gets raps for London stage

“Cats” is back – and now one of the felines raps.

Andrew Lloyd Webber announced Monday that his hit musical will return to London’s West End in December in a revamped production with a hip-hop flavor.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats,” the musical opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 years on Broadway.

Lloyd Webber said Monday he had tweaked parts of the show, which has been performed in more than 30 countries.

Lloyd Webber said he was making the character of Rum Tum Tugger a rapping street cat because “I’ve come to the conclusion that … maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap.”

“The thing about the Eliot verse is that you can tell he’s American. Nobody other than Eliot would have written ‘The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat,’ ” the composer said.

The new production reunites the original creative team of director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Gillian Lynne and designer John Napier.

It runs at London’s Palladium for 12 weeks beginning Dec. 6.

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